Albuquerque international balloon festival

One of the most captivating sights is looking at a hot air balloon slowly rising against a clear sky defying the gravity and showing its colors in full grandeur. Only if you have seen this happen would you appreciate the sight? Now just imagine hundreds of hot air balloons going up like birds in the…

Touch-me-not!

While we are reading about various defense mechanisms that plants adopt when fighting herbivores, we must explore one of the interesting traits used by some plants is to mimic dead plants or decrease in size. Some plants have attained the ability to decrease the appearance, i.e. stay hidden from the eyes of herbivores. Instead of…

Reach me not!

Why do you think plants have some special characteristics that make them physically impossible to touch? Interactions between plants and herbivores are necessary to continue the food chain. However, when herbivores eat their tissues, these tissues can get severely injured. Some plants have adapted themselves to tolerate these damages and reproduce again, whereas other plants…

Neem, nature’s mini pharmacy

One of nature’s finest gifts to us is – the neem plant. With several incredible health benefits, the Neem plant is often considered nature’s pharmacy plant. No wonder Neem plant’s parts feature in many medicines. Here we explore five benefits of the Neem plant. 1. Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial: Neem leaves are used to treat fungal…

Jamun powered Solar cells

Jamun Power To Solar Battery Did you know the delicious Indian summer fruit, jamun, is not just something just to enjoy eating, but it can be used to make an efficient solar cells? The pigment found in jamun – Syzygium cumini absorbs massive amounts of sunlight. The group of scientists from IIT, who found this…

Potato powered light bulb

Did you know you could power a light bulb with a potato? While it looks like a complicated process, the chemical reactions that take place between two different metals and the juices in the potato create a tiny amount of voltage. Though it is very small, it can power a very small electrical device or…

Coloration of butterfly wings

Don’t we love butterflies? As children most of us would have chased them too. Many butterflies possess very fascinating colouration, and most species of butterfly can be identified solely by the colour pattern on their wings. Naturally such a diversity has attracted a wealth of research to determine the mechanisms responsible for such colours. Practically…

Sweet tasting beard & invention of Saccharin

Isn’t it interesting that some of the discoveries happened because of pure luck or as they called ‘accidents’? Yes, in this series of of interesting facts, we explore some of the common things most of us don’t know.  Though it is widely used as a substitute for sugar, especially as a diabetic-friendly sweetening agent, did…

5 biggest Pandemics in human history

One of the greatest and most difficult challenges that have affected the spread of human civilization is that of infectious disease. Wherever humans have gone, so have virulent disease. With the corona virus pandemic wreaking havoc all over the globe, it’s apt to examine the various pandemics that have affected humans in the past. Interestingly, Sushruta…

Pungent addiction

Do you like pungent smells or do you run away from them? Human mind is a mystery on many levels,  and we are still trying to decipher the depth to which we understand its capacity. Developing likeness to certain types of smells is an amazing trick your brain plays with you. Let me explain.  A…