Weed facts which are true

Among a limited number of topics that can divide doctors is the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Questions are raised about its safety, control, addiction, side effects and so on. The plant has amazed researchers, doctors, scientists all the same for its magical powers. While smoking or possessing marijuana is not legal in India,…

Nitroglycerin, The Explosive Medicine!

Did you know that Nitroglycerin, an important compound used to make dynamite, is also a lifesaver? Let me explain. When something blocks the blood flow to the heart muscle, it leads to extreme chest pain, which is known as ‘angina’. The blood flow decreases because of the plaque formation and the narrowing of the arteries…

Why is Banana Skin Slippery?

Have you ever wondered why people slip when they step on banana peels? Banana peels are more slippery compared to any other fruit peels. Unless you are a science student or probably have not worked in the fruit market, you must be wondering why banana peels are slippery? Wonder no more, as we explain it…

Peonies and Ants – Biological Mutualism

Peonies attract bees and other pollinating insects who also help in pollinating other plants in the garden. Peony buds produce sweet nectar which is a combination of water, sugar and amino acids. This invites foraging ants which feed leisurely on the abundant nectar. This phenomenon is actually interesting as it helps both the ants and…

Guess who is foreign on your plate?

If you liked our last post, you will love this one too. Check out the video and see how many you can identify and tell us in the comments about other foods we missed! WHAT IS PLANTSCIENCE? PlantScience blog is an insightful discussion to understand and explain the science behind the great success of plants –…

Spittlebug – The hyper-hydrating, bubble blower

If you are someone who spends time outdoors around plants, you would have seen pictures like these. For a long time, I thought these were spider webs that caught dew but when I found out about the little bugs in them and their strategy, I was pleasantly surprised. I am sure you would be amazed…

Happy Diwali!

We wish you all a very happy and prosperous diwali. WHAT IS PLANTSCIENCE? PlantScience blog is an insightful discussion to understand and explain the science behind the great success of plants – how plants live, survive. Nature at its best is a great repository of knowledge and most of it is still a mystery to our…

Diwali customs across borders

Did you know all of the festivals have a different significance depending on where you are celebrating it? Diwali, one of the biggest festivals in India, is a festival of lights, sweets and victory of good over evil. Though the main theme is common across the country, the way we celebrate it differs as we…

Nadar Brothers, the cracker entrepreneurs

Sivakasi was a sleepy little town established in the 15th century by Harikesari Parakkirama Pandian. With black soil that doesn’t get enough rain to grow any crops other than cotton, chillies and millets, people in this town had nothing of interest happening until two brothers did something amazing. Within few years Sivakasi claimed its place…

Did we borrow crackers from the Chinese?

With Diwali around the corner, the festive frenzy is at its peak. We are all geared up to have fun. But is it fun without crackers, diyas and friends? Buying crackers brings back so many memories from childhood. It was a ritual we all would wait eagerly.  Would you like to know about the origin of firecrackers?…