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Cheetahs and reintroduction into the wild

Cheetahs and reintroduction into the wild

I wrote about Cheetah’s and loss of genetic diversity a couple of weeks ago and I recently read in the news that some of these wonderful cats are getting reintroduced in national parks of India. The last sighted Cheetahs in India was nearly 60 years ago. So these Cheetahs will make the long journey from Read further

by June 10, 2022 0 comments Animals, Environment, General, Nature, Science
Why do we eat cooked food?

Why do we eat cooked food?

I spent the entire pandemic year of 2020 cooking and baking. While we all enjoy eating freshly cooked food on any given day, this is not just a taste preference, but an adjustment to how our bodies evolved.  Approximately 2million years ago humans underwent a major physical transformation. Their body size and brain volume increased Read further

by June 7, 2022 0 comments General, Genetics, Science
Cheetahs and loss of genetic diversity

Cheetahs and loss of genetic diversity

  Cheetahs are among my favourite cats. A native of Africa and central Iran they are the fastest animals on earth. These magnificent animals were once found across the continents of Africa, and Asia, recent times have seen them become extinct in at least 13 countries and most of their population now is in Tanzania, Read further

by June 3, 2022 0 comments Animals, Behavior, Genetics, Nature, Science
Tasmanian Devil and facial cancer

Tasmanian Devil and facial cancer

I recently read in the news that after nearly 3000 years the Tasmanian devil is roaming the forests of mainland Australia yet again. It is not known why they disappeared from mainland Australia. Given all the pessimistic news we hear about how climate change is affecting wildlife, news such as this gives hope that we Read further

by May 31, 2022 0 comments Animals, Cells, Genetics, Nature
Gardening Without Soil- Tried it ever?

Gardening Without Soil- Tried it ever?

The image that crops in any mind on hearing the term gardening is that of rubber boots and gloves, a small gardening tool in hand, and overalls stained with dirt as one happily tends to one’s plants. I have done it too and so have most of you. It is fun and nourishing to the Read further

by May 20, 2022 0 comments Plants
How old am I?

How old am I?

If you were to meet a wrinkly old tribal woman in the Nilgiris and hear her say that she has witnessed the neelakurinji bloom atleast 9 times then be assured that you are talking to a centenarian. Yes, it is not uncommon for those in the tribal belts to use the periodicity of blooming of Read further

by May 17, 2022 0 comments Environment, Flowers, Poppies, General, Nature
Surface tension and daily life

Surface tension and daily life

Soap bubbles I thought of doing a series on how fundamental principles of physics shape our lives. Coming from a biology background, I felt a need to venture out of my comfort zone and learn more about all aspects of science’s impact on our daily life. As water is the basis of life I am Read further

by May 10, 2022 0 comments General
Friction in daily life

Friction in daily life

  Friction in daily life usually has a negative connotation and the purpose of this article is to have our readers think of this word and its meaning in a different context. Friction in terms of laws of physics can be explained in simple terms of a force that gets created when 2 objects come Read further

by May 6, 2022 0 comments General, Physics, Science
Ice Ice Baby

Ice Ice Baby

“Let it go…Let it go…” sang Princess Elsa as she vents her magical powers on water molecules sculpting structures out of ice. I am mesmerized by the beauty of the ice crystals every time I watch the movie ‘Frozen’. A part of me wonders how does the liquid water I sip upon get miraculously transformed Read further

by May 3, 2022 0 comments General, Science
The crystal that weakened Superman

The crystal that weakened Superman

Superman’s nemesis – Kryptonite. Crystals of that formidable substance weakening the superhero is something that his arch-enemies count upon to execute their evil plans by keeping him away. However, not all crystals are thus used to do something bad. Crystals have a good side too…Let us see how. How frequently do you have your mother Read further

by April 29, 2022 0 comments Chemistry, General, Science