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Lost and Found on Mars


European Space Agency (ESA) had launched a spacecraft named as “Mars Express.” on June 2, 2003, from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, using a Soyuz-FG/Fregat rocket. The spacecraft was named as “express” considering the speed and efficiency with which the spacecraft was designed and built and also because it was expected to have the shortest interplanetary … Continue reading

Endangered Forest Owlet now sighted in Madhya Pradesh Jungles too!


There is more good news about a bird specie that was considered lost by ornithologists in India. Just a month ago I had reported that in the month of October 2014, Sunil Laad, a naturalist and former employee of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) had seen a forest Owlet in the Tansa sanctuary near Mumbai. … Continue reading

A Yellow Taj Mahal?


The Taj Mahal; a monument that is considered as the world’s greatest symbol of love, was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 as a mausoleum for his third and favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child. This beautiful Mughal era building, consisting of domes and minarets has been … Continue reading

Allergies; a modern age nemesis


The World Allergy Organization (WAO) is an international umbrella organization whose members consist of 95 National Allergy Societies from around the world. They say that almost 40% of the globe’s population is genetically prone to severe allergic reactions. Coming nearer home, a comprehensive study in 2014 by a clinical laboratory brings out a grim picture … Continue reading

Killing two birds with one stone


India is a semi tropical country that gets plenty of sunlight. India’s landmass gets about 300 clear, sunny days every year. According to an estimate, India’s theoretical solar power reception, on only its land area, is about 5000 Petawatt-hours ( 10^15 watts x hours) per year. The daily average solar energy incident over India varies … Continue reading

What’s in a label?


I first visited USA in 1980’s. During my visit, I did buy a few clothes for myself and my family, because they were very cheap and of exceptional quality. I had then noticed that each and every garment had a tag or a label. That was something new, because at that time, most of the … Continue reading

India building deep underground laboratory to study Neutrinos


We all know that all matter consists of atoms, which have a central nucleus and number of electrons. The nucleus is a cluster of two types of particles. A proton with a positive charge and a neutron, which is electrically neutral. Atoms of various elements differ from each other because they have different numbers of … Continue reading

A “Vedic” flying machine; Myth or Historic reality?


What is science? The word has originated from the Latin word scientia, meaning knowledge. Wikipedia defines it as a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about nature and the universe. In an older and closely related meaning, “science” also refers to a body of knowledge itself, … Continue reading

India building deep underground laboratory to study Neutrinos


We all know that all matter consists of atoms, which have a central nucleus and number of electrons. The nucleus is a cluster of two types of particles. A proton with a positive charge and a neutron, which is electrically neutral. Atoms of various elements differ from each other because they have different numbers of … Continue reading

A juggler’s trick on board International space station


India’s infamous Godmen, known for the juggling and cheap tricks they perform to cheat and deceive ignorant faithful, are often known to perform tricks like producing holy ash (according to them) from the palm of their hands. Many years ago, I remember having viewed a stage drama in which a fake Godman, who actually is … Continue reading

The invisible fence


Two years ago, I had an opportunity to visit the India-Pakistan border in Rann of Kutch area. For a person who lives hundreds of kilometers away from the nearest India-Pakistan border point, this was something totally unusual. The actual India-Pakistan international boundary is marked with white coloured pillars, 4-1/2 feet high, placed at every 40 … Continue reading

India to partner giant 30 meter telescope project


A couple of months ago, I had reported about a giant new astronomical telescope that is being set up at Mauna Kea, the highest point in the U.S. state of Hawaii, through international cooperation. This new telescope with a 30 meter diameter mirror is being called as Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) It is expected that … Continue reading

From Berlin wall to Baluchistan trench


Always considered as the sour most sign of the cold war, the Berlin Wall was erected by erstwhile German Democratic Republic in 1961. The wall had managed to completely cut off West Berlin from East Berlin as well as surrounding East Germany. A modern Avatar of the Berlin wall in form of a trench, has … Continue reading

What’s in a baby’s name?


I recently came across an interesting bit of news. According to a report published by Britain’s Office for National Statistics, Muhammad has emerged as the most common first name given to baby boys born in London in 2012, perhaps due to a high proportion of the childbearing age population being non-UK born. Sophia was the … Continue reading

Baby steps towards a manned space flight


Come this December, if all goes well, India’s giant 630-tonne GSLV-Mk III launch vehicle should blast off to the skies carrying on board a CARE (Crew Module Atmospheric Reentry Experiment) weighing about 3.65 tonnes. This flight of GSLV-Mk III rocket, designated as LVM3-X, is the maiden flight for this biggest and heaviest rocket, ever to … Continue reading

Return of the lost one


Tansa wildlife sanctuary is located in the Thane district of Maharashtra about 90 Km away from the city of Mumbai. The sanctuary covering an area of around 320 sq. km, is a home for many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. The flora in this sanctuary mainly consists of southern tropical moist deciduous … Continue reading

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