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ಸಸ್ಯಗಳಿಗೆ ನೆನಪುಗಳಿವೆಯೇ?

ಸಸ್ಯಗಳಿಗೆ ನೆನಪುಗಳಿವೆಯೇ?

‘ಸೂಕ್ಷ್ಮ ಸಸ್ಯ’ – ಮಿಮೋಸಾದಲ್ಲಿ ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಕಾಲ ಮಾಡಿದ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಯ ನಂತರ, ಮೋನಿಕಾ ಗಾಗ್ಲಿಯಾನೊ ಅವರು ಕೆಲವು ಆಸಕ್ತಿದಾಯಕ ಲಕ್ಷಣಗಳನ್ನು ಕಂಡುಕೊಂಡರು. ಮಿಮೋಸಾ ಪುಡಿಕಾವು ತನ್ನ ರಕ್ಷಣಾತ್ಮಕ ತಂತ್ರಗಳಿಗೆ ಹೆಸರುವಾಸಿಯಾದ ಸಸ್ಯವಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ನಮಗೆಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ತಿಳಿದಿದೆ. ಏನಾದರೂ ಪ್ರತಿಕೂಲವಾದಾಗ, ಮಿಮೋಸಾದ ಎಲೆಗಳು ಸುರುಳಿಯಾಗಿರುತ್ತವೆ ಅಥವಾ ರಕ್ಷಣಾತ್ಮಕ ಭಂಗಿಯಾಗಿ ಮಡಚಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತವೆ, ಅವುಗಳ ಬೆದರಿಕೆ ಗ್ರಹಿಕೆ ಮುಗಿದ ನಂತರ ತೆರೆದ ಸ್ಥಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಮರಳುತ್ತವೆ. ಈ ಪ್ರಯೋಗದಲ್ಲಿ, ಗಾಗ್ಲಿಯಾನೊ ಸಸ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಪುನರಾವರ್ತಿತ ಬೆದರಿಕೆ ಗ್ರಹಿಕೆಗೆ ಒಳಪಡಿಸಲು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸಿದರು. ಹೆಚ್ಚು ನಿರ್ದಿಷ್ಟವಾಗಿ ಹೇಳುವುದಾದರೆ,

ಸಸ್ಯಗಳು ಸಹಾಯಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಏನು ಮಾಡುತ್ತವೆ ?

ಸಸ್ಯಗಳು ಸಹಾಯಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಏನು ಮಾಡುತ್ತವೆ ?

ಚಪ್ಪಟೆಯಾದ ದೊಡ್ಡ ರೆಕ್ಕೆಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಬಿಳಿ-ಬೂದು ಬಣ್ಣದ ದೇಹದ ಮೇಲೆ ಎದ್ದು ಕಾಣುವ ಎರಡು ಪ್ರಕಾಶಮಾನವಾದ ನೀಲಿ ಕಣ್ಣುಗುಡ್ಡೆಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ, ಹಾಕ್‌ಮೋತ್ ಭವ್ಯವಾಗಿ ಕಾಣುತ್ತದೆ. ಅವು ಮನುಷ್ಯರಿಗೆ ನಿರುಪದ್ರವಿಗಳಾಗಿದ್ದು ಹೂವುಗಳಿಂದ ಮಕರಂದವನ್ನು ಕುಡಿಯುವುದರಿಂದ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಬದುಕುತ್ತವೆ. ಅವರು ಸ್ನೇಹಪರವಾಗಿ ಕಾಣಿಸಬಹುದು, ಆದರೆ ಅವುಗಳ ಲಾರ್ವಾಗಳು ಭೀಕರವಾಗಿ ವಿಭಿನ್ನ ಫಲಿತಾಂಶವನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿವೆ. ಹಾಕ್‌ಮೊತ್‌ನ ಮರಿಹುಳುಗಳು ತೋಟಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾಳು ಮಾಡುತ್ತವೆ. ಅವರ ಹೊಟ್ಟೆಬಾಕತನದಿಂದ ಬಹುತೇಕ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಸಸ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ತ್ವರಿತವಾಗಿ ತಿನ್ನಲು ಅನುವು ಮಾಡಿಕೊಡುತ್ತದೆ ಮತ್ತು ರೈತರಿಗೆ ಭಾರೀ ನಷ್ಟವನ್ನು ಉಂಟುಮಾಡಬಹುದು. ಆದರೆ

ಆಕಾಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಕ್ಕಿಗಳ ವೈಮಾನಿಕ ನೃತ್ಯ -ಮರ್ಮರೇಷನ್

ಆಕಾಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಕ್ಕಿಗಳ ವೈಮಾನಿಕ ನೃತ್ಯ -ಮರ್ಮರೇಷನ್

ಮರ್ಮರೇಷನ್ ಅನ್ನು ಸ್ಟಾರ್ಲಿಂಗ್ ಎಂಬ ಒಂದು ಹಕ್ಕಿಗಳ ಗುಂಪು ಆಕಾಶದಾದ್ಯಂತ ಹಾರುತ್ತ ನರ್ತಿಸುತ್ತ ಉಂಟುಮಾಡುತ್ತವೆ. ಸಂಜೆಯ ಹೊತ್ತಿಗೆ, ಸುಂದರ ಪ್ರದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ಟಾರ್ಲಿಂಗ್‌ಗಳ ಸಣ್ಣ ಗುಂಪುಗಳು ಆಕಾಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ವಚ್ಛಂದವಾಗಿ ಹಾರುತ್ತ ಗುಂಪಿನಲ್ಲಿ ತಮ್ಮ ಮೈಮರೆಯುತ್ತವೆ. ಈ ಗುಂಪು ದೊಡ್ಡದಾಗಿ, ವೈಮಾನಿಕ ನೃತ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಗ್ಗಟ್ಟಾಗಿ ಚಲಿಸುತ್ತಾ ಸೂರ್ಯನ ಬೆಳಕಿನ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಭವ್ಯ ರೂಪರೇಖೆಗಳನ್ನು ಉಂಟುಮಾಡುತ್ತವೆ. ಸ್ಟಾರ್ಲಿಂಗ್‌ಗಳನ್ನು ‘ಭಾಗಶಃ ವಲಸೆಗಾರರು’ ಎಂದು ಕರೆಯಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಇವು ಕೇವಲ ಕೆಲವು ಸ್ಥಳಗಳಿಗೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಚಲಿಸುತ್ತವೆ. ಮರ್ಮರೇಷನ್ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆಯ ಪಕ್ಷಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಆಕರ್ಷಿತವಾಗಿದೆ ಮತ್ತು ಪೆರೆಗ್ರಿನ್

ಹವಾಮಾನ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಗಳು ಕೋಕೋದಲ್ಲಿ ಚಾಕೊಲೇಟ್ ರುಚಿಯ ಬದಲಾವಣೆಗೆ ಕಾರಣವೇ?

ಹವಾಮಾನ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಗಳು ಕೋಕೋದಲ್ಲಿ ಚಾಕೊಲೇಟ್ ರುಚಿಯ ಬದಲಾವಣೆಗೆ ಕಾರಣವೇ?

ಚಾಕೊಲೇಟ್ ಮಾರುಕಟ್ಟೆ ನಿರಂತರವಾಗಿ ಬೆಳೆಯುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಉನ್ನತ ಮಟ್ಟದ ತಯಾರಕರು ಸಂಸ್ಕರಿಸಿದ ರುಚಿ ಮತ್ತು ಉತ್ತಮ ಗುಣಮಟ್ಟಕ್ಕೆ ಅಂಟಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಆದಾಗ್ಯೂ, ರುಚಿಯ ಬದಲಾವಣೆಯ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಕಾರಣ ನಿಮಗೆ ತಿಳಿದಿದೆಯೇ? ಮೊದಲನೆಯದಾಗಿ, ಚಾಕೊಲೇಟ್‌ನ ಮೂರು ಮುಖ್ಯ ಪದಾರ್ಥಗಳು ಕೋಕೋ ಬೆಣ್ಣೆ, ಕೋಕೋ ಪೌಡರ್ ಮತ್ತು ಸಕ್ಕರೆ. ಬೆಣ್ಣೆ ಮತ್ತು ಶಕ್ತಿಯನ್ನು “ಥಿಯೋಬ್ರೊಮಾ ಕೋಕೋ ಎಲ್” ಅಥವಾ ಕೋಕೋ ಮರದ ಬೀನ್ಸ್‌ನಿಂದ ಹೊರತೆಗೆಯಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಕೊಕೊ ಬೆಣ್ಣೆಯು ಬೀನ್ಸ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುವ ಕೊಬ್ಬು. ಇದು ವಿಶಿಷ್ಟವಾದ ಕೊಬ್ಬಿನಾಮ್ಲಗಳನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿದೆ, ಇದರ ಪರಿಣಾಮವಾಗಿ

ಪರಾಗಸ್ಪರ್ಶಕ ಆಕರ್ಷಣೆಯ ಸಂಚು.

ಪರಾಗಸ್ಪರ್ಶಕ ಆಕರ್ಷಣೆಯ ಸಂಚು.

ಹೂವುಗಳನ್ನು ನೋಡಲು ಕೀಟಗಳನ್ನು ಆಕರ್ಷಿಸುವ ಏಕೈಕ ವಿಷಯವೆಂದರೆ ಬಾಹ್ಯ ಬಣ್ಣಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ನೋಟ ಎಂದು ನೀವು ಭಾವಿಸಿದರೆ, ನೀವು ತಪ್ಪಾಗಿ ಭಾವಿಸುತ್ತೀರಿ. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಇನ್ನೂ ಬಹಳಷ್ಟು ನಡೆಯುತ್ತದೆ. ಹೂವಿನ ಬಣ್ಣವು ಕೀಟಗಳಿಗೆ ಹೇಗೆ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಆಕರ್ಷಣೆಯಾಗಬಹುದು ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಹಿಂದಿನ ಲೇಖನದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ಕಲಿತಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಹೂವಿನ ದಳಗಳ ಮೇಲಿನ ಸೂಕ್ಷ್ಮ ಗೆರೆಗಳು ಕೀಟಗಳು ಮಕರಂದವನ್ನು ತಲುಪಲು ಮಾರ್ಗದರ್ಶಿ ಮೂಲವಾಗಿ ಕಾರ್ಯನಿರ್ವಹಿಸುತ್ತವೆ. ನಂತರ, ಪರಾಗವು ಅವುಗಳ ದೇಹಕ್ಕೆ ಅಂಟಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತವೆ ಮತ್ತು ಅವುಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ ಇತರ ಹೂವುಗಳಿಗೆ ಪ್ರಯಾಣಿಸುತ್ತವೆ, ಸಂತಾನೋತ್ಪತ್ತಿಗೆ ಕೊಡುಗೆ ನೀಡುತ್ತವೆ.

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ಅಂಬರ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂರಕ್ಷಿಸಲಾಗಿರುವ ಪ್ರಾಚೀನ ಕೀಟಗಳು ನಮಗೆ ಏನು ಹೇಳುತ್ತವೆ?

ಅಂಬರ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂರಕ್ಷಿಸಲಾಗಿರುವ ಪ್ರಾಚೀನ ಕೀಟಗಳು ನಮಗೆ ಏನು ಹೇಳುತ್ತವೆ?

ವಿಜ್ಞಾನಿಗಳಿಗೆ, ಸಸ್ಯ ರಾಳವು ಅತ್ಯಾಕರ್ಷಕವಾಗಿದೆ. ಸಸ್ಯದ ರಾಳವು ಪ್ರಪಂಚದ ಬಹುಮುಖ ಮತ್ತು ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಬಳಸಿದ ಉತ್ಪನ್ನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದಾಗಿದೆ. ರಾಳವು ಟೆರ್ಪೆನ್ಸ್ ಎಂದು ಕರೆಯಲ್ಪಡುವ ಸಾವಯವ ಸಂಯುಕ್ತಗಳ ಗುಂಪನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿರುತ್ತದೆ, ಅವುಗಳು ಫೀನಾಲಿಕ್ ಮತ್ತು ಬಾಷ್ಪಶೀಲವಾಗಿವೆ. ರಾಳವನ್ನು ಬಹಳ ದೀರ್ಘಕಾಲ ಪಳೆಯುಳಿಕೆಯಂತೆ ಸಂಗ್ರಹ ಮಾಡಿದಾಗ, ಶಾಖ ಮತ್ತು ಒತ್ತಡವು ರಾಳದಿಂದ ಟೆರ್ಪೆನ್‌ಗಳನ್ನು ಹೊರಹಾಕುತ್ತದೆ. ಮೊದಲಿಗೆ, ರಾಳವನ್ನು ಕೋಪಾಲ್ ಎಂಬ ಸಂಬಂಧಿತ ವಸ್ತುವಾಗಿ ಪರಿವರ್ತಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಕೋಪಲ್ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಶಾಖ ಮತ್ತು ಒತ್ತಡಕ್ಕೆ ಒಳಪಟ್ಟಿರುತ್ತದೆ, ಇದು ಅಂಬರ್ ರಚನೆಗೆ ಕಾರಣವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಅಂಬರ್‌ನ

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Can Ants Shrink and Regrow Their Brains?

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Do Plants Have Consciousness?

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How males trick females!

How males trick females!

No. We are not trying to lure you in with a tricky headline! Among Topi antelopes that live on the savannahs of Africa, Dr. Jakob Bro Jorgensen of the University of Liverpool, UK, found this interesting behaviour. As the savannah gives little space to hide for the predators like lions, leopards and cheetahs, they have

Do Cows have Inbuilt Compasses?

Do Cows have Inbuilt Compasses?

Yes. You read it right! Strangely enough, for centuries, people have not noticed this enough until someone figured it out. Seems like the bovine folk might have more knowledge than we assume about the Earth’s magnetism.  While some experienced farmers would explain this alignment of cows standing in the North-South direction as a way to

Why Do Crocodiles Swallow Stones?

Why Do Crocodiles Swallow Stones?

When you are a crocodile, your diet has many things that are not at all easy. Whether it is the decaying carcasses you find or the smaller animals you manage to capture, you are bound to have digestive issues. How can a crocodile help itself with digestive problems? Let me explain. We already spoke at

Medicinal Benefits of Asafoetida, An Edible Gum-Resin

Medicinal Benefits of Asafoetida, An Edible Gum-Resin

Indian cuisine relies on a vast battery of spices – and hing plays an integral part. Native to Afghanistan and Iraq, #Asafoetida (Ferula asafoetida/Hing) is the dried sap obtained from the roots of Ferula plants and is a flavouring agent for food. #Hing is acquired in molten form and further processed into a consumable product. Several flavours of

Glowing Fish & Green Fluorescent Proteins

Glowing Fish & Green Fluorescent Proteins

First discovered in 1665 by Robert Hooke, the cells are the basic unit of life. Well, we all know that! Also, we know about the various advancements in theories and information about these units and other micro-organisms, which got discovered with time. Yet, there is a lot more to know about the mysterious nature. One

Brown trout and deceitful orgasms

Brown trout and deceitful orgasms

Is faking an orgasm only a human trait? Well, it seems, it transcends species! Being deceitful about orgasms is not uncommon among human beings but some specific species have mastered the art of faking their way out. Surprised? Take for instance the female brown trout. During the mating season, male trouts flock to court the

Do pitcher plants trap salamanders too?

Do pitcher plants trap salamanders too?

We know that pitcher plants are carnivorous as they have modified leaves called traps. These traps include the prey-trapping mechanism and feature a cavity comprising digestive liquid. The traps are formed by the specialized leaves and these plants make the best use of their nectars to attract their prey. Understanding Things about Pitcher Plants’ Chosen

Do plants attract suitors by their flashy colours?

Do plants attract suitors by their flashy colours?

Relationship between Colors Of Flower And Insects We all admire the beautiful colors of various flowers. Colors play a huge role in determining the flower. The beautiful colors in red roses, and happy yellow sunflowers, are seen because of the same reason people have black or blonde hair. Have you ever wondered about the origin

Aphrodisiac properties of the Rhino horn

Aphrodisiac properties of the Rhino horn

Today, in our PlantScience animal facts series, we will explore a common misconception for which an entire species had to pay the price and is on the brink of extinction – Rhinoceros. Did you know the word rhinoceros comes from the ancient Latin & Greek words ‘rhino‘ which means nose and ‘keras‘ which means horn?

Honey producing cattle – Aphids

Honey producing cattle – Aphids

Aphids are herbivores. They suck plant juices out of the leaves, stems, or roots of plants. The juices they drink often have much more sugar than protein. These little colonies of small bugs live around a plant and mostly try to hide from our sight. But they generate special interest for other interesting creatures –

Marsupials & the power of 3!

Marsupials & the power of 3!

When it comes to reproduction we are learning that the animal world is far more complicated than we would like to imagine. In today’s post, we will learn about the amazing anatomy of one of our favourite animal species – Kangaroo. Did you know that all marsupials (mammals which carry and tend the young in

The Parental Imprint

The Parental Imprint

Every member of the species carries some part of its parent in it self and it is almost certain that the parents come together in contributing their share to the child. However, in some cases it is quite different. In our series on strange reproduction behavior in animals, today we will examine the special fertilizations

Is virgin birth possible?

Is virgin birth possible?

This question has left many of the scientists bewildered until they found out about the virgin birth situations and explained to us all. While it is not common among the larger mammals or the species we observe every day, parthenogenesis, most commonly known as ‘Virgin Birth’, is a form of asexual reproduction in which a

7 facts you didn’t know about your Christmas tree

7 facts you didn’t know about your Christmas tree

Did you know Christmas trees are not just a Christmas tradition alone? For ages people in many countries believed that having an evergreen would keep witches, evil spirits and illness away. Around the winter solstice, ancient people believed that the sun god was weak in this time but will come back healthy and powerful. Having

Do Cows With Names Give More Milk?

Do Cows With Names Give More Milk?

One of my fondest memories from my childhood is living on the farm with my grandparents. My granny used to wake me up early to go milk the cows to make my favorite kheer. She had names for every cow, know the age of the calves, what they liked, how naughty one was and stories

Chickens are smarter than you think!

Chickens are smarter than you think!

Poultry sector in India is valued at about Rs. 80,000 crore (2015-16) and the plan is to double it by 2022. Worldwide the opportunities commercial poultry farming offers is just growing. To enhance the success of yield and health of the birds, many researchers are burning the midnight oil and this led to some amazing

Do Chickens Prefer Beautiful People?

Do Chickens Prefer Beautiful People?

Chickens are popular across the globe as humans view them as a food source. They are used in various cuisines and usually found on farms, but this barnyard bird is a lot smarter than you think. But it’s not uncommon for animals to be anticipating towards humans, as one requires being scrupulous, and animals have

Is eating the mud good?

Is eating the mud good?

Have you seen children dig out and lick soil or a mud wall? Some pregnant women crave for the soil too. Ever wondered why does that happen? This behaviour of voluntarily consuming soil is called Geophagy. Did you know the father of medicine, Hippocrates (460-380 BC) made a reference to geophagy in pregnancy (Young, 2011)

Peonies and Ants – Biological Mutualism

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

Ants to the rescue

Ants to the rescue

We often do not credit plants for their smart behaviour. You would be amazed to know some facts about how plants can influence their environment to suit their purpose. We see a lot of co-operation between various species and how they work in tandem to fight an enemy. Plants can call for help and enlist

Smelly feet are mosquito magnets

Smelly feet are mosquito magnets

When you are out in a public place with your friends, did you find some of them get stung by mosquitoes more often than others? You might have found it strange that mosquitoes seek out few people in particular in a group. You are right, there is a selective procedure being followed here and you

What is PlantScience?

What is PlantScience?

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 minds. However, at Atrimed PlantScience, we have willed ourselves to research,

Joey and the changes in Kangaroo’s milk

Joey and the changes in Kangaroo’s milk

Kangaroos are one of the most fascinating mammals on Earth. Though physically limited to the Australian continent, they are well known across the world for their unique features – standing on hind legs, having a strong tail, ability to box, carrying their babies in their pouches and strong jumping capabilities. Today, we are going to

8 Uncommon Pollinators

8 Uncommon Pollinators

When it comes to the matters of reproduction by pollination, most of us know the normal pollinators that plants utilize for fertilization, there are numerous that we don’t think about. Indeed numerous new previously unknown pollinators are being added to the list all the time. This implies the science behind welcoming these creatures by giving

Pollination by Mosquitoes

Pollination by Mosquitoes

Did you know there are around 3,500 mosquito species? A significant number of these need nothing to do with gnawing people or some other creature. Indeed, even in species that bite, it is just the females that do as they need human blood to build up their eggs. The major food of all grown-up mosquitoes

Sexual Cannibalism in animals

Sexual Cannibalism in animals

Researchers have been fascinated with nature in all of its brutality. Although a strict taboo in civilized and modern human societies, cannibalism is a fairly common occurrence in the animal kingdom. It is interesting to note that it is not just carnivorous species who practice cannibalism. Herbivores, omnivores and detritivores have also been known to

The “Praying” Mantis

The “Praying” Mantis

Today in our series of #Mastersofdisguise we are meeting an undeniably impressive insect – The praying mantis. Carnivorous and maser of camouflage, the praying mantis gets its name for the way their front legs are bent in a “praying” motion. Most mantis species are coloured green or brown so they can blend in with leaves and foliage

Beauty and fragrance

Beauty and fragrance

If looks can lure, this hammer orchid can summon an army of wasps. Add to that the brilliance of feninine pheromones and you have the ultimate combination.  The hammer orchid is an Australian species of orchid that attracts insects by mimicking both the visual and olfactory characteristics of pollinating insects like bees and wasps. This

Gomutra – bovine or divine?

Gomutra – bovine or divine?

Cow is an animal that has historically and mythologically been sacred in the religion of Hinduism. The animal is looked upon as a “mother”, and is considered to be like god. Since ancient times, cow urine or gomutra was thought to have special medicinal properties. According to Ayurveda, gomutra has special medicinal properties that allow it to treat and cure diseases

Cowpox + milkmaids = Vaccine?

Cowpox + milkmaids = Vaccine?

In the 20th century alone, more than 300 million people were killed due to smallpox. Smallpox is a virulent disease that has been around more millennia. In ancient Indian medical texts, this disease was referred to as masurika. Before modern vaccines were developed, ayurvedic doctors in India performed their own forms of treatment with the help

Is beauty skin deep?

Is beauty skin deep?

Beauty is not even skin deep! It is the work of millions of micro-beauticians working on it. Yes, that is true. The beauty of your facial skin is largely dependent on the infestation of millions of microbes on your face – also known as the facial skin microbiome. The skin has a community of beneficial

The Bug in there, gives the taste to your beer!!!

The Bug in there, gives the taste to your beer!!!

Do you love beer? Beer is a very popular alcoholic drink obtained from the fermentation of malted barley. It is one of the oldest forms of ingestible alcohol. Archaeological evidence discovered in the Carmel Mountains of Israel shows that beer was produced and consumed even 13,000 years ago. Modern beer has a very unique and

Ants help pollinate just like bees #PlantScienceFacts

Ants help pollinate just like bees #PlantScienceFacts

Did you know ants have a symbiotic relation with plants and help in pollination?The biological term “symbiosis” refers to what economists usually call a win-win situation: a relationship between two partners which is beneficial to both. The plants not just provide food and accommodation in the form of food bodies, seeds and nectar as well

Bees too have addiction to coffee..

Bees too have addiction to coffee..

Just like us, bees are addicted to caffeine as well and hence they return to the same plants when flowers bloom. When you think about this, the plants are actually controlling the way their seeds and pollen are sent out to regenerate and thereby attracting the bees. Isn’t it interesting to see how a small

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