The Science in Fire Ants

Fire Ants or Red Harvester Ants, got its name for the painful sting they instil in humans, which is a sensation similar to what one feels when burned by fire. Fire ants are native to South America and an invasive species in the United States. One of the adaptations that makes them so hardy is that…

Largest Family Tree in the World

Family Tree Registers, of families, maintained by Brahmin Priest Pandits or ‘Pandas’, who double up as professional genealogists, at Haridwar, India, has been a subject of study for many years now. In several cases, these voluminous records or Vahis (Bahi), have also been used in settling legal cases regarding inheritance or property disputes, as these records are held…

Real Life Rapunzels

We have all read or heard about Rapunzel, the Fairytale Princess from the Disney stories, and her famous long hair. What if I tell you there are real-life Rapunzels among us. The women in the Village of Huangluo, in China have long hair, giving us a feeling of real-life Rapunzels. For them, hair is their most…

Gold thinner than paper

Nowhere is the fine art of metal leaf production more refined than it is in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, in Japan. About 99% of the gold foils in Japan come from Kanazawa. This Gold foil is a smoothed metal of gold and little silver. The foil is smoothed to a thickness of 0.0001 Millimeters. It is said…

What if you stopped sleeping?

Is your lack of sleep slowly killing you? Many of us have experienced the effects of sleep deprivation: feeling tired and cranky, or finding it hard to concentrate. Sleep is more important for our brains than you may realise. Although it may appear you’re “switching off” when you fall asleep, the brain is far from…

How do hormones work?

What are hormones, and what do hormones do? Over our lifetimes, our bodies undergo a series of extraordinary metamorphoses: we grow, experience puberty, and many of us reproduce. Behind the scenes, the endocrine system works constantly to orchestrate these changes. Hormones are messengers that are released mainly by glands, and they travel in the bloodstream…

Smart Squids

Squids get less publicity than octopuses, but they are really weird as well. The sea creatures have developed so many strategies for evading predators in the sea that we must marvel at how undersea life is totally different from the way land animals go through life. There are about 500 species of squid, and they…