Posts Categorized / Science & Technology

7 Indian Animals Nearing Extinction in the Next 7 Years

Last month Vivek Menon’s book Indian Mammals: A Field Guide was launched. The book isn’t quite the revised edition of his 2003 must have for subcontinental wildlife enthusiasts, A Field Guide to the Indian Mammals, but a new book altogether. If the current rate of poaching and  unsustainable development  continues, some of these animals may […]


This Excavator Mulcher Finishes a Tree in Seconds

This extreme machine from Canadian manufacturer Denis Cimaf swallows a tree in 15 seconds. As their website says- DENIS CIMAF Inc. specializes in developing high-performance industrial brushcutter-mulchers, land clearing equipments for excavators, backhoes, skid steers, forestry tractors and graders.  In applications such as land clearing, forest fire prevention, roadside maintenance or power, oil or gas […]


5 Ways how LEGO is helping Science make World a Better Place

We all know why LEGO has done a phenomenal job of creating a multibillion dollar business from small toy bricks. But LEGO is not just about selling brick toys to adults, it is helping scientists conduct experiments to help the world become a better place. How? As a scientific tool to study plant growth Engineers […]


Elon Musk Doesn’t Want to Play it Dirty like these Patent Wars

Yesterday, Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk, wrote a blogpost where he informed that Tesla is suspending enforcement of all its patents, “in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.” Like him, many believe that patent wars have done little but reduce competition and tie up useful capital in […]


5 Initiatives Undertaken on World Environment Day

Yesterday, was World Environment Day. The day that little kids write ‘Save environment’ messages on paper made from cutting trees. And the day when people undertook some initiatives worth talking about here- UK: Royal Mail launched special stamps to highlight threat to UK fisheries   Catch of the day! Check out our new #SustainableFishStamps we’re […]


Deadly Weapons from Hindu Mythology

See, first things first. There is no factual evidence of the existence of all these ancient weapons. But that doesn’t deter us from not writing this article. So here. Varuna Astra The Varunastra is the water weapon (a storm) according to the Indian scriptures, incepted by Varuna, the Hindu god of water. In stories it […]


5 Technologies Assisting in Make Policing more Effective

As the call for public safety becomes louder, the police department needs to keep itself abreast of the latest technologies available to make them more efficient. New technologies are creating greater and more powerful capabilities for humanity and the police have to match up to their pace. Thankfully, some of these innovations are making police […]


India’s Biggest Technological Breakthroughs and the Men Responsible

From the time the idea of IIT was conceived by a 22 member committee headed by Nalini Ranjan Sarkar in 1946, India has embraced a series of scientific and technological developments. From Nehru’s ties with USSR for technological advancement to the boom of the BPO industry in the Dr. Manmohan era we have seen a […]


Some Unusual Natural Phenomenon Found in India

We take for granted whatever we are used to seeing around us in the world. Heck, even Haley’s comet or Aurora Borealis don’t excite us no more. But hey, keep the camera ready because you never know when Volcanic lightning strikes or when the sky has a fire rainbow. But with these cases you’d rather […]


How LEGO Nearly went Bankrupt – and Survived

This is part of Issue #37: So Close Yet So Far “Change is the new constant.” What happens, though, if a company evolves too quickly and loses touch with the basics? A classic example is LEGO, the Danish toy giant whose products we’ve all grown up with – interlocking plastic bricks you can use to build […]


War of the Currents and SI Units

This post is part of Issue #36: Choice The example of Burridan’s ass in the introduction to this week’s theme shows that having choices isn’t always a good thing. You can’t think rationally all the time, so having too many choices can be paralyzing. And even very intelligent people can make mistakes while analyzing their options. […]


Straw Rules: If you Don’t Want to Break Them, Bend Them

This is part of Issue #35: Too good to be true Historians don’t know what civilization adopted the usage of straws first but the earliest known usage of straws was in 3000 B.C. by the Sumerians. But this boring history is not what this article is about, but the cool innovation in the last 150 years First, […]


Molecular Gastronomy: Born in a lab not in a kitchen

This post is part of Issue#34: Food and Beverage What is this cool term Molecular gastronomy? Molecular gastronomy is the scientific study of the process of cooking. It seeks to investigate and explain the chemical reasons behind the transformation of ingredients, as well as the social, artistic and technical components of culinary and gastronomic phenomena. The […]


Humans: An Obedient Species

This post is part of Issue#33: Pain In 1961, German Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann‘s trial  in Jerusalem raised some questions: Could it be that Eichmann and his million accomplices in the Holocaust were just following orders? Could we call them all accomplices? These questions occupied public curiosity at that time. And as it always […]