March 2012

Rib Tickling Scientific Findings

Almost in every news paper, a page is devoted to the current research and studies being carried out all over the world.  Many of these findings are very funny and evoke the laughter. The titles of these new items are even more jocular. Often as you go through such news, it shall elaborate that study was carried out by a team of researchers from such and such university on 100 or so people. Any person with a moderate knowledge of science and having a logical mind will immediately know about the flimsy claims in these trivial studies. But these have… Read More »Rib Tickling Scientific Findings

Funny Rib Tickling Scientific Studies

Almost in every news paper, a page is devoted to the current research and studies being carried out all over the world.  Many of these findings are very funny and evoke the laughter. The titles of these new items are even more jocular. Often as you go through such news, it shall elaborate that study was carried out by a team of researchers from such and such university on 100 or so people. Any person with a moderate knowledge of science and having a logical mind will immediately know about the flimsy claims in these trivial studies. But these have… Read More »Funny Rib Tickling Scientific Studies

Edmund Albius: Inventor of the Manual Method of Vanilla Pollination

Vanilla is rated as the second most valuable spice after Saffron. One of the reasons for their being the most valuable species in addition to right kind of climate is its labor intensive farming. Vanilla is famous for essence and find used in numerous food items. The flavor is imparted by a organic compound Vanillin which has chemical having the name 4-hydroxy-3 methoxy benzaldehyde. Some other compounds also make contribution. Vanillin is not present in the beans. Beans contain odorless compoumd vanillin glucoside which when fermented releases the oil. Vanilla is a native of Mexico. The pollination is possible due… Read More »Edmund Albius: Inventor of the Manual Method of Vanilla Pollination

Rupa Ganguly: The Multifaceted Woman

We know her as Draupadi, the stellar role she played in the epic series “Mahabharata” on Doordarshan India. That was the role which has many shades of positive and negative. Draupadi was a complex woman who was the wife to five Pandava brothers. The legend had it that she wanted a complete man like Narayana as her husband. But in the mortal world, such a person was impossible to exist. So God gave her five husbands who had been endowed with limited qualities. Combined they became a person very near to what is wanted to be her husband. It is… Read More »Rupa Ganguly: The Multifaceted Woman