September 20, 2020

Mighty Microbes !!

Microbes may be very small in size but their sheer numbers and remarkable adaptability to the existing climates is astounding. The word microbe is derived from micro-organisms meaning they are so small that they cannot be seen with naked eyes. A microscope is required to see them. But these tiny organisms are so active that they can bring about mammoth changes into the environment in which they live. Most of the chemical changes on the earth are brought about by these microorganisms. When the earth first formed, the atmosphere consisted only of carbon dioxide and water. Due to this iron… Read More »Mighty Microbes !!

Raktika: The bright seed of Gunja

Raktika or Gunja vines grow wildly in many areas of India. Raktika or Rati, seed of Gunja vine, was used in ancient India as a unit of weight for weighing the precious metals like Gold. The seeds have the quality of having almost identical weights. It is generally taken as 0.118 grams but the consistency over the different times is doubtful. The standard varied from time to time and place. The seed is also known as Jequirity, Crab’s Eye, Rosary Pea, John Crow Bead, Precatory bean, Indian Licorice, Akar Saga, Giddee Giddee or JumbieĀ  Bead in different parts of the… Read More »Raktika: The bright seed of Gunja