Why Water is Different from other Liquids

Three fourth of the surface of the earth is covered with oceans. Water sustains the life on our planet. Salts and many organic compounds like sugars are taken by our bodies in the form of their solutions in water. Water is the medium in the cells of our bodies and salts conduct their business of sending the electrical signals to intended parts of the body from the brain. If you lose the water from your body through perspiration or other processes you have to replenish the deficiency by drinking the water else the solutions inside your body and blood will …

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Exceptional Brains

Human beings are endowed with power of thinking. All this is possible due to highly evolved brain. But some of us humans are exceptional. Do they see visions? They can predict the events of future. Following are such incidences from the science field. Sir P. A. M. Dirac Sir P.A.M Dirac is considered as the greatest theoretical physicist in Britain after Newton. A stern father made him the man of few words. But this trait turned on an intense internal energy. This energy manifested in the form of beautiful equations when he married Einstein’s relativity with quantum mechanism. On the …

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Steve Jobs and Yuddhistra

There is an episode in Mahabharata in which Yama, the God of Death wants to test the wisdom and knowledge of Yuddhistra, the eldest of Pandavas. The story goes that Pandava brothers go one after another to fetch water from a pool that supposedly belonged to Yama. As soon as, the pitcher is lowered into water, Yama’s voice reverberates and warns the pitcher holder not to fill it until he answers a question posed to him. As all the younger brothers fail to answer, they drop dead by the pond. At last when all the brothers are gone and none …

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Arsenic Poison in Drinking Water

Uncontaminated drinking water is hardly available to most of the poor population in the developing or under-developed countries. Water contaminated with bacteria, virus and dissolved ions in excessive amounts cause so many disease. Contamination of water can be natural or man induced. The reason for the contamination of water is that water is a universal solvent. It leaches away so many chemical compounds from the rocks exposed to it. Secondly, water makes up more than 70% of the area available on the Earth surface. Life began in the water. So many reactions necessary for the growth and reproduction of life …

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Freshwater Dolphins

We will talk about 3 fresh water dolphins that are native to the Ganges, Indus and Irrawaddy rivers. They have adapted themselves to live in these rivers and scoop the food from the bottom of the shallow rivers. Gangetic Dolphin First one is the Gangetic Dolphin, known scientifically as Platanista Gangetica Gangetica. As the name suggests it is found in river Ganga down to Sundarbans delta. But they are also found in Brahmaputra river. Locally they called Susu and has been declared national aquatic animal of India. The females are larger than the males and the size of these dolphins …

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Pink Grasshopper

There is a river near my home. It is a seasonal river and has a large dry bed which is full of pebbles and sand. Many birds lay their eggs in the nests made on the soil. I generally go for a walk and to take pictures there. Today while I was walking alongside the pebbles, I noticed a pink-colored pebble. On close inspection, it turned out to be a pink Grasshopper which is very rare. Usually, the Grasshoppers are green to match the grass background for camouflage which gives them safety against predators. But this one was of Pink …

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One Planet : Seven Worlds

One Planet : Seven Worlds is a BBC program by legendary sor david attenborough

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Asparagus and Smelly Urine

Asparagus is very popular in Europe as a vegetable. People in some countries prefer white variety which is not different but lacks chlorophyll as it is grown in areas of very low light. Eating asparagus results in Smelly urine smell. Asparagus contains a non-toxic acid called Asparagusic acid. This acid contains sulphur element. When it is eaten, the acid in the stomach breaks down the Asparagusic acid into volatile sulphur compounds like mercaptan. When a person who has consumed asparagus goes to urinate, the sulphur compounds evaporate very fast and get separated from urine and reach the nose giving rotten …

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Libyan Desert Glass

In the desert situated in western Egypt and Libya, this glass is scattered over thousands of miles. It is said to have formed due to a meteoric collision some 29 million years ago. Collision resulted in high temperature which melted the silica but it so happened that molten mass cooled rapidly and got converted into glass. Real interest in this glass began when It was found in the pharaoh Tutankhamen crown as a beetle. This crown is 3000 years old. The designers even at that time were thinking the glass to be a gem.

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