Roshni : an ability for the disabled by Shiveesh Fotedar #kindnessmatters

On joining IIT for research and work, I primarily focused on how to build my design portfolio. There I met Dhruv, a differently abled person with a congenital hearing loss. He became my inspiration. Because of him kindness welled up inside me and my respect for the differently abled  grew. He became my friend and […]

Mobius strip

The Möbius strip — sometimes called the Möbius band — is named after mathematician and astronomer August Ferdinand Möbius, who came up with the idea in September 1858. Curiously, German mathematician Johann Benedict Listing independently developed the same idea a few months earlier in July 1858. Unfortunately for Listing, one of the most famous surfaces […]

Physicists create Star Wars-style 3D projections — just don’t call them holograms

They may not technically be holograms, but they’re pretty impressive: Researchers have created moving 3D images that are viewable from any angle. The technique, called volumetric display, comes from the lab of Daniel Smalley at Brigham Young University. Smalley’s team uses two sets of lasers—one traps and moves a particle around, while the other projects […]

Volumes

“Volumes” is an experimental art film by Maxim Zhestkov using physics-based particle animation. Waves and unseen forces send billions of color-changing particles aloft in the film. The motions – especially the way the particles seem to tear themselves – are reminiscent of a complex fluid, like yogurt. These substances have both liquid-like (viscous) and solid-like […]

Positron

August 2 is reserved to the positron On this day in 1932, Caltech physicist Carl Anderson discovered the positron, the first particle of antimatter to be identified. Anderson had not set out to hunt antimatter. He had built a cloud chamber to determine the composition of cosmic rays, high-energy particles that rain down from space. […]

Passion flower

Saw this interesting flower while in Greece, and indeed is very impressive 🙂 The Passion Flower (Passiflora), a fast-growing perennial vine, with showy white and purple-blue scented flowers. The corona in the flower is blue or with violet filaments. Passion flowers have five greenish-yellow stamens and three purple stigmas. Passion flowers are known to have […]

Signs of Alien Life by 2025, Says NASA Chief Scientist

“I think we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we’re going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years,” NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday (April 7) during a panel discussion that focused on the space agency’s efforts to search for habitable worlds and […]

Plancheite

Plancheite is a hydrated copper silicate that is so closely related to Shattuckite in appearance and chemical composition that they are often mistaken. Plancheite is found in copper deposits alongside Dioptase, Chrysocolla, and Malachite. Plancheite was first described by A. Lacroix from Mindouli. Named after a French explorer, Mr. Planche, who supplied the samples to Lacroix.

Hot lips plant

These gorgeous pair of red, luscious lips belong to a plant known as Psychotria elata, a tropical tree found in the rain forests of Central and South American countries like Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador. The plant has apparently evolved into its current shape to attract pollinators including hummingbirds and butterflies. Know more: http://www.seedsofeaden.com/ornamental-plants-k7/hooker-s-lips-plant-psychotria-elata-b83.html

What if the Big Bang wasn’t the beginning ?

 New Study Proposes Alternative Was the universe created with a Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago, or has it been expanding and contracting for eternity? A new paper, inspired by alternative explanations of the physics of black holes, explores the latter possibility, and rejects a core tenant of the Big Bang hypothesis. The universal origin […]

Sea hares

Sea hares are hermaphrodites who really like to share the love. During mating, each sea hare serves as both a male and a female to different partners simultaneously, creating a long chain that can yield millions of eggs. The slow-moving animals are known for defending themselves by squirting an off-putting mixture of purple ink and […]

The slowest reaction time !!!! Reminds me of sloth from zootopia 😂

When you have the slowest reaction time in the world The axolotl also known as a Mexican salamander or a Mexican walking fish, is a neotenic salamander, closely related to the tiger salamander. Although the axolotl is colloquially known as a “walking fish”, it is not a fish, but an amphibian. Know more: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/amphibians/a/axolotl/

Blue whale heart

This is a 440-pound blue whale heart. Scientists conducted a first of its kind preservation effort – plastination – to salvage it from a decomposing body. What is Plastination? Plastination is a preservation method to generate non-toxic anatomical specimens, which can be used for long-term educational purposes. Article: https://www.wired.com/story/how-scientists-preserved-a-440-pound-blue-whale-heart Photo: Courtesy of the Royal Ontario […]

NASA’s SDO Reveals How Magnetic Cage on the Sun Stopped Solar Eruption

New research highlights the role of the Sun’s magnetic landscape in the development of solar eruptions that can trigger space weather events around Earth. Using data from our Solar Dynamics Observatory, scientists examined an October 2014 Jupiter-sized sunspot group, an area of complex magnetic fields, often the site of solar activity. This was the biggest […]

Gemology

Two of the stones I’ve seen at the Senckenberg Museum . One of them is amethyst, do you know what’s the other one? Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz. The name comes from the ancient Greek “amethystos”, which means “not drunken”, a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. […]