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Dec 2

Ever wondered how an ATM card stores information? Most of us are aware that the black strip at the back of the card plays an important role in this process. How it works though, isn't as common a knowledge.

The black strip found at the back of most smart cards is essentially a band of magnetic material. Different materials respond differently to a magnetic field. Iron for example, gets ‘magnetized’ in the presence of a magnet, whereas a piece of wood does not.

General, Science, Technology, SciQs
Nov 25

Most of the knowledge a common man has about reptiles is based on stories and hearsay. It is high time we find out authentic truths and coexist with the wildlife that often finds its way to our homes, farms and other urban spaces. Let us learn about one of the most fascinating reptiles, snakes and appreciate how the human race is indebted to them.

Infographics, General, Science, Ecology, SciQs
Nov 18

When we think of diseases that come to us from animals, rabies and AIDS are the most common ones that pop into our heads. Rabies is one of the most common viral zoonotic infections. Some of the widely known facts about rabies are that it makes you a slobbering, aggressive madman, it’s acquired by the bite of an infected dog and that it kills you.

General, Science, Health, SciQs
Nov 11

The word “drug” is a taboo in the society. People shun the so-called drug users and abusers. However, little do they know that they themselves are consuming a drug on a daily basis! Befuddled?

“Mom, can I have a cup of coffee?”

YES! Coffee! Or more specifically, caffeine.

General, Science, Health, SciQs
Nov 4

Among the hustle bustle of people in India, survives the country’s fascinating biodiversity. Finding their way through all these lives is an incredible diversity of bats. Let us understand how we can coexist with these beautiful, yet misunderstood creatures of the night. 

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Oct 28

Gold is arguably the most enigmatic element on Earth. Its value as a form of currency, an industrial metal, and its cultural significance have made it the most sought-after metal all over the world. It wouldn’t be unfair to say that gold is the stuff of legend. A tad dramatic perhaps? But then the story of gold is dramatic! Its presence on Earth tells of stellar cataclysms and extraterrestrial travel.

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Oct 21

What do sword billed humming birds, fig wasps and acacia ants have in common? It’s the phenomenon of co-evolution, where these organisms are dependent on other organisms for survival and they reciprocally affect the other’s evolution.

General, Science, Ecology, SciQs
Oct 7

Black holes are the celestial objects with such immense gravity that nothing can escape from them -- not even light!

Einstein's theory of General Relativity tells us that space and time are intertwined. This space-time can be curved and warped by anything that has mass, like the sun or earth. Gravity is not a force that attracts objects like magnetism, but is the result of this curve in space-time.

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