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Michelangelo: Liberating Angels In The Stones

Do you believe every human life born on this earth has an innate talent? May you believe it or not, this young boy had the potential to liberate the angels that he visualized on every piece of marble stone that he chiselled with his naturally deft and artistic pair of hands. Michelangelo Buonarroti took Lorenzo De Medici by surprise with his skilled sculpting as a young man, who later made the world turn around to him with his exquisite ability to transform mortified stones into immortal sculptures. He is a painter and a poet too. Medici employed this young man as a sculptor in his court offering five ducats as salary a month. He learnt classical sculpture there under the supervision of Bertoldo Di Giovanni, another well-known Italian sculptor. During this period, Michelangelo spent time w...

Zika Virus, An Emerging Pandemic Threat

A virus that was found in 1947 and has largely remained dormant for nearly more than half a century with no devastating effects on mankind, Zika is reaching a pandemic level in the Southern America. The World Health Organization has declared a global emergency due to the pace at which this virus has started spreading across continents. Showing symptoms of seasonal flu with body aches, and joint pains in adults, it affects the foetus of a pregnant woman causing poorly developed brain and skull, known by the name microcephaly, in a newborn baby. The virus can also be transmitted sexually other than being passed from a mother to child through the placenta. [Body1AdHere] Almost a million people are infected by the virus in Brazil, which is already tottering with economic and political turmoil....

Top 5 Extreme Cold Winters on Earth

While the earth rotates in its orbit, there are a lot of factors that change on its surface for its inhabitants with its spin. Climate is one such thing that has started to change rapidly than ever before, say scientists. Adding more to its cadence, not all climates across different geographical regions in the planet are the same. They vary to a greater degree. Some places may not see winter season throughout the year and some places would be extremely colder that people hardly spent a few minutes out of their warmed-up shelter. In this post, we would see five places that have some of the lowest temperatures during extreme cold winters. They are not listed in any order. Fort Good Hope, Canada This is home to a population of 559 people in the Northwest Territories of Canada with the lowest ...

Captagon: The Drug That Keeps The Conflict in Syria Awake

What would it take for a conflict to continue for more than four years with days and nights spent fighting? If you think it is the ideological vehemence and religious fervor that drives them to fight for what they believe with all their faith, then you are making a gross mistake. The resolve these fighters resort to in order to stay awake and kill ferociously is something very much strictly prohibited by what they fight on behalf of – the Sharia law. Captagon, a form of amphetamine tablets prepared from synthetic stimulant fenethylline, is widely used by the fighters from both the sides to keep them going incessantly and inhumanly. [Body1AdHere] The drug that was found in the 60s to treat depression and hyperactivity was found to be addictive and hence banned in the 80s in many count...

Two Unsolved Mysteries Answered by Science

Mysteries are considered awesome as they intrigue people and catch their attention as there is an inexplicable fact involved in every mystery that cannot be readily perceived by our understanding. But not all of them remain mystifying forever. Science has shed a lot of light in the recent years and has made many of these mysteries comprehensible, but not without much painstaking efforts. Here are two such unsolved mysteries that have made people wonder about how on earth are they possible. I. The Tunguska Event On the 30th of June 1908 at 7.14 am, there was a huge explosion caused by a fireball flying over the skies of Eastern Siberian Taiga that felled nearly 80 million trees in the forest area of 2000 square kilometres. No persons were harmed during the event. The tremors of the explosio...

Why Is Stonehenge A Mystery?

Our understanding about one of the most ancient monuments known in human history has been revised when scientists of Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project team discovered the most massive of all the stone structures known so far. It was found beneath Durrington Walls, which is around 3 kilometres away from Stonehenge. The newly discovered structure is known to have been built before 4500 years whereas the Stonehenge that we have known till date is 3500 years old. As the mysteries enshrouding Stonehenge remains unravelled, a Superhenge has been discovered. Thus, the conundrums and awe of Stonehenge continue to surprise the humankind with its unanswered questions: Why was it built? When was it built? Above all, how was it built? It may look like a simple pile of stones, but they are enormously...

Caesar And The Ides Of March

What is it? The phrase ‘Ides of March’, (e silent in Ides) may sound very sophisticated, but it was just a way of denoting the 15th of March on the Roman calendar. This calendar did not number the days of a month as we do, but divided a month into three sections namely Nones, Ides and Kalends. Nones denoted the seventh day of March, May, July and October and the fifth day in the remaining months. Similarly Ides represented the fifteenth day of the above-mentioned months and the thirteenth day of the remaining months, whereas Kalends is the first day of every month. Thus Ides does happen in all the months, not just March, but Ides of March is significant in many ways. Religious ceremonies and celebrations including Anna Perenna were observed widely in the Roman calendar on this day and it h...

Color: An Optical Illusion?

Little introduction does ‘The Dress’ need after creating a crazy havoc in the world online for more than 24 hours, but what transpired from the debate is something worth pondering. Even though the search engine optimized explanations offered by the online portals would have made no sense, if not least, to common masses, it is possible to investigate the whole idea in simpler terms or in a non-scientific language using little jargon; but at a cost. We may never visit the debated topic ‘The Dress’ but what would be more of our interest is the science of color and the notion that, it is just an optical illusion. We wake up to a world of colors, lit well or sufficiently by the sun that helps us in leading our everyday lives by assisting us to choose the right metro we should take, the right pe...

War: Theories, Rules and Politics

Nobody loves war and there are justifiable reasons behind that loathe. Wars are always detestable that can ravage human lives including civilians, and properties pushing the economy into troubling times that makes survival harder than under peaceful conditions. It seems, there is even no rough estimate of the number of lives lost in all the wars fought so far- at least with a quick Google search- as it would be a monstrously huge pile of numbers. The war with most number of fatalities is the World War II with a reported loss of 56.4 million lives and it is also said that 17.2 % of Poland’s population was wiped off during this war of six years. Now, it makes sense to consider the effort of finding the total estimate of war fatalities a gargantuan task. No, computers are not meant for this p...

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