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Volcanoes in Antarctica, Fury of Fire Beneath the Ice

Ninety-eight percent of the frigid continent is covered by ice, which is almost on an average 1.1 miles thick. Despite the difficulties to study the ice floor of the continent, scientists have revealed something startling. If you think Antarctica is full of only ice, you may have to rethink. There is a lot of fire beneath the ice sheets of the continent. It is home to a number of extinct and active volcanoes. Recently, scientists discovered 91 new volcanoes in Antarctica, adding to the already identified 47 volcanoes. What worries the scientists is the amount of melting these volcanoes could cause, when they erupt. A few geologists from University of Edinburgh conducted the study. The analysis of the West Antarctic Rift System identified 178 cone like formations beneath the floor, out of w...

Antibiotic Resistance- Challenging the Evolution

Antibiotic resistance is listed as one of the major six reasons that could result in the end of mankind on planet earth by BBC’s Knowledge magazine. Do you need a proof for evolution? Antibiotic resistance is the evidence. The microbes that were once suppressed by our antibiotics have become much stronger to defy the impact of our drugs. To those who believe in Young earth creationism, this clearly hints a proof for the process of evolution.  If evolution is what the metaphysical truth is, by fighting against the antibiotic resistance, are we waging a war against the holy process that made life possible on earth? These questions may never find their answers. But, the fact is antibiotic resistance is real and is getting worse. When we move fast towards the future, the past may return to hau...

5 Lesser Known Impacts of Climate Change and Environmental Abuse

Are the summers burning your skin than ever before? If you shout out ‘yess!’ wiping off your tears, then climate change is real. It is evident from the change in the environment around us. Its not just the heat wave. Change in climate brings droughts, rises sea levels, strengthens cyclones, hurricanes, and wildfires and so on. The catastrophic impacts on the environment and everyday livelihood also bring socio-economic changes resulting in lesser agricultural yields, famine, conflicts, wars etc. A World Meteorological Organization report says that the world is five times more disaster prone than ever due to climate change and its consequences. The abuse of environment by civilization-prone activities is taking a toll on the planet’s life. In addition to the obvious effect...

Can Telepathy Be The Next Thing on Facebook?

The first communication between human beings happened 500,000 years ago, when they talked in sign or other illegible languages. The next big transformation happened when symbols were used almost 30,000 years ago to inform thoughts to another human system. Paintings and pictorial representations became some of the oldest forms of communication messages that our ancestors used to convey what they perceive in their neural networks to other such networks that decode and comprehend them. Eventually thereafter, texts and words were developed in every language each with their own script and style. All these happened over several hundreds of years. Today, our communication systems have made meteoric progress that can connect people even with the inhabitable planets. The swifter mode of communicati...

The Antikythera Mechanism- World’s First Computer

During the second century BC, a Roman ship carrying Greek artifacts met with its destiny while sailing through the rocky passages of Antikythera waters. Almost, after two thousand years, this ship wreckage opened the modern man a gateway to witness a technology developed then, which was way ahead of its times that even after a millennium since then such an advancement cannot be made. In 1900, a group of sponge divers found some rare bronze materials including a broken arm -which is believed to be that of a philosopher – deep in the ocean floor. Along those artifacts is a technological piece of marvel that inspired the awe of modern day intellectualism. The 20 cm high bronze apparatus has been lying in the ocean floor for nearly 2 millennium only to claim its due credit as the world&#...

The Paris Agreement and Climate Change

What is this COP21 all about? It is the twenty-first Conference of Parties (COP), in which the parties are the signatory countries of the 1992 UNFCCC, expanded as United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Leaders of more than 190 countries meet and discuss the initiatives of their governments, aimed to bring down the average rise in global temperature below 2 degree Celsius and that is easier said than done.   Energy and Climate Change World’s economic growth is a lot dependent on energy production, which in turn plays a major role in pushing up the levels of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere. Two-thirds of the global GHG emissions is due to energy production to meet our growing demands and fuel our economic growth engines. The world we live in started witnessing c...

Virtual Reality: Is It The End of An Era of Mutual Human Interaction?

Had you not heard of virtual reality, it is high time you should. It’s like creating a different world altogether for the viewers and make them experience all the dimensions of a different space when they are alive sitting on their couch in this very Earth. [Body1AdHere] On 20th October 2015, The New York Times announced its virtual reality project in partnership with Google, which will help millions of its subscribers to watch events in the real space. You heard it right. This immersion technology is going to take the viewers to the space where events are happening, but not real-time. This can be understood as an advanced version of 3D technology. Using virtual reality, you will be able to experience all the dimensions of the space in which the event is happening. Not just being there, yo...

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...

How Facebook helps Theory of Evolution?

There has been a lot of writing about how people exaggerate their life events in order to grab attention of their friends in their social media circle. As most of the articles -written today are search engine optimized or purported to be entertaining- conclude that the online viewers need not take seriously such posts or updates, but should neglect them as mere exaggerations and continue with their regular life. Why aren’t we bothered to think or write further on this topic to understand what difference technology or such ‘individual media’ has made in our lives? To justify the theme of this article we will consider Facebook, as it is the most popular platform where one’s personal life events are made social and show cased. Facebook is truly a marvelous and ambitious invention of the...

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