INTRODUCTION

"Dubito ergo cogito, cogito ergo sum”
I doubt therefore I think, I think therefore I am.

~Rene Descartes​

In the fast-paced world that we live in today, effective and efficient communication of scientific news is of paramount importance. Being welcomed into the new year by the ongoing global pandemic, we realised how deficient the society was when it came to scientific knowledge. Having to explain the entirety of the population about the gravity of the coronavirus disease and the necessary precautions to be taken would have been relatively easy, had there been prior familiarity with basic science. Our magazine thus endeavours to bridge this gap by providing simple yet reliable information right from the basics. Happy reading! 

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Today, in most parts of the world and especially in some developed countries, we can observe the existence of systematic racism. Discrimination on the basis of skin colour, i.e., distinguishing people as inferior or superior based on their race, is a global issue. Why? Because we all are very negligent about the history of humans as a species.

Our environment shows a plethora of diversity in plants, animals and birds living in a diversity of habitats from the ice-cold poles to the scorching hot desserts, eating a diversity of food. Not surprisingly, this diversity is retained even in the excreted You Know What, showing a variety of colours, textures, odours and consistencies. 

Synonymous with witchcraft, devilry, and dark enchantments. Considered by many cultures as unholy and sinister. Bats, contrary to popular opinion (seldom turns out to be wrong, doesn’t it?), are truly fascinating animals and have some real “superhero” qualities. So, without ‘batting’ an eyelid, let’s look at what makes bats unique.

As Wendy Carroll has rightfully stated: “It’s all in the name.” So keeping up with talk of the town, brace yourselves to unleash the science of naming celestial bodies. International Astronomical Union (IAU) was established in 1919 to sort out the major glitches in the emerging world of cosmic discoveries, one of which was naming the celestial bodies as they came in on research-conveyor.

Highschool biology lessons would be incomplete without reading a bit about Carolus Linnaeus, the Swedish Botanist who most definitely skipped his literature lessons for he truly missed the famous Shakespearean quote ‘What’s in a name?’. He ended up naming pretty much everything that exists around us. Although quite contrary to the previous supposition, Linnaeus was probably a logophile. He had a flair for naming things, and these names ended up making sense, so much so that they have been used by the entire world now.

Music is a protean art form. It is something delicate and is easily able to influence human emotions. We habitually listen to it when we are not feeling our best. It helps us to change our mood and gain a new perspective in our life. We always turn to music when we think that people are not able to understand us. It is music that allows us to feel all the emotions that we experience in our day-to-day life.

For the past year, you know who has destabilised our lives (I am just going to say “you know who” because I am sick of that word). Last year we were unprepared, but with a potential second wave, we need to stay strong and get through this together.

Let me make it plain and simple; this science article is not about the famous girl who went down the rabbit hole, rather, about a disorder of the same name, which caught my attention while surfing through the internet, finding something peculiar to write about. You read that right! Alice In Wonderland Syndrome (shortened to AIWS) is a neurological disorder leading to a person experiencing a distorted vision, alteration in the size of one’s own body and other objects. Here I present the story of a “fantasy-inspired” disorder in the simplest way possible.

From brightly coloured frogs to iridescent-coated oysters, new species are discovered and described every day! This process of analysing whether an organism is different enough from its kin to be described as a separate species involves a meticulous procedure with several lines of evidence that need to be ticked off the list. Here’s a fictional first-hand account of how a British naturalist Athena Charles Wallace explores, discovers, studies and describes a new, exotic species of frog in Nosy Mangabe, Madagascar. 

This was an unprecedented year with a long stretch of trials and tribulations that brought in some bright sparks of success. What many would prefer to call the ‘Doomsyear’, 2020 was probably the public health community’s worst nightmare come true. It felt like we were living on a movie set that was a hyper-realistic version of the movie ‘Contagion’. A dangerous virus emerged that spread around the world like wildfire.

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