Season 2

A World Without Taxonomy

So, what would we have without Taxonomy? We’d have… Chaos. ~ Dr Paul Wilkin Plant Taxonomist  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew   What chaos? Well here’s a glimpse. Let’s start with a common problem faced in the agriculture industry year after year: Pests. How would the absence of taxonomy make any difference here? Take a look: …

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The Naked Superheroes

If I tell you that a mammal has a social life of an insect, the cold-bloodedness of a reptile, and the metabolism of a plant, you would probably suggest me a psychiatrist. But let me tell you this is true. Bald and buck-toothed, naked mole rats may not fit into the pretty animals’ list, but …

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Ice Ice Maybe

Just ranking above the population of anti-vaxxers around the world, water is the most abundantly found element on the Earth. Practically interwoven with every functional living being, we rely on water in countless ways. (We would be more than happy to help you bust some Covid-19 vaccine-related myths if you fall in the anti-vaxxer category, …

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Thriving in the Ashes

  A giant mountain looming over you, threatening to spew out unimaginably hot lava and tons of ash any moment; would you call such a place home? After hearing the tales of Pompeii, volcanoes don’t appear to be the fuzzy, comfortable and warm home you always imagine for yourself (Okay, wait, they surely fulfil the …

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Reminiscience

Well, to begin with, I want to share with you a very spooky incident from my life. One night, I was preparing for my final exam and suddenly, there was a huge bang on a locked door in front of my room. To set the image of the situation, I was on the 1st floor …

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The Viral Bulletin

Times have become grim again. It feels like we are stuck in a never-ending loop. Most of us are slightly out of the practice of our ‘Work From Home’ routine, and going back to a restricted routine would be similar to travelling back to square one. Even though the vaccine drive had started to become …

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A Tree Story: Tropics to Phylogenetics

“Mantella insularis: An adventurous naturalist’s frog prince!”  A new species of mantellid frog has been described by a naturalist Dr. Athena Charles Wallace at Nosy Mangabe, an uninhabited island in Madagascar. .  .  . From brightly coloured frogs to iridescent-coated oysters, new species are discovered and described every day! This process of analysing whether an …

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Our Myogenic Heart

The human heart is known for its predominant function of pumping blood to parts of the body. The four chambers in the heart are responsible for carrying out this function. The right atrium (auricle) receives deoxygenated blood and the left atrium receives oxygenated blood, which they pour into the ventricles. The right ventricle pumps blood …

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