And the Himalayas are formed…

This is the first post in the series The Himalayas I still remember the first time I saw the Himalayas. I was in a flight going from Delhi to Chandigarh, and the pilot was flying sorties waiting the final signal to land. Chandigarh is situated just at the base of the Himalayas, and from the height I was at, I could see the entire mountain chain. The snow clad mountains towering over the smaller greener mountains was a sight to behold. For a South Indian, who had never seen snow before, the sight was, well, just too pretty. Sure, one had … Continue reading And the Himalayas are formed…

National Science Day, and the need to make science more accessible

Science. A very loaded word. It’s loaded for both the scientists and non-scientists, although they may weigh the word differently. Often times, scientists think that they deal with knowledge that is exclusive, and out of the grasp of non-scientists. The jargon, the obscure mathematics, the techniques. Maybe it is hard to understand some things that you do not have training in. Scientists do spend years getting trained in the science of doing science. That exclusivity makes scientists seem like beings from outer space. See any of the depictions of scientists in popular culture or in media! That’s only one end … Continue reading National Science Day, and the need to make science more accessible

National Science Day and why we are excited by science!

Anand Krishnan writes for all of us~ On the occasion of National science day, celebrated in India, we thought we’d write in a brief note about the experience of scientific research, uncovering the mysteries of the unknown. In many ways, the philosophy of science has changed over the centuries, but its essence has remained the same. In its purest form, the pursuit of science transcends the individual. It is the selfless pursuit of knowledge, driven by insatiable curiosity and a desire to address problems plaguing humanity. The scientific method, based on observation, hypotheses and tests of said hypotheses, is one … Continue reading National Science Day and why we are excited by science!

Yin and Yang: A tale of two ibis

Anand Krishnan writes the next story as part of Specimen Tales ~ Today, we tackle two birds, similar, yet different. Both birds are ibis, with long, curved probing beaks, and both stand out within this family in sporting a punk hairdo: bald skin at the front of the head, and a frill of feathers behind it.  Both are cultural symbols in their respective ranges, and both, sadly, have dramatically declined to near-extinction. That, however, is where the similarities end, as the two are markedly different both in plumage, and in the habitats they inhabit. The following is a discussion of the … Continue reading Yin and Yang: A tale of two ibis

Sand and snow: Wings in the desert

Our third story in the series Specimen Tales Anand Krishnan writes ~ Birds have colonized some of the most inhospitable environments on earth, and deserts are no exception. The sandgrouse are one of those Afro-Asiatic bird families that symbolize just how birds may adapt to these extreme environments. Famed for their specially adapted breast feathers, which enable adult birds to soak up water and transport it for many kilometers to their young, few other birds are as symbolic of the arid, windswept deserts. Several species of the family Pteroclidae are adapted to breed in the hottest deserts on earth, a fact … Continue reading Sand and snow: Wings in the desert