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Biggest Display in a Museum [Video]

Take a moment and try to remember your last visit to the museum and try to fish out the unique memory of the largest real object on display......

Do you have it already? If not take a little more time and try to at least remember a short list of items that were on display. Did the display have a longsword, or a long rifle, probably a chariot,  or even a stuffed elephant. For those, who have seen dinosaur skeletons, you are well aware that they are replicas and not the real skeleton.
So, coming our question about the largest real object that you have seen. Only if you have been a visitor to the American Museum of Natural History in New York would you reply, the Giant Squid. Measuring up to 30 feet in length, the Giant Squid is one of the biggest displays at the AMNH and is a display you simply cannot miss (pun intended).
And the visit gets even sweeter, when you know the story behind the display. If you would like to know about the Giant Squid at AMNH, simply watch this video below ab…

Top 5 Extreme SEX in animals

Leather whips, silk ribbons and fur straps, if you were under the impression that kinky was something exclusively human, think again, nature gets far more freaky than our conservative beds. When it comes to having wild sex, animals and insects take it to a whole new level.  From diving water beetles that catch the females, risk her life, just so that she copulates; to mating plugs that literally means the male severs off his own genitals, sacrificing his life to secure paternity. Here is a look at some really cringe worthy wild sex stories, from the wild.
Cannibalism

What is common between a praying mantis, Issei Sagawa, and the black widow spider? If sexual cannibalism was your vague guess, then you’re right. Sexual cannibalism is something of a normal phenomenon among the arachnid. And it is generally the male who gives his all (quite literally) to his mate. While many get cannibalized by the larger, more aggressive female, some like the Australian redback spiders, readily sacrifice t…

An interview to read for all budding scientists!

If you are looking to learn something new, it is nice to have a guide along your path of learning. For some, this guide is their enthusiasm to learn, for others it might be the insatiety for knowledge, even mother nature has been a guide for many thinkers and philosophers who have helped us shape the society as we know it today. 
If you are budding scientist, who is aiming to make it big in the scientific community, there could be nothing better than working with a world renowned scientist and honing your skills in his/her lab. But for those who are not lucky enough to get into a famous lab, there are scientists like Oliver Smithies, who even when nearing the age of ninety is still involved with his lab and still has lab books from from his graduation days to refer to. 
The inventor of starch gel electrophoresis, Oliver Smithies used the technique to fractionate proteins, which helped him find differences in haptoglobin (protein that binds haemoglobin) that were inherited. When he pr…

Good Morning Philae!

After seven months of hibernation in a dark corner of a lonely comet 67P, Philae has finally woken up! At 2228 CEST, The European Space Agency, received about 85 seconds of communication from the lander that made the comet 67P/ Churyumov/ Gerasimenko its home in November last year.

In the 85 seconds of contact that Philae made via its mothership, Rosetta (read 5 reasons why Rosetta is a Superstar), scientists at the Lander Control Center at the German Aerospace Center received some data packets that show that Philae had probably woken up earlier but failed to contact Earth.

Nevertheless, Philae's battery is now recharged 24 Watts of its 140 Watt Hour capacity and will get better as the comet is approaching the Sun. Philae's revival also means that scientists can now get access to all the data that Philae had recorded before it went into hibernation but could deliver to Earth.

There are exciting days ahead for Philae as life lives his life on a comet and for the ESA who will h…

There is water and glass on Mars [Coffee-byte]

Remember our last post about colonizing Mars where we made a list of things we would have to do, before and when humans set foot on Mars. Well, you can strike off Glass from the list since a recent finding says that there is abundant glass on Mars.
After finding water and the beautiful auroras on the Red Planet, NASA'sMars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has now detected presence of glass in impact craters on Mars. Considering the fact that the ride to Mars would probably be a bumpy one, it is unlikely that we would ever take the pains of taking glass to Mars. But the presence of glass on the planet is not happy news for colonizing enthusiasts alone.
Scientists are especially happy that they have found glass in impact craters. The reason for this being this publication from Peter Schultz from Brown University last year, where he and his colleagues were able to demonstrate that glass found in impact craters on Earth contained traces of organic materials and even managed to capture sampl…

The genetics of Languages [Video]

DNA Double Helix (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In the past, we have written a few posts about genetics, either on how it can help us recognize faces at crime scenes or helps us understand what the bulk of DNA is doing inside our cells, but can our knowledge of genetics help us learn more about our languages?

Anthropologist Peter Whitley and Computational Biologist Ward Wheeler used logic from gene sequencing to study the origins of languages in native America. Here is the video from the series Shelf Life being produced by the American Museum of Natural History.








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