Showing posts from February, 2015

Discovering the Olinguito, in the museum [Video]

An Olinguito Photo courtesy:  The Olinguito was one of the Top Ten New Species of 2014 and is a mammal that is found in the misty mountains of Ecuador and Western Columbia. While this carnivorous mammal has been spotted multiple times before and even displayed in the zoos of the United States before, people mistook the creature for a common racoon.  However, olinguitos are tree-living animals and prefer to habitat stretches of mountains that are 5000-9000 feet high. They just have a single mammary gland and bear a single offspring at in a single gestation.  It actually took an accidental discovery in the museum to get the classification right! Here is the story of the Discovery of Olinguito by Kristofer Helgen and how specimens are maintained and analysed in the museum courtesy of the Shelf Life series from the American Natural History Museum 

A Wall-E Future?

Set in the year 2805, WALL-E sent the world in a wave of "aweee"s as movie goers came out of the theatres overwhelmed with gestures of the cute little bot. While WALL-E (short for W aste A llocation L oad L ifter - E arth class) was conceptualized to sort out wastes on planet Earth while its irresponsible future inhabitants cruised around the world, little are we realising that slowly and surely, we are moving towards a future, quite alike the movie, WALL-E.  It is likely that our readers are thinking on the lines of how we are polluting our Earth and the rampant deforestation that accompanies the "development" of our civilization, but today we would like to talk about automation instead and how we are moving towards a future that includes having robots in our daily lives.  Smartness is a quality no longer limited to phones and television sets but something that has moved further to devices. As we become used to the Internet of Things as it is developi

Elephants- Nature's masterpiece

Apart from being big memory hoarders, elephants display a whole lot of emotion, we are just starting to understand. These gentle giants are known to have big brains as well as big hearts (metaphorically as well). This fun TED-Ed to remind us how magnificent the elephant truly is.

The Science Behind Love [Video]

As the world celebrates Valentine's Day, here is a look at the science behind love. Dr. Helen Fisher speaks about Why We love and Why We cheat and how our brain behaves when in love!!!!

Can we 3D print our organs?

Right from an actual firing gun to a camera lens , funky phone holders to even a musical flute, 3D printing has expanded our horizons of what can be made by with the help of a computer. But can we trust this technology to go beyond these everyday things and make something that can be truly life saving? Well, there have been reports where 3D printing has helped doctors create a replica model of a faulty heart before attempting surgery on a two year old   or even help trauma patients rebuild their faces with 3D printed parts , but we would like to push these frontiers even further and get these printers to print something more amazing, more like a liver we could transplant or a heart that could pump blood for real.  While this might sound like a technology stolen from the future, the fact is that there are companies working today towards making this possible and have even got as far as printing a particular tissue on demand. Organovo , a San Diego, California based company

Behind the Scenes: The American Natural History Museum [Video]

Insect Samples at display in the Invertebrate Zoology Division at American Natural History Museum (AMNH). Photo credit: AMNH If you have ever marvelled at how a museum is curated, its collections maintained and who are the people who create the magic therein, then here is your chance to find out more about the happenings inside, sitting in the comfort of your home. The American Museum of Natural History at Central Park West , New York has recently started a video series called Shelf Life  on YouTube , which takes us behind the scenes of the popular museum. The first Episode premiered in November last year and is titled 33 Million Things, an approximate number of artifacts and specimens that the museum holds and gives a sneak preview of what we can expect from the year long series. From Zoological specimens to terra bytes of images of stars, galaxies and planets, frozen DNA and tissue samples and artifacts from Native North American culture, the series opens doors to thi

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