Category Archives: Nature

Robotics and Climate Change

Robotics and Climate Change

By: Vineeta Tawney


RoboEnvirThe effects of climate change become more dramatic every year. As humans, we are experiencing changes in temperature and extreme natural disasters are sweeping across the world. Plants and animals are also affected by the changing climate, with delicate species at risk and crops dying in extreme heat and drought.
How Robots Are Helping in the Fight Against Climate Change
Universally, robot developers and researchers are using their passion for robotics to help the environment. One robot won’t solve all our problems, but together we can all work to make a difference. Here are the examples of robots fighting climate change. Continue reading

Always wondered how lightning works!

How does Lightning work

Lightning1Lightning is one of the loveliest displays in nature. It is additionally one of the most deadly natural phenomena known to people.
¬Beyond its powerful beauty, lightning presents science with one of its greatest local mysteries: How does it work? It is general knowledge that lightning is generated in electrically charged storm systems, however the strategy of cloud charging still remains elusive. Continue reading

Manatees, Sirenians heard about them!!

Manatees, Sirenians
Scientific name: Sirenia
Sirenians (Sirenia), also known as sea cows, are a group of mammals which includes dugongs and manatees. There are four species of sirenians alive today, three species of manatees and one species of dugong. A fifth species of sirenian, the Stellar’s sea cow, became vanished in the 18th century due to over-hunting by humans. The Stellar’s sea cow was the largest member of the sirenians and was once abundant throughout the North Pacific.
Sirenians are huge, slow-moving, aquatic mammals that live in shallow marine and freshwater habitats in tropical and subtropical regions. Their preferred habitats include swamps, estuaries, marine wetlands and coastal waters. Sirenians are well-adapted for an aquatic lifestyle, with an elongated, torpedo-shaped body, two paddle-like front flippers and a broad, flat tail.
Key Characteristics
The key characteristics of sirenians include:
• Large aquatic herbivores.
• Streamlined body, no dorsal fin
• Two front flippers and no hind legs
• Flat, paddle-shaped tail
• Continuous tooth growth and replacement of molars Continue reading

Water Utilities and Smart Solutions

Water Utilities and Smart Solution

SmartwaterSolu1Smart water system
Farming and Industries are the main scope of water saving. Industries consume lots of water. Around 19% of water in India is consumed by the industries. Around 70% of water is utilized in farming. Industries can again use water. This will also cut down their electricity costing.
To improve stress water condition in India efficient utilization of resources is needed. It is necessary to identify amount and quality of water consumption. Improvement in water infrastructure is requiring like aging pipeline. Private companies should be involved for development of latest water infrastructure that may sustain large population with improved quality of service. Continue reading

March 14th is National Butterfly Day!

    butterfly_SmallDid you know?

    Butterflies are insects.
    A butterfly’s lifecycle is made up of four parts, egg, larva (caterpillars), pupa (chrysalis) and adult.
    Butterflies attach their eggs to leaves with a special glue.
    Most caterpillars are plant eaters (herbivores).
    Fully grown caterpillars attach themselves to a suitable twig or leaf before shedding their outside layer of skin to reveal a hard skin underneath known as a chrysalis.
    An adult butterfly will eventually emerge from the chrysalis where it will wait a few hours for its wings to fill with blood and dry, before flying for the first time.
    Butterflies can live in the adult stage from anywhere between a week and a year, depending on the species.
    Butterflies have four wings. Continue reading

Peppermint!! Not same as Mint

Peppermint!! Not same as Mint

By: Vineeta Tawney


Peppermint is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint. Indigenous to Europe and the Middle East, the plant is now widely spread and cultivated in many regions of the world. It is occasionally found in the wild with its parent species. Wikipedia
Scientific name: Mentha × piperita

Fast facts about peppermint
Peppermint is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint.
It is available in the forms of leaves, capsules, and oils.
Peppermint has shown health benefits for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, skin conditions, headaches, cold, and flu.
It can interact with medicines and is not advised for people with gastrointestinal problems.

Possible health benefits
Peppermint is a popular traditional remedy for a number of conditions.

It is believed to have calming effects.

It is used to treat flatulence, menstrual pains, diarrhea, nausea, depression-related anxiety, muscle and nerve pain, the common cold, indigestion, and IBS.

Peppermint calms the stomach muscles and improves the flow of bile, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMM). This makes it suitable for people who have indigestion.

Glacier Loss

Glacier Loss

By: Vineeta Tawney

Introduction to Glacier
GlacierLossGlaciers around the world can range from ice that is several hundred to several thousand years old and provide a scientific record of how climate has changed over time. Through their study, we gain valuable information about the extent to which the planet is rapidly warming. They provide scientists a record of how climate has changed over time.
Glaciers act as reservoirs of water that persist through summer. Continual melt from glaciers contributes water to the ecosystem throughout dry months, creating perennial stream habitat and a water source for plants and animals. The cold runoff from glaciers also affects downstream water temperatures. Many aquatic species in mountainous environments require cold water temperatures to survive. Some aquatic insects–fundamental components of the food web–are especially sensitive to stream temperature and cannot survive without the cooling effects of glacial melt water. Continue reading