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Solvatochromism – One solute, multiple colors, endless possibilities

-By Vishal KaleeswaranCentre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai Introduction: Most chemicals impart almost the same colour irrespective of the solvent they are dissolved in. However, there are some exceptional compounds that impart ‘solvent dependent colour’ when dissolved fully. Such compounds are said to be Solvatochromic (No prizes for guessing!) Solvatochromism is the phenomenon observed when the colour due to a solute, differs depending on the solvent used[1]. Some common solvatochromic dyes are shown below: In this article, let us…

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Seasonal Affective Disorder – SAD

-By Vishal SinghCentre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai The Indian subcontinent lies right above the equator with the tropic of cancer stabbing right through 8 of its states. This localization on the globe, revolution of our planet around the sun and the tilt in the Earth’s axis contribute to the country getting a fair share of all seasons annually. But do these seasons contribute to something other than the scenic beauty and the annual crop yield data? Have you…

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Bipedalism – Evolution to Modern Day Walking

-ByAbhijeet MahatoIndian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur There is a collection of involuntary actions that our body carries out without we being aware of it such as breathing, blinking of our eyes, respond to stimuli, etc. You know one such semi-voluntary action that doesn’t require much of your conscious effort is walking. But do you know among all 4 limbed mammals, we are the only permanent bipedal (i.e. use only two limbs for primary motion)? So, what is bipedalism? Bipedalism means locomoting…

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Why Do Mirrors Flip Horizontally?

-By Akshat MishraCentre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai It is always a fun exercise to play with your image in the mirror. Inspite of being right in front of you, it tricks you like nothing else. If you raise your right hand the image raises it’s left. But if you raise your hand up, the image also raises it up, not down. So what is exactly happening over here? After all the mirror is just a plane surface. How…

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Chika's Divisibility Test of 7

Chika’s Test and Proof

No matter whether you liked or hated mathematics in your school, I can say you must have loved fancying about knowing the divisibility tests of 2, 3, 5 & 10. And if you were among the brainy students you also knew the divisibility tests of 4, 6, 8 & 11. But, what about the divisibility test of 7? Do you know about it? In today’s article, we’ll talk about the previous and newly discovered divisibility tests of 7. The divisibility…

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Mission Opportunity- The story of the longest-lived robot in the solar system

-By Sushrut ManeBlogger, SciLynk The story of the longest-lived robot in the solar system…. Mars has always been a source of great curiosity and attraction for mankind. From philosophers, who saw it as a symbol of bravery and vigour, to astronomers, who have tried to find life on the planet, it has always managed to garner extreme interest. And so, in an attempt to know more about our neighbour in the solar system, NASA had launched countless probes, fly-bys and…

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Sunburns- Can you screen them?

Image by Bernd Hildebrandt from Pixabay During summers what’s the most common thing every one of is more worried off apart from heat and sweat? Sunburns isn’t it? If you are a kid, your mother must be constantly reminding you to apply sunscreen lotions before you leave home. If you are a girl, you never forget to cover your face with a stroll. And if you are a guy, well I believe you hardly give about sunburns. Well, I am…

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Insight on Protein & Muscle Building

Now a days the whole of internet is flooded with fitness articles, blogs and videos. At present there are various fitness models on social media with hundreds and thousands of followers inspiring an entire generation of physically fit and healthy individual. The fitness has emerged as an entire industry over the past few decades. Some people are too dedicated and train really hard to maintain a good & agile physique. Well, one of the major parts of the of their…

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Top 10 Astronomical Observatories in India

India is rapidly advancing in the field of space technology and has become among the most powerful space giants. This was not an overnight process. Scientists and engineers have been working on these projects from quite a long time. This process has given birth to various astronomical observatories across the Indian sub-continent. These observatories are the wonders of science and technology with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. In this article, I will be talking about 10 topmost world-class observatories of India.…

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Beat-Boxing and Science

In this modern world of music industry and passion an entirely new tread of Beat-Boxing is at a swift rise. In recent years it beat-boxing has evolved to whole new level. From Beat-Box battles to independent Beat-Boxers on YouTube/on streets, it is no more confined to a trend or talent, it is becoming a culture. At present there are various communities promoting and evolving beat-boxing all across the world. The fact that beat-boxing a form of music which doesn’t require…

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