This tiny pterosaur, Nemicolopterus crypticus, lived about 120 million years ago and had a wingspan of only about 10 inches.
See a model of its skeleton when Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs opens next month at the American Museum of Natural History!
(see more here: AMNH)
Chart making has really advanced since my school days. Found this awesome 3D chart at my moms school.
Lost and found story
Met a relative of Prateeksha, named Mr Govind, when I visited her native village earlier this year. When he was 7 or 8, he went missing in Mumbai and was not found for almost 3 years. Somebody did find him and he ended up at a foster home. This was in the year 1937, and the caretaker of the foster home sent a letter to the district collector about the boy and his whereabouts. He was glad to show the letter and it was so awesome to meet a person who was lost in the proverbial “kumbh mela”. He could only remember his dad’s first name but didn’t know his town or family name. It was also fascinating to hear that Mumbai was a bustling metropolis even 8 decades ago.
My trip to elephanta caves off the coast of Mumbai. The caves in itself were a disappointment in terms of maintenance and crowd control but I loved the history behind the place.
Here’s a man who spearheaded a peaceful revolution against his oppressors (second only to Gandhi). He liberated an entire population against apartheid and is probably one of the most iconic people to have lived in the last century. Still, I see more obituary messages for Paul Walker than Mandela. I don’t mean to compare or denigrate Paul Walker’s contribution to this world but Mandela’s story must be told.
His story is definitely one for the history books and is important because of the message it delivers: ‘The worst thing that happened to us humans is ourselves’
Depending on which part of India one is from, there are different reasons based on local culture for drawing rangoli. But I would like to limit the scope of this article to the original form of rangoli and it’s scientific reason, before it was passed down the generations which has witnessed localization and adaptions over&
If you have come across Deepak Chopra, you will have heard the famous “Moon is a quantum soup which exists only because we see it ” argument. There is no limit to the misinterpretation of science by people who are either trying to prove to the world that they are scholars or are trying to make money. As educated professionals, on a broadcast medium like Facebook, I think it is important that we rubbish pseudo science from actual science before leading an entire generation to believe some bullshit somebody conjured up because they had too much time. Case in point - articles like this
If you think about it for a second, you realize that the “rangoli” is purely decorative. Just like putting up colorful lights or flowers on your front porch. Why can’t it just be that? Why does it have to have some scientific reason?
A man is driving his car down a long gravel road. Suddenly, a wide-eyed hare jumps out from behind a bush and our driver is unable to stop before flattening the poor little guy. Distressed, the man begins to cry. A car pulls up behind him and a beautiful woman steps out, pulls a spray can form her purse without a word and sprays the hare from head to toe.The man watches in awe as the hare jumps to it’s feet, hops a short distance from the car and turns back to wave goodbye. It continues hopping, stopping, turning and waving until it disappears into the distance. The man asks, “What on Earth did you spray him with?” and the blonde, reading from the can’s label replies, “Salon Hair Spray; brings life back to dead hairs. Adds bounce and permanent wave instantly!
On route to Mangalore for Dasara celebrations. Saw about 50 sparrows – at Kamat Upchar – See on Path.