Prodding little deep into our obsession with Fairness

Let’s understand the important point – No fairness cream can make the individual fairer than the skin with which the person was born.

There’s a creation story in Thailand. In the beginning god created man. At first, he cooked the people too much (dark skinned people). Then he cooked them too little (pasty westerners). Finally, he cooked them just right (light skinned Asians) .

Skin color is determined by the degree of pigmentation of the skin which depends on the melanin content of the keratinocytes. It is the body’s natural protection against solar ultraviolet (UV)  radiation. But all over Asia, the bias towards fair skin that has come from colonial hangover is still on. From Korea to Japan to Thailand to India, dark skinned people are obsessed with fairness cream . That being said, this issue is not just unique to South Asia. Whitening creams are sold by leading brands like Olay, Ponds and many other favorite brands in Africa, the Caribbean and even in the Middle East .

Fairness cream and Facts:

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Science of Samosa

“Samosa” is from the Sanskrit word meaning “the solution (to your hunger) is contained within”, so named because all the needed vegetables and spices are contained inside the samosa.

The Indian samosa is one among the family of stuffed pastries or dumplings popular from Egypt and Zanzibar to Central Asia and West China. Arab cookery books of the 10th and 13th Centuries refer to the pastries as sanbusakc , sanbusaq or sanbusaj. From Egypt to Libya and from Central Asia to India, the stuffed triangle with different names has garnered immense popularity. Originally named samsa, after the pyramids in Central Asia.


Biggest secret to popularity and survival over the centuries is its different varieties of fillings catering to carious tastes across the globe. In Kazakhstan, for example, a somsa is typically baked and has a thicker, crumblier crust. Fillings generally range from minced lamb and onions, meat, and even pumpkin. The Hyderabadi luqmi, on the other hand, is strictly meat-filled and far crustier than the regular samosa consumed elsewhere in India and Pakistan. In our globalized world, the growing popularity of fusion food has witnessed the advent of the pizza samosa, chowmien samosa and the macaroni samosa. Dessert varieties inspired by western cuisine include the apple pie samosa, and the chocolate samosa.

Pizza samosa

“Samosa” is from the Sanskrit word meaning “the solution (to your hunger) is contained within”, so named because all the needed vegetables and spices are contained inside the samosa. 


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Make this Valentine’s day special with ‘Love Potion’

Love will be in the air on Valentine’s Day in the form of chemicals called pheromones or ‘Signature Odour’

Valentine’s day is around the corner. Everybody is on last minute purchase for their loved ones. Gift alone may not be enough. Gift, Love and little bit of love potion will definitely do the trick. Love potion is a combination of  scents that can create a soothing and relaxed feeling. Odors can work wonders upon the human mind and body when it comes to getting passionate.

Smell has a strong bond with love, that’s why romantic films show the forlorn hero smelling the sweater or pillowcase of a long lost lover. Aromas elicit emotional responses

Scientists have discovered a potion that really does have a aphrodisiac effect – with women who have inhaled it finding their partners 15 per cent more attractive. The spray contains syntocinon, a synthetic form of the hormone oxytocin, which is naturally released in the brain when people fall in love. Researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany are behind this discovery. Vero Labs bottles oxytocin like perfume and promises to help people build “relationships that were never possible before.”

Love will be in the air on Valentine’s Day in the form of chemicals called pheromones or ‘Signature Odour’.


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Science of Umbilical cord blood banking

The saved stem cells can be used in the treatment of new born, his/her siblings and even parents

This is a must read for Expectant parents. One must know all about umbilical cord blood and their advantages and disadvantages, before heading to cord blood bank. One should be aware of the truth that  the odds that a child will ever use his or her own stored cord blood are small.  Also currently, it is unknown how long umbilical cord blood will maintain its usefulness while frozen, some says 15, some says 20, some says lifelong.  The potential benefits and limitations of allogeneic (from different individual) and autologous (same individual) cord blood banking and transplantation should be known. Even then, storing umbilical cord blood is definitely a good option, but whether one should opt for public or private bank, the decision must be taken after understanding the pros and cons of UCB (Umbilical Cord Blood) and understanding the science around it.


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Do you Remember Dolly ?. Not Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton 

Dolly the sheep, made from breast cells, was famously named after Dolly Parton, the American singer known for her large chest as well as her voice.  Dolly was the first example of successful cloning of a mammal from an adult cell.

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Vaccines: Read this before you head to your doctor for next shot

Vaccines have contributed to a significant reduction in many childhood infectious diseases

Vaccines have been a great life saver. It’s been around from the time Edward Jenner demonstrated in 1798 that we could prevent smallpox in humans through vaccination.  The number of disease cases starts to drop when a vaccine is launched. Vaccines have contributed to a significant reduction in many childhood infectious diseases, such as diphtheria, measles, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Smallpox has been eradicated from many countries through vaccination. Vaccines definitely are the most effective tool we have to prevent infectious diseases.

But then, vaccine production is a big industry in itself.  80% of global vaccine sales come from five large multi-national corporations. The global vaccines market is expected to reach USD 48.03 Billion by 2021 according to MarketsandMarkets. Newer and newer vaccines are coming into the market every year. There are at least 30 causative agents against which vaccines are available and many more agents are targeted for development of vaccines. The number of shots a baby has to take has increased over the years. New optional vaccines have also entered the Indian market. If we go for all the shots it will add up to 49 doses of 14 vaccines.

The question we need to ask ourselves is do we need all of it, what will happen if we opt out of some, are all vaccines safe, do we know enough about them or we just go by what doctors say, are we aware of anti-vaccination activists.

How many of you have read Vaccine Package Insert

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It’s Cheese all the way….Cheese Science, Story and Snooping

A person who loves cheese or a cheese lover is called ‘turophile’

Cheese is a common food and have found its way into our kitchen at breakfast as cheese slice, cheese omelets; during lunch and dinner as salad ingredient, in pasta, pizza, burger, dosa and more and even in delicious cheese cakes, biscuits,… list is endless.

But did you know that there are 2000 varieties of cheese, Are you aware of the fact that some banks take cheese as collateral against loans or Have of heard of cheese made of Breast milk and Moose milk, Do you know how Swiss cheese gets holes or why we pair wine with cheese….

A lot of cheese facts and Cheese science….

Cheese is milk’s leap toward immortality – Clifton Fadiman

Cheese facts:

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Former US President Barack Obama have nine different creatures named after him !

Former US President Barack Obama

Barack Obama left the white house on 20th of Jan 2017. He finished his presidential tenure and is headed on his new journey to becomeCitizen Barack Obama. He may or may not have roles in politics, but his name will live forever. The scientific community have immortalized him by giving his name to nine different creatures from extinct lizards to trapdoor spiders. Obama is going to keep the record of having most animal species named after him among US presidents followed by Theodore Roosevelt with seven. Now President Donald Trump has an extinct sea urchin and scaly headed moth named after himTetragramma donaldtrumpi and Neopalpa donaldtrumpi respectively. Sirindhorn, the princess of Thailand, has the most species named after her of any political leader, with thirteen. Lady Gaga has a whooping 19 species of fern named after her.


Nine different creatures that have been named after Barack Obama

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Boat clinic – “a ship of hope in a valley of flood”

Boat clinic in Assam

There are about 2,400 small and medium island villages in Assam on the Brahmaputra inhabited by a population of about 3 million. They are locally called chars or saporisas in Assam. They represent 8 percent of the total population of the state of 30 million.  Every year the big and mighty Brahmaputra river floods.  Lacs of people get displaced and extensive property, crops and livestocks are destroyed. Health problems become acute. Many get affected by water-borne diseases. A major problem for these people is access to medicines and sustained health care.

Sanjoy Hazarika, director, Center for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES).

The boat clinic is the brainchild of Sanjoy Hazarika, director, Center for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES). It was while working on a documentary film in Assam in 1996, that Hazarika heard of a pregnant woman dying on a sapori, trying to reach a medical facility. By 2004, Hazarika, a former New York Times reporter came up with the idea of a ‘boat clinic’— that would take doctors and basic healthcare to these areas. He presented this idea to world bank and won the innovation prize (called Akha or hope) in the year 2005.

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Why people like action movies: Some science to it


Action movie have been always a safe bet for movie producers, though the budget involved in making a perfect one is too high keeping in mind they have to burn several trucks and collapse many buildings. Action films is all about larger than life visions. When we watch action movies, we expect a spectacular display of events. Filmmakers have developed an armory of cinematic devices  like slow-motion, continuity editing, close-up to direct viewers minds to the screen during movie watching.

Though people say they watch movie to relax, the real fact is brain is very alert and active throughout the entire three hours. The truth is our brain processes most of the stimuli from a movie the way it would process it in real life.

“You know there is nothing up there on the screen that can touch you or hurt you or pull you out of your chair but we react as if they can,” Washington University psychology professor Jeff Zacks

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