Genetically Modified Mustard coming soon in India

Genetically modified

India’s central biotech regulator, Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), cleared the genetically modified (GM) Mustard for commercial cultivation and recommended its approval to the environment ministry.

The mustard hybrid was developed with transgenic technologies by a team led by Deepak Pental, professor of Genetics at Delhi University.

Only the second food crop to get clearance from the central regulator

All eyes on Environment minister Anil Madhav Dave

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Autism numbers rising

Autism  is a growing problem worldwide

Autism: The number of children diagnosed with autism has grown

The prevalence of autism is on the alarming rise. Autism is the world’s third most common development disorder. Autism is ten times more common today than it was in the 1980s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some studies point towards a 10% to 17% rise annually in the last couple of years.  Also, autism is far more likely to affect boys than girls, a fact that is still unexplained.

Autism is a growing problem worldwide and possesses a greater healthcare and economic burden to the developing nation like India. India is home to  10-15 million people with autism. In India, most children with Autism are diagnosed between 3 and 6 years of age.

 

Autistics are one of the largest minority groups in the world – Steve Silberman

Autism is the result of multiple genes , anywhere from three to 20, interacting with each other.

Do you know enough about this Disease

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Why people like action movies: Some science to it

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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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Ice Cream and Science

Good quality ice creams contain more fat and less infused air, making for a denser, richer ice cream

 

Everyone loves to eat ice cream. Its smooth texture, sweet taste and rich flavor makes it a perfect dessert.

Did you know that chemistry plays a great deal in making the ice cream perfect ?

Know the science of making ice cream to make the perfect one

Why ice cream floats in an ice cream soda ?

Ice cream has a lot of fat which floats, ice crystals float, and a lot of air which definitely floats. Those ingredients help make ice cream a great floater!

If you refreeze melted ice cream, why is it never as good as it was before?

When the ice cream melts, the liquid ice cream fills up the air pockets. When it refreezes, there are fewer air pockets, so the ice cream is less airy and fluffy. The other reason is that when the ice cream melts, the original tiny ice crystals melt. Refreezing the ice cream makes larger ice crystals which makes the ice cream too crunchy.

Why ice cream tastes overly sweet at room temperature ?

Cold tends to numb the taste buds, because of which they become less sensitive. So more sugar needs to be added to produce the desired effect at the low temperatures in which ice cream is usually served. Hence when you taste ice cream at room temperature it will taste overly sweet.

Why we get head ache while eating ice cream?

It is a kind of short-term headache typically linked to the rapid consumption of ice-cream, ice pops, or very cold drinks. It is also known as Brain freeze. Sensation of brain freeze is caused by a dramatic and sudden increase in blood flow through the brain’s anterior cerebral artery. As soon as the artery comes to normal, the brain-freeze pain sensation goes off.

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Food we eat can contribute towards Climate Change

carbon ‘Foodprint’

Food’s carbon footprint, or Foodprint, is the greenhouse gas emissions produced by growing, rearing, farming, processing, transporting, storing, cooking and disposing of the food you eat. How the food is grown or raised and how the food is cooked –both contribute to the carbon footprint.

How Carbon emission is mapped to food?

To understand how carbon emissions is linked to food production, we have to look into all those processes that help in bringing  food from the field to our plates:

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Science of Making Yummy Curd or Yogurt

Make tasty and yummy Curd with science

Milk gets converted to tasty and yummy Curd. The credit goes to Protein Casein and Bacteria (mostly). Let’s explore the curd making process in depth. At the end of this, I am sure you will find your learning’s helping you in making better curd.

Little Chemistry:

In a glass of milk, complexes of casein proteins in the form of micelles  floats around. These complexes have negative charge, so they repel each other. When we add to it curd inoculum you are introducing loads of Lactobacillus strain of Bacteria which will make milk acidic.  This causes the casein complexes to change shape and also alter their charge. As a result, instead of repelling each other, the casein complexes coagulate, or come together. As they coagulate, they capture fat and lactose along the way and get combined into a larger and larger solid, which we see as curd.

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Why Science & Samosa ?

 

“Science is complex, I hate science especially mathematics”, majority of us fall in this group. At least once in lifetime you would have made this statement. But then we all enjoy the fruits of science.  We love using the internet, driving cars, watching television, going in an airplane and so on. So if the fruits of science is so good, its seeds cannot be that bad. We do so many science experiments daily like making dough, baking cakes, wine making, taking pills and many more. We keep reading on topics related to best solution for hair growth, best way to lose weight, manage your ‘x-disease’ doing this etc without knowing what’s the science behind it or how does it actually works.

Interesting facts- The average person, with an average pace, living until 80 years old, will walk the distance of about 110,000 miles. This will match up to walking around the earth 5 TIMES !!!

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