73 years ago, India saw a unique milestone – the outcome of a long fought battle for freedom, from colonial rule. It was a hard won freedom, that took innumerable lives. Today, every one of us enjoys this freedom of being an Indian in a sovereign country. […]
Environmentalist Foundation of India (E.F.I) is a wildlife conservation and habitat restoration group. A not for profit trust, E.F.I focuses on real-time and result oriented conservation efforts
E.F.I is known for its work in cleaning & scientific restoration of lakes & ponds in India for biodiversity. E.F.I has restored 107 water bodies in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Pondicherry and Gujarat in the last 12 years (2007 to 2019). […]
Have you ever wondered about life outside Earth? If there are other beings like us roaming in some far away rock? Good news is that you are not alone in thinking so. Many intelligent minds have been asking these questions for many many years! Before we take a look outside let us take look at our very own ‘Blue Rock’ – The Earth. […]
In our previous article we spoke about the beginning of everything; Everything started with the Big Bang. Now we ask ourselves what happened after and if it has an end. Our universe has been there for a very long time. About 13.8 billion years (that’s 9 zeros after 13!), so what happens now? Will our universe be there forever? With all the astronomy we have learned till now we will try to answer a few questions and in the process make new ones.
Let’s start by saying that our universe is like a big balloon with many dots. As we blow air into the balloon, the dots move further apart. Here we present our first case.
For understanding the next part, let’s do a thought experiment. Imagine you have hot water, a plate and a glass. You pour hot water onto both glass and plate. Which water will cool first?
One way to understand this at basic level is to know that more spread out something is, faster it cools. Now let’s come back to the universe. Our universe which is a balloon is getting big; our dots are moving apart. Therefore, things are spreading apart as our balloon universe is getting bigger and bigger. And from the thought experiment we know that this will make our universe colder and colder. And what happens when you cool things too much? They freeze. This end of universe is called Cold Death.
Take a balloon. Draw some dots on the balloon. Now blow air into it. You will see that the dots move apart as you blow more and more air into it.
Treat this as an analogy to the Expanding Universe
Long long ago a star was born in the milky way, a baby star. The baby star had a disk of things going around it. As the star grew older, the things going around started forming lumps called ‘Planets’, adding more members to the star’s family. The planets were a bit different from the star. There were 10 of them in the beginning. […]
The first thing that would come to your mind while reading the title, would be a clock or a watch and the numbers on it. Have you ever wondered how these numbers and figures came to be? […]
A long long time ago everything we see and feel around us like gadgets, automobiles, houses, plants, our environment at large and even the Sun was no bigger than a tiny little seed. This seed was made of pure energy. One day this seed exploded. It was the brightest explosion ever, called the Big Bang. It was the beginning of our world and the beginning of time. This seed as it exploded got bigger and bigger like a balloon. As the balloon got bigger things started changing. For a period of time there was no light in our world and this period was called the dark ages. Then the first light from the explosion, lit up the world. […]
A constellation is a group of stars making a recognisable pattern in the sky. There are 88 official constellations. Throughout the year Sun crosses 12 constellations, namely Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. This is used in western Astrology and is commonly called as Zodiac signs. Zodiac sign of a period corresponds to position of Sun among these Zodiac- Constellations. For example, if it’s Scorpio Zodiac period then Sun is in Scorpius Constellation. Depending on the month and date of your birth, you can find out your Zodiac sign! Do you know yours? […]
Who hasn’t heard of brave King Porus, or Paurava, to give him his real name?
Long ago, Paurava ruled over a kingdom on the banks of the River Jhelum, in Punjab. One day, a messenger rushed to tell him that his kingdom was being attacked by Alexander of Greece. ‘He commands you to go pay your respects to him, Your Majesty,’ said the man. […]
The word yoga is one that is now so popular everywhere. You must have surely seen videos and pictures of our Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi leading thousands of people in the international day of yoga celebrations in the last few years. Maybe some of you are also learning yoga in school or elsewhere.
Let us try to understand what yoga is, where it comes from and why we must do yoga. […]
It used to be said, that an idle mind is a devil’s workshop. In the olden days, this applied a lot to the child who, due to sheer boredom or for want of anything else to do, would resort to naughty or mischievous ways and, duly get into trouble. But then, those were days when gadgets didn’t occupy his mind, when the three R’s would keep him busy and, only if his leisure hours were not planned well, the ‘devil’s workshop’ would get into an overdrive mode. […]
In the formative years of a human being, there are many aspects that must be taken into account, to ensure that, in later years of adulthood, the foundation so laid, will form a strong combination of body, mind and soul for a healthy life.
While it is possible to see the ‘body’ and how the physical form develops into a seemingly healthy shape, the other two unseen aspects of the trio – ‘mind’ and ‘soul’ are elements that can only be tuned by proper training, tutoring and discipline. […]