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Daksha is an integral part of the editorial team at Zigya. Armed with a B.Tech degree, she oversees content quality assurance for Biology. Her subtle wit, observation skills and agile demeanour bring the buzz in the editorial team and ensures meeting stiff deadlines. An astute blogger, when not working Daksha prefers to spend her time with her canine companion, Spiky.
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Solar Road

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A kilometer-sized testing site of Solar road was inaugurated in the French village of Tourouvre in Normandy by the ecology minister, Ségolène Royal, France. The road is covered with 2,800…

Sleeping Upside Down

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Late one night, I was walking down a dark eerie street. The street lights flickering cast shadows of unknown monstrous objects on the ground all around me. There was not…

The Pink Hue

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The Hillier Lake is a salt lake in the Western Australia. The lake is notable for its high salt content and its pink hue. From above the lake appears a…

Triple Point of Water

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The triple point of a substance is the temperature and pressure at which three phases  i.e the liquid, gas, and solid of that substance may coexist in thermodynamic equilibrium. The…

Jolt Out of the Blue

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Tired, you make the arrangement to go to sleep. You have just dozed off in the comfort of your cozy bed, when suddenly you wake up with a jerk, with…

The Tree that Bleeds

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Do you think that only animals bleed? If your answer is yes, then think again. Plants also bleed. There is a tree which bleeds when cut. It is popularly known…

Owls and Night Vision

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Most of the Owl species are nocturnal and have become well adapted to night vision which helps them to hunt their prey in dark.  The better night vision is due…

The Glue Story

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Nathan was decorating his scrapbook with the pictures of his school picnic. After he had finished cutting out the pictures, he opened the glue bottle , to paste the pictures…

Masks – For the Rescue

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 Air pollution in the national capital has surpassed the dangerous levels. The air that we breathe has been loaded with various toxic gases and particulate matter. With the degrading quality…

Activated Charcoal

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Activated charcoal or carbon is a fine black odorless and tasteless powder made from wood or other materials that have been exposed to very high temperatures in an airless environment. Activated…

Stomach Renews Itself

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The stomach cells present along the inner wall of the stomach secrete around 2 liters (0.5 gallons) of hydrochloric acid each day. Th HCl is necessary for the digestion of…

The Dancing Bees

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Do you now that the bees too dance? Well, they do not do it for entertainment or fun like us, but the dance is a way they communicate.  They use…

Yogurt Vs Curd

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You are not alone if you think that Curd and Yogurt are the same. This myth is prevalent amongst all. Most of us do not know that there is a…

Seeing In The Dark

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The other day, as I was watching the wildlife documentary on the Discovery channel, I saw the team of researchers in the program, using the Night Vision camera and goggles. …

The Painful Paper-Cut

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You are cleaning up your closet and you come across your old diary. Leafing through the pages, you reminisce those times and feel happy reading what you had penned down.…

The Dead Sea

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The Dead Sea or Salt Sea is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and Palestine to the west. It contains significant concentrations of sodium chloride…

Science Behind Quicksand

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Susan was out on a jungle safari. Being in the midst of the natural flora and fauna was a great experience and she was enjoying it to the maximum. As…

Location Of The Heart

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You can feel your heart beating every time you put your hand to your chest, but do you have any idea where is it exactly located? Is it on the left,…

How Gun Silencers Work?

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You are watching a James Bond Movie. The protagonist is making his way through the crowded place. He takes out a gun and shoots the enemy. The enemy drops dead…

The Rainbow Tree

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Eucalyptus deglupta is a tall tree, commonly known as the rainbow eucalyptus, Mindanao gum, or rainbow gum. It is found in an area that spans New Britain, New Guinea, Seram,…

The Glowing Eyes

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You are all alone in the house and the lights go off. To make things worse the backup is not working and it is dark. As you make your way…

Buddha Smriti Park

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Buddha Smriti Park also known as Buddha Memorial Park  is a union park located on Frazer Road near Patna Junction in Patna, India. This park was built by the government…

Brain Freeze

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It was a hot summer day. Tired and drenched in sweat, I was barely able to walk. The sight of the ice-cream trolley was a blessing. The mere sight of…

The Great Rann of Kutch

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The Rann of Kutch is a large area of salt marshes located mostly in Gujarat (primarily the Kutch district), India and the southern tip of Sindh, Pakistan. It is divided…

The Distorted Letters

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You are in a hurry to log in to a website, but, there comes the CAPTCHA with a picture of some crooked, distorted text that seems to be simply irrelevant and…

Delhi Metro

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The woman you hear everyday in the Delhi Metro, announcing stations and not letting you sleep even for a minute, was voiced by Rini Simon; while the man who repeats…

Enchanting Jammu and Kashmir

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The enchanting Jammu and Kashmir consists of three regions: Jammu, the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh. Srinagar is the summer capital,and Jammu is the winter capital. The cultural heritage of Jammu…

The city of Kanpur

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The city of Kanpur, known as Cawnpore till 1948, is the 12th most populous city in India with a population of about 2.8 million.  The city served as an important…

Skyfall

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"Skyfall" is the theme song of the 2012 James Bond film of the same name, written and performed by British singer Adele.  Chosen because of her music having a soulful,…

Red Sky

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Have you ever wondered why there is a red sky during sunrises and sunsets?  To understand why this is so, one need only recall how typical sky colors are produced. …

Nanda Devi

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Nanda Devi at a height of 25,643ft (around 7815m) is the second highest mountain in India and is located in the state of Uttarakhand, that consists of regions, namely Garhwal and…

Why Onions Make You Cry?

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Do you find chopping onions, a herculean task too? For me, chopping those scaly things has always been a formidable task. Excuses come naturally to me, whenever Mom asks me…

Manipur’s Cottage Industry

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Manipur's cottage industry holds much promise and tiny village based units that are critical to provide employment. Manipur was the first state to introduce Oak Tussar Industry. (Sericulture)  Handloom weaving…

Chitrakoot waterfalls

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  Chitrakoot waterfalls is a natural waterfall located to the west of Jagdalpur, in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, India.  It is the largest waterfall in India and is popularly known…

All India Radio

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All India Radio (AIR), officially known since 1956 as Akashvani (literally Sky's Voice), is the radio broadcaster of India and a division of Prasar Bharati.  It was established in 1930…

World’s First Car

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The world's first car, a petrol driven automobile, was produced by Benz in 1885. The first stationary gasoline engine developed by Karl Benz was a one-cylinder two-stroke unit which ran for…