"When the bamboo flowers, famine, death and destruction will soon follow." - Traditional Mizo saying. The blossoming of bamboo plants is a bizarre phenomenon. It has carved itself a place in history for reasons one might never expect, including leading to a bloody, decades-long guerrilla war that culminated in the formation of a new state … Continue reading Bamboozled.
“Philosophers have often looked for the defining feature of humans — language, rationality, culture and so on. I’d stick with this: Man is the only animal that likes Tabasco sauce.” - Paul Bloom, Professor of Psychology, Yale University. I have often watched friends chomp down on chillies without any hesitation and wondered how and why … Continue reading Some Like It Hot.
For the past twenty years, a whopping 1.2 billion kilometres away from Earth, a little unmanned spacecraft called the Cassini-Huygens has been orbiting Saturn and faithfully collecting data and beautiful pictures of the icy, ringed planet and its moons. One of Cassini’s most important discoveries was of the potential habitable environments of two of Saturn’s … Continue reading Of Space Germs and Cassini’s Big Finish.