A collection of some new stuff related to science, myths, practices from around the globe, truly interesting and useful to improve your knowledge and ability.
1. What are textonyms?
They refer to the new language developed by cellphone addicted teenagers, based on predictive text on their headsets. They are also known as adaptonyms or cellodromes. Using predictive text, the first alternative to certain keywords are used in textonyms.
2. What are Bankura horses?
The vibrant tradition of folk art in West Bengal’s Bankura district includes a variety of clay handicrafts. The district’s most famous handicraft. The district’s most famous product is the Bankura Horse, a very stylised figure with a long neck and elongated ears in warm terracotta colours. Artisans have used the same techniques of hollow clay moulding and fixing for generations…Sizes vary from minute,palm-sized to gigantic creations over 1 mt high. The horses are votive figures and are usually kept or placed in front of local deities.
3. What is pisciculture?
The breeding, rearing and transplantation of fish by artificial means is called Pisciculture or Fish farming. It is the principal form of agriculture, while other methods may fall under Mariculture. It involves raising fish commercially in tanks or enclosures usually for food. A facility that releases juvenile fish into the wild for recreational fishing or to supplement a species’ natural number is generally referred to as a Fish Hatchery. Fish species raised by fish farms include salmon, catfish, tilapia and cod.
4. What is Darwin 4 Planet?
Darwin 4 is a fictional planet 6.5 light years from the earth, with two suns and 60% gravity. It was depicted in the series ‘Alien Planet’based on Wayne Barlowe’s book expedition. According to the story after identifying Darwin 4 as a world that could support life, Earth sends a pilot mission consisting of the mothership Von Brawn and three probes-Balboa, Da Vinci and Newton. This unmanned fleet is responsible for finding and accessing any life forms on Darwin 4.Initially the expectation is to find microscopic life, but the probe soon finds themselves in the middle of a developed ecosystem teeming with life of all sizes. The viewer experiences Darwin 4 through the eyes of the probes like(Newton) and Leo (Da Vinci)whose data are relayed back to the mothership and then communicated through Earth. The biological and atmosphere data from the probes and mothership are relayed to viewers through computer voice simulation and on-screen readouts. The drama on Darwin 4 is motivated by real science mission such as the NASA origins.
5. What is a vacuum bomb?
The Vacuum Bomb is also known as the thermobaric bomb is different from conventional explosive weapons in that it uses atmospheric O2 instead of carrying an oxidiser in the explosive. They produce more energy for a given size than conventional bombs. It has been dubbed as the ‘Father of all Bombs’.It’s the latest in a series of new Russian weapons as President Vladimir Putin tries to reassert Moscow’s role on the international stage.
6. Which is the world’s oldest and newest football club?
It is possible that a football related organisation in London between 421 and 423.
7. What is Gini coefficient?
The Gini Coefficient is a measure of inequality of income distribution or inequality of wealth distribution. It is defined as a ratio with valves btwn 0 and 1, the numerator is the area btwn Lorenz Curve of the distribution and the uniform distribution, the denominator is the area under the uniform distribution line. A low Gini coefficient indicates more equal income or wealth distribution while a high Gini coefficient indicates more unequal distribution.
8. Does gravity affect sound waves?
There will be a small effect on sound waves that is similar to the effect on light waves(electromagnetic radiation). Just as light falling down a gravitational field increases frequency so to will sound falling down a gravitational field increases its frequency. This is a general relativistic effect.
9. What is Napierian Logarithm?
Normal logarithms are worked out with number 10 as a base. For Napierian logarithms, the base is number ‘e’ known as Napieries base named after the mathematician Napier. It is the sum of an infinite series obtained by expanding (1+1/n)raised to the power n as n tends to infinity, where n is a natural number. It works out to an irrational number ‘e’ whose approx value is 2.71828.
10. What makes bricks red?
The colour of clay bricks is affected by the chemical and mineral content of the raw material used and the fixing temperature and atmosphere of the kiln. Bricks can be pink, white, yellow or red. The pink is due to high iron content, the colour tends to go red on increasing the temperature. It first turns to dark red, then purple and grey or brown at around 1300degree celsius. The yellow or white is due to high iron content.
11. What is the triple finger salute?
The three finger salute is used by members of scouts and guides organizations around the world when greeting other scouts and guides at other ceremonies. The salute is made with the palm face out, the thumbs holding down the little finger and the fingertips on the brow. In computer parlance, the triple finger salute refers to describe the three key sequence–Alt-Ctrl-Del developed by David Bradley. This term became popular after IBM PC compatible users centrally hold down these keys each time their computer froze or had the probs.