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How Did Sri Lanka Become an Island?

Sri Lanka which was formerly called Ceylon is well-known for its unique biodiversity, extensive cinnamon and tea exportation, and breathtaking natural wonders. But did you know that it only became an island in the 1480s? Sri Lanka and India were originally connected by a land bridge called “Adam’s Bridge”. But because of a cyclone, the …

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Where Did Chili Peppers Come From?

Many traditional Asian dishes make use of chili peppers. One variant was even named chinense because it was believed to have originated in China. But did you know where chili peppers actually come from? Asian regions such as India, China, and Thailand are known for their spicy dishes, but they only discovered and used chili …

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What Happened to the Rogue Elephant in India?

Elephants have always been peaceful, altruistic animals. Their revered intelligence and their capability for empathy are some of the greatest among the animal kingdom. With that said, it was a surprise to all when citizens in West Bengal, India, reported a surge of elephant violence.  Humans aren’t the common prey for an elephant, but when …

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Why Was a School in Poland Named After an Indian Maharaja?

During the second World War, there were hundreds of displaced Polish children who were brought to Soviet orphanages. This happened during the time Germany invaded Poland in 1939. In 1942 Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji Jadeja the Maharaja of Nawanager established the Polish Children’s Camp for the refugee children of Poland to save them from the harsh conditions …

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The word “thug” comes from a murderous cult of bandits in India called Thuggee, who worshipped the Hindu goddess of death and destruction

What A Thug’s Life Looked Like In 19th Century India During a 1906 meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Sir William Turner submitted part three of his research “Contributions to the Craniology of the People of the Empire of India.” Included were the photographs of individual skulls from a group who the British Medical …

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Australia has the world’s largest herd of wild camels. the population is estimated to be about 3 million, spread across 37% of the Australian mainland.

Astonishing story of Australian camels. Why thousands of them are shot dead routinely The year was 1606. Europe by now had established itself as the leader in the ‘age of discovery’. Undertaking long overseas expeditions to ‘discover’ unvisited distant lands had gained currency by then. India was already ‘discovered’ via sea route, so were Africa, …

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90% of all scientists who have ever lived are alive today.

90% of All the Scientists That Ever Lived Are Alive Today The following paper was written and submitted by Eric Gastfriend. The information he presents is helpful to keep in mind as we consider the speed with which technologies are advancing today. This simple statistic captures the power of the exponential growth in science that …

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In 1896, a bubоnіc plаgue epіdеmic struck Bombay, and the government asked Waldemar Haffkine, developer of the first chоlera vаccіne, to help. After 3 months of persistent work (1 assistant had a nervous breakdown and 2 others quit), a vаccіne was ready, with Haffkine tеsting it on himself first

Waldemar Haffkine Waldemar Mordechai Wolff Haffkine CIE (Ukrainian: Володимир Мордехай-Вольф Хавкін; Russian: Мордехай-Вольф Хавкин; 15 March 1860 – 26 October 1930) was a bacteriologist from the Russian Empire later naturalized French. He emigrated and worked at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, where he developed an anti-cholera vaccine that he tried out successfully in India. He …

In 1896, a bubоnіc plаgue epіdеmic struck Bombay, and the government asked Waldemar Haffkine, developer of the first chоlera vаccіne, to help. After 3 months of persistent work (1 assistant had a nervous breakdown and 2 others quit), a vаccіne was ready, with Haffkine tеsting it on himself first Read More »