Posts Tagged ‘scientific terms’

Scientific experiment, STL, 170814

August 19, 2014

DnA suddenly decided that there would be a scientific experiment for the education and edification of KTB, and they chose one that involved baking soda, vinegar, a glass bottle, and a balloon.

D measured out the last of the baking soda:

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KTB put it in the glass bottle, which held some vinegar:

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The vinegar frothed up:

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At this point, D realized that the mouth of the bottle was too wide to fit the balloon around, and the experiment was going to be repeated with a narrower-mouthed bottle:

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Many hands were required for this delicate operation,because this was the last of the baking soda:

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We watched the end result:

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The observer observed.

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I think The Booda was recording and documenting all this on his laptop, but I am not sure:

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He certainly seemed happy with his efforts, though.

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The balloon filled up, satisfyingly but not fully, with carbon di oxide gas:

Now I’d like KTB to realize that all the cooking done in the kitchen, that gets the food on the table, is also a series of chemical reactions, starting from the setting of her favourite “thayir” (yogurt)!

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Wildlife equipment!

March 1, 2013

I made friends with Kiran Srivastava at INW (I’ve still not met him
face to face..the one time he visited Bangalore, I was out in Nandi
Hills or somewhere.) He has a great sense of humour, liked this
piece very much!

Cheers, Deepa.

The lighter side of some wildlife equipment you can buy today:

Bat detectors: There are Heterodyne Detectors and Frequency Division
Detectors and Time Expansion Detectors and Full Spectrum Bat
Detectors. There is also a Batbox, and if this doesn’t make you crazy
you could always go in for a Batscan.

Flir Scout PS24 Thermal Imaging System: used for scanning heat
signatures. Not to be used for any other purpose other than detecting
bats.

Endoscope camera: used for footage in difficult situations such as
nesting burrows and crevices. Certainly not to be confused with a
medical device of the same name. Ditto SeeSnake Inspection Camera. Not
to mention that the long cable at night itself looks like a snake…

Real Estate Deals

Hogitat Hedgehog Home, Hibernation Box, Dormouse Box, Ceramic Frog &
Toad House. These are presumably, 1BHK, ground floor flats. And if you
cannot afford this then the broker can show you a Bug Box, Bee Hut or
a Bee and Bug Biome. That’s the current low down on housing in this
issue!

Night Vision Goggles & Scopes: Hands free with a padded head mount and
a built-in infrared illuminator. Something akin what US marines wear
in Iraq on night patrol. Scope of getting arrested by over-zealous
law-n-order authorities is rather high…

Sound Recording equipment: Everyone’s heard about Short Gun and Long
Gun Microphones but the one expense that will set you back a couple of
hundred dollars is a ‘dead cat’ windshield. Here I would instantly
apologise to Garfield.

Entomology Kit would include a Beating Tray, a Barrel Pooter,a couple
of Pot Pooters, maybe even a Malaise Trap, Berlese Funnel. Note:
pooters are not for poo-poo collection.

Fisheries department

Buy an Aquascope for viewing the underwater world. It looks like a
narrow-bottom bucket held upside down. A funny picture you’ll make
peering underwater in the midst of stream! Buy yourself some Mudders
(easier walking in sticky mud) and carry your Invertebrate
Colonisation Sampler to impress the PYT who tagged along thinking it’s
a Discovery Channel adventure

I won’t even enter the realm of wildlife photographers but I can tell
you that it’s all hush, hush work with Stealth Gear Chair Hide,
Leaf-cut Scrim Net and needless to mention, camouflage clothing that
would fool leaves off a tree.

Words to use in the field:

‘Drats, I forgot to bring my THERMOHYGROMETER’ or ‘has anyone seen my
PORTABLE LUX METER?’

[with sincere apologies to equipment manufacturers whose name may have
inadvertently crept into the text]

PSG (Pseudo-Scientific Guff)

February 2, 2013

Every now and then, I get internet forwards which purport to be “scientific” explanations of our “age-old culture” and “traditions”…The latest one is too good not to share; this is about how good it is to visit temples:

“There are hundreds of temples all over India in different size, shape and locations but not all of them are considered to be in the Vedic way.

“Generally, the temples are located in a place where earth’s magnetic waves pass through. In simple terms, these temples are located strategically at a place where the positive energy is abundantly available from the magnetic wave distribution of north/ south pole thrust.
Because of its location, where high magnetic values are available, the Main Idol is placed in the center, and also because they place a copper plate written with some Vedic scripts, which is buried, beneath the Main Idol’s placement known as “Garbhagriha” or Moolasthan, the copper absorbs the earths magnetic waves and radiates to the surroundings. Thus a person who regularly visits a temple and makes clockwise pradakshina of the Main Idol’s placement, automatically receives the beamed magnetic waves which get absorbed by his body. This is very slow and a regular visit will make him absorb more energy, known as positive energy. In addition, the Sanctum Sanctorum is completely enclosed on three sides. The effect of all energies is very high in here. The lamp that is lit radiates the heat and light energy.
The ringing of the bells and the chanting of prayers gives sound energy. The fragrance from the flowers, the burning of camphor give out chemical energy. The effect of all these energies is activated by the positive energy that comes out of the idol. This is in addition to the north/south pole magnetic energy that is absorbed by the copper plate and utensils that are kept in the Moolasthan.

“The water used for the Pooja is mixed with Cardamom, Benzoine, Holy Basil (Tulsi), Clove, etc is the “Theertham”. This water becomes more energized because it receives the positive-ness of all these energies combined. When persons go to the temple for Deepaaraadhana, and when the doors open up, the positive energy gushes out onto the persons who are there. The water that is sprinkled onto the people passes on the energy to all. That is the reason why, men are not allowed to wear shirts to the temple and ladies have to wear more ornaments because it is through these jewels (metal) that positive energy is absorbed in ladies. It is proved that Theertham is a very good blood purifier, as it is highly energized.

In addition, temples offer holy water (about three spoons). This water is mainly a source of magneto therapy as they place the copper water vessel at the Garbhagriha. It also contains cardamom, clove, saffron, etc to add taste and Tulsi (holy Basil) leaves are put into the water to increase its medicinal value! The clove essence protects one from tooth decay, the saffron & Tulsi leave essence protects one from common cold and cough, cardamom and benzoine known as Pachha Karpuram, acts as a mouth refreshing agents. This way, one’s health too is protected, by regularly visiting Temples!!!…”

First of all…

“Generally, the temples are located in a place where earth’s magnetic waves pass through. In simple terms, these temples are located strategically at a place where the positive energy is abundantly available from the magnetic wave distribution of north/ south pole thrust.”

Oh, WOW. I am still trying to find a spot on this planet where the earth’s magnetic waves do NOT pass through. And then, I am getting the explanation in SIMPLE terms! North/south pole thrust, my goodness! That reminds me of a very dirty joke I know, about Eskimo women who like the north pole thrust….

Then….

“In addition, temples offer holy water (about three spoons). This water is mainly a source of magneto therapy”

“about” three spoons? Why, when the rest of the email is SO accurate, this approximation of three spoons?

Also…

“The water used for the Pooja is mixed with Cardamom, Benzoine, Holy Basil (Tulsi), Clove, etc is the “Theertham”.

Now where on earth did Benzoine get into the water? Oh, I see…I googled for

Benzoin

and think that this is probably the forwarder’s way of referring to camphor? Well, anyway, if Benzoine is being added to my temple water, that scares me STIFF!

And this takes the cake…

“The water that is sprinkled onto the people passes on the energy to all. That is the reason why, men are not allowed to wear shirts to the temple and ladies have to wear more ornaments because it is through these jewels (metal) that positive energy is absorbed in ladies. It is proved that Theertham is a very good blood purifier, as it is highly energized.”

By this logic, women should ALSO not be allowed to wear shirts to the temple(think how happy that will make the men!)…oh, I forgot, though, for ladies, the energy is only absorbed through jewels (metal)! Oh me, oh my, I never wear jewellery, no wonder I remain a hopeless sinner (next time, I’ll also try not wearing a top!)

I canNOT stop loffing at this forward…I hope all of you enjoy it, too!

This is Greek….

April 29, 2007

“In another study, Stachyris nigriceps is found to be close to Pomatorhinus
ochraceiceps, while the rest of the Stachyris such as ruficeps and rufifrons
are close in a clade which appears to include Macrnous gularis.”

……!!!!!

Well, no, it’s not Greek…it’s bird-watching! But at this level, I make “glub, glub” noises as I go well beyond my depth…