Plastic is in every corner of our life. Without plastic, we as a civilization would not be able to carry out the smallest of tasks. Due to this high demand, we have seen a rise in innovation and production in the plastics industry along with its environmental impacts. Yet, plastic was not always seen as a hazard. Quite to the contrary, plastic led to the innovation boom of the past few decades.
Plastic is a word that originally meant “pliable and easily shaped.” It only recently became a name for a category of materials called polymers, meaning — “of many…
The Koh-I-Noor diamond currently sits in the British Crown weighing 105.6 carats (21.12g), and it is displayed in the Jewel House in the Tower of London where it is seen by millions of tourists each year. Unlike popular belief, the diamond was not a gift from India to the British. The story of this diamond —
“ — is a perfectly scripted Game of Thrones-style epic. All the romance, all the blood, all the gore, all the bling.”
says William Dalrymple, co-author of Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond. …
On the 13th of April, 1919, Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer entered the Jallianwala Bagh (bagh meaning garden) in Amritsar, with his troops and ordered them to open fire on a gathering of about 10,000 unarmed people (women and children included) celebrating the spring festival Baisakhi. After 10 minutes of firing, he stopped only after they ran out of ammunition, killing 379 people and leaving thousands injured.
Let’s take a look at the story of one of the worst cases of police brutality in the British Raj of India.
The way transactions are done has changed so much over the history of mankind. But what has not changed, is that the transaction always involves an exchange. This exchange is often some sort of service or commodity for money.
A quick google search will tell you that, but I’ll do it for you.
Money is any item or verifiable record that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts, such as taxes, in a particular country or socio-economic context.
Money, in and of itself, has no actual value; it can be a shell, a metal…
3D glasses have been around for a long time now. Watching a movie in 3D in a cinema hall is truly a much better experience than watching it in 2D. The simplicity of wearing a pair of glasses that allows us to see a movie projected on a flat surface, in 3D is amazing. The science behind these glasses is simple, yet ingenious. To understand how 3D glasses work, we need to first understand how our eyes see the world in 3D. But technically, they don’t!
A map is a representation of the earth on a flat surface. Contrary to the beliefs of flat Earth conspiracy theorists, Earth is a sphere. Although it is not a perfect sphere, the assumption is not inaccurate. However, this poses map makers a problem — representing a 3-dimensional object on a 2-dimensional surface.
The border conflict between India and China has been making the headlines recently. This is the first time since 1975 that lives have been lost due to border conflicts between these hostile neighbors, with India losing 20 soldiers and China allegedly about 43, yet. Let’s take a look at how these two nuclear nations reached a point of bloody conflict.
The British Raj of India ended in August of 1947, following a decades-long struggle for independence. But it was not the way most of them had dreamed of. Owing to religious tensions between Hindus and Muslims, British India was to be split into two dominions — a Muslim majority Pakistan and an essentially secular state of India. What followed was months of bloodshed along the borders of the two newly-formed nations.
In almost every other ball-sport, the balls used are perfectly spherical. However, golf balls have weird circular dents in them. There is very simple physics behind the reason golf balls are made this way.
Back in the 1850s, golf balls were called gutties. Invented by Dr. Robert Adams Paterson, these balls were made by heating the sap from the Malaysian Sapodilla tree. This heated sap could be molded into spheres. These spheres would harden when dried. Golfers realized over time that used golf balls that had nicks and dents had a much more consistent flight. …
Protein powders are the most commonly consumed supplements for muscle gain and fat loss. However, protein supplements can also be useful for people that cannot get the required amount of protein through natural food sources. But with such a high number of types of protein supplements available in the market, it can get very overwhelming to select which supplement to buy. If you don’t select the right protein powder, you might not see the results and end up losing motivation. To decide which protein supplement you need to buy, we need to understand the different types of protein.
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