• Yarsagumba benefits
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    Yarsagumba benefits – yarchagumba, Keeda Jadi medicinal benefits

    Yarsagumba has earned name as a traditional herb able to cure many diseases and ailments. It is scientifically known as Cordyceps sinensis. It is popularly known as yarsagumba, yarchagumba, Keeda Jadi. It has been used since long as a medicine in the old communities of China, Nepal and India. The beneficial effects of caterpillar fungus have been mentioned in the traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicinal literature. According to that, it acts as a medicine for at least 21 diseases and ailments. These diseases are broadly linked with liver, kidney and heart. In addition it is said to be extremely beneficial in the treatment of infertility. Cordyceps or Yarsagumba and its product have also…

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    Amazing Facts about Mangalyaan – India’s First Space Mission to Mars

    Mangalyaan is India’s First Space Mission to Mars. The literal meaning of Mangalyaan is Mars-craft. With the help of Mangalyaan, scientists are able to know more about the Mars and its atmosphere. The scientists across the world are trying to study mars through this information and imagery. Read below to know more about some of the most amazing facts about Mangalyaan : Amazing Facts about Mangalyaan 1. Mangalyaan has also been India’s most challenging space mission so far. This is also called the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). In India it is the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) that works to send rockets and satellites in the space. ISRO created history by…

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    How Many Glaciers are there in the World?

    We keep on getting news that glaciers are melting because of the global warming and this will contribute to the sea level rise significantly. This sort of information naturally makes us curious about glaciers. We want to know how many glaciers are there in the world and where are they located? Are they any different from ice sheets and from where to get the most authentic information about them. The post tries to provide information about these queries. Most of the ice in the world is present in the form of ice sheets, ice caps and glaciers. The combined area of these ice shapes is known as total glaciated area. Most glacial ice sheets…

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    Minimum Carbon Dioxide Levels in the Atmosphere Crosses 400 ppm Mark

    Each year during the spring season the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reaches to its minimum. The reason is that during this time the plants get new leaves and they grow maximum. The more the leaves sprout, the more the leaves grow, the more photosynthesis will take place which means enhanced intake of atmospheric CO2 to produce food. This reflects as a dip in the atmospheric concentration of CO2. During the harsh winters and fall the plants shed their leaves. It is this time that the global CO2 level reaches to its annual high. As per the NASA’s observations based on the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument, the annual…

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    Plastic in the ocean is now a big threat to the health of marine and terrestrial life

    Facts Plastics comprise 50–80% of the litter in the oceans An estimate from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says that fishing gear makes up 10% of all marine litter which is around 640,000 tonnes. Global production of plastics is above 300 million tonnes per year. A large part of it ultimately ends up in the ocean. The nets used for fishing and dumped in the ocean after they are no longer fit to be used, tyres, buoys, buckets, bottles and bags are major source of plastic found in the oceans worldwide. Fishing net traps and kills many animal species ranging from turtles to seals to birds. It is observed that approcimately 90% of the…

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    Roopkund, Yarsagumba, Bugyals and the High Altitude Pass Called Junargali

    We could feel nothing but thrill when we landed in Roopkund. This filled our bodies wrapped under many layers of jackets, caps and gloves with the necessary warmth. It was an early morning of May 2016. It is not allowed to stay up there in Roopkund for more than 15-20 minutes. What you really see there is a very small ‘pond’ like lake. Roopkund appeared like a half frozen bottom of an oval tub pushed fit in the high reaches of the mountains. Of-course we could locate a few skeletons there. The weather was fast changing and within minutes of our landing it felt as if very soon the clouds and fog would…

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    Necrotizing fasciitis: The Flesh Eating Disease Fact Sheet

    Necrotizing fasciitis is the scientific name of the disease known as ‘Flesh Eating Disease‘ among the masses. ‘Necrosis’ means ‘death’ while the meaning of the word ‘fascia’ means subcutaneous tissues. The name therefore implies the death of the tissues situated beneath the skin.  Necrotizing fasciitis  is a soft-tissue infection. The disease is caused by infections by a different types of bacteria belonging to Type A Streptococcus. The bacterial agent of the disease does not depend on oxygen for their growth and are anaerobic or facultative anaerobic in nature. Once infected, the disease causing bacteria starts releasing toxins in the bloodstream and tissues. The disease spreads very quickly leaving the infected with very short time…

  • Where do Tar Balls on the Beaches come from
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    Where do Tar Balls on the Beaches come from ?

    In the pre-monsoon and during monsoon seasons (May to October) the brown, sticky and foul smelling tar balls reaches the sea shores. Many beaches across the world have been facing this acute problem. Tar balls pollute beaches and disturbs marine ecosystem.  What are Tar balls? Tar balls or globs are oil residues made up of hydrocarbons. The type of hydrocarbons found in tar globs is same as that of the ones present in crude oil and petroleum products. . Their size typically ranges from as small as a small coin to as big as 30 cm. Their reaching the shore makes the site of the serene beaches extremely unpleasant and filthy. Tar ball pollution…

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    Sun Temple of Katarmal

      Sun Temple of Katarmal According to the Information board put up in the premises of Sun Temple of Katarmal situated in a village called Katarmal in Almora by Archaeological Survey of India: ‘The Sun Temple popularly Known as ‘Baraditya facing east, is one of the biggest and tallest temples, of the Kumaun region was probably built by Katarmal, the medieval king of Katury dynasty who ruled the central Himalayan Region. There are as many as 45 miniature shrines in different groups clustering around the main shrine seems to be constructed at different periods. The main temple is Triratha on plan having curvilinear shikhara of nagara style with sqaure garbhagraha (sanctum sanctorium)…