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Interview with Aedes Aegypti Mosquito: Mother of Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika

This week, fuzzlabs have got itself an interview with one of the most dreaded creatures on this planet. A type of mosquito, Aedes Aegypti is perhaps most feared species of them all. She is known to be major cause of viral outbreaks around the world. Mother of famous viruses like Dengue, Chikungunya and Yellow Fever, Aedes is now causing a ruckus among humans after introducing a new virus in the bloc named Zika.

Aed

Fz: Hello Aedes.
Aedes: Hello Human.

Fz: How have you been?
Aedes: Pretty. We have successfully infiltrated almost all part of the world. The entire South American, African and Asian countries are our stronghold. We have made in roads in most of European countries and of course US. We have been making progress in Australia too. Continue reading

Exclusive: Interview with Pluto

Pluto

Source: NASA

In an Exclusive, Fuzzlabs has secured a straight communication line with the Planet… err I mean Dwarf Planet Pluto. Discovered in 1930 by an American Astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, Pluto enjoyed the status of a planet until 2006 before it was unceremoniously removed from the exclusive group of Planets comprising of major players like Jupiter and Earth.

In this interview Pluto talks to us about its life, Kuiper Belt and Planet X. Continue reading

Why Kochi Airport’s environmental milestone deserves more ‘Likes’ than it recieved

cochin-international-airport-nedumbassery-airport

When it opened in 1999, Kochi Airport at Nedumbassery became a trendsetter by being the first ever Airport to be built under Private-Public Partnership model in India. It sure doesn’t boast of a magnanimous building with glass and steel structures unlike other major airports around the country, but with a simple traditional temple architecture one is sure to feel at home here.

16 years later, raising the bar for other Airports, Kochi achieved a major environmental milestone last August by becoming the first Airport in the world to be completely powered by Solar Energy.

A total of 46000 solar power panels are laid out across 45 acres of land near the cargo area. It is expected to produce maximum 12 Mega Watt of power under optimum conditions. They are providing around 50,000 to 60,000 units of electricity per day significant enough to meet all the Airport’s electricity needs. Continue reading

A Terrible Contagion and a Climatic Anomaly

Dengue Patients overcrowded in a city hospital. Source: ndtv.in

Dengue Patients overcrowded in a city hospital. Source: ndtv.in

Recently, Delhi fell under another grip of the pandemic that has been plaguing the city since ever, and this time the city is bleeding. In one of the worst Dengue outbreak in the capital in years, around 7000 people have been reported to be infected and at least 25 people have been reported dead.

With number of cases piling up, Delhi hospitals were so overcrowded last month that they had refuse treatment to many citing shortage of beds. Some hospitals even have two to four patients sharing a single bed. Following a seven year old boy died for want of treatment and his parents unable to bear the loss jumped off a four storey building in South Delhi. The incident highlights the hapless situation in Delhi this season due to this unforeseen catastrophe. There is a sense of panic everywhere.

In recent decades, dengue outbreaks in India have become larger and more frequent, with a greater number of severe cases and deaths. A study conducted by researchers at Brandeis University says India had nearly 60 Lakhs diagnosed cases of dengue between 2006 and 2012. With a population of 16.3 million people, Delhi is the second most populated city in the world Continue reading

What you need to know about latest ISRO mission

AstroSat - An Indian Eye in the Sky

AstroSat at lab before it was launched into the space. Source: isro.gov.in

If ever media is using phrases such as ‘Another feather in the cap’ or ‘India’s pride’, one can assure themselves that they are speaking about ISRO. Indian Space Agency is awesome and they have proven their magnificence yet again with ‘textbook launch’ (yet another phrase synonymous with ISRO) of a satellite they have christened AstroSat from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

Now, everyone will be familiar that AstroSat is not just another satellite that ISRO’s most reliable launch vehicle PSLV is putting into orbit; it is India’s first Space Observatory.

The 180 crores project propelled ISRO into being one of the select few organizations with their own observatories in space. Not even China has one. ISRO have had profound missions like Mangalyaan and Chandrayaan before, but all of them were technology demonstration basically. What is so special about this mission is that, with AstroSat, ISRO puts Space Research back into Indian Space Research Organization. Continue reading

Understanding Gravity Waves

The Dark Sector Lab (DSL), houses the BICEP2 telescope (left) and the South Pole Telescope (right). Source : bicepkeck.org

On 17 March 2014, scientists announced that they had detected primordial gravitational waves using a telescope called Bicep2 at South Pole providing first direct evidence of Cosmic Inflation, a phenomenon that happened just after the Big Bang.

The claim however was quickly snubbed when an international group of scientists using a Space Telescope Planck found out that Bicep2’s data could be just dust scattered through the galaxy. Embarrassing indeed.

So, this might make one wonder whats the fuss all about!?!

Gravity

Gravity, is the most mysterious of all forces. Sir Isaac Newton, was first to study this phenomenon. You might be familiar with the awesome story of course about how an apple fell on him. And so the legend goes that, Newton was so affected by that apple that he went ahead and formulated his laws of gravitation. Continue reading