13: The Birth of Agriculture? When? Where?

For nearly 2.5 Million Years, we humans have fed ourselves by gathering plants and hunting animals that lived and bred without our intervention. Our counterparts such as  Homo erectus, Homo ergaster, and the Neanderthals ( To know more about our counterparts, read my previous story: 12 : Are we the only humans ?), plucked wild... Continue Reading →

12: Are we the only humans? No..!

We are used to thinking about ourselves as the only humans because, for the last 10,000 years, our species has indeed been the only human species inhabiting our planet.  Not only we have an abundance of uncivilized cousins ( chimps, Apes, etc.), once upon a time, we had quite a few brothers and sisters as well ( other... Continue Reading →

11: Ingredients of Life? LUCA?

What it takes to Create a life? What are the essential ingredients for a life to take shape? “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of star stuff”.  - Carl Sagan You, me,... Continue Reading →

10: We are Born unfinished?

Immediately following our birth, we humans are totally helpless. We spend almost about a year unable to walk, about two or more before we can express our thoughts, and many more years unable to fend for ourselves. We are inevitably dependent on those around us for our survival. But why? The answer lies in the... Continue Reading →

09: Natural selection ( A bold prediction by Charles Darwin): The first flower… The power of smell.

It's hard to imagine, but plants covered the surface of the earth for hundreds of millions of years before they put forth their first flower. That was about a hundred million years ago, shortly before the dinosaurs were wiped out. Our world must've been a lustreless place back then, dominated by shades of green and brown. Yeah, there were giant trees, ferns, and other plant life, but the palette of nature didn't... Continue Reading →

06 : Carboniferous

Buckle up your belts, I am going to take you all way back in time, in fact to a great expanse of time that had elapsed since the big bang. In order to think about it, let's compress the whole timeline of our Universe since the big-bang till now into a single year, what we... Continue Reading →

05 : Venus =<<<<< Earth ?

 When our Solar system was young, Venus had liquid water, and it merely looked like our Earth. And after some million years, Things started to go horribly wrong. Venus oceans are all gone now. Its surface is hotter than a boiling oven ( avg: 462 degC), hot enough to melt Lead. But why? 

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