The Largest Ape that Ever Lived

By Anupum Pant

An ape as big as a polar bear, about 10 feet tall and weighing about 1200 pounds existed about 300,000 years from now. Thankfully, it no longer exists. The historical existence of this ape came to be known in 1935 when researchers found an unusually large molar being sold in a pharmacy in Hong Kong. This ape is called the Gigantopithecus and is believed to have lived in a region which is now India, China and Vietnam.

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Japan’s Amazing Indoor Farm

Shigeharu Shimamura CEO of Mirai Co, in collaboration with General electric Japan have been successful in converting an old sony semiconductor factory into an 25000 square feet indoor lettuce farm. The farm uses 17500 LEDs to emulate sunlight and produces 10000 heads of lettuce a day from its 18 racks, each of which have 15 levels.

How massive is Jupiter?

By Anupum Pant

If you combined the masses of all the planets in the solar system, that would still weigh almost less than half of Jupiter’s mass. That’s heavy. So heavy, that effectively when it tries to revolve around the sun, it also makes the sun revolve around it a little. That is to say, both these massive bodies revolve around a common point, called a barycenter. The barycenter for the sun and the Jupiter lies just outside of the sun! Almost on the surface. At about 1.068 times the radius of the sun.

“Jupiter’s mass is 2.5 times that of all the other planets in the Solar System combined—this is so massive that its barycenter with the Sun lies above the Sun’s surface at 1.068 solar radii from the Sun’s center. Jupiter is much larger than Earth and considerably less dense: its volume is that of about 1,321 Earths, but it is only 318 times as massive.”


Octopus Enrichment

By Anupum Pant

Octopus are very intelligent creatures, we’ve seen that in the past. Intelligence comes with a problem, though. The problem with having intelligent brains is that these octopus need to be provided with a well stimulated environment by constantly challenging them with puzzles, toys etc that would keep them engaged. Or they get bored.

The Boat Puzzle

By Anupum Pant

I remember solving this problem when I was in the twelfth grade. However, I no longer remember how I did it. Nor do I remember the answer. The boat puzzle goes like this.

What if you are in a boat that’s floating in water (a small body of water) and have a rock in your hand. You choose to drop the rock into the water. The rock, as they all do, sink to the bottom. Did you just make the level of water rise, or make it drop, or did not change it at all. How? Try to answer and watch this for the explanation…

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