Q: What did copper say to other metals when they finished their meeting?

A: Cu
K.S. Nagabhushana

Why does bread favour mold and fungi?

Have you noticed some brown powder-like substance on a loaf of bread that has been kept for some days? Also, along with the brown spots, you may also notice some green coloured spots. Have you wondered why bread is so vulnerable to molds and fungi? We will tell you why...

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What renders garlic its pungent smell?

Have you wondered why do we end up with a bad breath after eating food that had garlic in it? In fact, even our burps emit a foul smell after we consume garlic in our food. Why is it that in spite of using so much of deodorant our body emits a foul smell especially when we consume garlic! Let us find out the reason...

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Why is coir used to make ropes and mats?

Coir has taken a huge place in our everyday life. Can we imagine a life without ropes, mats or mattresses these days? Talking about coir, let us first know what it is and why is it used to make some of our very useful household items.

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Why are fertilizers indispensible to gardening and agricultural practices?

Plants are also considered as living beings of nature just like humans, animals and other living stock. Just like how we humans need extra vitamin, calcium and other supplements apart from our normal intake of nutrition to stay healthy, plants need fertilizers to grow and stay healthy. In order for the plants to grow, they need a number of chemical elements. Let us find out how fertilizers work.

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Smart Fuel Cells - What's so smart about them?

A Fuel Cell is a device that converts the chemical energy of a fuel directly into electrical energy. Unlike steam-powered generator system, the fuel cell does not first convert chemical energy into mechanical energy.

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Smoke detectors - the tiny life-saving device

Smoke detectors are one of those amazing inventions that, because of mass production, cost practically nothing. And while they cost very little, smoke detectors save thousands of lives each year. In fact, it is recommended that every home have one smoke detector per floor.

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Microwave ovens - the magic of cooking in minutes

The microwave oven is one of the great inventions of the 20th century -- millions of homes have one. Microwave ovens are popular because they cook food in an amazingly short amount of time. They are also extremely efficient in their use of electricity because a microwave oven heats only the food, and nothing else!

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How NASA accidentally discovered baby food.

When you think of baby formula, you probably don't think of NASA or a space craft. The lead scientific team that invented the original baby food formula spent time as researchers for NASA, and it was there that they first conceived of a nutritional supplement that is now called Baby Formula all over the world.

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LCDs - Liquid crystals that glow

You probably use items containing an LCD (liquid crystal display) every day. They are all around us -- in laptop computers, digital clocks and watches, microwave ovens, CD players and many other electronic devices.

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The Magnetic Tape. The original backbone of the electronic age.

Remember the cassette tape? They were the most popular way to listen to music till the CD was invented. In fact, the magnetic tape used in cassettes was instrumental to the development of virtually every electronic device we now use.

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