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Food can’t be tasted unless mixed with saliva

Food can’t be tasted unless mixed with saliva

Categories: Chemoreceptors, Flavour, food, Interesting Facts, Liquid, Molecule, Receptor, Saliva, Salivary gland, Salt, Taste

We can taste food because the salivary glands in the mouth secrete saliva that mix with the food. Without saliva, we would not know the taste of any kind of food. The chemoreceptors or taste buds need a liquid medium that makes flavours bind into the receptor molecules. For example, if a pinch of salt is put on a dry …

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The history of tea in India

The history of tea in India

Categories: Assam, Beverage, British, Camellia sinensis, China, Darjeeling, History, Milk, Tea, Tea plantation, Tea production

Tea (Camellia sinensis) is one of the most popular beverages in the world. Tea originated in China, and the modern form of tea taken with milk was developed by the British in India. The British started tea plantations in Assam and Darjeeling in the nineteenth century. Today, India is the second largest tea producer in the world after China.  

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‘Fire rainbows’ are created from ice!

‘Fire rainbows’ are created from ice!

Categories: Arc, Circumhorizontal, Clouds, Fire rainbow, Flames, Ice crystals, Interesting Facts, Moonlight, Rainbow, Refraction, Sunlight

‘Fire rainbows’, technically known as circumhorizontal arcs, occur from a spectacular phenomenon in the sky. They are formed by the refraction of sunlight or moonlight on plate-shaped ice crystals in the clouds high up in the sky. They are neither fire nor rainbow, yet are called so because of the vibrant colours that spill out in different directions making them …

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The world’s largest flower Rafflesia arnoldii stinks

The world’s largest flower Rafflesia arnoldii stinks

Categories: Carrion fly, Corpse flower, Decaying fish, Foul smell, Indonesia, Nature, Odour, Pollinator, Rafflesia arnoldii, Rainforest

Rafflesia arnoldii is a rare flower found in the rainforests of Indonesia. When it blossoms, it produces an extremely unpleasant odour of decaying flesh, earning it the nickname ‘corpse flower’. The foul smell of the flower attracts the carrion fly, its main pollinator.

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The deepest lake in the world

The deepest lake in the world

Categories: Baikal, Fauna, Flora, Galapagos, Lake, Lake Baikal, Nature, Russia, Siberia, South-east

Lake Baikal, situated in the south-east Siberia in Russia, is the deepest lake in the world. Known as the Galapagos of Russia, it is one of the richest and diverse repositories of flora and fauna. The depth of Lake Baikal is 1700 metre, making it the deepest lake in the world.    

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When the colour of one eye is different from the other

When the colour of one eye is different from the other

Heterochromia iridium is a condition in which a person has two differently coloured eyes. This usually occurs due to excess or lack of the pigment melanin in the iris. Heterochromia can be genetic or caused from injury. It is primarily of three kinds depending upon the area of the eye affected.

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A kind of strawberry that tastes like pineapple

A kind of strawberry that tastes like pineapple

The pineberry is a mutant form of strawberry, which has white flesh with red seeds. It was discovered by Dutch farmers in France. After six years of cultivation and selection, the commercial varieties were brought under production. Ever since commercial production began, the fruit became a food fad in Britain. However, now it has gone international. Packaged pineberries have become …

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