Gold thinner than paper

Nowhere is the fine art of metal leaf production more refined than it is in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, in Japan. About 99% of the gold foils in Japan come from Kanazawa. This Gold foil is a smoothed metal of gold and little silver. The foil is smoothed to a thickness of 0.0001 Millimeters. It is said…

Animals used in War

Humans have enlisted animals to help fight their battles since the dawn of war, and today’s militaries use an even wider range of creatures for everything from bomb-sniffing to coastline patrolling. Early mounts could pull a chariot or carry lightly armoured skirmishing forces. The horse-mounted cavalry became the most prestigious military arm in Europe for…

What Yoga Really Is About

What people usually associate with yoga: Twisted postures, closed eyes, meditative exercises. But there’s more to it than that! Yoga has become popular as a form of physical exercise based upon asanas (physical poses) to promote improved control of mind and body and to enhance well-being. The word “yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj…

Why is the Mona Lisa so famous?

What’s so great about the Mona Lisa? Sure, she’s got that smile, but what makes her “the most famous painting in the world”? Mona Lisa is famous for an optical illusion aka ‘the mysterious smile’. The illusion is caused due to peripheral vision as the focus of the viewer shifts from the eyes of the portrait to the…

Colourful slum, now tourist attraction

A slum area in Indonesia’s Java Island has become an unlikely tourist attraction after its homes were painted with vivid colors. The district is now being called “Kampung Pelangi” (‘Rainbow Village’). The poor hill-side area received a month-long face lift costing 300 million rupiah (Rs. 14,46,311) and paid for by the local government in a…