Why are scientific names are so difficult?

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If you said you saw a ‘Canis lupus familiaris‘ in your backyard, nobody would know what you were talking about, but if you tell a ‘Dog’, then they would easily know. So why a scientific name is so difficult?

Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a brilliant scientist, established the modern scientific method of ‘binomial nomenclature’, or two names, in which the first word was used to describe the genus and the second, the distinguishing characteristic of a specific living thing, and sometimes the inclusion of the name of the person who discovered it.

At the time of his work, Latin was taught everywhere and was uniquely suitable for this system of naming plants and animals.

Also the Catholic Church (who was also in charge of education) used Latin as a religious and educational language. Therefore, learned men were considered ‘learned’ if they had mastered Latin. Latin was a common language for the world of European Academia.

And most scientist (be it biologist or physicist or chemist or even mathematicians), used Latin to publish their papers. So it is only logical for Carolus Linnaeus to come out with his classification system for living things in Latin or else he would not probably have gained much recognition from the Academia at that time 🙂

It should also be noted that Latin, although widely used, is NOT the language always used for naming organisms. Classical Greek is also used, as well as a combination of Greek and Latin.

 

 

 

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Why some unattractive Modern art paintings are highly expensive?

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Many times in our feed or news posts we have seen few modern art paintings bought worth millions of dollars and thought how come this ‘elementary‘ art-piece could be of so much price. So lets segregate this query into two parts:

Unattractive?

Remember art does not have to be a representation of things. Photos can do that quite well. Hence art is not so limited by things that exist, which may or may not be attractive. And meaning is not the only reason for art. Its a language that acts as a medium between its creator and viewers.

And creating some of those simple looking paintings aren’t as easy as we think. Balance and proportion become very important because simplicity leaves little room for error.

Hugely expensive?

Suppose a simple handkerchief in a shop with price tag USD 2. Now lets suppose hollywood actress Anjelina jolie went by that shop and bought that handkerchief. Undoubtedly the price will shot from 2 to thousands of dollars.

But why? Handkerchief was just a simple piece of clothing. Its because the possession became the deciding factor. Hence in a similar way, paintings can have many reasons to be expensive for e.g;

:: if its painted by a famous Artist (say Picasso)
:: if its from a significant era (say Renaissance)
:: if its a different interpretation of a famous painting (say The Last Supper)
:: if although its simple looking – but offer deep meaning to connoisseurs and many more

So it’s okay if you don’t find some artworks beautiful – as taste is subjective 🙂

(P.S: the featured painting is Ideas and Critics)

 

Why some husbands walk few steps ahead of their wives?

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So while returning home from a grocery shop, I observed a middle-aged couple going by. And there I noticed something, that husband was walking few steps ahead of wife.

And no, its not because ‘behind every successful man, there is a woman‘.., duh!

I think few men walk fast since they are not mature enough to walk slow and match the speed of their spouse who is not as energetic as them.

Also (usually in some Asian countries), few ‘men‘ feel awkward in front of others to walk along with their wives, which can be termed nothing but plain backwardness.

However, not blaming the male species entirely, sometimes women which are used to window shop more along with their female friends, forget their new walking partner’s pace 😛

Hence to say conclusively, walk beside each other.., ask him to be slow or ask her if she’s tired.. never let your better half feel alone even for a moment.

Be mutual 🙂

Why a large sized clothing is of the same price as small-sized?

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So you went for shopping and you find a nice looking T-shirt of your size, then you looked for the price tag.. (because its month-end :P), and it says 1100 INR (~ 17 USD),
and out of curiosity, you looked for a smaller size, but wait… it says 1100 INR too.

So why’s that? Since if you buy a small frying pan, it will cost you a bit lesser than its bigger counterpart. So why this happens with fabric.?

Actually, the cost of fabric is negligible in mass market wear. The labor (along with shipping & marketing) required to construct the garment is almost always by far the most expensive component in calculating fabric’s cost, and all sizes require roughly the same amount of labor. The fabric is only a small part of the expense.

Apart from that, a blended price doesn’t raise the issue of “How come I’m being charged more, just because I’m bigger.” It’s the same reason they don’t charge airline tickets by weight of the passenger 😛

But there are exceptions to the norms, as although clothing costs the same within the standard size range, but larger size ranges usually do cost more, simply because that ‘negligible’ fabric cost becomes non-negligible.

Happy shopping 🙂

 

Why we have no cure for common cold yet and symptom difference with Flu and Pneumonia

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Why we have no cure for common cold yet?

Common cold is a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract that mainly affects the nose. With other health problems or already weak immune system, one may develop pneumonia also.
Over 200 virus strains are implicated in causing the common cold, with rhinoviruses being the most common. These viruses stick to the cells at the back of your throat. They quickly reproduce from the cells to spread to neighboring cells in the rest of the tract.

And while we can treat the symptoms of cold by isolating the virus like other diseases, we cannot cure it, because of their different types and rapid mutation property of each of those types. Thus, in the time it takes to develop a vaccine, it will no longer be useful to us.

Symptom difference with flu and Pneumonia?

Apart from acute viral respiratory illness being a common symptom, the basic difference between below diseases are:

Common cold: Less severe symptoms, runny nose, sore throat

Influenza (flu): severe symptoms, (less likely to have a runny nose), fever, chills, fatigue, muscle aches

Pneumonia: severe symptoms, sharp chest pain with inhalation, excessive sweating, increased breathing and heart rate and light blueness around the mouth and lips.

Happy aachooo! reading 🙂

Can we officially remove silent letters from English words to make it more consistent and save printer cost?

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Yes it does makes sense. However, not only it would be difficult to erase all the silent letters from English, but I think we may lose a great deal culturally and linguistically by doing so (also don’t forget about the spelling bee participants!).

Silent letters though sometimes have no known use but often they,

:: may change the pronunciation of a nearby vowel (e.g.,  mop vs. mope,  at vs. ate). This often drastically changes the meaning, as you can see.

:: may indicate a word’s origin within another language and thereby give clues to its meaning  (e.g., the silent ‘p’ at the start of words like ‘psychology’ reminds us of the Greek origin of the word and the connection to the story of Cupid & Psyche, which hints at the meaning).

But instead of dealing this topic point blank, I am just going to put up a funny anonymous post which I came across many times while browsing www.

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The European Union commissioners have announced that agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications, rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty’s Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five-year phased plan for what will be known as EuroEnglish (Euro for short).

In the first year, “s” will be used instead of the soft “c.” Sertainly, sivil servants will resieve this news with joy. Also, the hard “c” will be replased with “k”. Not only will this klear up konfusion, but typewriters kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome “ph” will be replased by “f”. This will make words like fotograf” 20 persent shorter.

In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent “e”s in the languag is disgrasful, and they would go.

By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” by “z” and “w” by ” v”.

During ze fifz year, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou”, and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.

Ze drem vil finali kum tru.

And after reading above quoted block, If you feel offended, congrats!. You have qualified ‘Grammar Nazi’ preliminaries 😛

Peace.

Why a slow song seems fast just after waking up?

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Have you ever played a song right after waking up? If no, then please do. You will certainly agree with the title of this post.

As a matter of fact, after gaining access to media devices in my childhood, I observed this strange thing for days..later forgetting the whole thing.

So how’s this possible? I have two speculations in queue,

Speculation 1:

Recall the time when you heard that song first time, the speed you heard that time can be compared with nothing, but many repetitions later, a default speed is saved.

And it is natural for the brain to reset and go through a mental checklist every time you wake up from sleep.

Now when you wake up, although the song is in your memory but the timbre, rhythms, pitch etc are not yet fetched instantly. Hence our brain sort of behaves like its hearing few wave parts for the first time. And till the time it fetches it node by node, the wave line passes, making it to lose the details or in other words the song appears faster.

Incidentally, instrumentals seems less faster thus supporting above speculation.

Speculation 2:

It has been known that humans recall fatal events in ‘slow motion’ due to a reverse of this phenomenon i.e.; more details recalled to increase survival chance or slower overall recall because of a fixed recall speed.

The ‘grogginess‘ experienced upon waking might play a part as well. Thus we can blame evolution over here 😛

Another example of this is, sitting down and relaxing music seems faster, but if you go for a jog or begin any strenuous activity, the speed decreases. Thereby supporting this speculation.


But no matter what the speculations are, listening to our favorite songs right after waking up takes refreshments to another level.

so Happy listening 🙂