Sculptor shuts himself inside a rock

Last year, French sculptor Abraham Poincheval, 44, had shut himself inside a rock carving for a week at a Paris museum. This is among his many acts of isolation.

In his latest act of isolation he climbed into a sculpture of a prehistoric lion man at Aurignac, France where he survived on 20 liters of water along with dried fruit and meat.

As per Abraham, these acts allow people to directly interact with him.

Earlier he lived in a plastic bottle as it travelled along the Rhone River. For 2 weeks he lived inside a bear sculpture.

As every artist has his/her own way of creating a niche and interacting with people, these acts of isolation are Poincheval way.


Water n Metal available now outside our solar system

Recently scientists have discovered some trace of water and multiple metals on Exoplanet. Exoplanet is a star revolving around a solar system.

Scientists from University of Cambridge in UK & Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias(IAC) in Spain have discovered WASP-127b, a  giant planet with partly clear skies and heavy presence of multiple metals including sodium, potassium and lithium in its atmosphere. This was not available in earlier Exoplanets.

Scientists used Gran Telescopic Canarias (GTC) located in Canary Islands to study this phenomenon.

Radius of WASP-127b is 1.4 times larger than Jupiter but its mass is only 20% as compared to Jupiter and it takes only 4 days for this Exoplanet to orbit around its parent planet.

James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will be launched in Year 2020 that will further investigate what lies inside WASP-127b. This telescope is a result of collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency. This will be scientific successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.


World of Zombies-Part 3-The conclusion

Incidence 4

There is one more instance where funeral home workers in the Colombian city of Cali got shock of their lives in 2010 when a 45 year old woman named Noelia Serna being prepared for burial started breathing again. She had been admitted to hospital due to heart attack.

This is a Lazarus syndrome where a patient’s circulation returns after some time when the process of reviving the patient failed.

At least 25 such instances have been reported since 1981. The study shows that this happens due to delay in adrenaline administering by medical staff that reaches heart very late.

I have discussed various forms of Zombies and how different studies revealed their staggering torture.

I will now discuss the poison and its ingredients that make up perfect diet for Zombies. This poison creates the undead. Different aspects are discussed below that includes

  • The ingredients
  • How they are mixed and
  • How they are applied


The ingredients

Various ingredients are toxins from species that include Bufo marinus, Puffer fish, Albizia lebbeck & Mucana pruriens.

  • Toxins from toad known as Bufo marinus which is known for being something of a chemical nightmare producing numbing agents and hallucinogens.
  • Toxins from Puffer fish (a critical component of zombie potion) that cause paralysis, depressed respiration, reducing circulatory activity. Patients believe that they are floating over their own bodies.
  • Extracts from Albizia lebbeck, a species of plant are still unstudied and chemical effect is still unknown though it is also used in potion.
  • Extracts from Mucana pruriens, another species of plant that produces hallucinogenic effects.


The animal components along with human remains are heated together before being placed in a mortar. After being placed in a mortar the mixture is then heated with plant extracts to produce concoction of a granular consistency which is then shifted to produce the final extract.

Frying, stewing, boiling and baking do not denature the tetrodotoxins within the zombie inducing brew.

Denature refers to not taking away or changing natural qualities. Tetrodotoxins are toxins that are poisonous or destructive to nerve tissues.


The poison is applied repeatedly to the victim’s skin or an open wound or is blown in such a way that the victim inhales it. Some witch doctors add broken glass in the mixture so that if it is placed on a doorknob the skin will break and poison will be more effective.  “Give someone this poison and it kills victim too completely” as told by witch doctor to Edmund Wade Davis, a Harvard ethnobotanist.

This concoction is so deadly that witch doctors wear face masks and cover exposed skin with an oily emulsion to ensure that this poison do not affect  their skin.

Last but not the least these zombies look good to hear and see in movies and TV but I am sure you will not love to come across these creatures in real life.

I hope these articles must be of interest to you. I would love to hear your feedback on this.

To read earlier series follow below links

Part 1-

Part 2-

Eggs-New currency of Venezuela

Crypto currency is the buzz word today but have you heard of Egg as a currency.

Inflation ravaged Venezuela has its own crypto currency-Egg which has become a common medium of exchange.

Security firm in Venezuela is offering monthly salary of 2 million Bolivar ($10 or Rs 650) and a motivational bonus of 36 eggs a week if guard comes on time and is neatly dressed. A computer programmer drew his salary in eggs and a priest could buy 30 eggs with a Sunday’s collection of donation in Bolivar while he would spend a whole year’s donation on them.

Venezuelans have lost faith in cash as its value nosedives daily. In 2017 money supply sky rocketed 14 times.

As per IMF price will increase 130 times while economy will reduce to half of its 2013 level.

Price of 30 eggs in December 2018 is estimated to be 32,175,000 Bolivar.

Let’s see what lies ahead for a common man.

Asteroid coming close to Earth at 42 lakhs km

You must have heard about asteroids coming close to Earth and about to collide. Looks like a fairy tale.

But this is true.

February 4, 2018 which is less than a week from now will witness this when asteroid called “2002 AJ129” will zip past Earth at a speed of 1 lakh kmph and is designated potentially hazardous by NASA scientists.

This is potentially hazardous because the asteroid which is 1.1 Km wide will fly about 42 lakhs Km away from Earth which is considered very close in space terms.

To give an idea on this distance Moon is 3.84 lakhs km away from Earth.

In the early years of its formation asteroids had collided with Earth about 4 billion years ago that resulted in extinction of about 75% species of plants and animals including dinosaurs. This also resulted in climate change.

The proof of such a disaster is The Chicxulub crater located in Mexico’s Chicxulub town.

There are about 190 craters on Earth because of such disasters happened earlier.  Out of this 190 following countries have the maximum craters:

  • Canada-32
  • USA-28
  • Australia-27
  • Russia-19
  • Finland-11
  • Sweden-8
  • Brazil-7
  • Ukraine-7
  • Algeria-4
  • Estonia-4
  • Kazakhstan-4
  • South Africa- 4
  • Others-35

India has 2 craters one in The Lonar Lake in Buldhana district of Maharashtra and another one in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh. These craters are believed to be 52,000 to 5, 70,000 years old and have a diameter of 11 kms.

World’s largest amphibious aircraft-maiden flight takes off

Everyday we hear about multiple breeds of air borne vehicles being rolled out or are in the experimental phase.

Latest is the China’s homegrown AG600 which is the world’s largest amphibious aircraft which is also known as ‘Kunlong’. This aircraft took its maiden flight on Sunday (24th Dec 2017) from Jinwan Airport in China’s Guangdong province.

With a wingspan of 38.8 metres (127ft) and powered by four turboprop engines, the aircraft is capable of carrying 50 people and can stay airborne for 12 hours. It can take off from conventional aircrafts including landing and takeoff from the sea. It has a maximum flight range of 4500 kms (2800 miles).

The plane has been in testing and development phase for 8 years by state owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) before its maiden flight and is considered a step up part of military modernization. This aircraft is specially developed keeping in view the dispute over South China Sea.

The aircraft has received 17 orders from Chinese government and companies.

If under 16 you cannot use Facebook without consent

Everyone knows Facebook, social media giant and part of our daily lives.

A new law has been drafted where opening any account on facebook or any other social media need consent of parents or guardians if you under the age 16.

Yes, this is true.

This law has been drafted in France legislation to improve access to information that companies gather to use it for different purposes including disseminating information to other firms about people’s online activity. This will help companies alter or delete some of the information based on the age group.

The social media pages will have a tick box that needs to be checked to proceed further. This check is a declaration governed by the law.

But we need to see how effectively this will be implemented and how enforceable such a process would be once the law is passed and comes into force.


Duck like Dinosaurs Species found

Dinosaurs have always been a mystery for human being and have always been a subject of experiment and finding something new about them.

Recently a new species of Dinosaurs has been found and is named Halszkaraptor esuilliei after Polish palaeontologist Halszka Osmolska.

This species has a bill like a duck, teeth like a croc’s, a swanlike neck and killer claws, flippers like a penguin but walked like an ostrich. This meat eating Dino can also swim making it the first of its kind having swimming ability. Though the creature could run and swim but it was not able to fly.

This tiny creature only about 45 centimeters tall roamed about 75 million years ago in area which is now Mangolia.

Scientists believe that this creature would likely have been comfortable both on the water surface and on the land, making it a particularly versatile carnivore.

The full research paper was published in the magazine Nature.

Women vs champion rowers-Women are stronger


Prehistoric women were stronger than modern rowers.

Tiling soil and grinding grain for hours gave women more strength and gave them super power arm muscles.

Repeated exercise of lack of it can affect bone density, curvature and shape.

Unlike rowers who perform repeated tasks, prehistoric women performed multiple tasks that may not be repetitive like fetching water and food for livestock, processing meat and milk and converting hides and wool into textiles.

As per Alison Macintosh researcher at Cambridge University, this is the first study to compare prehistoric women to modern day rowers where arm and leg bones were scanned through small CT scanner. The study compared women from early Neolithic agricultural eras to farming communities of the Middle Ages.

The bones of women for both eras were same in size but strength wise earlier women (living 7000-7400 years ago) were 11-16% stronger than modern rowers and about 30% stronger than typical Cambridge students.

If Rohingyas are illegal migrants so are Desi people settling abroad

India had taken stand on Rohingyas to deport them from India and send them back to their native place Rakhine, Myanmar as they were illegal migrants.

But what about its own citizens who illegally emigrated to various countries across the globe.

It was ridiculous to hear Union home minister Rajnath Singh taking a technical stand that Rohingyas did not follow the proper protocol to enter India as refugees. Since India has not signed any specific UN convention, it will not break any international law by sending them back.

Thousands of Indians emigrated to countries UK and USA besides many European nations. In USA about 5 lakhs Indians are living as illegal migrants. UK identified about 1000 illegal Indian migrants.

Considering this mass exodus, The Emigration Act, 1983 was made to prevent this but the law has many flaws.

This law (The Emigration Act, 1983) is the only central statute to manage migration from the country. The law mentions registration of agents who send people abroad but does not mention consultants. Hence this loophole is misused as people going abroad register themselves in any university or college and then start working without valid documents.

One attempt was done by Punjab in plugging the gap by introducing Punjab Travel Professionals Regulation Act, 2012. The act mentions that anyone in the capacity of a consultant or an agent needs to be registered with the state government, file IT returns, must have no criminal record and must have a small office.

A good indicator is the importance of issuing travel advisories by external affairs ministry. But they are so sketchy that most people do not notice this and travel abroad undeterred.

The time has come that Indians government should put its own house in order and make a law to reduce number of people going abroad illegally.