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Kalighat Hoard: The First Hoard From India by Susmita Basu Majumdar

Title of the book : Kalighat Hoard: The First Hoard From India Author: Susmita Basu Majumdar  About the book: This book narrates the fascinating story of the discovery of the first hoard of Gupta coins from India which was found in Kalighat, located in the southern part of Kolkata (Calcutta).  There were more than 200 coins in this hoard. Records mention that one Nab Kissen handed over this hoard to

The vanishing honey bees

DST-INSPIRE Fellow Ecology Research Unit, Department of Zoology &  Centre for Pollination Studies University of Calcutta  What is pollination? Pollination is a charming natural process of transferring pollens to stigma of flowers. Most importantly, it is THE principle reason behind crop production. This priceless ecosystem service provided by all pollinators is the reason behind food being served on our plates! Pesticides and honey bees Honey bees are an indispensable element of agriculture

Boorong Skies

________________________________________________________________ To the Aboriginal Peoples of Australia, the night sky is of great significance. For the night sky could serve many purposes, some practical and some more spiritual in nature. Few of us today have the same connection that early cultures did to the wider environment around us. For example, most of us spend more time under roofs than outside. Even many keen astronomers probably don’t spend the same amount

Night Skies of the Noongar

Lecturer, Adelaide Planetarium, University of South Australia ____________________________________________________________ For thousands of years, Aboriginal Australians have watched the skies above. This fascination with the stars and the movement of the night sky extends to almost all indigenous cultures throughout the world. This allure and connection to the stars above has been fundamental in reaching a greater understanding of the universe in which we reside. And this basic need to be able

The Falling Skies

By Paul Curnow (B.ED) (September 2016) ASSA Vice President & Lecturer, Adelaide Planetarium, University of South Australia ————————————————————————— As a young child I remember sitting outside for long hours gazing at the sky during the summer evenings. I would sit there counting satellites and sometimes imagine what it would be like to travel in space. I would also get excited when I would see ‘falling stars’ or ‘shooting stars’, as