Are Dolphins as smart as they seem?

You’ve probably seen these friendly sea creatures at a show and wondered how on earth they performed with such precision. The truth is that dolphins are pretty smart. We’re talking smarter than dogs and even monkeys, some sources state. In fact, studies on the dolphin brain have found it to be in the same size proportion as in a human.

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There’s no way to accurately calibrate their intelligence but some studies give evidence of their remarkable brains. If you’ve ever observed these sea animal closely you’d know that they always work in a precise, planned manner. When hunting, dolphins will form groups or squads and plan a thought-out hunt on their prey.

What’s even more intriguing is the fact that they are able to communicate not only within their own species but they have also demonstrated the ability to understand human language. Easily trained and quick to pick on stunts, dolphins have always enjoyed the limelight of entertainment in animal shows.

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What’s more, dolphins are one of the few animal species that have successfully passed the mirror test. This test gives proof that dolphins are able to appreciate themselves and recognize themselves in a mirror.

The dolphin brain has startled scientists for years; through the period of evolution these friendly aquatic species their intelligence will only grow and wow us even more.

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if we suddenly lost the moon?

Sometimes, I just want to sit outside and look at the moon.

It’s mesmerising.

The moon is a vision at night – there’s no doubt about it.

But have you ever thought that there is more to it than just providing romantic views at night?

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My 6 year old was curious enough to ask and I thought to myself that I did read something about it in school but my mommy brain could not remember!

And so I started reading and remembered that the moon controls the tides of the ocean. There’s more to the moon than just that though and the haunting effects of losing it can only be fully appreciated if we dig deeper into what the moon does for planet Earth.

And then that little monster came up with another question?

What if the moon suddenly blew up?

This time i was well prepared. So I told her that the tides would go low and the oceans would become calm. While this might apparently seem like a benefit, it will drastically affect the mobility and transportation of aquatic life. This would lead to the inevitable extinction of thousands of underwater species.

But that’s not all! If the moon no longer stayed with us we’d become much less stable. The Earth-Moon mass system keeps the Earth stabilized in its orbit. Without the moon we’d lose this balance – the Earth would wobble more and the changing seasons will be thrown into turmoil.

We’re not done yet. Let’s not forget the craters on the moon – where did they come from, you ask? These craters result from the meteorites that directly hit the moon, protecting the Earth; without it, these meteorites would shower on our planet destroying life and becoming a frightening natural disaster.

So, the next time you gaze at the full moon with awe, remember that there’s more to it than just its striking beauty.

How Learning Languages Can Help the Brain?

Learning a foreign language doesn’t always have to be a necessity or something that you must do to make your portfolio shine. Many people enjoy the art of becoming multilingual just because they can. This educational passion not only can be pretty useful, but it’s also a good booster for your brain. Not sure how? Let me break it down for you.

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Experts have studied that adults who are bilingual or learning a new language have higher than average intelligence levels, better cognitive functions, and a sharper memory. These might seem like pretty obvious benefits of learning a new language but it can also affect your mental health at a deeper level.

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Take for example debilitating diseases like Alzheimer’s. Research has shown that people who invest their time in learning a foreign language have a decreased risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Brain scans of bilinguals have also shown enhanced and larger language centers in the hippocampus of the brain that is responsible for memory building and storage.
There is a substantial amount of evidence on how learning a new language can improve your mental flexibility and the overall functioning of your brain. So if you were considering learning a new language, that’s enough motivation for you to start right now!

Mental illness explained: Bipolar Disorder

Sometimes what you see on TV isn’t true; other times it touches on reality but doesn’t completely reveal the whole truth. If you’ve watched The Silver Lining Playbook, you’ve see how someone with bipolar disorder can be. But the condition is far more than what Bradley Cooper’s character portrayed it to be.

Bipolar, a personality disorder and a mental illness, can affect the social and mental well-being of the patients that fall victim to it. While we all have episodic mood swings once in a while, people with bipolar disorder fluctuate between two extremes of moods and personalities.

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When one time they’re happy and pleasant, the next moment they could become excessively angry and irritated, and the next they could go into a state of depression. But that’s something almost everyone now knows.

Bipolar disorder comes with other symptoms as well apart from the classic mood swings. People with this disorder are usually rebellious and take big risks during their aggravated state of mind. Suring this period, they may be impulsive and formulate seemingly impossible plans. Many patients with bipolar are also insomniacs with fast-paced thoughts and with lack of tiredness.

The opposite symptoms usually occur in their period of depression. Anxiety, sadness, lack of energy, and suicidal thoughts are characteristic of this state of mind.

The solution? Proper clinical treatment.

Once the condition is diagnosed, patients with bipolar disorder are put on therapy as well as certain medication like antipsychotics to alleviate the symptoms of this disorder.
Bipolar disorder can take a toll on the social life of the patient. Recognizing and treating this condition as soon as possible is the key to leading a better life.

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Naml….

I never realized that ants have been given so much importance in Islam. Not only there is a whole surah about ants in the quran, I just found out that Hazrat Ali (AS) also spoke about them in great detail.
Below is part of the Sermon 185 from the Nahjul Balagha that is about ants.

“Look at the ant with its small body and delicate form. It can hardly be seen in the corner of the eye, nor by the perception of the imagination – how it moves on the earth and leaps at its livelihood.  It carries the grain to its hole and deposits it in its place of stay.  It collects during the summer for its winter and during strength for the period of its weakness.  Its livelihood is guaranteed, and it is fed according to fitness.  Allah, the Kind, does not forget it and (Allah the Giver) does not deprive it, even though it may be in dry stone or fixed rocks.

If you have thought about its digestive tracts in it’s high and low parts, the carapace of its belly, and its eyes and its ears in its head you would be amazed at its creation and you would feel difficulty in describing it. Exalted is He who made it stand on its legs and erected it on its pillars (of limbs). No other originator took part with Him in its origination and no one having power assisted Him in its creation. If you tread on the paths of your imagination and reach its extremity it will not lead you anywhere except that the Originator of the ant is the same as He who is the Originator of the date-palm, because everything has (the same) delicacy and detail, and every living being has little difference.”

Khuda Mera bhi hai (Review) episode 6-7

First of all, ayesha  khan needs to tone down her make up. she is beautiful and does not need to depend on such loud make up. also, amidst all the crying and emotional outburst, the loud make up stands out like a sore thumb.

There, I just said it! now, coming to the drama serial itself, it’s awesome!

The last two episodes were a bit slow in terms of progression of the story but it was needed to let the viewers know of the emotional state of all the characters.

Zain had given away the child to a ‘hijra’ community without mahi’s consent. mahi was shocked and couldn’t fathom this and didnt know how or what she should be feeling about the whole situation. she finally decided to get her child back even when no one seemed to understand her or support her.

Last two episodes were full of emotional scenes and amazing performances. I would like to mention some of the scenes here. the scene where mahi sits in the backyard of her home and makes a grave of her child, the one where she goes to her friend and then the way she goes to get her child back and the scene where she is speaking with Zain about where the child should be staying were emotionally charged and packed with possibly the performances. ayesha khan, syed jibran and Adnan shah tipu have been really good in their respective roles. I think Adnan shah tipu is one of the best character actors is in the younger lot and it takes guts to accept a role like the one he has in this serial. he has outdone himself here. as for ayesha khan, she is phenomenal as mahi. I cannot even start to imagine how a mother would feel if she was going through what mahi is going through but ayesha khan has been able to translate all those emotions on screen tremendously.

Have you been watching khuda Mera bhi hai?  if not, you should start watching now!

Highly recommended!!

Naml (review) 11-20

I’m glad that I didn’t start reading naml earlier as the suspense would have killed me.

Zumar and Faris get married and they feel rather awkward stuck together like this although it was an informed decision from both sides. Saadi confronted hashim and oblivious to the hidden pen camera, Hashim confesses to all his crimes. on top of that,  Hashim also informs Saadi how he helped haneen when she was ‘caught’ cheating. once back, Saadi speaks with haneen about the whole issue aggressively but zumar handles the situation intelligently. the whole family gathers on a dinner in honor of the newly weds and while waiting for dinner, they receive a phone call informing them that Saadi has been shot and has been taken to the hospital. shero had shot Saadi under the influence of drugs and Sara (waris’s widow) had witnessed it all but she was too afraid to admit anything. From the hospital, Hashim gets Saadi abducted and shifts him to a safe house in Sri Lanka. The safe house actually belongs to their family friend, Haroon obaid who thinks Saadi can help them as he is a young scientist. On the other hand, from the crime scene, Saadi’s young friend finds a Keychain that he hands over to zumar. the key chain has the pen camera too which haneen and zumar watch together and find out that hashim,and not Faris, is the culprit behind all. in the safe house, Mary takes care of Saadi but dreams of going back to her job at jawahirat’s place. Haroon obaid has a daughter roughly the same age as shero and Saadi who is a hypnotist and finds out that he father has Saadi as a captive. she has a crush on Faris and helps transferring a few things from Faris to Saadi. by the end of 20th episode, Saadi was a free man, zumar has started to like Faris as her husband, Faris has always been in love with zumar and haneen is trying to figure out her aim in life.

Overall, the story is quite captivating and with so much happening in every episode, the reader is hooked. I particularly like how nimra Ahmed has incorporated excerpts from famous writings (the one from Dante’s Inferno was my absolute favorite). also, the way Saadi speaks to Allah while reading the Quran is just awesome. it gives so many important lessons without being preachy. also, Haneen’s gradual transformation is being explained beautifully. however, some things felt completely over the top, like the telephone conversation between Saadi and hashim where hashim asks Saadi if there was a way for redemption. I loved hashim as the bad guy and I want him to be good at being the villain and it would be sad to see such a good character being wasted.

And yes, I hope nimra Ahmed let’s it being turned into a drama serial. hashim has to be Faisal qureshi. hashim has so many shades and Faisal qureshi would be perfect as hashim. as Faris finally had a role to play in the story  we found out a lot about him and that he isn’t sitting idle either. being the introvert, serious person he is, I think of him as someone who would look like hamza Ali Abbasi (with the same husky voice ;))