Thread of life. That is how a luxury product called as tussar silk is created. Its a story of cocoon to cloth.
The tussar cocoon are found naturally in forest. Also farming is done. They are collected by locals.
From cocoon the threads are made manually. As can be seen.
Now its converted into small bundles of silk.
In next step it is made into fine threads. All manually.
Made into fabric by using those threads.
Finally fabric is ready. Now this further goes through a number of middlemen & you buy at high cost. Whereas actual producers get few coins.

Buy local. Go small. Help artisans. (All from our todays trip).

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7 Sep
Today #India successfully flight tested Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV).

India will soon be the fourth country to have hypersonic missiles. After US, Russia & China only.

Congratulations to all scientists. 1/n
Hypersonic missiles fly with more than 5 Mach speed. Which means five times speed of sound. Supersonic is more than Mach 1.

They use SCRAMJET engines. Higher version of RAMJET engines, in short Supersonic Combustion RAMJET (SC+RAMJET) engines. 2/n
Ramjet engine works on principle of Ram effect. Which in simple terms utilising vehicular speed for compression.

But for combustion speed need to be slowed down. Combustion at Sub sonic speed. Which means during expansion there is a check on velocity of vehicle. 3/n
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5 Sep
Do you know India has 9 species of #vultures.

They are ecosystem doctors. But in recent years we have lost 90-99% of vulture population in India. Eg white-backed vulture faced a 99.9% decrease whereas slender-billed & long-billed vulture faced 97% decrease.

Many reasons for their decline. But prime reason behind reduction in Vulture population in India was use of Diclofenac in cattle drugs. This cause acute renal failure & they die.

That is why now diclofenac is banned in cattle drugs.
Many conservation breeding programs are also ongoing with good results from Pinjor to Buxa. Where they are raised & later released in wild.

Some of them are equipped with Platform Terminal Transmitters for tracking & to keep a close watch. For study also.
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Today is Earth #OvershootDay. It is a day when we already consumed all the biological resources that Earth can renew during the entire year.

Now we need 1.6 #earths to meet our annual demand. Alarming !!
We all consume un-equal resources. Example if all population consumed like USA then overshoot day would by 14th March. It shows inequality prevailing around the globe. This year we are able to push overshoot day due to pandemic led low consumption. But we need long term plans.
So if all consumed like USA we needed 5 earth to cater the demand. Developing countries are consuming less. Post pandemic we have a chance to take a new & sustainable path. To push the day.
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They say its #InternationalCatDay. Lets see how many know about them.

Tell me how many species of big cats found in India. And at least one habitat.
How many species of cats found in the world ? Big and small including. 2/n
Which is the biggest cat species found on the planet ?? 3/n
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Show me a more beautiful bird than this & get a prize. A common KingFisher. Image
Please post all with name at least. Not all are birders here.
Just for the record. This was the last time I started a thread on birds on twitter. It became a news in national media. So make your entry carefully. People are watching 😄…
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Today is #WorldMangroveDay. So let me remind you. #Mangroves;

- acts as buffer & reduce impact of cyclones & #storm surge.
- they break the #wind force
- provide #habitat to #animals during cyclone or otherwise
- they reduce #pollution.

We just need to protect them. Image
So how it works. Mangroves create a maze & dense habitat. With species which are salt tolerant & special adaptations. They act like buffer & consume the winds & energy. So after passing the storms get dampen. You must have read in ‘Theory of Vibration’. Image
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