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AG No. 110 Issue 02/2015

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Pollen
Spiked spheres, orbs with apertures, stars and polygons of indescribable beauty lie all around us – but invisible to the naked eye. Allow scanning electron micrography to give you a glimpse of these minute but mighty grains that do so much, from filling the world with flowers of every hue to revealing secrets of the ancient past.
BY YD BAR-NESS

A Knot in Time
With more than a thousand knots in every square inch, Asia’s finest carpets are crafted only by those with the most dextrous, most patient and most experienced hands. Whether the patterns are prescribed through an intricate code, or emerge as the weaver’s imagination wanders, the minuscule knots of a carpet narrate tales of an ancient art and those who keep it alive.
BY SOPHIE IBBOTSON AND MAX LOVELL-HOARE

The Smallest Slayers
“From the moment the invaders arrived, breathed our air, ate and drank, they were doomed. They were undone, destroyed, after all of man’s weapons and devices had failed, by the tiniest creatures that God in his wisdom put upon this earth. By the toll of a billion deaths, man had earned his immunity, his right to survive among this planet’s infinite organisms. And that right is ours against all challenges. For neither do men live nor die in vain.” – War of the Worlds (2005)
BY STANLEY PERLMAN, MD, PHD

Fragments of Heaven
The breathtaking beauty of ancient mosaics is as unique as it is stunning. Not only does a mosaic make for a grand overall picture, look closely and you will find that each tile is a miniature work of art in itself – some no bigger than a few millimetres across. Revel in these mesmerising masterpieces, created from an art form born in Asia.
BY SOPHIE IBBOTSON AND MAX LOVELL-HOARE

Priest, Pachyderm and Pygmy
A theory gone unheeded for decades finally came to the attention of the scientific community in 2003, when bones of a new, pygmy-sized hominin species were discovered on the island of Flores, Indonesia. Was the one-metre tall “Paula” an early species of human? Or was she a modern human with developmental challenges? Follow the captivating background to the discovery and the unfolding disputes over fact and myth.
BY KHONG SWEE LIN

Little People of the Andaman Islands
What the Jarawa may lack in size, they make up for with sophisticated hunting technology and an intricate knowledge of their natural environment. Isolated for centuries, these little people have developed sharp survival instincts, making intelligent use of the resources offered by their surroundings. But with modern encroachment, these unique tribespeople are being gradually assimilated into the mainstream, their traditional way of life perhaps soon lost forever.
BY JAYANTA SARKAR

The World’s Wee Riches
Tales of wealth from the far reaches of the unchartered world set fleets sailing from the shores of ancient European powers to the spice-rich lands of Asia. The romantic, tumultuous history of the spice trade is replete with stories of war, conquest and foul play – all for the sake of the tiny grains and powders that changed medicinal and culinary history.
BY P.N. RAVINDRAN

 

 

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