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5 apps: that turn citizens into science students

Updated: March 11, 2016 1:10 pm

With technology bringing the world to your finger tips, there is an app for everything these days. Here are five apps that can make you marvel at the wonders of nature and learn a thing or two.

Touch Surgery Simulator


Whether you are an aspiring medical student or a surgeon in need of practise or simply someone who is inspired by Grey’s Anatomy, this app will definitely be of interest to you. The app helps you learn operations through a step-by-step training mode. Perform surgeries on a 3D graphic display and learn techniques from the world’s top physicians. You can choose your areas of interest to receive suggestions, journals and articles. Available on Google Play for free.

Garden Answers


It is supposedly the number one garden app since its launch in 2013, GardenAnswers lets users identify about 20,000 plant species. Users can tell if a plant is harmful in any way just by snapping an image of the leaf or flower and submitting it on the app. You can also watch information about common infections and get expert advice. The free app is available on Android and iOS platforms.

Torque Pro


If you own a car and are obsessed with automobiles, download Torque Pro at a cost of Rs 250 from Google Play. Based on On Board Diagnostics protocol, this app lets users check live parameters like engine speed, fuel injection quantity, instantaneous torque or power. It even lets you check for faults in the car, thus bringing down the maintenance cost.

Star Chart


For stargazers, this virtual planetarium app is a godsend. Point your Android phone at a celestial body to learn all about it. Using GPS technology, Star Chart calculates in real time the current location of nearly 1,20,000 stars and planets visible from the earth and shows you precisely where they are, even during the day. Use English voice commands — like “Fly me to the Moon”, “Go to Saturn” or “Tour Mars” — and explore the solar system. Available on Google Play for free.

3D Brain


The human brain is a complex organ. Learning about its anatomy and functions can be a fun, and an engaging experience. On this app, you can use your touchscreen to rotate and zoom into images of the organ and discover how each part functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mental illness. Apart from information on 29 sections of the brain, it also provides case studies and links to modern research. Available on Google Play for free.

 By sanjay k bissoyi

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