Every year we celebrate February 28 as the National Science Day in India to commemorate the discovery of Raman Effect, which led the Indian scientist Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930. The message of the importance of science and its application to society is widely propagated throughout the country on this day. Science is the only systematic tool that we have to explain and understand the world around us. Scientific theories are subjected to change under compelling evidences and new observations. It is always in a state of transition, like we tried to explain planetary motions in the universe to an extent using Newtonian physics until Einstein came up with a much better explanation using the idea of General Relativity. Being nurtured by the curiosity of newer observations around itself, science is always under a state of change and development with time, providing a deeper and better understanding of the world. The story of the progress of scientific ideas is indeed a fascinating one. We bring to you one such recent story of a phenomenon that science and scientists are trying to understand using their existing knowledge repository. Much remains to be learnt about this very peculiar phenomenon. The strange observation is about the shifting of the magnetic north pole of the earth; shifting its gear at a rate higher than at any other time in our history. How will we, at our current state of understanding, interpret this phenomenon? What conclusions can we draw? What are its implications on our race and on our co-inhabitants on this planet?
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