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A New Ancient Civilisation

Where: Central Asia May 19, 2001: Imagine people living in large apartment complexes made out of bricks. Their city may have been a major stop for silk traders that is why they were well off, decked in gold and semi-precious stone jewellery and using fine ceramics utensils. Bronze axes were among the implements used for cutting and carvings on alabaster...

Tattoos that Talk

Where: St. Petersbug, RUssia May 19, 2001: For more than 50 years Danzig Baldayev had been studying a unique mode of communication amongst the Russian prisoners. When he was a prison guard he discovered that the tattoo on each prisoner's body had a message for the other inmates. A burning cross meant the prisoner wanted revenge, a pirate with a knife...

Why do Cats Always Land on Their Feet?

Why do Cats Always Land on Their Feet?
When someone falls from the fourth or fifth floor, and survives, we call it a miracle. When a cat falls from that height, we watch astonished as it lands on all fours, pauses, then straighten up and walks away looking just a little fazed. What would you call this, a miracle or God's grace? Any guesses why cats survive while...

Iftar: The Meal that Breaks the Fast at Ramadan

People waiting for Iftar
It is the month of Ramadan (Ramzan) in the Islamic calendar and, for those who believe in it, each day of the month follows an identical routine: a fast from sunrise to sunset. At sundown, after a whole day of not eating or even taking a sip of water, the fast is broken. It is the time when the...

Bush Takes the Cake

December 27: After causing much uncertainty and merriment to the entire world, the mystery of Who will be the next American President has finally been solved. It's George W. Bush. The decision was finally made by the United States Supreme Court. And so, Bush won. But, what exactly happened? As mentioned in World News In-depth a few days ago, All The...

Pickpocket

December 9: Small children on streets running around, darting in and out of traffic seemingly without a care in the world. They are usually homeless and all alone. Even at such a young age they have a profession, where they earn at least Rs 20 a day - pickpocketing. Not a profession any of you would like to practise, would...

Welcome to Blind Cow Restaurant

Welcome to Blind Cow Restaurant
Almost two years ago, a blind pastor, Reverend Jorge Spielmann started a restaurant for the blind in the city of Zurich, in Switzerland. Almost all the chefs, bartenders and waitresses who worked at the Blind Cow, as the restaurant was named, were also blind. Now, not just the blind, but even people who can see with their eyes flock to...

Human Robots

March 27: At one time we considered robots as machines to do our work. But now we have begun to think of them differently. We want them to be more human than humans themselves! Or else why would the Japanese have designed a new robot to help humans interact with each other? One significant feature of most industrialised societies in...

Coconut Oil + Kerosene = Fuel

March 27: Fossil fuels or fuels that are naturally found in the earth, are being rapidly consumed by humans. And the world has begun searching for an 'alternative fuel'. Necessity is the mother of invention. And out of necessity, a coconut farmer in a village in Thailand has 'invented' an alternate fuel. Guess what this 'invention' is - a little...

Saraswati River in the Thar Desert

Saraswati River in the Thar Desert
The vedas mention the mighty Saraswati river flowing down the Himalayas and then westwards towards Rajasthan. But Rajasthan is a desert. So where did this huge river, which the vedas say was bigger than the Ganga, disappear? It is widely believed that this river still flows under the Thar desert, though no one has been able to prove this for...