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Every dog has his bark

August 17: The next time your pooch goes 'woof', listen closely. He could be saying "I'm hungry", or "You'd better take me for a walk fast, or I'm going to do it right here on the carpet." Japan's third-largest toymaker, Takara Co. Ltd, has just launched a hand-held electronic device that gauges a dog's moods by listening to its bark. The...

Jumbos have some oily fun

August 9: It's a slippery situation that has officials of the Oil India Limited (OIL) in Assam religiously muttering the Ganesh Mantra. The public sector company owns and operates the world's oldest oil producing wells here and they're helpless against the antics of wild elephants who love the swooshing sound of oil spurting in Digboi's oil fields. According to a...

More fuel to the CNG fire

August 16: It's a nightmare either way. Too little, and we have thousands of autorickshaws and bus drivers in Delhi waiting for their turn to fill their fuel tanks with the new eco-friendly CNG or Compressed Natural Gas. Too much, and we have the gas pipe of a bus bursting when a careless attendant over-filled a tank at the...

World’s First Space Tourist

May 11: The world's first paying space tourist is back on earth after a week-long joyride in space. On Sunday, May 6, American millionaire Dennis Tito and two Russian cosmonauts landed back on earth, as their space capsule gently parachuted down onto the barren steppe in Kazakhstan. Emerging unsteadily from the capsule, the exhilarated 60-year-old Tito, who is also a...

Beef in McDonald’s Fries

May 11: Fast food giant McDonald's seems to be frying in its own fat once again - quite literally at that. Last week, an Indian-American lawyer, Harish Bharti took the fast food giant to a US court for lacing its french fries with beef flavouring, a chemical compound that mimics the taste of beef fat. Millions of Hindus from...

First Pope To Set Foot in Mosque

May 11: Pope John Paul II created history by setting foot in the Omayyad mosque in Damascus on his historic visit to Syria recently. He is the first Pope in Christianity's 2000 year history to enter a mosque. And it isn't just some ordinary mosque that the Pope stepped into, reports the Hindu newspaper. The site of the Omayyad mosque...

Gurpurab – the birth of Guru Nanak

The Birthday of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, is traditionally celebrated on Kartik Puranmashi, or the full moon day of the month of Kartik. According to the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Guru Nanak Sahib was born on 15th April, 1469 at Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present district of Shekhupura, now Nanakana Sahib in Pakistan. Since the birthday falls...

A Boisterous Bedtime Read

Mister Jeejeebhoy and the Birds Author: Anitha Balachandran Illustrator: Anitha Balachandran Publisher: Young Zubaan Books Author and illustrator Anitha Balachandran's Mister Jeejeebhoy and the Birds, just published by Young Zubaan is a delight to the ears! Hey! But it's a book! Exactly. A book that, as soon as I opened it's luscious orange cover, immediately let loose a cacaphony of "bustling, hustling, crinkling,...

What is Cloud Seeding?

There was a time when a farmer would sit out in his field, watching a lonesome cloud float away, taking with it the last hope of a much-needed burst of rain. As humans take control over more and more natural processes - not necessarily for the betterment of civilisation - rain too seems to have finally been leashed in. Just...

Ali Sardar Jafri

He was a poet who spoke out for the poor. He was also one who truly believed that India and Pakistan could be friends, if the countries tried hard enough. From the time he was arrested for writing against British rule in India, to when he climbed onto the famous Lahore "peace" bus with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee...

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What Makes the Egg Shell so Strong?

Have you ever wondered why hens don't break their eggs when they sit on them? The secret lies in the shape of the egg....

Kindness to Animals

Little children, never give Pain to things that feel and live; Let the gentle robin come For the crumbs you save at home; As his meat you throw...

Lonely Kalu

Kalu was the only son of a farmer and his wife. "I wish I had a brother or a sister, to play with," he told...

How did Christianity Come to India?

Would you doubt my word if I say that Doubting Thomas, one of the Apostles of Christ visited India and established Christianity? Don't. For...

How Do Fish Survive in Icy Waters?

In cold winter months, lakes and rivers freeze over forming ice. Yet, fish and other aquatic animals manage to survive. Animals like seals, penguins, walruses...