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What Happens After an Earthquake?

People often wonder whether an earthquake can drastically change the topography of a region. A few tremors and some buildings that collapse does not mean that the shape of the earth has changed, does it? However, earthquakes can and do change the topography of the region.Our earth is made of many layers just like an onion. We can divide...

The 24-hour Film!

Guess how long it takes to make a feature film, say like Star Wars or The Sixth Sense? Nothing less than three to four months! And that's rushing it through. And if it's a musical or action film, it will take longer as you add in rehearsal time.Hollywood makes something like 250 films a year and that's counting foreign...

How are Earthquakes Recorded?

Seismograph instrument recording ground motion during earthquake
When an earthquake takes place, people say that it measured 6.2 or 6.5 on the scale. The scale they are referring to is the Richter Scale developed by Charles Richter in the 1930s.The Richter Scale measures the magnitude of the seismic waves or vibrations that travels across the earth's surface. The scale uses a logarithmic formula using high-frequency data...

Which is the World’s Oldest Working Locomotive?

Old steam locomotive
The Indian Railways is one of the world's oldest railways dating back to 1849. It also has the largest network in terms of route length covering nearly 63,000 route kilometres touching every nook and cranny of India. The Indian Railways is also the world's single largest employer with about 1.6 million people working in nine zones.Among its many unique...

Golu Rabbit’s Day Out

In the Kanha forest in India, lived a little bunny rabbit called Golu. He was called Golu because of his small round ball of a tail.Golu lived with his mother Molu in a deep burrow under the tall grass of the forest. The burrow had large rooms and many doorways and Golu loved to run from room to room...

Finns Favour Freezing Swim

November 4: It's winter in Finland and temperatures are touching single digits. Across the Arctic, from Burbank to Murmansk, the land is completely frozen. Suddenly a group of Finns appear with a pickaxe and drill a hole in the thick ice pack. Are they going to fish? So where are the rods?Before you can blink a frozen eye, they...

Fungus Threatens Chinese Warriors

September 23: These Chinese warriors have survived over two 2,000 years of wars, earthquakes and revolutions, but now find themselves battling against their most formidable enemy yet -- a fungal infection. These Chinese warriors are not made of flesh and blood; they have feet - and bodies - of clay, and they are a valued cultural treasure not only...

How Did the Indian Postal Service Start?

Stamp printed by India, shows post office
Although methods of postal delivery varied from one country to another, it is believed that in India, Emperor Chandragupta Maurya who ruled the country between 321-297 BC, was the first to introduce a form of postal communication to dispatch confidential reports to distant posts in his empire.However, the first recorded mention in history is to be found in the...

Who is the real McCoy?

Ever heard the expression, is that the "real McCoy?" No, its not the musical group we are talking about. Real McCoy is actually a reference to one of America's most prolific inventors, Elijah McCoy. McCoy invented and patented all kinds of mechanical things to help them work smoothly, efficiently and safely.Over time, the expression "real McCoy" has been used...

What is an Orca?

Orca whale family
If you have seen the movie Free Willy, you would be able to instantly recognise an Orca. Willy is an Orca or a killer whale.Orcas (Orcinus orca) are mammals classified under the order Cetacea. Though they are called killer whales, they belong to the dolphin family. Like other whales and dolphins, they, too, come up to the surface to...

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