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How do Houseflies Spread Diseases?

How do houseflies spread diseases?
The housefly (musca domestica) is one of the most common of all insects. It is a major health hazard, particularly in parts of the world where sanitary conditions are poor.The housefly has a dull gray, bristled body that is about 7 mm in length. It has large reddish compound eyes. Its mouth cannot bite but consists of a spongy...

India’s First Female Grand`master’

July 31: What does a person achieve at 21? A college degree or, maybe, a job if she is lucky.How about the title of Women's Grandmaster in chess?S. Vijayalakshmi is 21. And she has just won this title to become the first woman Grandmaster of India. It is a record which will never be challenged as other women aspirants...

Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan

Srinivasa Ramanujan was one of India's mathematical geniuses. He made wonderful contributions to the field of advanced mathematics.Even today, his fascinating results and mathematical theories, and a number of unpublished notebooks filled with theorems, continue to baffle and enthrall mathematicians.Ramanujan was born in his grandmother's house in Erode, a small village near Chennai in Tamil Nadu. While he was still...

Earth Heroes

July 15: Heroes are people admired for certain noble qualities. Like standing up to wrongs committed by others. And doing something to right those wrongs.Recently, a few men were honoured as earth heroes for what they have done for wild animals. They were awarded Millennium Awards for Wildlife Service reported The Asian Age newspaper. The awards were started this...

Operation Rescue of Penguins

July 8: Last week, the South African government was engaged in a very important task - transporting 19,000 penguins from their home in Dassen Island near Cape Town, to safe waters. It was an emergency.The short legged, big bodied birds with pointed beaks did not have the "cute" look that we always see in them. Most of them were...

Vaikom Mohammed Basheer

We Indians are story-lovers. We were all, at one point or the other, children at our grandmother's feet, listening wide-eyed to her tales of days long gone. And if we love to hear stories, there are many among us who love to tell them as well. Nowhere is this truer than in the world of Indian languages. India abounds...

Lenses for Dogs

Blind dogs or dogs with eye problems can now wear special lenses to see.Dabbu, an eleven-year-old Lhasa Apso, lost his left eye in an ugly fight with a street dog. Lately, he was losing vision in the right eye too because of a cataract. And has been stumbling around his owner's house in Calcutta, bumping into things and being...

Sumptuous Delights

History, Mystery, Dal and Biryani Written by Subhadra Sen GuptaIllustrations by Tapas Guha Published by Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd.Don't you sometimes wish you were on a time machine, able to go back and forth in time at will? Recently, while reading this book of 10 short stories by Subhadra Sen Gupta, curiously but appropriately named History, Mystery, Dal and...

The Adventures of Clifford

Clifford the Small Red Puppy Clifford Grows Up Clifford takes a Trip Written by Norman BirdwellPictures by Norman Birdwell Published by Scholastic Inc. Ltd.The three charming picture-books tell the story of the reddest, biggest dog in America, Clifford.Clifford the Small Puppy is the story of Clifford, the tiniest puppy who grows up to be the largest dog ever seen. He belongs to the...

Flying Dogs and School-going Monkeys

Flippi the Flying Pup Squiggly goes for a Picnic Lippo goes to a Party Cheeko and the School Bag Written by Deepa Agarwal Illustrations by Atanu Roy and Deshraj Published by Frank Educational Aids Pvt. Ltd.Heard of Flippi the doggie-bird? Flippi is the dog who knows how to fly. Or, take Cheeko the monkey, who loves mangoes and goes to school, Squiggly the worm who's...

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