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Answering Nature’s Call in Peace

August 5: If the children feel like relieving themselves, they go to the nearby drain or the fields beyond. For their mothers and sisters, matters are even worse. They have to wait for night to fall. They can attend nature's call only under the cover of darkness. As if they were committing a crime.But now things are changing for the...

Are Fish Dumb?

There was a time when people thought that fish were dumb creatures. Until they invented machines which could detect sounds under water. And guess what these machines heard?A string of grunts, clicks, thumps and other kinds of sounds. It was the fish doing a lot of underwater talking! It seems that they have a lot to talk about, for...

Green Fields in a Concrete Jungle

August 5: Imagine green paddy fields and a calm pond next to it. The breeze that blows over the still waters is cool and refreshing in the afternoons. Imagine all this in the middle of a city.Sounds dreamlike?Actually that is what Govind Mhatre's farm is like. Like a dream. It looks like it has been displaced from a picture...

Storm Petrel: A Bird that Walks on Water

Wilson's Storm Petrel
You must have heard of St. Peter, the saint, who is said to have walked on water. Well, there is a bird which is named after the saint, because it looks as if it is walking on water.It is called the stormy petrel. It is not known whether the petrel actually walks on water. But, it somehow manages to...

Beautiful Flowers that Stink!

A Stapelia in bloom
A blow-fly was looking for an ideal place to lay eggs. Like rotting meat. So that when her little maggots were born, they could feed on the meat.As she turned a corner in the grassland, she smelt something stinking in the air. The smell of rotten meat! With great joy she perched on it and laid her eggs. She...

He Can’t See But He Shows The Way

As a child, he would beat up anyone who dared to call him "andha" or the blind one. Now he does not need to.Last week, he beat 33 people with his navigational skills at a car rally and emerged the winner.Meet Vipin Malhotra, who navigated a car through a distance of 50 km in one hour and 10 minutes...

Is Bamboo a Grass!

Is bamboo a grass?
If you look at a blade of grass and a bamboo tree they remind you of a mouse and an elephant. But unlike those animals, the grass and the bamboo belong to the same family. They are brothers! The bamboo is the largest member of the grass family.It grows in Asia, South America and Africa. It has about 500...

Deception and Mimicry Among Animals to Fool Enemies!

Puffer fish
All living beings have enemies. And they all have developed interesting ways to keep them at bay. Some animals hide, others run, or just fly away when faced with danger. These are their defence mechanisms.Some animals can hide without moving. They have the unique ability to change their colour to merge with the surroundings. They become invisible to the...

We Would All Scream Without Ice Cream

Can you imagine a summer without ice creams?It seems the Chinese, too, couldn't. For it was they who gave the world its first ice cream. In India, the Mughals are said to have introduced their kind of ice cream -- the kulfi. The exact date of origin of the ice cream is not known.Kulfi is a mixture of khoa,...

Looking at the World Upside Down

A flying fox bat
Have you seen trapeze artists hanging upside down from bars in a circus? They do it with great concentration.Bats also hang upside down from cave walls or tree branches. And they do not need to put in any effort to do so. For they hang upside down only when they are resting.They use their legs to hold on to...

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