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Why do Locusts Swarm?

Why do Locusts Swarm?
Have you ever tried chasing a frisky grasshopper? If you have, you will definitely know that scampering after a jumpy bug is not an easy task. Most species of grasshoppers have a keen sense of hearing and the moment they sense trouble, they can hop fast and furious!Sometimes, shortage of food turns grasshoppers into migratory insects as they venture...

Why do Some People snore More than Others?

Why do Some People snore More than Others?
If you ever slept in a room with an uncle or an aunt who snores, you would know how annoying it can be. The person causing all the noise sleeps like a log, while the room partner spends the night tossing and turning; waking up bleary-eyed the next morning.Did you know that snoring is a common ailment all over...

Why does Cola Fizz?

Why does Cola Fizz?
Switch on the television and you are bound to see some cola advertisements. Aamir Khan, a Bollywood hero, pops open a cola and the bubbly drink fizzes to the top. Have you ever wondered what causes the countless teeny bubbles in all these soft drinks?Soft drinks are carbonated, i.e. carbon dioxide gas is dissolved in the liquid. This gas...

Ramadan: The Month of 30 Fasts

Islamic Holy Place
Ramadan (or Ramzan) is a very special month for Muslims, people of the Islamic faith. Muslims are people who follow the Islamic religion propagated by the Prophet Mohammed in the seventh century. Muslims believe that it was in this month that Allah revealed the holy book of the Muslims, the Koran (or Quran) to the prophet Mohammed.The Quran says...

What is Cotton Candy?

What is Cotton Candy?
It's sticky, it's messy and it's just the thing to eat at a fair. Children or adults, most people do not consider a mela or fair complete without the giant-wheel and the fluffy cotton candy wrapped around a stick. Or budhiya ke baal (old woman's hair), as it is popularly known in parts of northern India.And do you know...

Why Does Water stay Cool in ‘Matkas’?

Why Does Water stay Cool in 'Matkas' (earthen clay pots)?
Have you ever had a drink of cool refreshing water from a 'matka' or earthen clay pot placed outside? Surprisingly enough, the pots are exposed to blazing sunlight, yet the water within stays so cool. How is that possible?This is because of a physical process known as evaporation. When a liquid changes to a gaseous (or vapour) state without...

Why’s the Sun Red during Sunrise and Sunset?

Why's the Sun Red during Sunrise and Sunset?
As day breaks, a reddish-white ball of light that we call the sun, rises. This red haze gives way to a golden-white sheen as the day advances and reappears when the sun sets in the evening. Does the sun really change colours, or does it only seem so? The explanation lies in-between.Light from the sun consists of three kinds...

Penguin Sweaters

Oil spills can have a devastating effect on marine life. After an oil spill, one of the most important jobs of rescuers is to fish out oil soaked birds and animals, clean them and rehabilitate them before releasing them into the wild again.Recently, after an oil spill in the Australian waters, environmentalists claimed that the oil slicks were threatening...

Mosquito Menace

Guess what besides fat raindrops, rain clouds in Mumbai bring? Those tiny terrors, mosquitoes. Result: nights spent tossing and turning, and swatting the insects. But the next morning you wake up with those tell tale red marks on your arms, pause to think if you took a bath or not the previous night.That's right. Human sweat turns mosquitoes on...

Venice is Sinking

Most people all over the world travel by the road. In a city in Italy however, waterways make up the primary commuting routes. The city of Venice, rich in architectural marvels, is best known for its canals. Unfortunately, this beautiful city of flat-bottomed boats (Gondolas), churches and quaint cobbled streets is sinking and sinking fast.Known as the 'Queen of...

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