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Who’s the Brainiest animal of Them All?

The brainiest animals are chimpanzees,
The next time someone calls you an ape or a bird brain, ask her to think again. Brain scans of animals have revealed similar patterns of electrical activity in human and animal brains, so obviously humans aren't the only smart ones around.The brainiest animals are chimpanzees, which share 99 per cent of the human deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA as...

New Year in South Pole

November 18: The year 2000 was ushered in with much fanfare throughout the world. Hotels in famous tourist spots were booked months in advance; the ones in cities planned glorious events lasting for days and nights.Though there were doubts whether 2000 was really the start of the new millennium it was quickly shushed as the celebration fever was catchy....

How Lizards Defy Gravity

how lizards defy gravity-2
Lizards slithering up walls or dangling precariously from overhead lights are a common sight in tropical countries. These slimy creatures zipping up walls are called geckos. They are the only lizard species that make any sound, other than hissing -- in fact they make a loud clicking noise that sounds like "gecko", hence the name.Recent studies show that the...

A New Camel Specie Discovered

A bactrian camel standing high in the mountains of Caucasus, Russia.
Have you ever sat on a camel? Well, if you have, then you know how scary it is when the camel rises on its long wobbly legs. The rocking motion of a camel is a bit like a ship being tossed around in heaving seas. Small wonder then that the camel is often called the ship of the desert....

What are Komodo Dragons?

The Komodo dragon
European mythology abounds in stories of knights in shining armour battling fearsome dragons. Fairytale storybooks are peppered with illustrations of these huge monsters looking like crocodiles with wings and huge claws and breathing fire. Of course fire breathing dragons do not exist, but there is a tiny island, called Komodo, in Indonesia, that is home to dragons - yes,...

Scientists Find More on the Eureka Man

Archimedes Principle - Eureka
Why do ships float on water when in fact they should sink? Why does paper float on water and a paperweight sink? The answer to these questions was accidentally discovered 2200 years ago by the Greek inventor and mathematician, Archimedes.One day, while getting into his bath he noticed water spilling over the sides. In a flash, Archimedes realised the...

Coaching, Anyone?

October 21: Open any newspaper and chances are that you will find yourself staring at a full page advertisement of some coaching college proudly claiming that the bright young girl who topped the IIT entrance examination (her photograph is so smudged that you can't see) had been coached by their able guides.If there isn't an advertisement in the newspaper...

The Earthworm’s Good Turn

Earthworms busy decomposing (recycling) waste
Every day, countless dustbins are emptied in dumping grounds. A lot of this garbage ends up polluting the ground water and also the rivers and seas.Actually, a large part of this junk, especially the biodegradable waste (waste that can be decomposed) can be disposed in a more efficient manner, without polluting water bodies. Many countries are now doing it...

Rhinoceros: On the Comeback Trail

Rhinoceros: On the Comeback Trail
Next to the tusk-bearing elephants, rhinos are the other large animals heavily targeted by poachers. Rhinos are poached for their horns and these are sold in the black market at astonishing prices.Since 1977, trade in rhino horn has been banned but poachers and smugglers still hunt and kill these gentle creatures to meet the demands of the rhino horn...

The Straightened Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Straightened Leaning Tower of Pisa
You must have heard about the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In 1990, the tower was made off limits when engineers pointed out that the weight of people climbing the spiral steps could increase the inclination of the tower, and topple it eventually. After some 11 years of restoration work, a 'straightened' Leaning Tower was opened again to the public...

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