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How do Chameleons Latch on to Prey Using Just Their Tongue?

Chameleon catching prey
Have you ever seen a chameleon flick its tongue at a fly? Well, this small reptile with a foot long body has an extremely long tongue. Its nearly three-fourths the length of its body!A chameleon can launch its tongue out at targets up to two body lengths away. It flicks its tongue and can snap its prey in 1/25th...

Chimp Traits

A contemplative bonobo?
Do you think chimps are chumps? If the answer is yes, then you are in for a surprise - because chimps or chimpanzees are actually very, very intelligent. Chimpanzees are the most intelligent of the ape family. It was known that chimpanzees use tools intelligently to obtain food. They use rocks to crack open nuts or use sticks to...

Robot That Changes Form

Robots on the factory floor, building a car
Did you know that the word robot is derived from the Czech word robota? It means compulsory labour or work. The word robot was first used in a Czech drama in 1921. It described a mechanical device that looked human but lacked emotions. It worked mechanically.Modern-day robots do not necessarily look like humans. But they are programmed to handle...

Whick Book Carries Its Own Light?

How many times have you been told not to read in bed and how often have you been ticked off for reading in poor light? Probably quite a few times if you are an avid book-worm. Now you can cast away your small flashlights and get rid of your reading lamp, for there are specially designed books that create...

Monsoon in Mumbai

To the people of Mumbai, the thought of rain is as natural as breathing. And they think they are always prepared for it. As the temperature drops, and there is a slight nip in the air they cannot help thinking of piping hot pakoras and garam chai or hot tea. But the visitor often drops down from the sky unexpectedly....

The Whale Hunt is On

A sperm whale family
Japan has sent out a fleet of ships on a two-month mission. Officials say that the expedition has a harmless aim: it is merely a survey to collect data on the Bryde, Sperm and Minke whales' habitats, diet and migration patterns.But the environmentalists are up in arms against them. What has shocked them is the Japanese intent to catch...

How do Spiderwebs Help Skydivers?

Dew drops on a spiderweb
While dusting the house have you ever cross jhalis (webs) in the corners of the wall? Sometimes you may come across them under table corners or at rarely used places. Yes, the webs are woven by spiders.It's a nuisance clearing them for just when you manage to remove one sticky web, the spider scurries off to a corner to...

IMAX the High-Tech Theatre

If you thought watching Jurassic Park in your local theatre was a fantastic experience…you haven't seen anything yet! Imagine being surrounded by dinosaurs ten times larger than the regular movie-screen dinosaurs. For that is exactly what an IMAX screen will show. The IMAX theatre is all set to give 'watching films on the big screen' a whole new meaning.IMAX...

Pelican Trouble

Three Brown Pelicans fly out to sea
Many people living in Andhra Pradesh may have escaped the wrath of the cyclone that ravaged the state last month, but the migratory pelicans, in a small costal village in northern Andhra, weren't quite as fortunate.The storms' heavy winds and rains didn't cause as much material damage as was expected, however it proved disastrous for the pelicans as small...

Shirt That is a Mobile Phone

Clothes that can make phone calls, play music, dial your pal's number, keep you snug during cold weather, operate your computer…This is not fantasy. A British company, called Electrotextiles, has created a dazzling range of clothes -- clothes that have a mind of their own! Scientists, working for the company, have invented a fabric that can be blended with...

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