What is Ham Radio?

Consider this, your state has been hit by a cyclone with wind speeds measuring 300 kilometres per hour. All modern means of communication - telephone, cellphone, wireless sets - lie dead as the cyclone has destroyed all connecting stations and links.This is what happened...

Abdul Kareem’s Forest

A lush green forest in the middle of a rocky wasteland. No, this paradise is not an illusion. Abdul Kareem has created it with his own hands.Kareem's 30-acre forest is in Kasargode district, Kerala. It is home to 1,500 medicinal plants, 2,000 varieties of...

Welcome to Blind Cow Restaurant

Almost two years ago, a blind pastor, Reverend Jorge Spielmann started a restaurant for the blind in the city of Zurich, in Switzerland. Almost all the chefs, bartenders and waitresses who worked at the Blind Cow, as the restaurant was named, were also blind.Now,...

Why is Halloween Celebrated?

"Trick or Treat!" shout little witches, paper-bagged goblins, rubber-masked imps and bed-sheeted ghosts as they extend a bag across for candy. It is October and it's Halloween time!Halloween is celebrated on the evening of October 31st, which is the evening before the Christian feast...

What is Cloning?

Which is the most famous sheep in the world? A sheep called Dolly. But why is Dolly famous?That is because unlike other sheep's, Dolly was not born in the usual manner. She is actually a carbon copy of her mother, like an identical twin....

Which Mammal lays Eggs?

Mammals are creatures who give birth to their young ones as opposed to other animals who lay eggs. Birds, reptiles and insects lay eggs. But as with every other rule, this one has an exception too.An exceptional exceptionThe duck-billed platypus of Australia walks out...

A Friend in Need

It happened not very long ago. But when you're a snail, days move at snail's pace, too. So, if you were to ask our friend the snail when this happened, she'd tell you, it was y-e-ars ago...Well, to get on with our story. In...

How do Satellites Stay Up?

Satellites orbit the earth because of the force of gravity. To understand why this happens and why the satellite does not get pulled in and fall, we have to understand what forces do. A force will change the motion of an object; it might...

How does a Submarine Work?

Jules Verne in his science fiction, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, mentions a ship, Nautilus, which could dive beneath the waves and surface again when it wanted to.Even before submarines were thought about, Verne had created the blueprint of this technological marvel....

Dress like an Egyptian

I am writing this as I am travelling in my time machine. I know how important it is to keep a diary of happenings. The machine is making strange rattling noises, because I forgot to clean its aching joints this morning. It's an old...

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