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We use the ‘Flesch–Kincaid Grade Level Formula’ to present scores as per US grade level. See all the grade levels here. Following articles, stories and features are appropriate for people at reading level of Grade 9 (Age 14-15 years). More information about Flesch–Kincaid readability tests can be found here.


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Which is the Oldest Living Creature?

Which is the Oldest Living Creature?

The oldest living creature in the world will come as a surprise to you. Many of the animals in the seas, skies, and earth live long lives. Yet the oldest living creature in the world is an immortal jellyfish that has never died. Its family name is Turritopsis Dohrnii. It hails from a class of small animals that live mainly in saltwater. The Dohrnii begin their life journey as larvae with a diameter of no more than 4 millimeters....

What is a democracy?

What is a democracy?

If three friends need to decide between eating pizza or burgers, they could debate and agree or they could put it to vote and go with the majority. Since there are only two options and three people, once the votes are counted, there would be a winner. This is an example of democracy at work. More specifically, it is an example of what is called a direct democracy. This is a democracy where the voters have a direct say in the decisions made by the group....

Juneteenth: Celebrating End of Slavery in the United States of America

Juneteenth: Celebrating End of Slavery in the United States of America

June + nineteenth => Juneteenth A holiday to celebrate the end of slavery and the freeing of slaves. Also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day Juneteenth (19th of June, 1865) is one of the most important days celebrated by the African American community in the United States of America. For it was on this day, 19th of June in the year 1865 that a majority of slaves were informed that they were free....

Rosa Parks: The First Lady of Civil Rights

Rosa Parks: The First Lady of Civil Rights

Rosa Parks (1913-2005): It might seem alien to you today, but in 1950’s America, discrimination was protected and enforced by the state. One of the key ways this was done was by segregation. African Americans were told where they could eat, where they could go to school, where they could live, and where they could be buried. The effort and sacrifice of one young woman to fight against this injustice made her an international icon and earned her the title, “the first lady of civil rights”....

Michelangelo: The Greatest Artist in Human History

Michelangelo: The Greatest Artist in Human History

Michelangelo (1475 – 1564): More than 500 years ago a young artist studied dead bodies, even went through their organs, and their muscles and bones, so that he could turn a block of white marble into the shape of a living, breathing man. That young man was an Italian sculptor and painter Michelangelo. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, best known as Michelangelo was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet. His work has deeply influenced Western Art and he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century given the sheer volume of his work....

Michael Farday: The Self-Educated Inventor

Michael Farday: The Self-Educated Inventor

Michael Faraday (1791 - 1867) Is it possible to become one of the most influential scientists in history without a formal education? In the case of Michael Faraday, the answer would be an absolute yes. Our world is full of big and small electric motors. And we owe Faraday for discovering the principles of electromagnetism that led to the first electric motor. Faraday’s main contributions were within the study of electromagnetism and the relationship between electricity and chemical change....

Marie Stopes: A Guiding Light For The Women of England

Marie Stopes: A Guiding Light For The Women of England

Marie Stopes (1880 – 1958): Nearly 100 years ago, one woman took it upon herself to help women take control of their own bodies. To decide whether they wanted children, and when they wanted children. At a time when it was looked down upon, Marie Stopes helped a generation of English women safely discuss sex, pregnancy, and birth control. Birth control refers to methods of preventing a pregnancy. Abortion is a medical procedure that ends a pregnancy....

Buckminster Fuller: A Scholar, a Scientist and an Inventor

Buckminster Fuller: A Scholar, a Scientist and an Inventor

Buckminster Fuller (1895 – 1983): Imagine if you were a scientist, working in the freezing South Pole. You would be staying in a curious, dome-like structure that must be capable of standing up to strong winds and blizzards. It is likely that you would be staying in a Geodesic dome. The Geodesic dome is one of the many inventions of Richard Buckminster Fuller. It originated from an elegantly simple idea. Fuller understood that the triangle is an extremely stable shape....

Florence Nightingale: The Lady With A Lamp

Florence Nightingale: The Lady With A Lamp

Florence Nightingale (1820 - 1910) Today, it is common knowledge that female nurses play an important role in treating patients. However, this was not always the case. Florence Nightingale helped build the reputation of nurses as we know it today. She was a social worker, statistician and founder of modern nursing. Nightingale used to train nurses during the Crimean war and would often treat soldiers under the cover of darkness. This led to English society giving her the title, The Lady With A Lamp....

Louis Pasteur: The man who discovered vaccination

Louis Pasteur: The man who discovered vaccination

Louis Pasteur (1822 - 1895): The next time you chomp on cheese or sip some wine, remember the French scientist Louis Pasteur who discovered that spoiled milk, fermented beer and wine, and many diseases are caused by bacteria. Millions of people are saved from bites from rabid dogs because of the rabies vaccine developed by Louis Pasteur. Bacteria are tiny, living organisms that are only visible under a microscope. More than 150 years ago, Pasteur discovered that heating milk between 60 to 100 degrees Celsius kills the bacteria....

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