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February 14: So you live in a quake-prone region and want to be prepared the next time an earthquake strikes. Unfortunately, science has still not come up with a way to predict earthquakes. But there's hope yet. Just visit your local zoo and observe the behaviour of the animals there.Astonishing but true. Animals remain even today, the best bet...

Champion of a 2300-year-old game

Stone skipping: 2300 year old game
It was a lazy summer afternoon, and the buffaloes had gone to sleep in the village pond, at Hassangarh, in Haryana. They had been given a vigorous rub by little Bhola and his gang of four, ranging from six to 10. All they wanted to do was doze.The creatures moved their ears slightly when the boys clambered onto their...

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...

The Secrets of the Ocean Floor

The Secrets of the Ocean Floor
It is one question that is not a quizmasters' favourite: which is the tallest mountain on earth? The answer is bound to come fast and snappy - Mt Everest, at a height of 29,000 feet.But that is only on land. For, if you were to measure from the bottom of the ocean, the tallest mountain in the world will...

Birds!!!

October 6: If feeding pigeons is your hobby, then the place to go is London's Trafalgar Square. With about 40,000 pigeon tummies to fill, you can be sure that demand will never outstrip supply.Trafalgar Square's pigeons are a major tourist attraction. Thousands of pigeons can be found in the square at any given time, which has a fountain and...

Where does the Pigeon Post Operate?

Where does the Pigeon Post Operate?
Among birds, pigeons have a natural and unerring instinct of returning to their nests or homes after long flights. In the early days besides domesticating animals like the horse, dog and cow, people also bred pigeons to carry messages back and forth. These pigeons are called homing pigeons.Racing pigeons have a life span of 15-20 years. A healthy bird...

The Story of Dussehra

Dussehra, also called Vijayadashmi (or Bijoya in Bengal), is the culmination of the nine-day Navaratri celebrations. It is a festival that marks the killing of Ravana, his son Meghanatha and brother Kumbhakarna, by Rama. It is seen as the vistory of good over evilThe RamayanaThe epic Ramayana, describes the story of Rama. Rama was the exiled prince of...

Babolito

A beautiful girl: Babolito - A story for kids
Mohanty ma'am was teaching the class five students of Arya Wonderland about similes."As beautiful as?" she asked, looking at the students."The rose, the Taj Mahal, Aishwarya Rai...." There were several shouts."And now, as ugly as?" Mohanty ma'am questioned.There was a pause then a girl said in a loud and clear voice: "As ugly as Sarita."There were a few giggles,...

Why are Zebras Striped?

Why are Zebras Striped?
As a child I was always full of questions. I remember asking my parents why zebras were striped or why did giraffes have such a long neck. Most of the time the answers were elusive and I used to be very irritated. I could never get the right answer to satisfy my curiosity. I now realize why my parents...

Marine Militants: Bioinvasion propagated through Cargo Ships

Marine Militants: Bio-Invasion through Cargo Ships
What would happen if all the lions in Africa are carried away to some other place? The deer population will rise as there will not be anyone to kill them. With this population boom, the deer would need more food.After a point, there will no grass left to feed subsequent generations. This would lead to the destruction of the...

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