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Killer Storm Rages Through Western Europe

Where: Paris, France March 1, 2010 : A violent storm originating in the Atlantic Ocean crashed into the western coasts of France, Portugal and Spain on February 28, 2010. The storm, named Xynthia, left more than 50 people dead and thousands homeless along France's Atlantic coast. The storm killed people in Germany, Spain and Portugal, but France had...

Tintin Turns Eighty

Where: Brussels, Belgium January 10, 2009 : Tintin made his first appearance in a Belgian newspaper Le Vingtieme Siecle (The 20th Century) on January 10, 1929. This comic strip eventually became 'Tintin in the Land of the Soviets'. There are 24 Tintin comic books in all, translated into more than 60 languages, including English - the originals are...

Fungus Threatens Chinese Warriors

September 23: These Chinese warriors have survived over two 2,000 years of wars, earthquakes and revolutions, but now find themselves battling against their most formidable enemy yet -- a fungal infection. These Chinese warriors are not made of flesh and blood; they have feet - and bodies - of clay, and they are a valued cultural treasure not only...

Why Mother’s Day?

Why have a particular day to tell your mother that you love her and respect her, some of us might ask. Why indeed? We could do that everyday. Right. We could. But, do we? So, is it such a bad idea to have a day to honour mothers? After all, we have specific days to honour freedom fighters, leaders or other heroes. And...

The Woman who Builds Sand Castles

July 31: Ever made castles in the sand? Fun. Isn't it? All you need are your hands and a little imagination? Marjon Katerberg builds castles in the sand all the time. And gets paid for it, too. It's her job. Marjon is an international sand artist. She has just carved the largest sand sculpture park in the world, according to a...

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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...

Myths & Legends Related to Eclipses

Since time immemorial, eclipses have been interpreted in various ways by different communities all over the world, reflecting many a time the working philosophy...

The Exotic Peacock

Come monsoons, and we immediately think about the beautiful peacock, dancing in the rain, with its luscious tail spread out behind it. Undoubtedly one...

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...

Long bony fingers

Somu loved to read ghost stories. Every time he paid a visit to the library, he got back a teeth-chattering horror tale. It was...