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Planets! Planets! and more Planets!

Stars, planets and galaxy in a free space. 'Elements of this image furnished by NASA'.
Astronomers working at Berkeley and Geneva have found nine new planets circling nearby stars. With this discovery, we now know of 50 extra-solar planets, also called exoplanets. That is a big increase from 41 planets last known five years ago.All these individual planets move in an orbit around a star, which is called their parent star. The astronomers estimate...

The Long and Short of It

November 4: In a throwback to the age of British rule, constables of the Indian police force in a few districts of Andhra Pradesh, might go back to wearing knickers.No, it's not nostalgia for the uniforms of the colonial period. Neither is it a matter of airing the legs in the intense Andhra heat. It appears that the state...

Schools of Failed Teachers and Students

September 6: Three schools in Hyderabad are changing people's views of government schools - they showed a 90 per cent pass percentage in this year's Senior Secondary Certificate (SSC) examination.At the same time 12 government schools in Hyderabad have set another record of sorts. All students of the schools appearing for the SSC exam flunked the exams.The SSC exam...

Protest Without Clothes

July 1: See this picture. What do you think the children were doing?No, they were not waiting for a community bath. They were at a gram sabha (village meeting). They had gone there to tell officials that the increased cost of power is making them miserable.This kids protest happened at Sitarampura near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh recently.The gram sabhas...

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