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Killer Storm Rages Through Western Europe

Where: Paris, FranceMarch 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...

French President Calls For Ban on Burqas For Muslim Women

Where: Paris, FranceJune 23, 2009 : A small but growing group of French women wear burqas and niqabs, while many more wear the simple Muslim headscarf. Burqas and niqabs cloak the entire body and cover everything but the eyes. Last week, President Sarkozy told Parliament he proposed banning burqas in public, calling them ``a sign of debasement'' for...

Anchor rips through phone and internet cable

Where: The Mediterranean SeaDecember 22, 2008: A ship’s anchor slammed into the ocean bed, ripping apart an undersea cable that connected millions of computers and telephones. Cut somewhere between Sicily and Tunisia, in the Mediterranean Sea, the cut ends of the cable are being searched by an undersea robot. The robot will bring the cable ends up to the...

Is Tomato a Vegetable or a Fruit?

Is tomato a vegetable or a fruit?
We think the tomato is a vegetable, but it is actually a fruit. Because it is not sweet and is used for providing flavour to food, we think of it as a vegetable.The tomato is originally from Mexico. The word "tomato" comes from the Spanish tomate, which in turn comes from the Nahuatl word tomatotl. Spanish explorers who went...

How Wool Came Into Existence

How Wool Came Into Existence
It must have been a very intelligent human who looked at a sheep walking past and thought of the use its fleece might have!Although the oldest surviving textile made out of wool is around 3,500 years old, the oldest fine woolen fabric dates to the fifth century BC (about 2,500 years ago) and was found in an ancient Greek...

What Is The Origin Of Silk Fabric?

What Is The Origin Of Silk Fabric?
My mother took out her favourite blue silk saree for the dinner party. I looked at it, mesmerised by its shimmer and lustre. The rich fabric draped around her body, making her look so very elegant. Definitely no other fabric can match the qualities of silk.But have you ever wondered, how silk fabric came into existence? Silk production, or...

Gaseous twist to the Delphic legend

August 26: In ancient Greece, like a magnet, the shrine at Mount Parnassus, in Delphi, attracted people from all over Europe. They were drawn by the prophetic powers of the Pythia, or priestess of Apollo, who was famous as the Oracle of Delphi. It was said she could foretell everything, from the result of wars to new twists in...

What is the Mystery of Dracula?

Mystery of Dracula
As bats flap through the musty castle, a coffin lid creaks open and an ashy white hand gropes for the cover. The lid slides off and a caped figure rises in the gloom - Dracula is on the prowl! Vampires have enthralled generations of readers and moviegoers; and the most popular 'vampire' is the fearsome Count Dracula of Transylvania.Of...

Do You Know What You are Eating?

June 5: When you think of a cold drink, you think of its sweet taste, the fizz, and the sparkling bubbles under your nose. But not for a moment do you imagine animal parts being mixed in it.And yet that is what seems to be happening, says a report in The Hindu newspaper. The use of animal ingredients in...

Rats Race through US Cities

August 7: Even as Americans compete with each other in the "rat-race" for a good life, the real rats are coming out of the sewage dumps and are literally dancing on the streets. Funny though it might sound, rats have become a menace in many US cities. So much so, that in New York City, a rodent task force...

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