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The Frog King

In a large marshy swamp in South Africa lived a colony of frogs - happy frogs. The marsh was surrounded by tall weeds, dirt and muck, which attracted lots of flies. Every moment was mealtime for the frogs. It was a happy life, all fun and play.Leapfrog was their favourite game. The younger frogs were dared to jump over...

The Bittersweet Story of Chocolate

Many, many centuries ago, sometime around 400 BC, in the jungles of South and Central America, the Cacao plant was discovered which in the ages to come would become the most desired foodstuff in the whole world.The plant was found to have hard pods with each pod containing brown beans that later became the main ingredient in the making of...

Fish That Live in the Desert

Dipterus is an extinct freshwater lungfish
We all know that fish live in water. But, there is a kind of fish which lives in the desert.Difficult to believe? Well, there is a variety of fish called the lungfish, which are found in Africa. When the rivers overflow, their water spreads to the dry regions around. It forms small lakes or ponds. The fish lives in...

Where Did Numerals Originate?

old-typeset-numbers
We deal with numbers all the time. Not just while doing math lessons at school, but also while counting money at the shop, memorising the numbers of our favourite TV channels or even keeping tabs on the number of hours we spend in front of the Internet! But we are so used to numbers that it has never occurred...

What is the Rubik’s Cube?

What is the Rubik's Cube?
My nephew Akshay was a brat. No two ways about it. When he was not occupied with dismantling everything that moved, ticked, or clicked he would be engaged in stuffing an icecube down your shirt when you were busy working on whatever it is that didn't involve him.After a lot of thought, my uncle and I decided to purchase...

Margaret Hilda Thatcher

Thatcher was born Margaret Hilda Roberts in Grantham. She married Denis Thatcher in 1951. Thatcher was elected to the House of Commons in 1959. After the Conservative defeat in 1974 she won leadership of the party the following year. In 1979 she led the Conservatives to victory, vowing to reverse Britain's economic decline and to reduce the role of...

How Does the Steam Engine Work?

A traction engine is a self-propelled steam engine
In 1804 the first steam-powered engine ran, carrying some iron in Wales, in Britain. But it was almost twenty five years later, in 1829, that George Stephenson, a British engineer, designed the "rocket" that paved the way for railways all over Europe, Asia and America.The steam engine is an example of a heat engine. Heat engines are those that...

Why is the Mediterranean Sea Blue?

We know that about seventy one per cent of the earth's surface is covered with water. The earth's three main Oceans are the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean.The Atlantic Ocean is a great mass of water that separates Europe and Africa from America. It is shaped like a great hour-glass-with a 'waist' where Africa and South America...

Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger
Born into an Irish working class family on Sept 14, 1879 in Corning, New York, Margaret Sanger is known for her crusade to legalise birth control which later spurred the movement for women’s liberalisation. As a young girl Margaret witnessed her mother’s slow death worn out after 18 pregnancies and 11 live births. Later while working as a nurse...

The Baby Current Which Destroys

Did you know that the period between November 1997 and November 1998 was the hottest year recorded on earth? In fact, six of the first eight months of the year were the warmest since humans began recording temperatures on earth in 1866.Weather experts say one of the causes behind the warming of the earth's atmosphere, or global warming, is...

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