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Medical Research : Location, Mt. Everest

Where: London, United KingdomJanuary 10, 2009 : An interesting story by BBC News tells how a team of London doctors, including five anesthetists, two general practitioners and a vascular surgeon climbed Mt. Everest. They then treated themselves as guinea pigs to measure oxygen levels present in their blood at the summit.The readings confirmed that high-altitude climbers have...

The fastest growing tree in the world is…

The fastest growing tree in the world is the Eucalyptus. One tree in New Guinea grew 10.5 m (35 ft) in one year. This is almost 3 cm (over 1 in) a day. In contrast, a Sika Spruce inside the Arctic Circle, takes some 98 years to grow 28cm (11 in ); some 4,000 times slower.

Amelia Earhart

A wax figure of Amelia Earhart is seen on display at Madame Tussauds
Amelia Earhart was one of the world's most celebrated aviators. She broke records and charted new skies in the course of her short life. She disappeared while she was on a flight around the world.Earhart was born on July 24, 1897, in Atchison, Kansas. She was the elder of Edwin Stanton and Amy Otis Earhart's two daughters. Childhood was...

Why do Flies have Compound Eyes?

A macro portrait of the compound eye of a fly
Just like a man woos the woman he loves, takes her to nice restaurants, buys her presents, and courts her to impress her before marriage, animals too choose their mates through courtship.Since animals cannot do all these, they do it differently. Some animals put up a colourful display, while others give little gifts to their beloved - a choice...

The Gardener Bird

Regent Bowerbird up close
Look at this nest. Doesn't it remind you of a hut? It is built by a bird with an appropriate name. It is called the gardener bird. It works hard at building its house and decorating it.And, after building the house, it makes a garden around it.The gardener bird likes colourful objects. So, its house is always surrounded with...

The Snake with the Golden Teeth

There was once a man called Paolo Maria Encarnacao Esplendido. He lived at Manaos in Brazil. He was a very rich man. He owned two gold mines and a silver mine. You might think one got more money from a gold mine than a silver mine because gold is worth more than silver. But, as a matter of face,...

Record Tidbits

Scholastic Book of World Records Published by Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd.World records almost always make interesting reading. And if there are vivid pictures to make it more interesting, the tidbits get digested faster. The Scholastic Book of World Records is such a book. It makes you want to pick it up and create a new global map based on...

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...

Excerpts from ‘Everything has a History’

Haldane's books are the best for communicating science to a layperson. He wrote almost 300 brilliant articles on popular science for ordinary workers, many of which were later collated into books such as 'Everything has a History', 'Science in Everyday Life' and 'On Being the Right Size'. Here are two chapters from 'Everything has a History'.How Bees Communicate:Eight...

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