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Birds Sing in their Sleep

Many birds recognize their mothers by sound rather than sight.
Just like humans, birds too rely on sound to communicate. However, they do not have a 'language' in the true sense of the word and instead emit a variety of squawks and chirps to convey different emotions.Often, birds recognise their mates (or young) by sound rather than sight. Hungry fledglings use begging calls to let their mothers know it...

Many birds that feed on plants swallow stones…

Many birds that feed on plants swallow stones and grit to help their bodies grind down the plant material. Birds in captivity may swallow other things if they cannot find stones. An ostrich in London Zoo was found on its death to have swallowed an incredible variety of things. These included an alarm clock, 91 cm (3ft) of rope...

How do Human Cannonballs Fly?

How do human cannonballs fly?
Even been to a circus where they featured a human cannonball? A person enters a huge cannon and when the fuse is lit, he comes shooting out with a bang, flying in the air before landing on a net!My god! I thought that was the most horrifying thing I had ever seen. What a crazy thing to do. How...

Puppets on a String Dance Again

Vishnudas Bhave's puppets had to go through a long ordeal before they finally got to the right place and in the hands of the right people. It was not just a long journey but a tough one too.This story dates back to the year 1843, when the father of Marathi theatre, Vishnudas Bhave created his puppets, in Maharashtra's Sangli...

Bermudas on Beaches — and in Parliament

August 12: Very soon members of Parliament in Bermuda will go to work wearing Bermuda shorts. This is what the lawmakers of Bermuda Islands have decided.Usually, parliaments across the world are known for their sober dress sense to convey that being a member of the legislature is no laughing matter, and the prestige of the Parliament has to be...

Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan

Srinivasa Ramanujan was one of India's mathematical geniuses. He made wonderful contributions to the field of advanced mathematics.Even today, his fascinating results and mathematical theories, and a number of unpublished notebooks filled with theorems, continue to baffle and enthrall mathematicians.Ramanujan was born in his grandmother's house in Erode, a small village near Chennai in Tamil Nadu. While he was still...

My Magic Collar Stud

I suppose you think there aren’t any more fairies nowadays, or witches or wizards or goblins. Well, of course they don’t go about dressed up like the ones in picture books. You don’t see little fairies with butterfly wings perching on the chimneys at Hendon, or old ladies in pointed hats riding down Oxford Street on broomsticks and waiting...

R.K. Narayan

Nearly 70 years ago, India's greatest living writer in English, took out a brand new exercise book and wrote in it: "It was Monday morning."With those four words, Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Narayan (just R.K. Narayan to most) took off on a journey to that oddly populated fictional continent called Malgudi, with the young boy Swami and his eclectic mix of...

From Russia with Love : Rudolf Nureyev

The most photographed male dancer in the world, Rudolf Nureyev electrified the world with his ballet for close to three decades in the second half of the 20th century.In the world of ballet, dominated by the ballerina or the female artist, Nureyev brought male dancing to the limelight, and changed the nature of 20th century ballet. From peasantdom to...

Frank Conrad’s Garage

Where: Pittsburgh, USAJuly 22, 2000: Over eighty years ago, the first commercial broadcast on radio occurred in a garage in Pittsburgh, US. Today, the garage and the house it is part of, are up for sale, according to a brief report in 'The Asian Age'.The garage and house had then belonged to engineer, Frank Conrad. Conrad had 200 patents...

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