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Indian women squash all opposition!

Squash all opposition, JoshnaAt 19, Joshna Chinappa of Chennai became the first Indian girl to win the prestigious junior title of the British Open Squash Championship. She won the indoor racquet game title in August 2005. She also became the first sportsperson to be adopted by the Mittal Champions Trust – a trust started by steel tycoon L.N....

A safety net for cheetahs, vultures, dolphins

Where: Rome, ItalyDecember 9, 2008 :The fastest moving mammal on earth is now moving - fast - towards extinction. The Guardian reports that cheetah is on a list of 21 names newly added to the United Nations Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals List 1 of endangered species. The Egyptian vulture is on this...

Why don’t Birds on a wire get a shock?

Why don't Birds on a wire get a shock?
Now how is that possible? The fact is, for a living creature to get a ‘shock’ there has to be a substantial flow of current through the body. However, there is barely any current running through the bird’s body for two reasons. Firstly, the bird not only forms a circuit with the wire, but it also offers a high...

Elevator Physics

Elevator Physics
You get into an elevator (or a lift, as we sometimes call it) and for a second or two, just as the elevator moves down, we feel weightless. On the other hand, if we go up in an elevator, we suddenly feel heavier just as the elevator lurches upwards.To understand this feeling of weightlessness, we need to understand...

What is Artificial Intelligence?

What is Artificial Intelligence?
If you touch a hot metal object, you will yank your hand away immediately. When this happens to you the first time, the sequence of events and the result (the burning of your hand) gets stored in your brain. This is what we call an experience.When you see a hot metal object next time, you will not touch it....

Why are fish such poor tennis players?

They don't like to get too close to the net!

Death Threat

March 19: The Olive Ridleys are olive-green coloured sea-turtles that have existed for more than 200 million years. The Gahirmatha beach in Orissa is one of their nesting sites, but unfortunately the fishermen have started catching these turtles for meat to sell in the local market.This has alarmed environmentalists. Nature lover and scientist, BR Ray says that this trend...

Prabhu and the Prawns

The still, muddy water glistened with oil. There were no signs of any life as Prabhu stood by the side of the narrow canal and squinted hard, anxiously searching the depths of the murky pool. But the slick surface made it hard for him to see anything beneath the surface.Fear crossed the eight-year-old's face. If he couldn't find what he was looking for,...

Child’s Play!!

February 26: A new game for children is being touted as the next big thing in America. Called Flip-Itz, the game is a colourful collection of three-legged toys with wacky human, animal and alien faces that propel through the air once their owners press down on them. Really so simple.And earlier this month, 11-year-old Justin Lewis and 12-year-old Matthew...

The Good Turn

Girl consoling a friend: The Good Turn - A story for kids
Every time Gina walked down the lane where she lived, some neighbour or the other would remark that 'The Brat' was off to some place.The six-year-old was the only child of her parents and they spoilt her totally. Even when she was a small child, her parents had never refused her anything. And she, in turn, always made sure...

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