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What is the Ozone Hole?

What is the Ozone Hole?
On beaches as well as on the cricket ground, it is always possible to spot people with some kind of cream on their bodies or faces. Remember the South African pace bowler Alan Donald or 'White Lightning' as he is called, with "war-paint" on his face? No, it is not an attempt at camouflage, simply an effort to gain...

A New Camel Specie Discovered

A bactrian camel standing high in the mountains of Caucasus, Russia.
Have you ever sat on a camel? Well, if you have, then you know how scary it is when the camel rises on its long wobbly legs. The rocking motion of a camel is a bit like a ship being tossed around in heaving seas. Small wonder then that the camel is often called the ship of the desert....

What is a Kangaroo Rat?

Kangaroo rats, small rodents of genus Dipodomys, are native to western North America.
It looks like a small kangaroo for its hind legs are longer than its fore legs. And it uses its tail to balance itself. In fact, unlike other rats it does not run on all four legs but jumps around from bush to bush in search of food - like a kangaroo. And that's why it is called the...

What to do During an Earthquake?

What to do During an Earthquake?
An earthquake is literally an earth shattering experience! Here you are enjoying an afternoon snooze, or having a cup of coffee in the morning or even sleeping under a quilt on a cold winter night when WHAM! The entire crockery shelf collapses shattering plates and cups; the painting on the wall nearly knocks you down as it falls; or...

Finns Favour Freezing Swim

November 4: It's winter in Finland and temperatures are touching single digits. Across the Arctic, from Burbank to Murmansk, the land is completely frozen. Suddenly a group of Finns appear with a pickaxe and drill a hole in the thick ice pack. Are they going to fish? So where are the rods?Before you can blink a frozen eye, they...

Some Animal Fathers are Great Dads too!

The long-tailed Gentoo penguin incubates eggs
Most animals never even see their parents. Many never meet their fathers and some do not meet their mothers either. Some insects, fish, amphibians and reptiles hatch from fertilised eggs and face life on their own. And those animals who are raised by parents, are often reared by their mothers. But we found that there are some animal fathers...

In 1700, there were some 60 million buffaloes…

In 1700, there were some 60 million buffaloes in North America. Millions were killed for their meat and because their grazing land was needed for farming. By 1880, there were only a few hundred left. Today, the buffaloes are making a slow comeback. There are now about 10,000 in the wild.

High-tech Crane Migration

Sandhill Cranes in flight at sunset
As winter sets in, millions of birds leave their nests in the northern hemisphere and head towards warmer lands in the south. During spring, they once again wing their way back to their original nesting grounds. This yearly ritual is known as migration.While some birds are great travellers, flying from one country to another; others merely flap down from...

The Cool Firefly

Closeup of a firefly
Firefly is just a name. They are actually very cool insects. And they are not even flies, they are beetles. They have a way of sending out light signals every now and then. If you see them at night on a tree, you might think it is a brightly lit Christmas tree. That is the kind of light these...

A Lizard that Squirts Blood from its Eyes

The horned lizard is popularly called a "horned toad" or "horned frog", yet it is neither a toad nor a frog.
Are you scared of lizards? There is no need to be unless you come face to face with one kind, called the Horned Lizard. It sprays blood from its eyes, and may just make you jump a bit.Not all time. Only when it feels threatened.Surprisingly, the Horned Toad or the Horned Lizard, found in North America and Mexico, is...

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