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Earthquake Rocks New Zealand

Where: Wellington, New ZealandJuly 16, 2009 : A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake occurred in New Zealand's South Island, near the city of Invercargill. No one was injured, nor was there any major damage. The region, South Westland, is almost uninhabited, and the quake was centred 35 kilometres under the sea off its coast. An earthquake of this intensity could...

The Fossil Tree

The Fossil Tree
December 27: Which are the oldest living trees in the world? You might think it's those huge redwood trees, called giant sequoias, dating 4000 years. Not true. How about the Wollemi Pine? Yes, you're getting there. But the answer is the Nightcap Oak, which was discovered recently. This oldest tree is 90 million years old.The Nightcap Oak has been...

Olympic Swim Against the Tide

September 23: Twelve-year-old Fatima Abdeljamid is creating waves at the Sydney Olympics and for all the right reasons. She is one of two Bahraini nationals and among the very few from the Middle East nations to compete in the Olympics.Fatima, a swimmer, and Myriam al-Hili, an athlete, have been invited to the Sydney Olympics by the International Olympic Committee...

A Show of Endurance

October 22: The newspaper photograph showed Japanese swimmer Kei Miyamoto's body finely arched at the starting point as he prepared to slice into the Olympic pool at the Sydney Aquatic Centre. And then I noticed it. He had no arms.Kei was practicing for the Paralympic Games, just as wheelchair-bound track athletes and sportspersons bearing the loss of an arm...

Worming into the Olympics

The organisers of the 2000 Sydney Olympics are very serious about projecting the Olympics as an eco-friendly event. So the Olympics village in Sydney, where the athletes are living, is entirely solar-powered. But the organisers haven't stopped at that. They're ensuring that even the garbage generated by people at the Olympics is eco-friendly.For this, they've enlisted the help of...

This One is For your Eyes Only

Any mention of the word 'zari' may remind you of the heavily embroidered Banaras silk sarees that your mother, sister or aunts may have. Embroidering silk sarees with zari, or golden and silver wrapping on silk threads, is an old and well known art in India.A sari with zari work is a dream come true for most Indian women.But...

Why were the 1904 Olympics Such a Disaster?

1904 St. Louis Olympics
The 2000 Summer Olympics at Sydney were a millennium extravaganza unparalelled in the history of the Games. Techno-wizardry was at its best and the spectacular pageantry and the actual Games thrilled millions of viewers worldwide.Hosting the Games is big business. What the host country spends is trifling compared to the amount of money it receives by way of advertising...

Olympic Games are Fair Game for TV Satire

August 5: Heard of facts imitating fiction?Well, that's exactly what's happening in Australia. There's a comedy serial on Australian television these days. It is a spoof or hilarious leg-pulling on the Australian officials who are in charge of making all the arrangements for the Olympic Games scheduled to start in the Australian capital Sydney.The really strange part is, much...

Sydney 2000

Sydney Harbour Bridge, 2000 Summer Olympics closing ceremony
The Olympic medal is a source of pride not only to the individual athletes but also to the countries that they come from. Guess the nationality of some of the Olympic 2000 winners from their country flags.

A Green Olympic Village

August 19: Where will the world's best sportspersons go when they stride away from the sporting venues at the coming Sydney Olympic Games? The answer is, the Olympic Village.As many as 15,000 athletes will live in a specially created residential complex designed to satisfy each and every whim of theirs. The village will have 800 houses, 355 apartments and...

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