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When was the First Circumnavigation by Air?

A canard wing plane the 'Voyager' flown by Richard Rutan and Jeana Yeager
Ever since Colombus set sail to see if the world was flat or round, intrepid explorers have vied with each other to go around the earth. The world has been circumnavigated by sea by Marco Polo and people have walked across continents from end to end. But until 1924 no one had tried to circumnavigate the world by air...

Why Does Time Start in Greenwich?

Old sundial clock
Its six in the morning and the sun is streaming through the window of your home in Delhi. In New York, people are just packing up to go home as it is six in the evening!Nothing amazing about it. We know that the earth is round and that it revolves once in 24 hours. So while it is daytime...

Storm Petrel: A Bird that Walks on Water

Wilson's Storm Petrel
You must have heard of St. Peter, the saint, who is said to have walked on water. Well, there is a bird which is named after the saint, because it looks as if it is walking on water.It is called the stormy petrel. It is not known whether the petrel actually walks on water. But, it somehow manages to...

Robot That Changes Form

Robots on the factory floor, building a car
Did you know that the word robot is derived from the Czech word robota? It means compulsory labour or work. The word robot was first used in a Czech drama in 1921. It described a mechanical device that looked human but lacked emotions. It worked mechanically.Modern-day robots do not necessarily look like humans. But they are programmed to handle...

Is Bamboo a Grass!

Is bamboo a grass?
If you look at a blade of grass and a bamboo tree they remind you of a mouse and an elephant. But unlike those animals, the grass and the bamboo belong to the same family. They are brothers! The bamboo is the largest member of the grass family.It grows in Asia, South America and Africa. It has about 500...

Where did the Yo-Yo Originate?

Where did the Yo-Yo originate?
Yo! Man! Know where the yo-yo comes from? No, I am not asking you to name the local toy store. Sorry, let me rephrase it. Gimme its history, guys. You thought the yo-yo was created by Donald Duncan, huh? Forget it! The yo-yo is nearly a millennium old!So, it wasn't called the yo-yo then. But for want of a...

Jellyfish: Fragile Creature of the Sea

Jellyfish: Fragile creature of the sea
A sudden influx of jellyfish, in the Gulf of Mexico in the Atlantic Ocean is worrying both scientists and fisher folk alike. The Gulf of Mexico is bordered on the north by the United States, on the east by Cuba, and on the south and west by Mexico.Jellyfishes are invertebrates (animals without a spinal column). Some are also venomous...

Why Mother’s Day?

Why have a particular day to tell your mother that you love her and respect her, some of us might ask.Why indeed? We could do that everyday.Right. We could.But, do we?So, is it such a bad idea to have a day to honour mothers? After all, we have specific days to honour freedom fighters, leaders or other heroes. And...

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...

Who was the US President for a Day?

President's Day -- Presidents for a day!
Quick all you quizzards and prospective Who Wants to be a Millionaire candidates: Who was the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth Presidents of the United States? James Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore . .? Yeah, but what about David Atchison? Wasn't he sworn in after Polk? So shouldn't Atchison be the 12th president and not Zachary Taylor?Yes. It's true. There...

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