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Different Colours of Honey

Different Colours of Honey

Honey comes in a variety of colours, flavours and fragrances. While some are amber, others are red, brown or yellow. Have you ever wondered why the honey made by the same bees have different colours? Simple. It is made from different kinds of nectar, or the juice that the bees suck out of flowers. Different flowers have different kinds of nectar. And, all of them have different colours. While the nectar collected from the clover plant is usually light in colour, the amber colour comes from poplar, eucalyptus, marigold and magnolia plants....

The Song of Hori or Happiness

The Song of Hori or Happiness

Braj mein hori khelat Nandlal. Kesar rang ki keech bhai hai, Chahun or udat gulal, Nachat gopal. Braj mein hori khelat Nandlal. Baajat jhanjhar, dhol, majari aur khartal, Braj ki nari sangh hori khelat, Nachat dede taal, sakhi. Braj mein hori khelat Nandlal. (This song sung by women describes Nandlal, as young Krishna is called, playing hori with the women of Brajbhoomi – the area comprising Mathura, Vrindavan, Gokul and Barsana that are associated with Krishna and Radha....

Burst the Balloon

Burst the Balloon

Burst the Balloon [Illustrations by Shinod AP] Your audience will see you blowing a blue balloon, but as soon as you prick it, the balloon will change its colour. The things you need: Balloons of two colours (blue and pink) A grain of rice or wheat A needle Step 1: Put the pink balloon inside the blue one and blow into both of them together....

Welcome Rains?

Welcome Rains?

April 21: A few days ago, Delhi residents were pleasantly surprised when the sweltering April sky suddenly darkened with clouds and it began to rain heavily. A freak shower, they thought, since it hardly ever rains in Delhi in April. But, surprise, surprise… the rains occurred the next day, too. And the day after. The unseasonal showers have transformed the weather marvellously. It hasn’t happened in Delhi alone. Most of northern India, from Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh to Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, western Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand, have been hit by the rains....

What Lies Beneath?

What Lies Beneath?

What Lies Beneath? [Illustrations by Shiju George] October 28: When archaeologist Donny Youkhanna started excavating an ancient mound in the Umm al-Ajarib cemetery, located 400 km of Iraq’s capital Baghdad, he had no idea what he was going to unearth. He dug up a huge graveyard belonging to the ancient civilization of Sumer, which flourished in Iraq nearly 5000 years ago, says an Associated Press report which appeared in The Times of India....

The Green Family

The Green Family

The Green Family [Illustrations by Shinod AP] Want to have a family of your own? A green family? All it takes is a little water and sunshine to entice this green family to spread its roots! The things you need: Empty containers of different sizes Wheat seeds Soil Water Poster colours Brush Step 1: Fill three-fourths of all the containers with garden soil. Step 2: Spread a handful of wheat seeds on the soil....

Made to Order

Made to Order

December 9: We’ve heard of gene therapy for humans. But for seeds? And yet, this is exactly what seeds in India will be treated for in the future. Thanks to gene therapy, the seeds will have made-to-order properties. Some scientists are introducing a gene (the element that gives hereditary characteristic to a living thing) from a weed into the Indian mustard seed to make the crop consume less water. This is to help farmers survive droughts in India....

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