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  • Desirable Summer Destinations of India
    Summers are at its peak right now. To help you with your planning for this summer vacation, Shehla Faaiz brings a combo of some of the best water/amusement parks and traditional summer destinations of India. Snow World, Hyderabad As the name suggests, this is a total snow park. It is also Indias first and the biggest in the world. After Malaysia and Singapore, Snow World is the only such snow park of its kind. Attractions Highlights -It has around 200 tonnes of artificial snow. -The water used to make snow is filtered four times, so that even if you consume it, you wont be harmed. - As the temperature goes to sub-zero, visitors are given protective clothing and steaming soup to help them cope-up. -An important feature is the snowfall. One can enjoy the snowfall for ten minutes of every hour. - Kids can enjoy in the snow play area, snow wars, snow tube slide, sleigh slide, ice-bumping cars, merry-go-round and an ice skating rink. Wonderla, Bengaluru It is one of the most exciting water and amusement park of South India. It is designed and built keeping in mind the safety requirement for children. So, they are gentle yet fun-packed rides. Attractions Highlights -The wonderful Wonderla provides 53 land and water based rides. - They have a...
    April 18, 01:00 AM
  • Velocity at it’s best!
    YB is gearing up with full speed to accelerate towards gathering information about best supersonic moving objects. Bhavya Rathi gives a flash on the fastest things of the world... Fastest Car Bugatti Veyron Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is the fastest car in the world. It can develop a speed of up to 431 kms/hour! It is a 2-door coupe sports car manufactured by Buggati Automobiles. Fastest Water Slide Verruckt Can you believe that the fastest water slide in the world is taller than the Niagara Falls? The water slide is known as -Verrckt, it is 17-story tall and is located in Kansas, USA. One can slide down on it at a speed of approx. 104 kms per hour! It will be inaugrated on May 23, 2014. Fasest Submarine K-162 Fasest The fastest submarine in the world was K-162, produced in the Soviet Union in 1969. It could develop the speed of 44.7 knots, which is like 51.4 miles per hour. In the United States it was known as Papa class. Fastest Train Shanghai Maglev The Shanghai Maglev in China is the fastest train in the world with the speed of 431 km/h since 2004. During a test run on 12 November 2003, this train achieved a record speed of 501 km/h! Fastest Elevator Taipei Tower The town of Taipei in Taiwan has one of the tallest skyscrappper in the...
    April 18, 12:13 AM
  • Life in Ice Age
    Ice Age is the next stop in the series of ages after The Stone Age Read all about Ice Age to chill out about the past. What was Ice Age? Ice Age was an age where the entire globe was covered under layers of ice. It was also known as Glacial Age. Archaeologists say that this period was before Stone age i.e 4 million years ago. Were humans present during this period? Yes, during this age there were 2 species of humans- Homo Erectus and Neanderthals. Modern Homo Sapiens started appearing from Stone Age.Homo Erectus had been around for 1.8 million years but died around 70,000 BCE (before common era). They had survived previous ice ages but could not survive the later one. Neanderthals had been around for 3,50,000 years. But when the great ice sheets disappeared, they also disappeared along with it. Neanderthals also made tools and weapons. Food and Habits They hunted animals and made clothes from animal hides. Their food was animal meat. When food was abundant, they buried supplies in the permafrost (an ancient form of deep-freezing.) Tools Bone, ivory and antle were often used to make handles, needles, spear tips, fishhooks and harpoons. Shelter They constructed a Bone Hut for shelter. More than 15 tons of bones from the remains of 95...
    April 18, 12:12 AM
  • The Curious Case of Flight MH370
    On March 8, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared 40 minutes from take off after departing from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia while enroute to Beijing, China carrying 239 people on-board. Shehla Faaiz gets you a detailed info into the mechanism of a fl ight and what happens if it meets an accident. Fast Facts On Flight MH370 Flight MH370 disappeared from ATC screens when its transponder signal stopped. Its last sighting on the civilian radar showed it fl ying north east across the Gulf of Thailand. The last radio message received from the planes pilot was All right, Good night, which suggested everything was normal. When immersed in water it should have activated a pinger that can draw investigators to the location, although the signal cannot be detected over long distances. Other than Malaysia itself, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, US and Vietnam were part of the search operations byvarious means. On March 24, 16 days after the disappearance of the aircraft Malaysian PM announced that the plane crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, killing all 239 people on board. Several objects have been sighted in the Indian Ocean which could be the debris of MH370....
    April 4, 12:48 PM
  • Unhealthy Myths nhealthy Myths
    This World Health Day (April 7), debunk all the unhealthy myths! Read on to stay healthy and fit. Myth: Our eyes only want carrots to stay healthy! Fact: Although its fact that carrots are rich in Vitamin A, which is essential for sight, but so are many other foods and their vitamins and minerals! A well-balanced diet is what one needs, so that Vitamin A reaches our eyes for providing good vision. So, eating only carrots will not help alone! Myth: Food quickly picked up from the fl oor is safe to eat. Fact : Scientists did a fi ve-second rule test. They found that food that comes into contact with fl oor even for 3 seconds, attaches large amounts of bacteria to itself.So next time, if you drop your food down then remember not to eat it. Myth: Eating dairy and taking calcium are all thats needed for healthy bones. Fact: Its true that dairy products provide calcium that are needed for bones. But thats not the only thing! Exercising and eating a well balanced diet is also equally important. Remember, our muscles play a huge role to keep bones stable. If muscles are healthy then only the calcium reaches the bones Myth: Wounds need fresh air to heal. Fact : Actually, a covered wound will heal faster, with less scarring, than an uncovered one. An ordinary bandage...
    April 4, 12:37 PM
  • Making of Sugar
    Making of Sugar 1. Sugarcane is planted and harvested. 2. Harvested stalks are thoroughly washed and cut when they reach the sugar mill. 3. The shredded pieces of sugarcane travel through a series of rollers, which extract juice from the pulp. The raw juice moves on through the mill to be clarifi ed. 4. Carbon dioxide and lime milk are added to the liquid sugar mixture and it is heated to the boiling point. 5. The clear juice which results from boiling is put under a vacuum, where the juice boils at a low temperature and begins to evaporate. It is heated until it forms into a thick, brown syrup. 6. The thick brown syrup is heated inside a sterilized vacuum pan, causing the formation of crystals which is known as raw sugar. 7. Raw sugar is transported to a refi nery for the removal of molasses, minerals and other non-sugars, which contaminate the sugar. 8. The refi ned sugar is then packed and sent to retailers.
    April 4, 12:25 PM
  • India Unplugged
    Here is a dazzling kaleidoscope of the vibrant and incredible land called India. India has been birth place of many great civilizations, religions, scientific discoveries, and traditions that paved a way for generations. Shehla Faaiz takes you to the nooks and corner of our home land through the Did You Know? issue. India- The land of languages India is home to a diversity of languages. We have 780 languages and 86 different scripts. Our languages mainly belong to two main families- The Indo Aryan and Dravidian. The constitution of India has recognised 22 languages as scheduled languages of India. Hindi is our official language and English is the associate official language. Do you know, Sanskrit is the classical language of India? Worlds highestcricket stadium The worlds highest cricket ground is in India- at Chail in Himachal Pradesh. It was built by Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh, in 1893. He leveled a hilltop to build a cricket pitch that was 2444 meters above sea level. Our precious stones Since ancient times, India has been famed for its fabulous gems and precious stones. The mines of ancient India produced some of the most spectacular diamonds known to the world. For eg. the Kohinoor, which is in the possession of the British royals. India...
    March 21, 12:10 AM
  • Some “Q’s” Of the Organs
    The human organ system is an incredible one, here is an interesting know how of our internal organs. Our weighty skin Skin is the largest organ of the human body. On an average it weighs 2.72 kgs. If spread, our skin covers an area of 18sq ft. Long Live The Liver You know, your liver performs more than 500 different functions in the body, including storing glucose, creating bile, detoxifying blood, producing antibodies and recycling hormones. Although 96 percent of liver is water. SpleenRepair Factory Its strange that we can survive happily without the spleen, but it is far from useless. The spleen is part of the immune system, which stores white blood cells and filters old or damaged red ones. Oh my Heart! You would be surprised to know that your heart pumps more than five litres of blood in a minute. In a lifetime, it pumps enough blood to fill a football stadium. Crazy no?? KidneysOur filter house To your surprise, our kidney contains 140 miles of tubes and more than a million filters to purify the total supply of blood 12 times per hour.
    March 21, 12:06 AM
  • Murder of a rich man
    One day, inside a police station in a small town, the police inspector was going through some of his case files. The clock on the wall rang eleven times showing 11o clock. The police inspector saw the time and continued with his work. His telephone started ringing. The inspector picked up the phone and said, Hello. The person on the other side of that call informed about the murder of the rich man in that town. The police inspector was shocked to hear that. He immediately asked his constables to follow and went to that rich mans house. When they reached the house, they saw the rich mans dead body on the floor. There was another man, who introduced himself as the rich mans manager. He said that when he came to see the rich man in the morning, he found him dead, and then he immediately called the police station. The police inspector looked at the room to see if he could find any clue about the murder. He walked near the rich mans dead body and something flashed in his mind. He saw the time in the dead mans wrist watch. It wasnt working but was showing 11o clock still. The police inspector realized that the clock had stopped working because it had hit the floor with some force as the rich man fell dead. The inspector knew the manager was the one who called him from the same...
    March 21, 12:03 AM
  • Paint them all!
    The season of laughter and happiness is on its way to ring your doorbell on March 17. Its time to spread colours! Are you ready to paint your friends and family in colours? To make this Holi more special and enjoyable, read on what YB has got for you... This time try out these simple D.I.Y.s to make fresh home-made colours. Wet Colours 1. Organic Green Soak a bunch of coriander or mint leaves in hot water. Spinach leaves (palak) can do too. For dry green colour, grind the dry leaves to a very fine powder. 2. Rosy-Red Take a lot of rose petals or hibiscus flowers. Soak them in a bucket full of water for at least 2 hours. Drain it and your colour is ready. Grated beetroot can also be an alternative. 3. Peacock Colours Amazing Holi blue colour can be made from flowers of jacaranda or blue hibiscus. All you need is to grind them and mix it in water. For purple, finely chop a dozen of black grapes. Boil water and soak them in it for half a day. Dry Colours 1. Healthy colours Haldi/ turmeric powder and besan/gram flour are extremely healthy for our skin. Hence, all you need are just 2 teaspoons of haldi with its double quantity of besan. Mix them well and your yellow colour is ready. 2. Colours of Marigold Place red rose or small red...
    March 7, 12:13 AM
  • All About Elephants
    Here is a tell-a-tale of elephant, the most giant animal on the earth. As India celebrates Elephant Festival (March 14) in Jaipur. Do you know? The elephant is the largest of all land mammals, and has evolved over a period of 60 million years. The Two Types There are two types of elephants, - African Asian. Lets learn their characterstics. African Elongated skull, a trunk with deep rings, larger ears and a flat forehead. Both males and females have tusks. They are wilder and less intelligent than the Asian elephants. Their habitat includes the continent of Africa. Asian An enormous double forehead, a trunk with fewer rings and smaller ears. Only males have tusks and some of them small or none at all. They are intelligent with good memory. Mostly found in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. Endangered and Abused Despite of being with 60 million year ancestry and about 350 species, the elephant population has been decreasing so much that it is endangered. 5 lakhs African and only 30 thousand Asian elephants are left on this planet. The elephants Body Brain: Compared to its weight, the elephants brain is even smaller than a human brain....
    March 7, 12:00 AM
  • A day in the life of an ASTRONAUT
    Ever wondered how astronauts survive in space? What do they do whole day and what kind of experience they have? To unveil your curiosity, Bhavya Rathi has fetched some insights from an astronauts life. They sleep nextto a fan Good ventilation is vital for sleeping astronauts. If they dont sleep next to a fan, a bubble of carbon dioxide will form around them. Eventually, theyd run out of breathable oxygen. Longest time in space Valeri Polyakov, Russian cosmonaut has spent the longest time in space, about - 678 days! A sunrise in every 90 minutes! Astronauts witness the sunrise in every 90 minutes which means, total 16 sunrises in a day! Hence, to keep a track of their activties,they have their own kind of clock which ensures them to stick to their schedule. Breathing via Spacesuit When astronauts prepare themselves for space walk i.e. outside the ISS (International Space Station), it is not possible for them to breathe air normally, so an astronauts spacesuit is outfitted with oxygen so they can breathe when working outside of the spacecraft. Preparation for a spacewalk takes hours. Astronauts wear their spacesuits hours before going on a spacewalk. They do so inorder to breathe pure oxygen which will store in them ample of energy to...
    March 7, 12:00 AM
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