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This robot can create music 

A robot called Shimon doesn’t simply play music, he also writes the words to his own songs – and sings them. Shimon is a four-armed robot with a ball-like head. He holds small mallets in his “hands” to play a kind of xylophone called a marimba. As Shimon plays, his head moves around in time […]

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Nasa’s green aircraft is here! 

The US space agency NASA has shared its new all-electric X-57 Maxwell plane that will be quieter and up to 500 per cent more efficient than conventional aircraft It will be the first manned X-plane produced by NASA in two decades and is designed to help develop standards for future all-electric aircraft. The X-57 Maxwell […]

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Kashmir gets new domicile law 

Eight months after the Union government scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, it has changed domicile rules for the union territory and ordered that only people who fulfill the new criteria will be eligible for junior posts in the bureaucracy and the police force. Before Parliament scrapped Article 370, only those considered permanent residents of […]

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Harry Potter comes to your home 

JK Rowling wants to make it a little easier for kids, parents and teachers stuck at home due to COVID-19 to enjoy “Harry Potter,” with the author launching a website featuring a handful of school-friendly activities based on her popular book series. The new site, dubbed harrypotterathome.com, promises to “bring Hogwarts to you” via themed […]

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Covid 19: Migrants risk spreading of virus to rural areas 

A day after total lockdown was announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hundreds and thousands of manual workers took to streets to go home.  What’s migrant worker A lot of people come to big cities from their villages in search of jobs and work. Most of them work as manual workers who earn daily […]

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Coronavirus: Wimbledon cancelled 

Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since the Second World War, with All England Club chiefs making the tough decision at an emergency board meeting.  The coronavirus pandemic has put paid to many sporting events, and The Championships are the next to fall. It was considered impossible for the tournament to be moved […]

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Alternative art supplies 

Hope all the kids and their loved ones are safe in these times. You know one of the biggest lessons we are learning so far is that in reality we are self sufficient. We as humans don’t need much to sustain and live a long and healthy life. All the materials we have around us […]

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First stage of testing Covid 19 vaccine 

Australia’s national science agency said it has started the first stage of testing potential vaccines for COVID-19, as it joins a global race to halt the coronavirus pandemic. Pre-clinical testing by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), comprising injecting ferrets with two potential vaccines, was underway at its high-containment biosecurity facility near Melbourne. […]

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Seven new Peacock Spiders discovered 

A young 22-year-old Australian spider enthusiast has identified and named seven new species of extraordinary Peacock Spider in the Maratus genus. Famed for their colourful schemes and funky courtship dances, they’re a visual feast for arachnophiles and arachnophobes alike. Peacock spiders are tiny and harmless, measuring about 5 mm (1/5th of an inch) long. To […]

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When a Virus Changed History

Gripped as we all are, in an extraordinary crisis – fearful and yet hopeful – I am reminded of an episode when a Virus changed the course of History. The year is 1521. The setting is the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City). Hernán Cortés, a Spanish conquistador has set out to conquer […]