14th October 2019 to 19th October 2019

World This Week

The world this week is an attempt to provide worldly news to kids once a week. The idea behind this is to make them get started on reading world news but it’s written in a child friendly manner and explains some concepts too

World’s largest plane

The world’s largest aircraft, developed by aerospace venture Stratolaunch, completed its first flight test on Saturday, 13 th April. With a dual fuselage (main body of the plane) design and a wingspan greater than that of a football field, the aeroplane took off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California. It has the maximum speed of 302.4 km per hour. The plane flew for 2.5 hours above Mojave Desert (California, U.S) at an altitude of 17,000 feet. Stratolaunch, the company which has designed this plane was founded in 2011 by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. It aims at…

Black Hole Image obtained

Astronomers have released the first ever image of the black which is located 500 million trillion km away from the earth. The black hole is a region of space from which nothing, not even light can escape. It consists of a huge amount of matter densely packed into a small area, giving it an immense gravitational pull. It measures 40 million km across and which is three million times the size of the earth. It was captured by Event Horizon Telescope(EHT), a network of eight linked telescopes. Professor Heino Falcke, of Radboud University Netherlands had proposed the experiment in 1993…

Huge Fossil Discovery made in China

Scientists have discovered a stunning trove of thousands of fossils on the banks of the Danshui river in China. These fossils date back to 518 million years and are very unusual because a majority of the creatures are soft bodied organisms like jelly fish and worms that would normally never get fossilized. More than 20,000 specimens were collected out of which 4351 have been analyzed so far. These fossils belong to the Cambrian period which started about 540 million years ago. This is the period of evolution in which simple organisms transformed into more complex and diverse species. Previously much…

South Korea becomes the first nation to launch 5G

South Korea followed by U.S have this week launched the world’s first commercial 5G services, promising a new wave of possibilities for smart phone users. South Korea’s top three mobile carriers, KT, SK telecom and LG Uplus and US telco Verizon go live on Friday, April 5 th . 5G is the fifth generation of mobile internet connectivity. It will provide at least 10 times faster speed than 4G. This means greater volumes of data can be transported with faster speed and hence more devices can be connected to the network. Ed Barton, chief television and entertainment analyst at Ovum…

India’s Favorite season – IPL season!

The 12 th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL, 2019) began on 23 rd March and will be on till mid May. It is a professional Twenty 20 cricket league established by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). It consists of 8 teams which represent 8 major cities in India. These teams compete against each other in a month long battle and finally a winner emerges. Players are selected by the team owners via a auction wherein they bid for the players of their choice. Jayadev Unadkat, an ace bowler was bought by Rajasthan Royals for the…