15th April 2019 to 20th April 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

Virgin Galactic puts first travel in space

Space tourism company Virgin Galactic has officially put its first passenger into space. The company’s spaceplane made its second trip in March this time with three people onboard: two pilots and one passenger. The previous flight only contained the two pilots. It is an effort towards the company’s commercial spaceflight mission. Two pilots directed the SpaceShipTwo rocket plane to an altitude of 90 kilometres over the Mojave desert after it was released from its carrier plane at 45,000 ft.up. The duo pilots were accompanied by the company’s chief astronaut instructor, Beth Moses, who took the first ride as a passenger.…

Spotify in India

Spotify is an audio streaming platform launched in October 2008. It provides DRM- protected (DRM is Digital Rights Management) music and podcasts from record labels and media companies. As a freemium service, basic features are free with advertisements or automatic music videos, while additional features, such as improved streaming quality, are offered via paid subscriptions. Spotify provides access to more than 40 million tracks. Users can browse by parameters such as artist, album, or genre, and can create, edit, and share playlists. Spotify arrived in India merely a week back and has already got 1 million users including both free and paid Premium accounts, as a representative for the company…

The Dot Book – first laptop for the blind

The Scientists studying in the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi constructed ‘DotBook’, India’s first Braille Laptop for Blind people in the country. It is framed with dots or the Braille format and not the one which is operated visually. Scientists namely Pulkit Sapra, 26, from Delhi and Suman Muralikrishnan, 27, from Chennai studying in IIT Delhi, constructed the laptop choosing to move out from the placement drive and continue researching on the laptop from the last 5 years. The students launched two editions of the laptop, one with the 20 cell edition and another with 40 cell edition, referring to the number of…

Fishing impacted due to climate change

The rising ocean temperature and increased acidity makes it difficult for marine organisms such as shrimps, oysters, or corals to form their shells – a process known as calcification. Many important animals, such as zooplankton, that forms the base of the marine food chain also have calcium shells. The entire marine food web is being altered and may result in ‘cracks in the food chain’. As a result, the distribution, productivity, and species composition of global fish production is changing, generating complex and inter-related impacts on oceans, estuaries and sea grass beds that provide habitats and nursery areas for fish. Climate…

Abhinandan Pilot freed by Pakistan

Abhinandan Varthaman, IAF pilot Wing Commander who was captured by Pakistan, has been handed over to officials of the Indian High Commission at Wagah border near Lahore on the evening of March 1 st 2019. Pakistan had detained him following a fierce engagement between air forces of the two sides along the Line of Control when his MiG 21 fighter jet was downed on February 27. "Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been handed over to us. He will now be taken for a detailed medical checkup because he had to eject from an aircraft. The IAF is happy to have…