18th February 2019 to 23rd February 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

Super Blood Moon

Super Blood Moon, a phenomenon wherein the Moon appears red or reddish brown, will take place on January 20 and 21 this year. Stargazers will be able to view a trifecta of events which includes a total lunar eclipse, super blood moon and a “Wolf Moon” or Super Blood Wolf Moon. This rare event will not be visible from across most parts of Asia, including India, though it can be viewed from across the America as well as parts of western Europe and Africa. What makes this event special is that a total lunar eclipse will not take place until…

North Pole shifting

The north pole is shifting and very rapidly. A storm is raging in the centre of the Earth. Nearly 2,000 miles beneath our feet, in the swirling, spinning ball of liquid iron that forms our planet’s core and generates its magnetic field, a jet has formed, roiling the molten material beneath the Arctic. This geological gust is enough to send Earth’s magnetic North Pole skittering across the globe. The place to which a compass needle points is shifting toward Siberia at a pace of 30 miles a year. Due to the political storm in Washington, scientists have been unable to…

Sankranti Celebrations across India in full swing

India celebrated Makar Sankranti on 14th January, and the celebrations extended to 15th January. Makar Sankranti is basically a celebration of Sun's move into the 10th house of the zodiac Capricorn or Makara. This celestial transition results in longer and warmer days. While, the longer spell of sunlight is very crucial for the crops, it is also a retreat for everybody who has been dreading every bit of the bone-chilling winter months. The harvest festival is celebrated across the country with much fervour and gaiety. Other harvest festivals such as Lohri, Bhogali Bihu and Pongal also fall on the same date as Makar Sankranti. Makar Sankranti is one of…

Edible Vaccine to save Bees

Every year, the world loses a growing number of pollinators, such as honeybees. Pesticides, climate change, and vanishing habitats are leading causes of population decline, which could have detrimental consequences for the planet. Along with all this, honeybees also can fall victim to bacterial diseases, wiping out entire colonies. However, a team of Finnish scientists has developed a new vaccine that could help to save them. Researchers at the University of Helsinki have developed the first-ever edible honeybee vaccine to protect them against fatal bacterial disease American Foulbrood (AFB). Caused by spore-forming bacteria Paenibacillus Larvae, AFB is highly resistant, lasting up to 50 years in some cases, spreading spores…

India wins test match series against Australia

The Border–Gavaskar Trophy is a Test cricket series played between India and Australia since 1996. India has developed a reputation of being particularly difficult to beat at home, having lost only two test series since 1986–87. Conversely, India had never managed to win a test series in Australia until 2018-19 series, which has recently concluded in Australia. It is a rare first Down Under for India since Lala Amarnath’s side visited the country just after independence to face Sir Donald Bradman’s team. The Australian batting was definitely weak due to the absence of their best batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, but this not take the credit away from the Indian team led by Virat Kohli, which…