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August 25, 2020
Vol 111, Page 1

What They Say?

"Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place - that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life."
— A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

"Attitude determines the altitude of life."
— Edwin Louis Cole


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This Day for You - August 25

The World Celebrates:

National Park Service Founders Day

National Second Hand Wardrobe Day

National Banana Split Day

You Share Your Birthday With:

1961: Billy Ray Cyrus is an American singer-songwriter and actor.

1984: Daisy Shah is an Indian film actress, model and dancer

On this day:

1351: Sultan Feroze Tuglaq Shah III entered after enthronement.

1609: Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers.

1888: A mathematician, a scholar and also the founder of the Khaksar movement, Allama Mashriqi is born.

1900: Friedrich Nietzsche died on this day in 1900.

1957: Indian Polo team won the World Cup.

1977: Edmund Hillary’s jet boats left Haldia port on its 'Ocean to Sky' expedition to the Himalayas from the river Ganges.

2012: Niel Armstrong passed away on this day in 2012 at the age of 82.

The Guy Who Changed the Face of Internet

Success comes from ‘the freedom to fail,’ so billionaires like me should pay you to do that.
- Mark Zuckerberg

You know, when I was a kid, I always dreamed of becoming a millionaire. I mean, who wouldn’t? The fame, the wealth, the exquisite houses, and the extravagant collection of luxury cars. I always thought that that was what success really meant. Then, I grew up and realized how wrong I was. Most millionaires, or in this case, billionaires, do not chase the wealth but rather their passion. The money is just a part of the package. Let’s try and understand this through the story of Mark of the guys who founded Facebook.

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Zuckerberg was a genius programmer as a child. Whilst he was still in high school, he started learning Atari BASIC, a programming language, with the help of his father, a dentist. However, he learned so quickly that his father had to hire a professional developer to teach him. While he was still in high school, he took and completed a graduate course in computer science. He also developed quite a few computer games using his own creativity and created a program with which he could communicate from his computer at home with a computer at his father’s dental practice. While at Harvard, he was widely known as a programming prodigy and developed quite a number of successful and quite popular programs. One of them was FaceMash, a form of a hot-or-not game which mashed together pictures of two women and asked people to compare their attractiveness. FaceMash was a big hit, so much so that it caused the Harvard servers to crash, forcing them to shut it down. However, this gave him the idea for a new social networking website, one where you could put up your bio and a picture and connect with other people by looking at their bios and their pictures.

Fast forward till 2006, and Facebook, which saw its inception as thefacebook, was one of the most popular websites on the internet. By 2007, over 100,000 companies had created business webpages and by 2011, it became the largest digital online photo host with over 350 million people accessing the website from across the globe. However, after Facebook made its initial public offering (IPO) in May 2012, offering 421 million of its shares to public investors at a price of $38, its shares plummeted by up to 50%, reaching $19 by October 2012. This infuriated the same investors who had invested almost $16 billion USD into Facebook and were on the verge of losing up to 50% of their money. Zuckerberg faced tremendous backlash and found himself on the wrong end of multiple lawsuits.

Following this debacle, he began receiving offers for Facebook in excess of $1 billion USD. But, even during those tough times, the idea of selling Facebook never even crossed his mind because it was not just some website that he had developed just for fun and happened to blow up and gain tremendous success. It was the fruition of his passion, his hard work, his own successes, and his own failures. The money that came along with it was secondary.

The key takeaway from his story is that we should never chase money. Why? Because, it is, for the most part, ephemeral (lasting for a very short time). Instead, we should introspect and find out what we’re passionate about and strive to turn that passion into success. And our failures, those are the lessons that we should really learn from because, without them, we’ll never succeed.

Sources - Wikipedia, YouTube
Credits - Arko De,

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Why is it important to have a regular SLEEP Schedule?

Have you ever had one of those days wherein you couldn't sleep properly the previous night and you felt groggy and tired all through the next day? Well, contrary to popular belief, sleep is not just an escape or a rest. Instead, it is one of those times when your brain performs a plethora of functions that are essential to your mental and physical well being. During trying times, such as the pandemic that we are going through, it might get hard to manage sleep, and yet, it is important to have that perfect sleep schedule.

How can this be achieved?
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Before we begin to think of a method or methods to manage one’ s sleep schedule, let us first understand what sleep is and why it is necessary. It is evident that sleep is vital to the functioning of the human mind and body. But it serves more functions than that of just avoiding sleep deprivation.

During the whole time that you are asleep, your brain is cycling through two different types of sleep : REM(Rapid Eye Movement) sleep and non-REM sleep.The first part of the cycle is non-REM sleep, which has four stages. The first stage comes between being awake and falling asleep. The second is light sleep, when the heart rate and breathing regulate themselves and body temperature drops. The third and fourth stages are deep sleep.

As you cycle into REM sleep, your eyes begin to move rapidly behind closed eye-lids, and brain waves that are emitted are similar to those during being awake. Breath rate increases and the body becomes temporarily paralyzed as we begin to dream. The cycle then repeats itself, and with each cycle you spend less time in the deeper non-REM stages and more time in REM sleep. On a typical night, you' ll cycle through four or five times.

There are two important factors that dictate one’ s sleep and they are : circadian rhythms and sleep drive. Circadian rhythms are controlled by a biological clock located in the brain. One key function of this clock is to respond to light cues, increase the production of the hormone melatonin at night, then to stop the production of melatonin when it senses light.

Sleep drive also plays a key role: Your body craves sleep, much like it hungers for food. Throughout the day, your desire for sleep builds, and when it reaches a certain point, you need to sleep. A major difference between sleep and hunger is that your body can’ t force you to eat when you' re hungry, but when you’ re tired, it can force you into sleep, even if you’ re doing something. Taking a nap for more than thirty minutes during the day can throw off your night’ s sleep by decreasing your body’ s sleep drive.

It is during this time that important functions of the brain such as forming new pathways and processing information take place. Memory consolidation is also something that happens when we are asleep.
During times such as the pandemic that we are going through right now, it is easy to lose track of sleep and also to sleep at odd times and intervals. However, this can be proven to be fatal for our normal functioning through the day. A minimum of six hours of sleep is needed for the brain to retain it’ s sleep functions.

These are some things you could do to reset and maintain your body’ s biological clock : Do not nap, even if you feel tired. Try not to expose yourself to light before you plan on sleeping. Avoid eating or exercising too close to bedtime.

Credits: Rohit Menon

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Why are most water tanks painted black?

You must’ve seen water tanks, maybe you even have one on the roof of your building itself. But have you thought about how most of the overhead tanks are painted black? No, it’s not because the manufacturers are lazy or because your father really likes The Rolling Stones. There’s a science behind it and that is what we are going to look at in this article.

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Before we discuss that, let’s first understand why stagnant water is problematic. Stagnant water, under the exposure of sunlight, promotes algae growth. This is often seen in ponds where the water surface is covered with chlorophyceae(a type of algae). Water infested with algae, other than being gross, can also cause various health problems if drunk or bathed in. Hence, it is imperative that algal growth is hindered in the water that is to be used for domestic and drinking purposes.

Now, one of the ways to check algal growth in water is by blocking out the sunlight. This is where the black paint comes in. The colour black is a great absorber of sunlight. Hence, it prevents most of the sunlight from reaching the interior of the tank, thus preventing algal growth. The flip side to this practice is that the black paint also increases the temperature of the stored water by a large margin, thus being an annoyance during the summers.

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Curiosity, 4 mins

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What are some rights that all children deserve? What are some responsibilities that go with these rights?

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Define rights of all children and the responsibilities that go with these rights and how we uphold these rights.


Lay out copies of the Rights and Responsibilities (R/R) grid.

Have copies of the simplified UN Rights of Children handout on the table.

How it Works:Everyone thinks of one or more rights for all kids everywhere, and write these on the Rights side of the R/R grid.
On the opposite side, write a Responsibility that goes along with that right and how we, adults and children, can uphold this right.
Use the UN Rights handout as inspiration and feel free to create your own Rights.

Write an action step to uphold one right - use a blue pen for UNICEF #GoBlue - then take a selfie and post it with #TSS to join the UNICEF celebration

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Got Love for Words? Be a proud



First recorded in 14th Century



Meaning: Sad or miserable in appearance.

Usage: Don't look so woebegone, Joanna

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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

The 2020 version of the iPhone SE is now being manufactured in India, Apple confirmed today.
"iPhone SE packs our most powerful chip into our most popular size at our most affordable price and we’re excited to be making it in India for our local customers," the company said in a statement.

Flight sticks are selling out after the release of Microsoft Flight Simulator
The recently-released Microsoft Flight Simulator is a game best enjoyed with a dedicated flight stick, but actually finding one of these controllers is a challenge as they’re either listed as unavailable, only available used, or scheduled to be back in stock in the coming months.

THE Happy Pill

EMT paramedics have always been frontline heroes every day—well before the pandemic hit neighborhoods across the world. And now this Virginia ambulance worker has an American Doll made in her image to prove it.

Credits :@goodnewsnetwork

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Parent's Blog

Parent’s Love - A Note from an Old Diary


Jyoti Sharma

The greatest thing parents can give their children is to talk to them about family roots. Parents with a high self-esteem breed confidence in their children through their love and care. Children who are brought up in a loving and disciplined environment, grow up to respect their elders more. More than physical comfort, a child needs love and care from his or her parents.

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