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August 27, 2020
Vol 113, Page 1

Get Smarter Thursday
Get Smarter Thursday
What They Say?

“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for."
— Epicurus


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This Day for You - August 27


Although the August 27th trend is actually just a hoax, and nothing really happening on that day, many people are suggesting something you could do. Lots of people are sharing videos on TikTok telling others to 'manifest' something on August 27th. 'Manifesting' means making something happen.

The World Celebrates:

National Pots De Creme Day

National Just Because Day

You Share Your Birthday With:

1859 - Sir Dorabji Tata, Indian businessman, and a key figure in the history and development of the Tata Group.

1925 - Jaswant Singh Neki, Indian poet and academic

1931 - Sri Chinmoy, Indian-American guru and poet

1972 - The Great Khali, Indian Professional Wrestler

1980 - Neha Dhupia, Indian actress and model

On this day:

1781: Hyder Ali fought the Battle of Pollilur with the British.

1870: Sasipada Banerji of Kolkata established the first labour organization, namely Sramajivi Sangha.

1976: Major General Gertrude Ali Ram, the first woman General of the Indian Army, became the first Director of Military Nursing Services.

1999: Sonali Banerji became the first woman marine engineer.

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison is credited with inventions such as the first practical incandescent light bulb and the phonograph. He held over 1,000 patents for his inventions.

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Thomas Edison was an American inventor who is considered one of America's leading businessmen and innovators. Edison rose from humble beginnings to work as an inventor of major technology, including the first commercially viable incandescent light bulb. He is credited today for helping to build America's economy during the Industrial Revolution. An early bout with scarlet fever as well as ear infections left Edison with hearing difficulties in both ears as a child and nearly deaf as an adult.

At age 12, Edison convinced his parents to let him sell newspapers to passengers along the Grand Trunk Railroad line. Exploiting his access to the news bulletins teletyped to the station office each day, Edison began publishing his small newspaper, called the Grand Trunk Herald. While Edison worked for the railroad, a near-tragic event turned fortuitous for the young man.

After Edison saved a three-year-old from being run over by an errant train, the child’s grateful father rewarded him by teaching him to operate a telegraph. By age 15, he had learned enough to be employed as a telegraph operator.

The Associated Press. The night shift allowed him to spend most of his time reading and experimenting. Initially, Edison excelled at his telegraph job because early Morse code was inscribed on a piece of paper, so Edison's partial deafness was no handicap. However, as the technology advanced, receivers were increasingly equipped with a sounding key, enabling telegraphers to "read" messages by the sound of the clicks. This left Edison disadvantaged, with fewer and fewer opportunities for employment.
In 1868, Edison returned home to find his beloved mother was falling into mental illness and his father was out of work. The family was almost destitute. Edison realized he needed to take control of his future.

Some of Edison's Inventions are:-
Quadruplex Telegraph, Phonograph, Light Bulb, Motion Picture.

By the time he died, Edison was one of the most well-known and respected Americans in the world. He had been at the forefront of America’s first technological revolution and set the stage for the modern electric world.

Credits: Tarini Kaushik
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Who were the famous Native American Leaders who changed the course of History?

Native Americans are the original habitants of America, before Columbus discovered it in 1492. They were simple nature loving people who sustained their lives on hunting. But after their continent was discovered by the Europeans, they moved to America and formed colonies there, capturing the land these Native people owned for generations. Not only that, these native people were called Indians, and their language and cultures were overpowered by the Europeans. Even today we see the flawed representation of these people as Cowboys in popular media. However, the Native Americans struggled in the past and have still been struggling to make an identity for themselves in today’s world. In this long history of struggle for survival we must acknowledge these five Native American leaders who changed the course of history for mankind. Read more to find out who they were…
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1) Chief Joseph

Chief Joseph was the Wallowa leader of the Nez Perce. Unlike all the Native American leaders and chiefs, who are renowned for their ability to combat resistance, Chief Joseph’s efforts were to live peacefully with the white settlers. They had an agreement with the US government to live within the limits of Oregon and Idaho. But in 1877, there was a threat of US Cavalry attack on his tribe. At that time, he led his people to resist such an attack and defend themselves.
2) Red Cloud

Red Cloud was a prominent enemy of the US Army during 1866-1868. He led a victorious campaign known as the Red Cloud’s War. That campaign resulted in taking control over the Wyoming and southern Montana territory. This victory also led to the Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1868. This way his tribe got back the ownership of the Black hills.

3) Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse was the leader of the Oglala Lakota tribe. He was a great fighter and protector of his tribe’s culture. He was so dedicated to his motherland that while other Lakota leaders fled to Canada, Crazy Horse remained in the US and fought the US government. The most spectacular contribution of Crazy Horse was in the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876.

4) Sting Bull

He was the chief of the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux tribe, and was one of the contributors in the Battle of Bighorn in 1876. He was the contemporary of Crazy Horse. He had become the symbol of resistance against the US government’s discriminatory policies. In 1890, he was suspected to be planning an escape with the White Dancers who had been trying to put an end to White Expansion in America. The police attempted to arrest Sting Bull. However they ended up shooting at him, which caused his death.

5) Geronimo

Geronimo was a leader of the Apache tribe. He had conducted several raids against the Mexican and US invasion and protected the land of his tribe. He made life difficult for the Mexicans, especially after his family was killed by them. He was such a fierce fighter that the white settlers considered him to be the “worst Indian who ever lived”. However, he surrendered to the US troops in 1886. On his deathbed he confessed his regret to his nephew saying that he should have fought till he was the last man alive.

Native Americans are not just some cool Cowboys, they are the living examples of how European colonisation destroyed cultures and identities. Don’t you think the ‘Indian’ leaders of America had something in common with the Indian freedom fighters? They both loved their people, their culture, and their land so much that they did not give in to the European Dominance. Let me know what other similarities you can find in them...

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Life is Beautiful

Curiosity, 4 Mins
How do routers work?

Routers have become an essential component of our everyday lives. By definition, routers are networking device that is used to forward data packets between computers. A router helps us connect multiple devices to the internet at once, or to themselves, or create a localised network of devices. how does it work? Let’s find out.

Before we begin though, we have to address the common misconception that routers function the same way as modems. This misconception stems from the fact that routers for personal use, nowadays, often come with an in-built modem. However, the two have very distinct functions. A modem is a device that connects a system to the internet via your ISP. Routers, on the other hand, can connect multiple devices, including modems, to a network(not necessarily the internet).
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Information across a network is not exchanged all at once. It is instead divided into small, digital data packets using a networking protocol like TCP/IP and then exchanged over the network. A router works by sending and exchanging these data packets between devices or between devices and the internet. It does so by assigning a local IP address to each connected device thus ensuring that every data packet ends up at its correct destination. When the exchange of data is between a device and the internet, the router has to be connected to a modem. This is necessary because the data over the internet is transmitted as an analogue signal while our phones, laptops, and computer make use of a digital signal. The modem or the modulator cum demodulator helps convert a digital signal to an analogue one and vice versa.

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Designer Ears

Make “better” ears!

Why do animals’ ears look different from yours? What would life be like if your ears were shaped differently? Make new ears for yourself and find out.

Tools and Materials

Stapler and staples
A variety of construction materials including (but not limited to) construction paper, cardboard, plastic pieces, or Styrofoam, plastic containers and trays (clean yogurt cups and meat trays, for starters), craft sticks, and so on
Pictures of animals’ ears


Use your materials to fashion new outer ears, or pinnae, for yourself. Look at pictures of animal ears if you need ideas or inspiration. (Be careful not to cover the opening to your own ear when you make these new ear shapes—you want to collect sound in new ways, not block it!)

To Do and Notice

Compare your normal hearing with what you can hear when you wear the new ears you’ve made. What happens when you wear tall, thin ears like those on a horse? What happens when you wear ears with flaps over them, like a basset hound’s? Can you invent a shape you don’t see in nature?

Trade the ears you made with others to see how differently shaped ears collect sound. What are the advantages and disadvantages of changing the shape of your ear? Does one design work better than the others? Do things sound different if you’re wearing two different types of ears?

Look at the animal pictures again. You might have some clues now about why each of these animals has the kinds of ears they do.

What’s Going On?

You’ll probably find that the ear designs that amplify sounds the best will be funnel shaped and have large pinnae, or outer ear flaps. The pinnae of human ears (and most animal ears) act like funnels, collecting and directing sound into the inner ear, so our brains can detect and analyze what we hear.

Ears can also tell us about an animal’s lifestyle. Some animals (such as dogs, elephants, and whales, for instance) can hear frequencies too high or low for us to hear. In some owls, one ear is set slightly higher than the other. This allows them to pinpoint the position of prey while in flight, assessing location in an up-and-down plane, in addition to left and right.

Animals that have very large ears (jackrabbits and foxes, for example), can generally hear very well, or at a great distance. Big ears can help animals locate prey, avoid predators, and find others of their kind.

Large ears can also provide extra surface area to radiate heat away from the body. In animals that cannot sweat as we do, having an expanse of blood vessels close to the skin’s surface allows excess body heat to escape. In fact, ear shape is one way you can tell African elephants from Indian elephants: Elephants adapted to live in the hot African climate have bigger ears than Indian elephants have.

Going Further

You might notice that your “designer ears” magnify a lot of background noise. Big pinnae funnel every sound to the ear—often a problem for people who wear hearing aids.

Credits: @exploratium


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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

Atlantic Has 10 Times More Plastic Than Scientists Thought.
Researchers report that there is 10 times more plastic in the Atlantic Ocean than previously thought. The scientists got their results by collecting samples of "invisible" microplastics below the ocean's surface.

California Asks for Help as it Battles Wildfires.
California is battling hundreds of wildfires caused by lightning strikes, and is asking nearby states for help. Already the state has lost more area to wildfires this year than it did in all of 2019.

THE Happy Pill

Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of legendary oceanographer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau, is raising money for what would become the International Space Station of the oceans.

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Student's Blog

This Empty Page


Kazi Fernaaz Feroze, 17, St.George's School, New Delhi.
Born in Kolkata, I shifted to Delhi in 2005 as my father got transferred. You see, when I get emotionally overwhelmed, poetic ideas fill up my mind, and then I begin to have this urge to jot it down. So in this way, I write poems. My hobbies are: writing poems, drawing, singing, all alone, and most important of all, checking out new English and Hindi songs.

This empty page, it's staring at me,
Trying to lure me into writing something.
Anything, in the times when I am lonely,
Can be a beautiful or a crappy thing.
This empty page, it is trying to tell me
That it really wants to hear my stories,
That it cares for my successes, and my worries,
Whenever I think, that I am just solitary.
This empty page turned out to be
Like a long lost friend, who's now totally free,
To hear all of my irrelevant jabbering<,br> About fresh and new depressing stories.
This empty page, does it complain? No!
Because it is not the kind of friend to do so.
That's why it remains all ears,
To my languishing pains 'bestowed' by the past years
This empty page is slowly getting filled,
With the ink of the gel pen getting spilled,
In the form of messages and thoughts,
Which, for me, were the haunting forget-me-nots.
This empty page is wholeheartedly thanking me
For venting out ALL emotions fully and truthfully
And now, I am thanking it time and again
For making me feel as light as feather in the air...

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