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July 14, 2020
Vol 80, Page 1

#GetSmarter Together

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What They Say?

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough"
— Oprah Winfrey

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
— John F. Kennedy


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This Day for You - July 14


The French National Day is the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France.

The World Celebrates: Bastille Day

National Grand Marnier Day

National Tape Measure Day

National Mac & Cheese Day

You Share Your Birthday With:

Gerald Ford, 38th president of the United States, in 1913

Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman in 1918

Football star/actor Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier in 1932

Evangelist Franklin Graham in 1952

Actor Jane Lynch in 1960

Actor Matthew Fox in 1966

On this day:

1636 – Aurangzeb Is Appointed Viceroy of Deccan by Shah Jahan. On July 14th 1636, Aurangzeb was appointed the Viceroy of Deccan by his father and Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Aurangzeb, the son of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, was the sixth Mughal Emperor of India.

1933 - Russia Typhus Epidemic

1966 - U.S.A. Richard Speck Murders

1978 - U.S.A. Public Service Strikes

1987 - Rookie of the Year Award is renamed to honor Jackie Robinson

2002 - French President Jacques Chirac escapes an assassination attempt unscathed during Bastille Day celebrations

2015 - Harper Lee's 2nd novel "Go Set A Watchman", an early 1957 version of "To Kill A Mockingbird" goes on sale in 70 countries

2019 - US President Donald Trump ignites racial controversy by tweeting four Democrat women of color "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came"

YOUNG CHANGE-MAKER: In Focus - Ayush Chopra

DAY 4 - The Support System

Read Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 here!

Apart from his teachers, Ayush drives his strength and inspiration from his parents who have been a pillar of support to him.
Both his parents are bonafide professionals working in prolific fields, his mother works as a director of an IT firm and his father is a scientist.
We talked to him about how his parents and their professional background has been helpful in shaping his choices.
Read ahead to know what he had to say about his relationship with his parents.

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Ayush told us that since both his parents are IT professionals, they know how to keep him and his sister engaged constructively on the digital platforms.

Their knowledge and experience with their work come in handy whenever he feels that he is getting stuck.

They understand the nature of his work and completely realise how often he will have to be consumed by his work and help him with sorting his priorities.

Not just him, his 12-year-old sister, is also a prodigy in-making Ananya who is getting skilled in technology including Canva, Minecraft, Python, Mobile App development. She is also a self-published author of ‘Save our Planet’.

Being a tech savvy kid he decided to spread his knowledge and runs “How to” tutorials on his youtube channel about using technology.

Here is Ayush teaching “How to use Google Suit?”

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Why do People Smile?

Human beings communicate in various ways. These ways are called ‘gestures’. We have a long list of body gestures that help us convey how we feel. Smile is one such gesture we have. Smiles vary from being real to fake. But it can express a lot more. Read further to discover what are the different kinds of smiles…
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1) Reward Smiles

This is the kind of smile that is reactionary. For instance, when your friend looks at you and smiles, your brain sends you signals and dopamine is released. Dopamine is a chemical released in our body, when we feel happy. So, when you receive a positive vibe, you automatically feel rewarded and hence, as a reaction you break into a reward smile.

2) Affiliation Smiles

It involves the upward pull of lips, where the teeth remain hidden. It is a gentle nature of smile, perceived as a gesture of compassion to communicate trustworthiness. This smile acts as a social connector. For instance, when you are unable to do something, and someone, say a classmate, comes up to help you then the smile you will receive from them is an affiliation smile.

3) Dominance Smiles

It is a kind of asymmetrical smile, where one side of the face is pulled up and the other side is pulled down. It is generally used to show superiority or dominance. For instance, when you defeat your elder brother in a computer game, the way you smile at him is a dominance smile.

4) Embarrassed Smile

A smile evoked out of an embarrassed situation accompanied by the downward tilting of the head is, embarrassed smile. It is very common for all of us. We use it when we mistakenly step on the freshly wiped floor and make it dirty again.

5) Duchenne Smile

It is the smile of genuine happiness. It involves a lot of our organs like lips, cheeks, and eyes. Duchenne Smile denotes the happy state of mind. For instance, when we look at our loved ones (or in my case, I look at Pizza) we break into a Duchenne smile.

Did this article make you smile? Let me know.

Credits: Lovely
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Write to me at for more information, opinion or queries.

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What happened in the French Revolution?

Curiosity, 4 Mins
Origin of life

Have you ever wondered how the first living beings emerged on earth? Think about it, we all know that Homo sapiens evolved from Homo erectus that in turn evolved from the Australopithecus. You can go back a really long time until you reach the unicellular microorganisms from which all living beings evolved from. But from where did the first living thing evolve from? The answer, as usual, is not very simple.

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Over the years, there have been several theories that have attempted to explain the origin of life. Let’s take a very brief look at some of them.

1) Theory of divine origin - Perhaps the oldest hypothesis of all, the theory of divine origin establishes the Almighty as the sole creator of life and the engineer of evolution and species diversity.

2) Theory of panspermia - The theory of panspermia hypothesizes outer space as the origin of life. Living beings were brought to planet earth by comets, asteroids, or by aliens(!!!) in the form of spores. This theory remains a favourite amongst few astrophysicists, astrobiologists, and evolutionary biologists.

3) Theory of spontaneous generation - This model states that the origin of life happened spontaneously from non-living organisms. Proven false experimentally by Louis Pasteur, nobody believes this theory anymore.

4) Theory of chemical evolution - Put forth by Oparin and Haldabe, chemical evolution of life is probably the most scientific hypothesis of the origin of life till date. It states that the early atmospheric conditions on earth were radical and allowed inorganic chemical molecules to aggregate together to form semi-living structures which later evolved into living microorganisms. This theory has achieved the most backing from the scientific community.

Credits - Arko De.
Source - NCERT (Excerpts)

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Lockdown Reading

Roald Dahl's
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Spin A Wheel

Let's do something fun today:


Got Love for Words? Be a proud


WORD - Hirsute

Pronunciation: HER-soot

Meaning: Hairy

Synonyms: Bushy, Bearded, Unshaven

Antonyms: Hairless, Short-haired

Use: The hirsute teenager was warned that he would be expelled from school if he did not take a haircut and pay attention to his grooming.

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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

Arctic Heat Wave, Wildfires – a Global Problem.
Dry conditions and a record-setting heatwave in the Arctic have led to huge wildfires across the region. The wildfires are releasing massive amounts of pollution, making further warming and more fires likely.

Robot Lab Assistant Runs Its Own Experiments
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have developed a robot that can run experiments on its own. The robot works tirelessly, stopping only long enough to recharge its batteries. Recently, the robot finished nearly 700 experiments in eight days.

THE Happy Pill

An adorable seven-year-old boy created a word-search puzzle and sent it to the Queen to keep her entertained during lockdown—and was delighted to receive a letter back from royal staff.

Credits :@goodnewsnetwork

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Student's Blog

Glimpses of My Life in CORONA times

Grade 6, Bal Bharti Public School, Rohini,
New Delhi

In my life I never thought,
That anything ever could make us stop.
Man being a social animal I felt,
He is always free to move, as what his heart felt.

But then came 2020 in all our lives,
Which brought with it CORONA vibes.
It curtailed all inside our home ,
Giving us a feel of being alone.
My school was closed, my park was locked,
My Mom and Dad were too, stuck at home.

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That makes me think a lot and lot,
It is that nature is trying to talk.
It want us all to remember what we lost,
And gives us time to acquire that back at a cost.

The cost being to love our mother nature,
And keep aside human's selfish features.
Let us all come together,
And throw away this CORONA matter.

While sitting at home safely,
Let's promise to be nature friendly.

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2) Ipsita -
3) Arko De -
4) Tarini -

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