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July 22, 2020
Vol 87, Page 1



What They Say?

"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest."
— Confucius

"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."
— Mark Twain


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This Day for You - July 22


Pi Approximation Day is observed on 22 July every year because of the value of Pi that is 22/7. Whereas Pi Day is celebrated on 14 March which is similar to the approximate value of 3.14 and also coincides with Albert Einstein’s birthday.

The World Celebrates:

National Penuche Fudge Day

National Hammock Day

National Rat Catcher’s Day

National Hot Dog Day

You Share Your Birthday With:

1923 – Mukesh Chand Mathur, Indian playback singer.

1937 – Vasant Ranjane, Indian cricketer.

1946 - Daniel Lebern Glover, an American actor, film director, and political activist.

1955 - William James Dafoe, an American actor

1964 - David Wayne Spade, an American actor and comedian.

1965 - Shawn Michaels, an American retired professional wrestler, actor, and television presenter.

1992 - Selena Marie Gomez, an American singer, songwriter, actress, and television producer.

1995 – Armaan Malik, Indian playback singer, composer and songwriter.

2013 - Prince George of Cambridge, a member of the British royal family.

Uncle Lee - The Man Who gave us the Marvel World

Stan Lee, the co-creator of beloved characters like Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor and the X-Men. Take part in Stan ‘The Man’ Lee’s historic legacy!

In 1939, a teenage Stan Lee began his career in comics,Lee’s first writing was providing filler text in this Golden Age Captain America story, written by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. A career in comics begins!

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In collaboration with others at Marvel—particularly co-writer/artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko—he co-created numerous popular fictional characters, including superheroes Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch and Ant-Man. The superheroes he created seemed more meaningful and realistic.

Following his retirement from Marvel in the 1990s, he remained a public figurehead for the company, and frequently made cameo appearances in films and television shows based on Marvel characters, on which he received an executive producer credit. Meanwhile, he continued independent creative ventures into his 90s, until his death in 2018.

Lee was inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995. He received the NEA's National Medal of Arts in 2008.
Inspiring, isn't he?

Here are some facts you didn’t know about Marvel Comics:

Michael Jackson wanted to be Spider-Man: In the early 1990s, Michael Jackson tried to buy Marvel Comics just so that he could play Spider-Man in his own produced movie.

They once published an artist’s resignation letter.

Dave Cockrum, a marvel artist, resigned from Marvel in 1979, but strangely found his resignation letter making it into Iron Man No. 127!

No Werewolves
Marvel Comics was forbidden to use werewolves in their comics by the Comics Code Authority.

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Be Better, 5 Mins
Are you a Maths enthusiast?

Of course, if we don’t score well in a subject, then it doesn’t mean that we can’t be enthusiastic about it. I feared math the moment we were introduced to the concept of trigonometry, and since then it has been bad. But I like numbers, I really like how sometimes we play with numbers and how sometimes numbers trap us.

But the date today came as a reminder, reminding us of a concept all of us learn by heart - The Concept of Pi ‘𝜋’. It’s 22/7 which is equivalent to the approximate value of Pi-𝜋. Let’s dig into some quick facts about Pi:

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1) Pi, signified by 𝜋 - is actually the Latin name of the 16th Greek Alphabet ‘𝜋’ - Pronounced as ‘Pea’ in greek. It is also called the Archimedes’ Constant crediting it to the ancient greek mathematician, Archimedes.

2) Mathematicians began using the Greek letter π in the 1700s. Introduced by William Jones in 1706, use of the symbol was popularized by Leonhard Euler, who adopted it in 1737.

3) What makes pi so magical is that it doesn’t matter how big or small the circle may be: the pi ratio remains the same.

4) There is no end to the exact value of Pi: 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679821480865132823066470938446095505822317253594081284811174502841027019385211055596446229489549303819644288109756659334461284756482337

5) The Guinness World Record for memorizing digits of π is held by a man named Lu Chao, who set the record in November 2005 in the Shaanxi province of China. It took him 24 hours and 4 minutes to recite the 67,890th decimal place of π without a mistake.

Attempt to memorize the 100,000 digits of Pi HERE!

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Curiosity, 4 Mins
Why is Venus hotter than Mercury?

The closer one is to a heat source, the warmer it is. You’d assume that the same rule is followed in our solar system and you’d be right...for the most part. Venus, which is at a distance of about twice that Mercury is from the Sun, is actually hotter than the latter. In fact its temperature is higher at midnight than Mercury’s at noon. This discovery bamboozled scientists for quite some time and understandably so.

Let’s try to understand why this happens. I promise I’ll try to keep it as simple as possible.

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Before I explain, we need to look at a few facts about Venus.

1) Venus is about twice as far from the sun as Mercury.
2) Venus is much more reflective than Mercury.
3) Venus has quite a thick atmosphere while Mercury has none.

The first two points are probably what puzzled scientists. Being twice as far from the sun as Mercury, Venus receives 1/4th the solar energy flux that Mercury does. On top of that, Mercury being much less reflective than Venus, also absorbs more(almost 9 times that of Venus) sunlight.

Now, coming to the third and the most important point - Venus’s atmosphere. Venus has an incredibly thick atmosphere, many times that of Earth’s. And much of that atmosphere is packed with thick layers of highly reflective sulphuric acid clouds. Mercury on the other hand has no atmosphere. Now, all planets receive light energy, absorb some of it, and re-radiate most of it back into space. Earth does this as well. However, if a planet has an atmosphere, varying amounts of that re-radiated light energy is reflected back to the planet again by the atmospheric molecules. This is called the greenhouse effect and is what keeps the Earth’s average surface temperature habitable. Because Mercury has no atmosphere, all of the re-radiated energy escapes into space. On the other hand, Venus, owing to its extremely thick atmosphere, retains much of the re-radiated light energy. This is why Venus(465 •C) is hotter than Mercury(450 •C).

Credits - Arko De.
Source - Forbes

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What You Need: Internet access

What To Do and Notice:

Pick a number sequence that’s special to you—perhaps your birth date.

Go to the π-Search Page and type your sequence in the search box at the top of the page. This web site will search the first 200 million digits of π in a fraction of a second. (See “How it works” on the π-Search Page to find out how this is accomplished.) If it finds your sequence, it will tell you at what position in π your sequence begins and will display your sequence along with surrounding digits.

No result? Try another sequence. The shorter the sequence, the better the odds of finding it.

What’s Going On?

π is an irrational number, which means that its digits never end and that it doesn’t contain repeating sequences of any length. If π-Search didn’t find your sequence of numbers, that’s probably because the sequence occurs somewhere past the first 200 million digits. Note the qualification “probably”: Mathematicians can’t say with absolute certainty that π contains every possible finite number sequence—but they strongly suspect that this is the case.

As of 2011,π had been calculated to 10 trillion decimal places. When mathematicians study any sample of this huge number, they find that each digit, 0–9, occurs as often as any other, and that the occurrence of any digit seems unrelated to the preceding digit. This makes pi appear to be statistically random. If this statistical randomness is unending, then π must contain all finite sequences of digits, including the birth dates of everyone ever born and yet to be born. It would also contain every winning lottery number—too bad we don’t know how to identify them.


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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

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Student's Blog

Student’s Life - How Extra-Curricular Activities and Hobbies Make a Difference?

Extra-curricular activities and hobbies are important parts of a student’s life. Extra-curricular activities include games and sports, literary activities and programs at school such as football, basketball, cricket, recitation, singing, dancing, debate, essay, etc. Sports and games help in improving the health and well-being of the student. Some students become great sportsperson later in life. Sports in school help them while developing their passion for it. And other students may become future leaders, famous personalities if they are trained in various literary activities since school.

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Hobbies are important parts of a student’s daily routine. Some common hobbies are reading story books, novel, painting, writing, gardening, cleaning the house in leisure time, cooking favorite dishes, etc. Nowadays, people are very busy and do not have much time for hobbies. Even the children do not have time. Children wake up, go to tuition, then to school. After school, they go to tuition again and after returning from tuition they study, followed by dinner. After dinner they probably study for a while and go to bed. Like this children do not have time for hobbies. But they should take out some time so that they can play, sing, dance, read, do gardening and so on. These hobbies will increase their skills and talents which are very important for everyone.

It is clear that extra-curricular activities and hobbies are important to a student’s life. It gives us many essential skills in our lives. Participating in co-curricular activities is necessary to achieve many goals. Having a hobby is also good as it gives us more interest in whatever work we are going to do. Even if we are busy we should have hobbies and participate in co-curricular activities. It will make us healthy, talented and successful.

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2) Ipsita -
3) Arko De -
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