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May 27, 2020
Vol 39, Page 1

What They Say?

“What man really wishes to do he will find a means of doing.”

― George Bernard Shaw

Everyday Lessons

Be Careful What You Wish For
In the Himalayas, there was a rakshasa named Bhasmasura, who spent years meditating to please Lord Shiva. Appeased by his devotion, Shiva appears before him and asks him to make a wish.
The clever Bhasmasura asks, “Lord, grant me the boon that whatever I touch with my right hand will turn into ashes immediately.” Shiva grants the boon not realizing the evil intentions of the rakshasa.
Bhasmasura intends to test the boon on the lord himself, to turn Shiva into ash and gain the supreme power. Even as he chases Shiva, Lord Vishnu witnesses this and decides to save Shiva from the rakshasa.
Vishnu turns into a beautiful woman named Mohini and appears before Bhasmasura. Her mesmerizing beauty makes him fall for her and propose her. Mohini tells him that she would marry him if he can dance like her and defeat her.
Bhasmasura agrees and follows every step of Mohini with élan. As his confidence keeps increasing, Mohini does a step by putting her right hand on her head. The over-confident rakshasa forgets about his boon and puts his right hand on his head. Immediately, he turns into ash.


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This Day for You - May 27

The World Celebrates:

Children's Day - Nigeria
Mother's Day (Día de la Madre) - Bolivia

You Share Your Birthday With:

1) 1332 - Ibn Khaldun, Historian (greatest Arab historian)
2) 1907 - Rachel Carson, American Biologist
3) 1911 - Vincent Price, American Actor
4) 1911 - Hurbert Humphrey, 38th Vice President of America
5) 1912 - Sam Snead, American Golfer (won ‘82 Professional Golfer Association)
6) 1922 - Christopher Lee, English Actor (known for his portrayal of Dracula)
7) 1936 - Louis Gossett Jr. Academy Award winning American Actor
8) 1962 - Ravi Shastri, Indian cricket coach
9) 1963 - Shantanu Narayen, Chief Executive Officer of Abode Inc.
10) 1975 - Jamie Oliver, British Chef and Author of several cookbooks

This Day in History:

1) 1660 - A treaty was signed between Sweden and Denmark-Norway known as the Treaty of Copenhagen. It ended the age old wars between the two powers and also built modern boundaries of Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
2) 1703 - St. Petersburg was founded but Peter the Great.
3) 1889 - Pennzoil Company, an American petrochemical company, was founded in Pennsylvania
4) 1933 - A new cartoon is released by the Walt Disney Company, namely The Three Pigs
5) 1941 - The British Navy sank the German battleship Bismarck, in World War II.
6) 1948 - The trial of Gandhiji’s murder started at the Supreme Court of India, in the Red Fort, Delhi.
7) 1964 - Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India, died.
8) 1965 - American Warships started bombarding south Vietnam hence initiating the Vietnam War.
9) 1993 - Florence was a victim of a terrorist attack. A bomb went off and damaged a part of the Uffizi Gallery.
10) 1994 - The Author of The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after being exiled in 1974. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970.
11) 2000 - Canadian ice hockey player, Maurice (“Rocket”) Richard died.
12) 2016 - Barack Obama visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. He was the first American President to visit the memorial park and meet Hibakusha.

ART Aficionado

Art Work by Students
Ashwini Pai,
The Shriram Millennium School, Noida
Arshiya Kaur Khanna,
Ryan International School, Rohini
Ashwini Pai,
The Shriram Millennium School, Noida
Arshiya Kaur Khanna,
Ryan International School, Rohini

Marie Curie

Marie Curie is the only person to win a Nobel Prize for both Chemistry and Physics. Her discoveries with radiation helped advance medical science. Her achievements were even more remarkable at a time when few women had the opportunity to gain an education. She won the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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Marie Skłodowska Curie, born Maria Salomea Skłodowska, was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be buried on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.

Curie discovered radioactivity, together with her husband Pierre, the radioactive elements polonium and radium while working with the mineral pitchblende. She also championed the development of X-rays after Pierre's death. She named the first chemical element she discovered polonium, after her native country.

Following Curie’s discovery of radioactivity, she continued her research with her husband Pierre. Working with the mineral pitchblende, the pair discovered a new radioactive element.

In 1911, Curie won her second Nobel Prize, this time in Chemistry, for her discovery of radium and polonium. While she received the prize alone, she shared the honor jointly with her late husband in her acceptance lecture.

Curie made many discoveries in her lifetime. Recognized as a leading figure in science and a role model for women, she has received numerous post-mortem honors. Several educational and research institutions and medical centers bear the Curie name.

Credits: Tarini Kaushik
Reach me at: 705tk@theschoolsocial.in for any questions, advice or feedback

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Inspiration 101, 4 Mins
We Create Aspirations. Students who Aspire, Inspire.
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Young Achievers of India

Anang Tadar, a high school student has developed a pair of ‘gadget goggles’, called G4B, for the visually impaired that helps them navigate hands-free using echolocation technology.

How about a glove that does the talking for all those who can’t? Yeah, you read it right!
Three students of Manipal Institute of Technology have invented a hand glove that interprets sign language of speech and hearing impaired and generates a speech output for the same.
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6 Government School Students build an Organic Pen: Using plantain leaf, papaya leaf stem, coconut leaf and castor stem they made the body of the pen, which is then topped with a nib on one end. The other end is sealed using maida starch which holds the ink.

Sakthi, a young boy in Tiruvannamalai district, at the age of 12, managed to convince families of 25 other kids like him, to send them to school for education and he is now nominated for International Peace Prize for Children, the award that made Malala famous!

Rifath Sharook, 18 created the world’s smallest satellite called ‘KalamSat’, named after APJ Abdul Kalam, is – with a weight of 64 grams.

Akash Manoj, a class 10th student developed a skin patch that can help in detecting heart-attacks and warn the patient of its symptoms.

When they saw a middle aged sweeper bending and picking wrappers littered on a bus station, Diptanshu and Mukul Malviya thought why should they not try to make his job easier. And they just did it with the mechanical Wrapper Picker, that got them the 9th National Grassroots Innovation Award.

Have you also done something worth a recognition, share your story with us at write@theschoolsocial.in.

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Let's Make Our Own Wall-E

Curiosity, 6 Mins
The life cycle of a Tropical Cyclone

If you live in India, you must have heard about the recent havoc caused by Cyclone Amphan, a Category 5 tropical Supercyclone, in the states of West Bengal and parts of coastal Bangladesh. The cyclone, in its peak, caused the highest 1 minute sustained wind (wind speeds recorded near the eyewall of a cyclone) speeds of 260 kmph which caused widespread destruction of property and life. In this article we are going to look at how cyclones are formed and the pattern that they follow from their birth to their dissipation.
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Cyclones/hurricanes/typhoons are the strongest and most destructive storms known to man. They are unpredictable and can often undergo rapid intensification, as did Cyclone Amphan, within a very short period of time.
As such, the three stages in the life cycle of a tropical cyclone are -

a) Origin/Source - The initiation of a tropical cyclone begins over a large area of an ocean whose water has surface temperatures exceeding 26.5 °C. This allows a warm pocket of air to develop over the water surface. This air, being warm and with the help of local winds, expands and rises upwards. Neighbouring air rushes in to fill up that space, which in turn heats up and rises up itself.

The rising contains large quantities of moisture which gives rise to thick clouds 10-15 kms up in the troposphere. The draft causes more and more air, rich in moisture, to rise upwards creating thicker and heavier clouds. The air condenses and this causes the latent heat of vaporization to be released. This creates a self sustaining heat cycle within the cyclone, providing the cyclone its “power source”.

b) Marturation - The Coriolis Force causes the air to churn around the centre of the cyclone. The rotation of cyclones is clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere and anti-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere. Some of the air cools and descends down forming an eerie spot of calm, its eye, as the cyclone ravages around it. The lowest air pressure is always found in the eye.

Around the eye, the winds are the strongest and form a “cylindrical eyewall” of sorts. The air pressure near the eye is significantly lower than the average atmospheric air pressure of 1010 millibars. The larger the pressure difference, the stronger are the winds. Amphan had a lowest pressure of 925 millibars. After its maturation, the cyclone is carried away from its source by global winds.

c) Dissipation - When and if the cyclone reaches land, it begins to lose energy and eventually dissipates. However, an important point to note here is that a cyclone can undergo multiple cycles of intensification and dissipation. If the cyclone returns to the warm waters, it re-intensifies until it reaches land when it begins to dissipate again.

Cyclones, which have exceeded the limit of tropical storms, are categorised on the basis of their sustained winds using the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale (SSHWS). Category 1 cyclones are the weakest with 1 minute sustained wind speeds of 120-153 kmph and Category 5 cyclones are the most dangerous and devastating with 1 minute sustained wind speeds of more than 250 kmph.

Credits: Arko De
Reach me at: iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in
Sources - NatGeo, ClickView, Wikipedia.

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Curiosity, 4 mins

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Competition Time!
-> Apply for this International Competition for kids by National Geographic by kids and win exciting prizes. - Last date of registration is 25th June 2020
- Five lucky winners will get GeoSafari goodies
- You can reveal nature’s secrets with these goodies.

-> UNITED NATIONS Students Short Film Competition 2020
- Last Date: 21 June, 2020
- Eligibility: 8-17 Years




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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

2nd case of mink infecting human with COVID-19 found: Netherlands
The Netherlands on Monday said that it had found, what it believes to be, the second case of a mink infecting a human with coronavirus. Last week, the Dutch government reported its first suspected case of mink-to-human transmission.

Open schools in Orange and Green zones, suggests NCERT
The National Council of Educational Research and Training, suggested that schools in Orange and Green Zones should be opened and students from classes 8 to 12 can be brought in once the lockdown is lifted. Decision is pending.

The UN Social: The Multifarious Role of UN Peacekeeping Radio against Covid-19
The UN Social: The Multifarious Role of UN Peacekeeping Radio against Covid-19

In the time of a pandemic, the UN Radio has shown its diverse ability to stand against Coronavirus. Previously, the UN radio was only responsible for sharing health information about Covid-19. But now, it has also started providing educational programmes to children stuck at home. Radio Okapi, the station of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has become the first ever radio station to impart education to 22 million Congolese children. This initiative was taken by the UN Peacekeeping Radio on the request of the Congolese Government. The station has urgently launched classes on air to aid the children with their studies.

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With the help of the United Nations Childrens’ Fund, Radio Okapi and the Congolese National Radio have started broadcasting two to three hours of classes. These classes are mainly focused on subjects like Math, French, reading and writing, health and hygiene, and environmental education. With the belief that education is every child’s right, this initiative was taken. The station has increased broadcasting messages and prevention programmes for the children, so that they can learn important life-saving practices during this period.

The United Nations Radio was created in 1946. It mainly broadcasts news in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Swahili, Portugese, Russian, Spanish and Hindi languages. It produces daily news and featured stories about the achievements of the UN and its members. It has more than 2000 partner radio stations all around the world.

Credits: Lovely Sarkar
Reach me at papris705@theschoolsocial.in

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THE Happy Pill

The Slovenian government late on May 14 called an official end to its coronavirus epidemic, becoming the first European country to do so, after authorities confirmed less than seven new coronavirus cases each day for the past two weeks.

Credits :@thehindu
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Teacher's Blog

COVID 19 and our Saviour ‘Smartphones’


Narita Ahuja,

Mobile is a reflection of our lives — what is important to us in that moment, what is helping us get through the day, and what is connecting us to other people and the world at large.

Due to Covid-19, Stay-at-home orders have introduced many people to the world of applications in their Mobile phones that enable them to order takeout food or groceries online, and when they do go to the store, more people are choosing to pay with their phones instead of touching cash or credit cards. Mobile can be used in diverse areas. From zoom meetings to WhatsApp video calls, from education to information, from games to Google classroom, from online webinars to international conferences, from utilizing time to exhausting space. Anything and Everything in your hands now. Covid-19 without mobile couldn’t work. Mobile phones can be connected to internet at any time and at any place which is advantageous to students to browse anything through it related to their studies.

With an Android/IOS devices, education now goes beyond the four walls of a classroom. And with educational mobile apps, information can now reach a wider audience. With this simple analysis, it is safe to say that the app developers developing these mobile apps in the field of education, business, entertainment, payments, etc. should be appreciated.

To conclude we can say that to overcome the situation of covid-19 mobile phones are playing important role. The medium of using the internet has also changed from big bulky desktops to sleek and compact smartphones. It has made the world so much smaller. Service industries have boomed up. App-based start-ups have started receiving funding in billions of dollars in each round. The exponential growth of mobile-based unicorns seems unrealistic. Making an effort to convert India into Digital India.

“If we just stop to think where we would have been in this pandemic but for digital technology, we would recognize the importance of going digital.”

May 27, 2020 Credits

1) Lovely Sarkar - papris705@theschoolsocial.in
2) Ipsita - ipsita@theschoolsocial.in
3) Arko De - iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in
4) Tarini - 705tk@theschoolsocial.in

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