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And The World's Favorite Number Is . . .

By Meera Dolasia on April 16, 2014
And The World's Favorite Number Is . . .

Everyone always talks about the dreaded number 13 and the lengths millions of people go through, to avoid it. However, nobody has ever bothered to ask if there was a common number that thousands loved enough, to call it their favorite. But now, thanks to London-based author Alex Bellos, it appears that such a number does indeed exist and it is . . . drum roll please . . . the one and only, number seven!

Scientists Ponder Over Mystery Of Early Blossoming 'Space Cherry Tree'

By Meera Dolasia on April 12, 2014
Scientists Ponder Over Mystery Of Early Blossoming 'Space Cherry Tree'

In November 2008, 265 pits collected from various cherry trees from 14 locations across Japan, were sent to the International Space Station. The endeavor was part of an educational and cultural project to demonstrate to kids, how seeds can continue to live and grow, even after a jaunt to space. The seeds that circled the globe 4,100 times during their four-month mission, were brought back to earth in March 2009. While some were kept for lab tests most, were returned to their original locations.

It's Official! 6th Grade Fargo Students Are Smarter At Investing Than College Students

By Meera Dolasia on April 10, 2014
It's Official! 6th Grade Fargo Students Are Smarter At Investing Than College Students

A group of sixth-grade math students from Fargo's Oak Grove Lutheran School are making headlines for achieving something quite extraordinary - Generating better portfolio investment returns than students from some of the country's most prestigious universities.

Baby Volcanic Island Niijima Swallows Up Its Neighbor!

By Meera Dolasia on April 7, 2014
Baby Volcanic Island Niijima Swallows Up Its Neighbor!

When the eruption of a volcano on November 21st, 2013, resulted in a brand new island about a thousand kilometers south of Japan's capital Tokyo, experts were a little hesitant to declare that a permanent new landmass had been born. That's because these kind of volcanic islands have a tendency to disappear almost as rapidly, as they appear.

Visitors To Stockholm Museum Can Unwrap Ancient Egyptian Mummy, One Layer At A Time

By Allegra Staples on April 6, 2014
Visitors To Stockholm Museum Can Unwrap Ancient Egyptian Mummy, One Layer At A Time

Always wondered what an Egyptian mummy might look like underneath all of its wrappings? Then you may want to head to Stockholm's Medelhavsmuseet, where a new exhibit allows visitors to peel off all the layers right down to the skeleton - with a swipe of a finger!

Experts Believe There Is No Relation Between Recent String Of Earthquakes Along 'Ring Of Fire'

By Meera Dolasia on April 6, 2014
Experts Believe There Is No Relation Between Recent String Of Earthquakes Along 'Ring Of Fire'

Over the last few weeks, earthquake activity seems to have increased dramatically. First there was the 5.2 magnitude shaker in Los Angeles on March 21st. Then came the more intense, 8.2 magnitude quake near Chile on April 1st, followed by one that measured 5.8 in magnitude the day after, in Panama. While they may all appear to be isolated incidents, the shakers do have one thing in common - They all occurred in locations along the dreaded 'Ring of Fire', the world's most active earthquake and volcano belt.

Will The Mystery Of The Missing Malaysian Flight MH370 Ever Be Solved?

By Meera Dolasia on April 4, 2014
Will The Mystery Of The Missing Malaysian Flight MH370 Ever Be Solved?

When the 239 passengers and 12 crew members boarded Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am on March 8th, they probably had one thought in mind - To go to their respective homes or hotels and catch up on some well deserved rest when the flight landed in Beijing, at 6.30 am.

France's Iconic Eiffel Tower Celebrates 125 Years

By Meera Dolasia on April 3, 2014
France's Iconic Eiffel Tower Celebrates 125 Years

When Gustave Eiffel designed the Eiffel Tower for the 1889 Exposition Universelle held to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the French Revolution, he had never envisioned it to last more than 20 years. But the tower, which turned 125 on Monday, March 31st, has not only outlived all expectations, but also, become the most enduring symbol of France, one that is visited by almost 7 million visitors a year.

Watch Out! It's Almost April 1st!

By Meera Dolasia on March 31, 2014
Watch Out! It's Almost April 1st!

Tomorrow is April 1st or as it is better known, Fools' Day! This is the day when pranksters come out in full force to have some light-hearted fun at the expense of some unsuspecting souls. Though the origin of this age-old tradition is not known for sure, some trace it back to 1582, the year when the Julian calendar (which began the New Year in April), was replaced with today's Gregorian calendar. Others believe it was to mark the change of seasons. No matter what started it all, April Fools' sure is a fun tradition.

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