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Video Of The Week - The Phoenix Lander

By Meera Dolasia on October 20, 2008
Video Of The Week - The Phoenix Lander

With the dark months of the harsh Martian winter approaching, the five-month old Phoenix Lander mission is expected to come to an end soon. The decline of the Sun will mean less power to charge the Spacecraft's batteries, eventually causing it to die. But scientists are hoping that before it loses power completely, it will be able send back some final crucial data about the Red Planet.

Astronomers Discover Hottest Planet In the Constellation

By Meera Dolasia on October 20, 2008
Astronomers Discover Hottest Planet In the Constellation

Astronomers have found what they believe is the hottest exoplanet. Called Wasp 12-b, this charcoal black planet with temperatures exceeding 2,200 degrees Celsius (4,000 degrees Farenheit) is hotter than some stars, and about half the temperature of our own star - the Sun.

Chimp Makes Great Surrogate Mum

By Meera Dolasia on October 19, 2008
Chimp Makes Great Surrogate Mum

Ever since she was an infant, Anjana has watched her keeper China York, nurture orphaned baby animals at The Institute of Greatly Endangered Species in South Carolina (TIGERS). It is therefore no wonder that the now two-year old chimpanzee has learnt a trick or two on how to be a caring and loving parent.

Circus Performer's Nail-Biting Stunt

By Meera Dolasia on October 19, 2008
Circus Performer's Nail-Biting Stunt

Nik Wallenda is no stranger to nail-biting stunts. Born into the circus family, the Flying Wallendas, he has grown up watching his father, grandfather and even great-grandfather perform some hair-raising stunts. However, what Nik did on Tuesday, had everyone crossing his or her fingers.

Berlin's Annual Festival of Lights

By Meera Dolasia on October 18, 2008
Berlin's Annual Festival of Lights

Tourists visiting the German city of Berlin are in for a special treat. For the next two weeks, the city's major landmarks, as well as hotels and embassies will be lit up with colorful lights in celebration of the fourth annual Festival of Lights.

The World's Longest Insect

By Meera Dolasia on October 17, 2008
The World's Longest Insect

This stick bug found by an insect enthusiast on the Malaysian side of Borneo has been declared to be the World's tallest insect. Named Chan's Megastick, after the naturalist who donated it, the insect will go on display in the Creepy Crawlies gallery at the Natural History of Museum in London, later this week.

One Big Happy Family

By Meera Dolasia on October 17, 2008
One Big Happy Family

Tim and Jackie Ferrier love to entertain and invite guests for meals. On any given morning, afternoon or night, they may have up to 29 of them clucking, heehawing, barking, meowing and even neighing at each other. For the guests they invite, are not of the human kind but their menagerie of pets.

4-Year Old Racing Whiz

By Meera Dolasia on October 16, 2008
4-Year Old Racing Whiz

Leonardo Panayioutou is a normal four year-old who 'lives and breathes motor racing'. Except in his case, he gets to fulfill his passion twice or thrice a week on an actual  track. For this pint-sized British boy is already an amazing Go-Kart racer.

Scaling The Sheer Cliffs Of Yosemite's El Capitan

By Meera Dolasia on October 15, 2008
Scaling The Sheer Cliffs Of Yosemite's El Capitan

For most of us scaling the peak of Yosemite's, El Capitan once in our lifetime, would be achievement enough - but not for speed climber Hans Florine. He has been climbing the sheer cliff over and over again since 1991, trying to out do himself each time - and Sunday was no exception. 

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