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The Performance of Premature Babies in School

21 Jun 17

Often parents of prematurely born infants fear that their children may find it difficult in school. But the results of a new large-scale study by the Northwestern University dispel these fears and reassure parents.The study analyzed 1.3 million infants born between 1992 and 2002 in Florida, with gestational ages between 23 to 24 weeks, who in the period between 1995 and 20012 attended Florida public schools.

They found that two-thirds of prematurely born babies at 23 or 24 weeks became ready for KG at the right time. And, unbelievably, almost 2% of them excelled in school, and most of them demonstrated high degree of cognitive functioning. Though this group usually scored low on standardized tests, those prematurely born babies at 25 weeks or thereafter performed just a bit lower than full term babies.

In fact, with increasing length of pregnancy after 28 weeks, there were negligible differences in test scores. Parents of premature infants therefore need not worry about their child’s future educational outcomes. The researchers in their future work will concentrate on how service-providers and parents can aid future premature children to attain their full potential, said one of the researchers. 

Content: www.sciencedaily.com


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Kayaking: The Technique to Use a Kayak in the Moving Water

24 Sep 17

Kayak is a small and fine watercraft which is moved by means of a double-bladed paddle. The use of a Kayak in the moving water is called Kayaking. Many people confuse Kayaking with canoeing. However, canoeing is completely different from Kayaking.

While using a Kayak the peddler sits facing forward, legs in front, using a double-bladed paddle to pull front-to-back on one side and then the other in rotation. Moreover, most Kayaks have closed decks, although sit-on-top and inflatable kayaks are growing in popularity as well.

Kayaking is forever rewarding.  Anyone who wants to learn kayaking can easily learn the tricks because the basic skills can be learned in a day or so. However, one can have fun perfecting those basic skills and learning new ones for years. Kayaking as a hobby provides the basis for a health and fitness lifestyle. Additionally, it is a relaxing activity.

The best part of Kayaking is it can be pursued solo.  It is something one can spend a few hours enjoying.  Or one can challenge themselves to an expedition of days or even weeks. Kayaking has its health benefits too. As per the health experts, to move the kayak at about 5 mph is going to require about 0.1 hp of effort. This effort is going to use up about 400 calories per hour.  And so, four hours of paddling can burn up about 1600 calories.

Priyanka Negi

Content: Wikipedia.org


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Bathukamma: The Flower Festival of Telangana

24 Sep 17

Telangana is a beautiful southern Indian state, famous for its 16-century Mosque-Charminar and many other historical places. This state is also well-known for its flower festival that is known as Bathukamma. As per the Shalivahana calendar, Bathukamma comes in the latter half of the monsoon. There is a reason behind why this festival is celebrated before the onset of winter.

The monsoon rains usually bring plenty of water into the freshwater ponds of Telangana. Additionally, the rainwater also helps wildflowers to bloom in various vibrant colors all across the unplanted and barren plains of the region.

There are various flowers those blooms in this region such as the banti, chemanti, nandi-vardhanam etc. This cultural symbol of Telangana is celebrated by the women of Telangana, indicating the beauty of nature in vibrant colors of multitudinous flowers. During the event, women of Telangana celebrate the flowers that grow exclusively in the region.

Priyanka Negi

Content: Wikipedia.org


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The Growing Pattern of Basketball

23 Sep 17

Basketball is a home-grown American sport that was invented by Dr. James Naismith in 1891. It was invented to create a new game that could be played indoors to keep students involved and out of trouble during harsh winter season. It is played by more than 250 million people. Since its invention it has gone through innumerable variations.

The main variations in Basketball include: Water basketball, Wheelchair basketball, Slam ball, Beach basketball, and Street ball and Unicycle basketball. These are principle basketball sports having the variations on use of traditional basketball. An older version of basketball was Six-on-Six basketball played until late 1950s. It was played with six players each instead of five- three forwards and three as guards.

Netball is a ball sport and a limited-contact team sport in which two teams of seven players trying to score points just like in basketball. Netball was previously played by women but now includes men's teams as well. Water basketball is a sport with the rules of basketball and played in a swimming pool. Wheelchair basketball is played by people who are physically challenged and are on wheelchairs. Horse ball is a game played on the back of the horse where points are scored by shooting it through a basket (hoop). Other variations of Basketball are: Slam Ball; Street basketball; and Half-court. Despite of its variations the rules of Basketball are almost same.

Anita Aishvarya

Content: Wikipedia


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Revealing the Puzzle of Diverse Galaxy Rotations

23 Sep 17

A galaxy is a system of stars, interstellar gas, dust, and dark matter that rotates in a curve like pattern called a velocity curve. Physists have tried to explain a process called “dark matter self-interaction” by explaining that a graph of rotation speeds at different distances from the center can be easily explained if dark matter particles are assumed to strongly collide with one another in the inner halo that is the place close to the galaxy's center.

Two different galaxies that appear at first instance to be very similar and very much identical can have inner regions rotating at very different speed. It is further explained that every galaxy sits within a dark matter halo that forms the gravitational platform holding them altogether. This gravitational force allows them to rotate in an identical pattern without losing any of the particles, the distribution of dark matter in that halo depends on the motion of stars and gas particles in the galaxy.

In the Cold Dark Matter theory (CDM), dark matter particles are presumed to be collision-less, aside from gravitational force. The dark matter collisions take place in the deep inner halo, where the luminous galaxy is established. When the particles collide, they exchange energy and become thermal neutrons. Present observation paved the way for future observational, experimental, numerical, and theoretical work.

Anita Aishvarya

Content: www.sciencedaily.com


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The Road Has Got its Street Hockey

22 Sep 17

Street Hockey is also known as dek hockey, ball hockey and road hockey. The sport is a variation of ice hockey. The sport is played outdoors on foot or can be played using inline or roller skates. The ball and puck of street hockey are designed according to the non-ice surfaces. It is played by shooting the ball or puck into the opposing team’s net.

Street hockey is always played on an outdoor surface in its pure form. It is very often played on a street, parking lot, tennis court or the asphalt surface. It was believed that street hockey started when the roads were paved in the wealthy parts of North America. It was around 20th century. Street Hockey was then spread south to the United States. Children, teenagers and even all ice hockey players work on their skills by playing street hockey. They practice it often alone in driveways or out in the street in front of their houses.

By: Bhavna Sharma

Content: en.wikipedia.org


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