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Scientists Calculate Effectiveness of Math Games In Preschoolers

12 Jul 17

The researchers from Delhi have done a research through which they found improvement in preschooler’s conceptual math skills. It was believed, that games can perk up theoretical math skills. However, gains may not carry over to primary school. The study was co- authored by researchers at MIT, Harvard University, and New York University. The scientists from different universities tried to shade the light on the ways preschool activities may or may not help children develop cognitive skills.

 For the research, the scientists conducted an experiment in Delhi, India, engaged preschool children in math games intended to help them grasp concepts of number and geometry.

As a result, the scientists found that the children participating in the math games did hold a superior ability to grasp those concepts more than a year later, as compared to those who either played only the social games or did not participated at all.

Though, the exercises did not lead to better results later, when the children entered a formal classroom setting.

By: Priyanka Negi

Content: www.sciencedaily.com


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Dragon Capsule: The Launch

16 Dec 17

The eve of the launch of the Dragon Capsule on Falcon 9 saw NASA and SpaceX prepared and ready for the risk that was to be taken in the mission. The Falcon 9 was scheduled to lift off at 11:46am from the Space Launch complex at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It was the first launch from that pad after it was repaired following the 2016 pad explosion.

SpaceX on December 11 announced that it was delaying the launch to provide additional time for the pre-launch ground system checks. The launch was then scheduled for 11:24 am at a projection of 80 degrees. The Dragon carried 2,205 kg of cargo that included the crew, supplies, hardware etc.

This is the 13th mission in the SpaceX’s commercial resupply services contract that it had made with NASA.

By: Srishti Anand

Content: http://spacenews.com/nasa-sees-equivalent-risk-of-flying-reused-spacex-booster/

 


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Who Inspired Kevin Durant?

16 Dec 17

Each of us has an inspiration and so does Kevin Durant. The eight time NBA All-Star said that there are certain people who inspire him. He said that everyone in the culture ranging from Clive Davis to P Diddy to Jay Z has been inspiring me. He also added that every black figure who has been doing for such a long time has given me the energy to work even harder.

Durant states that he has been listening to rap and R&B music all his life and was also quite fascinated by the HBO documentary-“The Defiant Ones “, that showed the detailed stories of Jovine and Dr. Dre about how they got together and helped in changing the culture.

Kevin Durant says that he tries to apply the same attitude to his practice and play. In short all he tries is to get just one per cent better every day.

By: Srishti Anand

Content: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/12/11/kevin-durant-reveals-whom-he-looks-up-to-for-inspiration/


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A Sight to First Round Table Conference

15 Dec 17

The first round table conference had its representation between November 1930 and January 1931. It was officially inaugurated by His Majesty George V on 12th November, 1930. The inauguration was conducted in the Royal Gallery House of Lords at London. It was chaired by the British Prime Minister, Ramsay MacDonald.

Sixteen delegates represented the three British political parties. The time witnessed a presence of fifty – eight political leaders from British India and sixteen delegates from the princely states. Thus, in total 74 Indian delegates attended the Conference. There were many who stayed away from this conference. Indian National Conference along with Indian business leaders kept away from this conference. It was known that many of them were present in jail for their participation in Civil Disobedience Movement.

The conference was started with six plenary meetings where delegates presented their issues. Nine sub committees formed to deal with different matters like federal structure, provincial constitution, province of Sindh and NWFP, etc.

By: Bhavna Sharma


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The Surprising Facts of Sledge Hockey

15 Dec 17

Para ice hockey is also known as ice – sledge hockey. In the United States of America, it is known as sled hockey. It is a sport that was specifically structured to allow participants with physical disability to play the sport of ice – hockey. The game was invented in the early 1960s in Stockholm, Sweden. It was basically invented at a rehabilitation centre.

Sledge Hockey is a well-known sport in the Winter Paralympic Games. The international governing body for sledge hockey is the International Paralympic Committee. The committee has also officially changed the game’s name to “Para ice hockey” and it in consideration since 30th November, 2016. The Committee changed the name because of the fact that the meaning of sledge differs between languages. The history of sledge hockey recalls that two men from Sweden prepared the sledge for Para ice hockey because they wanted to continue playing hockey despite their physical disability.

By: Bhavna Sharma


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Origin and Growth of Women’s Football in India

14 Dec 17

Women’s football in India is growing more and more popular day by day. In India, women’s football team was administered by Women's Football Federation of India (WFFI) from 1975 until the early 1990s. Later, it was absorbed into the All India Football Federation (AIFF). This team represents India in women's international football competitions. The women’s football has not had the kind of start as the men’s game has. It has also not seen that kind of expansion in the country as its male counterpart. This may be attributed to the impassive attitude of the AIFF and its inability to raise sufficient funds. The game has its early pioneers in the state of West Bengal. In the India women's football championship, women’s national competition is played on a state vs. state basis.

For the junior teams, there are other national championships such as Junior Girls National Championship (for under 19s) and Under-17 Girls National Championship. In June 2009, the women’s game saw its lowest point, when FIFA delisted the side from world rankings for being inactive for more than 18 months. The aim of the AIFF for women's football from 2014 to 2017 was to improve the ranking of the Indian senior team, start a professional women's league by 2015, and to qualify for U19 as well as U16 versions of the AFC championships. Some of the internationally recognised faces in women’s football are Chitra Gangadharan, Jaanki Kotecha, Sujata Kar, Alpana Sil etc.

By: Anuja Arora


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