Science Facts of September - 2014

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Tuesday

Today’s Science Message

29

Monday

Answer for the Question of the Week

The melting point of ice is reduced when a pressure is exerted. As the skater slides, his body exerts a pressure on the thin blade, thus creating a small film or layer of water under the blade by melting the ice. The water between the blade and the ice is what they actually glide across. When they stop exerting pressure, that water freezes almost instantly due to the cold temperature.


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Friday

Question of the Week

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Thursday

Today’s Science Message

Camels are a type of mammals that are amazingly adapted to the desert.They have two rows of thick eyelashes to protect their eyes from the desert dust. They are also able to close their nostrils to keep out the dust.


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Wednesday

Today’s Science Message

Have you ever hit the inside of your elbow in just the right spot and felt a tingling kind of a dull pain?
Running down the inside part of your elbow is a nerve that is connected to your fourth and fifth fingers and activates many of the muscles in your hand.You get that weird feeling when this nerve is bumped against the long bone that starts at your elbow and goes up to your shoulder.


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Tuesday

Today’s Science Message

Titan is one of the moons of Planet Saturn.It is said that on titan, the atmosphere is so thick and the gravity is so low that humans could fly through it by flapping ”wings” attached to their arms.


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Monday

Answer for the Question of the Week

Swinging arms when walking reduces the angular momentum of the body, balancing the rotational motion produced during walking.Although such motion of arms is not essential for walking, recent studies point that arm swing improves the stability and energy efficiency in human locomotion.


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Friday

Question of the Week

18

Thursday

Today’s Science Message

Chlorine bleach works on clothes to remove stains. However, the chlorine does not really remove the stain. The stains are caused due to chromophores. Bleach reacts with water and produces oxygen.
This oxygen oxidizes the bonds of the chromophores, breaking them and taking away the its’ ability to absorb light which will make the stain disappear.


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Wednesday

Today’s Science Message

If you tap a web of a daddy-long-legs spider, it will shake rapidly for some time.Do you know that this is one of its defense mechanisms?
If it shakes fast enough, it turns into a blur and can be hard for enemies to see which will save itself from being hunted.


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Tuesday

Today’s Science Message

15

Monday

Answer for the Question of the Week

Cockroaches have bulky bodies which are only supported by 6 long thin legs, As they die, they lose muscle-control
causing the leg muscles to contract. As a result, the legs are forced to be pulled beneath the body ,causing them to lose their balance, and topple over.


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Friday

Question of the Week

11

Thursday

Today’s Science Message

Have you ever accidentally eaten some chilli and tried to remove its hotness? Next time,Try eating a little butter or cream, and keep it on your tongue for some time. Oils and fats that are hydrophobic substances will dissolve the capsaicin contained in the chilli and remove it from the receptors in your tongue faster than water does.


10

Wednesday

Today’s Science Message

9

Tuesday

Answer for the Question of the Week

The basic requirements for seed germination are moisture, optimal temperature and air(oxygen). The fruit cavity of the Papaya fruit contains enough moisture and air.If the fruit is exposed to required temperature inside,in a warmer climate, seeds start germinating .Light is not required for germination.


5

Friday

Question of the Week

Listen to this incident. Once a ripened papaya fruit was cut open by a child. He was amazed to see that some of its seeds had sprouted.
Can you explain how this could’ve happened?


4

Thursday

Today’s Science Message

Do you know that Carbon monoxide can kill a person in less than 15 minutes. when you breathe in carbon monoxide, it enters your lungs and binds to the haemoglobin in your red blood cells. The problem is that haemoglobin binds to carbon monoxide over oxygen, so as the level of carbon monoxide increases, the amount of oxygen your blood carries to your cells decreases. Eventually, blood loses all of its ability to transport oxygen, and the person would die.


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Wednesday

Today’s Science Message

Ever wondered how dolphins, being mammals living in the ocean nurse from their mothers after birth? They are able to roll their tongue like a straw. They even have little finger-like projections on the sides of their tongue that act like a zipper. These keeps mom’s milk in the calf’s mouth and keeps salt water out. Also dolphin milk has a very high viscosity making it easier for them to drink under water .


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Tuesday

Today’s Science Message

A sponge is a common tool used in many cleaning activities. Do you know what makes it absorb well? A sponge is made of loose fibers that create a product that is more empty space. .Surface tension draws the water into the sponge, while water’s bonding properties hold the water in the sponge.


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Monday

Answer for the Question of the Week

A bats’ hind legs are so small and underdeveloped that they can’t run to build up the necessary take off speed to launch into the air from the ground like birds. Also, their wings don’t produce enough lift to take off from a dead stop, so, they use their front claws to climb to a high spot, and then fall into flight. Hanging upside down is also a great way for them to hide from danger.