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What is revolution and how much time does it take for the earth to revolve around sun?
The Earth takes one year i.e.365 days-to make one complete revolution around the sun. The other planets take more time or less time depending upon their distance from sun. For e.g. the planet Pluto takes around 248 of our Earth-years to...
How would it be without the Sun?
It is beyond imagination to even live without sun. The Earth would be very, very cold. There would be no daytime-only the darkness of night. If you could watch the planets from the space ship in outer space, you would see that all...
Which are the places on earth with highest rainfall?
In India, Cherrapunji holds the record for the most rainfall in one month: 9299 millimeter in July 1861. It also had the most rain in a year: 26,461 millimeter in the year up to 31 July 1861. Cherrapunji clings to a hillside in Assam, in...
What is the composition of earth?
The Earth's crust is the thinnest zone of all. Earth is made of a number of layers this was known from studying earthquakes and the Earth's gravity, by scientists. It varies in thickness from five kilometers under parts of the oceans to...
Where does our earth stand?
If you have ever been lost in a city or even a larger town without the help of a street plan you might be able to work out where you were' in the city if you could climb on to a very tall building and have a bird's eye view of the...
Where did baseball begin?
Abner Doubleday, a general in the...
When were traffic lights invented?
  Traffic lights were invented in the United States and were introduced in the city of New York in 1918 and they were fixed-time traffic lights. Eight years later the United States set up a Committee on Uniform Traffic...
When were the first cigarettes made?
The Spanish conquistadors of 1522 found the Aztec Indians of Mexico smoking a primitive cigarette in the form of tobacco stuffed into a hollow reed or cane tube. However, it was the cigar that the Spaniards brought to Spain as a...
When was the first steamboat built?
  Frenchman Jacques Perier designed the first ever boat to be moved by steam power and was tested on the Seine in Paris in 1775. But Perier’s fellow countryman, the Marquis Claude de Jouffroy d’Abbans, built the first...
When was the first home refrigerator made?
It was made as early as in the 19th Century in the United States. It consisted of an insulated cabinet into the top of which a block of ice was placed. Modern refrigerators, which are automatic, first appeared in 1918. They use one of...
When did the ballpoint pen first come into use?
  The ideas for ballpoint pens dates back to the late 1890s the first workable ballpoint pen was patented in 1937 by Laszlo Jozsef Biro, a Hungarian living in Argentina, but. Biro’s pen became popular during 1938. It was...
Where do numbers come from?
The earliest written numbers we know of were used by the genius Egyptians and Mesopotamians about 5,000 years ago. At first men reckoned by chipping notches on wood or stone to record the passing of the days. Later the Egyptians...
Where was the first stamp used?
The first postage “label” or stamp was used in England in May 1840. The Penny Black of 1840 with many marks had been used in Britain to record time and place of receipt, and money paid or owed. A movement for Post Office reform...
When was Braille invented?
It was invented by a Frenchman, Louis Braille, in about 1829. It is an alphabet, which can be read by blind people using their sense of touch, consisting of an arrangement of raised dots. In 1819, when he was 10 years old, the boy went...
Where did calendars begin?
In 46 B.C., acting on the advice of the astronomer Sosigenes, Julius Caesar fixed the year at    365 ¼ days, giving every fourth year, or leap year, an extra day. But the correction by a whole day every four years was too...
When did newspapers begin?
  The earliest regular newspapers of which we have record date back many centuries before the invention of printing to the Acta Diurna of the Roman Empire and the gazettes published in China during the first centuries of...
How did New York get its name?
The Empire State Building (front) and the Chrysler Building (rear), in Midtown Manhattan.
When did Christopher Columbus land when he discovered America in 1492?
Co...
Who first reached the poles by aircraft?
As early as 1897, the first attempt was made to reach the North Pole by aircraft, when a Swedish explorer and three others set off in a balloon. Thirty years later their bodies were found near here the balloon had crashed. By then the...
Who first reached the north and south poles ?
Men began to explore the Arctic as early as 1553, but it was not until 6 April 1909 that the Pole itself was reached. Three and a half centuries of effort and courage ended with an American, Robert E. Peary ‘nailing the Stars and Stripes...
Who discovered the Mississippi river?
One of the many who went on a vain search for EI Dorado was a Spaniard, Hernando de Soto. He set off with a few mounted companions from Florida in 1539 on a journey that was to last for three years. De Soto and hi party pushed their way...
Who discovered the source of the Nile?
For thousands of years the world had speculated about the origin of the River Nile, but it was not until Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke, two experienced explorers, led an expedition to Africa in 1857 that a real attempt was made...
Why is the Amazon river so called?
In 1539 a large Spanish force set out from the town of Quito, in Ecuador, to find out what could be discovered to the east. As their supplies were running out, Gonzalo Pizarro, a brother of the conqueror of Peru, ordered a small party to...
Who was the first explorer to go to Sahara?
In 1822, Hugh Clapperton, a young lieutenant navy, agreed to go with Walter Oudney and Dixon Denham to try and discov...
Why is it necessary to have vitamins in food?
    Vitamins are essential for the g Fruit stall in Barcelona, Catalonia.
WHAT CAUSES TWINS?
  Identical twins occur when a single fertilized egg splits into two. ...
What is the function of blood?
Blood carries oxygen to all the tissues and takes carbon dioxide away to the lungs. It also carries food materials to the liver and other tissues and waste chemicals from the liver to the kidneys. Blood consists of several kinds of...
How do our lungs work?
Lungs are very important as they carry air, which contains oxygen, to the blood. As you breathe in and out, your diaphragm contracts and relaxes, increasing and decreasing the volume of your lungs. The movement of your lungs is...
How does a stethoscope work?
A stethoscope is a device, which is used by the doctors to listen sounds inside the body. The sounds are picked up at the surface of the body and transmitted along ...
How do we feel taste and smell food?
  Our nose and mouth contain special receptor cells, which helps in the sense of smell. When these are stimulated by chemical molecules they send nerve impulses to the brain. The tongue of humans is covered with tiny...
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