Why do we need sleep?

Every creature needs to rest. Giraffes, little babies, elephants, dogs, cats, kids, koala bears, grandparents, moms, dads, and hippos in the jungle — they all sleep! Just like eating, sleep is necessary for survival. Researchers have also shown that after people sleep, they tend to retain information and perform better on memory tasks. Our bodies all require…

What Yoga Really Is About

What people usually associate with yoga: Twisted postures, closed eyes, meditative exercises. But there’s more to it than that! Yoga has become popular as a form of physical exercise based upon asanas (physical poses) to promote improved control of mind and body and to enhance well-being. The word “yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj…

Benefits of Sports for Children

Physical activity is the most obvious benefit of sports participation. Children often spend too much time watching television or playing video games. But sports practices and games provide an opportunity for exercise that can help keep kids in shape and healthy. Sports of all types require a sense balance, whether it is clearing a hurdle…

The origin of Soccer

With a sport as popular as football, you would think people would agree on what its name is. But despite the discrepancies in nomenclature, there is a history to how the word “soccer” came to be, and this animated infographic will show you just that. The game has evolved from the sport of kicking a…

How The New World Cup Balls Are Made

When millions of football lovers cheer on their favourite teams at the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia this summer, Pakistanis will have a special reason to rejoice, although the 198th-ranked football nation will not be participating in the mega event. Pakistan’s famous footballs will be used in the World Cup matches, making over 200 million…

What is Eid-ul-Fitr?

What is Eid-ul-Fitr? Why do Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr? What is so special about it? What does Eid-ul-Fitr comprise of? Eid Al–Fitr means “festival of breaking the fast” – It is an official holiday in all Muslim-majority countries. – It marks an end to the fasting month of Ramadan. Muslims believe that they are commanded by Allah,…

Mega Dust Storms – MARS

A massive dust storm on Mars has sidelined NASA’s Opportunity Rover, stalling the robot’s science work as it waits out the still-growing tempest. Mars is famous for its large, planet-wide dust storms. Mars has an atmosphere which is much thinner than the atmosphere on Earth, but which still creates winds. When these winds pick up…

How did the planets get named?

For as long as there have been lights in the night sky, humans have been coming up with names for them. Sumerian astronomers named the sun, moon and five visible planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) after their great gods. In ancient China, the planetary nomenclature was based on things in nature — water, fire, wood. The English…

Chameleon Changing Color

Unlike other animals that change colour, such as the squid and octopus, chameleons do not modify their hues by accumulating or dispersing pigments within their skin cells, the researchers found. Instead, the lizards rely on structural changes that affect how light reflects off their skin, the researchers said. A Chameleon changes colour out in the wild…