<![CDATA[KidSenz - News for kids - KIDS CORNER]]>Sat, 05 Dec 2015 13:35:41 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Sanitizer is no Better Than Washing Hands with Soap!]]>Fri, 01 May 2015 19:35:07 GMThttp://www.kidsenz.com/kids-corner/sanitizer-is-no-better-than-washing-hands-with-soapBy KidReporter: Sid, Grade 4
Everyone hates viruses,right? So scientists are trying to find ways to prevent bugs from occurring. Scientists thought that maybe if you washed your hands with soap and used hand sanitizer you wouldn’t get sick that often. 

Which do you think is more effective,hand sanitizer or washing your hands with soap? I think washing your hands is better.

To find out the answer researchers ran a test. Sixty-eight primary (elementary) schools in New Zealand had their students wash their hands with soap and then use sanitizer too. In other schools the children just washed with soap and water. After twenty weeks of studying,the amount of sicknesses in the two different categories were 
the same amount! Also recent British study showed that using soap without anything else could kill three times as many germs as hand sanitizer! 

That proves that hand sanitizing makes no difference than washing your hands!

 But just one test probably isn’t enough proof. So here is another one. 
“Good Morning America” put some students in the Maryland University on the test to find out what we should wash with. They put E.coli bacteria on their hands to see what could wash it off best (they used the harmless E. coli bacteria).

Then whatever bacteria was left they swabbed it on these special incubation plates. First they tried regular hand sanitizer. Then they tried antibacterial sanitizer. Next they tried the same with soap. They kept on getting E.coil onto their hands,washing their hands,and swabbing their hands into the incubator. They washed for 20 seconds each time. Caroline Rocourt, one of the scientists, was surprised at how long 20 seconds were. Three days later they got the results.

There is barely any difference between antibacterial products and regular products! It’s almost undetectable! Isn’t that strange? 

I think people will be buying more normal products than antibacterial, and less hand sanitizer.
<![CDATA[The King of Football or Soccer-Lionel Messi]]>Sat, 07 Mar 2015 01:06:50 GMThttp://www.kidsenz.com/kids-corner/the-king-of-football-or-soccer-lionel-messiBy KidReporter Ishaan, Grade 4
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<![CDATA[Ibn Battuta]]>Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:31:35 GMThttp://www.kidsenz.com/kids-corner/ibn-battutaBy KidReporter: Hari. S., Grade 5

Introduction: Ibn Who?
Most of the general public thinks explorers like Columbus, Magellan, da Gama, et cetera were
”better” than all others. In reality, they were, but only at the trivial feat of making themselves known.
The simple truth is, the story of Columbus landing in America first, and many others are royal
cover-ups. The unsung heroes of exploring were really the ones who the Europeans erased from all
memory. One of these invisible supermen was a man named Ibn Battuta.

Tangier, Morocco, was a quiet place in the year 1325. That would change. It wasn’t known for
very much at all. That would also change. All this change would be caused by one 21-year-old scholar.
Abu Abd al-Lah Muhammad ibn Abd al-Lah al-Lawati al-Tangi ibn Batutah was not an
explorer. At least that’s what the world thought until 1325. He was a scholar and a judge, born to two
“quadis” or religious judges, who sorted out disputes using Shariah law, the guidelines of the Islamic
religion practiced in most of the Middle East and North Africa.

He was not satisfied with the prospect of simply traveling to Mecca and back, so he traversed the
entirety of Asia, securing him a place in history.

North Africa
Ibn Battuta left Tangier in the summer of 1325. He traversed Er Rif, a mountainous region on
the Morocco-Algeria border, unsupported and alone. He inexplicably bypassed the great city of Fes,
crossing into the Tell Atlas mountains. The first mention he makes of traveling with anybody is after
he arrives at the busy trading hub of Tlemcen. At the great palace of the Sultan, Abu Tashifin, he
met up with two Tunisian merchants, with whom he traveled to the town of Miliana.

One of the merchants died of a high fever on the way, but Ibn and the other trader pressed on.
Once they camped out near the city gates, a huge storm struck, forcing them to seek shelter inside the
city. In ten days, they left for the port of Algiers.

Ibn contracted a fever on the way, possibly caused by touching the dead merchant’s belongings.
However, he was determined to go to Mecca, so he wrote in the Rihla, his autobiography, “If God decrees
my death, then my death shall be on the road, with my face set towards Mecca”. He tied himself into
the saddle of his donkey and they set off to the city of Constantine, traveling through Bijaya.
In Constantine he received a new turban from the overly generous Sultan, but quickly set off
with the local Haj caravan and traveled hundreds of miles, through Libya and even the Egyptian
Empire, to the city of Tunis, their last stop in North Africa. Tunis was the largest city in Africa at
the time, but Ibn only stocked up on supplies before sailing across the Gulf of Aden into Arabia.
Middle East and the Mongol Empire.

In fact, after Ibn Battuta crossed the Gulf of Aden, he came within 200 miles of Mecca, but he
still kept traveling, stopping briefly in Jeddah to buy provisions for the long trip ahead. Then, he
traveled for the longest straight stretch of his trip, from Jeddah to Hebron, in Palestine. For the rest
of his trip, he would only stop to trade and stock up on essentials. From Hebron he traveled to
Jerusalem, a Muslim holy site among other things. He paid his respects and moved on into the vast
territory of the Mongol Empire.

Now, word of this amazing Muslim judge wandering around Asia had spread like wildfire. It had
even reached the ears of the infamous Kublai Khan. The Khan was a very secretive man, and he didn’t
want any potential spies entering his glorious, barbaric (although he didn’t think so) country. So, as any
tyrant would, he ordered his men to behead Ibn Battuta. But, Ibn was prepared. In Alexandria, he had
acquired an escort of 100 Mamluk warriors to protect him against the Khan’s forces. Eventually, Ibn managed to push through Syria , Mongolia, Kazakhstan, China, and Russia (the present day areas the
Mongol Empire covered) unscathed.

After barely surviving the Mongol Empire, Ibn crossed the border into the Sultanate of Delhi,
today known as India. It was ruled at the time by Sultan Qutb ud-Din Aibak, and it was Ibn Battuta’s
longest stop. He spent years as a judge in Delhi before he traveled south to the city of Calicut, where he
obtained 300 pounds of cloves, worth an enormous amounts of money back in Africa. He spent some time
in the islands of Lakshadweep and the Andaman and Nicobar Archipelago before leaving on a boat from
Calicut to Saudi Arabia.

Mecca and Return to Tangier
After arriving in Mecca, Ibn completed his Haj , and returned to Tangier. He wrote Rihla with
Ibn Juzayy, and achieved world fame. He lived for 2 more years, but died of unknown causes. He
remains an inspiration for countess people even 710 years after his death.

<![CDATA[Football's favorite star - David Beckham]]>Mon, 05 Jan 2015 22:00:01 GMThttp://www.kidsenz.com/kids-corner/footballs-favorite-star-david-beckhamBy KidReporter: Hemant, Grade 8
<![CDATA[Football star - Neymar Jr.]]>Fri, 02 Jan 2015 22:06:41 GMThttp://www.kidsenz.com/kids-corner/football-star-neymar-jrBy KidReporter: Aayush, Grade 7
One of today’s football stars, Neymar had started his career in Santos FC. In 2003, Santos FC offered him a contract. When he was 14 he moved to Spain to play for Real Madrid’s youth team. Unlike Messi, he moved to Spain without a contract telling him to.

In 2010 he became a professional football player by making 100 goals. On 24th of May he was offered a contract by football club, Barcelona and on 27th May he accepted the offer.Currently Neymar plays for FC Barcelona as a Right Winger.

Neymar is completely a fashion freak which makes him different from other footballers.I personally watched him play during the fifa world cup where i was really impressed with his skills. His dribbling, assists and his overall gameplay makes me his fan. 

It was a disappointing moment when he was injured during the semi finale of the FIFA world cup 2014. 

If he played  I think Brazil would end up with a different score - what do you think ? 

<![CDATA[Probe landing on a comet]]>Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:20:39 GMThttp://www.kidsenz.com/kids-corner/probe-landing-on-a-cometVoice by KidReporter: Aryana, Grade 4

Probe Philae from a spacecraft called Rosetta has successfully landed on to the comet 67P. 

Rosetta, a mission of the European Space agency, built in collaboration with NASA was launched into space in 2004. It has made 3 flybys of the Earth, 1 flyby of Mars and has encountered several asteroids as it prepared its course to reach and fly alongside a comet called 67P or Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

All previous comet missions have been flybys. With Rosetta though, scientists followed alongside the comet 67P, and on Nov 12th 2014, a probe called Philae  was successfully launched onto it!

Rosetta works on Solar energy alone and has achieved many first’s: 
- In June 2011, the mission required it to go into an orbit that took it beyond Jupiter’s orbit, to a distance of  800 million km from the sun.  At this distance, it had to “go to sleep” in order to conserve energy. Its orbit eventually brought it back to 673 million km from the Sun when it came back ON exactly as it was scheduled to, on January 20th 2014. It was for the first time that a spacecraft had survived the journey into the deep space.

- Then, in August 2014, Rosetta aligned with the orbit of comet 67P - another first! And on November 12th, Rosetta successfully launched the probe right onto the surface of comet 67P!

Rosetta is expected to measure the comet’s gravity, shape, chemical composition and environment, and, how it interacts with the sun’s atmosphere and solar winds. The only hitch so far is that the probe did not manage to attach the anchors to fix it to the comet. Scientists believe that despite this hitch, Phillae will soon start drilling on the comet’s surface to examine it. Data will be sent back to Earth to help us understand comets better.

Comets are particularly interesting because of their travels. They may have stored crucial nuggets of information from a different time from their travel that will tell us how things were when the universe was forming. 

Scientists are already being wowed by the pictures and data being sent from Rosetta as it moves along the comet’s orbit. Wonder what we will find -  hints to alien life?
<![CDATA[Traces of an extinct species of human found in Tibetans]]>Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:39:46 GMThttp://www.kidsenz.com/kids-corner/traces-of-an-extinct-species-of-human-found-in-tibetansBy Kid Reporter: Anjan - Age 10, 
Video by Kid Reporters: Sid - Age 9 and Aanya Age 10

Scientists have recently found that humans in Tibet thrive in high-altitude, low-pressure areas that normal people would wither and possibly die in. How could this special group of people be able to survive in these harsh conditions? Scientists think they may have help from a prehistoric civilization of humans.

Labs have discovered that many Tibetans have a certain gene that helps them survive. This gene was inherited from a group of extinct humans that interbred with 0ur species tens of thousands of years ago, just as they were dying out. The gene allows the inhabitants of Tibet to survive in extremely harsh weather like 10 degrees Fahrenheit and amazing amounts of pressure.  Normal human beings would die in less than a day in these conditions–it’s like living on Mt. Everest!

Time for an explanation–you might not know what I’m talking about:

Do you know what Neanderthals are? You might think of them as humans, but they are actually a different kind of species. Their DNA differs only 0.12%  from humans, so their brain development is  very similarly to humans. They are actually the species that interbred with humans in Tibet thousands of years ago. They have some attributes of an icy beast of some kind, which is why their genes gave the Tibetans abilities.

A Neanderthal
I wonder if we will change over thousands of years, too. What will happen to us when a new breed comes into the picture and we interbreed with them? Maybe then we will die out and the new breed will receive some sort of special ability from us: it will probably happen thousands of years from now.

A book that can relate to this article is “The Last of  the really great Whangdoodles”. It talks about if we should evolve animals on purpose, and use their DNA to our benefit. Personally, I don’t think we (humans) should.

Key Words:

DNA: Full name for DNA: deoxyribonucleic acid–DNA is the part of your body where your talents and genes are stored(For Example, if you got something from your dad, like writing skill or math talent, you and your dad have the same DNA.
<![CDATA[Indian Mars Probe Mangalyaan successfully enters Mars' orbit]]>Thu, 02 Oct 2014 21:47:46 GMThttp://www.kidsenz.com/kids-corner/mangalyaanBy Kid Reporter: Ishaan, Age 9

Do you want to know about the first nation in the world to go into the orbit of Mars’s on it’s first attempt? Read this to find out more about it.

Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was launched into space by the Indian Space Research Organization on November 3rd, 2013. MOM has been orbiting Mars since September 24th, 2014. This is the first time a nation has successfully, on the first attempt made in it in the Martian Orbit. The Indian Mars Probe is named Mangalyaan. It is being monitored by the Spacecraft Control Centre at ISRO. (Indian Space Research Organization). ISRO is the fourth agency to reach mars after the Soviet space program, NASA, and the European Space Agency.  

What I Think About This
I am an American Indian and I was really excited that India had made it into the Martian orbit. I visit India every summer. Mostly I limit my trip to Mumbai and New Delhi. I see a lot of poverty, illiteracy and hot weather there. Out of all places in the world, I had no clue that India would make it into the Martian orbit. I am so proud and inspired. I find It really cool and amazing that India beat China in the race to Mars. 

The People Behind the Mission
The project cost only 11% of NASA’s Mars mission. (It cost less than the movie gravity) It was launched in Andhra Pradesh. Mangalyaan weighs about 1,350kg (2,976lb). The founder of Mangalyaan is Dr Vikram Sarabhai. Dr K Radhakrishan is ISRO’s Chairman. He led the whole project. Dr M Annadurai is a scientist with the Indian Space Research Organization. Mr. S Arunan is the project director of MOM. 

Here are some cool facts about Mangalyaan:
Mangalyaan was originally built to be able to gauge the resources required for planning, managing technology and operations of an inter-planetary missions. But now with its success, it will also be able to look for any forms of life on mars.

The Indian Space Research Organization is primary space agency for India. It has made history since inception 44 years ago. (1970).

This Mars Mission was the cheapest Mars Mission to date, even though it costs Rs. 450 crores or $73 million.

The mars craft travelled 650 million kilo meters from earth. If calculated, the cost comes up to Rs. 6.7 per kilometer. This turns out to be cheaper than a regular rickshaw or cab ride in the city. The minimum distance from the Earth to Mars is about 54.6 million kilometers. The farthest apart they can be is about 401 million km. The average distance is about 225 million km.

This a picture that Mangalyaan took of Earth: 

I hope you learned a lot about Mangalyaan!

<![CDATA[Can this little bug teach us hearing?]]>Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:02:10 GMThttp://www.kidsenz.com/kids-corner/can-this-little-bug-teach-us-hearingBy Kid Reporters: Ishaan - Age 9, Nihar - Age 9 and Sanjana - Age 10

Ormia Ochracea
 is a small yellow nocturnal fly. They are attracted to the chirp of crickets. Ormia Ochracea leaves their larvae on the crickets' back. It is a parasite. I once watched an episode of Wild Kratts (It's about Wild Life). The episode talked about how a CowBird is a nest parasite. The CowBird would lay their eggs in other birds' nests! It was an interesting show.

So, coming back to Ormia Ochracea , it is not really a creature that you would like. But, people who suffer from hearing loss might be thankful to one part of this fly. The ears.
Ormia Ochracea has very interesting ears. Human ears are separated by a significant amount. So sound arrives to one ear just a split second before the other. Our brain looks at the differences and locates where the sound came from. But this little fly has a very small head. Its ears are only one millimeter apart. So it has developed a different way to hear. Its eardrums are connected by a rigid structure that behaves like a tetter-totter. This tetter-totter amplifies the difference between a sound. Scientists are trying to figure out how to make a man-made mimic of this little ears. People who get this hearing aid could tell when and where a sound is coming from right away.

With that being said I have started to like this creature a little bit.

<![CDATA[Meet The World's First Emotional Robot]]>Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:36:05 GMThttp://www.kidsenz.com/kids-corner/meet-the-worlds-first-emotional-robotBy Kid Reporters: Ishaan, Age 9 and Aanya, Age 10.
I feel sometimes that nobody understands me. Do you feel the same?

Pepper” can actually change that feeling. He is the first World’s robot that can read emotions. He wants to make you feel good. Well, he will not do your homework or pick your dishes after you or even help you with writer’s workshop but he can converse with you. He can talk about everything from weather to sports. He can make jokes, dance and even rap…Wow!!!

Let me tell you how he reads emotions:

He has human like hands, is almost 4ft. tall (almost as tall as Simone Batra i.e. my sister), has many sensors and cameras on his face. When you are in front of him he will try to make an eye contact.  His sensors help him with reading your emotions. He will then figure out your mood and then start a conversation. And here is a kicker – he can speak 17 languages.

A Japanese company named Sofbank created Pepper. He sells for almost 200,000 yen or little under $2000. Right now he is only selling in Japan but I am hoping he will be available soon for all of us.

“Pepper” is a very affectionate robot so that means he can be a good friend and make sad people laugh. I would love to talk about his views on the NBA finals someday.