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Siyona June 28, 2020 47 4 5


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Hello everyone, welcome back to my podcast, Little Mind Chats. Minds are little, Not our thoughts. I’m your host Siyona. Hope you’ve all had a good Father’s day and looked at the Solar eclipse too! Today’s episode as you can expect is about some interesting news across the world. But there’s something more exciting we’re starting with this episode, its.. competitions! Yes, listen till the end to have a chance to win some surprising gifts this month!

    Lets quickly have a look at the Covid situation.

While the number of cases have crossed 9.5 million across the world, its encouraging that the number of people recovered is also increasing at a good pace.

But even more encouraging news is that A new vaccine is being tried out on people in the UK! The vaccine will be given to about 300 people under the supervision of expert team from the Imperial College London. This trial is led by Professor Robin Shattock.

But.. what is a vaccine? Vaccines are substances that prevent the spread of disease. it causes the body’s immune system to make proteins called antibodies, which fight disease. We’ve all had vaccines as young babies, for various other diseases like Polio, Hepatitis B and so many more!

https://kids.britannica.com/kids/article/vaccine/353893

.https://www.bbc.com/news/health-53061288

Moving on to the a clash between India and China in Galwan valley

India and Chinese armies come face to face at many points along the 3,440km (2,100-mile) shared border between the 2 countries. On June 15th, they clashed and both countries UNFORTUNATELY lost some of their soldiers.

But why are they suddenly clashing?

It all probably started because China did not like it when India built a road on their own side of the border in Ladakh along the LAC (Line of Actual Control). So, China went ahead and built their own stuff too.

What next then?

Leaders from both sides might try their best to resolve by dialogue. Watch this space for more updates!

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-53062484?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c1newxlp4qwt/china-india-border-dispute&link_location=live-reporting-story

Lets move on to a surprising news I came across this week. How many continents are there on earth?

I hear you say 7? Well you might be wrong! Scientists have now confirmed the existence of an eighth continent. Its called Zealandia.  94% of this continent is underwater in the south pacific ocean. The continent itself measures 2 million square miles that is half the size of Australia.

Zealandia was forced under waves about 30 million to 50 million years after it broke off Gondwana

But what is Gondwana island?

Gondwana formed when Earth’s ancient supercontinent, Pangea, split into 2 fragments. Laurasia in the north and Gondwana in the South. Laurasia became today’s Europe, Asia and North America. While Gondwana dispersed to form modern day Africa, Antartica, South America and Australia.

Read more at:
https://www.businessinsider.in/science/news/new-maps-reveal-details-about-the-size-and-shape-of-earths-lost-8th-continent-zealandia-which-disappeared-under-the-pacific-ocean/articleshow/76587257.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Archaeologists find an Astonishing monument near Stonehenge

The newly discovered structure is 3.2km northeast of Stonehenge in Wiltshire in the UK.

Twenty or more massive shafts*, each more than 10m in diameter* and 5m deep, form a circle more than 2km in diameter.

Testing of the shafts suggest they were dug more than 4500 years ago, around the time Durrington Walls and Stonehenge were built.

Vince Gaffney, a professor of archaeology at the University of Bradford said the discovery showed “the capacity* and desire of Neolithic communities to record their cosmological* belief systems in ways, and at a scale, that we had never previously anticipated*.”

https://www.kidsnews.com.au/history/astonishing-monument-found-next-to-stonehenge/news-story/9ea31817be1d490a6a17133db6e6cdfb

Here’s an exciting technology that could be a saviour of our environment.

Scientists have developed a new Matchbox sized device that could convert wasted heat at homes, offices and vehicles, into electricity. And guess  what? Its environmentally friendly too

That sounds like music to my ears

  Normally all the residual heat coming off the heat sources like hot water pipes is lost into the atmosphere. Now we are able to trap some and convert it to useful electricity, Said Professor Shashank Priya, associate vice president for research at Penn State.

Ravi Anant Kishore, a research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and co-author of the study, said “These modules can also be conveniently used on the human body to harvest body heat, thereby providing a continuous power source for wearable and implantable devices.”

How cool is that! It simply means that you can recharge devices like your mobiles with just your own body heat! Simply WOW.

https://techxplore.com/news/2020-06-device-electricity-scientists.html

That brings us to the end of some news for us from around the world.

Now lets listen to some of my friends who got in touch with me.

Heres a message from Sophia, from New York.

That’s lot of great activities during lockdwn Sophia, I’m so jealous you get to swing on wines in the forest right beside your house.

So, here’s the competition you’ve all been waiting so eagerly for, I’ve got some replies from you about all the paintings you’ve all been doing during this lockdown. I’d love to see them too. And that’s the competition! The best 3 paintings will win a gift voucher each, and displayed on my website too!. Results will be announced on the 26th, last Sunday of July 2020. Come on! Gear up and send me your paintings along with your name… Quick!

Please upload pictures of your paintings on my website little Mind Chats.com using the ‘Competitions Page’, Or tag me on Instagram or Face Book. Just look for Little Mind Chats.Or, if you choose to message me your paintings, use my phone number +916366305959.

Watch out for my next Sunday’s episode, on Healthy Eyes With Dr Manjunath. I can’t wait to share all the great advice he’s given us!

Thanks a ton for listening! Bye…

Transcripts

Episode 010: Current news for kids 05

[0.01] {Background Music}

[0.09] Siyona: Hello everyone, welcome back to my podcast, Little Mind Chats. Minds are little, Not our thoughts. I’m your host Siyona. Hope you’ve all had a good Father’s Day and looked at the Solar eclipse too! Today’s episode as you can expect is about some interesting news across the world. But there’s something more exciting we’re starting with this episode, its… competitions! Yes, listen till the end to have a chance to win some surprising gifts this month! 

[0.47] Let’s quickly have a look at the Covid situation.

[0.52] While the number of cases has crossed 9.5 million across the world, it’s encouraging that the number of people recovered is also increasing at a good pace. 

[1.05] But even more encouraging news is that A new vaccine is being tried out on people in the UK! The vaccine will be given to about 300 people under the supervision of expert team from the Imperial College London. This trial is led by Professor Robin Shattock.

[1.30] But, what is a vaccine? 

[1.34] Vaccines are substances that prevent the spread of disease. it causes the body’s immune system to make proteins called antibodies, which fight disease. We’ve all had vaccines as young babies, for various other diseases like Polio, Hepatitis B and so many more!

Refer to the links below for more information on this news:

https://kids.britannica.com/kids/article/vaccine/353893

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-53061288

[1.59] Moving on to the clash between India and China in Galwan valley

[2.05] Indian and Chinese armies come face to face at many points along the 3,440km (2,100-mile) shared border between the 2 countries. On June 15th, they clashed and both countries UNFORTUNATELY lost some of their soldiers. 

[2.25] But why are they suddenly clashing? 

[2.28] It all probably started because China did not like it when India built a road on their own side of the border in Ladakh along the LAC (Line of Actual Control). China went ahead and built their own stuff too.

[2.46] What next then? 

[2.48] Leaders from both sides might try their best to resolve by dialogue. Watch this space for more updates!

Refer to the links below for more information in this news:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-53062484?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c1newxlp4qwt/china-india-border-dispute&link_location=live-reporting-story

[2.58] Let’s move on to a surprising news I came across this week. How many continents are there on earth? 

[3.07] I hear you say 7? Well you might be wrong! Scientists have now confirmed the existence of an eighth continent. It’s called Zealandia.  94% of this continent is underwater in the south Pacific Ocean. The continent itself measures 2 million square miles that is half the size of Australia.

[3.31] Zealandia was forced under waves about 30 million to 50 million years after it broke off Gondwana. 

[3.41] But what is Gondwana island? 

[3.44] Gondwana formed when Earth’s ancient supercontinent, Pangea, split into 2 fragments. Laurasia in the north and Gondwana in the South. Laurasia became today’s Europe, Asia and North America. While Gondwana dispersed to form modern day Africa, Antarctica, South America and Australia. 

Read more at:
https://www.businessinsider.in/science/news/new-maps-reveal-details-about-the-size-and-shape-of-earths-lost-8th-continent-zealandia-which-disappeared-under-the-pacific-ocean/articleshow/76587257.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

[4.10] Archaeologists find an Astonishing monument near Stonehenge

[4.15] The newly discovered structure is 3.2km northeast of Stonehenge in Wiltshire in the UK. 

[4.25] Twenty or more massive shafts*, each more than 10m in diameter* and 5m deep, form a circle more than 2km in diameter. 

[4.38] Testing of the shafts suggest they were dug more than 4500 years ago, around the time Durrington Walls and Stonehenge were built.

[4.50] Vince Gaffney, a professor of archaeology at the University of Bradford said the discovery showed “the capacity* and desire of Neolithic communities to record their cosmological* belief systems in ways, and at a scale, that we had never previously anticipated*.”

Refer to the links below for more information on this:

https://www.kidsnews.com.au/history/astonishing-monument-found-next-to-stonehenge/news-story/9ea31817be1d490a6a17133db6e6cdfb

[5.14] Here’s an exciting technology that could be a saviour of our environment.

[5.21] Scientists have developed a new Matchbox sized device that could convert wasted heat at homes, offices and vehicles, into electricity. And guess what? Its environmentally friendly too.

[5.36] That sounds like music to my ears

[5.40] “Normally all the residual heat coming off the heat sources like hot water pipes is lost into the atmosphere. Now we are able to trap some and convert it to useful electricity”, Said Professor Shashank Priya, associate vice president for research at Penn State.

[6.01] Ravi Anant Kishore, a research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and co-author of the study, said “These modules can also be conveniently used on the human body to harvest body heat, thereby providing a continuous power source for wearable and implantable devices.”

[6.27] How cool is that! It simply means that you can recharge devices like your mobiles with just your own body heat! Simply WOW.

Refer to the link below for more information on this news.

https://techxplore.com/news/2020-06-device-electricity-scientists.html

[6.39] That brings us to the end of some news for us from around the world. 

[6.44] Now let’s listen to Sophia, from New York. 

[6.49] {Voice recording plays}

[7.26] That’s lot of great activities during lockdown Sophia, I’m so jealous you get to swing on wines in the forest right beside your house.

[7.38] So, here’s the competition you’ve all been waiting so eagerly for, I’ve got some replies from you about all the paintings you’ve all been doing during this lockdown. I’d love to see them too. And that’s the competition! The best 3 paintings will win a gift voucher each, and displayed on my website too! Results will be announced on the 26th, last Sunday of July 2020. Come on! Gear up and send me your paintings along with your name… Quick!

[8.17] Please upload pictures of your paintings on my website littlemindchats.com using the ‘Competitions Page’, Or tag me on Instagram or Face Book. Just look for Little Mind Chats. Or, if you choose to message me your paintings, use my phone number +916366305959.

[8.49] Watch out for my next Sunday’s episode, on Healthy Eyes with Dr Manjunath. I can’t wait to share all the great advice he’s given us!

[8.59] Thanks a ton for listening! Bye…

[9.02] {Closing Music}

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