Ten Happiest Cities

Oslo Surrounded by woodland and fjords, Oslo is like being in a whole other world. The easy-going city and Norwegian capital is “like many cities in Europe” a delightful mixture of old and new. Viking pride remains strong, while a rapidly growing cosmopolitan vibe attracts visitors eager to experience some of the world’s best restaurants,…

H2o

Water works for us in many ways, making our lives easier and more enjoyable. But we must take great care not to overuse and abuse this precious resource. Water is a basic necessity of life, not only for people but for every type of plant and animal as well. Water accounts for about 65% of…

Pizza

Pizza is a deliciously versatile dish and comes in many varieties. There are different kinds of pizza dough and you can choose from a thin and crispy base, a deep fluffy dough base, or even a specialty dough like stuffed crust or whole wheat. As far as pizza toppings go, the sky is the limit….

Cameras

A camera is a device that takes pictures (photographs). It uses film or electronics to make a picture of something. A lens makes the image that the film or electronics “sees”. A camera that takes one picture at a time is sometimes called a still camera. A camera that can take many pictures in a…

Qatar: The World’s Richest Country

Ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-1800s, Qatar within the last 60 years transformed itself from a poor British protectorate noted mainly for pearling into an independent state with significant oil and natural gas revenues. The continuous siphoning off of petroleum revenue through the mid-1990s by Qatari amirs permanently residing in Europe had…

Otter

Otters are the only serious swimmers in the weasel family. They spend most of their lives in the water, and they are made for it! Their sleek, streamlined bodies are perfect for diving and swimming. Otters also have long, slightly flattened tails that move sideways to propel them through the water while their back feet…

T. Edison

Inventor Thomas Edison created such great innovations as the practical incandescent electric light bulb and the phonograph. A savvy businessman, he held more than 1,000 patents for his inventions. IN THESE GROUPS FAMOUS PEOPLE IN TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING FAMOUS AQUARIANS FAMOUS PEOPLE NAMED THOMAS FAMOUS PEOPLE BORN IN OHIO Born on February 11, 1847, in…

Films

The history of film began in the 1890s, when motion picture cameras were invented and film production companies started to be established. Because of the limits of technology, films of the 1890s were under a minute long and until 1927 motion pictures were produced without sound. The first decade of motion picture saw film moving…

Dwarf Planet Pluto

Pluto is a dwarf planet. A dwarf planet travels around, or orbits, the sun just like other planets. But it is much smaller. Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930. He was an astronomer from the United States. An astronomer is a scientist who studies stars and other objects in space. Venetia Burney named Pluto that…

The Pentagon

Across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., stands the Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense and a five-sided concrete and steel symbol of America’s military strength. Encompassing more than 6 million square feet of floor space, the Pentagon ranks among the largest office buildings in the world. On September 11, 2001, shortly after…

Coconuts

While the coconut is a mainstay in the diet of nearly one-third of the planet, it’s considered exotic in the Western world. Experts describe the coconut as not just a fruit, but a nut and a seed as well – a drupe. It has three layers: the outside layer is known as the exocarp, and…

Chicago

The City of Chicago covers an  area of 60,000 hectares and sits 176 meters (578 feet) above sea level on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. At 190 km wide and 495 km long, its the 5th largest body of fresh water in the world. The city is traversed by the Chicago and Calumet rivers….