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Toy from Trash – French

The cardinal principle of magnetism – like poles repel and unlike poles attract has been cleverly woven into this toy. Place ring magnets on a straw with similar poles facing each other. These magnets will repel each other. When pushed down the top magnets will bounce up.  

Toy from Trash – Telugu

Instead of a permanent magnet this motor has an electromagnet which is made by winding insulated copper wire on a sewing machine bobbin. Its spinning coil is made out a meter long insulated copper wire. On one end the entire insulation is scraped. On the other only 3-sides are scraped. The remaining insulation forms an ON/OFF switch. A 1.5-volt battery is sufficient to run this splendid motor.  

Toy from Trash – Chinese 1

The magnetic Dancing Dolls will keep very child enraptured for hours. The dolls are light make of wood, color wool and wire. In the base is a steel screw. Place the dolls on a card sheet and move a magnet from below. The dolls move left, then right and sometimes hold each others hands and dance a duo.  

Astronomy/Popular Science

This story more than 100 years old. In 1904 Sherlock Holmes the famous detective based in London investigates a murder. Next to the site of the murder are cycle tracks, on a muddy road from the school and the village. And only if they could figure out the direction of the cyclist based on the track, they can nab the culprit. Watson as usual is not sure. “This track, as you perceive, was made by a rider who was going from the direction of the school.” “Or towards it?”   “No, no, my dear Watson… It was undoubtedly heading away…

Animated Stories/Puzzles

This incident happened many years ago when I was finishing my high school in Meghalaya, a state in India’s northeast there are lush and dense forests everywhere. I used to walk to my school with my friend everyday through a narrow 2km long path. If I had taken the road the 2km walk would become a 20 km, 1hr bus ride. This was because the closest road-bridge was far away.   Also the path to my school had an amazing tree bridge which is now famously called the living tree bridges of Meghalaya. These bridges are made from aerial roots…

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