New Year Traditions Across the World

General Knowledge
New Year is celebrated all over the world, but traditions vary. Here are some of the most popular New Year traditions. [caption id="attachment_139" align="alignright" width="350"] New Year Traditions[/caption] Auld Lang Syne Auld Lang Syne is the most commonly sung song for English-speakers on New Year's eve. It is an old Scottish song that was made popular by bandleader Guy Lombardo who sang the song at midnight at a New Year's eve party at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City in 1929, and a tradition was born. It is often remarked that "Auld Lang Syne" is one of the most popular songs that nobody knows the lyrics to. "Auld Lang Syne" literally translates as "old long since" and means "times gone by." The song asks whether old friends and times…
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Careers in website designing and development

Career Guidance
Internet has reached almost every corner of the universe and as such the demand for web services is on the rise. So if you are armed with adequate knowledge of programming, you can opt for a rewarding career as a web developer. The role of a web developer Web developers design, build and maintain new websites and also upgrade existing ones according to their client’s needs. He or she is responsible for making a website functional which involves the writing of the necessary programming code. Web designer V/S Web developer A web designer is similar to a graphic designer. His duty is to focus on the user interface and the look and the feel of the website. He is responsible for the layout, colour, and font styles etc. A web…
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Empty spaces in the universe

Space Research
Scientists have discovered the biggest expanse (one billion light years across) of nothing. Inside the void, there are hardly any galaxies, planets, or black holes. For a long time, astronomers thought that matter—which makes up everything in the universe—was distributed fairly evenly through space, with only small empty spaces. The new find calls that assumption into question. A cold puzzle The discovery began with observations made by other scientists about something called cosmic microwave background radiation, or CMB. The CMB is a glow of radiation that flooded outer space about 13.7 billion years ago, after the Big Bang. The CMB still fills the universe, but it has changed. For one thing, it has drastically cooled. Just after the Big Bang, the glow was billions of degrees hot. Now it is…
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New Year Resolutions for Children

Personality Development
Babylonians were the first to make New Year resolutions and people all over the world have been breaking them ever since. Jokes apart, New Year is still the best time to make resolutions for the entire year. They provide a sort of direction to lead people through the coming year. What resolutions should I make? New Year resolutions should be such that they are easy to follow. The simple rule is that – don’t expect too much from yourself. Try to find out what you can do and stick to them. Going out of the way to prove yourself to others is of no use. Set achievable goals. Things that will make you a better human being and help you lead a more fulfilling life should be made your New…
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Kaka Biography

Sports
Brazil footballer Kaka was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2007. The 25 year old Brazilian beat Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Manchester United player Christiano Ronaldo in the annual poll of national team coaches and captains. [caption id="attachment_130" align="alignright" width="300"] Ricardo Kaka[/caption] Biography Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (born April 22, 1982 in Brasília), better known as Kaka, was born on April 22, 1982 in Brasilia. Kaka made his debut at Sao Paulo FC in 2001 when he was 18 years old. In the first season, he scored 12 goals in 27 appearances, and 10 goals in 22 appearances in the following season. His performance attracted attention from European clubs. He joined AC Milan in 2003 for $8.5 m. He scored 10 goals in 30 appearances that season,…
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The advantages of solar power

General Science
More and more people in the country are looking at the sun for cleaner energy options and rightly so. India receives a huge amount of sunlight every year. If harnessed through cost effective methods, this sunlight could be used to produce a whooping 600 giga watts of electricity. This is more than five times the annual power consumption of India which is only 120 giga watts. But despite the fact that the potential is huge, what India currently derives is only 10-15 mega watts annually. [caption id="attachment_127" align="alignright" width="450"] A home fitted with solar panels. Solar energy is clean and green. By fitting our homes with solar panels we can reduce our dependence on conventional energy produced by burning fossil fuels.[/caption] How to power your home with solar energy? The…
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Email writing tips

Writing Skills
Email is one of the most popular applications used on the Internet. Unfortunately it is also one of the most abused. So, how does one use email effectively? Here are some rules and guidelines to help you. Keep your email short and to the point. Your mail should include a meaningful and descriptive subject line. Use only plain text in your email. Messages do not necessarily translate well between different email programs if you are not using plain text. Use correct grammar and spelling. Poorly-worded and misspelt messages are hard to read and potentially confusing. Don't attach files unnecessarily. Attachments take longer to download than plain text emails and can be a source of viruses. Don't write in all CAPITALS as it is considered to be SHOUTING. Avoid sarcastic comments.…
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What is modern pentathlon?

Sports
The modern pentathlon is a sports contest consisting of five events. The word pentathlon is derived from the Greek root pente, meaning five. The events are epee fencing, pistol shooting, 200 m freestyle swimming, a show jumping course on horseback, and a cross-country run. The modern pentathlon is different from the ancient athletics pentathlon – none of the events of modern pentathlon were part of the ancient Olympics. [caption id="attachment_122" align="alignright" width="400"] Modern pentathlon[/caption] History The modern pentathlon was invented by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games. As the events of the ancient pentathlon were modeled after the skills of the ideal soldier of that time, Coubertin felt that the modern pentathlon contest must simulate the experience of a 19th century cavalry soldier behind enemy…
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Seven wonders of engineering and architecture

General Knowledge
The Seven Wonders of the Modern World People have put together many lists of the seven ancient wonders of the world. But this “seven wonders” list celebrates monumental engineering and construction feats of the 20th century. Empire State Building Finished in 1931, it towers 1,250 ft over New York City. It was the world's tallest building until 1972. Itaipu Dam Built by Brazil and Paraguay on the Parana River, Itaipu dam is the world's largest hydroelectric power plant. Completed in 1991, its length totals 7,744 m. CN Tower In 1976, the tower became the world's tallest freestanding structure. It looms about one-third of a mile high (1,815 ft) above Toronto, Canada. Panama Canal It took 34 years to create this 50-mile-long canal across the Isthmus of Panama. It was the…
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Effective time management

Personality Development
Time management techniques are a way to make the best use of your time. We all (rich and poor alike) have the same number of hours available to us in a day, a week, a month, or a year. It's how we use these hours which is important. Prioritization Proper prioritization is essential to effective time management. Whoever you are, there are only twenty four given hours in a day. You need to sleep, eat, bathe and perform a number of other activities. There will always be more things that you would like to do than there is time to do them. If you don't prioritize tasks, you would simply change from one task to another without rhyme or reason. This would not only be totally inefficient, it could also…
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