026: Current News for Kids – 10

Hi There! Here’s another episode with lots of interesting news from across the world. Listen to know more about How the Californian fires have still not died out. I’ve made a collection of environmental news and explained why the fires, declined bio diversity and climate changes are all linked. Part of this news continues to show how Samarrth Khanna grew a forest in Faridabad junction when he was just 16. Its something we could all do. I’ve even shared news on how the commonwealth Realm country, Barbados will stop having the Queen as their head of State by next year. Not to forget the news that grabbed attention of the world was fire that shattered the world’s largest migrant camp in Greece The episode ends with how a determined woman, Brazilian pro-surfer Maya Gabeira was declared a Guinness book record holder. Listen on to know more. Thanks, Siyona

Siyona Sep 19, 2020

025: Stars and Constellations

Hello All, This episode turned out to be so educative about the different kinds of stars we could probably see with our naked eye in the night sky. Dr B S Shylaja explains with such astonishing ease about the constellations, where to look for them. Just in case you get lost in sea, This episode might save your life if you listen carefully about the North star. It truly helps you decide the direction of your travel! How and where do you see Venus? If you thought its at night, you might be wrong! You’d have to wake up early to see it!! White dwarfs, Super Nova, Nebula, neutron star… sounds confusing? This episode is sure to clarify all that to you. Hope you love it as much as I did.. Thanks!

Siyona Sep 12, 2020

024: Teacher’s Day Special

Hi All, It’s a day to wish our Teachers! Listen to this heart warming episode dedicated to ALL teachers. I’ve been able to share a lot of information about Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, an Inspiring teacher around the independence time, whose Birthday we celebrate as Teachers Day. I’ve taken the liberty to speak of many other inspiring teachers from the past and present. Don’t Miss the last few minutes where quiet a few kids came around to express their gratitude towards their own teachers. HAPPY TEACHERS DAY!! Cheers!

Siyona Sep 04, 2020

023: Current News for Kids – 09

Hi again! In this week’s news Episode, we’ll be hearing about stories from the past 2 weeks. I’ve covered a bit about Covid-19 to start with and spoke about how California saw a lot of fires while Louisiana was hit by deadly Hurricane Laura. I then explain how microplastics are affecting the Atlantic and Green house affect is affecting the Arctic. Why would you have Chocolate snow? Well, its possible if you like in a town with a huge chocolate factory in it…. Just listen to know more… and Oh! Japan tests its first flying car successfully! Isn’t that exciting? I also announce my competition for this month! Please do listen and take part in it. Thanks, Siyona

Siyona Sep 01, 2020

021: Universe and Black Holes – Part 2

Hi Again! Second episode within a week’s time rings the bell that its THAT interesting… Mainly because this Brilliant trainer of future scientists, Assistant Director of the Nehru Planetarium shares such astounding facts about our Universe and the Black holes… I mean, who would have ever guessed that the colours we see in various pictures might not really be visible to us if we went into space right now and looked at the same! How peacefully we live on our earth while such massive black holes continuously gobble up even light that gets near it…. I wonder what the difference between Super Massive Black holes and Stellar Black holes could be! Listen and enjoy all the graceful answers about these very questions. Thanks!

Siyona Aug 25, 2020

020: Universe and Black Holes – Part 1

Hi Again! Can you believe this is my 20th episode? Thanks for listening to me all along. In today’s episode, Dr Madhusudan, Assistant director of Nehru Planetarium in Bengaluru explains and helps us visualise how big our solar system is and how big the Nebule can me. I was astonished to hear how the Sky on the Moon might appear…. Makes me feel like I want to travel to the moon as soon as I could. We even discuss what light years are and so many more fascinating facts about our unimaginably big Universe. I really hope you enjoy this journey through the universe. Thanks for listening

Siyona Aug 22, 2020

Independence Day Special 2020

Patriotism in the air today… I’m loving the feeling. Who could answer my questions better than an army man? I’ve been lucky enough to interview a Kargil War veteran, Brigadier Amardeep Singh on this Independence day. He beautifully explains to us the history before our independence, the meaning of patriotism, and how proud he is for doing his bit for India in winning the Kargil war. My little heart was filled with Pride and greatness to this nation. Bolo Bharat Mata ki… Jai!

Siyona Aug 14, 2020

Current News for Kids 08

Hi All, Here’s a mid-week episode with Current news for kids like us. Lots of things have happened in the world in the past 15 days since my last news episode. Ofcourse! Covid increases and Hong kong is seeing its 3rd wave. In this episode we also discuss about the Ayodhya temple which has been a very joyful news here in India. We discuss about the Elections in United states and how Kamal Harris is chosen as Jo Biden’s Vice President. And don’t miss out on how Scientists managed to wake up microbes that are 100 million years old. Phew…. I feel so inspired by these scientists. We also discuss the unfortunate blast in Beirut. On one end we have such scientists to inspire and the other end we have colossal carelessness demonstrated to the world. I really hope you enjoy this episode. Thanks.

Siyona Aug 12, 2020

Solar System – Part 1

Hi There…. Season two episode two, I’m sure you’re looking forward to it Too! I’m Very excited to be sharing my conversation with an Ex space scientist, Dr B R Guruprasad. In this episode, I’ve asked him some questions I thought were tough, but effortlessly answered by this inspiring scientist. I’ve learnt so much about Venus and gaseous giants like Jupiter…. I felt like being taken to a different world!

Admin Aug 08, 2020

End of Season 1

Hi All, I’m happy that my Season 1, that is the health series is done. In this episode, we recap on what we heard and learnt from all the episodes so far. I share some fun facts about our body and the food too.I’d like to remind you that the painting competition ends on the 25th! So, quick, send me your paintings, sketches and drawings. To be fair, they will be judged by a professional artist. I hope you enjoy listening to my concluding episode for Season 1! Thanks!

Siyona Jul 19, 2020

Special Episode – International Justice Day with Sophia

Hi Again! I’m proud to present to you, my first ‘Special Episode’ with Sophia. Special because another child is my guest. Sophia is a bright 8 year old who aspires to be a Supreme Court Justice in the highest court in the United States. Her interest is a perfect match for todays International Justice day. Listen to her graceful suggestions and views on justice for homeless people in the world. I’m proud to present to you, her views and thank her for using Little Mind Chats. A true platform for kids to express their views on any topic of their interest.

Siyona Jul 16, 2020

Healthy Eyes

Hi, Your eyes! You’re reading this with your eyes! In this episode, I have Dr Manjunath, paediatric ophthalmologist, explaining so many thing about our eyes. Have you wondered what to do when something falls in your eyes? Dr Manjunath clearly explains what short sight and long sight are… No more confusion. For the first time, I know why my parents are concerned about me wearing glasses at the age of 8. I feel more convinced on why screen time is devastating on our eyes and health. Listen to know what exercises you could do to keep your eyes top notch during this phase of online classes. Do not miss out my last episode in the health series Thanks for listening,

Siyona Jul 05, 2020

Current news for Kids 05

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…

Siyona Jun 28, 2020

Current news and Competition results

Hello there! This is my first episode of Season 2. And the first time I’m announcing prizes for the competition we conducted this month. Listen to some news from across the world. We covered some news about Greta Thunberg and how she’s donating her 1 million euros prize for her cause. We listen to the disruption caused due to heavy monsoons in South Asia. And ofcourse, we cannot miss out on the eventful week for space launches. It’s a lovely feeling that more and more countries are joining the space race to Mars. We end the episode after announcing the winners of this month’s painting competition. I’m way too happy for that… Hope you enjoy listening as always! Thanks!

Siyona Jun 26, 2020

Healthy Mind

Hi All, Join me in my discussion with a qualified psychiatrist Dr Divya Ganesh Nallur. We’ve discussed on so many topics relevant to children like us. We discuss why mental health is important for us and how we could cope in the Covid 19 issues. We also discuss in depth about why reading books is important to us and not the gadgets. Why is it important for little children like us to watch only age appropriate movies? How can we support any of our friends with learning disability? Oh oh yeah… bullying is BAD. And so much more. Dr Divya patiently answered my questions in this nearly half hour episode. The longest one for me so far! I hope you learn and enjoy listening!. Thanks

Siyona Jun 21, 2020