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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Strangest Natural Phenomena (Cont.) by Abhiram Singireddy

Frozen Methane Bubbles
Gas bubbles found in Lake Abraham in Alberta, Canada are made when dead leaves, grass, and animals drop into the water, sink, and are eaten by microbes that excrete methane. The gas is discharged as bubbles that change into tens of thousands of frigid white disks when they come into contact with frozen water.

Sailing Stones
Found in a California's Death Valley National Park, the heavy stones appear up to move over the dried lake bed, leaving a trail behind them inside the broken mud. The rocks' movement has been lead to numerous hypotheses, which were refuted by researchers. However, under certain winter conditions in Death Valley, sufficient water and ice seem shape to drift the rocks over the sloppy foot of Racetrack Playa in a light breeze, leaving a path within the mud as the rocks move.

Fairy Circles
In southern Africa’s Namib Desert, the sprawling meadows are filled with a set of spots. Areas of fairy circles, desolate circles edged with patches of vegetation and extending from 10 to 65 feet in diameter, extend for hundreds of miles. Nobody knows what causes these circles to appear and many theories as to why this phenomenon occurs have emerged.

Pororoca
Every so often with the full moon in February and March, where the Amazon River meets the Atlantic Ocean, you'll discover waves up to 13 feet tall. A really uncommon day for surfers, who can not wait to jump in the river, but dreaded by the locals for the unsafe constrain of the waves.

Sort sol
Amid the months of March and April, in the southwestern marshlands of Denmark, you'll be able to experience the sort sol, which means black sun. Sort sol is the occasion when up to one million birds run to the skies amid dusk and the sun is actually blocked by the winged creatures, thus the title black sun.

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Most Famous Bridges in the World by Abhiram Singireddy

Brooklyn Bridge    


Completed in 1883, Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East  River. At the time it opened, and for several years, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world and it has become a famous and iconic landmark of New York. The bridge has a wide pedestrian walkway open to walkers and cyclists.

Golden Gate Bridge         


The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the strait between  San Francisco and Marin County to the north. The masterwork of architect Joseph B. Strauss, whose statue graces the southern observation deck, the bridge took seven years to build and was completed in 1937. The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed, and has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in San Francisco and California. Since its completion, the span length has been surpassed by eight other bridges. The famous red-orange color of the bridge was specifically chosen to make the bridge more easily visible through the thick fog that frequently shrouds the bridge.

Ponte Vecchio      

The Ponte Vecchio (literally “old bridge”) is a Medieval bridge over the Arno River in  Florence; the only Florentine bridge to survive WW2. The bridge is famous for still having shops built along with it, as was common in the days of the Medici. Butchers initially occupied the shops; the present tenants are jewelers, art dealers, and souvenir sellers. It is said that the economic concept of bankruptcy originated here: when a merchant could not pay his debts, the table on which he sold his wares was physically broken by soldiers, and this practice was called “bancorotto” (broken table).

Tower Bridge      


Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, over the River Thames.  It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name and has become an iconic symbol of London. Construction started in 1886 and took eight years to build. The bridge consists of two towers that are tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways which are designed to withstand the forces of the suspended sections of the bridge.

Sydney Harbour Bridge       

Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s most well known and photographed landmarks. It is the world’s largest (but not the longest) steel arch bridge with the top of the bridge standing 134 meters (440 feet) above Sydney Harbour. It took eight years to build and opened in March 1932. Because the steel expands or contracts depending on whether it is hot or cold the bridge is not completely stationary and can rise or fall up to 18 cm (7.1 inches).
Oresund Bridge     

Oresund Bridge to Sweden leaving the island where Peberholm continues with a tunnel, Tunnel Drogden up in Denmark. Each of these three sections is a great technical achievement. The bridge itself, supported by cables, with the 7845 m long, is one of the largest buildings of its kind in the world with the largest opening (490 m) between the two legs that weighs 82,000 tons per meter. Although the ship traffic in the area takes place on the tunnel, the highest pillar is 204 m at the top is a four-lane road that passes under a railway double the average height of the bridge is 57 meters Peberholm Island there is a shift from the bridge to the tunnel. Peberholm is an artificial island built for this purpose, over 2 km long and several hundred meters wide, unpopulated, which belongs to Denmark. Drogden Tunnel starts from the middle of the island and after crossing the 3510 m under the sea, it continues with two tunnels of 270 m on land. The reason for which was built in place of the tunnel is another bridge that was too close to Copenhagen Airport.

Priyal Patel - The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri


Priyal Patel - The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

I had to read this book in my english class and it was one of my favorite books. This book is about a family that moved from Calcutta to the United States of America. The parents, Ashima and Ashoke, had an arranged marriage then moved here. After a while, they had 2 children named Gogol and Sonia. This is really focused on the family at first then focuses more on Gogol and his life. Throughout the book, the family has been through so much and suffered a lot from the children’s childhood. Many tragedies happen to the family and this shapes the way the family lives throughout the book. As a hindu, some of the stereotypes said in the book makes me feel connected to the book. I can connect so much that the lifestyles are quite similar. Everytime I opened the book, I was excited to read it and made me feel like I am not the only one in the world that is living this type of life. These important moments in the book really grabbed my attention. After major events, the plot takes a big twist and the family dramatically changes throughout the book.

I recommend you to read this book because it is from a very different perspective. It is not like any other ordinary book that you read in high school. It’s a book filled with humor, adventure and bonds becoming stronger within the family.

Hatchet Review by Abhiram Singireddy

Plot: A 13-year-old-boy, Brian Robeson, who is traveling in a small plane, a Cessna 406, to see his Dad in Canada. And, then the plane crashes.

Gary Paulsen’s writing is smooth and simple - instructive, suspenseful, and descriptive! Descriptions of the lake and wilderness are excellent. The nerve-racking noises, the change in climate, the buzzing of mosquitoes were exceptionally realistic. Something that inspired me within this story was the life lesson Brian recollects from the starting of his experience within the wild, from an English teacher he had in school. His instructor continuously said to keep positive, remain on best of things - keep yourself propelled; remain motivated. This life lesson worked well for Brian. Learning about the wild certainly cannot harm anybody at all. In reality, inside this survivalist enterprise, Brian, the hero, recalled some episodes from TV about surviving in the wild, and these pieces he learned made a difference him amid his survival mode. Even if there was too much repetition with the author's writing style, it was to the point, and paced well. It's clear why it won so many children's awards, including Newberry Honor. I would rate this book a 9/10 and recommend it to other readers!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Top 5 Countries With The Most Efficient Healthcare by Abhiram Singireddy

Hong Kong (behaves like an independent country)

There is no money related commitments to public health insurance in Hong Kong. The government basically gives healthcare to everybody at virtually no cost. This framework incorporates not as it were Hong Kong citizens & permanent inhabitants, but too non-permanent inhabitants. Hence, as before long as you're in Hong Kong with a substantial visa and have obtained the Hong Kong ID card, you're qualified for public healthcare.

Singapore

One reason Singapore’s healthcare framework is so prevalent with expats is how rapidly and effectively they can get to English-speaking specialists. The comprehensive and proficient cover could be a reward for numerous but has a costly cost tag to match. Private clinics are the quickest way to get a check-up. What’s more, the healthcare framework (both public and private) has profoundly prepared specialists and high-tech equipment, meaning you're getting high standards of care for the cost. 

Japan

Since everybody living in Japan is lawfully required to have wellbeing protections, healthcare for non-residents within the country is the same because it is for Japanese nationals. On the complete, Japan is known for its high-quality healthcare. This contributes to the nation having one of the highest life expectancy rates within the world.

Israel

The healthcare framework and wellbeing protections of Israel offer top-quality care to its individuals. In Israel, the contrasts between the public healthcare framework and private wellbeing protections isn't the quality of care you may receive. The most noteworthy distinction is that you just will essentially pick up get to more civilities with private protections. For case, your hospital remains may incorporate internet and television access and indeed superior nourishment, among other things.

Spain

Spanish healthcare is set up broadly all through the nation. It is open, free, and accessible to each Spanish inhabitant. Individuals who work pay month to month social security commitments to uphold the open healthcare system. These commitments ensure that nearly everybody can get to healthcare for free and only has to pay a percentage on prescriptions.

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Why Public Transportation Works Better Outside the US by Abhiram Singireddy

Lesson 1: Never Waste A Greenfield

Cities over Europe created elaborate plans to suit cars, bulldozing numerous noteworthy neighborhoods to create a way for wide streets and parking. Urban zones extended drastically with the development of rural areas and modern towns. There was an important distinction with what was happening over the Atlantic. Not at all like their American partners, European organizers outlined unused rural areas in ways that made transit use still reasonable. Numerous modern towns were built around train and metro stations.

Lesson 2: Using Existing Space

Many, in spite of the fact that not all, major cities within the U.S. have a number of rail lines transmitting out of their centers. Most of them are as it was used by freight or a couple of commuter train trips a day. It’s a colossal, undiscovered asset. There’s no reason why those railroad lines can’t be turned into what are successfully metro lines—high-capacity courses that permit individuals to urge over the city quickly—without the immense cost of tunneling. In Europe, what we ordinarily call “commuter rail” operates frequently, all day, and cost the same admission as other nearby transit. That’s the contrast between territorial rail and commuter rail. A travel framework with a benefit that's as it were valuable to 9-to-5 commuters to downtown will never be a valuable one for most people.

Lesson 3: Improve The Buses

A great feeder transport framework can spare colossal capital costs, since it can bring individuals to the existing rail line, hence disposing of the need to bring a rail line through existing improvement to the riders. Converting existing rail lines to run genuine travel benefits can be shockingly cheap. Ottawa changed over a lightly-used cargo course to a five-stop rail travel line with trains every 15 minutes for as it were $16 million. By comparison, one station on New York’s Second Road Tram taken a toll $740 million; the 2.2-mile-long D.C. Streetcar taken a toll $200 million. Indeed on lines with overwhelming cargo activity, including additional tracks for traveler benefit costs a division of the fetched of subway tunnels.

Lesson 4: Don't forget what you learned

The 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s were a time of nearly unimaginable highway development, in both the U.S. and Europe. Many European metros are encompassed by expressway systems that would awe anybody from L.A. or Houston. - In Germany, for case, high-speed Expressway goes almost all over. The arrival of BMW and Mercedes-Benz gloats a solid car culture, and its plans for a national arrange of expressways were, to begin with shaped within the 1920s. Without a doubt, these interstates made a difference to inspire America’s interstate build-out. But Germany never halted building rail frameworks. The U.S. did halt building rail, in spite of many conversations among American organizers of “balanced” transportation plans that included both interstate and open travel enhancements. There were about no significant rail ventures between the New Deal era within the 1930s and early ‘40s, and the Great Society period of the 1960s. Amid that long gap, the mastery of U.S. builders decayed, which made a difference drive up development costs.

Lesson 5: Make sure fares are fair

Fares need to be low enough that people can afford to take transit. New York City will soon join other cities like Tucson and Ann Arbor in having discounted fares for low-income people. That is important to make transit accessible to everyone. But fair fares isn’t just about keeping fares low, it’s also about eliminating arbitrary inequities. People shouldn’t have to pay a transfer penalty or a double fare just because they switch from bus to rail, transfer between agencies, or travel across the city limits. A transfer is an inconvenience—you shouldn’t have to pay extra for it.

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To Kill A Mocking Bird: Book Review by Abhiram Singireddy

Plot: Atticus Finch's endeavors to demonstrate the innocence of Tom Robinson, a black man who has been wrongly accused of committing a crime by a white lady in 1930s Alabama.

This is a novel that I have read endless times over the years and it never fails to connect with me on some level with every reading. There are two primary reasons to read this book. The first reason is for the lovely depiction of creative childhood. The narrator, her brother Jem, and their companion Dill embody most of the characteristics of childhood, and their imaginative recreations and thought processes are a joy to view. The voice of Scout is a pitch-perfect recreation of childhood and childish motivations. Part I of this book is conceivably the most excellent recreation of childhood that I have come over in literature. Another reason may be a pretty simple one really. The character of Atticus Finch is one of the noblest literary creations ever composed. He is somebody who is respectable in each sense of the word and serves as a motivation for anybody. He is a great father, a conventional and compassionate man, and an individual who tries to see the good in almost anything.  It is apparent as you read this book that Harper Lee adores this character. Atticus’ emphatic want to see all people as humans and worthy of regard could be a lesson for our and all time. It could be a characteristic that numerous individuals preach, but few really practice. There are various other reasons why this is often a stellar work of genius, not slightest of which is the superb plotting of the novel, the great and fleshed out supporting characters and the message that Lee finds various ways to emphasize all through the book, which is picking on people who are helpless and don't do harm is a terrible thing. I would give this book a 9/10 and recommend it!