Person of the Year
Vol 7 Issue 5, Jan 29 - Feb 4, 2016
Green WarriorsUnsung Heroes

The biggest question: Do animals have a language?

06-Feb-2016
London

Posted 01 Feb 2013

The most puzzling natural mystery people want solved is whether animals have their own language, according to a poll.

Asked to choose from 10 unanswered questions about the natural world, a third (31 percent) of British people said whether animals use language was one of the issues they most wanted answered, the Daily Mail reported.

The second most burning question was how the dinosaurs died out, with 29 percent of the 2,000 people polled putting that query.

More than a fifth (22 percent) wanted to know why cats purr.

The poll was for the launch of new TV show by David Attenborough, "Natural Curiosities", on a British channel.

It also revealed some of the most commonly believed myths about nature.

Almost half those polled (47 percent) believed female Praying Mantis eat the males after sex, although research has found that only happened once in 69 experiments.

Another 37 percent thought camels store water in their humps, rather than storing fat to provide energy. - IANS
 



Print  |  Email  | 
 Share   


You might also like:

Changing women

Working together, two NGOs, Sanatkada and Nirantar, have transformed the lives of many poor women, enabling them to stand on their own and also realize their full potential, says Mehru Jaffer

Read More

TN wakes up

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa calls for special assembly session and asserts that the State would not give up its rights over Mullaiperiyar dam because of the “imaginary threat to its safety” 

Read More
Stories on Innovations & Innovators
The Lead Star
adyar bakery
 
Mentoring Tamil Nadu



Popular Stories

Space to farm

In the US, Rikin Gandhi aspired to be an astronaut but landed in the pastoral fields of India to develop Digital Green, an initiative that helps farmers. He now feels “people can choose agriculture and be prosperous.” Partho Burman reports

Read More

Master potter

In a government school in Tamil Nadu, students are not just taught but trained to be achievers. Like a potter churning vessels from clay, the headmaster M Karunanithi shapes children from poor homes for big things. P C Vinoj Kumar checks out

Read More

People’s monk

The Roti Bank, started by Tara Patkar and few others, has brought down begging in Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region. Narendra Kaushik tells us the story of the journalist-turned social activist who is changing the lives of the local people

Read More

PM’s couturiers

Do you know Jitendra and Bipin Chauhan? Well, you will if we introduce them as the Prime Minister’s personal tailors. The brothers, however, came up the hard way after their father suddenly took to sanyas. P C Vinoj Kumar has their life story

Read More

Living raconteur

Preserving a dying tradition of story-telling in this digital age, Deepa Kiran enthralls people, mainly school children, with her multiple skills. S Sainath profiles the woman from Hyderabad who can explain the power of 2 using a chessboard

Read More

The app man

A school teacher from Rajasthan was toasted by the Prime Minister at the Wembley Stadium during his UK visit. Partho Burman has the story of the self-taught Imran Khan who has developed 54 education apps, besides some websites, all for free

Read More

Walking tall

A matchstick factory sacked him when he joined the communist party and fought for employee rights, but VKC Mammed Koya, a class seven dropout went on to build a footwear brand that’s now making Rs 1500 crore turnover, says Renitha Raveendran

Read More

Road fixer

In the family that names children after freedom fighters, it was natural that he was called Gangadhara Tilak. But he continued the tradition of being a do-gooder, filling up potholes on roads, spending his own money and time, says S Sainath

Read More

Bridging villages

Boatman Sheikh Lalchand of Kulia village in Howrah district has singlehandedly built a bamboo bridge across River Mudeswari, connecting people of three panchayats with the mainland. And the bridge has been rightly named after him, says G Singh

Read More

Rescue robot

‘Borewell robot’ that can save children from borewells will now be used by fire service and NDRF. Its innovator, a former plumber, built it after his son escaped death, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Read More
 
Kudos image

"The Weekend Leader not only gives a glimpse of the better things happening around us but also tells stories of people who made it possible.”

Ajay Chaturvedi, Entrepreneur More Kudos
 
Archives  |   Columns  |   About Us  |   Contact Us  |   Feedback  |   Response  |     |   Cheers!  |   Support Us  |   Friends of Positive Journalism
© Copyright The Weekend Leader.com, 2010. All rights reserved.