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Tiny Bytes podcast: Zika virus vs Olympics, mesmerising Messi and more | Feb 24, 2016

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Hi there! And welcome to Tiny Bytes, a look at some of Today’s News for Little Minds.

The Zika virus outbreak in Brazil may affect 2016 Olympics

The Zika virus outbreak in Brazil may affect 2016 Olympics

The 2016 Olympics are being held in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil in August this year. A virus called the Zika virus has been plaguing Brazil since April of last year, and more recently, it has got athletes and sports fans wondering if they should attend the Olympics or not! You can get the Zika virus, if you are bitten by the female Aedes Aegypti mosquito that carries this virus. Should you be scared of this virus? Not really, because this virus is dangerous more so for Pregnant women, since it causes babies to be born with a smaller head than normal. Meanwhile, Brazilian authorities are doing everything they can to eradicate, that is, to get rid of this virus. In-depth Coverage

Kerala gets ready for Assembly elections

Kerala gets ready for Assembly elections

By the month of May this year, Kerala will have its next Assembly Elections and maybe even a new party in power. The Assembly Elections are the elections held to choose leaders in a particular State. The winning party (or parties) form the new Govt. led by the Chief Minister and other ministers. Do you know who the Chief Minister of Kerala is today? Thaat’s right, it’s Mr. Oommen Chandy of the Congress Party. Yesterday (Tuesday), another Congress minister, Mr. Ramesh Chennithala, announced that the party has not yet decided who would be the next candidate for the post of Chief Minister from their party. In-depth Coverage

Mesmerising Messi helps Barca in big win

Mesmerising Messi helps Barca in big win

Here’s a Football update for you Sports fans. Lionel Messi strikes big, as Barcelona beats Arsenal : The defending champions of the Champions League, Barcelona, played against Arsenal yesterday, in the first leg of the last 16 round. Barcelona’s front three players – Messi, Suarez and Neymar, also nicknamed MSN, were just too cool to beat in the second half. Barcelona beat Arsenal by 2 goals to 0. Read More

Since October, FC Barcelona has been unbeaten in the 33 games that they’ve played.

When the sky opens up

When the sky opens up (Representative image)

In some unusual news - It has just come to light that a space fireball plunged in from the atmosphere, over the Atlantic Ocean earlier this month. This event almost went unnoticed as it burned up 30 kilometers above the ocean surface. In the year 2013, a similar, space object exploded over a town called Chelyabinsk in Russia, and pieces that fell along the way, caused injuries to people. Things bursting into flames from outer space sounds like something straight out of a movie, doesn’t it?! It’s unbelievable that these things actually happen! Apparently though, every year, around 30 smaller space rocks crash into the earth’s surface, but since most of the surface is water, we don’t really get affected by them.

Fun fact for the day

Fun fact for the day Venus

Since we are on the topic of Space : Did you know that the hottest planet in our solar system is Venus? Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, but Venus is still the hottest!

That’s it for today, kids. Thank you for listening. My name is Ashika and I hope you’ll watch out for me at 4 pm tomorrow too – remember, it’s so important to know what’s going on in the world around you.

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