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Get ready for the Space Hop

The British Library, Bangalore brings the ‘Reading Challenge’ to you. Each year the Reading Challenge programme encourages you to read six or more books of your choice with collectable incentives and rewards plus a certificate or medal for everyone who completes the Challenge.

 The 2011 Reading Challenge has a fantasy theme called ‘Space Hop’. It promises to take young readers into a mysterious and wondrous land, where they can discover the joy of reading.

Participation in the Reading Challenge programme is open to children aged 4 to 12 years for a fee. All participating children will be issued a card against which they can borrow 2 books at a time from the ‘Space Hop’ collection. You can exchange your books as many number of times as you like during the programme. On registration, Reading Challenge participants will receive their own exclusive membership card, Reading Challenge welcome pack, bag, Space Hop folder, Space Hop notebook, and a certificate and medal on completion of the programme. The programme will start from April 9, 2011 and end on June 11, 2011. Registration will be done on a ‘first come first serve’ basis. For more details, email:

Elephant mothers keep lions at bay

With age comes wisdom, an old adage goes. Now researchers report that there is truth to this among African elephants. Groups of elephants led by older matriarchs are more adept at locating and fending off predatory male lions. Dr Karen McComb and her colleagues, who led a study in Kenya, used loudspeakers to blast lion roars, and then judged the reactions of elephants. Groups with matriarchs older than 60 were able to determine more easily whether a lion’s roar was from a male or a female (males pose a greater threat), and respond accordingly.

Elephants with older matriarchs were also able to organise themselves more quickly as a united front and march toward a roar to challenge the supposed predator. The younger elephants were presumably taking cues from the matriarch, Dr McComb said to a reporter from the New York Times.