Learning Centre
  • Proud to be a Girl!

    Karachi: The International Day of the Girl Child was celebrated with great dedication and commitment by the staff of KG-11 Gulshan on October 10, 2014.
  • JMUN: An Experience of a Lifetime

    Karachi: The Model United Nations (MUN) was introduced in BSS, JC for the very first time on September 20, organised by the students on their own.
  • BSS Yellow clinches the Karachi T-20 trophy

    The NBP T20 Cricket Tournament was organised for schools in Karachi. Sixteen teams from leading schools took part in this competition.
  • Obhartay Sitaray

    Obhartay Sitaray (OS) is an inter-school singing competition event arranged by The Citizen Foundation (TCF) since 2012.
  • Online Induction Course

    Beaconhouse Central Region has launched its first online induction course with 23 teachers at Beaconhouse Newlands.
World Watch
Introducing the Tardigrade: Alien-like Life

In order to understand how life might thrive on alien worlds, it helps to understand how life thrives in some of the most extreme places on Earth. And no living organism is quite as extreme as the tardigrade. Because of their stumpy appearance, tardigrades are frequently referred to as “water bears.” Under a microscope, they resemble a plump, squishy bear that waddles around on tiny little legs, each of which has a number of claw-like appendages. Generally, tardigrades only reach 1mm in length. But size isn’t everything—these tiny creatures are much tougher than your average bear. Tardigrades have been frozen and defrosted, roasted and boiled, zapped with X-Rays, placed in a vacuum, exposed to pressures far exceeding those found in the deepest ocean trenches—and lived to tell the tale. They can withstand gamma radiation, oxygen deprivation, and the intense blast of solar wind. They can go without food or water for over ten years, and live quite comfortably in temperatures far exceeding the boiling point of water or plunging to a sub-zero chill. Even when temperatures are hovering just above absolute zero (−458ºF or −272ºC), tardigrades can survive for quite some time without experiencing adverse effects. In short, they can withstand environmental conditions that would be instantly lethal to most other living organisms.

Courtesy: BBC

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