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Lets Dream to see an Indian astronaut walk the moon

The above is the dream of A P J Abdul Kalam. Shouldn’t we make this dream of every Indian.

India on Friday became the fourth nation to have its flag flying on the Moon’s surface when Chandrayaan-1′s Moon Impact Probe device, – which has the Indian Tricolour painted on it – touched down.

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The 35-kilo payload crash-landed on the lunar surface at around 2030 hrs IST. The MIP has started sending its first signals to the satellite.

It also contains equipment which will help scientists design a lunar lander or rover for the upcoming Chandrayaan-2 mission.

There’s a lot tucked away inside the MIP. There’s a device to constantly check its height as it falls, another to check what the air on the moon is made of and even a video camera to photograph the moon from close range.

Those photographs will help ISRO decide where to land India’s first moon rover, a few years from now. The MIP also has the Indian flag painted on its sides a Sanskrit shloka as well.

The MIP disconnected from Chandrayaan at 100 km from the moon. As it fell, it kept sending information back to the satellite.

Closer to the surface, rockets were fired to slow down its speed and soften impact.

After 30 min of free fall, the MIP crash-landed on the south pole of moon.

The MIP is the brainchild of former president APJ Abdul Kalam. He said it’s his dream to see an Indian astronaut walk the moon.

The youth of India should consider that encouragement of the youth is the most powerful resource on the earth, above and underneath, India will do it,” he said.

HandSolo by Qualcomm: The Future is at Hand – April Fool’s Prank

Here’s some fresh news from Qualcomm at CTIA. It looks like they have figured out how to make a mobile phone none of us will forget to bring along:

Good Morning,

Qualcomm, a leader in developing digital wireless communications products and services, is announcing HandSoloâ„¢. It was developed as the first ultra-portable embedded device designed to streamline the way you use mobile technology. Qualcomm engineers leveraged the latest in weightless technology to produce the first ever phone that requires no battery, features unlimited expandable memory, and is completely waterproof.

iPhone? Blackberry? The illusive Google Phone? The HandSolo will revolutionize the traditional thought of what a phone can be and is poised as the next technological historic milestone in human history.

For more information and to see the HandSolo in action, please visit: HandSoloMobile.com

Google Earth Hour – Google Celebrates Black Day

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Earth Hour

Earth Hour website

Google users in the United States will notice today that we “turned the lights out” on the Google.com homepage as a gesture to raise awareness of a worldwide energy conservation effort called Earth Hour. As to why we don’t do this permanently – it saves no energy; modern displays use the same amount of power regardless of what they display. However, you can do something to reduce the energy consumption of your home PC by joining the Climate Savers Computing Initiative.

On Saturday, March 29, 2008, Earth Hour invites people around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – from 8:00pm to 9:00pm in their local time zone. On this day, cities around the world, including Copenhagen, Chicago, Melbourne, Dubai, and Tel Aviv, will hold events to acknowledge their commitment to energy conservation.

Given our company’s commitment to environmental awareness and energy efficiency, we strongly support the Earth Hour campaign, and have darkened our homepage today to help spread awareness of what we hope will be a highly successful global event.

Why did Google choose this specific organization?
We believe in doing our part to help combat climate change, and found the Earth Hour initiative to be a timely, important event. Further, we think the “lights out” idea’s individual-centered nature is something that millions of people worldwide can participate in. In short, we really like it. So we did something about it.

How can I get Google to do something similar for my organization or project?
We welcome your ideas on how we can become more socially and environmentally responsible. Although we can’t guarantee either a placement on the Google homepage or even a response to every query, we do read every email we receive and welcome your ideas of organizations that you believe we should feature. If you’d like to submit a proposal, please send it to us at proposals@google.com.

What if we tweak the clock

Imagine that the Indian Standard Time (IST) is advanced by half-an-hour to be six hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time or GMT.

“I can stick my neck out and say it is a win-win situation,” DP Sen Gupta, honorary professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) and one of the scientists who pitched this idea, told the Hindustan Times from Bangalore.

The likely effects: office goers will get an extra half-hour of evening daylight to commute home. Petty crime in the dusk may drop. Sixteen per cent of peak evening electricity will be saved.

But at 8 am in Silicon Valley, California, it will be 9 or 10 pm in India instead of 8.30 pm or 9.30 pm today. Global businesses operating out of India will overlap more with China and Japan than the US.

Children in Punjab will go to school in the dark due to later winter sunrises, unless schools change timings. And families in the north and west will switch on lights early morning for a few winter weeks. “Six hours would be an integral number. We belong to five per cent of the countries with fractional time differences (five and half hours),” Sen pointed out.

But the IST, the official time standard since Independence, will not be modified unless the Cabinet decides to. “I am aware of the proposal,” Union Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal told HT. “It’s for Cabinet to decide, it’s not a science and technology issue.”

The scientists are sending their paper to the Planning Commission. “We would be happy to make a presentation to them or a Parliamentary sub-committee,” said the NIAS professor Dilip Ahuja.

Read Complete Story @ Hindustan Times

Chintee.com – New venture of Reliance Group

Ack :- Informationmadness.com

Few days ago Startup Dunia talked about a new website coming out of the Reliance hive. The website is called Chintee.com. Chintee (means Ant).

The DNS servers are still pointing to zapak.com and the site used to redirect to BigAdda, which was just launched last week (Reliance social netowkring site).If you look at the registrant information, it is on Nikhil Soman’s name. Organization field is empty. I got this information from who.is query.

The site now provides options to vote for your best logo for the page. This is similar to what they did for BigAdda.com.There are speculations about the site whether its a search engine or something else. Well as the name refers Chintee (an Ant) crawls to places, may be this is a web site crawler.

But the time will tell whats the website about. Till then you can just go to site and vote for your best logo. I voted for Option 2. Thats the picture which comes to my mind when I think of a chintee.

Check it out. www.chintee.com

What is Second Life?

Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by a total of 7,664,424 people from around the globe.

* From the moment you enter the World you’ll discover a vast digital continent, teeming with people, entertainment, experiences and opportunity. Once you’ve explored a bit, perhaps you’ll find a perfect parcel of land to build your house or business.

* You’ll also be surrounded by the Creations of your fellow residents. Because residents retain the rights to their digital creations, they can buy, sell and trade with other residents.

* The Marketplace currently supports millions of US dollars in monthly transactions. This commerce is handled with the in-world unit-of-trade, the Linden dollar, which can be converted to US dollars at several thriving online Linden Dollar exchanges.

Enjoy Second Life @ http://secondlife.com/

Expect to see a “Blue Moon” on June 30

For those interested in astronomy, Saturday (June 30) could be a landmark day, for they will be in a position to cite a `Blue Moon’.

According to a Sydney Morning Herald report, the “Blue moon” is a quirky astronomical term used to describe the second full moon in a calendar month, an event which occurs only once every two and a half years.But it hasn’t always been this way. Up until the 1940s, the term blue moon was used to describe the third full moon in a season.However you define it, a blue moon isn’t a common event. On average they occur once every two and a half years, which probably led to the term ‘once in a blue moon’.

So if the moon doesn’t change colour, why use the term ‘blue’?

Read More Abt it @ Yahoo News

WiTricity: Transmitting Electricity Wirelessly

Ack:- Vishal Shah

In an experiment revealed last week, a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s departments of Physics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies lit a 60-watt light bulb from a power source seven feet away with no physical connection between the power source and the bulb.

The researchers employed two magnetic coils, 20 inches in diameter, designed to resonate together. The team labeled the concept WiTricity, for wireless electricity.

According to the researchers, power levels more than sufficient to run a laptop can be efficiently transferred over room-sized distances even when objects completely obstruct the line-of-sight between the power source and appliance. “As long as the laptop is in a room equipped with a source of such wireless power, it would charge automatically, without having to be plugged in,” one of the researchers, MIT physics professor Peter Fisher, said in a statement. “In fact, it would not even need a battery to operate inside of such a room.”

If [or should it be when] commercialized, the researchers foresee, WiTricity could cut society’s dependence on those heavy and expensive batteries.

How does US Missile Defence Shield works

Now a days often use to hear the word “Missile defence shield” from Bush

What was that ??

What it is all about ??

So finally found something quite flashy and interesting that explains what it is and how it works

Look the flashy presentation @ BBC

Microsoft unveils table computer – Microsoft Surface

Microsoft has unveiled a new touch-sensitive coffee table-shaped computer called “Surface”.

Experience it……..
http://www.microsoft.com/surface/

  • Designed to do away with the need for a traditional mouse and keyboard, users can instead use their fingers to operate the computer.
  • Also designed to interact with mobile phones placed on the surface, Microsoft says it will initially sell the unit to corporate customers.
  • These will include hotels, casinos, phone stores and restaurants.
  • So-called “multi-touch” interfaces – which allow the user to “gesture” with several fingers at once to manipulate data, rather than relying on a mouse and menus – have been making waves in tech circles for some time.
  • With a 30-inch screen, Surface will initially sell for between $5,000 and $10,000 (£2,525-£5,050).
  • However, Microsoft said it aimed to produce cheaper versions for homes within three to five years.
  • We see this as a multibillion dollar category, and we envision a time when surface computing technologies will be pervasive, from tabletops and counters to the hallway mirror, said Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer.

Microsoft has had a mixed record recently with new consumer products.