Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mercury is shrinking, reveal Nasa images

The first pictures from the unseen side of Mercury reveal the wrinkles of a shrinking, aging planet with scars from volcanic eruptions and a birthmark shaped like a spider.

Some of the 1,213 photos taken by Nasa's Messenger probe and unveiled Wednesday help support the case that ancient volcanoes dot Mercury and that it is shrinking as it gets older, forming wrinkle-like ridges. But other images are surprising and puzzling.

The spidery shape captured in a photo is "unlike anything we've seen anywhere in the solar system," said mission chief scientist Sean Solomon of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The image shows what looks like a large crater with faint lines radiating out from it.

Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, has often been compared to Earth's dull black-and-white Moon. But the new photos, which reveal parts of Mercury never seen, show the tiny planet is more colourful and once had volcanic activity.

With the help of Nasa high-tech enhancement, Messenger photos showed baby blues and dark reds.

"It has very subtle red and blue areas," said instrument scientist Louise Prockter of Johns Hopkins University, which runs the Messenger mission for Nasa. "Mercury doesn't look like the Moon."

The last time a Nasa spacecraft went to Mercury was Mariner 10 in 1975. It took pictures of just 45% of the planet. Messenger, which will do a couple more flybys of the planet before going into a long-term orbit, already has taken pictures of another 30% of Mercury, Prockter said. The rest will be seen eventually.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Written by a Pakistani journalist..........about INDIA

Capital suggestion By Dr Farrukh Saleem
12/9/2007

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Twenty-five thousand years ago, haplogroup R2 characterized by genetic marker M124 arose in southern Central Asia . Then began a major wave of human migration whereby members migrated southward to present-day India and Pakistan (Genographic Project by the National Geographic Society; http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ ). Indians and Pakistanis have the same ancestry and share the same DNA sequence.

Here's what is happening in India :

The two Ambani brothers can buy 100 percent of every company listed on the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) and would still be left with $30 billion to spare. The four richest Indians can buy up all goods and services produced over a year by 169 million Pakistanis and still be left with $60 billion to spare. The four richest Indians are now richer than the forty richest Chinese.

In November, Bombay Stock Exchange's benchmark Sensex flirted with 20,000 points. As a consequence, Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries became a $100 billion company (the entire KSE is capitalized at $65 billion). Mukesh owns 48 percent of Reliance.

In November, comes Neeta's birthday. Neeta turned forty-four three weeks ago. Look what she got from her husband as her birthday present: A sixty-million dollar jet with a custom fitted master bedroom, bathroom with mood lighting, a sky bar, entertainment cabins, satellite television, wireless communication and a separate cabin with game consoles. Neeta is Mukesh Ambani's wife, and Mukesh is not India 's richest but the second richest.

Mukesh is now building his new home, Residence Antillia (after a mythical, phantom island somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean ). At a cost of $1 billion this would be the most expensive home on the face of the planet. At 173 meters tall Mukesh's new family residence, for a family of six, will be the equivalent of a 60-storeyed building. The first six floors are reserved for parking. The seventh floor is for car servicing and maintenance. The eighth floor houses a mini-theatre. Then there's a health club, a gym and a swimming pool. Two floors are reserved for Ambani family's guests. Four floors above the guest floors are family floors all with a superb view of the Arabian Sea . On top of everything are three helipads. A staff of 600 is expected to care for the family and their family home.

In 2004, India became the 3rd most attractive foreign direct investment destination. Pakistan wasn't even in the top 25 countries. In 2004, the United Nations, the representative body of 192 sovereign member states, had requested the Election Commission of India to assist the UN in the holding elections in Al Jumhuriyah al Iraqiyah and Dowlat-e Eslami-ye Afghanestan. Why the Election Commission of India and not the Election Commission of Pakistan ? After all, Islamabad is closer to Kabul than is Delhi .

Imagine, 12 percent of all American scientists are of Indian origin; 38 percent of doctors in America are Indian; 36 percent of NASA scientists are Indians; 34 percent of Microsoft employees are Indians; and 28 percent of IBM employees are Indians.

For the record: Sabeer Bhatia created and founded Hotmail. Sun Microsystems was founded by Vinod Khosla. The Intel Pentium processor, that runs 90 percent of all computers, was fathered by Vinod Dham. Rajiv Gupta co-invented Hewlett Packard's E-speak project. Four out of ten Silicon Valley start-ups are run by Indians. Bollywood produces 800 movies per year and six Indian ladies have won Miss Universe/Miss World titles over the past 10 years.

For the record: Azim Premji, the richest Muslim entrepreneur on the face of the planet, was born in Bombay and now lives in Bangalore.India now has more than three dozen billionaires; Pakistan has none (not a single dollar billionaire).

The other amazing aspect is the rapid pace at which India is creating wealth. In 2002, Dhirubhai Ambani, Mukesh and Anil Ambani's father, left his two sons a fortune worth $2.8 billion. In 2007, their combined wealth stood at $94 billion. On 29 October 2007 , as a result of the stock market rally and the appreciation of the Indian rupee, Mukesh became the richest person in the world, with net worth climbing to US$63.2 billion (Bill Gates, the richest American, stands at around $56 billion).
Indians and Pakistanis have the same Y-chromosome haplogroup. We have the same genetic sequence and the same genetic marker (namely: M124). We have the same DNA molecule, the same DNA sequence. Our culture, our traditions and our cuisine are all the same. We watch the same movies and sing the same songs. What is it that Indians have and we don't?


INDIANS ELECT THEIR LEADERS

Thursday, January 24, 2008

A mysterious woman on Mars in NASA's image

John Grey’s Women are from Venus while Men are from Mars seems to be contradicting with the new images of NASA which showed a woman sitting with her stretched arms.

The images are reportedly posted in a website which said that the images are sent by Mars explorer Spirit which showed a woman parched on rock with her outstretched arms.

This news has created abuzz across the internet world but since no statement or confirmation has come from NASA.


The data available and the images so far have not indicated life on Mars. G Madhavan Nair, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation said, “I don’t think we even have a clue about life on that planet. This could be a case of optical illusion, just like seeing the shape of a deer or a person’s head on the Moon. Or the shape (of a woman walking down the hill) could be nature’s creation.’’


Recently a team of French scientists using data obtained by the Omega Spectrometer embarked on Mars Express declared to have discovered dense clouds of dry ice on the Mar’s sky. Reportedly these dense ice clouds cast dark shadow on the Mars surface.


Franck Montmessin of the Service d'Aeronomie at University of Versailles, lead scientist said, “This is the first time that carbon dioxide ice clouds on Mars have been imaged and identified from above. This is important because the images tell us not only about their shape, but also their size and density.”

Make up your own mindMars figure



The image, taken by Nasa's Mars Explorer Spirit, seems to show a figure on the surface of the red planet.

However the more sceptical have decided that it is just a rock.

At first astronomers were disappointed with pictures sent back from the surface of the Red Planet by the six-wheel robot four years ago.

But a space fan spotted the figure, which was just a pinprick in the original photograph. It was blown up and posted on a website.


The buzz is for sure to last till it doubts hovering over the images are not cleared.

A mysterious woman on Mars in NASA's image

John Grey’s Women are from Venus while Men are from Mars seems to be contradicting with the new images of NASA which showed a woman sitting with her stretched arms.

The images are reportedly posted in a website which said that the images are sent by Mars explorer Spirit which showed a woman parched on rock with her outstretched arms.

This news has created abuzz across the internet world but since no statement or confirmation has come from NASA.


The data available and the images so far have not indicated life on Mars. G Madhavan Nair, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation said, “I don’t think we even have a clue about life on that planet. This could be a case of optical illusion, just like seeing the shape of a deer or a person’s head on the Moon. Or the shape (of a woman walking down the hill) could be nature’s creation.’’


Recently a team of French scientists using data obtained by the Omega Spectrometer embarked on Mars Express declared to have discovered dense clouds of dry ice on the Mar’s sky. Reportedly these dense ice clouds cast dark shadow on the Mars surface.


Franck Montmessin of the Service d'Aeronomie at University of Versailles, lead scientist said, “This is the first time that carbon dioxide ice clouds on Mars have been imaged and identified from above. This is important because the images tell us not only about their shape, but also their size and density.”


The buzz is for sure to last till it doubts hovering over the images are not cleared.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Bird flu scare: Almost half of Indian state West Bengal hit

Bird flu has spread to almost half of West Bengal with Cooch Behar and Hooghly being added on Wednesday to the list of districts affected by the disease even as the authorities said they may have to raise the target of culling 20 lakh chicken.

Death of chicken was also reported from Howrah, bordering Kolkata.

Even in the already affected districts of Nadia and Murshidabad districts, more blocks have reported the disease, local administration officials said.

"Samples of chicken sent from Cooch Behar and Hooghly districts to the High-risk Security Disease Laboratory (HSDL) in Bhopal yesterday tested positive," Animal Resources Development Minister Anisur Rahaman said on Wednesday.

Nine districts -- Birbhum, Murshidabad, South Dinajpur, Burdwan, Nadia, Bankura and Malda Cooch Behar and Hooghly -- out of 19 in the state have so far fallen prey to avian flu.

"Steps are being taken to officially notify both districts as bird flu affected for the next course of action including culling," Rahaman said.

‘The samples which tested positive were from Dinhata in Cooch Behar district and Balagarh in Hooghly district. There was, however, no case of humans beings being affected’, the minister said.

The target of culling, set at 20 lakh spread over seven days, was also likely to be raised, he said.

The daily target now was three lakh with 600 teams on the job from today, he said.

Monday, January 21, 2008

India successfully launches Israeli satellite 'Polaris'

India on Monday "successfully" launched an Israeli satellite 'Polaris' from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here by a homegrown Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), a spokesman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

This is the second time that a "core alone" PSLV configuration had put a satellite into orbit. In April 2007, an Italian satellite Agile was put into the orbit, the space agency spokesman said.

ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair, who was present when the satellite was launched at 0915 hours on Monday morning, was expected to brief the media about the "splendid achievement" later in the day, he said.

The launch of the radar-imaging, remote-sensing satellite, weighing about 300 kgs, was shrouded in secrecy.

ISRO had in the past announced date for its launches but it was not the case with this Israeli spacecraft.

The launch of the "spy satellite" was originally scheduled in September last year though no date was specified.

A section of the media speculated that the launch was abandoned following "pressure" from some countries, a claim strongly denied by Bangalore-headquartered ISRO, which cited non-resolution of technical issues as the reason for the delay.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

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