Saturday, May 30, 2009

Space storm's 'Epicentre' found

The precise spot at which a space storm struck the Earth's outer atmosphere has been pinpointed for the first time.

These storms are caused by the bending and stretching of the Earth's magnetic field by material from the Sun.

Observations like this may one day lead to better forecasting of these events, a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Toronto, Canada, has heard.

This would provide more time to power down satellites and electrical grids, which can be damaged by these storms.

Dr Rae led a team of scientists who took measurements of changes in the Earth's magnetic fields using a system of cameras and magnetic instruments on the ground, while simultaneously observing the onset of a space storm from Nasa's five-strong fleet of THEMIS spacecraft.

They saw magnetic oscillations hit the upper atmosphere in a particular location - somewhere over Canada - and ripple out across the ionosphere. These events were followed, three minutes later, by an auroral display.

Researchers hope to use these observations to better predict these events. This could lead to the forecasting of storms hours, or even days, before they occur.

This would give more advanced warnings, helping protect humans and equipment from the radiation generated by disturbances.

"In the future, we should be able to predict space weather in the same way that we now can predict long-term weather forecasts [on Earth]," Dr Rae said.

The work is reported in the Journal of Geophysical Research and is co-funded by the Canadian Space Agency and Nasa.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

World's First Airborne Car

The “Runflier” Stalker”, which is an advanced version of the earlier model Evolution, looks like a four-wheeled car with wings that can be folded along the body of the vehicle. The Runflier’s designer is a graduate of the Moscow Aviation Institute and a former aviation test pilot. His name is Alexander Begak, and he is also (among his many other hats) the chief designer of Skarabei Laboratory. He proudly claims that in the air the Stalker can travel up to 200 kilometers (about 124 miles) per hour.
The Runflier can take off from a limited runway and can cover the distance of one and a half thousand kilometers (932 miles) without refueling. The vehicle is made of super light coal plastics and Kevlar (a strong, light synthetic fiber) and weighs only 140 kg (about 300 pounds).
So the next time you look up in the sky and see something odd there, remember the words of that old television show:
“It’s a bird! It’s a Plane. No, it’s a car!”
Just don’t tell Superman. Even though he’s been dead for years, he just might not be able to take it.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

'Iconic' Antarctic hut burns down

An isolated hut in Antarctica favoured by explorer Sir Edmund Hillary has burnt down after a fuel leak during a routine inspection at minus 35C.

Antarctica New Zealand said the "iconic" A-frame timber and bitumen hut on the Ross Ice Shelf went up in flames during re-ignition of the heater.

A spokesman said the hut, stationed on the ice since 1971, "will be sadly missed".

Everest-conqueror Sir Edmund visited during his last trip to Antarctica.

Fire hazard

With the extremely dry conditions, he said it was fortunate that staff removed themselves from harm quickly.

"Fire is the biggest hazard in Antarctica. Earlier this season, two Russians were killed when one of their buildings burned down," said Mr Sanson, quoted by the New Zealand Herald.

About 12,000 New Zealanders, including prime ministers, poets and scientists, have stayed in the hut during field training and as a retreat from New Zealand's Scott Base.

In May 2004 it survived 12 hours of over 160km/h winds with two Scott Base staff inside.

It was once owned by the US, stationed next to Scott Base at McMurdo Station, but they abandoned it in 1971.

Scott Base operates with about 10 staff during the southern winter, with no physical contact from beyond the continent between February and August.

Friday, May 22, 2009

The New Optical Illusions

The girl resting on top of the world.Yeah you feel like the girl is resting on top of that alphabet when you give it a random look but when you see it carefully it is clear that it is not like that,rather the girl is resting on the ground and it is the angle from which the picture is taken that makes us feel that the girl is at top of the world.

What the hell is this..The fire is from…. You all better know.LOL

Burma Rock Illusion. This Is True!!!!!!!!!!

The smallest mobile you had ever seen.Just kidding actually it is placed at a distance and the photograph is taken from a closer view of hand so thats why it looks so

In this optical illusion, most of the people see only some trees falling off but when we see this image with concentration and focus on the central portion we can see a human face in it

So what do you see on first instance? Nothing abnormal? Check again

This is the head of a person and that person has got such a hairstyle that it gives a very funny yet creative view.

A very funny illusion showing shadow of airforce plane when actually a civilian plane is flying.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ferdinand faces 'toughest battle'

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says the race to be fit for the Champions League final in Rome is "the toughest battle of his career."
Ferdinand has missed three games with a calf injury and has been told he must prove his fitness against Hull on Sunday to have any chance of playing.
"It's perhaps the most important injury battle of my career," he said ahead of next Wednesday's clash with Barcelona.
"I've not thought about not playing in the final. It's as simple as that."
Ferdinand last played for United in the Champions League semi-final, second-leg victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on 5 May, shortly before suffering his calf injury in training.
He had already been doubtful for that game because of a rib injury sustained in the first leg, while he has also been plagued by back and groin problems this season.
If Ferdinand is not fit for the game against Barcelona next week, his place in the team is likely to go to Jonny Evans.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Notebook computer: Lenovo renovates its mini-laptops (aka netbooks) line

The company has just introduced the new IdeaPad S10 that could be available at the end of this month.

The computers maker has added a new member to its family of IdeaPad laptops: the S10. It includes an Intel Atom N270 processor and the Windows XP operating system. This laptop also has a 10.1-inch screen, memory 1GB and a hard drive with a 160GB capacity.

The IdeaPad S10 will be available in four colors and will cost $ 450 approximately. In addition, Lenovo has announced that it’s developing a system equipped with 3G technology that could increase the price of its mini-laptops by about $ 70.

The new Lenovo mini-laptop will increase the presence of the company in this market, which was one of the faster-growing markets during the last year. Recently, companies like Toshiba and Samsung updated their mini-laptop models.

MP3 player: Sony introduced new walkman

Sony introduced its latest MP3 and video player: the X-series Walkman. It is a portable device for entertainment. The X-series Walkman supports Wi-Fi and has a touchscreen OLED display, Sony’s Clear Audio and S-master Digital Amplifier technologies, as well as preloaded content from Slacker Radio and YouTube.

“The new X-series leverages Sony’s engineering heritage and integrates the latest advances in OLED and other innovative technologies”, said Andrew Sivori, director of the audio products business at Sony Electronics.

With a 3-inch touchscreen OLED display, the player shows the videos with an excellent color reproduction, high contrast and a rapid response rate. The display allows users to see the videos from any angle, even at a 180-degree angle.

In addition, when the user is watching movies on the device, the image on the screen can be adjusted based on user’s preferences. Also, the process of browsing through several scenes has been simplified by using a feature called Scene Scroll. This feature allows users to select their favorite time increment and scan the scenes (forward or back) by touching the touchscreen display.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Great To Watch Them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Father Of The Year

Don't Try This At Home

Too Fast Too Furious????

I Will Go Straight!!!!!!

How To Avoid Swine Flu?

Refresh Everything

You Just Did

Oops!! Forgot My Password

Pick Up Drop Off

I Don't Look

Have Been A Great Party!!!!!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sri Lanka rebel head 'surrounded'

The leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels, Velupillai Prabhakaran, is alive and surrounded by government troops, the Sri Lankan military has said. Prabhakaran is guarded by about 200 rebels and encircled by Sri Lankan troops in a small patch of jungle, a military spokesman said on television. Sri Lankan forces have routed the rebels in the past few weeks, bringing a 26-year war to its conclusion. The army also says it has found the body of Prabhakaran's son, Charles Anthony. Sri Lanka's army says the last Tamil Tiger (LTTE) fighters have been penned into a 1.5 square kilometre (0.6 sq mile) patch of jungle. The military spokesman said he could not predict exactly what would happen next but added: "We won't allow him [Prabhakaran] to escape." The television also showed what it said were Tamil Tiger (LTTE) ammunition dumps and heavy weapons burning after the rebels set fire to them.