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Closest to earth, ‘Supermoon’ lights up sky — March 20, 2011

Closest to earth, ‘Supermoon’ lights up sky

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NEW DELHI: An auroral and unusually big ‘supermoon’ was seen lighting up the sky on Saturday, offering a visual treat to an enthusiastic audience of curious sky-gazers.

The phenomenon was special, as the moon came closest to the earth in 18 years, becoming the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. The moon was around 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than the other full moons, Nehru Planetarium Director N. Rathnasree said.

“The ‘supermoon’ is the biggest and brightest of 2011,” C.B. Devgun, director of the Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE), told PTI.

The moon was only 3,56,577 km away. The phenomenon occurred in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005.

Full moons coinciding with the moon’s closest point to the earth in fact happen after every one year, one month and 18 days when it is about 3,63,104 km from the earth, Mr. Devgun said. “This is because the moon’s orbit is an ellipse, with one side 50,000 km closer to the earth than the other. In astronomy, the two extremes are called ‘apogee’ [far away] and ‘perigee’ [nearby].”

A public sky-watch with telescopes and a live show with full dome visuals were organised by the Nehru Planetarium on Saturday evening for sky-gazers to have a better view of the perigee full moon, Ms. Rathnasree said. Hundreds of people thronged the planetarium to see the earth’s natural satellite, she said, adding it was totally safe to watch the moon with naked eyes.

Dispelling reports that a correlation existed between the moon and earthquakes, she said the data for the past 100 years and more showed no correlation.

“It is meaningless to equate the ‘supermoon’ with earthquake or tsunami. No inference should ever be drawn from looking at just two data points; any statistical correlation has to be checked over a number of data points.”

Earthquakes and tsunami were earth’s internal affairs, R.C. Kapoor, a retired professor of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics said. The moon could cause a higher tide and nothing else.

The term ‘supermoon’ was first coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979. He defined it as a situation in which the moon is slightly closer to the earth on its orbit than the average, which is 90 per cent or more of its closest orbit, and the moon is a full or new moon.

At the closest, the moon lies roughly 3,56,630 km from the earth. — PTI

Yesterday I saw the moon and I was thinking that today it looks quite big than other days, didn’t knew that today it was not the moon but the supermoon. It was an awesome sight shouldn’t be missed by anybody.

Do Have a glimpse of it. 🙂


Google Doodle celebrates 80 years of Alam Ara — March 14, 2011

Google Doodle celebrates 80 years of Alam Ara

On March 14, 1931 – exactly eighty years ago – the police had to be summoned to the Majestic cinema hall in Mumbai (then Bombay). The reason for the feared stampede was the uncontrollable response of movie-goers to the first Indian talkie, Alam Ara.

Celebrated by a Google Doodle on the homepage of the search engine in India to commemorate the arrival of sound to Indian cinema, Alam Ara also included the first song in Hindi films – setting off an endearing and enduring tradition. The song, De de khuda ke naam par, was performed on screen by actor Wazir Mohammed Khan – this, of course, was before the days of lip-syncing to playback tracks. The film, in fact, had seven songs, scored by Ferozshah M. Mistru and B. Irani.

The tragedy, however, is that the film may be lost forever. In 2008, an Information and Broadcasting ministry official revealed that no prints are now available with the National Archives of India. The last existing prints were destroyed in a fire at Pune’s National Film Archives in 2003. A search was conducted across the country but no print of Alam Ara could be found.

Here’s the Google Doodle giving a tribute to Alam Ara.

Google Doodle Alam Ara 2011

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‘Peace March’ in Bhopal to oppose renaming — March 13, 2011

‘Peace March’ in Bhopal to oppose renaming

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BHOPAL: A large number of people participated in a “Peace March”, here to oppose the Madhya Pradesh government’s plan to rename Bhopal as “Bhojpal”.

The March was taken out last evening, following the Facebook campaign “Save Bhopal Initiative”, by Faizan Khan , a 22-year-old engineering student.

Last month, at a function organised to mark the millennium-celebration of coronation of the king Bhoj here, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said the proposal to rename Bhopal as Bhojpal would be sent to the Centre soon.

Former Mayor Deepchand Yadav , Congress leader P C Sharma , Arif Masood and Bhopal Group for Information and Action’s Satinath Sadangi took part in the yesterday’s rally.

Protesters were seen carrying placards, with slogans such as “Munni Ke Baad, Bhopal Ko Badnaam Mat Karo”.


Vitamin D Deficiency Can Be Fatal — January 29, 2011

Vitamin D Deficiency Can Be Fatal

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Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to alter lung structure and function in a new study in young mice.

The new study, conducted by researchers in Australia, offers the first concrete evidence linking vitamin D deficiency with deficits in lung function and altered lung structure.

“The results of this study clearly demonstrate that vitamin D deficiency alters lung growth, resulting in lower lung volume and decrements in lung function,” said Graeme Zosky, a research fellow at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Subiaco, Australia.

“This is the first direct mechanistic evidence showing that vitamin D deficiency alters lung development, which may explain the association between obstructive lung disease and levels of vitamin D.”

To conduct their study, the researchers used a mouse model of vitamin D deficiency and evaluated lung responses of two-week-old mice, comparing them to control mice without vitamin D deficiency to determine what, if any, effects the deficiency may have caused in the growth, structure or function of the lungs.

Sleep Well Live Well — January 27, 2011

Sleep Well Live Well

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If you woke up this morning feeling grumpy and fed up because you didn’t sleep well, you weren’t the only one.

Almost two thirds of us struggle to get a good night’s rest, according to research. The problem has become so bad, experts say it constitutes a major public health concern.

Some 60 per cent of adults admit they have a sleep problem and rarely get the recommended six or seven hours a night.

More than a third suffer from insomnia, and many have battled with the condition for years. Doctors warn that sleeplessness leads to depression, lack of concentration and an inability to carry out simple tasks.

According to the findings of a major report, insomniacs are four times more likely to suffer from relationship problems. They are also three times more likely to have difficulties concentrating or be in a bad mood and twice as likely to have energy slumps.

A quarter of adults have other sleep-related problems such as teeth grinding or sleep apnea – a disorder characterised by abnormal pauses in breathing which causes sufferers to wake up in the night.

Just 39 per cent of us sleep well, according to the survey of 5,300 by the Mental Health Foundation. It is calling for sleep campaigns to make the public more aware of the importance of getting a good night’s rest.

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Happy 62nd Republic Day :) — January 25, 2011
GNUnify’11 on Feb11, 12 at SICSR Pune — January 21, 2011

GNUnify’11 on Feb11, 12 at SICSR Pune

GNUnify is an event organized by SICSR and PLUG to promote Free and Open Source Software.

GNUnify is  One of the biggest open-source events in Asia which is going to be conducted this year on 11-12 February at Symbiosis Institute Of Computer Studies and Research, Pune. Please embrace the occasion by making your presence felt.


See you at GNUnify 🙂




Salman-Kareena at Symbiosis Lavale —

Salman-Kareena at Symbiosis Lavale

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Salman Khan is shooting  for his new Film Bodyguard with Kareena Kapoor at Symbiosis Lavale Campus (on 19th-20th January most probably). 🙂 For the First time I regreted that my college SICSR is not in Lavale.

I hope they had a great time there. Symbi Lavale has got a lovely campus.

More Info about the movie Bodyguard is here

Bollywood Actor Salman Khan is all set to act in the Hindi remake of a super hit Malayalam Film ‘Body Guard’ . Siddique, who earlier directed Malayalam and Tamil versions is directing this flick. Kareena Kapoor is playing the female lead role. The film is being co-produced by Reliance Pictures and Agnihotri’s Reel Life Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. It is expected to release during Eid festival.

It is learnt that earlier the title for the film is considered as ‘My Love Story’ . However, filmmakers have clarified that is not the title. The film co-producer Atul Agnihotri says ‘ As the official producer I would like to clarify that the film is called Body Guard. Hope this puts an end to the confusion. For now the film is rolling with its first schedule being shot in Pune’.


Some pics of Symbiosis Lavale Campus is here



Imagine Salman romancing Kareena in these locations or they may shoot a song here as Lavale Campus is quite like a hill station. 😀 🙂 or they may be playing College students 🙂

Roll-your-own smokers more addicted — January 13, 2011

Roll-your-own smokers more addicted

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New research has suggested that people who roll their own cigarettes are more addicted than those who smoke the readymade variety.

Amy Lewis of the Victoria University has found that cigarettes contain a number of addictive elements within the tar, in addition to the commonly cited nicotine.

“This is concerning for roll-your-own smokers as New Zealand loose leaf tobacco has a significantly higher ratio of tar to nicotine than manufactured cigarettes,” Stuff quoted her as saying.

Prices of onion fall by Rs 25 — January 9, 2011

Prices of onion fall by Rs 25

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KANPUR: Prices of onion slipped by Rs 25 per kg in the vegetable market of the industrial city on Sunday after a nation-wide raid was conducted by the officials of the income tax (I-T) department on Friday. The onion, which was otherwise available for Rs 65 per kg at prominent vegetable markets till Friday, started being sold for Rs 40/kg. At some places, it was even available for Rs 35.

Officials of the income tax department had been specially instructed by the Central government to curb the malpractices being adopted by the onion traders that had led to the phenomenal price hike. Similar raids were conducted by the I-T officials at Chakarpur wholesale sabzi mandi on Friday where two onion traders were targeted. Their records, statements and other essential documents were seized by the I-T sleuths. On Saturday, onion price had dropped and it was being sold at Rs 50/kg. But, on Sunday its price fell further. Though various vegetable markets were offering buyers the onion at different prices, the cheapest price being paid was Rs 35/kg. At many other places, people were having to spend Rs 42/kg as average price. The onion was being sold costliest at Rs 45 at select vegetable markets.

Read more: Prices of onion fall by Rs 25 – The Times of India