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Republic Day

Republic day
Republic Day of India

On 26 January 1950,India celebrates its Republic Day.The constitution of India came into force on 26 January and India became a truly sovereign state. Republic Day is celebrated on 26 January to honour the memory of the declaration of independence of 1930. It is a national holiday in India. To mark the importance of this occasion, every year a grand parade will takes place in the national capital New Delhi at the Rajpath before the president,the anniversary is also celebrated with varying degrees of formality in state capitals and other centres.


The parade is followed by a pageant of spectacular displays from the different states of the country. These moving exhibits depict scenes of activities of people in those states and the music and songs of that particular state accompany each display. Each display brings out the diversity and richness of the culture of India and the whole show lends a festive air to the occasion. The parade and the ensuing pageantry is telecast by the National Television and is watched by millions of viewers in every corner of the country.


Australia Day


Australia Day (previously known as Anniversary Day, Foundation Day, and ANA Day) is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, the date commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 and the proclamation at that time of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of New Holland.


In short,Australia Day is a day of celebrations of Australians and their country and culture. It is celebrated on January 26 each year.


Australia Day is a public holiday in all states and territories. All schools and post offices are closed. Some public transport services do not operate and others run a reduced service. Stores are often open, but may have reduced opening hours. There may be some congestion on roads, particularly close to major events.



Google Experiments with new QR-based Secure login to protect from "Keyloggers"

Google is testing a feature Sesame, which will protect users from "keyloggers" in an Internet cafe.To avoid theft, Google offered to make authentication via smart phone.To access mail on a public computer, it is proposed to take pictures of the camera smartphone QR-code and enter the login and password on your mobile phone.






Note that if a smartphone user at the time of login and password is connected to an unsecured Wi-Fi network and the protocol does not support encryption, the personal information can still be stolen.

Facebook introduced the application of real-life

Social network Facebook has presented dozens of "social applications", telling about the actions of users in real life. Report updates to appear on the official page of the company.


"Social Applications" published in the user profile reports of its activity on the web, whether it's watching a movie or listening to music. New applications submitted by January 19, extend the range of actions, which you can tell your "boyfriend" to include events from real life.

Facebook introduced the application of real-life
Thus, the application allows the user to publish Foodily write about cooking dinner and share a recipe, but Snooth - tell tasted the wine. Also presented an application for travelers, philanthropists, athletes, fans of reading, shopping and so on.

The actions that a user completes a "social applications", displayed on their profile and news block his virtual friends. In September 2011 Facebook has demonstrated "biographical" of the pages in which all actions are deposited in the timeline. The new interface is called "The Chronicle" (Timeline) and became available for all in December 2011.

The first "social applications" presented at the conference f8 in September 2011 when the first of them was known.

SOURCE:LENTA.RU

Google has collected 4.5 million votes against the SOPA

Google confirmed that 4.5 million people added their names to the company's anti-SOPA petition today.The petition, which was available via a link from Google's homepage, states that although fighting online piracy is important, the plan of attack described in the SOPA and PIPA bills would be ineffective.
Google has collected 4.5 million votes against the SOPA



The search engine frequently delights users by toying with its homepage logo, but on Wednesday it did something it had never done before: it blocked out its logo completely.
A link below the blackout read "Tell Congress: Please don't censor the web!" and lead to a page with the petition.
I"Wikipedia" goes into offline in protest against censorship on the Web
January 18, 2012 some of the largest Internet resources, including English-language "Wikipedia", suspended its work to protest against the anti-piracy bill SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), which is pending in the lower house of U.S. Congress. In this way, they want to pay attention to its millions of visitors that the law significantly complicate the life of the Internet community worldwide.
On the eve of November 15, Internet giants such as Google , Facebook , Twitter , eBay, Mozilla, Yahoo, AOL, LinkedIn and Zynga sent to both houses of U.S. Congress a letter demanding "to find other ways to deal with foreign sites of Offenders." As a result of these actions on the bill began to talk loudly and, more importantly, began to bind it firmly with attempts to censor the Internet.

Customers interested in preserving Internet freedom and the failure of SOPA, felt strong support from the network of corporations. With this in late December, they managed to win over the biggest online registrar GoDaddy. The company first announced support for SOPA and its involvement in its development, but received an unexpected and painful answer is: users have declared a boycott of her and began to transfer their domains under the control of other registrars.
This move, supported not only by simple users with their home pages, but also large companies that own hundreds of corporate domain, was a complete surprise to GoDaddy. The company almost immediately announced that refuses to support the ill-fated bill. In parallel with this company was to call customers turned away from questions about the chances of their return. However, it was not enough (users quickly realized that "refusal to support" does not mean 'willingness to resist "), and in the end GoDaddy gave up , joining the ranks of the opponents of the bill.



Source:lenta.ru

Google to launch Google Maps-based game for Google+ in February

 Google will present in February, a game made ​​on the basis of its map service




Based on WebGL technology,the game is developed by Google Maps team.The game will be available in the catalog of the social networking applications,Google +.The demo video features a cube with a map overlay. Players will have to navigate a blue ball through the location, similar to marble tilt games like Marble Madness or the Wii’s Marble Mania. It seems like the player’s marble will need to touch the marked locations on the cube map in order to accumulate points and advance to the next area. Once the marble rolls over the markers, users get a small piece of information about the location. 

10 Interesting facts about the Sun


White sun
Image of the Sun. Image credit: NASA
We rejoice when we see that the day will be sunny and saddened when the sky is overcast. 

According to studies, cloudy weather for three days, reduces the activity of the brain, and within a week - the general activity of the nervous system. The number of cases of depression cloudy weather increases by four times.
1.We all think that the sun is yellow or orange, but in fact it is white. Yellows Sun gives a phenomenon called "atmospheric scattering."
2.The spectral class of the Sun - G2V, it is closer to the cold end of the main sequence, and belongs to a class of yellow dwarf. Most of the stars in the Milky Way - "red dwarfs" (relatively small and cool stars), and approximately 15% of the stars in a galaxy brighter than our sun.
3.The sun revolves around the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way, making a complete revolution every 225 - 250 million years.
4.Light passes the average distance from Earth to the Sun (150 million kilometers) for 8 minutes. For comparison, the next nearest star, Proxima Centauri is 4 light years away ...
5.Sun has a diameter of about 1.392 million kilometers (about 109 times larger than the diameter of Earth). The mass of the sun is 98% of the mass of our solar system.
6.Between 1640 and 1700 in the Sun did not have spots. This period, called the Maunder minimum, coincided with a "small ice age" - the common cold snap on the Earth, when the river that never freezes, covered with ice, and snow lay all year round at all latitudes. Now the sun is at its peak.
7.The minimum number of eclipses in a year - twice.At any particular point on the surface total solar eclipse occurs on average 1 every 200-300 years.
8.In Malta, the average length of daylight in summer - 10 hours. In Samarkand - 15 hours in Stockholm - 18 hours, and in the Swedish city of Kiruna, located above the Arctic Circle - 24 hours. True, the winter sun in Kiruna, does not arise at all. By the way, dividing the day into 24 hours, we have borrowed from the stories of the ancient Egyptians the god of the sun Ra, who spent twelve o'clock at night in a dark underworld, and the remaining 12 hours - in heaven.
9. 300 sunny days per year is in Morocco, Nice, Brisbane (Australia), in Monte Carlo and Ussuriisk .
10.Every second the sun burns 700 billion tonnes of hydrogen. Despite this tremendous loss rate, solar energy will last another 5 billion years of this life (about the same age from birth the Sun). End his life the sun white dwarf, after having increased in size and alienate all the planets. On these planets, all the water evaporates and disappears atmosphere.

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Top 10 Countries That Censor The Internet


Committee to Protect Journalists recently decided to undertake an analysis of freedom of speech in different countries. The emphasis in this study was placed in Asia and the Middle East, while the rest were considered. As it turned out, in many countries, Internet generally prohibited, and if allowed, only in Internet cafes, which are controlled by special public services. Journalists have compiled a list of 10 countries where the Internet business is very bad.
Turkmenistan
In this country the Internet - an incredible benefit for most people, where the network connection is several times larger than the average wage. This happens not because of difficulties with the inclusion of Turkmenistan in the overall network infrastructure, and by the actions of the government, which seeks to make the Internet inaccessible to its citizens.
In this country the only service provider - the government, which also blocks a lot of sites plus is spying on all accounts of its citizens in the postal services as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and others. In addition, the sites belonging to organizations for the protection of human rights (other countries) are blocked in this country, plus the blocked sites of major news agencies.
Vietnam
The authorities of the country requesting information on Yahoo, Google, Microsoft about its citizens who are working with the services of these companies. The Government has established a special body, the leading monitor the performance of their citizens on the Internet, including the placement of content, communication by e-mail. In addition, Vietnam blocked sites that are not satisfied with the government, including those that belong to international governmental organizations.
Tunisia
Providers of this country must report to the government of citizens who regularly work in the network. As for bloggers, the base of their names, passwords, IP, email addresses, personal data is being transferred to the providers and relevant government agencies, too, on a regular basis. All traffic going in and out of the country controlled by the government, which checks if not every letter, then close to it. Tunisia is blocking thousands of websites that are not satisfied with the government.Also prohibited by torrents and other file-sharing is prohibited even FTP-protocol.
Syria
Any blogger who expresses his disapproval of the government, or at least hints at it, at once arrested. In addition, sites where there is criticism of the existing regime was blocked. The owners of Syrian internet cafes are required to identify their customers, ie write their names, while working in a network, communicating this information to the government.
China
In this country one of the major programs on the network censor. A lot of providers operating in China are required to install filters that block sites that are not pleasing to the government, destroy the same content and to monitor the email traffic. China blocks Internet content that is objectionable to the Government of topics, including relations with Tibet, Taiwan, etc.
Iran
Bloggers who criticize the government or religious figures of the country, delaying the police and they are held "explanatory conversations." The government requires that every person who has a blog in Iran, registered the resource in the Ministry of Arts and Culture. The government blocks sites, criticizing the regime of governance. Especially monitored sites of women's rights, in addition, blocked online stores.
Saudi Arabia
Around 400 000 sites blocked by the Government. The number of blocked sites include political, social and religious themes. A survey conducted in 2004, Saudi Arabia is extremely aggressive to sites with pornography, gambling sites, and sites where Islam is discussed.
Cuba
It would seem, "Island of Freedom", but the Internet is readily accessible. Generally speaking, in Cuba, one of the lowest prevalence rates among the PC community. Citizens use the Internet through government access points, which are monitored for each IP. Content filter, checked the history of the network. Only bloggers and officials who support the regime are allowed to upload content to the network.
Burma
It generally censored everything. Internet there is little, and the existing access point is very tightly controlled by the government, including e-mail, plus cut off the sites where there is the slightest mention of human rights. Clearly, blocked and sites belonging to the political opposition (these sites are located and are filled outside of Burma - in the country is simply not possible).
North Korea
This is generally one of the most closed countries in the world where the Internet - something that is not available to mere mortals. Of all the North Koreans have access to 4% of the population, it is only a few hundred thousand people, among them mostly military and government officials. The government controls everything and everyone on the Internet - for example, citizens simply can not have a site like this is done in any other country. Blogging is generally not allowed in North Korea, and all downloadable content is checked relevant security agencies.

Doodle Your Own Car

Aaron Koblin and Mr.doob jointly designed "The Single Lane Super Highway" project using HTML5, JavaScript.


Koblin says :Take a drive on "The Single Lane Superhighway". Watch the cars drive by, or draw your own and join the front of the line.


You can use either of these links to draw your own car.Additionally  you can also watch the 22,000+ cars drawn by others.


This site gives really a eye feast for all the car lovers.

Plus one about this project is " You can draw your own car easily with no time and can even watch them rolling with animated wheels in the front line behind many different cars.


Apple's iPhone Celebrates Its Fifth Birthday

The electronic device that changed millions of lives, celebrates its fifth birthday. Yes, many of you might have guessed that I’m talking about the original ‘2G’ Phone. A device that was announced enthusiastically by Steve Jobs himself, back on January 9th 2007 at the Macworld Conference & Expo. In retrospect, no one would have guessed that such a small device would have such an immense impact on the masses. The iphone  completely changed the way people reacted to phones, and this can be regarded as a major feat, as the iPhone was launched by a company with no experience in the said field.
Apple's iPhone Celebrates Its Fifth Birthday


During the speech, back in 2007, the iPhone was described by Steve Jobs as an amalgamation of a wide screen iPod and touch control features. Steve Jobs promised the masses that this device will change the whole mobile phone industry.



Apple released the original device, which required three years to make, if one counts the time the concept was created, to the device’s launch. On 29th June of the same month, Apple released the device to people who were, unexpectedly, waiting in lines outside stores. This kind of crowd behavior was unfamiliar when it came to people buying a consumer gadget. Nevertheless, this trend has since become a norm when it comes to the launches of Apple products.
Many people consider the iPod as the medium that raised Apple to the top position the company presently holds and has allowed the company to venture into the realm of mobile phones. However, the famous iPhone is what allows Apple to introduce devices such as the iPod touch and the ipad tablet to the people.
Since the day of its launch, the original iphone sold approximately 6.1 million units. This success can be greatly attributed to the facts that this device featured an elegant design, a custom built OS, a multi-touch display and gave people something they hadn’t experienced before. Thus, it can be said that the iPhone was the first indication of an era ruled by Apple Inc.Read More...






Retirement Funds

A Retirement Fund is a monthly payment made to someone who is retired from work.

Types of Retirement Funds



No matter where you are in your career cycle, it is never too early to start thinking about retirement. The sooner you get started with your retirement savings and investment program, the better off you will be. Depending on your employer, you might have access to a traditional pension plan or a 401k. In addition, you might be able to contribute more money to a traditional or Roth IRA.

Defined Benefit Plans

  • With a defined benefit plan, workers who have enough years on the job to be vested are guaranteed a set monthly payment for life. In some cases, those workers may be offered a lump sum pension payment instead, which they can then invest as they see fit. These plans are not portable, and if a worker leaves his job before becoming vested, he will likely derive no benefit from the plan.Read More...
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Retirement Investing Book Wins Second Book of the Year Award 


Less Risk, More Return by Lee Hull was selected as the best retirement book of 2011 by Tradestreaming.com.  This is the second award for Less Risk, More Return which also received the best trading book of 2011 award from Tradingmarkets.com. Less Risk, More Return hit number one on Amazon.com in the retirement planning category and has been a bestseller in personal finance.

The Best Retirement Book Of 2011
Less Risk, More Return is a book about protecting our capital and picking our spots for limited gains. Instead of swinging for the investment return fences, Hull's book is about patiently waiting for your pitch until you get a good one.

  • Anyhoo, I think this book is a great resource for retirement planning/retirement investing.  It doesn't necessarily solve ALL the problems with retirement planning, but it's a strong attempt to help fill a gap that investors face — how do we retire and protect our investments? How do we retire and have enough income in a low interest rate world?
    More Information: 
    The book is available on amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and the iBooks store.
    Readers can download any chapter from Less Risk, More Return at www.lessriskmorereturn.com.
    Hull Capital Management website, www.hullcapital.com.
    Tradestreaming site, www.tradestreaming.com.

    Contact:
    Author, Lee Hull, 903-596-0380 or lee.hull@lessriskmorereturn.com
    Publisher, Peter Honsberger, 615-352-6183, coldriverstudio@gmail.com
     
    Full Title:
    Less Risk, More Return
    A proven blueprint for retirement plan investing. Achieve your real investment goal of growing your retirement plan in any market and retire on time by combining the best of both alternative and traditional investments.
    ISBN 978-0-9828146-5-9.Read More....








Who is David Gregory?


David Gregory was named moderator of NBC News’ “Meet the Press” on December 7, 2008.
In addition to his “Meet the Press” responsibilities, Gregory is a regular contributor for “Today” and serves as a back-up anchor for the broadcast. He is also a regular contributor and analyst on msnbc, and lends his voice and reporting to all NBC News broadcasts including coverage of special events.
Gregory first joined NBC News in 1995. He served as White House Correspondent during the presidency of George W. Bush, reporting extensively on the 9-11 attacks as well as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Gregory has also covered three presidential campaigns in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
Earning a reputation for being one of the toughest questioners of President Bush and his press secretaries, Washingtonian magazine named Gregory one of Washington’s 50 best and most influential journalists, labeling him the “firebrand in the front row.”
On the campaign trail in 2004, and during his years covering the White House Gregory was among the most heavily utilized network correspondent on television, according to the Tyndall Report.Read More...

Cholesterol Drug


A growing body of clinical research now indicates that the cholesterol-lowering class of drugs known as statins, is associated with over 300 adverse health effects — research boldly flying in the face of national health policy, medical insurance premium guidelines, statin drug manufacturer advertising claims, and the general sentiment of the public, with approximately 1 in every 4 adult Americans over 45 currently using these drugs to “prevent heart disease.”
The Cholesterol Myth
For well over 40 years, statin drugs have successfully concretized a century-old myth about the primary cause of heart disease: namely, that cholesterol “causes” plaque build up in the arteries, ultimately leading to obstruction of blood flow, and subsequent morbidity and mortality.
Indeed, the medical establishment and drug companies have been singing the praises of this “cholesterol myth,” to the tune of 25 billion dollars in statin drug sales, annually.
While it is true that oxidized low-density lipoprotein is found within the atheromatous plaque that is found in damaged arteries, it is less likely a cause than an effect of heart disease. The underlying damage to the lining of the artery, which could be infectious, chemical, stress and/or nutritionally-related, comes before the immune response that results in plaque buildup there. Blaming LDL cholesterol for causing heart disease, is like blaming the scab for the injury that caused it to form, or, like blaming the band-aid for the scab it is covering — this is, after all, the inborn and fatal flaw of allopathic medicine which focuses only on symptoms of disease, which it then — fool-heartedly — attempts to suppress by any chemical means necessary.
Death By Statins?
No one can deny that statins do exactly what they are designed to do: suppress cholesterol production and reduce measurable blood serum levels. The question is, rather, at what price do they accomplish this feat, and for what ultimate purpose?
With the National Cholesterol Education Program Guidelines, having been designed by “experts” on the payroll of statin drug manufacturers, requiring ultra-low levels to obtain a strictly theoretical and numerical definition of “health,” statin drugs are guaranteed to receive first-line treatment status in the goal of the preventing and treating heart disease through lipid suppression.
What is at question here, is whether the unintended, adverse effects of this chemical class of drugs are less, the same or worse than the purported “cardiovascular” benefits they provide?
Fundamentally, statin drugs damage the muscles and nerves in the body — so much so that a dose as low as 5 mg a day can kill a human. There are well over 100 studies demonstrating the myotoxic, or muscle-harming effects of these drugs, and over 80 demonstrating the nerve-damaging effects, as well.
When you consider that a vast proportion of our body is comprised of muscles and coordinating nerve systems, this drug has the potential to cause damage to the entire body, and undoubtedly does so universally, differing only in the matter of degree — the damage occurring acutely in those at the tip of the iceberg, asymptomatically in the majority of others at the base.
Moreover, statin myotoxicity is not exclusive to skeletal muscle. If you consider that the heart is also a muscle, in fact, is our most tireless muscle, an obvious red flag should go up. It is a remarkable fact that it took over 40 years before the biomedical research and publishing fields were able to produce a human study, like the one published in the Journal of Clinical Cardiology in Dec. 2009, showing that statin drugs, despite billions of advertising/marketing dollars to the contrary, actually weaken the heart muscle. 
These results, while disturbing, are to be expected given the well-known problem associated with statin drug use, namely, the inhibition of the mevalonate pathway necessary to produce the heart-essential nutrient coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 deficiency itself may be a major contributing cause to heart disease. There is also research that statin drugs deplete the body of the cardioprotective minerals (and associated mineral-protein complexes) zinc and selenium. This finding may also explain why rates of heart failure may be increasing in the general population given these drugs.
While the discovery that statin drugs, instead of preventing heart disease, likely contribute to it, is surprising and counterintuitive, it should not distract from the more disturbing discovery that they contribute to over 300 disease and/or adverse health effects.
Millions of statin drugs users around the globe are risking their lives on a bad bet that taking a magic chemical pill will reduce their risk of dying of a disease that is not caused by a lack of the drug. What is more likely to happen, however, is that the quality and duration of their lives will be reduced, profoundly, along with billions of dollars of squandered cash that could have been spent on authentically medicinal and cardioprotective foods, nutrients, minerals and vitamins.





Google Sphere

 Google Sphere is a fun stuffed comprehensive image search on the web.It gives its users a new experience to search the images on the web.Like Google Gravity,this "I am feeling Lucky" trick is also an experiment project by mrdoob.com.


Check this link to have a unique experience of image search:
http://mrdoob.com/projects/chromeexperiments/google_sphere/


In this link you can see text links,search images tab and other elements in Google Images page rotating in the shape of the sphere.








Use the mouse and the above link to have your own fun experience.









Secrets of Healthy Sleep


Sleep is a very essential activity for survival.We must spend one-third of our life in asleepThose who do not comply with this requirement may get affected with a whole bunch of diseases from endocrine, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and mental health to cancer. Why? The answer is simple: The body periodically requires daily rest and "maintenance and repair" work. Almost all important activities takes place in our body only at night. Therefore, the daily rest can never fully replace a night's sleep.


What is happening inside our body at night:

For 22 hours.
sleep
Sleep
 The body temperature falls. Biological clock signals: time to sleep.

23 hours. 
The body is more relaxed.

For 24 hours. 
Consciousness  increasingly seizes the dream, but the brain continues to work.

1 hr. 
Sleep is very sensitive. 

About 2 hours.
 All the organs are at rest, only the liver is working with might and main, cleaning sleeping body of accumulated toxins.

For 3 hours.
 Full physiological decline: blood pressure at the lower limit, pulse and breathing are rare.

For 4 hours. 
The brain is supplied with a minimum amount of blood and is not ready to awaken, but extremely acute hearing - you can wake up at the slightest noise.

5 hours. 
The kidneys are resting, dormant muscles, your metabolism is slow, but in principle, the body is ready to wake up.

6 hours. 
The adrenal glands begin to throw in the blood hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine, which increase blood pressure and make your heart beat faster. The organism is already preparing for the wake, although consciousness is still dormant.

7:00 - hour of the immune system. It's time to limber up and get a douche. 
Incidentally, the drug at this time absorbed much better than at other times.

You see how important the recovery processes taking place in the body when we sleep peacefully!And so they all went without a hitch without a hitch, sleep should not only be long enough, but also qualitative: a calm, deep, without unreasonable awakenings, and snoring.

Science has dozens of different sleep disorders that afflict 20% of the population. This is especially insomnia - insomnia, as the doctors say. At its core are often stress, neurosis, mental strain, shift work, air travel from one time zone to another.

To make matters worse the so-called "Edison effect" - an abundance of electric lighting in our homes.Our pineal gland which is essential for sleep is developed only in the dark.So those who want to be healthy,it is advised not to sleep with the light.

Do not break the diurnal cycles. Must go to bed at sunset - about 22 hours and get up at dawn every day, including weekends.

At dinner, better to eat foods rich in serotonin: tomatoes, celery, bananas, corn cobs, oat or rice porridge, marine fish. Serotonin - one of the so-called "happiness hormones" - the feedstock for the production of melatonin.

You can pamper yourself with carbohydrates. They also raise the level of melatonin. Only there they must be on an empty stomach and not mixed with fats and proteins. Avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeine.

Make sure that the food was enough B vitamins: B3, B6 and B12, as well as calcium and magnesium.
Avoid excessive electromagnetic radiation - it is bad for the work of the pineal gland. 

Amazing Paper Crafts

All this beautiful paper crafts are made using old newspapers and magazines.