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Google Glass


Google Glass is an half inch head-mounted display (HMD)  in a smartphone-like format hands-free, and can interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands. 

Google's Project Glass is  developed by Google X Lab and was announced on Google+ by Babak Parviz, an electrical engineer who has  worked on putting displays into contact lenses; Steve Lee, a project manager and "geolocation specialist"; and Sebastian Thrun, who developed Udacity as well as worked on the self-driving car project.Google has patented the design of Project Glass. Thad Starner is a Technical/Lead Manager on the project.


Google Glass
Google Glass

Google Glass is an Android-powered head-mounted display resides just above the right eye, producing a small heads-up display image with information like travel directions and video messaging, all accessible by Siri-like voice commands. A 720 pixel camera is embedded in the front of the device, allowing the wearer to take pictures or perhaps even stream live video.Users will also be able to take and share photos, video-chat, check appointments and access maps and the Web. Consumers should be able to buy Google Glass by 2014.Available in colors : Charcoal, Tangerine, Shale, Cotton, Sky.The eyewear's functionality and minimalist appearance (aluminium strip with 2 nose pads) has been compared to Steve Mann's EyeTap.

Inventor of Email


VA Shiva Ayyadurai, the Inventor of Email is an Indian(Mumbai) born American scientist and entrepreneur.At the age of 14,he invented  “EMAIL”(1978), the world’s first email system, which was the full-scale emulation of the interoffice paper-based mail system, for which he was awarded the first US Copyright in 1982.

Today, VA Shiva, teaches a pioneering new course at MIT called Systems Visualization in MIT’s Department of Comparative Media Studies. He is the Chairman & CEO of CytoSolve, Inc., and Executive Director of the International Center for Integrative Systems located in Cambridge.

Honored as 2012 TiE Star

"VA Shiva, receives innovation honor for "his seminal work in the invention of email" and for the creation of CytoSolve, a revolutionary platform for in-silico drug development".

 Shiva went on to be recognized by the Westinghouse Science Talent Search Honors Group for his invention. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology highlighted his invention as one among four, in the incoming Freshman class of 1,040 students. It was Shiva's invention, the first in the genealogy of all modern email systems. Today, nearly 2 billion people worldwide use email, rendering it an indispensable form of communication. image:rambergmedia.com/

Email
Email

"I am humbled to be selected as a TiE Star recipient and to be included among such an esteemed group of true innovators and intrepid entrepreneurs," said Shiva. "The invention of email evolved from a challenge to solve a real world problem. That work taught me the power of systems thinking, which has stayed with me all my life, through to my current work at MIT in developing a new course called Systems Visualization, and to create CytoSolve, a system which aims to solve another real world problem: reducing the time and costs to produce life-saving drugs."

"V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai is named a TiE Star recognizing his seminal work in the invention of email, way before its potential could be recognized as a worldwide communication medium.  By developing the first email system, Shiva was intuitively seeing it as a paradigm of communication medium, developing the electronic equivalent of paper-based postal mail system.  Subsequently as an entrepreneur, Shiva continued to leverage this electronic mail medium in mass communication and marketing, fairly early on," said Shekhar Shastri , Charter Member and TiE Star Program Organizer. 

 "TiE recognizes that there is no bar to innovation, be it age, location or ethnic background.  TiE fosters entrepreneurship even amongst high school students under its TyE (Tie Young Entrepreneur's Program); Shiva's breakthrough work as a high school student serves as an inspiration to our TyE participants."


VA Shiva  has started and successfully grown several start-up companies.He started Echo Mail,Inc. which grew to nearly $200 million in market valuation. He has appeared in The MIT Technology Review, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NBC News, USA Today and other major media. Shiva was named Top 40 in the Improper Bostonian. He has also authored three books on the Internet and EMAIL: Arts and the Internet, The Internet Publicity Guide and The EMAIL Revolution, which will be coming out in 2013.He serves as a consultant to CEO's and Executive Management at Fortune 1000 companies, as well as government organizations such as the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.

VA Shiva is a member of Sigma-Xi, Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi. He supports the Shanthi Foundation, which raises money to provide scholarships for education of orphaned girls. He is also a supporter of various arts and non-profit organizations including the Guggenheim Museum, Very Special Arts, National Public Radio and the National Geographic Society. V. A. Shiva enjoys yoga, travel, tennis, animals, art and architecture, and lives Belmont, MA, USA.

Source:prnewswire,generalinteractive

27 Facts about Dreams



The following facts are useful in increasing our understanding of dreams:

Fact 1 - Only you can interpret your dream.

Fact 2 - A Dream tends to have two different types of meanings: a general meaning where the dream is told as a symbolic story and an individual meaning, which is specific to the dreamer.

Fact 3 - Most dreams reflect subjects which are on your mind.
Fact 4 - Your dream may simply reflect events of your day providing an outlet and safe way of expressing pent up emotions.

Fact 5 - A Dream often mirrors real life experiences.

Fact 6 - Dream subjects  include fantasies and frightening elements from the imagination or stimulated by watching movies or television, reading books or even playing computer games.

Fact 7 - The most common emotion experienced in a dream is anxiety and fear.
dream
Dream

Fact 8 - The average person spends a total of about six years dreaming - 2 hours each night - although one third of our lives is spent sleeping.

Fact 9 - Dreams are strongly associated with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep during which brain activity is like wakefulness.

Fact 10 - REM sleep in adults averages 20-25% of total sleep which lasts about 90-120 minutes. REM sleep may help developing brains to mature. Snoring occurs only in non-REM sleep.

Fact 11 - Sleep might be disturbed during the night but the mind interprets the disturbance and makes it a part of a dream in order to ensure continued sleep but the dreamer will awaken when danger threatens or the dream causes shock.

Fact 12 - Sexual dream occur less than 10 percent of the time usually in young adults.

Fact 13 - Up to 70% of females and 65% of males experience recurrent dreams.

Fact 14 - 12% of people only dream in black and white.

Fact 15 - Dreams can link to actual experiences and sensations i.e. when a phone is ringing in reality the dreamer might hear this in their dream.

Fact 16 - Oneirology is the scientific study of dreams. The term comes from the Greek oneiros which means dream
Fact 17 - A person who studies oneirology is called an oneirologist.

Fact 18 - A daydream is a visionary fantasy experienced whilst awake, the result of the brain mulling over important, but not immediately relevant, issues when their circumstances do not pose interesting and engaging problems.

Fact 19 - Studies have identified common reported themes in dreams including situations relating to school, being chased, sexual experiences, falling, arriving late, death, teeth falling out, flying and car accidents.

Fact 20 - Everybody dreams. But some people do not remember their dreams.

Fact 21 - We often even have 4-7 dreams in one night.

Fact 22 - Five minutes after the end of the dream, 50% of the content is forgotten, after ten minutes 90% is forgotten.

Fact 23 - Nightmares are common in children generally beginning at the age of 3 and occurring up to ages of 7-8.

Fact 24 - Our brain waves are more active when we are dreaming than when we are awake.

Fact 25 - The average dream lasts between 10 and 15 minutes.

Fact 26 - A study showed that 42% of people felt they had had a dream about something that later came true
Fact 27 - Dreams usually run in 90-minute cycles during sleep.

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10 cool facts about rocks


Rock is a naturally occurring solid aggregate of one or more minerals or mineraloids. For example, the common rock, granite, is a combination of the quartz, feldspar and biotite minerals. The Earth's outer solid layer, the lithosphere, is made of rock.The scientific study of rocks is called petrology.

10 cool facts about rocks


1.The three types of rock found on the earth are sedimentary,Igneous and metamorphic rocks.

2.Molten rock below the earth's surface is called magma.When molten rock is expelled from a volcano,it's called Lava.

3.The earth's surface is made up of massive slabs of rock known as plates.The scientist called it as tectonic plates.When the plates move and collide,they can form mountain ranges and even cause earthquakes
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4.Generally we have a thought that rocks are hard.But it is not true.Most rocks are hard but not all of them.Some rocks such as those made up of the mineral calcite,are soft enough to scratch with your fingernail.

5.The rock formed by the volcanic activity is called igneous rocks.Granite is a common igneous rocks.

6.A deep,narrow valley formed by erosion is called Canyons.They are often formed by water,ice or wind erosion.The grand canyons is one of the most famous canyons in the world.

Monolith rock
Monolith
7.Slate is a metamorphic rock.It is formed when shale is put under low pressure at relatively low temperature.

8.The rocks found in flowing river is sedimentary rocks.They are formed when minerals and tiny pieces of eroded rocks are washed downstream.These sediments build up over time,and pressure turns the sediment into rock.

9.Some rocks sinks in water and some rocks floats on water.Pumice(a volcanic rock) forms when lava cools quickly and air bubbles form.The bubbles makes the rock less dense than water,so it floats.

10.A monolith is a geological feature consisting of a single massive stone or rock, such as some mountains, or a single large piece of rock placed as, or within, a monument or building.

Source:10 cool facts about rocks

5 New iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch Apps 2013


New Year apps 2013 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch


Super Home Hero

1.Super Home Hero is an educational fun game for kids with cool super hero voices and music.Laundry making brings fun with this app.



Proloquo2Go

2. Proloquo2Go IS A COMMUNICATION FOCUSED APP,HELPS KIDS IN LEARNING SPEECH AND VOCABULARY.




3.Social Adventure
  Helps in teaching social skills and friendship.



Montessori Geometry

4.Montessori Geometry
      Amazing educational app with lots of fun.




Mickey's Wildlife Count Along
5.Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Wildlife Count Along

      Fun learning app about animals and numbers counting.

List of Nobel Prize Winners in India


 List of Nobel Prize Winners in India


Year         Laureates  

1.         1902- Ronald Ross,Medicine,Foreign citizens born in India


The Nobel Prize  was awarded to Ronald Ross "for his work on malaria, by which he has shown how it enters the organism and thereby has laid the foundation for successful research on this disease and methods of combating it.

2.          1907 - Rudyard Kipling,Literature,Foreign citizens born in India

The Nobel Prize in Literature  was awarded to Rudyard Kipling "in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author".


3.          1913 - Rabindranath Tagore, Literature, Citizen of India


The Nobel Prize in Literature 1913 was awarded to Rabindranath Tagore "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West".


Noble Prize Winners

4.         1930 - C.V. Raman ,Physics ,Citizen of India


The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Sir Venkata Raman "for his work on the scattering of light and for the discovery of the effect named after him".



5.         1968 - Har Gobind Khorana, Medicine, Foreign citizens of Indian origin

Har Gobind Khorana together with other two members awarded Nobel Prize "for their interpretation of the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis".

6.          1979- Mother Teresa Peace, Foreign born citizen of India


The Nobel Peace Prize 1979 was awarded to Mother Teresa.



7.           1983-  Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar ,Physics, Indian born American citizen

 Received Nobel Prize "for his theoretical studies of the physical processes of importance to the structure and evolution of the stars"

8.            1998- Amartya Sen ,Economic Sciences, Citizen of India

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 1998 was awarded to Amartya Sen "for his contributions to welfare economics".

9.            2001 - V.S.Naipaul ,Literature, Trinidadian born British citizen of Indian descent

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2001 was awarded to V. S. Naipaul "for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories"



10.         2009 - Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Chemistry, Indian born American Citizen

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan together with other two members awarded Nobel Prize"for studies of the 
structure and function of the ribosome".


Reference - Wikipedia,nobleprize.org

Skype Video Messages launches for Mac, iPhone, and Android (hands-on)

Microsoft is going to launch a new Video Messages feature for Skype this week. The feature works on Android and iOS with an option to switch to the rear.You can send up to three minutes of video to users who are either online or offline and the video will be delivered in the chat part of Skype.

 We’re pleased that there’s interest for Video Messaging to come to Skype for Windows and Skype for Windows 8," says a Skype spokesperson in response to Windows availability. "We’ll let you know when we expand the service to the platform."
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 We tested the feature out on all available platforms and it seems to sync the video messages just as you'd expect. If you want to download the messages on the Mac side, they're available in MP4 format. The Video Messages feature is available to all US and UK Skype users initially, with a rollout to other countries expected in the future.


Update: Microsoft informs us that the Skype Video Messages feature is part of Skype Premium. After 20 free messages you'll have to subscribe to Skype Premium for $4.99 a month to continue using the feature. Source:Verge



Samsung to reportedly take on BlackBerry with new enterprise platform

More bad news for struggling vendor BlackBerry (BBRY) emerged on Friday as a report surfaced suggesting Samsung (005930) is planning to enter the enterprise space. Boston-based brokerage firmDetwiler Fenton said in a note on Friday morning that Samsung plans to unveil a new enterprise platform at the Mobile World Congress trade show later this month that will compete withBlackBerry’s next-generation BlackBerry 10 operating system.

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 No other details were provided, but the news comes as a huge blow to BlackBerry considering its reliance on the enterprise market. BlackBerry shares were trading down more than 2.5% on the news.

This article was originally published on BGR.com

3 Best collections for Kids


Most popular animation video,learn to count book and inspiring music album for kids



1-2-3 Peas
by Keith Baker

1-100 attractive colorful counting book with pictures 1-2-3 Peas,again by the best selling LMNO Peas author.









“Guess How Much I Love You” 

Nut brown Hare and Big Nut brown Hare with ground-breaking animation ,sure to delight children and adults. - Disney Junior Channel








Nature Jams

Jason Ringenberg,an acclaimed  rock singer , released a children's music album spin-off from his TV show Farmer Jason.

Nature Jams is an excellent music album with inspiring songs and lessons.

10 Random World History


1.Mount Everest is named after Sir George Everest.He was the Surveyor General of India.He came to India in 1823 to complete the Great Trignometrical Survey of the Subcontinent.His triangulation theories helped locate the summit.

2.Buddha was born in Lumbini near Kapilavasthu,in modern day Nepal.He was the son of King Suddhodhana of the Shakyadan. Lumbini was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

3.Pataliputra is today known as Patna and is one of the oldest cities in India.Pataliputra was found in the 5th century BCE  by Ajatshatru,King of Magadha.
world map
World History

4.West Germany was created from areas occupied by USA,Great Britain and France at the end of World War II with Bonn as its capital.The Federal Republic of Germany was formed in 1990,by re-uniting West and East Germany.

5.Ceylon was the British Colonial name for the Island,derived from the early Portuguese name, Ceilao.It was dropped in 1972 when the country became a Republic and was named Sri Lanka.

6.Bharat Ratna was the highest civilian honour given by the Republic of India. It was introduced in 1954.Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan and Nelson Mandela, two Non-Indians received the award in 1987 and 1990.

7.Babar was the first Mughal Emperor and founder of the Mughal dynasty.His original name was Zahir Ud-din Muhammad.He was the descendant of the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan and Turkic conqueror Timur.

8.Taj Mahal was built by  Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.The construction of Taj Mahal spanned over 22 years.It is one of the wonders of the world and  also listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site.

9.Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro were the biggest cities near the Indus River in the Sindh region(now in Pakistan).The both cities belongs to ancient civilization named Indus Valley / Harrapan civilization.

10.Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles(1781-1826) was a British East Indian Administrator and founded the port city of Singapore in 1819 as a trading site.

10 Facts about Nobel Prize

1.Elinor Ostrom won the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences in 2009 for her 'analysis of economic governance,especially the commons'.The Economic Sciences is the only category that has only 1 woman laureate.

2. CV Raman or Sir Chandrasekhar Venkata Raman is the first Indian Scientist to win the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1930.He was awarded for his discovery of "Raman Effect" or "Raman Scattering".

3.Nobel Prize is named after Alfred Bernhard Nobel.He was a Swedish philanthropist,chemist, engineer, innovator, and armaments manufacturer. He was the inventor of dynamite.According to his last written will,the Nobel prizes was established after his death. The First Nobel prizes were awarded in 1901 in the following categories - Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace." Mathematics is the only category which has no Nobel Prize".

4.Between 1901 and 2012, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 555 times.

5.The Nobel prizes(the most prestigious award) are awarded in Stockholm,( Sweden) by the The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences .The Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo, (Norway) by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

6.The Nobel Laureates  will receive  three things: a diploma, a medal and a document confirming the prize amount.All medals made before 1980 were struck in 23 carat gold. Today, they are made from 18 carat green gold plated with 24 carat gold.

7.The Nobel Prize amount for 2012 is set at Swedish kronor (SEK) 8.0 million per full Nobel Prize (1.2 million USD at the time of the 2012 Nobel Prize Announcement).
Amartya Sen
Amartya Sen


8.Nobel Prize Winners 2012

THE NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS
Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland "for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems"

THE NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY
Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka "for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors"

THE NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE
Sir John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka "for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent"

THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
Mo Yan "who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary"

THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
European Union (EU) "for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe"

THE PRIZE IN ECONOMIC SCIENCES
Alvin E. Roth and Lloyd S. Shapley "for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design"

9.Marie Curie,is the only woman who has received two Nobel Prizes.(Physics 1903,Chemistry 1911).

10.Amartya Sen, CH (born 3 November 1933) is an Indian philosopher and economist who was awarded the 1998 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to welfare economics and social choice theory, and for his interest in the problems of society's poorest members.Sen's books have been translated into more than thirty languages over a period of forty years. He is a trustee of Economists for Peace and Security. In 2006, Time magazine listed him under "60 years of Asian Heroes" and in 2010 included him in their "100 most influential persons in the world".New Statesman listed him in their 2010 edition of "World's 50 Most Influential People Who Matter".He is the alumini of  Santiniketan, West Bengal, India.

Why February 14th is celebrated as Valentine's Day?


 Feast of Saint Valentine is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world. Saint Valentine's Day, commonly known as Valentine's Day.

St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius.
Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day
image:Google

Legend states that before his execution he wrote "from your Valentine" as a farewell to her.Today, Saint Valentine's Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church.The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine's Day, albeit on July 6th and July 30th, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni).

The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").

Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

source - Wikipedia

List of States and its Capitals in India

India is a country comprising of twenty-eight states and seven union territories.

India map
India

STATE
CAPITAL
1.Andra Pradesh
Hyderabad
2.Arunachal Pradesh
Itangar
3.Assam
Dispur
4.Bihar
Patna
5.Chhattisgarh
Raipur
6.Goa
Panaji
7.Gujarat
Gandhinagar
8.Haryana
Chandigarh
9.Himachal Pradesh
Shimla
10.Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar and Jammu
11.Jharkhand
Ranchi
12.Karnataka
Bangalore
13.Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram
14.Madya Pradesh
Bhopal
15.Maharashtra
Mumbai
16.Manipur
Imphal
17.Meghalaya
Shillong
18.Mizoram
Aizawl
19.Nagaland
Kohima
20.Orissa
Bhubaneshwar
21.Punjab
Chandigarh
22.Rajasthan
Jaipur
23.Sikkim
Gangtok
24.Tamil Nadu
Chennai
25.Tripura
Agartala
26.Uttarakhand
Dehradun
27.Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow
28.West Bengal
Kolkata


          Union Territories                             Capital
1.Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Port Blair
2.Chandigarh
Chandigarh
3.Dadar and Nagar Haveli
Silvassa
4.Daman and Diu
Daman
5.Delhi
Delhi
6.Lakshadeep
Kavaratti
7.Pondicherry
Pondicherry

30 Interesting Facts about Elephants

*An elephant's trunk is actually an extended nose and upper lip.An adult African elephant's trunk is about two meters long.

*Elephants uses trunks for smelling,touching,grasping,collect food and water,breathing,and even hurl objects.
  • *Elephants can suck 7.5 liters of water into its trunk at a time.

    *Elephants will use their trunk to make loud trumpeting noise, in case,if it is threatened and give warnings to other elephants.

    * Elephants are fond of water and enjoy showering by sucking water into their trunks and spraying it all over themselves. Afterwards, they often spray their skin with a protective coating of dust.

    *The trunk contains an estimated 100,000 muscles and tendons in the trunk, giving it extreme flexibility and strength.

    *Asian elephants have one finger—like projection at the tip of the trunk and African elephants have two. These finger—like projections are used for grasping small and delicate objects.

    *Elephants are social creatures.They hug wrapping their trunks together in displays of greeting and affection.

    *The elephant can also use its trunk to grasp an entire tree branch and pull it down to its mouth. Elephants also use their trunks to yank up clumps of grasses and shove the greenery into their mouths.

    *Elephants  use their trunks to lift  a newborn elephant to its feet. And just as a human baby sucks its thumb, an elephant calf often sucks its trunk for comfort.

    *One elephant can eat 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of food in one day.Elephants  are herbivores and eat roots, grasses, fruit,bark,banana and sugarcane.

    *Elephants tusks are elongated incisors,extending from an elephant's upper jaw.They use their tusks to get food by digging up roots and peeling tree barks.Like human right-handed and left-handed,elephants are also right-tusked and left-tusked using one more than the other.Calves will have tusk from the age of two.Elephant tusks are ivory teeth and it grow for the rest of life.

    *Elephants are mammals. Of all animals, elephants have the longest pregnancy—it lasts 22 months.

    *Elephants have small brown eyes.In general,they have poor eye sight.Their vision is better in dim light than in bright.

    *Elephants can live to be about 70 years old.

    *African elephants are the largest land animals on Earth. They have large fan shaped ears.  Asian Elephant have smaller in comparison.Their hearing is poor.On a blazing hot day,Elephants will flap their ears to get cool breeze.They extend their ears fully to show aggression.

    *Elephants weight ranges from 11000 - 15000 pounds and height 10 -13 feet.

    *Elephants are able to swim for long distances.

    *Elephants spend about 16 hours a day eating and so they sleep very less time.

    *Elephants walk on their tiptoes(that is on the balls of their feet).Most elephants have four toes in their forelimb and three toes in their hindlimb.

    *Elephants are intelligent and it weighs 11 pounds - four times the size of the human brain.They have good memory.

    *Elephants have pillar like legs to support their massive weight.

    *Elephants skin is rough and wrinkled but it is sensitive to touch and temperature.The folds in their skin holds moisture to keep them cool.

    *The bottom of their feet composed of fatty tissue allows them to tread very softly.

    *One of the softest parts of their body is at the back of the ears, which is called the knuckle. Elephant trainers, calledMahouts, use their feet to steer or give commands to the animal via the knuckle at the back of the ears.

    Elephant


    * Elephants have a longer pregnancy than any other mammal—almost 22 months.
    *Male elephant is referred as bull and female is called as cow.Baby elephants are called as calves.Group of elephants collectively called as herd.

    *Elephants can communicate over long distances by producing a sub-sonic rumble that can travel over the ground faster than sound through air. Other elephants receive the messages through the sensitive skin on their feet and trunks.

    *An elephant’s tail can be as long as 1.3m and is tipped by a series of very coarse, wire-like hairs. They have an extraordinary degree of control over tail movement and use them as a fly swat against insects.

    *Elephants usually have 26 teeth: the incisors, known as the tusks, 12 deciduous premolars, and 12 molars.Elephants will have six sets of teeth as humans have two sets for their lifetime.Teeth are not replaced by new ones emerging from the jaws vertically as in most mammals. Instead, new teeth grow in at the back of the mouth and move forward to push out the old ones, similar to a conveyor belt.If the sixth set is lost,mostly animal will die in starvation.

    *The National Heritage Animal of India is Elephant.

    *All African elephants, male and female, have tusks whereas only some Asian males have tusks. About 50% of Asian females have short tusks known as tushes - which have no pulp inside.

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12 Facts about China


1.China is the most populous country in the world,with a continuous culture stretching back nearly 4,000 years.

2.The Great Wall of China is considered as one of the ancient wonders of the world.It is also listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3.The National Day of China  is celebrated every year on October 1. It is a public holiday in the People's Republic of China to celebrate their national day.

4.The Chinese New Year begins anytime between late January and mid-February based on their ancient Chinese calendar.The next Chinese New Year (2014) is on Friday, January 31 and animal sign is Horse.

5.The Chinese calendar is the ancient calendar with a complete cycle of 60 years.In chinese calender,12 months are represented by 12 animals namely Rat, Ox ,Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep ,Monkey Rooster, Dog ,Pig .Each year is also represented by an animal. The Chinese believe that a person will have some of the characteristics of the animal representing the year in which he is born.

6.The Chinese people believe that numbers will bring auspicious or inauspicious based on their pronunciation sound.In Chinese culture "eight" is considered the luckiest number as it sounds similar to the word "prosper" or "wealth". Number 4 is considered an unlucky number because it  nearly sounds similar to the word "death". In China, due to that Nokia cell phones have no series beginning with a 4.

7. In Chinese,  there is no alphabets,instead they have symbols(Chinese characters) based on the meaning.It is a difficult language to learn with over 60000 characters.Only 5000-10000 characters are mostly learnt by school and college students commonly.
Great Wall of China

8.Quick facts about china

Full name: People's Republic of China

Capital: Beijing

Largest city: Shanghai,Chongqing,Beijing, and Tianjin

Major language: Putonghua/Mandarin Chinese
Major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism

Currency(¥)=Renminbi ; code: CNY
*"Yuan"(coins) is the name of a unit of the Renminbi currency.

Main exports: Manufactured goods, including textiles, garments, electronics, toys

Internet domain: .cn
International dialling code: +86

9.Most Popular Chinese food -  Dim sum,Noodles,Rice,Shark’s Fin and Bird’s Nest Soups,Bean Curd

10.Chinese dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and folklore.The chinese people gives most importance to dragons which traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck.

11.Feng shui is 3000 years old ancient Chinese astrology.It brings prosperity, good health and helps to improve our life by examining the energy flowing in our surrounding environment(particular room, house, building, or garden).(more@Factsquest)

12.Top 10 tourist Places in China
  • Beijing
  • Xian
  • Shanghai
  • Guilin
  • Yangtze River
  • Lhasa Tibet
  • Jiuzhaigou Sichuan
  • Lijiang Yunnan
  • Zhangjiajie Hunan
  • Silk Road in China

What is daylight saving time?

DST is the practice of advancing clocks so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. In this method,clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn.

DST is followed in many countries to make better use of the daylight in the evenings.

For Countries near the equator,the day and night length will be same(12 hours+12 hours).For example,In India day and night is equal so there is no DST time.The Countries closer to the North and South Pole will be having the longer period of daylight in the summer.To utilize the day light ,DST is followed in many countries according to their locations.image-wikipedia


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Although not used by most of the world's countries, daylight saving time is common in the Western world.
  DST observed
  DST formerly observed
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In short,DST is setting the clocks forward one hour during the longer days of summer and back again in the fall.

This year,on March 10,2013,sunday - clocks are set ahead one hour(spring forward).
On Nov 3,2013,Sunday -  clocks are set back one hour ( Fall Back).

Daylight Savings Time begins on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November.  In March, clocks are moved forward one hour from 2 Am standard time to 3 Am DST, and in November, clocks are moved back one hour from 2 Am DST to 1 Am standard time.  The phrase "spring forward, fall back" is used to remember DST timings.

Benjamin Franklin was the first person to suggest the concept of daylight savings in 1784 with an idea of "early to bed and early to rise".The modern idea of daylight saving was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson  and it was first implemented during the First World War.

There is a conflicted view about DST.Some researchers states DST as energy saver and some are against.
Same way,some researchers states,DST not good for health.It causes health hazards because of  improper sleep patterns.In a conflicting view,others states it increases outdoor activities and claims DST is beneficial for health.


Google chairman sell shares worth £1.6bn



Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt is planning to sell almost half of his shares in the company.He is currently ranked at 138 on the Forbes global rich list. He says,"The sale would be spread out across a year so as not to impact upon the company's share price."

Schmidt owns totally 7.6 million shares.He is selling 3.2 million shares,each worth $785.37 on Friday (February 8), the former CEO's sale would be valued at £1.6bn .


About 

Eric E. Schmidt,Executive Chairman of Google
Eric E. Schmidt,Executive Chairman of Google
Eric E. Schmidt,Executive Chairman of Google


Eric E. Schmidt joined Google in 2001 and helped the company to grow from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology.
From 2001-2011, Eric served as Google’s chief executive officer, overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation.
Prior to joining Google, Eric was the chairman and CEO of Novell and chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Previously, he served on the research staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Bell Laboratories and Zilog. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Eric is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council in the U.K. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a fellow in 2007. He also chairs the board of the New America Foundation, and since 2008 has been a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

Google Science Fair 2013

 Recently, Google has launched the third annual Google Science Fair in partnership with CERN, the LEGO Group, National Geographic and Scientific American to find the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The Google Science Fair is an online science competition which invites 13–18 year old students around the globe to participate and submit their innovative ideas to change the world.

Students can enter the Science Fair in 13 languages.The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm PDT.

Prizes for the 2013 Science Fair include a $50,000 scholarship from Google, a trip to the Galapagos with National Geographic Expeditions, experiences at CERN, Google or the LEGO Group and digital access to the Scientific American archives for the winner’s school for a year.Google has also announced two new prizes and more details here.

Visit www.googlesciencefair.com to get started now—your idea might just change the world.

Google Science Fair Sample Project Ideas


Google Science Fair
Google Science Fair

what is a sea?

A sea is a division of ocean with large body of saline water partially enclosed by land.Depending upon the amount of salt in the water, sea water freezes at about 28 degrees F. High salt content lowers the temperature for freezing and low salt content raises the temperature for freezing.

World's Top 10 Oceans and Seas based on Area



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Sea
  • The saltiest sea in the world is the Red Sea with 41 parts of salt per 1,000 parts of water.
  • The warmest sea in the world is the Red Sea, where temperatures range from 68 degrees to 87.8 degrees F depending upon which part you measure.
  • The coldest seas are found near the poles such as the Greenland, Barents, Beaufort, Kara, Laptev and East Siberian Seas found near the north pole and Weddell and Ross Seas found in the south poles. The Baltic Sea is also considered one of the coldest seas.
What are the "Seven Seas"?

"Seven seas" referred to the Indian Ocean, Black Sea, Caspian Sea, Adriatic Sea, Persian Gulf, Mediterranean Sea, and the Red Sea.

Seven Seas are also referred as different bodies of water.