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3671  General Category / Technical & Science & Mysteries / Welcome February 2010….!!! on: January 30, 2010, 05:00:02 PM
Welcome February 2010….!!!
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3672  The Lounge / The Astro Section / Brightest, biggest full moon of 2010 will be seen on Saturday on: January 30, 2010, 03:23:47 PM
Brightest, biggest full moon of 2010 will be seen on Saturday

Don't forget to watch the moon on Saturday ie Tdy. The brightest and biggest full moon of 2010 will be seen tomorrow. 

 
The moon will be closest to the earth on that day and will appear to be bigger and brightest of the year. Saturday's full moon will be around 15 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter as compared to other full moons during the year.
Explaining the reason, director SPACE (Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators) C.B. Devgun said: "Some full moons are genuinely larger than others and the one on Saturday will be huge."

"This is because the moon's orbit is an ellipse with one side 50,000 km closer to earth than the other. In the language of astronomy, the two extremes are called 'apogee' (far away) and 'perigee' (nearby).

"On Jan 30, the moon becomes full, three hours after reaching perigee, making it bigger and brighter than we are going to see for the rest of 2010," said Devgun.

The moon at perigee will look bigger than it looks in all other positions, as the apparent size of closer objects is always more.
"As this is the second full moon of the month, this will also be a blue moon," said N.S. Raghunandan Kumar, general secretary of the Planetary Society of India.

"The moon will not only shine brighter but will also appear bigger as compared to other full moons during the year," Science Popularization Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) Director C B Devgun said.
The full moon will be at its best at around 8 PM, he said.


The phenomenon occurs as the Moon's orbit is elliptical with one side 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other.
At closest, our natural satellite lies roughly 3,56,630 kms from Earth compared to the Moon's average distance of 3,84,800 km from Earth
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3673  Image Zone / Amazing, Breathtaking, Cute, etc. / Noumea, New Caledonia on: January 29, 2010, 09:20:41 PM
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3674  General Category / Health and Fitness / 10 exercises to burn 200 calories daily! on: January 29, 2010, 04:29:00 PM
10 exercises to burn  calories daily!

There is nothing better than being in great physical shape. You look attractive to yourself, and to your partner, not to mention how you light up every party. So look and feel on top of the world by trying out these exercises which will help you burn at least 200 calories daily.

Qigong: These exercises involve various breath control techniques, meditation and relaxation. It is similar to pranayama. While doing Qigong, the practitioner spends little energy, but at the end of a session there is profuse perspiration, little elevation in blood pressure, but increased levels of energy.

Budokon: If you enjoy yoga but are also in love with the high-intensity kickboxing class across the hall, try a fusion class like Budokon (bu-do-kon) and get hip with the Hollywood crowd.

Spinning: This is a relatively new phenomenon, which is performed on a specialised cycling machine. The classes take place in a fitness studio with specialised lights and music that create an upbeat atmosphere.

Aerobics: A great form of exercise to fast paced racy music makes you lose enough calories. Whether it is for 45 minutes daily or every three days, there's something about aerobics that will bring a smile on your face.

Yoga: Whether it is power yoga, artistic or ashtanga yoga, the lightness of body, serenity and bliss you feel will keep you hooked for ever. You may never want to try out another form of exercise ever.

Hooping: A form of aerobic exercise, it uses the hula hoop and has moved from being a toy to being a dance and exercise aid. It is fun, childlike, and meditative, all of which make it good for the spirit.

Walking: 20 minutes of brisk walking everyday will make sure you don't put on an ounce of weight. It will keep you in such great shape that you wouldn't ever feel the need to go on a diet!

Dance: The best form of exercise, it helps you lose plenty of weight apart from keeping you lithe! US research shows that a vigorous dance class can burn as many calories as a gym workout. Calories danced away per hour: Ballroom: 180-480; Belly dancing: 180-300; Jive/swing dance: 250-400 Salsa: 400.

Jump rope: Single-rope freestyle jump roping is one sport that is increasingly becoming famous among fitness freaks, both as a competitive activity and a way to increase strength, balance and cardio-respiratory endurance.

Aero boxing: The workout involves a combination of aerobic exercises with boxing techniques and has been formulated for the first time to help people stay fit.
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3675  The Lounge / The Astro Section / An enjoyable journey called yoga on: January 29, 2010, 04:18:42 PM
An enjoyable journey called yoga

Yoga represents a process through which one can learn how to live in the most integrated way. Therefore, it involves the process of identification and then elimination of all that would contribute to disintegration.

The term yoga is derived from yugil (Sanskrit), which means unite or integrate. It’s a combination of science and arts and a highly enjoyable journey towards perfection. One can trace the origin of yoga way back to the Indus Valley Civilisation, ie, at least 3,000 years BC. And for the past 5,000 years, it has remained as one of the most important facets of our culture.

With the goal of restructuring the society on spiritual values, through revival of ancient yogic discipline, Swami Kuvalayananda established the Kaivalyadhama Yoga institute in 1924, at Lonavla, near Pune. It is one of the oldest yoga institutes in the country and recently played host to the 6th International Conference on Yoga Research & Cultural Synthesis, where over 1,200 delegates participated from the world, including the US, France, Brazil, China, Germany, Canada, Greece, Argentina, Korea and Japan.

Yoga represents a process through which one can learn how to live in the most integrated way. Therefore, it involves the process of identification and then elimination of all that would contribute to disintegration. Hence, it becomes a continuous process, requiring constant vigilance, involving all the aspects of life.

According to O P Tiwari, one of the most recognised and accomplished masters of yoga and chief administrative officer of Kaivalyadhama, “Yoga, which is a science of personal growth for spiritual experiences, has simultaneously become a science of health and healing. All its techniques and methods are geared for bringing the healing touch to the body and mind, which suffer from ill-health.”

For this purpose, it has three main components.

First is the practical discipline (asanas, pranayama and dhyana). Asanas involve the increased awareness of various physical and physiological processes influenced by controlled stretching contraction and relaxation of various muscles, their co-ordination in balancing and during maintenance of posture. Pranayama similarly involves the manipulation of breathing mechanism along with the awareness of the pressure changes inside the chest cavity and abdomen. Dhyana increases the awareness of one's mental processes, including the thoughts, emotions and memory. It can make one aware how the constant restlessness at the level of mind contributes to the feeling of emotional stress, constant fear and insecurity. This increased awareness, combined with the techniques of dhyana, restores the psycho-physiological functions back to its healthy and balanced state.

Second component is the regulation of diet as well as daily habits involving the pattern of sleep, recreational activities and working habits. This helps remove all those irritants, which are responsible for the imbalance in the functioning of body-mind complex.

Third are the changes in one's attitude, behaviour and lifestyle, which help induce the feeling of sharing, warmth in friendship and concern, love and respect for the whole world. This acts as an antidote for the feeling of hopelessness, and loneliness. “If you do yoga keeping this spirit in mind and comply with all the instructions given to you, you would find that yoga not only gives you relief from your problems but also opens up a new way of enjoying your life,” adds Tiwari.

Many a time, when people talk about yoga, they focus their attention on the first component involving asanas, pranayama and dhyana. Thus they confine yoga to a small period of their daily life as if rest of the day has nothing to do with it.

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3676  General Category / Health and Fitness / Regular yoga can trim waistline on: January 29, 2010, 04:06:25 PM
Regular yoga can trim waistline

Is your waistline bothering you in middle age? Try regular yoga, says a new study.

The study, led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre (FHCRC), is the first of its kind to measure the effects of yoga on weight.

The study involved 15,500 healthy, middle-aged men and women who were asked to complete a written survey recalling their physical activity (including yoga) and weight history between the ages 45 and 55.

The study measured the impact of yoga with weight change, independent of other factors such as diet or other types of physical activity.

The researchers found that between the ages of 45 and 55, most people gained about half a kg a year, which is a common pattern as people age and do not trim calorie intake to their declining energy needs.

"However, men and women who were of normal weight at age 45 and regularly practised yoga gained about three fewer pounds during that 10-year period than those who didn't practise yoga," said FHCRC's Alan R. Kristal, study co-author.

For the study, regular yoga practice was defined as practising at least 30 minutes once a week for four or more years.

"Men and women who were overweight and practised yoga lost about five pounds, while those who did not practise yoga gained about 14 pounds in that 10-year period," said Kristal, professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health (WUSM).

What accounts for yoga's apparent fat-fighting potential? Kristal, himself a long time yoga practitioner, suspects it has more to do with increased body awareness than the physical activity itself.

"During a very vigorous yoga practice you can burn enough calories to lose weight, but most people don't practise that kind of yoga," he said.

"From my experience, I think it has to do with the way that yoga makes you more aware of your body. So when you've eaten enough food, you're sensitive to the feeling of being full, and this makes it much easier to stop eating before you've eaten too much."

Study co-author Denise Benitez, owner of Seattle Yoga Arts, agrees. "Most people practise yoga in a way that's not aerobic enough to burn a lot of calories, so it has to be some other reason."

These findings appeared in the August issue of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.

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3677  General Category / Health and Fitness / Men's waistband a clue to their age on: January 29, 2010, 04:02:48 PM

Men's waistband a clue to their age

The level of a man's waistband is directly related to his age, according to a new research

The finding is based on a study of shoppers conducted by Debenhams. The retailer calculated how the age of the consumer is directly linked to the height of the waistband. The study showed that as boys enter their teenage years, trouser waistbands plunge a full five inches from the hips, allowing their jeans to barely cover their modesty. The look sees rebellious teenagers wear their trousers' waistband around their crotch.

However, once a young man starts looking for a job the waistband climbs returning to the natural waist position from the age of 27, as he settles down in a job and a relationship. They then stay at this level for the next 12 years, at the very first hints of middle age it starts to rise. By the age of 45, trousers will be at least two inches above the natural waist position. This figure increases significantly past that age of 50.
They tend to peak five inches above the waist by the time they hit their 57th birthday. This is just seven inches below the armpits. As old age approaches, men's waistlines shrink, allowing them to lower the height of their trousers. “These results will help our designers produce trousers which take body shape into account, enabling all men to look good regardless of age,” the Telegraph quoted Paul Baldwin at Debenhams as saying.
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3678  General Category / General Discussion / Indians?Indian Origin people-RUNNING FOR CONGRESS on: January 27, 2010, 07:37:25 PM
In fact, at least half dozen Indian-Americans are running for Congress in the 2010 elections

to the US House of Representatives, among them Raj Goyle (D-Kansas), Manan Trivedi, (D- Pennsylvania) , Ami Bera (D-California) , Ravi Sangisetty (DLousiana ), Reshma Sejauni (D-New York) and Surya Yalamanchili (I-Ohio ). Only Goyle among them is said to have a realistic chance to become the third US lawmaker of Indian origin after Dalip Singh Saund and Bobby Jindal, but the fact that most aspirants are in the 27-40 age group augurs well for the Indian-American political future. Then there are others running for offices ranging from Governor (Nikki Haley Randhawa in South Carolina) to Attorney General (Kamala Harris in California) to State Comptroller (Raja Krishnamoorthi, Illinois). Anyone could turn out to be a future desi Obama. There are Indian-Americans who are widely tipped as lateral entrants at a future date - among them Fareed Zakaria, who has been spoken of as a putative Secretary of State, and Indra Nooyi, whose experience as CEO of Pepsi marks out her as a future appointee in the Department of Commerce. So, to the question of a person of Indian-origin sitting behind the "Resolute Desk" in the Oval Office of the White House…it would appear the answer is not if, but when. And when it happens, the Obama success in the US will be seen as the turning point in the political history of the country.

TOP INDIANS IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

RAJIV SHAH

USAID administrator

RICHARD VERMA

Assistant secretary for legislative affairs at the state department

RO KHANNA

Deputy assistant secretary for domestic operations of the US and Foreign Commercial Service, International Trade Administration

VIVEK KUNDRA

Federal chief information officer

ANEESH CHOPRA

First chief technology officer

ARUN MAJUMDAR

Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy in the US department of energy

PREET BHARARA

US attorney for Southern District of New York

NEAL KATYAL

Principal deputy solicitor general

RAJESH DE

Deputy assistant attorney general, US department of justice

SONAL SHAH

Deputy assistant to the President, director, Office of SICP, Domestic Policy Council

FARAH PANDITH

US special representative to Muslim communities

ANJU BHARGAVA

Member, faith-based advisory council

RAJEN ANAND

Executive director, policy, USDA Center for Nutrition and Promotion

GRASSROOTS POLITICIANS TO WATCH

RAJ GOYLE

Democrat, Kansas

KAMALA HARRIS

District attorney, San Francisco

THOSE TO WATCH FROM BUSINESS AND MEDIA

INDRA NOOYI

CEO, PepsiCo

FAREED ZAKARIA

Editor of Newsweek International and host, CNN's GPS
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3679  Fun Zone / Clean Jokes / Jokes on: January 27, 2010, 07:30:19 PM


An elderly couple were on a cruise and it was really stormy. They were standing on the back of the boat watching the moon, when a wave came up and washed the old woman overboard. They searched for days and couldn't find her, so the captain sent the old man back to shore with the promise that he would notify him as soon as they found something. Three weeks went by and finally the old man got a fax from the boat. It read: "Sir, sorry to inform you, we found your wife dead at the bottom of the ocean. We hauled her up to the deck and attached to her butt was an oyster and in it was a pearl worth $50,000 . Please advise." The old man faxed back: "Send me the pearl and re-bait the trap."

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When I went to lunch today, I noticed an old lady sitting on a park bench sobbing her eyes out. I stopped and asked her what was wrong. She said, "I have a 22 year old husband at home. He makes love to me every morning and then gets up and makes me pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit and freshly ground coffee."
I said, "Well, then why are you crying?" She said, "He makes me homemade soup for lunch and my favorite brownies and then makes love to me for half the afternoon.

I said, "Well, why are you crying?" She said, "For dinner he makes me a gourmet meal with wine and my favorite dessert and then makes love to me until 2:00 a.m. " I said, "Well, why in the world would you be crying?" She said, "I can't remember where I live!"

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Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards.

One day they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said, "Now don't get mad at me....I know we've been friends for a long time.....but I just can't think of your name! I've thought and thought, but I can't remember it. Please tell me what your name is." Her friend glared at her. For at least three minutes she just stared and glared at her. Finally she said, "How soon do you need to know?"
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3680  General Category / The Newsroom / Now, U.S. can detect forged documents on: January 27, 2010, 12:29:33 PM
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Now, U.S. can detect forged documents: Courtesy Indian techie

Those using fake and forged documents in the U.S. can now be traced easily, thanks to a new software developed by Dr. Gaurav Gupta from Kurukshetra in Haryana
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