Archive for: May 2013

Now it’s the turn of Light Pollution

Are you able to watch stars clearly at night? If not, you’re sky is affected with light pollution. With more than half of the worldwide population living in urban areas and more than one fifth living in large cities of one million or more inhabitants—light pollution obscures the stars above billions of people.

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As an urban denizen, one might fail to notice it, but light pollution is making city slickers miss out on some breathtaking views of the night sky.

Light pollution is artificial illumination that has surprisingly changed the view of the night sky across the globe.

It is present in our surroundings since the 1800s but was undetectable at the time.

Read moe via Let there be less light: Light pollution and how to track it – Sci/Tech – DNA.

Story of an Indian teen works hard to pay $89 bail

He worked hard for his mommy.

A teenager in India has labored day and night in a garment factory to earn the $89 needed to bail his mom out of jail.

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Kanhaiya Kumari,19, was born behind bars in the Nari Niketan prison in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. His mom, Vijaya Kumari, was granted bail in 1994. But thanks in part to India’s notoriously slow-churning court system, she spent nearly 20 years languishing in jail.

Vijaya was was five months pregnant with her son when she was locked up. She was sentenced to life in prison in connection to a murder in India’s Aligarh district, according to CNN.

She denies the charges and says she was never told that she was granted bail. Her husband refused to put up the Rs 5,000 ($89) she needed to get out.

Read more via Indian teen works day and night to pay $89 bail that frees mom after 20 years in prison   – NY Daily News.

Cinematic journey of Rituparno Ghosh

The renowned Bengali film director, known for touching hearts with his out of the box projection in films, not only won more than a dozen of National Film Awards in India but also won accolades at international film festivals. The soul of Bengali films reportedly died of a massive heart attack in Kolkata today.

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The 49-year-old was born on 31 August 1963. He started his career in advertising. After making hundreds of ads, he went behind the camera in 1994 to direct his first film “Hirer Angti”.

Chitrangada based on Rabindranath Tagore’s writing was his last release. It was honoured with National Film Awards- Special Jury Award. In his career he worked on Hindi and Bengali movies.

His film Chokher Bali, based on a famous Rabindranath Tagore story, starring Aishwarya Rai won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali and was nominated for the Golden Leopard (Best Film) award at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2003.

Here is a list of some of the famous films he directed, which received applause from audience and film critics:

Read more via Rituparno Ghosh’s glorious cinematic journey : Regional cinema, News – India Today.

10 Failed Google Projects

The reach of Google, its omnipresence — from software to hardware to personal search results to location metrics to blog publishing — has become a fact of life as quickly as the Internet has grown and changed, finding its way into our daily lives at every turn. As tablets and smartphones bring internet connectivity into our everyday experiences, keeping us closer than ever to our information, Google has followed. Its Android OS, in less than a decade, has become industry standard for the new guard of the pervasive Web. As we know, this is due to both Google’s in-house concentration on innovation and also canny, even prescient acquisition of smaller, promising startups.

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Google is very good at sniffing out the future, and bringing it to us in the most useful possible way — until its products are so seamlessly transitioned into the toolbox we might wonder what we ever did before them. But that “throw everything at the wall” approach, even integrated with Google’s focus on user experience, can’t win every time. The probability just doesn’t hold up under that massive amount of experimentation and open-handed approach. This rolling journey of debuts and re-absorptions has become the new norm: Everything is in beta-testing, all the time. Lose a Google product you love, and chances are you’ll see the features that struck your fancy show up in something else soon.

In this article, we’ll look at a variety of these “failures,” across this spectrum. Some projects are simply failed analogues to products we still use today; others turn up piecemeal in different forms. In fact, Google has shown us a great deal about the nature of online development, experimentation, and innovation itself — and that mistakes, properly recuperated back into the experiment, aren’t really mistakes at all.

  1. Google Lively
  2. Google Answers
  3. Google Print Ads and Google Radio Ads
  4. Dodgeball
  5. Jaiku
  6. Google Notebook and Shared Stuff
  7. Google Buzz
  8. Wikipedia Alternatives
  9. Google Video
  10. Google Wave

Read more via HowStuffWorks “10 Failed Google Projects”.

12 Ways to Make Your Videos Stand Out

You’ve had some fun with Vine, but now you want to get serious. Here are 12 tips to turn you into a Vine pro.

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With Vine, you have six seconds to really impress a viewer. Thankfully, six seconds is more than enough time to dazzle someone, tell a story or share a laugh. These tips range from technical best practices to creative guidelines.

  1. Visualize the Final Product
  2. Find Your Own Unique Visual Style
  3. Set Your Brain to “Vine Mode”
  4. Use Your Six Seconds Wisely
  5. Stabilize Your Shot
  6. Nail the Coveted Perfect Loop
  7. Determine Whether You’ll Move the Camera
  8. Be Aware of Technical Limitations
  9. Learn Video Basics
  10. Take Advantage of Vine’s Quirks
  11. Put Thought Into Sharing Your Vine
  12. Follow Other Viners for Inspiration

Read more via Vine: 12 Ways to Make Your Videos Stand Out.

Who is N. Srinivasan?

Narayanaswami Srinivasan, a 67-year-old industrialist from Chennai, heads the world’s richest cricket body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India. He was the BCCI Secretary till September 2011 and before that a BCCI Treasurer.

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Srinivasan became the cricket body’s 30th President in September 2011 after Shashank Manohar’s term ended.Srinivasan’s term as President extends till 2014. He owns the India Cements Ltd ICL, a major corporate entity in the south, with a turnover of around Rs 3,500 crores.

His company – founded by his father in 1946 – sponsors several local clubs in Chennai and Hyderabad.Srinivasan took over as Vice Chairman and Managing Director of India Cements Limited in 1989.

In 2008, during the first auction for IPL teams in India, Srinivasan’s company bought the Chennai franchise for 91 million dollars or Rs 480 crore.

via N Srinivasan: Chennai industrialist, head of world’s richest cricket body.

‘Boy or girl?’ Gender a new challenge for schools

From the time they are born, we put our boys in blue beanies and our girls in pink ones. It’s a societal norm, an expectation even, that you just are what you are born – a boy or a girl.

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From early on, we divide toys and activities by very distinct gender lines, with superheroes and trucks and muck on one side and princesses and dolls and all things frilly on the other.

Many children land, enthusiastically, on the expected side. Others dabble in both “girl” and “boy” things. But what if your kid, even from an early age, mostly showed interest in doing opposite-gender things? More importantly, what if they wanted to be the opposite gender – or a less-defined mix of both? And what if they wanted to test those limits in public places, like school?

Would you let them?

via ‘Boy or girl?’ Gender a new challenge for schools | Fox News.

13 natural ways to lower your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is one of the most preventable conditions. But it plays a contributing role in more than 15 percent of deaths in the United States, according to a new Harvard study. Although it causes no symptoms, high blood pressure boosts the risks of leading killers such as heart attack and stroke, as well as aneurysms, cognitive decline, and kidney failure.

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Twenty-eight percent of Americans have high blood pressure and don’t know it, according to the American Heart Association. If you haven’t had yours checked in 2 years, see a doctor. While medication can lower blood pressure, it may cause side effects such as leg cramps, dizziness, and insomnia. Fortunately, most people can bring down their blood pressure naturally without medication.

via 13 Natural Ways To Lower Your Blood Pressure – ABC News.

Protect children from internet pornography

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Children are exposed to violent and sadistic imagery which risks distorting their attitudes towards relationships and sex, according to the children’s commissioner for England.

A report released on Thursday by the commissioner’s office found that children who watch pornography are more likely to develop sexually risky behaviour and become sexually active at a younger age.It called for urgent action to “develop children’s resilience to pornography” after discovering that a significant number have access to sexually explicit images.

It also called on the Department for Education to ensure all schools delivered effective relationship and sex education, including how to use the internet safely.

via Protect children from internet pornography, report demands | Education | The Guardian.

Who is Gurunath Meiyappan?

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Until two days ago, the impression Gurunath Meiyappan gave was that of one of the few IPL team owners who behaved normally and in a dignified manner. Now he is not the team owner anymore and, it can be surmised given his current location, lacks some of that dignity. After Mumbai Police sent him summons to appear for interrogation for his alleged involvement in illegal cricket betting, his franchise, Chennai Super Kings, was quick to wash its hands off him; he is no longer the team principal nor does he have to do anything with India Cements, the company that owns Super Kings.

via IPL fixing allegations : Who is Gurunath Meiyappan? | Cricket Features | Indian Premier League | ESPN Cricinfo.