Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Keep walking to press pressure points and keep body organs activated

The Organs of your body have their sensory touches at the bottom of your foot, if you massage these points you will find relief from aches and pains as you can see the heart is on the left foot.

Typically they are shown as points and arrows to show which organ it connects to.

It is indeed correct since the nerves connected to these organs terminate here.

This is covered in great details in Acupressure studies or textbooks.

God created our body so well that he thought of ! even this. He made us walk so that we will always be pressing these pressure points and thus keeping these organs activated at all times.

So, keep walking...

Historic Big Bang Experiment to Recapture Birth of Universe

European Organisation for Nuclear Research founded in 1954 better known by its French acronym CERN, located on the Franco-Swiss border, will do historic Big Bang experiment, an attempt to circulate a beam of particles around the 27 km-long underground tunnel that houses the Large Hadron Collider(LHC).

A $7.75 billion (Rs 31,000 crore) project to answer some of the biggest mysteries of the universe, Scientists are trying to recreate the condition just after the Big Bang to understand the creation and workings of universe.

According to the Big Bang theory, the explosion of an objest the size of a small coin occurred about 13 billion years ago and led to formation of stars, planets and life on Earth.

The LHC team now plans to send a full particle beam all the way around the collider pipe in one direction on September 10 as a prelude to sending beams in both directions and smashing them together later in the year, which whole world will be watching.

That collision, in which both particle clusters will be traveling at the speed of light, will be monitored on computers at CERN and laboratories around the world by scientists looking for, among other things, a particle that made life possible.

The elusive particle, which has been dubbed the "Higgs boson" after Scottish physicist Peter Higgs who first postulated nearly 50 years ago that it must exist, is thought to be the mysterious factor that holds matter together.

Recreating a "Big Bang," which most scientists believe is the only explanation of an expanding universe, ought to show how stars and planets came together out of the primeval chaos that followed, the CERN team believes.

Efforts to track it down in a predecessor to the LHC at CERN, and in another experiment in the United States, failed. But scientists are confident that the vast leap in technologies represented by the LHC will make the difference.

Higgs, a 79-year-old Edinburgh University professor who as an atheist angrily rejects the idea of calling the boson the "God particle" believes it will show up very quickly once the beams are colliding in the LHC.

"If it doesn't," he said during a visit to CERN earlier this year, "I shall be very, very puzzled."

The people behind the experiment have also been flooded by telephone calls from worried people who fear the experiments could trigger earthquakes and could cause mini black holes that would destroy the world.

According to the CERN, there is no basis for any concern about the safety of the LHC.

Some 2000 scientists from 155 institutes in 36 countries are worlking together to build the CMS particle detector.

A group of physicists turn on a machine that will recreate the birth of the universe, the Raniwala couple from Jaipur will be watching the experiment very closely. After all, this will be the largest experiment in human history. And Sudhir Raniwala and Rashmi Raniwala, associate professors of physics at Rajasthan University, are among the 30 odd physicists from India, who are part of this experiment.

CERN's 'Big Bang' Experiment at the atomic lab - Science & Technology Videos

Author : Samir Bhoir
Article Source : Historic Big Bang Experiment to Recapture Birth of Universe

Bad driving habits prompted government to hike fuel prices

Bad driving habits visible across some of India's urban roads are leading to a massive waste of fuel that could yet be averted through
better public education campaigns, energy and transport planning.

The cause which prompted government to hike fuel prices includes, delays in pushing alternative technologies to fossil fuels and low priority to public transport.

Fuel import bills that prompted the government to hike fuel prices
today government has raised the prices of petrol by about Rs 5, diesel by Rs 3 and LPG by Rs 50. India's fuel import bill for 121.672 million tonnes of crude oil, driven by rising oil prices, grew by 40 per cent to $68 billion in 2007-08.

But research indicates that enormous amount of fuel could be saved just by improving driving. One study has shown that engines left idling at traffic lights in New Delhi use up about Rs 995 crore worth of fuel.

In efforts to reduce dependence on oil, the ministry of petroleum had in April 2007 announced a plan to introduce a 5 per cent ethanol blended petrol, to be increased to 10 per cent this year.

The ministry of new and renewable energy had pencilled a hydrogen energy road map that envisages one million two-wheelers and three-wheelers running on hydrogen.

But, government officials admit, both appear to be moving slower than anticipated. "Both ethanol and sugar come from sugarcane. Any dramatic increase in ethanol is likely to affect sugar output," said a renewable energy expert.

Some experts are concerned that a massive bio-fuels effort may cause land to be diverted from food crops to fuel crops.

Energy experts also believe that policy initiatives that might help dramatically reduce fuel consumption in the transport sector have long been lacking in India.

Transport and energy experts have long been arguing for measures such as congestion taxes or fuel-efficiency linked fees that could drive consumers away from cars towards public transport.

Money from such charges from individual vehicles could be released to develop high quality public transport systems, But this is not happening in India, We're heading into a fuel crisis.

Microsoft new fight to topple Google with HP search deal

Microsoft's search engine, Windows Live Search, is to be offered as the default search tool on all new HP machines

Microsoft has announced a deal with Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest PC
manufacturer, that will significantly strengthen its fight to topple Google
as the leader in search.

The deal is Microsoft latest attempt to chip away at the dominance of search leader Google Inc. The agreement, which takes effect next January for new PCs in the United States and Canada, displaces a similar one HP has with Yahoo Inc.

Under the agreement, Microsoft's search engine will also be the default service on the Internet Explorer browser preloaded on new HP computers.

Microsoft did not disclose the terms of the agreement.

"This is the most significant distribution deal for Live Search that Microsoft has ever done," said Kevin Johnson, president of Microsoft's platform and services division.

Such agreements are grounded in the notion that many PC users will lack the know-how or desire to change their search settings.

Of course, even after the Microsoft agreement takes effect, lots of HP users will just conduct searches from the Google home page.

But to the extent people use built-in search fields, the HP-Microsoft deal raises some important questions, with broader implications: When their queries are directed to Live Search, how many HP users will be conscious of the fact that it's not Google? How many of those people will want to switch the default to Google? And how many of those will actually do it?
Day Dreaming

Author : Samir Bhoir
Article Source : Microsoft new fight to topple Google with HP search deal

The Untold Story Behind India's First Test Tube Baby

The Creator of the Indian's first test-tube baby, Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay, who got his dues 27 years after his death.

Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay created history when he became the first physician in India (and second in the world after British physicians Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards) to perform the In vitro fertilization resulting in a test tube baby "Durga" (Kanupriya Agarwal) on October 3, 1978.

Facing social bureaucratic negligence and insult instead of recognition from the West Bengal government and refusal of the Government of India to allow him to attend international conferences, he committed suicide in his Calcutta residence in 1981.

His feat has been given belated recognition as the Indian physician who in 1986 was "officially" regarded as being the first doctor to perform in-vitro fertilization in India.

In Getting Official Stamp : (from 1967 to 2008)

1967-1977 : Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay worked on methods of in-vitro Fertilisation (IVF) using innovative techniques.

1978, October : India's first test tube baby Durga (Kanupriya Agarwal) was born.

1978, December : An enquiry by the West Bengal govt denounced his claim.

1980 : Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay was denied passport to go to Kyoto to present his paper on IVF. He was then transfered to eye hospital, where he suffered a heart attack.

1981 : Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay Committed suicide on June 19.

1981 : His described methods of cryopreservation used in US by Howard Jones.

1996 : T.C. Anand Kumar, leader of the group which produced the first document test tube baby in country in Mumbai 1986, gains access to the notes of Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay.

1997 : T.C. Anand Kumar, takes a year to study them and writes first paper on Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay achivements.

2002 : Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) apoints a 12 member commitee to draft a bill on Assisted Reproductive Technique.

2003 : Commitee accepts Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay's claim and History is rewritten.

2004 : IVF specialist across the country challenge the document. A review follows among debates.

2005 : ICMR upholds the claim, honours India's first test tube baby Durga (Kanupriya Agarwal) in first public meeting in Bangalore.

April 2008 : Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay's achievement finds official stamp of approval.

Getting official stamp for Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay's made "Durga" (Kanupriya Agarwal) to reborn. She was brought to life by Dr Subhas Mukhopadhyay just 67 days after the world's first test-tube baby, Marie Louise Brown, was born.

"I certainly do not want to be a poster girl of the IVF industry, which undermined Dr Mukhopadhyay's achievement for 30 years," says Kanupriya, breaking her silence for the first time. "I am not a trophy but I am proud to be the living example of work of a genius."

Kanupriya says her parents suffered humiliation as she was growing up in Kolkata, her birthplace. But they never passed it on to her. "My parents did a wonderful job of keeping all the pressure away and helping me grow as a mature, reasonable individual," she says. "It was not easy for them, they were made to feel like accomplices of Dr Mukhopadhyay in his misdeed. There were insinuations of the worst kind"

An MBA from Symbiosis, Pune and working for a private firm, Kanupriya lives in Gurgaon. She says the recognition for Dr Mukhopadhyay came as a relief to her parents. Looking at the brighter side, she says: "I feel truth has prevailed."

Even though Dr Subhash Mukhopadhyay was belatedly honoured at a public meeting in Bangalore, it failed to bring any cheer to his wife. Namita Mukhopadhyay's has been paralysed and battling with ignominy and neglect ever since her husband committed suicide on June 19, 1981. Namita is confined to her bed now.

"We decided not to start a family as he (Subhas) wanted to complete his research. He was a very emotional person and dedicated himself to his work. But he never got any support either from the government or from his peers," says Namita.

Author : Samir Bhoir
Article Source : The Untold Story Behind India's First Test Tube Baby