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Former president of India, Mr. APJ Abdul Kalam passed away

A sad day for every Indian, former president of India Mr. APJ Abdul Kalam passed away. In this corruption rotten nation, he was a ray of hope for a better India. The authors of this blog salutes the great leader, for his contribution to the nation.

One of India’s most popular presidents, Abdul Kalam, died Monday after he collapsed during a lecture to business management graduate students in the northeastern city of Shillong.The 83-year-old Kalam, who was president from 2002 to 2007, was affectionately called the “missile man,” “scientist-patriot” and “people’s president” of India. Many Indians credited him with lending relevance to what is largely a ceremonial post.Kalam suffered a cardiac arrest during the lecture and was declared dead as soon as he was brought to the hospital. He was in Shillong to deliver a lecture titled “Liveable Planet Earth,” according to his last tweet.

via https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/07/27/india-mourns-death-of-former-president-abdul-kalam/

APJ Abdul Kalam was born in 1931 into a middle-class family in Rameshwaram, a town well-known for its Hindu shrines in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.His father owned boats which he rented out to local fishermen, but he himself began his career as a newspaper vendor.He then earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from a technology institute in Chennai (Madras).Mr Kalam joined the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in the neighbouring state of Kerala in the 1960s as one of its first three engineers.He played a major role in the centre’s evolution to a key hub of space research in India, helping to develop the country’s first indigenous satellite-launch vehicle.He worked for the Defence Research and Development Organization and the Indian Space Research Organization.Indian scientists have hailed him as the father of the Indian nuclear bomb and its missile delivery systems.He also played a key role when India tested its nuclear weapons in 1998.The former president was proud of his Indian education and liked to describe himself as “Made in India”, having never been trained abroad.

via http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33682651

Windows 10

Microsoft is making Windows 10 available as free upgrade for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 devices. It will be available starting July 29, 2015; people can reserve their free upgrade today.

You only have until July 29, 2016 to take advantage of this offer. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device.

via Windows 10 FAQ & Tips – Microsoft.

Photography – cloud seeds on sky field

DSC_0236Clouds always look attractive to me, therefore I never miss an opportunity to catch them in my camera.

However clouds look different when they are seen from the ground or earth, from the sky, from under water and from space. I took this shot from the window of an airplane. I have multiple photos of cloud with me but this one is special because of its paddy field type look.

Before taking the shot when I saw this cloud stream on sky I felt like someone has planted cloud seeds on the sky bed like a farmer does while cultivating crops in rows. The glimpse lasted for about 5-10 minutes on sky. This photo makes me think, you don’t really always need to climb the Everest or go to Antarctica to see the amazing beauty of mother nature. They are scattered all around us, all you need is an observation to view them.

On board meals in flights in India

DSC_2358In the last few years Indian sky has been occupied by an increasing number of flights, since a lot of companies took interest in business in airline industry of this highly populated nation.

On board meals have been an interesting and attractive thing for many passengers who flew in flights ran by the airline services that the country’s government run. Sadly most commercial flights to the best of these author’s knowledge don’t provide free meals on board at the current time except Jet airways.

The airline companies are probably not in a mood to give free complementary meal services at the current time but they might change their views if few more airlines come up with free complementary on board meals, to thrive the competition.

In India, once the scenario was like only rich man travelled by air, but today air travel is no more a luxary, it’s a necessity to save time. Since the price of flights has dropped significantly in the recent time many people who still burgeon to buy a killo of pottato or who spent each peny from pocket cautiously are choosing to fly. Continue reading

Stop commenting on posts related to acts of terror

The way how people react to news 📰 of terror attacks have changed drastically over years.

In this era hundreds of comments are posted on various posts (on social networking sites) related to terrorist attacks. Probably this is an act which we common man do is wrong. By doing so, these news becomes important. Comments and counter comments are posted on such posts and at certain times the commenters hurt each other knowingly or unknowingly in the name of religion, country, race etc. Ultimately by doing all these we make these type of news hot and use a word called ‘viral’. Continue reading

Why do the testicles of male hang outside their body?

If you are a male did you ever wonder why god kept the testicles (or testis) outside your body, hanging in a pouch or sac like thing called scrotum.

Obviously that outside hanging position makes them vulnerable to injuries when hit accidentally or kicked by someone deliberately, as frequently seen in movies and also in real life.

What would have happened if god had kept these two male ornaments inside the frame of the main male body rather than hanging outside?

Well today this is our discussion topic:

Why do the testicles of males hang outside their body?

Testicles are responsible for producing sperms. Human body temperature is much higher than what is required for sperm production and sperm survival. Therefore, if testicles were inside male’s body he would have been impotent because of defective or no sperm production. Since the testicles hang outside male’s body it’s not affected by the body heat directly and the air circulating around the scrotum keeps the testicles cooler, in comparison to the temperature of the body. This ambient temperature maintenance system allows sperm’s formation and survival. Sperm formation is also referred as spermatogenesis.

This same logic explains why tight underwear of male are discouraged? Tight underwear’s bring the testicles close to the body which raises the temperature inside to scrotum and testicles might find it unsuitable for spermatogenesis.

Another interesting phenomenon is the testicles moving closer or away from body due to variation of environmental temperature. At cold winters males testicles are drawn near to the body to protect sperms from the harsh cold, here they use body temperature to protect sperms from the cold.

That’s all for this edition in sex topic.

Why people fall prey to Quacks?

Beware of quacks.

Today we are talking about quacks, no not quack of a duck but about fraud medical practitioners sometimes referred as quacks. Generally they are not real certified or licensed doctors but they claim to be an expert of health field and treat patients and probably illegal in most nations. Quack practitioners are found almost at all parts of the globe although they seem to be more prevalent in developing and underdeveloped nations. Based on the author’s observation following are probable causes what makes a person fall prey to a quack practitioner:

First, education. Generally no or less education makes a person an easy prey for quack practitioners although educated people also might visit them depending on certain circumstances. When a person makes false claims of providing cure a person with no education is more likely to be easily fooled. Continue reading

Aircraft ‘bomb bag’ limits on board explosion impact – BBC News

A new system to resist terrorist bombs smuggled onto aircraft has been tested in dramatic experiments.

A device called FlyBag is designed to absorb the shockwaves and shrapnel caused by explosions.

If security fails and a bomb reaches the luggage hold, the idea is that the blast would be safely contained.

The trials – using old jets at Cotswolds Airport in Gloucestershire – showed that explosions on board caused no damage.

The bag involves a novel mix of four different layers of material including one based on Kevlar, which is used in bullet-proof jackets.

The idea is that the bag is not only lightweight but also strong and flexible enough to handle the energetic effects of a blast without breaking.

Current designs for hardened luggage containers are based on reinforced metal and many airlines have seen them as too heavy and costly.

via Aircraft ‘bomb bag’ limits on board explosion impact – BBC News.

Are smartphone apps scamming you?

Nearly 15 per cent of smartphone apps may load invisible ads that eat up as much as two gigabytes of connection data per day on images and videos that are never actually seen, according to a new study.

Such apps can launch battery and bandwidth-intensive operations hidden in the background of the device that linger even after the app is exited.

The apps request access to settings like preventing the device from sleeping, modifying and deleting memory and tracking user location, which are often unnecessary for the app’s purported function, according to the study released by ad fraud detection firm Forensiq.

via Are smartphone apps scamming you?.

China’s Plan To Create A Supercity | TestTube News | TestTube

China is currently working to merge several megacities, including its capital of Beijing, into one sprawling mega-region. It will be called Jing-Jin-Ji and incorporate Beijing, Tainjin, and parts of the Hebei province. Altogether, Jing-Jin-Ji will span over 82,000 square miles (131,966 km), which is roughly the size of Kansas. There will be more than 100 million people living in Jing-Jin-Ji. While rapid development of such metropolitan areas is nothing new for China, this development is notable for its sheer size. The plan is to push government offices away from the center and construct a massive system of high-speed rail to improve infrastructure in the region. With the support of Chinese President Xi Jinping and the possibility of nearby city Zhangjiakou getting the 2022 Winter Olympics, the huge development project is moving full-steam ahead.

via China’s Plan To Create A Supercity | TestTube News | TestTube.

Upgrade now to Skype for Windows Desktop

On 7 July, 2015, we will be turning off Skype for modern Windows. To get the most out of Skype, including group video calls, screen sharing and more, please download Skype for Windows desktop.

If you’re using a Windows RT tablet and can’t install desktop applications, you don’t need to do anything – the modern app will continue to work for you after July 7.

To continue using Skype on any other Windows device, you need to download and install Skype for Windows desktop, then uninstall Skype for modern Windows. Find out how with this guide to upgrading from one app to the other.

via Upgrade now to Skype for Windows Desktop.

Scientists developed eye drops that help dissolve cataracts – AOL.com

Researchers have recently developed a new drug that will ultimately shrink down and dissolve cataracts — the leading cause of human blindness that affects tens of millions of people worldwide.

Cataracts cause the lens of the eye to become cloudy over time, but if they are left untreated, they can lead to complete blindness. While cataracts are unable to spread from one eye to another, they can spread independently in each eye. Continue reading

30% lawyers in the country are fake, says Bar Council of India

30% of lawyers in the country are fake, possessing ‘fraudulent’ law degrees or non-practising persons, and are degrading the profession, Bar Council of India Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra has said.

He also said 20% of persons sporting lawyers robes do not have proper law degrees. “Thirty per cent of all lawyers are fake, who either hold fraudulent degrees or are non-practising persons and 20 per cent of those who sport lawyers robes do not have proper degrees,” he said addressing Lawyers Meet 2015 here last evening. Continue reading


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