Saturday, May 28, 2011

What a balance... Can you Believe this?

These pictures were taken by a French photographer, Alain Delorme in Shanghai throughout 2009 & 2010. He called the series, Totems.

These couriers - mostly migrant workers from other parts of China - not only need strong legs but also acrobatic skills to balance these massive loads on their tricycles & bicycles while on the move. A lot of you must be wondering where the centre of gravity is in each case.

Rare Photos of Dalai Lama...

Penguin Pool - London Zoo...

They've p-p-perked up the penguin house! Enormous 2m pool unveiled at London Zoo...

With a beach, pool and round-the-clock childcare, it has everything a pampered penguin could want. And judging by all the exciting splashing and diving yesterday, the inhabitants are delighted to be in their new home.

London Zoo yesterday unveiled England's largest penguin pool, a spectacular enclosure that will one day house a 200-strong breeding colony. Everything's going swimmingly!

A penguin takes a dip in London Zoo's new pool.

Window on wildlife: One-year-old zoo visitor Macu Rorke watches the penguins through one of the underwater viewing areas.

Splash: London Zoo's new pool is the biggest penguin pool in England

Goodbye: The old pool built in 1934 by Berthold Lubetkin will remain at the zoo

Up close: Mia Shengaris, seven, greets the penguins in their new environment

A hand-rearing unit, with its own paddling pool for baby penguins to get used to water, is already home to two four-week-old chicks.

The pool has underwater viewing areas so visitors can see the flightless birds in their element, and landscaping which mimics the penguins' southern hemisphere habitats.

For example, wild macaronis live in Antarctica where the ground is too hard for them to make proper nests piles of pebbles. Penguin Beach contains a stretch of rocky shore that allows the macaronis to do the same.

The Zoological Society of London's penguin expert Tom Hart said of Penguin Beach: 'It's much bigger and deeper. Ones that like the beach or rocky shores have got their habitats. They look really happy.'

Life's a beach: Evelyn Guyett, left, and Rowena Fisher relax on the zoo's new beach with penguin Ricky

Dive: The new pool is three times deeper than the penguins' last home

Super Bus to hit the Road at 155 Mph...

Dutch design team includes Dutch astronaut who worked on Challenger

The seven-year project has so far cost 11.5million. Buses have never been the most glamorous form of transportation. But that is set to change with the Superbus, a 15ft-long, six-wheeled behemoth that on first glance looks like a cross between the Batmobile and a (very) stretched limousine. Aerodynamic and luxurious, it can carry 23 passengers and reach speeds of up to 155mph (255kph), although finding a parking space might prove difficult.

Luxury: The 15ft-long Superbus can carry 23 passengers and reach speeds of up to 155mph

Futuristic: The Superbus has six wheels, including two pairs of rear wheels that can turn independently, thereby reducing its turning radius

A design team from TU Delft University, including former Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels, once a mission specialist on the Challenger, has unveiled the Superbus at the World Exhibition of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) in Dubai.

A real-life Scissorhands! Revolutionary ice-axe attachments help crippled mountaineer climb again
Bloodhound Project makes supersonic car design drawings available to all. Constructed with super-light carbon fibre materials, it is powered by an electric motor backed up by lithium polymer batteries.

As long as a standard city bus, the Superbus has two pairs of rear wheels that can turn independently, thereby reducing its turning radius. The low vehicle has 12 gull-wing doors that allow passenger access to cushioned wide seats.

Batmobile? The sleek long vehicle is constructed with super-light carbon fibre materials, it is powered by an electric motor backed up by lithium polymer batteries

Pride and joy: Former Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels was a member of the Superbus design team

Mr Ockels said: 'The strength to the concept is that the Superbus can drive everywhere where a normal bus can drive. 'It has adjustable height, rear-wheel steering and a turning circle of roughly 10metres.'

The project began in 2004 and has so far cost around 11.5million ($19 million). And with chief design engineer Antonia Terzi, who used to work for the BMW-Williams F1 team, onboard it comes as no surprise that it is also capable of travelling safely at high speeds.

The aerodynamic exterior also makes the vehicle more energy efficient. The interior is equally impressive, with air bags fitted for each passenger and television and Internet access. If the Superbus passes government inspections in the United Arab Emirates, the developers said it is likely to go into service there.

Slick: The low vehicle has 12 gull-wing doors that allow passenger access to cushioned wide seats.

The Superbus prototype is loaded onto a cargo plane at Schiphol Airport for transportation to the World Exhibition of the International Association of Public Transport in Dubai.

Beauty Of Indian Village... Photo collection!

Some Stunning facts about India - PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN


Let the world know what we stand for...
  • There are 3.22 Million Indians in America.
  • 38% of Doctors in America are Indians.
  • 12% of Scientists in America are Indians.
  • 36% of NASA employees are Indians.
  • 34% of MICROSOFT employees are Indians.
  • 28% of IBM employees are Indians.
  • 17% of INTEL employees are Indians.
  • 13% of XEROX employees are Indians.
You may know some of these facts. These facts were recently published in a German Magazine, which deals with WORLD HISTORY FACTS ABOUT INDIA.

  • India never invaded any country in her last 100000 years of history.
  • India invented the Number System. 
  • Aryabhatta invented zero.
  • The World's first university was established in Takshila in 700BC.More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. 
  • The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century BC was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India
  • in the field of education.
  • Sanskrit is the mother of all the European languages. Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software reported in Forbes magazine, July 1987.

Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans. Charaka, the father of medicine consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago. Today Ayurveda is fast regaining its rightful place in our civilization.
Although modern images of India often show poverty and lack of development, India was the richest country on earth until the time of British invasion in the early 17th Century.
The art of Navigation was born in the river Sindh 6000 years ago. The very word Navigation is derived from
the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH. The Word navy is also derived from Sanskrit 'Nou'.

Bhaskaracharya calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart.; Time taken by earth to orbit the sun: (5th century) 365.258756484 days.
Budhayana first calculated the value of pi, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century long before the European mathematicians.
Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India. Quadratic equations were by Sridharacharya in the 11th century.
The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 10 6(10 to the power of 6) whereas Hindus Used numbers as big as 1053 (10 to the power of 53) with specific names as Early as 5000 BC during the Vedic period. Even today, the largest used number is Tera 1012(10 to the power of 12).

According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896,India was the only source for
diamonds to the world.
USA based IEEE has proved what has been a century-old suspicion in the world scientific community that the pioneer of Wireless communication was Prof. Jagdeesh Bose and not Marconi.

The earliest reservoir and dam for irrigation was built in Saurashtra. According to Saka King
rudradaman I of 150 CE a beautiful lake called 'Sudarshana' was constructed on the hills of Raivataka during Chandragupta Maurya's time.

Chess (Shataranja or AshtaPada) was invented in India.

Sushruta is the father of surgery. 2600 years ago he and health scientists of his time conducted complicated surgeries like cesareans, cataract, artificial limbs, fractures, urinary stones and even plastic surgery and brain surgery.
Usage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India. Over 125 surgical equipment were used. Deep
knowledge of anatomy, etiology, embryology, digestion, metabolism, genetics and immunity is also found
in many texts.

When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization) The place value system, the decimal system was developed in India in 100 BC.


Albert Einstein said: We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without  which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.

Mark Twain said: India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most structive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.

French scholar Romain Rolland said:
If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.

Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA said: India conquered And dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border.

The Times of India R K LAXMAN's - Funny Cartoons...