Category Archives: Science

BoxTv: Times Internet launches new online video-streaming site


New Delhi: Times Internet Ltd (TIL) launched video service BoxTV, which will provide access to movies and short films.

“Based on a freemium model, BoxTV will make some content available on an ad-supported free-to-user basis, while others will be available on a monthly subscription model,” TIL CEO Satyan Gajwani told reporters.

The service, currently available through invitation basis, will be made available to users at large in India, the UK and the US in next few months, he added.

The monthly subscription fee for users in India would Rs 199, while it is $4.99 in the US and £4.99 in the UK.

BoxTv screengrab of site.

The website seems targeted at NRIs will full- length movies in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telegu and Kannada. Other languages like Bengali, Punjabi and Gujarati will also be introduced.

TIL said it has a library of over 3500 full-length movies, 500 short films and 2,000 TV episodes.

The company however declined to comment on investments made or targetted revenues saying “it is still too early to talk about the numbers”.

BoxTV representative say that they have partnered with companies like Sony Pictures, UTV, Shemaroo and Rajshri for content and is in discussion with 30-40 firms globally for expanding its content portfolio.

Asked if the paid model would work in India, Gajwani said though initially it would be difficult, but users would eventually move to the paid platform.

“We have a strong (content) portfolio and once people use and see the quality of service, I’m sure they would sign on. However, we see a majority of paid users coming from the UK and US now as the paid model is more established in these countries, but India should also reach there soon,” he added.

Curiosity nearly completes 7-foot arm tests on Mars


 

Washington: NASA’s Mars Curiosity team is almost finished robotic arm tests in preparation for the rover to touch and examine its first Martian rock.

Tests with the 7-foot (2.1-meter) arm have allowed the mission team to gain confidence in the arm’s precise maneuvering in Martian temperature and gravity conditions.

During these activities, Curiosity has remained at a site it reached by its most recent drive on Sept. 5. The team will resume driving the rover this week and use its cameras to seek the first rock to touch with instruments on the arm.

“We’re about to drive some more and try to find the right rock to begin doing contact science with the arm,” said Jennifer Trosper, Curiosity mission manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

Two science instruments — a camera called Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) that can take close-up, colour images and a tool called Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) that determines the elemental composition of a target rock — have passed preparatory tests at the rover’s current location.

The instruments are mounted on a turret at the end of the arm and can be placed in contact with target rocks.

Curiosity’s Canadian-made APXS had taken atmospheric readings earlier, but its first use on a solid target on Mars was this week on a calibration target brought from Earth. X-ray detectors work best cold, but even the daytime APXS tests produced clean data for identifying elements in the target.

“The spectrum peaks are so narrow, we’re getting excellent resolution, just as good as we saw in tests on Earth under ideal conditions,” said APXS principal investigator Ralf Gellert of the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

“The good news is that we can now make high-resolution measurements even at high noon to support quick decisions about whether a sample is worthwhile for further investigations,” the scientist added.

The adjustable-focus MAHLI camera this week has produced sharp images of objects near and far.

MAHLI is also aiding evaluation of the arm’s ability to position its tools and instruments.

Curiosity moved the arm to predetermined “teach points” Sept. 11, including points above each of three inlet ports where it will later drop samples of soil and powdered rock into analytical instruments inside the rover. Images from the MAHLI camera confirmed the placements. Photos taken before and after opening the inlet cover for the chemistry and mineralogy (CheMin) analytical instrument also confirmed good operation of the cover.

A test last week that checked X-rays passing through an empty sample cell in CheMin worked well. It confirmed the instrument beneath the inlet opening is ready to start analyzing soil and rock samples.

How Small Our Earth Is In This Universe


Here is an image from NASA showing the small size of our planet earth as compared to other planets and stars.

How To Catch If Someone Is Lying


Who else wants to know how to tell if someone is lying? Not sure your getting the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

To tell if somebody is lying you must pay extra close attention. Lie detection requires that you watch for changing attitudes, shifting gestures, change in tone of voice. The mood and actions of the person will give away a lot. In the poker world these are called “tells”.

Human nature being what it is, most people have “tells” and indicate that their lying with their body language. Lying is a universal human trait, children learn to lie convincingly by the age of five. But most people also are conflicted about lying for two reasons, they have been brought up to believe it is immoral to lie, and they understand there is a risk of getting caught in the lie. And there’s the rub.

You and I can expose the deception and tell if somebody is lying because they will be under some amount of stress, however minute, and will tell us they are lying with nonverbal cues.

First, Establish Normal

In order to detect if someone is lying you must first know enough about them to know how that person “normally” behaves and answers questions. This can be done by establishing a rapport with the person and talking about things that the person is comfortable with. Pay close attention and determine how the person normally reacts in conversation, how they answer questions, and their body language and tone of voice. Now ask the person some questions that you think they would lie about, if there is a large change in behavior this is a strong sign of lying.

Posture: Lying Down

When a person is being honest they are more likely to have an upright, forward leaning posture. They will have an open posture and be relaxed. If someone is lying they will likely have a slouched, back leaning posture. They will be stiff and look uncomfortable. When a person is lying they are under stress, a person under stress will slouch backwards to remove themselves from the uncomfortable situation.

Lot’s of Lying Body Language

39 Lying Signs

  • Rubbing Hands
  • Wiping Sweat From Neck
  • Inspecting Nails
  • Wringing Hands
  • Cracking Knuckles
  • Biting Nails
  • Scratching
  • Tapping Fingers
  • Resting Head on Hand
  • Picking
  • Tapping Feet
  • Resting Chin on Hand
  • Pulling Nose
  • Swinging Feet
  • Covering Mouth
  • Pulling Earlobes
  • Bouncing Legs
  • Covering Eyes
  • Pulling Hair
  • Adjustment Clothing
  • Hiding Hands
  • Twirling Hair
  • Adjustment Accessories
  • Hiding Feet
  • Licking Lips
  • Dusting Clothing
  • Crossing Arms
  • Sighs
  • Picking Lint
  • Crossing Legs
  • Yawns
  • Pulling Threads
  • Smoking
  • Wiping Sweat From Hands
  • Fixing Hair
  • Looking in Purse or Bag
  • Wiping Sweat From Brow
  • Straightening Hair
  • Playing or Fidgiting With Objects

Verbal Lying Signs

Not only can you tell if a person is lying based on body language but when you are speaking with a person they will give you verbal cues that indicate deception. How can you tell if a person is lying based on what they say? The next time you watch a press conference and the person get’s handed a tough question you will see the type of language that is used to decieve (PR people and politicians especially).

Direct Response vs. Evasive Response

Someone who is telling the truth will usually directly answer the question asked of them. Why not, there is nothing being hidden. Someone who is not telling the truth will answer the question in a round about and confusing manner, answer a completely different question, or not answer the question at all. A sure sign of lying.

Denial: Not Just A River In Egypt, But To Be More Specific…

A person telling the truth will usually deny it in a broad non-specific manner. Lying, however, causes the individual to be specific in their denial, providing unnecessary details. This is most likely caused by the person attempting extra hard to attain believability and avoid getting caught in the lie. If it’s the truth the denial will be confident, if it’s a lie the liar will back up the denial with an oath. Methinks, thou doth protest too much!

Tell The Truth. Be Descriptive

People who are telling the truth will use descriptive language when telling a story, this is because it actually happened, and they remember it. Liars will be vague when telling a story, painting a picture with words is hard to do when you are making it up.

The Truth Is Easy. Lies Take Work

If a person is not lying then they will be able to respond spontaneously. Easy Peasy. If a person is lying it takes more mental energy, the lie will sound rehearsed. Truthful answers will be given at the general speed of the conversation, lies will be told very quickly or after a delay, stalling tactics are often used by the person who is lying, such as asking “can you repeat that”. When telling the truth a response usually builds speed, pitch, and volume as it is being told while it is a lying sign if the response becomes slower, lower, and quieter as it is told.

Eye Movement and Lying

It’s often said that if a person doesn’t make eye contact that they are lying but that is not always true. As some people will look back into there head to retrieve a memory or formulate a response. On the other hand liars may well stare you in the eye because they don’t need to retrieve any memories and they are “trying” to appear as telling the truth and are afraid to look away. Where the eyes look while speaking can indicate a lie, but this is a very complex subject and depends on the question being asked and normal brain response.

A Very Funny hypocrite Situation (MUST READ)


In a small town in America, a person decided to open up his bar
business, which was right opposite to a church. The church & its
congregation started a campaign to block the bar from opening with
petitions and prayed daily against his business.

Work progressed. However, when it was almost complete and was about to
open a few days later, a strong lightning struck the bar and it was
burnt to the ground. The church folk were rather smug in their outlook
after that, till The bar owner sued the church authorities for
$2million on the grounds that the church through its congregation &
prayers was ultimately responsible For the demise of his bar shop,
either through direct or indirect actions or means.

In its reply to the court, the church vehemently denied all
responsibility or any connection that their prayers were reasons to
the bar shop’s demise. In support of their claim they referred to the
Benson study at Harvard that inter-cessionary prayer had no impact !

As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the
paperwork and at the hearing and commented:

‘I don’t know how I am going to decide this case, but it appears from
the paperwork, we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer
and we have an entire church and its devotees that doesn’t.’

Turn an FM Transmitter into a Micro Pirate Radio


Corporate radio is preprogrammed junk. But don’t curse the DJ; seize the airwaves! With a soldering iron and a cheapo FM transmitter — the kind used to play an iPod through a car radio — you can transform your humble Honda into a Radio Free Civic that can broadcast your tunes up to … 100 feet. 

Step 1. Pry open the transmitter’s case with a putty knife and remove the internal antenna (often labeled ant).

Step 2. In its place, solder a telescoping antenna or a piece of copper wire — no more than 35 inches long for broadcasting within the standard FM transmission spectrum.

Step 3. The transmitter may have a resistor, typically marked with an r, to limit the power of the signal. Replace it with copper wire to boost the transmission.

Step 4. Slap a bumper sticker on your ride advertising your station’s frequency. You’ll soon build a grateful audience of fellow commuters suffering through that traffic jam.

Contributed by Mathew Honan

How SmartPhone Changed Your Life


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Explaining Complex Engine,Guns Principles Using Image


Here we have explained working of an machine/engine simply

1. Aircraft radial engine

2, oval Regulation

3, sewing machines

4, Malta Cross movement – second hand movement used to control the clock

5, auto change file mechanism

6, auto constant velocity universal joint

7, gun ammunition loading system

source: http://hiox.org/30629-simple-animation.php

How To Charge Your iPod Or iPhone Using An Onion


Here is a tutorial on how to charge your iPhone or iPad using an onion.

You can do this in just three simple steps.

i saw this article on Make Projects Website .

The basic principle for the working of this trick is electrolyte.

Step 1:

Get 1 fresh med onion.

Step 2:

put 2 holes in the onion then get two cups of Gatorade or Powerade and soak the onion it it for 30 mins.

Step 3: 

after 30 mins take it out and the put the charge in the onion it will take a min for it to work.

The New Technology G-Point Mouse


Here’s a mouse that puts a decidedly erotic spin on navigating your desktop.  The aptly-named G-Point mouse doesn’t just bear an eyebrow-raising name, it’s actual design resembles a (hopefully) familiar part of the female anatomy, and features a special button in a special spot that will get you whereve you want to be with just one click.

The concept is that you assign the button to whatever your favorite thing to do on your computer is.  Whether it’s checking your email or surfing for porn, the g-spot on the G-Point will take you there.  Beyond that it’s pretty much just a regular mouse.  But the designers of this mouse got kind of ballsy (pun intended) by making it look like that, don’t you think?

A trip to any Spencer’s Gifts in the mall will show you that putting sex organs into practical use products is nothing new.   In fact, erotic USB products have been done many times before.  This one just stands out to me because of it’s striking resemblence to the female erogenous zome, and because it’s a bit more imaginative that just putting boobs on a clicker.  This is a sight usually dubbed NSFW, yet they’ve made it into a mouse, and, admittedly, I find imagination pretty sexy.

Obviously, the mouse has much more shock value than practical value, but this should still give your friends a good chuckle.  If you’ve ever seen any electronic devices that are as racy as this, let us know!  Surely we can dig up some sexual tech products.

[via YankoDesign]