Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Audi R8

The Audi R8 is a sports-prototype race car introduced in 2000 for sports car racing as a redevelopment of their Audi R8R (open top LMP) and Audi R8C (closed top LMGTP) used in 1999. It is one of the most successful sports cars ever (alongside such greats as the Porsche 956/962) having won the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005 (five of the seven years it competed). A streak of six straight Le Mans victories was broken-up only by the Bentley Speed 8 (powered by the same V8 twin-turbo engine) in 2003, when the R8 finished 3rd.

The petrol-powered Audi R8 race car was replaced by the new Audi R10 TDI Diesel in 2006; however, the need to further develop the R10 meant that the R8 saw action in a few races leading up to Le Mans.

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Moon

The Moon, of course, has been known since prehistoric times. It is the second brightest object in the sky after the Sun. As the Moon orbits around the Earth once per month, the angle between the Earth, the Moon and the Sun changes; we see this as the cycle of the Moon's phases. The time between successive new moons is 29.5 days (709 hours), slightly different from the Moon's orbital period (measured against the stars) since the Earth moves a significant distance in its orbit around the Sun in that time.

The Moon was first visited by the Soviet spacecraft Luna 2 in 1959. It is the only extraterrestrial body to have been visited by humans.

The first landing was on July 20, 1969 the last was in December 1972. The Moon is also the only body from which samples have been returned to Earth. In the summer of 1994, the Moon was very extensively mapped by the little spacecraft Clementine and again in 1999 by Lunar Prospector.

The gravitational forces between the Earth and the Moon cause some interesting effects. The most obvious is the tides. The Moon's gravitational attraction is stronger on the side of the Earth nearest to the Moon and weaker on the opposite side. Since the Earth, and particularly the oceans, is not perfectly rigid it is stretched out along the line toward the Moon. From our perspective on the Earth's surface we see two small bulges, one in the direction of the Moon and one directly opposite. The effect is much stronger in the ocean water than in the solid crust so the water bulges are higher.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Home Design

At Look4Design you can easily navigate to view a wide variety of exhibitors in the area of home and interior design.The products are shown using a unique technology which makes them easy to view.The products are shown using a unique technology which makes them easy to view.

You must first decide what type of home to build. House styles today are as varied as those who live in them, offering you a banquet of ideas from which to borrow.

When creating a list of criteria for your home design, start with the basics: the number of bedrooms,the number of family areas, the choice between a formal dining room or a more open, community eating area, porch or deck styles for your home’s entrances and the size of your garage.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Tallest Church in the world

Ulm Cathedral (German: Ulmer Münster, literally: minster) is a Lutheran church, the tallest church in the world, with a steeple measuring 161.53 m (530 ft) and containing 768 steps. Located in Ulm, Germany, the church is not a cathedral in the technical ecclesiastical sense, as it has never been the seat of a bishop

Today this giant Gothic church measures an astounding 464 ft long and is 159 feet wide. The massive interior has the capacity to hold 30,000 people.

This great work of architecture also houses important pieces of art. The 15th century choir stalls by Jörg Syrlin the Elder enjoy world-wide acclaim, in particular the carved busts which have gone down as masterpieces in the history of art.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

James Bond

Barry Nelson, the very first actor to portray Ian Fleming's super spy James Bond on screen has passed away at the age of 89 according to a recent report in Variety. For years, if I wanted to wow someone with some trivia about a little known actor who played James Bond I'd whip a little info about George Lazenby on them.

James David Graham Niven was born on the 1st of March, 1910 in London, England. After attending a highly awarded British Independent School, Niven joined the Royal Army in hopes of glory and the service of his country. Though he did not particular enjoy his time on the Royal Army, he did manage to keep up his appearance, branding the name the "Officer and Gentleman"

Actor George Lazenby was the second James Bond and starred in only one film, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" in 1969.

The 3rd James Bond film, following 1963's From Russia With Love.
Starring Sean Connery as James Bond, Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore, Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson (the girl who is painted gold), Gert Frobe as the villain, Auric Goldfinger, and Harold Sakata as the henchman Oddjob. Directed by Guy Hamilton.

Pierce Brendan Brosnan OBE (born May 16, 1953) is an Irish actor and producer, who currently has United States citizenship. He is best known for portraying James Bond in four films: GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day.

Three MI6 agents have died - in New Orleans, on the island of San Monique and in Harlem, New York. M dispatches 007 to investigate. Bond's arrival in Harlem is predicted by a medium named Solitaire, and he is immediately a marked man.

Timothy Dalton's James Bond was a major departure from Roger Moore's. Dalton went back to the Fleming source novels for his inspiration. His Bond was dark, moody, flinty and focused on the job at hand, a job that he sometimes found distasteful.

Daniel Craig is the sixth actor to portray James Bond, staring with Casino Royale and is slated to star as James Bond until 2012. Many people didn't agree with the producers choice that Craig was going to be Bond.

Friday, April 17, 2009

World Tallest Woman

Thirty-four-year-old Yao Defen is known as Asia's tallest woman. At 7 feet 7 inches, 396 pounds, and a shoe size (EUR) of 78, Yao attracts a lot of attention. This "woman giant" makes her living as a circus performer.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Longest Bridge In World

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, or the Causeway, consists of two parallel bridges that are the longest bridges in the world by total length. These parallel bridges cross Lake Pontchartrain in southern Louisiana. The longer of the two bridges is 23.87 miles (38.42 km) long. The bridges are supported by over 9,000 concrete 8 miles (13 kms) south of the north shore. The southern terminus of the Causeway is in Metairie, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. The northern terminus is at Mandeville, Louisiana.

Donghai Bridge ("Eastern Sea Great Bridge") is the longest cross-sea bridge in the world and the longest bridge in Asia. Having completed on December 10, 2005. And has a total length for the 32.5 kilometers and connects Shanghai and external yangshan deep-water port in China. Over the bridge is a bridge to a low level. There is also a cable-stayed doors to allow passage of large ships, with a greater extent than 420 m.

Based on the agreement signed on July 8, 1981 led to construction beginning next year. And placed the cornerstone of the November 11, 1982 by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain; construction continued until 1986, when a combination of several bridges and dams have been completed. Officially opened the way for the use of November 25, 1986.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge known as the Gulf Bridge is a major bridge over the double in the U.S. state of Maryland, along the Chesapeake Bay, it links between the state and the east and west coast regions. At 4.3 miles (7 km) in length, may extend the original in the world over the longest continuous steel structures in the water when it opened in in 1952. Bridge officially name William Preston hot, warm, Jr. Memorial Bridge after William Preston, son, Governor of the State of Maryland, carried out construction.

The bridge Vasco da Gama is a cable-stayed bridges, roads and bridges surrounded by the river extends to the Crown River near the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.with a total length of 17.2 kilometers , including 0.829 kilometres of the main bridge, 11.5 kilometers The bridges, and 4.8 kilometers of dedicated access routes. Its purpose is to alleviate congestion on the bridge to the other Lisbon,and previously to join the radiation from the highways is not relevant to Lisbon.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

International Tech Park Bangalore

International Tech Park Bangalore or simply ITPB[1], developed and managed by Ascendas[2] is India’s first hi-tech park of its kind designed to provide a complete ‘work & play’ environment for IT and technology-related businesses. It is unique in its 'work and play' concept offering high-quality infrastructure combined with extensive amenities and recreational facilities/activities.

ITPB has a built-up area of over 2,000,000 sq ft (190,000 m2) with more than 145 companies and over 20,000 people comprise the community working out of ITPB. There are 6 buildings, named Discoverer, Inventor,Explorer,Navigator,Creator, Pioneer. In addition to this, ITPB also boasts of its own 5-star Hotel 'Vivanta By Taj' which is operated by Asia's Leading Luxury Hotel chain, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces.

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Worlds Largest Black Diamond

The Spirit of de Grisogono is the worlds largest cut black diamond and the fifth largest diamond in the world. The diamond had a rough weight of 587 carats and was mined some time ago in western Africa before being brought to Switzerland where it was cut using the traditional Mogul diamond cutting technique. De Grisogono then set the cut diamond (312.24 carats) into a white gold setting encrusted with 702 white diamonds (36.69 carats).

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Biggest Dog of the World

Difficult-to-Pronounce Scientific Names of Plants

1. clematis: CLE-muh-tuhs or cle-MA-tuhs
2. Peony: PE-uh-ne or pe-O-ne
3. Cotoneaster: cuh-TO-ne-AS-tuhr (although even my dictionary gives some legitimacy to the mispronunciation, CAWT-tuhn-ES-tuhr)
4. Poinsettia: poyn-SEH-tuh or poyn-SEH-te-uh (Although we constantly hear the incorrect poynt-SEH-tuh.)
5. Chamomile: KAM-uh-mil or KAM-uh-mel
6. achillea: A-kuh-LE-a or a-KIH-le-uh
7. lamium: LAY-me-uhm
8. Lupine: LU-puhn (Although there is a word with the exact same spelling, pronounced LU-pin, which means "pertaining to a wolf"; go figure!)
9. Forsythia: fohr-SIH-the-a (The plant is not "for Cynthia" -- it's for all of us!)
10. Kalanchoe: My favorite, with its 4 pronunciations, all of which are correct--
o KA-luhn-KO-e
o kuh-LANG-ko-e
o KAL-uhn-cho
o kuh-LAN-cho

Friday, April 03, 2009

How Swimming is Good For Health

Exercise appears to be capable of exerting a positive effect on bone mass, but how exercise can be used to best advantage in the prevention and therapy of osteopenia is unclear. Weight-bearing activity has been commonly considered to be essential for the beneficial effects of exercise on the skeleton, and, therefore, swimming has been considered valueless in the maintenance of bone mass. To examine this issue we measured radial and vertebral bone mineral density in a group of subjects aged 40 to 85 years who had been swimming regularly for at least 3 years as well as in a similar group of nonexercising control subjects. The swimmers engaged in no other forms of regular exercise, and no subject had other conditions known to affect bone or mineral metabolism. Dietary calcium and protein intakes were similar in the two groups. At both radial (0.84 +/- 0.08 vs 0.81 +/- 0.09 g/cm2) and vertebral (123 +/- 27 vs 108 +/- 31 mg/cm3) sites the male swimmers had significantly greater bone mineral density than did the nonexercisers. In women, however, no relationship of swimming to bone mineral density could be identified. These results suggest that swimming exercise may be beneficial in the prevention or therapy of osteopenia and that its usefulness in this regard should be further investigated.