Vulnerable to Depression If You Are in 40s

Depression is some sort of mood disorder in which you may feel sad, helplessness, worried or a loss of interest in life. Now new research suggests that 44 is the age at which we are most vulnerable to depression. 10 % of people have depression at some time in their lives. Depression happens most often in people between the ages of 24 and 44 years.

From the BBC article:

Data analysis on two million people from 80 countries found a remarkably consistent pattern around the world. The risk of depression was lowest in younger and older people, with the middle-aged years associated with the highest risk for both men and women. Andy Bell, of the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, said mental health problems were extremely common – but he stressed they could occur at any time in life.

=> Depression risk ‘highest in 40s’

US Spy Satellite Coming Down To Earth Due to Power Loss

A reconnaissance satellite aka spy satellite used for military or intelligence applications. One of such large U.S. spy satellite has lost power and could hit the Earth in late February or March. The worst part is US government not sure where it will hit on earth. From the yahoo news source:

The satellite, which no longer can be controlled, could contain hazardous materials, and it is unknown where on the planet it might come down, hey said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret. Appropriate government agencies are monitoring the situation,” said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council. “Numerous satellites over the years have come out of orbit and fallen harmlessly. We are looking at potential options to mitigate any possible damage this satellite may cause

According to wikipedia:

The KH-11, also referenced by the codenames 1010, Crystal and Kennan, also commonly known as “Key Hole”, was a type of reconnaissance satellite launched by the American National Reconnaissance Office between December 1976 and 1990 and used until present. It is believed to resemble the Hubble Space Telescope in size and shape, as the satellites were shipped in similar containers. Using a powerful 2.3-meter mirror, the theoretical ground resolution with no atmospheric degradation and 50% MTF would be roughly 0.15 meter (6 inches). Operational resolution would be worse due to effects of the atmosphere. Different versions of the KH-11 vary in mass from 13,000 to 13,500 kilograms. Its length is believed to be 19.5 meters, and diameter is 3 meters or less.

=> Disabled spy satellite threatens Earth

Quantum of Solace – New Bond Film Title Confirmed

Quantum of Solace is the 22nd spy film in James Bond film series. It is due for release on 7 November 2008. It is the sequel to the 2006 film Casino Royale, which rebooted the series. It is directed by Marc Forster, and Daniel Craig is the role James Bond. The name of the film was inspired by a short story (of the same name) from For Your Eyes Only by Bond creator, Ian Flemming.

Quantum of Solace - New Bond Film Title Confirmed

Bond’s mission is to track down the organization that caused the death of his girl friend Vesper Lynd. From the BBC news story:

The title is taken from one of a collection of short stories published by 007 creator Ian Fleming in 1960. Producer Michael Wilson said the film would have “twice as much action” as 2006’s Casino Royale, which saw Daniel Craig debut as the iconic secret agent. Filming on the movie has been taking place at Pinewood since November.

(Photo Credit : Caroline Bonarde Ucci)

India launches Israeli Spy Satellite in Boost to Space Business

India successfully launches an Israeli spy satellite, from Sriharikota (island off the coast of Andhra Pradesh in India) space station, AP. Sriharikota is used by the Indian Space Research Organisation to launch satellites using multi-stage rockets such as the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle. This clear shows that India is eager to compete in the world space technology market which is worth multi-billion-dollar industry.

The launch of the Tecsar satellite by an Indian-made rocket was carried out in clear weather at 9:15 am local time from the Sriharikota space station in southern India, the Indian Space Research Organisation said.

ISRO launches Israeli satellite

The 300-kilogramsatellite, sometimes referred to as the Polaris, was steered into orbit about 20 minutes later, said Antrix Corporation, the marketing arm of the Bangalore-based space agency. It is the second commercial launch of a foreign satellite by India, which sent into space an Italian satellite in April last year.

India wants to join and compete with the United States, Russia, China, the Ukraine and the European Space Agency in offering commercial satellite launch services, a market worth up to 2.5 billion dollars a year.

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Mobile Phones Can Disturb Your Sleep

Since the introduction of mobile phones, concerns have been raised about the potential health impacts from regular use. Now, new research suggests that if you need to make a phone call in the evening it is much better to use a land line instead of a mobile phone. Continue reading “Mobile Phones Can Disturb Your Sleep”

Antarctica Volcanos Found

This is an interesting discovery which may lead to provide us more information about life and other factors.

The first evidence of a volcanic eruption from beneath Antarctica’s most rapidly changing ice sheet has been reported. The geography of Antarctica is dominated by its south polar location and, thus, by ice. The Antarctic continent, located in the Earth’s southern hemisphere, is centered asymmetrically around the South Pole and largely south of the Antarctic Circle.
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India’s largest IPO – Reliance Power

Reliance Power Limited is established to develop, construct and operate power projects in the domestic and international markets. It is well known for its IPO (initial public offering).

On January 15, 2008, the company attracted Rs 10,260 crore ( US $27.5 billion) of bids on the first day of its IPO, equivalent to 10.5 times the stock on offer, thereby, creating India’s IPO record. The proposed IPO was to fund the development of its six power projects across the country whose completion dates are scheduled from December 2009 to March 2014. According to this article Reliance power spent total 30 crore to push IPO campaign:

A Rs 30 crore multimedia campaign, spread over 17 days, and that is just the tip of the Reliance ADAG brand juggernaut. Since it was created over two and a half years ago, Reliance ADAG has choked up an annual media spend of about Rs 500 crore, signed on agencies beyond Mudra and at this rate may challenge Hindustan Lever, the country’s largest advertiser.

The cliché goes-‘‘it takes money to make money’ and the Reliance ADA Group seems to have followed it to the T; pumping in money of around Rs 500 crore over the last year, to ensure it was the most visible brand.

Who Was the Mysterious Mona Lisa?

Mona Lisa, or La Gioconda (La Joconde) is a 16th-century portrait painted in oil on a poplar panel by Leonardo Da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance. It is arguably the most famous painting in the world, and few other works of art have been subject to as much scrutiny, study, mythologizing and parody.

Her identity was a mystery until recently. German researchers claim they have solved the mystery of the woman who was Mona Lisa. They believe it was Lisa del Giocondo, the wife of a wealthy merchant in Florence named Francesco del Giocondo.

Leonardo da Vinci Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo Between 1503 and 1506

The history of the Mona Lisa is shrouded in mystery. Among the aspects which remain unclear are the exact identity of the sitter, who commissioned the portrait, how long Leonardo worked on the painting, how long he kept it, and how it came to be in the French royal collection.

The portrait may have been painted to mark one of two events – either when Francesco del Giocondo and his wife bought their own house in 1503, or when their second son, Andrea, was born in December 1502 after the death of a daughter in 1499. The delicate dark veil that covers Mona Lisa’s hair is sometimes considered a mourning veil. In fact, such veils were commonly worn as a mark of virtue. Her clothing is unremarkable. Neither the yellow sleeves of her gown, nor her pleated gown, nor the scarf delicately draped round her shoulders are signs of aristocratic status.

The discovery is based on dated notes by a Florentine city official who was a friend of the artist. Interestingly, the painting, now on display at the Louvre in Paris, is called La Gioconda in Italian, which means the happy or joyful woman.

( Photo credit: Musée du Louvre/A. Dequier )