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I, N Santhosh, invite all of you to my world, 'en lokam'. Hope you all find something worth watching, or reading here. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Honda Brio, a reply to Toyota Etios?!

If  Toyota comes with Etios how can Honda be stood back? Oh, no stay back! Honda is coming with its small car, may be in the name ‘Brio’. Honda Brio has been unveiled at the 27th International Motor Expo 2010 in Thailand. The small car is supposed to be launched in India before Diwali 2011. In India, the car will likely be priced below Rs 5 lakh, making it a formidable competition between the market leader Maruti Suzuki’s range of small cars and the  Toyota Etios hatchback.

The name  “Brio” means “funny small car.” Honda had showcased the small car concept, codenamed CV2, at the Delhi Auto Expo 2010 in January. The Honda Brio could be powered by a three-cylinder 900 cc engine, to offer higher fuel economy.  The Brio may be equipped with a 5-speed manual and an automatic  transmission option as well. 

The carhas a  futuristic design with rear door handles fixed to the frame just as on the Chevrolet Beat. In the first look the car makes us remember Beat!  

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Assange Arrested

At last the one man army fell. Yes, Assange who made many world powers restless for the last few weeks ogt under custody. British police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on 7th December 2010 on a European warrant issued by Sweden.
Swedish prosecutors issued the arrest order for the 39-year-old Australian who is wanted on suspicion of committing sexual crimes, which he denies. Assange was arrested at 9:30 a.m. local time and was due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrate's Court later in the day, London's Metropolitan Police said.
Assange has been hiding out at an undisclosed location in Britain since WikiLeaks began publishing hundreds of U.S. diplomatic cables online last month. It has been battered by Web attacks, cut off by Internet service providers and is the subject of a criminal investigation in the United States, where officials say the release jeopardized national security and diplomatic efforts around the world.

Assange's lawyer had earlier arranged to deliver him to British police for questioning in the sex-crimes investigation.
Assange is wanted on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion in Sweden, and the case could lead to his extradition.
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Artificial Kidney an Indian Move!!!

Shuvo Roy, , is the lead designer of an artificial kidney project at Mission Bay.

A good news for those with kidney problems! Artificial kidney has become a reality. A US-based Indian researcher Shuvo Roy has created the world’s first artificial kidney for transplant. This would be able to filter toxins out of the bloodstream, regulate blood pressure and produce vitamin D. The artificial kidney had been reported to be successful during tests in a small number of animals.
This creation is made possible by a team or researchers at the University of California in the leadership of Roy.

If this passes human trials, it could eliminate the need for kidney dialysis and even a transplant.
The new kidney device protoype is made up two parts. First is made up of silicon chips that can filter toxins out of the bloodstream. The filtered material is pumped into the second half of the system which is also made up of silicon chips but coated with human kidney cells. These human kidney cells help reabsorb some of the useful substances like sugars and salts back into the body. It also produces vitamin D and helps regulate blood pressure.
Statistics say that there are more than a lakh new kidney disease patients coming forward for treatement every year in India. Only 3,500 get kidney transplants and 6,000-10,000 undergo dialysis. The rest perish due to an acute shortage of dialysis centres and nephrologists to treat them.

Just imagine what will be the number when take it world wide! Everyone is eagerly waiting to see that Dr Roy's invention is successful and to be made available.
Dr. Shuvo Roy is an associate professor at UCSF.

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China breaks Train Speed Records!

China sets new record in train speed. The new Shanghai-Beijing bullet train has broken a world speed record, hitting a top speed of 486.1 kilometers per hour in a test run, breaking its own record set just two months ago. The record is the highest speed attained by an unmodified train for commercial use.
The French TGV holds the land speed record for a modified train and track at 574.8 km per hour. The record was achieved under special rail test conditions along with a shortened train, engines with increased power output and larger wheels.
Regardless of where the technology comes from, the new high-speed rail line will cut train travel between Beijing and Shanghai from 10 hours to four. This is comparable to the current two-hour flight between the cities, which is closer to four hours when you factor in travel to the airports, checking in and security checks and the all-too-common delays. The train will be open to commuters only towards 2012.