Tuesday, August 2


A Shuttle Back Flip at the Space Station

Explanation: Last week, crew members of the International Space Station (ISS) watched carefully as the Space Shuttle Discovery did a planned but unusual back flip upon approach. Discovery Commander Eileen Collins guided the shuttle through the flip, which was about 200 meters from the ISS when the above picture was taken. The ISS crew took detailed images of the dark heat shield tiles underneath during a 90-second photo shoot. The images are being analyzed to assess the condition of the dark heat shield. Later the shuttle docked with the space station. On the more usually photographed top side of the Space Shuttle, the above image shows Discovery's cargo bay doors open toward a distant Earth below.

********* Point of Origin **********

Hi all. Thank you for trying out the brain teaser in the previous post. I was hoping for more bloggers to comment, but all said, there are millions of blogs out there, and H+U is not the very popular ones. At least to all those who tried, you did learn something new.
* While reading an issue of the NewScientist Magazine, I found a feature on how to maximize the usage of our brains. So this teaser is devised to explore the workings of our memory system namely the short term memory (Working Memory) and ever famous long term memory. IF the readers managed to get the answers without googling or referring, then the explanation to the words are stored in your brain mainly in the regions of the working memory. Working memory stores the steps and methods of gathering answers rather than the answers themselves. So when you read the word Charm+Quark the brain will remember quark and access the answers for quark, but since the Charm species of the quark is unknown to the brain, it stops there. Read the full article here.
So here are the answers, and the explanations follows.

Charm Quark - Quarks are the building blocks of matter. Charm Quark is one species of the quark/ one flavor of the quark family. More details of the quark elementary particle can be found here and a wikipedia entry here. (--->Most readers would have gotten this)

Gallus Gallus - Is the scientific name of the domestic chicken!. Descended from the wild red jungle fowl of India and belong to the species Gallus Gallus. They have been domesticated for at least 4,000 years. (---> This is a though one, but we eat chicken everyday!!!)

Kali Yuga- In Hinduism, the last of the four yugas (ages) that make up one cycle of creation. The Kali-Yuga, in which Hindus believe we are now living, is characterized by wickedness and disaster, and leads up to the destruction of this world in preparation for a new creation and a new cycle of yugas. Its the final of the four ages. The three other Yuga's known is the Golden Age (Satya Yuga) meaning purity, the second is Treta Yuga (Silver Age) and the third is Dvapara Yuga (Bronze age). Read more on Kali Yuga and its interesting explanation here and in this Wikipedia entry. (---> Due the popularity of the topic and the importance of the concept, a lot of readers would have known this)

Roraima - Is a region of jungle that borders three states in SA (Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela and has a rich mountain jungle system that encompasses the Orinoco river system. The table top mountains or mesa's are called tepuis that are very old. I first saw a documentary on Roraima on the National Geographics Channel of its amazing ancient ecosystem. The famous table top mountains in the Roraima region has many new species of plants that resembles ancient plants. Read the amazing journey into the South American Mesa's here and a wikipedia entry here. (---> Not so easy, but atleast the ones who watched the documentary would have known this)

Sangam - also spelled Changam, the earliest writings in the Tamil language. The writings are thought to have been produced in three sangamÂ’s, or literary academies, in Madurai, India, from the 1st to the 4th century AD. Read the detailed Wikipedia entry here. (---> most of the Tamil bloggers would (should) knows this. Tamil is one of the oldest organized language in the world)

Sun Tzu - also spelled Sun-Tzu is the reputed author of the Chinese classic Ping-fa (The Art of War), the earliest known treatise on war and military science. The art of war teachings are mostly used for warfare in the old ages and are slowly transformed into succeful business and social applications in today world. (---> A common name, but not many would have known him as the writer of the Art of War)

Von Neumann - Johann Von Neumann is a Hungarian-American mathematician who made important contributions in quantum physics, logic, meteorology, and computer science. Read a detailed bio here and the wikipedia entry here. (---> Another famous scientist, etc. Many would know him)

Polaris - also called Alpha Ursae Minoris Earth's present northern polestar, or North Star, at the end of the “handle” of the so-called Little Dipper in the constellation Ursa Minor. (next star in AD14000 Vega (Lyra), before in BC2700 was Thuban (Draconis). Read the wikipedia entry here. (--A lotlot of the readers would attribute this name to nuclear weapons and rockets. Another hard one.)

Axon - also called Nerve Fiber, portion of a nerve cell (neuron, q.v.) that carries nerve impulses away from the cell body. Read the Wiki entry here. (---> medical and bio students should not have problems identifying this, but its a though one)

Fugue - a disturbed state of consciousness in which the one affected seems to perform acts in full awareness but upon recovery cannot recollect the deeds. In psychogenic fugue, the individual wanders away from his home or place of work and assumes a new identity; he cannot remember his previous identity and upon recovering cannot recall the events that occurred while he was in the fugue state. In many cases the disturbance lasts only a few hours or days and involves only limited travel. Severe stress frequently triggers this disorder. Read an article on psychogenesis fugue here and the Wiki entry here. (---> this definitelytly hard. While the word may be similar to a musical composition arrangementent, Fugue is the correct reference to Multiple Personality Disorder)

********** a poetic interlude************
***** of life *****
And Friends

My days drifting past,
Markings on the wall cast,
Guiding my senses vast,
In this dream too fast.

And of friends I trust,
Hopping over trenches on crust,
Occasionally stopping looking just,
Love and hate, hold they must.

And on one day in old times,
Lying and sitting past crimes,
Birth and death almost rhymes,
They stood there casting dimes.

How I can't understand mimes,
And wisdom, past their primes,
Something I realize many times,
Friends are worth less than dimes.
***** of dreams *****

Sequoia Forest at Dusk

Me standing there, amongst the giants,
Me feeling the barks, of age old trees,
Me breathing the air, deep and sweet,
Me combing the leaves, golden and decaying,
Me picking up seeds, with vertical dreams,
Me looking ahead, yards of emerald grey fog,
Me gazing upwards, flickers of sporadic sunbeams,
Me yearning of all this, from my bed.
* Surf more of the Sequoia Forest here and the largest tree on earth and the wiki entry here.
***** of reality *****
Elysium Dawning

Gathering at the far end of the world,
Various monsters from hoary legends,
And heading there to confront them,
Guided by ignorant men, is me, in time.
-Gp 2005-
*My Blog of the Post for this week is this photoblog called 'Param's Pics'. He has some beautiful pictures in his blog. Nice surf.
* Kimi won the Hungarian GP while Montoya retired with a broken drive shaft. Anyways, the team is doing great and Kimi is posing a real threat to Renault. Both Renault drives finished put of the points. West (a tobacco company) parted ways with the McLaren Mercedes team after a succesful 8 years partnership. West will be replaced by a new deal with Johnnie Walker (an alcohol label) starting from the Turkish GP in September. Johnnie Walker new campaign for the F1 team begins with the tagline "Take the lead, drink responsibly". The official logo on the mantle of the McLaren Mercedes F1 racers will be unveilled soon.
[All tobacco companies must withdraw from F1 sponsorship this year and tobacco sponsorships in all sports generaly will end by 2008. The deadline was set by the World Health Organization(WHO)]
* Happy Birthday to my buddy MJV. He just completed his 26th orbit of the sun and started the new one on Friday. Visit his webshots gallery here.


ian said...

Thank you for putting us out of our misery -0 I was not too bad was I?

- Timurilenk

Saravana Kumar said...

Gallus gallus na kozhia ... I thought it should be something geek

ioiio said...

I got 5 right..

Ghost Particle said...

Hi guys,

Yes you did very good Ian, it pays to read newpapers and articles. And now since everythings online, in blogs and rss, its easier. we all might get super genius!

Saravana sar, yes our local chicken has a cool scientific name.

ioiio...ure cool dude.

Renee Wagemans said...

Nice poems you write but I liked te jungle photo too the green one

Joaninha said...

I’ve been reading your Blog and I appreciated it. Very useful and interesting and the poems are very good. See you soon again.

visithra said...

See nah padhi than padichen - tiripi vandhu padichi comment pahnrenh but i missed the quiz!

Ghost Particle said...

hahaha, visika, ure here! yeh, i should have made more promo of the quiz....


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