Saturday, June 16, 2007

हर रोज़ एक नया प्लेनेट See A New Planet Everyday

There are about 200 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy. Over the next million years our descendents will spread among the stars in an exponential explosion of life, remaking the galaxy as surely as life has remolded Earth in its own image.

Let's be conservative, and assume that only one star in 100 has a planet capable of being made into a habitable world, and that only star systems with such planets are ever occupied. That means 2 billion barren planets upon which to sow the seeds of life, or 2000 per year for the next million years--about five a day. Life grows geometrically, so the rate of expansion will be slow at first but will inexorably compound into a spherical wavefront of life propagating outward at a substantial fraction of the speed of light. As the settlement of the galaxy builds toward the crescendo, there will come a time when a new habitable planet is created every day, then even faster until the galaxy is everywhere alive. And, if our distant descendants are no more imaginative than we, about 75% will be probably named "New Earth": Terranova.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

It all started with a Sound..and that syllable was OM

Om and the significance.

A research view on the manifestation of the Timeless God amidst the time-bound transcient existences of beings.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Blind and Deaf Feel the Internet World

How Can Technology Be Made Accessible For All?

I recently saw a news piece honoring the anniversary of Helen Keller’s death on June 1, 1968. It got me thinking about how those who are differently abled, especially those who are sightless and deaf, use the Internet. I began to do a little research and what I found really amazed me. There’s a whole world of assistive technology out there to help people who’d otherwise be excluded from the experience of using a computer or surfing the Internet.

For those who are mildly to severely sight-impaired, there are screen magnifiers, voice and speech recognition software. high contrast text displays, and even video games developed specifically for visually-impaired gamers.

For those who are completely blind, there are increasing numbers of screen readers that translate the text of a web site into a spoken format. There are also refreshable Braille displays and input devices that create a tactile representation of the text on a screen. There are even Braille embossers that allow the user to print out a Braille copy of any electronic document.

A number of communication devices and programs are being developed for people who are deafblind -- those like Helen Keller who are both blind and deaf -- but this is an area of technology still in its infancy.

Although assistive technology has come a long way since Helen Keller’s day, I think there are still great strides to be made and I’m interested to see what the future holds.

What are some ways that technology and the Internet can be adapted for those who are blind, deaf, or both?

If you’d like to learn more about Helen Keller, deafblindness, or assistive technology, here are some great sites to check out:

Helen Keller National Center

Helen Keller International

DeafBlind Online

The American Association of the Deaf-Blind

Sighted Electronics

People with Disabilities Category on Y! Answers

Richard S.

Courtesy: Blog from Yahoo.