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+ - India launches five foreign satellites

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vasanth (908280) writes "India has put into orbit five foreign satellites, including one built by France two from Canada and one each from Singapore and Germany. The PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) has so far successfully launched 67 satellites, including 40 foreign ones, into space. The PSLV costs about 17 Million USD and the cost is seen as a major advantage India has over other countries in terms of commercial launches. When talking about the cost of the project, the Prime Minister of India noted that the launch was cheaper than Hollywood film Gravity."

+ - India launches five foreign satellites->

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An anonymous reader writes "India has put into orbit five foreign satellites, including one built by France two from Canada and one each from Singapore and Germany. The PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) has so far successfully launched 67 satellites, including 40 foreign ones, into space. The PSLV costs about Rs. 100 crore (20 Million USD) and the cost is seen as a major advantage India has over other countries in terms of commercial launches. When talking about the cost of the project, the Prime Minister of India noted that the India’s Mars mission cost less than movie Gravity."
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+ - India successfully launches indigenous cryogenic engine-powered sattelite-> 1

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vasanth (908280) writes "Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Sunday successfully launched GSLV-D5 rocket, which is powered by an indigenous cryogenic engine. Seventeen minutes after liftoff at 4.18pm, the rocket successfully injected GSAT-14 communication satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit. This makes India the 6th nation with cutting edge technology to launch geostationary satellites."
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+ - World's first 'tax' on Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7-> 1

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vasanth (908280) writes "The Australian online retailer Kogan.com has introduced the world's first "tax" on Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) browser.

Customers who use IE7 will have to pay an extra surcharge on online purchases made through the firm's site.

Chief executive Ruslan Kogan told the BBC he wanted to recoup the time and costs involved in "rendering the website into a antique browser".

The charge is set to 6.8% — 0.1% for every month since the IE7 launch."

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+ - Indian company creates steel jobs in the US->

Submitted by vasanth
vasanth (908280) writes "A top Obama Administration official on Thursday praised Tata Steel an Indian company as a shining example of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States that has created jobs in the economy.

Is this going to b a future trend where we will see more and more companies from India and China investing in the US?"

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Comment: At a very basic level.. (Score 1) 339

by vasanth (#37105940) Attached to: How Linux Mastered Wall Street
I do not want to directly oppose some of the misguided views here but I see a lot of hatred for HFT, finance etc but at a very basic level there should be no regulation or hindrance for 2 ppl to exchange value (trade) as long as they believe they are deriving some value out of the transaction they are being part of even if others believe that the transaction is of no benefit (after all who can decide what's of benefit or not).. The idea of trade (any form of trade or barter) from an individual perspective is not for the betterment of society but for their own good but the unintended consequence is advantageous to society as a whole.. People might hate globalisation, free flow of capital etc but there is no denying that the onslaught of globalisation has reduced global poverty but I agree this has been at the price of increased inequality... Increased inequality in my opinion is better than all being equally poor... And for ppl who would disagree that global poverty has reduced just check world bank data on all statistics such as nutrition, health care, life span, access to electricity, telecommunication etc and you will see all there has been a remarkable rise in these factor over the last 30 years all over the world...
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+ - Laser puts record data rate through fibre-> 1

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vasanth (908280) writes "Researchers have set a new record for the rate of data transfer using a single laser: 26 terabits per second.

At those speeds, the entire Library of Congress collections could be sent down an optical fibre in 10 seconds.

The trick is to use what is known as a "fast Fourier transform" to unpick more than 300 separate colours of light in a laser beam, each encoded with its own string of information."

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+ - Scientists aim to improve photosynthesis->

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vasanth writes "Two new initiatives at the University of Cambridge aim to address the growing demand on the Earth’s resources for food and fuel by improving the process of photosynthesis.

Four transatlantic research teams – two of which include academics from Cambridge’s Department of Plant Sciences – will explore ways to overcome limitations in photosynthesis which could then lead to ways of significantly increasing the yield of important crops for food production or sustainable bioenergy.

Despite the fact that photosynthesis is the basis of energy capture from the sun in plants, algae and other organisms, it has some fundamental limitations. There are trade-offs in nature which mean that photosynthesis is not as efficient as it could be – for many important crops such as wheat, barley, potatoes and sugar beet, the theoretical maximum is only 5%, depending on how it is measured. There is scope to improve it for processes useful to us, for example increasing the amount of food crop or energy biomass a plant can produce from the same amount of sunlight."

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