Tuesday, December 29

Pandorus sphinx moth

Pandorus sphinx moth, originally uploaded by Scorius.

Oleander Hawk-moth/Pandorus Sphinx Moth.

Wingspan 80-120mm. Adults of this beautiful species have intricately patterned forewings, mixture of olive greens, suffused with small blotches of pink and white.

There is also a pale apical streak on each forewing. The hindwings are greyish green, with a pale white wavy line. It has a similar resting posture to the Eyed Hawk-moth

Pandorus sphinx moth 2

Pandorus sphinx moth 2, originally uploaded by Scorius.

A colourful migrant moth that migrates northwards each year from the warmer regions of southern Europe and North Africa.
It has abdomen curled upwards as Oleander Hawk-moths * owl moths have, It has very close resemblance with Pandorus sphinx moth
This moth was incubated from caterpillar stage & was found at Patna, India, one of the best that I have seen in a long time.
Its awesome

Thursday, December 17

Till it shines.

Till it shines - Bob Serger

Take away my inhibitions
Take away my solitude
Fire me up with your resistance
Put me in the mood
Storm the walls around this prison
Leave the inmates
Free the guards
Deal me up another future
From some brand new deck of cards
Take the chip off of my shoulder
Smooth out all the lines
Take me out among the rustling pines
Till it shines

Like an echo down a canyon
Never coming back as clear
Lately I just judge the distance
Not the words I hear
I've been too long on these islands
I've been far too long alone
I've been too long without summer
In this winter home
Still if I can make the effort
If I take the time
Maybe we can leave this much behind
Till it shines

See the rich man lost and lonely
Watch him as he dines
Sitting there just testing all the wines
Till it shines
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"Till it shines" by Bob Serger 
The Movie ~ Mumford 

Thursday, October 22

Simple steps to reduce Swine flu H1N1 prolifiration

Prevent Swine Flu - Good Advice - from an email

Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS,DRM,DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked in institutions like Hinduja Hospital , Bombay Hospital , Saifee Hospital , Tata Memorial etc. Presently, he is heading our Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W).

The following message given by him, I feel makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know .

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).
2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).
3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.
4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water . *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*
5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

Friday, September 25

Water on moon !


A liter of water from a tonne or rock.

Moon water.. its a reality

Its insane..how could NASA not know that there was so much of water on Moon ( upto a liter of water from a ton of moon rock).. is this a hypothesis.. or is it closer to reality than we think.

MCUBE( Exploration instrument made by Israel & on abroad Chandrayaan) with Chandrayaan (Indian Space satellite) did bring a lot of credence to this "hypothesis"; it was in Bangalore when the world team first saw the data..incredible beautiful high resolution data that brought tears to the team members.. who just couldn't believe it.

They pinched..they checked.. rechecked.. and it was still there.. History was created when images came down streaming thru space at Bangalore. No one believed what they were seeing..it was the first of irrefutable scientific data that there was water on moon... lots of water on moon.

It has to be the biggest thing since man landed on moon.

Just imagine man. Now you could finally realize that moon fantasy..if it has water...its gonna be a whole new world out there.

Hats off to ISRO & people behind the Indian Space programme, to H.E Dr. Kalam, to the scientists of Israel who designed MCUBE, to NASA & all of you wonderful people who worked countless hours to bring us this wonderful news. YOU ROCK !!