The 3-Minute Must Watch Video


This video, narrated by astronomer Carl Sagan, definitely puts into perspective how tiny we are in relation to the whole universe. However, it also reminds me that despite the enormity and vastness of space, Earth is the only home we have; as a result, we’d better take care of it and the people in it.

Too often, the human race gets so consumed with power and being “right” and dirty politics that we forget about our ultimate obligation – to take care of each other by acting wisely, conservatively and responsibly. It’s an obligation that if neglected will be our downfall and if fulfilled will be our legacy.

So it is must watch video. Spend your 3 minutes and that will make any problem you have seem astonishingly trivial 🙂

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Wiki Loves Monument Competition kicks off – Participate, Upload Pics and Win Prize


Competition : 1st of September to 31st of September

 

Countries are participating

Wiki Loves Monuments is an international photo contest around cultural heritage monuments in September. Starting from the Netherlands in 2010 and organized on a European level in 2011, we go global in 2012!

Everybody can participate and improve Wikipedia in their local and regional neigbourhood. Cultural heritage is everywhere around you, you just need to look and learn!

In every participating country you can win awards, and the best photos in each country continues to the international jury – which will select the best monument photos in 2012.

Global photography contest Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 (WLM) kicks off , while India participates along and competes with other 35 nations.This competition will runs from 1st of September to 31st of September.

List of monuments in India is now ready, which qualifies for the contest.

Rules


There are a few rules for photos to participate in the international contest. Most of these rules are also adopted as rules for participation on a national level. Every submission should be:

  • Self taken and self uploaded;
  • Uploaded in September 2012 and before 30 september;
  • Freely licensed;
  • The default license will be CC-BY-SA 3.0;
  • Contain an identified monument;
  • Nominated through a national contest

Next to that, there are a few practical rules:

  • The participant should have an activated e-mail address on the upload platform;
  • The first winner will get to choose the first prize etc.

If necessary, the rules can be adapted via the international coordinators.

Special categories


Besides the regular contest, there are may be special categories – with their own award and jury. Besides that, the normal rules apply.

Get Started Here for the competition

Get started!

You Can also Download Android app here

Awards

National awards

First Prize 20,000 INR
Second Prize 15,000 INR
Third Prize 10,000 INR
4th and 5th Prize 10,000 (5,000 INR each )
6th to 10th Prize 15,000 (3,000 INR each)
Trophies 15,000

International awards

The national juries will nominate photos for the international contest, which has its own jury and awards. The main prize will be a photo trip to Hong Kong, connected to a visit to Wikimania, the annual meeting where Wikimedians from all over the world meet each other, with a maximum value of 2000 euro! Besides that there will be a number of photography-related vouchers, ranging from 400 euro worth (second prize) to 50 euro worth (tenth prize).

The distribution of these awards is determined by the principle that the first prize winner will have the first choice from the prizes, and so on – to ensure that every prize winner gets the prize he or she would like the most. Prizes are not exchangeable for money.

Special awards

This year, there will be also a special award for the best photo of a gallery, library, archive or a museum building (the GLAM category), awarded and sponsored by Europeana), the European federation of organisations active in the field of European heritage.

  1. For More Info visit website
    www.wikilovesmonument.in
  2. All the images should be uploaded under a different upload campaign created for WLM in India.
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:UploadWizard&campaign=wlm-in
  3. Stay Connect on Facebook group Wiki Loves Monument
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/wikilovesmonumentsindia/
  4. and Facebook Page
    https://www.facebook.com/WikiLovesMonumentsIndia
 

CERN Experiment – particle consistent with long-sought Higgs boson


Topology of CERN Experiment

Geneva, 4 July 2012. At a seminar held at CERN today as a curtain raiser to the year’s major particle physics conference, ICHEP2012 in Melbourne, the ATLAS and CMS experiments presented their latest preliminary results in the search for the long sought Higgs particle. Both experiments observe a new particle in the mass region around 125-126 GeV.

“We observe in our data clear signs of a new particle, at the level of 5 sigma, in the mass region around 126 GeV. The outstanding performance of the LHC and ATLAS and the huge efforts of many people have brought us to this exciting stage,” said ATLAS experiment spokesperson
“but a little more time is needed to prepare these results for publication.”

LHC

“The results are preliminary but the 5 sigma signal at around 125 GeV we’re seeing is dramatic. This is indeed a new particle. We know it must be a boson and it’s the heaviest boson ever found,” said CMS experiment spokesperson Joe Incandela. “The implications are very significant and it is precisely for this reason that we must be extremely diligent in all of our studies and cross-checks.”

Topology of LHC

“It’s hard not to get excited by these results,” said CERN Research Director Sergio Bertolucci. “ We stated last year that in 2012 we would either find a new Higgs-like particle or exclude the existence of the Standard Model Higgs. With all the necessary caution, it looks to me that we are at a branching point: the observation of this new particle indicates the path for the future towards a more detailed understanding of what we’re seeing in the data.”

The results presented today are labelled preliminary. They are based on data collected in 2011 and 2012, with the 2012 data still under analysis.  Publication of the analyses shown today is expected around the end of July. A more complete picture of today’s observations will emerge later this year after the LHC provides the experiments with more data.

The next step will be to determine the precise nature of the particle and its significance for our understanding of the universe. Are its properties as expected for the long-sought Higgs boson, the final missing ingredient in the Standard Model of particle physics? Or is it something more exotic? The Standard Model describes the fundamental particles from which we, and every visible thing in the universe, are made, and the forces acting between them. All the matter that we can see, however, appears to be no more than about 4% of the total. A more exotic version of the Higgs particle could be a bridge to understanding the 96% of the universe that remains obscure.

“We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature,” said CERN Director General Rolf Heuer. “The discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger statistics, which will pin down the new particle’s properties, and is likely to shed light on other mysteries of our universe.”

Positive identification of the new particle’s characteristics will take considerable time and data. But whatever form the Higgs particle takes, our knowledge of the fundamental structure of matter is about to take a major step forward.

Wikipedia


Wikipedia is a free, collaborative, multilingual online encyclopedia
supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Its 21 million articles (over 3.9 million in English alone) have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world. All of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site, and it has about 100,000 regularly active contributors. As of April 2012, there are editions of Wikipedia in 284 languages. It has become the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet, ranking sixth globally among all websites on Alexa and having an estimated 365 million readers worldwide.

Wikipedia was launched in January 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger. Sanger coined the name Wikipedia, which is a portmanteau of wiki (a type of collaborative website, from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning “quick”) and encyclopedia.

• 280+ language
• 20+ Indian language
• 5% of world’s population read Wikipedia
• 6th most visited website in all over the world and India
• 11.7 billion page request per month
• 400 unique visitors per month

Sister projects of Wikipedia

1. Wiki commence – Free media repository
2. Wikicommons – Free content library
3. Wikinews – Free-content news
4. Wiktionary – Dictionary and thesaurus
5. Wikiversity – Free learning material and activity
6. Media Wiki – Free software open source wiki package written in php
7. Wikispecies – Directory of species
8. Wikiquote – Collections of quotations
9. Meta-Wiki – Wikipedia project coordination
10. Wikibooks – Free textbooks and manuals

Everything on Wikipedia has been written by people. 100000+ editor on Wikipedia. 4 million contributors per month.

What are the benefit for you to edit Wikipedia?

• Improve your writing skill
• Improve your critical thinking
• Improve your research skill
• Help you to learn how to collaborate

Five pillars of Wikipedia

1. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia
2. Wikipedia has a neutral point of you
3. Wikipedia is free content that anyone can use, modify and distribute
4. Editor should interact in a respectful and civil manner
5. Wikipedia does not have firm rules besides the 5 general principal written here

Why to edit Wikipedia?

  •  Less India related article
  • Indians can enhance India specific article
  • Expand knowledge language wise
  • Don’t just read , give back “Good Karma”

So create your account and start editing Wikipedia and become the part of this community.