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  • On March 19th 2011, the moon will make its closest approach to Earth in almost 20 years, possibly triggering earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other disasters, claims astrologer Richard Nolle.
    The phenomenon, called lunar perigee or Supermoon, happens when the moon reaches its absolute closest point to Earth. On March 19, the natural satellite will be only 221,567 miles away from our planet.

    There were Supermoons in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005, and these years had their share of extreme weather conditions, too. Although there are scientific laws that say the moon affects the Earth, it's still ambiguous whether the lunar perigee and natural disasters is coincidence or not.

    Two days after online warnings that the Supermoon might trigger disasters, the devastating Japanese tsunami forced everyone to think - could the movement of the moon cause natural calamities?

    "Supermoons have a historical association with strong storms, very high tides, extreme tides and also earthquakes," the Daily

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  • A newly released video shows a 360-degree view of the smoking towers from the vantage point of a NYPD helicopter, soon afterward the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack .

    Taken from a police helicopter hovering above the doomed towers, the video is part of a cache of information from the attack handed over to the National Institute of Standards and Technology under the US Freedom of Information Act.

    Although the 16-minute clip doesn't show the collapse of the first tower, it does record the officers' reaction immediately afterwards.

    Only police helicopters were allowed in the airspace near the skyscrapers, and the officers were the only ones shooting images from above.

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  • The most typical face on the planet

    How many times have you walked on the road and had a deja vu experience with people's faces. Let's face it, many people look like many people!

    Keeping this in mind, National Geographic has come up with the most common looking face in the world. Take a look at this report:

    National Geographic Magazine released a video clip, below, showing the most "typical" human face on the planet as part of its series on the human race called "Population 7 billion."

    The researchers conclude that a male, 28-year-old Han Chinese man is the most typical person on the planet. There are 9 million of them.

    The image above is a composite of nearly 200,000 photos of men who fit that description.

    But here comes the most interesting observation they have made:

    Don't get used to the results, however. Within 20 years, the most typical person will reside in India.

    And now, your thoughts!

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  • Ending months-long speculations that Nissan is readying a 'Micra Sedan', the carmaker has unveiled its all-new Global Sedan at the 8th China International Automobile Exhibition. The new sedan, Nissan Sunny, will be built on Nissan's versatile 'V' platform, but is not a Micra sedan.  Sunny will be launched in India in the second half of 2011. However, the name Sunny is only for China market and its name in India is yet to be finalized, Nissan says.

    The new sedan will be powered by the 1.5-liter HR15DE engine with dual injectors and a new-generation Xtronic CVT with an auxiliary transmission. Sunny is supposed to deliver superior handling and better environmental performance as a projected class leader in fuel economy as well.

    From the pictures released by Nissan, one thing is very evident — Sunny is sure to allure young generation looking for a medium sized sedan that combines a dynamic upscale design with the space and quality.

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  • Of late, Pope Benedict XVI has earned the title of 'Green Pope' for his continuous efforts to reduce environmental footprint. He had photovoltaic cells installed on the roof of a Vatican auditorium in 2008, followed by a solar cooling unit to the Vatican cafeteria. Now, Pope Benedict wants to take another step towards a greener environment with a solar-powered Popemobile. The Vatican says that a solar Pope transporter would be a rolling tribute to the Pontiff's message to promote sustainable energy.

    According to sources, German-based firm, SolarWorld, has offered to fulfil the Pope's dream, but chances are very less that they get thumbs up from the Vatican security apparatus. The prime concern will be how fast a solar Popemobile can take off if there are any security incidents. However, SolarWorld marketing chief Milan Nitzschke said that electric cars can accelerate just as quickly as traditional cars, and can go from 0-100 km/h in three seconds.

    Whether or not the Pope's

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  • Toyota finally made its entry into the highly competitive B Segment in India with the launch of the Etios sedan. Developed specifically for Indian customers, the Etios ranges between Rs 4.96 lakhs and 6.86 lakhs ex-showroom New Delhi. Along with the sedan Toyota also took the wraps off its hatchback sibling called Liva, which will be launched on April 11th.

    Available in four variants, J, G, V and VX, the Etios is powered by a 1.5L, 16V DOHC engine mated to a 5-Speed manual transmission. Etios boasts of innovative styling, best-in-class cabin and luggage space and impressive mileage of 17.6kmpl (ARAI tested).

    The Etios has various active and passive safety features such as energy absorbing body shell, driver & passenger air bags and ABS with EBD.

    Bookings have already started, but delivery will begin only in January 2011.

    Should you have any questions, connect with me on Twitter

    Read the official press release here

    Road test and review soon…

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