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Life, the Universe and everything else

Life, the Universe and everything else

india Updated: Dec 07, 2012 01:15 IST

NASA releases black & white map of India’s Diwali
Washington: Nasa, the national space agency of the US, on Thursday released a black and white satellite imagery of India this Diwali night, cautioning people against the fake image in circulation on the social media. “On November 12, 2012, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this nighttime view of southern Asia,” NASA said, releasing a picture of India on this Diwali night. Cities in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan are also visible near the edges of the image. “The image is based on data collected by the VIIRS ‘day- night band’, which detects light. The image has been brightened to make the city lights easier to distinguish,” it said. - PTI

Pacemaker in brain to curb memory loss in Alzheimer’s
Washington: In a first of its kind operation in the US, a ‘pacemaker’ has been surgically implanted into the brain of an Alzheimer’s patient to reduce memory loss. The device has already been used in thousands of people with Parkinson’s disease as possible means of boosting memory and reversing cognitive decline. Instead of focusing on drug treatments, many of which have failed in recent clinical trials, researchers at Hopkins University School are using electrical charges delivered directly to the brain. - PTI

Now, smartphone app to alert drowsy drivers
New York: Researchers have developed a smartphone app that warns drivers with a blinking light and noise alert if they appear distracted or drowsy behind the wheel.
The app uses smartphone technology to mimic fancier car safety systems by detecting signs of trouble that could lead to accidents. Modern phones with cameras facing both front and back allow the app to monitor a driver’s head pose, eyes and blinking rate to detect possible distraction even as it keeps watch on the road ahead, website TechNewsDaily reported. AFP

Rare Raphael drawing raises record $48m
London: One of the greatest drawings by the Renaissance master Raphael still in private hands sold for $47.9 million on Wednesday - an auction record for the artist.
Sotheby’s auctioneers had high hopes for the 16th century ‘Head of an Apostle’ - a study for Raphael’s last painting ‘Transfiguration’ that is on display at the Vatican Museum in Rome. When the artist died in 1520 his body was laid out in state in his studio with this particular picture ‘Transfiguration’ left hanging at his head. Reuters