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world Updated: Feb 08, 2013 23:38 IST
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Woman defaces famous Louvre painting with pen
Paris: France's Louvre-Lens museum shut two galleries on Friday after a woman scribbled with a black marker pen on its star painting - Eugene Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People.

Police were questioning a 28-year-old woman who was arrested on Thursday evening after writing "AE911" across a 30 cm section at the bottom of the work.

"AE911Truth" is the name of a website called "Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth" whose backers say they are seeking to establish the truth of the Sept 11, 2001 attacks on New York.

Intelligent life elsewhere in galaxy unlikely
Washington: Nasa's Kepler mission has identified 2,740 planets orbiting other stars, but do any of them harbour intelligent life has been a mystery.

Now, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have used the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia to look for intelligent radio signals from planets around 86 of these stars.

While discovering no telltale signs of life, the researchers calculated that fewer than one in a million stars in the Milky Way Galaxy have planetary civilisations advanced enough to transmit beacons we could detect.

Hitchcock meant psycho to be a comedy?
London: It is one of the most famous horror films in history but in a newly unearthed interview Alfred Hitchcock says his 1960 classic Psycho was meant to be a comedy.

In a 1964 sit-down uncovered in the BBC archives, Hitchcock says he intended the film to be a dark comedy made "rather tongue-and-cheek" and was "horrified" when people took it seriously, the Telegraph reported.

Speaking on English television show Monitor, Hitchcock recalled, "I once made a movie, rather tongue-in-cheek, called Psycho. The content was, I felt, rather amusing and it was a big joke. I was horrified to find some people took it seriously. It was intended to make people scream and yell and so forth but no more than screaming and yelling on a switchback railway," he said.

Pak least forward looking country, says google
London: Pakistanis are the least forward-thinking people in the world, according to a research.

The scientists who correlated data from Google searches and national economic performance, found Germany to be at the top of the list. The team first published a set of results last year, with Pakistan at the bottom of the list and Britain at the top of the list, as people looked forward to the London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics.

The researchers found this by referring the "mammoth amounts of data" generated by internet use.