Thursday, June 7

When Technology meets Medical Science... Amazing!!!!

'Bionic man' can control robotic arm with his mind

A man paralysed from the neck down has shown he can open email, control a TV and move objects with a robotic arm by thought alone.

The 25-year-old American patient, Matthew Nagle, had a computer-linked implant placed in his brain that enabled him to operate devices just by thinking about it.

Brain-computer interfaces have been demonstrated before, in humans and animals. But this is the biggest step taken so far towards developing "bionic" systems that can restore motor function in people who have lost control of their limbs.

In the 1970s TV series "The Six Million Dollar Man", scientists rebuilt the body of crash victim Steve Austin with bionic prosthetics controlled by his mind.

At the time the concept was pure fantasy, but in future thought-controlled replacement limbs could be made real.

The results described today in the journal Nature represent the culmination of decades of work.

However the scientists involved in the research stress that the technology is still in its infancy.

Mr Nagle, from Massachusetts, whose spinal cord was severed in 2001, received his implant at Rhode Island Hospital in 2004.

Known as the BrainGate Neural Interface System, it consists of an array of electrodes that record neural activity from the motor cortex of the brain.

Signals from the implant are decoded and processed by a computer, allowing them to be translated into movement commands.

First, Mr Nagle learned to move a computer cursor by focusing his thoughts on the task.

Later, during 57 trial sessions at the New England Sinai Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre in Massachusetts, he greatly expanded his repertoire of thought control.

He was able to open simulated e-mail, draw circular shapes on the computer screen, play a simple video game called "neural Pong", and change the channel and adjust the volume on a television.

Ultimately, he could open and close the fingers of an artificial hand and use a robotic arm to grasp and move objects.

A second patient, aged 55, who had a sensor implanted by surgeons at the University of Chicago in April 2005, was able to move a computer cursor for three months until his implant malfunctioned.

Professor John Donoghue, who led the research and heads the brain science programme at Brown University in Rhode Island, said: "The results hold promise to one day be able to activate limb muscles with these brain signals, effectively restoring brain-to-muscle control via a physical nervous system."

Prof Donoghue is chief scientific officer at Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems Inc, based in Foxborough, Massachusetts, which developed the implant.

Previous attempts at linking brains to computers have only had limited success, such as getting patients to move a cursor to the left and right. Experiments have also been conducted with less invasive techniques using sensors attached to the scalp, but these take months of training to use.

Mr Nagle adapted to the BrainGate system in minutes, and was able to talk while using it.

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A tragic love story in orkut!!!!

A tragic love story: Flourished on Orkut, died in a bullet

Orkut is in news again and this time due to the tragic death of Koushambi Layek who was murdered by her lover Manish Thakur, with whom she had developed relations on orkut.com. This incident again points towards the hazards of social networking.

WHEN EVERY BIG business house is running a business of social networking website, orkut.com owned by Google continues to be in the centre of controversy for one wrong reason or another. This time Orkut finds itself in the midst of a murder mystery. The reason for murder is believed to be failed love which developed on Orkut.

This love story started in the AC three tier compartment. The accused Manish Thakur, a resident of Bashdroni in West Bengal, was on his way to Thiruvantapuram where he met Koushambi Layek who was on her way to the training centre of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). The relation gradually evolved through scrapping on Orkut. After some time Koushambi discovered that Manish was married. Heartbroken she ended her relation with him, but was threatened by Manish again and again. Koushambi confided to her parents about the incidence and they tried to sort out the problem by talking with Manish.

Unfortunately the talks did not help and the police discovered her dead body in Mumbai’s Sun-a-Sheel hotel’s room number 202. After a thorough investigation it was found that Manish had killed her by his service revolver.

Manish, who works with the coast guard, has been arrested. Police sources confirm about taking him to Mumbai today.

Meanwhile Manish’s and Koushambi’s profiles have drawn thousands of visitors in the past two days on orkut. There has been a formation of two communities in the name ‘Tribute to Koushambi Layek’ and ‘Koushambi cry for Justice’. The number of registered members in these two communities is increasing rapidly. Many visitors are also visiting Manish’s profile to express strong reactions.

It perhaps will not be a very good idea to blame this social networking website. But this incident definitely shows the flipside of social networking on the Internet and the best thing one can do is be careful while using it in order to avoid unpleasant incidents and such mishaps.

Koushambi’s ill-fated end puts others on caution  

The brutal murder of Koushambi Layek refuses to leave the mind. Her cheerful, vivacious and straightforward gaze from her picture on orkut seems to haunt many as we try to figure what exactly went wrong and why did she have to face such an ill-fated end.

MANISH THAKUR was arrested by the Police from a hotel room in Andheri. Was it a case of ‘crime of passion’ or was it the fake posturing over the net on Thakur’s part that lured Koushambi into such a deadly web, one from which she’d never come out.

Koushambi Layek, a 24-year old software professional working for TCS would have never expected that she could have ever faced such a brutal death.

Koushambi met Thakur, a navy officer, online two years back and the story goes like this. Manish, in spite of being married lured her to marry him. Koushambi had informed her family, but they advised her against it. Their relationship continued and the police suspect that he might have murdered her because she denied marrying him. Manish tried to convince her several times that he will divorce his wife to marry her. In fact, he had not informed her initially that he was married. Her body was found in a pool of blood in a hotel room in Andheri. They had checked in as Mr. and Mrs. Thakore on May 12. She had been killed on Sunday night and by Monday afternoon the hotel employees found her body. By then Manish had sneaked away.

Police confirmed that this murder was preplanned. This is because Manish was already carrying a chopper and a gun with him. They also suspect that he might have shot her in her sleep. The latest updates on CNN-IBN say that after shooting her (through a pillow to avoid noise of the gunshot! and he had also turned up the TV volume), Manish wanted to chop her into pieces. But, he couldn’t and stayed on for almost five hours drinking a whole bottle of whisky.

Now where does orkut come into picture: Both of them had their profiles on orkut!

Condolences are pouring into her scrapbook (http://www.orkut.com/Profile.aspx?uid=11725203022944506305)

and some "great wishes" into his (http://www.orkut.com/Profile.aspx?uid=348385650417627297)

I was shocked to see the testimonial written by a girl to her future killer:

Koushambi: Well, what to say about this guy... He is a really caring and loving guy... He is amazing, awesome and friendly. I need not describe him, as anyone close to him must surely be aware of his abilities. He is an all rounder.. Be it in the field of studies, sports or music. He is a champo...Don’t u think so???

According to her, he seemed to be intelligent - an all rounder - well his so-called intelligence killed her!

Why did he do this? She was the only financial support to her mom, who is a widow. The deadly roots from the net just squashed her life and a family’s hopes. When matrimonial sites make relationships online, we should be aware that there are so many deadly pits in the Internet where you can fall to never return. Can you imagine such an incident happening to your friend? Her friends are all in a shock - they can’t believe that she could get involved with such a Psycho!

This reminds me of another incident - One of the girls whom I know met a guy through the net - It all started with friendship and later after a year or two they started dating. They fell in love (that was expected), but before getting too involved she asked for a commitment. His reply was "Oh ! I can’t guarantee that I will marry you - you may have to wait for two years till my younger sister gets married. I can’t forget my sister’s marriage and start thinking about mine.” I couldn’t help thinking to myself: Okayyyyyyyyy!!! MR. PERFECT!!!! - your love for family is like"WOW," but where are u luring this girl to - just for time pass? Is she not a sister to her brother? What is this downtrodden mentality? [Lolakutty says: "Doodh ka doodh aur nariyal paani ka naariyal paani?"]

I dedicate this to all those who have got anonymous friends on the Internet. Next time you get involved with someone, at least be careful. Not all the prince charmings or drop dead gorgeous men are really worth it!

U can pay your tributes to Koushambi here:


MBA Vs BE Student!! Nice Joke!!!

A MBA and a BE go on a camping trip, set up their tent, and fell asleep.

Some hours later, the BE wakes his MBA friend. " look up
at the sky and tell me what you see." The MBA replies, "I see millions of stars."

"What does that tell you?"

The MBA ponders for a minute.
"Astronomically speaking, it tells me that there are
millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, it's evident the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.

What does it tell you?"

The BE is silent for a moment, and then speaks.

"Practically...Someone has stolen our tent".

Wednesday, June 6

have u ever seen RAINBOW around the SUN??

Lots of thing happen 1st time in life. Its not only the famous dialog of Hindi Movie "Munna Bhai MBBS" but also the reality. I have seen rainbow during rain , before or after rain, thats also semicircular .

But Circular rainbow around the Bright Sun in a sunny day !!!!! its first time in my life!!! Amazing ya!!!

photo taken by ASHAY

This is the picture taken by mobile at around noon on 6th june 2007 from IT park, pune, hingewadi Hope we should feel lucky ourself to see such amazing view of rainbow and sun together which occurs once in blue moon.

Tuesday, June 5

Classic Joke of SARDAR!!!!

A lie machine is bought.It works in the following way......

If the truth is told- the machine wont give any sound If a lie is told-
the machine will make a sound 'KIRRRRRRRR...'

Now there are three Indians.
One Bengali, one Madrasi and one Sardarji.

Their correspondences are given infront of the lie machine.Here it

Bengali:- 'I think I can eat 30 rosogullas at a time!'
Lie machine:-'KIRRRRRRRR...'
Bengali:-'No no, I think I can eat 10 rosogullas at a time'
Lie machine:- no sound(truth is told)

Madrasi:-'I think i can eat 25 dosas at a time'
Lie machine:-'KIRRRRRRRR...'
Madrasi:-'No no,I think i can eat 10 dosas at a time'
Lie machine:-no sound(truth)

Sardarji:-'I think....'
Lie machine:- 'KIRRRRRRRR...'
Sardarji:-'I think...'
Lie machine:-'KIRRRRRRRR...'.
Sardarji:-'I think...'
Lie machine:-'KIRRRRRRRR...'
Sardarji:-'I think...'
Lie machine:-''KIRRRRRRRR...'
Sardarji:-'I think...'
Lie machine:-''KIRRRRRRRR...'
Sardarji:-'I think...'
Lie machine:-''KIRRRRRRRR...'
Sardarji:-'I think...'
Lie machine:-''KIRRRRRRRR...'
Sardarji:-'I think...'
Lie machine:-''KIRRRRRRRR...'

Monday, June 4

How To Cook an Egg with Mobile Phones

I might add it takes aproximently 2 minutes of speaking on a cellular phone for the radiation to cross the protective Blood Brain Barrier. So when ever there is a land line available use it in preference to your cell.

Enjoy the interesting article I received from the Raw Family...

How Two Russian Journalists Cooked an Egg with their Mobile Phones

Vladimir Lagovski and Andrei Moiseynko from Komsomolskaya Pravda Newspaper in
Moscow decided to learn first-hand how harmful cell phones are. There is no magic in cooking with your cell phone. The secret is in the radio waves that the cell phone radiates. The journalists created a simple microwave structure as shown in the picture. They called from one cell phone to the other and left both phones on talking mode. They placed a tape recorder next to phones to imitate sounds of speaking so the phones would stay on.

After, 15 minutes: The egg became slightly warm.

25 minutes: The egg became very warm.

40 minutes: The egg became very hot.

65 minutes: The egg was cooked. (As you can see.)

Conclusion ..1: Cooking eggs with mobile phones is possible but very expensive ($4.55 or 123 Rubles)

Conclusion ..2: All this talk of danger is exaggerated; even if your brain gets cooked, it would take a couple hours of talking on a cell phone.

Conclusion ..3: We dont recommend carrying cell phone in your pants .

Photos by Anatoly Zhdanov.

Translated into english by Victoria Boutenko.

Source: Komsomolskaya Pravda, April 23, 2006

On the way to Naini Tal

Dear Reader!!

I could not update trip details in my blog regularly due to lack of time as well as inaccessibility of internet facility. But I tried my best to record all the happenings during the trip in my small diary. So I am planning to post every event in the blog chronologically as well as elaborately.

Today I came to office but I am so tired dude to yesterday‘s hectic journey in train with waiting ticket 491.I never have seen so much rush in the sleeper class ever in my life. I had no place to sleep whole night. I just shared a small portion of seat of some unknown person just to sit only.

So I have no mood to start it from today. Hopefully tomorrow else marking some auspicious day I will start writing about it.

Please keep on waiting !!