Innovation

WHICH COUNTRY IN THE WORLD OFFERS MOST INNOVATION?

Global Innovation Index report was published by Cornell University, INSEAD a business school and World Intellectual Property Organization this month. They ranked 140 countries and economies around the world. Innovation of the country is a function of the number of patents per unit of GDP, ranking of the top 3 universities in the country and cited articles as % of published articles. Results show Switzerland, Britain, Sweden, Netherlands and United States lead the rankings. These countries score 60+ out of 100, while China with lesser GDP scores between 40 to 50.  China, although producing many patents scores lower in innovation quality. India’s ranking is in the bottom half of the countries. KNOW MORE

EXTRACTING 3D VISION DATA FROM ORDINARY DIGITAL CAMERA

A team of engineers from Duke University have unlocked a 3D imaging capability of modern cameras simply through adjusting existing components.  3D imaging needs depth of field information and in this experiment, the engineers extracted this information from a single shot image rather than multiple image shots without any impact to the image quality. This visualization technique can improve image stabilization and faster autofocus to enhance the quality of photographs. Researchers believe that this technique will provide a completely new path to extract 3D information from 2D process. KNOW MORE

ALZHEIMER’S DAY-

LET’S REMEMBER THOSE PEOPLE WHO CANNOT REMEMBER

An alarming increase in various types of diseases is becoming a major threat today. Alzheimer’s is one of those diseases that are most common in these days. Did u know that every 69 seconds one person develops Alzheimer’s in the United States?? It is also the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive mental deterioration that occurs either in middle age or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain. It is a neurodegenerative disease that starts slowly but gets worse over a period of time. The early and most common symptom of this disease is short term memory loss. Symptoms become severe with the advancement of disease and they include mood swings, loss of motivation, unable to take self care and behavioral issues. It is usually seen in the most cases that the person gets away from his family and society once his condition declines. The progression of the disease varies from person to person but the average life expectancy after the occurrence of the disease is three to nine years.

Alzheimer’s has no proper cure and over a period of time the patient becomes incapable of doing his own works. Therefore essentially caregiving is the best treatment for it. Modification in the living environment and life style during the early stages of the disease can increase patient’s safety and also reduce caretaker’s burden. For example, labeling of household items, placing of safety locks, food can be pureed if chewing becomes a problem. To know more about brain go to www.e-alyss.com

It was in the year 1984 when Alzheimer Disease International (ADI) was found to help and fight Alzheimer’s. ADI is an umbrella of more than 80 Alzheimer’s associations. The members of these associations help and support people suffering from dementia and also their families. The main motto of ADI is to improve quality of life for people with dementia.  A series of practical workshops are conducted by ADI. These workshops are aimed at helping the staff and volunteers of Alzheimer’s association to build and strengthen their organizations.

The first Alzheimer’s day was launched on September 21st by the ADI In the year 1994. Since then September 21st has been recognized as world Alzheimer’s Day. On this day the Alzheimer’s associations around the world concentrate on their efforts in creating awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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