Saturday, November 27, 2004

Some Recent Happenings in India

This is more like a news post. I came across these two conferences held in India recently and was pretty amazed, to say the least!

The first one was about the "World Congress of Endourology" which was being held in Mumbai. The 1,500 physicians attending the conference viewed a surgery which was done in Detroit, USA and transmitted real time all the way over! As if this wasn't enough, all this was transmitted in 3-D!!! It was the first time ever that an operation was transmitted around the world in 3-D, which required new transmission standards!. (The news articles are here and here).

(Although this was a great achievement, I couldn't help but chuckle at all those sombre looking physicians wearing those 3-D glasses!!)


The second was even more extreme! It was about the "International Conference on Exploration and Utilization of the Moon", held in Udaipur! (I think that place is the farthest from the moon!) And to top that one of the points of discussion was how to cart Helium 3 from the moon to the earth as it would solve all of earth's energy problems! (Ya, right!)


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