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Like eating a pineapple? What about flying it?

Researchers in Malaysia have developed a method to transform the fibre found in normally discarded pineapple leaves to make a strong material that can be used to build the frames for unmanned aircraft, e.g. drones. The drones made out of the bio-composite material had a higher strength-to-weight ratio than those made from synthetic fibres and […]

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Smell those historic events now, for real!

While we all read and listen to history, what if we could smell it also? How would the industrial revolution or Great Depression smell like? Well, now we may know.  Many historians and scientists across Europe are coming together with perfumers and museums for a unique project: To capture what Europe smelled like between the […]

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India gets its first plastic road!

We all know the bane of plastic and its use. How it takes hundreds of years for it to destroy completely. But there are a few brilliant minds who are coming up with ways to fight this nuisance, and use it to our benefit too. For the first time in India, a road would be […]

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In depth: What’s a desalination plant planned in Mumbai

Recently, Maharashtra announced the setting up of a desalination plant in Mumbai. Chennai already has two such plants while Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh too are planning. So what is a desalination plant and how does it work? The plan The proposed project will be set up on 25-30 acres of land at Manori, Mumbai. It […]

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Is Hyperloop the future of transport?

Eight years ago when SpaceX boss Elon Musk suggested the idea of hyperloop, nobody imagined that it would become real so soon. Businessman Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop successfully conducted the first human test of a hyperloop system recently, and it has given hope to a better transport technology to the world. What’s Hyperloop? The Hyperloop […]

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IIT designs surfaces to prevent coronavirus

It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention, and Covid 19 has forced us to invent novel ways to adapt to the virus.  Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati have developed methods to detect and prevent the novel coronavirus. They use bio-interface interactions between the virus and the surface spike protein. […]

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Wings in the sky: A brief history of aviation

As the USA celebrates their national aviation day this month, let’s take a moment to applaud the flight of fantasy which turned into a reality with human efforts and perseverance.  The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were pioneer aviators in the United States.  Orville was the first person to successfully fly an airplane. His first […]

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A space station which is UNDER water!

Ever wondered why there are more humans who have ventured into space than those who have explored the deep trenches on earth? The answer is simple. It’s much more complicated. And much more difficult to stay alive under water. Now a duo have come up with an ambitious plan to create an underwater research station […]

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s a flying car! 

Be it cartoon or comic books or even superheroe movies, there’s one thing we keep on seeing which can rarely be witnessed in the real world: A flying car. But there are many companies and persistent engineers who are not giving up to bring the fantasy into real life.  Israel-based Urban Aeronautics company is developing […]

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This scooter would fit in your backpack! 

We all know how useful backpacks are. We could carry anything in them — books, blankets, clothes, shoes, food, scooter… yes, you can also carry a scooter in your backpack! Compact enough to fit inside a backpack and capable of inflating with an electric pump in under a minute, the scooter is called Poimo, which […]