Robots invade Mars in the name of Research

Robots invade Mars in the name of Research

Moroccan desert near Morocco-Algeria Border served as a testing site for 3 rovers and about 40 engineers in the first phase of Strategic Research Cluster on Space Robotics which is a project funded by the European Union’ Horizon 2020 program. Engineers tested the rovers automated navigation systems in Sahara Desert spanning over 2 weeks in a project coordinated by PERASPERA, a partnership of space agencies from Europe, including Italy, France, Germany, Spain & UK. The tests represent the efforts of 4 years on the international R&D programme which is coordinated…

Boost food production by fixing a flaw in photosynthesis

Boost food production by fixing a flaw in photosynthesis

One of the evolution’s biggest mistakes has been the enzyme that grabs hold of CO2 and adds it to a carbon chain, holds an oxygen molecule by mistake. This generates toxic molecules that plants have to expend energy to mop up. Initially it was not a major issue since there was little oxygen around. But subsequently it became a problem as oxygen levels rose and CO2 levels declined. The grabbing of oxygen by mistake called photorespiration now happens so often that it has reduced photosynthesis efficiency by 50%. But the…

Smoking without Smoke

Smoking without Smoke

Have you ever heard of IQOS. It is I Quit Ordinary Smoking. This is a new way of tobacco companies encouraging smokers to smoke without being noticed by regulatory authorities across the globe. Philip Morris International (PMI) recently introduced heat sticks which is a heat not burn device popularly known as “Heets.” It resembles a white board marker and roasts tobacco resulting in emission of dry vapour for the inhalation of its user, minus the exhalation of a cloud of smoke on each puff. Unlike the conventional cigarettes the heat…

Travel on Sailing Sauna

Travel on Sailing Sauna

It doesn’t matter where you go but Sauna therapy definitely relaxes your body and soul. I am sure you must have not heard of sailing sauna. Finnish inventor and Former NASA engineer Janne Kapylehto travelled from Helsinki to Estonia in just 16 hours with his self made sauna across the Gulf of Finland. This 82 kilometers long journey took longer time than expected due to rough weather with 1.5 meters high waves and winds of 15 meters per second. This sauna is just like a shed on a raft which…

New material regenerates tooth enamel

New material regenerates tooth enamel

Tooth enamel, located on outer side of our teeth, is the hardest tissue on the body that protects us for a very large part of lifetime. However unlike other tissues of the body, tooth enamel once lost cannot be regenerated causing pain and tooth loss. These problems affects >50% of world population. Scientists have developed a material with remarkable precision that look and behave like dental enamel. The mineralization platform opens up opportunities to treat and regenerate dental tissues as per Sherif Elsharkawy from Queen Mary University in the UK….

Offices now in Forest

Offices now in Forest

Have you ever dreamt of working in the forest? Now companies like Amazon, Samsung and Alibaba are building structures in such a way that you can walk from the office and reach forest in few minutes and work in the lap of nature. Companies are resorting to state of the art designs at work place so that employees are more happy, give better productivity and can stay for longer hours to meet deadlines. This trend is called Biophilia where the people tend to connect with the nature. We feel more…

Electric flights coming soon

Electric flights coming soon

Possibility of operating all flights on electricity is being explored and Norway will become the first county in the world to have all electric flights operating in domestic zone including other Scandinavian countries. Norway has set Year 2040 as the deadline for all electric flights at least the domestic ones. Chief executive Dag Falk-Peterson of Avinor, the public operator of Norwegian airports said “we think and wish to make all flights lasting up to 1.5 hours electric so that it becomes a solution and not a problem for the environment”….

Now travel by sea just like you travel by bus and metro

Now travel by sea just like you travel by bus and metro

Have you travelled by sea just like you travel by bus or metro? It is now possible with the launch of seaplane in India that will take its maiden flight from Varanasi, the constituency of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. Varanasi is a town in Uttar Pradesh where river Ganga flows along its shores. Amphibious aircraft can take off and land on both short strips and water bodies. Amphibious aircrafts are slower and heavier but are more versatile than the usual land planes. They could be slightly tricky to manoeuvre…

Faster than sound car-Bloodhound SSC launching

Faster than sound car-Bloodhound SSC launching

First road test of Bloodhound SSC (supersonic car) is being launched at Newquay airfield in Cornwall, UK. This will be launched after intensive experiment of about 9 years. Experiment started on Oct 28, 2007. The Bloodhound will be launched on Thursday (26th Oct 2017). This pencil shaped amazing car will reach a maximum speed of 320 Kmph over 2.7 Km runway. The speed is expected to skyrocket to somewhere 1609 Kmph which will be @4X than the speed of some of the reputed present day racing cars like Porsche, Lamborghini,…

Now you can scatter ashes of loved ones in space

Now you can scatter ashes of loved ones in space

Believe it or not but now you will be able to scatter ashes of your beloved ones in the space. A British company Ascension Flights is planning to launch its first Ascension aircraft into the space that will cost UK pound 795(INR 68,000) onwards. The company was set up by two graduates from University of Sheffield, UK and spent last few years in experimenting by sending hundreds of items into the space. The remains will go up 36km (22 miles) and will be scattered on the outer atmosphere of Earth….