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Himalayan feat

The Forest Research Institute in the Himalayan foothills has created a hybrid eucalyptus that grows taller and faster. It is being seen as a boon to the paper industry. Rahul Chhabra reports

Green flush

In a cleanliness drive, Konkan Railway is set to go for eco-friendly bio-toilets in its stations. Not only is the technology for quick flushing economical but is also environment-friendly

Rejuvenating junk

Upcycling is a concept that is fast catching up, particularly with those like the portal, WorkshopQ, who see beauty in trash and do poetic justice to scrap, giving it life, says Shilpa Raina

PET couple

When disposal of PET bottles is a challenge, a couple from Hyderabad has found a good use of the junked containers: Building walls. P C Vinoj Kumar tells us how they build houses with bottles

Energy flight

Solar Impulse, the solar-powered airplane with the weight of a small car, developed by Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, is attempting a world record in solar aviation

Dream girl

Mehvish Mushtaq from Srinagar has developed an android application called ‘Dial Kashmir,’ a one-stop source for information on healthcare, education and other essential services, says Sana Altaf, who met the enterprising girl with a big dream

Disaster loo

Sanitation is the last thing crisis managers provide to people displaced from homes by disasters. Now a former banker, Promita Sengupta , has come up with a quickly deployable toilet that has come handy for NGOs, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Herbal killer

A young innovator from Tamil Nadu aspires to create 50,000 jobs by popularizing his herbal mosquito repellent, ‘Hermo’, which repels mosquitoes effectively but does not harm humans as it is non-allergic and non-toxic, says    P C Vinoj Kumar

Road to power

In a new roadmap to improve power generation, some scientists have proposed that major roads can double up as solar highways if a roof of solar panels were laid over them, says K S Jayaraman

Whirring for poor

A grassroots innovator, Dharamveer Kamboj, has changed the lives of people from the barren land of Rajasthan to the dense forest of Nagaland by designing a food processor. Kavita Kanan Chandra explains how it works well for women and tribes

Dung papers

A father-daughter duo is turning rhinoceros dung into paper, which in turn has turned out to be an economically lucrative venture. Kavita Kanan Chandra explains how Elrhino, the micro-enterprise, will also help in wildlife conservation

Play of light

Now you can get life-like 3-D hologram images of yourself to wow your family and friends. Welcome to the futuristic world of wizardry at India's first 3-D hologram studio in Thiruvananthapuram

Real teacher

Urvashi Sahni is an innovative educationist, who has done more than teaching and starting schools. Her project, Digital Study Hall, takes lectures of city school teachers to rural and slum students through videos, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Techno solution

For the age-old problem of drinking water scarcity, a solution has been found through modern technology in Rajasthan’s Lakshmangarh, where people draw water from an ATM, says Ankur Paliwal

Husk power

Sahebganj in Bihar has seen a change in people’s lifestyle, thanks to biomass gasification plants that use husk as fuel, says Ankur Paliwal. More such plants are to be set up elsewhere, too

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