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New bio-fuel

Villagers in Himachal Pradesh are earning up to Rs.40,000 selling pine needles to a cement plant, which is using it as a bio-fuel in its kilns along with charcoal, says Vishal Gulati

Perfect pot

Poonam Kasturi Bir is a potter with a difference. Her earthenware converts kitchen waste to manure. Sapna Gopal finds out why the ‘compostwali’, whose ‘teen khambha’ has caught the imagination of people even abroad, loves to constantly experiment

No water, yes wash

Observing World Water Day on March 22 in the most appropriate way, three youth launched a car wash service that uses not a drop of water. P C Vinoj Kumar comes clean on the process that now has about 200 car owners ‘satisfied’ in Coimbatore

Wonder rickshaw

A Kolkata innovator has designed a cycle-rickshaw that uses passenger load to push the vehicle, making it easier for the rickshaw drivers, who can ride longer distances with lesser effort

Eco flight

Nordic carrier Finnair is planning to launch its first long-haul flight powered by bio-fuels to Asia, and possibly to India, a top official of the airline told Kavita Bajeli Datt at Helsinki

Plastic smiles

When the sight of plastic waste littered on the roadsides has become so disgusting to environment lovers, brothers Rasool and Ahmed have made use of the same plastic to lay beautiful roads, says Sapna Gopal

Power plough

Mansukh Jagani, a farmer from Gujarat, has fabricated a power plough, replacing bullocks with a Bullet motorbike. It’s a case of necessity being the mother of invention, says Kavita Kanan Chandra, who spoke to the barefoot innovator

Land reclamation

In a first of its kind initiative, the Assam government is drawing up plans to launch a mega project to reclaim the land the state has lost over the years due to erosion

Revolution in sky

The world’s largest solar powered plane, Solar Impulse, completed the first leg of its first-ever cross continent flight without using a drop of fuel and running purely on solar energy

Cool bra

In an interesting innovation, a Japanese firm has created the world's first ‘cooling bra’ that takes away excess heat from the body and leaves a pleasing sensation on the skin

United colours

Two men of differing political ideologies have joined hands to quench the thirst of people. Their unique water conservation method can be a model for entire Maharastra, they tell Ashwin Aghor

Police guru

Senior IPS officer from Tamil Nadu catches the attention of global management experts with his theory of 'Excenomics', which he claims is an alternative to Capitalism, Socialism, and Communism

Sunny flight

Establishing a scientific breakthrough, a solar-powered plane will soon fly 2,500 km from Switzerland to Morocco. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse can fly day and night sans fuel and no emission

Tidal power

Gujarat is all set to develop India’s first tidal energy plant. The state government has approved Rs 25 crore for setting up the 50 MW plant at the Gulf of Kutch, reports Ankur Paliwal

Scientific mop

Clearing oil spills on sea will be easier when the nanosponge developed by scientists from Rice and Penn Universities hits the market. It absorbs 100 times its weight in oil and can be reused

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