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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

Ride with nature

People in Manipur may be growing their own bicycles if the newly designed ‘bamboo bicycle’ captures their imagination. For, bamboo grows in their backyard and cycling will address health and environmental issues, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Age no bar

Assisted Reproductive Technology is changing the life of couples who lose children in accidents past their reproductive age. Now they become parents even in their sixties, says Jaideep Sarin

Diehard innovator

As a child, V Jayaprakash attended school for the free mid-day meals, but later developed a passion for science and innovation. Kavita Kanan Chandra met the maker of the portable smokeless stove, who has more innovations lined up for the future

Barefoot engineers

A soaring kite and a sewing machine inspired two brothers in rural Assam to fabricate a windmill to pump water. The windmills have helped the salt farmers in Gujarat, whose operational cost has reduced by 40 percent, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Sensing touch

Engineers in the University of Pennsylvania have developed a belt-based sensor device called 'viSparsh' that helps visually disabled persons walk freely without hindrances, says Nikhil Walia

One for rural roads

When more SUVs are hitting the road, Abhinav Das plans to unveil his own RUV (Rural Utility Vehicle). Nikil Walia meets the 26-year-old from Delhi, who knows about the roads of rural India

Sun Teller

ATM card holders in villages that go without power for hours need not trek to towns to draw money. Indian start-up, Vortex, has come up with solar-powered Gramateller, says Shudip Talukdar

Biogas buses

As many as 120 Delhi buses may soon be running on biogas produced from a plant to be set up inside Kesopur Sewage Treatment Plant in West Delhi, says Ankur Paliwal 


The steely resolve of two Vidarbha farmers broke the myth that biogas plants will not work in their villages, which led to a proliferation of natural fuel making units, says Aparna Pallavi  

Shooting guns

Turning murder weapons into productive tools is not just a lofty idea for Bihar police, who have been practising it by converting seized pistols into hoes and hedge clippers, says Imran Khan

The making of Jugnu

Fifty IIT-Kanpur students worked day and night to make Jugnu, a nanosat that was launched recently. It was built through out-of-the box thinking and plenty of sacrifice, recall the students

Cool deal

Now, you have a solar cap to keep you cool when you are out in the sun! At Rs.400 the cap has no recurring cost, since the tiny fan fitted in the cap runs on solar power, says Mauli Buch

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