Articles by Sukanya Mukherjee

The World's Largest Floating Solar Farm Becomes Operational In China-2

China’s Anhui province is home to world’s largest as well as second-largest floating solar farm

In a bid to counteract China’s burgeoning pollution and climate change problems, the country’s government is increasingly trying to replace conventional fossil fuels with cleaner and more environment-friendly energy options. To that end, the world’s largest floating solar farm has recently become operational in the southern part of the Chinese province of Anhui. (more…)







Building Skyscrapers Inside Rotted Giant Sequoias To Keep Them Upright-1

Building skyscrapers inside rotting giant sequoias to keep them from toppling over

Fast-dwindling giant sequoia population has four South Korean designers turning to an incredibly creative solution: building skyscrapers inside hollowed-out trunks to keep rotting trees from toppling over. Aptly named Tribute: The Monument of Giant, the project is intended to educate people about this wondrous, now-endangered species, which is commonly believed to be the largest living…


Jamun, Indian black plum, could reduce solar panel price by 40-percent-2

Jamun, Indian black plum, could reduce solar panel price by 40-percent

Jamun, a fruit native to India and certain parts of Southeast Asia, could help reduce the price of solar panels by an amazing 40-percent. According to the study, conducted by researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, black plum has been found to contain a specific pigment that is capable of capturing sunlight…




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China’s Anhui province is home to world’s largest as well as second-largest floating solar farm

The World's Largest Floating Solar Farm Becomes Operational In China-2

In a bid to counteract China’s burgeoning pollution and climate change problems, the country’s government is increasingly trying to replace conventional fossil fuels with cleaner and more environment-friendly energy options. To that end, the world’s largest floating solar farm has recently become operational in the southern part of the Chinese province of Anhui. (more…)

Watch: Dominic Walliman’s fascinating animation maps out the entire field of chemistry in 12 minutes

Fascinating Animation Maps Out Entire Field Of Chemistry In 12 Minutes-1

For those of us who struggle to remember even the most basic things taught during our high school science classes, educator and physicist Dominic Walliman has just the solution. His growing YouTube channel “Domain of Science” contains a number of short videos that provide a comprehensive overview of different topics with startling clarity. These teaching tools, designed primarily for the average person, attempt to map out such otherwise complicated subjects as physics, chemistry and mathematics, all within the scope of 10-minute-long animations. (more…)

Thanks to artificially-grown pancreas, this Type 1 diabetes sufferer no longer needs insulin

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Too often we hear of medical innovations that eventually lead nowhere. Every now and then, however, there’s good news and more importantly hope. A perfect example is the new report by the University of Miami, according to which transplanting an artificially-grown pancreas seems to have put an end to one diabetic’s reliance on insulin injections. (more…)

World’s lightest satellite, brainchild of Indian teenager, set to be launched by NASA

NASA To Launch World's Lightest Satellite Designed By Indian Teenager-1

Developed by an Indian teenager, the world’s lightest satellite weighs only around 64-grams, thanks to an innovative design that recently won first prize in an international competition organized by NASA. In fact, the space agency was so impressed by the invention that it has decided to launch the tiny contraption into space next month. According to the officials, the objective of this 4-hour-long mission would be to check how well the satellite’s lightweight, 3D-printed casing fares in microgravity. (more…)

SolarGaps: Innovative sun-tracking window blinds that offer shade and also produce clean energy

SolarGaps Sun-Tracking Window Blinds That Produce Clean Energy--2

With rising fossil fuel prices and the burgeoning problem of climate change, the need of the hour is clean energy innovation, like the new and efficient window blinds designed by SolarGaps. Controlled remotely by means of an app, these incredibly smart shades are meant to screen your house from the sun’s heat, which is in turn captured and stored as usable energy. Featuring an in-built solar tracking technology, the contraption could reduce your electricity bills by an impressive 70-percent. (more…)

New research shows that cannabis could be used to reverse aging of the brain

New research shows that cannabis could be used to reverse aging of the brain-2

Who would have thought marijuana would one day be known for its age-reversing properties?! Bizarre though it is, a new study has found that THC, a compound that is also the chief psychoactive constituent of cannabis, can greatly enhance brain function in aged mice to the extent that it starts resembling two-month old rodents in terms of mind capacity. According to the research, small doses of this intoxicating chemical have already shown to improve learning as well as memory in these animals. (more…)

Building skyscrapers inside rotting giant sequoias to keep them from toppling over

Building Skyscrapers Inside Rotted Giant Sequoias To Keep Them Upright-1

Fast-dwindling giant sequoia population has four South Korean designers turning to an incredibly creative solution: building skyscrapers inside hollowed-out trunks to keep rotting trees from toppling over. Aptly named Tribute: The Monument of Giant, the project is intended to educate people about this wondrous, now-endangered species, which is commonly believed to be the largest living organism in the entire world. (more…)

Jamun, Indian black plum, could reduce solar panel price by 40-percent

Jamun, Indian black plum, could reduce solar panel price by 40-percent-2

Jamun, a fruit native to India and certain parts of Southeast Asia, could help reduce the price of solar panels by an amazing 40-percent. According to the study, conducted by researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, black plum has been found to contain a specific pigment that is capable of capturing sunlight efficiently. Growing in abundance across the subcontinent, this fruit could therefore greatly bring down the manufacturing cost of photovoltaic cells. (more…)

Synlight, the world’s biggest “artificial sun”, is located in a small town in Germany

Synlight, The World's Biggest artificial Sun Is Located In A Small Town In Germany-4

The world’s biggest “artificial sun” is currently being built in the German town of Jülich, as part of an attempt to discover more efficient ways to harness solar power. Dubbed as Synlight, this spectacular system is made up of a large collection of incredibly-powerful film projector spotlights that work together to produce a glow nearly 10,000 times brighter than the sunlight incident on Earth. (more…)

New research uncovers wax worm’s ability to devour plastic like its going out of style

New Study Finds The Unspectacular Wax Worm Devouring Plastic Like Its Going Out Of Style-4

The rising problem of plastic pollution has scientists across the world turning to more efficient and inventive solutions, including Styrofoam-eating mealworms and bacteria that devour polyethylene terephthalate (PET) like it’s going out of style. As part of a new study, a team of Spanish researchers has come across yet another organism that could help reduce world’s plastic waste. (more…)