Articles by Dattatreya Mandal


UK Scientists Create The World's Most Light-Absorbent Material-1

Inspired by moths’ eyes, scientists use graphene to develop world’s most light-absorbent material

Despite its long list of impressive properties, including remarkable electrical conductivity, flexibility and mechanical strength among others, graphene was until now quite poor at absorbing light. As part of a new research, scientists at UK-based University of Surrey have developed an incredibly innovative technique that greatly enhances the light-absorption abilities of this one-atom-thick wonder material.…



Humans will soon replace robots on Mercedes-Benz's production line-2

Humans will soon replace robots on the production line of Mercedes-Benz

While companies across the world are increasingly turning toward robots to make the manufacturing process less labor-intensive and more efficient, German carmaker Mercedes-Benz seems to be going the opposite way. According to a recent announcement, the company is planning to replace some of the robots on the production line of its Sindelfingen plant with humans.…


Nano Living Makes Its Way To Canada With 140-Sq-Ft Student Homes-10

Nano living makes its way to Canada with affordable 140-sq-ft student homes

Nano living is quickly catching on as an affordable, space-saving solution for student housing. In an effort to meet the increasing demands for on-campus accommodation, Canada’s University of British Columbia (UBC) has recently unveiled designs of its surprisingly spacious “Nano suites”, measuring only 140 sq ft (around 13 sq m) in area. (more…)




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Watch Out! These Ingenious Headphones Can Get You High On Dopamine

In tough times like these, who wouldn’t want a hit of dopamine every once in a while? As part of a new project, the engineers at Florida-based company Nervana have designed headphones that prompt the brain into releasing dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for controlling our brain’s pleasure and reward centers. Serving primarily as a listening…




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Watch how the ‘zipper’ truck rapidly builds a tunnel by just snapping together concrete blocks

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There are trucks and then there are TRUCKS! The above pictured ‘Zipper’ Truck clearly treads the path of ingeniousness with its heavily customized feature that allows free-standing tunnels to be built within just 24 hours. But how does it achieve it? Well the solution lies on the rear-side of the vehicle which is mounted with a roller-covered arch (one can discern it from the above image). This arch-shaped installation (designed by Lock Block Ltd.) has the capacity to support special concrete blocks that are basically arranged without the need for any adhesive or mortar material.

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Inspired by moths’ eyes, scientists use graphene to develop world’s most light-absorbent material

UK Scientists Create The World's Most Light-Absorbent Material-1

Despite its long list of impressive properties, including remarkable electrical conductivity, flexibility and mechanical strength among others, graphene was until now quite poor at absorbing light. As part of a new research, scientists at UK-based University of Surrey have developed an incredibly innovative technique that greatly enhances the light-absorption abilities of this one-atom-thick wonder material. The breakthrough, the team claims, could pave the way for efficient solar harvesters. (more…)

The stunning Via 57 West tower is probably one of the most eco-friendly buildings in the entire world

Via 57 West Tower Is One Of World's Most Eco-Friendly Buildings-1

Standing along the side of the Hudson River is the new dramatically-shaped Via 57 West that takes luxury to a whole new level. Designed by Denmark-born architect Bjarke Ingels, this stunning triangular residential tower features an expansive green oasis at the center. With construction work nearing completion, the building is gearing up to welcome its first tenants next month. (more…)

Humans will soon replace robots on the production line of Mercedes-Benz

Humans will soon replace robots on Mercedes-Benz's production line-2

While companies across the world are increasingly turning toward robots to make the manufacturing process less labor-intensive and more efficient, German carmaker Mercedes-Benz seems to be going the opposite way. According to a recent announcement, the company is planning to replace some of the robots on the production line of its Sindelfingen plant with humans. The move is intended to rectify the robots’ failure to handle the various customization options involved in the making of the Mercedes S-Class. (more…)

Nano living makes its way to Canada with affordable 140-sq-ft student homes

Nano Living Makes Its Way To Canada With 140-Sq-Ft Student Homes-10

Nano living is quickly catching on as an affordable, space-saving solution for student housing. In an effort to meet the increasing demands for on-campus accommodation, Canada’s University of British Columbia (UBC) has recently unveiled designs of its surprisingly spacious “Nano suites”, measuring only 140 sq ft (around 13 sq m) in area. (more…)

Affimity Social Media: A family that fosters real, meaningful conversations among people with similar interests

Affimity Fosters Real Connections Among People With Similar Interests-6

In today’s day and age, social media is no longer just a means to connect with friends and acquaintances. With the average person spending over 1 hour and 40 minutes every day on such sites, social networking has become an integral part of all of our lives, allowing us to share messages, photos and videos with others across the globe. Affimity’s next-gen social network platform promises much more, offering you a chance to connect with people who share similar interests and passions. (more…)

NASA’s laser-based propulsion system could ‘reach’ Mars in 3 days: Interstellar travel not so far away

NASA's New Propulsion System Could Take Humans To Mars In 3 Days-3

With space exploration reaching unprecedented heights in recent years, scientists across the world are looking for ways to develop more efficient spacecraft propulsion technology. A team from NASA, for instance, is working on a laser-based system that could get humans to Mars in only three days, as opposed to the five months it would take using currently-available technologies. While it seems too ambitious to be actually feasible, the system could be the answer to interstellar travel. (more…)

Watch Out! These Ingenious Headphones Can Get You High On Dopamine

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In tough times like these, who wouldn’t want a hit of dopamine every once in a while? As part of a new project, the engineers at Florida-based company Nervana have designed headphones that prompt the brain into releasing dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for controlling our brain’s pleasure and reward centers. Serving primarily as a listening device that pumps music into your ears, the contraption will be available for purchase as early as next month. (more…)

The oldest surviving dress was made some 5,000 years ago in Egypt, new study reveals

The world’s oldest dress dates back to around 3,482 BC, a new study has revealed. The “Tarkhan Dress”, which now looks more like a stained and tattered shirt, has been identified as Egypt’s oldest garment as well as the oldest surviving piece of woven clothing in the entire world. The researchers have also discovered what appears to be the first tavern ever built in France. According to the archaeologists, the new discoveries help enhance our understanding of life in ancient Egypt and France thousands of years ago. (more…)

Body heat triggers new shape-shifting polymer to lift loads over 1,000 times its own weight

Heat Triggers Shape-Shifting Polymer To Lift 1,000 Times Its Weight-1

Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a special shape-shifting polymer that can lift loads over 1,000 times its own weight. Thanks to its incredibly high elasticity, the new material is capable of returning to its original shape, when triggered by heat. Although still in the early stages of development, the technology has a wide range of potential applications, including highly-specialized medical devices that function according to your body heat, and also clothes that can automatically shrink for a snugger fit. (more…)