Scientists from India Develop World’s Thinnest Material

Indian scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, in the state of Gujarat, have  claimed  to have created the world’s thinnest material, 100,000 times narrower than a sheet of paper — a two-dimensional material of just one-nanometer thickness. The three member research team includes two students working toward a PhD: Harini Gunda, and Saroj Kumar Das; and Professor Kabeer Jasuja, a Ph.D. from Kansas State University.

“We prepared boron-rich nanosheets by an extremely simple method, which merely involves dissolving a boride compound in water and letting it recrystallize for just the right duration of time,” Dr. Kabeer Jasuja of the university’s Department of Chemical Engineering explained. “The rich chemistry of boron is expected to make these nanosheets useful for not only storing energy but also for generating energy in a green way. We are now working towards utilizing these nanosheets for developing the next generation batteries and nanocatalysts,” added Jasuja.

Ball-and-stick model of the crystal structure of magnesium diboride

Ball-and-stick model of the crystal structure of magnesium diboride

Boron has long been a topic of interest to researchers due to its properties: low density, high mechanical strength, high thermal resistance, high melting point, its ability to absorb neutrons, and its high resistance to chemical attacks.

 

February 6, 2018   No Comments

India to Get its First Cartoon Network Themed Park

Turner International India, a division of New York City-based Times Warnerand the Rajgreen Group of Companies based in Gujarat, India, announced a 10-year partnership in Amaazia — India’s first Cartoon Network-branded amusement park. The Rajgreen Group invested $66 million in the venture which is located at Surat in the state of Gujarat. Amaazia is expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2019. 

Spread over 657,00  square feet, the park has been conceptualized and designed by the Sanderson Group, Australia. Planned as a family entertainment destination, the park will have 33 rides and attractions featuring popular Cartoon Network characters, 20 unique water-slides, a water park, a family recreational hub, and a retail shopping area. The venture aims to tap one million footfalls in its first year of operations, reports Business Line

Sanjay Movaliya, chairman, Rajgreen Group, said, “Our audience today is well-travelled and exposed to global entertainment venues. Our aim is to create a similar experience closer home, via our association with a hugely popular global brand like Cartoon Network.” 

A section of a roller coaster

According to a KPMG report, the Indian theme park industry grew at 10.25 per cent in 2016 to reach $466 million, up from $426 million in 2015.

November 10, 2017   No Comments

U.S. Entrepreneur Offers Small Module Reactors to India

Dr. Kris Singh, the Indian-American founder and CEO of New Jersey-based SMR LLC and Holtec International offered mini nuclear reactors to India.

“The new generation small nuclear reactor uses light water technology to produce 160 MW and is the future of nuclear energy because of its unconditional safety and economy,” Singh told the Press Trust of India in a recent interview. These reactors require only a few acres of land, and because they air cooled they can be installed in a desert, unlike traditional reactors which require huge amounts of water for cooling purposes, reports NDTV.

Model of SMR 160

Model of SMR 160

Holtec Asia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Holtec International, recently constructed a facility in Dahej, Gujarat, to develop components for the Small Modular Nuclear Reactor (SMR-160). Singh added that this facility would initially export critical nuclear facility components including air cooled condensers, spent fuel storage, among others to U.S.A. and other countries.

October 11, 2017   No Comments

Voice of America Facilitates Pronunciations of Indian Words

With the advance of technology and its ongoing refinement, far-flung areas of the world are getting closer and closer. Business, education, travel, and media reference a plethora of cultures more than ever before.

In 2000, Voice of America‘s pronunciation guide was developed to help media with tricky pronunciations. Now it is an invaluable tool for a broader audience. “People all around the world use it thousands and thousands of times a day,” said Jim Tedder, the broadcaster responsible for the guide. He noted that usage spikes around major world events. VOA’s guide is codified, public and it includes spoken samples, reports the Washington Post.

Try pronouncing these words as they are pronounced in the phonetic languages of India:

Modi, Narendra – nah-rehndrah   moh-dhee

Gujarat – guh-jah-rath

Kashmir – K-ush-meer

Hyderabad – h-eye-dhrah-baadh

Arun Jaitley – uh-roon    jay-th-lee

Namasthe – nah-mus-thay

Avatar – uh-vah-thaar

Chutney – ch-ut-nee

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June 25, 2017   No Comments

Johnson Controls and Hitachi to Set Up Export Hub in India

Wisconsin-based Johnson Controls and Hitachi Airconditioning India Ltd., will develop and manufacture air-conditioners in its plant near Ahmedabad, Gujarat, for sale in the Middle-East and Southeast Asia.

Global CEO Franz Cerwinka said, “We also want to expand our manufacturing to export out of India. The Indian operations contribute  12 percent to our global revenue. India has the potential to become one of the top three markets for the company since there is a lot of pent-up demand which will be generated in the mid-to-long term.”

JCI Hitachi

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning India reported that in 2016 sales grew 20 percent to $301 million from the previous year. Profit climbed 62 percent to $12.4 million (Rs 81crore.) the Economic Times reports.

June 8, 2017   No Comments