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The magic of spun silk

The magic of spun silk

Nature Asia    Indian Express   Outlook    India Today IIT Kharagpur researchers use spider silk fibre to device self-powered bio-nanogenerator You can dismiss Spiderman as a figment of the imagination, but in real life, the web he spins is as powerful as its reel-life version. Spider silk fibres, which have a remarkable protein sequence structure, contain nature’s most outstanding mechanical properties. They have unrivalled elasticity along with biocompatibility and biodegradability. Using these unique properties of spider silk, scientists at IIT Kharagpur, along with a team of researchers from South Korea, have devised a piezoelectric nanogenerator that is self-powered and can harvest…
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And quiet flows the Saradha

And quiet flows the Saradha

An IIT Kharagpur team of researchers finds traces of the mythical river Saradha in Odisha The recent findings of a team of IIT Kharagpur researchers are bound to add to the aura of the ancient town of Puri, which is also a favourite tourist destination. Researchers from IIT Kharagpur have found evidence that show that the mythical Saradha river, which finds mention in ancient literature, indeed once flowed through Puri in Odisha. The trail of this palaeo-channel, or remnants of a once active river or stream now buried by sediment, has been unearthed both beyond and within the heart of Puri…
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IITKGP’s Bioelectronics Research to Develop Coin-sized Biological Computers for Medical Treatment

IITKGP’s Bioelectronics Research to Develop Coin-sized Biological Computers for Medical Treatment

Financial Chronicle    Economic Times Health    Business Standard    Asian Age   Economic Times   NDTV   Indian Express IIT Kharagpur has set up India’s pioneering Bioelectronics Innovation Laboratory to develop futuristic battery-free implantable medical devices for treatment of brain, nerve, muscle or spinal cord disorders that are untreatable by using standard medical practices. Bioelectronics is a new and an exciting field in engineering that is yet to make its mark in India. It utilizes the intersecting knowledge of both electronics and biology. Bioelectronic devices generally target to restore missing neural functions, while utilizing energy efficient and miniaturized engineering systems. “We aim…
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Microwave for Clean Fuel

Microwave for Clean Fuel

Times of India     Economic Times       Financial Express        Business Standard        India Today Watch Video Kitchen to Cosmos Microwaves these days ring ‘n’ number of bells. IITKGP Researchers have tapped this microwave radiation to create Clean Energy from the nitrogen-rich non-food Sunn Hemp plants. In the wake of the ongoing initiatives to control pollution, we are often made to think of the proverb ‘prevention is better than cure’. There is an urgency to replace the use of fossil fuels like petrol and diesel which are direct causes of pollution, global warming and climate…
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