ISRO to help India mine energy from Moon

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After setting a world record of launching 104 satellites in a go, ISRO is taking on another mission for India. ISRO is working on mining lunar dust, which is rich in Helium-3, and transport the material back to India.

According to statistics, the lunar dust on the Moon can supply energy to not only India, but the whole Earth. The lunar dust, which is rich in Helium-3, can be used as Nuclear fuel to provide energy.

This will not only help cut oil imports for the country, but it also wouldn’t release any harmful carbon emissions or radioactive products, thus managing the Carbon dioxide, which we significantly need to, in the air.

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This is amazing. I wish I am able to contribute to ISRO’s program a little by then.

Convert heat into electricity!

Previously researchers from Ohio State University in the US pioneered the use of a quantum mechanical effect to convert heat into electricity. Now, they have figured out how to make their technique work in a form more suitable to industry.

The researchers used magnetism on a composite of nickel and platinum to amplify the voltage output 10 times or more. This time it was a thicker piece of material that more closely resembled components of future electronic devices.

Many devices, including car engines produce heat as a byproduct. This is usually called waste heat. Solid-state thermoelectrics aims to capture the waste heat inside specially designed materials to generate POWER, thus increasing overall energy efficiency.

The researchers were able to increase the output for a composite of nickel with a sprinkling of platinum, from a few nano-volts to tens or hundred of nano-volts. This required no nano-fabrication and can be readily scaled up for industry. Read the full article here.

New key enzyme to recycle greenhouse gas?!

Scientists have found a new way to recycle the greenhouse gas and combat two of the major problems in the world: Global Warming and Energy Shortage. The enzyme discovered can covert Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to Carbon Monoxide (CO) efficiently. The Carbon Monoxide produced can easily be used for commercial applications like biofuel synthesis.

The findings came as a surprise to the group, as Nitrogenase was only previously believed to convert Nitrogen (N2) to Ammonia (NH3) within the bacterium under similar conditions. They found out they could express the reductase component of the Nitrogenase enzyme alone in the bacterium Azotobacter vinelandii and directly use this bacterium to convert CO2 to CO. This will help in large scale production of CO. Read the full article here.