Scientists develop solar-powered light-emitting cement with a life of 100 years

WASHINGTON: Scientists have created a new light-emitting cement that could last a hundred years and illuminate roads, highways or bicycle lanes at night by absorbing solar energy during the day.Currently, the cement exists in blue or green colour, and the light intensity can be regulated to avoid dazzling drivers. INGREDIENTS : Sand, dust or clay have been used to make the material which has turned into the gel and the material is made out of sand, dust or clay that becomes the gel and the only residue of its production is water vapour, researchers said. “The main issue was that cement is an opaque […]

MAKING OF AN ENGINEERING MARBLE – BANDRA WORLI SEA LINK

The Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL) is a civil engineering marvel spanning an arc of the Mumbai coastline. With its cable-stayed towers soaring gracefully skywards, the sea link is a reflection of the modern infrastructure that Mumbai is adding in its progress towards becoming a world-class city. The BWSL project is a part of the Western Freeway Sea Project. The Bandra-Worli Sea Link is primarily meant to provide an alternative to the Mahim Causeway route that is presently the only connection between South Mumbai and the Western and Central suburbs. The project has been commissioned by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Ltd […]

Kolkata flyover collapse: RACE AGAINST THE TIME

A flyover under construction in the Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta) has collapsed, killing at least 24 people and injuring nearly 100. More are feared trapped under the concrete and steel bridge, and rescue efforts are continuing all night. Images show residents using their bare hands to help find victims. Safety issues such as lack of inspections and the use of substandard materials have plagued construction projects in the country. The accident took place in an area near Girish Park, one of Kolkata's most densely populated neighbourhoods, with narrow lanes, and shops and houses built close together. The 2km-long (1.2 mile) flyover had been […]

Future Construction trends

Now that 2015 has come and gone, construction professionals are focusing attention on the year ahead. Analysts predict 2016 will be a strong year for the industry, as Dodge Data & Analytics' 2016 Construction Outlook report predicted 6% growth, with the value of construction starts reaching an estimated $712 billion.  Here are the top 5 trends to watch in 2016, according to the experts:  1)  Prefab/offsite construction methods will become more popular   Offsite — also known as modular or prefabricated — construction has been gaining ground as an alternative building method that offers the benefits of reduced construction time, less waste and possible cost savings. As companies struggle to staff job sites and […]

10 Modern Trends of Home Exterior Designs Nowadays

The home exterior design is as imported as the interior design. It seems simple, but first impressions matter. Create a simple house exterior is not easy. When dreaming about a new exterior for your home, think about what you want neighbors and family to see and feel when they arrive at your house. And just like you might for a kitchen or bedroom redesign. pay attention to what you like. When people first look at your house. it is the exterior design part that they will recognize first. Browse through magazines or drive through neighborhoods. take notes of exteriors that […]

NASA finds 100 new alien planets

New York, Jan 10 (IANS) NASA's planet-hunting revamped Kepler mission has found more than 100 confirmed planets orbiting other stars. The information about the planets, some of which are very different from what the spacecraft observed during its original mission, was shared by University of Arizona's Ian Crossfield at a conference of the American Astronomical Society, National Geographic reported. According to the report, many newly-found planets are in multi-planet systems and orbit stars that are brighter and hotter than the stars in the original Kepler field. It has also found a system with three planets that are bigger than Earth, […]

World’s first zero-carbon city: Masdar ( Abu Dhabi)

Masdar City, which is being constructed near Abu Dhabi, will rely entirely on solar energy and other renewable energy sources, and hopes to become the first zero-carbon, zero-waste city. Masdar is a sustainable mixed-use development designed to be very friendly to pedestrians and cyclists. Masdar City combines state-of-the-art technologies with the planning principals of traditional Arab settlements to create a desert community that aims to be carbon neutral and zero waste. The 640-hectare project is a key component of the Masdar Initiative, established by the government of Abu Dhabi to advance the development of renewable energy and clean-technology solutions for a life beyond […]

INCREDIBLE NEW TECHNOLOGIES YOU’LL SEE BY 2020

WHILE WE can’t really predict what the future holds, we can look at how far we’ve come with technology in merely the last decade and realize the present we know now will, very soon, find itself memorialized in nostalgia. Here are some technologies on the horizon that are poised to change your life. 2016 Space tourism will hit the mainstream. Well, sorta. Right now it costs around $20-30 million to blast off and chill at the International Space Station, or $200,000 for a sub-orbital spaceflight from Virgin Galactic. But the market is growing faster than most realize: within five years, companies […]

10 best on going projects of 2015

1. SONGJIANG HOTEL Apparently, luxuriating in structures creatively built around quarries and lakes is the next big thing in high-class Chinese vacationing. Like the Dawang Mountain Resort, the Songjiang Hotel rests quarry-side, but the 19-story Shanghai-adjacent hotel will actually be built directly over the quarry’s walls, with a waterfall flowing over the facade. Oh, and if you don’t have the incredible view from one of the higher floors, you might want to go for one of the bottom two, since they’ll be submerged under water. 2. DAWANG MOUNTAIN RESORT The Deep Pit Ice and Snow World is located in the Dawang Mountain […]

China to construct INDIA’S first ever bullet train

Officials said the deal (India's first bullet train project) is confined to one sector, and claimed India is still open to Chinese investments on other high-speed routes depending on easy financing. India's move to opt for Japanese bullet trains on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route has raised concerns in China, which is vying with Japan to build high-speed rail in India. In addition to conducting a feasibility study to build a high speed rail track on the 2,200-km Chennai-Delhi route, an India-China consortium is also conducting a study for the 1,200-km New Delhi-Mumbai corridor. Indian officials here told PTI that Japan had […]