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India May Meet Its Energy Needs From the Moon By 2030, Says ISRO Scientist
India can look forward to the moon to fulfil its energy requirements, according to ISRO scientist Sivathanu Pillai. The distinguished professor at the ISRO said with conviction on Saturday that the country would meet its energy requirements by 2030 through Helium-3 mined from the moon. Mr Pillai, a former Chief of BrahMos Aerospace, said mining lunar dust, which is rich in Helium-3, was a priority programme for the ISRO. He said other countries were also working on the project and there was enough helium on the moon to meet the energy requirements of the whole world.
 

 
 
Someone invented a solar panel system that tracks the sun all day and folds up at night
 

 
‘Smartflower’ claims to be the world’s first “intelligent energy plant.” It’s a solar system that unfolds its giant solar panel petals in the morning and follows the sun throughout the day. It closes up at night or during heavy weather conditions. Its mobility makes it more efficient than traditional roof solar panel systems, while its design makes it aesthetically appealing and discrete.
 
 
Meet the First Woman to Win the “Nobel Prize of Mathematics”
 

 
Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman in 78 years to be awarded the prestigious Fields Medal, considered the highest honour in mathematics. She was selected for “stunning advances in the theory of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.” The Fields Medal is awarded every four years by the International Mathematical Union to outstanding mathematicians under 40 who show promise of future achievement. Many hope Mirzakhani’s Fields medal is a sign of change to come. “I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians,” she said in a press release.
 
 
Japan’s ‘anti-loneliness’ cafe goes viral
 

 
You can now add the “anti-loneliness” Moomin House Cafe to the menagerie of “wait, what?” strokes of Japanese brilliance. The cafe went viral a few weeks ago and has since been besieged with customers wanting a taste of its “anti-loneliness” magic. To save its lone customers from the awkward perils of solo dining, the cafe kindly seats diners with stuffed animal companions called Moomins, a family of white hippo-like characters created by Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson. To honour the characters’ heritage, Moomin House Cafe serves bread made from Finnish rye and offers food and pastries in the form of Moomin characters. Cafe staff say there have been long lines almost every day since its “lonely-friendly” concept went viral.
 
 
If he had his way, Iceland’s President would ban pineapple pizza
 

 
This week Iceland’s President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson was taking questions from students at a high school in North Iceland, when one bold pupil asked Johannesson what he thought about pineapple as a pizza topping. The president held nothing back expressing his disdain for the pairing. He also said if he had the power to pass laws, he’d ban it across the land. While this may not be the most controversial ban floating around politics, it wouldn’t be surprising if a “Hawaiian pizza lovers” rally popped up in the near future.
 
 
This woman visited every country on Earth in record time
 

 
Over the past year and a half, American traveller Cassie De Pecol has visited every country in the world, and the greetings she received weren’t always gracious. She had set out to promote peace in her own small way, by meeting people from every country in the world — and she did so at a record pace. Travelling to all the world’s 196 sovereign nations in 18 months and 26 days, De Pecol made the trip in less than half the time it took the previous Guinness World Record holder. In total, De Pecol budgeted $198,000 to get herself around the world. De Pecol was 23 years old when she began planning her journey, and in the beginning, she had no funding. During the year and a half that she spent planning her trip, she says she saved $10,000 by babysitting, then went about acquiring sponsors.

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