In Brief – March 2023
India’s first 3D-printed home
Chennai-based TVASTA Manufacturing Solutions has built India’s first 3D-printed home conceptualised by IIT-Madras alumni. The single storey house built on 600 sqft area has one bedroom, hall and kitchen. Developed in association with Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Centre for Innovation in Shelter, it was constructed using concrete 3D printing technology.
Pilot draws India Map in the sky
Gaurav Taneja, a YouTuber, pilot, and fitness enthusiast, created the India map in the sky using the Global Positioning System (GPS) on Republic Day. The three-hour flight was part of the Aasman Mein Bharat mission to create a 350-km GPS art map of India in the sky.
Largest wearable cake dress
A baker from Switzerland, Natasha Coline Kima Fah Lee Fokas, has created a new Guinness World Record for the largest wearable cake dress (supported). She baked and wore a dress made of cake weighing 131.5kg for the record. The dress had a circumference of 4.15m, a height of 1.57m and a diameter of 1.319m.
$25 million for plastic pollution clean-up
Joe Gebbia, co-founder of Airbnb and Samara, has donated $25 million to support the Dutch non-profit The Ocean Cleanup. The non-profit’s pilot-scale ocean cleaning system, named System 002, has been deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch since 2021 and has so far removed close to 200,000kg of plastic.
Barbie honours the first black woman pilot
Bessie Coleman, who became the first Black person to earn an international pilot’s licence in 1920 by flying to France to get the licence because there were no pilot training opportunities for Black women in the US at the time, has become the latest hero to be honoured in the Barbie doll series featuring ‘Inspiring Women’. The ‘Brave Bessie’ doll dons a traditional olive-green aviator suit, including a cap with her initials BC.