• A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a new robotic system that can inspect water or gas pipes from the inside. The robot can inspect pipes made of any material. The new robotic system can provide a fast, inexpensive solution to finding even tiny leaks. The system uses a small, rubbery robotic device that can be inserted into the water system through any fire hydrant. It detects even small variations in pressure by sensing the pull at the edges of its soft rubber skirt.

  • A team of researchers at IISER-Kolkata has developed a technique that uses laser driven micro-bubbles to “write” or pattern on transparent surfaces. The researchers call it “micro-bubble based writing” which has been developed over the last four years. The technology is developed to meet the growing demand for printed, flexible electronics such as radio frequency identification devices or RFID tags.

  • Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said that scientists are working to develop a new model of biofuels’ use through application of indigenous technology. The government hopes to unveil some results of this research in the coming days. Under the government’s ethanol blended petrol programme, state-run oil marketers sell ethanol blended petrol with up to 10% of ethanol. Ethanol production through molasses in the country in 2016-17 is estimated to be 220 crore liters.

  • MV Agusta launched its Brutale 800 bike at an ex-showroom price of Rs 15.59 lakh in India on Wednesday. The Brutale 800 has been built on a steel trellis structure with a bolted cast aluminum rear frame. The bike is powered by a 798cc, in-line 3-cylinder engine. It offers 109PS of power and 89Nm of torque along with a top speed of 237kmph. The advanced motor is managed by Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System which includes integrated multi map Full Ride by Wire in the traction control with 8 settings.

  • Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has launched the new modelo Cliq in Maharashtra. The ex-showroom price of the bike is Rs 43,076. The new Honda Cliq is aimed at the rural two-wheeler market. The new Cliq is a 110 cc scooter. The bike has block pattern tyres which offer extra grip on patchy rural roads. The seat height has been kept at 743 mm which will be a comfortable height for most Indian riders. The Honda Cliq also flaunts a mobile charging socket in the under seat stowage area.