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Indian-origin boy wins ‘The Great Australian Spelling Bee’


By NewsGram Staff Writer

Sydney: According to media reports, on Wednesday, a nine-year-old Indian-origin boy won the first edition of ‘The Great Australian Spelling Bee’ contest.

Herald Sun newspaper reported that the boy, Anirudh Kathirvel won the competition on September 7 after he correctly spelled words such as exorbitant, continuum, Guernsey, ricochet and camaraderie.

Kathirvel beat his five opponents Harpit, Harrison, Marko, Mica and Grace to bag the title and won 50,000 Australian dollars (Rs 23.5 lakhs) as education scholarship.

source: reuters
source: reuters

While another Indian-origin participant Harpit, and Marko were knocked out in the first challenge, Speed Spell- a fast-paced spelling bee, Harrison and Mica lost the second round. Kathirvel and Grace moved to the final round.

After a close fight, Kathirvel emerged as the winner as Grace stumbled on the word ‘ratatouille’.

“I need to rub my eyes and see if this is a dream! Rub, rub, rub – nope!” Kathirvel exclaimed.

“He is a very down-to-earth boy,” Kathirvel’s mother Sujatha said, adding: “All the children on the show were very supportive of each other even though they were competing. They have become good friends.”

Kathirvel considers Albert Einstein as his hero and he dubbed the competition as “nerve-racking”.

“I was nervous at first but I knew that nervousness would only make me let myself down, so I pushed it away,” he said.


(With inputs from IANS)

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Scientists Produce Complex Glass From 3D Printing

The researchers can change various parameters in each layer, including pore size.

3D printing or additive manufacturing
3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. Pixabay

Creating glass objects using 3D printing is not easy but a groups of researchers including one of Indian-origin has now used a better technique to produce complex glass objects with addictive manufacturing.

Researchers from ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich) used the method based on stereolithography, one of the first 3D printing techniques developed during the 1980s.

David Moore, Lorenzo Barbera and Kunal Masania in the Complex Materials group led by ETH processor Andre Studart developed a special resin that contains a plastic and organic molecules to which glass precursors are bonded.

The resin can be processed using commercially available ‘Digital Light Processing’ technology.

This involves irradiating the resin with UV light patterns. Wherever the light strikes the resin, it hardens because the light sensitive components of the polymer resin cross link at the exposed points.

3D Printing of molecules in hand
This image shows molecules in hand. The molecular model appears on the computer screen, tumbling and turning in real time as the person holding the object manipulates it. Pixabay

The plastic monomers combine to form a labyrinth like structure, creating the polymer. The ceramic-bearing molecules fill the interstices of this labyrinth, said the team in a paper published in the journal Natural Materials.

An object can thus be built up layer by layer. The researchers can change various parameters in each layer, including pore size.

“We discovered that by accident, but we can use this to directly influence the pore size of the printed object,” said Masania.

These 3D-printed glass objects are still no bigger than a die. Large glass objects, such as bottles, drinking glasses or window panes, cannot be produced in this way “which was not actually the goal of the project,” emphasised Masania.

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The aim was rather to prove the feasibility of producing glass objects of complex geometry using a 3D printing process. However, the new technology is not just a gimmick.

The researchers applied for a patent and are currently negotiating with a major Swiss glassware dealer who wants to use the technology in his company. (IANS)