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Indian-origin MP becomes first Australian politician to take oath on Bhagavad Gita

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Indian-origin Daniel Mookhey became the first politician to be sworn in to an Australian Parliament on the Gita.

32-year-old Mookhey was elected by the Labor party, to fill the vacancy left by Steve Whan’s departure, in the New South Wales upper house.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be the first Australian politician to take the oath on The Gita,” Mookhey said, as reported by IBN Live.

He reportedly added that the Gita is one of the world’s greatest religious texts, along with Bible, Quran and Torah.

Mookhey is originally from Punjab, from where his parents had migrated to Australia in 1973.

Mookhey is not the only Hindu politician who has made his name in politics of foreign countries. Recently Tulsi Gabbard was listed among the 25 most accomplished and influential female leaders in the United States Congress.

In a report by PTI, it was reported that despite being in Congress for just two years, Gabbard was able to work with Democrats and Republicans. She was one of the leading voices on military and foreign affairs on both the House Armed Services Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Both these young Hindu leaders have made a prominent mark in the politics of their respective countries.

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Scientists Produce Complex Glass From 3D Printing

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

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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)