Developing India’s Ports Through Public-Private Partnerships to Meet 200% Increase in Cargo Capacity Expected By 2012

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A large portion of newly generated foreign trade is expected to be via shipping.

There is a notorious delay in turnaround times at Indian Ports, in Mumbai it typically takes about three days to turn a container ship around, it Shanghai it takes eight hours. Massive investment is required to combat problems with inadequate berths, road links, and related infrastructure constraints. The major Ports highlighted for redevelopment are namely Kandla, Mumbai, Mormugao, New Mangalore on the east coast, Cochin and Tuticorn to the South, and Chennai, Ennore, Vizag, Paradip and Kolkata on the east coast.

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Relief In The Form Of Inflatable Hospitals

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Here’s how it works. Air is pumped into the columns and beams that support the structure, which are made of heavy material like that found in inflatable lifeboats. Air is also pumped into walls and roofs made of two layers of nylon about 18 inches apart when inflated. The air gives them stiffness and insulating qualities.
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Amidst all the heartbreaking stories out of Haiti these past two weeks, I was impressed to see that Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) was deploying an inflatable hospital. An inflatable hospital? What a great idea!
FSI North America produces the inflatable hospital, although they aren’t the only manufacturer selling such buildings. It is listed in their catalog under Multi Purpose Rapid Deploy Shelters. The buildings they sell range from 100 square feet to 1,850 square feet. For the Doctors Without Borders hospital, several buildings are tied together.

Scientists Discover A Potentially Better, More Efficient Drug Delivery System

Erkki Ruoslahti

University of California Santa Barbara researcher Erkki Ruoslahti

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have discovered a potential new drug delivery system. The finding is a biological mechanism for delivery of nanoparticles into tissue. The results are published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

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Top 10 Futuristic Vehicles

Top 10 Futurist Vehicles

MMR25 by Mitsubishi Motors

Today’s list is the future. From wild wheels to perfect seats to flying cars, this is the way we’ll be crashing into each other when tomorrow rolls around. Are you ready for that?! Are you ready to do some amazing flips, twists, and the all important barrel roll? Drop the back on in! (Pics)

 

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Honda Element’s Dog Friendly Concept

Honda Element’s Dog Friendly Concept

2009 Honda Element Pet Friendly Vehicle 

We’re all suckers for our dogs and Honda’s no fool. Honda’s new concept for the Element, unveiled at the New York Auto Show today, upgrades the safety features and accoutrements for pets to the level of premier class. Just look at this luxury statement… for the dog, if not for you! (Pics)

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London’s Double-Decker Reinvented For The 21st Century

London’s Double-Decker Reinvented For The 21st Century 

Those iconic double-decker Routemaster busses are disappearing from London streets, now running on only a few “heritage routes” in the city. Industrial Designer Hugh Frost wants to bring back a similar bus with this radical idea he calls Freight*BUS, streamlining the top-heavy conveyances while vaguely suggesting their original shape.

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Solar Powered Cargo Ship

Solar Powered Cargo Ship

Harnessing the sun in a big way

Solar-powered sails the size of a jumbo jet’s wings will be fitted to cargo ships, after a Sydney renewable energy company signed a deal with China’s biggest shipping line. The Chatswood-based Solar Sailor group has designed the sails, which can be retro-fitted to existing tankers.

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StowRight: The Extra Clever Cargo Carrier

StowRight:  The Extra Clever Cargo Carrier 

Featured Invention at the Colorado Inventor Showcase  

Created by an aerospace engineer tired of having his trunk ruined by spilled takeout food and muddy sports gear, StowRightTM is the Extra Clever Cargo Carrier. It’s the only vehicle storage solution offering a generous 3.5 cubic feet of contained, leakproof storage that instantly partitions to keep items of any size from sliding, breaking or turning over. Plus, StowRight’s patented space-saving design folds flat to a lightweight storage case in just 10 seconds.

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Kite-Powered Cargo Ship

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 As known, oil prices are going up and some companies are finding ways to save on this. The DHS cargo company has come out with the kite-powered cargo ship project (that reminds me something of kite-powered).

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