Parents didn’t have electricity at home or enough money to send me to school: UPSC rank 3 topper

How did a farmer’s son from a remote village in Andhra Pradesh make it to rank three, all-India level, in the Union Public Service Commission’s civil services 2016 examination? There was a time when 30-year-old Gopala Krishna Ronanki’s parents, Ronanki Appa Rao and Rukminamma, an agricultural labourer often out in the fields, did not even have electricity at home or enough money to send him to a private school. Ronanki has been a teacher in a primary school for the last 11 years. His family belongs to Parasamba village of…

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£1 Fuel Cell Creates Electricity From Urine

A miniature fuel cell costing as little as a £1 can generate electricity from urine. The microbial fuel cell could be a lifeline for people in remote areas – creating a renewable and carbon-neutral way of generating power. The technology was developed by researchers at the University of Bath, Queen Mary University of London and the Bristol Bioenergy Centre. The fuel cells use natural biological processes to turn organic matter – like urine – into electricity. When urine passes through the microbial fuel cell, bacteria inside it generates electricity. This…

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