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India’s Sachin Kukke is YouTube Space Lab 2012 winner.

Sachin KukkeNew York: India’s Sachin S. Kukke is the Asia-Pacific region winner and one of the 6 global winners of the YouTube Space Lab 2012 contest for young people to intend experiments that could be carry out in outer space.

The winners of the contest by YouTube and Lenovo, in collaboration with Space Adventures, NASA, ESA (European Space Agency), and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) were declared at a ceremony at the Newseum on Friday.

Kukke’s experiment discovers transfer of heat in ferrofluid, which is an unusual liquid that gets magnetized when subjected to a magnetic field. The study can benefit development of advanced cooling and heat transfer systems.

He is a student of mechanical engineering at the BMS College for Engineering in Bangalore,   Kukke called on Indian Ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao on Friday and shared his experience of conceptualising and functioning innovative scientific experiments, an Indian Embassy said.

Affectionately congratulating Kukke on his achievement, Rao said that in India, a country engaged in rapid economic development, “students like Sachin symbolise the hopes and the latent of a dynamic, resurgent India and its young population”.

Kukke was accompanied by Lee Hunter, head of brand marketing for YouTube, and Claudio Lilienfeld, senior policy manager for Asia Pacific at Google at the meeting.


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