NASA’s “OSIRIS-REx Mission” to begin return from “Asteroid Bennu”

What is the News? NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission will depart from asteroid Bennu and start its two-year-long journey back to Earth. About OSIRIS-REx Mission: OSIRIS-REx stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer. The mission was launched in 2016. It was the first U.S. mission to successfully collect a sample from an asteroid. Aim:… Continue reading NASA’s “OSIRIS-REx Mission” to begin return from “Asteroid Bennu”

Uncontrolled Re-entry of China’s Long March 5B Rocket Debris

What is the News? The debris from a Chinese Long March 5B rocket made an uncontrolled re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere and fell into the waters of the Indian Ocean west of the Maldives. About Long March 5B Rocket: The Long March 5B rocket is China’s largest rocket. It was launched into space in April… Continue reading Uncontrolled Re-entry of China’s Long March 5B Rocket Debris

DCGI approves “2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG)” – an anti-COVID drug developed by DRDO

What is the News? Defence Research and Development Organization(DRDO) has developed an anti-COVID drug named 2-deoxy-D-glucose(2-DG). Recently, the Drugs Controller General of India(DCGI) has approved this drug for emergency use. About 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG): 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) is an anti-Covid oral drug. It has been developed by the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), a… Continue reading DCGI approves “2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG)” – an anti-COVID drug developed by DRDO

Project MediCAB: Augmentation of Hospital Infrastructure

What is the News? IIT Madras supported start-up Modulus Housing has developed a portable hospital unit called ‘MediCAB’. About Project MediCAB: Project MediCAB is an initiative of the Office of principal scientific advisor and IIT Madras. Purpose: It is a portable hospital unit that has been developed to boost healthcare infrastructure by assisting states to set… Continue reading Project MediCAB: Augmentation of Hospital Infrastructure

First “genetically modified mosquitoes” released in US

What is the News? Biotech firm Oxitec has released its Genetically Modified Mosquitoes(GMM) in Florida, USA. What are Genetically Modified Mosquitoes(GMM)? These are the mosquitoes whose genome has been altered using recombinant DNA technology. Their genome is altered in a way to favour the few desired physiological traits and the generation of desired biological products.… Continue reading First “genetically modified mosquitoes” released in US

“Mayflower 400” – World’s First Artificial Intelligence Ship

What is the News? A team of researchers from the marine research organization ProMare in collaboration with IBM built the world’s first Artificial Intelligence(AI) ship named ‘Mayflower 400’.  About MayFlower-400: Mayflower 400 is an unmanned and completely autonomous ship. It is powered by Artificial Intelligence and the Sun’s energy via solar panels. Purpose: Main aim… Continue reading “Mayflower 400” – World’s First Artificial Intelligence Ship

NASA’s “Crew-2 Mission” Launched

What is the News? The US launched 4 astronauts to the International Space Station(ISS) as part of a collaboration between NASA and SpaceX under the Commercial Crew Program. The mission is called Crew-2 Mission.  Demo-2 Mission: In May 2020, NASA and SpaceX launched the Demo-2 test mission. The mission carried two astronauts to the International… Continue reading NASA’s “Crew-2 Mission” Launched

How does an Oxygen concentrator help?

What is the News? Oxygen Concentrators have emerged as a sought after device as the demand for medical oxygen continues unabated and several states struggle to keep pace with the demand. What are Oxygen Concentrators? Oxygen Concentrator is a medical device that takes in air and separates the oxygen and delivers it into a person… Continue reading How does an Oxygen concentrator help?

The DoT gives permission to conduct “5G Technology Trials” in India

What is the News? The Department of Telecommunications(DoT) has given permission to conduct trials for the use and application of 5G technology. The DoT permitted few Telecom Service Providers(TSPs) to conduct such 5G Technology trials. Objectives of 5G Technology Trials: The objective behind the trials is to: Firstly, test 5G spectrum propagation characteristics especially in… Continue reading The DoT gives permission to conduct “5G Technology Trials” in India

A Mystery Behind “Positron Excess Phenomenon” Solved by Researchers

What is the News? High energy particles are generally lower in the cosmic universe. But the high number of high-energy particles of the antimatter called positrons was a mystery for scientists. But the researchers from the Raman Research Institute(RRI), Bengaluru have resolved a mystery called the “Positron Excess Phenomenon“. What is Antimatter? Antimatter is the… Continue reading A Mystery Behind “Positron Excess Phenomenon” Solved by Researchers