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

“SUTRA model” has flaws in predicting the pandemic – Scientists

What is the News? The Indian government backed the SUTRA model to chart the Covid-19 trajectory in the country. But few scientists have raised concerns over the SUTRA model. SUTRA Model: SUTRA stands for Susceptible, Undetected, Tested (positive) and Removed Approach. Purpose: SUTRA is a mathematical model. It is used for charting the trajectory of… Continue reading “SUTRA model” has flaws in predicting the pandemic – Scientists

U.S. Clears Sale of “P-8I Patrol Aircraft” to India

What is the News? The US State Department has approved the proposal for the sale of six P-8I patrol aircraft and related equipment to India. According to the estimations, the deal have cost India around $2.42 billion. About P-8I patrol aircraft: P-8I is a long-range, multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft. US-based manufacturer Boeing developed this aircraft.… Continue reading U.S. Clears Sale of “P-8I Patrol Aircraft” to India

ICMR will get royalty from the sale of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin

What is the News? Recently, the Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) has confirmed that it will receive royalty payments from the sale of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. Development of Covaxin: Firstly, Covaxin has been indigenously developed under the Public-Private Partnership by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the ICMR.Edit Secondly, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is… Continue reading ICMR will get royalty from the sale of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin