What is the News? Rubber Board has planted the world’s first genetically modified (GM) rubber at its Sarutari research farm in Guwahati, Assam. About GM Rubber Crop: GM Rubber Crop has been developed at the Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) in Kerala. How was GM Rubber developed? GM rubber was developed by inserting the MnSOD (manganese containing superoxide dismutase) gene which was taken from… Continue reading World’s first GM rubber sapling planted in Assam
Context: Bt cotton’s positive and negative impacts, a recent study titled ‘Long-term impact of Bt cotton: An empirical evidence from North India’ has said its adoption in Punjab in the past over a decade has resulted in net economic and environmental benefits. Bt Cotton in India Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) cotton has been commercially grown in India for the past 19 years. The Genetic… Continue reading Bt Cotton adoption in Punjab has resulted in net economic, environmental benefits: Study
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New space industry emerges: servicing satellites on orbit News: A new space infrastructure and civil Space at a company called Space Systems Loral (SSL) is planning to service two to three dozen satellites in a distant geostationary orbit, some 36,000 km from the earth. Important Facts: SSL unmanned spacecraft will be able to latch onto… Continue reading New space industry emerges: servicing satellites on orbit
Another orbit: on GSAT29 launch News: The Indian Space Research Organisation recently successfully launched its latest communication satellite GSAT-29, which was put in its orbit by India’s heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-Mk III). Important Facts: About GSLV MkIII: With a liftoff mass of 640 tonnes, the GSLV MkIII is the heaviest launch vehicle… Continue reading Another orbit: on GSAT29 launch
GSAT-29 has a perfect launch News: The Indian Space Research Organisation recently successfully launched its latest communication satellite GSAT-29, which was put in its orbit by India’s heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-Mk III). Important Facts: The launch was a key test to the GSLV Mk III as it carried the GSAT-29 weighing 3,423… Continue reading GSAT-29 has a perfect launch
ISRO invites foreign ‘riders’ to Venus News: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has taken its first step towards its mid-2023-planned mission to Venus by issuing an announcement of opportunity (AO) to the international space community to propose their scientific payloads to be carried on the mission. Important Facts: This AO for space-based experiments to… Continue reading ISRO invites foreign ‘riders’ to Venus
NASA’s historic Dawn mission to asteroid belt comes to end’ News: NASA’s pioneering Dawn spacecraft in the asteroid belt has run out of fuel, ending its historic 11-year mission that unravelled many mysteries of our solar system. Important Facts: About Dawn Spacecraft: The $467million Dawn mission was launched in 2007 to study the protoplanet Vesta… Continue reading NASA’s historic Dawn mission to asteroid belt comes to end’
NASA’s Kepler space telescope to retire News: NASA’s Kepler space telescope will be retired after running out of fuel nine years after its initial launch. Important Facts: Currently orbiting the sun 156 million km from the earth, the spacecraft will drift further from the earth once its radio transmitters are turned off. About Kepler space… Continue reading NASA’s Kepler space telescope to retire