Hidden mountain ranges discovered under Antarctica ice

Context: Researchers have discovered mountain ranges and three huge, deep subglacial valleys hidden beneath the Antarctica ice. PolarGAP project The first to emerge from extensive ice penetrating radar data collected in Antarctica as part of the European Space Agency PolarGAP project. Although there are extensive satellite data that help image the surface Read More …

Amount of ethanol consumed matters

Context: Issuing a warning against lifestyle-related causes of cancer, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has recommended reduced intake of red and processed meat and alcohol, and a healthy body weight.  Factor: The important factor is the amount of alcohol (ethanol) consumed. Even small amounts of alcoholic drinks can increase Read More …

Bastariya Battalion and Salwa Judum

Context: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will attend the commissioning in Raipur of the ‘Bastariya’ battalion of the CRPF, formed with more than 534 tribal youth from Chhattisgarh. More about the Bastariya Battalion The squad has 33% representation of women with 189 mahila constables. The new battalion has been numbered 241. The Read More …

India’s approach to its malnutrition problem

Context: A study by the Washington-based agri think tank International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) released has argued for a change in India’s approach to its malnutrition problem — by going beyond the current focus on health and stressing district-by-district reduction of socio-economic inequality and especially, gender inequality. About the Read More …

The best from the science journals

RIBOTAC Soon you may get pills that can correct disorders in your genes. One step ahead of CRISPR, the technology named RIBOTAC (ribonuclease-targeting chimeras), uses newly designed small- molecules or enzyme complexes that can bind to the undesirable gene product or a specific RNA or RNA product and destroy it. Read More …

How copper smelting pollutes?

About Copper Smelting: Copper, while an essential nutrient, is toxic to animals and humans in high concentrations. The main pollutants are released by the process of smelting. Most copper ores are sulphur-based and smelting releases sulphur dioxide, an air pollutant known to have many harmful effects. Sometimes, depending on the Read More …

Auto fuels under GST

Context: With the prices of automobile fuels surging, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas said that bringing petroleum products under the ambit of the Goods and Service Tax (GST) was being considered by the government as part of a “holistic strategy” to address the issue.  How will this help? When India Read More …

Mercy plea rejected by President

Context: Recently the President of India has rejected the mercy plea of Jagat Rai who, along with accomplices, was convicted of killing a woman and five children by setting their house on fire while they were asleep in 2006, at Rampur Shyamchand village in Bihar. When it reaches President The Read More …

Must Read News Articles – May 31-2018

The federalist principles India, Indonesia elevate ties Charting its own path Paper chase 34 leopards die each year in Rajasthan, says wildlife report Normal monsoon likely, except in east, northeast U.K. not to deport skilled migrants Nepal leads the way in cutting emissions in brick kilns Contaminants making their way Read More …

Bacteria-coated broccoli sent to space

Scientists have sent broccoli seeds coated with a healthy dose of good bacteria to space in a quest to find a viable way for astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) to grow their own vegetables — and possibly one day on the Moon or Mars. Six broccoli seeds were Read More …