OEMs require govt nod to supply e-buses under FAME

Context: Original equipment manufacturers will have to seek approval from the Department of Heavy Industry before accepting any proposal to supply electric buses for availing incentives under the FAME India scheme.  The move is aimed at facilitating the smooth roll out and management of demand incentives for electric buses under the scheme. All Read More …

DNA fingerprinting or DNA profiling

DNA fingerprinting or DNA profiling is method of isolating and identifying variable elements within the base-pair sequence of DNA. DNA fingerprinting technology is utilised by police all over the world for fool-proof identification of criminals who leave their traces at crime scene while committing crime. The technology plays a crucial role Read More …

New form of matter called Excitonium

Context: Researchers at the University of Illinois have announced discovery of new form of matter called excitonium.  The existence of this strange and mysterious type of matter was theorized after the term excitonium was theoretically coined by Harvard theoretical physicist named Bert Halper in the 1960s, To prove existence of Read More …

What is DNA fingerprinting and how is it done?

The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) in Thiruvananthapuram is carrying out DNA fingerprint examination to identify the bodies of fishermen found from the sea after the Ockhi storm. What exactly is DNA fingerprinting? And does it look like crime scene investigations in TV shows?  What is DNA fingerprinting? It Read More …

Low cost Vibration Sensors

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay have successfully made low-cost piezo-resistive vibration sensors using polyurethane foam coated with carbon nanomaterial-based ink.  These sensors can be used for monitoring the health of industrial machines and equipment and help identify incipient failures thereby enabling efficient maintenance schedule planning. The Read More …

Joint Polar Satellite System-1

  Context: NASA launched a next- generation satellite into space designed to monitor weather around the world and help improve forecasts. The satellite, called the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), is a joint venture between the US space agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which provides weather Read More …