National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems

Context: The Union Cabinet has approved the launching of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) to be implemented by Department of Science & Technology for a period of five years. NM-ICPS covers entire India which includes Central Ministries, State Governments, Industry and Academia. Objective of the Mission: The NM-ICPS is a comprehensive Mission which Read More …

ISRO tastes first success of 2019, places military satellite Microsat-R in orbit

Context: Under a starry night and a waning gibbous moon, ISRO’s PSLV C-44 broke the silence over a brimming Pulicat lake as it lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR, to successfully place in orbit military satellite Microsat-R. The mission, with a modified PSLV with just dual strap-on motors Read More …

Yellow fever vaccine; necessity and risk

What is controversial about vaccines, and the yellow fever vaccine in particular? Why is a yellow fever vaccine necessary? Yellow fever spreads through mosquitoes. It is often associated with jaundice, hence the name yellow. It leads to death in a significant proportion of patients, which is why the vaccine is Read More …

Ultima Thule

WHATis New Horizons? The New Horizons is an interplanetary space probe launched by the U.S.-based National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on January 19, 2006, with the primary mission of performing a flyby of dwarf planet Pluto in the Kuiper Belt. On July 14, 2015, the probe made a flyby Read More …

Kyasanur Forest Disease

Context: Recently Karnataka is reeling under an outbreak of monkey fever or Kyasanur forest disease (KFD). Authorities are taking measures, including vaccination to combat the disease and spread of it in the state. About the Disease: KFD is caused by the Kyasanur Forest Disease Virus (KFDV). The virus was identified Read More …

Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS)

Context: An infant under treatment at Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital is suffering from a rare disease, with less than 1,000 known cases all over the world. Those suffering from the disease, called Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS), can lose their life if they fall into deep sleep. A look at Read More …

Why China Moon landing is significant

Context: China announced that its Chang’e-4 probe had successfully transmitted back images from the far side (also known as the dark side) of the Moon. Chang’e-4 is the first probe ever to land on that side. What is the dark side of the Moon, and why have none of the Read More …

Here’s what Indian scientists achieved in 2018

A gel that can protect farmers from toxic pesticides Most farmers do not wear any protective gear while spraying chemicals in fields, which often leads to pesticide exposure and toxicity. Scientists at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Bangalore have developed a protective gel – poly-Oxime – that can Read More …

The Hindu’s most-read science stories in 2018

10) IIT-Dhanbad dilemma Two-dozen papers from the Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad were retracted for duplication of images and passing them off as different materials/experiments. Investigations are still on and the fact-finding committee of the institute hopes to wrap up things by March-April [2019]. 9) Desalination with carbon Read More …

ISRO readies for a busy 2019

Novel geostationary remote-sensing spacecraft watching from a high perch. A wasted rocket stage innovatively put to work again in orbit. A utilitarian small wonder called the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle. These are a few missions promising to debut from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s basket in the new year. ISRO’s Read More …