World Sickle Cell Day

Context The World Sickle Cell Day is observed on June 19 annually to raise awareness about SCD and its treatment methods. About Sickle cell disease (SCD) Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder, that affect red blood cells. SCD cause a person’s normally round and flexible blood cells to become stiff Read More …

Micius-World’s First Quantum Communications Satellite

Context Recently, satellite Micius has sent light particles to Earth to establish the world’s most secure communication link.  About Micius It is the world’s first quantum communications satellite,launched by China in 2016. The satellite serves as the source of pairs of entangled photons. Entangled photons are twinned light particles whose properties remain intertwined no matter how Read More …

What is Dexamethasone ?

Context A low-cost, widely used steroid, dexamethasone, has become the subject of discussion after researchers from the Recovery Trial reported that it helps reduce death rates in certain Covid-19 patients. What is dexamethasone? an anti-inflammatory drug, commonly used to treat conditions in which the body’s immune system does not function properly, and causes Read More …

Gateway Lunar Orbiting Outpost

Context Recently, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)has finalized the contract to design the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO)for its Gateway Lunar Orbiting Outpost. About Gateway Lunar Orbit outpost:  It is a small spaceship that will orbit around the Moon meant for astronaut missions to the Moon and later for expeditions Read More …

International Albinism Awareness Day

Context Recently, the International Albinism Awareness Day is observed every year on June 13. About the Day Made To Shine is the chosen theme for this year’s International Albinism Awareness Day. The UN General Assembly proclaimed June 13 to be International Albinism Awareness Day on December 2014, with it being observed Read More …

Lunar Polar Exploration Mission

Context Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA) will be launching a joint lunar mission called the Lunar Polar Exploration(LPE). About the Mission Aim is to send a lunar rover and lander to explore the south pole region of the Moon. Objective: To obtain data on the quantity and forms Read More …

Anti-viral Textile Technology

Context Textile major Arvind Limited has announced the launch of an anti-viral textile technology for its fabric and garment products. Significance: Research shows that viruses and bacteria, can remain active on textile surfaces for up to two days. Garments treated with HeiQ Viroblock actively inhibit viruses and kill them upon contact, helping to Read More …

Aguada Fenix

Context Recently, Scientists using an aerial remote-sensing method have discovered the largest and oldest-known structure built by the ancient Maya civilization. About Aguada Fenix Located at a site called Aguada Fenix near the Guatemalan border. In total volume, it exceeded ancient Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza built 1,500 years earlier. Read More …

Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES)

Context Recently, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Bengaluru and Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital for cooperation in the field of Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Astrophysics. About the MOU & Space Awareness This MoU will pave the way for future collaborations Read More …

Bose-Einstein condensates

Context Recently, Scientists have observed the fifth state of matter – Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) – in space for the first time. This discovery offers unprecedented insight that could help solve some of the quantum universe’s most intractable conundrums. What is Bose-Einstein condensates? formed when atoms of certain elements are cooled Read More …