Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO)

Context The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO), a strong international team of scientists, released a series of papers outlining how carbon is stored, emitted and reabsorbed by natural and manmade processes. About Deep Carbon Observatory The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) is a global community of more than 1000 scientists on a Read More …

SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft

Starship is a prototype design of its next-generation spacecraft that will take people or cargo to the moon, Mars or other destinations in space or around Earth. Starship will allow us to inhabit other worlds to make life as we know it multiplanetary, starship has been designed for full, “rapid Read More …

Minor Planet

Context A minor planet between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter has been named after the legendary vocalist Pandit Jasraj. What is a ‘minor planet’? Minor planets are celestial objects orbiting the Sun that are not large enough for their gravity to pull them into a spherical shape. This distinguishes Read More …

Why has India banned e-cigarettes?

Context The Union Cabinet approved the promulgation of the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement) Ordinance, 2019 with immediate effect. As a result, anyone violating it will be imprisoned for up to one year or fined up to ₹1,00,000 or both for Read More …

What is Quantum Supremacy?

Context The Financial Times published from the UK reported that a draft research paper claimed Google researchers have achieved a long-sought-after goal in physics called “quantum supremacy”. The paper had appeared on the NASA website and was then pulled down, but the FT had retrieved a copy. Advertising About Quantum supremacy Read More …

Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP)

Context The Centre released the India TB Report 2019, which showed a 16% increase in the number of cases in 2018 as compared to the previous year. The report said 21.5 lakh TB cases were notified to the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) in 2018; India accounted for a Read More …

Disk Substructures at High Angular Resolution Project (DSHARP)

In October 2017, astronomers spotted the first interstellar object known to pass through the Solar System, and named it ‘Oumuamua’. It gave rise to initial speculation that it was an alien spaceship, but scientists have since concluded that ‘Oumuamua likely has properties similar to a comet. Advertising This summer came Read More …

Interstellar object visiting Solar System

In October 2017, the Haleakala Observatory in Hawaii spotted a strange, spaceship-shaped object passing through the Solar System. Later named ‘Oumuamua, it became the subject of speculation whether it was really an alien spaceship, but was eventually declared by scientists to be an interstellar object — the first such known Read More …

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)

Context ISRO’S attempts to figure out what happened to Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram will get a boost on Tuesday, when a NASA spacecraft flies over the lander’s landing site on the Moon. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is likely to release images it takes of Vikram, the American media has reported. Advertising “NASA will Read More …

Explained: What is yank?

Students of physics define acceleration as the rate of change of velocity (or speed) with respect to time. Expressed mathematically, acceleration is the time derivative of speed or velocity. In turn, the time derivative of acceleration is “jerk”. For further time derivatives after jerk, the words are, “snap”, “crackle” and Read More …