COVID-19 National Teleconsultation Centre (CoNTeC)

Context Recently, the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare launched the COVID-19 National Teleconsultation Centre (CoNTeC). About CoNTeC The CoNTeC is a Telemedicine Hub established by AIIMS, New Delhi, wherein expert doctors from various clinical domains will be available 24×7 to answer the multifaceted questions from specialists from all over the country. Doctors worldwide Read More …

Friction-reducing Nanocomposite Coatings

Context A group of scientists at the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI) have developed a process for size-selective deposition of nanocomposite coatings which can reduce friction of these dynamic systems. What are Nanocomposites? Nanocomposite coatings are formed by mixing two or more dissimilar materials Read More …

Bio-fortified wheat variety- MACS 4028

Context Scientists from Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune, an autonomous institute under the Department of Science & Technology have developed a biofortified durum wheat variety MACS 4028, which shows the high protein content.  MACS 4028 MACS 4028 is a semi-dwarf variety, which matures in 102 days and has shown the Read More …

Laser Surface Micro-texturing

Context International Advanced Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI) an autonomous R&D Centre of Dept. of Science and Technology has developed ultrafast laser surface texturing technology, which can improve the fuel efficiency of internal combustion engines. About Laser surface micro-texturing This technology offers precise control of the size, Read More …

Project ‘Isaac’

Context Recently IIT, Gandhinagar has launched Project Isaac to engage its students in creative projects to enhance their critical skills while they are confined to their homes because of Coronavirus. About Project ‘Isaac’ The project is inspired by Sir Isaac Newton, who was similarly sent home by Trinity College, Cambridge, Read More …

Hydroxychloroquine

Context Hydroxychloroquine, a drug that has existed for several decades, could see a resurgence of demand, after the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recommended its use as a post-exposure prophylactic (preventive medicine) against the novel coronavirus disease. Last week, US President Donald Trump had said a hydroxychloroquine-azithromycin combination could be Read More …

COVID-19 has killed more elderly patients

Context Across the world, the novel coronavirus has killed elderly people the most, especially those with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart disease. According to the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the fatality rate from COVID-19 is highest among those aged 85 or older. What makes the elderly especially vulnerable to the virus? Read More …

What is hantavirus?

What is hantavirus? The hantaviruses are a family of viruses spread mainly by rodents. A person can get infected if he/she comes in contact with a rodent that carries the virus. In the US and Canada, for instance, the Sin Nombre hantavirus carried by the deer mouse is responsible for Read More …

What is contact tracing?

Context As the number of coronavirus cases in India increases, authorities in different states are relying on contact tracing, a concept in epidemiology (the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events) that involves tracing the number of people an infected person comes in contact with. The idea behind Read More …

The coronavirus dictionary

Context When is an epidemic considered a pandemic, and what is the difference? What do health officials mean when they recommend “self-quarantining” or “social distancing”? As the coronavirus spreads around the world, new terms are entering the lexicon — and we’re here to help. Here’s a guide to the words and phrases you Read More …