National Wildlife Genetic Resource Bank

Context: Union Science and Technology Ministry dedicated to the nation, the National Wildlife Genetic Resource Bank Genetic resources from 23 species of Indian wild animals have been collected and preserved. Genetic Resource Bank This facility would increase the collection of genetic resources from wildlife through collaboration with zoos in India Read More …

ESSO-INCOIS

ESSO-INCOIS was established as an autonomous body in 1999 under the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and is a unit of the Earth System Science Organization (ESSO). ESSO- INCOIS is mandated to provide the best possible ocean information and advisory services to society, industry, government agencies and the scientific community Read More …

Amazon droughts reducing forest’s CO2 absorption: NASA

Context: A single season of drought in the Amazon rainforest can reduce its capacity to absorb carbon dioxide for years after the rains return, a NASA study has found. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the US, and other institutions used satellite data to map tree damage Read More …

What is NASA’s Parker Solar Probe?

Context: NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe – the space agency’s first mission to the sun – that will explore the sun’s atmosphere and its outermost atmosphere, the corona. The spacecraft is named after 91-year old solar physicist Eugene Parker, 91, who was the first scientist to describe solar wind Read More …

What is hypersonic aircraft?

What is hypersonic aircraft:  In a major breakthrough, China announced that it tested its first hypersonic aircraft which could carry nuclear warheads and penetrate any current generation anti-missile defence systems. The Xingkong-2 or Starry Sky-2, was launched in a target range located in Northwest China on Friday, the state-run China Read More …

What is thermal battery?

Context: India became home to the world’s first-ever thermal battery plant, that was inaugurated in Andhra Pradesh on Monday. This plant aims to create a new energy storage form that is expected to have commercial applications, while also maintaining a low carbon footprint, and being less dependent on external factors Read More …

India Science Technology and Innovation portal

Context: Recently the Union Science Ministry’s communication wing, Vigyan Prasar, has launched the India Science Technology and Innovation portal that can help with such queries. The portal can be queried for information about the organisations carrying out research, those funding them, international collaborations, the scientists involved in the research, the Read More …