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NASA successfully flight tested Prandtl-d, prototype of first Mars airplane

Published on: 03-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Prandtl-d will undergo further flight tests in 2015 and 2016, results of which will be used in developing the Prandtl-m aircraft.

Scientists discovered importance of Interleukin-21 protein in fight against HIV-1 infection

Published on: 03-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

It was discovered by scientists belonging to the Cornell Medical College in New York, USA.

First-ever possible treatments for MERS Virus identified with discovery of two antibodies

Published on: 01-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The two antibodies, REGN3051 and REGN3048, showed an ability to neutralize the virus.

30 June 2015 clocked one second longer with a leap second added to clocks worldwide

Published on: 01-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

In India, the leap second was added to atomic clocks after 05:29:59 by scientists at the Time and Frequency Standards Laboratory (TFSL), New Delhi.

ITU defined 5G network speed as 20 Gbps

Published on: 30-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

It is 20 times faster than the 1Gbps specification for 4G.

Hilleman Laboratories developed affordable Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine

Published on: 30-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The new vaccine was also proved as 4 to 10 times more potent when compared to the existing licensed vaccines.

World's first flexible and skin-like display developed

Published on: 26-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 20 people agreed

It was developed by scientists led by Indian-American Debashis Chanda from University of Central Florida (UCF)

Scientists discovered a way to guide electric discharges using lasers

Published on: 24-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The finding has many potential applications including the ability to control the path of lightning.

Kerala’s Trinity College of Engineering launched student satellite TASSAT project

Published on: 24-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The satellite was named so because the funding for the ambitious initiative came from an Oman-based company called Al Adrak.

WHO’s IARC classified lindane, DDT, and 2,4-D as carcinogenic to humans

Published on: 24-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The decision was taken by a working group of 26 experts from 13 countries after evaluating carcinogenicity of the three agents.

Immunogen eOD-GT8 60mer can stimulate immune system to block HIV/AIDS infection in mice: Study

Published on: 22-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The immunogen eOD-GT8 60mer, essentially a protein nanoparticle, has the potential to inform immunization strategies against AIDS for humans.

Brightest Galaxy in Early Universe named after Cristiano Ronaldo as CR7

Published on: 20-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

CR7 is three times brighter than the brightest distant galaxy known till now. This brightest galaxy was discovered in the early universe that contains the first generation of stars.

Anti-Malarial compound DDD107498 that inhibits protein synthesis discovered

Published on: 18-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The compound was found to have all the attributes of an anti-malarial drug which extends to multiple lifecycle stages of the Plasmodium parasite.The results gain prominence as the malaria parasite has developed resistance to anti-malaria drugs.

Previously unknown extreme star formation Eye of Medusa observed 100 million light years away

Published on: 17-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The observations were conducted by Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique (IRAM) using the NOEMA (Northern Extended Millimeter Array).

CSIR set up India’s first Micro Air Vehicle Aerodynamics Research Tunnel in Bengaluru

Published on: 16-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The tunnel first of its kind in India will be used to test the fixed-wing, flapping-wing and rotary-wing MAVs in the 500 mm wingspan category.

Union Government launched Augmented Reality Application named Sakaar

Published on: 16-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The application has been developed by Development and Educational Communication Unit (DECU) of ISRO for Android devices.

Comet lander Philae woke up after seven months of hibernation

Published on: 15-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The signals from the spacecraft were received at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany on 13 June 2015.

Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) launched India Nuclear Insurance Pool (INIP)

Published on: 15-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 16 people agreed

It will cover the risks of liability of nuclear operators and suppliers under Section 6(2) and Section 17 of the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damages (CLND) Act, 2010 respectively.

NASA scientist developed tool to predict destructive solar storms

Published on: 11-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The model will help predict solar geomagnetic storms 24 hours in advance.

Indian-origin scientist Manu Prakash developed World's first water-based computer

Published on: 10-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 26 people agreed

They have built a synchronous computer that operates using the unique physics of moving water droplets.

Scientists at CIMAP succeeded in whole genome sequencing of Holy basil or Tulsi

Published on: 04-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

This is the first report of complete genome sequence of Tulsi, which is both used as an essential medicinal plant and revered as Vishnupriya and worshipped for over 3000 years in India.

China unveiled world's first facial recognition ATM machine

Published on: 01-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 31 people agreed

The ATM machine was created by Tsinghua University and Hangzhou-based technology company Tzekwan.

NRI scientist Latha Venkataraman created first single-molecule device

Published on: 27-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

The electronic device has a potential of real-world technological applications for nanoscale devices.

GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) System fully operationalised

Published on: 27-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 26 people agreed

With this, India has become the fourth nation after the US, Europe and Japan to deploy inter-operable Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) to provide navigational services.

US Army developed Blast proof wallpaper to protect soldiers from explosions

Published on: 22-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 28 people agreed

A prototype was displayed at an exhibition of army innovations held at the Pentagon on 21 May 2015.

NASA’s Spacecraft provided first direct measurement for Type Ia Supernovae caused by white dwarfs

Published on: 21-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Type Ia supernovae are destructive explosions of carbon-oxygen white dwarfs and are used empirically to measure cosmological distances.

ISRO announced to launch ASTROSAT in October 2015

Published on: 21-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 30 people agreed

It will be launched by the PSLV C-34 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

Japanese Scientists discovered new state of matter called Jahn-Teller-metal

Published on: 15-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 32 people agreed

The matter resembles an insulator, superconductor, metal and magnet all rolled into one.

NASA’s Ten-Engine Electric Plane GL-10 Prototype Completed Successful Flight Test

Published on: 06-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

It is a battery-powered 10-engine remotely piloted aircraft can take off like a helicopter and fly like an airplane.

NASA ended operations of MESSENGER Mission to Mercury

Published on: 02-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 33 people agreed

The journey of the spacecraft came to an end on 30 April 2015 with Expected Impact (EI) on Mercury’s surface; plunging at around 14000 kmph, creating a crater up to 52 feet wide.

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