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NASA approves mission to explore iron-rich asteroid 16 Psyche

Jan 19, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Scientifically, Psyche is believed to be a protoplanet as its entire body consists of all those things which one day will be the core of a new planet.

Scientists named 3 diseases that could cause next global health emergency

Jan 19, 2017
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Outbreak of Nipah virus was noticed first in 2001 in Bangladesh and in a hospital of India. Since 2001 to 2015, Bangladesh has seen the outbreak nearly every year.

Silicon identified as ‘missing element’ in Earth’s core

Jan 18, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

According to the researchers, silicon makes up a significant proportion of Earth’s core after iron and nickel. It was missing element in the deep interiors of the Earth.

SpaceX launches Cluster of Iridium Satellites from California

Jan 16, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The launch was made after three consecutive postponements in recent weeks. The 23-foot long Falcon 9 placed the cluster of Iridium’s 10 communication satellite into designated orbits.

China launches first commercial space mission with Kuaizhou-1A rocket

Jan 11, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

As a part of the mission, three satellites namely Jilin Linye-1 forestry satellite (JL-1), CubeSats XY-S1 and Caton-1 were launched into space.

Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile Babur-3

Jan 10, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Babur is a joint cruise missile weapon systems that has been in service with the Pakistan Army since 2005 and with the Pakistan Navy since 2017.

Satellites and Missions launched by ISRO in 2016

Jan 9, 2017
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

Earlier in June 2016, ISRO managed to successfully launch record 20 satellites in a single mission, which broke its previous record of 2008 of placing 10 satellites into the orbit in a single mission.

Astronomers discover powerful cosmic double whammy

Jan 9, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The findings were made by combining the data such as radio, X-ray and optical observations from India’s Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT), NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes.

NASA captures image of ISS crossing Sun

Jan 3, 2017
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

At that time, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson, Russian cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko, Sergey Ryzhikov, Oleg Novitskiy and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet were onboard.

China launches remote sensing satellites SuperView-1 01 and 02

Dec 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

These two satellites will be operated by the Siwei Star Co. Ltd which will make sure that the staellites complete their mission to click images of the space and transmit them back to the earth.

Scientists build bacteria-powered battery on single sheet of paper

Dec 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Papertronics, a fusion of paper and electronics, can power disposable electronics and can reduce the fabrication time and cost.

First biological pacemaker developed from human stem cells

Dec 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The scientists used a developmental-biology approach to ascertain a specific protocol for generating the pacemaker cells.

World’s most heat resistant materials identified by scientists

Dec 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The researchers of the study developed a new extreme heating technique using lasers to test the heat tolerance of the two materials.

China launches TanSat satellite to monitor global carbon emissions

Dec 23, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The Satellite weighs around 620-kg and it will be located in sun synchronous orbit about 700 kms above the earth while serving three-year mission life.

Zika-linked birth defects more severe than previously thought: Researchers

Dec 20, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Zika infection during pregnancy is associated with fetal death, fetal growth restriction and a spectrum of central nervous system abnormalities.

UK became the 1st country to legally approve 3-parent technique

Dec 19, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

A 3-parent baby contains Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from three parents. This technique allows parents with rare genetic mutations to have healthy babies by replacing a mother's faulty mitochondrial DNA (mDNA) with another woman's mDNA.

China launches advanced weather satellite Fengyun-4

Dec 13, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The satellite was launched onboard of Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province.

ISRO signs deal with consortium of six companies to build satellite privately

Dec 13, 2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

ISAC assembles India's satellites for communication, remote sensing and navigation. It is for the first time that ISRO outsourced the construction of entire satellite.

Scientists create Nanoceramic material for safer nuclear reactors

Dec 12, 2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The research was published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports in September 2016 with the title Radiation endurance in Al2O3 nanoceramics.

Researchers discover novel route for drug discovery

Dec 9, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

These new drug targets route and potential drugs are particularly for the parasites such as Loa loa nematode (roundworm) and Schistosoma mansoni platyhelminths (flatworm) that cause several diseases.

Researchers discover hot hydrogen atoms in Earth's upper atmosphere

Dec 8, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The discovery significantly changes current understanding of the distribution of hot atomic hydrogen and its interaction with other atmospheric constituents.

Earth observation satellite Resourcesat-2A launched

Dec 7, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The 1235 kilograms Resourcesat-2A was injected into the orbit at around 20 minutes into the destination.

ISRO to launch 83 satellites in one go in 2017

Dec 4, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Among the 83 satellites, 3 belong to India while the other 80, weighing 500 kg belong to five foreign nations.

Drones help assess land problems in North East

Dec 1, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Drones were used to assess the extent of damage caused to Meghalaya’s NH-40, which was cut off completely last year due to heavy landslides.

Astronaut vision may be impaired by spinal fluid changes: Study

Nov 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The syndrome known as 'Visual Impairment Intracranial Pressure' (VIIP) was reported in nearly two-thirds of astronauts after long-duration missions aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Brown Carbon can warm atmosphere: Study at IIT

Nov 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Smart cane for blind can remotely sense obstacles: Scientists

Nov 26, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The ultrasonic ball in the cane wirelessly measures the distance towards the approaching objects and converts this data into an audio signal.

NASA develops Snack Bars for breakfast in Deep Space Missions

Nov 25, 2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

Developed in a variety of flavours including banana nut, ginger vanilla, orange cranberry and barbecue nut, the snack bars weigh around 700-800 calories, which will help ensure that astronauts maintain a healthy weight.

China launches Tianlian I-04 satellite

Nov 24, 2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

China launched its first data relay satellite- Tianlian I-01 in April 2008. Currently, Tianlian-1 (1) is positioned at 77°E.

Scientists discover a super-Earth orbiting around red dwarf star

Nov 22, 2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The study was led by Alejandro Suarez Mascareno from the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) and the University of La Laguna (ULL) in Spain.

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