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NASA to launch Parker Solar Probe to touch the Sun

Jul 23, 2018
Parker Solar Probe will explore the corona, a region of the Sun only seen from Earth when the Moon blocks out the Sun's bright face during total solar eclipses.

NASA launches toolkit to promote commercial use of satellite data

Jul 21, 2018
This new tool makes finding and using NASA satellite data easier than ever before, and aims to spark innovation among the entrepreneurial community and lead to further commercialisation of NASA technology.

China to launch 300 satellites to provide worldwide low-orbit communications

Jul 17, 2018
China has already undertaken the development of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) against America’s Global Positioning System, (GPS). Besides rivaling GPS, China uses BDS for its military applications to avoid dependence on GPS.

Century’s longest Total Lunar Eclipse to occur on July 27-28; can be seen from all parts of India

Jul 14, 2018
The red planet Mars will reach closest to the Earth on July 31, 2018. The closest approach of Mars will bring the two planets closest and the planet Mars will be seen brightest since 2003.

Telecom Commission of India approves Net Neutrality

Jul 13, 2018
The Telecom Commission has approved the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) net neutrality recommendations that bar service providers from discriminating against internet content and services by blocking, throttling or granting them higher speed access.

Government launches ‘Technology Challenge’ to eliminate human entry into sewers

Jul 12, 2018
The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched a technology challenge to promote suitable techniques for cleaning sewers and septic tanks. The challenge aims to identify technological as well as business process innovations.

ISRO conducts successful flight testing of Crew Escape System

Jul 6, 2018
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on July 5, 2018 conducted successful flight testing of Crew Escape System. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on July 5, 2018 conducted successful flight testing of Crew Escape System.

Emergency declared in Papua New Guinea over Polio outbreak

Jun 28, 2018
A public health emergency has been declared in three Papua New Guinea (PNG) provinces as the country responds to its first polio outbreak in 18 years when it was declared free of the disease. The public health emergency order will remain in place for at least 12 months, as per the Minister for Health Puka Temu.

Indian scientists discover sub-Saturn like planet around sun-like star

Jun 22, 2018
An Indian team of scientists led by Prof Abhijit Chakraborty of Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, have discovered a sub-Saturn or super-Neptune size planet around a Sun-like star.

CRIS develops ‘utsonmobile’ app to enable cashless ticketing

Jun 14, 2018
The Centre for Railway Information System has developed a mobile-based application ‘utsonmobile' to enable cashless ticketing. The initiative is another step towards digitalisation and achieving a cashless economy.

Union Government launches 5000 Wi-Fi Choupals in villages

Jun 12, 2018
The Union Government has launched 5,000 Wi-Fi Choupals in villages and delivery of rail tickets through Common Service Centres. The move is aimed at transforming rural internet connectivity through BharatNet. It will provide 60,000 WiFi hotspots in rural areas.

NASA approves mission extension for Juno

Jun 8, 2018
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has been studying Jupiter for almost two years and its operations were scheduled to cease this summer. However, the mission did not go as planned and the probe took longer than expected to map the gas giant.

India hosted 11th edition of Geo Intelligence Asia

Jun 7, 2018
The eleventh edition of Geo-Intelligence Asia 2018 was held at Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi on June 4-5, 2018. The event aimed to provide a platform to showcase the innovative applications of the Geospatial technologies.

India successfully tests nuclear-capable Agni-5 missile

Jun 4, 2018
India has successfully test-fired indigenously developed nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-5 from the Integrated Test Range on Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island, previously known as Wheeler Island. This was the sixth trial of the state-of-the-art missile Agni-5, which covered its full distance during the test.

Researchers discover hidden mountain ranges, valleys under Antarctica

May 30, 2018
Researchers have discovered mountain ranges and three huge, deep subglacial valleys hidden beneath the Antarctica ice. The new data will enable new research into the geological processes that created the mountains and basins before the Antarctic ice sheet itself was born.

EU's new data protection rules come into effect

May 29, 2018
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was brought into full effect on May 25. The GDPR will set a higher bar for obtaining personal data on the internet, higher than ever seen before.

India launches its second IT corridor in China

May 28, 2018
India has launched its second IT corridor in China to benefit from the nation’s growing software market. The corridor is expected to provide the much-needed big opening for Indian IT firms to enter the Chinese software market.

NITI Aayog, ABB India sign Statement of Intent

May 24, 2018
NITI Aayog and ABB India have signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to support the Indian government realise its vision of ‘Make in India’ through advanced manufacturing technologies that incorporate the latest developments in robotics and artificial intelligence.

Explained: Nipah Virus Outbreak in India

May 22, 2018
The Nipah virus (NiV), member of the family Paramyxoviridae, was first isolated and identified during the 1999 outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States.

Russia launches world’s first floating nuclear power plant

May 21, 2018
Russia has launched Akademik Lomonosov, the world's first floating nuclear power plant at the St Petersburg shipyard. The plant is to be the first of a fleet of floating nuclear power stations to be stationed in the Russian Arctic.

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