Top 5 Current Affairs: 21 August 2017

Aug 21, 2017 16:16 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 21 August 2017

Arabian cap-shaped World Cup stadium to be built in Qatar for FIFA 2022

The organisers of the 2022 FIFA World Cup announced on 20 August 2017 that Qatar, the host nation, would be building a stadium shaped like an Arabian skull cap for the event. The report says that the Gulf state has moved ahead with its preparations for the tournament despite tensions which is rising due to diplomatic rift with its Arab neighbours.

NASA launches TDRS-M Satellite to help astronauts communicate with Earth

NASA has launched Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M). The satellite was launched on 18 August 2017 to help astronauts at the International Space Station in communicating with the Earth.

This USD 408 million Boeing-made satellite was sent into space through United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket that was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Lost WWII wreckage of warship USS Indianapolis found in Pacific after 72 Years

A team of civilian researchers led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen have discovered the wreckage of World War II warship USS Indianapolis 18000 feet below the surface in the Pacific Ocean, nearly after 72 years.

Others have tried to locate the Indianapolis before, but all efforts were vain.

USS Indianapolis went missing after a Japanese submarine drowned it in the final days of World War II.

Scientists discover new state of matter

A group of scientists discovered a potential new state of matter that may help explain phenomena like superconductivity. Researchers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the U.S. showed that among superconducting materials in high magnetic fields, the phenomenon of electronic symmetry breaking is common.

The study was published recently in the journal Nature.

India’s first calf born to surrogate cow in Pune’s mobile lab

India’s first calf delivered by a surrogate cow through In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) technology carried out in a mobile laboratory was born in August 2017 in Indapur, Pune of Maharashtra.

The calf has been named as Vijay.

The purpose of producing surrogate calf was to protect indigenous cow breeds in its original form which have been destroyed due to cross-breeding.

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