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  • Antarctica Heads towards Climate Tipping Point

    32 days ago
    According to a new report, Antarctica's ice sheets will reach Climate Tipping Points by 2060. Highlights: ♦ Antarctica has a number of ice shelves. The towering ice cliffs might not be able to stand on their own when these ice shelves break up. ♦ These ice shelves are breaking at a faster pace, according to the report. ♦... Read More

    Biological E Will Produce the Johnson and Johnson COVID Vaccine

    32 days ago
    Biological E will produce Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines along with its own vaccine. This is to increase the country's total vaccine production. The US Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization have also approved it. Johnson and Johnson has applied for approval to perform clinical trials in India. Highlights: ♦... Read More

    RT-LAMP Technology Was Used to Create SPOT, A New COVID-19 Saliva Test

    32 days ago
    SPOT is a new COVID-19 Saliva Testing method developed by US scientists. SPOT is an acronym for Scalable and Portable Testing. About SPOT: ♦ A research team from the Carle Illinois College of Medicine invented SPOT ♦ In thirty minutes, the SPOT provides COVID-19 test results. The cost of the equipment is $78. ♦ In addition,... Read More

    Multiplex RT-PCR Kit DST Institute

    32 days ago
    A new multiplex RT-PCR package has been developed by the DST Institute. Highlights: ♦ The Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Science and Technology (SCTIMST), a National Institute of Importance under the Department of Science and Technology, has developed a new multiplex RT-PCR kit. ♦ A newly designed multiplex RT-PCR kit detects... Read More

    New Naming System For Virus Variants

    32 days ago
    The World Health Organization (WHO) will introduce a system for naming coronavirus variants that is close to hurricane naming. Highlights: ♦ The campaign aims to remove the stigma associated with the country where it was found. ♦ Rather than their lineage numbers, it would be easier for the public to recall. ♦ Viruses and their... Read More

    New Storage Conditions For Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

    32 days ago
    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has proposed that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine's approved storage conditions be modified. Highlights: ♦ According to the latest guidelines, an unopened thawed vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can be stored for up to a month at 2-8 degrees Celsius, which means it can be stored in a normal refrigerator... Read More

    Colombo Port City Chinese Funded Tax

    32 days ago
    Sri Lanka's Supreme Court approved a Chinese-funded tax-free enclave, clearing the final legal hurdle. Highlights: ♦ It is known as "Colombo Port City." ♦ Among the other massive infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka, it is China's largest single foreign investment. ♦ Similar to Dubai and Singapore, the Port... Read More
    Category: International

    U.P. Sunni Waqf Board Demolition of Mosque

    32 days ago
    The Sunni Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh (UP) condemned the demolition of a mosque in Barabanki, UP, and requested that it be rebuilt. Highlights: ♦ The Wakf Act of 1954 established the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board. ♦ It oversees the affairs of Sunni Muslim waqf (charity) lands, waqf organisations, and the Sunni Muslim community... Read More
    Category: International

    Climate Change is Causing the Oldest Rock Paintings to Deteriorate

    32 days ago
    Scientists have cautioned that environmental pollution is destroying one of the world's oldest and most valuable cultural treasures. Highlights: ♦ Pleistocene-era rock paintings, which date from 45,000 to 20,000 years ago, are deteriorating rapidly. ♦ Location: A cave site in the Maros-Pangkep area in southern Sulawesi Province,... Read More
    Category: Arts & Culture

    Iran Launched Super Computer - Simorgh

    32 days ago
    Iran launched a supercomputer called Simorgh. This supercomputer is a hundred times more powerful than previous Iranian supercomputers. Highlights: ♦ The supercomputer is named after a bird named Simurgh like a phoenix. ♦ This supercomputer was developed by the Amir Kabir University of Technology located in Tehran, the capital of Iran.... Read More

    First Agriculture Export Facilitation Centre of India in Pune

    32 days ago
    The Maharatta Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture and Commerce (MCCIA) cooperated with the National Agricultural and Rural Development Bank (NABARD) to establish India's first agricultural export facilitation center in Pune, India. Highlights: ♦ The new convenience center will serve as a one-stop center for exporters in the agricultural sector... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Medicine from the Sky Pilot at Vikarabad Hospital

    32 days ago
    The Telangana state government has selected 16 major medical centers (PHCs) located around the Vikarabad Regional Hospital to test the ambitious "air medicine", the first involving transportation by multiple drones’ Similar items of drugs. Highlights: ♦ Due to the existence of cold chain facilities, hospitals in this area... Read More

    SBIRS Geo-5 Missile Warning Satellite Launched by Atlas V Rocket

    32 days ago
    The United Launch Alliance launched the Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station which is in Florida. The Atlas V rocket carries the SBRIS Geo-5 satellite. Highlights: ♦ The complete form of SBRIS is a space-based infrared system. It is designed for missile early warning, missile battlefield and defensive features. ♦... Read More

    Jio Partners Global Consortium to Build Undersea Cable Network

    32 days ago
    Telecom operator Reliance Jio is working with global partners and submarine cable supplier Subcom to build the largest international submarine cable system with India as the center to meet the growing data demand. Highlights: ♦ The 2 submarine cable systems the company plans to deploy will be connecting India with the Asia-Pacific markets... Read More

    World Bee Day is on 20th May

    32 days ago
    The United Nations has designated May 20 as "World Bee Day." Theme of the year 2020 is Bee engaged: Build Back Better for Bees. Highlights: Bee day is celebrated to create awareness of the importance of pollinators and the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development. The main aim is to strengthen measures aimed... Read More

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