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  • IAMAI Forms AR/VR Committee To Promote Technologies in India

    4 November 2018
    The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) formed a new industry expert committee to develop and promote an augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) ecosystem in India. The committee is chaired by Namrita Mahindra, Senior General Manager, digital transformation, Mahindra Group and co-chaired by Satyajeet Singh, Head –Strategic Product Partnership, India and South Asia, Facebook.

    NASAs Dawn mission to asteroid belt comes to end

    4 November 2018
    NASA, the U.S space agency, said that its pioneering Dawn spacecraft ran out of fuel, ending an 11-year mission that unravelled many mysteries of our solar system. The Dawn spacecraft orbited the two largest objects in the asteroid belt. The mission was launched in 2007.  The $467 million Dawn mission was initiated to study the protoplanet Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres, missed scheduled communications sessions with NASA’s Deep Space Network on October 31 and November 1. The mission managers concluded that the spacecraft finally ran out of hydrazine. It was an expected end to the mission, although the spacecraft lasted two years longer than originally planned.

    Researchers says Coconut oil is a bug repellent

    4 November 2018
    Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture compounds derived from coconut oil are better than diethyltoluamide (DEET) at preventing disease transmission and discomfort associated with insect bites. DEET has been considered the gold standard in insect repellents, the most effective and long-lasting available commercially, for more than 60 years. However, increasing regulations and growing public health concerns about synthetic repellents and insecticides like DEET have sparked interest in developing plant-based repellents that are more effective and longer lasting. The coconut oil-derived free fatty acid mixture, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid as well as their corresponding methyl esters, provides strong repellency against blood-sucking insects.

    HAL to open Light Combat Aircraft unit in Nashik

    3 November 2018
    R. Madhavan, Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., said that HAL plans to manufacture Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) fighters at a new unit in its Nashik complex after completing the deliveries of Sukhoi-30. The licence production of the last 24 Sukhoi-30 MkIs is due to end there in March 2020.  Currently, the Sukhoi-30 are manufactured in the Nashik’s MiG Complex and the two units in Bengaluru produce LCAs. In the last two years, HAL has been investing around Rs.1,300 crore to increase the production rate of LCA. A part of this amount would be used to put up the third LCA unit in Nashik.

    Autorickshaw Drivers Trade Unions signed with Technovia for e-autos

    1 November 2018
    The trade union coordination committee of autorickshaw drivers of Ernakulam district signed an agreement with Technovia Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a firm for the management of e-auto feeder service of the Koch metro. It will be valid for three months. The agreement may be subsequently renewed on mutual agreement. According to the agreement, the firm will assist in the management of e-autos and ensure that the vehicles are available at metro stations. It will also help in the distribution of vehicles, trip scheduling, supervision of services, daily cash management, upkeep of trip logs, and statistical analysis. It also provides autosavari.com, a web portal of the coordination committee that facilitates the membership registration of auto drivers.

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    IIT-Madras researchers designed India's 1st microprocessor 'Shakti'

    1 November 2018
    The 'Shakti' family of processors was fabricated at ISRO's Chandigarh semi-conductor laboratory, making it the first 'RISC V Microprocessor' to be completely designed and made in India. Shakti microprocessor can be used in mobile computing devices, embedded low power wireless systems and networking systems. ‘Shakti’ will reduce dependency on imported microchips and the risk of cyber attacks.

    NASA probe gets closest to the sun

    31 October 2018
    The U.S. space agency announced NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, mankind’s first mission to ‘touch’ the sun, has set a new record for closest approach to the sun by a human-made object, Parker Solar Probe. The probe launched on August 12, is on an unprecedented seven-year-long journey to unlock the mysteries of the sun’s fiery outer atmosphere and its effects on space weather. The spacecraft passed the current record of 42.73 million km from the sun’s surface on October 29 as calculated by the Parker Solar Probe team.

    USFDA approved Cipla for hypertension and cardiac conditions drug

    30 October 2018
    Cipla, a major drug firm, received final approval from the United Nations Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), the U.S. health regulator to market Metoprolol tablets. The drug is used to treat hypertension and various cardiac conditions. The strengths of the drug are 50mg, 100mg and 200mg.

    Chinese privately developed rocket failed after launch

    29 October 2018
    A privately developed Chinese carrier rocket failed to reach orbit after lifting off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Mongolia. Beijing-based Landscape developed  Zhuque-1, a three-stage rocket. It is said that the first and second stage of ZQ-1 rocket worked normally. But an error occurred after the second stage. Zhuque-1 carried a satellite named “Future” which was built for state media China Central Television.  The landscape is the first private licensed company in China to launch carrier rockets.

    IGI Airport to get Taxibots

    29 October 2018
    Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, Delhi, India is set to commence commercial use of semi-robotic tow trucks. The Taxibots are launched by TaxiBot India. It will be the first airport in the country to use such TaxiBots. It aimed to help airlines reduce the use of air turbine fuel during taxiing. A live test will be carried out by SpiceJet and Jet Airways. Upon successful testing, the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation, India (DGCA) will grant approval for their further use. The advanced tow trucks will be used for narrow-body planes of the two airlines and will initially be deployed only for flights departing from IGI. TaxiBot India is also in talks with Mumbai and Bengaluru airports for introducing Taxibots.

    Russia Successfully Launched 1st Soyuz Rocket Since Failed Space Launch

    28 October 2018
    Russia has successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1B rocket for the first time since the failure of a similar rocket aborted a manned take-off to the International Space Station (ISS).

    India Becomes Second Largest Solar Market: MERCOM

    28 October 2018
    India installed 4.9 GW of solar power, consolidating its position as the second largest solar market in the world, during the first half of the calendar year 2018 according to a report by Mercom Communications India.  According to the report, China topped the list.

    India to have 1 million Wifi hotspots in a year

    28 October 2018
    Indian telecom industry will roll out one million Wi-Fi hotspots in the country by December 2019.  The Indian Mobile Congress 2018,‘Bharat Wi-Fi’ would be a country-wide common inter-operable platform for these million hotspots which would be owned and operated by telecom service providers, Internet service providers, and virtual network operators.

    Google fired 48 employees for sexual harassment in past two years

    28 October 2018
    Google sent an email to company employees admitting Google fired 48 people, including management, for sexual harassment in the last two years. The company updated its policy to ensure vice presidents and senior vice presidents "disclose any relationship with a co-worker regardless of reporting line or presence of conflict."

    U.K. watchdog fines Facebook 500,000 over data breach

    27 October 2018
    The Information Commissioner Office (ICO) found that between 2007 and 2014, Facebook processed the personal information of users unfairly by giving app developers access to their information without informed consent. The scandal took place after new EU data protection rules went into effect this year, the amount could have gone up to £17 million or 4% of global turnover whichever is higher.

    Cell-sized robots can be used to detect diseases

    27 October 2018
    MIT scientists have developed a method to mass produce robots no bigger than a cell that could be used to monitor conditions inside an oil or gas pipeline, or to search out disease while floating through the bloodstream. The key to making such tiny devices, which the team calls “syncells” (short for synthetic cells), in large quantities lies in controlling the natural fracturing process of atomically-thin, brittle materials. The process, called “autoperforation”, directs the fracture lines so that they produce minuscule pockets of a predictable size and shape. 

    Centre launched two schemes, IMPRESS and SPARC

    26 October 2018
    The Centre, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, launched two schemes, Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences  (IMPRESS) and Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC). The aim is to promote higher education research in India. IMPRESS deals with social science research projects and coordinated by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) SPARC involves the foreign collaboration mainly in science research, coordinated by IIT Kharagpur.   

    China and Japan to partner in building Asia infrastructure

    26 October 2018
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in China. His visit is expected to trigger significant collaboration between Tokyo and Beijing in developing infrastructure in Asia. He was received by his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang, at the Great Hall of the People. The function was held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the China-Japan treaty of friendship. The leaders, Dr.Abe with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li, are expected to discuss areas of convergence between China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Japan’s concept of a free and open Indo-Pacific. They are also expected to discuss joint development of infrastructure in Asia and Africa.

    More testing centres for diagnosing dengue in Tamil Nadu

    24 October 2018
    Tamil Nadu now has 125 ELISA (Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay) testing centres for diagnosing dengue in government medical college hospitals and district and sub-district hospitals. Earlier there were 31 centres. Health Minister C.Vijaya Baskar said that the rain in Tamil Nadu, there was a slight increase in fever cases in the State. Rapid Response Teams were formed at the taluk level in every district. If more than three persons reported with fever in any area, these teams would identify the cause for fever and take preventive measures. Special fever camps would also be held.  The Minister flagged off 82 mobile medical teams and rapid response teams and held an awareness meeting with members of Indian Medical Association, Indian Academy of Paediatrics, owners of hotels, theatres, traders, heads of schools and colleges and Chennai Corporation officers on preventive measures for dengue and H1N1 influenza.

    Scientists says that the inner core of the earth is softer

    23 October 2018
    Researchers at the Australian National University found that the inner core of the earth is not only solid but softer than previously thought. It is expected that this study could improve the understanding of how the planet was formed.  They came up with a way to detect shear waves or J waves in the inner core, a type of wave which can only travel through solid objects. The inner core shares some similar elastic properties with gold and platinum.

    Tea Board of India is to launch an app named Chai Sahay

    23 October 2018
    Tea Board of India is planning to launch an app aimed at guiding small growers, whose share in total tea production is increasing. The proposed name of the app is Chai Sahay (tea help). The main objective is to establish better two-way communication, that is, between the manufacturer and customers.  The regulatory authority has invited bids for the design, development and maintenance of the android-based mobile app. With the proliferation of smartphones, Tea Board is keen to develop a mobile application for better monitoring of activities.

    Infosys released new Artificial Intelligence in alliance with Poyry

    23 October 2018
    Pöyry, a Finnish firm, and Infosys announced the release of a new data-driven framework for Artificial Intelligence (AI). This technique overcomes complex and expensive lifecycle management challenges faced by industry, utilities and infrastructure organisations across operational technology systems. Krti 4.0 Artificial Intelligence Framework for Operation Excellence applies AI, cognitive/machine learning and machine-to-machine capabilities in an industrial environment. Krti 4.0’s open and intuitive machine-to-machine interface provides for seamlessly connecting with different operational technology systems for collecting data.

    NASA celebrates 10 years of operation of Fermi Gamma ray Space Telescope

    23 October 2018
    NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope completes 10 years of operations. To celebrate this, the NASA scientists have devised a new set of 21 modern gamma-ray constellations. The constellations were named them after fictional characters such as the Hulk and Godzilla. They were constructed with sources visible through its gamma-ray telescope. The new constellations include a few characters from modern myths. Among them are the Little Prince, the time-warping TARDIS from ‘Doctor Who,’ Godzilla and his heat ray, the antimatter-powered U.S.S. Enterprise from ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’ and the Hulk, the product of a gamma-ray experiment gone awry.

    JNU signs MoU with Skymet for climate research

    22 October 2018
    The Special Centre for Disaster Research (SCDR) at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is to sign a pact with Skymet Weather Services Pvt. Limited. The aim is to help the centre obtain weather data for undertaking cutting-edge research in the field of hydro-meteorological disasters risk mitigation.  The SCDR said that the Skymet will establish an Automatic Weather Station and environmental monitoring station on campus and provide advisory support for weather and climate-related research. SCDR would validate the data generated by Skymet with valuable advisories so that the highest level of precision is achieved by Skymet in weather forecasting, early warning and environmental monitoring.

    Scientist developed new skin gel that protects from some pesticides

    21 October 2018
    Indian researchers developed a gel which, when applied on the skin, can inhibit some pesticides from getting absorbed into the body. It thus averts serious adverse effects and even death. Organophosphate-based pesticides, which are commonly used by farmers in India, are toxic to the nervous system and heart and can cause cognitive dysfunction. When esters present in organophosphate-based pesticides enter the body they bind and inhibit acetylcholinesterase or AChE enzyme critical for nerve and muscle function. This causes neurological disorders, suffocation, paralysis, and even death.

    Two TN govt. hospital to get seamless laboratories

    21 October 2018
    The two Tamil Nadu Government hospitals, the Institute of Child Health (ICH) and Hospital for Children, Egmore, and Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH), are to establish seamless laboratories comprising pneumatic tube systems and automated processing of samples. This is to avoid the troubles caused during the manual transportation of clinical samples from wards to laboratories. Earlier this year, the State government had sent teams from the two hospitals on a visit to a few health facilities in Singapore. They studied the seamless laboratories established at the facilities. A prototype of the pneumatic system is getting installed at ICH and will be launched on November 14, on the occasion of its golden jubilee celebrations.

    NASA Space Apps challenge 2018 on DSU campus

    21 October 2018
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Space Apps challenge 2018 Hackathon has been organised at Dayananda Sagar University (DSU), Kudlu Gate campus, on Hosur Road. It is a two-day event. DSU has invited entries from school and college students. Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, and technologists will address challenges faced on earth and in space. Top 20 teams would be invited to set up their enterprises based on the ideas presented at the competitions at the Bengaluru event; transforming them into commercial solutions at the DSU Start-up Village and the Atal Innovation Centre (AIC) on the DSU campus.

    Scientists says flares from young stars has potential to strip away the atmosphere from a planet

    20 October 2018
    Scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope found that violent flares from the host star may make planets orbiting it uninhabitable by affecting their atmospheres. Habitable Zones and M dwarf Activity across Time (HAZMAT) is a program in which Hubble observes stars that spreads violent flares. The goal of the HAZMAT programme is to help understand the habitability of planets around low-mass stars. The flares are believed to be powered by intense magnetic fields that get tangled by the roiling motions of the stellar atmosphere. Young red dwarfs are active stars, producing UltraViolet (UV) flares that blast out so much energy that they could influence atmospheric chemistry and possibly strip off the atmospheres of these fledgling planets. Scientists say that flares from young stars have the potential to strip away the atmosphere from a planet.

    COAI suggested solution to mobile service customers who want to remove Aadhaar details

    19 October 2018
    The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said that if any mobile service customers want to get their Aadhaar details removed from the records of telecom operators, they need to provide alternative verification documents including passport, PAN card, Driving License, Voter ID etc.  COAI as also directed by the Department of Telecom said that the services will not be disconnected during the change in the documentation process. COAI mentioned that the Supreme Court in its judgement in Aadhaar case has nowhere directed that the mobile number which has been issued through Aadhaar e-KYC has to be disconnected. Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI): ♦ Established:1995 ♦ Headquarters:New Delhi, India ♦ Chairman: Sunil Sood ♦ Vice Chairman : Ajai Puri ♦ Director General: Rajan S. Mathews ♦ COAI is an industry association of mobile service providers, telecom equipment, internet and broadband services providers in India ♦ It is a registered, non-governmental society  

    Nokia partners BSNL to implement industrial automation solutions

    19 October 2018
    BSNL and Nokia are demonstrating the ability to leverage automation across industries, showing how it can be replicated in other sectors such as automobile, oil and gas, mining, public safety, and disaster management. Nokia factory will now leverage Industry 4.0 solutions such as Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), connected Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, and the Internet of Things to enhance operations and increase productivity. Nokia Industry 4.0 relies on low-latency, high-reliability networks as well as capabilities in robotics and artificial intelligence to drive new levels of automation and data exchange in manufacturing industries, resulting in improved operational efficiency and reduced costs.

    Kamal Haasan launched a safety app named Raudram

    17 October 2018
    Kamal Haasan, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder, launched a safety app named ‘Raudram’. The app aimed at ensuring the safety of women in the city. The launch function held at Sri Sairam Engineering College. One can store three contact numbers upon registration in the app.  If the person feels any trouble, she should press the power button thrice within a minute. Once this is done, the emergency contacts, the call centre and the nearby police station will receive an instant alert. The alerts are generated via the mobile net as well as SMS. The app also enables the recording of audio and video footage of the situation and sends it. GPS tracking of the location is part of the comprehensive safety features that the app offers.

    NASAs Chandra Observatory is back in action after brief shutdown

    17 October 2018
    NASA’s Chandra X-ray telescope that suffered technical glitch is back online. Due to the glitch occurred in one of Chandra’s gyroscopes it went into safe mode. Chandra X-ray telescope observes galaxies from the Earth’s orbit.  The team analyzed and completed plans to switch gyroscopes and place the gyroscope that experienced the glitch in reserve. Once configured with a series of pre-tested flight software patches, the team will return Chandra to science operations which are expected to commence by the end of this week.

    Alembic Pharma received USFDA approval for diabetes drug

    17 October 2018
    Alembic Pharmaceuticals received a tentative approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), the U.S. health regulator for its Alogliptin tablets. The drug is used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.  The Alogliptin tablets are made in the strengths of 6.25 mg, 12.5 mg and 25mg. The product is a generic version of Takeda Pharms USA’s Nesina tablets.

    Electric autorickshaws are set to be launched in Kerala

    17 October 2018
    Electric autorickshaws are set to be launched in Kerala. A committee of six autorickshaw driver unions signed a pact with a Kinetic Green, a private firm, to roll out 200 Electric autorickshaws in Kochi. These vehicles are expected to be on the road in November. It will primarily operate as feeder services to Kochi metro and buses, providing last-mile connectivity to commuters.  Manufactured by Kinetic Green, each auto can carry four passengers and can attain the speed of up to 35 kmph. It will be fitted with GPS. The autorickshaws will be powered by lithium-ion batteries as it provides more torque than conventional batteries.  Kinetic Green will bear the cost of each auto, that is approximately Rs.1.80 lakh, while the coordination committee of autorickshaw unions will bear their operational and maintenance expense. The per km expense on electricity will be around 30 paise.

    Scientist developed worlds fastest camera, T CUP

    15 October 2018
    Scientists from California Institute of Technology have developed the world’s fastest camera, T-CUP (Compressed Ultrafast Photography), which can capture 10 trillion frames per second. The speed makes it possible to freeze time to see light in extremely slow motion. The advance may offer insight into as-yet undetectable secrets of the interactions between light and matter, say scientists. The camera set the world record for real-time imaging speed. It can power a new generation of microscopes for biomedical, materials science, and other applications. The first time it was used, the ultrafast camera broke new ground by capturing the temporal focusing of a single femtosecond laser pulse in real time.

    COAI said the Telcos might report losses for three more quarters due to high levies

    15 October 2018
    Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said that the telecom sector might experience three more quarters of losses, hurt by high levies and unsustainable tariffs. COAI’s director general Rajan Mathews said that the present tariffs will remain sustainable for the sector’s long-term health.  Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI):  ♦ Formed: 1995 ♦ Type: Registered, non-governmental society ♦ Chairman: Sunil Sood ♦ Vice Chairman: Ajai Puri ♦ Director General: Rajan S. Mathews ♦ Headquarters: New Delhi, India

    Lupin launched Clobetasol Propionate in US market

    13 October 2018
    Lupin, Drug firm major, has launched generic Clobetasol Propionate ointment in the U.S. market. This is used to treat inflammation and itching caused by a number of skin conditions. It had earlier received approval for the product from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), Lupin said in a statement. The company has launched Clobetasol Propionate ointment USP in the strength of 0.05%.

    Researchers devised a novel method of navigation to help them drive

    13 October 2018
    Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have devised a new way that will help the robots, as it might struggle with navigational concepts, navigate environments more as humans do. This new method of the motion-planning model will help the robots determine how to reach a goal by exploring the environment, observing other agents, and exploiting what they’ve learned before in similar situations. The new model is a combination of a planning algorithm with a neural network that learns to recognise paths that could lead to the best outcome and uses that knowledge to guide the robot’s movement in an environment.

    Hawkings final scientific paper on blackholes has been released

    12 October 2018
    Stephen Hawking’s final scientific paper has been written and posted online by his colleagues at Cambridge and Harvard universities. The paper was completed days before his death. The paper titled ‘Black Hole Entropy and Soft Hair’ tackles with what happens to information when it falls into a blackhole, a problem that theoretical physicists refer to as ‘the information paradox’. In his paper, Hawking had argued that black holes have a temperature. Since hot objects lose heat into space, the ultimate fate of a black hole is to evaporate out of existence. However, the rules of the quantum world dictate that information is never lost. So what happens to all the information contained in an object when it tumbles into a black hole. In the latest paper, Hawking and his colleagues showed how some of the information may be preserved.

    Soyuz crew survives emergency landing

    12 October 2018
    The Soyuz rocket made a successful emergency landing after an engine problem on lift-off to the International Space Station (ISS). The two-man crew, astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin, survived. The rocket was launched was from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0840 GMT. The rocket had a problem with the booster while launching. A few seconds after the first stage of separation after the crew has started to go into ballistic descent mode. The failure is a major setback for the Russian Space Industry.

    Mobile Health App MedWatch Launched By Indian Air Force

    11 October 2018
    The Indian Air Force on the occasion of its 86th anniversary announced an innovative mobile health App named ‘MedWatch’. The main aim is to provide health information to air warriors and all citizens of India. It has been developed by Directorate of Information Technology (DIT) and the idea was conceived by IA doctors. It is in sync with Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Digital India, Ayushman Bharat and Mission Indradhanush’.

    Researchers developed bio electronic medicine that helps nerve growth

    10 October 2018
    Researchers at the Washington University in the U.S. have developed the first bioelectronic medicine, an implantable, biodegradable wireless device. This device speeds nerve regeneration and improves the healing of a damaged nerve.  The scientists developed a device that delivers regular pulses of electricity to damaged peripheral nerves in rats after a surgical repair process, accelerating the regrowth of nerves in their legs. About the size of a small coin, the wireless device operates for two weeks before getting absorbed into the body.

    Pakistan Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Ghauri Ballistic Missile

    10 October 2018
    The country successfully test-fired Ghauri ballistic missile capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a distance of 1,300 kilometers.  The launch was conducted by Army Strategic Forces Command and was aimed at testing the operational and technical readiness.  

    Google To Shut Down Google+ For Consumers Over The Security Lapse

    10 October 2018
    After a bug exposed the personal data of up to 5 lakh users, Google stated that it discovered and immediately patched" the bug in March 2018 but found "no evidence" that any data was actually misused.  Google company reportedly disclose the security breach because it feared regulation. According to Google, Google+ currently has “low usage and engagement” and that 90 percent of Google+ user sessions last less than 5 seconds.

    Scientists said AI may predict Alzheimers disease 5 years in advance

    9 October 2018
    Researchers from the University of Toronto in Canada have created an Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm that can accurately predict whether a person’s cognitive decline will lead to Alzheimer’s disease in the next five years.  The algorithm learns signatures from Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), genetics, and clinical data. It can help predict whether an individual’s cognitive faculties are likely to deteriorate towards Alzheimer’s in the next five years. So far, there are only limited ways to treat Alzheimer’s and the best evidence is for prevention.

    BBMP introduced app for its health inspectors and medical officers

    9 October 2018
    Karnataka’s Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has developed an in-house app for its health inspectors and medical officers. The app will help the health department officials to levy fines on those found to be using banned plastic items. They will be able to take a photo of the banned item.  It will also generate a challan online, which will also be sent to the offender, besides recording it in the database. The civic body had earlier announced that it would procure hand-held devices to levy on-the-spot fines. This was towards better implementation of the plastic ban in the city. There has been a delay in getting these hand-held devices. The banned items are plastic bags, plastic banners, plastic buntings, flex, plastic plates, plastic cup, plastic spoons, and above items in thermocol (polystyrene), cling films, plastic sheets used to spread on dining tables, plastic microbeads. 

    Hubble malfunctions because of gyros failure said NASA

    9 October 2018
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. space agency, said that the Hubble space telescope is currently out of action because of a gyroscope failure. A gyroscope is a device used for measuring or maintaining orientation and angular velocity. NASA said Hubble went into safe mode because of the failure of another of the six gyroscopes that are used to orient the telescope. Hubble space telescope has been in orbit since 1990.  Hubble is currently down to two working gyroscopes and needs at least three for optimal operations but it can continue to provide observations with just one functioning gyroscope. NASA is working to bring back the last gyro, which had been off, and is being problematic.

    Scientists developed a new DNA analysis tool that can help arresting criminals

    8 October 2018
    The researcher at the Flinders University in Australia has developed a new test that can reveal the amount of DNA people shed, a tool that could be used by forensic experts to catch criminals using genetic clues left at crime scenes.  A single tap of a finger on items like door handles, glass or even shaking hands can help identify and link potential suspects to a crime.

    Scientists created spheres of titanium dioxide petals destroy bisphenol A

    8 October 2018
    Scientists at Rice University in the U.S. have created tiny spheres that can catch and destroy BisPhenol A (BPA). The micron-sized spheres are a collection of titanium dioxide petals.  BPA is a synthetic chemical used to make plastics that often contaminates water. It is commonly used to coat the insides of food cans, bottle tops and water supply lines. BPA is hydrophobic and naturally attracted to the cavity. Once trapped, Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) produced by the spheres degrades BPA into harmless chemicals.  The researchers determined that 200 mg of the spheres per litre of contaminated water degraded 90% of BPA in an hour, a process that would take more than twice as long with unenhanced titanium dioxide.

    IAFs upgraded MiG 29 showcased its combat capabilities at Admapur, Maharashtra

    8 October 2018
    The upgraded MiG-29, Indian Air Force’s beast, has gained in strength and ferocity. It has been a much-needed boost. The upgraded MiG-29 showcased its combat capabilities at Admapur, Maharashtra. MiG-29 is a Russian-origin aircraft, now capable of effecting mid-air refuelling, is compatible with latest missiles and can launch multi-dimensional attacks.  It should be noted that the previous ‘legacy version’ of MiG-29 played an important role as the IAF stamped its supremacy over the Pakistani force during the Kargil War of 1999.  New features of MiG-29:  ♦ Mid-air refuelling facility that increases its range  ♦ It has the ability to launch the latest missiles and multi-dimensional attacks  ♦ It is capable to take off vertically ♦ It has the ability to take off possible within 5 minutes of spotting a hostile jet ♦ It is featured with the glass cockpit with ‘Multi-functional Display’ screens

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