The ISRO is preparing to send its first scientific expedition named Aditya-L1 to study the Sun. About Aditya-L1 mission Aditya L1 will be ISRO’s second space-based astronomy mission after AstroSat, which was launched in September 2015. The mission aims to observe the Sun from a close distance and try to obtain information about its atmosphere and magnetic field. The mission will carry out round-the-clock imaging of the Sun. It is expecte... .
Updated on 19 February, 2020
The government has recently unveiled a programme to research on ‘indigenous’ cows. SUTRA PIC (Scientific Utilisation Through Research Augmentation-Prime Products from Indigenous Cows) It is to be funded by multiple scientific ministries and led by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). It has the Department of Biotechnology, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the Ministry for AYUSH among others and the Indian Counc... .
Updated on 18 February, 2020
Researchers from the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, and SASTRA University, Thanjavur, have discovered how small molecules called microRNAs are made in plants. Key highlights of the finding: All growth and development in plants are regulated at various levels in the cell and mediated by proteins. All aspects of growth and development of plants, whether it is the initiation of flowering or control and distribution of hormones in... .
Updated on 17 February, 2020
Indian scientists on a South African vessel are in Antarctica, midway through an expedition across the Southern Ocean. About the expedition This is the 11th expedition of an Indian mission to the Southern Ocean, or Antarctic Ocean. The first mission took place between January and March 2004. Onboard the vessel is 34 scientific staff from India, apart from technical hands, seamen and a chef who are all from South Africa. It contains the 18-... .
Updated on 15 February, 2020
World Health Organization (WHO) gave an official name to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The Coronavirus will be called ‘COVID-19’ The “CO” stands for coronavirus, “VI” for virus and “D” for the disease. The coronavirus itself is called nCoV-2019. Process of the naming of the diseases by WHO The WHO, in consultation with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of... .
Updated on 14 February, 2020
NASA is sending a new laser-toting robot called Supercam, as one instrument aboard the Mars 2020 rover. About Super Cam It is a remote-sensing instrument for the Mars 2020 mission. It uses remote optical measurements and laser spectroscopy to determine fine-scale mineralogy, chemistry, and atomic and molecular composition of samples encountered on Mars. SuperCam is able to identify the kinds of chemicals that could be evidence of fossilized pa... .
Updated on 13 February, 2020