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NASA and SpaceX prepares for historic launch

NASA confirms that the SpaceX and the agency are preparing for a historic launch of two astronauts on a rocket from Florida to the International Space Station ISS next week. The launch is set for Wednesday at 4:33 p.m. from launchpad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida...

Snow Is Turning Green in Antarctica!

In a major development, the color of snow in Antarctica is changing. As the global temperature is rising exponentially on the earth, Snow in coastal Antarctica is turning green. It has become so prolific in places that it is even visible from space. ..

Gaganyaan: Four Indian astronauts resumes training in Russia

The training of the four Indian astronaut-elects for India's first manned mission to space Gaganyaan resumed at Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Russia. The training was halted in March due to lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus...

COVID-19: "Herd immunity" will it work for India?

As word herd suggests, does it mean that we all should get infected and develop immunity towards COVID-19? ..

Say Namaste App- 5 Ws 1 H answered in! Also know its one minor weakness in competition to Zoom

Giving a more reliable and secure alternative to the Zoom meeting app, the Mumbai-based company Inscripts has come up with 'Say Namaste' app, already crossed half a million users adding almost a lakh per day. This makes even more sense after PM Modi urged the citizens of India to opt for 'Made in India' ie local products over alien options. ..

MHA green signals online delivery in all 3 zones with few restrictions; All you need to know-

E-commerce giants announced they have started delivering all non-essential products in most of the locations and across all the three zones. This decision came after the Union Ministry for Home Affairs (MHA) released the new guidelines as the center extended the nationwide lockdown for a fourth time till May 31...

Another Equity Firm Joins In! General Atlantic To Invest Rs 6,600 Crore In Jio Platforms

Following the US tech giant Facebook, another American Private Equity firm General Atlantic buys 1.34 percent stake for ₹ 6,598.38 crores in India's leading digital services platform 'Jio'. This became the fourth mega-investment in Jio Platforms in less than one month...

Paytm provides 'Cash At Home' facility for senior citizens; Know what exactly it is-

In a bid to help the senior and differently-abled citizens amid the lockdown, Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL) on Friday has launched ‘Cash at Home’ facility for them so that they do not need to step out during this coronavirus pandemic...

Aarogya Setu app crosses 100 million downloads!

In a bid to track and to contain the COVID 19, Aarogya Setu App hit a massive milestone of 100 million users within a period of 41 days since its launch on 2 April. The Aarogya Setu app is currently the most downloaded free app on both Android and iOS. ..

National Technology Day: PM Modi hails Vajpayee's leadership ; salutes all technologists helping in combating COVID-19

On the occasion of National Technology Day, PM Narendra Modi on Monday saluted all those who are leveraging technology to bring a positive difference in the lives of others. This day is marked as a "landmark moment in India's history and 'exceptional achievement of our scientists" in a nuclear test performed on 11th May 1998...

India's Aarogya Setu becomes world's most downloaded healthcare application

India's leveraging technology to track the coronavirus ‘Aarogya Setu’ has now become the world's most downloaded healthcare application. It is also featured among the top 10 downloaded apps in the world in April recording close to 90 million (9 crores) downloads to date...

Reporting 3x growth in profits last week, Indian telco Reliance Jio gets busy expanding its equity network

Following the high-profile companies like US giant Facebook and Silver Lake, another US-based leading private equity firm Vista Equity Partners invested a sum of Rs 11,367 crore and bought a 2.32 percent stake in Reliance's subsidiary Jio Platforms..

#AarogyaSetu- Rahul Gandhi was right? And here supposedly the hacker went out of order!

And a word against word is enough to ruin the stakes! The Aarogya Setu App developers have issued a statement on Wednesday rubbing off the potential privacy issues that earlier noted that the data of 90 mn Indians was in dander...

India calls upon G20 nations to come out with concrete digital action plan fight COVID-19

India has called upon the G20 countries to come out with a concrete Digital action plan to fight the Covid-19. IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today emphasized on the responsibility of G20 nations to focus on making inclusive and sustainable economies and societies that are more resilient in the face of the ongoing pandemic...

Amazon launches Pay Later service in India to assist customers; Teams up with Indian Railways to deliver orders

In a bid to assist its customers amid this lockdown e-commerce Giant Amazon India has now launched its pay later service in the country. Under this, customers can avail instant credit so that they can buy daily essentials, electronics, and clothing items among others...

Facebook launches ‘Messenger Rooms’ To Counter Zoom

Observing the up-surge in popularity of the Zoom platform in the midst of lockdown in almost all the countries across the world, Facebook has unveiled a new video chat service with virtual "rooms" where people can pop in to visit friends...

Largest FDI investment in tech sector : Facebook acquires 9.99% stake in Reliance Jio for Rs. 43,574 crore

US tech giant Facebook on Wednesday has acquired a huge 9.99 percent stake in Mukesh Ambani's digital telecom arm Jio for Rs 43,574 crore making the deal to become the largest FDI in the technology sector in India...

Flipkart, Walmart commits Rs. 46 Crores;To provide PPEs and essential relief materials for farmers

Flipkart along with Walmart Inc, Walmart Foundation on Saturday said to combat the coronavirus pandemic in India, they are going to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and arranged funds for organizations providing essential relief materials to farmers and small businesses...

3 NASA astronauts return from Space Station to virus-hit Earth

Spending more than 200 days in the space, three astronauts of the International Space Station (ISS) have arrived on Friday back to the earth that has been drastically transformed due to the coronavirus pandemic ever since they embarked on their trip to space...

Facebook pitches in to curb false info; to notify users engaged with harmful COVID-19 posts

Facebook Inc has announced that it will start notifying the users who had engrossed in spreading the “harmful” misinformation about the coronavirus on the micro-blogging site. Facebook will direct them towards the correct information available on the site. This new move has taken to tackle the false information spread on COVID-19...

Amazon, Flipkart to resume services from April 20

As the government allowed the services of vehicles belonging to E-Commerce companies during the lockdown, e-commerce giants like Amazon and Flipkart are preparing to resume their 'Full service' from 20 April...

CowPathy : Cow and her medicinal value: Part 2

Ghee is a product unique to India. For decades, its high content of saturated fatty acids was often blamed for prevalent dyslipidemia and enhanced risk for cardiovascular diseases and a high incidence of coronary heart disease among Indians...

Not emotionally, learn scientifically: Cow and her medicinal value: Part 1

The COVID-19 challenge has once again opened the gates of opportunities for gathering courage and patience. In this regard, the following references and a few postulates derived from primary and secondary sources would throw light on the necessity of fundamental research programmes which need to be executed. Multifarious research required in Ayurveda concerning Cow and her medicinal value. ..

CSIR-NCL Pune associates with Bharat Electronics Ltd; Develops two medical devices curb Corona

After Council of Scientific & Industrial Research’s (CSIR) joined hands with Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM) for testing coronavirus samples, its constituent Lab on Thursday, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory Pune, has now associated with Bharat Electronics Ltd, Pune (BEL). It has also developed two new innovations that will help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in India...

Ritam’s new version is here with better user experience.

RITAM, an Indian news aggregator app has now come up with the latest version named KRITIKA 3.0. This update focuses on fixing some bugs and improving the stability of the app. This will enable users to use the app more easily and will allow them to navigate easily...

Medic 20 Robots to soon lower risk against COVID-19; Read more :

In the fight against the novel coronavirus, humans who are in close contact with infected patients are at high risk. Though researchers are busy doing trials of medicines, scientists are trying their best part to lower the risk of this pandemic. This is after trial of Medic 20 Robot was undertaken on Monday at the K A P Viswanathan Medical College Hospital in Trichy, TamilNadu. ..

Ahead in surge of mobile internet consumption, digital industry defaults HD content streaming to SD

After PM Modi's 21 days India lock-down announcement, all the companies from the digital industry have decided upon temporarily defaulting HD and ultra-HD streaming to SD content or offering only SD content, at bitrates no higher than 480p on cellular networks until 14th April...

National Science Day; 10 Indian women & their invaluable contribution in the field of Science

Gender equality has been one of the most debated topic in the past decade. Though most of us agree that women deserves equal rights and opportunities as men, yet there are many challenges that a woman has to face regularly. Celebrating National Science Day 2020 this year which highlights the theme of 'Women in Science', ..

National Science Day 2020; Celebrating organised knowledge!

National Science Day 2020: 'Science for all and all for science' is what the world believes and it is true to all possible extents of life. No one living on this planet today can imagine its being without science. To add a paradox here, the good thing about science is that its true whether or not you believe in it!..

Bodo Agreement to usher in a new dawn for Assam; PM Modi appeals extremists to Join the Mainstream

Prime Minister praised the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU), the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), Shri Hagrama Mahilare, the Chief of BTC and the Government of Assam for playing a very positive role in the Bodo agreement...

ISRO announces launch of Qualcomm Chipsets compatible with NavIC

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) informed today that it has provided consultation for Qualcomm towards enabling NavIC capability in their Snapdragon mobile chipset platforms...

Adding to many achievements, ISRO’s high power communication satellite GSAT-30 successfully launched

Adding another feather to the ISRO achievements, India's 'high power' communication satellite GSAT-30 was successfully launched onboard Ariane 5 rocket in the early hours of Friday. The satellite blasted off from the French territory in South America. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the 'flawless flight' lasted about 38 minutes. With a mission life of 15 years, GSAT-30 is an operational communication satellite for DTH, television uplink and VSAT services...

Be ready with your binoculars, telescopes to witness beauty of Lunar Eclipse on January 10

2020 will we the feast year for stargazers and star lovers. The first penumbral lunar eclipse of 2020 is about to fall on January 10 i.e., later this week. NASA has coined the term ‘Wolf Moon Eclipse' for this celestial event, and it will be visible in India this time. In fact, countries across Asia, Africa, and Europe will be able to see the lunar eclipse, and the total duration is set to be 4 hours and 5 minutes. This is the first of the four penumbral lunar eclipses that are set to occur this ..

Scientists should discover long term solutions to current problems: VP Naidu graces valedictory ceremony of 107th ISC

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu yesterday called upon the scientific community to find long-term solutions to the problems faced by farmers and improve crop productivity and farmers’ income...

Impetus to innovation! 14 Indian scientists receive Swarna Jayanti Fellowships

Swarna Jayanti Fellowships have been awarded to 14 Scientists associated with projects containing innovative research idea and with potential of making impact on R&D in the respective disciplines...

Transport Ministry notifies Divyang Friendly Features in Buses

New Delhi, December 30: Providing divyang friendly features in buses, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified GSR 959 (E) dated December 27 for amendments to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules for providing. The amendment provides for priority seats, signs, securing of crutches/canes/walkers, hand rail/stanchions, controls at priority seats and wheelchair entry/housing/locking arrangement for wheel chair for the divyangjan. Such facilities for differently-abled passengers or passengers ..

Retrospecting 2019: Here is a record of commendable achievements by India in space technology

Year 2019 was worthwhile for India's space technology. In the year, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully accomplished 13 missions including 6 launch vehicle missions and 7 satellite missions...

NASA astronaut Christina Koch sets record for the longest spaceflight by a woman

NASA astronaut Christina Koch made history today, setting the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman. Koch arrived at the International Space Station on March 14 for her spaceflight mission. As of December 28, she has been in space for 289 days, surpassing the record of Peggy Whitson, who spent 288 consecutive days in space...

Salute to this Bengaluru surgeon who develops cost effective indigenous video laryngoscope

Bengaluru-based ENT surgeon, Dr Kumaresh Krishnamoorthy, embarked on a mission to bring down the cost of medical equipment to make healthcare easily affordable for all. One of his first developments is a video laryngoscope that costs just Rs 22,000 (including GST)...

Moon wears golden ring! Despite clouds, PM participates in the enjoyment of rare astronomical event

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also had a joy of watching the rare event from Kozhikode today morning...

Expanding its innovative service, Airtel launches ‘Wi-Fi Calling’ in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Telecom company Bharti Airtel yesterday launched its Voice Over Wi-Fi service, ‘Airtel Wi-Fi Calling’ in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Airtel Wi-Fi Calling leverages cutting edge technology to enhance the indoor voice calling experience for Airtel smartphone customers...

Be ready with your binoculars, telescopes to witness beauty of Annular Eclipse of the Sun on 26th December

One of the beauties of nature, an annular eclipse of the Sun will occur on December 26. From India, the annular phase will be visible in the morning after sunrise from some places within a narrow corridor of southern part of the country (parts of Karnataka, Kerala & Tamil Nadu) and it will be seen as partial solar eclipse from the rest part of the country. ..

After successfully launching RISAT-2BR1, ISRO shares video of its fruitful deployment of Radial Rib Antenna

After successfully launching India's latest spy satellite RISAT-2BR1 along with nine foreign satellites, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today shared the video successful deployment of RISAT-2BR1. The radar imaging earth observation satellite, RISAT-2BR1 has been launched through Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). This is the 50th mission of PSLV...

Kerala will produce 20,000 blockchain professionals: M Sivasankar addresses BlockHash Live 2019

Kerala IT secretary M Sivasankar, while inaugurating ‘BlockHash Live 2019’, announced that Kerala will produce 20,000 blockchain professionals in the next two years, in what could be a major revolution in this emerging technology in India. ..

Spot the tiny lamp! NASA’s Hubble space telescope captures stunning galaxy image

Some of the most dramatic events in the universe occur when certain stars die and explode catastrophically in the process. NASA’s Hubble space telescope has captured a stunning image of a galaxy’s spiral pattern. A joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency, the Hubble telescope has captured a host of beautiful images since its launch in 1990...

Heading towards its next launch, ISRO prepares for RISAT-2BR1 enhancing surveillance capabilities

Rising from the dark, Indians have always made a thrilling comeback, be it in any field. After successfully launching the CARTOSAT 3 and nano satellites, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is heading towards its next launch as it prepares to launch earth observation satellite RISAT-2BR1 that would enhance the country's surveillance capabilities. ISRO is looking to launch the satellite with the help of PSLV-C48 rocket from Sriharikota on December 11...

Pleasant earthquake in software world! Sundar Pichai to become Alphabet CEO; Larry-Sergey step down

Google CEO Indian-American Sundar Pichai will be assuming the role of Alphabet CEO, making him one of the most powerful corporate leaders of the world. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have announced that they are stepping down from the leadership role of the parent company Alphabet...

ISRO’s ‘eye in the sky’; Successfully launches CARTOSAT-3, next gen Earth observation satellite

India’s third generation satellite having high-resolution imaging capability, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its CartoSAT 3 satellite on Wednesday at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The satellite was launched at 9.28 am on PSLV-C47 rocket along 13 other commercial nanosatellites from the US into Sun Synchronous orbit from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota...

Countdown begins for ISRO’s ‘eye in the sky’; Know interesting facts about CartoSAT-3

All set to launch its third generation ‘eye in the sky’, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has locked a date and time for CartoSAT-3 Earth observation satellite from India along with thirteen commercial nanosatellites from the United States. The PSLV-C47 will lift off carrying fourteen satellites on Wednesday at 9.28 am from ISRO's launchpad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh...

Chandrayaan 2 mission extends its life span to 7 years providing useful findings

Accomplishing a dream with all its efforts and hard work paying off well, India’s ambitious Chandrayaan 2 mission slated ISRO vision of inscribing its name on the Moon. Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft was successfully launched on July 22, but unfortunately, the Vikram lander made a hard landing at the lunar surface on September 7, said the Union Minister of State Dr. Jitendra Singh, in the parliament, confirming that with precise launch and orbital maneuvers, the mission life of the Orbiter is increased ..

Clicking a 3D image, Chandryaan 2 captures stunning view of one of Moon’s crater

Although the Vikram Lander had a rough landing at the lunar surface, there’s no setback for ISRO’s Chandrayaan 2. In a latest, Chandrayaan-2 is imaging some never seen before pictures of the lunar surface and gathering vital information. The latest in the series is a 3D image of one of the Moon’s craters. The crater, located near Lindbergh, has -6.07 latitude and 53.40 longitude...

Stupendous achievement! India wins first prize of BRICS Young Scientist Conclave

It’s a big moment of pride for India! India has won the first prize of BRICS Young scientist forum's conclave held during November 6 to 8 in Brazil. It’s a true testimony of the power of Indian brain. ..

Mercury crosses in front of the sun on Monday for last time until 2032

The tiny planet Mercury scooted across the sun's face on Monday for the last time until 2032, and skywatchers across the Americas, Africa, and Europe had the chance to witness the rare celestial event...

Touching the history: NASA opens untouched Apollo moon rock sample sealed for more than 40 years

NASA scientists opened an untouched rock and soil sample from the Moon returned to Earth on Apollo 17, marking the first time in more than 40 years a pristine sample of rock and regolith from the Apollo era has been opened. It sets the stage for scientists to practice techniques to study future samples collected on Artemis missions...

Picture abhi baaki hai! Refusing to give up, ISRO chief shares plan to soft land Vikram Lander in south pole

Replying to media’s query if ISRO would attempt another landing on Moon’s south pole, Sivan replied, “Definitely”. Attending the IIT-Delhi 50th Convocation ceremony, he said, “We want to demonstrate the technology for Vikram Lander landing, We are working on a plan of action about how to go ahead for Vikram Lander landing.” ..

Another proof of well-functioning! Chandrayaan 2 orbiter detects Argon-40 on lunar surface

In a further remarkable achievement, the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter has detected Argon-40 on lunar exosphere. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) informed yesterday. ISRO tweeted that the CHACE-2 payload aboard the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter has detected Argon-40 from an altitude of approximately 100 kilometres. ..

NASA for the first time reveals two decades of rain, snowfall from precipitation missions

For the first time, NASA has combined and remastered the satellite measurements from two of our precipitation spacecraft to create our most detailed picture of our planet’s rain and snowfall. This new record will help scientists better understand normal and extreme rain and snowfall around the world and how these weather events may change in a warming climate...

This simple process can turn water into an environmentally friendly disinfectant

Hydrogen peroxide, water's short-tempered sibling, has helped humans to fight infection since we discovered its antiseptic properties nearly two centuries ago. Unfortunately, it's pretty unstable, making it tricky to transport where needed...

Testimony of a worthwhile mission! ISRO unveils images of ‘impact craters’ obtained by #Chandrayaan2

In yet another release, ISRO has unveiled the pictures of the ‘impact craters’ on the south polar region of the moon clicked by the orbiter of Chandrayaan 2. These pictures show the observations made by the Synthetic Aperture Radar on the lunar surface...

Science writes innovative chapter: Researchers develop renewable energy storage device

Researchers have developed a new dielectric capacitor- a device that stores energy like a battery, taking inspiration from a French pastry. The croissant is made by folding multiple layers of dough...

Chandrayaan 2 back with its charm! ISRO shares first illuminated images and data from orbiter's infrared instruments

Charm of Chandrayaan 2 is back as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has published the first image of the illuminated lunar surface. Captured by the Imaging Infrared Spectrometer (IIRS) payload, ISRO said that it has started spectroscopic studies on the surface of the Moon...

Motivating talented students to realize their full potential, Pradhan Mantri Innovation Learning Programme ‘DHRUV’ to kick start at ISRO

To motivate talented students to realize their full potential and contribute to society, ambitious Pradhan Mantri Innovation Learning Programme - DHRUV - will kick start at ISRO in Bengaluru today. Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ will launch Programme...

It’s spectacular! See these sharpest lunar surface images captured by Chandrayaan-2

Images of moon just released by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) prove that Chandrayaan-2 has achieved a big success in spite of communication loss with Vikram lander. ISRO yesterday released some images of the moon surface captured by Orbiter High Resolution Camera (OHRC). ..

Unraveling ‘dance of electrons’! CLASS instrument of #Chandrayaan2 to detect charged particles in geotail

ISRO revealed few days ago that all orbiter Payloads are showing satisfactory performance and the orbiter continues to perform scheduled science experiments to complete satisfaction. One of the orbiter Payloads named CLASS is expected to detect charged particles and it’s intensity variations during its first passage through the geotail during September...

Having faith, not giving up efforts; ISRO tries its level best to spring Chandrayaan 2 Vikram Lander back to life

Believing in miracle, hopes and beliefs, India revived lost hopes by finding the Vikram Lander on lunar surface. Not giving up efforts, ISRO is trying its level best to spring Chandrayaan-2’s lander Vikram lying on the lunar surface back to life after a hard-landing more than three weeks ago. ..

Do we really understand basic river ecosystem before pushing up development project?

This article is an attempt to throw some light on the basics of river ecosystem so that, to some extent, we will get an idea why flood-like disasters are getting so much intense day by day! ..

Releasing high resolution images of Chandrayaan 2 landing, NASA states Vikram Lander may be hidden in the shadows

Associating with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), NASA attempted to help the space agency find the Vikram Lander. NASA in a latest, released high-resolution images captured by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) during its flyby of the lunar region where the Vikram Lander was scheduled for a soft landing. Informing about the condition of the Chandrayaan 2 orbiter, ISRO Chief K Sivan said that the orbiter is continuing to perform scheduled science experiments. ..

Lateritic plateaus: Beauty that makes us look ‘down to earth’…!

Ecosystem doesn’t mean only 'forest’. The land, which superficially looks ‘barren’ can be a differently characterized ecosystem. India is a beautiful camouflage of various ecosystems such as forests, rivers, wetlands, coasts, grasslands, etc. One such unique ecosystem is ‘lateritic plateaus’. ..

‘Highway of Hundred Unicorns’: Microsoft’s initiative to empower India’s startup ecosystem

Now, Reinforcing its commitment to foster the Indian startup ecosystem, Microsoft for Startups today announced the launch of “Highway to a Hundred Unicorns”...

Substantial solution for tomorrow! IIT-Madras discovers eco-friendly way for plastic degradation

The entire world is struggling to find the solution to this everyday increasing problem. Succeeding in this effort with a breakthrough, IIT-Madras has found an eco-friendly method to degrade the physically stable and chemically inert plastic fluoropolymer — polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)...