Science & Technology

Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life; Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology; Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights

India Emerging As A Leader In Supercomputing

India is fast emerging as a leader in high power computing with the National Super Computing Mission (NSM), boosting it to meet the increased computational demands of academia, researchers, MSMEs, and startups in oil exploration and flood prediction as well as genomics and drug discovery. Computing infrastructure has already been installed in four premier institutions …

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Draft Blue Economy Policy For India

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has rolled out the Draft Blue Economy policy for India in the public domain inviting suggestions and inputs from various stakeholders including industry, NGOs, academia, and citizens. The draft blue economy policy document outlines the vision and strategy that can be adopted by the Government of India to utilize …

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Six Space Missions To Look Forward To In 2021

By Ian Whittaker, Gareth Dorrian Space exploration achieved several notable firsts in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, including commercial human spaceflight and returning samples of an asteroid to Earth. The coming year is shaping up to be just as interesting. Here are some of the missions to keep an eye out for. Artemis 1 Artemis 1 is the first flight of …

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CRISPR & cas9

Regulating Gene Editing In India

Two women scientists won this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2020. Both scientists won the award “for the development of a method for genome editing”. They have pioneered the use of CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) – Cas9 (CRISPR-associated protein 9) system as a gene-editing tool. The technology is being used in …

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South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA): NASA Researchers Are Tracking Growing Anomaly In Earth’s Magnetic Field

NASA has been tracking a dent in the Earth’s magnetic field that may be splitting into half, stretching out between South America and southwest Africa. The phenomenon is called the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA). The Earth’s magnetic field is a protective shield that protects it from charged particles from the sun. It functions somewhat like …

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Exploring Novel Blood Plasma Therapy For COVID-19

Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) an Institution of National Importance under the Department of Science and Technology has obtained a go-ahead for taking a bold step to provide innovative treatment to patients suffering from COVID-19 disease.  Technically called “convalescent-plasma therapy”, the treatment aims at using the immune power gained by …

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animal to man COVID19

Human Activity To Blame For Virus Spread: Study

Diseases such as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe could become more common as human activity destroys habitats and forces disease-carrying wild animals into ever-closer proximity with us, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Viruses being transferred from Animals to Humans Illegal poaching, mechanised farming and increasingly …

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Role Of India’s Science & Tech Institutions In Prevention And Management Of COVID-19

This article gives details of the role of India’s science & tech Institutions in the fight against COVID-19. With no vaccine in sight for at least the next 12-18 months, it seems the fight for rescuing humankind from this deadly virus has only just begun. With no real global consensus on the response mechanism, each …

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How India Is Dealing With COVID-19 Outbreak

Ebola, Zika, HIV, H1N1, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), and now COVID-19 Outbreak are some of the viruses that the world had faced at regular intervals in recent time. It seems microbes, like viruses and bacteria, have an upper hand against the humankind. Microbes are so successful because they …

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Covid 19 and the history of infectious diseases

Why Pathogens Still Remain The Biggest Threat To Humanity

Viruses, bacteria and parasites have killed more human beings than anything else in the history. Throughout history more people were killed by diseases caused by infectious diseases than earthquakes or volcanoes. Not even wars have killed more people. Malaria, a mosquito-borne disease has stalked humanity for thousands of years. Over the past 2o years, death …

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