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Medical Cyclotron Facility Cyclone-30 Became Operational at Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata (Relevant for GS Prelims, Science & Technology)

About  Cyclotrons Cyclotrons are used to produce radioisotopes for diagnostic and therapeutic use for  cancer care. Cyclone-30, the biggest cyclotron in India for medical application became operational this month.  About Cyclone-30 facility Cyclone-30 facility at VECC, Kolkata, a Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) unit, will have many unique features, under various stages of implementation, which … Continued

PSLV-C42 launches 2 foreign satellites (Relevant for GS Prelims; Science & Technology)

About PSLV-C42 launch The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C42) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched two satellites — NovaSAR and S1-4– from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. About the satellites Both satellites were injected into the Sun Synchronous Orbit at an altitude of 583 km. The satellites belong to UK-based … Continued

Apsara – U Reactor Becomes Operational at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay (Relevant for GS Prelims; Science & Technology)

 “Apsara”, the first research reactor in Asia became operational in Trombay campus of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in August 1956.    After providing more than five decades of dedicated service to the researchers, the reactor was shut down in 2009. Apsara Upgraded Nearly sixty-two years after Apsara came into existence, a swimming pool type research … Continued

Why is outbreak of fever a worry in Kerala? (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

What happened? Public health officials had warned of the likelihood of outbreak of infectious diseases in the aftermath of the Kerala floods, and the State is battling a disease called leptospirosis, commonly known as ‘rat fever.’ Officials have confirmed 143 cases, with six deaths in the first four days of September. What is leptospirosis? Leptospirosis … Continued

What upgrade brings to CERN (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

Six years after the Higgs boson was discovered at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC), particle physicists announced last week that they have observed how the elusive particle decays. The finding, presented by ATLAS and CMS collaborations, observed the Higgs boson decaying to fundamental particles known as bottom quarks. In 2012, the Nobel-winning discovery of … Continued

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