Why cabin pressure matters (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Scienec & Technology) A Jet Airways flight on a Boeing 737 en route to Jaipur from Mumbai had to turn back Thursday morning, shortly after takeoff. The reason: an error in maintaining the cabin air pressure beyond 10,000 ft, due to which oxygen … Continued
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A Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon, Yusaku Maezawa, will be the first man to fly on a monster SpaceX rocket around the Moon as early as 2023, and he plans to bring six to eight artists along. Who is Maezawa ? Maezawa is chief executive of Japan’s largest online fashion mall, and is the … Continued
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
The taint on S Nambi Narayanan had been washed way back in 1998, when the Supreme Court had ruled that the charges against him were false. Last week, the court also asked the Kerala government to pay him Rs 50 lakh as compensation for the false charges it had made against him and for the … Continued
A new USFDA-cleared feature can generate the wearer’s ECG data within 30 seconds. However, both the FDA and Apple have clarified that the watch cannot replace professional medical advice. A crystal electrode at the back of the watch will read the heart’s electrical impulses from the wearer’s wrist. At its annual September event last week, … Continued
About 5G The Indian government is aiming to commercially introduce 5G services in the country by the end of 2020, almost in line with rest of the world. 5G is the next generation of mobile Internet connectivity that would offer much faster and more reliable networks, which would form the backbone for the emerging era … Continued
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”, 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
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
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