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Apple asked to hand over location data of Kuldeep Sengar in Unnao rape case: What it means (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

The Delhi district court wants the exact location data from the iPhone in order to determine Sengar’s location. This could help determine whether the alibi is correct or not. A Delhi district court has asked Apple to hand over location data from the iPhone of expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who is an accused … Continued

What have researchers at Google achieved? How are quantum computers different from regular personal computers? How will it impact the technology world? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

Tech websites and theoretical computer-science outlets were aflame earlier this week after a story in the U.K.-based Financial Times said Google had claimed to have achieved ‘quantum supremacy’. In a line, it means that researchers at Google had solved a really difficult problem in seconds with the help of quantum computers which a supercomputer could … Continued

First Indigenous Fuel Cell System launched (Relevant for GS Prelims; Science & Technology)

The President of India unveiled the first Indigenous High Temperature Fuel Cell System developed by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in partnership with Indian industries under India’s flagship program named “New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative (NMITLI)”. The 5.0 kW fuel cell system generates power in a green manner using methanol / bio-methane, … Continued

ISRO initiates ‘Project NETRA’ to safeguard Indian space assets from debris and other harm (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

What is Project NETRA? Project NETRA (Network for space object Tracking and Analysis) was initiated by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in August, 2019. The objective of the project is to develop an early warning system in space to detect debris and other hazards to Indian satellites. The project estimated to cost ₹400 crore. What … Continued

What does ancient DNA show about history? How do genetic patterns relate to archaeological evidence about Indian pasts? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

What is ancient DNA (aDNA) and what has it been used to study? Ancient DNA can be carefully extracted from archaeologically recovered bones, teeth or fossil plant remains. Small fragments are processed to sequence the genome of those ancient organisms. Techniques developed over the past three decades have led to a revolution in how we … Continued

Production and sale of e-cigarettes have been made a punishable offence in India. How widespread is their use in India? What are the health concerns around such products, and how do they compare with traditional tobacco? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

Recently, the Union Cabinet approved an ordinance prohibiting electronic cigarettes in the country. It makes production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement of e-cigarettes and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) such as vapes, e-hookahs and e-cigars a punishable offence. What is the amount of punishment prescribed? First-time offenders may face imprisonment … Continued

Giving birth at 74: Issues in debate around setting an age limit for IVF (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

A 74-year-old woman from Andhra Pradesh was recently recorded as the oldest in the world to give birth to twins through in-vitro fertilisation or IVF. While her doctor has said both babies and mother are stable, the medical community has expressed ethical and medical concerns over conception at such an advanced age. Why this is … Continued

Fiber to the home (FTTH) broadband service : Gone are the days of Mbps, now it will be about Gbps (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

Jio GigaFiber is a fiber to the home (FTTH) broadband service by the Reliance Industries. It will provide ultrahigh-definition entertainment on TVs, video conferencing, virtual reality gaming, and immersive experiences. Any FTTH connection, be it Jio, Spectra or Airtel, will be a lot better than normal broadband services. This is because the normal broadband services … Continued

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