India’s ambitious ‘Deep Ocean Mission’ is all set to be launched this year. Dr. Madhavan Rajeevan, Secretary, Union Ministry of Earth Sciences, announced on July 27 that the 8,000-crore plan to explore deep ocean minerals will start from October. What will be mined from the deep ocean? One of the main aims of the mission … Continued
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In the run-up to BS-VI mass emission standards by April 2020, sales growth of vehicles has witnessed a slump due to several factors, including economic conditions, weak rural demand and the impending shift to higher standards. The Union Government, through an order dated September 16, 2016, mandated Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) mass emission standards for … Continued
The regulatory scrutiny around the big technology firms is going to widen with the US Department of Justice announcing a probe to review the practices of “market-leading” online platforms. Technology giants such as Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon will likely be impacted by this broader review. The Justice Department wants to know if the leading … Continued
Tiangong-2 was a manned Chinese space station that was destroyed upon its controlled re-entry into the Earth’satmosphere over the Pacific Ocean on July 19. Tiangong-2 was retired from service after it had completed its experiments in space. Tiangong-2 was 10.4 metres long and 3.35 metres wide at its widest point, and weighed 8.6 metric tonnes. … Continued
A decade after the first successful mission to the moon with Chandrayaan-1, the Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launched its sequel, Chandrayaan-2, to further explore the earth’s natural satellite. Why Chandrayaan-2 is achievement for India? Earlier this year, China landed a robotic spacecraft on the far side of the moon, in a first-ever attempt. Now … Continued
Why is it important for the country to join the global network studying gravitational waves? What will it achieve? On September 14, 2015, the two LIGO detectors in the U.S., at Livingston in Louisiana, and Hanford in Washington, registered a disturbance due to gravitational waves travelling outwards from a point 1.3 billion light years away … Continued
Elon Musk revealed his secretive Neuralink startup is making progress on an interface linking brains with computers, and said they hope to begin testing on people next year. Why Neuralink is important in age of AI? Mr. Musk has long contended that a neural lace meshing minds with machines is vital if people are going … Continued
Imagine an exoplanet, a gas giant orbiting its star while a moon orbits the planet itself. Now suppose the moon turns rogue as it moves nearer to its star, breaking away — or being forced out of its orbit by the planet — and going off on its own trip, in effect behaving like a … Continued
While taking charge as the telecom minister last month, Ravi Shankar Prasad had said that India would conduct field trials for 5G telephony in the first 100 days of the new government. One question that has been asked is whether Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei will be able to participate in the trials. Huawei was blacklisted … Continued
India’s much anticipated Chandrayaan-2 mission launch has been called off due to a technical problem in the launch vehicle system. The mission which is India’s 2nd mission to the moon was halted just 56 minutes before the launch early morning on Monday. More Details This launch was scheduled to have taken place at 2.51 am … Continued