Current-Affairs

Large solar telescope operational

A powerful solar telescope, Gregor telescope, billed as the largest in Europe opened recently on Spain's Canary Islands.


Bacteria that do not need food to live

The hardy microbes, discovered when researchers drilled into a layer of soft red clay at the bottom of the Pacific Gyre, may have the world's slowest metabolism


Novel mutations associated with pancreatitis in Indians

scientists have found novel mutations to be associated with chronic pancreatitis (inflammation of pancreas)


Akash missile test fired successfully

India on Thursday successfully test fired its indigenously-developed surface-to-air ‘Akash’ missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur


Israel to set up CoEs in India

After two decades of diplomatic goodwill, India and Israel have mutually decided to help each other in agriculture and will set up a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for agriculture in several states of India


Top 10 new species list

The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and a committee of scientists from around the world announced their picks for the top 10 new species described in 2011


Dragon capsule to dock with the ISS

Dragon will be able to bring cargo safely back to the earth as well.


A new service for shipping industry

INCOIS scientists developed and released an “Ocean forecast system along the ship routes' a tailor-made service for navigational and operational safety of the shipping industry


Soyuz craft launched

A three-man team on 15 May 2012 blasted off from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on board a Russian-made Soyuz craft for a half-year stay at the International Space Station


World Wildlife Fund released its Report on Global Environment

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in its report Living Planet Report 2012 released on 15 May 2012


NASA launches NuSTAR Telescope

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) launched into the morning skies on Wednesday, beginning its mission to unveil secrets of buried black holes and other exotic objects.


The safest way for plutonium disposal

There are 500 tonnes of separated plutonium (Pu) worldwide that can be used for making one lakh nuclear weapons


Two meteorological equators

Researchers at the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, have investigated the ocean-atmospheric phenomenon called Double Intertropical Convergence Zone (DITCZ)


Supreme Court stays Cheetah reintroduction project

reintroduction of Cheetah was also against the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) guidelines on translocation of wildlife species.


Solar storms threaten high-tech civilisation

This solar storm heated up the upper atmosphere with a huge blast of energy of 26 billion kilowatt hours, according to NASA. This was sufficient energy to power the homes of a city like New York for two years.


Bird flu viruses have potential to cause a ‘human pandemic'

One of the two controversial papers on bird flu, put on hold for a few months, gets published


U.S. Telecom Towers Kill Seven Million Birds a Year

Telecom towers are killing nearly seven million birds every year as they migrate from the US and Canada to Central and South America, says a new study


India Successfully launched Its First Radar Imaging Satellite

The satellite, whose images will facilitate agriculture and disaster management, was launched successfully on board the PSLV-C19 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.


Impact of Climate Change on Rainfall Cycle and Food Security


A way to improve climate predictions

A study into how the Pacific Ocean leaks into the Indian Ocean has revealed details which researchers say could improve climate predictions.