This year, the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three scientists, William G. Kaelin Jr. from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Maryland, U.S., Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe from Francis Crick Institute, London, and Gregg L. Semenza from the Johns Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering for their discovery of how cells sense and adapt... Continued.
Reliance Jio has issued a public notice stating that all Jio subscribers who have recharged their connections on or before October 9 will not need to pay any Interconnect Usage Charge (IUC) fees. Instead, they will continue to enjoy free calling benefits until their plan expires. The current IUC is priced at six paise per... Continued.
This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry recognises the work that led to the development of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that power most of the portable devices that we use, such as mobile phones. The prize has been given jointly to Stanley Whittingham, now with Binghamton University, State University of New York; John B Goodenough, now with... Continued.
Who are the awardees? This year’s Nobel Prize for Physics recognises research that helps us understand our place in the universe. Canadian-American cosmologist James Peebles, 84, won one-half of the Prize for his theoretical work helping us understand how the universe evolved after the Big Bang. The other half went to Swiss astronomers Michel Mayor,... Continued.
The 2019 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology was jointly awarded Monday to two Americans and a British scientist, namely William G. Kaelin Jr, Gregg L. Semenza, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe, for their discoveries of “how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability”. What is the importance of discovery? Oxygen sensing is important to deal... Continued.
How is geotail helping Chandrayaan-2 learn about Moon (Relevant for GS Prelims; Science & Technology)
The geotail is a region in space that allows the best observations. The region exists as a result of the interactions between the Sun and Earth. On its website, ISRO explains how the region is formed, and how it helps scientific observations. LAST WEEK, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) tweeted that an instrument on... Continued.
What is the disease that killed 5 elephants in Odisha? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology
Since the middle of August, a rare disease has killed five elephants in Odisha. Four calves between the ages of six and 10 have died in Nandan Kanan Zoo in Bhubaneswar, followed by the fifth elephant that died in Chandaka forest. The disease is caused by a virus called EEHV, or elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus. How... Continued.
A minor planet between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter has been named after the legendary vocalist Pandit Jasraj. What is a ‘minor planet’? Minor planets are celestial objects orbiting the Sun that are not large enough for their gravity to pull them into a spherical shape. This distinguishes a minor planet — or a... Continued.
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.