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Square Kilometer Array Observatory

Context: Scientists in India will now also be part of the international mega-science project, the Square Kilometer Array Observatory (SKAO), that will function as the world’s largest radio telescope. India’s Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) is amongst the world’s six large telescopes. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: Radio Telescopes: Detection […]

Space Sector Regulations

Context: The final frontier was once considered to be space, but ongoing exploration has transformed it, replacing romantic ideals with narratives intertwined with financial, socio-economic, and geopolitical implications. Traditionally, space technologies and flights were costly and risky endeavors primarily undertaken by national agencies. However, this paradigm has shifted, with private-sector entities increasingly expected to play […]

About The Quasars

Context: An international team of astronomers said the recently discovered quasar named J0529-4351 was the brightest and fastest-growing quasar discovered so far and had a supermassive black hole about 17 billion times the mass of the Sun. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Quasars: Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN): Formation and Location: Attributes: Formation Process: Brightness […]

Launch of INSAT-3DS Meteorological Satellite via GSLV-F14 Rocket

Context: The INSAT-3DS meteorological satellite is set to embark on its space journey aboard a Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV), marking a crucial mission. The GSLV-F14, known colloquially as the “naughty boy” for its checkered history, will take off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the […]

Coal Gasification Overview

Context: The Ministry of Coal, Government of India, is set to host an Industry Interaction in Hyderabad aimed at fostering the development and proliferation of coal/lignite gasification projects across the nation. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Coal Gasification Overview Process Description: Utilization of Syngas: Environmental Benefits: Potential Impact:

Cassini Spacecraft Overview

Context: Recent findings from data collected by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveal the presence of a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of Saturn’s moon Mimas. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: Cassini Spacecraft Overview Mission Background: Launch Date: Components: Spacecraft Details: Mission Highlights: Key Facts about Mimas Position and Size: Surface […]

Celebrating Women in Science

Context: Yesterday marked the celebration of the International Day of Women in Science, a day dedicated to acknowledging and honoring the accomplishments of women in the scientific field. This annual occasion serves as a reminder of the invaluable contributions women have made to scientific progress and innovation throughout history. Relevance: GS-2 GS3- Mains Question: Despite their […]

About the Kyasanur Forest Disease

Context: Two people from Karnataka since January 1, 2024 have died due to Kyasanur Forest Disease, a viral infection. Relevance: Prelims, GS-III: Science and Technology, GS-II: Social Justice (Health related issues) About the Kyasanur Forest disease -Source: The Hindu

Success of CAR-T cell therapy

Context: The NexCAR 19, is an indigenously developed therapy was administered to 15 patients in India. Three of them have successfully achieved cancer remission. The commercial use of this therapy was approved by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) in October 2023. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: About Cancer […]

SC Seeks Status Report On Implementation of Kavach

Context: Recently, The Supreme Court of India gave the Centre four weeks to file a status report on measures taken to implement ‘Kavach’, an automatic train protection (ATP) system. The death of over 288 passengers in the ghastly train accident on June 2 at Bahanaga Bazaar railway station in the Balasore district of Odisha has brought into […]