The Rise of AI chips

Context: AI chips with their hardware architectures and complementary packaging, memory, storage and interconnect technologies, make it possible to infuse AI into a broad spectrum of applications to help turn data into information and then into knowledge.  Relevance: GS III- Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article What are AI chips? Difference between traditional chips […]

India’s 5G Testbed & 6G Goal

India’s 5G Testbed & 6G Goal

Context: Recently, Prime Minister launched the country’s first 5G testbed  to help industry validate its products locally, he also set a target for India to roll out 6G services by the end of this decade.Relevance: GS III- Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: India’s 5G Testbed & 6G Goal From 1G to 5G The […]

Virtual Private Network

Context: The government issued a stark warning to virtual private network (VPN) service providers to adhere to the cybersecurity rules released by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) or wrap up operations in the country. Relevance: GS III- Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: What is a VPN? Why is anonymity or privacy […]

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tags

Context: After a high-level security review for the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra, the government has decided to track all pilgrims using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. Relevance: GS III- Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: What is RFID tags? How do RFIDs work? Where are RFIDs commonly used? Is it possible to hack RFID tags? […]

Open-RAN (Radio Access Network)

Focus: GS III- Science and Technology Why in News? Recently, The Ministry of Communications has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with M/s VVDN Technologies Private Limited to facilitate registered startups, innovators and MSMEs working in the field of Open RAN (Radio Access Network) to get their product tested at the existing lab of M/s VVDN. Open-RAN […]

Pravaig Field Pack

Context: A Bengaluru-based venture has produced a rugged tactical battery that it is now planning to sell to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) forces in Europe. Relevance: GS III- Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: Pravaig Field Pack Significance Pravaig Field Pack It’s a portable, heavy-duty power bank that weights 14 kg. It’s especially useful […]

Sagittarius A*- Supermassive Black Hole

Sagittarius A*

Context: The first photograph of Sagittarius A* (pronounced as sadge-ay-star), a supermassive black hole about 26,000 light years from Earth and situated at the centre of the Milky Way, was revealed by astronomers of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). In April 2019, astronomers captured the first ever photograph of a black hole M87, which was located in a distant galaxy […]

National Technology Day 2022

Focus: GS III- Science and Technology Why in News? India observes its National Technology Day on 11th May every year. Details: Theme The theme for National Technology Day 2022 is “Integrated Approach in Science and technology for a sustainable future”. The theme of National Technology Day 2021 was “Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future”. Background: The […]

What Are Marsquake ?

Context: Recently, NASA has reported that its InSight Mars lander detected the largest quake ever observed on another planet. The rover first landed on Mars in November 2018, and has since heard 1,313 quakes. The largest previously recorded “marsquake” was detected in August 2021. Relevance: GS III- Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: What […]

Rocket-Propelled Grenade

Context: The Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) attack on the Punjab Police’s Intelligence headquarters in Mohali has brought the weapon into focus. Relevance: GS III- Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: What is the Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG)? What are the origins of the RPG? Can such weapons be easily procured by terrorists? What is the Rocket-Propelled […]