SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY


Monthly Current Affairs September 2016 “SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY” key points to Remember.
NASA Scientist discovered young cryovolcano in isolated mountain, analysis of images from NASA’s
Dawn mission has revealed. The Scientists believe that it would have spewed freezing. The discovered
volcano to be expected less than 1 billion years old, much more recent than scientists thought possible.
The cryovolcanic formation on Ceres is named Ahuna Mons.
Indo-Mauritius defence co-operation got another fillip with the delivery of first fast patrol vessel,
Mcgs Victory, designed and built in-house by Goa Shipyard Ltd for Mauritius Coast Guard GSL. The
ship was handed over by R Adm. ShekharMital, NM (Retd), CMD, Goa Shipyard Ltd, to K. Jhugroo,
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mauritius Police Force, Government of Mauritius, in the
distinguished presence of senior officials from Mauritius and India.
The PSLV C35 Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, carrying three satellites from India, three from Algeria,
and one each from Canada and the US, lifted off from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh and the launch
was “100 per cent successful”.
The world’s first child with genes from three people was born to a Jordanian couple. The baby was
delivered in Mexico as there are no laws in the country that could block the revolutionary technique.
An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket busted out on the launch pad during a trail destroying a satellite
that Facebook scheduled to use to beam high-speed internet to Africa at SpaceX’s Cape Canaveral
Space Launch Complex 40 resulting in loss of the vehicle in Florida.
World’s first” Driverless minibuses began taking passengers in the eastern French city of Lyon after a
year-long experiment. Two electric minibuses with a capacity of 15 passengers each are now operating
a 10-minute route with five stops in the city centre at an average speed of 6 miles (10km) per hour.
Indian researchers have made a major discovery by understanding the mechanisms by which preterm
births (between 28 and 32 weeks of gestation) occur.
Scientists have for the first time discovered tiny magnetic particles from air pollution lodged in human
brains – which could be a possible cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) successfully conducts test flight of Light Utility Helicopter
The Indian Space Research Organisation – ISRO successfully placed INSAT-3DR, an advanced
weather satellite in the GSLV-F05 rocket into the intended orbit from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre
at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. GSLV-F05 is the tenth flight of India’s Geosynchronous Satellite
Launch Vehicle (GSLV), launching INSAT-3DR, an advanced weather satellite, weighing 2211 kg
into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) Lab that was given the in-principle
approval by the Union Cabinet to come up in Maharashtra’s Hingolidistrict. It would be third one in
the world and the first one outside the United States. The total worth of the project is 1200-1300
Crore.
Scottish university has unveiled the fossil of a mysterious Jurassic sea monster, half a century after it
was discovered. The skeleton of the creature was found on the Isle of Skye in 1966 and has been
dubbed the Storr Lochs Monster.
NASA set to launch of its first ever mission to collect dust from an asteroid that may have delivered
life-giving materials to Earth billions of years ago. This $800 million solar-powered spacecraft
mission will travel for two years on a journey to Bennu, a near-Earth asteroid about the size of a small
mountain.
Uttar Pradesh became the first state in the country to launch the ambitious “Twitter Seva” project,
when in one go 122 Twitter handles were unveiled in the state capital.
Regional News Unit’s Facebook page “Chhattisgarh Newsonair” was officially released by Raman
Singh
A Chinese firm has reportedly developed and tested a radar system that is capable of beating
the stealth technology of modern military craft. The first Chinese quantum radar was developed by the
Intelligent Perception Technology Laboratory of the 14th Institute in CETC. The radar was tested in
mid-August.
Researchers from MIT and Georgia Tech had built a device that could see through
paper and distinguish ink from blank paper to determine what is written on the sheets.
Telemedicine app ‘VISIT’ launches doctor on call service. VISIT is a platform that connects patients
with practitioners anytime, anywhere through smartphone or computer. The telemedicine app was
launched earlier this year by four BITS Pilani graduates — Anurag Prasad, Vaibhav Singh, Chetan
Anand and ShashvatTripathi.
The Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Shri Arun Jaitley launched a Web
Responsive Pensioner’s Service to help in speedy redressal of pensioner’s grievances on September
14, 2016 in New Delhi.
The official website of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana pmujjwalayojana portal launched to curb a
number of fake websites which have connection with the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana(PMUY).
Himachal Pradesh Town and Country Planning department’s Hindi website was launched
by Himachal Pradesh TCP Minister Sudhir Sharma. Himachal Pradesh become India’s first state to
provide all TCP department services online.
Uber launches first driverless car service in the Steel City, Pittsburgh, USA.& Uber partners NSDC,
Maruti to skill 1 million by 2018.
A team of researchers at Jadavpur University developed a green energy from raw fish scales that
possess a piezoelectric property. The study was published in the journal Applied Physics Letters.
Public Broadcaster Prasar Bharati would launch a website and mobile app for All India Radio’s
Balochi service to reach out to the people who speak the language across the globe. The Balochi
website and mobile app would be launched by PrasarBharati Chairperson A Surya Prakash.
China launched Tiangong-2 — its space lab, which is part of an ambitious plan, stretched along
several phases, to establish a manned space station around 2022.
Aarambh Initiative has launched the country’s first-ever hotline to curb child pornography.
After studying Saturn, its rings and moons for more than 12 years, NASA’s Cassinispacecraft had
entered the final year of its epic voyage during which it would make the closest-ever observations of
the planet.
HRD Minister Praksh Javadekar launched PARAM-ISHAN supercomputer at IIT, Guwahati.
PARAM-ISHAN has power of 250 Teraflops and three hundred tera bites capacity.
American Scientists including those of Indian origin had successfully grown three-dimensional (3D)
lungs in the lab, using stem cells. The 3D lungs or organoids was created by coating tiny gel beads
with lung-derived stem cells and then allowing them to self-assemble into the shapes of the air
sacs found in human lungs.
The government had developed a scientific tool based on a UN model which would usesatellite
imagery and on-ground assessments to measure direct and indirect damages besides the ‘opportunity
cost’ lost due to disasters.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)scientists have developed a novel spectroscopic
technique that may help NASA’s new Mars rover, to be launched in 2020.
Amsterdam’s iconic canals might soon see the world’s first driverless boats, doing everything
from moving people and goods to providing “pop-up” bridges and cleaning up thousands of dumped
bicycles. The first prototypes of the so-called “Roboat” would launch next year.
Google has launched its messaging app ‘Allo’, which likes WhatsApp and Facebook
Messenger.Google also launched a new mobile application called ‘Google Trips’ that serves as a trip
planner and travel guide for anyone. Earlier it has launched video calling app Google Duo for
Android and iOS.
Researchers from Pune’s National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) and Indian Institute of Science
Education and Research (IISER) had used a simple, cost-effective and quick process to convert
sugarcane bagasse into anode-grade porous, conducting, activated carbon material for use in Li-ion
batteries
China’s online marketing giant Alibaba planned to launch the world’s first e-commerce satellite next
year to provide people with the best vegetables after analyzing agricultural cultivation and harvesting
data.
Scientists have confirmed that some of the X-ray emissions in our universe originate from a huge
bubble of hot ionised gas enveloping our solar system, a finding that strengthens our understanding of the solar neighbourhood’s early history.
China commissioned the world’s largest radio telescope which can search for more strange object,
help in better understanding the origin of the universe and boost global hunt for extraterrestrial life.
Scientists Teleport Particle Of Light Over Six Kilometres, Set Record