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Our galaxy holds at least 300 million potentially habitable planets: Study

Kepler Space Telescope's studyApprox Read Time: 4 min In News: According to US space agency NASA, our Milky Way galaxy is filled with 300 million potentially habitable planets. News Summary: Kepler Space Telescope's study NASA's Kepler Space Telescope spent nine years till 2018 on a planet-hunting mission in the Milky Way.Kepler had already found billions (100-400 billion) of planets, but it was known that not all of them were "habitable".Habitable planets are…


Science Updates: NASA’s SOFIA Discovers Water on Sunlit Surface of Moon

SOFIA Discovers Water on MoonApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has confirmed the presence of water on the moon’s sunlit surface for the first time.NASA made the discovery using the SOFIA flying observatory.The results showed that there may be more water on the moon’s surface than previously thought. News Summary: SOFIA Discovers Water on Moon Discovery by SOFIA: SOFIA has detected water molecules (H2O) in Clavius…


The plasma therapy debate

Plasma TherapyApprox Read Time: 3 min Plasma Therapy In News: India’s largest trial on convalescent plasma therapy (CPT) known as PLACID, has found that CPT has been ineffective in controlling Covid-19.After the findings, the the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has been planning to drop this mode of treatment from the national guidelines for Covid-19 treatment. Four main components of blood: Red blood cells carry oxygen around the bodyWhite blood cells support immune…


Seeking solar system’s secrets, NASA spacecraft briefly lands on asteroid

OSIRIS-REx SpacecraftApprox Read Time: 3 min In News: US space agency NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft momentarily touched the surface of asteroid Bennu, and attempted to collect a handful of material for return to Earth. News Summary: US space agency NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft momentarily touched the surface of asteroid Bennu, at a spot called Nightingale, inside a crater near Bennu’s north pole.To collect a sample from Bennu, the spacecraft’s robotic arm called…


Ensure poll-like system for Covid vaccine delivery: PM

Covid Vaccine DeliveryApprox Read Time: 3 min Covid Vaccine Delivery In News: Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently reviewed the pandemic situation and the preparedness of vaccine delivery, distribution and administration at a meeting.The meeting noted that three vaccines are at advanced stages of development in India, of which two are in Phase II and one is in Phase-III. Highlights of the meeting: The PM directed that every step in the logistics, delivery and…


Punjab close to BharatNet phase 2 work completion, other states lagging

BharatNet phase 2Approx Read Time: 3 min BharatNet phase 2 In News: Punjab became the first state to connect all of its gram panchayats (GPs) under the BharatNet scheme for rural broadband internet connectivity.However, many states continue to struggle to complete the work on BharatNet phase-II. Background on BharatNet phase-II: Phase-II delays:Under BharatNet phase two, the government aimed to provide last mile optical fibre connectivity to the remaining 1.5 lakh gram panchayats (GPs).However,…


How cops took cue from West, used new tech in riots conspiracy probe

New Tech in ProbeApprox Read Time: 3 min In News: The chargesheet on Delhi riots was recently filed by the Delhi Police.Due to the sensitivity and complexity of the cases, Delhi Police has used high-end technology, advanced techniques, and scientific tools, in the process of filing the chargesheet. New Tech in Probe Technologies used by Delhi Police: Internet Protocol Details Records (IPDR) analysis: The Delhi Police conducted an Internet Protocol Details…


What is Solar Cycle 25, recently announced by NASA and NOAA scientists?

Solar Cycle 25Approx Read Time: 4 min In News: Scientists from NASA have announced their predictions about the new solar cycle, called Solar Cycle 25, which they believe has begun. News Summary: The Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel, an international group of experts co-sponsored by NASA, announced that solar minimum occurred in December 2019, marking the start of a new solar cycle.Because our Sun is so variable, it can take months after the fact…