Recently, Google’s quantum computer, named Sycamore, claimed “quantum supremacy”, as it reportedly did the task in 200 seconds that would have apparently taken a supercomputer 10,000 years to complete. What is “quantum supremacy”? The phrase “quantum supremacy” was coined in 2012 by John Preskill. Quantum supremacy refers to a quantum computer solving a problem that cannot be expected of a classical computer in a normal lifetime. Quantum… Continue reading Quantum Supremacy
Context 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 to oxygen… Continue reading How oxygen levels affect cell metabolism?
What are exoplanets? Since when have people been looking for them? The word planet is a general term that describes any celestial body that moves around a star. Well, there are also “rogue” planets that do not orbit stars. An exoplanet is a planet outside our solar system. It is an extrasolar planet. Nicolaus Copernicus was the… Continue reading What are exoplanets, and what is ‘dark’ matter?
Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP). Details: India has the world’s largest livestock population of 125-crore plus heads, but cattle productivity is low, and animal diseases are a major concern. The diseases have resulted in some overseas markets being shut to Indian dairy and meat products, and prevented the industry from… Continue reading National Animal Disease Control Programme (NACDP)
Recently, the minister of the state of agriculture admitted that current policies will fall short of the goal of doubling farmer's income by 2022. In this context, the narrative of turning Annadata (farmer) into Urjadata (producer of solar power) as highlighted by Finance Minister in Budget 2019, can provide multidimensional benefits. Doubling the Farmer's Income. Indian PM in… Continue reading Annadata to Urjadata
What is genetic modification (GM) of crops and how is it done? GM is a technology that involves inserting DNA into the genome of an organism. To produce a GM plant, new DNA is transferred into plant cells. Usually, the cells are then grown in tissue culture where they develop into plants. The seeds produced… Continue reading Everything about GM crops!
Cyber Security and Ethical Hacking Today, technology pervades every nook and cranny of our lives. In a report published in August 2017, nearly 50.7% of the population on Earth is connected to the internet! That is 3.82 billion people! Out of these, nearly 3.03 billion are present on one social media network or the other. Facebook… Continue reading Role Of Technology In Cyber Security & Ethical Hacking
Both PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) and GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) are the satellite-launch vehicles (rockets) developed by ISRO. PSLV is designed mainly to deliver the “earth-observation” or “remote-sensing” satellites with lift-off mass of up to about 1750 Kg to Sun-Synchronous circular polar orbits of 600-900 Km altitude. The remote sensing satellites orbit the… Continue reading What is the difference between GSLV and PSLV?
The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III), the heaviest rocket ever made by India and capable of carrying large payloads, is set for launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on June 5, 2017. Here are a few facts you need to know about the rocket. 1. GSKV-Mk III is capable of… Continue reading 10 facts you about ISRO’s GSLV-Mk III
1- The total installed capacity of the Plants will be 7000 MW. 2- India has current installed nuclear power capacity of 6780 MW from 22 operational plants. 3- Another 6700 MWs of nuclear power is expected to come onstream by 2021-22 through projects presently under construction. What is pressurised heavy water reactor? 1- PHWR uses… Continue reading Cabinet approves construction of 10 units of India’s indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR)