Category: SciTech

Losing contact with GSAT-6A puts ISRO authorities in dock

Lalit Shastri Giving a giving a go-bye to quality assurance, to increase launch frequency appears to be the main reason why Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO’s) GSAT-6A mission ended in failure. Two days after India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F08) launched GSAT-6A Satellite into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) on March 29, 2018, the authorities confirmed

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Women in STEMM encounter bias

Jyoti Singh Imphal: “Women’s involvement in science and technology encounters bias in regard to disciplines and academic or professional level of responsibility,” observed Kesari Nath Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal, while inaugurating the Women Science Congress during in the Indian Science Congress session here. Tripathi said that many qualified women remain away from mainstream science

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Role of MHA and the Y category security cover for serving and retired ISRO chiefs

Lalit Shastri Serving and retired ISRO chiefs are getting Y category security cover each at a cost of about Rs. 60 to 70 lakh per year. Their security cover, includes one car plus one escort car and this facility is being extended to them for life. Former ISRO chiefs K. Kasturirangan, G. Madhavan Nair, K.

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Desi GPS: Space Application Centre lacks priority at great cost to the nation

Lalit Shastri The successful launching of a series of satellites in India’s ambitious navigation satellites system (NavIC) by ISRO notwithstanding, those running and administering India’s space programme owe an explanation to the nation and they will have to tell the people of this country why there has been so much delay in making the desi

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PSLV-C40 successfully launches Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites

Newsroom24x7 Staff Sriharikota: PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission was launched today, [12 January, 2018 at 09:29 Hrs (IST)] from SDSC SHAR. Cartosat-2 Series Satellite is the primary satellite carried by PSLV-C40. This remote sensing satellite is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series and is intended to augment data services to the users. The

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Virtual psychiatrist is effective in diagnosing mental disorders: study

Dinesh C Sharma New Delhi, December 26 (India Science Wire): India has severe shortage of psychiatrists, as a result of which mental illness in rural areas either remains undiagnosed or does not get proper treatment. A ‘virtual psychiatrist’ tool developed by Indian researchers can help address this problem. It has been found that it can

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Space Application Centre Ahmedebad is developing hi-tech Remote Sensor Camera

Newsroom24x7 Network New Delhi: India’s Space Application Centre (SAC) at Ahmedabad is all set to develop a new advanced hi-tech Remote Sensor camera with a capacity to capture images and pictures from a height of over 300 kms. The new Remote Sensor Camera will be fully indigenous and may be available by early next year.

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Marine fungi : a source of cosmeceuticals

Monika Kundu Srivastava New Delhi: Scientists world over have established that marine fungi is an effective and safe way to improve various skin-related issues. Marine fungi are slowly and steadily becoming popular for their health benefits, their use in agriculture and most recently in the field of cosmeceuticals. Coined by Abbert Kligman in 1984, the term ‘cosmeceutical’ was

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Scientists re-confirm possibility of large earthquakes in the Himalayas

Sunderarajan Padmanabhan New Delhi: A new study has reconfirmed possibility that large earthquakes are imminent in the Himalayas. While high levels of strain are getting constantly accumulated along the Main Himalayan Thrust region, only a fraction of it is getting released through small earthquakes of magnitudes less than 5 on the Richter scale. The study

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DNA barcoding helps in checking illicit trade in endangered plants

Monika Kundu Srivastava New Delhi: Indian scientists have developed a reference library to provide molecular identity to a threatened plant species, Decalepis, found in peninsular India – Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Decalepis is a medicinal plant species which is in the Red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

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One solution for different problems

Dr TV Venkateswaran and Jyoti Singh New Delhi: Can there be one solution for preventing heart attacks, measuring soil moisture and detecting explosives? All these may sound disjointed, random problems, but scientists say it is possible to address them using the same concept or technology platform. Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, have achieved

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Weight gain during pregnancy may help shorter women have healthy babies

Bhavya Khullar New Delhi: A new study has shown that little weight gain during pregnancy may be beneficial for the child, for shorter women who are more likely to deliver low birth weight babies. Gaining about 490 grams of weight every week during pregnancy reduces the risk of delivering a low birth weight baby in short-statured women

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