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ISRO completes development of Radar for joint earth observation satellite mission with NASA, to be launched in 2022
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ISRO completes development of Radar for joint earth observation satellite mission with NASA, to be launched in 2022

The Nasa-Isro Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) is a collaboration between the Indian and US space agencies for a dual-frequency L and S-band SAR for earth observation
The NISAR Mission will measure Earth’s changing ecosystems, dynamic surfaces, and ice masses providing information about biomass, natural hazards, sea level rise, and groundwater, and will support a host of other applications.
NISAR will observe Earth’s land and ice-covered surfaces globally with 12-day regularity on ascending and descending passes, sampling Earth on average every 6 days for a baseline 3-year mission.
NISAR is the first satellite mission to collect radar data in two microwave bandwidth regions, called the L-band and the S-band, to measure changes in our planet’s surface less than a centimeter across.

Indian Scientists develop low-cost optical spectrograph that can locate sources of faint light from distant galaxies
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Indian Scientists develop low-cost optical spectrograph that can locate sources of faint light from distant galaxies

Indigenously designed and developed ‘Made in India’ spectrograph, commissioned on Devasthal Optical Telescope, can locate faint light from distant celestial objects
The spectroscope, the largest of its kind among the existing astronomical spectrographs in the country, has been successfully commissioned on the 3.6-m Devasthal Optical Telescope (DOT), the largest in the country and in Asia, near Nainital Uttarakhand.
Expertise from various national institutes, organizations, including the ISRO and some MSMEs, were involved to review and build parts of the instrument serving as an example of effective collaboration.

Kodaikanal Solar Observatory Digitized Data probes Sun’s rotation over the Century, Provides way to predict solar cycles
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Kodaikanal Solar Observatory Digitized Data probes Sun’s rotation over the Century, Provides way to predict solar cycles

Scientists have estimated how the Sun has rotated over a century from data extracted from old films and photographs that have been digitized. This estimation would help study magnetic field generated in the interior of the Sun, which causes sunspots and results in extreme situations like the historical mini-ice age on Earth (absence of sunspots). It could also help predict solar cycles and their variations in the future.

Indian Scientists develop molecule that could be a potential candidate to treat Alzheimer’s
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Indian Scientists develop molecule that could be a potential candidate to treat Alzheimer’s

Scientists have developed a small molecule that disrupts the mechanism through which neurons become dysfunctional in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The molecule could be a potential drug candidate to halt or cure the leading cause of dementia (70-80%) worldwide. In the Alzheimer’s brain, abnormal levels of naturally forming protein clump together to form plaques that collect […]

India emerges key mover of global S&T partnerships
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India emerges key mover of global S&T partnerships

India has emerged a key mover of global S&T partnerships in critical areas like energy, water, health and astronomy which are global challenges India has driven Mission Innovation to boost research, development and innovation and related investment in clean energy, the Dutch Indian Water Alliance for Leadership Initiative (DIWALI) India has funded 9 RD&D projects […]

Mars 2020/Perseverance Key Facts
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Mars 2020/Perseverance Key Facts

Mission Name: Mars 2020 Rover Name: Perseverance Main Job: The Mars 2020/Perseverance rover is designed to better understand the geology of Mars and seek signs of ancient life. The mission will collect and store a set of rock and soil samples that could be returned to Earth in the future. It will also test new […]

Ramanujan Machine – AI powered “mathematician” who can discover hidden patterns in numbers
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Ramanujan Machine – AI powered “mathematician” who can discover hidden patterns in numbers

A new artificially intelligent “mathematician” known as the Ramanujan Machine can potentially reveal hidden relationships between numbers. The Ramanujan Machine is a novel way to do mathematics by harnessing the power of a standard computer to make new discoveries. The Ramanujan Machine has already discovered dozens of new conjectures. The Ramanujan Machine consists of algorithms […]

Creation of artificial lakes due to melting of glaciers a recipe for disaster, says research
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Creation of artificial lakes due to melting of glaciers a recipe for disaster, says research

The recent devastation in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand has once again warned us about the dangers of global warming. Such incidents occur in the Himalayas due to the breaking of glaciers or the breaking of walls of lakes formed by glaciers. The glaciers are continuously melting due to global warming, leading to creation of […]

Coronavirus infection spread more rapidly in US, Europe than in East Asia due to Protein deficiency: NIBG study
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Coronavirus infection spread more rapidly in US, Europe than in East Asia due to Protein deficiency: NIBG study

Scientists from National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBG), Kalyani have found the biological mechanism behind the significantly faster spread of Coronavirus in Europe and North America but not in East Asia. According to them the main reason behind the slow spread of mutant Coronavirus in Asia compared to the West is due to the deficiency […]

Scientists find geological evidence of eastern Himalaya earthquake recorded in history
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Scientists find geological evidence of eastern Himalaya earthquake recorded in history

This finding could contribute to a seismic hazard map of the eastern Himalaya
Scientists from Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG) carried out a mega trench excavation at Himebasti village, Arunachal Pradesh, India and analysed it with modern geological techniques.
The study of the earthquake at Sadiya in 1697 adds an important site to the seismic hazard assessment of the eastern Himalaya