FEBRUARY 2019-SCIENCE AND TECH NEWS

ISRO lists 10 firms to make li-ion cells

  • The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) named 10 companies to which it proposes to transfer the technology for manufacturing Lithium-ion cells developed by the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thumba.
  • ISRO developed Li-ion cells with capacities ranging from 1.5 Ah to 100 Ah for use in launch vehicles and satellites.

Scientists create AI based system that translates thoughts into speech

  • Science have created an artificial intelligence (AI) based system that directly translates thoughts into intelligible, recognizable speech.

  • The technology developed by researchers from Columbia University in the United States.

  • The research will help people who cannot speak regain their ability to communicate with the outside world.

Hoveizeh- Long-Range Surface to Surface Missile Unveiled by Iran on 1979 Islamic Revolution Anniversary

  • Iran Unveiled its Long Range Cruise Surface to Surface Missile, named Hoveizeh with a Strike range of 1,300 km (800 miles) to mark the remembrance of 1979 Islamic Revolution Anniversary.

‘Nasr’ - short range surface-to-surface ballistic missile test fired by Pakistan
  • Pakistan has test fired a short range surface-to-surface ballistic missile ‘Nasr’ with a strike range of about 70-km.

  • It is a high precision, shoot and scoot weapon system with the ability of in-flight maneuverability.

ISRO launched Human Space Flight Centre in Bangalore.

  • The Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC), the hub of ISRO's future manned missions, was inaugurated at ISRO headquarters in Bangalore.

  • The country's first crewed mission is set to happen by 2022, the 75th year of Independence.

  • Dr. Sivan named S. Unnikrishnan Nair as the founder Director of HSFC and R. Hutton as the project director of Gaganyaan.

NASA's Hubble Accidentally Discovers Dwarf Galaxy 30 Million Light Years Away

  • Astronomers from Italy, the UK, Germany and the United States discovered newly discovered galaxy consists of red giant particles.

  • This ancient galaxy is one of the oldest galaxies and was named after Luigi Bedin, a researcher at Italy’s National Institute for Astrophysics.

  • Bedin 1 is located 28.38 million light years from Earth.

Mashoka 5 – Mobile App launched for booking of Bungalow No. 5, in New Delhi

  • Holding wedding ceremonies and private parties in Lutyen's Delhi will now become easier as the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry launched a mobile app to book its 5 Ashoka Road Bungalow.

  • The launch of the mobile application named after ''5 Ashoka Road'' is a step towards ensuring the commitment of the government to provide speedy provisions of services to the citizens in a transparent and efficient manner, Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said at the event.

  • To that extent the launch of this app is a facility which demonstrates the commitment of our government for providing minimum government and maximum governance to the citizens.

National Testing Agency (NTA) introduced mobile app for Mock Tests for JEE Mains 2019
  • The candidates who are appearing for JEE Main, NEET or NTA NET exams will be able to practice for these competitive exams using an official app.

  • To make aspirants of rural areas more familiar to online tests, earlier, NTA has established 4,000 Test Practice Centers at free of cost.

  • The National Testing Agency (NTA) is a newly formed organisation, which conducts entrance examinations for admission in higher educational institutions in the country.

Facebook Messenger begins rolling out unsend feature
  • The feature would enable users to delete the sent message within a time period of 10 minutes

  • Facebook will retain a copy of the deleted message for a short time so that it can review it in case the receiver reports it for harassment.

World Largest Insurance Scheme Ayushman Bharat Launches Mobile App

  • The government’s mega health insurance scheme, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), popularly known as the Ayushman Bharat, has launched the PM-JAY app on Google Play Store.

  • The scheme received an INR 6,400 Cr commitment from the government in the interim budget of 2019.

INF nuclear treaty: Russia plans new missile systems after pullout
  • Russia is planning to develop new missile systems after both Russia and the US suspended their involvement in an arms control pact.

  • The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty banned both countries from using short- and medium-range missiles.

  • Centre clears plan to use Space Technology in Border Management The government has approved a plan to use space technology in border management to check intrusion.

  • Over 3 thousand incidents of intrusion on country’s borders took place in the last 4 years.

  • Island development, border security, communication and navigation, Geographic Information System and border infrastructure development are the areas which have been identified for use of space technology in improving border management.

Chennai Police Commissioner launches mobile app Digicop

  • Chennai Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan launched mobile App ‘DigiCop’ of the city police department at the commissioner’s office in Chennai.

  • This app as of now have details of 18,000 stolen mobile phones are stored.

  • The user can lodge mobile theft complaints and also check if the user’s mobile is in the police list of retrieved mobiles.

  • Serthupathi also released a DVD on CCTV awareness and several other police campaigns to make the police department people friendly.



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