GS-III: Science & Technology

Why Delhi conducted ground survey on measles?

December 4, 2018

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. Measles has been an important cause of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. Why Ground level survey? Delhi has witnessed a spike in measles cases over the last three months. For the first time in the decade, there was an

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How India aims to guard teens from cyber bullying?

December 3, 2018

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has come out with a booklet titled “A Handbook for Students on Cyber Safety” to guard teen against becoming victims of cybercrime. Handbook on cyber safety for students: The booklet tries to address the issue of increasing use of smartphones, gadgets, online gaming, social media, and fake news. The

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How the patent scenario has evolved in India post National IPR policy 2016 and how Universities are responding to it?

November 1, 2018

The National IPR policy 2016 has introduced significant changes. The policy has also aided in bringing the structural reforms in the arena of patent administration. Patent administration in the post National policy era: The grants rates at the Patent Office in 2017-2018 have increased with an increase of 32% in the number of patents granted

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What are the key spatial variations in India’s ability to sustain drought?

October 25, 2018

A paper published in the “Journal of Hydrology” has found a spatial variation in ecosystem’s ability to sustain drought. The researchers used biomass and evapo-transpiration to understand how efficiently water was used by vegetation. India’s ability to sustain drought A resilient ecosystem is one which can absorb drought by increasing or maintaining its efficiency to

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What are artificial moon plans of China?

October 24, 2018

China is planning an artificial moon over the city of Chengdu, in Sichuan province, by 2020. The aim of this initiative is to provide an alternative means of street lighting and save on electricity. How it is being done? The artificial moon would be a mirror orbiting Chengdu at a height of 500 km. This

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