Science and Technology – Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 19

QUESTIONS: 11/11/2013 Describe the “Ethanol Blending” program of India with reference to current economic situation? (200 Words) “Bio-fuel sector in India is undergoing a dramatic change, and it calls for efforts to generate necessary human resources to tap the emerging opportunities”. Evaluate (200 Words) ARCHIVES REFERENCES Question 1 Link Question 2 Link

Science and Technology – Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 18

QUESTIONS: 09/11/2013 In layman’s terms differentiate between El Nino and El Nino Modoki? (100 Words) Differentiate between Bio-accumulation, Bio-concentration and Bio-magnification with examples. (150 Words) “Marine pollution is multi dimensional”. Comment on the efforts of government to tackle the problem. (200 Words) ARCHIVES REFERENCES Question 1 Link 1 Link 2 Question 2 Link  

Science and Technology – Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 17

QUESTIONS: 08/11/2013 What is cultural Eutrophication? Discuss its effects on species diversity. (150 Words) Describe different types of Water Footprints? How it is measured. (150 Words) What is Earth’s Overshoot Day? (100 Words) “Ecological Deficit is much more alarming than Fiscal deficit”. Comment (200 Words) ARCHIVES REFERENCES Question 1 Link Question 2 Link Question 3 …

Science & Technology – Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 16

QUESTIONS: 07/11/2013 Why Bedaquiline was in news recently? (100 Words) Discuss the role of silver Nanoparticles in water purification? (100 Words) What is the New National Antibiotic Policy? How far this policy will curb the menace of increasing antibiotic resistance? (150 Words) What is Bio-terrorism? Explain with examples (150 Words) ARCHIVES REFERENCES Question 1 Link …

Science and Technology- Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 11

QUESTIONS: 01/11/2013 What is the link between HIV and TB? Give your views on government’s efforts in TB eradication and what are challenges for India? (200 Words) “True polio eradication is nothing but zero incidence of polio virus infection”. Justify the statement based on India’s performance and suggest measures for improvements. (200 Words) ARCHIVES REFERENCES …

Science and Technology – Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 10

QUESTIONS: 31/10/2013 “Powerful Science communication is an asset to the transformation of societies”. Examine. (200 Words) “India needs to speed up the indigenization process of its defense production in order to root out corruption from the sector”. Comment (200 Words) ARCHIVES REFERENCES Question 1 Link Question 2 Link 1 Link 2  

Science and Tech, Environment – Daily Answer Writing Challenge – Day – 9

QUESTIONS: 30/10/2013 (Topics – S&T in India, Space) Discuss the salient features of New Science, Technology and Innovation policy, 2013? (250 Words) Describe the achievements of ISRO in the last few years. What are the challenges for India in Space research technology?(250 Words) 100 words What are designer babies? Describe the various issues associated with …

S&T, Environment – Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 8

QUESTIONS: 29/10/2013 (Topics – Biotechnology; Climate Change; IPR; R&D) “The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority Bill, 2013, if passed, will adversely affect agriculture, health of humans and animals, and the environment, causing unparalleled harm”. Critically examine. (200 Words) “Too many international conventions and agreements on climate change  have perplexed and disappointed the world”. Comment. (200 World) “India …

S&T, Environment – Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 7

QUESTIONS: 28/10/2013  “Hydrogen as a fuel offers huge potential for an energy deficient country like India”. Critically comment. (150 Words) “Doping remains greatest threat to sports integrity.”Comment on the statement explaining various forms of doping. (200 Words) Compare and contrast Cloud computing and Grid computing? What are the issues involved with them? (200 Words) What …

S&T, Environment – Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 6

QUESTIONS:26/10/2013 (Biodiversity and Environment) What are the specific provisions contained in the environment related international instruments regarding Transfer of Technology? Discuss the tussle between developed and developing nations for TOT.  (250 Words) “The lack of scientific certainty should not be a reason to postpone cost effective measures to prevent climate change”. Critically comment. (200 Words) …

S&T, Environment – Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 4

QUESTIONS: 24/10/2013 (Topics – Biotechnology, Health, India – technology) Discuss the issues related to clinical trials in India? What are the implications of Supreme Court’s latest ruling in this regard. (250 Words) “India has become a surrogacy haven”. Comment on the recent issues and controversies related to surrogacy in India. Do you think ART, Bill, …

Mysore Silently Hosts Global Meet Of Space Scientists

Mysore, beautiful palace city  in southern Karnataka is hosting an international meet of world’s top space scientists from 75 countries to discuss about the future of space exploration and research. It is being hosted by ISRO and the venue is serene Infosys campus. The event is called – Cospar-2012 or the Committee on Space Research, and …

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009

(nobelprize.org) The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009 jointly to Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak for the discovery of “how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase“ Summary This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine …

Mission Chandrayaan-I of India Confirms Presence of Water On the Moon – A breakthrough!!!

For all those doubting Thomases regarding India’s prowess in space exploration here is a news to digest. A paper to be published in Science on coming Friday has revealed that the Moon contains abundant amount of water near its poles – and this is confirmed after the detailed analyses of data sent by India’s Chandrayaan-I …

Milestones in India’s Space Programme

1962 Indian  National  Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR) formed by the Department of Atomic Energy  and work on establishing  Thumba Equatorial Rocket  Launching Station (TERLS) started. 1963 First sounding rocket launched from TERLS (November 21, 1963). 1965 Space Science & Technology Centre (SSTC) established in Thumba. 1967 Satellite Telecommunication Earth Station set up at Ahmedabad. …