ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE- A SLOW TSUNAMI

GS 2 : Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources, GS 3 : Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Source: The Hindu dated 29/4/2021 https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/antimicrobial-resistance-the-silent-threat/article34434231.ece Context: Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the need for cross-national collaboration in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR), whichContinue reading “ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE- A SLOW TSUNAMI”

The Big Push For Digital Currency In China

GS#3_ Science and Technology– Developments and their Applications and Effects in Everyday Life. Backdrop China in February launched the latest round of pilot trials of its new digital currency, with reported plans of a major rollout by the end of the year and ahead of the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February 2022. While severalContinue reading “The Big Push For Digital Currency In China”

Hydrogen as an alternative fuel

GS 3 Science and Technology Developments and their applications and effects in everyday life. Introduction          Hydrogen fuel cells produce electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen atoms ; reacts with oxygen across an electrochemical cell similar to that of a battery to produce electricity, water, and small amounts of heat. Current Scenario: In Union BudgetContinue reading “Hydrogen as an alternative fuel”

Nanophotonics

GS 3 Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life. Introduction          Nanophotonics or nano-optics is the study of the behavior of light on the nanometer scale, and of the interaction of nanometer-scale objects with light. Current Context: Crystals are normally rigid, stiff structures, but researchers from University of Hyderabad haveContinue reading “Nanophotonics”

DNA Technology Regulation Bill

GS 3 Science and Technology Developments and their applications and effects in everyday life. Introduction               DNA analysis is extremely useful and accurate. DNA analysis can ascertain the identity of a person from his/her DNA sample. Recent News The Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) asked the government to pay “careful attention” to the DNA Technology (UseContinue reading “DNA Technology Regulation Bill”

5G technology in India

GS 3 Science and Technology Developments and their applications and effects in everyday life. Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology. Introduction          5G or fifth generation is the latest upgrade so far in the long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband networks. The 5G technology mainly works in 3Continue reading “5G technology in India”

Antitrust Lawsuits

GS 3 Science and Technology Awareness in the fields of IT Introduction              The issue of anti-competitive practices by Tech giants has come into the light again as recently.              An antitrust lawsuit was filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and governments of 48 US states against the tech giant Facebook. accusing it of crushing smaller competitorsContinue reading “Antitrust Lawsuits”

Online NEWS and OTT platforms

GS 3 Science and Technology Developments and their applications and effects in everyday life. Introduction         An Over-The-Top (‘OTT’ media service) is a streaming media service offered directly to viewers via the Internet.        OTT bypasses cable, broadcast, and satellite television platforms, the companies that traditionally act as a controller or distributor of such content. Contemporary Issue       TheContinue reading “Online NEWS and OTT platforms”

Countering deepfakes, AI threat

GS 3 Science and Technology Developments and their applications and effects in everyday life. Introduction Disinformation and hoaxes have evolved from mere annoyance to high stake warfare for creating social discord, increasing polarization, and in some cases, influencing an election outcome. Contemporary Issue: Cybercrime officials in India have been tracking certain apps and websites thatContinue reading “Countering deepfakes, AI threat”

Industrial Revolution 4.0

GS 3 Science and Technology Developments and their applications and effects in everyday life. Awareness in the fields of IT, Computers, robotics, nano-technology. Introduction            The Fourth Industrial Revolution/Industry 4.0 is the ongoing automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices, using modern smart technology. RECENT TRENDS: Continued Presence of Informal Economy: Nearly 90% of India’s workforceContinue reading “Industrial Revolution 4.0”

Digital payment superhighway

GS 3 Science and Technology Developments and their applications and effects in everyday life. GS 3 Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources. Introduction                 The Digital India programme is a flagship programme of the Government of India with a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.Continue reading “Digital payment superhighway”

Vanquishing viruses: On Nobel prize for medicine

GS 3 – Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life. Introduction       The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice. Who peeled the layers off another virus that confounded generations of physicians the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Identification of Hepatitis C virus:Continue reading “Vanquishing viruses: On Nobel prize for medicine”

COVID-19 vaccine

GS 3 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life. Introduction      A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease.         A COVID-19 vaccine is a biotechnology product intended to provide acquired immunity against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). A vaccine typically containsContinue reading “COVID-19 vaccine”

CRISPR – CAS9 : genetic scissors – On Chemistry Nobel

GS 3 Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life. Introduction        The CRISPR (short for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) technology for gene-editing (developed in 2012), makes gene sequencing very easy, simple and extremely efficient providing nearly endless possibilities. Emmanuelle Charpentier of France and Jennifer A Doudna of the USAContinue reading “CRISPR – CAS9 : genetic scissors – On Chemistry Nobel”

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