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Science Bytes: ISRO’s Expedition to Sun

ISRO’s Expedition to Sun Approx Read Time: 5 minutes In News: The ISRO is preparing to send its first scientific expedition to study the Sun. The mission named Aditya-L1, will observe the Sun from a close distance and is expected to be launched in early 2021. Studying Sun Challenges in studying Sun: The distance of …

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Where NASA could go next — Venus, moons of Jupiter, Neptune?

Upcoming Tentative Space Missions of NASA Approx Read Time: 3 minutes In News: NASA has recently finalized the four mission concepts as semi-finalists from more than a dozen proposals submitted by U.S. scientists last year. Each of the mission teams will receive $3 million to perform detailed nine-month studies to mature their concepts and present …

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Solar Orbiter blasts off to capture first look at Sun’s poles

Solar Orbiter Approx Read Time: 5 minutes In News: The Solar Orbiter, a collaborative mission between the European Space Agency and NASA to study the Sun, recently took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The mission, worth approximately, launched on an Atlas V rocket, will face the sun at approximately 42 million kilometers from its …

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Extra Bytes: Mapping the ‘Indian’ genome

Genome India Programme Approx Read Time: 5 minutes In News: Recently the government has cleared an ambitious gene-mapping project, Genome India Programme. About: Genome India Programme What is DNA? Every organism’s genetic code is contained in its Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid (DNA), the building blocks of life. In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick discovered that …

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Four-fold jump in Li-ion battery imports since 2016

Lithium-Ion battery imports Approx Read Time: 5 minutes In News: The Union Science Ministry has presented in the Lok Sabha the data regarding India’s imports of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. News Summary: India imports of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries and consequently its import bill on the product have seen a big increase in the last few years. …

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