NASA captures images of strong solar flares

What is a solar flare   A solar flare is a sudden flash of brightness observed near the Sun’s surface. It involves a very broad spectrum of emissions, an energy release of typically 1020 joules of energy for a well-observed event. A solar flare is basically a giant explosion on the surface of our Sun which occurs when magnetic field lines from… Read More NASA captures images of strong solar flares

MasterCard mulls using blockchain tech

In News Mastercard is looking to incorporate blockchain technology into its operations and would like a clear regulatory framework in India that lays down what blockchain can be used for. What is a Blockchain Technology Blockchain is the technology behind crypto-currency such as Bitcoin, which is a purely electronic currency that can also be traded on exchanges. It is… Read More MasterCard mulls using blockchain tech

ISRO to develop full-fledged Earth observation satellite

In news The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) says it plans to launch a full-fledged niche Earth observation (EO) satellite — called the Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite or HySIS — using a critical chip it has developed. Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite or HySIS A new set of future satellites called hyperspectral imaging satellites is set to add… Read More ISRO to develop full-fledged Earth observation satellite

India among top nations with potential for digital payments

In News India has emerged strong, exhibiting a high potential in terms of digital payments and has been categorised under the break out segment among 60 countries, according to the Digital Evolution Index 2017. Break out segment : Refers to countries that have relatively lower absolute levels of digital advancement, yet remain poised for growth… Read More India among top nations with potential for digital payments

NASA scientists to chase solar eclipse using special research jets

In News Scientists are planning to chase the shadow of the Moon using NASA’s research jets during the upcoming total solar eclipse in the US, in order to capture the clearest ever images of the Sun’s outer atmosphere. Taking observations from twin telescopes mounted on the noses of the planes will capture the clearest images… Read More NASA scientists to chase solar eclipse using special research jets

Panel for action against farmers using herbicides on GM mustard

Backgroud The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee’s (GEAC) sub-committee has drafted several recommendations on GM mustard before it approved the crop for commercial release. These included a proposal for legal action on farmers using the glufosinate-based herbicide (Basta) on the crop unless otherwise approved by the Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee. Anti-GM activists question how… Read More Panel for action against farmers using herbicides on GM mustard