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IIT: graphene nanoribbons produced by a novel method( The Hindu,Science and Technology,Prelims,Gs paper 3)

Graphene nanoribbons, produced here by simply grinding carbon nanotubes, are being increasingly used in composite materials. For the first time, researchers have been successful in bringing about spontaneous chemical reactions between two different varieties of carbon nanotubes without using any chemicals. In fact, a simple mechanical grinding of the carbon

Cleaner air could save 1.4 million lives in India, China( Pollution, GS paper 3,Health,The Hindu)

At the present rate, deaths per capita from air pollution would increase 20 to 30 per cent during the next 15 years in the two countries. Improving air quality could prevent up to 1.4 million premature deaths per year in polluted countries such as China and India, a new study

Methane in Mars rocks suggests possibility of life( The Hindu, Space Sciences,Science and Technology)

Discovery hints at possibility that methane could be used as a food source by rudimentary forms of life beneath the Martian surface. In a clue to possibility of life below the surface of Mars today, an international team of researchers has discovered traces of methane in Martian meteorites. For the

Will India phase out fossil fuels as pledged by G7 nations?( climate change ,GS paper 3, Prelims,The Hindu)

Experts say developed nations should have greater share of responsibility. After G7 countries committed to phase out fossil fuel consumption by 2100 in Germany recently, is it time that India also pursued this goal? While some climate experts argue that should be the case, others say that developed countries have

Pak to participate in SAARC satellite project meeting: ISRO( GS Paper 3, Sci and Tech, Prelims,The Hindu)

The SAARC countries, including Pakistan, will participate in the ambitious SAARC satellite project The SAARC countries, including Pakistan, will participate in the ambitious SAARC satellite project conceived by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, top official said on Tuesday. When asked if Pakistan was giving a cold shoulder to the project, the

Introduction of the Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval to introduce a new Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015. The new Bill will provide legislative framework for following new provisions other than the provisions in the existing Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986 which

Revision of cumulative targets under National Solar Mission from 20,000 MW by 2021-22 to 1,00,000 MW (gs 3)

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for stepping up of India’s solar power capacity target under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) by five times, reaching 1,00,000 MW by 2022. The target will principally comprise of 40 GW Rooftop and

Southwest monsoon is weakening as Indian Ocean warms rapidly(Geo, Climate , GS 3, GS 1)

A study shows that surface temperatures of the Indian Ocean have risen by up to 1.2°C in the past century, much larger than warming trends in other tropical oceans Schematic illustration of the mean conditions (left) and weakening trend (right) of the monsoon Days after India Meteorological Department (IMD) downgraded its