[Policy] Science Technology & Innovation (STI) Policy 2013: Salient features, highlights, criticism

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Timeline SRISHTI Key features of the STI policy 2013 #1: Cash power #2: Manpower #3: Business #4: Climate change #5: PPP #6: IPR #7: Participation #8: Public awareness Criticism #1: private sector =no social good #2: Indian private sector is lazy in research #3: no lesson from past #4: No structural / fundamental reforms #5: Conflicting Goals And Policies Timeline … Read More


[Defense] Current Affairs compilation 2012-13: missiles, joint exercises, operations, organizations

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Intro Defense exercises Missiles, weapons and vehicles Agni Aircraft destroyer Cruise Navy / Submarine Anti-Tank Tanks and artillery Rifles/ uniforms Indian Radars and Sonars Aircrafts Helicopters UAV/Drones Submarines Navy Ship Coast guard ships Coast guard vs Navy Navy: New bases Blue water navy Defense PSUs FDi limit Exhibitions Paramilitary forces? Important organizations Mock questions Intro Agni, Prithvi, Trishul……whenever you’re preparing … Read More


[Hindu Sci-Tech] Public Health, EnB related: Virtopsy, Vomitting Larry, Hydrogel, Mauritia (Jan Feb 2013)

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Gardasil and Cervarix Vomiting Larry Acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) Virtopsy Health communication COPSS Award Mauritia DNA as a storage device Hydrogel Saliva functions Banana peel Bio-inspired technology Lizard : Adhesives Velcro: Maroolimatthai Porcupin: Surgical Patches Gardasil and Cervarix names of the new HPV vaccines made by GlaxoSmithKline. The Health activists say it is not properly tested, they’ve filled PIL in … Read More


[Hindu Sci-Tech] Space, IT related: KSLV, Luna Glob, Black Beauty, COMET, SKA, SAGA-220 (Jan, Feb 2013)

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Telescopes #1: Square Kilometre Array (SKA) #2: Solar telescope, Solar winds Space mission related #1: Luna Glob #2: KSLV-1 #3: Pishgam IPK Black Beauty IO: the moon of Jupiter COMET online monitoring system India’s IT Development: SAGA 220 Ubuntu petabytes MillatFacebook (MFB) Direct-to-Home (DTH) movie release Telescopes #1: Square Kilometre Array (SKA) world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope will … Read More


[Science] TheHindu Dec12: GRAIL, Asteroid Mining, MoonKAMs, Liquiglide, Oraquick and more Science-Tech for UPSC CSAT

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Space related Asteroid Mining + Space Station Mercury Messenger GRAIL MoonKAMs Ebb and Flow, Sally Ride Science-Tech LiquiGlide Plastic light bulb Nuke Desalination plant MakerBot Replicator Switchblade Drone Element 113 Biology Biological Plough Redgram Handheld Dental X-ray Why skin itching during wound healing? OraQuick Home Parkinson’s disease Dogs in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve NHRDF-RED-2 Mock Questions Space related Asteroid Mining + … Read More


[Science] No Touch Breastscan, Chemin, TLS, CFL vs Tubelight choke etc from The Hindu S&T, Nov 2012

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No Touch BreastScan (NTBS) CheMin Tunable Laser Spectrometer (TLS) Gale Crater Volcanic Activity in New Zealand Step-Throat and Salt water gargaling Why no Choke needed in CFL? No Touch BreastScan (NTBS) Imaging device, based on thermography, to detect brast cancer. Increased metabolism in cancer cells leads to increase in temperature. The NTBS device looks for temperature hot spots at the … Read More


[EnB] Bergmann’s Rule, Migrantwatch, Seasonwatch, Ross Sea Marine Protected Zone, Lake Vida, Chromatophores

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These terms are from The Hindu S&T, Nov.2012 Cold Climate=Big Body size Migrantwatch and Seasonwatch. Bactrian camels and heavy-chain antibodies Ross Sea: Marine Protected Zone Lake Vida Chromatophores Hedonic Scale Method Brevetoxin-2 Mock Questions Cold Climate=Big Body size For most species of animals, body mass increases the closer you get to the poles. The bigger you are, the more fat … Read More


[Public Health] GeneXpert, Project Axshya, MALDI, Dermoscope, Bariatric Surgery, Neurostimulator

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What is GeneXpert/ CBNAAT? Project Axshya/ Mr.Sputum Bariatric surgery Neurostimulator MALDI Dermoscope Cataract Femtosecond Cataract Surgery Ex-Vivo Lung Perfusion Mock questions What is GeneXpert/ CBNAAT? Problem with MDR-TB= it takes almost 8 weeks, for doctor to diagnose this disease. You already know about multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) , if not click ME Basically the MDR-TB bacteria donot die with the conventional TB-drug. … Read More


[Public Health] ENCODE, GPCR, LNT, Disease in Dish, RNTCP & other 2/5 markers from The Hindu S&T (Sept-Oct 2012)

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Antibiotic resistance Super-spreading of Dengue Humanised mice RNTCP (Revised National TB Control Programme) Reproduction Spicy food and Tears G-protein–coupled receptors (GPCRs) Pineapple itching Blank Slate Cells / Reprograming Cells / Disease in Dish ENCODE project Single-dose drug cure for malaria HIV drops in India Linear No Threshold (LNT) concept Tobacco law & WTO Mock Questions Mains/Descriptive Antibiotic resistance It is … Read More


[Science] SCOAP3, Electronic Nose, Baxter, Lytro

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Electronic nose Bio-inspired microbot Nano-tech: Some new applications SCOAP3 Baxter Marconi vs Bose: Wireless Lytro Electronic nose Prototype electronic instrument. It can detect small quantities of harmful airborne substances. can be used for Batch to batch consistency during production. (perfumes, food) Detection of contamination, spoilage, adulteration Bio-inspired microbot Developed by China It is capable of not just walking on water but … Read More


[Science] PREDICCS, LCROSS, HXMT, Life on Mars (Space related S&T from Hindu Sept-Oct-2012)

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Life on Mars NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) PREDICCS LCROSS Hard x-ray modulation telescope (HXMT) Zero Gravity effect Life on Mars Why life is possible on Earth but not on mars: some reasons Our moon is of the right size, able to control the spinning of the earth and its axis of rotation, thus stabilizing our climate and seasons. ozone … Read More