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A Hyperloop is a proposed mode of passenger and freight transportation, first used to describe an open-source vactrain design released by a joint team from Tesla and SpaceX. This is a sealed tube or system of tubes with low air pressure through which a pod may travel substantially free of air resistance or friction. (Source: Wikipedia)
Oxford University Vaccine For Novel Coronavirus
The Oxford University vaccine is based on a harmless, weakened version of a common cold virus, or adenovirus, that causes infections in chimpanzees. The vector(the carrier) is derived from adenovirus (ChAdOx1) taken from chimpanzees (Source: The Times of India)
The Armement Air-Sol Modulaire(AASM) is a French Air-to-Ground Modular Weapon developed by Safran Electronics & Defense.
The AASM has been given the name HAMMER (Highly Agile Modular Munition Extended Range) can integrate different types of guidance units and different types of bombs. (Source: Wikipedia)
Chandrakant Sompura, is the man who designed a Ram temple for Ayodhya.
His father Prabhakar Sompura, was the architect of the Somnath Temple in Gujarat and the temple in Mathura. He has designed 131 temples, including the Swami Narayan Temple in Gandhinagar, Ambaji Temple in Palanpur and several others
Kargil Vijay Diwas
Kargil Vijay Diwas, named after the successful Operation Vijay, is celebrated in India on 26 July. On this date in 1999 India successfully took command of the high outposts which had been lost to Pakistan. The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days, ended on 26 July. (Source: Wikipedia)
HoloBoard Mixed Reality Headset
The headset will offer virtual reality experience to its subscribers. Jio's mixed reality services will allow its subscribers to create a 3D hologram of any subject placed in front of the subscriber's eyes. Jio HoloBoard is made by a company called Tesseract which was acquired by Reliance earlier
India to create its first overseas oil stockpile in US
India is moving to store oil in the US, the first time world’s third-largest oil guzzler is creating an emergency reserve abroad to take advantage of low prices and guard against possible supply disruptions. (Source: Times of India)
Beetle-mounted camera streams insect adventures
Researchers have developed a tiny wireless camera that is light enough to be carried by live beetles.
The team at the University of Washington in the US drew inspiration from the insects to create its low-powered camera system. Its beetle-cam can stream to a nearby smartphone. (Source: bbc.com)
Gujarat constable Sunita Yadav is now an internet sensation for stopping an MLA's son violating lockdown rules. More (Credit: NDTV)
Amarnath cave is a Hindu shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir, India. The cave is situated at an altitude of 3,888 m about 141 km from Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The shrine forms an important part of Hinduism and is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism (Wikipedia)
Hagia Sophia, or the Ayasofya Mosque in Istanbul that has served as a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral, an Ottoman mosque, and a secular museum. (Credit: Wikipedia) Turkey reconverted Hagia Sophia into a mosque following a court order.
Personal protective equipment
PPE is protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer's body from injury or infection. The plague doctors of sixteenth-century Europe also wore protective uniforms consisting of a full-length gown, helmet, glass eye coverings, gloves and boots.
In telecommunications, 5G is the fifth generation technology standard for cellular networks. The 5G networks will have greater bandwidth, giving higher download speeds, eventually up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbit/s). The increased speed is achieved partly by using higher-frequency radio waves than current cellular networks. (Credit: Wikipedia)
The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has launched the ‘Aatamanirbhar Skilled Employee Employer Mapping (ASEEM)’ portal to help skilled people find jobs. The ASEEM website can be accessed at "smis.nsdcindia.org". (Credit: Times of India)
Camera trap wildlife survey
Largest-ever camera trap wildlife survey’ puts India in record books. Camera traps (outdoor photographic devices fitted with motion sensors that start recording when an animal passes by) were placed at 26,838 locations across 141 different sites. (Credit; Times of India)
Veer Bhogya Vasundhara
'Veer Bhogya Vasundhara' or 'The Brave Shall Inherit the Earth', is the motto that drives the soldiers of the Rajputana Rifles to be their bravest and most courageous, every single day.
Private trains expected to begin operations by April 2023
The Railways on Wednesday invited Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for operation of passenger trains by private operators on 109 routes with 151 modern trains. This project is expected to attract ₹30,000 crore in private investment. (Credit: The Hindu)
Retired Gorkha soldiers to get J&K domicile
The Gurkhas or Gorkhas are soldiers native to the Indian subcontinent of Nepalese nationality and ethnic Nepalis of Indian nationality. There are Gurkha military units in the Nepalese, British and Indian armies enlisted in Nepal, United Kingdom and India.
Nasa's next Mars rover will be called Perseverance. The name came out of a schools competition that drew 28,000 entries. The Perseverance rover will begin the process of trying to bring rocks back to Earth for study. (Credit: https://www.bbc.com/)
Convalescent plasma therapy
An experimental treatment that some doctors are using for people with severe Corona virus disease. The people who've recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies — proteins the body uses to fight off infections. The blood from people who've recovered is called convalescent plasma. Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood. (Credit: mayoclinic.org)