Page-5 of Current Affairs - May, 2013

Fact Box: Magnetar; NASA's observatory finds Magnetar "SGR 0418"

Scientists at NASA have discovered exotic neutron star called Magnetar named SGR 0418 by using Chandra X-ray Observatory and other satellites. What are Magnetars? Magnetar are the dense remains of dead stars that erupt sporadically with bursts of high-energy radiation. It is a type of neutron star with an extremely powerful magnetic field (ten to a thousand times stronger than for the ..

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Southern India's first fighter aircraft base inaugurated at Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu)

The Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu) airbase which was undergoing modernization to cater to increased security and strategic demands has been finally inaugurated. The airbase will strengthen India’s presence over the Indian Ocean region and is the first fighter aircraft base here in southern India where the IAF is stationing its most lethal Su-30MKI combat aircraft. This would ..

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Fact Box: What gives some tigers white fur with dark or sepia brown stripes ?

Scientists from Peking University, Beijing, have solved a long standing enigma behind the cause that gives some tigers white fur with dark or sepia brown stripes. It has been found that a change in a single amino acid (A477V) in one pigmentation-related gene (SLC45A2) adds this attribute in some tigers like White Bengal tigers. What ..

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Gold nanoparticles to aid efficient drug delivery and diagnostics

Scientists from Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad, have synthesized eco-friendly gold nanoparticles using bio-resources which could be used as carriers for delivering anti-cancer drugs and also for diagnosing the disease. How it was done? Scientists used leaves of some herbal plants like Bhringaraj ( Eclipta alba ) to extract the bio-compatible nanoparticles. This plant extract ..

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Yoga University inaugurated in Gujarat

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a yoga university named Lakulish Yoga University in Ahmedabad. It is a private university up by Life Mission Trust, which already runs several yoga training centres across the State as well as in Canada and Mauritius. The university will offer courses in yoga, Indian culture and Indology. It will offer ..

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