Mercury: GK, Current Affairs, Questions, Trivia and News

Superconductivity at Room Temperature

Researchers from Indian Institute of Science (IISc)-Bangalore have reported observing superconductivity at room temperature, in a new composite material made of gold and silver. Superconductivity Superconductivity is defined as a phenomenon in which the electrical resistivity suddenly drops to zero at its transition temperature. The phenomenon was first discovered in 1911 in mercury (Hg). Electricity ..

BepiColombo completes its near Earth commissioning phase

The ESA (European Space Agency) and JAXA’s (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) BepiColombo mission has successfully completed a series of test. It has completed its near-Earth commissioning phase and is now ready for the operations that will take place during the cruise and, eventually, for its scientific investigations at Mercury. It is a joint mission of ..

NASA reveals that Mercury a massive solid inner core

Scientists have long been known that Mercury and the Earth have metallic cores. Like Earth, Mercury’s outer core is composed of liquid metal, but there have only been hints that Mercury’s innermost core is solid. Now, in a new study, scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland have found evidence that Mercury’s ..

PCI urges media to do objective reporting on polls

PCI (Press Council of India) have issued some guidelines for media to do objective reporting on election polls and warned it against the practice of paid news. As per the guidelines, newspapers are not expected to indulge in unhealthy election campaigns, reports about candidate or party during the election period. PCI has warned media to ..

European Space Agency and JAXA launches an unmanned Bepi Colombo spacecraft to Mercury

The European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have successfully launched an unmanned Bepi Colombo spacecraft into orbit from an Ariane 5 rocket for a joint mission to Mercury, the planet closest to the sun. The spacecraft has been named after Italian scientist Giuseppe “Bepi” Colombo. The unmanned spacecraft will have to ..

Minamata Convention

The Minamata Convention on Mercury is an international treaty signed on 10th October 2013. The convention was designed to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds.  The Convention is named after the Japanese city Minamata. This naming is of symbolic importance as the city went through a devastating incident of mercury poisoning. Note: Recently, Union ..

Over 250 lakh CFLs distributed under Bachat Lamp Yojana

Minister of State for Power, Mr. K.C. Venugopal held that over 259 lakh Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) have been distributed under Bachat Lamp Yojana, BLY and the scheme is proposed in the 12th Plan with modifications. The BLY scheme has been designed on PPP (Public Private Partnership) mode.

Toxic Sindoor classified as Cosmetic

Vermilion or Cinnabar or China Red is Mercuric sulfide or HgS. Like most mercury compounds it is considered toxic. Vermilion is now produced by reacting mercury with molten sulfur. Recently, the Drug Technical Advisory Board has decided to regulate the sale and quality of sindoor. It is being brought under Schedule S of the Drugs ..