[UPSC Mains Focus] AI, machine learning to support digital lending landscape in post-covid era

June 4, 2020 | Livemint (Link) Mains Paper 3: Science and Technology Prelims level: V-CIP Mains level: Role of technology in post-covid era Context: Covid-19 has become a major part…

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Vyommitra: A Half-humanoid [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Vyommitra: A Half-humanoid Why in News? Vyommitra, a half-humanoid is being developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for an unmanned space mission later…

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Indian Cobra Genome Decoded [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Indian Cobra Genome Decoded Why in News? An international team of researchers have sequenced the genome of the Indian cobra, in the process identifying the…

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Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook Scandal – I [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook Scandal - I Why in news? A global data analytics company is in spotlight for involving in a data scandal during US…

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Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook Scandal – II [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook Scandal - II Click here for Part-I What is the issue? A global data analytics company is in spotlight for involving in a data…

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SATCOM TECHNOLOGY DEPLOYED FOR LEARNING [2 JAN 2020] [CURRENTAFFAIRS.ACADEMY – UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS PREPARATION]

[CURRENTAFFAIRS.ACADEMY – UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS PREPARATION] SATCOM TECHNOLOGY DEPLOYED FOR LEARNING [2 JAN 2020] Context: The Rajasthan government has started using satellite communication technology in a big way to enhance the…

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GAGANYAAN, CHANDRAYAAN-3 IN MISSION MODE, SAYS ISRO [2 JAN 2020] [CURRENTAFFAIRS.ACADEMY – UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS PREPARATION]

[CURRENTAFFAIRS.ACADEMY – UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS PREPARATION] GAGANYAAN, CHANDRAYAAN-3 IN MISSION MODE, SAYS ISRO [2 JAN 2020] Context: Four pilots from the Indian Air Force (IAF) will leave for Russia this month…

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Data and its discontents [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Data and its discontents SCIENCE TECH ART CULTURE | AWARENESS IN THE FIELDS OF IT, SPACE, COMPUTERS, ROBOTICS, NANO-TECHNOLOGY, BIO-TECHNOLOGY, PHARMA SECTOR & HEALTH SCIENCE…

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CollabCAD tool to create 3D Computer Aided Designs [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] CollabCAD tool to create 3D Computer Aided Designs [PIB] Context Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog and National Informatics Centre (NIC) jointly launched CollabCAD. CollabCAD It…

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Making use of technology to trace Covid-19 [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Making use of technology to trace Covid-19 [The Indian Express] Context The article argues for the greater adoption of technology in tracing the Covid-19. Taking…

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Regulating Artificial Intelligence [CAA Featured Article] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Regulating Artificial Intelligence [CAA Featured Article] Context Recently, various prominent personalities have highlighted the need of regulating Artificial Intelligence (AI).Renowned personalities like Bill Gates, Elon…

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Blockchain Technology [CAA Featured Article] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Blockchain Technology [CAA Featured Article] Context National Informatics Centre (NIC) has set up the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Blockchain Technology in Bengaluru, Karnataka.It aims…

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What is Contact Tracing Technology? [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] WHAT IS CONTACT TRACING TECHNOLOGY? [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context Global technology giants Apple and Google have announced that they are partnering on developing contact tracing…

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What are Primordial Black Holes (PBH)? [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] WHAT ARE PRIMORDIAL BLACK HOLES (PBH)? [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context A scientist duo from Pune has studied primordial black holes that were born as a…

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Covid-19: Software vendors focus on big data, AI despite fall in IT spending [Live Mint] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] COVID-19: SOFTWARE VENDORS FOCUS ON BIG DATA, AI DESPITE FALL IN IT SPENDING [LIVE MINT] Context The article discusses how COVID-19 has prompted the software…

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TB diagnostic kit ‘Truenat’ [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] TB DIAGNOSTIC KIT ‘TRUENAT’ [THE HINDU] Context ‘Truenat’, a diagnostic machine used to test drug-resistant TB has now been approved by Indian Council of Medical…

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Chitra Acrylosorb Secretion Solidification System [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] CHITRA SECRETION SOLIDIFICATION SYSTEM [PIB] Context Scientists at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) have designed and developed a highly efficient…

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Ionospheric based monitoring of large earthquakes [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] IONOSPHERIC BASED MONITORING OF LARGE EARTHQUAKES [PIB] Context Scientists of Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG) an autonomous institution of the DST have extensively studied the…

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Pink Supermoon/Paschal Moon [The Time of India] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] PINK SUPERMOON/PASCHAL MOON [THE TIME OF INDIA] Context A supermoon is all scheduled to show up in the sky on April 7. It would be…

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Man versus microbe [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] MAN VERSUS MICROBE [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context The present COVID-19 outbreak has brought to light the old struggle between humans and viruses. The constant struggle…

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GRACE-FO Mission [Down To Earth] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] GRACE-FO MISSION [DOWN TO EARTH] Context NASA releases new global maps mapping groundwater, soil wetness using GRACE-FO satellites. GRACE-FO Mission The Gravity Recovery and Climate…

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What is Geo-fencing? [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] WHAT IS GEO-FENCING? [THE HINDU] Context The Centre is using powers under the Indian Telegraph Act to “fetch information” from telecom companies every 15 minutes…

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Sodium Hypochlorite as Coronavirus disinfectant [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] SODIUM HYPOCHLORITE AS CORONAVIRUS DISINFECTANT [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context In Uttar Pradesh, migrant workers travelling to their home states, or their belongings, were sprayed with…

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Convalescent Plasma Therapy [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] CONVALESCENT PLASMA THERAPY [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context With no specific treatment available for novel coronavirus disease and a vaccine at least a year away, the…

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Project ‘Isaac’ [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] PROJECT ‘ISAAC’ [PIB] Context IIT, Gandhinagar has launched Project Isaac to engage its students in creative projects to enhance their critical skills while they are…

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Serological test for COVID-19 [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] SEROLOGICAL TEST FOR COVID-19 [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context The ICMR invited bids for an estimated 10 lakh antibody kits (for serological tests) for the diagnosis…

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Laser Surface Micro-texturing [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] LASER SURFACE MICRO-TEXTURING [PIB] Context International Advanced Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI) an autonomous R&D Centre of Dept. of Science and Technology…

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What is Hantavirus? [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] WHAT IS HANTAVIRUS? [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context China has reported the death of a person from Yunnan Province who tested positive for the Hantavirus. What…

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Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) [Down To Earth] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] FAST RADIO BURSTS (FRBS) [DOWN TO EARTH] Context Researchers from a Canadian space observatory have been recording the periodic radio waves hitting Earth from a…

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The race to find a cure for COVID-19 [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] THE RACE TO FIND A CURE FOR COVID-19 [THE HINDU] Context The world is dealing with an unprecedented and unimaginably serious crisis. Therefore, the speed…

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The Covid-19 crisis could bring the country up to digital speed [Live Mint] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] THE COVID-19 CRISIS COULD BRING THE COUNTRY UP TO DIGITAL SPEED [LIVE MINT] Context The Covid-19 pandemic gives us a chance to re-evaluate the worth…

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National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] NATIONAL SUPERCOMPUTING MISSION (NSM) [PIB] Context The Union Ministry of Science & Technology has informed about the progress of the National Supercomputing Mission. National Supercomputing…

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Can Vitamin C prevent or cure novel Coronavirus infection? [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] CAN VITAMIN C PREVENT OR CURE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS INFECTION? [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context “Vitamin C can help you ward off the novel coronavirus infection”. This…

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Picking up the quantum technology baton [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] PICKING UP THE QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY BATON [THE HINDU] Context With the Budget announcement providing direction for the development in quantum technology, the stakeholders need to…

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Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] INDIAN INSTITUTES OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IIIT) LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2020 [PIB] Context Lok Sabha passed the IIIT Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020. About IIIT Act IIITs…

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How lipids play critical roles in infectious diseases [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] HOW LIPIDS PLAY CRITICAL ROLES IN INFECTIOUS DISEASES [PIB] Context A researcher from IIT Bombay is using biologically active lipid molecules as chemical biology tools…

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A different fight-back [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] A DIFFERENT FIGHT-BACK [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context Coronavirus crisis is an opportunity for India to build on domestic technological capabilities in artificial intelligence, big data…

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Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ) Advisories [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] POTENTIAL FISHING ZONE (PFZ) ADVISORIES [PIB] Context The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad has reported that Oceansat Satellite data from ISRO…

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PCR Test for Diagnosis of the COVID-19 [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]
Fake blood is seen in test tubes labelled with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in this illustration taken March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

PCR Test for Diagnosis of the COVID-19 [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] PCR TEST FOR DIAGNOSIS OF THE COVID-19 [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context The diagnosis of COVID-19 can be done with the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test…

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Role of Glucose in Regulating Liver Functions [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] ROLE OF GLUCOSE IN REGULATING LIVER FUNCTIONS [THE HINDU] Context A study by researchers from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (TIFR) has revealed…

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Finding cure for COVID-19 [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] FINDING CURE FOR COVID-19 [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context Scientists across the world are trying to develop a line of treatment and a possible vaccine for…

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Explained: How plants dissipate excess sunlight as heat? [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] EXPLAINED: HOW PLANTS DISSIPATE EXCESS SUNLIGHT AS HEAT? [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context Photosynthesis is a life-sustaining process by which plants store solar energy as sugar…

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Quantum coin or ‘qubit’ and Entanglement Theory [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] QUANTUM COIN OR ‘QUBIT’ AND ENTANGLEMENT THEORY [PIB] Context Researchers from Raman Research Institute (RRI), an autonomous institution under the Dept. of Science & Technology,…

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NASA’s new Mars rover: Perseverance [Down To Earth] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] NASA’S NEW MARS ROVER: PERSEVERANCE [DOWN TO EARTH] Context NASA has named its next Mars rover ‘Perseverence’. About Perseverance The Perseverance rover weighs less than…

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Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC) [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] POLYMER ELECTROLYTE MEMBRANE FUEL CELLS (PEMFC) [PIB] Context Scientists at International Advanced Research for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad have developed Polymer Electrolyte…

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Unguarded X hypothesis [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] UNGUARDED X HYPOTHESIS [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context Men outnumbered women by 37 million in the 2011 Census of India, but among those over the age…

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