Science, Health & Technology Updates


Beans will now Grow in Space

According to the latest research, the International Space Station (ISS) will be growing beans in 2021. It had already cultivated lettuce in space three years ago. The beans could be planted in high-tech planters developed at the The project is to be carried out by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in collaboration with Italian and French researchers.


Get Ready for Chandrayaan-2

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is likely to launch the country’s second mission to the Moon Chandrayaan-2, in February 2019.


ISRO to Set Up Space Galleries in India

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has planned to set up Space Galleries in various locations of the country. These galleries will spread knowledge about space science and technology amongst Indians.


A New World Found in Space

NASA’s latest planet-hunting probe, Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered a new world outside our solar system. There are planets orbiting a bright, nearby dwarf star about 53 light years away, in the constellation Reticulum. The red dwarf star has been named HD 21749b.


NGT fines Meghalaya Government

The National Green Tribunal has fined Meghalaya government with an amount of Rs. 100 crore for its failure to curb illegal coal mining in the state. The action comes after a high-level committee submitted an adverse report to a bench headed by NGT chairperson AK Goel. According to the report, a majority of the mines in the state are operating without a lease or license. Meghalaya government has admitted that a large number of mines are operating illegally.


A Solar Power Grid of 7.5 GW for Jammu & Kashmir

The Solar Energy Corporation of India has invited bids from solar power developers to construct 7.5 GW grid connected projects in Leh and Kargil Districts of Jammu & Kashmir. 2.5 GW will be constructed in Kargil and 5 GW in Leh. This tender is a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal of building 100 gigawatts of solar capacity in the country by 2022.


Global Healthcare Summit 2019 will be in Hyderabad

Organized in partnership with the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the 13th edition of the Global Healthcare Summit 2019 will be held in Hyderabad from July 21 to 24, 2019. The summit will have an international research competition for which the American Association of Physicians with Indian Origin (AAPI) will be working in collaboration with a leading academic medical college in Hyderabad.


Launch of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assisted Project, Green-Ag

As per the information shared by the Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Parshottam Rupala, the Government had launched a Global Environment Facility (GEF) assisted project during September 2018. The project, “Green – Ag: Transforming Indian Agriculture for global environmental benefits and the conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes” is in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The project aims to mainstream biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable land management objectives and practices into Indian agriculture.


Mumbai Chokes on Poor Air Quality

The air quality in Mumbai is in the poor category, after being in the very poor category. It is said that the air quality index (AQI) will stay in the poor to very poor categories for around a month. The city’s average Air Quality Index stood at 284 (PM 2.5).


Enhanced Tejas Under Production

The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas is now being manufactured in an enhanced, battle standard format. It is being designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in Bengaluru.