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Scientists Finally Discover The Function of the Human Appendix.

  • For generations the appendix was thought to have no purpose.
  • But now, researchers say they have discovered the true function of this organ, and it is anything but redundant.
  • Researchers now say that the appendix acts as a safe house for good bacteria. The body uses this to essentially “reboot” the digestive system when one suffers from a bout of dysentery or cholera.
  • Conventional wisdom used to claim that this small pouch protruding from the first part of the large intestine was simply redundant or an evolutionary shadow of a once useful organ.
  • For years doctors advised people have their appendix removed and in spite of it’s now-apparent use, most seem none the worse for having it removed.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
According to researchers the human appendix acts as a safe house for which thing of the body? 
- good bacteria.
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Indian, French space agencies ink pact on satellite launch technology


  • Indian Space Research Organisation and French Space agency (CNES) today signed a partnership agreement in satellite launch technology.
  • The agreement was signed between ISRO Chairman Kiran Kumar and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall in the presence of visiting French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault.
  • ISRO is the second partner of CNES, in terms of volume, after NASA.
  • Of comparable size and sharing similar objectives, the space programmes of both countries are complementary, it was noted.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Indian and which space agency inked pact on satellite launch technology on 11th of January 2017
 - French. 
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BITS students develop first aid app with Red Cross Society


  • Six students from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science have developed a first-aid app in collaboration with the Indian Red Cross Society.
  • The Android-based app contains instructions and information regarding medical emergencies.
  • Other features include a one-tap call feature to connect with the National Emergency Helpline and using GPS on the phone to locate all the nearest hospitals.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Six students from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science have developed a first-aid app in collaboration with which organisation? 
 - the Indian Red Cross Society. 
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China launches high-resolution remote sensing satellites


  • China has successfully launched a pair of high-resolution remote sensing satellites to get commercial images.
  • The satellites were launched Wednesday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi Province, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
  • The satellites, SuperView-1 01/02, blasted off at 11:23 am Beijing time on the back of a Long March 2D rocket.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which country has successfully launched a pair of high-resolution remote sensing satellites to get commercial images? 
 - China. 
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World's first solar road opens in France


  • The world's first solar road made with 30,000 square feet of solar panels has been opened in the French village of Normandy.
  • The one-kilometre long road took five years and cost $5.2 million to develop.
  • It will be used for a two-year test period to check if it can generate enough energy to power street lighting in the village.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The world's first solar road made with 30,000 square feet of solar panels has been opened in which country? 
 - France. 
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Team Indus, Japan’s Hakuto combine for Moon mission


  • Team Indus will carry a robotic rover developed by Hakuto, the Japanese team in the Google Lunar XPrize competition, to the Moon aboard the former's spacecraft.
  • Bengaluru-based Team Indus, the only Indian team in the competition to land a privately funded craft on the Moon, recently contracted with ISRO to launch its craft around December 28 next year.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian company has combined with Japan’s  Hakuto to  land a privately funded craft on the Moon? 
 - Team Indus. 
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China launches satellite to monitor global carbon emissions


  • China launched a global carbon dioxide monitoring satellite to understand climate change, hours after it lifted nearly a week-long red alert for the worst smog that engulfed about 40 cities in the country.
  • The 620-kg satellite TanSat was put into orbit by Long March-2D rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in north-west China's Gobi Desert early Thursday morning.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which country has launched a global carbon dioxide monitoring satellite to understand climate change? 
- China.
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Harvard creates world's smallest radio receiver


  • Harvard engineers have created the world's smallest radio receiver, whose building blocks are crystal defects the size of two atoms in diamonds.
  • The minuscule radio can withstand extremely harsh environments due to diamond's inherent strength researchers said and added that the receiver could have various applications ranging from a Venus probe to a pacemaker in a human heart.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Engineers from which collage have created the world's smallest radio receiver, whose building blocks are crystal defects the size of two atoms in diamonds?
- Harvard. 
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IIT Bombay's Techfest 2016 to begin from December 16


  • The 20th edition of Asia's largest science and technology festival, Techfest organised by IIT Bombay is scheduled from December 16-18.
  • Techfest will host personalities like Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space, with exhibitions like mind-controlled drones and bionic arms.
  • All events at the Techfest will be free, including performances by TVF and other international artists.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Asia's largest science and technology festival is organized by which educational institute? 
- IIT Bombay. 
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Japan launches 'magnetic fishing net' to collect space garbage


  • Japan on Friday launched a spaceship carrying a 700-metre-long tether to pull some of the space debris from Earth's orbit out into the atmosphere.
  • The Japanese space agency, JAXA, will pilot its “electrodynamic tether” for the first time.
  • It is one of many possible solutions that have been proposed to deal with space garbage.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which country has launched a spaceship carrying a 700-metre-long tether to pull some of the space debris from Earth's orbit out into the atmosphere? 
- Japan.
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Bluetooth 5 with double speed, 4 times longer range launched


  • Bluetooth Special Interest Group, the not-for-profit corporation that oversees the development of Bluetooth standards, has officially adopted 'Bluetooth 5' after its introduction in June.
  • The latest version claims four times the range, twice the speed and eight times the amount of data in broadcast messages.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Bluetooth Special Interest Group, the not-for-profit corporation that oversees the development of Bluetooth standards, has officially adopted which new version of Bluetooth? 

 - Bluetooth 5.

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Remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A successfully launched


  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A into its dedicated orbit.
  • It was launched onboard of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C36 from first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
  • It was PSLV’s 38th flight and XL version of the rocket was used. It was the 37th consecutive successful flight of the rocket.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched which  remote sensing satellite into its dedicated orbit on 7th of December 2016? 

 - Resourcesat-2A. 

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ISRO to launch remote sensing satellite on Dec 7


  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday announced that it is all set to launch PSLV-C36 carrying 1,235 kg remote sensing satellite RESOURCESAT-2A from the spaceport of Sriharikota on December 7.
  • The satellite would carry a high-resolution Linear Imaging Self Scanner camera, medium-resolution LISS-3 camera and an advanced wide field sensor camera that operates in various bands.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going to launch which remote sensing satellite on 7th of December 2016 from the spaceport of Sriharikota? 

 - RESOURCESAT-2A 

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Indian startup signs contract with ISRO for mission to moon


  • Bengaluru-based aerospace startup Team Indus has become the first private entity to secure a dedicated Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from ISRO.
  • Team Indus is the only Indian team in Google's $20 million Lunar XPRIZE competition to become the first privately funded team to land a robot on the Moon that successfully travels 500 meters.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which Indian aerospace startup has become the first private entity to secure a dedicated Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from ISRO? 
 - Team Indus.
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Nihonium becomes Asia's 1st Periodic Table element discovery


  • Periodic Table element with atomic number 113, Nihonium (Nh) has become the first ever element to be discovered by an Asian country after it was officially revealed by the IUPAC on Wednesday.
  • Along with three other elements that helped to complete the Periodic table, Nihonium was discovered and proposed by the RIKEN collaboration team in Japan in December last year.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which element has become the first ever element to be discovered by an Asian country after it was officially revealed by the IUPAC? 
- Nihonium (Nh).
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India successfully test-fires Agni-I ballistic missile


  • India successfully test-fired indigenously built nuclear-capable intermediate range Agni-I ballistic missile on Tuesday from a mobile launcher from Odisha coast.
  • The surface-to-surface missile, powered by solid propellants and equipped with a sophisticated navigation system, has a 700-km target range.
  • The 15-metre-long and 12-tonne heavy missile has already been inducted into Indian Armed Forces.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

India successfully test fired which ballistic missile on 23rd November 2016?

- Agni-I.

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NASA launches most advanced weather satellite into space


  • NASA successfully launched GOES-R, claimed to be the world's most advanced weather satellite, on Saturday from Florida.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration teamed up with NASA to rocket the spacecraft, which is the first in a series of four high-tech satellites initiative, valued at $11 billion. GOES-R is missioned to provide faster and more accurate weather forecasts for the US.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which space agency has launched the world's most advanced weather satellite?

 - NASA.

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Nat Geo magazine cover features Mangalyaan's Mars photo


  • An image of the planet Mars taken by ISRO's Mars-orbiting spacecraft Mangalyaan has found a place on the cover of the November edition of the National Geographic magazine.
  • The spacecraft's launch had completed three years on November 5.
  • The mission, which had cost ₹450 crore, was made to last six months but has now survived for three years.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

An image of the planet Mars taken by ISRO's Mars-orbiting spacecraft Mangalyaan has found a place on the cover of the November edition of which well known magazine?

 - National Geographic magazine.

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NASA astronaut set to become the oldest woman in space


  • NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, at an age of 56 years, will become the oldest woman in space history after she takes off for the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday.
  • Notably, Whitson, who holds the record for most time spent in space by a woman, is also the first woman to become ISS commander.
  • This will be Whitson's third spaceflight.

Quick Question for Bank PO/IBPS Exams 2016-17 :

Which NASA astronaut will become the oldest woman to travel in space ?

 - Peggy Whitson.

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DRDO Conducts the 4th Young Scientists Meet


  • The 4th Young Scientists Meet (YSM), organized by the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), New Delhi.
  • It's organized along with other Delhi based laboratories of the DRDO, commenced on November 11.
  • DRDO provides a platform to its young scientists in the form of YSM to interact, network, discuss and share their scientific ideas that help them unleash their creative and innovative potential.
  • YSM 2016 is a two-day technical event with participation of around 200 young scientists of DRDO coming from various laboratories from all over India.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

The 4th Young Scientists Meet (YSM), organized by the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) is organized in which city?

 - New Delhi.

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