Prelim Bits 03-06-2018

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June 03, 2018


  • NASA’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission will help researchers better understand the boundary of the heliosphere.
  • NASA is targeting 2024 for the launch of a new mission to learn more about the generation of cosmic rays in the heliosphere.
  • Heliosphere is the region where the constant flow of particles from our Sun, called the solar wind, collides with material from the rest of the galaxy.
  • Cosmic rays created locally and from the galaxy and beyond affect human explorers in space and can harm technological systems, and likely play a role in the presence of life itself in the universe.
  • The spacecraft will be positioned about 1.5 million kilometres away from Earth towards the Sun at what is called the first Lagrange point or L1.

Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR)

  • AWSAR initiative will each year reward 100 best articles by PhD students with cash prize of Rs.1,00,000 each and a certificate of appreciation.
  • It is an effort to encourage and equip PhD scholars and post-doctoral fellows with skills to communicate science with lay people.
  • The Department of Science and Technology (DST) plans to reward students who write popular articles about their research.
  • The articles can either be submitted to DST directly or published in newspapers.
  • There is a yawning gap between research being done in labs across the country and what the public knows.
  • The intent of the program is to inculcate popular science writing skills and bring science closer to the society.

Paryavaran Rakshaks

  • Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change has urged school children to become environment protectors (ParyavaranRakshaks).
  • They will help the government and society overcome the menace of plastic pollution.
  • The Minister administered a pledge to the children to undertake one Green Good Deed every day, minimise the use of plastic and contribute their mite to totally stop single use plastic in our day-to-day life
  • The minister expressed the idea in a mini marathon called Envithon.
  • June 3 is also being celebrated as World Bicycle Day across the world for the first time.


Source: PIB, The Hindu

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