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Science and technology current affairs- October 14, 2023

Questions

  1. What new feature has Elon Musk-run X adopted for vetting new members in private Communities?
  2. How did Telegram CEO Pavel Durov defend his app’s handling of Israel-Hamas war-related content?
  3. What is the impact of delaying bedtime by 90 minutes each night on heart health, according to a recent study?
  4. What are Satya Nadella and Brad Smith’s comments on Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard?
  5. What new feature is Jack Dorsey-backed social media network Bluesky offering for journalists and news organizations?
  6. What did European Commissioner Thierry Breton communicate to Google and Alphabet CEOs regarding illegal content and disinformation?
  7. What happened to Elon Musk-run X Corp on a Friday?
  8. What is the objective of NASA’s Psyche mission?
  9. What did Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar say about India’s advancements in robotics?
  10. What does a recent study say about the resilience of young children to SARS-CoV-2?
  11. What changes are coming to the WhatsApp Android application interface?
  12. What is the latest update on Boeing’s Starliner capsule’s first crewed flight?

Answers

  1. Elon Musk-run X has adopted a new member vetting feature which requires members to answer a question and agree to the group’s guidelines when requesting to join private Communities.
  2. Telegram CEO Pavel Durov defended his app by saying that it can serve as an important channel for information, citing an example where Hamas used Telegram to warn civilians in Ashkelon to leave the area ahead of missile strikes.
  3. Delaying bedtime by 90 minutes each night damages cells that line the blood vessels, which supports the hypothesis that poor sleep is linked to heart health. This was revealed in a study among women participants.
  4. Satya Nadella and Brad Smith welcomed the closing of the $68.7 billion transaction to acquire gaming giant Activision Blizzard. They affirmed their commitment to labor principles and innovative approach to union partnerships.
  5. Bluesky, the Jack Dorsey-backed social media network, has invited journalists and news organizations to self-verify themselves by setting their website directly as their username.
  6. European Commissioner Thierry Breton sent a letter to Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, reminding him to comply with the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA) to keep illegal content and disinformation related to the Israel-Hamas war off YouTube.
  7. Elon Musk-run X Corp suffered a brief global outage, including in India, as users reported issues with posting and refreshing content. The outage lasted for about an hour.
  8. NASA’s Psyche mission aims to explore an asteroid rich in gold, diamond, and platinum.
  9. Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar stated that India has made significant strides in the field of robotics and that the national strategy on robotics policy will offer significant opportunities for the manufacturing sector, Industry 4.0, and cyber-physical systems.
  10. A study finds that SARS-CoV-2 may be getting neutralized in the nasal tracts, explaining young children’s remarkable resilience to the virus.
  11. WhatsApp is rolling out a new revamped interface for the Android application featuring new icons and a new green color theme for both light and dark modes.
  12. The first crewed flight of Boeing’s Starliner capsule aims to launch in mid-April next year, after several delays.

Science and technology current affairs- September 24, 2023

One-Liner Questions:

  1. What impact does exposure to blue light from smartphones have on early puberty in males?
  2. Which electric vehicle topped this year’s evaluation by Auto Motor Und Sport?
  3. Who ranked second and third in the electric vehicle evaluation by Auto Motor Und Sport?
  4. What percentage of patients showed multiple organ abnormalities five months after Covid-19 infection?
  5. What was the sale figure of Elon Musk’s biography in its first week?
  6. How have tech salaries in the US changed year-over-year according to a new report?
  7. What new feature is Google adding to Gmail on Android?
  8. What work does Union Finance Secretary T.V. Somanathan think AI can replace?
  9. What new feature is WhatsApp reportedly rolling out for channel creators on Android?
  10. How has Google mocked Apple in a new video campaign?
  11. What did Union IT and Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw say about US-based Micron Technology investing in India?

Answers:

  1. Exposure to blue light, like that from smartphones, may lead to early puberty in males according to a study presented at the 61st Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting.
  2. Kia’s EV6 GT topped this year’s evaluation of electric vehicle models by Auto Motor Und Sport.
  3. Hyundai Motor’s independent Genesis brand’s GV60 SUV ranked second, and the Ford Mustang Mach-E ranked third in the evaluation.
  4. Nearly a third of patients showed abnormalities in multiple organs, particularly in the lungs, brain, and kidneys, five months after Covid-19 infection.
  5. Elon Musk’s biography by Walter Isaacson sold 92,560 copies in the first week of its launch.
  6. Local tech salaries in the US have experienced their most significant year-over-year decline, dropping 3 per cent from $161,000 to $156,000. When adjusted for inflation, the decrease is 9 per cent from $141,000 to $129,000 from 2022 to mid-2023.
  7. Google is adding a “Select all” button to Gmail on Android to allow users to clean up their inbox more easily and quickly.
  8. Union Finance Secretary T.V. Somanathan said that Artificial Intelligence (AI) can replace the work being done by auditors and accountants.
  9. Meta-owned WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature designed to keep channel creators informed about the status of their channels on Android, especially when they are closed in specific countries.
  10. Google has mocked Apple by comparing the iPhone to an “iPager” in a new video, criticizing its lack of support for the RCS messaging protocol.
  11. Union IT and Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that global chip manufacturers have realized India’s potential, and the investment by US-based Micron Technology will set a benchmark for India’s semiconductor journey.

Science and technology current affairs-Dec 22, 2022

1- Agritech firm Carnot Technologies is enabling farmers to make data-driven decisions and earn up to 30% more as the Indian agriculture sector utilises new-age technologies and telematics to boost crop productivity.

2- Elon Musk’s run Tesla, whose stock has fallen more than 60% this year, has informed staff that there will be another round of layoffs early in 2019 coupled with a complete hiring embargo.

3- After more than four years of collecting unique scientific data on Mars, the US space agency has officially decommissioned the InSight Mars lander.

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4-The well-known social media site Snapchat is introducing three new features, including expanded customizability options, to its paid membership service “Snapchat+.”

5-According to rumours, Samsung will introduce the Galaxy S23, its newest line of flagship smartphones, on February 1st, 2023.

6- Meta said that, in order to improve application performance on virtual reality (VR) headsets, it is providing developers with 7% extra graphics processing unit (GPU) computational power to work with on Meta Quest 2 devices.

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7-Leading UK daily The Guardian revealed on Wednesday that a “major IT problem,” which looks to be a ransomware attack, had affected its systems.

8-A recent study has found that the common food colour “Allura Red AC” may contribute to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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9-On Wednesday, WhatsApp, which is owned by Meta, announced that it had banned more than 37 lakh “bad” accounts in India during the month of November in accordance with the updated IT Rules 2021, which would place greater obligations on social media sites.

10-According to a recent estimate, about 9% of Netflix members in the US have chosen the streaming service’s new “Basic with advertising” tier.

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