TECH-A-MOMENT 7 : Top 5 trending tech news

By Aditya Roy

July 12, 2020

A lot has happened around the world insofar as science & technology is concerned. So we are back with this edition of TECH-A-MOMENT 7, with a bundle of very important and interesting Top 5 trending tech news which will decide the course of our lives over next few months.

Brace yourselves for this tech-ride.

1. US to launch space force by 2020

You heard it right!!!. America is planning to launch its very own space force/military by the year 2020. With addition of the newest ancillary of military to the US armed forces regime, the United States will now have 6 branches in its arsenal. 

U.S. Armed Forces are made up of the five armed service branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy. The inclusion of 6th branch would establish the first military branch in over 70 years.

The Vice president of the US Mike Pence announced the Pentagon’s detailed plan for President Donald Trump’s vision of a Space Force on Thursday. The president described in March how he had originally coined the term, “SPACE FORCE”, as a joke, while discussing U.S. government spending and private investment in space. Trump then directed the Pentagon in June to immediately begin the creation of the new branch.

US President Donald Trump first floated the Space Force idea as a part of his national security strategy March 13. On Thursday, he expressed his enthusiasm for the plan in a tweet shortly after Pence made the announcement, saying: “Space Force all the way!”

The detailed report by Pentagon to the US Congress is given below.

2. Google Cameos

The first-rate video based Q&A application software by Tech giant Google Inc. is now available to download from the app store. 

Cameos, video-based Q&A app which allows its users to answer questions about themselves, then share those answers directly on Google. The app is aimed at celebrities and other public figures, who are often the subject of people’s Google searches. 

Cameo App

The feature is an extension of the company’s “Posts on Google” platform which has been slowly rolling out over the past couple of years, giving some people and organizations the ability to post directly to Google’s search result pages.

The app also allows celebrities using Cameos to see the top questions the internet wants answers to, so they can pick and choose which of those they want to answer. Their answers, recorded with their iPhone’s camera, will be published directly to Google search and in the Google app.

3. Madam Curie on the top of the world

Hey Millennials!! Do you remember that chapter from your class 6th Hindi literature about a French-Polish women famous for discovering the radioactive element Radium?. Of Course you do!!!. Well the 17th century women is back in the news again.

Scientist Marie Curie, The Polish-born French physicist and chemist, who’s renowned for discovering polonium and radium with her husband, had been named as the as the woman who has had the most significant impact on world history, according to a new poll conducted by the BBC.

BBC History Magazine

Following close behind curie were activists like Rosa Parks and Emmeline Pankhurst, who came in second and third respectively; and professional pioneers and leading figures Ada Lovelace, Rosalind Franklin and Marie Stopes, who were also featured in the top 10.

The list by the BBC History Magazine was based on a shortlist that readers voted on. The magazine asked professionals from 10 separate fields  to each select and nominate 10 women they saw as having had the greatest impact on world history; which helped craft the shortlist for voters. The No

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie tops ‘women who changed the world’ makes at no. 3 in this list of Top 5 trending tech news.

4. Indian Telescope discovers Radio Galaxy

Astronomers have used an Indian telescope to discover the most distant radio galaxy ever known, located at a distance of 12 billion light-years.The galaxy, from a time when the universe was only 7% of its current age was found using the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) in Pune.

GMRT is an array of thirty fully steerable parabolic radio telescopes of 45-metre diameter. It is operated by the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics.

The distance to this galaxy was determined using the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii and the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona.

The galaxy is perceived as it looked when the universe was only a billion years old, according to the study appearing in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.This also means that the light from this galaxy is almost 12 billion years old.“It is very surprising how these galaxies have built up their mass in such a short period of time,” said Aayush Saxena from Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands.

“Bright radio galaxies harbour supermassive black holes. It is amazing to find such objects as early in the history of the universe; the time for these supermassive black holes to form and grow must have been very short,” said Huub Rottgering, also from Leiden Observatory.

Black hole at the centre

Radio galaxies are very rare objects in the universe. They are colossal galaxies with a supermassive black hole in their centre that actively accretes gas and dust from its surroundings.

This activity initiates the launch of high-energy jet streams, which are capable of accelerating charged particles around the supermassive black hole to almost the speed of light.

The discovery of such galaxies at extremely large distances is important for our understanding of the formation and evolution of galaxies, researchers said.

5. National Policy on Bio-fuel

Modi

On World Biofuels Day, Prime minister released Biofuels Policy 2018 booklet. Addressing the gathering he said Biofuels can help reduce import dependency on crude oil. They can contribute to a cleaner environment, generate additional income for farmers & boost rural employment.

The Prime Minister also launched the digital platform the “Pro Active and Responsive facilitation by interactive and Virtuous Environment Single window Hub” ‘Parivesh’ launched by environment Ministry.

Through this portal, environmental clearances for forest and climate related issues will be done easily. He also gave clearance to the first project which is being built in Odisha via Parivesh. Government plans to set up 12 modern biofuel refineries across the country. 

Nearly 1.5 lakh new employment opportunities will be generated once this is achieved.

It has set a target to save Rs. 12,000 crores in the next four years by the use of ethanol.


Prime Minister said that as a result of the efforts of the Centre, ethanol blending in petrol increased from 38 crore litres in the ethanol supply year 2013-14, to an estimated 141 crore litres in 2017-18.  The Govt is committed to a 20% increase in Ethanol blend in petrol by 2030 and to achieving the goal of taking biodiesel mixture to 5%. The Prime Minister also called on farmers, scientists and entrepreneurs to spread awareness about the benefits of biofuel to the masses.

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