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RFID Tags for Identification of Railway Coaches, Wagons & Locomotives

Science & Technology
Date: 02 May 2017

In order to know the exact location of the locomotives, coaches and wagons, Indian Railways have introduced the system of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags designed by the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS). This will enable the Railways to maintain and manage the resources in a better way. In this system, RFID tags fitted on coaches, locomotives and wagons will emit radio frequency signals that will be received and read automatically by the trackers installed at the railway stations. This information will then be transmitted over the network connected through server. A pilot project for RFID tracking had already been conducted at the Vishakhapatnam – Talcher – Paradeep section.

Automated Weather Stations (AWS) for Farmers of Maharashtra

Science & Technology
Date: 02 May 2017
Maharastra has become the first state to provide information related to weather to the farmers of the state through the Automated Weather Stations (AWS) to be installed at taluka level. These weather stations will be set up by Skymet Weather Pvt Ltd and the weather information will be provided to the farmers on the mobile app of the company as well as on the state government agriculture and weather information portal Mahavedh. The data provided by the use of AWS will also be used by the government to set up weather database bank, to issue location specific advisories to the farmers, better disaster management and to implement crop insurance schemes. The first such weather station was inaugurated by the state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Dongargaon in Nagpur region.  

ISRO to Launch “South Asia” Satellite on May 5, 2017

Science & Technology
Date: 01 May 2017

India’ s premier space probing and research agency Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is all set to launch the proposed geosynchronous satellite named the South Asia Satellite on 05th May. The satellite will help serve the needs of the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) member countries in the fields of communication and meteorology. The idea of having such a satellite was mooted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the SAARC summit held in Nepal in the year 2014 and is an important part of the Prime Minister’s neighbourhood first policy. The South Asia Satellite has been designed and developed by ISRO. 

University Students Make Biggest Freestanding Rubik’s Cube

Science & Technology
Date: 19 Apr 2017
A team of Engineering students at the University of Michigan (USA) have successfully made the world’s biggest freestanding 3-D Rubik’s Cube. The weight of this cube is 680 Kilograms. Time estimated to solve this newly developed 3-D puzzle is likely to at least 60 minutes, whereas traditional Rubik’s cube of the size of 5.7 Cm can be solved in a few seconds to  a few minutes time. Rubik’s Cube was invented by a Hungarian artist Prof Erno Rubik in the year 1974 and was originally named as “Magic Rubik”.