Science & Technology Current Affairs Dec- 2013
1. Oxford Scientists Developed Malaria Vaccine
A novel new malaria vaccine has been developed by Oxford scientists and has shown promising results in the first clinical trial. This trial was carried out by researchers led by Professor Adrian Hill of the Jenner Institute at Oxford University, along with colleagues from the biotechnology company Okairos.
2. Iran sent a monkey into space for the second
Iran claims this is its second successful mission of 2013, although many have cast doubts on whether the first mission was legitimate.
3. Scientists decode oldest-known ‘human’ DNA
Scientist decoded the oldest DNA ever found in the human family, extracted from a 400,000-year-old thigh bone found in a pit in Spain. The feat expands knowledge of human genetics by some 300,000 years.
4. Indian Scientists developed Insulin Pill for diabetics
The Scientists developed a long-sought insulin pill that could spare millions of diabetics and soughed a way the delivery of insulin therapy from a jab to a pill.
5. China has successfully launched its Chang’e-3 lunar probe to the moon
China has successfully launched its Chang’e-3 lunar probe to the moon, from the Xichang satellite Launch Center in southwestern China. It is the first time a Chinese spacecraft will land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body, and first time a rover will land on the moon in four decades.
6. Coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth in Antarctica: -94.7C (-135.8F)
Newly analysed Nasa satellite data from east Antarctica shows Earth has set a new record for coldest temperature ever recorded: -94.7C (-135.8F).
7. World’s 1st self-regulating artificial heart transplanted in France