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News in Short - 03-February-2020

India bans export of masks

Date: 03 February 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • India has banned the export of personal protection equipment such as masks and clothing amid a global coronavirus outbreak.
  • India, the world's second most heavily populated country after China, has taken measures to ensure that all people arriving from China report to health authorities.

Bionic jellyfish

Date: 03 February 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Researchers have created bionic jellyfish by embedding microelectronics into these  invertebrates with hopes to deploy them to monitor and explore the world's oceans.
  • A small prosthetic enabled the jellyfish to swim three times faster and more efficiently without causing any apparent stress to the animals, which have no brain, central nervous system or pain receptors.
  • The next steps will be to test ways to control where the jellyfish go and develop tiny sensors that could perform long-term measurements of ocean conditions such as temperature, salinity, acidity, oxygen levels, nutrients and microbial communities. 

CHEOPS satellite

Date: 03 February 2020 Tags: Space
  • The European Space Agency (ESA), which had launched the CHaracterizing ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS), has finally opened its eyes to observe the universe for the first time.
  • The CHEOPS has its first mission to be focused on exoplanets. It is also tasked with finding new information about already-discovered planets.
  • Scientists had been performing various tests to make sure all the components were working as they should and now it is ready to send back its first images.

India suspends e-visa facility for Chinese citizens

Date: 03 February 2020 Tags: India & World
  • India has temporarily suspended e-visa facility for Chinese travellers and foreigners residing in China, also invalidating e-visas already issued.
  • The novel coronavirus infection that first broke out in Wuhan, China, has spread to 25 countries so far.
  • About 14,380 cases of the virus have been reported from China alone.