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News in Short - 19-August-2019

UAE to give PM Modi highest Civilian honour

Date: 19 August 2019 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the UAE where he will receive the Order of Zayed, the highest civilian award of the country.
  • The visit acquires importance as it would be the first by Mr. Modi to a leading member of the Organisation of Islamic Countries after India had changed the status of Kashmir.

Flood alert in Delhi

Date: 19 August 2019 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
  • National Capital of Delhi is facing situation of floods due to heavy rainfall upstream.
  • The Yamuna river, which flows through Delhi has breached the danger mark and has chances of flooding low lying areas
  • The Yamuna river originates in Uttarakhand and flows through Himachal Pradesh and Haryana before entering Delhi.

Wearable sensors to detect health problems From sweat

Date: 19 August 2019 Tags: Nanotechnology
  • Scientists are developing a wearable skin sensor that can detect what is in your sweat.
  • It is assumed that monitoring perspiration could bypass the need for more invasive procedures like blood draws, and provide real-time updates on health problems such as dehydration or fatigue
  • Microfluidics are  fitted with chemical sensors that can detect concentrations of electrolytes like potassium and sodium, and metabolites .

Scientists make stable cyclocarbon ring of 18 carbon atoms for the first time

Date: 19 August 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A team of scientists from Oxford University and IBM research has managed to make and image ring of 18 carbon atoms for the 1st time , which is carbon allotrope called cyclocarbon (C18).
  • Research into this cyclocarbon’s structure has suggested that it acts as a semiconductor. This means that it has potential use in electronic industry.

New species of freshwater fish found

Date: 19 August 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Scientists of the Zoological Survey of India have discovered two new species of freshwater fish from the north-eastern and northern parts of the country.
  •  The Glyptothorax gopii, a new species of catfish was found in Mizoram’s Kaladan river, Garra simbalbaraensis was found in Himachal Pradesh’s Simbalbara river.