Science and Technology

NRDC, CCRAS inks MoA to commercialise ayurvedic medicines

National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) and Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) have inked Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to commercialise ayurvedic medicines and technologies developed at CCRAS.

The MoA was signed by Director General of CCRAS Abhimanyu Kumar and Chairman & Managing Director of NRDC H Purushotham.

The scope of MoA also includes providing Intellectual Property Rights services to CCRAS in India and abroad.

NRDC already has played key role in transferring more than 10 technologies developed at CCRAS to more than 50 entrepreneurs and industry. It had helped both the organisations to earn a substantial amount of revenue.

CCRAS is an apex Body in India constituted for the formulation, development, co-ordination and promotion of research in Ayurveda on scientific lines. It is an autonomous organisation under the AYUSH Department of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

While, NDRC functions and operates under the ageis of Uinion Ministry of Science and Technology.

At present, Ayurvedic Medicines commercialised by NRDC and developed by CCRAS are available to the public for the treatment of different diseases at an affordable price.


World’s first electric satellites successfully lifted off by SpaceX rocket

World’s first electric satellites were successfully lifted off by a Space Exploration (SpaceX) Technologies rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, United States.

The rocket was carrying two all-electric commercial satellites built by Boeing. The satellites are owned by the French satellite provider Eutelsat and Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS).

Eutelsat’s satellite is part of its 35-member commercial network. It will provide services like mobile, internet, video and other communications services to expand its reach into the Americas. While, ABS new satellite will serve its customers in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Features of electric satellites

  • These satellites are fitted with lightweight, all-electric engines rather than conventional chemical propulsion systems.
  • These electric engines allow satellites to produce electric propulsion in order to reach and remain fixed in particular orbit.
  • Electric propulsion from these satellites consumes less fuel compared with satellite having chemical propulsion. Thus making satellites lighter in weight and further reducing cost of launch.


Oxford dictionary adds words ‘ride-share’, ‘unboxing’, ‘bioprinting’ and ‘vishing’ related to Technology

Recently Oxford dictionary has added words ride-share, unboxing, bioprinting and vishing related to Technology in the new list.

Oxford dictionary defined these words as

  • Ride-share- to participate in an arrangement in which a passenger travels in a private vehicle driven by its owner, for free or for a fee, especially as arranged by means of a website or app.
  • Bioprinting- The use of 3D printing technology with materials that incorporate viable living cells. For e.g. to produce tissue for reconstructive surgery.
  • Unboxing- An act or instance of removing a newly purchased product from its packaging and examining its features, typically when filmed and shared on a social media site.
  • Vishing– It is like phishing, but using phone calls or voice messages instead of emails to trick people in revealing sensitive information.