Current Affairs – May, 2018

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Andhra Pradesh notifies new state symbols after bifurcation

Andhra Pradesh Government notified its new state symbols after four year after bifurcation of undivided Andhra Pradesh in 2014 into two states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. These states symbols were notified by State department of environment, forest, science and technology.

New state symbols

State bird: Rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri). Locally known as Rama Chiluka.

State tree: Neem ( Azadirachta indica). Locally known Vepa Chettu.

State animal: Black-buck (Antilope cervicapra). Locally known as Krishna Jinka.

State flower: Jasmine (Jasminum officinale). Its adoption will promote jasmine, which is grown commercially in Guntur, Prakasam, Kurnool, Kadapa, Anantapur and Chittoor districts of state.

State symbols of Telangana

State bird: Indian Roller (coracias benghalensis) or Palapitta. It also state bird of Odisha and Karnataka.

State tree: Jammi Chettu (prosopis cineraria).

State animal: Jinka or spotted deer.

State flower: Tangidi Puvvu (senna auriculata). It is widely used in the state’s famous Bathukamma festival.

Month:  Categories: States


Scientists create world’s first 3D-printed human corneas

Scientists from Newcastle University, UK have created world’s first 3D printed human corneas (3D printed thin protective film over eye) that could solve problem of shortage of available eye donors and help millions of blind people gain sight again.

Cornea is outermost layer of the human eye. Its key function is to focus vision. It also barricades eyes against harmful dirt and bacteria. Damage to cornea from injury or infection can distort vision or even lead to blindness.

Key Facts

The 3D printed human corneas were produced using bio-ink solution consisting of healthy corneal stem mixed together with alginate and collagen. The combination of alginate (a gel derived from seaweed) and collagen helps to keep corneal stem cells alive and produces material of necessary dimensions which is stiff enough to hold its shape and soft enough to be squeezed out nozzle of 3D printer.

Month:  Categories: Science & Technology