Science and Tech Current Affairs For UPSC Prelims and Mains 2019

This article will help in covering the following topics of the syllabus

Prelims – General Science

Mains

Essay Paper-III

General studies III –

  • Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life
  • Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

As you know Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2019 will be conducted on 2nd June 2019, and mains will be starting from 20th September 2019 in which current affairs will play a crucial role.

So in this article, we will be updating all important Science & Tech Events between January 2018 to August 2019 on monthly basis. Bookmark this page in your browser so that you don’t miss any important event. The events are compiled from newspapers (The Hindu, TOI, IE & ET), magazines, and various online resources.


December 2018

  • Six new antibodies developed
  • NASA probe to reach asteroid Bennu
  • Osiris-Rex arrives at Bennu
  • Biggest US ‘rideshare’ mission
  • India’s heaviest communication satellite launched
  • Four new gravitational waves detected
  • First ever womb transplant from a dead donor
  • Einstein’s ‘God Letter’ auctioned
  • Probe to explore the dark side of Moon
  • ‘Sun in a box’ system
  • The new method to predict solar storms
  • Evidence of water discovered on Bennu
  • Voyager 2 reached
  • Virgin Galactic reaches space for the first time
  • Juno set to reach on Jupiter
  • Gsat-7A successful
  • Most-distant object ever discovered
  • Evidence of water discovered in 17 asteroids
  • Most influential teens of 2018
  • China’s first satellite for broadband
  • Agni-IV test-fired successfully
  • Adolescent star discovered
  • SpaceX deploys GPS satellite into orbit
  • Scientists ‘sew’ with just sound waves
  • GM plants can remove cancer-causing pollutants
  • Gaganyaan approved

November 2018

  • Solar eruptions may not be slinky shaped
  • Dawn mission ends
  • High exposure to RFR
  • Indian, US satellites find black hole
  • India’s first LC payment via blockchain
  • NASA conducts quiet sonic boom tests
  • Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids
  • World’s largest brain-like supercomputer switched on
  • Cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’
  • Global proposals on Venus mission
  • ESA-Roscosmos Mars rover’s landing spot revealed
  • India to launch GSAT-29
  • Ice Age asteroid crater discovered
  • SpaceX to launch 1st satellite from India
  • GSAT-29 placed in orbit
  • SpaceX gets nod to put 12,000 satellites
  • Kepler put to rest
  • Definition of kilogram changed
  • NASA selects landing site
  • Rare gamma-ray burst
  • ISS microbes
  • Smart vaccine for goat plague
  • New method to remove mercury from water
  • TRAPPIST-1 system
  • First-ever study on cannabis
  • World’s first genetically edited babies
  • CubeSat success paves way for smaller space probes
  • ISRO to launch HysIS satellite

October 2018

  • ‘Martian dirt’ may unveil how to grow space food
  • Parker completes first Venus flyby
  • First evidence of Moon outside solar system
  • Night trial of Prithvi-II
  • Voyager 2 nearing interstellar space
  • SpaceX successfully lands rocket
  • GSLV MK-III cryo engine tested
  • Spacecraft send to Mercury
  • China to launch artificial moon
  • Flesh-eating fish identified
  • World’s largest amphibious plane
  • New ceramic composite material for solar energy
  • 3D printing for artificial blood vessels
  • New gamma-ray constellations named
  • Parker records images of Earth
  • First indigenously Sukhoi-30 MKI
  • CSIR develops Less Polluting Firecrackers
  • Hubble space telescope returns
  • Signs of supermassive black hole mergers found

September 2018

  • Solar eruptions may not be slinky shaped
  • The new method to forecast geo storms developed
  • Water worlds could support life
  • AI-based system help predict the earthquake
  • Third FOXSI mission
  • India And France To Collaborate On Human Space Mission ‘Gaganyaan’
  • IAF ready for space challenge
  • 5G networks may be in place by 2020
  • India’s DRDO Test Fires Indigenous Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile
  • Surface to surface short-range missile Prahaar test fired successfully
  • NASA balloon mission to improve weather forecasting
  • India conducts successful interceptor missile test
  • Blockchain technology to track drug supply chain in India

August 2018

  • Bacteria too can become extinct
  • Move Hack launched
  • Supersonic interceptor missile successfully test fired
  • Naval version of Tejas tests
  • First manned US space launch since 2011
  • SKA’s ‘nervous system’
  • NASA’s Curiosity rover anniversary
  • Most lithium-rich giant star discovered
  • Gender gap in Internet
  • Partial Solar Eclipse on 11 August 2018
  • Parker launch delayed
  • New patented Clot buster
  • First mission to touch the Sun
  • Lander to be named ‘Vikram’
  • Humanoid robots introduced
  • A Study by robotic floats
  • SAAW Successful Tested
  • Test of ATGM ‘HELINA’
  • India’s future astronauts’ training centre
  • Presence of ice on Moon
  • InSight spacecraft crosses halfway mark to Mars
  • Laser satellite to study Earth’s changing ice
  • First images captured of asteroid Bennu
  • Spitzer telescope completes 15 years in space

July 2018

  • Aadhaar VID now operational
  • GNFC, NITI Aayog join hands on Blockchain
  • India’s most potent missile
  • Century’s longest total lunar eclipse to be seen
  • Earth’s first animals caused global warming
  • AI robot reaches the space station
  • First biofortified sorghum.
  • Flight tests for Crew Escape System
  • First confirmed the image of the planet being formed
  • Bacteria-powered solar cell
  • Cheetah 3 robot
  • A rare celestial event
  • Gravity theory passes the extreme test
  • ‘Sausage’ galaxy reshaped Milky Way
  • Kepler Telescope almost out of fuel
  • Net neutrality recommendations approved
  • India’s first internet calling
  • Heat-resistant film for ISRO space missions
  • Ghost Particle origin traced
  • Vikas Engine successfully tested
  • Volcano spots on moon Io
  • BrahMos successfully tested
  • China to launch satellites for low-orbit communications
  • ‘Scientific validation’ to Ayurveda
  • New ‘Meghalayan age’ discovered
  • Trai report on download speed
  • The magnetised wire can detect cancer early
  • Data Transfer Project
  • Satellite to search missing matter
  • Park Nanoscience Lab
  • Parachutes for Orion spacecraft
  • TESS begins operations

June 2018

  • Gravitational wave signalled the birth of the black hole
  • Successfully test-fires Agni-5
  • New material help to regenerate enamel
  • India in e-waste generation
  • New clues of life found on Mars
  • An effective tool to check IP abuse
  • World’s first psychopath AI
  • India in the league of Exoplanet
  • NASA flies unmanned aircraft
  • Pinaka turns into the guided missile
  • Found ‘functional cure’ for HIV
  • World’s most powerful supercomputer unveiled
  • Supermassive blackhole Spotted
  • India’s largest national data centre to come up
  • Indian scientists discover ‘sub-Saturn planet
  • First satellite to collect space junk
  • World’s smallest computer

May 2018

  • New materials for sustainable developed
  • New water-based battery
  • Insight spacecraft launched
  • BrahMos to attain 76% localisation
  • New antibodies for Ebola vaccine
  • Scientists decode the Sun’s death
  • New magnetic process in space
  • SpaceX postpones first commercial launch
  • Nanofertilisers for enhancing zinc
  • Google updates Privacy Policy ahead of GDPR
  • LISA can detect binaries from Milky Way’s globular clusters
  • New evidence of water plumes on Europa
  • Bitcoin to use 0.5% of world’s electricity by year-end
  • First stars formed 250 million years after Big Bang
  • Centre unveils e SIM norms
  • First ever Railways to use AI
  • AI in armed forces
  • Successfully test-fires BrahMos missile
  • Nipah virus infection
  • Brahmos test-fired for 2nd day
  • Astrosat accomplishes X-ray polarisation
  • Twin NASA water cycle tracker satellites
  • The Union reports
  • Cloud-enabled Data Centre
  • India among most targeted for phishing
  • New element with magnetic properties
  • AI can detect skin cancer
  • Velocity MR Study on Aadhar

April 2018

  • Satellites for Iridium launched
  • Contact with GSAT-6A satellite lost
  • Aadhaar gets Virtual ID
  • Test launch of Mars landing parachute
  • India bans antibody detection test kits
  • Mission Micro-11
  • Parker Solar Probe
  • INRSS-1I put into orbit
  • Final orbit raising of IRNSS-1I
  • DARPAN-PLI App launched
  • World’s largest superconducting camera

 


March 2018

  • Successful Test of NAG
  • Super-Earth exoplanets
  • NASA reveals future missions to Moon
  • Search for interstellar water
  • AI-powered ‘Watson Assistant
  • Brahmos Test fired successfully
  • Govt starts creating IST
  • Hot Earth-sized exoplanet spoted
  • GSAT-6A in orbit
  • SIH-2018

February 2018

  • Sanskrit name for Airbus
  • Agni-I successfully test-fires
  • New alien species invasions rising globally
  • Mid-course missile interceptor.
  • Graphene radiation detector
  • In major breakthrough in retinal neurons
  • Juno probe completes orbit of Jupiter
  • App to monitor fly ash launched
  • Astrosat accomplishes X-ray polarisation
  • Neptune’s mysterious shrinking storm
  • Asteroid ‘time capsules
  • Agni-II missile test fired.
  • Night trial
  • World’s first state-backed digital currency
  • India 7th most targeted nation
  • SARAS test flown successfully
  • ‘Ultramassive’ black holes discovered
  • Next generation technology loop to generate clean energy
  • ‘Dhanush’ missile successfully test-fired
  • SpaceX launches imaging satellite
  • 5G trial in India successfully
  • Rustom-2 test successfully
  • CSIR signs MoU with IORA
  • Water distributed across lunar surface
  • Clues to alien life on Mars

January 2018

  • First time microbes in space
  • Eco-friendly method for raw biomass
  • First Blue Moon in 150 years
  • India’s first multi-petaflops supercomputer
  • Scientists trace origins of early life
  • Zuma spacecraft launched
  • The man who decoded our DNA
  • New catalyst can create fuels from shale gas
  • India to launch its 100th satellite.
  • UIDAI introduces ‘Virtual ID’
  • Multiple-burn tech.
  • PSLV-C40 successfully places 31 satellites
  • Stem cells convert to nerve cells
  • Five new exoplanets
  • UIDAI to introduce facial authentication
  • Cartosat-2 becomes operational
  • Maharashtra unveils public cloud policy
  • World’s biggest flooded cave.
  • India successfully test-fires Agni
  • Indigenous malaria vaccine failed
  • Commercialise use of ISRO’s lithium-ion battery
  • Last satellite launched by a foreign rocket
  • Super blue moon to reveal evolution of moon’s surface
  • New cyber security business
  • Scientists clone monkeys
  • GOLD mission continues.
  • UIDAI allows face recognition
  • Karanj launched

Related Notes


Leave a Reply