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2011 January Science and Technology

Australia's first adult stem cells from skin

Scientists of University of Melbourne and Monash University have developed Australia's first adult induced pluripotent stem cell lines using skin biopsies from patients with the rare genetic disease Friedreich's ataxia (FA).

In a groundbreaking achievement that could help scientists build new biological systems, Princeton University (USA) scientists have constructed for the first time artificial proteins that enable the growth of living cells.

India's first indigenously designed and developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) 'Tejas', Twenty-seven years after it was conceived, the LCA project progressed further, with Union Defence Minister A.K.Antony handing over the 'Certficate of Release to Service' to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal P.V.Naik.

GSLV failure is snapping: ISRO

A Preliminary Failure Analysis Team constituted to study the flight data of GSLV-F06, which crashed seconds after its launch on December 25, said that the primary cause of the failure was “the untimely and inadvertent” snapping of a group of 10 connectors located at the base of the Russian Cryogenic stage.

The 98th Indian Science Congress opened at Kattankulathur near Chennai. Dr.Manmohan Singh presented awards of the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) to 21 persons. In Three awardees from AP State are Rallapalli Rammurthi, D. Narayana Rao, Allam Appa Rao. Five Nobel laureates-Martine Chalfie, R.Timothy Hunt, Thomas Steitz, Venkata Ramakrishna, and AdaE.Yonath participated in the science congress.
The 99th Indian Science Congress will be held in Bhubaneswar from January 3 to 7, 2012.

Air temperatures of minus 61.2 degrees Celsius were reported in the settlement of Oimyakon in Russia's republic of Yakutia, known as the cold pole. The record low air temperatures of minus 67.7 degrees Celsius were registered in Oimyakon in 1933. In the 21st century, the lowest temperature was 64.5 degrees below zero. It was registered in 2002

Hitech facility opened at IICT

A Rs.17-crore National Mol Bank (NMB), the first of its kind facility in the country to rapidly screen millions of chemical compounds and aid in drug discovery, was inaugurated at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) here by CSIR Director-General Samir K. Brahmachari



India successfully flight-tested the indigenously developed micro-light Pilotless Target Aircraft 'Lakshya' from Test Range at the Gopalapur Air Defence Guided missiles (ADGM) College campus.

Cosmic rays contribute 40% to global warming: study

Physicist and the former ISRO chairman, U.R. Rao, has calculated that cosmic rays — which, unlike carbon emissions, cannot be controlled by human activity — have a much larger impact on climate change than The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims.

INS Deepak, an Italian-built fleet tanker, was commissioned into the Navy by Defence Minister A K Antony.

International conference on 'Recent Trends in Renewable energy Resources' (ICR2ER-2011) conducted by Indo-German Nachkontakt Association at Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad



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