The Daily Brief – 22nd September 2017

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  • A Statement of Intent (SoI) has been signed between National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog and International Road Federation (IRF), Geneva to cooperate in field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). The objective of SoI is to create National Platform, involving all relevant Union Government stakeholders, Indian and foreign companies active in sector.
  • INS Kalavari, India’s first indigenously submarine was handed over to Indian Navy by state-owned Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai, Maharashtra. This is Indian Navy’s first new conventional submarine in two decades. Its induction will be landmark milestone in India’s bid to build its underwater warfare capabilities with an eye on China and Pakistan.
  • World’s first molecular robot have been discovered from the University of Manchester. It is millionth of a millimeter in size. It can be used to build molecules and may help discover novel drugs. It can be programmed to move and build molecular cargo using a tiny robotic arm. The molecular robot is so small, that it massively reduces demand for materials, dramatically reduce power requirements and can accelerate and improve drug discovery and rapidly increase the miniaturization of other products.
  • An unusual object called 2006 VW139/288P having two asteroids orbiting each other with comet-like features have been discovered by an international team of astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. These include bright halo of material, called a coma, and long tail of dust. The odd object is first known binary asteroid that is also classified as a main belt comet..

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