Trivia

MRSA Infection:

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium that causes infections in different parts of the body. It’s tougher to treat than most strains of staphylococcus aureus – or staph – because it’s resistant to some commonly used antibiotics. Garden-variety staph are common bacteria that can live in our bodies. Staph bacteria can also enter the body, invade the bloodstream through broken or damaged skin or medical procedures and can cause the onset conditions ranging from mild to severely life-threatening.

Maglev vehicles:

Maglev is a completely new mode of transport that will join the ship, the wheel and the airplane as a mainstay in moving people and goods throughout the world. In Maglev – which is short for MAGnetic LEViation – high speed vehicles are lifted by magnetic repulsion, and propelled along an elevated guideway by powerful magnets attached to the vehicles. The vehicles do not physically contact the guideway, do not need engines, and do not burn fuel. Instead, they are magnetically propelled by electric power fed to coils located on the guideway. Maglev is cheaper, faster, not congested, and has a much longer service life. It is very energy efficient. These vehicles emit no pollution and has further environmental benefits. They has major safety advantages over highway vehicles, trains, and airplanes.

Ginkgo Biloba:

Ginkgo Biloba is a natural herbal supplement. The leaves are generally used to make “extracts’’ that are used as medicine. It is used for blood circulation and memory loss due to brain conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer disease, and dementia. It is also used for thinking disorders related to Lyme disease and depression. Ginkgo biloba is one of the longest living tree species in the world.

Craig Venter:

Is an American biochemist, geneticist, and entrepreneur. He is known for being one of the first to sequence the human genome and the first to transfect a cell with a synthetic genome. Venter founded Celera Genomics, The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), and is now working at JCVI to create synthetic biological organisms.

Vegetable Gold:

‘Saffron’ obtained from the stigma of crocus sativus which is a showy purple colored flower is also known as vegetable gold. (or) “Vegetable Gold” is pipitzahoic acid, also called peresone. It is an extract of the perezia plant. It has mild laxative properties when ingested, and was once used as n herbal medicine.

CARTOSAT-2B:

It is an advanced Remote Sensing Satellite built by ISRO. Is mainly intended to augment remote sensing data services to the users of multiple spot scene imagery with 0.8 metre spatial resolution and 9.6 km swath in the panchromatic band. The multiple spot scene imagery sent by CARTOSAT-2B will be useful for village level/cadastral level resource assessment and maping, detailed urban and infrastructure planning and development, transportation system planning, preparation of large-scale cartographic maps, preparation of micro watershed development plans and monitoring of developmental works at village/cadastral level. Besides, its imagery can be used for the preparation of detailed forest type maps, tree volume estimation, village/cadastral level crop inventory, town/village settlement mapping and planning for comprehensive development, canal alignment, rural connectivity assessment, planning new rural roads and monitoring their construction, coastal landform/ land use and coral/mangrove mapping and monitoring of mining activities.

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