Science & Technology - 2019 September

September 13

Scientists in the field of photonic crystals have created a flexible smart skin that can change colour like a chameleon. The colour will change in response to the environment without changing shape.

September 11

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired an indigenously developed Man Portable Anti-tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh. It was launched from a tripod launcher and the test aims to pave the way for the Indian Army to develop the third generation MPATGM. The anti-tank missile will be used for army purpose.

Cryodrakon boreas, a new species of pterosaur, the researchers said in their Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Cryodrakon is plane-sized reptile had a wingspan of 32.8 feet and it weighed 250 kilograms. The previously unknown type of pterosaur was one of the largest flying animals that ever lived. Cryodrakon boreas, which means frozen dragon, which flew over North America 77 million years ago.

September 9

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) stated that the Lander is tilted and not broken and ISRO is trying to reestablish contact with the Vikram lander. The lunar probe made a hard landing during its final descent to the moon on 7 September.

September 8

Chandrayaan-2's Lander module Vikram has been located by the image sent captured by the on-board camera of Chandrayaan-2 orbiter. The image also showed that rover Pragyan is housed inside it. The Indian space agency-ISRO- said the data that was received is being analyzed.
The Horizon Telescope Team that consists of 347 scientists were felicitated with breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics on 8th September for producing the world first image of a black hole. The prize is known as the Oscars of science with prize money $3 million. The team published the image of black hole circled by a flame-orange halo of white-hot plasma on the Messier 87 (M87) galaxy.

September 7

ISRO ground station lost communication with Chandrayaan’s Vikrm lander before touchdown, while the nation eagerly awaited its soft landing on the hitherto unexplored lunar South Pole.