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Exercise :: Science - Latest Current Affairs

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1. 

How many new species were discovered from India in the year 2018 as per the data released by Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI)?

A. 596
B. 540
C. 525
D. 510

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have published the details about documented 596 new species of flora and fauna from India in Plant Discoveries 2018 and Animal Discoveries 2018. Scientists and taxonomists have documented 372 new species of fauna (animals) which include 311 invertebrates and 61 vertebrates, and 224 new species of flora (plants) including seed plants, pteridophytes, bryophytes, fungi, and lichen.

2. 

As per announcement by ISRO chief K Sivan, in which year India is planning to launch its own Space Sation?

A. 2025
B. 2026
C. 2028
D. 2030

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

ISRO chief K Sivan announced that India is planning to have its own space station by 2030. He also announced that ISRO's second spacecraft to the moon, Chandrayaan-2, will be launched on July 15 this year. The spacecraft will attempt to make its first ever soft landing on the moon on September 5 or September 6, 52 days after its launch.

3. 

Chandrayaan-2 will be launched on __________.

A. July 10th
B. July 15th
C. July 13th
D. July 5

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

Chandrayaan-2 will be launched on July 15, 2019 confirmed Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Sivan on June 12. ISRO has released the first images of the moon lander. Chandrayaan-2 is India's second mission to the moon.

4. 

Which planet will be the brightest object in the sky in June, besides the sun and the moon?

A. Venus
B. Saturn
C. Jupiter
D. Mercury

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

Jupiter will be the brightest object in the sky in June, besides the sun and moon. Jupiter is the biggest planet in the solar system and it will be closer to Earth today, June 10, 2019 than at any other time of the year. It is expected to be seen after the sun has set.

5. 

Name the experimental Ebola drug, which is found to cure Nipah virus as per study published in Science Translational Medicine from National Institutes of Health scientists and colleagues.

A. Valacyclovir
B. Famciclovir
C. Remdesivir
D. Acyclovir

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

An experimental Ebola drug 'remdesivir' is found to cure Nipah virus also according to the new study published in Science Translational Medicine from National Institutes of Health scientists and colleagues. The drug was developed by Gilead Sciences, Inc. in collaboration with scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Nipah is a zoonotic virus which is transmitted from animals such as bats or pigs to humans and can also spread through contaminated food and people-to-people contact. In May 2018, it has claimed 17 lives in Kerala.