SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel launched at L&T Shipyard in Chennai
On August 28, 2018, a Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel was launched at L&T Shipyard in Kattupalli in Chennai.
i. It is the third of series of the seven offshore patrol vessels under construction by L&T Shipbuilding Ltd.
ii. The length of the OPVs is 98 metre and breadth is 14.8 metre, with gross tonnage of 2100 tonne.
iii. It will be used for surveillance along with anti-terrorist and anti-smuggling operations in exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and for coastal security.
New technique developed to detect early-stage cancer tumour cells in blood
Australian researchers have announced that they have developed a new technique to detect early-stage cancer tumour cells in the blood through malaria protein VAR2CSA.
i . In this method malaria protein VAR2CSA sticks to cancer cells and helps detect more number of cancer cells than before. This will help in detecting cancer at early stage.
ii. The findings were published in the journal ‘Nature Communications’. Researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney and the University of Copenhagen were involved in this research.
Asian Games 2018
Indian women’s compound archery team settles for silver:
Indian women’s compound archery team consisting of Muskan Kirar, Madhumita Kumari and Jyothi Surekha Vennam, lost 228-231 to South Korea and won silver medal.
Indian Men’s compound archery team settles for silver:
Indian men’s compound archery team comprising Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Aman Saini, tied with South Korea at 229-229. In the shoot-off, South Koreans won and secured the gold. The Indian men’s compound archery team received the silver medal.
Indian table tennis men’s team settled for a historic bronze medal:
Indian table tennis men’s team comprising G Sathiyan, Achanta Sharath Kamal and A Amalraj won a historic bronze medal after losing 0-3 to South Korea in the semifinal. This is the first time India has won a medal in table tennis in the Asian Games, since tables tennis was introduced in Asian Games in 1958.
Sebastian Vettel Won Belgian Grand Prix 2018
On 26th August 2018, Sebastian Vettel won the Belgian Grand Prix 2018 at Spa-Francorchamps Track in Belgium.
i. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel beat Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton who tops the driver standings by a 17-point lead, and secured the first position.
ii. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton finished in the second position. He was followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the third position.
Manu Ginobili, four-time NBA champion with San Antonio Spurs, retires at 41 (basketball)
On 27th 2018, Manu Ginobili, Argentine basketball player, announced his retirement from basketball.
Retirement of Manu Ginobili:
i. Manu Ginobili is 41 years old. He had helped the San Antonio Spurs team win 4 NBA (National Basketball Association) championships in 16 seasons with the club.
ii. He has played in 23 seasons in his professional career. He was a two-time All-Star and was the league’s Sixth Man of the Year for the 2007-08 season.
About NBA (National Basketball Association):
Type – men’s professional basketball league in North America
Headquarters – New York City