Science & Technology
World War II shipwreck of SS Thistlegorm recreated with virtual reality
Scientists have developed a new online virtual reality experience that lets users explore a Second World War shipwreck of SS Thistlegorm.
Shipwreck of SS Thistlegorm in Virtual reality:
i. Researchers from University of Nottingham in the UK, have combined a 3D model of the sunken ship SS Thistlegorm, based on thousands of photographs, with 360-degree underwater video of divers exploring key sections of the wreck.
ii. Archaeologists collected thousands of photographs and videos from the site. The team processed and combined images of the shipwreck with photogrammetric software.
iii. The result was the highly detailed 3D model of the ship wreck, based on 24,307 photographic images, which provides a virtual reality experience to explore the shipwreck of SS Thistlegorm.
About Virtual Reality:
♦ Virtual Reality – A computer technology that uses virtual reality headsets to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user’s physical presence in a virtual or imaginary environment.
Sri Lanka Navy commissioned Coast Guard Ship Suraksha provided by India
On October 21, 2017, Sri Lankan Navy commissioned Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCGS) Ship Suraksha.
About SLCGS Suraksha:
i. SLCGS Suraksha is an Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) provided by the Indian Coast Guard to the Sri Lanka Navy.
ii. During its tenure with Indian Coast Guard, this OPV was named ‘Varuna’. It was formally handed over to Sri Lankan Navy in September 2017.
iii. The OPV has a displacement of 1,160 tons, is 74.10m in length and 11.4m in breadth. It can sail at a speed of 22 nautical miles per hour can cover 8,500 nautical miles maintaining a speed of 16 nautical miles per hour.
iv. SLCGS Suraksha will be used by Sri Lankan Coast Guard for patrolling and surveillance in Sri Lanka waters, prevention of maritime pollution, training purposes and for humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations.
NASA extends Dawn mission at dwarf planet Ceres
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced a second mission extension for Dawn spacecraft which is currently in an orbit around dwarf planet Ceres. Dwarf planet Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt (located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter).
i. Dawn arrived in orbit around Ceres in 2015 and thereafter provided important information to scientists that helped in understanding its properties.
ii. Primary mission of Dawn ended in June 2016, however till date it remained in orbit around the dwarf planet and continued to monitor and study its surface.
iii. With this latest mission extension, Dawn’s flight team will try to take it in a new orbit around Ceres, which could take it to less than 120 miles above its surface.
iv. During earlier mission tenures, lowest orbit attained by Dawn was within 240 miles above the surface of Ceres.
v. Gamma ray and neutron spectrometers on Dawn will be used to study the upper layer of Ceres’ crust to see how much ice it contains.
2017 Denmark Open Super Series Premier – Kidambi Srikanth wins Denmark Open to Clinch Third Super Series Title of 2017
Kidambi Srikanth of India defeated Lee Hyun-il of South Korea by 21-10, 21-5 in the Men’s singles finals. Kidambi Srikanth won the Men’s singles title. This is his third Super Series title in 2017.
i. Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand defeated Akane Yamaguchi of Japan by 14-21, 21-15, 21-19 in women’s singles finals. Ratchanok Intanon won the women’s singles title.
ii. Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan pair of China defeated Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo pair of Indonesia by 21-16, 22-24, 21-19 in the men’s doubles finals. Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan won the Men’s doubles title.
Gaganjeet Bhullar wins Macao Open golf
On October 22, 2017, Indian Golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar won Macao Open 2017 at the Macau Golf and Country Club in Macau.
i. This was eighth Asian Tour title of Gaganjeet’s career and his first title this year.
ii. In the finals, Gaganjeet was leading with four shots which reduced to one in round three. However he drained five birdies on the front nine and won by three shots.
iii. He had last won Macao Open in 2012.
iv. Other Indian Golfers Ajeetesh Sandhu and Filipino Angelo Que shared second place. Taiwan’s Hung Chien-Yao managed to finish fourth.
v. First edition of Macao Open was held in 1998.