Category Indian Express

Enzyme ACE2 in blood

• A new study has suggested reasons why men seem to be more vulnerable to Covid-19 than women. About: • The role of enzyme ACE2 in Covid-19 is already established: It responds to the novel coronavirus and enables it to…

Facebook’s oversight board

• Facebook’s new oversight board — similar to an independent, internal court — has chosen National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Vice-Chancellor Sudhir Krishnaswamy as one of its first 20 members. About: • The board will make final and…

Stringency Index

• A Stringency Index created by Oxford University shows how strict a country’s measures were responding to the Covid-19 outbreak, and at what stage of the spread it enforced these. About: • It is among the metrics being used by…

Styrene gas

• A gas leak has claimed at least eight lives and affected thousands of residents in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. The source of the leak was a styrene plant owned by South Korean electronics giant LG, located at RRV Puram…

African Swine Fever

• Since February 2020, over 2,900 pigs have died in Assam due to African Swine Fever (ASF). This is the first time that an ASF outbreak has been reported in India. About: • African swine fever is a highly infectious…

Hypoxia

• Medical practitioners have reported a condition called ‘silent’ or ‘happy’ hypoxia, in which patients have extremely low blood oxygen levels, yet do not show signs of breathlessness. They are now advocating for its early detection as a means to…

Young Career Award 2020

• IIT Bombay Professor Saurabh Lodha has received the Young Career Award in Nano Science and Technology for the year 2020 for Advanced Transistor Technologies. About: • The award has been instituted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST),…