Government permits Oxytocin sale through private chemists

The Union Government on August 21, 2018 permitted private retail chemists to sell Oxytocin with effect from September 1, 2018.

Earlier, through a notification dated April 27, 2018, the government stated that the sale of Oxytocin through private retail chemists would be banned from July 1, 2018. However, fearing shortage of Oxytocin in the market, the government deleted the provisions of its April 27 notification stating that the Oxytocin would be sold through government chemists only.

NASA launches Parker Solar Probe mission to study Sun’s corona

Image result for US space agency NASA on August 12, 2018 launched Parker Solar Probe, a historic mission to touch the sun. The main aim of the mission is to send a satellite closer to the Sun than any before.  The mission is named after astrophysicist Eugene Parker, 91, the physicist who first theorised the existence of the solar wind in 1958.  It is the first space craft to be named after a living person.US space agency NASA on August 12, 2018 launched Parker Solar Probe, a historic mission to touch the sun. The main aim of the mission is to send a satellite closer to the Sun than any before.
The mission is named after astrophysicist Eugene Parker, 91, the physicist who first theorised the existence of the solar wind in 1958.  It is the first space craft to be named after a living person.

World’s first thermal battery plant to be inaugurated in Andhra Pradesh

Image result for World’s first thermal battery plant to be inaugurated in Andhra PradeshThe world’s first-ever thermal battery plant will be unveiled in Andhra Pradesh by the state’s Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on August 6, 2018.
Manufactured by the Bharat Energy Storage Technology Private Limited (BEST), the first-of-its-kind batteries will aim to boost renewable sources of energy production and reduce the dependence on non-renewable fossil fuel-based energy generation.

Chinese researchers ‘create’ world’s first single-chromosome yeast

Researchers from China have claimed to have created the world’s first single-chromosome yeast while not affecting the majority of its functions.
The researchers involved in the creation are molecular biologists from the Centre for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences in China. The research was published on the website of the journal – Nature on August 2, 2018.

Blood platelets can kill 60 per cent of Malaria parasites: Study

Image result for According to a new study, the platelets found in the blood can kill up to 60 per cent of the malaria parasites circulating in the bloodstream. The study found that platelets bind to kill parasites in patients infected with each of the major malaria parasite species which infect and kill humans -- Plasmodium falciparum, P. vivax, P. malariae and P. knowlesi.According to a new study, the platelets found in the blood can kill up to 60 per cent of the malaria parasites circulating in the bloodstream.
The study found that platelets bind to kill parasites in patients infected with each of the major malaria parasite species which infect and kill humans — Plasmodium falciparum, P. vivax, P. malariae and P. knowlesi.