Science and Technology News: 03 December 2021

3 December, 2021

Latest Science Technology news:

27th Falcon 9 blast-off in 2021

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has launched 48 Starlink satellites and two remote-sensing BlackSky spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket from its Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The launch on Thursday at 6:12 p.m. EST represents the company’s 27th Falcon 9 blast-off in 2021, breaking its previous record of 26 launches of the rockets in 2020. Newsweek

European-built Service Module (ESM) for NASA’s Artemis II mission

Teams from NASA, Lockheed Martin, the European Space Agency and Airbus prepare the service module to be integrated with the Orion crew module adapter and crew module, already housed in the facility. The powerhouse that will fuel and propel Orion in space, the ESM for Artemis II will be the first Artemis mission flying crew aboard Orion..

Store information as molecules of DNA

Scientists say they have made a major step forward in efforts to store information as molecules of DNA, which are more compact and long-lasting than other options. The magnetic hard drives we currently use to store computer data can take up lots of space. And they have to be replaced over time. BBC

Which emoji were the most used throughout 2021

The report reveals that the Tears of Joy 😂emoji was the most popular emoji, followed by the heart ❤️emoji. “According to data collected by the Unicode Consortium, the not-for-profit organisation responsible for digitising the world’s languages, Tears of Joy accounts for over 5% of all emoji used while the heart emoji comes a close second.. Indian Express

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The latest opinion polls, including the Mood of the Nation survey by India Today, predict a comfortable victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP and its allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), with a projected win of 335 Lok Sabha seats in the 2024 general elections. This forecast suggests a slight decrease from the 2019 elections but still ensures a majority. The survey, involving interviews with over 149,000 respondents, reflects Modi’s enduring popularity based on his nationalist policies and economic reforms. Other polls echo these findings, although seat projections vary slightly. The opposition INDIA alliance is expected to secure a significant number of seats, yet not enough to challenge the NDA’s majority. These predictions highlight a political landscape that remains largely favorable to Modi and the BJP as the election approaches