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Monday, January 20, 2020

Prelims booster(Micro notes), current affairs with static portions - 20 January,2020

Northern white rhinoceros
Northern white rhinoceros
  • Researchers had created another embryo the third of the nearly extinct northern white rhino, a remarkable success in an ongoing global mission to keep the species from going extinct.
  • The northern white rhinoceros, is one of two subspecies of the white rhinoceros (the other -southern white rhinoceros). 
  • Found in several countries in East and Central Africa south of the Sahara.
  • According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the subspecies is considered Critically Endangered.
Steppe eagle
  • A lone endangered steppe eagle (Aquila nipalensis) has been sighted by a group of birdwatchers
  • It is also the National bird (animal) of Egypt.
  • According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), it is considered   Endangered.
  • It is also the National bird (animal) of Egypt.
Yada Yada alphavirus
  • Yada Yada is an alphavirus, a group of viruses that the researchers described as “small, single-stranded positive-sense RNA viruses.
  • Alphavirus are transmitted primarily by mosquitoes and (are) pathogenic in their vertebrate hosts”.
  • Yada Yada does not pose a threat to human beings.
Blockchain Technology
  • A new Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Blockchain Technology, which will strive to adapt emerging technology to create e-governance solutions is established in Bangalore 
  • Centre of Excellence (CoE)  by National Informatics Centre (NIC) is the third such centre, following -Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.
  • A blockchain, originally block chain, is a growing list of records, called blocks, that are linked using cryptography.
  • The technology supports cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, and the transfer of any data or digital asset.
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