Competitive Exams: Current Affairs 2011: Miscellaneous News

Miscellaneous News

XM-25

The US army is deploying a new rifle in Afghanistan. The XM-25, described as a game changer, uses a laser guidance system and specially developed microchipped ammunition which can be programmed to detonate over a target, even when the target is hidden behind walls or in ditches.

Phoenix capsule

Named after the mythic bird that rose from its ashes, a custom-built rescue capsule, designed through a joint collaboration by NASA engineers and the Chilean navy to ferry 33 miners to the surface--69 days after the men were trapped in a dark, humid, copper-gold mine in Chile's northern Atacama Desert.

World's first methanol factory using carbon dioxide

The world's first methanol factory using carbon dioxide extracted from steam is expected to be completed next

March in Iceland, according to a report from Stockholm on December 8.

Why flours are not black but bright colored?

The brightly colored flower is an essential part for most plants, since they have to attract the pollinators and it help in durability by keeping temperature low (most of the light reflected).

Courtesy: The Hindu and Times of India