Country's reputed public health and community medicine experts criticised the centre's handling of the pandemic and lack of epidemiologists. Two members of the ICMR research group contradicted the government's statement and said that community transmission has set in. The government has maintained that there is no community transmission on Saturday.
Amazon team is said to be hiring engineers to develop COVID testing tools. Amazon’s Lab126 is in the process of making tools that can accurately test COVID cases. The team was behind the products like Kindle e-readers and Echo smart home speakers. CEO Jeff Bezos said the company's COVID-19 response will be a major new initiative.
Apple and Google have released long-awaited smartphone technology to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus. The software relies on Bluetooth wireless technology to detect when someone who downloaded the app has spent time near another app user who later tests positive for the virus.
The US Air Force succeeded in launching high-tech drone X-37B, reusable vehicle, into orbit in its sixth secretive mission in space. The drone is said to be spending months in orbit, remotely conducting a series of experiments. It would try effect of radiation on seeds and other materials and transform solar power into radio-frequency microwave energy.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released images taken from space of the orange poppy bloom in USA’s Antelope Valley in California this year. "Park officials called this bloom an “unexpected” surprise due to the late-season rains," wrote NASA. Images were captured by Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 satellite on April 14.
India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation is said to have developed a Contactless Sanitisation Cabinet called Defence Research Ultraviolet Sanitizer. It can sanitize mobile phones, iPads, laptops, currency notes, challans etc. Drawer of the cabinet opens and closes with the help of a sensor, making it fully automatic and contactless.