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Vigyan Samagam brings mega science projects to your city

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If you want to take a look at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN that has been exploring the God particle or observe how tiny distortions that occur in space and time through gravitational waves are captured by a detector, you won’t have to travel far. In the third leg of the Vigyan Samagam, inaugurated at Science City on Monday, visitors will be treated to small-scale models of some of such science projects in which India is a partner.

Among the models on display is a particle accelerator that mimics the LHC. Built by Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, it has a metal ball that hurtles along a circular orbit, much like the 27 km-long CERN experiment site. It can be set in motion at the press of a button. Crafted in Pune, the model is a miniature version of the real observatory in USA.

The exhibition will also showcase a replica of a Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory that detects gravitational waves triggered by collision of stars and black holes. The 3D printed model of the observatory was made in Ahmedabad.

Addressing the inauguration on video-conference, Union science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan said, “Our scientists are part of these mega projects. They give rise to newer technologies in our everyday lives. Spin-offs from mega projects have led to major shifts in lifestyle, which make them very important.”

Nuclear scientist Sekhar Basu, a former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, said the event was an attempt to showcase projects that lead to big discoveries. “Mega facilities and investment are needed for these projects, but the outcome is never certain. But we need them for breakthroughs in science and technology. Developing countries are looking to collaborate with countries like India since we offer skilled people,” he said.

Director-general of National Council of Science Museums A D Choudhury said the idea behind Vigyan Samagam was to involve students, researchers and faculty in scientific activities. “It should inspire young minds to take up a career in science and technology,” said Choudhury.

 

Source: Times of India

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