The Conference had the theme "Planetarium through ages: Vision 2027". It was attended by directors and professionals of all the major planetariums in the country. The directors and professionals from sixteen planetariums, namely, Allahabad, Bangalore , Bhubaneshwar, Calicut, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, New Delhi, Vadodara and Warangal actively participated in it.
Prof. Govind Swarup, FRS, Former Professor of Eminence, TIFR and former Director GMRT, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune gave the inaugural address . He spoke on "Radio waves and the Universe: from Big Bang to Black Holes".
Besides the three former directors of the Nehru Planetarium (namely, Dr. V. S. Venkatavardan, Dr. J. J. Rawal and Prof. Mayank Vahia), Prof. R. Subramanian from M. P. Birla Planetarium, Kolkata, Dr. B. G. Sidharth from B. M. Birla Planetarium, Hyderabad, Dr. N. Rathnasree from Nehru Planetarium, New Delhi and Dr. P. Iyamperumal, Executive Director Tamilnadu Science Centre & Planetarium spoke on conference theme and shared their experiences with the delegates. In all there were thirteen invited talks and eleven paper presentations by participants.
Mr. Scott Niskach of Evans & Sutherland USA (digital planetarium manufacturer) spoke on "Current State of Planetarium Projection Technology". His talk was followed by a live demonstration of a latest projection technology Sony's SXRD projector in the sky theatre.
Dr. Carolina Ödman of Leiden Observatory, Netherlands had been specially invited to tell the delegates about the "Universe Awareness: an inspirational programme for young children".
There were two panel discussions on f ormation of a Federation of Indian Planetarians and future of planetariums and technology.
Enthused by the response of the planetarians who had gathered here in Mumbai, Dr. N. Rathnasree, Director New Delhi Planetarium took initiative in starting a Yahoo ChatGroup Planetarian_India@yahoogroups.com
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Researchers from the University of Hamburg in Germany, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Aarhus in Denmark, have synthesized a new superconducting material by growing a few layers of an antiferromagnetic transition-metal chalcogenide on a bismuth-based topological insulator, both being non-superconducting materials.
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Among the general public, solar thermal energy is currently associated with dark blue, rectangular collectors on building roofs. Technologies are needed for aesthetically high quality architecture which offer the architect more room for manoeuvre when it comes to low- and plus-energy buildings. With the “ArKol” project, researchers at Fraunhofer ISE together with partners are currently developing two façade collectors for solar thermal energy generation, which permit a high degree of design flexibility: a strip collector for opaque façade sections and a solar thermal blind for transparent sections. The current state of the two developments will be presented at the BAU 2017 trade fair.
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At TU Wien, an alternative for resource intensive formwork for the construction of concrete domes was developed. It is now used in a test dome for the Austrian Federal Railways Infrastructure (ÖBB Infrastruktur).
Concrete shells are efficient structures, but not very resource efficient. The formwork for the construction of concrete domes alone requires a high amount of...
Many pathogens use certain sugar compounds from their host to help conceal themselves against the immune system. Scientists at the University of Bonn have now, in cooperation with researchers at the University of York in the United Kingdom, analyzed the dynamics of a bacterial molecule that is involved in this process. They demonstrate that the protein grabs onto the sugar molecule with a Pac Man-like chewing motion and holds it until it can be used. Their results could help design therapeutics that could make the protein poorer at grabbing and holding and hence compromise the pathogen in the host. The study has now been published in “Biophysical Journal”.
The cells of the mouth, nose and intestinal mucosa produce large quantities of a chemical called sialic acid. Many bacteria possess a special transport system...
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