Saturday, April 25, 2009

Reason’s poser for great minds:Nepali Student presents a theory in NASA this May!

Reason Karki, a student of Biratngar based Budhanilkantha Secondary School, who appeared for the SLC exam this year, is going to take part International Space Development Conference (ISDC) slated for May 28 in Florida of the USA.


Karki has registered his name in National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Wednesday claiming that he could prove that the Law of Gravity propounded by Sir Isaac Newton and the Principle of Space Time Curvature propounded by Albert Einstein were false. He submitted 200 US dollars to get his name registered. He claimed that he has developed mathematical formulas to prove that two principles were incomplete and false. “As I informed the NASA about my formulas, my name has been selected to prove my assertions,” Karki said.

Karki’s parents who belong to a middle class family said they would bear all the expenses to send their son to attend the conference. Karki informed that the total expenditure for his trip would come around Rs 6, 00,000. He said he would need a laptop for presentation in the conference. He has urged the government to assist him in taking part in the conference.
Reason was born in July 13, 1992 in Bhojpur, a hilly district in the eastern Nepal. He acquired education up to grade VI in Bhojpur based Saraswoti Lower Secondary School, a government school. He was later admitted to Budhanilkantha School. Reason said he faced difficulties learning as English was used as the language of instruction. He says, “I started studying books and magazines related to Science and watch TV channels including the Discovery and the History when I was studying in Grade VIII.”
Reason’s mother Mina said, “My son used to watch TV alone in the night.”
His father Raj Kumar said, “I was surprised when the school made public his findings in a press conference,” adding, “We are ready to do anything to help him accomplish his goals.”

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Portal to the Universe opens its doors for us!! Lets Explore to find some more!!!

Keeping up-to-date with cutting-edge astronomy and space science breakthroughs has just become that much easier, thanks to the Portal to the Universe, the latest Cornerstone project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). As a high-tech website embracing Web 2.0 technologies, the Portal to the Universe aims to become a one-stop-shop for astronomy news.

Released during the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (JENAM 2009), taking place this week at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, the Portal to the Universe website has been eagerly anticipated by journalists, science communicators, scientists, educators and members of the general public alike. The Portal to the Universe provides a global portal for online astronomy content, serving as an index and aggregator.

The site itself features news, blogs, video podcasts, audio podcasts, images, videos and more. Web 2.0 collaborative tools, such as the ranking of different services according to popularity, help the user to sift constructively through the wealth of information available and will promote interactions within the astronomy multimedia community. A range of "widgets" (small applications) have also been developed to tap into all sorts of existing "live data", such as near-live pictures of the Sun, live positions of spacecraft or live observations from telescopes.

Project Manager Lars Lindberg Christensen says: "It is clear that even in such a well-defined field as astronomy, there is much more ‘information confusion' than you might think. There is a real need in the community for this kind of site, where astronomy content is gathered in one place and is easily accessible. The International Year of Astronomy 2009 seeks to bring the Universe down to Earth, and this Portal is an excellent way of achieving this. This website will provide a single entry point to stars and galaxies".

The vision for the Portal is to enable real-time access to content by aggregating (pulling) from providers of dynamic content like blogs, images, news, etc. and distributing (pushing) to users, as well as indexing and archiving, collecting and maintaining a central repository of useful information.

Modern technology such as RSS feeds and standardised metadata make it possible to tie all the suppliers of astronomy information together with a single, semi-automatically updating portal. The result is a technologically advanced site that brings together strands of astronomy content from across the worldwide web.

Lead developer, Lars Holm Nielsen, says, "It has been a bit of a stretch to ensure that everything goes online just minutes after it has been released. We encourage everyone to participate and to submit RSS feeds for relevant news, images, videos, podcasts etc. to help make the Portal more complete."

Lars Lindberg Christensen says: "Todays' release is just the beginning. The project will develop with, and around, the community's needs and lots of new features are planned, including adding resources such as educational materials, addresses for all astronomy stakeholders such as amateur clubs, planetariums and observatories."

The Portal to the Universe can be accessed at
http://www.portaltotheuniverse.org/

(Source:http://www.iau.org/public_press/news/release/iau0910/

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Synopsis:Astronomy and Civilization, Budapest (Hungary), August 10-13, 2009

The conference, held to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009, is intended as an exceptional, multidisciplinary event on the most challenging questions of science, religion, and philosophy. Its motto and central theme can be stated as follows: "The level of knowledge attained in all ages has been determined by the generally accepted theory of the Universe", as observed by Paul Couderc in Histoire de l'Astronomie, 1960, page 8. The goal of the conference is to call attention to the close relations between astronomy, natural sciences and civilization, first of all to the foundational, active and renewing role of astronomy in the development of our civilization and shaping our future. Astronomy has significant impact on science in general as well as on public imagination. The conference intends to combine plenary sessions on big questions in an inspiring manner with minisymposia on cutting-edge research in physics, astrobiology, complexity sciences, and on the relations between art, religion and astronomy. Therefore, in addition to the plenary talks, a few minisymposia will be held: "Physical Cosmological Models and the Astronomically Observed Universe"; "Complexity, Emergence and Astrobiological Aspects of the Universe"; "Astronomy and High Tech" and "Astronomy, Art and Religion".



The main idea of the conference is to aid and promote the future of science by enlightening how the pursuit of astronomy has elevated our civilization and how it can improve the prospects of Homo Sapiens. We attempt to reach the highest possible impact on the public sphere with the help of large-scale media coverage. It has been our experience that most people, including a majority of astronomers, do not realize the key role that astronomy plays in the self-understanding of a culture, and how this shapes civilization. In ancient traditions, cosmogony played a central role. Nowadays, in the era of the consumer society, it is more and more usual to regard astronomy as an uneconomic, superfluous branch of science. This view presents a threatening danger not only to the intellectual and social status of astronomy in modern societies, but also to the future of science and civilization. The deep and complex idea of the Universe we suggest to promote seeks to elevate prevailing social viewpoints from the consuming attitude to a systematically developed, widened, and deepened concept of the real Universe that progressively captures its extraordinary complexity, and ultimately its integral unity. In the 21st century, the century of biology and complexity, the widest range of life (astrobiology) and complexity sciences is the real Universe, and so it offers the most general and complex context for the progress of natural sciences. We plan also Public Lectures in Hungarian and in English, to be broadcasted also locally and internationally.

We think that Asia contributed much of great significance to the culture and harmony of mankind, in their dealings with one other and with the Universe, than it is known today in the West. For this reason, besides presenting the Western achievements, we plan to give a special emphasis to the contributions of Asia to civilization.

Talks and poster contributions accepted by the scientific organizing committee of the conference will be published. We invest work securing the long-timescale impact of the conference on the wide public with the help of local and global press, videos, television and radio programs.

The themes of the Conference will be divided into the following topics:

1. Astronomy and Civilization; History of Astronomy; The Effect of Astronomy on the Foundations of Civilization
2. Astronomy and Physical Models; Theory of Cosmology and the Observed Universe
3. Astronomy, Complexity, Emergence and Astrobiology
4. Astronomy, Philosophy, Religion and Art

In particular, the meeting will focus on the following fundamental concepts, questions and problems:

* Why is astronomy so important for mankind?
* What is the basis of the concept of the Universe? What are the presuppositions of science basic in our present physical world picture?
* What are the important differences between the observed Universe and its physical models? What is the relation between our perceptions and the Universe?
* What is complexity, and how can it be important in the study of the Universe?
* Does quantum mechanics play a non-trivial role in the astrobiological aspects of life?
* What are the most general aspects of life within cosmic conditions? Are there cosmic life forms different from terrestrial ones?
* How can philosophy, religion and art contribute to obtain a more complete concept of the Universe?
* What are the most significant and genuine contributions of astronomy to civilization — and how can it improve the perspectives of mankind?

(Soucre:http://www.konkoly.hu/AC2009/)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

NASA will be in Nepal for some Research in Mt. Everest during April,2009

Steve "Ark" Vander Ark takes a deep breath at the foot of the stairs in a lonely, dusky stairwell, then turns and heads up ten long flights of steps – for the eighth time. He'll repeat this ritual thrice more, for a total of 100 flights of stairs, in the NASA Johnson Space Center building where he works. And to top it all off, he's wearing a fully-laden backpack.

Above: A group shot of NASA's unofficial 2008 Mt. Everest Expedition. This year's climb will mix in some serious research.


Why?He's getting ready to climb Mount Everest.

Why?Because it's there – and because he wants to do a NASA research project along the way to benefit future space travelers.

Vander Ark (Section Manager for Wyle's Behavioral Health & Performance group at JSC) and some of his colleagues, along with Jake Maule of Marshall Space Flight Center and several other adventurous NASA and non-NASA souls, share a passion for exploration and a love of beautiful scenery. They also share a burning desire to see the Himalayas, and in mid-April they'll get the chance, paying for this non-work related trip out of their own pockets but dedicated enough to still do some work along the way.

"This trip will be fun, but Jake and I will do some serious research to help astronauts," says Vander Ark. "Mount Everest provides a good space analog; it's similar to the austere, challenging environment of space. So our hike will be comparable in some ways to what astronauts face while engaged in a long spacewalk or an excursion on the surface of the Moon or Mars. Like astronauts, we'll spend long hours doing strenuous work without an abundance of oxygen."

"Mission planners will need to know how long periods in extreme environments affect sleep. Quality sleep is crucial to daytime alertness and performance on critical tasks, and can also impact long-term health. Lack of sleep could even affect safety."

So Vander Ark is taking a device up Mount Everest to monitor what happens with the sleep/wake cycle when the human body is subjected to long periods in challenging environments.

"The device is called an Actiwatch," says Vander Ark. "It resembles a wristwatch and records the wearer’s sleeping and waking movements. It also measures light exposure. Several members of our group will be wearing an Actiwatch during the hike. In general, these devices will show how well the hikers sleep during the trip."

Maule will be conducting a separate experiment during the Mount Everest trip. He'll be using a mini-lab called LOCAD-PTS that resembles a Star Trek tricorder. Short for Lab-On-a-Chip Application Development–Portable Test System, this small tool with a big name has been used to detect bacteria and fungi on surfaces inside the International Space Station. On the climb, Maule will use it to look for snow algae, a cold-tolerant algae that grows on snow, and upon blooming, makes the snow look red.
"This kind of research can help scientists develop efficient procedures for future field studies on the Moon and Mars," says Maule. "They'll need to know how to collect and analyze samples in extreme environments."*

Another NASA team member, EVA (extra-vehicular activity) flight controller Sabrina Singh, whose parents were born and raised in India, is organizing the Everest journey for the group. She arranged and participated in a similar event last year but can't go this year.


Sign up for EXPRESS SCIENCE NEWS delivery

Not getting to go hasn't dampened Singh's zeal for the venture.

"I've lived in the Indian Himalayas, and it's a breathtaking part of the world!" says Singh. "This will be quite an expedition for my coworkers and friends. It reflects NASA's theme of exploration and adventure."

To prepare for the trek, all the hikers are training on their own rigorous schedules – some climbing stairs like Vander Ark and others getting up at 6 a.m. to do "boot camp" drills and/or run. A few members of the group are even hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail to get used to the rigors of mountain treks.

"We'll have to be in shape to reach our destination – the base camp, 18,000 feet up," says Vander Ark. "We've purposely timed our trip so we can meet up with another very fit adventurer – mountaineer, medical doctor, former astronaut and spacewalker Scott Parazynski. He'll be at base camp when we arrive."

That's where Parazynski will be taking a planned break during his second attempt to scale the majestic mountain all the way to the top – over 29,000 feet up – the same elevation where commercial airplanes cruise. He tried last year to make it to the summit, but was waylaid by a back injury a mere 24-hour hike from the top. If this year's attempt is successful, he'll become the first person ever to have gazed up at space from the pinnacle of Earth's tallest mountain, and gazed down on that same pinnacle from the black vacuum of space.

New IYA2009 Official Product is now available through Single Point of Contacts(SPoCs)

IYA2009 and the IYA2009 Global Sponsor, Celestron have announced its new official product, FirstScope Telescope. The FirstScope is a wonderful keepsake for anyone interested in astronomy. This quality Dobsonian style telescope features a 76 mm aperture reflector optical tube.

FirstScope Telescope: New IYA2009 Official Product at special price for IYA2009 Nodes

FirstScope is an ideal entry level astronomical telescope. It is very easy to observe with, the user simply navigates the night sky by moving the tube in the direction of their desired object, making the viewing experience a snap! The compact design makes it easy enough to take with you on your next outdoor adventure.

FirstScope will be available at a special price of 24.50 USD plus shipping costs per telescope for the IYA2009 network. IYA2009 Single Points of Contacts who wish to take this excellent opportunity should collect orders and place a single order to Celestron.They said that individual orders will not be accepted. The deadline for placing orders is 30 June,2009.For more please log on to: http://www.astronomy2009.org/news/updates/

So,Explore how many telescopes do you want for your activities or your school,club or Colleges and then give youor order to your single point of contact So that he will be able to put the order on time.

Its really a great oppertunity to all of us to have suc a good product at this price.So,explore your requirements and inform your SPoC as soon as possible.Don't miss this great oppertunity!!!!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Fourth International Conferene on The Frontiers of Plasma Physics and technology held in Kathmandu During 6-10,April,2009

Fourth International Conference On The frontiers of Plasma Physics and Technology concluded with a success in Kathmandu today.There were total 69 oral presentations and 5o Poster presentations among which two oral and 18 poster presentations were made by Nepali Researchers of Tribhuvan University and Kathmandu University of Nepal.During the event two posters were awarded the best.The poster session was held on 7th April,2009.

The towering peak in the Himalayan range is 8848 meters high Mt. Everest.

This was the 4th conference in the series of "International conference on the Frontiers of Plasma Physics and Technology" and the series was being organized in different developing countries to encourage a large number of local researchers to participate in the conference. The earlier three conferences were held in Bangalore 2002, Goa 2005 (India) and Bangkok (Thailand) in 2007. This series was planned to provide a unique opportunity to the researchers to directly interact with the worldwide experts and acquaint with the latest research topics. Researchers of all nationalities are welcome to participate.
Progress in science and technology strongly contributes to the development of social and economic growth. In the recent years, through the conference series, a strong networking was being established with noted credentials, among researchers from very diverse fields including physics, biology, chemistry, medicine etc. One of the major objectives of this conference series was to highlight the inter-connectivity aspects. Special attention was focused on understanding the advancing complex-fundamental issues, technologies and further, explores the interdisciplinary fields. Plasma physics is a very rapidly emerging area with widespread applications, providing an exceptional opportunity to the researchers.

Monday, April 6, 2009

100 Hours of Astronomy Concludes with more outreach in Nepal

Nepal celebrated 100 hours of Astronomy with different activities like Star parties,Lectures and screening of the movie The Eyes on The Skies during 2-5 April,2009 as International Astronomical Union(IAU) and UNESCO have announced the year 2009 as International Year of Astronomy(IYA2009) to mark the 400th years of exploration or the universe by telescope with different activities through out the world to enhance the public understanding of our place in the universe as "The Universe,Yours to Discover"



On 2nd April,the first day of 100HA, there was screening program of "The Eyes on The Skies" movie at St. Xavier's College,Maitighar,Kathmandu between 11:55-13:00 Hrs.More than 100 students from I.Sc. and B.Sc. along with teachers attended the screening.Before the screening of the movie I gave brief introduction of IYA2009 and Rijendra Thapa,one of my friend,gave brief information regarding International Year of Science.This was the only program on 2nd April in Nepal.
on 3rd April,2nd day of 100HA,we had planned for the star party to observe The Ringed Planet Saturn and The Moon,but we could not do due to adverse weather conditions.There was another star party organized by Galileo Astronomical Society of Pokhara,Nepal(GASPO-Nepal) which was also postponed due to the weather condition.



On 4th April,We had a program at Celebration Co-Ed School,which was about 8 km away from the main city 12:30 Hrs onwards.During the program we screened "The Eyes on The Skies".lectures on Astronomy and Solar Observation with the three solar glasses that I have brought with me from Paris,France during my participation on IYA2009 Opening ceremony and IAU Symposium 260 "The Role of Astronomy in Our Society".There were more than 65 participants from the class 8-10 along with some parents and some small children.After the event one of the boy of 12 years wrote in our attendance book I like the Sun.During the event I have shown some video clips of The Sun taken by Hinode Satellite.There was also another Star party at Takshashila Academy during 11:30-13:00 Hrs to Observe The Sun with 4 inch Telescope(Newtonian reflector.More than 500 people enjoyed the Sun during the star party and following the request of the public we have scheduled another star party on 6th April to observe The Sun', said Jayanta Acharya,SpoC for Nepal and a mathematics teacher of the School.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Celebrating 100 Hours of Astronomy in Nepal

Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) is organizing a program on Sturday, 4th April, 2009 at Celebration Co-Ed School, Jorpati (near Orthopaedic Hospital) celebrate 100 Hours of Astronomy in Nepal. Different events are taking place all over the world to celebrate 100 HA from April 2-5, 2009.



International Astronomical Union (IAU) and UNESCO have declared 2009 as International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) to mark 400 years of the telescopic observation of our cosmos my Galileo Galilei in 1609 A.D.




Program Details:

Venue: Celebration Co-Ed School, Jorpati (near Orthopaedic Hospital)

Date: Saturday, 4th April, 2009

Time: 12:30 onwards

Programs: To screen The Eyes on The Skies, some lectures on Astronomy by amateur astronomers of Nepal and Telescopic observation of The SUN (if weather permits)

Contact: 4910332


NASO would like to invite to all of you who have interest on astronomy to the event and celebrate 100 HA along with the young minds of the nation. Also, we will like to distribute The Copies of The DVD’s of the movie to the Television channels so that we all Nepalese have the opportunity to celebrate 100 HA in Nepal.

Happy 100 Hours of Astronomy.


(Note: This is the press release issued by Nepal Astronomical Society on 3th April,2009)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Eyes on The Skies Opens 100 HA in Nepal

Nepal Astronomical Society(NASO) and The St. Xavier's College,Kathmandu organized a program to celebrate the Opening events of 100 Hours of Astronomy in Nepal today.
During the program,Suresh Bhattarai and Rijendra Thapa of NASO gave a brief introduction about IYA2009 and 100 Hours of Astronomy.
After the introduction,There was a screening of "The Eyes on The Skies" for an hour.
More than 100 students from I.Sc. and B.Sc. enjoyed the movie during the program.There were also teachers and the faculty members from the Department of Physics to give the rise in the number of participants by a dozens.
"It was really interesting" said one of the participants from B.Sc. 1 st year Students.There was a huge queue to have a copy of the DVDs for others.
Meanwhile, there was a star party to observe Saturn organized my GASPO-Nepal which was postpond for tomorrow due to adverse weather in Kathmandu.