Chandigarh , November 16, 2014 : The spectacular show ‘Voodo Busters’ decoded the prevailing myths in the society by demonstrating scientific experiments and left the audience spellbound at the 41st Jawaharlal Nehru National Science, Mathematics and Environment Exhibition (JNNSME) at Leisure Valley, Sector 10 today. The magical show was put up by the students of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali. The students presented a skit having different activities to demystify prevailing superstitions and asked people to apply logic before believing in them. In this show students took many examples like arising smoke from the water, outbreak of fire without any reason and burning the coconut by spilling water and they explained its scientific reasons.
This event was organized by the Society for Promotion of Science and Technology in India (SPSTI). The Society also organised an interesting talk was delivered on Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014: Seeing is Believing – Biological Imaging using Optical Nanoscopy by Dr. Samrat Mukhopadhyay, IISER.
While speaking on the occasion, Dr Samrat said, “ The optical microscopy has become an indispensable tool for visualizing biological processes at the molecular and cellular level since its discovery way back in the 17th century. There are three scientists -Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner who have got Nobel Prize for revolutionizing the field of microscopy by circumventing the resolution criteria imposed by the optical diffraction limit. Their work paved path to a new era of super-resolution microscopy where resolution, in principle, is no longer limited by the wavelength of light. Now, movement of every molecular cell can be tracked with much more clarity”.
Adding more to it, he said, “Taken together, this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry recognizes the development of optical (fluorescence) nanoscopy that allows us to pry into the live cells at the single-molecule resolution and will help us understand the molecular basis of neurodegenerative and other devastating human diseases”.
Another main attraction at the exhibition today was Laser Show in which various special effects of lights were shown. This show was appreciated a lot by the audience.