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Seminar on Gravitational Wave in Kathmandu

Nepal Physical Society(NPS) organized a seminar on new discovery ‘Gravitational Wave’ in February 26, 2016. NPS invited renowned cosmologist Prof. Dr. Udayaraj Khanal of Central Department of Physics, Tribhuvan University to deliver a talk on the discovery. The talk was held at Tri Chandra Campus, Ghantaghar, Kathmandu.
Huge crowd was seen, coming to attend the seminar which included students, teachers, researchers and many distinguished personalities from the Physical Sciences and from other faculties too. The seminar was also attended by people interested to know about the discovery which started at 4 pm and lasted for about one and half hour.
‘Gravitational Radiation’, the form in which the energy is transferred in Gravitational Wave was the topic of the seminar. Professor pointed that the discovery will be of great significance to know the early stages of the universe and even time travel can be possible in near future with this discovery.


7th National Conference on Science and Technology


Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) is going to organize a National Conference on Science and Technology in March 29-31, 2016 with the aim to bring leading scientists, academicians and policy makers from Nepal and abroad to present and discuss new research and developments, and learn effective strategies for using scientific research and innovations for the economic development.
NAST organized the first science and technology conference in 1988. After that, conferences have been held in every four years. The Seventh National Conference on Science and Technology will devote to Science, Technology and Innovation for Nepal’s Graduation to Developing Country Status.The programs will be structured into many parallel sessions dedicated to the field of science and technology.
The areas covered by the conference are Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Technology, Chemical Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Forestry, Environment and Climate Change, Information and Communication Technology, Mathematical Sciences (including Statistics), Medicine and Health Sciences, Physical Sciences (including Earth Sciences and Astronomy), Science Education, S & T Promotion, Technology Transfer, Conventional & Renewable Energy and so on.




NASA astronaut Scott Kelly Safely Returns to Earth after One-Year Mission

NASA astronaut and Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth on March 2, 2016 after spending 340 days in space. They landed in Kazakhstan at 11:26 p.m. EST (10:26 a.m. March 2 Kazakhstan time).
“Scott Kelly’s one-year mission aboard the International Space Station has helped to advance deep space exploration and America’s Journey to Mars,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “Scott has become the first American astronaut to spend a year in space, and in so doing, helped us take one giant leap toward putting boots on Mars.”
During the record-setting One-Year mission, the station crew conducted almost 400 investigations to advance
NASA’s mission and benefit all of humanity. Kelly and Kornienko specifically participated in a number of studies to inform NASA’s Journey to Mars, including research into how the human body adjusts to weightlessness, isolation, radiation and the stress of long-duration spaceflight. Kelly’s identical twin brother, former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, participated in parallel twin studies on Earth to help scientists compare the effects of space on the body and mind down to the cellular level.
With the end of this mission, Kelly now has spent 520 days in space, the most among U.S. astronauts. Kornienko has accumulated 516 days across two flights, and Volkov has 548 days on three flights.
The “one-year crew” mission — which began on March 27 last year — was the longest by any astronaut aboard the ISS and seen as a vital chance to measure the effects of a prolonged period in space on the human body.
The International Space Station (ISS) is a convergence of science, technology and human innovation that enables us to demonstrate new technologies and make research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. It has been continuously occupied since November 2000 and, since then, has been visited by more than 200 people and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft. The space station remains the springboard to NASA’s next giant leap in exploration, including future missions to an asteroid and Mars. Source: NASA/ISS

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