CosmicZoom is a virtual exhibition organized by ICTS. This exhibition takes the visitors through the different length scales of the Cosmos, from the smallest scales of subatomic particles to the largest scales of the observable universe. Several online events were organized in April 2021 as part of the CosmicZoom, which are archived here.
Past Lectures
Sreerup Raychaudhuri (Particle Physicist, TIFR)
07 April 2021, 19:00 to 20:30
Abstract: The Standard Model of strong and electroweak interactions is the reigning theory of the interactions of elementary particles. This talk will trace the development of the Standard Model, starting from the discovery of the electron in 1897 to the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012. The...more
Divya Panicker (Ecologist, University of Washington )
06 April 2021, 10:30 to 12:00
This event has been postponed to a later date due to some unavoidable circumstances. Abstract : There will be a reading of the book titled ‘Have you heard a whale sing’ by the author, Divya Panicker, following which the author will share some field anecdotes on studying whales and dolphins and an...more
Ramya Sethuram and Dorje Angchuk (Indian Astronomical Observatory)
05 April 2021, 18:00 to 19:30
Abstract: Indian Astronomical Observatory’s 2m-Himalayan Chandra Telescope (2m-HCT) is situated at Hanle, Ladakh and remotely controlled from CREST campus of IIA, located at Hosakote, near Bengaluru. Hanle serves as an excellent observing site in the country providing a large number of clear nights...more
Uma Ramakrishnan (NCBS)
04 April 2021, 16:00 to 17:30
Abstract: Like all other mammals, tigers have a single copy of their genome in every one of their cells. This DNA sequence uniquely characterises an individual. Over the last 15 years, researchers have used genetic information to study tigers. In this talk, Prof. Uma will discuss how DNA helps us...more
Smitha Vishveshwara (Condensed matter physicist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign )
03 April 2021, 10:00 to 11:30
Abstract : In Quantum Voyages, two voyagers, Terra and Akash, guided by the spirit of wisdom, Sapienza, enter the microscopic realm of atomic landscapes and quantum conundrums to discover a magnificent and baffling world foreign to everyday human experience. The piece weaves together dramatic...more
Procheta Mallik (Scientist & Educationist, ThinkTac) and Lakshmi Jois (Educationist, ThinkTac)
02 April 2021, 10:30 to 12:00
Abstract : ThinkTac is a Bangalore-based social enterprise, founded in 2017, whose mission is to empower every child to engage, enjoy and innovate with science as they learn. Over the years, ThinkTac has curated and created hundreds of hands-on science activities (called "TACtivities") that are...more
Vijay Ramesh (Ecologist, Columbia University)
01 April 2021, 19:00 to 20:30
Abstract : The Western Ghats of southern India boasts exceptional biological diversity, ranging from the charismatic Bengal tiger to the critically endangered Nilgiri shortwing. However, deforestation and degradation of forests are threatening the natural biological heritage of this tropical...more
Amitabh Joshi and TNC Vidya (Evolutionary Biologists, JNCASR)
31 March 2021, 19:00 to 20:30
Abstract : For living organisms, size affects all kinds of characteristics including their internal structures and behaviours. This is because large differences in size affect the manner in which organisms interact with and respond to different components of their physical environment. Small...more
Biman Nath (Astrophysicist & Author, Raman Research Institute)
29 March 2021, 19:00 to 20:30
Abstract: A new element, helium, was added to the periodic table 150 years ago. It was the first element to have been discovered by astronomers, to be discovered much later on Earth by chemists. The story of the discovery of helium is a fascinating one, with major confusions about who were involved...more
Anura Kurpad (Professor, St John’s Medical College)
28 March 2021, 16:00 to 17:30
Abstract: Have you ever wondered how pundits come up with what a good diet is? How do they ‘know’ how much of a nutrient you should eat? Do we all require the same amount of food and nutrients? So, what questions should you be asking back? We will explore how this exercise was carried out for...more