2/03/2015

Crowdfunding Science: Experience from a Developing Country



Photograph of UV-Vis spectrophotometer and computer installed in MMAMC, Nepal


Educational institutions in Nepal like other developing countries lack basic infrastructure (e.g., instruments, equipment) for teaching and research in science. Unfortunately, support from the government is not enough. Nepal spends only 0.4% of its GDP in science and technology. Majority of this money goes to administrative expenses of government institutions related to science and technology. Universities and their affiliated colleges do not receive funding for research at all. Despite the lack of basic facilities, few enthusiastic researchers are trying their best to carry out research and train their students in science.
In 2014, we raised $3772.10 + NRs 61797 from a fundraising campaign in my coordination. Majority of this amount was collected via a crowdfunding platform, the Fundrazr.com and was used to buy UV-Vis spectrophotometer (a scientific instrument) and its accessories for department of chemistry, Mahendra Morang Adarsha Multiple Campus (MMAMC), Biratnagar, Nepal.
Among other campuses around the country, MMAMC, Biratnagar desperately needed an UV-Vis spectrophotometer, one of the basic instruments in many disciplines of sciences. Unfortunately, neither MMAMC nor the Tribhuvan University could support the purchase of this instrument, making external funding crucial. Unlike others, Dr. Ajaya Bhattarai, assistant professor of chemistry from MMAMC came forward and discussed the possibilities of obtaining funds with me.
Crowdfunding

1/05/2015

सेल्फी लौरोको रमाइलो

२०१३ मा सेल्फीले खुब चर्चा पायो।  सेल्फी भन्नाले आफ्नो फोटो आफै खिच्ने । बिशेषगरि स्मार्टफोनको ब्यापकता पछि यसको प्रयोग ह्वात्तै बढेको हो । प्रख्यात सामाजिक संजाल ट्विटरले त सन् २०१४ लाइ सेल्फीको वर्ष नै घोषणा गर्यो ।  सेल्फी सब्द करिब नौ करोड भन्दा धेरै पटक ट्विटरमा उल्लेख भएछ, २०१४ मा । हुदा हुदा अब सेल्फीको पढाई नै हुने भयो रे लण्डनको सिटि कलेजमा ।  

अब त सेल्फी संस्कृतिको रुपमा नै बिकाश भैसक्यो । 

हातैले सेल्फी खिच्दा अलि धेरै वर पर सम्मको भिउ ओगट्न नसक्ने । अथवा अलि धेरै साथीले ग्रुप सेल्फी खिच्न नमिल्ने । यसैलाई सजिलो बनाउनको लागि सेल्फी लौरो आयो । सेल्फी लौरो लाइ प्रख्यात टाइम म्यागाजिन ले २०१४ को उत्कृष्ट २५ आबिस्कार मा लिस्ट गरेको छ ।

सेल्फी लौरोको टुप्पोमा फोन राख्न मिल्छ । यो लौरो फोल्ड गर्न मिल्छ जसलाई अंग्रेजीमा extendable monopod भन्ने गरिएको छ । एक मिटर जति लामो बनाउन मिल्ने लौरो पाइन्छन बजारमा ।

करिब $१० देखि $३० सम्म पर्छ अहिले यो सेल्फी लौरो ।

फोटो खिच्ने बेलामा कि त रेमोट प्रयोग गरेर क्लिक बटन थिच्नु पर्यो कि त ब्लु टुथ प्रयोग गरे पनि हुञ्छ । यी दुवै तपाइको सेल्फी लौरो मा छैन भने पनि नो प्रोबलम ।  टाइमर मा राखेर सेल्फी खिच्न मिल्छ ।   

मैले नि भर्खर किनेको सेल्फी लौरोले डल्लै फेमस खायो ।

फोटोको क्वालिटी भने फोनको पछाडिको क्यामेरामा भर पर्छ । यहाँ खिचेका सबै फोटोहरु OnePlus One फोन बाट खिचेको हु ।  

एक्लै भा'को बेलामा फोटो खिच्न मन लाग्यो, कसलाई खिच्देउ भन्ने? सेल्फी लौरो जिन्दबाद ।  


एलामो, सान एण्टोनिओ, TX 
जोइ पोइ घुम्न हिडियो, फोटो खिच्न मन लग्यो । सेल्फी लौरो फेरी पनि जिन्दाबाद ।   
कोर्पस क्रिस्टिको बीच, TX 

साथीहरुसंग घुम्न गएको बेला ग्रुप फोटो खिच्न पर्दा पनि सेल्फी लौरो । अब कोहि पनि छुट्न परेन र अरु कसैलाई हाम्रो फोटो खिच्देउ पनि भन्न परेन । यो सुँगुर चोचे चाइ तितो सत्यको प्रभाबले हल्का रमाइलो ।

US Lexington, Corpus Christi, TX

डुंगा चडेको बेलामा सप्पै ग्रुपकै आउने गरेर फोटो खिच्न पर्यो रे । कसरि सम्भब होला त? सेल्फी लौरो छदै छ नि, नो चिन्ता ।  






ग्रुपको फोटो खिच्न पर्यो तर पछाडिको पुरै आउने गरि, सेल्फी लौरोले खिची हाल्छ नि ।  



घरमा पार्टि भयो, ग्रुप फोटो खिच्न पर्यो कोहि नछुटि । 



12/19/2014

9 photos of smallest creation in history || art meets nano science

Science is beautiful.

This is what happens when artists and scientists work together. Here are some photos produced by artist Jonty Hurwitz and nano-scientist  Stefan Hengsbach. These beautiful photos are the smallest sculptures of human form in our history.
Human on human hair

As a reference, human hair is 10-100 microns in diameter. And, 1 millimeter is 1000 microns. Naked female sculpture in above SEM image is about 80 x 100 micron in size. Just to get a feeling, our finger nail grows about the same size in  5 hours.

Human on eye of a needle
These microscale sculptures seen as SEM images were created using a 3-D printing technique called multi photon lithography where a laser is focused on a photosensitive liquid polymer. The laser light is very intense at the focal point that the polymer can absorb two photons at the same time and makes the polymer solidify.  

Full version of human on human hair
To create this art, they photographed a female model from hundreds of angles to generate the digital “blueprint” to use in lithography.
Behind the scene creating the blue print with model
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