Anushka S Dongaonkar

Orbital Sunrise as seen from the ISS (Credits: ESA/NASA- A. Gerst)

Imagine having a bedroom smaller than a showering stall with all of your gadgets tied around you. Having to eat your favourite food as a paste sounds disheartening. Pulling yourself wherever you want to go, quite literally, doesn’t sound very comfortable either. Well, it certainly doesn’t feel as repulsive for some of us. From the global population of 7.8 billion, a lucky few are chosen to work on the ISS as astronauts and cosmonauts. They conduct research, maintain ISS in working order, and in general, learn more about living and working in space.

Living on the ISS requires many lifestyle…


Adit Kirtani

A swarm of structures built to float on solar radiation is a better practical approach to the Dyson Sphere. (Image by Steve Bowers)

Named after its creator Freeman Dyson, a Dyson Sphere is a proposed megastructure that encompasses a star and uses a large, if not all, of its power output. Considered to be a necessary stepping stone for civilizations in the Kardashev Scale, this popular science-fiction structure has one goal — to use the complete power output of a Star.

The Earth receives a lot of energy from the Sun, approximately 174 × 10¹⁵ W of energy. The average electricity consumption for the entire planet would be just a small fraction of this amount. However, this pales in comparison to the complete…


Anand Sairam

With at least 100 billion stars in the Milky Way, there are over 25 billion places where life could take hold in our galaxy alone (Core of the Milky Way captured by Chirag Sagare)

Biologists have long believed (or assumed) that we understand the basic physiology and metabolism of organisms, but this is based only on our current knowledge of molecular biology and metabolism from the organisms on our planet.

There is one popular and slightly likely possibility, however that could potentially shatter our understanding of the inner mechanisms and nature of life as we know it; the second genesis theory.

So, what IS a second genesis of life? Simply put, it is the life that doesn’t exist on the current phylogenetic tree which all living things we know of are mapped on; the…


Aditya Ray

Space exploration has used robotics for centuries to automate monotonous tasks with their robustness, accuracy, and precision. As the development of autonomous vehicles progressed, they can now traverse unpredictable surfaces, conduct scientific tests, and send the data millions of kilometres away to Earth without any human intervention. This has enabled the use of robots in environments too dangerous for any human being to survive. One of the tasks of such robots is to traverse surfaces autonomously. The task seems trivial for regular humans, as it is intuitive to our brains. But in terms of robots, it is a complicated task…


Anuj Attri

“Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of time and is forgotten through the lapse of it.”
- Aristotle

An image of star trails from Stockholm, Sweden | by Chirag Sagare

It all began with the Big Bang, or at least that is what we believe it to be. Centuries ago, Man was no different than a primal lurking for the bits of survival. With nothing but our wits and instincts, we survived and evolved. However, we are not much different than the very creation we domesticize and cultivate upon; in the sense that we are but a flick in the relative passage of time. …


Rashi Maru

Star trails captured by Samar

From an infant to a scientist, everyone has thought about the possibility of time travel. To go back into the past and change the things done to face different consequences or travel into the future to see how it looks.

Time travel means to move between different points in time.

Hypothetically, say you could see the future. Hence, you would want to change it if you are not content with it. But here is the catch- what if-“Every time you look at the future, it changes; because you looked at it”?

What if it is not the same anymore, because…


Shaolin Kataria

Introduction

The first thing that comes to anyone’s mind when they read the words “Inverse Kinematics” is probably nothing, at least that was once the case for me. In January 2020, at the start of the year of doom, I found myself in a new environment of a project team, SEDS VIT Projects. I was recruited as part of the CS team. I couldn’t help but wonder as to, in what all possible ways this particular domain would be useful in making a Rover work, and that excitement was overwhelming. Soon enough, I was assigned my task, which revolved around…


Samanyu Okade

Exoplanets have been found in the Orion Nebula (photograph by Chirag Sagare)

4.5 billion years ago, a cloud of fiery dirt formed in a zone around our star, the Sun, called the Goldilocks or habitable zone. About 3.7 billion years ago life appeared and evolved to eventually call the ball of dirt, our planet, the Earth. Now, according to the big bang theory, the universe formed approximately 13.8 billion years ago, and our Earth was born only 4.5 billion years ago, which means the Earth is relatively young. There are around 10 million clusters of galaxies in the universe with each supercluster typically containing 500 to 1000 galaxies. Now, on an average…


Kartika Girish Nair

An enhanced colour global view of Pluto, by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft |Credits: NASA

How would you feel if one day, a group of people who are experts in the field of biology realise that you don’t have all the characteristics to be a part of human species (sapiens). Instead, you get demoted to Neanderthalensis. How would you feel? Betrayed? Outraged? Dejected? I’m pretty sure that’s how Pluto would’ve felt (if a chunk of rock and ice had feelings) on August 24, 2006 — the day Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet.

Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 and was declared to be the ninth planet from the Sun. It was…


Asutosh Dalei

Perseverance Rover | Credits: NASA

The Perseverance rover is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. The main tasks of the rover include finding signs of past life and collecting soil and rock samples. To accomplish these tasks, the rover must, first, be able to traverse an unknown terrain without any human interference. Autonomous Traversal is very important as the rover cannot be monitored at all times and also because of the time it will take for a command sent from the Earth to reach it.

In this article, we will take a look at a…

SEDS-VIT

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