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Gallery on chemistry

Feb. 27: Want to check the nutrient value of different food items you consume or the chemicals you consume in the way of having food? Visit Regional Science Centre at Khanapara, which is opening a gallery to answer all your queries.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi will inaugurate the gallery “World of Chemistry Gallery” along with an Eco-Park tomorrow morning on National Science Day.

Project coordinator of the centre, V.S. Sharma, said the gallery has been set up in a hall of 2,000 square feet area at an estimated expenditure of Rs 45 lakh, keeping in view the importance of chemistry in the day-to-day life of people.

“This is the first gallery on the subject for any of the science centres in India. So, it is a proud moment for the centre.”

The gallery has a section of food items to explain to visitors the chemistry behind food, various chemicals that people consume by way of having food and how these chemicals are digested to provide energy. The nutrient value of different food items and how to have a balanced diet are also explained.

“Another section will tell the visitors about the six main elements that our body is composed of. One of the exhibits will measure your weight and mention the chemical composition of your body,” he said.

An interactive periodic table, where visitors can interact with all the elements, get information about each element by aligning the computer screen with the periodic table, a football shaped structure to explain the concept of special class of material called fullerene are in the gallery.

“In order to explain the chemistry behind the working of an oil refinery, a detailed scaled model of a typical refinery has been made. This shows intricate criss-crossing of pipes. A nano mirror changes into transparent glass sheet by application of electrical signal. Another section will showcase the all-time Indian and foreign stalwarts in chemistry,” Sharma said.

The Eco-Park, spread over an area of two acres and built at an estimated cost of Rs 25 lakh, depicts the importance and fragile nature of biodiversity and ecology in a simple and subtle manner.

“The exposition becomes more relevant in view of the Northeast being one of the five world’s richest hotspots of biodiversity. As responsible citizens, we are entrusted with the responsibility of passing this richness to the next generation. The intricate relationship of living organisms with natural environment is beautifully presented in the park.”

In order to make the subject more interesting, the microscopic members of eco-system, which play an important role in keeping local ecology alive and bubbling with activity, gigantic fibreglass models of microscopic creatures have been displayed.

Sharma said both facilities have been designed and developed by the centre with active support from Central Research and Training Laboratory, Calcutta.