I interview scientists and astronomers regarding their recent discoveries to write news and feature articles for popular science magazines.
The Sun’s sizzling corona is so hot thanks to tiny nanoflares, new evidence suggests
Interview with Surajit Mondal, the lead researcher of this study. The article covers research coming out of the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) on the first radio evidence for the existence of nanoflares.
India prepares to launch its first crewed mission in 2021
Interview with Mr Kashyap Mankad, a retired ISRO scientist, and Mr Shubhayu Sardar, Gaganyaan’s core team member. The article explains the mission’s goals, ISRO’s place in the international field and the organization’s plans for the future.
A closer look at the TRAPPIST-1 system
Interview with Jonathan Mound, a professor at the University of Leeds in the UK. The article covers how the stellar winds of TRAPPIST-1 make life almost hard to exist in the system’s seven rocky planets.
Chandrayaan-2's launch in October 2018
Interview with Dr. Arun Sinha, a former senior scientist at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The article lists out the mission details, science goals and reasons for the delay in launch.
Pole reversals of Earth's magnetic field
Interview with Dr Gary Galtzmair, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz. The article gives insights into the workings of Earth’s core, how the magnetic fields are created and maintained, and the evidence that shows pole reversals are already underway.
A whole new way to weigh the Milky Way
Interview with Ekta Patel, a fourth-year graduate at the University of Arizona. The article describes the first of its kind study that utilizes 3D motions of satellite galaxies to compare their angular momentum to a simulated universe.
Do magnetic fields really care about what's in a planet's core?
Interview with Phil Livermore, a professor at the University of Leeds, UK. The article describes the working of Earth’s geodynamo and the extent to which the structure and composition of the core affect the creation and maintenance of magnetic fields.
The collision of Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxies
Interview with Tony Sohn, Support Scientist at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore. The article gives a blueprint of the Andromeda-Milky Way collision, how the events will unfold, and the fate of our solar system.
Research developments on the habitability of TRAPPIST-1 system
Interview with Dr Manasvi Lingam, a postdoc at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The article covers efforts taken to measure potential habitability of the system by estimating the fierceness of the host star winds, and then determine how well the surrounding planets can retain their atmospheres against these winds.
Discovery of TRAPPIST-1 system
Interview with Dr Micheal Gillon at the University of Liege, Belgium. He led the team of researchers who discovered the TRAPPIST-1 System. The article covers how the discovery was carried out, and its importance in the search for exoplanets and extraterrestrial life.