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Astrophysicien Conference-

Alone in the immensity of the cosmos? Conference par Le Pavillon de France

Since that day of August 1995 when a team of the Observatory of Haute-Provence, France, discovered the first extra solar planet near the star 51 Pegasus, the long quest of the astrophysicists found its completion. Today, we know several thousand of extra-solar planets. These discoveries found much echo among a large public as it is a subject that is touching many of us, which is about our place in the Universe. Admittedly, for the moment, many big « warm Jupiter » have been detected, but we are now able to observe planets similar to ours, and furthermore to start answering the fundamental question, maybe one of the biggest challenge of present science : Are we alone in the Universe?
Alain Doressoundiram is an Astrophysicist at the Observatory of Paris.
(The recording ends during the Q&A session)

Comments: 0 Date: 20 Jul 2015

HW & SW Do It Yourself

Cesare Montresor presents a different way to access to goods and technology, getting the inspiration from the world community. "Opensource Hardware", "Community FabLab" and the "Do It Yourself" philosophy are the main concepts to enable a high quality, local and flexible production while providing a public infrastructure for knowledge, creativity and continuous learning. By enabling aurovilians to produce their own goods, a community fablab would on the long run become a way to grow toward a more self-sufficient and sustainable community.

To download the pdf of the presentation click {here}

Comments: 0 Date: 29 Mar 2013

Effective Microrganism Workshop

During the last years Dr. Lucas Dengel with the EcoPro team had been working on training people and promoting the use of Effective Microorganism solutions (EM) for the improving of farming sector, waste water treatment, solid waste management and hygiene. Last week a especial workshop open for participants from all around India and the world was developed at the C.S.R. building in Auroville.

During 3 days Dr. Dengel and Sumati, who is a Senior Technical Officer of EcoPro company, offered a training program covering all the field applications of the EM blend. As explained by Sumati the benefits of this mixture are related with the improvement of productivity of farming crops, accelerate the process of composting and control over the spread of diseases. This program includes interviews to Dr. Lucas Dengel, Sumati and participants of the workshop.

Comments: 0 Date: 28 Dec 2011

ANGIRAS – talks

The afternoon session of ANGIRAS - Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living in Remote Areas - started with Toine talking on sustainable energy solutions, raising the question if sustainability is not first and foremost about choosing a life style that takes into consideration the environment and already badly depleted natural resources. Nick continued with a SEDAB presentation, focusing mainly on the bio-region and its development. Gijs shared an interesting story about organic cotton and its value chain. At the end of presentations, Chamlaji Gupta from the ashram shared some thoughts on the beginning of a search for "unconventional sources of power". He said that the Mother, in 1966, after the construction of the first solar device in Ashram, commented " ...blessings for the efficacy..."

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Comments: 0 Date: 07 Oct 2013

L`univers a une histoire

Elisabeth Vangioni, astrophysicienne au CNRS , a remonte pour nous le fil de l`histoire astronomique. Dans un expose clair, precis et accessible a tous elle nous a fait partager sa passion, et l`etendue de ses connaissances. Elle a aussi accepte de repondre avec sincerite et gentillesse aux nombreuses questions de son auditoire, et a termine son expose par une constation simple: la plus grande partie de la composition de l`univers nous est toujours inconnue, mais nous pouvons voir de plus en plus loin....

Elisbeth a profite de la tenue d`une conference en Inde, pour accomplir, selon ses propres paroles, un reve d`enfant : se rendre a Auroville. Claude et le pavillon de France ont bien sur saute sur l`occasion pour organiser une conference: l`univers a une histoire. Elisabeth nous a fait parcourir le temps et l`espace avec humour, patience et toute sa passion de chercheuse au CNRS. Son expose simple et precis etait accessible a tous dans un souci evident de pedagogie, ce que certains de nos erudits auront un peu regrette, mais certainement pas les enfants presents. Elisabeth a egalement repondu aux nombreuses questions de son auditoire, nous demontrant l`etendue de ses connaissances mais aussi son tact et son humanisme, tout en restant fidele a ses convictions. Merci Elisabeth et a une prochaine fois...

Comments: 0 Date: 17 Dec 2012

Creation of a Community FabLab

Cesare Montresor held an open discussion about Opensource Hardware & Community FabLab, a follow-up to its presentation of Opensource Hardware in order to explore (together) with the Auroville community the requirements and opportunities for the creation of a Community FabLab. Creating a community oriented FabLab would enable the Auroville community to dispose of a communal space where to learn, experiment and eventually build their own goods with sustainable materials, thus reducing the costs of production and their impact on the environment.

Comments: 0 Date: 03 Apr 2013

Clare Fanning on Websites

Clare Fanning elaborates on the topic of the development of Auroville websites. She shows examples of new 3D methods of creating websites, and she discusses these new possibilities with the attending Auroville International members.

Comments: 0 Date: 10 Feb 2012
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