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Regional Science Centre offers hands-on experience

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Chief Minister Jayalalithaa inaugurates the facility via video-conference

A boon to students:Students take a look at ‘R-2600’, a 1935 aircraft engine with 14 cylinders in two rows manufactured by Curtiss Wright Aricraft Company, at the Regional Science Centre in Coimbatore, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa through video-conference, on Monday. - Photo: K. Ananthan
A boon to students:Students take a look at ‘R-2600’, a 1935 aircraft engine with 14 cylinders in two rows manufactured by Curtiss Wright Aricraft Company, at the Regional Science Centre in Coimbatore, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa through video-conference, on Monday. - Photo: K. Ananthan

Many would have seen people lying down on a bed of nails and wondered how painful it would it be. Well, the answer is, not that much as the weight of the person is spread across all the nails which results in the weight per nail becoming very miniscule and it does not pierce the skin.

And not just that, the printing process also uses a similar principle.

An image basically comprises thousands of small dots of ink and more the number of pins, the sharper the image becomes.

This is among the hundreds of scientific principles explained at the Regional Science Centre, here, which was inaugurated on Monday by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa via video-conference.

Constructed at a cost of Rs. 8.5 crore, shared equally between the State and Central Governments, the science centre was developed by the Kolkata-based National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) and has three permanent galleries on science and textile sector, a temporary gallery where the topic would change periodically, besides a 3D theatre and an auditorium for conducting scientific seminars. An autonomous society under the Union Ministry of Culture, the NCSM administers 25 science centres, museums and planetarium across India besides the Central Research and Training Laboratory in Kolkata.

It has developed 22 science centres that have been handed over to different States and Union Territories of India.

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