German Embassy exhibits photographs revealing the forms, patterns and structures of science

ISLAMABAD: An exhibition of spectacular photographs revealing the forms, patterns and structures of science was recently presented at the Pakistan National Arts Council (PNCA).

The German Embassy, ​​in collaboration with the Pakistan National Arts Council (PNCA), organized the exhibition, which will end on January 23.

The 22 large-format photographs featured in the exhibition titled Images of Science were captured using conventional and modern techniques by several scientists, including Dr. Asifa Akhtar, a native of Karachi, and the director of the Max Planck Institute of immunobiology and epigenetics. .

The heart measures only half a millimeter and consists of a single atrium and a single ventricle.

A detailed explanation of the background and the study accompanied each of the photographs, giving visitors a glimpse of what they were seeing, whether plasma and magnetic movements or atoms. With Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in place, the exhibition is open to visitors until January 23.

Offering a glimpse of the universe, Portrait of a Black Hole is the result of a worldwide collaboration to photograph a black hole, where scientists combined eight high-resolution radio telescopes to form the Virtual Event Horizon Telescope. The signals from the individual antennae were used to calculate the image of a particularly supermassive black hole at the center of M-87, a giant elliptical galaxy in the Virgo cluster.

Keeping the pandemic in mind, three images related to biology and medicine also stood out.

The crown spikes show characteristic protein structures for which the coronavirus has become known. The image shows that the stem of the spike structure is surprisingly flexible. Caught in the Net shows that Shigella bacteria are caught in a net thrown by neutrophils or white blood cells that are at the heart of our immune system. The immune system at work shows a white blood cell disarming tuberculosis bacteria.

Photographs of iridescent feathers threatened by insects on a mosaic of Neptune on a shell from Fonte Doria in Genoa were juxtaposed with studies of powdery mildew forming a filamentous network or mycelium on garden cress leaves and an image of a heart from a 48-hour-old zebrafish embryo, dyed with fluorescent proteins. The very magnified

Speaking on the occasion, German Ambassador Bernhard Schlagheck said: “As you know, last year we celebrated 70 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Pakistan and this exhibition was at the front of the Lahore pass of our festivities”.

The Ambassador said it was amazing how well received and successful this exhibition was in Lahore.

“We thought it was a good idea to bring it to Islamabad in order to give the people of the city the opportunity to see it as well. The 22 images show natural phenomena made visible through techniques by German researchers “, he concluded.

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