Recently, I introduced the “Shake It, Make It, Break It” approach for dark matter detection and talked about shaking dark matter to deduce its properties (what is usually called Direct Detection). Of course, the ideal way to study dark matter would be to create it in our laboratories, which brings us to the second approach: … More Darkness At The End Of A Tunnel
I couldn’t sleep last night so I bombarded unsuspecting family/friends with a mini-explainer on why the EHT Black Hole image is an incredible work of science. (Because, you know, the cure for insomnia lies somewhere in scicomm.) Anyway, here’s the story: You know how they say every picture tells a story? This one tells our … More Why you should get excited about the Fiery Space Donut
The ever-elusive nature of dark matter is of interest not only from a theoretical point of view –we are, after all, missing 85% of the Universe– but also from an experimental one. How exactly does one study something invisible? We can point our telescopes at the sky and study how light bends around clusters of … More Trembles Beneath The Surface
I have spent upwards of n days hunting down factors of 2. Maybe the real factor of 2 is the headache we get along the way.
Disclaimer: The gender discourse in STEM fields is nuanced and any fruitful conversation demands that all parties involved accept this nuance. Most of the times, however, such in-depth engagement requires energy and it’s usually the women on whom this burden (of explaining, for instance, that systemic discrimination exists) falls. These conversations are undoubtedly important to … More Comic: Women in Science Bingo
I was apprehensive when I picked up The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. The kind of apprehension that stems from a lifetime of being entrenched in a society that either vilifies people like me or whitewashes them into something more palatable for a western audience. Maybe I should add a third category and one … More The City of Brass and the importance of diversity in fiction
With my newly acquired free-time, I wondered whether it would be possible to elaborate on my actual research in a manner accessible to general audiences. This is the first attempt at that. I take a shot at explaining the main ideas behind the paper which resulted from my Master’s thesis. And I do this without using … More Simplified: Freeze-in of Dark Matter in Five Steps