Simple invention won in contest

Simple invention won in contest

July 24, 2020

A picture of a homemade spectroscope brought a victory in an all-Russian competition.

Boris Lobastov, a postgraduate student of the Geology, Mineralogy and Petrography department of the Siberian Federal University (SFU), an employee of the Nornickel’s R&D Center, became a prize-winner of the Shoot Science all-Russian competition of scientific photographs in 2020 in the General Category nomination. He presented a photograph of a spectroscope, assembled at home from a matchbox and a fragment of a DVD.

Boris Lobastov said that he participated in the competition every year, but this time he managed to win.

“My picture is very simple, it’s a scientific improvisation, because the device was assembled in a short time from scrap materials that are in any home. I just followed the call to observe self-isolation and continued to do science, including adapting various things to demonstrate its laws”, the scientist said.

As it was reported at SFU, the scientific photography competition is a Russian photo contest held by Wikimedia volunteers from all over the world to popularize science and illustrate Wikipedia articles on science with high-quality and modern photographs. The purpose of the competition is to support creative self-expression and develop the creative skills of the participants.

This year, 561 authors took part in the competition, the winners were chosen from more than 3000 works. The pictures of the winners will illustrate the scientific articles of Wikipedia.

As a reminder, the Nornickel’s scientific and technological R&D center at the Siberian Federal University was opened in April 2017. The task of the laboratory is research and development work, training and retraining of professional personnel for Nornickel and other mining and metallurgical enterprises.

Text: Maria Sokolova, Photo: press service of SFU

July 24, 2020

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