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Wild Minds-What Animals Really Think

April 19, 2013 - September 8, 2013

Animals are smarter than you think! Many species share cognitive skills that are considered key signs of higher mental abilities, such as using tools, solving problems, self-awareness, and the ability to communicate. Over decades, researchers have documented these talents in different animal species, observing behavior in the wild and in carefully controlled laboratory experiments. What scientists have seen and reported has gradually chipped away at what we thought made human beings unique, revealing that we are not alone in our ability to invent, plan or empathize. In Wild Minds–What Animals Really Think, you will discover surprising and impressive thinking skills in a variety of animals. Presented in partnership with the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. The exhibition was developed by the New York Hall of Science.


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Genomics eXplorer

January 14, 2013 - April 14, 2013

Genomics eXplorer examines Earth's most crucial living creatures - plants - and investigates the important contributions genetics researchers are making to agriculture, human health, and the environment. The exhibit is composed of seven units with numerous learning opportunities. Visitors will journey to the heart of a giant walk-through cell, discover interactive games, and experience microscope stations to understand groundbreaking research in botany. The exhibition was developed by Purdue University.

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Disease Detectives

September 8, 2012 through January 6, 2013

You hear about infectious diseases in the news – new diseases emerging, old ones re-emerging, resistant bacteria. What does it all mean? Disease Detectives is a traveling exhibition about microbiology that puts visitors in the role of infectious-disease-fighting detectives. This interactive exhibition invites visitors to investigate a case by meeting a series of patients, interpreting their lab tests and exploring their environment to learn more about infectious disease transmission and prevention. Each case highlights a different mode of disease transmission and the relevant illnesses. Hands-on topics include an introduction to diseases and disease research, and the types of food-, water-, airborne- and animal-borne diseases. The exhibition was developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

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Mars in 3D!

A New Perspective on Mars

June 19, 2012 - September 1, 2012

The European Space Agency’s Mars Express probe is Europe’s first mission to another planet. Since 2004, a stereo camera designed and built by Germany’s space agency, the German Aerospace Center, has been mapping the entire Red Planet and producing colorful, high resolution images. Six natural forces that have significantly formed Mars over billions of years – volcanism, water, ice, erosion, wind, and tectonics – are the focus of the exhibition. Suspended throughout the exhibition are enormous photographs, and with the help of red-blue glasses, visitors will see Mars like they have never been able to before – in 3-D! These images are supplemented with bilingual interpretive signs in English and German with a vast amount of information about the Red Planet, its moons and exploration efforts. The Mars exhibition was developed by the German Aerospace Center, (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR). Sponsored in part by Frontier Communications and Evans Toyota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Treasure!

January 14, 2012 - June 3, 2012

"There is something in a treasure that fastens upon a man's mind...He will never forget it..."
- Nostromo (from Nostromo by Joseph Conrad)

Treasure is a word that stirs the imagination of everyone of every age. An educational and entertaining exhibit for museums and science/technology centers, Treasure! explores the history of treasures and treasure hunting, the technology employed in hunting treasure, as well as the people and personalities that hunt for treasure—including your visitors.

 

The educational purpose of the exhibition is to investigate these key ideas: What is treasure? Who hunts for treasure? Why do they hunt treasure? How do people hunt for treasure? On a personal level, the exhibit also provokes the question, what do you treasure? Treasure hunts within the exhibit invite the visitors to be active participants.

Treasure! has seven thematic areas, including underwater treasure, treasures in the attic, buried treasure, gold rushes, protecting treasure, treasure in popular culture, and the modern treasure hunt. A dozen hands-on activities allow the visitor to try tools of treasure hunting and investigate treasures. Special exhibit features include actual artifacts from shipwrecks and other treasure site.

Visit http://www.xsnrg.com/treasure!/index2.html for activities and more information on this exhibition!