Museum of Science and Industry


Those of us who spent our formative years as virtual mayors of towns such as “Keith-Ville” and “Awesome-Town” in the game SimCity know that solar energy beamed down from space is an efficient way to generate massive amounts of clean power. I’m guessing someone over at NASA may have had their own virtual village, because the agency has agreed to 

A group of astronomers have released a new estimate of the number of Earth-sized planets in the life-bearing "Goldilocks Zone" surrounding each of our galaxy’s red dwarf stars: tens of billions. That’s right, there could be more than enough Earth-like planets in the Milky Way for every single human alive today to have their own. The already enormous estimate would only increase in size if you...

Chicago drivers are all too familiar with the gut-wrenching sound of hitting a pothole while traveling 45 mph down Lake Shore Drive. Part of the problem in city pothole repair is the necessity to close down or narrow major commuting arteries for hours at a time while they are filled. That is, until the Python 5000 comes along.

The Python is a pothole-filling maestro that allows one person to perform the half-hour patch work of an entire road...

Back in 2010 I came across a really neat visualization tool designed to demonstrate scale in our universe. After being reminded about it by WIRED, I searched for it again and stumbled across an updated 2012 version created by Cary and Michael Huang. I thought I would share this tool with all of you to either just explore or for use as an educational tool.

My...

It turns out that the reassuring “lub-dub” of our heart might not be completely necessary for us to live. Recent developments in artificial heart technologies have sought to explore the use of continuous flow devices such as ones used in left-ventricle assist devices. Instead of pulses of...


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5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
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1 (773) 684-1414
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