Museum of Science and Industry


With Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition here at MSI, things falling has been on my mind. You get to test the falling toast myth ("Butter Side Down") inside the exhibition, but what is the truth behind falling pennies and falling cats?

A cat recently fell from the 19th floor of a building, and survived with little damage....

It’s spring! Time to open the windows and see daffodils blooming and trees starting to blossom and bud, hear birds chirp, smell the dead fish in the air. Wait, what? Yeah, have you smelled that weird stink outside in the past week or two? Well, you have the lovely Bradford Pear tree to thank for it!

The Bradford Pear (or more generally, the Callery Pear) is a very pretty tree that

If you created a robot, what would it be like? I would probably build a battery-powered android, because I think I would have the most fun with either a sassy maid-bot or a pretend-little-sister-bot. Scientists in Texas and Virginia were a little more creative, having built "Robojelly," a jellyfish robot that runs on hydrogen and oxygen!

This little swimmer currently gets its fuel from tubes connected...

I think Charles Darwin was a pretty neat guy: an adventurer who traveled around the world and developed the theory of natural selection. But even he, who grew up loving natural history, found it "most disgusting" (written in his journal while on expedition in Argentina) to be bitten by what was probably a kissing bug. Good thing we don’t get kissing bug...

Do you eat your fruits and vegetables? Well, you should. They’re good for you. And a recent study suggests that they may even make you more attractive!

What you eat can definitely change how you look. We already know that an excess of certain things in your diet can color your skin – for example,


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