Museum of Science and Industry


For three decades, chemists and physicists have struggled to understand the structure of quasicrystals, particular crystals with a patterned but non-periodic structure formed by its elements. Stockholm University professor Sven Hovmöller worked for ten years on the problem without satisfying results. While others on his team moved on to other projects, Hovmöller continued his frustrating research until one day it came upon him to recruit his ten-year-old son, Linus, to help him with his work.

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Who else held their breath as they watched Felix Baumgartner break the speed of sound on his recent epic skydive? We sure did! As my teammates and I watched his supersonic descent, my mind started to wander – what will happen to his giant balloon?

This is one

In case you missed it, Popular Science spent a few weeks profiling college laboratories where talented students are getting the opportunity to add to important academic research, learn about and prepare for highly skilled careers in the sciences, and, best of all, blow stuff up.

Popular Science’s series "The Labs that Go Boom" features ten awesome laboratories and their work, providing an interesting look not...

Have you ever wanted to invent or create something? Making stuff is cool. I love seeing the interesting things that people dream up and construct themselves. They don’t have to be big or grand to be inspiring – just innovative, creative, or plain old neat!

Here’s something I came across recently that combines a cool accomplishment with a sense of sweet nostalgia – modern 3-D...

Last month, the Obama Administration announced the launch of a new institute in Youngstown, Ohio that will be dedicated to revitalization of American manufacturing through the emerging technology of 3-D printing.

The Department of Defense chose Youngstown to be the site of the pilot National Additive Manufacturing Institute (NAMII) and...


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