Museum of Science and Industry


How much space do you need? Despite being low on the population density list, Americans tend to take up a lot of space. In fact, the Sierra Club reports that an American's average "ecological footprint"—the space it takes to produce the resources he or she uses—is four times the world's average. Some people are trying to combat this by living small. Really small.

For two weeks ending...

Finally! It’s about time you started pulling your weight around here, bubbles. Researchers at the University of Hawaii have created microscopic “bubble robots” to manipulate very small objects. By using an infrared laser to heat areas of the fluid surrounding the bubble, researchers were able to steer the...

One: Animal lovers, brace yourself! MSI’s cute-o-meter needle is buried in the red with the opening of Born to Be Wild. This Omnimax movie follows the work of two women who work to raise, rehabilitate, and release orphaned elephants and orangutans back to the wild. This film is incredibly adorable, so don’t miss it!

Two: Speaking of rehabilitating elephants, have you ever thought about

Nature vs. Number

By Mark
June 03, 2012

Ever hear someone refer to math as "the universal language?" It seems like a reasonable idea: after all, 2 + 2 = 4 no matter what language you use for those numbers. Yet researchers are starting to find evidence that certain mathematical concepts might not be perceived in the same way by all people.

Researchers from the University of California at San Diego traveled to a remote valley in Papua New Guinea to study the way adults there conceptualize a "number line"—a visual representation of...

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While most in the southeastern United States might prefer to avoid an eastern diamondback rattlesnake, some herpetologists are becoming afraid of something else: not being able to find them. The world's largest rattlesnake seems to be disappearing from its natural habitat.

The US Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced a year-long study to determine if the rattlers' numbers have...


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