Museum of Science and Industry


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...

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...

When confronted with limitations in existing technology, some scientists look deep within themselves for innovative solutions. Researchers have discovered a way to use human proteins found in milk, blood, and mucous to "grow" electronic circuits that are smaller, more flexible and biodegradable!

Currently, the components of your computers and phones rely on wafers of silicon that don't bend and are prone to...

Do you ever reflect on the importance of walking? Getting around is not only vital to our physical well-being, but also for our psychological health. Traditionally, wheelchairs have been the only mobility option for people suffering from spinal injuries. But a group of Turkish scientists are working to improve quality of life by “thinking outside of the chair.”

The Tek Robotic Mobilization Device may look like a Segway and a Stairmaster had a baby,...

Pop quiz! What body in the solar system has the most volcanic activity? If you said Planet Hollywood, you would be incorrect. But if you guessed Io, Jupiter's closest moon, you're a geophysical genius!

Over the last six years, the U.S. Geological Survey has studied the landscape of Io (pronounced EYE-oh) through satellite pictures and has now released the above...


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    Daily* from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    * 12/24, 12/31, 1/1—closing 4 p.m.;
    Closed on Christmas Day
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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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