Museum of Science and Industry


Just like it does in Earth candy, sugar is creating a buzz in the universe! Scientists recently discovered simple sugar particles in the gas surrounding a star 400 light years away. While this does not mean that aliens are out there whipping up lemon meringue pies, it does have implications for other forms of life in the solar system.

To be clear, these are not the pure white...

Heads up, science lovers: after decades of struggle, the world’s first practical maser has been built! What’s a maser, you ask? It’s like a laser, except instead of light, it produces a coherent beam of microwaves! Aaaah!

Masers have been around for over 50 years, but they needed special conditions (such as extreme cold) to work. Even then, the old masers still did not produce much...

Rabies is not awesome. The virus is usually transmitted through an animal bite and, if not treated in time, the infection is fatal! While a vaccine and post-exposure treatment are available, what about people without access to them? Scientists from the Centers for...

While Syracuse University can offer a lot of great amenities on its college campus, it wasn’t until a recent project began, headed by a professor of Earth Sciences, that it could boast its own controllable lava flow.

As part of a collaborative experiment, artistic medium, and educational tool, the lava flow, located in one of the campus’ parking lots, offers faculty, students,...

In MSI's Earth Revealed exhibit, which explores our solar system, we get asked this question: What's inside the giant planet Jupiter?

You can hardly miss the outside of the solar system's largest planet, at 1,300 times the volume of Earth. (Something else couldn't miss Jupiter's massive presence: a big explosion


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