Museum of Science and Industry

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...

Warm up your thumbs, gamers, because future video game controllers may provide even more ways to feel the world of the game. Engineers from the University of Utah have produced a prototype controller featuring thumb sticks with sections that can move independently of the gamer’s fingers. Sensations such as a nibble on a video game fishing line can now be communicated to the gamer through subtle, directional stretching of the thumb’s skin.

Controllers like these are examples of

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5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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