Museum of Science and Industry


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,...

As in much of the U.S. this summer, the heat in the Midwest has been hard to handle. Days after days of 100+ degree heat have zapped our air conditioners and have made daily living just a little bit harder.

However, the temperatures we're having here are nothing compared to those in

What do Canada and Jupiter's moon Europa have in common? More than you'd probably think. Europa is believed to have a sulfurous and icy environment, and the Borup Fiord Pass in the Canadian Arctic is the only known place on Earth where sulfur from spring water is deposited onto ice, creating an appearance similar to that seen on...

Scientists who study animals in the wild like to know just how many are actually out there, but animals don't usually sit still long enough to be easily counted. Some scientists have come up with clever ways to measure their numbers, but one team studying emperor penguins faced...

Chicago doesn’t seem to have much use for seismographs, instruments used to capture current or past earthquake activity. We don’t see a lot of seismic activity here, and our main springtime concern is more windy and swirly than wiggly and shaky. Surprisingly, scientists at Indiana University have recently found a potential new use for the equipment – seismographs may be able to


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  • Extended hours through Sept. 1:
    Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.*
    * Wednesday, July 23: closing at 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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