Museum of Science and Industry


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...

Ahh, who doesn’t love the smell of old books? Well, maybe a lot of people. Old books smell a little funky because they are made of paper and other organic materials – and organic things rot! Preserving or appropriately storing a treasured book can take finding out the composition of its paper – a process which traditionally requires burning it. In order to not have to destroy the very...

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,...


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    * 12/24, 12/31, 1/1—closing 4 p.m.;
    Closed on Christmas Day
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5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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