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Greenhouse Update: What About the Fish?

Shortly after writing the last blog post, we replanted in our deep-water culture with seedlings we started in soil. With the newly introduced seedlings, we’re diligently watching for any signs of new infestations. We laid out new sticky traps to keep an eye on the insect populations but haven’t seen any major changes from last… Continue reading

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Greenhouse Pest Update: Trapped and Recorded

It’s been two weeks since we started our pest-control adventure in the greenhouse, and since then we’ve made a lot of fascinating discoveries. We laid out sticky traps to survey the different kinds of insects living in the greenhouse, and now we’ve been taking the traps back to our exhibit microscope to take a closer… Continue reading

Aphids: Greenhouse Invaders

Today we meet the aphids! Aphids are tiny (and I mean really tiny, sometimes only a little larger than a grain of sand) insects that feed on the sap of plants. Despite the fact that they are problematic to farmers everywhere, aphids are very unique insects. There are more than 5,000 species in the aphidoidea… Continue reading

Meet our GROW summer YES teen!

You might remember from our last GROW blog post that the GROW team is hosting a teen from the Youth Exploring Science (YES) program over the summer. That would be me! My name is Christopher, and I’m going to be helping around the GROW gallery (mostly at the greenhouse) as well as writing blog posts… Continue reading

Artifact of the Week: Juvenile Ostrich

The common ostrich is one of two living species of ostrich, the large flightless birds of Africa. Although they cannot fly, these birds were meant to run. They can sprint up to 43 miles per hour, and their thick, powerful legs can cover large distances with ease. At just one-month old, ostrich chicks are able… Continue reading

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Now Open: The GROW Greenhouse

Have you ever visited the GROW gallery and wondered, “When will the aquaponics greenhouse ever be open?!” Well, you’re in luck! Thanks to safety improvements made by our exhibits department, the greenhouse is now open for self-guided exploration during the Science Center’s normal operating hours. We were able to creatively reuse material from the recently… Continue reading

Dental Powder “Orthoform” ca. 1920s

Orthoform is a white, crystalline, odorless, and tasteless powder that is slightly soluble in water. Dentists would prepare a compound of the powder with water, then give to patients to relieve pain after a tooth extraction or to treat oral diseases. The compound worked as a local anesthetic and antiseptic, but was only effective when… Continue reading

Farmers’ Almanac – 1955

Since 1818, the Farmers’ Almanac has provided the American public with long-range weather predictions, calendars, and articles on various topics such as the full moon, advice on gardening, conservation, natural remedies and more. This particular year includes an article entitled, “How to Drive… And Stay Alive.” Connect with curiosity!

Three-Toed Box Turtle Collected from Missouri

Did you know that Missouri is home to 18 species of turtles? The official state reptile of Missouri, the three-toed box turtle can be found in forested area with open grassy ranges. The name “three-toed” signifies the three toes on the hind legs of most specimens, while “box turtle” refers to the ability of this… Continue reading