How to Be A Better Wine Taster, According to Scientists

With the Science Center’s annual Science Uncorked special event fast approaching, it’s nearly time to bust out the tasting glasses and get to sampling. But what do you do when you aren’t confident in your ability to tell what distinguishes a cabernet from a merlot, or a chardonnay from a riesling? The world of wine… Continue reading

Not so scary: The benefits of real “monsters”

Hairy, poisonous, slimey, or scaley – How real “monsters” have a positive impact on our ecosystem. GOBLIN SHARK SCIENTIFIC NAME: Mitsukurina Owstoni CLASSIFICATION: Cartilaginous Fishes DIET: Carnivore SIZE: 12 feet long and weigh up to 460 pounds AVERAGE LIFESPAN: Up to 35 years With an intimidating appearance and ability to completely unhinge its jaw, the… Continue reading

Soil Your Underwear Challenge
Activity 3

Sing With Us The soil is alive! ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION This sing-along guides you through the 5 factors of soil formation: parent material, relief, climate, organisms, and time. Click/Touch to enlarge image X X A rock represents a soil’s parent material. Imagine a rock falling off a bluff to the ground below, where it begins to… Continue reading

Soil Your Underwear Challenge
Activity 2

Seed Assay Can you expose the hidden plants in your soil? ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION Biologists of all kinds use assays to determine how to design their experiments. An assay is an investigative process that reveals which variables can be measured in a study system. In this activity, you’ll determine how many seeds are buried in different… Continue reading

OMNIMAX® Theater Renovation: Film Projector, Seats Removed

Construction underway as Theater will be transformed to digital IMAX® with Laser Construction has begun in the OMNIMAX® Theater as crews remove the film projection system and the theater seats. In place of the original film projection system will be a state-of-the-art system with next-generation laser technology designed specifically for domed theater environments-IMAX® with Laser.… Continue reading

Posters of 8 Women Role Models in STEM

The people behind the Nevertheless podcast commissioned and released 8 posters of women who have made lasting marks on the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The colorful, illustrated posters not only display each woman’s contributions and accomplishments but also showcase the unique style of each artist (who are also women). Among the posters… Continue reading

Saying goodbye to film: A history of the OMNIMAX® Theater

Theater will close from July 29 to late November for digital upgrade On July 29th, the OMNIMAX® Theater will be closed to begin renovations to upgrade the facility to IMAX® with Laser. In addition to upgrading to digital, the OMNIMAX will undergo other updates including a new NanoSeam™ screen, upgraded sound technology, wider seats with… Continue reading

How St. Louis Became the Gateway to the Moon

From lunar mapping to building spacecraft, St. Louis played a key role in the moon landing On Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 3:17 pm CDT we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first moon landing when the crew of Apollo 11 proclaimed “The Eagle has landed.” This historic milestone of science, discovery and innovation… Continue reading

The Apollo 11 Mission in Photos

The New York Times is out this month with a fascinating photo retrospective on the Apollo 11 mission prior to its 50th anniversary. The pictures include behind-the-scenes snapshots of the training that went into planning for the mission, the launch and lunar landing, and the crew’s triumphant return to Earth. Some of the highlights include… Continue reading