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Searching for Darkness

The third annual GLOBE at Night program began on February 25, enlisting people around the world in reporting on sky brightness and star visibility. Through March 8, participating science centers are holding public events to encourage citizen-scientists to contribute observations and measurements to a growing global database. Globe at Night is designed to teach about... Read More

Agents of Change: 5th Science Centre World Congress

Science centers worldwide are preparing to convene in Toronto, June 15–20, for the 5th Science Centre World Congress, Science Centres as Agents of Change, hosted by the Ontario Science Centre. Global environmental sustainability and science centers’ social responsibility are key conference themes. Among those addressing them are two notable keynote speakers: Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Inuit leader,... Read More

OMSI honored at White House ceremony

On January 14, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Portland, was honored at a White House ceremony  as a 2007 National Award for Museum and Library Service recipient. The award is given annually by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in coordination with the White House, to recognize institutions that have made exceptional... Read More

Dispatches from Antarctica

On January 4, weather permitting, the Exploratorium webcast team will hook up with scientists at Palmer Research Station in the Western Antarctic Peninsula as part of its continuing series Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists. The peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming places on Earth and the site of a Long Term Ecological... Read More

The Tech opens in Second Life

On December 11, the Tech Museum of Innovation opened a replica of its San Jose, California, facility in the virtual world of Second Life and announced a design competition on the theme of “Art, Film, and Music.” Curators, artists, craftspeople, and exhibit builders worldwide are invited to participate. An online collaboration platform will enable participants... Read More

Polar scientists hit the road

POLAR-PALOOZA: Stories from a Changing Planet made a preview appearance October 13 during the 2007 ASTC Annual Conference in Los Angeles. This multimedia presentation by people who know the poles best—ice researchers, geologists, oceanographers, climate scientists, biologists, and Arctic residents—will be traveling to 25 science centers and natural history museums across the United States during International... Read More