You Gotta Try This!: Expanding my mind by viewing bodies

January 17, 2008 at 2:10 am | Posted in Body Wordls 3 | Leave a comment
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Article today from the Southwest City Journal on the Body Worlds 3 exhibit at the Saint Louis Science Center.

Erica Burrus photo/ Reporter Shawn Clubb views the plastinate display at Body Worlds 3 of a man leaping a hurdle.

By Shawn Clubb

My usually open mind wanted to shut. I needed to pry it back open.

When I first heard about Body Worlds 3 coming to the Saint Louis Science Center, I was appalled. The thought of real human remains posed and trotted out for public spectacle made me uneasy.

That’s why I didn’t cover the opening of the event back in October when all the other media in St. Louis previewed its debut.However, I didn’t like that I was discounting something without giving it a try. I’d heard about a study by neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky that looked into how people get set in their ways as they get older. I remembered having thought “I don’t want to ever get set in my ways.”
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Body Worlds 3, Sea Monsters Special!

January 13, 2008 at 6:14 pm | Posted in News from SLSC | 1 Comment
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Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure now playing at the Omnimax at the Saint Louis Science Center is a great film and on a cold January a great afternoon.  The Saint Louis Science Center offers special discounts for the Omnimax when you also visit Body Worlds 3, another amazing exhibit at the Science Center.

A preview of the Sea Monsters movie is now available, although a You Tube video on a computer can in no way compare to the power and impact of the Omnimax 180 degree screen.  If you are going to see Body Worlds – worth checking out this new Omnimax movie by the National Geographic Society. 

Visit the Saint Louis Science Center web site for ticket information and be sure to ask about combination package.

Sea Monsters Spotted at Saint Louis Science Center

January 13, 2008 at 3:00 am | Posted in News from SLSC | Leave a comment
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If you are making the trip to the Saint Louis Science Center for Body Worlds 3, you should also check out Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure now playing at the Omnimax.  Great film on the big 180 degree screen and you get $2 off admission when you also visit Body Worlds 3.

Eighty million years ago, Earth was a very different place. Europe was small group of Islands and places like U.S. Midwest were completely underwater. Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure transports viewers back to this world and brings them face to face with the dinosaurs of the deep.

Sea Monsters follows a family of Dolichorhynchops , also known as “Dollies,” as they swim ancient waters inhabited by fascinating creatures like saber-toothed fish, prehistoric sharks, and giant squid. Audiences will discover how scientists have been able to identify the physical and behavioral characteristics of these animals with the help of modern-day technologies. Using evidence such as shark teeth found throughout central United States, paleontologists are able to gain a better understanding of our planet in the dinosaur age. By studying remains left behind, investigators can also piece clues together that tell the story of how these dinosaurs lived, what they ate, and what they looked like. Moviegoers also visit the excavation sites where evidence such as fossils and bones are discovered, as scientists work to re-create the world of Sea Monsters . Continue Reading Sea Monsters Spotted at Saint Louis Science Center…

Body Worlds 3, Final Weeks!

January 12, 2008 at 11:29 pm | Posted in News from SLSC | 1 Comment
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Body Worlds 3, the amazing exhibition at the Saint Louis Science Center will leave Saint Louis in a few short weeks.  The exhibition of real human bodies that have undergone the Plastination process has brought record crowds to the Science Center over the last few months.

Checking with the Science Center staff, there are still many tickets available but it is expected that more popular times will sell out as the curtain draws to a close.

For those who have not seen the show it is awesome and well worth the price of admission – definitely one of those opportunities in life you don’t want to miss.

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Is Hubble Worth the Trouble?

January 9, 2008 at 11:55 pm | Posted in News from SLSC | 1 Comment
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Science Cafe’ Takes a Look at the Cost to Repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

What do scientific issues in the news mean to you? Find out through honest dialogue with those in the know about the most intriguing and controversial subjects of our time. Sit, relax, listen and question. We provide the experts – you bring an open mind.  On January 17th David Ritchey, Associate Director of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium will tackle the issue of the  Hubble Space Telescope at the Saint Louis Science Center.

Hubble Docked with the Shuttle Endeavor

Program Details

January 17, 2008
Is Hubble worth the trouble?
Since 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has amazed us with breath-taking images of the universe.  Astronomers around the world use this remarkable instrument to uncover the secrets of star birth, galaxy formation , and black holes.  But, Hubble is now in dire need of repair and a servicing mission is a costly, risky adventure.  Can we afford to invest in repairing Hubble?

Guest: David Ritchey, Associate Director of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium
Location: James S. McDonnell Planetarium

Admission includes complimentary beverage ticket and light snacks. Cash bar will be available. Parking is free. $20 per person; $15 for members. 6:30pm – 9:30pm. For reservations call 314.289.4424 or 800.456.7572 x 4424.

New Exhibit Coming to Saint Louis Science Center

January 7, 2008 at 4:19 am | Posted in Science Center 2008 | Leave a comment
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Although not clear what exactly is being constructed, almost a dozen employees of the Science Center have spent the last few days constructing a new exhibit at the South end of the Science Center pedestrian bridge over highway 40. 

The new kiosk type display will feature several large plasma screens and is accessible from several sides and stands about eight feet tall.  Because of the new exhibit’s proximity to both the highway construction and the existing construction exhibits it could be part of a new monster machine exhibit that is rumored to be under development at the Saint Louis Science Center. 

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Inside sources at the Science Center have said something big and exciting is planned to follow the hugely successful Body Worlds 3 exhibit now on display but details have not yet been released to the public.

Saint Louis Science Center Named one of America’s Most Visited Museums

January 7, 2008 at 4:03 am | Posted in News from SLSC | Leave a comment
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Science Center is only Missouri Museum Included in Top 25 List from Forbest Traveler
ST. LOUIS – Forbes Traveler has named the Saint Louis Science Center as one of America’s 25 Most Visited Museums. The Science Center is the only Missouri museum to make to list, which is based on 2006 visitor counts, with the Science Center’s totaling more than 1.2 million.

Joining the Saint Louis Science Center on the list are many of the Smithsonian Institute’s 19 museums; the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.; the Metropolitan Museum in New York City; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles; and the Field Museum in Chicago. The American Association of Museums estimates that there are approximately 600 million visits to U.S. museums annually.

Science Center President Doug King notes, “We’re honored to be included on such a prestigious listing as the Forbes Traveler Top 25. Not only are we among the top five Science Centers in the country, now we rank among the top overall museums.?

Founded by the Academy of Science of St. Louis (the first scientific organization west of the Mississippi River), the Saint Louis Science Center has continued to grow and evolve over the years, adding or incorporating the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, the four-story OMNIMAX® Theater, the state-of-the-art Taylor Community Science Resource Center and the air-supported Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME® along the way. Community educational programming and learning opportunities are available for all ages, ranging from in-school programs to the unique Science Café series.

Upcoming special exhibitions include GENOME: The Secret of How Life Works opening September 29; and Gunther von Hagens? BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies opening October 19, 2007.

For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center and its upcoming exhibitions, OMNIMAX® films, community education outreach and partnership programs, the public may call (800) 456-SLSC or visit
Saint Louis Science Center
The Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the United States, serving 1.2 million visitors annually. Recently named one of America?s most visited museums by Forbes Traveler Magazine, the Saint Louis Science Center complex includes a four-story OMNIMAX® Theater, the air-supported Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME®, the
James S. McDonnell Planetarium and the state-of-the-art Taylor Community Science Resource Center. The goals of the
 Saint Louis Science Center are to educate, inspire and motivate visitors of all ages and engage the community in public dialogue about science-related issues of the day. For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center and its programs, visit

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