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2009-02-16 12:24:00

Trip to Space Camp Up for Grabs for Winning Student, Teacher CHICAGO, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- ComEd and the Adler Planetarium today announced the Third Annual Shoot for the Moon essay contest. This year, high school students are asked to write an essay about a teacher who has inspired them to "shoot for the moon" and succeed in science. The student with the winning essay will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Space Camp in Alabama, and - new this year - the winner's inspirational teacher...

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2009-01-25 15:03:38

Officials from the Seattle Science Center paid millions to show the fossil remains of one of the earliest known human ancestors, but the exhibit failed to produce the expected returns. President Bryce Seidl said on Friday the Pacific Science Center faces a half-million-dollar loss resulting in layoffs of 8 percent of the staff, furloughs and a wage freeze only halfway through the five-month exhibit. The museum spotlighted the 3.2 million-year-old fossilized partial skeleton of a species with...

2008-09-21 09:00:17

By Paul Rogers Mercury News The sounds of croaking frogs and squawking macaws fill the humid air. Mist rains down onto armies of leaf-cutter ants and geckos scurrying past tropical orchids. Don't like the rain forest? Walk across the hall and view stars at the domed planetarium instead. Or marvel at the 2,000 tropical fish, giant clam and garden eels swimming in the coral reef downstairs. At the newly reopened California Academy of Sciences, visitors can see the entire world under one...

2008-09-20 12:00:11

By Anonymous The North Museum of Natural History & Science, 400 College Ave., will be hosting an "out of this world" Family Science Sunday on Oct. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m., as the museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA. Paul Crawford, one of two chairmen for the Safety and Engineering Review Panel for NASA's Constellation Project, will be speaking at 1:45 and 3:30 p.m. He'll discuss the possibility of human exploration...

2008-09-18 21:00:16

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 27, 2008, San Francisco will celebrate the opening of the greenest museum in the world -- the new California Academy of Sciences. Slated for LEED Platinum certification, one of the most spectacular features of the museum is the 2.5-acre Living Roof. Designed by world-renowned living architecture and ecological habitat firm Rana Creek in collaboration with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop and SWA Landscape Architecture, the Academy's...

2008-09-05 15:00:08

SCIENCE centres in Scotland - including the Glasgow Science Centre - are to receive a GBP250,000 cash boost. The funding is designed to help pupils become switched on to physics and engineering. Bids will be made to the Scottish Schools Equipment Research Centre for the money which will be used as part of the Scottish Government programme, Curriculum for Excellence. A recent survey showed too few primary four to seven pupils were achieving expected levels in science in the classroom....

2008-07-28 18:00:28

Building upon the success of more than 150 million global views of the critically acclaimed IMAX(R) production "Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag," Executive Producer and distributor K2 Communications announced today the anticipated release date for the newest and most technically advanced aviation film ever produced for IMAX(R) theaters. According to K2 Communications, Chief Executive Officer Bob Kresser the premiere of "Legends of the Sky" has been slated for March 2009 at the Smithsonian's...

2008-07-02 15:00:14

By ANDREW DENHOLM SCIENCE centres in Scotland are to receive additional funding of GBP250,000 this year to get more young people switched on to the world of physics, engineering and technology. The funding will help the country's four science centres work with primary school teachers to improve their skills and help them inspire young people to become Scotland's scientists of the future. Last month, the 2007 Scottish Survey of Achievement in Science highlighted that too few primary...

2008-07-01 06:00:15

By FIONA MACLEOD SCIENCE centres will receive a GBP 250,000 boost this year to improve the interest and ability of children in the subject. The funding is to help inspire youngsters to choose key subjects of benefit to the economy, such as physics and engineering. Last month, the Scottish Survey of Achievement in Science revealed that too few P4-7 pupils achieved expected levels in science. Centres set to benefit are Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, Glasgow Science Centre, Sensation...

2008-06-19 09:00:36

By Glenn Jeffers, Chicago Tribune Jun. 19--There's something comforting about the low timbre of Robert Redford's voice. It makes planetary destruction seem less catastrophic. You certainly feel the devastation in "Cosmic Collisions," a new film narrated by the award-winning actor/director now playing in the Adler Planetarium's StarRider Theater. The movie, which runs about 30 minutes, tells an explosive story, one that demolishes Earth, pulls apart the Milky Way and bombards us with so...


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virgule
  • A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
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This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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