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Rube Goldberg device

Students Shooting for World-Record Rube Goldberg Machine

What does a machine with more than 400 steps look like? You can find out during the Philadelphia Science Festival.

Orchids

Ready for Spring? Mark Your Calendar for the International Orchid Show

Spring is on its way, and so is a colorful paradise at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The biggest U.S. orchid show outside of Florida and California is coming to the Academy in April.

Museum stories are written from a child's perspective and describe each exhibit in terms of sensation. This story describes two skeletons on the second floor of Dinosaur Hall that children are allowed to touch.

Museum Stories at the Academy of Natural Sciences for Children on the Autism Spectrum

As part of an initiative aimed at making a visit to the science museum as stress-free, fun and educational as possible for children on the autism spectrum, families and teachers now can access “museum stories” on the Academy’s website. The museum stories are a pre-visit tool to prepare children for what they might experience in the museum, where loud noises, unfamiliar sights, bright and dark rooms, and unpredictable live animals may cause discomfort and stress.

Robert Peary and his flag

Hidden Treasures: The 43-Star Arctic Expedition Flag at the Academy of Natural Sciences

A roughly 4- by 5-foot American flag on display at the Academy of Natural Sciences is a curiosity not just because of its number of stars, 43, but because of the story behind it.

Fossil Find Shows Fish Hips Grew Strong Before Life's First Steps

The discovery of new fossil materials from the ancient fish species Tiktaalik roseae has revealed a key link in the evolution of hind limbs. The newly described, well-preserved pelves and partial pelvic fin from this 375 million-year-old transitional species between fish and the first legged animals, reveals that the evolution of hind legs actually began as enhanced hind fins, contrary to the existing theory that large hind legs developed after vertebrates transitioned to land.
Chocolate exhibit

Chocolate, exotic birds and natural history humor: Special Exhibits Coming to Academy in 2014

The mating rituals of elusive birds, a humorous look into natural history museums and the history of chocolate — yes, chocolate — will be featured in a series of exciting new exhibitions this year at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment

Drexel Opens A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment

Drexel University is opening a new research institute that will strive to answer some of the most challenging questions about energy and environmental sustainability facing the nation today.

Mica Matlack turning a page

Mica Matlack's Job is to Turn Pages in a Book, and it Might Make You Jealous

As part of her co-op, Mica Matlack must don special gloves to turn a page in a 175-year-old book every day. Oh, and she speaks seven languages.

Cuisine From the Collections A Taste of the Academy

The second annual Cuisine From the Collections, an exciting twist on the ordinary cocktail party, will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The event, a fundraiser for the museum’s research and collections, will feature foods—from the everyday to the exotic—inspired by the Academy’s collection of more than 18 million plant and animal specimens.

Stephen C. Lawrence (left), chairman of the Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation, and George W. Gephart, Jr., president and CEO of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, shake hands over an agreement to form an environmental research and educational consortium at Lacawac in the Pocono Mountains. The consortium also includes Drexel University.

Environmental Research Consortium Formed with Lacawac Sanctuary, Drexel and Academy of Natural Sciences

Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and Drexel University today announced an agreement to form an environmental research and education consortium at Lacawac Sanctuary, a popular National Natural Landmark and ecological field research station in the Pocono Mountains.
Animatronic T. rex

Dinosaurs come to life in new Academy exhibit

Roaring, thrashing, life-size dinosaurs and the awe-inspiring stories of prehistoric earth are unfolding at the as Dinosaurs Unearthed makes its East Coast debut at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Foreground: Dr. Tracy Quirk uses a Surface Elevation Table (SET) to measure relative sediment elevation change in a salt marsh in Barnegat Bay, NJ while staff scientist Linda Zaoudeh records data. Background: Staff scientist Stephanie Leach and Drexel environmental science graduate student Viktoria Unger use Real Time Kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation with GPS technology to measure the elevation of the marsh.

Drexel Scientist Studies Hurricane Sandy Impact on NJ Coastal Wetlands One Year Later

In a stroke of good luck, Drexel's Dr. Tracy Quirk captured detailed measurements of water level and salinity at a range of coastal wetland sites, even as they were overtaken by Hurricane Sandy. After the storm, she began working on an intensive year-long project, funded by the National Science Foundation, to evaluate ecosystem processes in New Jersey’s salt marshes before, during, and for a year following Hurricane Sandy. Quirk is beginning to analyze findings from the study now.