September 19, 2014
Thank you to everyone who voted on a name for our new Woma python through our blog and Facebook.
Based on your input, Didgeridoo—Didge, for short—is the name of our Museum's newest program animal.
Didge is a 1-year-old Woma python (Aspidites ramsayi), a species native to Western Australia. They typically grow to about 4.5 feet long and are very docile.
Didge is still getting used to his new home at Discovery Place but will soon be greeting Museum visitors during A World Apart and other programs.…
September 11, 2014
Posted By: Robert Corbin
Alien Worlds and Androids, which closes Sunday, unveils the innate human desire we all possess to travel and experience the universe. Alas, we are all tethered to our material bodies… or are we?
Dr. Robert Lanza extracted a cell from a banteng (an ox-like creature) that went extinct 25 years ago. The cell was implanted into a female cow, which then gave birth to a banteng.
It is only a matter of time before humans will be cloned.
A cloned individual is, of course, genetically the same as the original with a significant difference. It does not possess the memories of the original and it is the memories after all that allow us to have personalities, to love one another and to contemplate what it means to have a soul.
So bringing back loved ones from the dead seems like a distant … Keep reading.
September 04, 2014
Discovery Place has a new animal resident that needs your help.
A 1-year-old Woma python recently came to live at the Museum and we need your help choosing the perfect name.
The Woma python (Aspidites ramsayi) is a species native to Western Australia. They typically grow to about 4.5 feet long.
The species is largely nocturnal and prefers the dark, cool shelter of a hollow log or pile of leaves. They're particularly sensitive to heat, so much so that they prey mainly on reptiles and will push their bodies off the ground and leap forward when traveling across hot sands or surfaces.
Our Woma python is very docile and looks forward to meeting guests on the Museum floor.
Choose your favorite name from the list below and cast your vote in the Comments section:
• Didgeridoo (Didg… Keep reading.
Discovery Place, Inc. is passionate about lifelong learning, not just for those who visit our Museums but for staff members as well.
Two staff members are in the process of completing the Global Field Master's Program at Miami University of Ohio. The program focuses on inquiry, participatory education, community-based conservation and ecology.
Gail Lemiec, coordinator at Charlotte Nature Museum, will graduate from the program in December. Juliann Chavez, who manages the Explore More Stuff, Explore More Life and Explore More Collections labs at Discovery Place, will graduate next year.
As part of the master's program, both women traveled to Baja, Mexico, this summer for a field research expedition to study desert and marine ecosystems.
Rancho San Gregorio was the first stop on… Keep reading.
Alien Worlds and Androids brings guests face to face with worlds far beyond their own. Or are these worlds really that far away after all?
One of the many fascinating topics explored in the exhibition is cybernetic organisms — cyborgs, for short. A cyborg is an organism that has restored function or enhanced abilities due to the integration of some artificial component or technology that relies on some sort of feedback.
In this day and age, people and cockroaches can both be cyborgs. Both are already sensational in their own ways.
A cockroach can live for a week without its head. They breathe through little holes in each of their body segments. But without a head or mouth, they can't drink water and die of thirst.
The sensory capabilities of insects could play a huge role when… Keep reading.
July 15, 2014
Ramona Holloway from Charlotte Today stopped by Discovery Place recently to check out our newest exhibition, Alien Worlds and Androids.
The exhibition explores the intersection of science fiction and science fact, relating what we see in movies to the real life technologies scientists are using to study outer space and other extreme environments.
During her visit, Ramona learned the difference between robots and cyborgs, practiced using a robotic arm and even sat down to create her own alien.
"Alien Worlds and Androids isn't just a fun exhibit," she said. "It's educational too!"