June 17, 2016
Posted By: Elliot Provance
In the 2003 movie “Finding Nemo,” the clownfish Nemo is collected by a scuba diver and put in an aquarium.
Life in the aquarium didn’t make little Nemo, who missed his friends and family, very happy at all. In fact he spent all of his time trying to escape and eventually did. An unintended side effect of this popular film was a huge increase in demand for pet clownfish.
Clownfish (Amphiprioninae) actually are decent pets as long as the owner is responsible and well educated on how to care for marine aquariums. Clownfish are small — most species are less than 6” long. They are not picky e… Keep reading.
This month’s CreativeMornings/CLT talk reminds us how quickly our health can shift. Get an up close look at these health changes in BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life and hear about them this Friday from CreativeMornings speaker Carl McIntyre.
CreativeMornings/CLT is a free monthly breakfast lecture series featuring a short talk, coffee and breakfast for the creative community in Charlotte. The event is held the first Friday of every month. This month's event is 8:30 - 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 4, at the UNCC Center City Building.
A seasoned actor with impressive notoriety, Carl McIntyre … Keep reading.
February 05, 2016
With a national championship on the line, Charlotte’s football fandom has risen to a fever pitch. If you’re anything like our team at Discovery Place, you probably have a panther plastered on everything you own.
But what do you really know about the mascot of Carolina football?
1. First things first.
The black panther is not actually a species, but a common name used to refer to any big cat with a black coat. The coloring is a genetic variant seen in several species of big cats.
2. How does this happen?
According to Big Cat Rescue, the coloring comes from a surplus of melanin, the s… Keep reading.
January 27, 2016
What keeps your body moving? Muscles!
But do you really know how they work?
"The muscle typically stretches over a joint and is fixed to the skeleton by means of a tendon," said Dr. Angelina Whalley, a licensed physician and curator of BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life. "When it contracts, it either bends or stretches the joint, depending on where the muscle attaches to the bone."
BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life is on exhibition at Discovery Place for a limited time.
Watch the video below to learn more about keeping muscles healthy as we age and why exercise is a true fountain of you… Keep reading.
January 21, 2016
One of the most visible indicators of our age is our skin, but it is possible to slow the effects of time, said Dr. Angelina Whalley, a licensed physician and curator of BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, now on exhibition at Discovery Place.
"Our skin contains two major proteins called collagen and elastin, and these proteins render our skin resilient, smooth and flexible," she said. "As we age, unfortunately, these proteins decrease production. As a result, we lose some smoothness and, finally, wrinkles occur.
So how can you minimize visible signs of aging?
Watch the video below to le… Keep reading.
May 29, 2015
Discovery Place has received two prestigious Charlotte Magazine’s 2015 Best of the Best Awards.
The Museum was honored as the Best Place for Adults to be Kids for Science on the Rocks, our adults-only event that takes place the third Friday of every month from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Guests age 21+ have a chance to explore after hours, with bars, music and special activities throughout the Museum.
According to Charlotte Magazine, “Themes such as ’90s Throwback Night, with its Carlton Dance-off and Mario Kart bouts, display the brilliance of Science on the Rocks. Discovery place knows how to mak… Keep reading.