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.
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 i… 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 b… Keep reading.