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Backyard Brains of Ann Arbor, Mich., recently developed a RoboRoach toy that allows a cockroach to be controlled with an iPhone. The sensory capabilities of insects could play a huge role when it comes to helping human beings.

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.

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Opening Saturday, TryOn Science brings a taste of Discovery Place outside the Museum, activating Tryon Street with hands-on activities that encourage passers-by to see and hear science in the world around them.

What role do sensory hair cells play in hearing and balance? Why do wheels on cars appear to spin backwards?

Explore these and other burning questions with our new sidewalk exhibition, opening this Saturday. TryOn Science brings a taste of Discovery Place outside the Museum, activating Tryon Street with hands-on activities that encourage passers-by to see and hear science in the world around them.

How Tall invites you to come over and find out how you measure up, calling out, "Hey, come over here" and "Hold still, I'm going to measure you" before calculating your height and giving a verbal analysis of your numbers.

Ponder the way sound waves work with one of two Whisper Dishes, positioned about 60 feet from each other. Whisper your deepest secrets to the world, but watch out for p… Keep reading.

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Trinity Episcopal School educator Dee Lanier, bottom left wearing Google Glass, has partnered with Discovery Place to explore the use of the hands-free, wearable computer in education.

This is Part I in an ongoing series by Dee Lanier, an educator at Trinity Episcopal School and a Discovery Place STEM Fellow. He is partnering with Discovery Place to explore the use of Google Glass in education.

You might have already heard of Google Glass. If so, you probably have an opinion or two about it.

Extreme techies like myself are excited about this new wearable interactive technology designed by Google. Privacy concerns, conspiracy theories and data-mining fears aside, when I first heard about Glass, I knew I had to have a pair.

Well, that time has come! Although I do not technically own the pair of Glass that I don on a regular basis, I have the privilege of being one of the select few to have them. I am a Glass Explorer, on behalf of a wonderful partnership with Disc… Keep reading.

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Wilson from WCCB News Rising stopped by Discovery Place recently to check out 101 Inventions That Changed The World, now on exhibition for the first time in the Southeast.

This revolutionary, multi-sensory experience explores some of the most important inventions in history using high-definition graphics, cinema-quality surround sound, hands-on activities and touch-screen displays.

During his visit, Wilson chatted with Alexander Graham Bell, rocked out on invention #72 and learned why the history of invention is unfair to women.

"You know I'm a big fan of Discovery Place," he said. "Now that I've said that, this is the coolest thing I've ever seen here!"

Click here to watch today's WIlson's World segment.…

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Catherine Wilson Horne has been appointed the new president & CEO of Discovery Place, Inc., a family of museums that includes Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum and Discovery Place KIDS.

Starting in late January, Catherine Wilson Horne will take the helm as the new president & CEO of Discovery Place, Inc.

Catherine is currently the CEO of EdVenture, a nationally-recognized children's museum in Columbia, S.C., a position she has held for nearly 17 years.

"After an extensive and thoughtful national search, we are delighted to have found a new leader who has the right mix of vision, passion, imagination and knowledge to lead Discovery Place, Inc. into the future," said Chris Perri, Board Chair, Discovery Place, Inc.

Over the last three decades, Catherine has worked exclusively in the museum, non-profit and higher education sectors. Her experience includes raising more than $50 million dollars for educational programs, exhibits and museum facilities, marketing and bra… Keep reading.

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Would you use paper to protect yourself in a rainstorm? It might work for a little while but definitely not as well as the paper bag Discovery Place educator Jade is wearing in this video. We sprayed the paper with a product called NeverWet, a nanotechnology based on the lotus effect. Materials treated with this coating repel water so well that even a paper bag says completely dry in a North Carolina downpour!

Our educators have been experimenting recently with the new product NeverWet at the Museum, and I've been asked a lot of questions about how it works and why it's referred to as a form of nanotechnology.

Water repellent materials such as Scotchguard and Rain-X have been around for a while, but they make use of a different technology to repel liquids. NeverWet's new patent steps it up into the realm of nanotech and gives it a noticeably stronger effect.

This phenomenon actually has a name: The Lotus Effect.

Plants in the lotus family have been known to repel water since ancient times. Their leaves are considered self-cleaning because rainwater quickly sweeps away dirt and dust without sticking to the surface.

It was not until the development of high-power electron microscopes th… Keep reading.

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