Expo/Science & Industry


Science Division

Whispers from the Cosmos

Radio astronomers, who rely upon computers to process their observations before they can "see" their results, are developing innovative tools and techniques to collaboratively control faraway instruments, form images of the unseen cosmos and analyze them in close to realtime.

Spacetime Wrinkles

In 1916 Einstein developed his General Theory of Relativity. It wasn't until much later that most scientists accepted one of the most dramatic ramifications of his new theory of gravitation: the existence of black holes from whose extreme gravity nothing, not even light, can escape. Major advances in computation are only today enabling scientists to simulate in detail how black holes form, evolve, and interact. Researchers are betting on powerful gravitational wave detectors, now under construction, to confirm that black holes actually inhabit the cosmos.

Cosmos in a Computer

Cosmology is the field of science that studies the universe as a whole--its entire history and all that it contains. No small task! Using supercomputers as "time machines" to travel to the furthest reaches of space and and time, cosmologists are unravelling how galaxies and galaxy superclusters are born, the nature of mysterious "dark matter" and the role it might play in determining the ultimate fate of the Universe.

Modeling the Biosphere (working title)

This exhibit is under construction.

Molecules of Life (working title)

This exhibit is under construction.

Industry Division

Designer Materials (working title)

This exhibit is under construction.

Virtual Engineering (working title)

This exhibit is under construction.

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