An Infinite Loop: The Increasingly Common Business of Cloning

An Infinite Loop: The Increasingly Common Business of Cloning

Cloning: A method by which an organism is produced that is identical in DNA to a single ancestor or donor. It is a concept that may seem more at home in science fiction than the real world, but cloning has become increasingly prominent over the past twenty years. In 1996, Dolly the sheep became the first animal cloned from the adult cells of another animal. The process has advanced greatly since then, and cloned animals have begun to emerge as an economic and social force.

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Science on the Silver Screen Reaches Year Three!

Science on the Silver Screen Reaches Year Three!

It's finally here... the third year of the Bruce Museum's summer film series, Science on the Silver Screen! This year's films are: Godzilla (2014), San Andreas, and Twister. For each of these films, we've invited an expert in a related scientific field to introduce the film and watch with you. Afterward, the expert will answer any questions you might have about the science (or lack thereof) shown in the movie.

Read more to find out when they are and how to attend!

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Wild Bees and How to Befriend Them

Wild Bees and How to Befriend Them

While honey bees are charismatic, helpful, and interesting, they take a back seat in our new exhibit at the Bruce Museum, Wild Bees: Photographs by Paula Sharp and Ross Eatman. This exhibit explores the small scale world that native bees inhabit and showcases their beauty and diversity in form and lifestyle. These wild bee species are facing many challenges as the world changes around them, but there are steps we can take to make things a little better for our buzzing allies.

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The New Face of Empathy: Rats

The New Face of Empathy: Rats

Our understanding of what’s going on in the minds of animals has come a long way. Where once science held that animals were little more than instinctive automatons, now we understand that cats miss us when we’re gone, crows can remember human faces and hold grudges, and a number of species even have a rudimentary sense of self. One trait that has been investigated in animals recently is empathy.

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