According to polls, around half of all Americans believe in ghosts. Close to 20% report having seen one at some point in their lives. Though it is beyond the scope of the Bruce Museum Science Department to come down one way or another on the existence of ghosts, what we can say is this: Many paranormal encounters can be explained with science!Read More
It’s beginning to feel a lot like autumn around the Bruce Museum. There are many things to enjoy about fall, from apple cider to pumpkin picking, and the rich reds and golds of the trees are a true delight. These color changes might be beautiful, but what they actually reflect is a series of biological and chemical processes that help prepare a tree for winter.Read More
According to entomologist Justin Schmidt, he has been stung over 1,000 times by various insects species. Rather than saying “ow” and reconsidering his line of work, Schmidt began to do something different with these painful experiences: He documented them, and created what is now known as the Schmidt sting pain index.Read More
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.Read More
Bird conservation is a subject that has a long history in the United States, and this year we have reached an important milestone: The hundred year anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Because of this law, you may want to stop adding to your feather collection. It might be illegal!Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More