RMSC Science Stories

From behind-the-scenes stories to science news, our blog is your place to discover more about the RMSC and your world.

Rochester: The Flower City

Rochester: The Flower City

Around this time each year Rochester explodes with color. The Flower City boasts the blooms of flowering trees like magnolias and dogwoods, the bright hues of pansies and tulips, and most recognized, the dazzling purples, pinks, and whites of the lilacs. Rochesterians have embraced this botanical display with great celebration for decades. Let me take you back in time to the start of Rochester’s journey as the Flower City. 

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Breaking Barriers One Building at a Time: The Story of Thomas Wilson Boyde, Jr.

Breaking Barriers One Building at a Time: The Story of Thomas Wilson Boyde, Jr.

Amid a packed crowd of faces—stern men with slicked hair and tight neckties, their heads craned en masse to examine an architectural drawing laid out on a table below—one individual, seated in the front row of this photograph, stands out.

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A Wild Year for the RMSC

A Wild Year for the RMSC

Alligators, kangaroos and opossums—oh my! The Wildlife Defenders have become well-loved guests at the RMSC with their engaging live animal shows and we’re excited to announce that you’ll be seeing even more of them in 2017. Almost every Saturday this year, you’ll see them on our schedule at 12:30 and 2:30pm.

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A Scientist's Holiday Wish List

A Scientist's Holiday Wish List

On the hunt for the perfect gifts for friends and family who love exploring, experimenting and discovering new things about the universe we live in? We've got a few ideas in mind for scientists of any age. 

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Coming Soon: A More Eco-Friendly RMSC

Coming Soon: A More Eco-Friendly RMSC

Good planets are hard to find—we’d better give our Earth some love!

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VIDEO: Spotted Salamander at Cumming Nature Center

VIDEO: Spotted Salamander at Cumming Nature Center

This spring, we've been finding quite a few spotted salamanders around the Cumming Nature Center (CNC). Learn about the salamander's shocking regenerative ability from CNC Director, Nathan Hayes.

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Purple: Science Accident to Fashion Must-Have

Purple: Science Accident to Fashion Must-Have

Humans have been adorning themselves in color since the dawn of time. Ancient cultures across continents were known to dye their skin and fabrics with hues extracted from wood, animals and plants for various reasons—to show cultural affiliation and societal status or for recognition from the spirit world.

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VIDEO: Celebrating Earth Day with Science On a Sphere

VIDEO: Celebrating Earth Day with Science On a Sphere

Celebrate Earth Day with our newest permanent experience at the Museum, Science On a Sphere. Real-time data visualizations projected with stunning accuracy and detail will help you understand and explore Earth from its earthquakes to its ice caps. 

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A Peek Into RMSC Collections: Trolley Car No. 55

A Peek Into RMSC Collections: Trolley Car No. 55

 

Walking through Rochester, the partially filled-in Inner Loop and the abandoned remnants of a subway system speak of a long, dynamic history of transportation in our city. However, before the highways, before the subway, before even electric streetcars, there was another system of transportation that helped Rochesterians on their way: horse-drawn trolley cars.  

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Celebrating Christmases Past in Rochester

Celebrating Christmases Past in Rochester

Albert R. Stone, the photographer for the Rochester Herald in the early 20th century, captured over 14,000 moments in Rochester history. His unique and beautiful view of the city comes to life in black and white, capturing important events and day-to-day life. Today we look back at Christmas in Rochester.

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Guest — Paul Gallipeau
Hi Elizabeth, I'm Paul. I love the photographs in this blog post. Does the RMSC have more available to browse through and are any ... Read More
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 22:53
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Hi Paul, I'm glad that you enjoyed the blog post! The Rochester Museum & Science Center has approximately 14,000 Albert R. Stone N... Read More
Thursday, 17 March 2016 21:14
Guest — Tony
I'm relatively new to Rochester, so this was a nice post to get a little glimpse into the city's history. As a native of NYC, Chri... Read More
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On the Home Front of Frog Conservation

On the Home Front of Frog Conservation

Think about what’s in your backyard. A deck, a swing set, just grass? How about a wildlife habitat? That’s what Eric Warren has in his backyard. Though he lives in the city of Rochester, the backyard of this artist and amphibian advocate is an official amphibian wildlife habitat certified by the National Wildlife Federation.

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The Science of Balloons

The Science of Balloons

We're so excited about Circus! Circus! tomorrow through Monday that we've already started practicing our balloon animals. You can learn how to make your own too in between our center ring acts and other activities. But, first, do you know the science of balloons? Why can they stretch in so many cool ways? What makes them pop - or not pop? Watch Calvin stick a needle through a balloon without popping it and you'll see what we mean.

 

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The Week We Washed our Mastodon

The Week We Washed our Mastodon

Like your children, your pets or your living room rug, our mastodon needs a good cleaning now and then. He got his bath last Tuesday morning as part of the RMSC September Close from Monday, Sept. 21 to Saturday, Sept. 26. During these six days, we focused on the deep cleaning, exhibit repair and improvements that we’re not able to work on when open to the public.
Of course we encourage you to come see everything for yourself, but let us fill you in on what’s been happening behind the scenes.

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Love these blogs and especially the historical ones. Great idea!
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It does look great! You're right though, it was a big task. Luckily, we had all of the staff involved. You'll have to stop by, vis... Read More
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Eclipses in Rochester's Sky

Eclipses in Rochester's Sky

A total eclipse of the moon will take place on Sunday evening, Sept. 27, 2015, and yes, unless the sky is completely cloudy, anyone who can see the sky will be able to see it from anywhere in the Rochester region and far beyond.

The most interesting part of the eclipse begins at 9:07 pm, when the moon begins to enter the umbra or the dark part of Earth's shadow. During a lunar eclipse, sunlight filtering through Earth’s atmosphere often gives Earth’s shadow a reddish or orange hue, as shown in this drawing by Étienne Trouvelot from 1882.*

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On the Shoulders of Nathaniel Rochester

On the Shoulders of Nathaniel Rochester

Whether or not you’ve seen this engraving of Nathaniel Rochester, you’ve seen many portraits like it. White-haired men, solemn faces, stiff postures – very founding-father-esque. But what about when Nathaniel Rochester was in his 30s, a young professional about to be married?

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New York Nature: Chicken of the Woods

New York Nature: Chicken of the Woods

A beautiful bright yellow, velvety to the touch and edible – what is it? A chicken of the woods.

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The Day I Discovered Pluto

The Day I Discovered Pluto

With a curious mind and upward gaze, I watched the sky. My eyes soared past the moon, past Neptune, into the speckled expanse of stars and settled on a dot that wasn’t quite like the rest. No, it wasn’t a star. It was another planet - It was Pluto.

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Rochester: Flour City to Photonics Capital

Rochester: Flour City to Photonics Capital

What started as the “Flour City” growing up on the banks of the Genesee River has – nearly two centuries later – become the photonics capital of the country. A federal announcement this summer named Rochester as one of the cities selected for a new Photonics Manufacturing Institute, a year after being designated a “Manufacturing Community” in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program.

This is great news for us locals.

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