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Leonardo da Vinci

Educator How-To: We’re batty for ornithopters
January 10, 2014 · Be The First To Comment

Bats have frightened, awed, and inspired for millennia. Leonardo da Vinci used the bat’s amazing wing structure as inspiration for his version of the ornithopter — a machine which flies using flapping bird-like wings. No one knows for sure if he ever built or tested his invention, but Cardanus, a contemporary of Leonardo wrote that […]

Terra Cotta Warriors myths…busted!
July 7, 2009 · 4 Comments

photo credit: Richard.Fisher As you may have noticed from the anticipation, excitement, and general hullabaloo…we recently opened an exhibition chock full of Terra Cotta Warriors. And while museum people tend to find every exhibit that comes through our doors fascinating (part of the reason we take the leap from avid exhibition attendees to employees of […]

LEGO: The building blocks of science
October 8, 2008 · 5 Comments

Our guest blogger today is Ian Wilkinson, one of the museum’s IT geniuses. Besides being a computer guru, he is an avid science fan and a LEGO enthusiast. Put the two together, and…  As a life-long fan of both Lego bricks and science, I was thrilled when the announcement for the “Brick Science” contest was posted […]

Blog Contest: Draw a Dinosaur!
October 7, 2008 · 4 Comments

“Leonardo da Vinci said: “I don’t understand a thing ‘till I draw it.” When you draw, your finger tips teach your brain what’s important.” Dr. Bakker paraphrased Leonardo da Vinci in his recent post, Draw Dinos Right, to explain why great  paleontologists tend to be great artists, too. Now that the world premiere of Dinosaur […]



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