From Rupert the Rat to Rendezvous in Space: all there was to see at the post-Fair Hall of Science

From Rupert the Rat to Rendezvous in Space: all there was to see at the post-Fair Hall of Science

This fascinating “making of” video created by SITU Studio (architects for Design Lab), Surveying the Great Hall captures the impressive scaffolding used in the restoration of the “Cathedral of Science.” As their custom camera rig slowly lifts 70 feet from floor to ceiling, “the camera will be slowly rotating and tilting to survey the space with a corkscrew motion.”

View their complete blog post here.

Would you make a reliable eyewitness? Check out this interactive from our new iBook False Conviction: Innocence Guilt and Science, produced with the Innocence Project and Jim Dwyer

Today in the NYSCI Archive: An aerial view of Flushing Meadows from 1967.

Today in the NYSCI Archive: An aerial view of Flushing Meadows from 1967.


The Science Career Ladder doesn’t always take Explainers on a path to Science. In Todd’s story, working at the New York Hall of Science whipped him into shape and boosted his confidence to a level where he will succeed in any career.

Today in the NYSCI Archive: There’s a leak in the existing structure but the Sanitation Dept band plays on.  Revisiting the 1966 opening ceremony of the Hall of Science of the City of New York.

Today in the NYSCI Archive: There’s a leak in the existing structure but the Sanitation Dept band plays on.  Revisiting the 1966 opening ceremony of the Hall of Science of the City of New York.

You can now try one of the interactives from our new iBook, False Conviction: Innocence, Guilt and Science. Click the video to begin. Learn more about False Conviction here:  http://bit.ly/OuoDmR

Magnetic memory, laser displays, and solar converters.  Just some of the premiere exhibits at NYSCI in 1966. More here

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Happy 135th Birthday, Albert Einstein! (also, Pi Day!)

Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879, in Ulm Germany.  He entered the United States in June of 1935 and filed this declaration of intent to become a citizen in January of 1936. He would become a U.S. citizen in 1940.  

In 1939 he collaborated with fellow physicist Leo Szilard on a letter regarding advances in nuclear research to President Franklin Roosevelt, which would ultimately lead to the development of the Manhattan Project. During World War II, he also worked as a part-time Federal employee developing underwater weapons for the U.S. Navy. Some of his correspondence from this work is available in our online catalog.

In 1948 he appeared in this instructional film “Atomic Physics," explaining how the work of other scientists featured in the film illustrated his theory of equivalence of mass and energy. 

(via pbsthisdayinhistory)