Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Applied Science

Astronomy is another element explored here at the museum. Much of what we see in the night sky has name origins in Western or Arabic sources, but other peoples have looked up into the night skies and given their own names for constellations. Such has been the case with First Nations peoples in North America.

Mounted below is an astrograph, used for photography. A model of a Canadian radio telescope from the 1960s is below.

This is one of the unusual features inside the museum, and very popular with kids (I had to wait to get a shot without kids in it). The Crazy Kitchen may not quite look it, but this space has a twelve percent slope that you can feel walking through. The furnishings are fastened in place so they don't fall, causing an illusion of a flat surface. You have to brace yourself to cross this space, and the railing is there for a good reason.

I moved into an area concerned with the five senses, and noted this panel with a dog trained to detect the scents of illnesses.

Other panels, accompanied by the machines themselves, went into detail on devices we use for medical detection. They included the X-Ray machine.

And then there's the ultrasound.

For today I finish off with the Computed Tomography (CT) Scan. This is an older one, but the machine allows for many X-Ray images to be combined into a three dimensional volume.


  1. Those slanting room places aren't easy to get through.

  2. My Dad was an optometrist and had 3 Celestrons to watch the sky. I was still a child but my now-hubby came over to watch the sky with my Dad all the time.

    You don´t like kids, do you ;-)

    X-Rays and CT... Important and horrible at the same time. The latter saved hubby´s life.

  3. Can you imagine having an astrograph as your personal camera? :-)

  4. ...I like the First Nation view on Astronomy!!!

  5. I love to stare at the sky ... especially in the beautiful clear summer nights!
    I have a new app in my phone which is called "Star Walk 2" and is gorgeous!

  6. I have always admired people who can read the sky and use it as a guide.


  7. My son-in-law is a pretty decent amateur astronomer, has all the equipment, belongs to a society, etc.

  8. I’m sure the kids have fin in that kitchen.

  9. very cool!! i only know a few boating terms or such ...
    ( ;

  10. Interesting to see all the gadgets for looking inside our bodies. I think those dogs trained to detect illnesses are very cool. :-)

  11. I have always enjoyed looking at the sky. I would love that exhibit. It is amazing what dogs can do. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

  12. I hate xrays. I always think it can’t be good to be zapped with that stuff. I’ve had a few however but never at the dentist who always asked routinely it seemed. Not any more.

  13. The slanted room seems familiar to me for some reason!

  14. nice series of photos! i live near the museum of science and industry here and would love to see this one too

  15. We need to know what is going on around us in science. You showed some interesting displays.

  16. Definitely worth a visit.
    Thanks, William !

  17. @Catarina: there is!

    @Maywyn: that I found out!

    @Iris: generally speaking I'm glad I don't have kids. I lack the patience for parenthood.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Laurie: I did too.

    @Revrunner: it'd be cool!

    @Tom: as did I.

    @Ella: I don't get that much of a chance to see the stars- too much light in our night skies, but I have noticed that Orion has returned to the night skies for the winter.

    @Janis: me too.

    @David: I have long had an interest in it.

    @Anvilcloud: they were enjoying it.

    @Beth: thank you.

    @DJan: so do I.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Marie: it's been awhile since I've had one.

    @RedPat: have you visited the museum? The kitchen has been part of this museum for a long time, long before the renovations.

    @BC: I would enjoy that museum.

    @Jan: very much so.

    @Red: thanks!

    @Karl: you're welcome.

  18. You made me think of "ursa major and ursa minor" otherwise known as the big dipper and the little dipper. Love that crazy kitchen.

  19. There's a radio telescope observatory near Cambridge where scientists are able to learn about black holes and other deep space phenomena. I went to an open day there once and didn't understand a word of it!

  20. What a great and interesting museum. It would be fun to visit it.

  21. Fascinating exhibit. I remember reading something about how dogs can detect illnesses with their sense of smell. Amazing they can do that.

  22. All interesting. The medical technology is always astounding----
    BTW: The chicks aren't fazed by Jack and Jack has no interest in them

  23. Agree with all above William, astronomy is fascinating, there is still so much to discover!

  24. @Sharon: the kitchen was quite something!

    @John: we have them here as well. There's some kind of scope set up in an old mine in Sudbury.

    @Jeanie: it is!

    @Aritha: I thought so.

    @Bill: I enjoyed visiting.

    @Denise: that is quite true.

    @MB: it certainly is.

    @Italiafinlandia: me too.

    @Grace: definitely.

  25. I enjoy looking up at the stars but always find it so hard to find the constellations. I tend to see them all over the sky!! : )

  26. O céu encanta pelo seu fascínio seja dia ou noite
    Contemplar um céu estrelado é extremamente emocionante
    Um abraço

  27. This place covers a lot of ground. Cool.

  28. I have a Bachelor of Science degree, in accounting. Go figure.

  29. Hmm. I'm wondering. Is that picture of a pair of lungs? Or Romaine lettuce?

  30. @Happyone: I'm familiar with some of them.

    @Gracita: thank you.

    @Kay: it does indeed.

    @Joanne: that's not science!

    @Magiceye: it is!

    @Catalyst: you wonder.

  31. The grandies were talking about visiting this!

  32. Amazing what we have learned ~ eh?

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  33. Isn't it amazing what dogs can do!

    All the best Jan