Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters
Through August 9, 2015
From earthquakes and volcanoes to tornadoes and hurricanes, nature’s forces shape our dynamic planet and often endanger people around the world. Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters uncovers the causes of these natural forces, explores the consequences, and considers the risks they pose. Interactive stations will help visitors discover the processes behind each of these natural phenomena, with opportunities to manipulate a model earthquake fault, generate a virtual volcano, stand in the still eye of a roaring tornado, and assess the power of Hurricane Sandy via an interactive map of New York City.
The exhibition will also examine how individuals and communities cope and adapt in the aftermath of these events—and how scientists are helping to reduce the risks, plan responses, and prepare for future events.
Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species
Through January 3, 2016
Over billions of years, living things have evolved from simple cells into an awe-inspiring array of life-forms. Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species explores the diverse and sometimes jaw-dropping strategies animals and plants employ to find food, fend off predators, and thrive in habitats we would find inhospitable, even lethal. This new exhibition features live animals, interactive exhibits, and models, including a climbable Hercules beetle. Life is full of unexpected wonders.
The exhibition, overseen by Curator Mark Siddall, a parasitologist, and Curator John Sparks, an ichthyologist, introduces visitors to bizarre mating calls, extraordinary examples of parasitism and mimicry, and other amazing means of survival, using specimens, videos, interactive exhibits, and models, including a climbable Hercules beetle.
Live animals on display include the surprisingly powerful mantis shrimp; the jet-powered nautilus; and the axolotl, an entirely aquatic salamander that breathes through external gills. Life at the Limits tells the stories of these and many more creatures across the tree of life—and their unusual approaches to the challenges of living on Earth.