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Celebrating Five Years of Tinker Tank

by Delaney Berreth | August 14, 2018

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Prior to 2013, our exhibits team had often wondered: what would it be like to create an experience that lets guests in on the innovative, design thinking that we at PacSci get to do every day? We were intrigued by the idea of creating a new exhibit experience where our guests could expand their creativity by designing, building and testing creations to address everyday design and engineering challenges that they’re curious to explore. On August 16, 2013, this idea became a reality when our makerspace, Tinker Tank, first opened to our guests. In recent years, the maker movement has only grown stronger and Tinker Tank has flourished as a result.

Run mostly by our dedicated team of volunteers, Tinker Tank originally opened on Fridays only, with a new activity featured each month. Over time, as our volunteer and staffing capacity grew, we expanded our hours and more activities were added to the schedule. Since January 2017, Tinker Tank has been open daily, offering multiple rotating fun and innovative activities for curious minds of all ages, as well as the opportunity to interact with volunteer professionals from many different backgrounds who do similar work on a grand scale every day. Recently Tinker Tank has begun offering in-depth workshops, events and activities for many family, school and corporate groups. You may even see our Tinker Tank team out in the community providing hands-on activities at local events.

At Pacific Science Center, we embrace experimentation and innovation, and demonstrate that failure and iteration is a key ingredient to progress. Tinker Tank embodies those principles, as our guests are encouraged to try new things, learn, fail and try again. All of our activities provide these experiences, from bridge-building design challenges to circuits, coding and beyond. Imagine designing and printing a 3D object alongside a rocket scientist or coding a makey makey video game with a game developer!

Tinker Tank is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year on August 16, 2018. Make sure to stop by and celebrate with us – we can’t wait to tinker with you!

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Images from Tinker Tank's opening on August 16, 2013

 

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Celebrating Five Years of Tinker Tank

by Delaney Berreth | August 14, 2018 [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="Body of Story - EDIT THIS IF NEED BE" border_style="solid" _builder_version="3.12.1"] Prior to 2013, our exhibits team had often wondered: what would it be like to create an experience that lets guests in on the innovative, design thinking that we at PacSci get to do every day? We were intrigued by the idea of creating a new exhibit experience where our guests could expand their creativity by designing, building and testing creations to address everyday design and engineering challenges that they’re curious to explore. On August 16, 2013, this idea became a reality when our makerspace, Tinker Tank, first opened to our guests. In recent years, the maker movement has only grown stronger and Tinker Tank has flourished as a result. Run mostly by our dedicated team of volunteers, Tinker Tank originally opened on Fridays only, with a new activity featured each month. Over time, as our volunteer and staffing capacity grew, we expanded our hours and more activities were added to the schedule. Since January 2017, Tinker Tank has been open daily, offering multiple rotating fun and innovative activities for curious minds of all ages, as well as the opportunity to interact with volunteer professionals from many different backgrounds who do similar work on a grand scale every day. Recently Tinker Tank has begun offering in-depth workshops, events and activities for many family, school and corporate groups. You may even see our Tinker Tank team out in the community providing hands-on activities at local events. At Pacific Science Center, we embrace experimentation and innovation, and demonstrate that failure and iteration is a key ingredient to progress. Tinker Tank embodies those principles, as our guests are encouraged to try new things, learn, fail and try again. All of our activities provide these experiences, from bridge-building design challenges to circuits, coding and beyond. Imagine designing and printing a 3D object alongside a rocket scientist or coding a makey makey video game with a game developer! Tinker Tank is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year on August 16, 2018. Make sure to stop by and celebrate with us – we can’t wait to tinker with you! [/et_pb_text][et_pb_gallery _builder_version="3.12.1" gallery_ids="26403,26404,26405" fullwidth="on" db_image_max_width_tablet="51" db_image_max_height_tablet="501" db_image_row_spacing_tablet="51" db_image_object_fit="initial" zoom_icon_color="#2ea3f2" hover_overlay_color="rgba(255,255,255,0.9)" db_image_center_titles="left" caption_text_align="center" /][et_pb_text admin_label="Body of Story - EDIT THIS IF NEED BE" border_style="solid" _builder_version="3.12.1"] Images from Tinker Tank's opening on August 16, 2013   [/et_pb_text][et_pb_code admin_label="Mobile Only Spacer - Code" _builder_version="3.0.51" disabled="off" disabled_on="|on|on"]<p>&nbsp;</p>[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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Fresh Sheet – August 11, 2018 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/life-sciences-blog/fresh-sheet-2018-08-11/ Sat, 11 Aug 2018 07:01:08 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=26365 Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho) has “ears” at the base of its wings.

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[caption id="attachment_26367" align="alignnone" width="1920"]Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho) has “ears” at the base of its wings. Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho) has “ears” (in the circle) at the base of its wings.[/caption]

Have you ever wondered how butterflies can hear you when you sneak up to photograph them in our Tropical Butterfly House? Where are their ears?

Scientists at the University of Bristol, UK, have discovered a small membrane at the base of butterflies' wings that detect sound vibrations. These sensory organs perceive certain frequencies, making it helpful for them to detect the nearby flight of birds – natural predators of moths and butterflies. Having their "ears" at the base of their wings may explain why the beautiful Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho) always perches with its wings closed, frustrating butterfly photographers!

Bioproductores de El Salvador
El Salvador

25 - Anaea eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
30 - Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
25 - Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
20 - Eurytides epidaus (Long-tailed Kite Swallowtail)
20 - Eurytides thymbraeus (White-crested Swallowtail)
30 - Heliconius charitonius (Zebra Longwing)
25 - Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
10 - Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
9 - Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
21 - Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
15 - Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
25 - Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
25 - Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
30 - Papilio cresphontes (Giant Swallowtail)
12 - Papilio torquatus (Band-gapped Swallowtail)
9 - Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
15 - Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
10 - Smyrna blomfildia (Blomfeld's Beauty)
25 - Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
10 - Tithorea tarricina (Cream-Spotted Tigerwing)

Totals = 401

 

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"Fresh Sheet" is our weekly shipment report of pupae on display in the emerging window. Visit Pacific Science Center's Tropical Butterfly House and meet our newest residents.

These butterflies typically arrive as pupae on the Thursday or Friday before the Fresh Sheet is published. Some of these butterflies will start emerging the day they arrive or the next day, but other species may take a full week before they reach adulthood. After emerging, they may live for a week or even a few months! While we love sharing a variety of species with our guests, we cannot guarantee that any specific species will be flying on the day that you visit Pacific Science Center.

If you are interested in photographing a specific butterfly and would like to be updated about when it is flying in the Tropical Butterfly House, please email Butterflies@pacsci.org with details and your contact information.

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Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho) has “ears” (in the circle) at the base of its wings.[/caption] Have you ever wondered how butterflies can hear you when you sneak up to photograph them in our Tropical Butterfly House? Where are their ears? Scientists at the University of Bristol, UK, have discovered a small membrane at the base of butterflies' wings that detect sound vibrations. These sensory organs perceive certain frequencies, making it helpful for them to detect the nearby flight of birds – natural predators of moths and butterflies. Having their "ears" at the base of their wings may explain why the beautiful Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho) always perches with its wings closed, frustrating butterfly photographers! Bioproductores de El Salvador El Salvador 25 - Anaea eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing) 30 - Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly) 25 - Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker) 20 - Eurytides epidaus (Long-tailed Kite Swallowtail) 20 - Eurytides thymbraeus (White-crested Swallowtail) 30 - Heliconius charitonius (Zebra Longwing) 25 - Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing) 10 - Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing) 9 - Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing) 21 - Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger) 15 - Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho) 25 - Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho) 25 - Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly) 30 - Papilio cresphontes (Giant Swallowtail) 12 - Papilio torquatus (Band-gapped Swallowtail) 9 - Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona) 15 - Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button) 10 - Smyrna blomfildia (Blomfeld's Beauty) 25 - Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing) 10 - Tithorea tarricina (Cream-Spotted Tigerwing) Totals = 401   [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="Boilerplate material - Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" background_size="initial"] "Fresh Sheet" is our weekly shipment report of pupae on display in the emerging window. Visit Pacific Science Center's Tropical Butterfly House and meet our newest residents. These butterflies typically arrive as pupae on the Thursday or Friday before the Fresh Sheet is published. Some of these butterflies will start emerging the day they arrive or the next day, but other species may take a full week before they reach adulthood. After emerging, they may live for a week or even a few months! While we love sharing a variety of species with our guests, we cannot guarantee that any specific species will be flying on the day that you visit Pacific Science Center. If you are interested in photographing a specific butterfly and would like to be updated about when it is flying in the Tropical Butterfly House, please email Butterflies@pacsci.org with details and your contact information. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_code admin_label="Mobile Only Spacer - Code" disabled="off" disabled_on="|on|on"]<p>&nbsp;</p>[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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A New Building 4 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/reality/a-new-building-4/ Fri, 10 Aug 2018 01:20:23 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=26302 Summer VR at Pacific Science Center - Life of Us

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A New Building 4

In Pacific Science Center's Upper Building 4, you can watch the world change in the blink of a T-rex eye.

by Elliot Busse, What Is Reality Intern

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Summer VR at Pacific Science Center - Life of Us

Last month, the top of Building 4 opened to the public with several new virtual reality (VR) experiences brought onboard with the help of one of Pacific Science Center's startups-in-residence, Fearless 360. While much of VR revolves around gaming, Tree and Life of Us both focus on storytelling and social mindsets. These are two of the most unique virtual reality experiences out there, and we are lucky we host them. Tree and Life of Us had previously only been shown at the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals, and the Science Center is pioneering the effort to bring them to a wider audience.

As someone who has used VR for years and seen first-hand many of the experiences that have shaped the community around it, I can say Tree offers something entirely new and unique. Created by artists Milica Zec and Winslow Porter, Tree showcases the effects of deforestation on the Amazon Rainforest. While there have been many endeavors to showcase current issues through VR, few experiences attempt to engage all your senses like Tree does, making it a truly immersive experience. You're not reading a news article about deforestation while taking a sip of morning coffee; thanks to the sensory effects included in the experience, you can see, feel and smell the rainforest around you. Not only is it a beautiful combination of art, science, and technology, Tree also has the capacity to give each participant a greater perspective on what is happening to rainforest trees every single day.

Unlike most VR experiences, Life of Us is a multiplayer adventure, allowing you to see and talk to your friends and family as you travel through one billion years of evolution in eight minutes. Zach Richter created Life of Us as an attempt to push the boundaries of what current technology is capable of. It's one thing to read about how a Tyrannosaurus rex was loud and tall, or see that monkeys will monkey around, but it is completely another to experience it "in person" alongside your family and friends.

Tree and Life of Us showcase the power of virtual reality outside the realm of video games. As the most immersive form of media available, VR is unparalleled in its ability to impact our thoughts and emotions. Few other experiences available today demonstrate the power of VR as effectively, and they are well worth checking out. Pick up your free tickets on your next visit to Pacific Science Center.

 

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A New Building 4

In Pacific Science Center's Upper Building 4, you can watch the world change in the blink of a T-rex eye.

by Elliot Busse, What Is Reality Intern [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="Body of Story - EDIT THIS IF NEED BE" border_style="solid" _builder_version="3.12"] Summer VR at Pacific Science Center - Life of Us Last month, the top of Building 4 opened to the public with several new virtual reality (VR) experiences brought onboard with the help of one of Pacific Science Center's startups-in-residence, Fearless 360. While much of VR revolves around gaming, Tree and Life of Us both focus on storytelling and social mindsets. These are two of the most unique virtual reality experiences out there, and we are lucky we host them. Tree and Life of Us had previously only been shown at the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals, and the Science Center is pioneering the effort to bring them to a wider audience. As someone who has used VR for years and seen first-hand many of the experiences that have shaped the community around it, I can say Tree offers something entirely new and unique. Created by artists Milica Zec and Winslow Porter, Tree showcases the effects of deforestation on the Amazon Rainforest. While there have been many endeavors to showcase current issues through VR, few experiences attempt to engage all your senses like Tree does, making it a truly immersive experience. You're not reading a news article about deforestation while taking a sip of morning coffee; thanks to the sensory effects included in the experience, you can see, feel and smell the rainforest around you. Not only is it a beautiful combination of art, science, and technology, Tree also has the capacity to give each participant a greater perspective on what is happening to rainforest trees every single day. Unlike most VR experiences, Life of Us is a multiplayer adventure, allowing you to see and talk to your friends and family as you travel through one billion years of evolution in eight minutes. Zach Richter created Life of Us as an attempt to push the boundaries of what current technology is capable of. It's one thing to read about how a Tyrannosaurus rex was loud and tall, or see that monkeys will monkey around, but it is completely another to experience it "in person" alongside your family and friends. Tree and Life of Us showcase the power of virtual reality outside the realm of video games. As the most immersive form of media available, VR is unparalleled in its ability to impact our thoughts and emotions. Few other experiences available today demonstrate the power of VR as effectively, and they are well worth checking out. Pick up your free tickets on your next visit to Pacific Science Center.   [/et_pb_text][et_pb_code admin_label="Mobile Only Spacer - Code" _builder_version="3.0.51" disabled="off" disabled_on="|on|on"]<p>&nbsp;</p>[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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PacSci-Doku: “Mondo Battery” https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/pacsci-doku/mondo-battery/ Wed, 08 Aug 2018 16:51:15 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=26266 PacSci-Doku: "Mondo Battery"

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PacSci-Doku: "Mondo Battery"

By Dennis Schatz - Senior Advisor

Do you Sudoku? It's one of the hottest number games around! Well, here's a twist we think you'll love. We call it PacSci-Doku. Can you guess why? Here's how it works. Instead of filling in the blanks with numbers, we use letters. Hidden in one of the columns or rows is the answer to a science question. You'll find information about the answer on the answer tab below.

The question in this edition is:

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What may become the world’s largest battery?

To find the answer, complete this PacSci-Doku using the following nine letters:

O  o  E  A  R  V  D  H  M

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Puzzle Difficulty: Easy

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PacSci-Doku: "Mondo Battery" Answer

The question in this edition is:

What may become the world’s largest battery?

The answer: Hoover Dam

When most people think of a battery, what comes to mind is the battery in your TV remote, cell phone or car. But a battery is any device that stores energy for later use. This is what the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power proposes to do with Hoover Dam. The plan is to build a pumping station below the dam that is powered by excess electricity generated by wind and solar power sources when electricity demand is low and wind/solar generation is high. The electricity would power pumps to return water to the Lake Meade behind the dam that would later generate electricity as the water again falls through the generators connected to the dam. Read more about this innovative idea for generating more "clean" electricity.

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PacSci-Doku: "Mondo Battery"

By Dennis Schatz - Senior Advisor Do you Sudoku? It's one of the hottest number games around! Well, here's a twist we think you'll love. We call it PacSci-Doku. Can you guess why? Here's how it works. Instead of filling in the blanks with numbers, we use letters. Hidden in one of the columns or rows is the answer to a science question. You'll find information about the answer on the answer tab below. The question in this edition is: [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="Text Module - The Puzzle" _builder_version="3.11.1"] What may become the world’s largest battery? To find the answer, complete this PacSci-Doku using the following nine letters: O  o  E  A  R  V  D  H  M [caption id="attachment_26268" align="alignnone" width="450"]PacSci-Doku: "Mondo Battery" The Puzzle[/caption] Puzzle Difficulty: Easy [/et_pb_text][et_pb_toggle admin_label="Toggle - The Answer" title="The Answer" _builder_version="3.11.1"] PacSci-Doku: "Mondo Battery" Answer The question in this edition is: What may become the world’s largest battery? The answer: Hoover Dam When most people think of a battery, what comes to mind is the battery in your TV remote, cell phone or car. But a battery is any device that stores energy for later use. This is what the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power proposes to do with Hoover Dam. The plan is to build a pumping station below the dam that is powered by excess electricity generated by wind and solar power sources when electricity demand is low and wind/solar generation is high. The electricity would power pumps to return water to the Lake Meade behind the dam that would later generate electricity as the water again falls through the generators connected to the dam. Read more about this innovative idea for generating more "clean" electricity. [/et_pb_toggle][et_pb_code admin_label="Mobile Only Spacer - Code" disabled="off" disabled_on="|on|on"]<p>&nbsp;</p>[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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PacSci Podcast: Fossil Hunting 101 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/pacsci-podcast/fossil-hunting-101/ Mon, 06 Aug 2018 15:27:02 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=26238 Fossil Hunting 101

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Fossil Hunting 101

Pacific Science Center's dinosaur exhibit has been visited by millions over the years. We've updated it to reflect changes in human understanding of those prehistoric creatures and we've added paleo art that depicts what we now think dinosaurs really looked like based on the fossils that have been found and studied. Now we've added something else: a new exhibit within the exhibit all about YOU finding fossils like those in the exhibit. We call this Fossil Hunting: 101.

Learn more about it in this quick PacSci Podcast, then get out there and start searching.

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https://soundcloud.com/pacsci/fossil-hunting-101

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PacSci Podcast: New Planetarium Show Looks Inward https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/pacsci-podcast/new-planetarium-show-looks-inward/ Mon, 06 Aug 2018 15:08:53 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=26233 Polar Science Weekend

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Polar Science at Pacific Science Center

When you hear the word planetarium you might think of images of distant worlds. But the newest show in Pacific Science Center's Willard Smith Planetarium does just the opposite. It looks at the closest of all worlds.

Learn more in this quick PacSci Podcast then make plans to come experience it yourself. Pro tip: when it's blazing hot outside in our part of planet Earth, this makes a great way to cool off.

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https://soundcloud.com/pacsci/new-planetarium-show-looks-inward

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Fresh Sheet – August 4, 2018 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/life-sciences-blog/fresh-sheet-2018-08-04/ Sat, 04 Aug 2018 07:05:49 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=26193 Two Anartia fatima (Banded Peacock) butterflies [left] hanging out with an Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock) on a Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia millii) plant.

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[caption id="attachment_26194" align="alignnone" width="1920"]Two Anartia fatima (Banded Peacock) butterflies [left] hanging out with an Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock) on a Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia millii) plant. Two Anartia fatima (Banded Peacock) butterflies [left] hanging out with an Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock) on a Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia millii) plant.[/caption]This week's pupae shipment from Costa Rica includes Anartia fatima (Banded Peacock). This species is one of the most common and visible in its range. It does well in disturbed habitat and open spaces which means it coexists well with people.

However, A. fatima goes through metamorphosis so quickly that farmers have to carefully plan how to raise it to the chrysalis stage and then ship it without having it emerge during transit. For this reason, it's rather rare that we get them and we are excited to welcome a batch this week.

We often get their close relative, Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock) from Suriname. As both species have many of the same habits, look for them soaking up sunshine and drinking nectar on the Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia millii) plants in our Tropical Butterfly House.

Suministros Entimológicos Costarricenses, SA
CRES, Costa Rica

4 - Adelpha fessonia (Mexican Sister)
15 - Anartia fatima (Banded Peacock)
12 - Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
10 - Battus polydamas (Polydamus Swallowtail)
7 - Caligo atreus (Yellow-Edged Giant-Owl)
16 - Caligo eurilochus (Forest Giant Owl)
13 - Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
28 - Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
10 - Dryadula phaetusa (Banded Orange Heliconian)
15 - Eueiudes isabella (Isabella's Longwing)
23 - Greta oto (Glasswing)
10 - Hamadryas amphinome (Red Calico)
5 - Hamadryas februa (Gray Calico)
7 - Hamadryas laodamia (Starry Calico)
20 - Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)
10 - Heliconius erato (Small Postman)
10 - Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
17 - Heliconius hewitsoni (Hewitson's Longwing)
10 - Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
3 - Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
10 - Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
33 - Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
10 - Myscelia cyaniris (Blue Wave Butterfly)
5 - Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
7 - Opsiphanes tamarindi (Tamarind Owl)
7 - Parides arcas (Arcas Cattleheart)
2 - Phoebis philea (Orange Barred Sulfur)
16 - Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
7 - Rothschildea lebeau (Lebeau's Rothschildea)
16 - Siproeta stelenes (Malachite)

Total = 358

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"Fresh Sheet" is our weekly shipment report of pupae on display in the emerging window. Visit Pacific Science Center's Tropical Butterfly House and meet our newest residents.

These butterflies typically arrive as pupae on the Thursday or Friday before the Fresh Sheet is published. Some of these butterflies will start emerging the day they arrive or the next day, but other species may take a full week before they reach adulthood. After emerging, they may live for a week or even a few months! While we love sharing a variety of species with our guests, we cannot guarantee that any specific species will be flying on the day that you visit Pacific Science Center.

If you are interested in photographing a specific butterfly and would like to be updated about when it is flying in the Tropical Butterfly House, please email Butterflies@pacsci.org with details and your contact information.

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Two Anartia fatima (Banded Peacock) butterflies [left] hanging out with an Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock) on a Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia millii) plant.[/caption]This week's pupae shipment from Costa Rica includes Anartia fatima (Banded Peacock). This species is one of the most common and visible in its range. It does well in disturbed habitat and open spaces which means it coexists well with people. However, A. fatima goes through metamorphosis so quickly that farmers have to carefully plan how to raise it to the chrysalis stage and then ship it without having it emerge during transit. For this reason, it's rather rare that we get them and we are excited to welcome a batch this week. We often get their close relative, Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock) from Suriname. As both species have many of the same habits, look for them soaking up sunshine and drinking nectar on the Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia millii) plants in our Tropical Butterfly House. Suministros Entimológicos Costarricenses, SA CRES, Costa Rica 4 - Adelpha fessonia (Mexican Sister) 15 - Anartia fatima (Banded Peacock) 12 - Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona) 10 - Battus polydamas (Polydamus Swallowtail) 7 - Caligo atreus (Yellow-Edged Giant-Owl) 16 - Caligo eurilochus (Forest Giant Owl) 13 - Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly) 28 - Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker) 10 - Dryadula phaetusa (Banded Orange Heliconian) 15 - Eueiudes isabella (Isabella's Longwing) 23 - Greta oto (Glasswing) 10 - Hamadryas amphinome (Red Calico) 5 - Hamadryas februa (Gray Calico) 7 - Hamadryas laodamia (Starry Calico) 20 - Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing) 10 - Heliconius erato (Small Postman) 10 - Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing) 17 - Heliconius hewitsoni (Hewitson's Longwing) 10 - Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing) 3 - Heliconius melpomene (Postman) 10 - Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail) 33 - Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho) 10 - Myscelia cyaniris (Blue Wave Butterfly) 5 - Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly) 7 - Opsiphanes tamarindi (Tamarind Owl) 7 - Parides arcas (Arcas Cattleheart) 2 - Phoebis philea (Orange Barred Sulfur) 16 - Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button) 7 - Rothschildea lebeau (Lebeau's Rothschildea) 16 - Siproeta stelenes (Malachite) Total = 358 [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="Boilerplate material - Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" background_size="initial"] "Fresh Sheet" is our weekly shipment report of pupae on display in the emerging window. Visit Pacific Science Center's Tropical Butterfly House and meet our newest residents. These butterflies typically arrive as pupae on the Thursday or Friday before the Fresh Sheet is published. Some of these butterflies will start emerging the day they arrive or the next day, but other species may take a full week before they reach adulthood. After emerging, they may live for a week or even a few months! While we love sharing a variety of species with our guests, we cannot guarantee that any specific species will be flying on the day that you visit Pacific Science Center. If you are interested in photographing a specific butterfly and would like to be updated about when it is flying in the Tropical Butterfly House, please email Butterflies@pacsci.org with details and your contact information. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_code admin_label="Mobile Only Spacer - Code" disabled="off" disabled_on="|on|on"]<p>&nbsp;</p>[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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Theory 2018: Thanks For Coming! https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/pacsci-stories/theory-2018-thanks-for-coming/ Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:39:55 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=26105 THEORY 2018

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THEORY 2018

Theory 2018 was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who came out and partied under the arches with us. Please know that your ticket purchases will help fund science education across Washington state and beyond. If you couldn't make it, check out our photo recap to see all the fun you missed.

 

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Get In Tune With Nature https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/pacsci-stories/get-in-tune-with-nature/ Tue, 31 Jul 2018 00:36:45 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=26095 Sensory Garden at Pacific Science Center

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If you've visited Pacific Science Center in the last year or so, you may remember the pathway to Building 4, formerly the Special Exhibition Hall, being closed off from guests while we had a traveling exhibit. We have since re-purposed Building 4 to be a venue for new virtual and augmented reality experiences that rotate every day, as well as a place where startup-in-residence Hyperspace resides as they design and build their extended reality experience. Along with the change to Building 4, we reopened the pathway as a new exhibit space and have installed a serene sensory garden for guests to immerse their senses and get in tune with nature while on their way to explore the rotating experience series, What is Reality.

In this quiet corner of the Courtyard, you'll discover arches covered in vines that lead to large planter bowls filled with plants that were specially chosen to ignite your senses of touch, smell and hearing. The use of simple signage was chosen to invite guests to be hands-on, have their ears open and their noses at the ready, without being too flashy - letting guests interact with the plants on their own terms.

Our horticulturist, Jillian Weed, said of the plants chosen, "We chose the vines so that they can give the feeling of entry into a magical horticultural space. The herbs, sage and mint, to activate our sense of smell. The grass, Mexican Feather Grass, to heighten our awareness of the breeze that is constantly flowing through the Courtyard. The ground cover, Brass Buttons, is soft to the touch like a natural carpet, and snapdragon flowers when pinched have a playful effect, and the Sensitive Plant shies away from the slightest touch."

Why did we choose to install a sensory garden? Our living exhibits manager, Sara Moore, explains, "We wanted to create a garden that welcomed guests to Building 4 and would stimulate unconventional thinking – the kind of worldview that What Is Reality asks us to take on. We wanted a planted space that was about our interactions with the plants, that was experiential rather than text-heavy and that as it fills in, creates a transitional space into the exhibit hall." The sensory garden is also a way for us to provide guests "a unique space where the senses are nurtured and curiosity flows naturally from the intriguing encounters with nature, and a retreat where people can watch the High Rail Bike, Danger Science or Water Works from a bench and hopefully feel like they could stay there soaking up science all day long."

On your next visit to the Science Center, make sure to take a moment to relax and sit back in the delightfully shaded sensory garden or touch, smell and really listen to the plants specially picked for you to enjoy!

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We have since re-purposed Building 4 to be a venue for new virtual and augmented reality experiences that rotate every day, as well as a place where startup-in-residence Hyperspace resides as they design and build their extended reality experience. Along with the change to Building 4, we reopened the pathway as a new exhibit space and have installed a serene sensory garden for guests to immerse their senses and get in tune with nature while on their way to explore the rotating experience series, What is Reality. In this quiet corner of the Courtyard, you'll discover arches covered in vines that lead to large planter bowls filled with plants that were specially chosen to ignite your senses of touch, smell and hearing. The use of simple signage was chosen to invite guests to be hands-on, have their ears open and their noses at the ready, without being too flashy - letting guests interact with the plants on their own terms. Our horticulturist, Jillian Weed, said of the plants chosen, "We chose the vines so that they can give the feeling of entry into a magical horticultural space. The herbs, sage and mint, to activate our sense of smell. The grass, Mexican Feather Grass, to heighten our awareness of the breeze that is constantly flowing through the Courtyard. The ground cover, Brass Buttons, is soft to the touch like a natural carpet, and snapdragon flowers when pinched have a playful effect, and the Sensitive Plant shies away from the slightest touch." Why did we choose to install a sensory garden? Our living exhibits manager, Sara Moore, explains, "We wanted to create a garden that welcomed guests to Building 4 and would stimulate unconventional thinking – the kind of worldview that What Is Reality asks us to take on. We wanted a planted space that was about our interactions with the plants, that was experiential rather than text-heavy and that as it fills in, creates a transitional space into the exhibit hall." The sensory garden is also a way for us to provide guests "a unique space where the senses are nurtured and curiosity flows naturally from the intriguing encounters with nature, and a retreat where people can watch the High Rail Bike, Danger Science or Water Works from a bench and hopefully feel like they could stay there soaking up science all day long." On your next visit to the Science Center, make sure to take a moment to relax and sit back in the delightfully shaded sensory garden or touch, smell and really listen to the plants specially picked for you to enjoy! [/et_pb_text][et_pb_code admin_label="Mobile Only Spacer - Code" _builder_version="3.0.51" disabled="off" disabled_on="|on|on"]<p>&nbsp;</p>[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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Fresh Sheet – July 28, 2018 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/life-sciences-blog/fresh-sheet-2018-07-28/ Sat, 28 Jul 2018 07:01:40 +0000 https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/?p=26053 Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock) enjoying nectar from withered flowers Egyptian Star Cluster (Pentas lanceolata).

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[caption id="attachment_26051" align="alignnone" width="1920"]Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock) enjoying nectar from withered flowers Egyptian Star Cluster (Pentas lanceolata). Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock) enjoying nectar from withered flowers Egyptian Star Cluster (Pentas lanceolata).[/caption]

Observers of nectaring butterflies in our Tropical Butterfly House are familiar with the abundant Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock) feeding on the flowers of Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia millii), Shrub Verbena (Lantana camara), and even Jungle Flame (Ixora coccinea). With all these choices of nectar, we were surprised to find so many Anartia nectaring on the withered blossoms of Egyptian Star Cluster (Pentas lanceolata). So what's going on here?

Living Exhibits manager, Sarah Moore, explains: "The nectar is right down at the base of the flowers, and inflorescences [flower clusters] that are starting to wither still give ample nectar and are easier for the butterflies to walk on. The spikey stamens are a bit of a challenge on the some fully open flowers."

Maybe the next time you are deadheading your garden flowers, keep in mind that there is still a lot of nectar in those fading blossoms. Nectar eating insects will be grateful.

Neotropical Insects NV
Suriname

10 - Heraclides thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
15 - Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
20 - Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
70 - Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing)
5 - Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)
70 - Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)
10 - Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
70 - Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
7 - Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
18 - Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
5 - Morpho achilles (Blue-banded Morpho)

Total = 300

 

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"Fresh Sheet" is our weekly shipment report of pupae on display in the emerging window. Visit Pacific Science Center's Tropical Butterfly House and meet our newest residents.

These butterflies typically arrive as pupae on the Thursday or Friday before the Fresh Sheet is published. Some of these butterflies will start emerging the day they arrive or the next day, but other species may take a full week before they reach adulthood. After emerging, they may live for a week or even a few months! While we love sharing a variety of species with our guests, we cannot guarantee that any specific species will be flying on the day that you visit Pacific Science Center.

If you are interested in photographing a specific butterfly and would like to be updated about when it is flying in the Tropical Butterfly House, please email Butterflies@pacsci.org with details and your contact information.

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Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock) enjoying nectar from withered flowers Egyptian Star Cluster (Pentas lanceolata).[/caption] Observers of nectaring butterflies in our Tropical Butterfly House are familiar with the abundant Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock) feeding on the flowers of Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia millii), Shrub Verbena (Lantana camara), and even Jungle Flame (Ixora coccinea). With all these choices of nectar, we were surprised to find so many Anartia nectaring on the withered blossoms of Egyptian Star Cluster (Pentas lanceolata). So what's going on here? Living Exhibits manager, Sarah Moore, explains: "The nectar is right down at the base of the flowers, and inflorescences [flower clusters] that are starting to wither still give ample nectar and are easier for the butterflies to walk on. The spikey stamens are a bit of a challenge on the some fully open flowers." Maybe the next time you are deadheading your garden flowers, keep in mind that there is still a lot of nectar in those fading blossoms. Nectar eating insects will be grateful. Neotropical Insects NV Suriname 10 - Heraclides thoas (Thoas Swallowtail) 15 - Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail) 20 - Heliconius melpomene (Postman) 70 - Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing) 5 - Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker) 70 - Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock) 10 - Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona) 70 - Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly) 7 - Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl) 18 - Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing) 5 - Morpho achilles (Blue-banded Morpho) Total = 300   [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="Boilerplate material - Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" background_size="initial"] "Fresh Sheet" is our weekly shipment report of pupae on display in the emerging window. Visit Pacific Science Center's Tropical Butterfly House and meet our newest residents. These butterflies typically arrive as pupae on the Thursday or Friday before the Fresh Sheet is published. Some of these butterflies will start emerging the day they arrive or the next day, but other species may take a full week before they reach adulthood. After emerging, they may live for a week or even a few months! While we love sharing a variety of species with our guests, we cannot guarantee that any specific species will be flying on the day that you visit Pacific Science Center. If you are interested in photographing a specific butterfly and would like to be updated about when it is flying in the Tropical Butterfly House, please email Butterflies@pacsci.org with details and your contact information. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_code admin_label="Mobile Only Spacer - Code" disabled="off" disabled_on="|on|on"]<p>&nbsp;</p>[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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