Museum of Science
State Police report arresting Ryan Parrott, 24, this morning, following a chase across O'Brien Highway that involved a helicopter and a police dog.
Museum security guards called the nearby State Police barracks shortly before 11 a.m. to report they were chasing a suspect, according to a State Police statement:
The Boston and Cambridge city councils will hold a rare joint meeting on Thursday, to discuss ways of making the Boston area more economically competitive (apparently, Cambridge councilors have gotten over their fear of Boston).
The meeting, which starts at 3 p.m., is in the one building that straddles the line between the two cities - the Museum of Science. Rather than just milling about awkwardly by the border painted on the floor near the entrance, though, they'll be meeting in the Cahners Theater, on the Cambridge side of the building,
Mark Jaquith reports on 20 linden tree planted last week in front of the Museum of Science to replace the trees cut down in January for road and sidewalk work:
It will be a real pleasure to regain the shade, cooling and wonderful smell of the flowers when they bloom in early summer.
Chris Devers reports yesterday was the last day ever for the barbell-shaped Zeiss projector at the Museum of Science's planetarium. He says they're getting a state-of-the-art projector that'll be able to do all sorts of cool stuff, but, really, it'd be a little like showing up for the indoor lightning show only to find out the giant towers have been replaced with a laser.
Steve Nadis explains how he came by to move Mars today.
Of course, you can't watch this Museum of Science ad without also watching this New England Aquarium commercial.
Is under the influence of some mind-altering drug, Erin suggests:
... At this point, the whole "Dark Side" mythos is so overblown that I can't hear a note of it without being thrown back into some cliche college legend - probably one involving scag weed and "The Wizard of Oz". Sitting in the planetarium, head craned back and neck cramping from the angle, I was acutely aware that if I'd done this years earlier I would have had the good sense to enjoy it in a much more fitting manner. ...
Brian McFadden has a couple of naming suggestions that could go a long way toward bringing back excitement to the museum.
Seven altogether; goes before the Boston Zoning Board of Appeal on July 29 for a variance.
Via John Keith.
From Physics to Pheromones:
An Adult Science Fair
Monday, March 3, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Museum of Science, Boston
La Diabla says good bye to Bradford Washburn, who built the Museum of Science:
... Thank you for creating my all-time favorite place to be in this town. I think I'll spend an afternoon in your Theatre of Electricity, under the electric glow of your Van Der Graff generator this weekend.
Dave Copeland went to the Body Worlds exhibit at the MoS, explains why he wouldn't go again:
... Some of the full figured models -- particularly the ones where hair and fingernails were preserved or where the person's facial features were still readily identifiable -- were disturbing. To me, at least. Again, I'm squeamish.
But the biggest bother to me is the display told nothing about who these people were before they were museum exhibits. Perhaps its the journalist in me who is a bit more interested in people's stories than their spleens. ...
Beth describes her epiphany while at the Museum of Science plasticized-body show.
... if there's one thing I cannot stand, it's when people see something that upsets them and then decide that since it upsets them, it should not be seen by anyone else. They decide that they, and their sensitivities, rule the world--and others should be prevented from having an experience because they found it unpleasant.
These people--the cadavers involved--are serving a purpose after death. They are teaching others about the wonder and beauty and amazing machine that is their body. People volunteering themselves for such study--whether as cadavers or living surgical subjects in the early days of the study of anatomy--are doing a service to the world, and, I think, to themselves. ...