The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently released a report stating that Europe’s crickets and grasshoppers might be pushed to extinction. Learn more: [ Link ]

Sound of crickets 'could become a thing of the past' - BBC News
On this day in 1930, Pluto was discovered by American Astronomer Clyde Tombaugh. While comparing two sets of photographic plates taken days apart, Tombaugh noticed a shift in position of an object in space, which would become the only planet discovered in the 20th Century as well as the only planet discovered by an American before being demoted to dwarf planet status in 2006. Learn more: [...
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“It's common for Men to give 6 pretended Reasons instead of one real one.” -Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1745. [ Link ] #FranklinFriday

IMAGE: Joseph-Siffrède Duplessis (French, 1725-1802) | [Benjamin Franklin, head and shoulders portrait, facing right] | 1779 | The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
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Spend your holiday weekend with The Franklin Institute. Our special exhibitions, Jurassic World: The Exhibition and Robot Revolution, will be open late with special extended holiday evening hours for Jurassic World: The Exhibition on Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19 with more fun science available during regular hours across the museum. The Franklin Institute will be open on...
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02/17/2017 at 14:00. Facebook
A fossil from South China may provide some of the earliest evidence of a live birth from the group of animals that includes dinosaurs, crocodiles, and birds. Examination of the fossil, a 245 million-year-old marine reptile called Dinocephalosaurus, shows it was carrying an embryo. Learn more: [ Link ]

First live birth evidence in dinosaur relative - BBC News
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02/16/2017 at 19:59. Facebook
Congratulations and our thanks to February’s Volunteer of the Month, Regina Maizel.

Reggie has given over 20 years and 4200 hours of service to The Franklin Institute, beginning her volunteer work in the Theaters and Museum Programs departments. Reggie volunteered with our Guest Services team from 2004 through early January of this year and is now working alongside our curatorial team with...
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02/15/2017 at 20:39. Facebook
Join us on March 9, 2017 for a special event in The Franklin Institute Speaker Series with acclaimed geneticist Jennifer Doudna. [ Link ]

Doudna co-invented a revolutionary new technology for editing genes called CRISPR-Cas9. This tool allows scientists to make precise edits to DNA strands in a short amount of time, which could lead to transformative treatments for genetic diseases....
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Speaker Series: A Conversation with Jennifer Doudna [SOLD OUT]

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Happy Birthday to Italian Astronomer Galileo Galilei, who was born on this day in 1564.

Galileo is one of the most important figures in the history of science and an early innovator of the telescope, a device which helped him to discover four of Jupiter’s moons, known today as the Galilean Moons. Learn more: [ Link ]

IMAGE: Thornton Oakley (American, 1881-1953) | Galileo Galilei...
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You never know where you’ll find a spark. Learn about the forces that bring us together at The Franklin Institute. [ Link ]
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Happy birthday to Architect John Torrey Windrim, who was born on this day in 1866. Windrim, a prominent architect in Philadelphia was the principal designer of our current building, which opened on January 1, 1934. The Franklin Institute was one of Windrim’s last projects, he died in June 1934 at 68 years of age. Learn more: [ Link ]

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Happy Valentines Day from the Franklin Institute.

Each year, about 40 couples tie the knot in our Museum, and, on this Giant Heart-iest of holidays, we thought we would share some of our favorite pictures from a few of the beautiful ceremonies and receptions that we have hosted. [ Link ]
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02/13/2017 at 20:12. Facebook
Benjamin Banneker, who lived from 1731 to 1806, was one of the most important American scientists of the 18th century. Among his many accomplishments were building the first clock on American soil and surveying the original borders of the District of Columbia. Learn more: [ Link ] #BlackHistoryMonth

IMAGE: Charles Alston (American, 1907-1977) | Benjamin Banneker, Astronomer - City...
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Need the perfect Valentine’s Day cards for your friends, co-workers or classmates? Print our very own Nerdy Valentines and give them to all of your loved ones. [ Link ]

Happy Nerdy Valentine's Day
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Looking for a great last-minute Valentine’s Day gift? Give a year’s worth of visits to our Giant Heart with membership in The Franklin Institute. Learn more: [ Link ]

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Happy Birthday to naturalist Charles Darwin, who was born on this day in 1809. Darwin is best remembered for his research on evolution by means of natural selection, which has become the foundation to our understanding of life on Earth. Learn more: [ Link ]

IMAGE: Henry Maul (British, 1829-1914) and George Henry Polyblank (British) | Photograph of Charles Darwin | 1855
Scientists studying the endangered and elusive Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) are looking into the species’ diet in a creative way. Learn more: [ Link ]

How Do You Save Snow Leopards? First, Gather Their Droppings
American inventor and The Franklin Institute Awards Laureate Thomas Edison was born on this day in 1847. While he is best known for his innovations in electric lighting, Edison held more than 1,000 patents for devices ranging from movie projectors to electric cars. Learn more: [ Link ]

IMAGE: Thomas A. Edison (American, 1847-1931) | Edison Phonograph Cylinders | ca. 1900 | The Franklin...
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“Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power.” -Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1738. [ Link ] #FranklinFriday

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Meet The Franklin Institute’s favorite Linne’s two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus) as Bean from the Lehigh Valley Zoo returns for our 21+ Science After Hours: Mardi Gras on February 28. Learn more: [ Link ]

Instagram photo by The Franklin Institute • Jan 28, 2017 at 7:02pm UTC
The Philadelphia Inquirer came to us to learn about the chemistry of slime and how you can make some for yourself. We were more than happy to be of service. [ Link ]

Slime is back! The gross, sticky, goopy mess is a hit again with kids