A look into the DNA of our feline friends suggests that cats may have been more active agents in their domestication. [ Bit.ly Link ]
A look into the DNA of our feline friends suggests that cats

Cats Domesticated Themselves, Ancient DNA Shows

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Charon, Pluto’s largest known satellite, was discovered on this day in 1978 by James W. Christy. Christy suggested the name “Charon” as a more scientific sounding version of his wife’s nickname, Char. Coincidentally, Charon is the name of a Greek mythological figure, the ferryman of the dead. In Greek mythology, Charon is closely associated with Hades, whom the Romans call “Pluto.” [...
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Charon Plutos largest known satellite was discovered on this day in 1978
In September 1933, as The Franklin Institute’s present home was under construction, we were given a loan of an experimental steam engine build at the nearby Baldwin Locomotive Works. It took a team of individuals five days to move the massive train through the city of Philadelphia and into our museum, where the 350-ton Baldwin 60,000 remains to this day. The largest object in our collection,...
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Benjamin Franklin’s Glass Armonica is one of his most famous inventions. It is a musical instrument that is based upon a European tradition of making musical tones by rubbing one’s fingers on the edges of wine glasses with various volumes of water that existed as far back as the Renaissance Period. [ Bit.ly Link ] #MusicMW #MuseumWeek

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Benjamin Franklins Glass Armonica is one of his most famous inventions It
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Do you have questions related to the science of the Solar Eclipse occurring two months from today (August 21, 2017) across the United States? We are just about to hear from the scientists from NASA and other agencies who are studying this event and we would love to ask them your questions!

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Do you have questions related to the Solar Eclipse occurring two months from today across the United States? We are just about to hear from experts from NASA, NOAA, the National Park Service and others and would love to ask them your questions!

For more on the eclipse, check out our online portal: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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One of the largest and most unique items in The Franklin Institute’s collection is a large German Flute Clock or Flötenuhr. This object produces a musical tune using a bellows system and a set of one hundred flutes that are activated by a music roll. This recently-restored object is rarely played due to its delicate nature. [ Bit.ly Link ] #MusicMW #MuseumWeek

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Today marks the Summer Solstice, which took place overnight at 12:24 am. The summer solstice occurs when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the north or south pole. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Today marks the Summer Solstice which took place overnight at 1224 am

The summer solstice is upon us: 7 things to know about the longest day of the year

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06/20/2017 at 18:59. Facebook
“The general perception is that learning is only important for humans, but the truth is that it is crucial for many nonhuman animals.” [ Nyti.ms Link ]
The general perception is that learning is only important for humans but

As Female Elk Age, They Learn to Evade Hunters

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Philo Farnsworth, who is best known as the father of electronic television, came to The Franklin Institute in August 1934, where he demonstrated his all-electronic television system to the public for the first time. One of his demonstrations was the first-ever live television broadcast of a football game. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ] #SportsMW #MuseumWeek

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Philo Farnsworth who is best known as the father of electronic television
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Looking at the science behind sports, SportsZone, on our museum’s third floor, is our newest permanent exhibition, having opened in 2015. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ] #SportsMW #MuseumWeek
Looking at the science behind sports SportsZone on our museums third floor
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Scientists using the Kepler space telescope have announced the discovery of 219 new exoplanets including ten that could harbor life. [ Trib.in Link ]
Scientists using the Kepler space telescope have announced the discovery of 219

NASA telescope finds 10 more planets that could have life

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06/19/2017 at 20:43. Facebook
New research suggests that textile workers may have and benefit from superior eyesight. [ N.pr Link ]
New research suggests that textile workers may have and benefit from superior eyesight

Research Finds Dressmakers Have Good Eyes, And Not Just For Style

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This Wednesday, June 21, 2017, marks two months until the Solar Eclipse that will traverse the North American continent on August 21, 2017. [ Bit.ly Link ]

On Wednesday, we will be in Washington, D.C. learning more about the eclipse from NASA’s scientists. Be sure to follow us on Instagram ([ Bit.ly Link ] and Twitter ([ Bit.ly Link ] for updates. [ Bit.ly Link ]
This Wednesday June 21 2017 marks two months until the Solar Eclipse

2017 North American Solar Eclipse

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Astronaut Ice Cream is one of the most popular items in our gift shop where we sell more than 30,000 packages each year. This makes up roughly 7% of annual sales in the SciStore. While the sweet treat is a delightful memento of a visit to our museum, it has never traveled to space due to the crumbly nature of the product. [ Bit.ly Link ] #FoodMW #MuseumWeek
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06/18/2017 at 21:47. Facebook
Hosted by Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts, Night Skies in the Observatory is a monthly stargazing event held in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory. View celestial objects in the night sky, including stars, planets, nebulae, and if conditions are right, a galaxy or two, from 5 different rooftop telescopes in the Observatory. The evening includes shows in the Fels Planetarium and a...
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A trove of photographs of the sky from the early 20th Century were recently found in a basement at the University of Copenhagen. [ Bit.ly Link ]
A trove of photographs of the sky from the early 20th Century

Rediscovered Glass Plate Photographs Show the Skies 120 Years Ago

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Today marks the 34th anniversary of Sally Ride’s mission aboard the Space Shuttle, making her the first American woman in space. As a member of the crew of the Challenger, Dr. Ride helped deploy communication satellites by operating the shuttle’s robotic arm and inspired a generation to reach for the stars. Learn more: [ Go.nasa.gov Link ]

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Happy Father’s Day from The Franklin Institute. [ Bit.ly Link ]

IMAGE: Charles Darwin and his Eldest Son | 1842 | Cambridge University Library, England
Happy Father’s Day from The Franklin Institute
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06/17/2017 at 18:31. Facebook
Ancient meteorites have recently shown that Jupiter is the oldest planet in the Solar System. Learn more: [ Wapo.st Link ]
Ancient meteorites have recently shown that Jupiter is the oldest planet in

Jupiter is oldest planet in solar system, ancient meteorites show

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