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Did you know that Benjamin Franklin has his own crater on the moon? It’s located between the Mare Crisium (Sea of Storms) and the Mare Tranquillitas (Sea of Tranquility) northwest of the Apollo 17 landing site. Check it out here: [ Bit.ly Link ] #FranklinFriday

IMAGE: Franklin Crater | NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Happy Birthday to renowned and influential computer programmer Grace Hopper, who was born on this day in 1906. Grace Hopper is often credited for coining the term "bug" with respect to computing after finding a moth in Harvard's Mark II calculator. Learn More: [ Bit.ly Link ]

IMAGE: James S. Davis | Commodore Grace M. Hopper, USN | 1984 | United States Navy
In an incredible discovery, paleontologists have unearthed a dinosaur's 99-million-year-old tail preserved in amber (The genetic material did not survive). [ Bit.ly Link ]

Dinosaur tail encrusted in amber: A snapshot of feather evolution?

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12/08/2016 at 21:43. Facebook
We are deeply saddened to learn that NASA astronaut John Herschel Glenn, Jr. has passed away at the age of 95. John Glenn was the last living member of the Mercury Seven group of astronauts who catapulted the United States into the space age in the early 1960s.

The Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer, Derrick Pitts, reflects, “As Space Station astronauts almost effortlessly orbit Earth for...
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12/08/2016 at 16:56. Facebook
If you are going to be late to the party, be sure to bring a dinosaur.

We hope you enjoy our highly scientific Franklin Institute take on the #MannequinChallenge. [ Bit.ly Link ]
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12/08/2016 at 14:00. Facebook
Congratulations and our thanks to December’s Volunteers of the Month, Molly Lawrence and Nancy Ronning.

Molly and Nancy have been champions for The Franklin Institute through their volunteer leadership on the Benefactor Society Board and service on the Friends Committee for The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner. Through these roles, Molly and Nancy have dedicated countless hours...
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12/07/2016 at 20:42. Facebook
Since Marguerite Perey discovered the highly-radioactive element Francium in 1939, all further elements have been produced synthetically as opposed to being found in nature. Learn More: [ Rsc.li Link ]

About Francium

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12/07/2016 at 14:00. Facebook
The Franklin Institute has been inspiring Philadelphia and the world to learn more about science and technology for more than a 192 years. Help us to further our mission this season through a gift to The Franklin Fund. [ Bit.ly Link ]

Gift of any amount before the end of the year will be matched dollar-for-dollar in the Franklin Fund Matching Challenge. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

The Franklin Institute Matching Challenge - Changing Earth

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12/06/2016 at 19:33. Facebook
The first periodic table listed 33 elements and since then grown to 118 elements with the addition of Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine and Oganesson, the four newest elements, whose names were just announced. Learn more: [ Nyti.ms Link ]

Four New Names Officially Added to the Periodic Table of Elements

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12/06/2016 at 14:00. Facebook
On this day in 1947, the Everglades National Park in Florida was established. The Everglades are the largest wetland ecosystem in North America and supply a third of Floridians water. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

In celebration of the centennial of the National Park Service, we are featuring many of the amazing properties of the system throughout 2016. You can learn more about the National...
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12/05/2016 at 20:00. Facebook
In the 1970s, The Franklin Institute acquired a Boeing 707 jet from British Airways. Getting the plane to the museum proved to be a challenge but also resulted in this amazing picture taken in front of Philadelphia’s City Hall. Do any of you remember seeing the plane pass through town? [ Bit.ly Link ]

IMAGE: British Airways Boeing 707 Airplane at Philadelphia City Hall | American | 1970s |...
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12/05/2016 at 14:00. Facebook
With increasing numbers of planets beyond our solar system, also known as exoplanets, being discovered on a regular basis, scientists are working to figure out how to name these far-away celestial bodies. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

No one really knows how to name exoplanets

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The Franklin Institute
12/04/2016 at 21:05. Facebook
Tickets to see “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” in our Tuttleman IMAX® Theater are available now including tickets for the film’s premiere at 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 15, 2016. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story | The Franklin Institute

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12/04/2016 at 14:00. Facebook
Members in The Franklin Institute receive free admission to the Giant Heart and our massive Baldwin 60000 locomotive for an entire year in addition to exclusive discounts to our special exhibitions including Jurassic World: The Exhibition. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Explore Membership | The Franklin Institute Science Museum

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12/03/2016 at 20:31. Facebook
Did you know that some of the most important astronomical discoveries of the late 19th and early 20th centuries were made by a team of female scientists? Learn more: [ Theatln.tc Link ]

The Women 'Computers' Who Revolutionized Astronomy

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12/03/2016 at 14:00. Facebook
Jurassic World: The Exhibition has been open at The Franklin Institute for just over a week and it’s already breaking records. [ Bit.ly Link ]

Join us for this must-see exhibition, open now through April 23, 2017. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Jurassic World has blockbuster opening weekend at The Franklin Institute

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Humans have been farming for about 12,000 years, but some insects have been involved in agriculture for millions of years. Learn more: [ N.pr Link ]

Who Invented Agriculture First? It Sure Wasn't Humans

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The iconic statue of Benjamin Franklin, which makes up the core of the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial housed within The Franklin Institute, was sculpted by American Artist James Earle Fraser and installed in the museum’s rotunda in 1938. The colossal marble sculpture weighs about 30 tons. [ Bit.ly Link ] #FranklinFriday

IMAGE: James Earle Fraser (American, 1878-1953) | Benjamin Franklin...
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Our friends in Robot Revolution are excited to welcome you to The Institute this holiday season. [ Bit.ly Link ]

This amazing exhibition is free for members through December 31, 2016. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Telescopes like our 10” Zeiss Telescope are known as refractor telescopes. Refractors are the earliest form of optical telescope having first appeared in the early 1600s. [ Bit.ly Link ]

Join us for a night of stargazing at the final event in our Night Skies in the Observatory series for 2016 on December 7. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]