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Science

Nightingales, Sirens, Ventriloquists and Gramophones: This is a Voice

September 6, 2017

Katie Dyer
Plutarch (b. 46 CE) tells the story of a man who plucks the feathers from a Nightingale and on finding nothing more than a scrawny body not worth eating, exclaims ‘You are a voice and nothing more.’ The power and potency of the voice, in this case, the human voice, is the focus of the exhibition This is a Voice which opened at the Powerhouse Museum on August 10.

Historical Solar Eclipse Images

August 22, 2017

Sarah Reeves
While we wait eagerly to hear whether our colleagues from Sydney Observatory managed to catch a glimpse of yesterday’s total solar eclipse in the US – and quietly seethe with jealousy that we couldn’t be there ourselves (or is that just me?) – it seemed like the perfect opportunity to dig these amazing photographs out of our collection.

National Science Week: Scientific Icons

August 17, 2017

Sarah Reeves
It’s National Science Week! Tune in each day to meet MAAS’ science curators, discover objects from our wonderful science collection and find out what a science curator actually does in a day. Australia is no stranger to great inventions: from WiFi to Ultrasound scanners, solar cell technology to pacemakers, Australian scientists have been responsible for countless scientific advances that have changed the world for the better.

Heads and Hearts – won over with 3D printing

August 16, 2017

Damian McDonald
The objects discussed in this post are currently on display in the exhibition Design for Life, 26 September 2020–31 January 2021. In 2016, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences presented the exhibition Out of Hand: materialising the digital.

National Science Week: Sustainability Science

August 15, 2017

Nina Earl
It’s National Science Week! Tune in each day to meet MAAS’ science curators, discover objects from our wonderful science collection and find out what a science curator actually does in a day. This year’s Science Week school's theme, Future Earth, focuses on sustainability science.

National Science Week: Meet the Curators

August 14, 2017

Sarah Reeves
It’s National Science Week! Tune in each day to meet MAAS’ science curators, discover objects from our wonderful science collection and find out what a science curator actually does in a day. To start off National Science week we interview the Science Curators of MAAS and find out what they love about working in a Museum.

The Astrographic Catalogue

August 2, 2017

Sarah Reeves
In 1887 observatories worldwide embarked on an ambitious project to photograph the entire sky, cataloguing the positions of millions of stars to produce a document known as the Astrographic Catalogue.

A Perfect Silicon Sphere

July 12, 2017

Sarah Reeves
Since 1889 the kilogram has been defined by a small metal cylinder stored in a vault in France. But now, with the help of a perfect silicon sphere recently acquired by the Museum, that’s all about to change.

Microgravity – A small exhibition

July 5, 2017

Andrew Jacob
In late 2016 the exhibition Gravity (and Wonder) explored the human fascination with gravity, space and time through scientific investigations and artistic explorations. In a partnership between Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences curators Dr Lee-Anne Hall and Katie Dyer developed a three month program of events & workshops to support the exhibition.

World AIDS Day 2016

November 28, 2016

Damian McDonald
HIV is still here - and it's on the move For folk who lived through the 1980s, AIDS was an omnipresent gargoyle. The disease was part of the contemporary culture. It had insinuated itself into current affairs stories and commercials, into youth culture, gay culture, tea-room discussions, into jokes, bullying; and into people’s bodies.

Printing fashion in 3D: the inBloom Dress

November 1, 2016

Kylie Budge
Why would a museum collect 3D printed objects? To answer this question it’s important to think about why museums collect anything at all. Museum collections, on the whole, show a deep, human preoccupation with material culture - the things that surround us.