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The rose hair tarantula is covered with “urticating hairs,” also called barbed bristles due to their lack of a follicle. These bristles can be kicked off the abdomen by using one if its rear legs and can cause a bunch of the tiny hairs to go flying toward a predator. When on the skin they can cause irritation, discomfort and pain and can become embedded in the skin or eyes with the barb.
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NOTICE
Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition is SOLD OUT TODAY, July 25.

Tip:
If you are visiting, we highly recommend purchasing your exhibit/IMAX/Endeavour tickets online so that you have guaranteed entry into those experiences.

http://californiasciencecenter.org/
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NOTICE
Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition is SOLD OUT Saturday, July 25.

Tip:
If you are visiting, we highly recommend purchasing your exhibit/IMAX/Endeavour tickets online so that you have guaranteed entry into those experiences.

http://californiasciencecenter.org/
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Were you at the Science Center on June 27? Then you might have witnessed a Guinness World Record being broken!

Over 300 Albert Einstein lookalikes converged in Los Angeles to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as the world-famous physicist - and they did it.
Full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3168773/Albert-Einstein-Guinness-World-Record-largest-gathering-people-set.html
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In honor of our animal care staff this week for National Zookeeper Week, we thought you might like to test your knowledge of animals against theirs! Our Keepers and Aquarists are smart cookies… see how well you do against them!

Quiz link: http://www.quizbean.com/#/national-zookeeper-week-quiz-1/qbnDXqfV

What's your score??
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Check out our giant sea bass...in slow-mo!

This gentle giant is the largest and most magnificent species of fish in the kelp forest. They are capable of growing to lengths of over 7 feet and weighing 750 pounds! Adults are dark brown to black with large dark spots and a light belly. It is believed that they have the ability to alter their spot pattern at will. As carnivores, they eat many things including Pacific mackerel, shrimp, small sharks, crabs, lobster, anchovies, and squid.

Prior to the 1950’s, this species of bony fish was very common to the near shore waters of Southern California. Due to over-fishing, their population was reduced to critically low levels. In 1982, both commercial and sport fishing of Giant Black Sea Bass was banned in California waters. Since then, the populations have been steadily recovering and encounters by divers are becoming more common.

Our Living Collections Husbandry team target feeds many of the larger fish in our Kelp Forest Exhibit, including our giant sea bass, to track their nutrition and health. Check them out during our dive presentations, scheduled daily at 11:00am and 2:30pm! Happy National Zookeeper Week!
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TRAFFIC NOTICE:
Heavy traffic in and around Expo Park today due to the Special Olympics opening ceremony which begins at 5PM. 
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Go Green – take transit and improve our environment

The Science Center is off the @metroexpoline Expo Park/USC stop. Here's a handy walking map to guide you from the station to the Science Center. Plan your trip using these websites:
http://www.metro.net
http://www.metrolinktrains.com
http://www.amtrak.com
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Stunning Nightside Image Reveals Pluto’s Hazy Skies

Pluto sends a breathtaking farewell to New Horizons. Backlit by the sun, Pluto’s atmosphere rings its silhouette like a luminous halo in this image taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft around midnight EDT on July 15. This global portrait of the atmosphere was captured when the spacecraft was about 1.25 million miles (2 million kilometers) from Pluto and shows structures as small as 12 miles across. The image, delivered to Earth on July 23, is displayed with north at the top of the frame.
Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/stunning-nightside-image-reveals-pluto-s-hazy-skies
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This is one of our animal husbandry volunteers handling our prehensile-tailed skink (Corucia zebrata), a type of arboreal (tree-dwelling) lizard. Our skink is part of a Species Survival Program (SSP) with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. SSPs manage certain species within accredited zoos and aquariums, including those that may be in danger of extinction such as the California condor and giant panda. The prehensile-tailed skink has been put at risk due to its popularity in the pet trade and deforestation of its natural habitat in the Solomon Islands. Through research, field projects, and education, the Species Survival Program and other programs like it encourage and engage conservation efforts for this species and many others.
Ellen Dickinson, Records and Husbandry Coordinator
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Here at the California Science Center, our Living Collections staff all work hard to give our animals the best care, and for National Zookeeper Week we would like to specifically recognize the dedication of our Terrestrial and Aquatic Husbandry staff! :)

"The American Association of Zookeepers is excited to announce National Zoo Keeper Week”, said Shane Good, President of the American Association of Zookeepers, Inc. “This celebration is in recognition of zookeepers, aquarists and the animal care professionals in our nation’s zoological parks and aquariums. Zookeepers serve as animal care experts, frontline educators and conservationists.”
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The Camera Behind the New Pluto Photos - How to build a camera that travels billions of miles from Earth

“We were cruising for nine and a half years,” Hardaway told me. “So our system would have to handle the space environment, specifically radiation and thermal fluctuation, for nine and a half years.”
“Going out that far, there are some fluctuations,” Hardaway says. “It can get quite cold, and materials will shrink as they get colder. But different materials shrink at different rates.” The answer, then, was to build almost the entire camera out of just one type of material. “We actually built the mirrors and the chassis out of aluminum so that as they shrink, they would shrink together, to maintain the same focal length. We could do a reasonable test on Earth and still expect the same quality image,” she says.

Even the camera’s mirrors were made out of aluminum. (To turn dull aluminum into mirrors, Ball sharpened it with diamonds.) The lens was one of the few pieces of the camera that could be safely made out of glass.

Full article: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/07/the-camera-behind-the-new-horizons-pluto-photos-ralph/398549/
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Do you? Or is it what you've been taught? Why as intelligent as you are do you hide behind a university's name? Would you like me to tell you? Truth is ummmm almost. Wait if I ran a pipe 1000miles level and filled it with water would it be flush on top or would water pour out either end? Now remember friend it's only six inches deep,The whole way!!!:) or would you prefer sixty feet off the ground. We could use our technology to assure accuracy. I could eye ball it. However this Kantor about me lying. Oh I suppose your well educated attendees believe you. Make sure you teach about gravity too!!!!! amazing right it can hold a number immeasurable by weight to its surface,yet let a mosquito lift off its surface. Keep your eyes closed your not gonna Like whats next. Oh shit. Deisel fuel can't cut through metal and water doesn't lie. It lays level :) I know do you? Shrinkage 
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Introduction

The California Science Center offers hands-on experiences that appeal to people of all ages! You'll learn about human inventions and innovations, the life processes of living things and more.

Space Shuttle Endeavour is on display in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion. Discover the science and technology behind one of the most advanced transportation systems ever created. Reserve your timed tickets www.californiasciencecenter.org

From digital imaging to solar cars and earthquake-resistant buildings, Creative World showcases advances humans make to fill the needs for communication, structures and transportation. In World of Life, discover how living creatures—from the single-celled amoeba all the way up to 100-trillion-celled human being—have the same life processes in common.

Come visit Ecosystems, our newest permanent exhibit that houses nearly 400 plant and animal species. From walking through a living kelp forest to experimenting on a polar ice wall, you can investigate some of the Earth's most fascinating ecosystems.