Hello Alive! followers. We have a very special segment beginning this month and extending through July in the blog. Sommer Dean, WonderLab Animal Exhibits intern, has been granted the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Wollongong and has offered to blog from down under for us for the next 4 months. In this [...]
This post discusses a few common fears and misconceptions about snakes and how you can think about them in a different way. Included is a first hand account of a person who formerly had a snake phobia and can now feed snakes all on her own.
Reproduction is a sign of good health. Living organisms have a finite amount of resources available to them. These resources are then allocated to either survival and growth or to reproduction. For example, an animal needs food to survive. If they are barely able to obtain enough food to keep itself healthy, it would not [...]
Corals are able to build the magnificent reefs we see today because of a very important, symbiosis with unicellular, photosynthetic dinoflagellates called zooxanthellae (simply put, they are really small algae). Scientists estimate that coral and zooxanthellae have been working together to make reefs for 200-250 million years (Rohwer, Youle, 2010)! Before we get to that, [...]
The health and wellness of honeybees has become a hot topic in today’s global community. Bees are important pollinators of our world’s flora, including some plants whose sole pollinator is the bee. Sadly, bee populations are decreasing and will continue to do so, but why are they dropping? Bee populations are declining for many reasons [...]
Humans around the world see doctors everyday. We go to doctors for many reasons such as to have routine checkups, get medicine when we feel sick, get injuries repaired, or even surgery, but we are not the only ones. Animals that are different from us get hurt and sick too and humans have stepped up [...]
IMAGE I: TAKEN BY SAM COUCH AT WONDERLAB (2017) FEMALE MADAGASCAR HISSING COCKROACH GIVING LIVE BIRTH IN THE HISSER EXHIBIT. For the first time I got to see the birth of dozens of baby cockroaches! Before this awesome sight though, a lot of work goes into creating it. While there is no designated breeding season [...]
WonderLab has more than 65 hands-on science exhibits, both inside the museum and outside in the garden, to capture your imagination and make learning fun! Whatever your age, we encourage you to bring your curiosity to the museum and experiment, build, observe and discover. Our exhibits are both educational and fun, reinforcing concepts and skills set forth by Indiana [...]