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On Saturday, March 16, Orlando Science Center, the U.S. Department of Defense and other partners unveiled “Corrosion: The Silent Menace” during a VIP ceremony. In attendance were special guests LeVar Burton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Reading Rainbow”) and Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL).

Presented by the U.S. Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, this exhibit examines the natural phenomena that lead to corrosion and material degradation and intends to inspire the next generation of infrastructure preservationists.

The exhibit will be on display at Orlando Science Center through spring 2014.




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If you've been following our weekly installments about “Corrosion: The Silent Menace,” you already know that corrosion is a serious issue in the U.S. America’s infrastructure gets a report card every year, and its current grade is a D!

This problem is met with dire consequences. The corrosion that is attacking America’s infrastructure is causing more than 25 percent of our bridges to fail. 800,000 corroded water pipes are ready to burst, and these rusty pipes are leaking seven billion gallons of drinking water every day! Sadly, these issues aren't even the half of it.

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Have you ever wondered what your brain looks like when you think? Science just got one step closer to solving the mystery!

Scientists at Japan's National Institute of Genetics announced last month that they have succeeded in catching the thought of a young zebrafish on camera!

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As citizens living in a constantly expanding universe, it is very important to understand not only how it works, but also, how it originated. Today, scientists around the world are examining particles that are evidence of the main matter from which everything we know around us emerged and obtained a certain mass.

Last summer, scientists announced the finding of a particle that could very well be a Higgs boson particle (or God Particle). This particle was found in the world’s largest high-energy particle accelerator called Large Hadron Collider (LHC) located near Switzerland.

Further studies indicate that this particle is, in fact, a Higgs boson particle. The Higgs boson is an elementary particle of nature discovered by the European Organization of Nuclear Research (CERN) which explains the presence of mass and symmetry in the fundamental particles of the universe.

Scientists will continue to study the particle to finitely determine that the Higgs Field exists, which will allow science to explain how universe really works.

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“An essential element in developing improved corrosion control and management practices throughout the national infrastructure is better education of the nation's engineers.” - Committee of Assessing Corrosion Education of the National Research Council (2009).

The corrosion crisis in America is growing faster than we can fix it. Corrosion endangers our nation’s safety and economy, causing broken infrastructure, oil leaks and even one-half of power outages. More than one-fourth of the bridges in the country are structurally deficient due to corrosion.

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As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is certainly true when it comes to corrosion prevention.

The correct approach to keeping corrosion at bay helps save both money and lives. Although many corrosion prevention techniques are costly, they more than pay for themselves by increasing the safety of our infrastructure and lowering maintenance costs.

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Members tapped into their inner-artists and painted springtime patterns at March's Member Monday. Paint, chalk, crayons and colored pencils were used to create the masterpiece mural on display in KidsTown.

Next month join us for an hour of storytime when storyteller, Madeline Potts, takes you away on an adventure through the magical world of springtime! You will become part of the storyline, while making friends and learning about the season.

We hope to see you on Monday, April 8 from 9 a.m.–10 a.m.




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