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Even bad guys have to eat breakfast! 

On Saturday, Feb 16 the Star Wars® rogues gallery was in full force for our Bad Guy Breakfast members-only event. The Makaze Squad of the 501st Florida Garrison as well as the Mandalorian Mercs were on-site to greet members and participate in photo-ops. Light breakfast was provided and the peace was kept. Guests could also participate in sci-fi science demonstrations and coloring activities.

Check out the photos from the meanest breakfast this side of the galaxy!


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Keeping things simple would be counter-productive in this competition!

The 2013 Kinetic Challenge took place Saturday, Feb. 16 as 40 teams comprised of 5th–8th graders competed for prizes including $500 for Best in Fair!

Participants transformed ordinary and found objects into an artistic kinetic sculpture, also called a Rube Goldberg machine.

Congratulations to our winners!


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Did you know that the problem of corrosion costs the United States billions of dollars each year?

Corrosion is an often overlooked but highly serious issue in today’s world. It can lead to the breakdown of bridges, pipelines, waterways and much more in the blink of an eye. We pay for the impact of corrosion in more than just dollars—human safety can also be at stake. But how do we define corrosion, and what exactly causes it?

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The Orlando Science Center was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s Central Florida 2012 LEED EBOM Project of the Year!

The Science Center was selected for demonstrating a holistic approach toward project design and execution and development of innovative solutions to unique design challenges posed by the Central Florida region.

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Today is Valentine’s Day, a day of conversation hearts, heart-felt cards and carnations. But have you ever stopped to consider the reasons we feel attraction and fall in love?

Although shared interests and compatible personalities may set you and a partner up for a great first date, that coveted “spark” of attraction may be a result of biochemistry. Researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland believe that initial attraction comes down to pheromones.

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Do you believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder? Many of us have the idea that a person’s attractiveness is purely subjective or that human beauty is up for interpretation.

Believe it or not, these ideas are fairly outdated—by 2,400 years! There is actually hard science behind what we perceive as attractive.

Pythagoras was the first to consider the math behind what humans consider “beautiful.” He came up with the idea of Phi, an irrational number from which he derived the Golden Ratio. This ratio, 1:1.618, is believed to be the most aesthetically pleasing to the human eye.

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Ever dream of becoming a super hero? Playing the hero in video games may actually help make that a reality!

Violent video games have long been thought to increase aggression, but it appears that the opposite is true as well. A study done at the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Laboratory shows that having superpowers in a video game can make people more altruistic.

Stanford researchers used a simulation game to test their theory. One at a time, 60 men and women strapped on virtual reality goggles and were whisked away to a virtual cityscape. Their airborne mission: to deliver insulin to a diabetic child. Half of the test subjects completed their mission by flying in a helicopter; the other half controlled their flight by a series of arm motions, like Superman.

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