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A new scientific wonder
Art meets science at London's Wonderlab
The Science Museum in London opened Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery in October, and kids big and small will love it. It was designed by the UK-based Muf Architecture/Art and combines science with craft and design. There are 50 exhibits across seven zones that focus on incredible phenomena that happens around us every day. The best include a chemistry lab where kids can play mad scientist and order live experiments; three big colourful slides — one in artificial grass, another in fibre glass, the last in timber like the lanes of a bowling alley — for learning about friction; a giant rotating model of the solar system that visitors can ride to find out more about the seasons. There are free, 20-minute shows in the timber-and-red-quilted auditorium: Live Wire! (about circuits and how your home is powered); Flash! Bang! Wallop! (the chemistry of explosions); The Rocket Show (about how Newton’s Laws of Motion get rockets into space and back again). Admission to the Science Museum is free; a day pass to Wonderlab is £8 ($13) for adults, £6 ($10) for kids four to 16. sciencemuseum.org.uk.
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