Category: Science

Bromley’s model of the Antikythera Mechanism

November 1, 2017

In early 1900, a sponge diver diving off the coast of Antikythera – a small Greek island between Crete and the Peloponnese – discovered the remains of an ancient, wrecked cargo ship. Dated to between 200 and 100 BCE, amongst the ship’s surviving contents of bronze and marble sculptures was a curious piece of rock with an embedded gear wheel.

More than Just Digital: Before the Computer

October 25, 2017

Imagine life before smart phones, maybe you remember? What about before computers? Our computer technology looks a lot different today than it did in the past. It’s smaller, lighter, more powerful and a whole lot faster.

3D Printing and the Open Source Movement

September 26, 2017

If you have been to a maker fair or school in the last few years, then you may have seen 3D printers in action. But when did this manufacturing technology first emerge and why was there so much hype? 3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing, where the object is created by laying down successive layers of building material until the desired form is reached.

Nightingales, Sirens, Ventriloquists and Gramophones: This is a Voice

September 6, 2017

Plutarch (b. 46 CE) tells the story of a man who plucks the feathers from a Nightingale and on finding nothing more than a scrawny body not worth eating, exclaims ‘You are a voice and nothing more.’ The power and potency of the voice, in this case, the human voice, is the focus of the exhibition This is a Voice which opened at the Powerhouse Museum on August 10.

Historical Solar Eclipse Images

August 22, 2017

While we wait eagerly to hear whether our colleagues from Sydney Observatory managed to catch a glimpse of yesterday’s total solar eclipse in the US – and quietly seethe with jealousy that we couldn’t be there ourselves (or is that just me?) – it seemed like the perfect opportunity to dig these amazing photographs out of our collection.

National Science Week: A day in the life of a science curator

August 18, 2017

Happy National Science Week and Sydney Science Festival everyone! This week my science colleagues have taken over the blog to give you a bit more of an understanding about who we are and what we do.  When people find out that I’m a science curator their next question is usually “so, what do you actually do?”.

National Science Week: Scientific Icons

August 17, 2017

It’s National Science Week! Tune in each day to meet MAAS’ science curators, discover objects from our wonderful science collection and find out what a science curator actually does in a day. Australia is no stranger to great inventions: from WiFi to Ultrasound scanners, solar cell technology to pacemakers, Australian scientists have been responsible for countless scientific advances that have changed the world for the better.

National Science Week: Heads and Hearts – won over with 3D printing

August 16, 2017

It’s National Science Week! Tune in each day to meet MAAS’ science curators, discover objects from our wonderful science collection and find out what a science curator actually does in a day. In 2016, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences presented the exhibition Out of Hand: materialising the digital.

National Science Week: Sustainability Science

August 15, 2017

It’s National Science Week! Tune in each day to meet MAAS’ science curators, discover objects from our wonderful science collection and find out what a science curator actually does in a day. This year’s Science Week school's theme, Future Earth, focuses on sustainability science.

National Science Week: Meet the Curators

August 14, 2017

It’s National Science Week! Tune in each day to meet MAAS’ science curators, discover objects from our wonderful science collection and find out what a science curator actually does in a day. To start off National Science week we interview the Science Curators of MAAS and find out what they love about working in a Museum.

The Astrographic Catalogue

August 2, 2017

In 1887 observatories worldwide embarked on an ambitious project to photograph the entire sky, cataloguing the positions of millions of stars to produce a document known as the Astrographic Catalogue.