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Attention data nerds and science geeks, you will love this object. This is what is known as an Argo float (I prefer the term sea robot), the picture doesn’t give you a sense of scale but the whole unit is about 6 feet tall.
This inconspicuous lump of rock is actually a piece of lava from Mt. Vesuvius, Italy. It is one of the Museum’s earliest collected objects, having been purchased in 1886 in New York. It was probably no more that a curiosity back then, yet it has been incredibly valuable for us to use in discussing contemporary issues.
Imagine lighting up this little mains-connected gas heater to warm your hair-curling tongs, or pressing your clothes with your iron connected to a gas outlet rather than a power point. And imagine that one of the major constituents of the gas is hydrogen.
The object above is actually part of the Tank Stream sewer, and surprisingly one of the most significant objects in our collection. The Tank Stream started as an actual naturally occurring water source and was one of Governor Philip's formative reasons for choosing the site for the Colony's first settlement in 1788.