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Sex and Museums: uncovering a tool of delight

September 15, 2014

Damian McDonald
As part of the Ultimo Science Festival 2014, the Powerhouse Museum hosted a night of the Science of Sex. Along with talks form Dr Karl Kruszelnicki from University of Sydney, evolutionary biologist Professor Rob Brooks, and marine biologist Professor Emma Johnston from UNSW, Museum curators brought out a selection of sex related objects from the collection.

‘Playing with Light’, weird drawings and an anamorphic mirror

September 11, 2013

Debbie Rudder
  The excellent 'Playing with Light' exhibition opens at the Powerhouse Museum on 14 September to coincide with Ultimo Science Festival. Developed by Scitech in Perth, the exhibition invites curious visitors of all ages to interact with prisms, lenses, mirrors and colour.

The first pedal bicycle

August 17, 2012

Debbie Rudder
This early pedal bicycle is a good example of a velocipede or boneshaker. It is on display in the Powerhouse Museum during August 2012 as part of a small exhibition titled 'Bicycle: simple idea, complex evolution' that I curated for the Ultimo Science Festival.

Double Darwin: 3D scanning and rapid prototyping robot

August 26, 2010

Erika Taylor
As a Museum of Science and Design we celebrate human ingenuity and are interested in providing people with the opportunity to explore exciting and emerging technologies. As part of the Ultimo Science Festival, we brought together 3D laser scanning, Robotics and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) for our Face to Face installation.

Science Underground – Angelo Tornaghi: instrument maker and entrepreneur

August 23, 2010

Geoff Barker
Angelo Tornaghi arrived in Sydney in 1855 and for the next fifty years played a highly visible role in Sydney's scientific community. By May 1864, he was running a highly respected business importing and making scientific instruments from his shop at 312 George Street.

Ultimo Science Festival

August 16, 2010

Erika Taylor
Today marks the start of Ultimo Science Festival! For the next two weeks we are going to be bringing some great science stories on the blog. So stay tuned in as our science, technology and industry curators bring you stories about our collection, the Museum, and what happens behind the scenes.