ST. LOUIS – St. Louis and its award-winning Saint Louis Science Center have won a national competition to host SciFest 08: International Science Festival/St. Louis. Festival organizers selected St. Louis from a list of cities that included New York City, Boston and San Francisco. Local experts predict the festival will bring an estimated 90,000 visitors to the city and $4.7 million in tourism revenue in its first three years. Read the rest of this entry »



What’s larger than an atom but smaller than bacteria?…The world of nanotechnology, and it’s part of our everyday life…from flooring materials to your last visit to your dentist, nanotechnology is entering many areas of our life.  Today’s stain resistant clothing, sunscreen lotions, computers, bicycles, and even our daily vitamins are affected by nanotechnology.

The Saint Louis Science Center is one of more than 100 science centers around the country celebrating this phenomenon in a small way this week with NanoDays.


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Taiwan Winds Soar in St. Louis

The Saint Louis Science Center and the Greater St. Louis Chapter of the Taiwanese Association of America (TAA-STL) present Taiwan Winds Soar in St. Louis, an outdoor, heritage festival on Saturday, May 3.

The highlight of the day, which celebrates Taiwanese American Heritage Week, comes when internationally recognized kite-maker Buteo Huang flies, for the first time, his new masterpiece, a prehistoric pterosaur kite with a wingspan of more than 20 feet that will be placed on permanent display at the Science Center. Read the rest of this entry »

NASA Deputy Administrator Visits St. Louis for Future Forum

ST. LOUIS – On Tuesday, March 25, NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale will present the keynote address to launch a daylong event at the Saint Louis Science Center celebrating the space agency’s 50th birthday. NASA’s St. Louis Future Forum focuses on how space exploration benefits Missouri’s economy and is part of a yearlong series. Media are invited to attend the day’s events, as well as a media-only question and answer session at 10:30 a.m.

Astronaut Carl Walz, director of the Advanced Capabilities Division in NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, will provide an overview of the agency’s plans to return to the moon and explore beyond. Retired astronaut Tom Jones also will participate in the forum. Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder will deliver the luncheon address. Read the rest of this entry »

BODY WORLDS 3 Sprints to the Finish Line with 63-Hour Marathon

Saint Louis Science Center Open Around the Clock for FInal Three Days of ExhibitionWhat:
Due to overwhelming visitor demand, the Saint Louis Science Center is keeping the BODY WORLDS 3 exhibition open for 63 continuous hours starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 29, and concluding at midnight Sunday, March 2 (technically Monday morning). Read the rest of this entry »

Danforth Center Projected to Exceed 2008 Grants and Contracts Forecast by $1.3 Million

Center Is Also a Leader in Keeping Overhead Costs Low

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 9 (Science Center News) — While the New Year is only nine days old, 2008 is shaping up to be a successful year for the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, as the grant and contract funding for support of Center scientists is projected to exceed forecasted goals by 15 percent or $1.3 million. The Center receives grants and contracts from federal and state research agencies, private sector companies, and foundations and individuals.

“The fact that we are projected to exceed the 2008 grant and contract goals established in 2004 by a substantial percentage is a clear indication that granting agencies like the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, and others are confident of the capabilities and high-quality research of the Danforth Center,” said Danforth Center President Dr. Roger N. Beachy. “When the grant and contract goals were established with the Board of Trustees in 2004, I thought the goals were ambitious, so exceeding the 2008 goal by 15 percent is very promising for future research at the Center. I am proud of our scientists, and their commitment to excellence.”

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Body Worlds St. Louis Tops 100,000 – Breaks Previous Records

BODY WORLDS 3 on Record-Setting Pace; Tops 100,000 Tickets Sold

Travelers at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport get a Sneak Preview of BODY WORLDS 3
Incredible “Six Meter Woman” plastinate installed in airport main terminal ticketing hall

ST. LOUIS, November 20, 2007 ? The blockbuster exhibition BODY WORLDS 3 is on a record-setting pace at the Saint Louis Science Center, more than doubling the previous tickets sold in the first month of any prior presentation.
More than 100,000 tickets to BODY WORLDS 3 were sold as of Monday, November 19. It opened exactly one month ago. By comparison, ticket sales of Titanic in 2001?the previous record-holder?totaled 45,000 in the first month of public display. The popular Grossology exhibition opened in 2000 and sold 42,000 tickets in its first month.
BODY WORLDS 3 has proven to be everything we thought it would be in Saint Louis and more.” said Doug King, President & CEO of the Science Center. “Our patrons are fascinated, amazed, and enthralled by this thought-provoking exhibition.”
The reach of BODY WORLDS 3 is expanding as air travelers making their way through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport over the busy travel weekend will get a special sneak preview of the highly-acclaimed exhibition. BODY WORLDS 3 has installed an incredible Six Meter Woman specimen in Lambert?s Main Terminal Ticketing Hall. The specimen will remain in the airport through the run of the exhibition, which ends on March 2, 2008.
The Six Meter Woman is a transparent, plastinated body comprised of 83 slices representing all of the body?s regions.  Placement of the body slices at 12 cm intervals permits viewers to look more deeply into the body.
Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS 3 is the culmination of the German scientist and physician?s 30-year career in anatomy. Like its predecessors, BODY WORLDS 3 presents more than 200 authentic specimens, including organs and whole body specimens, that have undergone Plastination?von Hagens? groundbreaking method of halting decomposition and preserving the body after death for medical study, which he invented in 1977.
Tickets to BODY WORLDS 3 are available and can be purchased at or by calling 314-421-4400. Advance purchase is recommended and group rates are available.  For full ticket information, including a listing of extended hours, visit


BODY  WORLDS 3 is a collaboration between donor, anatomist, and visitor. It is the only public anatomical exhibition that relies on the generosity of body donors?individuals who willed that upon their death, their bodies could be used for the education of many. Excluding a small number of specimens from museum anatomical collections and anatomy programs, the plastinates on display stem from a body donation program begun in 1982 by Dr. von Hagens, now managed by the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg. The exhibitions have now been seen by more than 20 million people around the world. For more information visit
About the Saint Louis Science Center
The Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the United States, serving 1.2 million visitors annually. Recently named one of America?s most visited museums by Forbes Traveler, the Saint Louis Science Center complex includes a four-story OMNIMAX® Theater, the air-supported Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME®, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, and the state-of-the-art Taylor Community Science Resource Center. The goals of the Saint Louis Science Center are to educate, inspire and motivate visitors of all ages and engage the community in public dialogue about science-related issues of the day. For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center and its programs, visit
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