Origins of Life
Exhibition Closing Sunday, Jun 9, 2013
Origins of Life - In the dark
Origins of Life - Exhibition components
Origins of Life Lab apparatus night shot
Origins of Life Color change in Vienna
Origins of Life - Chart showing the process of synthesis from raw materials to amino acids
Origins of Life - Stanley Miller’s original chromatogram showing the amino acids produced in his classic 1953 experiment
Origins of Life - Stanley Miller at University of Chicago © University of Chicago
Origins of Life - Test tubes and lab apparatus © Erik Smith
Origins of Life - Illustration of original Miller-Urey experiment
Science and art intersect in a new exhibit, where glass tubing, gas bottles, bubbling liquids and zapping electricity form a working science experiment and a work of art.
The famous experiments carried out by Stanley Miller and Harold Urey at the University of Chicago in the 1950s are reimagined as a functional art installation that will be in operation at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center from March 16, 2013, to June 9, 2013. The early experiments simulated the chemical and energetic conditions of the early Earth, four billion years ago, resulting in the production of a number of organic molecules necessary for the origin of life. This live experiment continues the investigation to consider whether changing sea and atmosphere conditions will yield not only amino acids but nucleic acids, too—the building blocks of genetic information and sources of cellular energy. Could life still be originating on Earth today?
Nierman Challenger Learning Center
The Nierman Challenger Learning Center at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is a part of a growing network of centers worldwide that are being established by the Challenger Center for Space Science Education in memory of the crew of Space Shuttle Challenger.