A Question of Truth
Explore points of view through exhibits that challenge beliefs about differences between people and how those beliefs influence science in A Question of Truth.
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Discover the truth about retractions in recent scientific research papers.
Listen to a podcast on the ethics of creating deadly viruses in the lab.
Check out the Nobel Prize winners of 2011.
Get the buzz on India's Honey Bee Network, reaching out to grassroots knowledge holders.
The Confinement Box – equal in size to the spaces that confined Africans on slave ships - is a powerful experience for students. And you can expand your class visit with one of our curriculum linked programs.
Chinese South-Pointing Cart
Wheel around this "compass"! The Chinese devised a complex system of gears to transfer the motion of a wheeled cart into the motion of a figure that always points south – 800 years before the magnetic compass emerged.
Dogs and People
See how different over 40 breeds of dogs can be – yet they all belong to the same species. Humans all belong to one species too. Look at any few hundred people and you’ll find the genes for nearly every human trait.
Melanin, Colour, Racism
Explore the structure and function of melanin and test your knowledge of Canadian racism with a quiz that may shock you. Melanin is a protector in every human's skin, so why do we use it to divide us into races?
Boxes of Memories
Models handcrafted by local students helped by their families, teachers and Science Centre staff depict days in the lives of these culturally diverse kids. Over 140 languages and dialects are spoken in Toronto!
Learn how to read waves to find islands, the way Pacific Island navigators do. Knowledge like this helped Pacific Islanders sail thousands of kilometres across the ocean without maps or instruments.
Science and Prejudice
Can you measure the value of a human being? Watch a video that reveals the biases among scientists that helped lead to eugenics, the sterilization of so-called defectives and the horrors of the Nazi death camps.
Listen to people's stories and try to match the voice to the face. Do you jump to conclusions when you hear a voice or see a face? Speech patterns are determined by linguistic environment, not by ethnic origin.
Press an acupoint on a life-size model to light up pathways called meridians. According to traditional Chinese medicine, a person's life energy flows along this network connecting various parts of the body.