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January 22, 2013

Originally posted on NC Museum of Natural Sciences Exhibits Blog:

by Helen Chappell

One of the biggest challenges we exhibitionists face is making sure that everything that goes on the Museum floor is durable — and not always in the way you might expect.  Sure, we need models and labels that can stand up to rough treatment by millions of visitors, and that can be tough.

Sometimes exhibits don't just break, they migrate.

A case in point: this treetop left its home, climbed the stairs, crossed a bridge, and flew off a balcony to end up in a whale’s eye socket a full city block from where it started. It has since returned home, with a good bit of help from the exhibitionists.

But we also need to make sure our writing can stand up to rough treatment by millions of scientists, and that can be tough in a different way.

What we know about science is constantly changing.  Check out this storify about extraterrestrial life and bacteria

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