Sparking Interest: Plans for HMNS’ New Physics and Chemistry Hall Unveiled

THE HOUSTON MUSEUM of Natural Science [hmns.org] has unveiled plans for its newest permanent exhibition space, the Matter & Motion Chemistry and Physics Hall, presented by the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation. It will officially open in March 2023, promising an immersive experience in a space that is three times the size of the current Hall.


Visitors to Matter & Motion will learn that while many think of chemistry and physics as two distinct sciences, modern discoveries reveal that our universe is a weaving of the two; participatory exhibits will utilize light, sound, LED video walls and touch-free technology to contribute to this education.

Among the Hall's 10 galleries will be ones called The Houston Connection — an interactive and animated mural depicting how Houston utilizes chemistry and physics in its petrochemical industry, space exploration, freeways and culinary scene — and the Periodic Table Floor, comprised of walkable LED tiles. A giant human hamster wheel teaches about energy transfer and rotational and physiological energy, and the "Walk-In Brain" highlights the chemical reactions and electrical impulses that comprise consciousness.

And while it may boast a lofty name, the History of the Universe video wall literally tells the origin and evolutionary story of our stars, galaxies and the world as we know it today — and perhaps how it will end?

A video tour of the new Matter & Motion Hall is available online.

People + Places
Top Attorney Lauren Varnado Says Networking Is Key: ‘Relationships Are Everything’
How did you get to where you are today? It takes a village. I was fortunate enough to have great mentors and individuals who instilled confidence in me. I think that when you face a challenge or an obstacle, you are able to overcome and make things happen. You can continue moving forward, more resilient over time.
Keep ReadingShow less

Jim Crane and Lynn Wyatt at CityBook's 'Leaders & Legends' party

A WHO'S WHO of Houstonians — from the arts, big business, the media, philanthropy, pro sports and much more — came together to celebrate CityBook and Gittings Photography’s 2022 “Leaders & Legends” portrait series, presented in partnership with Residences at The Allen and Bentley Houston.

The annual event was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid, so the VIP guests were thrilled to gather in person for the occasion, in Residence’s at The Allen’s sunny hospitality space, in the shadow of its rising hotel and condominium tower. Along with CityBookExecutive Publisher Lisa Holthouse and Editor Jeff Gremillion, The Allen developer Roberto Contreras, himself among the Leaders & Legends honored, welcomed guests with warm remarks.

Keep ReadingShow less
Style

Cool cocktails at a past Taste America event

WHETHER IT’S A top-chef taste-off, a cult-followed smashburger cookout, or a cool meal from Norway, there are deliciously fun happenings in H-Town this summer. Mark your calendars — and come hungry!

Keep ReadingShow less
Food