Morehead Planetarium

  1. Whether it's the food we eat, the medicine we take or just allergies, we're all affected by flowering plants.

    Why do plants have flowers? How do flowers develop? What secrets are hidden in their genes, and how could those secrets affect our lives?

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  2. How would your life change without oil? Could you get to work, school, or soccer practice? How would the things you buy be transported to stores? Oil is a limited resource, and scientists are working hard to come up with alternative sources of fuel.

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  3. One of the earliest and most useful applications of genetic engineering was genetically modified bacteria that could produce life-saving insulin for people with diabetes. Learn about the techniques used to make these life-saving bugs possible.

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  4. We hear about stem cells in the news, but what's the science behind the headlines? Explore what stem cells are, why scientists want to study them and why some stem cell research is controversial.

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  5. Learn the story of one particular genetically modified crop, Bt. corn, and discover why scientists are interested in genetically modifying crops.

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Morehead Planetarium

Morehead Planetarium

Located in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center offers dazzling multimedia star shows, interactive exhibits featuring current science research and an array of classes, lectures, camps and other special events year-round. Whether you’re 8 or 80, fun and discovery await you at Morehead. Are you curious?

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