Video: The Ontario Science Centre's new exhibition, The AstraZeneca Human Edge, explores the wonders and possibilities of the human body.
TORONTO, Dec. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - As humans, what are our boundaries and
thresholds? How far can we push our personal limits? The Ontario
Science Centre's new exhibition hall, The AstraZeneca Human Edge, explores the wonders and possibilities of the human body. The permanent
hall will reveal innovative and exciting science through more than 80
exhibits, providing visitors with immersive, bodies-on experiences and
new perspectives on unique artifacts. Now open to the public, entrance
to the new hall will be free with general admission.
"With the creation of The AstraZeneca Human Edge, the Ontario Science Centre continues its commitment to inspiring a
lifelong journey of curiosity, discovery and action," said Lesley
Lewis, CEO, Ontario Science Centre. "The dynamic new experiences will
spark awe in visitors of all ages about the remarkable strength and
capacity of the human body. Given today's scientific knowledge and
advancements and an ever evolving understanding of the importance of
health, fitness and nutrition, we may all be capable of expanding our
The exhibition was researched, designed, and fabricated in-house by the
Science Centre's scientists, designers, writers, and craftspeople. The
team collaborated extensively with leading experts from a wide range of
fields, including neuroscience, physiology, bio-mechanics, and sports
medicine. The design process focused on organic shapes representative
of the human form. The exhibition was built over a period of 18 months,
using environmentally friendly and sustainable materials and processes.
The AstraZeneca Human Edge experiences are grouped into five thematic areas:
In the Beginning explores in-utero development, the changes a woman's body undergoes
during pregnancy, the remarkable changes humans undergo growing from a
single cell to a new born baby and how environmental factors can
influence the expression of genes. Tanks of fluorescent zebra fish
demonstrate how humans inherit traits from their parents.
Mind and Body Limits delves into the fundamentals of the human body - the muscular, skeletal,
nervous, and circulatory systems. Visitors will learn about longevity
and aging and hear compelling stories about real people who push the
edges of what we previously believed to be humanly possible. Gaze
inside the Visible Woman, and look at your future self with the Aging Machine. Learn about the mind body connection with the Glass Floor exhibit, which dramatically demonstrates the amygdala's (the primitive
reptilian portion of the human brain) fight or flight response.
Pushing Past the Limits shows how the body responds when pushed past its limits. Concussions,
brain injuries, broken bones, diabetes, and nutritional imbalances will
all be examined through a scientific lens. Exhibits include the Wall of Pain, Banting & Best's Laboratory and Brain Imaging.
Outer Limits focuses on athletes and adventure-seekers who push their bodies to the
limit in extreme environments, from ocean bottoms to mountain tops. Single Breath allows visitors to learn about champion freedivers who descend to
depths greater than 85 metres on a single breath of air. The Climbing Wall and Decision Maze demonstrate how seemingly simple decisions could mean the difference
between life and death in a high-altitude environment.
Personal Limits explores common fitness activities: running, rowing and dance. Are we
born to run long distances? What's the most important factor to win a
rowing race - strength or synchronization? What's the role of dance in
communication and recreation across cultures? (Please note the Personal
Limits section of The AstraZeneca Human Edge will open in January 2014.)
Video with caption: "Video: The Ontario Science Centre's new exhibition, The AstraZeneca Human Edge, explores the wonders and possibilities of the human body.". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20131217_C4893_VIDEO_EN_35024.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20131217_C4893_PHOTO_EN_35024.jpg&clientName=Ontario%20Science%20Centre&caption=Video%3A%20The%20Ontario%20Science%20Centre%27s%20new%20exhibition%2C%20The%20AstraZeneca%20Human%20Edge%2C%20explores%20the%20wonders%20and%20possibilities%20of%20the%20human%20body%2E&title=The%20AstraZeneca%20Human%20Edge&headline=The%20AstraZeneca%20Human%20Edge%2C%20the%20Ontario%20Science%20Centre%27s%20new%20exhibition%2C%20explores%20the%20wonders%20and%20possibilities%20of%20the%20human%20body
Image with caption: "Dr. Gary Lewis (left), Sun Life Financial Chair in Diabetes, University Health Network and Dr. Mary Jane Conboy (right), Director, Science Content & Design, Ontario Science Centre examine Banting and Best's Laboratory in The AstraZeneca Human Edge Hall, now open at the Ontario Science Centre. (CNW Group/Ontario Science Centre)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131217_C4893_PHOTO_EN_35022.jpg
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