The Ontario Science Centre presents The Science of Spying

    Interactive exhibition explores the science behind the secrets of

    TORONTO, April 7 /CNW/ -


    Biometric scanners, hidden cameras, computer hacking, spy planes: These
are some of the technologies in the toolkit of the 21st century spy. Do you
have what it takes to join the world of espionage? Running from Apr. 9 to
Sept. 7 2009, The Science of Spying is an exciting interactive exhibition that
allows visitors to learn about the skills and technology today's spies need to
fulfill their missions.
    One of the many special exhibitions and programming the Ontario Science
Centre is presenting during its 40th anniversary year, The Science of Spying
offers curious young minds and intrigued adults a unique, entertaining and
educational insight into the mysterious and daring world of modern-day
espionage. The Science of Spying tests each visitor's ability to crack codes,
gather information, and use the technologies of real-life spies as they embark
on an undercover mission.
    The action of spying itself is similar to completing a scientific
investigation. Just like scientists, spies must observe, collect and analyse
data, draw conclusions and report back on them. The exhibition features a wide
range of different science and technology topics including the psychology of
lie-detection and brain physiology, forensics, cryptography, biometric
systems, data mining and analysis, image processing, scanning technology, GPS
and RFID tracking and intelligent surveillance systems.
    Each visitor will go through basic training, learn how technology can
help or thwart spies, go undercover and qualify as an agent!
    Designed and developed by 'The Science of...', a division of the Science
Museum in London, England, this exhibition takes visitors through six areas:

    -   Recruitment: Pick up your Agent ID and find the hidden message
    -   Training: Try different activities to develop spy skills
    -   Technology: Use a face scanner and supercomputer to uncover your
    -   Mission: Find Spymaker's secret base and track down the code word
    -   Future: Discover the next generation of spy gadgets
    -   Escape: Escape without being caught and qualify as an agent.

    Visitors to The Science of Spying get hands-on interaction with spy
technology throughout the exhibition. Visitors need to bypass a brain scan or
a body scan, use a supercomputer to track down a suspect, hack into wire taps
and check out real life spy gadgets, such as night vision goggles, spy planes
and hidden cameras to learn how they enhance traditional skills. Finally, all
agents must escape the exhibition and get past an "intelligent" security


    "The Science of Spying is a unique avenue to introduce visitors to the
extraordinary applications of current science and technology through the
techniques and equipment used in modern espionage," said Lesley Lewis, CEO of
the Ontario Science Centre. "Spies of 40 years ago could not even dream of the
technologies we take for granted today, such as GPS and webcams."
    "'The Science of...' is proud to be working with Ontario Science Centre
to bring The Science of Spying to Toronto, said Antonia Spanos, exhibition
director of 'The Science of...' developers of the exhibition. "We are
delighted that this thought-provoking exhibition is a part of the Science
Centre's 40th anniversary year celebrations. We are confident that The Science
of Spying will continue Ontario Science Centre's successful record of engaging
visitors in educational and entertaining experiences, and bringing world-class
attractions to audiences in Toronto."

    About the Ontario Science Centre
    The Ontario Science Centre opened on September 26, 1969, pioneering the
concept of an interactive science museum. Since then, well over 40 million
visitors have passed through its doors. It is a model for over 1,000 science
centres around the world that have been built since its inception.
    The Ontario Science Centre uses science as the lens to inspire and
actively engage people in new ways of seeing, understanding and thinking about
themselves and the world around them. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency
of the Government of Ontario. Please visit us at

    About 'The Science of...'
    'The Science of...' is a partnership between the world-renowned Science
Museum, London and intellectual property experts Fleming Media. Conceived to
bring popular science to a global audience, 'The Science of...' produces
exhibitions and other projects focused on bringing to life the impact of
science and technology in everyone's lives. 'The Science of...' exhibition
series currently includes The Science of Spying, The Science of Survival, and
The Science of Aliens, now touring through Europe, North America and Asia.
'The Science of...' wants you to explore, play and learn through participating
in a new, vibrant world of science.
    This exhibition has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural
Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Culture,
administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation. LG
Electronics Canada is a proud sponsor of The Science of Spying.

For further information:

For further information: Christine Crosbie, Media Relations Officer,
Ontario Science Centre, (416) 696-3191,; Ellen
Flowers, Media Relations Officer, Ontario Science Centre, (416) 696-3154,

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