Most interactive exhibit yet hits Field Museum

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Do you know how fast a cheetah can run in a single second? Or the amount of force it takes to pump blood to a giraffe’s head? The answers are both part of a new interactive biomechanics exhibit at Chicago’s Field Museum.

The exhibit focuses on how every living thing is built to survive and thrive and has been more than 20-years in the making for Field Curator of Zoology Dr. Mark Westneat.

11 interactive elements make up part of the display – the most of any exhibit ever at the Field Museum. They focus on motion, activity and how certain biological and physical elements withstand nature, which in turn could lead to future innovations and breakthroughs in human health and maybe even shape a future scientist.

It took scientists three years to create the exhibit, which will go on tour around the U.S. after it ends its run here in Chicago in January of 2015.

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