Posted on Nov 19, 2011 | Comments 0
There’s a little bit of geek in everybody and if you’d like to visit some of the world’s top scientific sites to mix traveling with learning, then these are some of the top destinations to visit.
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1. The Galapagos Islands
These amazing islands are situated down in South America off the coast of Ecuador. The islands are filled with all sorts of fantastic wildlife such as tortoises, cormorants, penguins, iguanas, finches, boobies, lizards, and albatrosses. Charles Darwin visited the islands back in the 1830s while he was studying the relationship of animals’ habitats and their food sources. You can easily spend a week or two at this fascinating archipelago.
2. Amsterdam, Holland
There is a pair of fascinating high-tech science museums in this beautiful Dutch city. The Science Center NEMO allows visitors to explore several types of scientific phenomena. Some of these include advanced surgical methods and how water actually changes color. If you head to the outskirts of Amsterdam you’ll come to the Corpus Museum of the Human Body.
The building is shaped like a male human. Like the name suggests, the museum showcases the human body and how it works. You can learn how hair grows and why people sneeze. In addition, you can follow the journey of a red blood cell in 3D.
3. FlagStaff, Arizona, USA
Flagstaff’s Lowell Observatory is one of the best in North America as it’s one of the most visitor friendly. You can look through the huge telescopes during the evenings to do some stargazing and in the daytime you can check out the sun through a specially built scope. There’s also a space theater which gives visitors a tour of the universe in 3D. The astronomers at the observatory spend much of their time studying planets, stars, and asteroids.
4. Jaipur, India
The city is home to a very old stone observatory which was commissioned in 1728 by the Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II. You’ll find the famous Samrat Yantra here, which is known as the world’s biggest sundial. It’s so big you won’t have a problem watching the minutes tick by on the dial. What’s even more amazing is that the dial is so accurate it’s always within two seconds. When the night time falls the dial will be able to read the stars to tell the time.
5. Geneva, Switzerland
You’ll find a group called CERN located in Geneva, which stands for the European Organization for Nuclear Research. It’s home to the biggest particle-physics laboratory on the planet and since 1976 four scientists from here have been honored with the Nobel Prize. Many of the facilities are underground and you can take half day tours to explore them. Before taking free the tour you can view a helpful interactive exhibit that helps explain things.
6. Paris, France
Paris is actually a pretty scientific city. For example, Louis Pasteur invented vaccines in this beautiful spot and you can visit his laboratory and home which are standing at the Institut Pasteur. In addition, Marie Curie did some experimenting with radioactive materials in Paris at the Institut Curie. Over at the Pantheon, a physicist named Leon Foucault proved back in 1851 that the planet earth actually rotated on its axis.
When Gustave Eiffel built the famous Eiffel Tower he was studying the effects that wind power had on tall structures. Years later the tower was studied by meteorologists as they wanted to measure humidity and pressure at various different heights.
7. Dashanpu, China
Back in 1972 a scientists discovered a huge bed of dinosaur fossils in this Chinese city in Sichuan Province. Ever since then it’s been a hotspot for dinosaur fans and palaeontologists. They kept digging and have unearthed some well-preserved items over the years that date back to the early Jurassic Period. These fossils are very rare indeed. The Zigong Dinosaur Museum opened up in 1987 as a place to showcase the amazing skeletons and it’s home to the most dinosaur fossils on the globe. You can also visit ongoing digs.
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