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Spaceship Earth – Industrial Revolution: Radio

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A crucial achievement in communication technology – wireless communication!   Radio brings us long distance transmission without the wires (you know, like your magic band!). The technology was around in the early 1900’s and was a useful tool for Naval communications … Continue reading

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Spaceship Earth – Industrial Revolution: Cinema

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Look quickly to your right for the Cinema Scene because times they are a changin’ at a rapid pace!   This one has been a challenge to fit into the timeline before the 2008 refurb.  Let’s start with the original version.  It … Continue reading

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Spaceship Earth – Industrial Revolution: Telephone

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On the left we see the next big thing in communications – the electromagnetic transmission of human voices AKA – the telephone!  Making a telephone call is about converting energy from sound to electricity, carrying the electricity down a very … Continue reading

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Spaceship Earth – Industrial Revolution: Electric Telegraph

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First – check out this Q&A about Optical Telegraphs.  Optical Telegraphs were a system of communication by means of visual signals using towers and shutters.  They are really neat and the precursor to the Electric Telegraph. Science! The electric telegraph system … Continue reading

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Spaceship Earth – Industrial Revolution: “Extra! Extra!”

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Fast forward 350 years! This scene of the ride introduces us to the start of the Industrial Revolution – where communication changes from word of mouth over trade routes and books to the daily dissemination of information. Steam Printing Press … Continue reading

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Spaceship Earth – The Majesty of the Sistine ceiling

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The style of painting, sculpture and decorative arts identified with the Renaissance reached its zenith in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, in the work of Italian masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. The Sistine Chapel … Continue reading

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Spaceship Earth – Renaissance: Music, Painting, and Sculpture

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Start out this scene with some background Renaissance music: Renaissance Music According to Jim Korkis, experts in the field of Renaissance musicology like Genette Foster from Occidental College  were engaged to consult and perform the music in this scene (1). The entire … Continue reading

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Spaceship Earth – Renaissance: Italy, Books, and Bowlcuts

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Behold! The Renaissance, a time of renewed interest in the worlds of poetry and music, science, philosophy and art.  The printing press allowed the ideas of the era to spread far from their native cultures. The Renaissance led to a flowering of music, … Continue reading

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Spaceship Earth – Moveable Type Printing Press

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Finally!  We get some help.  Some folks thought it was nuts to keep writing this stuff out and created a template by carving into a wood block.   This actually continued to serve well for illustrations but not for the text. … Continue reading

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