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May
"Sciencetunnel" unveils extraordinary scientific discoveries

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"Sciencetunnel", an exhibition on frontier scientific research, is opened today (May 2) at the Hong Kong Science Museum (Science Museum).

As its continued effort to make science a fact of everyday life to people, the Science Museum introduces the "Sciencetunnel" exhibition to explain in a scientific angle the emergence and evolution of all kinds of thing in the universe.

We have been fascinated by the mysteries of the origination of the world, the birth of lives and the future of the universe since human history has begun. Thanks to technological advancement, scientists have found a more systematic approach to their investigation of the universe, thus resulted in an enhanced understanding of various dimension of human's existence. The "Sciencetunnel" exhibition, by means of "time-lapse" presentation, reveals to the public these fore-front scientific research and achievements.

Meandering through the 170-metre long multimedia tunnel with valuable photos and video footage, visitors will come to understand the importance of science and the role it plays in enhancing the well being of the human race, especially in the area of health and medicine.

The tunnel is made up of 12 thematic stations, namely, "Building blocks of matter", "Atoms, molecules, substances", "Complexity on all levels", "Building blocks of life", "From Gene to Organism", "Biotopes", "The nervous system", "Thinking, feeling, acting", "Human beings and society", "Planet Earth", "Sun and planets" and "The development of the Cosmos".

Through display panels rich in texts and pictures as well as multi-media presentation of hundreds of sensational photos projected from a dozen wide-screen projections, the tunnel leads visitors through the new dimensions of cutting-edge research around human existence. Visitors will have an insider look into the fascinating science worlds, spanning from the smallest subatomic particles - the building blocks of all material, to cells and organisms, and all the way to the issues of diseases, functions of human brain and human existence, and even the future of both the world and the universe.

The "Sciencetunnel" was produced by the Max Planck Society. Since it was first introduced at the Expo 2000 at Hanover in Germany, it had been staged at Beijing and Shanghai of China and Manchester of the United Kingdom before displaying at the Science Museum, Hong Kong.

The Science Museum is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon. It is open from 1 pm to 9 pm from Monday to Friday, and from 10 am to 9 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays).

Admission fee for the "Sciencetunnel" exhibition is $10, with half-price concession applicable to full-time students, people with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above. There is no free admission on Wednesdays for this exhibition.

For enquiries, please call 2732 3232 or visit the Science Museum's website at http://hk.science.museum.

End/Friday, May 2, 2003

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