Flying Slippers Blog

February 14, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

What if love could spread like a virus?

In a collaboration with research scientists specialized in antibody discovery, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg has created a custom retrovirus which infects its host with a gene that increases the production of oxytocin.

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February 7, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog


Sometimes academic research can be purely … academic. That’s where the University City Science Center’s QED proof-of-concept program comes in, propelling promising research from university labs into the healthcare and life sciences marketplace.

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January 31, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Art and Well-Being @ Esther Klein

Portals is a group exhibition of five women connected through their research into art, psychology and health. Working primarily as educators and art therapists, the collected artists employ mixed-media to expose concepts related to their clinical study and personal introspection. They are united in the belief that the process of art-making can become a vehicle for well-being.

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January 24, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

KIZ Tax Credits: The Great Equalizer

Philadelphia might get a bad rap for being unfriendly to businesses -- but try telling that to the 100+ Old City, Center City and University City-based companies that have benefited from over $15 million in Keystone Innovation Zone Tax Credits.

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January 10, 2019 | Flying Slippers Blog

Fueling the STEM Talent Pipeline

The Science Center’s nationally recognized FirstHand program kicked off the new year last week with new digs, new philanthropic funding and four spirited project pitches by 10th graders at Paul Robeson High School in West Philadelphia.

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December 27, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Making a better tomorrow with technology

After Lia Diagnostics was accepted into the Science Center’s Digital Health Accelerator (DHA) program, the awards and recognition started piling on….First Prize at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, Fast Company’s 2018 World Changing Ideas Award Winner in the Health Category, and TIME’s 50 best inventions in 2018.

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December 13, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

A Glimpse Inside Venture Cafe Philadelphia

Imagine a space – a kind of assembly hall for innovators – where entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers, students, investors, makers and all others can mingle, share ideas and learn. A place whose mission is to connect innovators to make things happen. Where free, weekly Thursday gatherings present high-impact programming designed to expand and support Philadelphia’s innovation ecosystem.

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November 29, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

BioArt and Bacteria

Encased in a vitrine, an unusual necklace sits atop black velvet; its 452 handmade beads range in hue from yellow to orange. Each bead contains a crystalized version of one of 21 amino acids that form an antibody created in the lab from the blood of an HIV positive patient.

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November 15, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Commercialization Visualized

Over the last few weeks, you’ve probably heard a lot about our new building, Quorum tripling in size, the launch of Venture Café Philadelphia and an expanded FirstHand Lab. These are all exciting developments that we’re very eager to share with our community. Not quite as visible, but equally important are the Science Center’s commercialization programs that we’ve developed over the last 10+ years.

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November 1, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Choose Your Own Adventure at the 3675 Market Street Grand Opening Party

Next Friday night we’re celebrating the official opening of 3675 Market Street with a huge party. Together with our partners CIC Philadelphia, BioLabs and Wexford Science + Technology, floors one through six in the building will be activated with live music, special performances, community partner activations, food, drink and more.

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