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Museum Of Science And Industry Marks 80th Anniversary

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CHICAGO (CBS) – The Museum of Science and Industry is celebrating its 80th anniversary today.

WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports MSI President and CEO David Mosena wore a set of high-tech Google Glass specs as he opened the “80 at 80” exhibit – featuring 80 artifacts from the museum’s collection.

“Most of the artifacts have rarely, if ever, been displayed,” he said.

Mosena said the exhibit tells the story of human ingenuity.

Head Curator Kathleen McCarthy showed off the Jones Live Map Meter, a predecessor to global positioning system technology dating back to 1910, before road signs were widely in use.

“It would slowly turn until … after you cross the railroad tracks, turn right. When you see the barn, make a left,” she explained.

The exhibit also includes an engine from the World War II era British fighter plane called the Spitfire, a gigantic Paul Bunyan statue, the Transparent Anatomical Manikin, and a Velodyne LiDAR sensor navigation system – which is used for 3D mobile data collection.

“We were actually wandering the storage area with 35,000 objects we had to whittle down,” McCarthy said.