Stories tagged $100 bill

May
24
2012

So it's true?: Not necessarily the moon thing. The other part.
So it's true?: Not necessarily the moon thing. The other part.Courtesy Thomas Fowler and OZinOH
What does that title even mean?! I don’t know! Yakov Smirnoff stopped making jokes when I was a baby!

In Russia, phone dials you! In Russia, self-tanner applies you! In Russia, wife buys you! They’re all just meaningless words without the code!

Could it be that Russia has plans to establish a permanent base on the moon? Could that be? I mean, on one hand, my conception of Russia is more or less summed up by an imagined scene in which an old woman and a bear fight over a wilted cabbage. The old lady has a broom … but the bear wants the cabbage too! Does that sound like a space-colonizing nation?

Then again, the mighty USA has been hitching rides into space on Russian rockets for a while now, since we apparently decided that spaceships weren’t something we wanted to buy.

So who knows? Maybe Russia will put a permanent base on the moon. (Or maybe China or Japan will.) Maybe the US will go to an asteroid or to Mars. Maybe, in Russia, asteroid will go to you. Or maybe it’s all just astronaut pillow talk.

Pine Needles cabin
Pine Needles cabinCourtesy Dave Brandon
Many people don't realize that the Science Museum of Minnesota features a world class water and environmental research station 40 minutes outside the cities on the Saint Croix river. Even fewer know about their long standing artist in residence program at the Pine Needles cabin. This year's crop of artists have just been announced. Having just made a trip out to this lovely neck of the woods myself, I'm excited to see what they come up with.

The hype of H1N1 flu has run its course. News reports say that 40 million doses of unused vaccine (valued at $260 million) have been destroyed and that the flu impacted much fewer people than the regular seasonal flu. And there are millions more doses of the vaccine are set to expire at the end of this month. What just happened?

Get ready for a make-over Ben: The U.S. $100 bill will be getting a makeover, with the new bills being put into circulation next February. Ben Franklin will still be on the front, but will be surrounded by some unique features.
Get ready for a make-over Ben: The U.S. $100 bill will be getting a makeover, with the new bills being put into circulation next February. Ben Franklin will still be on the front, but will be surrounded by some unique features.Courtesy Wikipedia
The newly redesigned U.S. $100 bill was unveiled yesterday. Using thousands of little lenses embedded in the bill, design features on the front of the bill will disappear and reappear when you tip the bill back and forth. You can see the bill in action on this U.S. Currency video posted on YouTube. And here was our first report on this matter from 2007. I will gladly take any of the old, boring $100s off your hands.

It's still at the observational stage, but investigators are looking at the link between strength of garage doors and the amount of damage a home incurs from a passing tornado. After reading this Star-Tribune story, it sounds like a case of the general public connecting the dots before the scientific community.

Aug
28
2007

Money makeover: New high-tech threads will be put into U.S. $100 bills that will allow you to test if its real. Little lenses in the threads will make it appear as if Ben Franklin moves when you move the bill.
Money makeover: New high-tech threads will be put into U.S. $100 bills that will allow you to test if its real. Little lenses in the threads will make it appear as if Ben Franklin moves when you move the bill.
Maybe I’m ready to move on to one of MSNBC’s money shows, but here’s more news about science, technology and our money.

The $100 bill will be getting a makeover soon, with special threads being put into the paper that will give it some pretty funky high-tech effects. All of this is to make it harder of counterfeiters to be able to pass off their efforts as real money.

Here’s what’s going to happen to Ben Franklin and the $100 bill. The new threads have tiny lenses built into them – so small that there will be about 650,000 lenses in a single bill. What will they do? When you move the bill from side to side, it will appear that Ben Franklin is moving up or down. Move the bill up and down, and will appear that Ben Franklin is moving from side to side.

This process is already being used in some Swedish high denomination currencies. You should be able to see the new effects in the $100 bill by late next year, when the high-tech bills will go into circulation. Other changes for the $100 include a variety of colors used in the printing of the bills, much like recent changes to $10s, $20s and $50s. Ben Franklin’s face will be getting a little bit of a makeover, as well, on the new bills.

Recently, I posted some other information about possible changes in store for our coins. You can read about that here.

And of course, if you’re tired of the old-fashioned $100 bills we have in circulation right now, I’ll gladly take them off your hands.

Jun
01
2007

Catfish skull
Catfish skull
Every month we pull an object out of the Science Museum of Minnesota's collections and put it on display here at the museum and let you write your own label for the object. This month's we found a catfish skull and it looks particularly cool to my eyes. It's spiky and and kinda looks like it has a mohawk.

What do you think about this unique fish? Head on over to the object of the month and try your hand at writing a label.