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“That’s the hook,” said Jamie Hyneman, also a “MythBusters” co-host. “That gets them involved and before they know what happens they’ve actually learned something or been lured into thinking carefully about what’s going on.”

The exhibit consists of about a dozen stations mixed in with props familiar to viewers, such as the actual casket Mr. Hyneman entered for a segment on being buried alive.

Movies and television and just plain storytelling play a big role in the exhibit. There is, for example, a place to build small houses out of progressively heavier blocks - one made of marble, another of wood and another of foam to represent the bricks, sticks and straw used by the three little pigs - to see if all that effort by the last little pig was worth it.

The exhibit also includes a live show that asks whether it’s possible to dodge a bullet - or at least a paint ball. Those selected from the audience will be asked to come onstage, put on a protective coat and hold a clear plastic shield in front of them to see if they can jump out of the way before a paint ball traveling 250 feet per second, or 175 mph, hits the shield with a splat.

One thing missing from the exhibit that is a big part of the show are explosions. Mr. Hyneman said there was just no way in an enclosed space to safely blow stuff up.

Even without such a display, the show’s stars hope the exhibit will bust what they say is the biggest myth of all: Science is just for nerds.

Disqualification, elimination reduce ‘Idol’ field to 10

It wasn’t such a sweet day for Shannon Magrane on “American Idol.” The 16-year-old vocalist from Tampa, Fla., known for her soaring voice and towering over “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest, was eliminated from the Fox singing competition Thursday.

Shannon was dismissed after reprising her rendition of Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day,” according to the Associated Press.

“It feels so good standing on this stage,” she said after her elimination.

Shannon was revealed to be among the bottom three vote-getters with 28-year-old teacher Elise Testone, of Charleston, S.C., and 26-year-old disc jockey Erika Van Pelt, of South Kingstown, R.I. The judges, who lauded Miss Testone’s soulful performance of Tina Turner’s 1983 edition of “Let’s Stay Together,” were noticeably dissatisfied with the viewers’ picks.

“I just feel that the great performances should be rewarded,” Jennifer Lopez said.

This week’s elimination of Shannon and the disqualification of Jermaine Jones, the 25-year-old vocal instructor from Pine Hill, N.J., who was booted for not revealing he had outstanding arrest warrants in New Jersey, leaves 10 finalists in the competition.

They will return to the stage to perform for viewer votes Wednesday.

New Jersey Police Lt. Christopher Jones said the case against Mr. Jones “wasn’t big enough” to merit going after the singer in California.

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