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Bridging the Gap (Over The River Kwai): HMNS Distinguished Lecture And Film Screening
February 25, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

    Bridge over the River Kwai, 1943. Artist: Rawlings, Leo. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Following the successful surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese Imperial forces launched a series of campaigns to expand their influence and grab strategic points across China and the islands of the Pacific.   In early 1942 the Imperial forces […]

Mapping Texas: 1695 Zee-Fakkel (Sea Torch) Map
February 24, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

By Mylynka Kilgore-Cardona, PhD, Map Curator, Archives and Records, Texas General Land Office Johannes Van Keulen & Claes Jansz Vooght, Pas Kaart Van de Golff van Mexico Door C.J. Voogt Geometra T Amsterdam by Johannis Van Keulen Boek en Zee Kaart verkoper aande Niewe-Brug inde Gekroonde Lootsman Met Privilegie voor 15 Iaaren,[Sea Chart of the Gulf […]

Imhotep: The Ancient Egyptian Architect Who Became A God
February 23, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

  When someone thinks of ancient Egypt they cant’s help but picture the pyramids in their minds. The pyramids have been around for so long they are like antiquity personified. They have an enigmatic aura of mystery associated with them: modern governments use the structures as cryptic symbols of stability, and at the same time […]

Architecture Scavenger Hunt!
February 22, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

There is something special about the field of architecture that intrigues us all. It’s a subject full of science and secrets. So much mathematical precision is required to build large, stable structures and yet that doesn’t seem to be enough. Architects are an imaginative bunch,  finding unique ways to appeal to their client’s passions and […]

Educator How To: Make Your Own Ancient Chinese Compass!
February 21, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

  The compass, historically one of the most important aids to navigation, helped to drive the great sea voyages of Europe’s Age of Discovery. The compass, a Chinese invention, was introduced to Europeans by way of Arab traders in the 13th century. Two thousand years ago the Chinese had already developed a primitive working compass.  […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
February 20, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

BTS – Mummies of the World: The Exhibition     Mummies of the World: The Exhibition presents a collection of mummies from Europe, South America and ancient Egypt-some 4,500 years old.   Go behind-the-scenes and learn about mummies and mummification through state-of-the-art multimedia, interactive stations and 3D animation, highlighting advances in the scientific methods used […]

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Olive – a Giant Long-Legged Katydid from Malaysia – was with us for only a few days, however, she left us with a precious gift; her eggs! Now, will those eggs hatch? We’re keeping our fingers crossed over here that we’ll soon be seeing some cute little katydid babies! This insect has quickly become my […]

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

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A Vision of La Virgen: Interview with Ferguz, Mexico City’s Pintor Espiritual

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Mapping Texas: The Beginning

Chris · February 21, 2017, 4:28 pm

Hello, thank you for commenting! "Mapping Texas" includes maps belonging to the collections of the Texas General Land Office, the Bryan Museum, the Witte Museum and the collection of Frank and Carol Holcomb. The Pineda map is held at the Archivo de Indias in Seville, Spain which unfotunately is not one of the contributors to this exhibit.

Maria Shelton · February 19, 2017, 9:58 am

I was just wondering why the map that Alonzo Avarez de Pineda created in 1519, was not in exhibit? He is mentioned in the 7th grade Texas TEKS . It would have been an eye opener for students as they connect the information of the various maps to that map.

Genghis Khan & The Battle of Ain Jalut

Mohammad Irfan · February 18, 2017, 11:40 am

Qutuz was a very far sighted general.He collected those veteran soldiers who had fought with Mongols.On the basis of his investigation and discussion with above said veterans,he reached the conclusions that to gain victory against Mongols he must have an Army which is even bigger in number than Mongols.Secondly, each soldier must be a very very trained soldier.Lastly he should fight the Mongols in the open field, since fighting them while sitting in a fort will bring in defeat.With this scheme, he entered in Ain UL Jalut, and in the battle Mongols were totally annihilated.In a few days,Mongols ran away from Syria and Palistine like jackles.Surely ,Mongols were very very inferior things in front of Mamluks.Actually there were some internal rifts within Mamluks, otherwise Mamluks were capable to throw Mongols out of Iran and Afghanistan.Surely Mamluk were the guards of Islam who saved Makkah and Madina at that time.

All that glitters is … Bulgari! Jeweler to the stars sparkles at HMNS starting May 2

Hudson Tom · February 17, 2017, 3:44 am

All the Jewelry pieces are very unique and feminine. Definitely, great job has been done by HMNS and Bulgari.

Strange Love: Copulation, Cannibalism And Display In The Bug World

Angel · February 16, 2017, 9:50 am

Love this story! Educational and hilarious! thank you Erin :)

Sit Down With a Curator: Love in the Animal Kingdom

Sudha Bidani · February 16, 2017, 4:23 am

Providing proof to support this polygamous or monogamous behavior needs a lot of field research. Incredible amount of work has gone into this. Cudos! We as a "civilized" society do not tolerate this behavior in sapiens. DNA changes take tousands of years to happen. I am not sure we are ready to condone it for sapiens.

Love and Architecture: A Story Of Houston’s Skyline

Caroline Roessler · February 12, 2017, 11:15 am

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HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

Hollie Thompson · February 11, 2017, 5:56 pm

Hello- I pin all kinds of insects, been doing it for years- but right now, I have an Atlas Moth that has been in the relaxing chamber for two weeks and it is just as stiff as it was when I first put it in. I don't have a syringe to inject it with anything, so what else can I do? I need to get this thing relaxed and mounted asap!!

Top 5 Ways to Make Spirits Bright at HMNS

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Hummingbirds of the Night

Tony Kolck · February 10, 2017, 12:13 am

I'm freaked out tonight. Non of th parent Humming bird is covering its babies n their nest as I observed the many night before. Having red your article gives me some comfort, today we had a beautiful warm day in early February in Los Angeles, perhaps my mom bird is out feeding, because the youngsters are growing fast, there tiny wings have some small fevers here and there. I would have never discovered their nest, except the ficus tree dropped all its leaves in the cold and now the nest is wide open to the elements, which drives me nuts, worrying fr the youngsters well being. Since we have lately a lot of rain, I extended the porch overhand so they are now protected. I also hung a couple of cane sugar feeders, which may be not so great, maybe other or stronger Humming birds are trying to takes my birds Territory. What else could it be that they are not in the nest at night? Tonight I placed a special cooktop with a fan and boiling the water in it, so the vapor would take the chill out in the air around the babies nest. In light of your article I might postpone my plan to cut the branch with the nest on it and take the birdies to the local Humaine Society to rescue the youngsters, I could feed hem sugar water but what for protein?

New Exhibit Now Open! Six Thousand Years of Ukrainian History

Popescu · February 9, 2017, 4:58 am

ALEX M: The problem with your point of view is that you think Dacian has anything to do with today Romanians. Yes, you live now at the same place as Dacians lived long time ago, but nothing else connects Dacians to modern day Romanians, since the latter came from Albania during the XII-XIV. centuries. We all know that some scholars (all Romanians) still try to force the never-proven Daco-Romanian theory, but every serious scolars in Europe knows it is not much as a theory. Modern Romanians have never been Sarmatians, nor Dacians, they were shepherds from the Albanian mountains, migrating into Oltenia/Muntenia and bringing their neo-latin language. Dacians and Sarmatians never spoke a latin language, they opposed to Roma at all cost, which led to their defeat and dissolution. After these events no trace of them for centuries. You might hav been misled by the name of the Cucuteni culture, which bears a Romanian name for it's first archeological site, but it has other occurences outside modern Romania, f.e. in Ukraine, Moldavia, Transsylvania, and other places that never belonged to Romania (but Sarmatians and Dacians).

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