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Alfred Glassell And His Really Big Fish
January 15, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Walking into the Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. Hall, the central hall in our general exhibitions, the first thing most visitors lay their eyes on is the giant black marlin mounted behind glass in the back of the room. At 1560 pounds this stunning creature is the world record setter for largest black marlin ever caught […]

Want To Start A Museum career? Here’s How To Do it.
January 11, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

By Jayme Schlimper, Overnight Program Manager and Curator of Education Collections Hi! I’m Jayme and I don’t come here (the blog) often, but I’m psyched to be here. I wanted to talk about some awesome opportunities we have for college students that many people don’t even know we have! It’s a shame, and I’m here […]

Learning more about the Foucalt Pendulum at HMNS
January 8, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

This week we hung out with the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s vice president of astronomy Dr. Carolyn Sumners and talked about the Foucalt Pendulum here at the museum. The occasion? January 8 is Earth’s Rotation Day, one of those wild not-a-real-holiday holidays that we only celebrate on the internet. VISITING THE STARS: Learn more […]

Are Emojis The Same As Hieroglyphs?
January 7, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

The “back to hieroglyphs” meme, it’s one of those memes that won’t die. But is there any truth to it?  Today on Beyond Bones we’re going to find out! Although our increasingly complex and diverse store of emoticons may visually resemble the famous script of the ancient Egyptians, in truth emoji’s are a lot more […]

All Your Questions About The Upcoming Super Blood Wolf Moon Answered
January 4, 2019 · 1 Comment

Word of an impending super blood wolf moon is spreading like wildfire through the press, leaving many Houstonians feeling a strange combination of anticipation and curiosity, with perhaps a slight twinge of fear due to the ominous sounding title. What exactly is a super blood wolf moon? And is it really all that special? Today […]

Revisiting a Piece of Houston TV history in the HMNS archives
January 2, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Tucked away inside the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s extensive off-site archives, among taxidermy and specimens galore from over a century of collecting, stands a piece of Houston television history on three rickety wheels. It was in 1971 that the team at KPRC-TV donated one of its studio cameras to HMNS. For years it stood […]

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Why Dinosaur Fossils Are Radioactive Sometimes

Ibrahimul Bari · January 16, 2019, 12:58 am

There are many fossils in my room and the room is very small, most of the fossils are from eocene epoch from Bangladesh and there are few dinosaur bones too. My question is that is it risky to keep them in my room where I pass most of the time ?

Learn Hieroglyphics When You Become a Volunteer Docent at HMNS!

Delores Gibson · January 13, 2019, 3:44 pm

I have studied heiroglyphs and was recently asked to decipher an inscription on a piece of jewelry in the shape of an Ankh. So have been trying to figure it out and made a little headway, but could really use some input with it. I wish I could join your group because the work sounds wonderful and fulfilling. But thought I would ask if you had any ideas where I could get some discussion about my project.

All Your Questions About The Upcoming Super Blood Wolf Moon Answered

Patricia Reiff · January 11, 2019, 1:03 pm

There will also be observing at the Rice U campus observatory, weather permitting. https://mailchi.mp/36ba08741c54/total-lunar-eclipse-jan-20-2019 http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~ruco/open_houses.html

which is a meteorite?

Drew Zimny · December 27, 2018, 11:08 pm

i know this is very late but, what happened with the suspect meteorites from the front yard?? i'm curious that scenario sounded very promising, to me. I'm mostly curious about how you were received by the professionals that you were that you were recommended to contact/ delivered to. I'm going to publish an article very soon, mixed opinions thus far.

Forever is too long: How I said no to the afterlife and yes to unlimited visitation

Cari Thomas · December 21, 2018, 2:34 pm

This is very creative, I LOVE it! It has me curious about the mummy and I find myself wanting to delve right in to reading more about it. This is somewhat of a miracle, you see, history normally sort of bores me. This is extremely interesting, though.


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