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The Deadly Dress Test!
July 10, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Today on Beyond Bones we’re sharing the results of a rather unusual test that was recently performed by the curators of our blockbuster special exhibition Death by Natural Causes. The test in question involved a Victorian-era dress, a book printed during the early 20th century and a can of insecticide. According to our research, all of these items […]

HMNS’ Guide to the Night Sky in July, 2019
July 3, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Jupiter remains in the evening sky, well placed for observing.  Look low in the southwest at dusk for the brightest thing there.   Saturn is at opposition on July 9.  This means that Earth is aligned between Saturn and the Sun on that date, putting Saturn opposite the Sun in our sky.  For much of July, Saturn is […]

Our Summer Scouts Programs Are CLAW-some!
July 1, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Hi, everyone. Karl here! I’m the resident raptor at the Museum. You’ve probably seen me hanging out by the elevators outside the Education Office. I mostly spend my time there unless someone takes me on an adventure around the Museum. Sometimes I get to go to conferences to tell people about all the amazing things […]

How Photography Changed History In More Ways Than You Think
June 29, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

It’s National Camera Day, which is a particularly relevant holiday to our institution since we just opened our new special exhibition In Focus, which is basically an immersive art space where you can go and take really cool pictures of yourself and your friends. Seeing all the visitors who have come to the exhibit to […]

HMNS Travel Guide: The Buffalo Soldiers in Texas
June 25, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Today on Beyond Bones I’m going to offer up a few potential travel destinations for those of you who like to visit little-known and seldom explored places that have awesome histories. The destinations in question are a string of ruined forts that date back to the era when West Texas was a still a lawless […]

Why the Far Side of the Moon is so Different from the Near Side?
June 21, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

When you come see our giant scale model Moon and walk around it, you’ll notice how different the near side (which always faces us) is from the far side (which we never see). Large, dark lava flows called ‘maria’ cover almost a third (31.2%) of the near side but only 1% of the far side. […]

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John Guyton · July 14, 2019, 12:20 pm

Erin, Great contribution. I am in the entomology dept. at Mississippi State Univ. have an arthropod zoo. We also rear butterflies, although we typically stay with painted ladies and we occasionally rear silk moths for use in demonstrations... I also enjoy Guinness! Will you share your banana, brown sugar and beer proportions? Just wondering, are you an ESA member? John Guyton

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