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The Real Moon Hoax That You Haven’t Heard Of
June 19, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Most of us are familiar with the crazy moon landing conspiracy theories that were sparked soon after Apollo 11 returned to Earth, but hardly anybody knows about the real moon hoax that occurred more than a hundred years before America’s Space Program was even conceived. On August 25, 1835 The Sun, a penny-press newspaper based […]

The Bone Wars: A Real Life Battle For Bones
June 13, 2019 · 1 Comment

Today on Beyond Bones I’m going to tell you a story of two Victorian Academics who spent the majority of their careers going to absolutely ridiculous lengths to out-science each other in a decades long clash of brains and ego. The feud has come to be called the “Bone Wars” by Paleontologists and its effects […]

Hilarious Stuff Kids Say At Our Museum
June 11, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

By Jayme Schlimper, Overnight Program Manager and Curator of Education Collections If you’re looking for a laugh today, you’re in the right spot. Everyone knows that kids say the darndest things and now that Summer Camps@HMNS is in full swing there have been quite a few interesting conversations I’ve overheard in the hallways. Here are […]

Why Does Satan Like The Violin So Much?
June 7, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Violins are amazingly versatile instruments; they are equally at home whining their melodies in symphony orchestras in New York as they are on front porches in Appalachia. Apparently, they are even appreciated in Hell. For those of us who have heard the song The Devil Went Down to Georgia by the Charlie Daniels Band (and I imagine that’s most us) the […]

HMNS’ Guide to the Night Sky in Houston, June 2019
June 5, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Today on Beyond Bones, HMNS’ resident astronomer James Wooten shows us what to look for in the night sky this month. Mars is low in the west northwest at dusk.  This is the last month to see it easily, as it now sets in twilight. Mercury enters the evening sky, approaching within ½ degree of […]

Employee Picks: Our Favorite Stuff to See at HMNS
May 31, 2019 · 1 Comment

By Jilliane Johnson, HMNS Concierge Summer is near and in a city such as Houston there are endless fun activities to enjoy, so we understand that our guests may only have so much time to share with us. Working at the Box Office, I hear the same phrase virtually every day. “We only have a […]

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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 […]

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The Bone Wars: A Real Life Battle For Bones

Gary · June 14, 2019, 9:53 pm

Interesting story. Thanks for sharing!

which is a meteorite?

Leeroy · June 12, 2019, 2:12 am

Hi I found a what I fought was a very odd looking rock last week, but after looking on line. And doing the four tests they instruct you to do, I seriously think this could be a meteorite. I'm wondering if theres anyone I can send a few pictures off too, just to confirm weather or not it is. Many thanks.

For all the future Entomologists out there…

Erin M. · June 6, 2019, 4:24 pm

Hi Mylo! That is great! I would start by trying to get to know some people in the entomology careers you are interested in. Talk to them about what they do on a daily basis and what they did to get there. There are some really great books out there, but you should try looking up topics you are interested and go from there. I didn't discover entomology until college, so most of the books I came into contact with were textbooks! I find getting out and observing things interests me the most, then I go back and research them more online and in books. Of course your most important subjects are going to be science and math. But, it's important to do well in all of your subjects to be sure you get accepted to the college you want to. Beetles are very cool! But really, all insects are! Have fun!

Mylo · June 5, 2019, 12:16 pm

Hi l’m Mylo and l am 10 years old and l want to be an entomologist that also works with micro robotics. Do you know were l can start? Can you suggest any books, TV episodes or videos? I am very into beetles right now. Which subjects should I focus on at school?

Katydid!…Did she?

Erin M. · June 4, 2019, 3:38 pm

That is awesome! They are rare, but they are just a genetic anomaly. They are the same species as the green ones you would find. My only reservations about keeping her would be that you may be keeping her from reproducing and making more beautiful pink katydids! But that would depend on her age, if she has mated, if she has already laid eggs, etc.

Employee Picks: Our Favorite Stuff to See at HMNS

Vernett Johnson · June 2, 2019, 8:34 pm

Great overview! I'm ready to explore and learn... especially the Butterfly Center!

Katydid!…Did she?

Valerie · May 31, 2019, 2:33 pm

Hello. I came across your site while looking for information on katydids. I live in SC, and found a pink katydid in my garden! Apparently, they are very rare. I have had her for about a month now. I'm not sure if I should keep her, or what, since I understand they are so uncommon! Thoughts please?

Color me Carmine: Cochineal bugs in our food and drink

Nancy · May 31, 2019, 11:51 am

WoW!! Now I want to become vegan, animal rights activist or insect rights activist. Your article really hit home, being so sensitive to everything and three of my children too. Now I am looking at more labels and taking my phone with me when I shop to define the ingredients of products. I always knew about the worm in the bottom of the tequila bottle but never knew about other insects in products. I won't become vegan, I still love a good steak! Thanks for enlightening me and my family.

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