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New Leaf Cutter Ant Exhibit at HMNS!
March 18, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

There is a new addition to the Cockrell Butterfly Center Insect Zoo, a colony of leaf-cutter ants housed in a brand new exhibit! This leaf-cutter ant (Atta cephalotes) colony was acquired by the Cockrell Butterfly Center about 2.5 years ago from Guatemala. It began as a small, “softball-sized” colony that now has grown many times […]

Beyond Bones Podcast Season 2
March 15, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Did you know that your favorite museum is making your new favorite podcast? Welcome to the Beyond Bones Podcast, a science podcast that’s all about looking beyond the bones and beyond the artifacts to explore the personal stories that inspire our collections. We’re back with Season 2, and it’s going to have more episodes and more […]

The Festival of Drunkenness and Other Ancient Vacation Destinations
March 13, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

As this year’s Spring Break Celebrations reach their peak, many college kids are probably partaking in what they believe are the most epic vacations ever. However, history begs to differ, and I’ll explain why in today’s edition of Beyond Bones. Everybody needs a vacation every once in a while. The drive to get away from […]

The Origins of Money and Why It Was Invented
March 11, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Let’s talk about numismatics. Whoa, hang on now, don’t leave…it may sound overly academic and boring, but trust me, it’s not. Numismatics is all about money, specifically the study or collection of coins, paper currency, and medals. I mean who doesn’t like money? We can all relate to money on some level. Am I right? […]

The Best Fossil Hunting Day Trips from Houston
March 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Houston is a wonderful city for many reasons. Unfortunately those reasons do not include awesome fossil hunting spots. I suppose it’s a small price to pay for the great food, amazing academic institutions and a cool music scene we have access to every day in the Bayou City. But still, nothing beats the thrill of […]

Why you sound so good singing in the shower
March 5, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Consider the bathroom. Ceramic backsplashes, tiled floors, and hardwood surfaces welcome some of us into a new day. Others simply pass through on their final stride to sleep, and while we all may not agree on the scheduling, quite a few us confidently howl our favorite tunes into the warm haze. Now I’m sure there […]

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The Best Fossil Hunting Day Trips from Houston

Robin · March 18, 2019, 7:45 am

Thanks for this post! Once we find fossil bones at the beach, where would you recommend we go to find out what creature they used to belong to?

It Takes a Village ….A Milkweed Village

Saundra Rohn · March 15, 2019, 7:56 pm

A lot of good information. We raise monarchs and have 3 hatcheries.

The Greenhouses of the Cockrell Butterfly Center

Noah Kotlarek · March 2, 2019, 10:46 pm

Hi, My name is Noah Kotlarek. I go to Fordham University in New York City but grew up in Houston. My school project is to build a greenhouse for the university and I was wondering if you could provide me information on how much it cost to build the greenhouse initially and how much it costs to run it (heating and cooling) every year. Also, who built the greenhouse? Thank you, Noah 713-417-7554

Out Of Left Field: Are You Really Right Handed?

Katherine · February 24, 2019, 1:01 am

This is really interesting to me, particularly as my daughter seems to favor her left hand right now. I am curious to know if anyone has studied or recorded the hand preference of the children of professional athletes. We have essentially created populations of 50-50 right and left handers, and it would seem that the left handed parents would actually be PRO left hand use, given its effect on their careers. I wonder if the genetics, plus some positive pressure toward left hand use, increases the number of left handed children in that population.

HMNS’ Guide to Astronomical Events in December 2018

Cameron Waggett · February 21, 2019, 10:15 am

Very informative, interesting post James!


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