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‘Tis the season: Use your scientific smarts to wow ’em during the holidays
November 26, 2013 · Be The First To Comment

As holiday and end-of-the-year parties are getting closer, it may be time to think of new topics to bring up when there’s a lull in conversation with coworkers, family, friends and new acquaintances. And what better way than bringing up some interesting science facts? Here are some of the most interesting facts that I have […]

The HMNS School of Rock: Cracking Caveman Crafts in the Classroom
November 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Today’s guest post was written by Dr. Gus Costa, Geoarchaeologist at Rice University and Paleoarts Educator/Owner of The Flintstone Factory The ascent of humankind is an unlikely story of a clawless, small-toothed primate prevailing in a brutish world of horrific beasts. How did our ancestors compete with lions, tigers and bears? More importantly, how would […]

Tales from Tanzania: So, why do zebras have stripes, like, for real?
November 22, 2013 · Be The First To Comment

Today we saw dozens of very photogenic zebras. This got David and me talking: What came first, the zebra or the stripes? There are plenty of theories as to why the zebra has stripes – some more fantastical than others. According to one African tale, the zebra was once pure white. One very hot day, […]

Comet ISON Sprouts a Double Tail
November 20, 2013 · Be The First To Comment

Today’s guest post is written by John Moffitt, Astrophysicist & HMNS Volunteer. Amateur astronomers are getting a better look at Comet ISON as it dives toward the sun for a Nov. 28th close encounter with solar fire. As the heat rises, the comet brightens, revealing new details every day. This photo, taken Nov. 10th by Michael Jäger of […]

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Native American Heritage Month

Dirk Van Tuerenhout · December 1, 2021, 11:24 am

Dear Haereata, Thank you for your kind words. I look forward to the day you visit the museum. Kind regards, Dirk Van Tuerenhout

Haereata Poutapu · November 24, 2021, 3:00 pm

Hi. My name is Haereata and I love the poem. Highly impressed that you will have a permanent Indian exhibition. I am from New Zealand (Aotearoa) and I am an indigenous Māori. My tribe is Waikato who are one of four Iwi (tribe) groups from our ancestral canoe called Tainui. I hope one day to visit the Museum to experience the exhibition. Kind regards.

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Grant Jones · November 15, 2021, 11:37 am

I am looking for the word, s. meaning "Snow dancer" in the Sioux language.

Full Moon | November 2021 Sky Happenings

CAROL RITTER · November 14, 2021, 9:20 am

very interesting! I saw the wonderful event wherein Venus appeared to be in the arms of the new moon (was that a poem by Sir Patrick Spence?) Your picture of the airplane in front of the full moon is dated.


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