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Why Dinosaur Fossils Are Radioactive Sometimes
March 23, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

  A few weeks ago I was shadowing David Temple our Associate Curator of Paleontology, as he and specialist from the Medical Center examined the levels of radiation given off by vintage luminescent watch dials in preparation for our new special exhibit Death by Natural Causes. After the examination was over, David decided we should […]

What Is Lucy’s Legacy?
March 21, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Whenever the topic of human evolution comes up in a classroom you are bound to hear the name “Lucy” thrown around. But who exactly is Lucy and why is she so important? Well, tracing the roots of the human family tree is a tough task. Most ancient human skeletons discovered are only fragmentary, but when Lucy’s […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
March 19, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Educator Late Night – Death by Natural Causes   Death by Natural Causes will introduce students to the range of “animal, vegetable and mineral” dangers that lurk in their everyday lives. Through a collection of specimens, text and interactives, students will explore animal adaptations, statistics, chemistry, medicine and history. The rich graphics, compelling visuals and […]

The Radium Girls, Radium Jaw And Death By Unnatural Causes
March 14, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

These days we all know that radium is not something you should be ingesting, but a hundred years ago that wasn’t the case at all. There was a plethora of radium products on the market, many of them specifically intended to be ingested. Visitors to our new special exhibit Death by Natural Causes will get to see […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
March 12, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Pi Day Wednesday, March 14 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Tickets are $3 each. Regular museum entry ticket purchase required for non-members. Pi is an irrational number, but there’s nothing crazy about celebrating Mathematics (and Einstein’s birthday).  Welcome to Pi Day!  Indulge your inner geek with fun math-related activities on this special date—3.14—during Spring Break!  We’ll even […]

Behind The Scenes: From Tucson to HMNS
March 9, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

    Our buyers head to Tucson, Arizona every year in late January early February to handpick minerals and fossils to add to our inventory. Searching for just the right items for our store at the largest, oldest and most prestigious gem and mineral show in the world, the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. Vendors […]

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HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

Have you ever seen a piece of art or craft that you think to yourself “I could do that!” but of course you never act on it?  Well, some people do act on that impulse and I’m going to show you how to do just that.  Every now and then I get a phone call from […]

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Meteorites and Meteor-wrongs

Michael · March 23, 2018, 8:41 pm

Well I found a rock with holes and it is black like the bottom pic found it in spindale nc so u are saying I found a volcanic rock in nc and also found one with no holes it magnetic and on back of a tile leaves orange well brown dark brown streaks and the metal detector says it's aluminum copper silver and gold it's the size of a pecan and is heavy as a rock 3 times it's size is it a meteorite???????

Gosh that Corpse Looks Delicious: The Disturbing World of the Medieval Apothecary

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Seeing Stars with James Wooten: A solstice and a shower for December

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5 Of The Biggest Objects On Display At HMNS

Dune-Micheli Patten · March 20, 2018, 9:17 pm

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Mutant Fossil at HMNS!

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Welcome to the HMNS Blog!

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Not your average flower: Learn how to care for orchids at the Houston Orchid Society’s Annual Show & Sale this weekend

yvonne martin · March 20, 2018, 6:02 pm

i need to know how often to water cattyleas, oncidiums now that its march. i live in galvaston county tx.

Jumping spiders – cute, fuzzy, and friendly

Jesi · March 11, 2018, 5:12 pm

Thanks for the blog, it was super helpful and opened my eyes on jumping spiders :)

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

Mr A.G. Hope · March 10, 2018, 11:32 am

I inherited my late Father's small butterfly collection which is in a box. I want to have some of these put in a box frame (picture). I have bought some Foam Board for this purpose. Do I have to remove the glossy film or let it remain. Your comments would be very appreciated. Thanks

Invasion of the bulbuls: Houston team studies new invasive species

Corinne · March 6, 2018, 9:40 am

I have seen a small group of these birds several times. Yesterday, I saw 4-5 high in the trees near White Oak Bayou, near i-10 and Heights blvd. There was a 1-2 males, 1-2 females and a juvenile. They seemed to be passing through or resting, not foraging, at the time, but I've seen them at my bird bath in the past.

Sky Happenings In March, 2018

Raime · March 3, 2018, 10:32 pm

Cool post!

Giant Spiders, Death And Great Floods: The Origins Of Coal

Raime · March 2, 2018, 4:53 pm

OMG. I would LOVE to replicate the experiment that supports the idea of oxygen richness being linear to bug size. NANCY, PLEASE LET ME DO THIS! I promise not to accidentally blow up the Butterfly Center. I could come after work to do some key recordkeeping and measurements and my friend Jeff in horticulture could check on the bugs during the day. OMG COME ON!!!! CHRIS, ASK NANCY FOR ME I WILL FUND THIS EXPERIMENT MYSELF (I mean... I'll buy a half dozen 20-gal terrariums for the species of roach I would like to try this on). PLEASE GOD

Update On Waugh bridge bat colony hit by Hurricane Harvey associated flooding

Raime · March 2, 2018, 4:39 pm

We have bat neighbors at my miniplex apartment in Montrose. I don't think that the neighbors are fond of them, though. They tend to "sing" deep into the night in an eclectic chorus of high pitched whistles and thrums. I like the bats, but I understand how smelly and loud they can be when nestled in the eaves of an older building (my particular unit isn't affected). Would a bat box help the bats relocate on our property? I don't want them to move away because they are very helpful with the mosquitos in our neighborhood, I think.

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