Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 4/27-5/3

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!

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Lecture – 5000 Years Of Egyptian History By Tom Hardwick
Tuesday, April 28
6:30 p.m. 
Accompanied by images of artifacts in the Hall of Ancient Egypt, walk through the colorful history of ancient Egypt with HMNS Egyptology curator Tom Hardwick. The new additions to the exhibition will be highlighted. Following the presentation, the program will continue in the Hall of Ancient Egypt.

Lecture – Quest To Save Wild Mustangs By H. Alan Day
Thursday, April 30
6:30 p.m.
Alan Day had the unique opportunity to establish a sanctuary in South Dakota for unadoptable wild horses previously warehoused by the Bureau of Land Management. After Day successfully lobbied Congress, those acres became Mustang Meadows Ranch, the first government-sponsored wild horse sanctuary established in the U.S. Day will share his tales of the Herculean task of balancing the requirements of the government with the needs of the fifteen hundred wild horses and the land itself, and give an update on the sanctuary today. A book signing of The Horse Lover, A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs will follow the lecture. His book The Lazy B Books will also be available and will be pre-signed by his co-author and sister

Class – Japanese Tea Ceremony
Saturday, May 2
11:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
The Japanese tea ceremony tradition dates back centuries when samurai lords were among the few allowed to participate. A demonstration of the ceremony will be performed by Midori Mochizuki-master of Chado, the way of the tea. Tea master Heather Clary will provide commentary during this silent ceremony. A tea tasting for all course participants will follow the demonstration and lecture. Mochizuki and Clary are both members of The Way of Tea Houston. Participants should be 15 years+.

Class – Paleontology Workshop – Invertebrates To Dinosaurs
Saturday, May 2
1:00 p.m.
Go behind-the-scenes in the Museum³ staff training lab where over uniquely specimens are uniquely presented in a hands-on paleontology road map. Learn the basic biological classification of all the major fossil invertebrates and an introduction of the vertebrates through the geologic time scale-starting with the events of the Permian period that lead to the world the dinosaurs inherited. From there we will examine the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods while making connections to global events that affected dinosaur evolution. We¬l address and dispel many of the rumors, myths and out right misinterpretation of dinosaurs. This class includes tours of the Strake Hall of Malacology and Morian Hall of Paleontology. The instructor is geologist and paleontologist James Washington, HMNS staff trainer.

Treat yourself (or your teacher) to the science of a mocha mask!

  In honor of teacher appreciation week, we’ve got an educator how-to that will make you feel like a million bucks! It’s a great gift for the teacher in your life as they finish up the school year. If you happen to be a teacher, then treat yourself to a 15-minute facial that can revitalize you for those last few weeks of school!Mask Ingredients

  First, grab a few ingredients from your pantry or your local grocery store. For a quick one-person batch, you will need ground coffee (2.5 teaspoons), cocoa powder (2.5 teaspoons), honey (1 teaspoon) and plain yogurt (4 teaspoons).Once you have all the ingredients, combine the ground coffee, cocoa powder and honey in a small bowl. If you are giving it as a gift, seal it up into a container and make a note to add four teaspoons of yogurt before applying it to the face. Don’t add the yogurt until you are almost ready to use the mask.

  When you’ve got 15 minutes all to yourself, add the yogurt to the bowl of other ingredients. Mix it all together and apply the mask to your face and neck, avoiding the eyes. The mask will take about 15 minutes to harden. Once it is hard, rinse your face. It will leave your skin with a radiant glow, and hopefully, this pampering will leave you with a little extra energy for the month ahead.

 

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It may look a little weird at first…

  Now, let’s talk about some science behind this mocha mask! Your skin is the largest organ in your body, so we need to take care of it. It is made of several layers. The innermost layer is subcutaneous fat which stores your energy and helps control your body temperature. The next layer is the dermis, where you make sweat, create oil, and grow hair. This layer is very helpful because sweat helps cool the skin when it gets too hot, and oil allows our skin to be smooth and waterproof. The outermost layer is the epidermis, the layer we are targeting with the mocha mask! At the bottom, the epidermis creates new skin cells, and throughout the course of a month those skin cells travel to the surface and flake off. The coffee grounds in our mud mask will help get rid of some of our older skin cells. This can prevent clogged pores and harmful bacteria from growing on our skin. With this mask, we say, “Out with the old and in with the new!”

  Now that we’ve cleaned off the old skin cells, we need to make sure we didn’t take out all of the moisture from our skin. With too much washing, our skin loses oil, the natural protection created by the dermis. By adding yogurt to our mask, we are replacing the oil with moisturizers to help protect and hydrate our skin. In addition to yogurt, we added honey to our mask. Although we are using only a small amount of honey in our facial mask, the beneficial properties of honey are of note! For centuries, honey has been used as part of skin care in a number of different cultures. It has been used as an antibacterial and as an anti-inflammatory often to treat wounds. For our purposes, the small percentage of honey works as an antioxidant for our skin that can protect our skin cells from UV damage. It works a little like a natural sunscreen!

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…but it’s actually quite refreshing!

  For those of you looking to make multiple batches as gifts, just keep the ratios for the ingredients. Also, hold off on the yogurt for now. You can make a note that tells your favorite teacher to add the yogurt when they are ready to apply the face mask!

Mocha Mask Recipe:

· Ground coffee – 2.5 parts

· Cocoa powder – 2.5 parts

· Honey – 1 part

· Plain yogurt – 4 parts

  To all of the teachers, we’d like to say a special thank you from The Houston Museum of Natural Science. Enjoy your mocha mask, and remember summer is just around the corner!

HMNS hosts second annual Science Hack Day

  Saturday, April 18, the Houston Museum of Natural Science was the stage for Science Hack Day Houston! This is the second year in a row that we have been able to host this event presented by Brightwork CoResearch. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Science Hack Days, here’s a quick synopsis.

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  Science Hack Day Houston participants are people from all walks of life. They can be anything from programmers to researchers, experts to novices and everything in between. Each of these people attends the event because they want to create something new. Many of the attendees do not know each other beforehand. In the first few hours, they must find a team to work with, come up with a project idea, and start working on a prototype. They have 36 hours to create their project, so there’s not a lot of time to dilly-dally. The next day, the teams present their ideas and prototypes to the public. It’s amazing what they can create in such a short amount of time!

  This year, we saw some impressive creations that we’d like to share with you. Team Bat Cane came up with a sonar device that could be worn on the hands and feet. When the device was within three feet of an object, it would vibrate and flash lights to indicate that the person was about to hit something. One of the team members demonstrated the prototype by walking through a maze of people, and he didn’t hit a single one! You can see a picture of him demonstrating the prototype below!

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  Another team came up with a new way to interact with space. Using data from NASA, they developed a program that would let you view the stars in space as if you were the sun. They used an oculus rift so you could look at the stars in all directions. In addition, they created space music to listen to while you view the stars. This isn’t like the soundtrack to any space movie you have seen. They actually took the electromagnetic vibrations that occur naturally in space and formed them into a song. It sounds a little spooky, but it makes you feel like you are really immersed in space!

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  Science Hack Day Houston was the stage for a multitude of impressive projects. These talented people had 36 hours to meet new people, create a team, figure out a project, and create a prototype to present on Sunday afternoon. It was a science collaboration marathon. If you missed it this year, join HMNS to see the science extravaganza at Science Hack Day Houston 2016.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 4/20-4/26

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!

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Lecture – Richard III Rediscovered By Sarah Hainsworth
Tuesday, April 21
6:30 p.m.
The discovery of the remains of King Richard III under a parking lot-next to a space marked “R”-has stirred much excitement. Richard’s remains speak to us in a way that texts or artifacts do not, reaching out to give us more accurate insights to his life, following years of calumny. Dr. Turi King, geneticists on the Richard II Project at the University of Leicester, will discuss the project’s findings and how history, archaeology and genetics were woven together to learn more about Richard III. After the talk, you’re invited to a festival featuring food, drink, dance and music inspired by the Renaissance. Tribute will be paid to William Shakespeare-Richard’s most controversial publicist, and a special guest will join the festivities! Renaissance attire is welcome.
This lecture is co-sponsored by Archaeology Institute of America – Houston Society.

Lecture – Update In Egyptology With Researchers: Salima Ikram, Joseph Wegner, Kara Cooney
Wednesday, April 22
6:30 p.m.
Salima Ikram, Ph.D. of the American University in Cairo, Joseph Wegner, Ph.D. of the University of Pennsylvania, Kara Cooney, Ph.D. of UCLA-leading Egyptologists in Houston for the American Research Center in Egypt’s Annual Conference-will give updates on their different areas of specialization. This lecture is co-sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt.

India Trekkers
HMNS at Sugar Land
Saturday, April 25
4:00 p.m.
Travel with us on this family-friendly tour of India and explore the culture without the baggage fees or jet lag. Crafts, Rangoli, native cuisine and other entertainment inspired by India.

25th Anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope Celebration
George Observatory 
Saturday, April 25
April 25 will mark the 25th anniversary of the world-famous Hubble Space Telescope, and the George Observatory will celebrate with a debut of their restored 36-inch Gueymard Research Telescope, the largest specialized Cassegrain telescope open to the public, and the only one that chooses to use an eyepiece.