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Missed Connections: Gladiators vs. Dinosaurs?
March 22, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

It may sound far-fetched, but the history of gladiators and the study of paleontology are intimately intertwined. How so? Well, when you look at the Colosseum, you are looking at a VERY well constructed pile of stones. The stones used to build the Colosseum include travertine, limestone, marble and tuff. Most of these stones were […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
March 20, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

    Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum GET TICKETS Members Opening: March 10 – 12. Public Opening: March 13. Gladiator combat has evolved into one of the defining symbols of ancient Roman culture. Immortalized by films, gladiators locked in mortal combat for the entertainment of the crowds in Rome’s Colosseum are larger-than-life figures in our […]

Spring Break 1936? Texas Tourism Before The Interstate Highway System.
March 19, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

By the Texas General Land Office Archives Staff  In honor of all those Spring Breakers out there, traversing Texas Highways with their family or college friends on epic road trips, and also in honor of our special exhibition Mapping Texas: From Frontier To Lone Star State, we’ve decided to feature an article about a map […]

Don’t Touch Me! Seven Native Texas Bugs That Should Not Be Handled
March 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Here at the Cockrell Butterfly Center, we make every effort to inspire wonder and interest in the natural world — especially in the under-appreciated area of insects and their relatives. Butterflies are a great ambassador for the insect world since they tend to be admired by most people. Many other insects rouse feelings of fear […]

New Special Exhibition at HMNS – Vanishing Arts: Highlights from the Beasley-Hwang Collection
March 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Opening March 24 – FREE for Members Over a period of several decades, two medical doctors studied Hepatitis B in Asia. This husband and wife team, Dr. Palmer Beasley and Dr. Lu Yu Hwang, took advantage of their travels abroad to collect artifacts wherever they went. Sadly, Dr. Beasley passed away in 2012, and the […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
March 13, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

St. Patrick’s Day Mixers & Elixirs                   It’s your lucky day! Mixers & Elixirs is kicking off with our first St. Patrick’s Day Mixer.  Follow the rainbow to HMNS and shamrock and roll this St. Patrick’s Day at the smartest social scene in town. Doors open at […]

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Katydid!…Did she?

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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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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It Takes a Village ….A Milkweed Village

Barry Furst · March 20, 2017, 6:35 pm

Very helpful. So, not to worry if I see the milkweed leaf beetle?

Your March Stargazing Guide – Venus Fades as Mercury Appears

Stargazer · March 20, 2017, 5:21 am

Hi James, a quick question - the star map that you show is from Wikipedia? Or what's the source? I'm asking because I'm trying to get something similar for my own blog about amateur astronomy and can't find anything decent that would be free of any copyright rights. Many thanks, Stan

Don’t Touch Me! Seven Native Texas Bugs That Should Not Be Handled

Karen Morris · March 17, 2017, 7:56 am

No argument with any of those. My dog was stung by a velvet ant and had a seizure as a result.

New Special Exhibition at HMNS – Vanishing Arts: Highlights from the Beasley-Hwang Collection

Raime · March 16, 2017, 4:41 pm

Wow! That is so cool to have a contemporary artists so deeply connected to some pretty rare and esoteric history of their culture. I'm Latin American and African and while I adore my heritage, I can hardly name an ancient text from one or the other (let alone a specific page of an ancient codex). Although, I'm not sure if the sub-group of Arawaks in Puerto Rico had a distinct writing system or even any written historical texts. I only know that the majority on the islands were wiped out by illness, even though the language still survives. Do you know anything about the Latin American Caribbean cultures, Dr. Van Tuerenhout??

Katydid!…Did she?

Karen · March 11, 2017, 4:50 pm

Can you tell me if a katydid's ovipositor has sensory receptors to "taste' for a good location for laying eggs?

Beach Bugs!

Larry Shultz · March 10, 2017, 9:04 am

A particularly obnoxious species of horsefly is the : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabanus_nigrovittatus It is found in the Newburyport/Ipswich area and on Cape Cod, both in Massachusetts.

Why no tropical milkweed at the Cockrell Butterfly Center plant sale this year?

Mary · March 7, 2017, 1:06 pm

From an article I took this excerpt. "This could happen with any milkweed – the problem with the tropical species is that it does not senesce (die back) in Houston’s mild winters but is perennial, growing throughout the year. In contrast, native species die back to the ground in the winter, and when they regrow in the spring they are spore free – so the infection cycle is broken." Link to article: http://blog.hmns.org/2015/03/why-no-tropical-milkweed-at-the-cockrell-butterfly-center-plant-sale-this-year/

My love affair with the tropics (how and why I became a biologist)

Bianca · March 4, 2017, 5:35 pm

Wonderful article! Thank you for the inspiration!

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World-famous paleontologist Dr. Robert T. Bakker shares the truth about T. rex

Me · February 26, 2017, 3:39 pm

Those Rey images are horrible as in fake-looking and sloppy digital work and a dishonor to Zallinger's in the original. Bakker's drawing is a better piece of art. Hope Rey can accept this criticism.

2012: It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)

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