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Out Of Left Field: Are You Really Right Handed?
February 20, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

For millenia humanity has been haunted by one burning question: What’s the deal with all these lefties? Answers to this question have varied over the years. In the middle ages popular explanations for south paw-ism included demonic possession and witchcraft. In the 19th century left handedness was associated with ignorance and laziness. Even today some […]

The Tale Of The Mediocre President Who Gave Us Texas
February 15, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Texas has a weird and eclectic history filled with more iconoclastic characters than you can shake a stick at, but in honor of President’s Day I thought I’d put the spotlight on a particularly important character in the grand performance of Texas history: John Tyler. I know what you’re thinking. John who? And that statement […]

HMNS’ Urban Birdwatching Guide for Houston
February 13, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Surprisingly enough, Houston has more green space than most other cities in North America. With that green space comes wildlife. But how much do we know about the animals we share our city with? Today’s edition of Beyond Bones will attempt to fill at least some of the gaps in our knowledge on that subject. […]

Is Darwin relevant today?
February 11, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

By Scott Solomon Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution in the middle of the 19th century. Are his ideas still relevant today? Remarkably, even though Darwin’s insights on evolution were based on little more than observations and the results of simple experiments he conducted in his home, his insights have largely withstood the test […]

Oh The Hermannity! The Story of Houston’s Most Beautiful Green Space
February 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

It’s February and we’re finally past the most miserable phase of Houston’s trademark cold and soggy winter. Every once in a while we’re getting those perfect golden days of sun and warm (but not too warm) weather and many of us are already looking forward to enjoying the outdoors. With that in mind I thought […]

Solve Mysteries In The Museum With Our Sleuths and Secrets Program
February 5, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

By Jayme Schlimper, Overnight Programs Manager and Curator of Educations Collections Hello! I’m back! Apparently I didn’t do too bad last time so I’ve been invited back to the blog! Lucky for you, we’re going to talk about something different but still stay within my realm of expertise – educational and after-hours programming. This is […]

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HMNS’ Guide to Astronomical Events in December 2018

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

Very informative, interesting post James!

Oh The Hermannity! The Story of Houston’s Most Beautiful Green Space

Jan Bletsch · February 16, 2019, 9:08 pm

Wow Christopher what a great informative and well written article! I truly enjoyed all of it and learned so much! Randy read it first and text Jena and I to read it. So glad he did!

Why Dinosaur Fossils Are Radioactive Sometimes

Chris · February 1, 2019, 3:14 pm

Many different radionuclides are found in fossils depending on the geology of the area where the bone was deposited.

Chris · February 1, 2019, 3:06 pm

Most fossils are perfectly safe to have around. Even fossils that are radioactive generally have such small amounts of radioactive material in them that there's not threat to your health. That being said, I cannot give you specific information on your fossils. You would either have to ask someone who is familiar with the geology of the area in which you found them, or have them individually tested. Sorry I couldn't be more help!

Biophilia: A Healthy Obsession

Claire Stewart Scoggin · February 1, 2019, 1:40 pm

Very interesting Kat. You are such a great writer. I will definitely get in to see this exhibit.

The Surprising Origins Of Popular Halloween Traditions

Kathleen Havens · February 1, 2019, 12:41 pm

Thank you, Christine! I really appreciate that.

Why Dinosaur Fossils Are Radioactive Sometimes

Mick · January 29, 2019, 3:59 pm

Do we know which radionuclides are found? That might silence the hostile extraterrestrial theories.

What would YOU ask a Paleontologist?

Alex · January 27, 2019, 6:06 am

Hello, I would be very grateful if you could clarify something for me. I see reports all the time Of huge dinosaur footprints found around the world like in France Australia Scotland. Some Report measurements of up to 1.7 m width however looking at in scale pictures of the biggest sauropod skeletons ever found there feet wouldn’t come close to leaving that kind of impression. Please tell me am I missing something? Thankyou


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