BEYONDbones 500!

Well, the museum blog has been online for just over a year now. In that time the hard working, science loving employees at the museum have brought you 500 posts on fascinating science facts, special events, and exhibits on display here at the museum. From the far reaches of the night sky to the eating habits of the praying mantis; from how to draw a dinosaur to how to create your own butter.

We have given you an inside look at each of our special traveling exhibits; from Lucy’s Legacy to the Birth of Christianity: A Jewish Story to Genghis Khan. Ever wonder what plants are best for attracting butterflies? Ory helped you pick some out. Can’t figure out if that rock you found is really a meteorite? James explained the difference. Having trouble identifying that spider or insect living under your couch? Erin and Laurie determined whether or not it was poisonous. Jaime let you know what bands were playing here over the summer and Kat Havens guided teachers through experiments for their classes in addition to the many other fascinating posts from the staff here at the museum.

I want to thank our curators who walked us through the exhibits, guest bloggers who expanded on the topic of their lectures, and the dozen of our other bloggers that have brought you 500 posts over the last year.

None of this would be possible though, without our loyal readers. And as we push on into our second year of BEYONDbones, we at HMNS would like to hear more from you. What do you want to read about? What topics are you most interested in? What is your favorite artifact on display at the museum? Please continue to comment on our blog and email suggestions to

BEYONDbones – Now on Alltop

Featured in Alltop

When you’re looking for great web sites and blogs online, you can idly search over time, tripping through the blogrolls of your favorite bloggers, making random discoveries from e-mail forwards or news items on up and coming sites…or you can go to Alltop.

Alltop bills itself as “an online magazine rack of popular topics.” Whatever you’re interested in – they’ve got a page devoted to it, that aggregates all the best blogs and headlines for you, all in one place.

Dads, Nintendo, Interior Design, Baking, Extreme Sports, Twitterati, Wine, Heavy Metal, Animation, Sailing…it goes on and on.

If you’re interested in a topic and you can’t find it on Alltop – I’d like to hear what it is. In fact, they’d probably like to hear what it is, so they can start developing a new page for it.

In short, it’s a pretty awesome spot to find information online, and one that I’ve been using for some time – for research, exploring, catching up on news, and procrastinating in general.

So I was pretty thrilled this morning, when I discovered that this blog, BEYONDbones, was just added to the science category. You can find us at We’re in there with some pretty amazing sites – the fascinating SciGuy, LiveScience, Science Friday, NatGeo News and more. Because:

Alltop. We're kind of a big deal.

And by “we,” I mean the amazing bloggers from all corners of HMNS, who provide fascinating news, projects, perspectives and ideas here daily – and especially all of you. Whenever a comment or question comes through, it totally makes our day – it’s a hugely big deal that you choose to spend a little bit of your time with us each day, whether for for research, exploring, catching up on news – or procrastinating in general. Thanks for reading! And, as always, please leave us a comment to let us know what you think, what you wonder about – and what else you’d like to see here at BEYONDbones.

Evaluating Nuclear Energy

Creative Commons License photo credit: Lyndi&Jason

In the second part of her three-part series on energy alternatives, our Energy blogger, Claire, takes a look at nuclear power in The Good, The Bad, The Energetic – Part 2 today, a guest post over on the excellent Oil Rules blog. Here’s an excerpt from Part 1:

“The…election and rising gas prices have raised the topic of energy to a higher level of importance for most Americans. Whatever it takes to make us examine what is required to produce the energy we crave in this country is good because it causes us to consider our responsibilities to the world today and to future generations.

Since that post, the election has ended, and gas prices have dropped by half – showing just how volatile the energy market can be and underscoring the importance of creating a secure energy future. With that in mind, Claire’s Part 2 post establishes a framework which anyone might use to make an informed decision about energy alternatives – and tests it through the example of nuclear power.

Check out her first post – The Good, The Bad and the Energetic, and today’s – The Good, The Bad, The Energetic – Part 2.  

Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.31.08)

Countdown clock of Beijing 2008
Creative Commons License photo credit: Gene Zhang

So here’s what went down since you logged off.

2,100 years ago, the ancient Greeks used an astronomical calculator to set the date of the Olympic Games.

Well, they were looking for human remains…Puerto Rican police found bones and possible artifacts from a colonial-era ship.

George Jetson, here we come – NASA is offering $300,000 to the first person who develops a Personal Air Vehicle. And – it’s got to be green.

How can you tell your pants are really fancy? They tell you whether you might fall soon.

The Chronicle has a new evolution blogEvo.Sphere.

It has absolutely nothing to do with science (well, he did teach computer tech) but if you haven’t seen Randy Pauch’s The Last Lecture – you really should.

***UPDATE: Science won’t be sleeping next week, but I will be. Vacation! Have no fear, though – we’ve got lots of other very cool posts planned for all of next week, so please check back – and as always, leave us a comment to let us know what you think. SDS returns Aug. 11.