We heart local photographers

On Valentine’s weekend, the Museum hosted a meetup in conjunction with Wikipedia Loves Art – a world-wide, museum-based, photo scavenger hunt organized by the Brooklyn Museum. It’s a take-off on Valentine’s Day that shares the love among photographers on Flickr, anyone who’s ever used Wikipedia (read: everyone) and museums across the globe.

Forty photographers showed up to hunt all over the Museum for photographs needed to illustrate Wikipedia articles. Their images are flooding into the Houston Museum of Natural Science pool on Flickr – and they are stunning! (Seriously, go check them out.) A few people stayed after for this quick snapshot – but there were many others who donated their time to help Wikipedia. A huge thank you to everyone who was there!

Thank you to all of our Wikipedia Loves Art rock stars!
Bottom row from left to right (click on their names to visit their photostreams):
Paul, Jean, Erin,
Stephanie, Laurie, Gwen, Deji
Second row from left to right: Unknown, Stephen,
Cortney, Sandy, Gini
Photo Credit: The Amazing Sarah G

It’s not too late to participate in Wikipedia Loves Art! You can read information about the contest here as well as the Museum’s photography guidelines – be sure to submit your photos before Sunday!

Founder Jimmy Wales loves Wikipedia Loves Art

Wikipedia Loves Art has caught the eye of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales (you can check out his bio on – of course – Wikipedia).

In the video below, he shares his thoughts on the contest, and how the public perception of Wikipedia has changed, even over just the past few years.

In case you missed our announcement last week, Wikipedia Loves Art is a world-wide, museum-based, photo scavenger hunt. It’s a take-off on Valentine’s Day that shares the love among photographers on Flickr, anyone who’s ever used Wikipedia (read: everyone) and museums across the globe.

You can participate by shooting pictures of the items on the HMNS goal list any time in the month of February – but we’re also hosting a Wikipedia Loves Art meetup on Sunday, Feb. 15 from 6 – 9 p.m. The meetup will include free access to the permanent exhibition halls as well as conservatory and entomology exhibits at the Cockrell Butterfly Center for all registered Wikipedia Loves Art photographers. Before coming to the meetup, please be sure to register online. Check in will be at a table in the Grand Hall.

More details: the Wikipedia Loves Art Flickr page; the Brooklyn Museum’s announcement; and the HMNS meetup post in our group poolon Flickr.

Hope to see you there!

Shutterbugs, unite: Wikipedia loves you! [free stuff]

the trigger
This could be you, at
Wikipedia Loves Art at HMNS.
Creative Commons License photo credit: karlrobin

The always spectacular Brooklyn Museum has an all-new round of awesome for us in February: Wikipedia Loves Art – a world-wide, museum-based, photo scavenger hunt. It’s a take-off on Valentine’s Day that shares the love among photographers on Flickr, anyone who’s ever used Wikipedia (read: everyone) and museums across the globe.

The goal: to create free content that can be used to illustrate educational articles across an almost unimaginable range of topics in everyone’s favorite online encyclopedia. If your photos are chosen for use on Wikipedia, you’ll get full credit in the caption – even better, you can win great prizes!

As it turns out, Wikipedia loves science, too – and your friendly local science museum is participating! Check out our goal list as well as our photography guidelines and get ready to start shooting! All that’s required is the ability to identify an object and take a snapshot that shows it off – anyone with a point and shoot camera and a free Flickr account can participate. (To sign up for Flickr, go here and click “Create Your Account.” You can also take a tour first to explore.)

love is in the air
Creative Commons License photo credit: GcD^3 pictures

More details: the Wikipedia Loves Art Flickr page; the Brooklyn Museum’s announcement; and the HMNS meetup post in our group pool on Flickr.

You can shoot at HMNS any time in the month of February – but we’re also hosting a Wikipedia Loves Art meetup on Sunday, Feb. 15 from 6 – 9 p.m. The meetup will include free accessto the permanent exhibition halls as well as conservatory and entomology exhibits at the Cockrell Butterfly Center for all registered Wikipedia Loves Art photographers. Before coming to the meetup, please be sure to register online . Check in will be at a table in the Grand Hall.

Hope to see you at the meetup! And Happy Valentine’s!

Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.16.08)

Roar
Now all he needs is 20 years or martial arts
training and a lair.
Creative Commons License
photo credit: Beard Papa

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

He’s the only superhero without any real superhuman powers – unless extreme bitterness counts. So – is a real Batman scientifically possible?

Tomorrow, Texas’ Public Utility Commission will decide which of several wind energy proposals to adopt. More on the plans they’re evaluating here.

The Brooklyn Museum is in the process of putting their entire collection online – complete with photos, descriptive information and where the object can be found in the physical museum. You can check out a preview of this very cool new feature here.

Nanoparts are really small (hence the name) and it takes a really long time to build something that’s even visible out of them – much less an organ. Now, researchers at MIT and Harvard are working to find a way for nanoparts to self assemble - which would make the process of fabricating different types of organs much quicker.

Researchers at the University of Texas may have found the Achilles Heel of the HIV virus – an antibody that disables the virus’ ability to infect cells.

Just like humans, sick bees are much less productive at work.