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A Photographic Expedition of Yellowstone National Park
December 7, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

  In the spring of 2017 HMNS’ resident photographer Mike Rathke went on a photographic expedition of Yellowstone National Park with his father, Ron. Together this father-son professional photographer team captured some of the most splendid sights to be seen not only in North America, but all over the world. Today on Beyond Bones we’re […]

HMNS’ Guide to Astronomical Events in December 2018
December 5, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

  Can the stars tell you about your future? No. But our resident astronomer James Wooten can tell you what stars to look for in the future! This December is an action packed month, celestially speaking. First off, we have a comet approaching, followed by a whole lot of meteors. Not happy news for our […]

All About Bug Gardens, Bone Picking And Bullets Trains: HMNS Has The Knowledge You Need This Week!
December 3, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Educational fun. Is that an oxymoron? At the Houston Museum of Natural Science it isn’t! Case in point: this week’s awesome schedule of activities. We have a lecture about the Bullet Train that will soon connect Houston and Dallas presented by Michael Moore, the Vice President of Texas Central, the company developing the high speed […]

From Mouses To Moon Landings, We Have It All This Week At HMNS
November 26, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

It’s that time of year again: the weather’s changing, the jingle bells are ringing and there’s an infectious energy in the air that just makes you want to go out and have some family fun! Well, what better place for that than the Houston Museum of Natural Science?  This week’s schedule is packed with all sorts […]

What The Pilgrims Really Ate On The First Thanksgiving
November 21, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

  When you gather with your family around the Thanksgiving table this year, you can expect to see a few iconic holiday dishes. Most likely there will be a turkey; maybe mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn and dressing. And don’t forget the sweets, there’s cranberry sauce to liven up your savory dishes and also pumpkin […]

Holiday Fun For Everyone At HMNS
November 19, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Thanksgiving is a very special time of the year. Some of us eagerly anticipate reuniting with our loved ones, sharing stories of the past with the old, anticipating the future (especially the coming Christmas holiday) with the young. Others of us may feel a little overwhelmed at the logistics of these gatherings and the minor […]

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Color me Carmine: Cochineal bugs in our food and drink

Maggymoo · December 7, 2018, 6:29 pm

Thank you for sharing, this was very informative. Although the thought of eating bugs is weird I am happy for natural options. My reason in searching about carmine is the allergy. I have been having severe allergic reactions over the years and finally took in an ingredient list of a bite size cupcake (ironically red velvet, a cheesecake factory product) to an allergist. He immediately pointed out carmine in the ingredients and we chuckled about it being bugs. After the scratch test of over 80 things and some bloodwork carmine is the only thing I am allergic to (other than some environmental things like cats and pollens). My reactions were so random and severe I thought for sure I was going to be allergic to 100 things. Carmine can surely connect the dots for my experiences however the bloodwork showed only a low-ish level reaction to it. I’m wondering if you know if the concentration level of carmine consumed could effect the intensity of a reaction? You also mentioned nail polish and makeup, can topically cause anaphylactic shock of the eyes?

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Joanne Winkler · December 4, 2018, 6:26 pm

Can you help me follow up about the arrowhead I found and showed you on our tour?

Ambition, Death and Political Intrigue: The Real Story of the First Thanksgiving

Chris · November 19, 2018, 9:36 am

Thank you for the compliment! There are links in the blog to academic articles on the subject that might be more illuminating. I wanted to include a link to a version of William Bradford's account, but couldn't find a free version online. But if you feel like buying a copy, it's a great source of first-hand information, everything in this blog was taken from it.

JDR · November 18, 2018, 3:08 pm

Thank you for a well written article. I am an upper elementary teacher with the responsibility to teach the "First Thanksgiving" story. I try to be truthful with the students in the fact that peaceful relations did not last (as often portrayed in the videos or short stories for elementary students). I believe your writing has clarified the inner struggles that were present between Squanto and Massasoit, the Wampanoag Confederation and other surrounding Indigenous Tribes, versus the violent English vs Native American conflicts in Virginia. I will use this information to readjust my lesson content.

Color me Carmine: Cochineal bugs in our food and drink

Javier Munoz · November 15, 2018, 10:41 am

I get all these insects on my bodyhday make my nose run and get these bad headache.I'm not sure if it's what you are talking about. There like little black dots. When I smash them they turned blue. My veins in my arms are dark green and real thick. Can you help me please. Also I work with all kinds of seafood.fresh.

Why I’m Glad Chivalry Is Dead!

Olin · November 14, 2018, 6:17 am

I like your post, lots of informative stuff here. I think it would be helpful to also include what German word the word "knight" originates from ("Knecht").


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