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T-Rex Goes Postal: A Collaboration of Paleoart and the Postal Service
October 18, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Some recent celebratory forever stamps have pretty significant ties to HMNS. No, it’s not because they depict the life of a T-Rex. The same artist that created these stunning images, is the mastermind behind the murals within the museum’s paleontology hall! Paleoartist Julius Csotonyi and the United States Postal Service have joined together to give […]

Renaissance Ramblin’ Man: An Interview with Musician and HMNS Employee Chuck Leah
October 15, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Spooky season is upon us and in celebration of all things creepy and terrifying, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is hosting a film screening of the 1922 cult classic Nosferatu. Long before vampires sparkled in the daytime, Count Orlek’s shadow was haunting audiences’ dreams. To make this experience even more special, our very own […]

Your Guide to the Best Eats at HMNS
October 8, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

By Christine Dougherty (Editor’s Notes: The Periodic Table is under small renovations. We will update soon.) Exploring our five floors of exhibits can leave you feeling hungry. Fear not! We’ve got you covered. I’ve been working in Visitor Services for over eight years now. I spent the first four of those years in the Box […]

Sugar Land Celebrates Ten Years
October 4, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

HMNS Sugar Land turns ten this year! An anniversary grants the opportunity to gaze into past in hopes of seeing significance in plans for the future. In 2009 the time came for the Houston Museum of Natural Science to come to the suburbs, with the Sugar Land satellite location opening its doors inside a former […]

October Star Blog
October 2, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Jupiter remains in the evening sky. Look low in the southwest at dusk for the brightest thing there.  Saturn is also in the evening sky. Although it is not as bright as Jupiter,  you can find it easily at some distance to the left of Jupiter.   Venus gradually re-emerges into the evening sky this […]

Fossil Wash Day at HMNS Sugar Land
September 27, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Once a year, HMNS Sugar Land turns into a playground for young paleontologists, or those who simply wish to get their hands dirty. Saturday, September 21, various areas were setup for original fossil picking, washing and crafts. If you were unable to see the festivities yourself, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Fun-filled activities were […]

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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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Travel to Japan without leaving home at family-friendly World Trekkers on Feb. 15

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Unwrapping HMNS: An Interview With A Gladiator

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Color me Carmine: Cochineal bugs in our food and drink

Johanna Barnard · October 5, 2019, 12:38 pm

So this bug....... It's the whole bug, correct ? That means the blood and the instestines as well. Maybe one bug won't harm, but if buying a food product that contains this as an ingredient in it, obviously is more than just one little bug that got swallowed up on a motorcycle ride out in the country. This is bulk. A bulk of intestines, a bulk of blood, a bulk of whatever else IT Itself could have been eating. Naaa, that's ok. I don't need it thank you. It just sounds so unclean. No wonder some on here have become sick. Just because something is natural, does not make it ok to digest. I'm sure I don't need to run off a whole list of natural things that prove this point. Just shaking my head ever more so at the FDA for allowing such stuff to enter our bodies. And yet when someone comes out with something that can heal cancer like BASIL, or GHOST PEPPER, APRICOT SEEDS, AND THE WORKS, FDA says no to it all. Why ? Because if there is not chemical involved with the food then it means no money for them. Breyers ice cream as our example. Seriously ??? FDA approved. What is wrong with real rasberries to make a cheesecake with ? Or using beat juice to make red velvet cake ? This country is simply barbaric. It's all about industry making money because this country is in debt, more than the government's care to express.

Private: Public Perceptions Vs. Fact-Based Reality – A Few Examples Of How What We Think We Know Is Often Wrong

Louise Levathes · October 4, 2019, 4:05 pm

Mr. Tuerenhout -- I'm the author of When China Ruled the Seas and you do not have my permission to use in your article "Public Perceptions vs Fact-Based Reality" the copyrighted image of the Zheng He Treasure ship. Please remove it from your article and the site. Immediately. Thank you.

Katydid!…Did she?

Jeannine · October 4, 2019, 7:33 am

Thanks for the reply. I actually ended up releasing Tom - the night temps were in the 60's, and I could hear all his buddies (competitors!) singing away; Tom had eaten his fill of lettuce and was just hovering at the top of the bug box, looking sort of forlorn. I began to feel guilty about possibly cheating him out of his last chance to pass on his DNA, so I brought him out to the edge of the yard and opened the box next to the hydrangeas. Judging from the enthusiastic way that he flew off into the bushes, I think I made the right decision, even though we're supposed to be hit by a killing frost tonight. :( Maybe I'll see a few little Toms sipping at my coffee next summer! Thank you for the opportunity to give my little grey cells a bit more to work on - we old fogies still appreciate the chance to learn something new! ;)

Erin M. · October 3, 2019, 10:06 am

Hello Jeannine! That is very interesting! I would not think the katydid would be going for any hydration from the coffee grounds, but perhaps there was some nutrient present there that it was craving! I wouldn't expect too much more time out of Tom Petty as no matter if they are indoors or out, katydids have a pre-determined lifespan and shouldn't last past the fall. That's just their lifecycle. They hatch in spring or early summer, develop quickly, find a mate by end of summer/early fall, then the females will lay their eggs and adults will die off by winter, leaving the eggs to over-winter and the new generation to appear again the following spring. He may have been a late-comer and might last a few more weeks. Either way, I'm sure he will appreciate not being cold!

Educator How To: Make Your Own Ancient Chinese Compass!

leeza · October 3, 2019, 2:05 am

not very ancient Chinese looking but okay

Katydid!…Did she?

Jeannine · October 1, 2019, 10:32 am

Thanks for sharing all of this great information with your fellow bug nuts! :) I have loved all 6-leggers since I was a child (a long time, since I'm pushing 60 now!). I'd always wanted katydid as a pet, but my long-suffering hubby kind of put the kibosh on additional pets... in all honesty, we do share the house with a lot of non-humans already. But he said that we could keep one if it volunteered to move in with us. Well guess what I found sipping on my coffee grounds in the kitchen this morning? I've named him Tom Petty, and he settled right into his bug box and immediately chowed down on the lettuce I offered. It's getting cold here in NH, and I assume that he traveled inside on one of my houseplants a few days ago. I figured he went after the coffee grounds because he was dehydrated... do you think that's true, or should I offer him some coffee every morning? :) Anyway, thanks again, and I hope that I can give Tom a nice, long, pleasant extension on his life span, thanks to all of your helpful information.

D-Day, Part III: “We are coming by day and by night”

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Dimetrodon, Diplocaulus, and the Permian Treasure Trove

This picture shows a model of an extinct amphibian - Fact Checking Tools | Factbase.us · September 30, 2019, 10:35 am

[…] diplocaulus (sometimes called hammerhead salamanders). These were amphibians which lived during the Permian period, between 251 and 299 million years […]

A Beginner’s Guide to the Fall Plant Sale

Donna V. Adair · September 28, 2019, 9:27 am

I hope I'm not sounding too snarky, but doesn't the museum have native plant sales twice a year, not every two years? If indeed it is twice a year, these are not biannual, but semi-annual.(Semi = half; thus, every half year. Bi = two; thus every two years) Also, where does one park for this sale? If in the garage, are we charged for parking or, as for the museum's evening events, is parking waived? My apologies if you have published this information elsewhere on your website; I just went straight to this blog.


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