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The Nature of an Assassin: Harnessing Deadly Killers to Fight Pests
August 15, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Walking into the Cockrell Butterfly Center (CBC), one of the first things you’re likely to notice is the sound of a 50-foot waterfall. The conservatory’s high glass ceiling, forest of lush plants and thousands of fluttering butterflies couldn’t be further removed from the sterile, white walls of a science lab. But just beneath the tropical […]

August Star Blog
August 8, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Jupiter remains in the evening sky, well placed for observing.  Look low in the south 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 and Mars are […]

The Megalodon Swims into the World of Gaming
August 5, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Megalodon: The Monster Gets Virtual In celebration of Shark Week’s end, I see no greater reason to push the Mighty Megalodon to the surface. While the modern-day shark seems to be making recent headlines off the shores of Florida and Hawaii by way of attack, I tend to like my sharks a bit more pixelated […]

Finding Peace Under Pressure: A Close up Look at the New Butterfly of Peace
July 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

With their bright, fluttering wings and airy flight, butterflies are revered in cultures all over the world as beacons of hope and peace. It’s one of the many reasons we love the Cockrell Butterfly Center; the peaceful thrum of the butterflies creates a tranquil, tropical oasis. Now, a new piece on loan from Alan Bronstein […]

Harrowing Tales from Monster Movie Maker Camp
July 24, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

Last week we were excited to offer our Movie Monster Maker camp in Sugar Land, and boy there was a lot of ACTION! Everyone had a great week trying out some monsters, making stop motion animation shorts and investigating some monster mythology (and terrifying their parents at pick up). Check out their movies below. The […]

From Houston to the Moon: Houston Luminaries Share Their Personal Stories of the Apollo 11 Mission.
July 22, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

The city of Houston had already firmly grasped its place in history as “Space City” by the time Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969. The Houston Astros played inside the Astrodome, Judge Roy Hofheinz’s man-made UFO just south of the Texas Medical Center. Sweaty kids acted out otherworldly adventures in plastic […]

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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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Vikings – Fact and Fiction

Truths Behind History-Inspired Halloween Costumes · August 19, 2019, 7:13 am

[…] Most Viking costumes involve a horned helmet, but in reality, Viking helmets never had horns, according to the American Museum of Natural History. Instead, these Norse explorers and warriors wore conical leather hats as they raided the European coast from the late 8th to the early 11th century. Fun fact: Vikings were quite clean for the time—they bathed every Saturday. Get more Viking fact vs. fiction here. […]

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Imhotep: The Ancient Egyptian Architect Who Became A God

Ryan Fullerton · August 17, 2019, 10:08 pm

What if the Sphinx wasn't a Sphinx at all? What if our eyes see what is really only the remaining residue of Imhotep seated in his chair, but with the initial contributor of erosion being water after a great flood, and the remaining contributions of erosion later attributed to wind... Well, if the water had already unearthed the true architecture of said structure, with the main product made from mud brick, wouldn't it be safe to say the outcome would or at least could lead to something totally different than what was there before the flood? Maybe what we think is the body of a lion, is only surrounding material collected by wind erosion. Isn't it facing the global winds? Why hasn't anyone thought of this? I don't find a human headed lion to be fitting for this location. However, Imhotep fits perfectly in this picture.

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Katydid!…Did she?

Nicole · August 8, 2019, 7:18 am

Hello! I found your page looking for information on Katydids. I found a Broadwinged Katydid at my job. It seems to be injured, has been laying on it's side for over a day now. It has moved its legs but has made no attempt to get up and hop away. I thought that it may have been stung by another bug, maybe paralyzed, and that it would have started to be up and about by now. I want to help it but I'm not sure how. I've been giving it water with an eye dropper, really sweet video of it drinking, and tried to give it some small pieces of leaves to eat but with no success on the eating part. Any advice? It's such a pretty insect and I would like to try to get it back to good health.

Finding Peace Under Pressure: A Close up Look at the New Butterfly of Peace

george salorio · August 1, 2019, 9:55 am

Run don't walk to see this collection! Representing the diversity of color in nature in all its beauty, while inspiring us with its namesake symbolizing the diversity of cultures in mankind and all its beauty, living in peace with nature and one another.

What would YOU ask a Paleontologist?

Abby · July 31, 2019, 8:13 am

Hi, I just wanted to ask what is the best part about being a paleontologist? What do you actually do? Please let me know at aretitsongas@gmail.com Thank you!

Anna · July 31, 2019, 8:12 am

Hi, I just wanted to ask what is the best part about being a paleontologist? What do you actually do? Please let me know at aretitsongas@gmail.com Thank you!

Katydid!…Did she?

K. Magee · July 30, 2019, 6:07 pm

A katydid has been on my screen door all day since I woks up. It rested in the morning, then proceeded to begin to make its way slowly traversing the screen, mandibles busily sucking on something microscopic that it must be finding on the outside layer of the screen. My own free katydid cleaning system!

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