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Forgotten Dinosaur Movies From The 90’s That Need A Reboot
June 22, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

The 90’s were the decade of dinosaurs. Sure, the prehistoric creatures had already been capturing the imagination of the public for more than a century by that point, but in the 90’s a combination of scientific breakthroughs in the field paleontology and special effects innovations in the film industry completely changed the way we see […]

A Surprisingly Simple Recipe For Science-Minded Runners!
June 20, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

HMNS’ Dino Dash virtual 5k is under way! We talked about the rules for the event, and the benefits of running a vitual 5 k, in a previous blog that you can find HERE. So now it’s time to start preparing for the run. Even if you’re running to loose weight, eating is an important […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
June 18, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Behind The Scenes Tour Of Our  Smith Gem Vault     The dazzling facts about the gemstones and the jewelry will be shared by Museum geologists and lapidary artists, including Jill Moffit who worked on one of the stones. This tour will include a demonstration of gemstone cutting. Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – 6:00 PM Public […]

2 Of The Most Embarrassing Dads In History Whose Stories Are Told In Our Exhibits
June 15, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Ah, good ol’ dad. Always there for me when I needed permission to do something my mom already said I couldn’t do, or when I wanted to hear scary stories that would keep me awake with fear all night. Father’s Day is looked at by many as a somewhat dubious holiday, dads just seem to […]

5 Mysteries Of Pluto That May Change The Way You Think About The Dwarf Planet
June 13, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

By Ralph Phillips, Docent at HMNS Sugar Land, introduction by Chris Wells A few years ago everyone’s heart went out to our littlest neighbor when Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet. This sentimental feeling was interesting because it revealed a burgeoning sense of extraterrestrial community among us earthlings. Instead of only identifying ourselves as […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
June 11, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Family Class – Ancient Encounters – Ancient Rome Note: Free with purchased admission to the museum. Class will meet in Glassell Hall.   Travel to ancient Rome without leaving Houston! You’ll have some great postcards to send back to relatives as you excavate a Roman soldiers’ camp, build an arch, help create a museum, march with […]

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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 […]

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

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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Katydid!…Did she?

Crystal · June 21, 2018, 3:19 pm

Thank you so much...! Ugh I'm so nervous/overprotective, I wish I could guarantee her protection and that she won't just be food the first day :/... but thank you for the advice and encouragement, it helps! It just rained so maybe I will let her free later this afternoon or tomorrow.

Color me Carmine: Cochineal bugs in our food and drink

Cristina · June 20, 2018, 6:28 pm

I got a very bad allergic reaction that lasted for months with several visits to ER which started right after eating raspberries from a farm. We never found out what it was, but it took months to clear it up. Now I wonder if that was related to this? Do raspberries have Cochineal?

Katydid!…Did she?

Erin M. · June 18, 2018, 2:31 pm

Hello Crystal! That is very nice of you to save the little guy or girl! I'm honestly surprised at the longevity! I agree with you, things are better off free in their natural habitat. It doesn't matter that it has been in captivity, it still has the instincts it needs to survive! I would just let it back where you found it since those are the surroundings it's familiar with. You can release it during any time of day, but perhaps during the day, while the raccoons are less active, would give it a better chance. I'm thinking it may be a female since females often are not able to produce sounds, or very loud ones anyway. The males are the ones that are capable of calling out loudly (to attract a female). Good luck!

Crystal · June 16, 2018, 9:53 am

Hello, Thank you for all the information and replies on your blog!! It was very useful for me in taking proper care of my Conehead Katydid over the past 7 months. I got him (?) last December, he was curled up and not moving on a plant as if dead (there were freezing temperatures through the night) so I took him in, warmed him up and blew on him and about an hour later he was animated and healthy! I have kept him since then (with help from a friend while I have been gone) but I feel like it would be kinder to release him again since it is summer now. What do you think? Would he have problems from being kept in captivity for so long or should he be fine? Also, I notice he has never been able to make noise (which has honestly been a plus because I couldn't keep him if he did)... he has always sort of vibrated/done this shaking thing while skittering around or suddenly stopping in place... is this him trying to make noise but being unable? Do they normally make noise in captivity (males or females, not positive which this is)... also am wondering if I should let him back into my backyard (no tall grass but there are woods, several trees, but LOTS of coons) where I first found him or find a farmland with lots of overgrown grass. And is it best to release at night since they are nocturnal...? Sorry for all the questions, thank you so much for your time~

How to Spread and Mount a Butterfly – Part III

Erin M. · June 15, 2018, 3:25 pm

HI Monica! There is an old blog by a former Butterfly Center staff member, which is basically a text version of my videos. Follow this link to see it: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/11/how-to-preserve-a-butterfly/. You should be able to print it easily! I'm glad you enjoyed the videos!

Monica · June 15, 2018, 4:16 am

Hi Erin Hoping you have a printable version on relaxing,spreading and mounting a butterfly? Have seen the fantastic informative videos but would like a reference when in a zone with no wifi internet access Thanks you Monica

The Stargazer’s Guide To June 2018: What to look Up For This Month!

Cameron Waggett · June 6, 2018, 5:46 pm

Nice work, James!

Educator How-To: Be your own knight in shining armor with homemade chain maille

Henrik of Havn · June 4, 2018, 3:53 pm

A hauberk made of 1/2 inch diameter ( inside measurement) rings needs some 10,000 rings to cover a 6 foot tall, 175 pound man from neck to knees and elbows. Depending on how thick the rings are, it my weigh up to around 40 pounds. An easier way to make mail is to string the beginning row of closed rings on a horizontal support such as a thin metal rod or stiff wire , held up at the ends. Then simply add another row of rings below the previous one by putting an open ring through two of the rings above and then closing it. Then add another open ring by putting it through one of those rings and another next to it, then closing this new ring. Repeat this process till all the rings in the second row go through two rings in the row above it. Note; Be careful the rings all line up in the same pattern in the second row before adding a third row below, in the same way. They should all have their side edges resting either in front of or behind the neighboring ring's edge. If they don't, simply lift the ring over the support wire and place it on the side where it lines up as needed. All the rings next to it may also need to be moved over the support wire as well, in order to get all the rings to line up evenly. Once all the rings are in position, add a third row of rings as before, one ring through two in the row above, and so on. Once this third row of rings is in place the rings are locked in the 4 rings in one ring pattern of typical European maille, known as International Maille. You can now add as many more rows of rings to make a wider bracelet or sleeve or even hauberk, one ring at a time. Assembling 10,000 rings into a hauberk may take around 100 to 150 hours, if you've got nothing else to do. Good luck :)

Forty years after Dipsy’s unveiling, original welder John Barber is back to watch her disassembly

LH · June 1, 2018, 9:59 am

Calculating for inflation, in 2018 dollars $575 a month would be a $3,047.09 monthly ($36,565.08 annual) income. My how the times have changed!


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