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Why Notre Dame Cathedral’s Future is Secure Thanks to Its Past
April 18, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

By Dr. Michael Tinkler, Associate Professor of Art and Architecture, Hobart and William Smith Colleges The good news from Paris this week is that medieval builders worried about church fires. Remember, all light before Edison involved open flame – whether torches or candles. Candles in churches today are mainly symbolic, but reading inside churches called […]

Is Monarchy Better than Democracy?
April 12, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

The other day as I was walking past the beautiful displays of sporting arms from the 16th to the 19th centuries in our new special exhibition Art of the Hunt, I found myself completely awed by the beauty of the utilitarian devices being exhibited. It seems like everything made during the age when monarchs ruled is so beautiful. […]

New Name, Same Deceptively Educational Fun: Summer Camps @ HMNS
April 8, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

By Jayme Schlimper, Overnight Program Manager and Curator of Education Collections HEY EVERYONE LOOK HERE I HAVE SOMETHING SUPER IMPORANT TO TELL YOU! Xplorations camps at HMNS are no more! Just kidding! Did I scare you? Don’t worry we’ll still be having camp here, with all your favorite topics, but now we’re calling ourselvesSummer Camps […]

That Time Beer Saved the World
April 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

Long ago, in a galaxy that is actually the one we’re in now, the ancient Egyptians had a myth about a time when beer saved the world. In honor of National Beer Day, I thought I’d share this interesting historical tidbit with you on today’s edition of Beyond Bones The story begins with the sun […]

The Butterfly Effect: Visiting The Amazing Monarch Preserves of Mexico
April 3, 2019 · 1 Comment

By Jeff Cummins, Butterfly Rearing Coordinator at HMNS It’s the beginning of April, spring is in full swing, and I’ve seen the first of the migrant monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) females searching my garden for milkweed on which to lay their eggs. I know these are migrants, meaning they are the same individuals that spent […]

Astronomer’s Guide to Houston’s Night Sky – April 2019
April 2, 2019 · Be The First To Comment

April is the last month to see the full set of brilliant winter stars which now fill the western evening sky.  Dazzling Orion is in the southwest at dusk.  His three-starred belt is halfway between reddish Betelgeuse and bluish Rigel.  Orion’s belt points rightward to Aldebaran in Taurus the Bull.  To Orion’s upper left are […]

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That Time Beer Saved the World

K · April 12, 2019, 3:16 pm

The story I heard of beer saving the world parallels yours. During a drought in Egypt ( among the curses supposedly sent to persuade the Pharaoh to free the Hebrews) that the lack of food was threatening the social structure of Egypt. What they did have were warehouses of rotting hops and oats. from this they made beer. The beer had enough nutritional value ( Guinness the equal of a Pork Chop in every can) to keep people alive, maintain society and save western civilization. A friend had this story told him by his probation officer way back when over a misdeamour marijuana prosecution. He started the story by stating "drink beer it saved civilization.

The Butterfly Effect: Visiting The Amazing Monarch Preserves of Mexico

Trey Crumpton · April 5, 2019, 9:15 am

Hello, Is there someone I can speak to about using photos from Jeff Cummins’ blog post http://blog.hmns.org/2019/04/the-butterfly-effect-visiting-the-amazing-monarch-preserves-of-mexico/ for a Monarch Migration Interactive we are creating as part of our new Backyard Ecology Installation? We would certainly give credit. If this is a possibility, are there hi-res photos available? Thanks for your time! Trey Crumpton Exhibits Manager Mayborn Museum Complex Baylor University One Bear Place #97154 Waco, Texas 76798-7154 (254) 710-1190 www.maybornmuseum.com

What would YOU ask a Paleontologist?

karl · March 27, 2019, 3:16 am

iguanodon: I think the thumb spike was to break bark from conifer trees. teeth and jaw action seem to support tough omnidirectional chewing. can you verify?

No Bones About It: Forensic Workshop Provides Evidence for an Awesome New CSI Summer Camp

Kathleen Havens · March 26, 2019, 10:34 am

I am not familiar with that test to authenticate bone. However, bones are found in all sorts of unexpected areas. People discard bones from barbeques (skulls included), people bury deceased pets, animals die and their remains become scattered by scavengers and eventually become covered. Do you have a picture of the bone?

Michele Joycelyn Joseph · March 25, 2019, 2:09 am

Ms. Kat. I recently moved into my home less than a year ago. The backyard is pretty barren with the exception of a border of rocks and stack cement bricks around the edge. I was doing some removing some of the rocks and placing a potted plant and in trying to level it out a bit, I pushed some rock out of the way. Well, I noticed a bone and picked it up and when I turned the bone over it teeth in it. I dropped immediately and called the police to inspect the bone. Well the officer told me that the bone was not real because he had did a scratch test. I thought it was a strange way to test to determine a bone is real. Who would leave a partial fake bone buried in a backyard. Please tell be this officer was telling the truth. I could not tell if the bone was human or a dog. A dog did leave at the house before.

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