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April 23, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Lecture – Medieval Arms Race     Throughout the Middle Ages competition between offensive and defensive arms resulted in a constant stream of innovation and evolution that resulted in the magnificent suits of armor and gracefully proportioned weapons on display in the current collection. Historian David Wise will explore the science behind the arms race […]

Tinder and the Plague Doctor: A Case for Swiping Right
April 20, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Imagine you’re on Tinder, maybe wasting time or maybe looking for love, when the plague doctor pops up on your feed! You’d probably be tempted to swipe left as quickly as possible. Well hang on there…not so fast! Even though he looks like the stuff of nightmares, he’s really quite amazing. He may be complicated, […]

Salt: The mineral we take for granted and why it is so important to the Houston area
April 18, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

 By Randy J. Bruner, HMNS Sugar Land Docent   Halite (NaCl) is the mineral commonly referred to as salt. This simple mineral has had a varied and important impact on the history of mankind. It has been used as currency and has formed the basis for development of entire communities and industries. We need this […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
April 16, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Lecture – What Makes Us Human? Lessons from the Study of Wild Chimpanzees by John Mitani This evening leading Primate behavioral ecologist John Mitani will reveal interesting parallels between humans and chimpanzees with respect to friendships, longevity and cooperation. Humans form long-lasting friendships, live a very long time, and are an unusually prosocial and cooperative […]

Cockrell Butterfly Center Spring Plant Sale This Saturday!
April 13, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

  Spring is in the air and the Houston Museum of Natural Science Spring Plant Sale is right around the corner! If you are in need of plants, we will have thousands! There will be over 20 different species of host plants for butterflies, over 100 different species of nectar plants for all hungry pollinators, […]

Money, Violence And The Wrath of God: The Origins of Table Settings, Part II
April 11, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Last week we discussed the history of dining utensils, including an insightful review of the dubious origins of the fork. This week we will focus on the proper arrangement of different utensils, plates and cups and discuss why stuff is placed where it is. To begin, here are some helpful hints from Dylan Flosi at […]

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Insect Insight: Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Erin M. · April 17, 2018, 3:01 pm

Hi! Well, 10 gallons is a little small for 30 lubbers, they should not be overcrowded! I would aim for something at least double that size. They do not need water as long as they have continuous access to fresh leaves to eat. The more variety the better. They will also eat romaine lettuce and other fruits and veggies. They do enjoy having a heat lamp as well!

‘Shark Finning Should Stop’: a Letter from the Next Generation

Octavia · April 16, 2018, 12:58 pm

and forgot to say thanks so much i appreciate it

Octavia · April 16, 2018, 12:57 pm

Hey this is octavia, i wrote that letter when i was in 5th grade im in 7th grade now and im sorry to say but i lost the shark tooth but it was hard to keep anyways because it was all crushed up when i got it so yeah sorry it took me forever to write back.

Insect Insight: Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Isaac · April 13, 2018, 8:34 pm

Hey Erin i just caught 30 lubber grasshoppers and i want to put them in a 10 gall aquarium should i have a place where i have a "watering hole" or living plants to feed them?

Happy National Spanish Paella Day!

Lauren · March 29, 2018, 2:22 pm

Oh my goodness I love paella and just recently got brave enough to try making it... labor intensive but not nearly as hard as I expected. I can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Ancient Egyptian Gold At HMNS!

Chris · March 27, 2018, 1:04 pm

Hello Red The statue discovered by Petrie is indeed on display here. It's on loan from the MFA Boston and will go back eventually. We do not have the silver shrine, and actually I'm not even sure that Boston has it. I will have to confirm with our Curator of Anthropology when he gets back from an international trip next week.


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