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  • 100 Years – 100 Objects: Conus adamsonii | BEYONDbones
    reefs and are difficult to find in their habitats because of the rough ocean currents outside the reefs Occasionally they can be found inside the protective coral reefs in lagoons Possibly these have been washed over the reef by strong storms French Polynesia is the eastern border of its range which extends westward to the Coral Sea area You can see more images of this fascinating artifact as well as the others we ve posted so far this year in the 100 Objects section at 100 hmns org 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged 100 years 100 objects Conidae Cons adamsonii coral reefs HMNS malacology preserving artifacts preserving objects Rhododendron Cone seashells by Steven Bookmark the permalink About Steven Steven never dreamed his first job out of college would be in public relations and on top of that working for one of the top museums in the country After all he majored in History at Vassar College Within three months of graduation he landed a spot in the PR department and has not looked back since He is fast becoming a communications fanatic spending a tremendous amount of his time promoting the museum and all it has to offer View all posts by Steven 5 thoughts on 100 Years 100 Objects Conus adamsonii Raptor Lewis on August 19 2009 at 8 02 pm said Despite my lack of knowledge of Malacology I can tell you what I DO know And that is that this Conus adamsonii is quite a pretty color lol I m sorry if I sound like the mainstream public Though I certainly am NOT My knowledge lies more in with the theropod dinosaurs more specifically some of the Coelurosaurs and even MORE specifically the Dromaeosauridae the Raptors of course Anywho interesting post

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  • Energy Vampires or the Phantom Load Menace | BEYONDbones
    credit William Hook An LCD TV of greater then 40 inches uses about 3 watts of power when it appears to be off so the TV consumes 0 003 kilowatts per hour at a cost of 0 0042 per hour For a day it uses 0 72 kilowatt hours or 0 10 every day Per month it uses 2 16 kilowatt hours or 0 30 per month Yearly it uses 25 92 kilowatt hours or 3 63 per year A computer uses 4 watts when it is off 17 watts when it is asleep or 68 watts when it is on If you turn your computer off it is still taking in 0 004 kilowatts or costing you 0 00056 per hour which turns into 0 096 kilowatt hours a day or 0 01 every day Over a month it uses 2 88 kilowatts hours or costs 0 40 In a year it will use 34 56 kilowatt hours or 4 83 When you put the computer to sleep lullaby little technology go to sleep it still draws around 0 017 kilowatts per hour or 0 00238 per hour That is 0 408 kilowatt hours each day or 06 per day Monthly that works out to 12 24 kilowatt hours or costs 1 71 per month For an entire year that adds up to 146 88 kilowatt hours or 20 56 for a year If you re like me and you leave your computer on all the time it uses 0 068 kilowatts per hour costing 0 01 per hour Over one day it uses 1 632 kilowatts hours or 0 23 per day If I left the computer on for a month it would use 48 96 kilowatt hours and cost 6 85 If I left it on for a whole year it would use 587 52 kilowatt hours and cost me 82 25 After writing this blog I now turn my home computer off when I come to work A DVD player uses 1 watt while turned off or 0 001 kilowatt per hour and cost 0 00014 per hour so the DVD player uses 0 024 kilowatt hours a day and cost 0 00336 each day Over a month it would use 0 72 kilowatt hours and cost 10 Each year it would use 8 64 kilowatt hours and cost 1 21 A Playstation 3 uses 1 5 watts per hour when it is off so that s 0 0015 kilowatts per hour and 0 00021 Each day that s 0 036 kilowatt hours or 0 0054 Over a month it uses 1 08 kilowatt hours and costs 15 per month Yearly it uses 12 96 kilowatt hours and cost 1 81 per year A coffee maker uses 1 14 watts per hour while it is off This would be a coffee maker with a clock in it or maybe a clock with an alarm that can be set to make coffee at a certain time So

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  • Soul-soothing to heart-pounding performance this Friday night | BEYONDbones
    and dance as they soothe your soul with a slow jazz ballad or get your heart pounding with an intense rhythm and blues selection As one of the top female vocalists in Southeast Texas Yvonne Washington puts on a performance that you shouldn t miss This is one of the last Mixers of 09 Don t let this opportunity to see and be seen by the smartest crowd in Houston The cash bar opens and live DJ plays starting at 6 p m After mingling in our Volkswagen Lounge join other beautiful party people under the dinosaurs as Yvonne Washington and the Mix get a swingin party started This week Yvonne Washington and the Mix August 28 Grupo Ka Che closes out the summer with some Latin beats 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged friday houston friday night mixers HMNS houston dance Houston jazz huston mixers jazz music Mixers mixers and elixirs yvonne washington Yvonne Washington and the mix by Steven Bookmark the permalink About Steven Steven never dreamed his first job out of college would be in public relations and on top of that working for one of the top museums in the country

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/08/soul-soothing-to-heart-pounding-performance-this-friday-night/ (2016-02-12)
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  • The Truth is in the Tooth | BEYONDbones
    friend photo credit PhyrePh0X Canine teeth you could call them your vampire teeth are found in carnivores or animals that eat meat For instance you wouldn t find any blunted teeth in the mouth of a Velociraptor Molars on the other hand are used by herbivores animals that eat plants for grinding hard to digest foods Try looking into the mouth of camel sometime and see what you find watch out though they spit Diphyodont animals like mammals have two sets of teeth in their lifetime Polyphyodont animals like sharks have teeth that are constantly being lost and replaced they grow a new set every few weeks Can you imagine losing every tooth in your mouth twice a month Sounds pretty terrible but at least you d collect a lot of quarters under your pillow Incidentally the Shark Tooth Fairy is also the Queen of England photo credit greggoconnell Another useful tool for eating is the ever important tongue Some tongues are attached and cannot be stuck out like the elephant no raspberries there and some are used for more than just eating Cats tongues are rough to aid in grooming for instance A frog s tongue is sticky to trap their food and bring it to their mouths Did you know a frog uses its eyes to swallow If they used their tongues they d choke If you find yourself without the opportunity to observe the mouths and eating habits of wild and extinct animals come on down to the Museum It s the only place in town where you can see a poison dart frog in action and view a T rex locked in battle with a duck billed dinosaur 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Education and tagged canine teeth carnivores dinosaurs diphyodont herbivores omnivores

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/08/the-truth-is-in-the-tooth/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Mighty Gorgosaurus, felled by…brain cancer? [Pete Larson] | BEYONDbones
    CSI Cretaceous Science Investigation exhibition which featured the mummified dinosaur fossil Leonardo It also featured cast fossils of several other Cretaceous beasts like Triceratops Struthiomimus Nodosaur and Gorgosaurus As Pete explains in the video below this particular Gorgosaurus was particularly interesting due to the number of severe injuries it sustained in life and the fact that it live long enough for them to heal showing scar tissue and unusual bone growth What Pete and his team from the Black Hills Institute uncovered when they were casting the original fossil is perhaps the most surprising this Gorgosaur may have had brain cancer Check it out in this video 2 0 0 This entry was posted in Paleontology and tagged black hills institute Cretaceous dinosaur mummy CSI exhibition fossil gorgosaur interview Paleontology pete larson video by Erin B Bookmark the permalink About Erin B Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS In a past life she was a public relations and online marketing dynamo at HMNS View all posts by Erin B One thought on Mighty Gorgosaurus felled by brain cancer Pete Larson Raptor Lewis on August 15 2009 at 10 04 am said HOLY CRETACEOUS A Tumor WOW THAT

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  • 100 Years – 100 Objects: Ceramic Plate | BEYONDbones
    description of a new object every few days This description is from Dirk the museum s curator of anthropology He s chosen a selection of objects that represent human cultures throughout time and around the world that we ll be sharing here and at 100 hmns org throughout the year This plate represents a lesser known area of the Americas that of the Isthmus of Panama While archaeologists have invested great efforts in researching Mesoamerican cultures this area has received only limited attention In fact there is no consensus as to what this region should be called other than the Intermediate Area As this plate shows however the Pre Columbian inhabitants of this region were up to the task manufacturing beautifully designed ceramic wares Explore thousands of years of Native American history in the John P McGovern Hall of the Americas a permanent exhibition at the Houston Museum of Natural Science You can see more images of this fascinating artifact as well as the others we ve posted so far this year in the 100 Objects section at 100 hmns org 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Anthropology and tagged 100 years 100 objects Americas Anthropology archaeologists ceramic

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  • Re-connecting with the past: recent developments in Mongolia | BEYONDbones
    Buddhist monk in an attempt to save historical artifacts during a period of immense upheaval The monk passed his secret along to his grandson who dug up some of the boxes in the 1990s and opened a museum Two additional boxes were uncovered recently and an estimated 20 boxes still remain buried in the desert The Gobi desert is currently also the place where a group of Australians are looking for the Mongolian death worm a creature said to be up to 5 feet long and able to spit acid It remains to be seen if this worm actually exists as it stands it is part of what we know as cryptozoology What is much less controversial and much easier to see is a huge equestrian statue of Genghis Khan located about an hour s drive outside the Mongolian capital Ulan Baator This Texas size statue weighing in at 250 tons of stainless steel and standing 131 feet tall is a very visible expression of the renewed interest in Mongolia s past A smaller though still imposing statue of a seated Genghis Khan can be seen by those who visit the Parliament Building in Ulan Baator While the equestrian statue is too large to ever fit in a museum hall there is currently a copy of the seated Genghis Khan on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science The exhibit entitled Genghis Khan is on display until September 7 2009 It relates the story of the meteoric rise of the Mongolian Empire Visitors will learn how over the time span of three generations Mongolian armies overran huge parts of Asia the Near East and Europe Objects from museums in Mongolia as well as the Hermitage in St Petersburg illustrate the story Maps and interactive computers complete the picture Those

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/08/re-connecting-with-the-past-recent-developments-in-mongolia/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Turn up the heat! Grupo Batacha at Mixers & Elixirs this Friday | BEYONDbones
    If I had to pinpoint one thing it would be percussion the Latin percussion It always brings a lot of intensity What brought Grupo Batacha together That was 97 We wanted to develop a Cuban flavored live band without any sequence music How do you prepare to play at Mixers We prepare 2 weeks before We know there are a lot of people that follow us over to the museum In the past we ve has twelve to thirteen hundred people follow us over there Before we start we always talk about our performance and get pumped What was your first impression of the crowd at Mixers The people that come over there come to have a good time They come to enjoy the music It is a place to see and be seen It is important for us to convey our message to the public We are there to have fun and to see them We are really pumped It s a good gig for the regular musician It gives you an opportunity to play at a venue that is not so regular Playing under the dinosaurs now that s something special There are only a few Mixers left

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