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  • Investigate: The Star of Bethlehem [12 Days of HMNS] | BEYONDbones
    of celestial event started the Wise Men on their journey The Burke Baker Planetarium offers new insight in the search for the legendary holiday star in The Star of Bethlehem Who were the wise men What did they see in the sky that inspired their journey Were there just three Did they come from Persia Babylon or Ethiopia Is December 25 Jesus real birthday In this film viewers investigate the real story of the Christmas Star through recent discoveries in archaeoastronomy Examine the night sky of 2000 years ago to look for clues to the nature of the celestial event that sparked one of history s most famous journeys Discover what this event might have been and how it could have guided the wise men to Jerusalem and on to Bethlehem Click play to get a sneak peek into the science of archaeoastronomy with Carolyn Sumners VP of Astronomy and the Physical Sciences Need to catch up The First Day of HMNS Explore Snow Science The Second Day of HMNS Preview The Chronicles of Narnia Exhibition The Third Day of HMNS Preview Disney s A Christmas Carol Get into the holiday spirit Visit our 12 Days of HMNS web site

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  • 100 Years – 100 Objects: Zoisite | BEYONDbones
    a new object every few days This description is from Joel the Museum s President and Curator of Gems and Minerals He s chosen spectacular objects from the Museum s mineralogy collection which includes some of the most rare and fascinating mineral specimens in the world that we ll be sharing here and at 100 hmns org throughout the year Zoisite var tanzanite Merelani Hills near Arusha Umba Valley Tanzania This magnificent near flawless crystal of tanzanite the gemstone variety of the mineral zoisite was found in Tanzania in 1991 As seen here the specimen is an exceptional example of trichroism whereby the same crystal exhibits three distinctly different colors depending on the viewing angle Marvel at the world s most spectacular collection of natural mineral crystals in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals 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 Gems Minerals and tagged 100 years 100 objects crystals gems HMNS minerals preserving artifacts preserving objects tanzanite trichroism zoisite by

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  • Preview: Disney’s A Christmas Carol [12 Days of HMNS] | BEYONDbones
    Dickens timeless tale A Christmas Carol stunningly reimagined by Disney Then come to the Museum to experience it as never before six stories high at the Wortham IMAX Theatre Plus tickets include admission to the Museum s permanent exhibits Disney s A Christmas Carol captures the fantastical essence of this classic in a groundbreaking motion picture event Ebenezer Scrooge played by Jim Carrey begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt But when the ghosts of Christmas Past Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye opening journey he must open his heart before it s too late Click play to preview this immersive movie adventure now showing in the Wortham IMAX Theatre Happy Holidays Need to catch up The First Day of HMNS Explore Snow Science The Second Day of HMNS Preview The Chronicles of Narnia Exhibition Get into the holiday spirit Visit our 12 Days of HMNS web site to see the videos and get more information about each event exhibit and film 12days hmns org Happy Holidays 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged 12 days of HMNS Charles Dickens Christmas Christmas Carol Christmas movie classic dickens Disney s A

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/12/preview-disneys-a-christmas-carol-12-days-of-hmns/ (2016-02-12)
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  • 100 Years – 100 Objects: Muga Silk Moth | BEYONDbones
    more it is washed Muga silk is extremely strong and durable garments often outliving their owners as well as being stain resistant and absorbing moisture making it very comfortable to wear The muga silk industry continues to be mostly the domain of small local farmers unlike the hugely industrialized production of the more common mulberry silk from Bombyx mori an unrelated moth species Learn more about moths and their relatives in a visit to the new Brown Hall of Entomology a part of the Cockrell Butterfly Center a living walk through rainforest 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 Plants Insects and tagged 100 years 100 objects antheraea assamensis assam bugs butterflies HMNS insects laurel tree magnolia tree moths muga muga silk Muga Silk Moth preserving artifacts preserving objects silk moth by Nancy Bookmark the permalink About Nancy Nancy is Director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center and curator of entomology A plant ecologist by training she specializes in the interaction between insects especially butterflies and plants The tropics are her favorite habitat and she heads south to Central and South America whenever possible View all posts by Nancy 4 thoughts on 100 Years 100 Objects Muga Silk Moth Joyce on December 16 2009 at 10 32 pm said Nancy does the museum have this or any of the silk moths cocoons on the lower level of the Hall of Entomology I d like my kids to see them the next time we re there they love their silk scarves Also we are planning on overwintering a couple generations of painted lady butterflies from mail order larvae I notice that many of the butterflies in the Butterfly Center enjoy feeding off of what looks like a yellow scouring pad unrolled and set over a red plastic party plate Is it really that simple Our trips to the Butterfly Center have inspired us Nancy on December 17 2009 at 9 19 am said Hi Joyce Thanks so much for your message I am not sure that we have any silk moth cocoons on display that was an oversight but if you ask one of the docents on the floor of the butterfly center next time you are here he or she may be able to show you the empty cocoons of the Atlas moths we sometimes get in shipments from our butterfly supplier in Malaysia You can see several species of giant silk moth mounted in the upstairs portion of the entomology hall in the Butterfly vs Moth display You can also order caterpillars and cocoons of Bombyx mori from Carolina Biological Supply if you want to see what normal silk comes from As far as the feeding stations go yes we use red or yellow plastic plates bowls with a contrasting yellow or

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  • Preview: The Chronicles of Narnia [12 Days of HMNS] | BEYONDbones
    of The Chronicles of Narnia The Exhibition Wondering if it will snow again this year It s snowing every day in this exhibit located at the museum s new satellite the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land You can also catch a glimpse of artifacts from series author C S Lewis personal study and experience exciting environments such as the famous attic and wardrobe Visitors will also encounter frozen waterfalls and other interactive and instructive elements This special exhibition is a truly captivating and entertaining experience for all ages Click play to preview this exciting exhibition Happy Holidays Need to catch up The First Day of HMNS Explore Snow Science Get into the holiday spirit Visit our 12 Days of HMNS web site to see all the videos and get more information about each event exhibit and film Happy Holidays 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged 12 days of HMNS aslan author chronicles of narnia Chronicles of Narnia The Exhibition CS Lewis Education educational exhibitions exhibition HMNS HMNS at Sugar Land houston museum of natural science literature Narnia pevensie children Science Sugar Land exhibitions Sugar Land exhibits white witch 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 Preview The Chronicles of Narnia 12 Days of HMNS Heather on January 3 2010 at 6 18 pm said Overall I enjoyed this exhibit However there were two rather glaring errors in the material presented First C S Lewis did not invent the concept of the Faun In fact these mythical creatures date back at least to the ancient Greeks part man

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  • Explore: Snow Science [12 Days of HMNS] | BEYONDbones
    to see falling here in Houston on Dec 4 the earliest recorded snowfall in local history So we asked Gene Norman Chief Meteorologist at KHOU to explain a few things Like why is snow white Are all snowflakes really unique And will we see snow falling in Houston again this year Click play to see for yourself Visit the Gene Norman Weather Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science a one of a kind interactive exhibit where kids and parents can conduct a live weather forecast in precisely the same manner as Norman does on the local news each evening Get into the holiday spirit Visit our 12 Days of HMNS web site to see the videos and get more information about each event exhibit and film Happy Holidays 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged 12 days of HMNS are all snowflakes unique behind the scenes gene norman HMNS houston museum of natural science khou khou weather center meteorology snow snow science weather weather center weather science why is snow shite will it snow by Erin B Bookmark the permalink About Erin B Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS In a

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  • 100 Years – 100 Objects: Hymeneae Flower in Amber | BEYONDbones
    was once sticky sap from the Hymenaea protera tree The tree produced the sap to serve as a liquid band aid to prevent decay and to protect against fungus or insect attack by sealing injuries to the tree The wet resin also had the unintended effect of trapping and preserving many of the forests inhabitants Millennia passed the trees lived and died the sap hardened Erosion washed the hardened sap into rivers where it was buried in clastic sediments Through plate tectonics the rock containing the resin was uplifted into mountains and the process that buried them during the Oligocene and Miocene periods brought them to light again 20 40 million years later Amber has always been prized by people The Ancient Greeks even believed the source to be the tears of the sun The transformation of resin to amber is still not completely understood but the variables of burial time heat and pressure combine to remove the volatile elements in the resin Though not as old as the Baltic amber known to the Ancients the Dominican amber is usually clearer and contains more inclusions This flower is from the Hymeneae tree a species that could produce copious quantities of resin the source of the Dominican amber The flower had not fully emerged when it was broken from the limb and landed in the wet flowing resin Though not visible in this photograph microscopic mite like arthropods can be seen living inside the flower as well The fast moving resin engulfed and preserved not just individuals but relationships between plants and animals as well Wander among prehistoric beasts in the Paleontology Hall 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/12/100-years-100-objects-hymeneae-flower-in-amber/ (2016-02-12)
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  • 100 Year – 100 Objects: Beryl | BEYONDbones
    This description is from Joel the Museum s President and Curator of Gems and Minerals He s chosen spectacular objects from the Museum s mineralogy collection which includes some of the most rare and fascinating mineral specimens in the world that we ll be sharing here and at 100 hmns org throughout the year Beryl variety Aquamarine Dusso Northern Areas Pakistan Aquamarine crystals from northern Pakistan have been known for nearly a century but superbly gemmy lustrous beautifully formed crystals on white feldspar matrix such as the one pictured have always been rare Especially unusual is the remarkable clarity of the 13 cm crystal for its relatively large size as larger crystals tend to have more internal flaws and milkiness Marvel at the world s most spectacular collection of natural mineral crystals in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals 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 2 0 0 This entry was posted in Gems Minerals and tagged 100 years 100 objects aquamarine beryl feldspar gems gems and minerals

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