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  • Harry Potter Midnight Madness – ticket giveaway! | BEYONDbones
    the center of the museum Now that I have children of my own I am carrying on the tradition Our most recent favorite exhibit was the Secrets of Magic My kids were captivated watching the magician twist a fork before their very eyes HMNS is such a wonderful family tradition in our family and I look forward to that continuing for generations to come Cynthia Fiser on November 11 2010 at 12 47 pm said HMNS is place I ve been going to since I was a kid It holds many memories for me It s always been a place to escape to I used to love the laser shows on Friday night It was always a hang out then Jessica Crutcher on November 11 2010 at 12 54 pm said I love HMNS because it is our kids favorite place Our 5 year old loves the dinosaur museum as he calls it and never gets tired of visiting all the dinosaur fossils Our 9 year old loves the butterfly garden and we ve spent countless hours looking at the insect displays And I love your selection of Alexis Bittar jewelry in the gift shop and all of the fantastic family activities you have throughout the year So pretty please we would really love two Harry Potter tickets EdT on November 11 2010 at 1 15 pm said HMNS why dost I love thee Let me count the ways 1 Lots of neat stuff to see 2 Including a large shiny object ooh that constantly changes 3 Photographer friendly 4 They put out wildly odoriferous flora to assault our olfactory sense organs and people wait in line a long time to see and smell them 5 Where else can you attend a class with a mummy and some stuffed animal heads 6 Did I mention the photographer friendliness Linkys http blog etee2k net index php etee 2010 07 word 31jul10 also http blog etee2k net index php s CorpseFlower sentence AND submit Search EdT LJeffers on November 11 2010 at 3 29 pm said I love HMNS because there s always something new to discover Whether it s a Pink Floyd show in the planetarium the latest IMAX the wonderful interactive traveling exhibits waiting for Lois to bloom or watching a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis HMNS has something for everyone I didn t realize science was this much fun when I was taking my high school and college classes Julianne on November 11 2010 at 3 59 pm said I Love HMNS because it allows me to be a nerdy kid again I ve been going since I was little with school groups and weekend trips with my parents Going through the different exhibits makes me remember about all different times in my life I ve been there Elementary school during field trips running around the museum and testing out all the different experiments Middle school the butterfly exhibit and imax movies High school walking through the exhibits upstairs

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2010/11/harry-potter-midnight-madness-ticket-giveaway/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Jean Laffite: Texas Pirate | BEYONDbones
    aboard at prices no one else could match For obvious reasons this method was quite risky and required certain authorities to look the other way or be oblivious to what was happening on the docks The second way was to use a mule train to transport goods to the black market in New Orleans The third method involved human cargo or slaves In 1818 there was a poorly worded law that prohibited the import of slaves into U S ports The problem was that it gave Jean Laffite s pirates all the incentive they would ever need to capture slave ships These pirates would raid ships and take all of the slaves to Galveston From there the slaves would be sold to a variety of smugglers one of which was Jim Bowie These smugglers would then sneak the slaves into Louisiana and turn them over to customs agents where they were entitled to half the profits from the sale of the slaves The smugglers would then get a front man to purchase the slaves back for them The end result was a legally owned slave that was captured through piracy and then effectively bought with a 50 discount Portrait of Stephen F Austin Though illegal trading and raiding were his bread and butter they were by no means Captain Laffite s only activities of dubious morality A war between a local Native American tribe called the Karankawa has also been attributed to Captain Laffite s time on the island The story goes that his men captured a Karankawa maid and in retaliation a force of around 300 angry Karankawas attacked his colony The battle quickly turned into a siege and raged for three days Eventually the tribesmen retired with a very negative view of settlers that would later play out

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2010/11/jean-laffite-texas-pirate/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Secrets of the Silk Road: Trade | BEYONDbones
    Resting on his proper right shoulder is a spear The very tip of the spear point protrudes into the upper register This upper portion is decorated with floral designs and a centaur playing what looks like a flute The two registers were recovered separately and sewn into the pants of a male individual who had been buried in a mass grave They were removed from the surrounding pants fabric which must have looked very bland in comparison with these fragments and stitched back together This is the condition in which they are on display This tapestry fragment raises several questions Who was the individual that sowed these tapestry fragments into his pants We can only guess where the tapestry came from the abode of a well off individual Where might this house have been located The imagery of a centaur and the male face seem to point to a locale west of the Pamir Mountains rather than further east Who was the original owner of this tapestry and where did he live The tapestry itself dating to the period between the 2nd century BC and the 2nd century AD symbolizes wealth very likely generated through trade related to the Silk Road Settlements attract those who want part of that wealth that accumulates in shops and houses Very likely we are looking at a decorative element that was taken from the house of a trader who made his fortune by tapping into the Silk Road trade As to where the community was located we can only make the most general observations and suggestions The art forms and the physical appearance of the individual in the tapestry point to a location west of the Pamir mountain range More we cannot say Who stole the tapestry What happened to him Given that the individual s body was retrieved from a mass grave he may have died a violent death or else have been the victim of disease There are straightforward physical anthropology techniques that would allow us to answer these questions However at the time of writing none of these tests have been applied we do not know how he died The field of archaeology is full of these mysterious discoveries where items are found in places where we would not expect them No doubt that is one of the reasons why people love archaeology so much Coins are another clear indicator of trade along the Silk Road Several of these are on display in the exhibit In contrast to our society where each country has its own currency and where one needs to buy foreign currency when traveling abroad the ancient travelers up and down the Silk Road did not have such worries One coin tells an interesting story This coin dates to the late 7th early 8th century AD The obverse shows the bust of a Sasanian ruler either Kushro II or Yazdgerd III while the reverse side has an image of a Zoroastrian fire altar This coin dates to the

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  • Second Saturday – Celebrating Texas Pioneers | BEYONDbones
    of entry for immigrants to America At our Second Saturday event in Sugar Land you can investigate what life was like for the immigrants who left everything behind to become Texans Participate in crafts that are appropriate for this era like creating your own family tree and learning how to weave and quilt Also make memory trunks by deciding what would your pack if you had to immigrate and could only pack a single bag There will also be story time and the opportunity to learn the origin of Fredericksburg s famous Easter Fires This event is November 13 2010 from 10 am to 2 pm at HMNS Sugar Land Free with museum admission 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged Forgotten Gateway galveston HMNS HMNS at Sugar Land second saturday texas pioneers by Bryanna Bookmark the permalink About Bryanna Bryanna has been with the museum for a few years now in the Collections department and no that s not a part of the accounting department that hounds you for money helping take care of the museum s artifacts and installing special exhibitions She never expected to work in a museum until she found a Master

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2010/11/second-saturday-celebrating-texas-pioneers/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Dead skin, sweat, and DUST MITES!!! | BEYONDbones
    them many are considered to be pests on plants animals humans and especially in the home such as dust mites House Dust mites Dermatophagoides spp are very tiny but visble without a microscope The adults are typically about 4 millimeters in length They are common in most households and feed off of organic debris human skin cells and animal dander which is what dust is mostly made up of hence the name For this reason they are mostly found in places like beds carpet and other soft pieces of furniture They cause no harm to us and would go largely unnoticed if it weren t for one thing They are animals and when animals feed they have to defecate The fecal matter of dust mites is highly allergenic due to some of the enzymes within it Therein lies the problem Many people have allergies ranging from annoying to severe and sometimes these allergies can induce asthma Some of these chemicals are also present on partially digested pieces of dust Most of these allergies can be treated with over the counter anti histamines but in more severe cases a game plan may be needed The idea as with any pest is to reduce harborage or make it a less pleasant place to be Wood or other hard floors are always a better choice than carpet because they are easier to clean thoroughly and dust mites cannot thrive in on them All soft furniture and bedding should be washed regularly Ten minutes in a hot dryer is enough to kill all stages of dust mites because they are very sensitive to dessication so the hot dry conditions in the dryer are lethal Just like with any other pest removal of clutter dirt and food sources usually does the trick At least once a week you should dust vaccuum wash all of the bedding and anything else washable This will lead to a relatively mite free home If you do have asthma there are certain mattresses and types of bedding that are actually mite proof If you don t have allergies to dust mites you can relax a little Dust mites have been around for millions of years and are probably on most soft surfaces you come into contact with I ve said before that people should just get used to the idea of tiny organisms crawling around and on us Most people have microscopic mites living in their hair follicles that feed on dead cells and sebacious or oil gland secretions These are known as Demodex folliculorum or face mites There are thousand of other organisms but they keep us clean and healthy Plus they re not nearly as gross as dead skin and sweat eeew CW39 did a story on dust mites last night and they interviewed me Watch the video below Can t see the video Click here 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Plants Insects and tagged acari arachnid arachnids demodex folliculorum Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus Dermatophagoides spp dust

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  • Harry Potter Midnight Madness at HMNS! | BEYONDbones
    and for all Witches and wizards around the world are joining together to stop Voldemort and the Death Eaters in their vengeful plot to take over the entire wizarding world So now it s our turn to show Harry our support If you ve been a dedicated follower of The Boy Who Lived from his first year at Hogwarts you can t stop now Come to the Houston Museum of Natural Science on November 18 at 10 30pm for a Harry Potter Midnight Madness premiere party that will surely give Harry Potter fans something to celebrate With live animal presentations that would make Hagrid proud although there are no dragons or hippogriffs tasty treats that would leave the Weasley boys satisfied and potions demonstrations that even Snape would approve of you have to be here And don t forget about the costume contest complete with fabulous prizes and Harry Potter trivia for the true HP fan to test their knowledge It s all happening right here for the 12 01am screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 So where should you be for the beginning of the end Why the Houston Museum of Natural Science of course Here are few details for the Costume Contest To enter the costume contest you must arrive in costume by 10 45pm to register at the table just inside the main entrance to the Houston Museum of Natural Science Once registered you will receive a number this is the order in which you will be called before the panel of judges Each participant will be judged based on the ABC s of great costumes Authenticity Believability and Creativity Judges will score each participant and we will award the prizes just before the start of the 12 01am movie for each of

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2010/11/harry-potter-midnight-madness-at-hmns/ (2016-02-12)
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