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  • Science and Sorting | BEYONDbones
    have different characteristics just like some shapes have curves and others have angles or like some animals have two legs some four some more and some none Anyway the point is that if you have different characteristics you can do some sorting and sorted options are easier to deal with than a pile of randomness I bet you select a sorted pair of matching socks most of the time and prefer that your oatmeal isn t stored in the same container with chocolate chips soy sauce and croutons in your pantry Science LOVES classification and sorting and there are all sorts of systems and methods to do it One word for these systems is taxonomy to be distinguished from taxidermy though you may certainly classify and sort your stuffed road kill should you so choose Taxonomy often refers to sorting and classifying living or once living things but it can also mean classifying rocks stars etc based on their characteristics Things to Try Periodic Table of Office Supplies Instead of sorting elements or classifying animals into classes or species I sorted some office supplies of the order Paperclippius more commonly known as paper clips Go ahead and try this with your own office supplies pocket change or whatever small items are handy Here is an assortment of specialty paperclips how could you sort these You might sort by color Or by shape And both ways have value If we sort by color and shape at the same time a table starts to form And the next step And the next step And then we might complete the table this way But we could have set up our sorting table like this Or like this And those ways are just as good they all sort by both attributes shape and color

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/04/science-and-sorting/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.14.08) | BEYONDbones
    are you doing today It s like NASCAR but with rockets Proving that no it s not actually a man up there no matter how much you believe and that the Moon has more Uranium than green cheese JAXA just released these amazingly detailed maps of the Moon s surface NASA has just released this amazing new Web site I guess if we re going to be creating long term relationships with them this is a great way to start four robots were recently inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame It s not really news but it is really fun check out the lyrics to Round and Round a song about black holes by Angelo Parisi and the Big Bang Band And in case you re wondering Why Does the Sun Shine and no it s not because of you They Might Be Giants has the answer As in The Sun is a mass of incandescent gas a giant nuclear furnace This is a literal explanation set to music Awesome And finally Wired wants to know what kind of geek are you 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged Astronomy black hole california geek insects

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/04/science-doesnt-sleep-41408/ (2016-02-12)
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  • It’s big. Really, really big. | BEYONDbones
    of a massive life size replica of an Ethiopian rock hewn church See how life size it is Never having been to iFest I expected to show up at the actual site where this huge monument will be on display Not so And let me tell you it s quite a thing a very cool surprising only in Houston thing to round a corner in someone s neighborhood and come face to face with a giant Ethiopian tunnel among the other surprises they re building to ooh and ahhh you this year Watching the construction the wire wood and plaster coming together to make ancient Ethiopian rock was fascinating Interestingly it seems that the same stuff our paleo guys use to protect and preserve the Dimetrodon fossils they re digging up in Seymour TX is also very useful for creating replica Ethiopian tunnels Apparently plaster the new Duct tape Since they were still in the plastering stage most of the action centered around this guy who we noticed looks an awful lot like a pretty famous pirate And for good reason in addition to being a quite talented sprayer of plaster he s also an actor who often portrays drumroll please a pirate And he ll be in character at iFest if you want to say hi No he insisted Jack Sparrow looks like me Touche sir Several iFest representatives were there to tell us all about what s going down April 19 20 and 26 27 including a visit from Queen Quet of the Gullah nation an amazing music lineup an Ethiopian fashion show African cooking demonstrations world art markets and more A lot of people commented about the general impression that iFest is just another place to get a turkey leg an impression the organizers are trying very

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/04/its-big-really-really-big/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Titanic and Today | BEYONDbones
    the most significant was the news article labeling the RMS Titanic an unsinkable ship If the improbable is called impossible it becomes inevitable If you can see this then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it s missing Get Flash Player from Adobe This video features photography of the ship news coverage of the tragedy the discovery of the wreckage and photos of survivors and people who were not as lucky And there are other factors after impact sinking might have been avoided and more passenger could have been saved but the poor decision making continued This is a story with many lessons to be learned On Monday night April 14 Museum visitors can experience the Arctic today and the Titanic s fate a century ago Chris Linder researcher and photographer from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Chris Linder researcher and photographer from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has spent the last year near the Poles and will take you on his Arctic and Antarctic adventures His images of research expeditions during the International Polar Year will show what we now know about the Poles and how we are learning more His story will highlight Arctic changes and their potential effects on global climate change and our ability to avoid the icebergs currently in our path After his presentation you will experience the Night of the Titanic in immersive full dome video Please join us for this very exciting and thoughtful evening Consider it a date with destiny 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Astronomy and tagged antarctic arctic environment lecture ocean research titanic by Carolyn S Bookmark the permalink About Carolyn S Carolyn is VP of astronomy for the Museum she develops Planetarium shows for the Museum that

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/04/titanic-and-today/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Science Friday! Cheese: Not The Same Mold Story | BEYONDbones
    visited Hendricks Farms and Dairy in Telford PA home to award winning cheese maker Trent Hendricks He walks us through how he makes a hybrid cheese he calls cheddar blue Credits Photography by Annette Heist and Flora Lichtman Produced by Flora Lichtman 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged cheese farm npr Science science friday video by Erin B Bookmark the permalink About Erin B Erin

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/04/science-friday-cheese-not-the-same-mold-story/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Looking Back… (4/11/08) | BEYONDbones
    and the shuttle never landed on the moon all three astronauts successfully returned home photo credit Kévin Froissard It s all relative On April 11th 1905 Albert Einstein revealed his Theory of Relativity His theory revealed many new and surprising possibilities Einstein hypothesized that moving clocks are measured to tick more slowly than an observers stationary clock This effect known as time dilation is a principle commonly associated with black holes as any sci fi or Stargate fan could tell you Einstein s theory also explained the relativity of simultaneity its a real word I promise This theory states that two events that appear simultaneous to a stationary observer will not appear simultaneous to a moving observer Didn t quite follow that Me either Here s a little video explaining it If you can see this then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it s missing Get Flash Player from Adobe 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged einstein Science space 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/04/looking-back-41108/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Mixers fans unite! | BEYONDbones
    break Want to check it out Their critique was of the 2008 band lineup for Mixers Elixirs IMAX Have they ever been I m not sure but I know you have So what do YOU think What bands do YOU want to see up there What do you think of the lineup and what s Mixers really about for you We want to hear it all so leave us a comment and let us hear your opinion If you feel like it head on over to HandStamp to let Sarah and Joey know what you think too 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Giant Screen Theatre and tagged HandStamp Houston Mixers music by Jamie Bookmark the permalink About Jamie I love my job As promotions manager Jamie throws parties for a living and she can t wait to share the fun View all posts by Jamie 2 thoughts on Mixers fans unite Jennifer on April 10 2008 at 5 00 pm said I m a fan of mixers and I have always had a blast there I m not some old fart either I m young into decent music and I know that these bands aren t the

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/04/big-bad-chron-can-keep-blowing-smoke-cause-mixers-is-a-brick-house/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Butterflies Complete Me | BEYONDbones
    Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas I graduated in May of 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology College was so much fun and I was very fortunate to work for a few professors who were Entomologists which is when I started to absolutely love bugs I got a job at the Museum in May of 2004 by a stroke of good luck One of my college professors knew Nancy and had heard that the Butterfly Center was hiring I knew the moment I walked in this place that this was the place for me Where else would I have been able to work and play at the same time My first few weeks working here were such an experience I was thrown right into the world of exotic butterflies which I knew very little about but was so intrigued I never thought I would be the one people track down to ask What is that new butterfly or Why is this butterfly doing that Another highlight of my job is our outreach program called Bugs on Wheels BOW that Erin and I run We take some of our favorite bugs to schools and teach kids all about them It s amazing to see the smiles and wonder on these kid s faces when they actually get to touch a bug Erin and I are both going to keep you posted about our crazy BOW life photo credit kevin j The world of butterflies is always exciting and every day here is a new adventure I will be blogging more about the newest weirdest funniest and most popular butterflies here at the Butterfly Center very soon Please stick with us as we blog away about the goings on and happenings here at the Cockrell Butterfly Center From bug

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/04/butterflies-complete-me/ (2016-02-12)
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