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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.10.08) | BEYONDbones
    or pouring rain forests you have to traverse to get there Which begs the question what if it s not Surely someone has dropped the thing in a puddle since we started the Games up again So this isn t news per se but I d just like to put this out there I like bridges that don t collapse I prefer buildings that stay in one piece And I am also rather fond petrochemical plants that don t blow up So I found Mental Floss list of Embarrassing Moments in Engineering to be fascinating but also completely terrifying and also somewhat more than embarrassing for the engineers involved Um just a quick note to all you future engineers out there please study hard If your bridge sways so much that it actually throws people off that s bad Very very bad And finally yesterday our very own David was a guest on FM Houston a fabulous local radio program answering ever curious host Laurent s probing questions about da Vinci our exhibit his inventions the Renaissance and more Everyone else will have to wait until this weekend to experience the hilarity when it airs on all 63 local Clear Channel stations but you dear blog reader can listen to their witty repartee right now check out the FM Houston blog and download the podcast 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged blog da vinci Energy engineering Mars olympics radio Science 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 2 thoughts on Science Doesn t Sleep 4 10 08 Bill Eley on April 10 2008

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  • Snoring Section Needed | BEYONDbones
    tours The overnight staff which included Kat Allison myself and our cast of helpers received high marks on the evaluation sheet but the most highly praised portion of the evening was the midnight tour with David The tour was optional but nearly all of the teachers were beguiled into attending by David who was mentioned by name as the favorite part of the evening for 17 people The worst part of the evening for many of those attending was that we had not designated a snoring section in the Hall of the Americas Duly noted Ear plugs for all Comments on the evening included Great Informative Entertaining The woman next to me snored very loudly Everything else was great The topic Leonardo da Vinci was great I like how everything was connected to him Educators working on creating a replica Leonardo s parachute The best part was learning more about da Vinci and then trying to recreate his models ideas with hands on activities Da Vinci drew me in but other overnights would be fun Fun factor 10 I can create a lot of buzz among my students My least favorite part was going to sleep I wanted David s tour to go on for hours Looking at everyone s feedback I think we will slightly rearrange the schedule include spaces for a few more teachers and include a snoring section in the sleeping area Two teacher overnights are scheduled for the 2008 2009 school year and we have interested teachers registered for both If you know someone who might be interested send them here 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Education and tagged da vinci Education teachers by Nicole Bookmark the permalink About Nicole Nicole has worked for HMNS in some capacity since 1996 whether part time

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  • The Tired Monarch | BEYONDbones
    are one of their flagship organisms Monarch Watch a non profit organization based at the University of Kansas coordinates efforts to tag migrating monarchs Yes you can actually put tiny numbered tags on these butterflies Recovering tagged butterflies has allowed researchers to map the Monarchs migration route over the past decade or so and has helped us to understand the biology and physiology behind this unique phenomenon Here in Houston things get confusing because not all of our monarchs leave for the winter Local butterfly enthusiasts have noticed both adult butterflies and caterpillars throughout the winter for the past several years Perhaps it is because our winters have been milder of late or perhaps it s due to the Mexican milkweed Asclepias curassavica aka butterfly weed that many butterfly gardeners are planting Last instar monarch caterpillar feeding on Asclepias curassavica In contrast to our native milkweeds this tropical species doesn t die back in the winter which means that monarchs have a place to lay their eggs and grow new caterpillars all year round If you see a fresh looking individual at this time of year it is definitely one that didn t bother to make the long trip south But in late March and April keep your eyes open for those tired and faded butterflies and think of the immense and amazing trip they have made to get here If your interest has been piqued the Houston Chronicle has published several articles about Monarchs this springs on their habitat the science behind their migration and travel options to see millions of Monarchs at their overwintering sites in Mexico Do you know how to tell monarch males and females apart It s subtle but easy once you know what to look for Males have thin black pigmentation around the veins

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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.9.08) | BEYONDbones
    be about a lizard cooling his heels in a community college science lab It s called creatively Newt They don t say much more than that but I m pretty sure this crazy chameleon is destined to become entangled in some sort of hijink causing a headache inspiring a breakthrough saving the day for his caretakers hilarity ensues Those Vikings really got around In addition to wandering over to the new world and terrorizing most of Europe they were apparently trading with the East as early as the 9th century A huge hoard of coins has been found in a Bronze Age tomb in Sweden it s made up of coins minted in Iraq and Syria dating to AD 840 New research looks at you Researchers at UV Irvine have just announced the results of a study of blog readers online habits and experiences Instead of a black hole that swallows the Earth CERN has created a new Internet In non science news Tired of visiting Mission Control for the 67th time No Grandma I never met Lisa Nowak Now you can throw one of these at your out of town guests as soon as they drop their luggage Who knows You might discover something new about your own city And finally thanks to Houstonist for spreading the word about BEYONDbones yesterday They have one of the best blogs in town Seriously are you a subscriber No Well we can t force to to be that super cool but trust me when I say you re missing out so we were thrilled to be featured Thanks guys 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged aliens archaeology astronaut black hole CERN history houstonist movie NASA vikings by Erin B Bookmark the permalink About Erin B Erin is

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  • Droppin’ it like it’s hot: Mixers, Elixirs, & IMAX 2008 Band Lineup | BEYONDbones
    over 1100 Houstonians That s right Mixers Elixirs IMAX is one of Houston s best kept secrets live music a DJ AND a band hors d oeuvres to keep that tummy from growling an IMAX movie dancing under the dinos a cash bar and all for 15 This year we re keeping it fresh by incorporating hot new bands and a whole new IMAX lineup The addition of a brand new VIP room is the olive that tops off this potent martini With twelve parties around the corner it s time to dust off those dancing shoes see if those party clothes still looks as good as they did last year and don t forget to buy your tickets early Here s what you ve been waiting for Mixers Elixirs IMAX 2008 Band Lineup June 6 Mango Punch June 13 Little Brother Project June 20 Picture Book June 27 The Fab 5 July 11 Mambo Jazz Kings July 18 Grupo Batacha July 25 The Handsomes August 1 The Chromatics August 8 Siakara August 15 Grady Gaines The Texas Upsetters August 22 Lady D and the Zydeco Tornadoes August 29 Grupo Ka Che Be our friend on Facebook and MySpace to

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  • Astrophysicist and author Jeffrey Bennett visits HMNS | BEYONDbones
    in science Sounds like our kind of guy Plus he was kind enough to offer this guest post for BEYONDbones Hello Houston It s a great honor to be coming here to speak at the wonderful Houston Museum of Natural Science I ve been to Houston a few times before but this trip has been especially exciting I brought my two children Grant age 9 and Brooke age 6 and yesterday we all went to the Johnson Space Center JSC along with their cousins Katie Carolyn and Carly who live here in Houston It was a great visit if you haven t been to JSC I highly recommend it I especially loved seeing historic Mission Control where the Apollo Moon landings were directed I can hardly wait until people start to go back to the Moon again and I hope that someday we ll even be able to bring dogs like Max At the very least I m sure we ll be able to go in more luxurious accommodations than the tiny capsule that three Apollo astronauts had to cramp into for the journey to the Moon and back So keep reading and studying and most of all keep dreaming

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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.8.08) | BEYONDbones
    United States Immediately following the announcement Ditmire laughed maniacally and demanded one million dollars South Korea became a space state their first astonaut Yi So Yeon blasted off for the International Space Station early this morning CERN s Large Hadron Collider is good for more than creating black holes to swallow the Earth physicist Peter Higgs expects its use will confirm the existence of the Higgs boson particle also dubbed the God particle A real life bizarro world Astronomers have found a solar system orbiting a star much like our Sun with planets similar to Jupiter and Saturn leading to speculation that a Bizarro Earth and perhaps even a Bizarro Jerry may not be far behind And finally this morning Have you ever wondered how long you could survive if you were ejected from a spaceship Spock style Now you can find out It s fun in a morbid sort of way Created by OnePlusYou Visit the site to see how long you d last and get an excruciatingly detailed account of what your last minute or so would be like Thanks for the Chronicle s SciGuy for pointing this out I ve got him beat by 12 seconds but I have no idea why and it seems like this is one of those contests that you probably want to lose How do you fare 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged astronaut CERN laser physics solar system space 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 3 thoughts on Science Doesn t Sleep 4 8 08 Sarah on April 8 2008 at 9 35

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  • More than just bones | BEYONDbones
    can be found in bayous from Florida to Texas Peewee hails from Brazos Bend State Park in Needville TX also home to our George Observatory watch out for his relatives while you re out there stargazing During a flood his mother was forced to abandon her nest Luckily for Peewee and his siblings the park rangers came in to collect the eggs and incubate them Through permits and an agreement with Brazos Bend State Park we have been able to care for Peewee in a captive environment for the last 2 5 years Mother alligators are devoted to protecting their nests and hatchlings for up to two years before the young are sent on their way She listens for their calls when they are hatching and will help them out of their eggs She will carry them in her mouth from one place to another for protection or when looking for food If the babies feel threatened they will chirp like a baby bird calling for their mother s help When full grown the male alligator can reach up to 13 feet while the female reaches a length of about 8 feet and they can live to be 35 50 years old in the wild A closeup of our very own Peewee Peewee s species is one of two alligator species in the world the other one being the Chinese Alligator Alligator sinensis which is currently listed as critically endangered Less than 200 individuals are currently left in the wild Due to great conservation efforts the American Alligator has made a great comeback and is no longer on the endangered species list Fun fact An alligator has about 80 teeth in their mouth at one time Over time the teeth wear down and are replaced by new ones Over the

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