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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.7.08) | BEYONDbones
    may be due in part to close proximity to the coast A new study shows sea salt may be the culprit On the flip side our proximity to the coast means you won t have too far to go if you want to help Adopt A Beach clean it up Off the Kuff has information on how you can help Because criminals care about the environment too Chemists have developed a test that will detect the presence of green lead free ammunition Check out the link for a great picture of a single gunshot residue particle that has been magnified 200 times So now I have to worry whether my Mac thinks I m having a good hair day Scientists at Tel Aviv University claim they ve taught a computer to recognize beauty in women Researcher Amit Kagian says it s the next step towards artificial intelligence I say where s the program that evaluates attractiveness for your gender Mr Kagian photo credit Steve Beger Photography Beger com Productions I still wouldn t want to meet one in a dark alley but alligators may be our new best friend Researchers have discovered proteins in alligator blood that may fight superbugs

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/04/science-doesnt-sleep-4708-2/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Welcome to the HMNS Blog! | BEYONDbones
    look up at the stars this month Get insider peeks into upcoming exhibits like Dinosaur Mummy CSI featuring Leonardo one of the world s most spectacular mummified dinosaurs as they are developed through exclusive photos and video Keep up with the latest science news and read special interviews and guest posts from the famous scientists and personalities who pass through our doors every day for lectures and special events We re very excited to share but most of all we want to hear from you What are you interested in and what do you want to know For that matter what can you tell us Houston is a high tech city and I hope we ll hear from the multitude of science experts in our community Check it out and let us know what you think by commenting We have an entire team of bloggers representing every facet of the Museum from astronomy to zoology who are ready and waiting to hear from you We hope you ll visit and visit often to find out what s new in our world and the world of science generally Happy blogging PS We re joining a rich and inspirational community of local bloggers you should really check some of these guys out 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged blog dinosaur museum Science by Joel Bookmark the permalink About Joel Not only is Joel the President of the Museum he s also a curator He has the rare distinction of having held almost every job here including security guard back before his museum career took him to distinguished posts all across the country At HMNS he built our outstanding collection of gems and minerals and the world renowned Wiess Energy Hall before being appointed President in July 2004

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  • Science Friday: “The World Without Us” | BEYONDbones
    by NPR Each week a new video will focus on science topics that are in the news in an effort to bring an educated balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand This week the good people at SciFri sat down with award winning science journalist and author Alan Weisman to talk about his best selling book The World Without Us Find out what prompted him to write the book and where Weisman thinks the world is headed if we don t control our population explosion Weisman is Laureate Associate Professor in Journalism and Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona Credits Produced by Carl Flatow Special thanks to New Jersey City University in Jersey City N J for providing an interview opportunity 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged earth environment humans science friday 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 Science Friday The World Without Us Gabbo on April 9 2008 at 3 46 pm said

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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.4.08) | BEYONDbones
    creatures which range from Ack to strangely beautiful It sounds like something from Star Wars the movie or the Reagan era government program but this space laser is for finding potentially habitable Earth like planets A new study found that animals may be stuck in time that is they can keep track of how long it s been since something occurred but they can t form a memory of when it occurred Which may be why my Boston Terrier is begging at the dinner table mere moments after being fed photo credit trespassers william I m thankful they re at least moving the endangered tortoises rather than rolling over them with tanks apparently the army is undertaking the largest desert tortoise move in California history However conservationists are protesting the evacuation as the land set aside for the tortoises new home is too close to an interstate highway and is plagued with off road vehicles and illegal dumping that would disturb the animals As a sidenote is there really someone who keeps those kind of records Eegads sir I never thought I d live to see the day You ve topped the Great Desert Tortoise Evacuation of 1939 by exactly

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  • IMAX – The Upgrade Experience | BEYONDbones
    things we did was to replace the old screen with a new silver coated screen That process alone took over 60 people to carry the screen out of the semi truck to the side door of the theater all in unison Then we had to lay it out over all of the seats like a tablecloth a 60 ft x 80 ft tablecloth The upgrade was to test everyone s nerve and patience The theatre was closed from December 4 through December 22 and even still we completed the upgrade with only hours to spare as we opened Night at the Museum the very next morning It was our first 3D IMAX DMR film and it became a colossal hit for the museum Check out this video of the entire process 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 As with all new installations of such complicated equipment there are bugs to iron out The challenges are totally new but we re learning every day Sometimes it is a simple issue to deal with but sometimes a malfunction can actually chew up film And this isn t just any ordinary film It is 70mm wide and is strong enough to pull a truck So when one frame breaks we could end up losing the entire reel of film roughly 3 000 feet The 3D projector has two eyes and a beating heart of electronics so it can sometimes feels like a living breathing monster with a mind of its own I enjoy the challenges of troubleshooting any problem to make sure it stays aliiiiiiiive And there is nothing more rewarding than hearing hundreds of kids screaming in delight and

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/04/imax-the-upgrade-experience/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.3.08) | BEYONDbones
    over a million kilometers per hour That s right a tsunami of fire that covers almost the entire surface of the sun Yikes photo credit bdthomas Attention Starbucks fanatics and chocolate fiends stop feeling guilty about your caffeine jones Turns out you re protecting your brain A small Swedish town has become an environmental role model calling on citizens to evenutally reduce their fossil fuel consumption to zero This is very exciting New York announced that it would be hosting a World Science Festival However the announcement itself was slightly bizarre as it was made by emphasis mine a panel of university presidents Schools Chancellor Joel I Klein of New York the actor Alan Alda the Columbia physicist Brian Greene and a Muppet After leading with this slightly ridiculous fact the article goes on to quote Dr Greene This will not be fun science he said this is the real thing First real science is fun Stop telling people that it isn t or you ll soon be sorely lacking in festival attendees And second I m sorry you re sitting next to a muppet I m pretty sure it s going to be fun 0 0 0 This entry

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  • This spring, bring butterflies to your garden | BEYONDbones
    a few of the surprises you will find at our 2008 Spring Plant Sale on April 12th This is a great time for you to begin preparing your soil and enhancing its quality in preparation for spring butterfly host plants It doesn t matter if you leave the Museum with one plant or twenty the butterflies will come to your garden if you put in plants that attract them Even if you already have an existing garden you can always incorporate a few butterfly enhancing specimens to provide nurturing food for them and their offspring You can review a list of the plants you might consider for your garden here Consider planting host plants food for caterpillars and nectar plants food source for adult butterflies in your landscape Once a female butterfly mates she sets off to find her host plant to lay her eggs upon Each species is attracted to specific host plants you will find these listed and organized in the Butterfly Gardening brochure Out of the eggs will come tiny little caterpillars that are sometimes difficult to see with the naked eye The caterpillar or larvae then proceed to feast upon the leaves of the host plant for about 19 21 days on average Finally the caterpillar triggered by hormones attaches itself to a surface and pupates A beautiful butterfly then develops within the pupae The butterfly should emerge in about 9 12 days depending upon the species So there you have it the life cycle of these wonderful and beautiful insects If you d like to witness it in your own backyard think about joining us for the Spring Plant Sale on April 12th from 9 a m 3 p m on the roof of the Museum garage We can t wait to share our love

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/04/this-spring-bring-butterflies-to-your-garden/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (4.2.08) | BEYONDbones
    found a new black hole And no it wasn t created by CERN photo credit Bug E Um it s called Galveston Researchers at Texas A M University have confirmed that a dead zone has existed off the Texas coast for 22 years and will likely keep on killin on Talk about kicking them while they re down new research shows that climate change brought the mammoth species to its knees foreshadowing anyone but humans definitely delivered the final blow Hello Mr Tumnus Scientists at Newcastle University have created the first human animal embryo Need another reason to help keep a kid into science Texas ranks top in tech industry job growth even as the economy shrinks Do you like to invent things Miss the third grade Think you were robbed when the ant colony beat out your model volcano Then it s time to enter Discover Magazine s Science Fair for a Better Planet Go on you might just have the idea that saves us all 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged black hole climate change economy environment mammoth Science technology by Erin B Bookmark the permalink About Erin B Erin is the Director

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