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  • Mom, where do butterflies come from? | BEYONDbones
    and everything is all sealed up Believe it or not butterflies are considered to be agricultural pests so there is a lot of paper work on the suppliers end that they have to fill out before they are allowed to ship it out of their country In addition they have to have copies of paperwork from us Each supplier must attach at copy of our USDA permit to the package plus a special red and white label that acts as a flag for the USDA once the box gets in the U S Here the chrysalids are organized by type All of the suppliers ship off pupae to us on Mondays When the box arrives in Miami FL Central South American suppliers or Hawthorne CA Asian suppliers the red and white label lets workers know that the box needs to be inspected after customs clears it On a good week this takes no time at all and I receive the package on Wednesday or Thursday I am still happy if I get it on Friday but I get a little testy if it comes on Saturday or even the next Monday It is very important that I get the pupae the week they are sent because if I do not the butterflies will start to emerge and that s just a mess So once the pupae are delivered to our loading dock I get the much awaited phone call of their arrival I get about 3 5 shipments a week with anywhere from 200 450 pupae in each I keep inventory of all the pupae we receive with an awesome computer program that a colleague gave me While unpacking the pupae I check off all the species we get and make note of any missing or extra butterflies Then I glue all the pupae from smallest to largest onto a large foam board which will hang up in our hatcheries that are on display in the entomology exhibits outside our main butterfly conservatory so you can see the beginning of the butterfly life cycle any time you visit us Ready to hang in our exhibition Every species of butterfly on a board is labeled with a number That number can be typed into a computer screen in front of the hatcheries and information about that species will pop up Once all the work is done it is a game of sit and wait It takes about 2 weeks for all the butterflies to emerge from one board Once this happens I take the board down take note of any butterflies that did not emerge clean it off and prepare it for the next shipment Next time you re here make sure to stop by the hatchery area and check out all the chrysalids hanging you may even get to see a butterfly hatch These butterflies are emerging today when their wings dry they will be ready to be released into the butterfly conservatory Speaking of butterflies hatching have you ever

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/05/223/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (5.1.08) | BEYONDbones
    afraid photo credit kaibara87 So here s what went down since you logged off Despite the fact that we got a special preview of the amazing rock hewn church iFest built for this year s event and a behind the scenes look into the arts director s creative process a series of mishaps kept us from getting a final look at the finished church Luckily Photine is there for us with this amazing photo of the finished product You kill a werewolf with a silver stake everyone knows that Science Buzz informs us that at the nano scale silver becomes much more deadly killing off all bacteria good and bad Intense heat is not the only reason you wouldn t want to be hanging out on the Sun check out this video of sunquakes via Geology com Irony alert The human cousin deemed Nutcracker Man actually preferred soft fruits Ever wondered if a boomerang works in space Now we know 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged Anthropology bacteria boomerang ethiopia fruit geology iFest photine photo werewolf by Erin B Bookmark the permalink About Erin B Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS In

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/05/science-doesnt-sleep-5108/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Solar Grasshoppers and Robogirls | BEYONDbones
    Robots camp for 6 and 7 year olds Our tiny robot works on solar power and he never stops shaking Check out the video This is just one of the many projects they make in their fun filled week at camp They also build circuits experiment with gears and motors and even program a special robot that looks like a bee Speaking of robots check out the cool robo girls in the next video The Museum loves its science girls They have programed their NXT Mindstorms robot to do all sorts of cool things In this video they are testing their robot to see if it can follow a thick black line using a light sensor They will then go back and make corrections to the program and try again I love seeing more and more girls sign up for our robotics and engineering classes We have to give those boys a run for their money Check back to see more exciting stuff that goes on at camp There is never a dull moment here I would also love to hear ideas for new and super cool summer camps Give me your 2 cents What should our next summer camp

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/06/solar-grasshoppers-and-robogirls/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (6.30.08) | BEYONDbones
    and lived to tell the tale Articles about CERN s Large Hadron Collider and whether or not it will destroy the universe have been flooding the internet The Daily Galaxy puts it best particle theorists are NOT Bond villains 100 years ago today Earth got in the way of a small piece of cosmic debris which exploded about 5 10 km from the ground From Bad Astronomer The air blast flattened trees for hundreds of square kilometers The ground shook witnesses felt the hellish heat from kilometers away and the shock wave circled the world And that was a small piece Discover Magazine has an interesting new list 20 Things You Didn t Know About Oil And no 1 is not how much it will cost next week In case you missed Shelley s awesome comment on the blog last week you can now follow the Phoenix Mars Lander on Twitter MarsPhoenix A recent post Want to see if subsurface ice shows evidence of periodic meltings or other indicators of possible past or present habitat for microbes 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged aztec bad astronomer bond villains CERN daily galaxy discover magazine large hadron

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/06/sciene-doesnt-sleep-63008/ (2016-02-12)
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  • National Geographic features HMNS and Leonardo | BEYONDbones
    recent exploits in Montana They were there to prospect around the site where Leonardo the famous mummified dinosaur that will go on world premiere display at HMNS this fall was discovered And they found several new sites helped set up Malta s newest dinosaur museum where Leonardo will be on display after his visit to Houston Today National Geographic posted a very cool story about Leonardo and our upcoming exhibit it includes footage of the Montana expedition as well as interviews with Dr Bakker and HMNS President Joel A Bartsch Check it out here and let us know what you think 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged bob bakker dr bakker great plains dinosaur museum HMNS Houston leonardo leonardo exhibit malta montana mummified dinosaur national geographic Science world premiere 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 National Geographic features HMNS and Leonardo Moses Robles on July 1 2008 at 9 33 am said Nice post and video Now I know

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/06/national-geographic-features-hmns-and-leonardo/ (2016-02-12)
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  • The world’s oldest alternative energy source | BEYONDbones
    megawatts of installed wind generating capacity which meets between 5 and 7 of the country s electricity needs Here in the USA which at 16 818 MW is second only to Germany in installed wind generating capacity about 1 of our electricity needs are met by wind generation and in Texas particularly this number rises to 3 Texas is also the state that uses the most wind energy photo credit Martin It s all very well talking about a megawatt of wind generated power but what can it actually do for you in your home In very round numbers one megawatt of wind generating capacity typically will satisfy the electricity needs of 350 households in an industrial society or roughly 1 000 people per year Although wind generators are placed in windy areas and designed to run optimally at wind speeds between 25 and 35 mph wind does not blow all the time In the USA wind generators work at about 30 5 of their capacity But of course this is the modern story photo credit Wouter de Bruijn The first windmills were developed to automate the tasks of grain grinding and water pumping The earliest known design is the vertical axis system developed in Persia about 500 900 C E although there is some suggestion that King Hammurabi of Babylon in c 1760 B C E used wind driven scoops to move water for irrigation The first known documented design of a Persian windmill is one with vertical sails made of bundles of reeds or wood which were attached to the central vertical shaft by horizontal struts Windmills as we know them today from paintings by the Dutch Masters first appeared in the late Middle Ages although it took another 500 or so years for the highly efficient mills

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/06/the-worlds-oldest-alternative-energy-source/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Looking Back… | BEYONDbones
    spacecraft finally reached its destination of Saturn after travelling through space for almost seven years The craft split into two pieces upon reaching Saturn the Cassini orbiter entered Saturn s orbit while the Huygens probe continued on to land on the surface of Saturn s moon Titan You can view images the probes have taken of saturn and its moons here On July 2nd 1900 the first Zeppelin was tested The German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin obtained a patent in 1895 and began constructing his first model in 1889 which was completed almost a year later The initial flight only lasted eighteen minutes the zeppelin was forced to land after the winding mechanism broke Probably the most famous zeppelin moment was when the largest airship ever constructed the Hindenburg exploded while landing in front of a crowd of thousands 35 of the 97 passengers on board were killed The following video is a newreel that was released about the Hindenburg crash shortly after the explosion 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 photo credit Karl Palutke Suffering from a broken heart On July 2nd 2001 AbioCor created the first truly artificial heart It runs on a rechargable power source The heart is still being perfected as it currently extends the life of a patient by only 12 to 17 months Also due to the large size of the technology it can only be implanted in large patients However it s only a matter of time until anyone can resemble RoboCop 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged abiocor artificial heart cassini cassini huygens Edison Handel heart hindenburg huygens ipod Israel in Egypt phonograph robocop

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/06/looking-back-8/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Science Friday: Grasshopper-bot | BEYONDbones
    27 times its own height That s a world record You can learn more about the project here Footage provided by 2008 SAVE EPFL images by 2008 Alain Herzog EPFL Produced by Flora Lichtman 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged grasshopper grasshopper robot robot Science science friday scifri world record by Erin B Bookmark the permalink About Erin B Erin is the Director of Business

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/06/science-friday-grasshopper-bot/ (2016-02-12)
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