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  • A Hard Day’s Night | BEYONDbones
    with a fantastic mix of 60s tunes The Fab 5 have been bringing party goers together in Houston for over 17 years And the Houston Musuem of Natural Science is one of the largest venues in Houston How often do you go to a club in Houston with 1 000 people And how often do you go to a club in Houston with over 1 000 people where you can actually walk around have a casual conversation and not feel claustrophobic Exactly The Museum is built with an educational purpose and there are thousands of children and students running through our halls every day But education happens after dark too Most nights and weekends you can find revelers living it up and learning a little something on the side From weddings to team building and fashion shows the Museum is an amazing place that can be transformed to accomodate thousands of people But you don t need an invitation Mixers Elixirs IMAX is an awesome way to view it all in action from lighting to logistics We know how to throw a party So when you ve had a hard week want to kick back and are just plain ole

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/06/a-hard-days-night/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Magnificent Monarch’s Munch | BEYONDbones
    it butterflies will come to your yard I said Really are you sure How will they find it in my yard Well sure enough the next day within twenty four hours a female monarch butterfly found my plant She even laid eggs on it I was so excited I just couldn t believe all I had to do was to put the plant in my garden and they would come to it How wonderful to be visited by such a jewel of nature So believe me when I tell you that all you have to do is to introduce the specific plants listed on our butterfly gardening brochure to your garden and you too will have jeweled visitors glistening in the sun They are a delight to the eye and a splendid conversational topic when you have the neighbors over for a summer barbeque Your neighbors will want to know how you attracted them to your yard and you can share your splendid butterfly gardening tips with them Gardeners make great friends Monarch Watch is an exceptional website very user friendly safe for students often utilized by teachers and because it is so special it is also listed as a helpful resource on the back of our Cockrell Butterfly Center Butterfly Gardening Brochure The Cockrell Butterfly Gardening Brochure graciously underwritten by The Garden Club of Houston is always available to our visitors at the Cockrell Butterfly Center entrance The brochure is also available online The Collector s Gift Shop inside the museum s main hall near the Cockrell Butterfly Center has a plant cart outside of its entrance door which always has a supply of the gardening brochures available free to the public For a small cost gardening enthusiasts can also purchase The Plants of the Cockrell Butterfly Center a

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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (6.26.08) | BEYONDbones
    scent of varying stages of ovarian cancer thus detecting it sooner that conventional medicine and thus hopefully reducing the mortality rate In Spain apes may soon have basic human rights People who are bilingual may shift personalities when they switch languages New fossils from Latvia shed light on the moment when sea creatures first ventured onto land Did you help curate the Brooklyn Museum s Click exhibition Anyone could and now the results are in They ve installed the exhibit but in case you can t make it in person they ve also posted everything online You can see the original 389 images people were asked to evaluate online and the 78 highest rated which made it into the actual show It s a fascinating look into the idea of the wisdom of crowds Check it out and see how wise we were 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged apes bilingual brooklyn museum click fossils human rights Latvia Mars marvin the martian personality phoenix sol 30 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

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  • One if by land, two if by sea | BEYONDbones
    with the concept of an ice free corridor This corridor was thought to have been substantially wide at least from a human s perspective and no less than 1 500 miles long According to Antev it connected Alaska with the ice free portions of the US This hypothesis was accepted or at least considered by the archaeological community for quite a while It was a bold statement to make especially since in the 1930s our understanding of the geology of that part of the Americas was limited Basic topographic mapping of the area from Northern Yukon to Northern Montana was not completed until the 1950s It was not until the 1990s that systematic geology mapping was completed for this region At this point we need to step back a little While ideas and hypotheses can be great and mind blowing there is something that occasionally will upend even the most elegant mental constructions actual data So here we are at the beginning of the 21st century slowly coming to grips that this so called ice free corridor may not have existed after all when the earliest settlers were supposed to have migrated through it on their way south The pendulum was moving again in favor of the coastal route hypothesis causing archaeologists to again wonder what evidence do we have that people came over by boat One argument used by both supporters and detractors of the coastal route hypothesis is that such evidence is currently covered by hundreds of feet of water Therefore at first glance it would appear to be very difficult to prove or disprove the existence of such a migration route because any artifacts left behind are out of reach Or are they Earlt human artifacts have been found along the North American coastline photo credit sun dazed In the late 1990s researchers working off the Pacific Coast of Canada set out to find locations where people may have stopped on their way south Such locations might be river valleys now submerged or beaches equally submerged In 1998 a Canadian research team did find an artifact at a depth of 53 meters off the Coast of the Queen Charlotte Islands It was eventually dated at 10 200 years ago Such a find is the archaeological equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack It has led to more extensive underwater probes elsewhere What can we say about prehistoric travel across water How was it done Aside from looking under water for any remains of prehistoric water craft we could also look at other ways to prove that prehistoric peoples had the ability to cross substantial bodies of water Here are some pointers Greater Australia was colonized by humans about 50 000 years ago At that time there was no land bridge connecting Australia to Southeast Asia People crossed the water into Australia and became the people we now know as the Aborigines A second pointer is obsidian recovered at a site south of Tokyo was sourced back

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  • Critter Cameo – Mysterious Matamata | BEYONDbones
    their prey are small fish They prefer to live in shallow water so that they can comfortably reach their long necks up to the surface using their proboscis like nose to reach the air The Houston Museum of Natural Science s Matamata was purchased for the Frogs A Color of Chorus exhibit 1 5 years ago He seemed to be a relatively easy animal to take care of at first He would eat 30 40 Black Salty goldfish a week without complaint As time went by we had a problem common to Matamata hobbyists our turtle was getting sick from the goldfish and refused to eat them Instead of eating them he destroyed the fish stinking up his tank quite nicely It was time for a trip to the vet The biggest container available for us to transport this large turtle was a very wide very long cooler used for Summer Camp After being poked and prodded the veterinarian suggested we change his diet No more goldfish He is now on a minnow diet straight from Lake Conroe Thanks Randi Now he is doing great especially since we quit poking him with needles and regularly removing him for a weigh in on a baby scale He will eagerly eat up to 12 dozen minnows in one week Phew Matamata slowly heading back to his sleeping corner of the tank to rest until the next evening Many patrons and museum staff continuously ask Is it alive The Matamata is both a sit and wait predator and nocturnal so he doesn t move around much when visitors come to see him during regular hours I tell them to watch his eyes Oftentimes you can see him blink Occasionally you may even see him take a breath If you were to visit at

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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (6.25.08) | BEYONDbones
    So here s what went down after you logged off Sprained ankle Eat two slices and call me in the morning Researchers at the University of Bonn claim that the spice oregano commonly found in pizza can reduce inflammation Siberian mummies are revealing fascinting insights into a culture that warred with the ancient Greeks including the earliest documented example of cancer You don t want to know what happens when he blows his nose A computer scientist has turned his face into a remote control using facial recognition technology Apparently we re all mutants Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered that your genome changes during the course of your life The Linnean Society named for famed naturalist Carl Linnaeus has put its entire collection of plants and insects online You can zoom in on these beautiful flash photos for an amazing look at all of the tiniest details Via 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged carl linnaeus facial recognition genome HMNS inflammation mummy mutant oregano pizza remote control Science siberia siberian mummies university of bonn by Erin B Bookmark the permalink About Erin B Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS In a

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  • A Windy Day | BEYONDbones
    friendly energy sources available Every state in the U S has wind energy sources The country that uses the most wind energy is Germany Spain is second and the U S is third which uses about half as much as Germany Texas produces the most wind energy in the U S The city of Houston starting July 1 will get 1 5 of its energy from wind for the next 5 years This includes city owned facilities such as airports police stations fire stations and water treatment plants Towards the end of the seminar Ian Baring Gould Senior Mechanical Engineer with the National Wind Technology Center in Golden Colorado told us about the Wind for Schools Program Even though the program is not for Texas we can still use the ideas Ian was referred to as the guru of wind energy so I filed his name into my brain under valuable people to know He also fell under nice people to talk with One of the coolest things he said was that they have a wind energy graveyard up in Golden where they do research He said that I can come dig around and see if there is anything I could use to help teach my teachers back in Houston WOOHOO I am always game for a great garage sale Then the teachers created model wind turbines Our group created the fasted which produced 320 microvolts That is me looking rather skeptical along with Sharon Fontaine Science Content Specialist with Houston ISD building our turbine At the end of the day the teachers got to go into the Exhibition Hall and visit all of the exhibits I continued to gather information about wind energy and met many fascinating people from all over the world Most of the displays were rather

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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (6.24.08) | BEYONDbones
    kill polar bears The technology that makes bike lights blink may soon be used to power cars Now that s an entrance new research indicates that Homer s Odysseus finally made it home to Penelope during a total eclipse How do fossil geeks keep up with the Joneses Ammonite sink Bonus points Erosion Basin 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged ammonite Astronomy canada CERN eclipse

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