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  • Out in the garden | BEYONDbones
    what a specimen plant that is listed on our Butterfly Gardening brochure looks like this demonstration garden is a great place to start While we worked in the garden we were visited by Phoebis sennae Sulphur butterflies These are the yellow ones quite often seen in our great city A Papilio cresphontes Giant Swallowtail spent about 20 minutes laying eggs on the Wafer ash tree Other visitors were the Battus polydamas also called the Goldrim happily feasting upon the Bauhinia mexicana blooms We were visited by quite a few squirrels busily scampering about up and down the tree trunks A female red breasted robin was busy teaching her young ones how to retrieve the earth worms erupting from the fresh earth as we turned it over with our shovels Our time spent in the garden was a nature nurturing delight Just beyond the roped fence sits a paved patio with picnic tables shaded by large cloth umbrellas available for visitors to enjoy their lunch Not a day goes by that you don t see native species of butterflies fluttering about while you munch on your lunch Next time you are at the museum take time to view this garden and see what plants you might want to place in your own garden Feel free to pick up a free Butterfly Gardening Brochure available on the plant cart outside of the Collector s gift shop 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Plants Insects and tagged bauhinia mexiacana beautiful plants butterflies Butterfly CBC Cockrell Butterfly Center Giant Swallowtail goldrim HMNS host plants plants sulpher butterflies swallowtail butterfly by Ory Bookmark the permalink About Ory Ory is the Greenhouse Manager Rearing Coordinator for the Cockrell Butterfly Center Didn t know there was a greenhouse at the Museum She raises 20 000

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  • Busted bunny caught in bad behavior | BEYONDbones
    behavior Prior to the capture unusual clues had been left lying around the Animal Room half eaten carrots chewed electrical wiring and small tufts of soft black fur After thoroughly exhausting our options the staff set up hidden cameras trip wires and traps When Dusty successfully evaded the traps the staff resorted to stalking the culprit camera in one hand and bunny kennel in the other The hidden camera caught Dusty excavating A crisp carrot complete with top was laid out near the rabbit s favorite corner of the Animal Room and when he finally appeared the staff were able to capture him in the middle of his criminal act This creature of the night attempted to fend off the staff but was quickly subdued after a few gentle pats and promise of a fresh carrot Frances discovers Dusty in the middle of his crime Writer s note When the Dust Bunny isn t helping us teach in a classroom or at a Wildlife on Wheels program he regularly has free reign to wander about the Animal Room for some supervised exercise Dusty likes to explore underneath cabinets coming out with feathers dust and occasional cobwebs stuck to his whiskers hence the name Dust Bunny He enjoys following the staff around the room checking in with them to make sure they re still working hard eating his carrots and occasionally rearranging wires that may be in his way When he s ready for a break he will stretch out on the lower level shelves next to the warmest tanks in the room ironically the snake tanks The rather sweet little Dust Bunny loves attention 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Zoology and tagged bunny rabbits cute animals cute rabbits Dust Bunny HMNS rabbit rabbits by Frances Bookmark the

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  • Some Serious Bling | BEYONDbones
    constellation Centaurus Astronomers with the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovered the gigantic stone a few ears ago and they believe the 2 500 mile wide diamond once served as the heart of a star It s ten billion trillion trillion carats The astronomers named it Lucy in honor of the Beatles song Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds Smithsonian Magazine June 2008 photo credit Adan Garcia A ten billion trillion trillion carat diamond a three and a half million year old hominid fossil and a multi million selling Beatles song How many more awesome things in the universe are named Lucy anyway 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Astronomy and tagged astronmers astrophysics beatles carats diamonds large diamond Lucy lucy in the sky with diamonds smithsonian magazine by Paul Bookmark the permalink About Paul Paul Bernhard has been actively involved with the Museum s Wiess Energy Hall for fifteen years but he still doesn t know how to assess the influence of the Boycott effect on drilling mud flow or even how to calculate the Gibbs free energy of PEMFP fuel cells Nonetheless due to sheer longevity Bernhard has become the spokesman for all things energy related

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  • Bees, Benton, and my Back Yard | BEYONDbones
    active the beekeeper had marked her with a dot of paint I poked a little hole through the candy that she and the worker bees would chew through from opposite sides over the next couple of days to give them a head start Benton took out a frame from the hive and we wedged the queen box between the 4th and 5th frames We then took out three more frames to give us room in the hive to dump the bees This was it the big moment The bees move into their new home After hitting the box against the ground once more I pulled out the syrup can and quickly inverted the box of bees over the hive pouring and shaking them into the space where the frames had been removed I was a bit nervous and didn t shake them out hard enough so there were tons of bees still in the box when I stopped pouring We decided not to test the girls patience any more and set the box on the ground while we replaced the frames and put the covers back on the hive Then we leaned the box with the hole facing towards the hive entrance Bees immediately began crawling up and into the hive They ignored us just crawling over Benton s ungloved fingers when he poked at them This was so cool After watching for a while we left the bees to themselves By morning the box was empty all the bees had moved in to their new home It was hard to wait for the recommended 7 to 10 days before checking on the bees During that week I had to refill the Boardman feeder several times which I did at night or very early in the morning not bothering to suit up At first temperatures were cool so the bees were slow moving and docile hardly turning a wing when I switched out the feeders But one night was quite warm and when I pulled off the feeder I was greeted by an angry buzz Bees poured out of the hole yikes I dropped the feeder and ran with a couple of angry girls following me all the way into the house I was lucky not to get stung probably the darkness had helped to disorient the bees pursuing me After I d taken a bee out of my hair I humbly put on my bee suit and went out to retrieve the feeder and put on a new one All was calm again but it was a good lesson I suppose The bees were definitely getting more defensive as they settled in to their new home Now I take the time to put on my bee suit before I mess with my new tenants Benton and I admire our new hive Some nine days after hiving the bees Benton and I both suited up in order to check on them We fired up the smoker and grabbed the hive

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  • Grand Canyon Adventure: A Fun, Yet Totally Unrelated Interview with Narrator Robert Redford | BEYONDbones
    waiting for us I waited for Brad on the street while he parked the car and watched a FedEx van run a red light slam into a pickup truck and take off most of the pickup s left front end Fortunately neither driver was hurt both pulled over and talked on their cell phones before they talked to each other I was hoping that it wasn t a bad sign Inside the hotel the room where we were to set up was very small freezing cold and strewn with the remains of some group s breakfast I cleared off the table and put everything on the sideboard Fortunately a waiter came soon after and cleaned up then brought us water and cookies I ascertained that R Redford was in a room next door having his lunch with a group of other folks Then Eric Mayer from the Susman Godfrey law firm who was also participating in the interview came in and I was talking to him while looking down at my notes and so didn t even notice when RR entered the room Hi how are you Well at least he didn t see me clearing tables I ask if I can call him Bob Of cooouuurse he says His first name is really Charles the dominant male name in my family by coincidence but he s always gone by his middle name He looks awfully good for a mature individual even up close Still maintains the mop of blonde hair accented by grey at the temples Lovely blue eyes great smile wonderful presence and engaging personality when he turns it on He s really a star he knows it but doesn t seem to be a jerk about it Before we roll tape I announce to the room Please silence your cell phones and other ringing devices Redford laughs pulls out his phone and checks it then says No one ever calls me and when someone did once I was on stage We tape for about 15 minutes and he s pretty serious focused and on topic Then as soon as we re off mike he s relaxed and chatty He asks me about my show Music From The Movies he actually looked at my business card and I give him a 2 CD set that I d made up a couple of days ago It had musical selections from a number of his films He seemed to appreciate it and started talking about how he d spent 3 or 4 months filming The Great Waldo Pepper my first selection on the CD in Texas back in the early 70s He mentioned that his mother s side of the family are longtime Texans five generations in fact As a boy he would spend summers in Austin and San Marcos His grandfather built one of the first houses on Lake Travis I told Bob that KUHF was in the first day of its spring pledge drive and would he mind

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  • Octane Pain | BEYONDbones
    simply not do Your engine is not going to crank photo credit Strocchi To make gasoline As you may have seen The unrefined crude must be changed By heating and cooling And chemical retooling Its molecules are rearranged The places that do this But maybe you knew this Are refineries whose numbers are shrinking Their costs are not cheap In fact they re quite steep This whole process then needs some rethinking But demand for gasoline Is growing obscene In the world and the U S of A We can t make enough Of the valuable stuff And thus at the pump you now pay photo credit s2art And the whole situation Round the globe and the nation Is infinitely much more complex There are markets and forces And political courses That the brainiest brains will perplex There s war in Iraq Fear of terror attack There s OPEC and Saudis and Russians Political flak And reservoir lack And pundits in endless discussions There are plots and some coups And some radical views And economically motivated misinforming photo credit cherry Not to mention Detroit Where some are adroit At downplaying dire global warming So many forces are doing their work In multifarious giving and taking The price at the pump Is not gonna slump Despite all this quaking and shaking So read em and weep Or just go to sleep Or go on your own hunger strike But if I were you I wouldn t be blue I d just go and get a new bike photo credit micampe 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Energy and tagged car chemical crude oil Detroit engine gas gas prices gasoline global warming Offshore petroluem refineries Science by Paul Bookmark the permalink About Paul Paul Bernhard has been actively involved with

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  • These are a few of my favorite things | BEYONDbones
    is the hallway leading up to the Brown Hall of Entomology The colors are so bold and I still find myself in awe when I walk up and down the stairs There is also a section of the hall that displays how wonderful ants are at building their homes There are three casts of actual ant nests displayed with a video of how they were made CBS News recently did a great story on the man who developed this casting process you can see it here by clicking on The Secret World of Ants It s pretty cool to see the structure of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta nest and how many tunnels they have A lifesize cast of an anthill and all the tunnels Beetles aka Coleoptera are a main part of our exhibit because one out of four living animals on earth is a beetle There is a beautiful preserved beetle display showing specimens from some of the major beetle families I think I m partial to this section because Erin and I spent hours sorting through our beetle collection A few days before the grand reopening we both spent A LOT of time planning and actually putting together this wonderful beetle display We have a quiz game hosted by a very southern dung beetle that is probably the most popular interactive section of the Entomology Hall I love this game because it gives visitors a chance to get a bit competitive with their friends and learn cool stuff about Arthropods at the same time I would really love to share with you everything that is in the Entomology Hall but I will give you the chance to come see it youself We did not change much inside of the actual rainforest but we did get an observation bee hive I have to say that this is super cool and I sometimes find myself spending a lot of time watching it This is probably one of Nancy s favorite parts of the exhibit She has even taking up backyard beekeeping herself Another thing about the rainforest that is brand new are the butterfly charts You can borrow one of these when you go into the exhibit to help you identify the butterflies The last part of the exhibit is downstairs where the old insect zoo used to be My absolute favorite part about this area is the beneficial insects game It s kinda goofy but lots of fun and I ve seen so many kids begging their parents to stay so they can play longer Another part of this area that I really enjoy is the eating insects as food section To see the look on peoples faces when they realize that the vending machine in front of them doesn t have the normal stuff but instead has bugs to eat is priceless I hope you enjoyed my favorite things and remember that I just touched the surface of what we have to offer I hope that if

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  • Salsa Sharks | BEYONDbones
    of parties every Friday night with the most entertainment for the best value in Houston What do you get with your Mixers ticket Free hors d oeuvres free IMAX free DJ free live band and a cash bar 15 for non members 13 for members How many places can you go in Houston and spend less than 20 on a Friday night HMNS has it all starting this Friday Our VIPs get an even better deal believe it or not access to our exclusive VIP room private hors d oeuvres Houston s own DJ Sun spinning original beats top shelf cash bar seating areas wait staff and access to the Geopalooza A Hard Rock Anthology exhibit All of this for 30 And since this is Mixers 5th anniversary we re celebrating Turn in your first four Mixers ticket stubs and get into your fifth for free OR you can text MEI to 777111 and get special offers and band updates about each individual party Mango Punch will be here this Friday for you salsa sharks with white sangria to quench your thirst and sliders to stop that growl in your tummy You ll need your energy for this dance floor

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