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  • HMNS dinosaurs get the celebrity treatment | BEYONDbones
    You can check them out as they continue to be posted in the Assignment Houston group pool over the rest of this month and in the HMNS Flickr pool as well A few even shared photos on their blogs Some of the photos were technically astounding some were simply gorgeous and others portray our exhibits in such a unique way that it s hard to tell where they were taken Still others feature items you d never think to photograph and turn them into stunning images Every single one will make you look at this place in a new way If you re into photography there s still time to participate in the Assignment Houston HMNS topic and the lovely laanba posts new assignments each month that are bound to get you out exploring the city We d love to see your museum photos in the HMNS pool as well we pick one from the pool each month to feature here Happy shooting above Thanks to jimthompson for letting us share his photo Tripods 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged assignment Houston assignmenthouston27 blogs flickr HMNS photography photos shared photos by Erin B Bookmark the

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/07/hmns-dinosaurs-get-the-celebrity-treatment/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Robots Rock | BEYONDbones
    of the week As kids get older they can come back each year for more robot excitement in Roving Robot s for 6 and 7 year olds and then RoboLab and Battlebots for 8 12 year olds and we even have an Advanced Robotics class for those who are excited about more in depth programming Kids come up with all sorts of cool things robots could help us with a favorite has been the robot who does homework and makes root beer floats My cousin visited earlier this summer for a week of camp and was the grand champion of her Battlebots Friday Battle It is so much fun to check out these camps as the weeks go by great to see kids enthusiastic about building and exploring and making things go a great start for our future engineers Just in case you were wondering Merriam Webster defines a robot as follows 1 a a machine that looks like a human being and performs various complex acts as walking or talking of a human being also a similar but fictional machine whose lack of capacity for human emotions is often emphasized b an efficient insensitive person who functions automatically 2 a device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks 3 a mechanism guided by automatic controls Just as an update on my last post the coolest thing I bought for camps this week by far is the Pitcher Plant I got at Whole Foods The Parasites and Predators camp will study it when they learn about carnivorous plants The grossest thing that s been in the fridge lately is probably the pans of gross krispies our yucky rock bean and shell filled version of rice krispies treats that smell like delicious real rice krispies but are filled with things you

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/07/robots-rock/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Can you conquer the Tower of Hanoi? | BEYONDbones
    other disks in order The rules 1 You may only move one disk at a time This means you may only move the topmost disk in a stack 2 You may move the disk to any of the three pins HOWEVER 3 You may never stack a larger disk on top of a smaller one It s easy to get the idea with just a few disks Here is the starting position Then we move the small disk to the middle pin Which allows the big disk to go to the last pin Then the small disk stacks on top of the big one and the stack is complete Try making and moving a three disk stack just remember you can t stack the larger ones on the smaller ones You can also use a dime nickel and quarter or three other coins of differing sizes and just mark tower slots on an index card in place of the pins Once you get the three disk stack moved successfully see if you can do it in only seven moves two disks took three moves Four disk towers can be moved in a minimum of 15 moves You can also try this online This version lets you choose up to eight disks and will keep track of how many moves you make Here are some things to think about as you play Do you start to see patterns in the way you move the disks Is there a rule about where you should put the first disk when moving a stack of three four five etc Does it matter if the number of disks is even or odd Does the pattern continue no matter how many disks you have in the tower What is the minimum number of moves for five

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/07/tower-puzzle/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.15.08) | BEYONDbones
    hope honeybees will help protect endangered seabirds in Japan from the crows that regularly attack them Truck drivers construction workers factories and other smog producers in Beijing have been banned from operating in the city in advance of the Olympics in effort to improve air quality during the games But will it work Entomologists at London s Natural History museum may have discovered a new species to add to the 28 million currently classified there Somewhere deep in the rainforest Nope in their very own garden Everything will probably get a whole lot better according to the 2008 UN State of the Future report One thing Columbus did not bring to the New World stomach ulcers Farms are going vertical imagine skyscrapers developed to produce 30 stories of arable land 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged beijing crow endangered species entomologist entomology honeybee insect london natural history museum new species olympic games olympics seabird state of the future report stomach ulcers united nations vertical farming 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/07/science-doesnt-sleep-71508/ (2016-02-12)
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  • My Summer at the Cockrell Butterfly Center | BEYONDbones
    we do most of the propagating and repotting of the plants Greenhouse 2 is filled with 800 plants mostly Passiflora that we use as host plants for the butterflies This is also where we do recovery of the plants after the caterpillars munch all the leaves off them Greenhouse 3 contains the insectaries and pupation cages full of butterflies and caterpillars Every week the host plants in the insectaries that are full of eggs are transferred to the pupation area Then we put fresh host plants and nectar sources from Greenhouse 2 into the insectaries In the pupation area the hungry caterpillars must always be fed which means transferring them from the already eaten leafless plants to fresh plants that we bring from Greenhouse 2 Afterwards we take the eaten plants to the recovery table in Greenhouse 2 This is the never ending cycle of raising all the beautiful butterflies One of the bigger projects we had to do this summer was to re tie and re moss all of the orchids in the conservatory The orchids are scattered throughout the conservatory on trees and poles and they must be rewrapped every year in order to keep their roots from drying out and to keep them looking nice That was quite a task because there are dozens of orchids and every time you think you re done another one seems to pop up photo credit B In the next week or so we will be putting half a semi truck load of soil into all of the beds in the conservatory We will also be planting 100 red and pink Pentas to ensure fresh nectar sources for the butterflies This is obviously a big undertaking but it must be done every summer and I can t wait to see how good the conservatory looks after we re done We also have to water in the greenhouses every day and fertilize all the plants regularly Then of course there is the general maintenance of the greenhouses which seems to be an ongoing project In the Demonstration garden we are planting many new nectar sources and host plants for the butterflies to come check out Since I ve been here we ve planted Pentas Pink Turk s Cap Asters Milkweed Lantana Celosia Passion vines Dutchmans Pipevine and many more Right now we are in the process of planting Dwarf Mondo grass in between the cracks of all the stones We have already planted 7 flats and will plant 10 more in the weeks to come In the next few weeks we will also add a bench and some other focal areas Again watering and fertilizing must be done on a regular basis The Demonstration garden is one of my favorite projects and it looks fantastic We also maintain the plant cart in the Grand Hall of the museum We price plants from the greenhouse and bring them down to the plant cart to sell We sell nectar sources and host plants such

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/07/my-summer-at-the-cockrell-butterfly-center/ (2016-02-12)
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  • July 14, 2008: Breaking news from the Greenland Ice Sheet | BEYONDbones
    yet drained There were whitecaps on the lake and you could hear the sound of waves from our campsite That all changed yesterday in the space of about 12 hours Last night just after dinner we heard a BOOM coming from the lake then another BOOM and the gushing sound we had been hearing since noon like a big waterfall intensified We immediately began running towards the lake edge You could feel the cracks opening up below sounds like rifle shots going off alternating with booms in the distance like thunder and really creepy swooshing sounds in every direction One of the cracks that drained South Lake After about a half hour the sound changed University of Washington glaciologist Ian Joughin swore he could feel the ice rise slightly and a noise like snap crackle pop started issuing from the ice The research team speculated that the lake water having finally made it to the bedrock was shoving the ice upwards Imagine if you shove a cheesecake upwards from beneath it ll crack at the surface right Well that s what happened There were new cracks forming everywhere most of them were only a fraction of an inch wide but running for hundreds of feet into the distance Meanwhile the lake level continued to drop steadily After a few minutes of standing in shell shocked awe and jumping into the air every time a crack opened nearby everyone rushed to gear up This time we put on hard boots and crampons The lake bottom ice is very slick and hasn t been eroded by the sun like the ice on the sun weathered ice sheet With GPSs in hand we scampered off along the lake edge pointing out new cracks and listening to the steady booms and pops in the

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/07/july-14-2008-breaking-news-from-the-greenland-ice-sheet/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.14.08) | BEYONDbones
    So here s what went down after you logged off Miss the Muppets Check out Jim Henson s Fantastic World a new exhibit at the Smithsonian A Japanese team is developing a device that could enable you to hold a 3D image in the palm of your hand If you decide to sleep on a big decision you re doing yourself a favor Sleep can have a lasting effect on brain function Would you wear a caterpillar watch What if it told time by crawling around your wrist Why do we need a study telling us that people catch the flu in winter To prove it Popular Science points out how and why science confirms the obvious Can t tell transition metals from inert elements Scientist vloggers are posting a Periodic Table of Video on YouTube short clips that illustrate and explain each element 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged 3D brain function Caterpillar caterpillar watch chemistry HMNS inert elements muppet periodic table popular science Science science confirms the obvious si sleep smithsonian transition metals watch by Erin B Bookmark the permalink About Erin B Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS In

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  • Robo-dogs at the Rally | BEYONDbones
    the excitement Campers are busy programing their robo dogs to compete in Rally Obedience training events Check out this awesome video of one robo dog successfully mastering a level in the rally Notice the signs at our Rally O are almost exactly like the real thing For those of you who don t know what Rally Obedience is it is a fun and competative team sport for dogs and their human handlers Dog and Handler teams navigate a course with numbered signs indicating different exercises to perform such as Sit Down Sit Straight Figure 8 Send Over Jump Recall Over Jump Teams navigate the course at a brisk pace without direction from the judge or any other outsider Talking to your dog is always encouraged in Rally O Any dogs purebred mixed breeds and dogs with disabilities are encouraged to participate Check out this next video It s fun to see the campers get so excited when the robot performs exactly as it was programmed Check back often for more camp updates 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Education Science and tagged build a robot dog robot excitement HMNS museum obedience rally obedience robot building robotics robots Science

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/07/robo-dogs-at-the-rally/ (2016-02-12)
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