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  • Looking back… | BEYONDbones
    their films was in December of that same year Each of the original 10 films they made were 17 meters long and lasted 46 seconds Supposedly their first movie of a train had the audience screaming as they thought a real train was crashing into the theater Their first movie may have only been 46 seconds long but I bet the previews still took 20 minutes On July 14th 1965 the space probe Mariner 4 made a flyby and took the first close up photos of Mars After a seven month flight the probe flew by the planet and sent back 22 television images covering about 1 of the planet s surface Fortunately they remembered to remove the lens cap beforehand photo credit we must reinvent love On July 15th 1799 French Captain Pierre Francois Bouchard found the Rosetta Stone in the Egyptian village known as Rosetta The stone tells the same story in three different languages Egyptian hieroglyphics Egyptian Demotic and classical Greek The discovery of the stone allowed later scientists to decipher the lanugage of Egyptian hieroglyphs The Rosetta Stone is currently on display in The British Museum in London On July 16th 1945 the world entered the Atomic Age as the United States successfully detonated a plutonium based nuclear weapon during a test at the Trinity Site near Alamogordo New Mexico Less than a month later the first atomic bomb Little Boy was dropped by the plane Enola Gay on Hiroshima instantly killing an estimated 800 000 people The following video illustrates the power of an atomic bomb during a test this was not a bomb used in combat 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/07/looking-back-10/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Tasty Treats: snacks to revive the weary fossil-hunter | BEYONDbones
    pudding mix Beat Shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy Gradually add sugar beating well Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition Combine flour and the remaining 3 ingredients gradually add to shortening mixture beating well Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets Bake at 375 farenheit for 8 to 9 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned Cool one minute on baking sheets remove to wire racks to cool completely I also made traditional Toll House Cookies that are a crowd favorite Just buy a bag of chocolate chips and follow the recipe on the back For dinner with leftovers for lunch the following day I like to make soup You can get the soup prepared put it in a crock pot on low when you leave for the day in the field and when you get back to the Ranch the soup is hot and ready to go I was lucky on this trip that on my way to Seymour I stopped by a roadside farmer s stand just outside of Dublin Texas For you trivia buffs the question is What is Dublin Texas world famous for The answer will be at the end of the blog At the stand I was able to purchase sweet potatoes or yams I can never tell red potatoes yellow squash sweet onions peaches and fresh eggs I incorporated these fresh ingredients in my cooking all week long It s cool when you can see the garden that your produce came from and the trees that the peaches were pulled off of and the chickens whose eggs you are enjoying You know that everything is farm fresh A real treat for us Houston City Dwellers The hands down favorite soup of the week was Monterey Chicken Soup 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil 1 medium onion chopped 2 large garlic cloves minced I used 4 garlic is good for you 3 4 ounce cans of green chilies diced Look for Hatch Green Chilies they are the best and the hot ones are HOT 2 yellow squash cubed 3 red potatoes cubed 3 teaspoons chili powder 2 teaspoons ground comino 3 teaspoons oregano 12 cups of chicken broth 3 14 1 2 ounce cans of tomatoes diced with juice 4 cups of chicken cubed I used about 8 thighs cut up You can use pre cooked chicken 4 cups of frozen corn thawed If I had found good looking corn on the cob I would have scraped the corn from the cobs and used that Unfortunately my roadside stand did not have corn to early in the season 2 3 cups of cilantro Salt and pepper to add some taste Not in the original recipe but with my roadside stand I found that they added great taste to an already great soup Heat oil onion and garlic until transparent Add chilies and spices and cook for one minute Add broth and tomatoes and bring

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/07/tasty-treats-snacks-to-revive-the-weary-fossil-hunter/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Mambo at Mixers! | BEYONDbones
    s been a full hour since you sat down and the movie still hasn t begun When you get to HMNS you have several 3D movies to choose from Trailers What are those We get straight down to business in IMAX by showing you the film and nothing more All that s left is what movie to pick Here s a little preview Dinosaurs 3D Giants of Patagonia is an amazing film that follows a real explorer on the frontier of the field of paleontology A true adventurer Rodolfo Coria won t let anything stand in the way of his curiosity while he pieces together the mysterious lives of creatures who have long been extinct Watch as he reveals the dynamic between the two largest dinosaurs who have ever lived Argentinosaurus and Giganotosaurus and what life was like in Patagonia when giants roamed the Earth Galapagos 3D explores the volcanic archaepelago of the Galapagos Islands of Darwin fame One of the most unique environments on the Earth this area has a wealth of fantastical creatures you would never believe unless you saw them Dive deep with researchers to discover these incredulous life forms with technology that Darwin could only dream about Grand Canyon 3D River at Risk is an action packed adventure as two father daughter teams tame the rapids of the mighty Colorado Portraying the importance of the river and all that it provides to those around it from start to finish this film is the perfect marriage of education and entertainment Mixers Elixirs IMAX provides you with an opportunity to see any one of these films Did you come in to see an IMAX film for 10 Why not pay 15 for your Mixers Elixirs IMAX ticket You get hors d oeuvres a cash bar a DJ a

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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.10.08) | BEYONDbones
    that feeling but now nanotechnology may make your photos even better You can stop worrying one way time machine inventors there will be a Chili s in the year 3 000 Along with most of your other favorite foods At least according to new research that notes surprisingly little evolution in our diets over hundreds of years You can see Saturn all over this month in the skies in an amazing photo that was chosen as Houstonist s Photo of the Day taken at our very own George Observatory and in this fascinating video from the Bad Astronomer Researchers at Brown University have discovered evidence of water on the Moon Eight natural and 19 cultural sites have been added to the World Heritage List 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science 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 Science Doesn t Sleep 7 10 08 Sharon on July 14 2008 at 3 23 pm said Wow What a photo of Saturn and it

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  • The Black Swallowtail | BEYONDbones
    is a method of camouflage that protect them from predators I ran to get my camera and tried to get a good shot Not wanting to disturb the larvae I sat down in the grass next to the garden bed and took the photo The Black Swallowtail butterfly is a graceful flyer swaying from left to right not in a zigzag but in a gentle glide swaying from side to side The Black Swallowtail male and female butterflies are dimorphic meaning that they have a difference in the coloration of their wing patterns Blacktail Swallowtail Host Plant The host plants of the Black Swallowtail are in the parsley family such as carrots parsley dill and celery fennel I recall one afternoon late in the fall a museum visitor brought in some Black Swallowtail caterpillars because they had eaten all the parsley in her garden and she was worried that they would not live I placed the caterpillars in a plastic shoe box with holes in the lid Inside the box I placed a slightly moist paper towel and some fresh organic parsley I purchased at the grocery The caterpillars were just fine with this method of alternative feeding They all pupated on the lid of the box and remained in good health Within a few weeks time they were set free atop the 7th floor of the parking garage They gently took the breeze on down to the Cockrell Butterfly Center s Demonstration garden and began their life cycle once again Stop by the Demonstration garden the next time you visit the museum and see if you can spot any caterpillars 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Plants Insects and tagged black swallowtail black swaollowtail butterfly butterflies Butterfly caterpillars Cockrell Butterfly Center HMNS host plants larvae parsley parsley

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/07/the-black-swallowtail/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.9.08) | BEYONDbones
    DNA One of the most intact wooly mammoths ever discovered was unveiled at the Milwaukee Public Museum Gouges on its bones indicate human predators about 1500 years before people were thought to have arrived in the Americas You may have bested us in chess computers but you ll never take our music Meteorites don t look like much but the hold secrets that scientists are still working to unravel Octopus

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/07/science-doesnt-sleep-7908/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Flickr Photo of the Month: “Leaf’s Eye View” | BEYONDbones
    of our visitors and there are some amazing photographers wandering our halls capturing images of the wonders on display here that rival the subjects themselves So we ve created a Flickr group where people can share the photos they ve taken here and we ve been lucky enough to be joined by some truly talented individuals We want to share those photos here in a monthly feature We hope they ll inspire you to bring a camera along next time you re here and show us what you see Our first pick Leaf s Eye View was taken by AlphaTangoBravo Here s what he had to say abut it When I read about the Frogs exhibit at HMNS I immediately thought of a vacation to Costa Rica in 2006 I had the good fortune to photograph tree frogs in both a ranarium and the wild I couldn t wait to get another peek in person I grabbed my camera and favorite lens and raced off to the exhibit As soon as I saw the Red Eyed Tree Frog Agalychnis callidryas clinging to the glass I knew I had a chance for a good photo The frog looked like it was floating in mid air It was just plain cool to see it s feet sticking to the glass But I ultimately decided to focus on its brilliant red eyes They re not called Red Eyed Tree Frogs for nothin This amazing shot of a Red Eyed Tree Frog was captured by AlphaTangoBravo in the recent Frogs A Chorus of Colors exhibit and shared in the HMNS Flickr photo pool Join us won t you Some of the shared photos are technically brilliant some of them are simple snapshots but the one feature they share is the ability to compel us

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/07/flickr-photo-of-the-month-leafs-eye-view/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Water blogged – the worst museum spills and thrills | BEYONDbones
    President of the Museum walked through the hall That was me One bad wheel on a 55 gallon trash can approximately 200 gallons of water spilled throughout construction in the Frogs exhibit in the hallway and over the shoes of at least 4 people It begs the question how did it keep getting back into rotation More wheeled trash can fun how about having the wheel catch on the oh so slight gap between the elevator and the floor Thankfully the un named wore most of the water from the waist down instead of it pouring down to the level below How about a 16 cubic foot salt water touch tank splitting a side seam in a classroom during Camp I recall a towel dam trying to contain the rather large puddle Housekeeping everywhere buckets and mops at the ready true unsung heroes How about filter malfunctions Installing a filter under the existing piranha tank requires a tiny person or gymnast only to have the valve slip and spray water directly in my face mmm piranha poo A canister filter hose slipping off and spraying water along the wall in a classroom during After Camp Not once but twice Overpumping and overflowing Now here is a broad category This can include clogged overflow boxes and clogged intake tubes You probably do not want to know with what they might be clogged It can also include pumping water from one location to another underestimate the pump speed and voila cascades My favorite overflow has happened to me twice yes you d think I would have learned the first time Peewee our alligator resides in a large metal trough Imagine putting the hose into the tank starting the water just to top it off you understand and getting distracted Distracted enough to come in the next day and discover 2 inches of water flooding the Animal Room and a very angry 2 foot long alligator hiding somewhere under a shelving unit We have floor drains but even they have their limits Peewee s Pen 6ft circle x 2ft tall One of my favorite Animal Room questions Why is there a puddle There are of course a multitude of answers some of which I have already listed The least troublesome but most prevalent answer is the reverse osmosis RO sensor slipped This usually leads to the RO system running all night long thinking the collection barrel is empty when in truth it is not I am thankful that the system is not too fast in producing the vital RO water we need daily RO Water Barrels Slow leaks moving aquariums and having 3 develop small leaks once they were set up and running of course Leaky bulkheads in the bottom of tanks that s a current trouble even that drip just enough water to make Housekeeping crazy with constant puddles Forgetting the plumber s tape around a bulkhead and trying to fast fix with caulk in a very small non ventilated space ah

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