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  • Luxurious Longwings | BEYONDbones
    food source nectar and pollen to the mating pairs Our volunteers also place two bowls of artificial nectar daily as a supplement to the plants We supplement the food with artificial nectar made out of sugar and water because these little butterflies are housed in an artificial environment so we want to be sure that they don t ever run out of food nectar from flowers photo credit Hamed Saber We have pipes within the enclosure on which baskets of the Zebra longwings host plant The Passionflower hang Each week the Passionflower host plants are removed from the Insectary and placed into the pupation area Within 3 5 days tiny caterpillars hatch from eggs the female longwings have laid at the end tips of the passionflower vine These tiny soft supple leaves are the tiny caterpillars first food source Within 17 to 21 days depending on the time of the year the caterpillar is ready to pupate After the caterpillar pupates the pupae are removed from the screen pupation cages in which they are housed and taken to our entomologists for gluing They are then displayed in our Butterfly Center until the butterflies emerge The entomologist then removes them from the emergence case and releases them to flutter around the rainforest There are hundred of school children and adults that tour the greenhouses every year and they are always excited to walk into the Insectaries and be surrounded by butterflies Then we take them to the pupation area to see the caterpillars in their different stages of growth Finally they see the pupation cages where the larger caterpillars are pupating They hold the pupae touch the butterflies and look at their scales under a magnifying glass Visitors are always amazed to see the butterfly life cycle up close and we

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  • Looking Back… | BEYONDbones
    1836 the city of Houston was founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen They purchased 6 600 acres along the Buffalo Bayou They named the city after Texas hero General Sam Houston Another early Kodak camera photo credit John Kratz On September 1 1969 the first automatic teller machine was installed in New York Currently the most northerly ATM is located in Longyearbyen Svalbard Norway while the southern most ATM is located at McMurdo Station in Antarctica On September 4 1888 George Eastman registers the trademark Kodak and receives a patent for his camera which uses roll film However nobody in his first photograph said the word cheese The roll film also was used by Louis Le Prince Leon Bouly Thomas Edison and the Lumiere Brothers to make movies He sold 100 cameras by 1896 the first sold for 25 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged ATM Augustus Chapman Allen Buffalo Bayou cameras Daimler first motorcycle founding of Houston General Sam Houston George Easman Gottlieb Daimler Houston John Kirby Allen Kodak Leon Bouly Longyearbyen Louis Le Prince lumiere brothers McMurdo Station roll film Sam Houston Thomas Edison by Steven Bookmark the permalink About

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  • Terra Cotta Warriors: An army frozen in time | BEYONDbones
    to mask the smell of death in the convoy It is said that a cart of rotting fish was pulled right behind the imperial sedan chair to mask the decaying remains of the emperor In death as in life the emperor remains an imposing figure leaving us with an incredible and imposing legacy His tomb for this link hit cancel to start the video has been located but not yet excavated According to historical sources the emperor s tomb was laid out in such a way to represent the entire empire with huge pools of mercury representing rivers lakes and seas Gemstones set in the tomb s ceiling represent the night sky As was becoming a man of his rank he was accompanied in his tomb by an army of servants and soldiers photo credit SmokingPermitted In 1974 the same year in which Lucy was discovered a peasant working the fields in the shadow of the imperial tomb found fragments of a terracotta statue This chance discovery led to one of the most magnificent archaeological discoveries of the 20th century the army of terracotta soldiers Approximately 8000 terracotta statues have been uncovered thus far All of these require restoration and preservation with some of these requiring up to one year s worth of work before they can be displayed Until May 17 2009 you will have to travel 8300 miles from Houston to go see these famous terracotta warriors in their Xi an museum However starting May 18 there will be 20 statues in your own backyard The Houston Museum of Natural Science will be hosting them until October 16 2009 More information can be found here 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Anthropology and tagged Alexander the Great Alexandria ancient history ancient tombs archaeology barbarians carthage celtic celts Chinese history Far East HMNS library of Alexandria mediterranean Monte Alban Paleontology preservation Qin Kingdom Qin Shihuangdi qing dynasty rome Shihuangdi statues Teotihuacan terracotta terracotta soldiers terracotta statues western europe Xi an Ying Zheng by Dirk Bookmark the permalink About Dirk As curator of anthropology Dirk is responsible for the museum s artifact collection and is involved in its temporary and permanent anthropology exhibits Dirk is an expert in human cultures he curates the Museum s Hall of the Americas and specializes in native American cultures like the Aztec and Maya View all posts by Dirk 8 thoughts on Terra Cotta Warriors An army frozen in time Dave on August 28 2008 at 6 54 pm said Dirk Great article and I am of course very excited that these amazing pieces of artwork artifacts are coming to HMNS I also wanted to know if the Museum has anymore Egyptian artifacts in its collection outside of what is currently in the permanent exhibit in the corner on the LL Thanks Sharon on August 30 2008 at 10 57 am said I am so excited to have the Terra Cota Warriors coming to HMNS I appreciate your putting the warriors in

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  • Spirits & Skeletons 2008 | BEYONDbones
    am I going to wear for Halloween this year conversation is already happening in the back of your head And it should be Join HMNS on All Hallows Eve for the only party in Houston happening in a dinosaur graveyard We re going to give you so much more than atmosphere though We ll have The Chromatics pumping out 80s hits all night world renowned illusionist Steven Wallach Fatima and her team of psychics Bug Chef David Temple Etoile Arabesque Belly Dance Troupe hors d oeuvres cash bar and IMAX films As tradition would have it we re going to be having a costume contest as well so dream up your best outfit for your chance to win our huge grand prize Don t miss Spirits Skeletons on October 31 from 8 p m to 12 a m at HMNS And don t forget that Mixers goes out with a bang tomorrow night with Grupo Ka Che it s always our biggest party 1 700 last year and we d love to see you there We d also love to see your feedback let us know what you think and how we can make Mixers even better next year 0

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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (8.28.08) | BEYONDbones
    t always so easy Check out this list of 20 things you didn t know about telescopes Are we giving robots too much power The Onion weighs in Now we play the guessing game what will happen with Hurricane Gustav Photos a new statue of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius has just been uncovered in Turkey 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged archaeology Astronomy beyond bones

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  • Contest Winner: What’s YOUR Greatest Adventure? | BEYONDbones
    my experience with all those that will listen I express how impressive it is that this migration takes place within just three generations I also express how concerned I am for the disappearing over wintering habitat due to logging and the disappearing milkweed in the U S so important for their eggs With the help of these sanctuaries I take comfort in knowing that there are people making an effort to protect these spots and educate the public Go along on her adventure in Graciela s winning entry I Could Hear The Rain Click here to view her entry Graciela thank you so much for sharing your story with HMNS and congratulations on being chosen as the winner of our very first blog contest 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Giant Screen Theatre and tagged adventure Angangueo blog contest butterflies conservation ecology HMNS mexico Michoacán monarch monarch migration national geographic natural science museum overwintering grounds photos powerpoint Science science museum slideshow visitor blog by Jamie Bookmark the permalink About Jamie I love my job As promotions manager Jamie throws parties for a living and she can t wait to share the fun View all posts by Jamie 9 thoughts on Contest Winner What s YOUR Greatest Adventure Monica on August 28 2008 at 2 00 pm said What a beautiful story I feel like I was there I hope to make that trip to see what you did clotilde on August 28 2008 at 4 33 pm said Mija you made me cry Thank you for sharing such beautiful vivid adventure WOW Ken on August 28 2008 at 5 21 pm said Beautifully written mija I am glad I got to share the adventure with you Pam on August 29 2008 at 11 24 am said Beautiful story

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  • Summer Encounters – Brazos Bend State Park | BEYONDbones
    saw them again this summer I also managed to catch one and study it up close watching as the abdomen slowly glowed on and off These beetles use their bioluminescence to communicate with each other Each species of firefly has their own distinct pattern they flash to attract a mate The male flashes his pattern while flying around hoping to find a female responding to his light with her own light show However some females will mimic the pattern of another species in order to catch their dinner Lightning Bug While walking around Elm lake you can t help but notice all of the beautiful water birds They share the lake with the alligators seemingly unaware of the dark eyes resting at the edge of the water s surface During the summer you can easily spot pairs of white ibises egrets herons common moorhens black bellied whistling ducks and on occasion you may spot an osprey or wood stork Below I ve posted a photo of a Green Heron Butorides virescens looking for his lunch amongst all of the duckweed Green Herons typically hunt small aquatic animals including invertebrates small fish frogs It has been known to bait for fish dropping a small item on the surface of the water and waiting to catch the fish attracted to the lure Green Heron The last animal I want to bring up from my encounters at Brazos Bend State Park is the Nine Banded Armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus We were hiking on a path near the George Observatory while we waited to buy tickets to look through the telescopes later that evening My well trained ears told me there was an animal moving about in the underbrush nearby I turned to look and couldn t believe my eyes when I saw my first armadillo The novelty of this new mammal had me snapping pictures left and right spending a good 20 minutes observing its search for food Nine Banded Armadillo Eventually my dogs noticed this new creature and started barking By this time the armadillo had meandered right near the path and upon being frightened by the dogs he did an about face and nearly ran straight into my friend s legs He eventually found his way back to the denser foliage and continued foraging for lunch After this first encounter we later came across 4 more juveniles these were much quicker to run away from us than the first adult we observed The nine banded armadillo may be opportunistic eating whatever food they come across but mostly they eat a wide variety of invertebrates caterpillars scarab beetles grubs termites worms They will also eat carrion and occasionally crustaceans fruit reptiles amphibians Armadillos are excellent diggers but have poor vision When frightened they may jump straight into the air Armadillos are capable of crossing water in two interesting ways In order to get around the problem of their heavy armor the armadillo can hold its breath and simply walk across the bottom of

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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (8.27.08) | BEYONDbones
    reason that cowboys don t make good anthropologists and it has to do with Hobbits It s aliiiiiiive A green roof can reduce your heating bills and protect your waterproofing plus it s pretty Check out a how to here Some ancient documents are taking their message high tech the Israel Antiquities Authority is putting all of the Dead Sea Scrolls all 15 000 fragments online Construction in London has unearthed thousands of human skeletons and the oldest are soon going on display Recently developed a wheelchair that walks for you by means of a robotic exo skeleton Check out the video here How fast can we go Usain Bolt s astonishing record setting Olympic races have forced scientists to reconsider 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged ancient skeletons anthropologist Anthropology Botany cowboy dead sea scrolls directions ecology exoskeleton green green roof high tech hobbit how fast can we run how to IAA internet israel israel antiquities authority living roof London natural science natural science museum olympics 2008 online plants reduce heating bills robotics run science museum technology usain bolt waterproofing wheelchair that walks wired by Erin B Bookmark the permalink About Erin B Erin

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