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  • Home Sweet Oil Platform | BEYONDbones
    have attracted many sea creatures The conglomeration of sea creatures at these oil platforms has served as a learning center for marine life observation Especially in the Gulf of Mexico the habitat the platforms create for fish is of value to fishermen Since the GOM is a flat plain comprised of mud clay and sand with very little natural rock bottom and reef habitat the platforms are one of the few places that habitats can form Without oil platforms fish and other marine life would be far more dispersed making commercial fishing recreational fishing and diving more difficult As observed and documented by the Minerals Management Service s MMS diving scientists invertebrates and plants attach to petroleum platforms within weeks of their placement in the marine environment Within a year the platform can be completely covered with plants and sessile invertebrates attracting mobile invertebrates and fish species and forming a highly complex food chain Now I won t be so naive as to ignore the fact that oil spills do occur Yes living under an oil platform can be a risky way of life But the benefits of community living for these creatures seems to be greater than the risk of an actual spill And the enjoyment that they bring to humans who can observe communities of marine life is the greatest benefit of all Lindsay Goodier is the Online Editor for OilandGasInvestor com check out her blog Oil Rules Feeling energized Read about the Minerals Managment Service s announcement about Sperm Whales See what Lindsay Goodier had to say about our Wiess Energy Hall Michael Phelps and solar power what s the connection 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Energy and tagged crustaceans Energy fisherman gulf of mexico habitats HMNS invertebrates marine biology marine habitats marine life

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/09/home-sweet-oil-platform/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Go Stargazing! September Edition | BEYONDbones
    brightest star left right now since the top three are not visible in Houston during September The Big Dipper happens to be to the lower left of the North Star at dusk this month you ll need a clear northern horizon to get a good look at it especially later in the month Scorpius the Scorpion is in the southwest at dusk Sagittarius the Archer known for its teapot asterism is to Scorpius left Jupiter is in Sagittarius Look for the enormous Summer Triangle consisting of the stars Deneb Vega and Altair overhead at dusk This triangle was up all night long in June and July hence its name In the east the Great Square of Pegasus has entered the sky heralding the approaching autumn Moon Phases in September 2008 1st Quarter September 7 9 04 pm Full September 15 4 14 am Last Quarter September 22 12 05 am New September 29 3 12 am At 10 44 am on Monday September 22 the Sun is directly overhead at the equator This marks the autumnal equinox the official start of autumn On this day everyone on the planet has the same amount of daylight Ever since June 21 the Sun has appeared slightly lower in the sky each day Also we ve been having a little less daylight each day since June 21 From September 22 forward nighttime is longer than daytime in the Northern Hemisphere The reverse is true in the Southern Hemisphere There the days have been getting longer and the Sun slightly higher in the sky since June 21 After September 22 daytime is longer than nighttime in the Southern Hemisphere that day is the vernal spring equinox for them photo credit maxedaperture The Full Moon of September 15 is the closest Full Moon to the

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/09/go-stargazing-september-edition/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (9.3.08) | BEYONDbones
    off Coming soon Chardonnay dioactive Nuclear scientists put on their sleuth hats to help stop a crime that s keeping us all up at night wine fraud Attention Alabama and Georgia time to start securing your knives forks and any other sharp metal objects that might be lying around scientists in Florida are building the world s most powerful magnet You know him from Mythbusters but he s also obsessed with the dodo here a paean to extreme geekitude No matter where you are Google can see you better than anyone else At least they will when their new exclusive satellite launches NASA is going to spiff up the Hubble Telescope one last time Oil goo a Houston startup has developed a new technology that squeezes hard to reach oil out of wells Space is stealing our oxygen 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged business chardonnay dodo geek google HMNS Houston hubble telescope magnet magnetism mythbusters NASA natural science museum nuclear science oil oil industry oxygen radioactive repair mission satellite Science science museum science news shuttle atlantic space technology wine wine fraud by Erin B Bookmark the permalink About Erin B Erin is the Director

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/09/science-doesnt-sleep-9308/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Vikings – Fact and Fiction | BEYONDbones
    standards this is still disgusting but in a world where people may have only bathed once or twice in a lifetime I d say the Vikings were pretty darn clean They also had soap ear spoons used to dig out ear wax yummy razors tweezers and combs Myth 2 Vikings were brutal killers WRONG Well sort of Vikings were no more brutal than most other groups living at the time they were just really good at being mean and scary Their swift moving ships with the carved dragon heads must have created shock and awe in any group they encountered They also had well organized armies and many bleached their hair a white blond which must have looked alarming to say the least Myth 3 Vikings drank from cups made from skulls WRONG A mistranslation from the original language into Latin had the Vikings drinking mead out of the skulls of those defeated in battle Properly translated it should have read horns not skulls but details Phew that makes the Vikings seem a lot more cuddly Incidentally most Vikings would have taken their mead in a wooden cup horns were reserved for the rich and important Myth 4 Vikings wore helmets with horns WRONG As much as I want this one to be true it doesn t seem to be the case Vikings with horns just didn t exist It seems this image was popularized by art opera books and movies Thanks Wagner There are on going arguments about how many if any horned helmets have been preserved from Viking times It would seem that if they were so popular we might at least have one preserved I hope you enjoyed my attempt at reviving the reputation of the Vikings Check back soon to see what else we have in

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/09/vikings-fact-and-fiction/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (9.2.08) | BEYONDbones
    levels created by living in space as they had to fire the station s thrusters in a debris avoidance maneuver This is a fancy way of saying they were about to be hit with space trash Not really a team player No worries even watching sports improves brain function The Rodney Dangerfield of the solar system Astronomer Heidi Hammel wants you to know why the Icy Giants deserve more respect Even geniuses make mistakes Einstein made at least 23 of them He was only 18 when he died but King Tut may already have been a father of twins Rap Physics awesome A rap video about the science behind CERN s Large Hadron Collider has been viewed over 600 000 times It s no dramatic hamster but for a video about science that s pretty solid Meltdown The Houston Chronicle weighed in on climate change today what are your thoughts 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged arctic ice levels Astronomy brain function CERN climate change debris avoidance dramatic hamster egyptology einstein genetics heidi hammel houston chronicle ice giants international space station iss king tut large hadron collider lhc meltdown mistakes NASA neptune neurology polar bears

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/09/science-doesnt-sleep-9208/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Olympics withdrawal got you down? | BEYONDbones
    us the new China historic modern and beautiful The Houston Museum of Natural Science will explore its wonders during our trip to see the total solar eclipse in Shanghai next summer The trip includes three days in Beijing with time to climb the Great Wall visit Tienanmen Square the Forbidden City the Temple of Heaven the Summer Palace and the most famous Olympics venues including the Bird s Nest and Water Cube The trip also includes Xi an with its Terra Cotta Warriors and Wild Goose Pagoda followed by a trip south for a Yangtze River cruise ending at the Three Gorges Dam as well as sightseeing in Shanghai photo credit James Jordan But the highlight and final event is the total solar eclipse with the dark new moon passing in front of the sun blocking all but its beautiful outer atmosphere from our view for six full minutes From a special location near Shanghai we will watch this rare celestial event occurring over one of the most populous and modern cities in the world If you have any questions about this historic event or the trip we re planning to witness it please leave me a comment on this post Can t wait until July Some of China s most spectacular archaeological treasures the Terra Cotta Warriors are coming to Houston this May 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Astronomy and tagged beijing bird s nest china forbidden city great wall of china HMNS longest solar eclipse of this century natural science museum olympics science museum shanghai sightseeing solar eclipse summer palace temple of heaven terra cotta warriors three gorges dam tienanmen square travel adventure water cube wild goose pagoda witness solar eclipse Xi an by Carolyn S Bookmark the permalink About Carolyn S Carolyn is VP

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/09/olympics-withdrawal-got-you-down/ (2016-02-12)
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  • The Science of Paleoart | BEYONDbones
    I am trained as an ecologist one who studies how animals plants and microorganisms interact with each other and with their environment This background helped me to plan the layout of the mural in order to maximize its educational value by illustrating numerous ecological concepts Although my role in this project is principally as an artist I also helped to write the museum s interpretive text for the illustrations Now that I had a mental image of the environment that I wished to restore I drew rough sketches of the proposed layout for each illustration These sketches showed just the planned positions and poses of animals and plants Computer technology greatly facilitated the creation of these rough sketches as well as the subsequent tennis match of review and revision that ensued between the paleontological experts and me as the roughs were perfected I created all of my work digitally using a stylus and drawing tablet connected to a computer that runs graphics programs In this way revisions were easy to make which greatly sped up the process I posted revised images daily on my website on a special page accessible only to exhibit team members and this precluded the need to actually shuttle back and forth between the experts It also allowed them to conduct their reviews of my work within their own schedules Fleshing Out the Dinosaurs Once the layout of the rough sketch was finalized I began the process of rendering the images in full detail Anatomical accuracy was paramount I began with a carefully proportioned drawing of the skeleton of a dinosaur e g the Brachylophosaurus illustrated here which was based on reconstructions of dinosaur skeletons by palaeontologists I then fleshed out the skeleton outlining the body s shape as defined by organs and muscles How do I decide where to place dinosaur muscles and what shapes to draw them Palaeontologists decipher the scars on dinosaur bones to interpret where and how many muscles were attached to those bones while comparisons with the muscular systems of living animals suggest how those muscles likely pulled bones against each other to allow the animals to move Published scientific articles helped but palaeontologists involved in the project also created custom sketches of inferred muscle configurations for me to use as reference based on the most up to date research ensuring that accuracy is maintained to the best of current knowledge Also the mummified dinosaur in this exhibit nicknamed Leonardo is so complete that some of its muscles are actually preserved in full relief making their restoration even easier After delineating the musculature I painted in the dinosaur s skin The exciting thing about a fossil such as Leonardo the Brachylophosaurus at the heart of the Dinosaur Mummy CSI exhibit is the superior level of its skin preservation nearly 90 of its skin texture is fossilized for which it holds a Guinness World Record This allowed me to accurately depict the different textures of scaly integument on each part of its

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/10/the-science-of-paleoart/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Spirits & Skeletons & Steve | BEYONDbones
    and from the moment you meet him you can see he s incredibly observational and is absorbing every detail about you he can take in As we all sat down to the table Steve offered to give the four of us a demonstration of his skills He picked out my co worker Jason who was also invited to the meeting impromptu and requested that he think of an address from a house he had growing up Jason recorded the information on a piece of paper while Steve was facing the opposite direction Steve then asked Jason to think very hard about the address numbers and then proceeded to write something down on his own piece of paper When both of the papers were lined up next to one another they read the same numbers on each sheet Magician Steve Wallach not pictured will amaze you photo credit cainmark As Steve s show continued he told me about an accident I had when I was 8 years old and was learning to ride a bike I had careened into a cement block that busted my knee wide open Then we opened up a travel book off of a shelf and Steve started spouting off names of the islands that were listed on the page from across the room I m sure I sound crazy right about now but cross my heart I saw it all Working at a Science Museum sometimes it s tough to believe that some things don t have a rational explanation Or sometimes they do but Steve Wallach isn t about to give away his secrets See Steve Wallach in all of his glory during Spirits Skeletons this Friday night from 8pm 12am and let him boggle your mind Don t miss out on the IMAX Etoile

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/10/spirits-skeletons-steve/ (2016-02-12)
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