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  • HOW TO: pH paper from a Poinsetta | BEYONDbones
    Transfer this mixture to a microwave safe dish and microwave with water enough to cover the plant material for about 1 minute and let steep like tea 4 Strain the mixture and throw away the plant matter and reserve the liquid photo credit arquera 5 Soak several coffee filters in this mixture until they are colored Allow them to dry 6 Cut them into strips 7 Use a medicine dropper or straw to apply different solutions such as vinegar or the baking soda solution to the paper What happens 8 What color does it turn when it is exposed to an acid vinegar 9 What color does it turn when it is exposed to a base baking soda solution 10 Can you find other acids or bases in your house What s going on here Many different plants have pigments that are very sensitive to changes in acidity The poinsettia is one example and red cabbage is another When acids or bases come into contact with the paper dyed with the plant extract a wonderful color change occurs 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Education and tagged acid acidity base color change craft holiday activity holiday craft holiday

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  • Merry Christmas Butterfly | BEYONDbones
    similar species of butterfly Papilio demoleus from the Philippines but the USDA has completely taken it off any permit because it is such an awful citrus pest If that butterfly was to get out of the Butterfly Center it would most likely die but it could also completely demolish our citrus groves here so better to be safe than sorry The Christmas butterfly is a member of the Swallowtail family Papilionidae Caterpillars in this family are super cool because they all have this weird organ behind their head that they use for defense called the osmeterium This organ protrudes from the back of the caterpillars head when it is threatened to ward predators off It is forked sticky smelly and reddish orange in color The picture below is of a Thoas swallowtail caterpillar Papilio thoas taken here inside the Butterfly Center when some caterpillars unexpectedly showed up on one of our plants The Christmas butterfly caterpillar starts off brownish black and white in coloration and it very closely resembles bird droppings As the caterpillar gets larger it changes to a bright green color The chrysalis has awesome camouflage It looks just like a small branch on a tree that a stick was broken off of Well that s about all I have this time I hope everyone enjoys the holiday and has a Merry Christmas Butterfly Bug crazy Learn more Check out this video to Meet the HMNS Entomologists Have you noticed where have all the bugs gone Learn how to pin a butterfly 3 0 0 This entry was posted in Plants Insects and tagged agricultural pest Butterfly Christmas christmas butterfly citrus groves citrus pest Cockrell Butterfly Center entomologist entomology HMNS native to Africa osmeterium Papilio demodocus papilio thoas Papilionidae resembles bird droppings swallowtail swallowtail family USDA by Laurie

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  • On the Twelfth Day of HMNS…Discover The Woodlands Xploration Station | BEYONDbones
    model of Stan the T rex guards the entrance probably the only place you can see a dinosaur in a shopping mall you can also see one of the world s largest juvenile Triceratops Raymond a fighting Protoceratops and Velociraptor and a full sized Acrocanthosaurus skull In the video below site manager Nancy WeHunt takes you on a fascinating tour of this unique facility from the live frogs to exotic insects and much much more The Woodlands Xploration Station is just one of the fun and fascinating options for families from the Houston Museum of Natural Science In a take off of everyone s favorite holiday classic The 12 Days of Christmas we ve got 12 ideas for fabulous family fun this holiday and we ll be sharing the possibilities here every day until Christmas Eve Best of all most are activities that last past the holiday season some year round You can also check them all out now at the spiffy new 12 Days of HMNS web site Visit the 12 Days of HMNS web site to look behind the scenes this holiday click each small box to explore different videos Check out the first eleven days of HMNS On the first day of HMNS explore The Birth of Christianity On the second day of HMNS shop for Sci tastic gifts On the third day of HMNS meet Prancer the reindeer On the fourth day of HMNS discover the making of The Star of Bethlehem On the fifth day move it move it with Madagascar 2 in the Wortham IMAX Theatre On the sixth day hunt dinosaurs with Dr Bob Bakker On the seventh day look inside the human body in BODY WORLDS 2 On the eighth day meet the HMNS Entomologists On the ninth day peer into the

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  • I Search, You Search, Erin and I Researched. | BEYONDbones
    awesome Many of them were inspiring some of them were serious but a good handful were just plain fun Did you know for example that the original title of the Challenger Center was something to the effect of Space Lab 2061 There were also several articles on objects that we remembered as kids but that haven t been on display in a while like Black Diamond and the shrunken heads So why am I telling you this 2009 marks our 100 th anniversary as a museum and because of that we will be having a number of special events 100 in fact We will also have a special section on our website devoted to our 100 years of history Watch for what made us giggle in the weeks to come 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged 100 100 years of science black diamond centennial funny historical photo history HMNS julia ideson building laugh library research by Nicole Bookmark the permalink About Nicole Nicole has worked for HMNS in some capacity since 1996 whether part time full time or as a volunteer She taught for seven years in public school including four years in Fort Bend and a short stint overseas While she never taught science she was always the teacher called when someone needed to remove a swarm of bees catch a snake in the playground or get the bat off the ceiling of the cafeteria View all posts by Nicole 2 thoughts on I Search You Search Erin and I Researched Eydie on December 23 2008 at 9 37 am said The Black Diamond trophy head has been on loan for the past several years and is displayed at the Carmack Watkins Trophy Room in Corsicana Texas Black Diamond was a thirty one year

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  • Could T. rex catch a duckbill? And other dino questions answered. | BEYONDbones
    habitat clues left in the rocks Example Tyrannosaurus rex Commonest prey animal in the same sediment the duck bill Edmontosaurus Could T rex catch a duck bill Some scientists say that T rex was a stumble bum limited to a slow walk They say that we could walk away from a charging T rex Bio mechanical test Among big animals today faster animals have longer ankle bones they re called metatarsals Look at a lion and a cheetah Both are cats The cheetah is much faster Check out the hind legs Who has longer metatarsal ankle bones compared to the thigh The cheetah does Now let s compare a duck bill with a T rex The hind legs are built to the same general bird like plan Who has longer metatarsal ankle bones The T rex So we can conclude that a T rex really could chase down a duckbill How could the duck bill get away Here s one theory The abundance of turtle fossils gators crocs and salamanders show that the habitat was warm wet and supported dense thickets and woodlands A duck bill didn t have to run away It could hide in tangled vegetation 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Paleontology and tagged Bambiraptor biggest raptor cheetah could t rex catch a duckbill dinosaur dinosaur questions answered Dromaeosaurus edmontosaurus Giganotosaurus Nanotyrannus parkosaurus raptors robert bakker Saurornitholestes spinosaur t rex triceratops Tyrannosaurus rex velociraptor by Bob Bookmark the permalink About Bob The Museum s Curator of Paleontology world renowned Dr Robert T Bakker or as some call him Bob is the leader of the handful of iconoclastic paleontologists who rewrote the book on dinosaurs three decades ago Along with other noted paleontologists Bakker has changed the image of dinosaurs from slow moving slow witted cold blooded creatures to at least in some cases warm blooded giants well equipped to dominate the Earth for 200 million years Dr Bakker can be found all over the globe notably leading the Museum s paleontology field program View all posts by Bob 5 thoughts on Could T rex catch a duckbill And other dino questions answered Joel Whitbread on November 25 2009 at 3 58 am said I am just wandering but I have noticed Duckbills appear to have good communication skills based on the varied head gear or resonating chambers is it possible they could have capitalised on this ability to make an early escape from a lurking T rex Just say if you have a big herd of Duckbills feeding and one happens to notice a T rex getting a little to close so he or she sounds the alarm alerting the herd to the rex s presence causing a mass exodus Is this probable Joel Whitbread on March 24 2010 at 7 49 am said Also to add I have noticed a lot animals today break the predator s line of site forcing the predator to re evaluate and calculate its next move Did tyrannosaurus have

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  • On the Eleventh Day of HMNS…Odyssey Through Indian Country | BEYONDbones
    been reading did just that and the collection he amassed over the next several decades is now on display in the Hall of the Americas at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Upon entrance the very first thing you ll see is the leather rattle that started it all and the signed photo From there you can explore a series of fascinating American Indian cultures Smith met and befriended through the objects they used every day beautiful beaded dresses one of which has over 320 000 individual beads and moccasins fleshers and scrapers used to prepare animal skins including one made out of the barrel of a gun a common fate for weapons when ammunition ran out pipes bison story skins stunning necklaces ceramic vessels and much more Everything is gorgeous but some of the items that stand out most are a gun owned by legendary American Indian Chief Crazy Horse and a feathered War Bonnet Smith made himself What stood out even more was Smith himself a born storyteller who was kind enough to share his extraordinary story with us in the video below The Quest for High Bear exhibition is just one of the fun and fascinating options for families at the Houston Museum of Natural Science In a take off of everyone s favorite holiday classic The 12 Days of Christmas we ve got 12 ideas for fabulous family fun this holiday and we ll be sharing the possibilities here every day until Christmas Eve Best of all most are activities that last past the holiday season some year round You can also check them all out now at the spiffy new 12 Days of HMNS web site Check out the first ten days of HMNS On the first day of HMNS explore The Birth of Christianity

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  • On the Tenth Day of HMNS…Explore the Cosmos at The George Observatory | BEYONDbones
    want to tear your eyes away Saturday nights throughout the year local astronomers and museum staff gather at the Observatory and you can view through the Museum s telescopes or the dozens that people bring with them Some people get pretty high tech with it check out this digiscoped picture and it s always a lot of fun In the video below Barbara Wilson the George Observatory astronomer discusses what you can see at the Observatory and talks about the most commonly asked questions like Have you ever seen a UFO Check out Barbara s answer in the video below and visit the Observatory this holiday season to get all your cosmic questions answered The George Observatory is just one of the fun and fascinating options for families at the Houston Museum of Natural Science In a take off of everyone s favorite holiday classic The 12 Days of Christmas we ve got 12 ideas for fabulous family fun this holiday and we ll be sharing the possibilities here every day until Christmas Eve Best of all most are activities that last past the holiday season some year round You can also check them all out now at the spiffy new 12 Days of HMNS web site Check out the first nine days of HMNS On the first day of HMNS explore The Birth of Christianity On the second day of HMNS shop for Sci tastic gifts On the third day of HMNS meet Prancer the reindeer On the fourth day of HMNS discover the making of The Star of Bethlehem On the fifth day move it move it with Madagascar 2 in the Wortham IMAX Theatre On the sixth day hunt dinosaurs with Dr Bob Bakker On the seventh day look inside the human body in BODY WORLDS 2

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  • On the Ninth Day of HMNS…Peer into the Vault | BEYONDbones
    are presented in an actual vault environment lit so that they appear to be floating mid air In short it s magnificent and not to be missed In the video below HMNS President and Curator of Gems and Minerals Joel A Bartsch takes us through the Vault from the inspiration for creating this marvelous exhibit to the fascinating stories behind the pieces on display The Smith Gem Vault is just one of the fun and fascinating options for families at the Houston Museum of Natural Science In a take off of everyone s favorite holiday classic The 12 Days of Christmas we ve got 12 ideas for fabulous family fun this holiday and we ll be sharing the possibilities here every day until Christmas Eve Best of all most are activities that last past the holiday season some year round You can also check them all out now at the spiffy new 12 Days of HMNS web site Check out the first eight days of HMNS On the first day of HMNS explore The Birth of Christianity On the second day of HMNS shop for Sci tastic gifts On the third day of HMNS meet Prancer the reindeer On the fourth day of HMNS discover the making of The Star of Bethlehem On the fifth day move it move it with Madagascar 2 in the Wortham IMAX Theatre On the sixth day hunt dinosaurs with Dr Bob Bakker On the seventh day look inside the human body in BODY WORLDS 2 On the eighth day meet the HMNS Entomologists 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged alma queen curator of gems and minerals cut gems Gem vault gemstones HMNS jewelry joel a bartch lester and sue smith gem vault natural mineral crystals natural wonders permanent exhibit

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