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  • On the Third Day of HMNS…meet Prancer! | BEYONDbones
    and learn about his species in the fabulous facts under the video as well as help us count down the 357 days until next years Snow Flurry Santa s Reindeer Facts The name reindeer comes from a word meaning snow shoveler referring to their habit of pawing through the snow for food Santa s reindeer are all female male reindeer lose their horns every year Reindeer love snow so much they prefer to eat it than drink water You could also call them Santa s Caribou reindeer and caribou are the same species The impressive antlers sported by reindeer can grow up to an inch per day making them the fastest growing tissue in the animal kingdom Santa got the idea for sleigh pulling reindeer from the nomadic Saami people of northern Scandinavia they ve been using reindeer to pull sleighs there for over 5 000 years Santa s Reindeer are well suited for their life at the North Pole their sense of smell is so good that they can detect food buried three feet under the snow and their fur is so thick that they can withstand temperatures 80 degrees below zero Learn more about The First Day of HMNS the debut of The Birth of Christianity A Jewish Story a new special exhibition and The Second Day of HMNS a great place to buy fun holiday gifts And check back daily we ve got 9 more days coming up with great ideas for family fun this holiday season You can also check them all out now at our spiffy new 12 Days of HMNS web site or watch them roll out here until Christmas Eve 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged 12 days of HMNS family fun holiday fun ideas for family fun

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/12/on-the-third-day-of-hmnsmeet-prancer/ (2016-02-12)
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  • On the Second Day of HMNS…shop for Sci-tastic Gifts | BEYONDbones
    moment that pops up once school is out On the second day of HMNS we ve got your gift giving conundrum solved with the slew of fabulous and creative gift options available at our Museum Stores Got a youngster on your list Check out our unparalleled selection of dinosaur toys Jewelry lover How about a necklace made from geode crystals Nature buff Beautiful preserved butterflies are sure to dazzle Tech geek Try our laser cut home decorations In this video HMNS Merchandise Manager Jennifer King walks you through our brand new totally redesigned store and points out he best of what we have this holiday season Best of all all of the proceeds from our Museum Stores go to support educational programming at the Houston Museum of Natural Science So you can get something cool for everyone on your list and feel great knowing that you re helping to educate our next generation of scientists Learn more about The First Day of HMNS the debut of The Birth of Christianity A Jewish Story a new special exhibition And check back daily we ve got 10 more days coming up with great ideas for family fun this holiday season You can

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/12/on-the-second-day-of-hmnsshop-for-sci-tastic-gifts/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Snow? In Houston? Really? | BEYONDbones
    weather website and saw indications for rain or snow showers that evening but still I didn t believe we would see anything interesting It will all melt on the way down it s not even supposed to get below freezing tonight But of course I was wrong and we had the first snow Houston has had this early in the season since 1944 Allison took these pictures So what conditions do you need to form snow Well if you have the right lab and a research budget you could grow snow crystals indoors Snowflakes can refer to individual crystals or often to agglomerations or clumps of many many snow crystals If you need larger quantities you can always create your own snow like ski resorts but you still need much colder conditions than we usually have Most of us however must wait for suitable weather conditions Need immediate gratification You can always resort to making decorative paper snowflakes or try a more high tech option We may not see snow again this year but if you re curious about who else might be getting it soon check out this 24 hour snow forecast map Or see if your holiday travels

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/12/snow-in-houston-really/ (2016-02-12)
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  • On the first day of HMNS…a new exhibit debuts | BEYONDbones
    you ll embark on an adventure that spans the three centuries leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ and the first decades after that as the new religion of Christianity began to take shape Through a diverse array of artifacts experience Jewish life during the reigns of Alexander the Great and the infamous King Herod Return to the days of the Jewish War against the Romans and the stirring story of Masada and learn the significance of Jewish burial customs Finally observe the dawn of the Christian Era Along the way marvel at ancient scrolls objects and artifacts such as one of the original Dead Sea Scrolls original New Testament manuscripts including an excerpt from the Gospel of Luke that contains the Christmas story a large scale stone model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period and much more We ve also developed an optional audio guide to go along with the exhibit that allows you to explore what you see in greater depth The voice of Flavius Josephus a 1st century Jewish historian who survived the destruction of the temple of Jerusalem and lived during the development of early Christianity is your guide through the exhibit You can hear a preview of the audio guide here And in case you missed it in our earlier post in the video below you can see guest curator Matthias Henze discuss how the artifacts gathered in this premiere exhibition are the closest we can get to the historical Jesus how important it is to understand the Jewish roots of early Christianity and the many commonalities these two religious traditions share to this day Learn more about The Birth of Christianity A Jewish Story Ancient artifacts are delicate but they re sometimes very heavy See how the exhibit came together Take a

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/12/on-the-first-day-of-hmnsa-new-exhibit-debuts/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Building an exhibit-The Birth of Christianity: A Jewish Story | BEYONDbones
    amphoriskos beakers modiolus measuring cup and unguentarium created during the 1st century CE On display in The Birth of Christianity A Jewish Story starting tomorrow For The Birth of Christianity A Jewish Story all the guys moved large heavy crates right where we needed them in the gallery I observed Carlos and Victor gently placing delicate Roman glass and slender metal implements into their exhibit case Glen Mike Carlos and Victor lifted thousand year old stone ossuaries out of crates onto tables where we examined them then smoothly moved them to their exhibit platforms While all this movement of artifacts was going on they communicated verbally and visually Their physical movements were steady exact cautious sure footed and rarely wasted Verbal communication was usually short and direct mostly in English with a little Spanish thrown in However the patter can become jokey and teasing once an object crate or case bonnet is secure and everyone relaxes for a minute or two Mike and Carlos are usually the instigators of this behavior Some of The Guys lower a 2000 yr old bath tub that weighs one and a half tons into the exhibit You can see it starting tomorrow in The Birth of Christianity A Jewish Story In every exhibit there s at least one hoo boy this is HEAVY object For this particular exhibit it was the stone tub I haven t a clue what its actual weight is the Hebrew University staff and the guys could certainly tell you but it needed some special equipment and handling by the guys So they brought in a gantry that they ve rigged themselves It breaks down into a few large parts a large long I beam at top triangular sides with wheels so they can easily transport and assemble it where it s needed There are also differently sized shackles and rope chains that are kept in a big wooden box Glen made Included in all this are straps of strong but lightweight material that can wrap around an object to steady it while being moved So the guys expertly got everything in place always moving slowly and carefully The tub got lifted out of its crate and the gantry moved over to the exhibit platform Then oh so slowly slowly cautiously gingerly the tub was lowered to its exact spot Well ok exact spot more or less That s a really brief description of a process that took quite a bit of the morning Those of us not directly involved with the movement like your truly stood way the heck outta of the way but ready to rush in if needed The guys were doing their standard excellent job but we sorta held our breath from time to time anyway It s not so much that a moment like that is tense as it is that everyone is really hyper focused on what s happening But it is a wonder to behold the guys in action way more entertaining than

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/12/building-an-exhibit-the-birth-of-christianity-a-jewish-story/ (2016-02-12)
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  • BEYONDbones – Now on Alltop | BEYONDbones
    Wine Heavy Metal Animation Sailing it goes on and on If you re interested in a topic and you can t find it on Alltop I d like to hear what it is In fact they d probably like to hear what it is so they can start developing a new page for it In short it s a pretty awesome spot to find information online and one that I ve been using for some time for research exploring catching up on news and procrastinating in general So I was pretty thrilled this morning when I discovered that this blog BEYONDbones was just added to the science category You can find us at science alltop com We re in there with some pretty amazing sites the fascinating SciGuy LiveScience Science Friday NatGeo News and more Because And by we I mean the amazing bloggers from all corners of HMNS who provide fascinating news projects perspectives and ideas here daily and especially all of you Whenever a comment or question comes through it totally makes our day it s a hugely big deal that you choose to spend a little bit of your time with us each day whether for for

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/12/beyondbones-now-on-alltop/ (2016-02-12)
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  • HOW TO: Christmas Chromatography | BEYONDbones
    like water This process is called chromatography Different dye mixtures are used to make various inks When you spray water on the filter paper it dissolves the dyes in the ink The dissolved dyes move through the filter paper by capillary action and form color patterns Did some of your colors travel further on the filter paper than others Can you design an experiment and see Attach a ribbon to make a pretty ornament 5 59 0 This entry was posted in Education and tagged Christmas christmas decorations christmas fun at home chromatography coffee filters craft decorations for kids filter decoration fun fun decorations HMNS holiday project home art home projects how to kids project make your own ornament by Kat Bookmark the permalink About Kat Kat has been both the spokesperson for the CSI The Experience exhibit and project manager for the Imperial Rome exhibit and has a love of all things historical and cultural She is responsible for the Xplorations summer camp program coordinating weekday labs during the school year writing department curriculum and presenting at teacher trainings Kat has worked at the Museum since 1996 View all posts by Kat 6 thoughts on HOW TO Christmas Chromatography Erin M on December 10 2008 at 3 13 pm said COOL These are great ideas Kat Jamie on December 11 2008 at 4 36 pm said I made one at home and the lights behind the tree made it have the same effect as stained glass very cool DAN on November 6 2009 at 10 58 pm said Awesome write up really I really love this time of the year Snowman and Cookie Yah ALEXANDER on November 6 2009 at 11 14 pm said Thanks for this wonderful post I really can t belive it s almost Christmas Sants

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/12/how-to-christmas-chromatography/ (2016-02-12)
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  • The Flurry was upon us! | BEYONDbones
    their own 362 days until the 6th annual Snow Flurry so while you wait take a look at some amazing photos of the event taken by one of our festive staff members Snow covered the HMNS grounds at Snow Flurry Holiday crafts were a hit Little ones got their photo with Santa The holidays are happening at the Houston Museum of Natural Science check out our 12 Days of HMNS

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2008/12/the-flurry-was-upon-us/ (2016-02-12)
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