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  • 100 years – 100 Objects: Women’s Huipil | BEYONDbones
    to learn more about this diverse selection of behind the scenes curiosities we will post the image and description of a new object every few days This description is from Dirk the museum s curator of anthropology He s chosen a selection of objects that represent human cultures throughout time and around the world that we ll be sharing here and at 100 hmns org throughout the year Contemporary Maya weavers produce some very fine intricately designed clothing Using a backstrap loom which goes back to Pre Columbian days modern Maya continue make these women s blouses called huipiles Similar dresses with similar designs can sometimes be seen on Pre Columbian carved stone monuments attesting to a deep history while also illustrating that Maya culture is still very much with us Explore thousands of years of Native American history in the John P McGovern Hall of the Americas a permanent exhibition at the Houston Museum of Natural Science You can see more images of this fascinating artifact as well as the others we ve posted so far this year in the 100 Objects section at 100 hmns org 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Anthropology and tagged 100

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/06/100-years-100-objects-womens-huipil/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Go Stargazing! June Edition | BEYONDbones
    Big Dipper s handle you can arc to Arcturus Arcturus in the east at dusk is the fourth brightest star we ever see at night and will be the brightest star in our night skies during all of June and July Continuing the curve of the Big Dipper s handle past Arcturus you can speed on to Spica a star low in the southeast at dusk Spica represents a stalk of wheat held by Virgo the Virgin who is in fact the harvest goddess Rising in the southeast at dusk is Antares in Scorpius the Scorpion This is a red super giant star about 700 times as wide across as our Sun In the northeast the Summer Triangle is entering the evening sky Vega the brightest of the triangle s three stars is already up at dusk The other two stars Deneb and Altair are up by 11 00 on June 1 By month s end the whole triangle rises at dusk Moon Phases in June 2009 Full June 7 1 11 pm Last Quarter June 15 5 15 pm New June 22 2 35 pm 1st Quarter June 29 6 28 am photo credit Paulo Brandão At 12 45 am on Sunday June 21 the Sun is overhead at the Tropic of Cancer and thus is as high as possible in our skies This is the summer solstice Here in the Northern Hemisphere we have more daylight on this date than on any other date of the year However the earliest sunrise occurs on June 11 while the latest sunset is June 30 Since most of us sleep through sunrise and witness sunset the days seem to lengthen slightly until the end of the month when in fact they begin getting shorter after the 21st As we approach the

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/06/go-stargazing-june-edition-2/ (2016-02-12)
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  • 100 years – 100 Objects: Azurite | BEYONDbones
    will post the image and description of a new object every few days This description is from Joel the Museum s President and Curator of Gems and Minerals He s chosen spectacular objects from the Museum s mineralogy collection which includes some of the most rare and fascinating mineral specimens in the world that we ll be sharing here and at 100 hmns org throughout the year Azurite Tsumeb Mine Tsumeb Namibia The Tsumeb mine has produced the world s finest azurite crystals of which this large 11 cm crystal group on green smithsonite is one of the best examples The highly lustrous elongated crystals with perfect terminations on a contrasting base admirably fulfill the requirements of connoisseurship Marvel at the world s most spectacular collection of natural mineral crystals in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals at the Houston Museum of Natural Science You can see more images of this fascinating artifact as well as the others we ve posted so far this year in the 100 Objects section at 100 hmns org 0 574 0 This entry was posted in Gems Minerals and tagged azurite crystals gems HMNS mineralogy minerals photography preserrving objects preserving artifacts rocks Tsumeb

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/07/100-years-100-objects-azurite/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Beetle-mania! | BEYONDbones
    step on them They have six legs and can come in all the colors of the rainbow Scarabs in particular are sought after by collectors for their brilliantly hued glossy forewings Think you d need to visit an ancient Egyptian tomb to see a scarab Think again Just turn on your porch light and open your door around the sixth month of the year and try to keep the June bugs out photo credit jpockele Beetles are not just fun to look at though they really really are they provide invaluable services to many human professions Gardeners landscapers and farmers use beetles to help in pest management For example some species of lady beetles commonly known as ladybugs or ladybird beetles are aphidophagous meaning they eat aphids Other beetles prey on parasites such as caterpillars and even eat fly eggs Forensic entomologists can use beetles to identify a post mortem interval Insects like beetles and flies are among the first to discover a corpse Members of the Scarab Carrion and Carcass beetle families arrive at the scene to help break down the carrion and to eat the larvae of the flies that got there first Side note 2 Look up some info on blow flies to learn more especially Chrysomya rufifacies the hairy maggot blow fly My favorite Dermestids or Skin Hide beetles are among the last wave to arrive Because of the very predictable development times of these beetles forensic entomologists are able to count backwards to estimate the postmortem interval and can sometimes do so to within a few hours Now that your brain is full of beneficial beetle facts go look under a rock and see what you find Don t be surprised if you like it If you want more come to the Entomology Hall in

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/07/beetle-mania/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Soak up the sun – make a sunprint at home! | BEYONDbones
    then using either photographic negatives or opaque objects to block the sun and expose the treated surface to the sunlight In this video Xplorations Summer Camp Educator Andrea Gilbert walks us through the Freeze Frame camp Today you can easily buy pre treated paper to create a sunprint of your own you can find it at your local arts and crafts store here in Houston you can find it at Texas Art Supply By following the simple instructions included with the paper and being careful to keep your paper in the dark until you re ready to expose the photosensitive surface with your design on top you can create all sorts of fun images For my first example I used a die cut paper elephant and some random bits of hardware to create an image My second example uses tracing paper this is more like creating a blueprint from a technical drawing on vellum Any flat opaque objects will do but these are just what I happened to have lying around After only a minute or so I could see that the paper that started out blue indoors was quickly fading to white after about 2 full minutes I flipped all of the hardware off and carried the sheets back indoors To fix the image I soaked the exposed paper in water for just a minute the colors reversed to white images on a blue background the sunprints lay out flat to dry and voila Now head outside and make a sunprint of your own What natural objects can you find to use for design elements sticks leaves shells What other flat items can you think of that will block out the sun If you like sunprinting don t forget to sign up early for Xplorations Summer camp next year

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/07/soak-up-the-sun-make-a-sunprint-at-home/ (2016-02-12)
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  • It’s a rock-n-rolling weekend with The Chromatics | BEYONDbones
    you on the dance floor under the dinosaurs all night long This totally awesome band is known as the 80s super group of the 21 st century Don t let another Friday night bite the dust without you here at Mixers Find yourself walking on sunshine while enjoying our cash bars and Audi Lounge which open at 6 p m The totally righteous performance begins at 7 p m at the smartest scene in town This week The Chromatics August 7 Take a trip through the decades with Commercial Art August 14 It s salsa night again at the Museum with Grupo Batacha August 21 Get ready for heart pounding rhythm and blues with Yvonne Washington the Mix 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged 80 s music Add new tag dancing Friday night HMNS Mixers mixers and elixirs The Chromatics by Steven Bookmark the permalink About Steven Steven never dreamed his first job out of college would be in public relations and on top of that working for one of the top museums in the country After all he majored in History at Vassar College Within three months of graduation he landed a spot in

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/07/its-a-rock-n-rolling-weekend-with-the-chromatics/ (2016-02-12)
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  • 100 years – 100 Objects: Aztec Stone Figure | BEYONDbones
    scenes curiosities we will post the image and description of a new object every few days This description is from Dirk the museum s curator of anthropology He s chosen a selection of objects that represent human cultures throughout time and around the world that we ll be sharing here and at 100 hmns org throughout the year This stone figure is a silent witness to one of the best known Pre Columbian civilizations the Aztecs Aztec history chronicles a meteoric rise of a band of hunters and gatherers who in few centuries went from a nomadic lifestyle to that of city dwelling empire builders While their ascent to power was phenomenal their demise was cataclysmic Only three years after meeting the Spanish for the first time Aztec civilization ceased to exist as an independent political entity The statue depicts Chalchiutlicue a goddess of water literally her name means She of the Jade Skirt Explore thousands of years of Native American history in the John P McGovern Hall of the Americas a permanent exhibition at the Houston Museum of Natural Science You can see more images of this fascinating artifact as well as the others we ve posted so far this year in the 100 Objects section at 100 hmns org 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Anthropology and tagged 100 years 100 objects ancient civilizations Anthropology Aztecs Chalciutlicue goddess of water HMNS indians mythology Native Americans preserving artifacts preserving objects Spanish conquest 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

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/07/100-years-100-objects-aztec-stone-figure/ (2016-02-12)
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  • 100 Years -100 Objects: Chama lazarus | BEYONDbones
    of specimens and artifacts one for each year of our history Check back here frequently to learn more about this diverse selection of behind the scenes curiosities we will post the image and description of a new object every few days This description is from Tina the museum s associate curator of malacology She has chosen a selection of objects that represent the most fascinating shells and animals in the Museum s collections that we ll be sharing here and at 100 hmns org throughout the year The Leafy Jewel Box is very popular with shell enthusiasts because of their fantastic sculpted structure This most exceptional specimen was brought up from deep water 60 to 90 fathoms by a fisherman s net This accounts for the lace effect on the fronds The lower valve had a fractionally small area of attachment to the bottom rock formation which accounts for the near perfect condition of the fronds sculpture You can see more images of this fascinating artifact as well as the others we ve posted so far this year in the 100 Objects section at 100 hmns org 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged 100 years 100 objects chama lazarus fathoms fronds HMNS leafy jewel box malacology preserving artifacts preserving objects sponges by Steven Bookmark the permalink About Steven Steven never dreamed his first job out of college would be in public relations and on top of that working for one of the top museums in the country After all he majored in History at Vassar College Within three months of graduation he landed a spot in the PR department and has not looked back since He is fast becoming a communications fanatic spending a tremendous amount of his time promoting the museum and all it

    Original URL path: http://blog.hmns.org/2009/07/100-years-100-objects-chama-lazarus/ (2016-02-12)
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