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  • Road Trip! | BEYONDbones
    during our Reptiles and Amphibians topic Snake skin tortoise shells fossil casts center coprolites and even caiman skin are valuable teaching tools and definitely more portable and safer than a large live caiman In this picture below you can see some of the cutest kindergartners touching a Surinam Toad They were very attentive and while some were nervous most were very excited They were also practicing safe touching technique two finger touch sitting criss cross applesauce and as I learned that day with their spoons in their bowl meaning hands in their lap The toad was pretty good too Here you see a Savannah Monitor behaving himself so that the children could touch him If you have ever worked with a monitor that is saying something No hesitation here these kindergartners were ready to touch the lizard even though he was big Behind me in the photo is a good view of the table setup for that day All of the specimens are something the children can touch like the crocodile skull unless of course it is fragile enough to be in a jar or behind glass like the snake skeleton in the back At the end of the presentation the children have the opportunity to come past the table and touch the specimen I had been using as part of the discussion Here you can see the interest on their faces as they touch real crocodile teeth without the risk of a bite a tortoise shell and with only a little hesitation fossilized dinosaur dung This is often where I wonder what they are thinking should I really touch poop or would my head fit inside the croc s mouth We don t know who had more fun during El Paso Corporation s Wildlife on Wheels the students or

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  • “Have Soul, Will Travel:” Mambo Jazz Kings bring it to Mixers & Elixirs | BEYONDbones
    your feet traveling around the dance floor the whole night Get into the beat with Mambo Jazz Kings outstanding rhythm section impressive horn ensemble and exceptional vocalists With anything from Earth Wind and Fire and the Temptations to Beyonce and Justin Timberlake this incredible band promises an exhilarating performance As the band s motto goes Have soul will travel so travel over to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and enjoy the sounds of DJ Gracie Chavez in our Audi Lounge starting at 6 p m with drinks from our cash bar Starting at 7 p m dance under the dinosaurs while listening to the thrilling and soulful band Mambo Jazz Kings This week Mambo Jazz Kings July 31 Bring your best 80s groove with 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 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged friday nights HMNS Houston jazz jazz jazz music live music Mambo Jazz Kings Mixers mixers and elixirs thigns to do friday night by Steven Bookmark the permalink About Steven Steven never dreamed his first job out of college

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  • Looking Back: 40 Years of Space Travel | BEYONDbones
    Moon was a culmination of years of work Several previous missions had launched satellites and probes into space as well as manned flights and space walks On October 4 1957 Russia launched Sputnik the first satellite to ever orbit the earth That same year Russia launched the first animal a dog named Laika into orbit On April 12 1961 Russia successfully sent the first human into outer space Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited the earth for 108 minutes In 1965 the Russians also completed the first spacewalk Not to be outdone by Russia in the heart of the Cold War the U S decided to send a man to the moon On July 16 1969 Neil Armstrong Edwin Aldrin Buzz and Michael Collins launched from the Kennedy Space Center on the shuttle Apollo 11 Four days later the lunar module separated from the command module and became the first manned spacecraft to land on the surface of the moon photo credit Venom82 Since then we have landed vehicles on Mars We have sent satellites and probes to observe all of the planets in our solar system as well as our Sun We have used the Hubble Telescope to capture images of suns and galaxies millions of light years away We have a space station where astronauts can live in space for months at a time It s been an amazing journey and there is still so much left to discover Interested in learning more about the history and the future of space travel Come see Dawn of the Space Age a new planetarium show on the Apollo space missions the Space Race and expected NASA exploration Learn a few more fun facts about Apollo 11 s mission 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Astronomy and tagged Apollo apollo 11

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  • Happy Birthday Year! | BEYONDbones
    buttered bread covered in tiny colorful sprinkles called hundreds and thousands In numerous African cultures the actual date of a child s birth is not celebrated Instead when children in Africa reach a certain designated age they are initiated into their community Don t like birthday cake Move to Russia There many receive a birthday pie with a greeting carved into the crust instead of the traditional cake and candles we know here in the States In the Atlantic Provinces of Canada a birthday boy or girl is playfully attacked by friends and family who grease their nose with butter The belief is that this will make the child too slippery for bad luck to grab hold of Singing the song Happy Birthday to You is a well known tradition around the world It was written by two American sisters in 1893 and has since been translated into many languages If you can t carry a tune become a Kiwi In New Zealand the birthday song is often sung loudly and out of tune just before the birthday person gets clapped on the back for each year he or she has been alive then one for good luck photo credit brunkfordbraun So those are all about the how part of birthdays parties but why the celebration Thousands of years ago a person s birthday was thought to be a time when evil spirits could cause them harm as this was a day of change in a person s life People back then believed that surrounding the privileged individual giving gifts and offering good wishes was the only way to keep the evil spirits at bay thus the birthday party was born The Houston Museum of Natural Science s birthday year is already half over All it really wants as a

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  • 100 Years – 100 Objects: Agrias | BEYONDbones
    of a new object every few days This description is from Nancy the museum s director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center and curator of entomology She s chosen a selection of objects that represent the rarest and most interesting insects in the Museum s collections that we ll be sharing here and at 100 hmns org throughout the year Brilliantly hued in primary colors members of the genus Agrias are perhaps the most highly coveted butterflies by collectors around the world Unfortunately this popularity has given rise to an irresponsible proliferation of names Thus while butterfly biologists recognize 5 to 9 species over 200 forms most of which are simply regional variants have been named by collectors mostly to drive up the price of a specimen prices range from a few hundred to over 1000 per butterfly We have over 200 individuals in our collection not wild caught but reared by breeders specifically for the paper trade i e for collectors who want perfect specimens They certainly are beautiful butterflies The upper surface may have patches of blue red green or yellow while the underside shows an elaborate design of swirling lines and dots Males have powder puffs of scent hairs protruding from the top surface of the hind wing these produce a seductive scent used in courtship High flying canopy butterflies in the wild Agrias are most easily caught in traps baited with rotting fruit Their early stages and host plant affinities are for the most part not well known Learn more about butterflies and their relatives in a visit to the new Brown Hall of Entomology a part of the Cockrell Butterfly Center a living walk through rainforest at the Houston Museum of Natural Science You can see more images of this fascinating artifact as well as the

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  • Question for the Curator: Did Leonardo have a Crop? | BEYONDbones
    can control swallowing and regurgitation The throat skin in Leonardo is distended below the jaws in the region where a crop would be expected to be if Leo were a big turkey The distention is globular swollen side to side and not flattened and the skin shows only weak indications of folds and furrows That s why everyone from the very beginning labeled this distention a crop The hi energy x rays showed no internal structures here And there were no small ferrous iron specks of the sort seen in the stomach and intestinal zones where masses of chewed vegetation were packed A chip was removed from the crop exposing some of the interior there were no masses of vegetation The distention was filled with very fine very clean sand Next time we x ray Leo we will probe the interior of the crop with greater intensity Other duck bill mummies do show a distention in this area but these specimens are flattened side to side so the distention appears more like a dew lap than a crop Leo is unique in showing so much three dimensional preservation of internal cavities One of many lingering mysteries in Leonardo 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Paleontology and tagged bob bakker crops dinosaur mummy dinosaurs dr bakker evolution HMNS leonardo leonardo the dinosaur Paleontology 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

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  • High-energy salsa – this Friday with Mango Punch! | BEYONDbones
    Don t miss the captivating show put on by the 5 time winner of the Houston Press Music Awards Best Latin Band category Mango Punch You are sure to have a sensational time as the band creates a high energy dance floor Mango Punch has performed at multiple prominent events including the pre game show for Super Bowl XXXVIII Put some zest into your Friday night with the smartest crowd in town You can mix and mingle in the Audi Lounge with DJ Gracie Chavez and refreshing drinks from the cash bar beginning at 6 p m The fun en Español starts on the dance floor at 7 p m This week Mango Punch July 24 Travel around the dance floor with Mambo Jazz Kings July 31 Bring your best 80s groove with The Chromatics August 7 Take a trip through the decades with Commercial Art 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged dance dancing friday night in Houston friday nights HMNS latino music Mango Punch Mixers mixers and elixirs salsa singles by Steven Bookmark the permalink About Steven Steven never dreamed his first job out of college would be in public relations and on top

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  • Dead Reckoning: Part 2 of our Geocache Adventure | BEYONDbones
    the same Once you reach this starting location plot a course of 084 degrees magnetic and take a number of paces equal to the license plate prefix of Tuscaloosa Alabama Keep in mind that people have different length strides but this should put you within a few feet of the hidden treasure Also should there be any bushes or trees in your path as you walk the paces simply sidestep them for a few steps you can still get to the end location without trampling anything Your big hint is PLW Good hunting 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged geocache GPS HMNS longitude and latitude treasure treasure hunt 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 has to offer View all posts by Steven 3 thoughts on Dead Reckoning Part 2 of our Geocache Adventure Larry and Diana on July 14 2009 at 1 35 pm said OK I looked at these new starting coordinates that are 475 from the previous starting point on Google Earth and they appear to be SW of the Museum Building near the big rock globe that floats on water Doing the projection from there puts the cache inside the museum building Ralph Dixie on July 14 2009 at 7 48 pm said We tried this update but it looks like we would end

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