Tag Archive: American Museum of Natural History

Jul 28 2015

American Museum of Natural History: SciCafe | Mollusks to Medicine

When you think of venomous animals, you imagine snakes, spiders, or scorpions – not snails. In this SciCafe, Mandë Holford, a research associate at the Museum and Associate Professor of chemical biology at Hunter College, discusses her research on predatory marine snails, the toxins they produce, and how those toxins are being used in the …

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Jul 06 2015

American Museum of Natural History: SciCafe: Why Walk on Two Legs? The Pros and Cons of Bipedalism

Walking on two legs, or “bipedalism,” is a key characteristic defining humans and our early ancestors. But what an odd way to walk and run! Join Museum Curator Brian Richmond and Boston University anthropologist Jeremy DeSilva in exploring the great advantages of walking on two legs, as well as the unfortunate consequences of evolving bipedalism …

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Jul 01 2015

American Museum of Natural History: Deflecting Asteroids | Protecting the Earth from Future Catastrophic Events

Will we be able to avoid a repeat of the Tunguska event? Or perhaps even the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event? Although massive asteroid impacts on Earth are rare, astronomers have identified thousands of asteroids close enough to Earth to be potentially hazardous. Learn from meteorite specialist Denton Ebel, Curator in the Division of Physical Sciences, how …

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Jun 20 2015

American Museum of Natural History: Shelf Life | Voyage of the Giant Squid

In this American Museum of Natural History episode of their series “Shelf Life”, we get to see how they transported a giant squid from New Zealand to New York. Curator Neil Landman tells the tale of a sizable specimen’s journey to the collections at the American Museum of Natural History, and Curator Mark Siddall explains …

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Jun 10 2015

American Museum of Natural History: Surveying Tropical Birds in Vanuatu

In November 2014, Brian Smith led a Constantine S. Niarchos Expedition to Vanuatu to study bird species of this island nation. Smith, an assistant curator in the Museum’s Department of Ornithology, was joined by colleagues Michael Andersen and William Mauck III. The Constantine S. Niarchos Expedition featured here was generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos …

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May 19 2015

AMNH: How Natural Selection Works

Through natural selection, living things have evolved over billions of years from simple cells into an awe-inspiring array of organisms. “Life at the Limits” Co-curators John Sparks and Mark Siddall explain how over time natural selection leads to changes within populations, resulting in a wide variety of adaptations, behaviors, and other characteristics.  

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May 08 2015

AMNH: The 2015 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Water, Water

Join host and moderator Neil deGrasse Tyson and his panel of experts for a lively discussion about the past, present, and future of water on Earth. Earth is the only place in our solar system with liquid water on its surface. Even though water makes up only 0.03 percent of the Earth’s total mass, it …

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Apr 25 2015

AMNH: Science Bulletins | Hubble Space Telescope—25 Years and Counting

Few of NASA’s telescopes have captured the public imagination like Hubble, with its spectacular views of distant galaxies, supernovas, and nebulas. The first telescope in the world to return visible wavelength images of space from near Earth orbit, Hubble’s photos are more than just pretty pictures. In its twenty-five year mission, Hubble’s discoveries have transformed …

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Feb 21 2015

AMNH: SciCafe | Imaging Space Rocks

What are the technologies at work that help scientists glean information from asteroids and meteors? In this SciCafe, Museum Curator Denton Ebel is joined by Amanda White, a confocal microscopy specialist, and Ellen Crapster-Pregont, a PhD candidate conducting her research at the Museum, in a discussion of the 2 and 3-dimensional analysis of these space …

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Jan 28 2015

AMNH: Science Bulletins | Scientists Save Penguin Chicks

African penguins are critically endangered, their colonies reduced by 70 percent in the last decade. Commercial fishing is to blame, emptying the penguins’ ocean range of the small, schooling fish that are their main food source. With penguin chicks’ growth and health in crisis, a hands-on rescue strategy could sustain struggling colonies while conservationists work …

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Jan 20 2015

AMNH: Countdown to Zero | Defeating Disease in the 21st Century

What does it take to defeat infectious diseases in the 21st century? The American Museum of Natural History and The Carter Center invite you to explore the innovative collaborative approaches being developed around the world to combat disease. Join former President Jimmy Carter, who is joined by Dr. Jane Carlton, director of the Center for …

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Jan 05 2015

AMNH: Preserving Lonesome George Short Doc

As the last known Pinta Island tortoise, Lonesome George became a worldwide icon of conservation decades before he died from natural causes in the Galápagos in 2012. When Lonesome George arrived at the American Museum of Natural History in early 2013 to be preserved as a taxidermic specimen, Museum scientists and a master taxidermist faced …

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Dec 02 2014

AMNH: Our Earth’s Future – A Conversation about Climate Change

On December 1, we’re “opening the doors” of our online classroom and inviting you to join us for a Google+ Hangout event: Our Earth’s Future—A Conversation about Climate Change. As part of the curriculum in the American Museum of Natural History’s online course Our Earth’s Future, scientists will discuss lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy and …

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Nov 26 2014

AMNH: Science Bulletins | Focus on Mars

This month’s Astro News features a roundup of Mars stories: • A high-resolution map of Mars’s surface shows geologic structures in more detail than ever before. • Two missions—MOM and MAVEN—made orbit around the Red Planet. • 900 images are assembled to create a billion-pixel panorama of Gale Crater.  

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Nov 15 2014

AMNH: Science Bulletins | Rosetta Mission Lands Probe on Comet

On November 12, 2014, more than a decade after launching, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission was positioned to send a probe to the surface of 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, a small comet orbiting the Sun at a distance of hundreds of millions of kilometers. After a tense 7-hour descent (and a 30-minute transmission delay), mission control confirmed …

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Nov 02 2014

AMNH: SciCafe | Islands at the Edge – Climate Change, Globalization, and Island Culture

Jennifer Newell, curator of Pacific Ethnography, and Tina Stege of the Marshallese Educational Initiative, discuss how island life is being affected by the rising seas.  

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Oct 29 2014

AMNH: Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters

Earthquakes. Volcanoes. Tornadoes. Hurricanes. These natural events remind us that we are small and vulnerable—and that living on this dynamic planet will always entail risk. Learn more at Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters, open at the American Museum of Natural History from November 15, 2014, through August 9, 2015.  

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Oct 04 2014

ANHM: Science Bulletins | The Rise of Fire

Wildfires, whether ignited by lightning or people, show global patterns that are visible to satellites. In the United States, fire is increasing: on average, millions more acres burn each year than was typical a few decades ago, and fire season is longer. Prolonged drought in the West, provoked by climate change, is encouraging this rise …

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Sep 22 2014

AMNH: Science Bulletins | Field Notes from Madagascar

Scientists at the American Museum of Natural History conduct studies all over the world during their annual field seasons. In this episode of “Field Notes,” we trek into the jungles of Madagascar with two museum biologists in search of strange and unusual reptiles.  

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Aug 26 2014

AMNH: Science Bulletins: Keeling’s Curve | The Story of CO2

As the leading greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide is one of the atmosphere’s most closely watched ingredients. The scrutiny began in 1958, when a young geochemist named Charles Keeling began regularly measuring CO2 atop a massive Hawaiian volcano—and discovered some intriguing patterns. Science Bulletins is a production of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and …

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