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July 2018 Programs at the American Museum of Natural History

It’s July and that means the Discovery Room, a hands-on environment for children of all ages, is open mornings as well as afternoons, all week and …

Museums

Podcast: SciCafe—Orangutans, Obesity, and Human Evolution with Erin Vogel

While wild orangutans in the rainforests of Borneo feed on a remarkable variety of plant life, they also endure unpredictable cycles of feast and …

Orangutans

Antarctica’s Wealth of Ammonites

Some ammonites, like this specimen from Lyme Regis, England, have spiral shells similar to nautiluses. But ammonites come in a variety of forms, from …

Natural History

A New Way to Study Extinct Animals’ Diets

Fossil teeth and other skeletal tissues hold many clues to an extinct animal’s diet. But a new study by Museum researchers challenges a long-held …

Natural History

Podcast: Planetary Origin Stories with Alycia Weinberger

Swirling disks of dust and gas surround young stars, and these disks contain the building blocks for new planets. It would take 100 million years to …

Natural History

Bright Colors Let Milksnakes Hide in Plain Sight

<i>Lampropeltis polyzona</i> and other species in the genus <i>Lampropeltis</i> are often mistaken for venomous coral snakes. While some hikers use an old rhyme to …

Zoology

Celebrate Father’s Day This Weekend at the Museum

Bring Dad to the special exhibition <i>Unseen Oceans</i> and discover why tiny plankton are vital to marine ecosystems.<p>R. Mickens/©AMNH<p>What better way to …

Museum Scientists Share Their Tips for Identification Day

Senior Museum Specialist Lauren Vonnahme from the Department of Herpetology encourages visitors to bring items for identification, noting the more …

Podcast: Visualizing Planets with Radio Telescopes with Meredith Hughes

Astronomers have discovered thousands of planets in our galaxy, but how much do we understand about how they are formed? Why, for example, are some …

Decoding the Honey Bee’s “Waggle Dance”

Foraging honey bees use a complex pattern of vibrations to indicate the location of a food source to the hive’s worker bees.<p>Courtesy of …

What to Expect When Diving in a Submersible

A submersible’s 360-degree view, combined with custom lights, cameras, and a robotic arm, lets scientists study deep-sea species in their natural …

Volcanoes, From Field to Lab

<i>Museum geologists have studied volcanic activity around the world for more than a century. Today, they continue to collect samples in the field and</i> …

Episode 18: Under the Volcanoes

<b>Shelf Life Episode 18 – Under the Volcanoes</b><p><b>Jim Webster</b><br>Probably one of the most classic eruptions in human history was the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in …

Butterfly Vivarium Closing Out 20th Season

Spectacular sightings, like this gathering of clipper butterflies (<i>Parthenos sylvia</i>), await visitors to <i>The Butterfly Conservatory.</i><p>H. Davies/©AMNH<p><i>The</i> …

Podcast: SciCafe – Ocean Locomotion with Frank Fish

How can studying ocean life help us to create more efficient technologies? Frank Fish, professor of biology at West Chester University of …

Study Finds Some Malaria Parasites May Need New Names

Mosquitos transmit malaria to humans when they bite, passing the parasite through the salivary gland into the bloodstream. Only female mosquitos …

New Tools for Monitoring Arctic Wildlife

Hudson Bay Project researchers Christopher Felege and Susan Ellis-Felege preparing to launch an unmanned aircraft system (UAS).<p>© Hudson Bay …

Bring Your Finds to the Museum's Annual Identification Day on June 16

On June 16, 2018, Senior Museum Specialist Carl Mehling and colleagues will be on hand to help visitors identify their discoveries at the Museum’s …

Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty Breaks Down New Data from the ESA’s Gaia Mission

On April 25, 2018, the European Space Agency’s Gaia observatory released its second data catalog, which includes the distances to a staggering 1.4 …

Does Green Blood Give Some Lizards an Edge?

<i>Prasinohaema prehensicauda,</i> found in New Guinea, is a green-blooded lizard with high concentrations of biliverdin, a toxic green bile pigment.<p>© Chris …

Four Reasons Why Students Stick to STEM

What leads someone to pursue STEM—science, technology, engineering, or math—in college or beyond? A recent study by Museum educators points to four …

Podcast: SciCafe – Seeing Is Believing with Marisa Carrasco

How do our brains make sense of the world our eyes see? How does attention affect our perception? And how is it possible to miss things even if they …

After a Wet Winter, Tracking Flamingo Populations in the Andes

The expeditionary team sets up scopes near the edge of the water at Laguna Azul, one of several sites visited in 2018.<p>F. Arengo<p><i>Felicity Arengo</i> <i>is the</i> …

In the Deep Ocean, Hotspots of Life

Just as above-ground landscapes from the tropical rain forests to the alpine tundra support a variety of life forms, landforms beneath the sea …

Podcast: Hubble Space Telescope’s 28 Years of Exploration, with Astrophysics Curator Michael Shara

On April 24, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into low Earth orbit. Over its 28- year career, Hubble has helped scientists make …

Universe

Celebrate Our Planet This Sunday at EarthFest

© AMNH<p>The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, was intended to spark a nationwide conversation about threats to the environment—one we’re still having …

Ocean Canyons and Volcanoes Reveal Clues About Our Dynamic Planet

Hawai’i’s Mauna Kea is nearly a mile taller than Mount Everest, although much of it is under water.<p>Courtesy of Nula666/Flickr<p>Did you know the ocean …

Alga? Squid? Rare Ancient Fossil Finally Identified as a Ray

A manta ray swimming in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico.<p>Courtesy of G.P. Schmahl/NOAA<p>Paleontologists are …

Podcast: Fishes That Glow – Exploring Biofluorescence and Bioluminescence in the Sea

To celebrate our new exhibition, <i>Unseen Oceans</i>, we’re “re-surfacing” earlier podcast episodes about our planet’s last frontier: the oceans.<p>In this …

New Technologies are Revealing More of the Seafloor Than Ever Before

One technique being used to measure seafloor elevations is bathymetric LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), where planes or helicopters emit …