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Mead 2017: How Lust for Sight Director Manuel von Stürler Sees the World

“Manu, how do you see?” asks filmmaker Manuel von Stürler in his documentary <i>Lust for Sight (La fureur de voir)</i>, which premieres at the Margaret Mead …

Natural History

Catching the First Gravitational Waves from Neutron Stars

Astrophysicists have directly detected a spectacular collision of two neutron stars 130 million light years away, via both gravitational …

Astrophysics

All-New Halls of Gems and Minerals Announced

A 12-foot-tall, sparkling amethyst geode from Uruguay—one of the world’s largest—was unveiled today at the Museum during an event to announce that …

Natural History

New Study Shows “Solitary” Pumas Are Social Over Meals

Like many terrestrial carnivores, pumas are considered to be solitary animals—sticking to separate territories and meeting up only to mate, raise …

Natural History

A New Approach to Combating Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

Illegal trade remains a top threat to endangered wildlife around the world. To understand and address the threat effectively, researchers are …

Wildlife

How Sulfur Is Born

Stand in the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth in front of the topographical bronze globe of Earth, and you can’t miss the two bright yellow forms a …

Natural History

Mead 2017: Pre-Crime Director Matthias Heeder on the Rise of Predictive Policing

Philip K. Dick’s <i>The Minority Report</i>, a sci-fi short story that imagines police attempting to prevent crime before it ever occurs, was published more …

Natural History

October at the Museum

We’re counting down to October, when the Museum’s fall season really starts heating up.<p>First, walk among the butterflies when our Butterfly …

Natural History

Ph.D. Profile: Michael Tessler

<i>On September 27, the sixth cohort of graduates from the Museum’s Richard Gilder Graduate School—the first Ph.D.-degree-granting program for any</i> …

Natural History

Ph.D. Profile: Amber Paasch

<i>On September 27, the sixth cohort of graduates from the Museum’s</i> <i>Richard Gilder Graduate School</i><i>—the first Ph.D.-degree-granting program for any museum</i> …

Natural History

A Major Project in the Northwest Coast Hall

The Museum is launching a multi-year project to update, restore, and conserve the historic Northwest Coast Hall and to enrich the interpretation of …

Museums

The Butterfly Life Cycle

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Early Trilobites Had Stomachs, New Fossil Study Shows

Exceptionally preserved trilobite fossils from China, dating back to more than 500 million years ago, have revealed new insights into the extinct …

Paleontology

Ph.D. Profile: Zac Calamari

<i>On September 27, the sixth cohort of graduates from the Museum’s</i> <i>Richard Gilder Graduate School</i><i>—the first Ph.D.-degree-granting program for any museum</i> …

Natural History

Dry Corals Offer Snapshots of Oceans Past

When you think of coral, you might picture snorkelers along a beautiful reef or maybe bleached-out sections—eerie indicators of the costs of warming …

Oceans

Five Things to Know About Iguanas

Today is National Iguana Awareness Day, so take the time to appreciate a few amazing things about these large lizards.<p><b>Slow and Steady</b><p>Iguanas aren’t …

From the Archives - The School Service of the American Museum of Natural History (silent)

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Voyager 1 Launched 40 Years Ago Today

On this day in 1977, Voyager 1 launched from Florida’s NASA Kennedy Space Center. Over the past four decades, together with its twin Voyager 2, the …

Space Exploration

Researchers Recover an Ancient Nova

On a cold March night in Seoul almost 600 years ago, Royal Imperial Astrologers spotted a bright new star in the tail of the constellation Scorpius. …

Universe

Sir David Attenborough on Museum Collections - 360

September at the Museum

Summer may be winding down, but our fall season is just around the corner!<p>Like to bird watch? We’ve got you covered, whether it’s on early-morning …

Natural History

Fast-flying Bats Are Split by Ocean Channel

Brazilian free-tailed bats, one of the most abundant mammals in North America, are expert flyers. They migrate hundreds of miles and regularly travel …

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Carolyn Porco on Voyager and Space Exploration

Have you ever pondered that picture of Earth as a pale blue dot seen from space? Then you already know something of the work of the space craft …

From the Archives - Central Asiatic Expeditions: Fossils and Artifacts (silent)

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Flying Phenoms

Is there a more evocative symbol of the lazy, hazy days of summer than the dragonfly? Take the Blue Dasher, for example, which you can find in nearby …

2017 Solar Eclipse Facts and Tips

On August 21st, 2017, most of North America will experience a solar eclipse, with a select area experiencing a total solar eclipse. To learn more …

From the Archives: Color Footage of a Total Solar Eclipse

Eighty years ago, a Museum expedition to the Peruvian Andes captured some of the first color footage of a total solar eclipse. (Watch an excerpt from …

2017 Margaret Mead Film Festival: Activate

Mark your calendars: the 2017 Margaret Mead Film Festival is coming back on October 19, with more than 40 films, an art installation, a slate of …

Nabokov's Butterflies 360

Gettysburg<p><i>Credit: Boston Public Library</i><p>Nabokov collected these specimens in Gettysburg on May 27, 1941.<p>Jackson<p>Nabokov wrote to his mentor William …

How to See the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21

On Monday, August 21, as the Moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun, a total solar eclipse will make its way mile by mile across the …