American Museum of Natural History

A Grand Shopping Experience: Grand Bazaar NYC

A visit to Grand Bazaar NYC, the largest and one of the oldest weekly flea markets in New York City, is like opening a treasure chest; you never know …

Travel

Let Leonid meteors light up your weekend with fireballs

Some of the fastest shooting stars of the year are set to sizzle Friday night and Saturday morning.<p>It's already been a week filled with fireball sightings, but the traveling light show from space stands to reach a spectacular crescendo Friday night and early Saturday morning as the annual Leonid …

Astronomy

ASTRONOMERS IDENTIFY MYSTERIOUS EXPLOSION OF LIGHT FIRST SEEN BACK IN 1437

Documented in philosophical texts, the detailed description of the event made it seem like more of a genuine astronomical event rather than anything …

Universe

The Long Ethical Arc of Displaying Human Remains

A look at why museums exhibit Egyptian mummies, but not Native American bones.<p>The woman lies in a coffin of cracked wood and faded paint. The casket …

Culture

Bergdorf Goodman Pays Tribute to New York with a Unique Holiday Display

The holiday season in New York City is filled with ice skating rinks, winter markets, the rockettes, and of course, the coveted window displays at …

Museums

Explore 11 Funhouse Galleries in the Museum of Natural History’s Exhibit About Human Senses

The American Museum of Natural History is inviting visitors to embark on a new, experiential exhibition that explores the power of sensory …

Museums

Scientists discover new Earth-like planet only 11 light years away

Scientists have discovered an Earth-like planet only 11 light years away that may support life. Named after the star around which it orbits, Ross …

Universe

Bergdorf Goodman's Holiday Windows Are an Ode to Iconic New York Institutions

The store partnered with beloved New York nonprofits for its much-anticipated windows<p>Is there any New York store more iconic than Bergdorf Goodman? The shopping destination has inspired multiple documentaries, earned a near rabidly devoted following, and draws traffic-stopping crowds for its …

Botanical Gardens

Bergdorf Goodman Unveils Holiday Windows Inspired By New York's Iconic Institutions

"To New York With Love" was the theme for the department store's magical holiday displays.<p>Manhattan’s fabled Bergdorf Goodman, where a young Barbra …

Botanical Gardens

Wine From Prehistoric Georgia With an 8,000-Year-Old Vintage

Raise a glass to Georgia, which could now be the birthplace of wine.<p>The country, which straddles the fertile valleys of the south Caucasus Mountains between Europe and the Middle East, may have been home to the first humans to conquer the common grape, giving rise to chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon …

Anthropology

Tiny grasshopper found hidden in Van Gogh painting, 128 years later

There's a secret hidden in a Vincent van Gogh painting.<p>It remained undetected for 128 years, until Mary Schafer, a paintings conservator at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Missouri, discovered it with the aid of a surgical microscope — imbedded in the paint in the foreground of van Gogh's 1889 work …

Artists

Bethenny shushes chatty guests during speech

Bethenny Frankel gave a very, well, “Bethenny Frankel” speech while accepting an award for her humanitarian work.<p>Receiving the honor from Delivering …

Bethenny Frankel

Giddy shots of New York and LA from the air

Los Angeles

Extinct Gliding Mammal Changes Thinking About Ear Evolution

A rendering of <i>Arboroharamiya allinhopsoni.</i><p>© N. Wong<p>An extinct, mouse-sized gliding animal from the Late Jurassic with unique ear bones—the …

Evolution

The sarcastic fringehead (Neoclinus blanchardi) doesn’t really have much of a sense of humor. This small but territorial fish can be found inside shelters like empty clam shells, abandoned burrows, or even garbage thrown in the ocean. Their head often protrudes from these shelters as they wait to attack prey, intruders, or anything within their range of vision. If threatened, the fringehead first flexes its body and head while snapping its jaws—and if that doesn’t work, the fish then attacks with its needle-like teeth. Photo: Wikistudent348

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Fish

Life in the desert is no joke—the days are scorching, while the nights dip into freezing temperatures. But the 3-pound nocturnal fennec fox—the smallest fox in the world—has a few adaptations that help it survive in its tough environment in the deserts of northern Africa. One important physical feature? Its massive ears, which disperse heat and help this mammal hear its prey moving under the sand. This species also has soft hairs that protect the soles of its feet from the hot desert sands. Photo: Kitty Terwolbeck

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Nature

Digitization of museum collections holds the potential to enhance researcher diversity

Correspondence<p>Joshua A. Drew,<br>• Corrie S. Moreau &<br>• Melanie L. J. Stiassny<p>Ecology<br>• Education<br>• Evolution<br>• Institutions<br>• Science, technology and society<p><b>To the …

PubMed

Why are pterosaurs fossils so rare? Of all the pterosaurs that ever lived, only a minuscule fraction of these flying reptiles died under the right conditions to be “captured” as fossils. Even fewer are preserved intact. Pterosaur bones were thin and fragile, much like bird bones, and they often drifted apart, shattered, or became scrambled before they could be preserved. Pterosaur fossils are also easily damaged when extracted, transported, or prepared for study or display. Evidence is scarce, and each fossil offers just a hint of the wide array of pterosaurs that once populated the globe. Photo: AMNH/C. Chesek

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Dinosaurs

27 Festive Ideas for Your Holiday Vacation in New York City

The holiday season is almost upon us, and for those planning a trip to The Big Apple between Thanksgiving and the New Year, here are some festive (and fun!) must-do’s whether you’re with the kids or it’s an adults-only vacation.<p><b>See the Sites: Holiday Windows Oh My!</b><p>Take a leisurely stroll down Fifth …

Christmas

What scientists know so far about Planet Nine

Scientist Jackie Faherty breaks down the possibility of a lurking ninth planet on “Salon Talks”<p>Is there a ninth planet in our solar system? That's a conclusion many astronomers are leaning toward, and scientist Jackie Faherty joined Salon's Alli Joseph on "Salon Talks" to explain why.<p>Faherty is a …

Liberal View

Despite their cat-like appearance, the fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) are actually a close relative of the mongoose. They’re the largest carnivores on Madagascar—feeding on birds, reptiles, and lemurs—and use their long tail for balance when chasing prey through the trees. But don’t make this mammal angry: when aggravated, fossa release a pungent odor from their scent glands. They also use scent to mark their territory and possibly to signal reproductive status.

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Natural History

You Might Hate IPAs Because You're A Supertaster

Photo by Athlex.<p>Many people love knocking back a few hop-tastic brews like Indian Pale Ales after a long week, but not supertasters. In fact, they …

Museums

Blog Archive » Ex-grasshopper found in Van Gogh painting

Conservators have discovered the body of a definitely deceased grasshopper resting in disarticulated peace among Vincent van Gogh’s <i>Olive Trees</i>. Mary …

Art History

Dinosaurs extinct because asteroid hit the wrong spot on Earth, scientists say

Dinosaurs might still be roaming the Earth if the celestial object that smashed into the present-day Gulf of Mexico had hit almost anywhere else on the planet. By hitting the rocky terrain of the Yucatan Peninsula about 65 million years ago, however, the impact sent the soot into the air that would …

News (U.S.)

These are some of the greatest winter weather superstitions

Way before national weather services started using advanced satellite imagery and ocean surface temperatures to forecast annual snow totals, winter …

Weather

City announces schedule for public hearings on contentious monuments

Mayor de Blasio will decide whether to remove or alter any statues by December<p>Following the city's decision to assemble a monuments review commission, the mayor has taken the first steps in reviewing so-called “symbols of hate” on city property across the five boroughs.<p>According to the <i>New York …

Christopher Columbus

Human arrivals wiped out the Caribbean’s giant ground sloths

Who killed the giant ground sloth? Or the mammoth and sabre-toothed cat, come to that. Was it humans or a natural event, like the end of the last ice …

Museums

News from Pratt Institute School of Information, November 2017

November 2017 Newsletter<p>Dear Pratt School of Information Community,<p><i>Winter is coming</i>, and so has our November newsletter. Please find below some …

Education

Review: Charming ‘Wonderstruck’ tells tales from 2 eras

Worlds collide in unusually gentle fashion in “Wonderstruck,” director Todd Haynes’ film version of the lavishly illustrated 2011 Brian Selznick …

Detroit

What on Earth Brings Wallbooks To the U.S.

Founded in the U.K. in 2010 by Christopher Lloyd, a former journalist and educational publisher, What on Earth is a nonfiction children’s publishing …

Publishing