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Explore Ferdinand Bauer's stunning scientific illustrations | Natural History Museum

Ferdinand Bauer is regarded as one of the world’s greatest natural history painters.<p>A large collection of his work has been brought together for the …

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This Squirrel Appreciation Day (Sunday, Jan. 21) we have a few surprising squirrely facts for you

Flying through the air? Check. Surviving snake bites? Check. One of the most adorable creatures on earth? Absolutely! Do you think you know …


Bouncing Unitary Cosmology I. Mini-Superspace General Solution - Philsci-Archive

Gryb, Sean and Thebault, Karim (2018) <i>Bouncing Unitary Cosmology I. Mini-Superspace General Solution.</i> [Preprint]<p>Preview<p>Text<br>BUCI.pdf <br>Download (579kB) | …

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“’Other friends have flown before—On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before.’ Then the bird said ‘Nevermore.’” Happy birthday to Edgar Allan Poe, the writer behind well-known poem, “The Raven.” These shaggy-throated giants are part of the crow family. Common ravens (Corvus corax) are social, highly intelligent hunters and scavengers. Some ravens—and their relatives like crows and jackdaws—have even been observed using tools and solving complicated problems in the wild. Photo: John James Audubon

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Why All Major Museums Should Be Free

Art shouldn't only be for those who can afford to see it.<p>For the first time in half a century, starting March 1, non–New York residents will be required to pay to enter the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met insists the move is a necessary last resort. But unfortunately, it means that the …


Found: Two New Species of Dog-Faced Bats

No, they won’t make good pets.<p>Bat faces can come in so many odd shapes and sizes. They might have giant, improbable ears, funky turned-up noses, or …


The discovery of Repenomamus, the largest known mammal from the Mesozoic “Age of Dinosaurs,” revealed a new extreme for early mammals. Until the large dinosaurs went extinct, most mammals were the size of mice or rats. The cat-sized Repenomamus, however, was large enough to hunt and kill small dinosaurs. In fact, 130-million-year-old Repenomamus fossils have been found with small dinosaur bones still inside their bellies!

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Study finds convergent evolution of gene regulation in humans and mice

Organisms that aren't closely related may evolve similar traits as they adapt to similar challenges. It's called convergent evolution, and familiar …


Exhibition "the Butterfly Conservatory" held in American Museum of Natural History

Butterflies are seen at the exhibition "the Butterfly Conservatory" in the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the United States, on Jan. …

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Apps for the Museum Lover

I haven’t been to as many museums as I’d like to, but with these apps – I can check ’em out from home and decide where to go first!<p>A day trip to a …


Behind the Scenes: Making Our Senses’ Larger-Than-Life Meadow

What better way to get an insect’s-eye view of the world than to walk into a larger-than-life meadow? One of the galleries in the Museum’s special …

Natural History

Science in flux: is a revolution brewing in evolutionary theory? – Kevin Laland

When researchers at Emory University in Atlanta trained mice to fear the smell of almonds (by pairing it with electric shocks), they found, to their …


Strangest things: fossils reveal how fungus shaped life on Earth

Fossil fungi from over 400m years ago have altered our understanding of early life on land and climate change over deep time<p>Much of the weirdness depicted in the TV show Stranger Things is distinctly fungal. The massive organic underground network, the floating spores, and even the rotting pumpkin …


Ancient “Supershark” Fossils Found in Texas

Even before the age of dinosaurs, enormous, toothy predators were roaming what is now Texas. New work led by the Museum shows that giant sharks were …


These ‘assassin’ spiders impale other spiders and watch them die

Spiders are horrific creatures. Most of them are tiny and easy to deal with, yet they’re so scary. Spiders are just as afraid of you as you are of …


Ocean Luminaries

Dive into the latest ocean research, technology, and conservation efforts in an evening of lively talks with the brightest minds in marine …


Tiny scales in ancient lagoon may be the first fossil evidence of the moth-butterfly line

Fancy liquid-sipper mouthparts might have evolved before the great burst of flower evolution


When a bowerbird bachelor is ready to mate, he builds a nest-like structure called a bower, which he decorates with flowers, shells, stones, and other eye-catching baubles (including litter!) in order to attract a female. There are 20 bowerbird species, and 17 build mating bowers, each in a different style. The satin bowerbird (pictured) favors blue accents, while the great bowerbird prefers white and green. Some species will even catch and kill colorful beetles just to adorn their pied-à-terre.

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This Is Probably What Neanderthals Sounded Like

Whenever Neanderthals turn up in pop culture, they tend to either make grunting ape sounds, use halting English in guttural voices, or spice up their …


How flowering plants conquered the world

<b>Scientists think they have the answer to a puzzle that baffled even Charles Darwin: How flowers evolved and spread to become the dominant plants on Earth.</b><p>Flowering plants, or angiosperms, make up about 90% of all living plant species, including most food crops.<p>In the distant past, they outpaced …


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<i>Image credit: Smithsonian.</i><p>Researchers at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. need your help to track climate …

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Where the wild moose are

Moose are the largest members of the deer family. Males can weigh up to 700 kilogrammes and sometimes reach over two metres in height - and that's …


Discovery of Extinct Burrowing Bat Tells Mysterious Story About New Zealand

All but three land mammal species living on New Zealand today were brought there by modern humans, beginning around 800 years ago—and all three of …


To Hunt, the Platypus Uses Its Electric Sixth Sense

<i>Ornithorhynchus anatinus</i>, commonly known as the duck-billed platypus.<p>Courtesy of Klaus/Wikimedia Commons via Flickr<p>Bird-like bill. Flipper-like …

Natural History

Horror master Stephen King to receive PEN America award

NEW YORK (AP) — There's a whiff of horror about PEN America's new Literary Service Award winner — it's Stephen King.<p>The literary and human rights organization will honor King with the award May 22 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The Bangor, Maine, resident's new novel, "The …

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YYNOT: Natural Science

YYNOT is back with a new Rush cover – and a new drummer. In this clip, they play “Natural Science” from Rush’s <i>Permanent Waves</i>.<p>Joel Stevenett is the …

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Frontiers Lecture: Demystifying Black Holes with Steven Gubser and Frans Pretorius

Black holes may be among the most mysterious phenomena in the universe, but innovations in astrophysics are bringing scientists ever closer to …


Museum Tech For The Ages

Walk with dinosaurs. Fly to Mars. Discover ancient cultures. A visit to the museum brings nearly endless opportunities to experience our universe. Worlds from the past, present and future are brought to life with the help of time-perfected practices and groundbreaking technology.<p>So, how do they …

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Spider eat spider: Scientists discover 18 new spider-hunting pelican spiders in Madagascar

In 1854, a curious-looking spider was found preserved in 50 million-year-old amber. With an elongated neck-like structure and long mouthparts that …


If Dinosaurs Were Physicists: Thoughts About History and Time

Does physics stand outside the parade of years? Could features of the future affect the present?<p>This Christmas holiday, four generations of my family converged at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. I’d been there just a handful of times since childhood, so it seemed familiar, but …