Natural History

Unraveling the Mystery of Who Lies Beneath the Cloth

Mummy No. 30007, currently residing at the American Museum of Natural History, is a showstopper. She’s known as the Gilded Lady, for good reason: Her coffin, intricately decorated with linen, a golden headdress and facial features, has an air of divinity. She’s so well preserved that she looks …

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Social Circuit Crisis: With the Waldorf Closed, Where to Hold That Gala?

When the Waldorf Astoria shut its doors on March 1 for two to three years, hotel guests and visiting heads of state weren’t the only ones trying to find alternative accommodations.<p>The hotel was the home to countless galas and parties, including the Alfred E. Smith dinner, traditionally the last …

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Major shake-up suggests dinosaurs may have 'UK origin'

<b>The first dinosaurs may have originated in the Northern Hemisphere, possibly in an area that is now Britain.</b><p>This is one of the conclusions of the first detailed re-evaluation of the relationships between dinosaurs for 130 years.<p>It shows that the current theory of how dinosaurs evolved and where …

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What Do Your Sexual Fantasies Say About You?

When faced with the question “What turns you on?” almost all of us have the same answer: I’m turned on by someone who’s smart, funny, well dressed, creative, successful, <i>blah blah blah</i>. And sure, all of those things are stimulating, but that’s only half the story—frankly, the really boring half. But …

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Community and cultural events in the District, March 23-30, 2017

Thursday, March 23<p><b>Gentle yoga classes</b> Kiersten Gallagher and Beth Lawrence help reduce stress and balance the mind, body and spirit; all experience levels welcome. Thursdays 10:15-11:30 a.m. Through March 30. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-2800. smithcenter.org. $10 …

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You might be drinking water from the last Ice Age, and 16 other striking facts about Earth's life-giving liquid

Water, water everywhere — but less 0.5% of Earth's reserves are drinkable.<p>That's just one shocking fact that Neil deGrasse Tyson and five experts dropped at the 2015 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the American Museum of Natural History.<p>The event focused on the surprising origins, scarcity, and …

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The Pink Star Diamond Will Be Auctioned Off by Sotheby’s for a Record-Breaking Price

The stone is a whopping 59.6 carats<p>The Pink Star diamond, a hefty 59.6-carat stone, is poised to be auctioned off by Sotheby’s Hong Kong on April 4. It’s the largest Internally Flawless, Fancy Vivid Pink diamond the Gemological Institute of America has ever graded, and it is valued at a …

Architectural Digest

Using Science to Unwrap History

New York<p>Of all that has been imagined of the afterlife, probably nothing comes close to the scene at a new exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History, in which unburied dead of the past 7,000 years keep posthumous company with each other, laid out in display cases, coffined or wrapped or …

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Dinosaur Egg-Stealing Spree Leads to Arrests in China

Art World<p>The whereabouts of most of the eggs, however, remain unknown.<p>,<p>Four men are under arrest in China on suspicion of having stolen dozens of …

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You Can Correct This Robot's Mistakes Using Only Your Mind

Technology is amazing, but it has its downsides. When new stuff comes out, it takes time to learn how to use it—we're still not entirely sure how …

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Mummies Open Now

Beginning today, Museum visitors can come face to face with individuals from ancient Egypt and Peru in the Museum’s latest exhibition—<i>Mummies</i>.<p>Coffin …

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Prince Harry takes girlfriend Meghan Markle on private tour of London's Natural History Museum

Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle have reportedly visited the Natural History Museum for a private tour.<p>The date is said to have taken place on Sunday after the museum closed to the public.<p>A source told the Sun newspaper: “It’s quite romantic after dark as all the exhibits, including …

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Happy first day of Spring! Spring officially began in the northern hemisphere this morning at 6:29 a.m. EDT. The Sun was then directly above a point on the equator at longitude 24° 52’ East in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, about 500 miles west of Lake Victoria.

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New Natural History Museum Video: “Climate Change in the Marshall Islands”

We have a fair number of Marshallese students at our school, and I have previously posted The Best Sites For Learning About The Marshall Islands.<p>That …

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How a trip to NYC with my 8 year old twins taught me to slow down

<i>All photos by the author</i><p>When I planned my first major travels with my 8-year-old twins, there were so many things I wanted to do I had to make a list …

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Birding in the age of dinosaurs

Birds not only descended from dinosaurs, but soared above their bigger ancestors in China 130 million years ago when the species existed together, …

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Museums use CT scans to take the mystery out of mummies

Most of us have a rather cinematic view of mummies: a bandaged body rising out of a sarcophagus, stumbling toward whoever just disturbed their slumber. Of course, this could never happen and not just for supernatural reasons. Mummies are wrapped up pretty tight and are just too old and fragile to …

Engadget

How To Finally Get Into Volunteering, And Stick With It

Help yourself while helping others, in six pretty simple steps.<p>When I was a kid, I got hyped on volunteering because of “Mitzvah Day,” an annual …

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The Amazon is the most powerful river in the world, and its...

The Amazon is the most powerful river in the world, and its rapid transformation has the potential to change the global climate. Pouring into the …

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Nose Shape Linked To A Person's Ancestral Climate, Says Study

The shape of a person’s nose is determined by the climate of the place his or her ancestors originally came from. This is because noses are …

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Humans may have turned the Sahara from a thriving ecosystem into a barren desert

Once upon a time, the Sahara was green. There were vast lakes. Hippos and giraffe lived there, and large human populations of fishers foraged for food alongside the lakeshores. The “African Humid Period” or “Green Sahara” was a time between 11,000 and 4,000 years ago when significantly more rain …

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Photos: The Amazing Mummies of Peru and Egypt

Archaeologists used to unwrap mummies with much fanfare in front of crowds, a stunt that destroyed cultural history and disrespected the deceased …

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'Mummies' Brings Dead Back To Life At Natural History Museum: Learn About Mummification Process

Birth and death are the two things that every single person has in common. And the way science is going, it may soon only be the latter. What happens …

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Egyptian mummies are among spring's must-see exhibits

If spring showers drive you inside, explore the museums that draw culture vultures from around the world to our own backyard.

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New Study Confirms Sharks’ Ancient Ancestors

Sharks are ancient predators, and for many species, their body plan hasn’t changed much over the course of millions of years. But even predators as …

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Agriculture, dietary changes, and adaptations in fat metabolism from ancient to modern Europeans

Good vs bad cholesterol. Margarine vs butter. Red meat vs. vegan. The causal links between fats and health have been a hotly debated topic for …

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Objects of Wonder

Tuxtla Statuette<br>Mexico, North America<p>Museum collections reflect our amazing world, inspire wonder, and form the foundation for scientific discovery. …

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Huge Polar Bear Skull Discovered at Alaska’s Walapka Site

UTQIAGVIK, ALASKA—<i>Western Digs</i> reports that a large polar bear skull has been discovered at the 4,000-year-old Walapka archaeological site in …

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Climate shaped the human nose, researchers say

Variations in nose shape developed as a result of natural selection in response to different climates, new study suggests<p>Human noses have been shaped by climate, according to research probing variation in the human snout.<p>Researchers say their findings back up the theory that wider nostrils …

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Your Week Untapped: Top 10 NYC Events March 18th to March 24th, 2017

In the next week, there are “untapped” events large and small happening in the city from an 1100 person meditation atop 1 WTC to tours of a small …

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