Natural History

New York Today: Your Guide to ‘Cloudgazing’

<i>Olé, olé, on this sizzling Thursday.</i><p>We’re feelin’ hot hot hot.<p>And you will, too, today. It’ll feel as warm as 97 degrees, and a heat advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m.<p>So we turn to the clouds to distract us from the heat.<p>“The clouds tell a story,” said John Homenuk, the founder of New York …

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Boy Face-Plants Right Onto a Million-Year-Old Stegomastodon Skull

A 9-year-old boy hiking in the Las Cruces desert in New Mexico recently tripped over what is now thought to be a 1.2-million-year-old <i>Stegomastodon</i> …

American Museum of Natural History

Paracas Pendant

The Paracas people, who lived in ancient Peru starting nearly 3,000 years ago, left no written record. Researchers can only infer details about them …

Archaeology

Funding for cultural orgs would be tied to diversity under NYC plan

Employees and board members of such cultural landmarks as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, the American Museum of Natural History, and others could soon get a lot less homogenous. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is mandating that these organizations provide data on their boards and …

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London’s Natural History Museum’s spectacular transformation has a message of hope

After months of preparation, the grand hall in London’s Natural History Museum has been transformed and is welcoming visitors with a fresh new perspective on conservation.<p>The Museum’s Hintze Hall is the spectacular entrance that welcomes more than five million visitors every year. For the last 28 …

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You have a lot to teach your grandkids, and that might explain menopause

It's about brains, not brawn.<p>Humans, killer whales and pilot whales. What do we all have in common?<p>Surprisingly, the answer is menopause. But scientists still haven’t quite figured out why this phenomenon exists. After all, if the purpose of evolution is to make sure that we most effectively pass …

Evolutionary Biology

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IT IS a truth universally acknowledged that striking a balance between a work-appropriate and summer-worthy ensemble is no simple thing. And yet the …

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Why Book a Hotel Room in Belize When You Can Rent This Entire Island for Less Than $500? | Mental Floss

Want to live like Robinson Crusoe without forsaking toilets, electricity, and Wi-Fi? As Tasting Table reports, an Airbnb listing for a tiny private …

Cool Stuff

Scientists Study the Starling Invasion Unleashed on America by a Shakespeare Fan | Mental Floss

On a warm spring day, the lawn outside the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan gleams with European starlings. Their iridescent feathers …

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Paleoart: the strange history of dinosaurs in art – in pictures

Since the early 19th century, artists have depicted colourful – if sometimes fictional – dinosaurs and prehistoric environments, mingling science with unbridled fantasy. This art is the subject of a new book: Paleoart

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Turkey Rolls out New School Curriculum Without Evolutionary Biology

<b>Ankara:</b> Turkey announced a new school curriculum on Tuesday that excluded Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, feeding opposition fears President …

Evolutionary Biology

Touring Mars: Cool Data Visualization Lets You Visit the Red Planet

Have you ever wished you could go to Mars without taking on the long-term commitment and risks associated with spaceflight? Now you can explore the …

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A Busy Time to Move

<i>Good morning on this sunny Tuesday.</i><p>This is the Year of the Renter.<p>And the July-to-August stretch is high season for apartment hunting in our city.<p>(Cue combination of excitement and headache.)<p>To help current residents and newcomers navigate the search, we asked licensed real estate agents about …

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london’s natural history museum unveils blue whale skeleton as part of major refurbishment

led by casson mann, the project sees the removal of the diplodocus dinosaur cast and the introduction of 'hope', a blue whale skeleton.The post …

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Large-scale study of adaptation in yeast could help explain the evolution of cancer

Genome sequencing approach reveals 'drivers' of adaptation in laboratory-evolved yeast, work uncovers roles of genetic hitchhiking and interaction in …

Evolutionary Biology

Could Imported Sperm Help Save America’s Bees? | Mental Floss

It might be time to call in some sexual backup for male American bees. Scientists have started impregnating domestic honeybees with foreign sperm in …

Natural History Museums

It’s time for Trilobite Tuesday! Trilobites were among the most successful creatures ever to exist on Earth. Their march through evolutionary time began back in the Lower Cambrian, some 521 million years ago, and lasted for nearly 270 million years, until the end of the Permian, 252 million years ago. During this unfathomable length of time (which ostensibly bookends the entire Paleozoic Era), these highly adaptable arthropods filled virtually every available marine niche while producing over 25,000 scientifically recognized species. Certain localities around the world – including key Carboniferous (Mississippian & Pennsylvanian) and Permian outcrops in Kazakhstan, Belgium China and New Mexico (home of this Pudoproetus ferlingensis)– have produced fossilized examples of the diminutive proetida order, usually an inch or less in size, that represent the last members of the noble trilobite dynasty. And while these end-of-the-line trilobites apparently filled a wide variety of oceanic habitats – ranging from deep open water to shallow continental shelves – their versatility wasn’t enough to save them from their eventual fate. As life on our ever-changing planet has continually proven, nothing lasts forever, and for reasons that continue to both confound and fascinate scientists, the end of the Permian also signaled the end of trilobites… along with 90 percent of life around the globe, an event which represents the greatest mass extinction in the history of Planet Earth.

Paleontology

The CNN couple that no longer tweets together

NEW YORK (AP) — Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo are the CNN couple that no longer tweets together.<p>They share a desk each morning as anchors of CNN's "New Day," but have vastly different philosophies on social media.<p>Camerota publicly broke with Twitter last week, saying the anger she sees there …

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Rebecca Tansley & Craig Meade: The Pacific Ocean as you’ve never seen it before

The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of Earth’s surface—more than all of the planet’s landmasses combined. It contains half of the world’s water, hides …

Oceans

Fossil Dinosaur Femur Finally Gets Its Number

One of the Museum’s biggest residents has a new roommate with a claim to fame of its own. A sauropod femur on display across from The Titanosaur …

Paleontology

These microscopic, 8-legged, Tardigrades can survive an apocalypse

Darwin in his <i>Origin of Species</i> had coined the phrase ‘survival of the fittest’. Little did he know that Tardigrades would be the answer in the quest …

Biology

Look familiar? If you thought it was a certain highly coveted...

Look familiar? If you thought it was a certain highly coveted throne from a certain hit HBO series returning to TV tonight, you thought wrong. It’s …

Museums

Many Scientists Say There’s No Purpose To Life — But A Theoretical Study Suggests There Could Be

Does humanity exist to serve some ultimate, transcendent purpose? Conventional scientific wisdom says no. As physicist Lawrence Krauss puts it in his …

Evolutionary Biology

Researchers say tiny 'water bears' will survive until the sun explodes — and it's good news in the search for alien life

Plenty of threats could wipe humans out — including climate change, nuclear war, and disease. But after we (and all other animals on the planet ) go extinct, one tiny, miraculous organism will live on: the tardigrade.<p>Sometimes called water bears or moss piglets, tardigrades are usually about .5 …

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Natural History Museum unveils 'Dippy' the Diplodocus replacement Hope the blue whale

The Natural History Museum's revamp is complete, with the London institution's Hintze Hall now being watched over by a vast blue whale …

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The Duchess of Cambridge Opens Up About Her Children at the Natural History Museum

Sir David Attenborough was there (but didn't narrate it, bummer).<p>The Duchess of Cambridge attended the special unveiling of a giant blue whale skeleton at the Natural History Museum with naturalist Sir David Attenborough last night.<p>The 35-year-old royal—who looked understated in a pale blue Preen …

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A Mystery of Seabirds, Blown Off Course and Starving

LIDO BEACH, N.Y. — Joe Okoniewski has seen this before, just not on this scale. Each year Mr. Okoniewski, a wildlife pathologist with the New York State Department of Conservation, performs necropsies on small numbers of seabird specimens that wash up dead along the coastal parts of the state. The …

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What should be in the Natural History Museum instead of a blue whale?

The newest exhibit at the Natural History Museum is a skeleton of a blue whale, although it's not clear how they know it was blue if it's just bones …

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Here's What It Looks Like To Sleep Over In The American Museum of Natural History

fullscreen<p>One of the more special New York City experiences can be found at the American Museum of Natural History, where a few years ago they …

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Field Museum dampens its image with a lack of focus

The Field Museum, famous for "Sue," the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil, lacks a central identity. In trying to be a "catchall" museum, it loses its kick, stuck somewhere between a comprehensive natural history museum and a childrens museum.<p>For inquisitive minds, or visitors with …

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