Natural History

Here's the Best Way to See New York's Manhattanhenge Sunset

New Yorkers are going to see a lot of people stopping to take pictures of the horizon in the coming days. Manhattanhenge, a term coined by …

American Museum of Natural History

Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space

When Sally Ride left Earth’s atmosphere on the space shuttle Challenger in 1983, she built her legacy as the youngest astronaut and the first woman …

Sally Ride

No, menstrual blood does not attract sharks

It's safe to surf during shark week.<p>Humankind has a long and storied history of misunderstanding the menstrual cycle. There was that time when NASA offered astronaut Sally Ride 100 tampons for her week-long mission to space. There's that super pervasive (and totally unsupported) myth that if you …

American Museum of Natural History

How dinosaurs may have evolved into birds

Tohoku University researchers and their international collaborators have identified a possible genetic mechanism underlying the evolution of birds, …

Evolutionary Biology

This online tool lets you *hear* income inequality along the NYC subway

When it comes to income inequality, there is a lot of data. To understand it better, or at least in a different way, data visualization artist Brian …

American Museum of Natural History

New York Today: Making the Best of Memorial Day Weather

Updated, 8:02 a.m.<p><i>Good morning on this overcast Friday.</i><p>We’ve had quite the rainy week — and today, unfortunately, will be gray and possibly drizzly — but the weather is predicted to stay pleasant for a good chunk of the Memorial Day holiday weekend.<p>Saturday is looking the nicest, with sunshine and …

American Museum of Natural History

Birding for Beginners

New York City kids are more likely to recognize the sound of a city bus than the tune of a bird song. But Noah Burg, who leads the Museum’s seasonal …


The radical animal rights movement started by secretly feeding dogs, but escalated quickly

Disrupting hunts eventually became burning down laboratories<p>Well before PETA and throwing red paint on mink jackets, radical animal advocacy started …


New insights into the ancestors of all complex life

A team of scientists led by the University of Bristol has provided new insights into the origins of the Archaea, the group of simple cellular …

Evolutionary Biology

How Does Earth's Geomagnetic Field Work?

<b>The earth’s solid iron core is hot enough to demagnetize iron and its alloys. So how does it generate the geomagnetic field?</b><p><i>John Campbell, Hood</i> …

Natural History Museums

The Key to Protecting Life on Earth May Be Barcoding It

The herbivores that roam the African savannah are massive, and they eat a lot. Yet somehow, they all manage to live in roughly the same place, …

Natural History Museums

Whoopi Goldberg gives Syrian refugee family a tour of New York

Goldberg accompanied the family to the Statue of Liberty, American Museum of Natural History and more.

American Museum of Natural History

Disease experts reveal their biggest worries about the next pandemic

There's a disturbing reality that's clear to experts in infectious disease — but the rest of us ignore it on a regular basis.<p>The next pandemic is coming.<p>New diseases are always on the rise. Viruses and bacteria can mutate and become more infectious or deadly (or both), and there's a constant risk …

American Museum of Natural History

9 Animals with 'Star Wars'-Inspired Names

1 of 11<p>What's in a name?<p>The "Star Wars" universe looms large in the imaginations of generations of moviegoers. Die-hard fans show their devotion in …

Evolutionary Biology

A Natural History of the Hedgerow review – knowledgable guide to a unique habitat

This history of the hedgerow spans 5,000 years, from its origins as a protective barrier for crops to its important environmental impact<p>John Wright traces the rise and fall of the most distinctive element in the British landscape. He starts with its origins 5,000 years ago, used by early farmers to …


Female Finches Fine-Tune Males' Gene Expression

A newly-published study of South American finches reveals some fundamental secrets to accelerated evolution and speedy speciation<p>Male Sporophila melanogaster (“mel” in Figure 1A).<br>(Credit: Edson Endrigo)<p>A study published today in <i>Science Advances</i> reveals that very small changes in the genome can lead …

Evolutionary Biology

Go behind the scenes with Museum scientists and a master taxidermist as they preserve the giant tortoise who was the last of his kind

Go behind the scenes with Museum scientists and a master taxidermist as they preserve the giant tortoise who was the last of his kind.

10 Ways To Make The Best Of Austin Traffic

If you ask just about any Austinite what is the worst part about living here, the response you’d get is the traffic. Those who live inside the city …

University of Texas at Austin

Genetic mutation trade-offs lead to parallel evolution

Organisms in nature adapt and evolve in complex environments. For example, when subjected to changes in nutrients, antibiotics, and predation, …

Evolutionary Biology

Why whales grew to such monster sizes

Scientists tackle long-standing mystery

Natural History Museums

10 dreamy US vacation destinations that are surprisingly affordable

The sudden burst of warm temperatures is a reminder that if you haven't planned a getaway, now is the moment to do it. You still have time to score …

American Museum of Natural History

Our common ancestor with chimps may be from Europe, not Africa

The last common ancestor we shared with chimps seems to have lived in the eastern Mediterranean – not in East Africa as generally assumed.<p>This bold …

Natural History Museums

T-Rex's Bite Was Bone-Pulverizing, But Its Roar Was Weak

Who can forget the nail-biting scene in <i>Jurassic Park</i> when an escaped T-Rex, in the middle of a thunderstorm, proceeds to turn over and tear apart a …


Why These Humans Are Museum Treasures, Too

“They've dedicated their life to studying science. To furthering our knowledge of the universe,” says photographer Paul Fetters of his recent …

Natural History Museums

Astronomy Live: Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe

Is there life spraying out of the geysers of Saturn's moon Enceladus? How did our solar system end up with just one habitable planet? What is dark …


Ivanka Trump's Style Transformation

A look back at the First Daughter's fashion evolution from the early aughts to today.<p>From her days on <i>Celebrity Apprentice</i> and <i>Born Rich</i> to the launch of her namesake collection and her role as First Daughter, take a look back at the style evolution of Ivanka Trump.

American Museum of Natural History

So, Why Does the Earth Exist?

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Earth and all that comes with it, but why does the planet exist? That’s a question scientists have been trying to get …

American Museum of Natural History

Whales reached huge size only recently

Jonathan Amos Science correspondent<p><b>Blue whales are the biggest animals that have ever existed on Earth but they only recently got that way.</b><p>This is the extraordinary finding from a new study that examined the fossil record of baleens - the group of filter feeders to which the blues belong.<p>These …

Natural History Museums

PBS airing live nature special from Alaska this summer

PBS is collaborating with the BBC on a special live event this summer where cameras will try to catch bears, wolves, eagles and other wildlife in …

National Parks

A Taste for Poison in Warmer Climates?

<b>Q. Why does venom seem to be more favored as a defense by animals in warmer latitudes?</b><p><b>A.</b> “It is not entirely clear that the premise of the question is true,” said Mark E. Siddall, a curator in the division of invertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History. For example, “spiders are …

American Museum of Natural History