Natural History Museums

A night at the museum for grown-ups

Where’s that T. rex?<p>There is a specific hill in Argentina where several young dinosaurs died centuries apart. Millions of years later, I am looking at the 122-foot remains of one of them in the middle of the night.<p>The skeleton cast of the largest dinosaur ever discovered spans an entire room in the …

Tyrannosaurus Rex

David Attenborough to probe the last days of tragic circus elephant that inspired Disney's Dumbo

Sir David Attenborough is to investigate the life and mystery death of the circus elephant that inspired the Disney film Dumbo.<p>In the BBC special he …

David Attenborough

California gets its own official state dinosaur

A year after adopting a state fabric, California is the latest state to get its own official dinosaur, although the honor comes about 66 million years too late to directly benefit the honoree.<p>The designated creature is Augustynolophus morrisi, which, according to a bill signed Saturday by Gov. …

California

How to Wage Twitter War for Fun and Profit

Needling the competition can be a good way to build your brand's exposure. Just don't be a jerk about it.<p>Last week, two of the U.K.’s most venerated museums went to war on Twitter.<p>It began during #AskACurator Day on Sept. 13, when experts from more than 1,500 museums around the world took to …

Natural History

Dinosaurs Make an Operatic Debut at Museum with 'Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt'

At the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City, the dinosaur halls offer a window into a world millions of years ago, with mounted …

Science

What It’s Like to Write an Opera About Dinosaurs

There are many challenges that face those writing the lyrics to operas, but figuring out what can rhyme with dinosaur names isn’t often one of them. …

American Museum of Natural History

The odd swimming style of plesiosaurs decoded by a robot

The plesiosaur is long extinct, but thanks to a biomechanical engineer, it has been reincarnated — as a robot. This new so-called “robosaur” reveals …

American Museum of Natural History

Eons before viral kitten videos, ancient Egyptians adored their cats

Cats are notoriously fickle—purring in your lap one second, then swiping you with an indignant claw the next. One thing is certain however when it …

Smithsonian

Early Trilobites had Stomachs

A specimen of the trilobite <i>Palaeolenus lantenoisi</i> from the Guanshan Biota in southern Yunnan Province, China. Rarely are internal organs preserved in …

Paleontology

The PR maven who secured locations for 'Night at the Museum' and 'The Devil Wears Prada'

Sallie Slate finds a showbiz niche representing properties, not people<p>Sallie Slate was working at the American Museum of Natural History in 2004 when …

American Museum of Natural History

The 10 Museums Every Traveler Should Visit in the U.S.

10. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Titusville, Florida<p>Besides its impressive displays, which range from astronaut artifacts to the Saturn V …

Museums

10 cheap New York attractions under $25

Consider this list of cheap New York attractions under $25 your guide to exploring NYC on a budget. Remaining thrifty while visiting NYC isn’t as …

New York City

Neanderthal children were slow to grow up — just like modern kids

About 49,000 years ago a Neanderthal boy died young. The cause of death isn't clear. Scientists who pored over his bones many millennia later found no signs of fatal trauma or disease. But something cut his life abruptly short about four months shy of his eighth birthday.<p>He left behind a remarkably …

Biology

7 NYC Trips That Cost Less Than a New Smart Phone

The competition for our attention is fierce; we pay upwards of rent-level money for any new tech toy that makes our social posts up better and …

Travel

'Remarkable' new animal species discovered in a cave using smelly cheese as bait

The creature also represents an entirely new genus, or group of species.<p>An extraordinary new species, representing an entirely new genus (a group of …

Biological Species

First Look at On Site Opera Company’s World Premiere of Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt

The new musical, written by John Musto and Eric Einhorn, is set to begin performances September 23 at the American Museum of Natural History.<p>The …

American Museum of Natural History

The Color-Changing Marvel of Tree Frogs Looking for Love

When seeking out potential mates, frogs, like humans, will often alter their appearance. While humans are generally content to do up their hair and …

Biological Species

New York Today: Theater in Odd Places

<i>Good morning on this balmy Thursday, and Shanah Tovah.</i><p>In a tidy, off-white kitchen in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, the smell of burnt onions filled the room where Nadine Malouf was hurriedly preparing kibbe, a Middle Eastern fried ball made with bulgur, lamb and spices.<p>She was sobbing.<p>Not for the …

New York City

Events for Children in NYC This Week

<i>Our guide to cultural events in New York City for families with children and teenagers.</i><p><b>CENTRAL PARK FAMILY DAY</b> at Wollman Rink (Sept. 24, noon to 3 p.m.; gates open at 11:30 a.m.). You can often find both horses and dogs in Central Park, but those at this event aren’t the usual variety. Part of the …

The Arts

TripAdvisor names the top 10 museums in the world

Cultural hotspots that are worth the trip<p>When it comes to finding the best places to soak up culture, this latest museum ranking serves as a good …

Museums

Blog Archive » Peruvian child mummy X-rayed in Texas hospital

An ancient Peruvian mummy that has been part of the collection of the Corpus Christi Museum of Natural History and Science for 60 years received its …

Archaeology

New dinosaur monopoly release: Top 10 facts about dinosaurs

GETTYA new dinosaur version of monopoly is available from the Natural History Museum<p>1. Mayfair and Park Lane in the traditional Monopoly have been …

Dinosaurs

Think Other People Have More Friends Than You? You’re Probably Wrong

If you've ever felt bad about how small your social circle seems compared to everyone else's, fear not. A new study finds that most people …

American Museum of Natural History

This dance is taken: Hundreds of male frog species change colors around mating time

Some of nature's most vibrant colors occur in frogs, who peek out from rainforests and marshes in startling shades of blue, yellow and red. But for …

Ecology

The World's Top Museums According to Tripadvisor – AGreekAdventure - Adventure Travel Blog

Well, seems Tripadvisor readers did it again. Here is the list with the world’s top museums and their websites, according to Traveler’s Choice Awards.<p>…

Museums

These Dinosaurs Had Colorful Eggs Just Like Birds

In the spring, you might find fragmented blue eggshells sitting on the sidewalk, a sign that baby robins hatched somewhere up above. Taking the same …

Dinosaurs

National Museum of Natural History

<i>Image Credit: Matt Misisco Studios</i><p>The National Museum of Natural History invites you to attend an evening with <b>award-winning science journalist, Peter</b> …

Smithsonian

'Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme' Review: Survival Couture

New York<p>Those familiar with the habitat dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History will feel a jolt of recognition at the entrance of “Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme,” the Museum at FIT’s gallant new show. There it is, the Serengeti Plain diorama—same gnarled tree, same golden …

Lifestyle

(Update) Greek police arrest 55-year-old man over theft of 5.7 million-year-old footprints in Crete

Greek police arrested on Friday a 55-year-old man in connection with the theft of 10 fossilised footprints which were stolen on earlier this week …

Crete

Here's How to View Tonight's Super Rare Celestial Event

The moon is blocking out three planets in less than 24 hours.<p>Stargazers have been blessed with several major celestial events this year, including …

Travel