Natural History Museums

The best time of year to visit the biggest New York attractions

Wading through the slog of pedestrians in Times Square on December 31 is a hopeless proposition. Likewise, attempting to walk across the Brooklyn …

American Museum of Natural History

Watch as Hummingbirds Fly, Drink, and Flap Their Tiny Wings in Slow Motion | Mental Floss

Hummingbirds have more feathers per inch than nearly any other bird, but it’s hard to fully appreciate their luminescent colors when they beat their …

American Museum of Natural History

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 …

American Museum of Natural History

'LA's most famous feline,' P-22, gets his own museum exhibit

<i>(Credit: Soundscape by Chris Candelaria, NHMLA Media Technician)</i><p>Featured videos show P-22 roaming his territory at night or how he was collared with …

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Get Funky at these Family Friendly Hotels in Washington D.C.

Our Nation’s Capital is undoubtedly one of the best family-friendly cities in the United States. Visiting the city is a right of passage no matter …

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Weekend Picks: More Than A Dozen Things to Do In And Around D.C.

Listen to music, have a laugh, drink a beer, and eat some ceviche. Not that we’re telling you what to do.<p><b>FRIDAY, JULY 21</b><p><b>SOUNDTRACK</b>: Hans Zimmer is a …

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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> …

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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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Coming Distractions: Todd Haynes goes timeline-juggling in the latest trailer for Wonderstruck

<i>Wonderstruck,</i> a rare all-ages outing for <i>Carol</i> and <i>I’m Not There</i> director Todd Haynes, was a hit at this year’s Cannes, with our own A.A. Dowd calling it “a spectacular technical achievement.” The film’s latest trailer shows off some of that technical pizzazz, with Haynes dashing back and forth …

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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 …

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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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Daily 2 Cents: 'I suppose I’ll just have to kill you' -- Evidence of Abduction -- Monster Great White Shark Seen Off NC Coast

<b>'I suppose I’ll just have to kill you'</b><p><b>I recently received the following account:</b><p>Several years ago I was working in a center for adult education. A …

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Deadly disease hotspots identified by four-year study | Natural History Museum

A study of aquatic snails that carry the parasitic disease schistosomiasis has identified infection hotspots around part of Africa's Lake Victoria …

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London's Natural History Museum Has a New Star Attraction: An Amazing Blue Whale Skeleton | Mental Floss

In January 2017, London’s Natural History Museum said goodbye to Dippy, the <i>Diplodocus</i> dinosaur skeleton cast that had presided over the institution’s …

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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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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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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 …

Natural History

Mystery of golden mummified monk who starved himself to death - now at the centre of a £10million tug of war

He is the figure at the centre of a fierce and long running international court case, brought by a tiny Chinese village desperate to get their …

Archaeology

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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Whale skeleton suspended over information kiosk and bar in revamped Natural History Museum foyer

The huge skeleton of a blue whale is now the centrepiece of the entrance hall at London's Natural History Museum – but unlike the dinosaur cast there …

Architecture

Should bagpipes be allowed on planes? No. Why would you even ask the question?

A bagpipe-playing grandmother from Scotland was barred from a Ryanair plane in Belgium by armed police because she refused to put her musical …

Bagpipes

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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Ben Affleck makes first public appearance since debuting new girlfriend Lindsay Shookus

The relationship is no longer a secret, but it's not quite red-carpet ready.<p>Ben Affleck made his first formal appearance Sunday since going public with his new romance, but girlfriend Lindsay Shookus was nowhere in sight. The actor was honored at a charity gala for the Starkey Hearing Foundation in …

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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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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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This blue whale skeleton installation time-lapse is the most incredible thing you'll see all day

We can’t count the number of times we’ve seen an intricate display in a museum and wondered what the installation process was like. Thanks to the …

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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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Duchess Kate makes waves at the Natural History Museum

It seems like every time Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge steps out — or does anything really — it makes the headlines. And her recent visit to the Natural History Museum in London was no exception.<p>On July 13, Middleton joined Sir David Attenborough to unveil “Hope,” the new blue whale skeleton, …

Royal Family

A hearty welcome for Whaley McWhaleface

VAT hits the poor | Rees-Mogg reproduction | Cinema pay | Rabbits in pies | Iceberg measuring | Names for skeletons<p>Deirdre Burrell (Letters, 13 July) overlooks the scam that income tax is the only one that matters, and that the low-paid are not taxpayers. The poorest pay the most in VAT, which the …

Natural History

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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