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Religious Museums, Historical Memory, and Public History

Lauren Turek Photo by Lindsay Eyink Now that Fall classes have begun, I am (naturally? neurotically?) thinking ahead to the classes that I'll be teaching in the Spring semester. One of those will be a course on Museums and Society, which I will be designing as an introduction to public history as well as to museum work. Show More Summary

Jewish solidarity activists remember Gaza one year later in NY

“Destruction of Gaza is not history; it’s still news”, Jewish Voice for Peace says, and demands end to Israeli blockade, in a demonstration outside the Museum of Natural History in NY

Rival Archaeologists Find Space Rocks at Opposite Ends of the World

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Wonders Never Cease is a fashion film that takes full advantage of its setting: London’s Museum of Natural History. When two archaeologists engaged in a game of oneupmanship make the same discovery at opposite ends of the world, it ignites a lot of moody wandering through the museum halls. Read more...

California Academy of Sciences Will Divest from Fossil Fuels

4 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

In response to environmental groups demanding science and natural history museums cut funding connected with the fossil fuel industry, San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences says it will.

Carcass of monkey housed in the American Natural History Museum gets a name

6 days agoArts : Artdaily

For nearly a century the carcass of a small, reddish-brown monkey from South America gathered dust in a windowless backroom of the American Natural History Museum in New York City. Like a morgue corpse in a drawer with the wrong toe tag, it was a victim of mistaken identity. Show More Summary

Little “Scarface” Late Permian Predator May Have Been Venomous

Ichibengops munyamadziensis – A Nasty Little “Critter” Researchers at the Field Museum (Chicago, Illinois) in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Utah, The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (Seattle) and the University of Washington have published a scientific paper detailing the discovery of a new genus of mammal-like animals that thrived prior to […]

FYF Fest in Expo Park shutters Natural History Museum's Butterfly Pavilion

In 1969 the Woodstock Festival inspired Joni Mitchell to dream of "bomber death planes ? turning into butterflies above our nation."

Historical Society seeks curator with geology expertise for Tempe museum

The Arizona Historical Society is seeking to fill a Museum Curator 2 posting for the Natural History Collection in Tempe. The posting is listed in the official website for the State of Arizona government jobs. Anyone interested in viewing/applying...Show More Summary

Brush up on your dinosaur trivia before Fernbank’s Birthday Bash

On August 22, Fernbank Museum of Natural History celebrates the anniversary of their Giants of the Mesozoic exhibit with birthday—and dino-themed activities. Learn a little more about the two giants of the exhibit.

Trophies of Imperialism: Zimbabwe Demands UK Return Freedom Fighter Skulls

The president of Zimbabwe has called for UK authorities to repatriate skulls belonging to freedom fighters killed by British colonizers, which he said are displayed as “war trophies” at the Natural History Museum in London.

Diplodocid sacra of the AMNH (and indeed the Carnegie Museum)

Back in 2012, when Matt and I were at the American Museum of Natural History to work on “Apatosaurus” minimus, we also photographed some other sacra for comparative purposes. One of them you’ve already seen — that of the Camarasaurus supremus holotype AMNH 5761. Here is another: (Click through for glorious 3983 x 4488 resolution.) This is AMNH […]

Mollusk biologist describes how slugs make babies

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

John Kelly of the Washington Post spotted a pair of leopard slugs mating on his driveway. He called Megan Paustian, a research biologist who consults for Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, to explain how slug sex works. Read the rest

Natural History Museum Dioramas Are Disappearing

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

The meticulous art of recreating wildlife habitats in a museum setting is one the public isn't 19so keen on anymore.

Treasures of the Natural History Museum London

Kelley had planned our day with a visit to the Natural History Museum London. The hiccup in her plan is that I woke up a little after midnight, after three hours sleep, and started on an all night writing session at the InterContinental Park Lane London. Show More Summary

Culture Capital

3 weeks agoArts : Coxsoft Art News

London's Science Museum, Natural History Museum and British Museum are the top three most googled museums in the world. The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC were the next two, according to London & Partners, Mayor Bouncy Boris's official promotional company. Shown is Girl Pets Dinosaur at the Natural History Museum (CLICK).

How The Natural History Museum Is Changing The Ratio Of Women And Minorities in STEM

Beyond the dioramas and dinosaurs, the American Museum of Natural History is working behind the scenes to boost equality in STEM. We know the problem: there aren't enough women pursuing STEM careers and there are about to be a lot fewer. There are fewer women earning engineering and computer science degrees than there were 10 years ago. Read Full Story

Watch museum bees get a shampoo and blowout before their debut

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

New career ambition: Bee stylist.In a recent blog post, the American Museum of Natural History explains the beautification process its fragile bee specimens go through before their close-ups.[Bees naturally vaccinate their babies, scientists find]Read full article >>

How to Beautify Bee Specimens For Museum Display

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Before they can reside in the American Museum of Natural History's research collection, bee specimens must be properly prepped and preserved.

Watch A Bee Get Shampooed By The AMNH's Insect Stylist

Swarms of bees have come through the American Museum of Natural History, and each one gets a shampoo and blow-out upon arrival. The Museum has posted a run-down of the process on their website, noting that "the bee specimens in the Museum’s Division of Invertebrate Zoology are treated to a day of beautification before they join the research collection." [ more › ]

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