Climate crisis: how museums could inspire radical action

How museums can reimagine themselves in the context of the climate crisis.

Rodney Harrison, Professor of Heritage Studies, UCL • conversation
Nov. 18, 2020 ~25 min

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Giant 'toothed' birds flew over Antarctica 40 million to 50 million years ago

Paleontologists have discovered fossil remains belonging to an enormous 'toothed' bird that lived for a period of about 60 million years after dinosaurs.

Peter A. Kloess, Doctoral Candidate, Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
Oct. 27, 2020 ~7 min

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Fantastic beasts in the real world and where to find them

London's Natural History Museum is set to stage one of the most ambitious exhibitions in its history.

bbcnews
Oct. 26, 2020 ~5 min

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Ammonite: Who was the real Mary Anning?

In a romantic Victorian-era drama, Kate Winslet plays the role of fossilist Mary Anning. Who was she?

bbcnews
Oct. 16, 2020 ~8 min

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3D images of 19th-century glass marine invertebrates go online

Harvard has digitized 19th-century glass models of 15 marine invertebrates made by Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka. The 3D models are the result of between 250 to 700 images that had to be taken per glass piece.

Samantha Sarafin • harvard
Sept. 28, 2020 ~4 min

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Penarth 'dinosaur footprints' investigated by museum

The prospect of a "really, really exciting" find will be checked by the Natural History Museum, experts say.

By Nick Hartley • bbcnews
Aug. 26, 2020 ~4 min

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Teen museum guides can improve your visit

Teen docents can improve the experiences of both young and adult visitors to museums, zoos, and aquariums, research finds.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~5 min

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Museums preserve clues that can help scientists predict and analyze future pandemics

Genetic information that could help finger the next infectious threat is stored in museums around the world.

Richard Yanagihara, Professor of Pediatrics and Principal Investigator, Pacific Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Research, University of Hawaii • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~9 min

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New paper suggests spinosaurus may have been aquatic

New paper argues the Spinosaurus was aquatic, and powered by predatory tail.

Clea Simon • harvard
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

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