Blogs & Videos

Every day at The Field Museum we're exploring something new, whether it's hidden deep in our collections or being investigated out in the field. Tune in to our blogs and videos to learn about breakthrough discoveries firsthand from our Field Museum scientists, or discover what curiosity Emily Graslie has stumbled upon in our vaults, or see how our science is making an impact in the world around you.

The Brain Scoop

Check out what our Chief Curiosity Correspondent, Emily Graslie, has explored on The Brain Scoop!

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The Field Revealed

Explore the treasures of The Field Museum's collections with The Field Revealed video series.

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Science Newsflash

Science Newsflash brings you the most current scientific news stories from The Field Museum. 

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Recent Blog Posts

Hermon Bumpus and House Sparrows

" ... on February 1 of the present year (1898), when, after an uncommonly severe storm of snow, rain, and sleet, a number of English sparrows [= House Sparrows, Passer domesticus] were brought to the Anatomical Laboratory of Brown University [, Providence, Rhode Island]. Seventy-two of these birds revived; sixty-four perished; ... " (p. 209). "... the storm was of long duration, and the birds were picked up, not in one locality, but in several localities; ... " (p. 212).

Fossil Meteorites

In which we set out and find fossil meteorites in time and space. Wait... meteorites can be fossilized?! Mind blown. Read more about Philipp Heck's meteoritical research and the arrival of fossil meteorites at The Field Museum! Thanks to Mario Tassinari for the loan of the fossil meteorites, and Birger Schmitz for pioneering this field. GET A TWO-FACED CALF SHIRT: http://dftba.com/product/1di/Two-Head

A Summer Fling

Medieval weaponry and youth outreach don’t often appear in the same sentence, much less the same room. Fortunately, thanks to a recent partnership between the Exhibitions Shop and the Digital Media Learning Program, area high schoolers had a chance to design and build their own catapults! Together, they applied many of the same techniques used for the Biomechanics show to realize their own innovations.

Heat Temperature Theater

Ever wonder how the Field Museum comes up with new and exciting exhibitions every year? The beast of exhibit design is alive and humming within the museum every day, just a couple stories above the unsuspecting public. One of our most recent developments, The Machine Inside: Biomechanics provides an excellent example of how the Field stays at the cutting edge of visitor experience. To elucidate the process, we’ll focus in on one key element of the show.

FMWIS Internships 2014 -- Hannah Davis

Field Museum Women in Science (FMWIS) and Women's Board of The Field Museum are proud to offer the 2014 Women in Science Internships. The internships are hosted in many departments throughout the Museum and aim to give young individuals the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the sciences. The 2014 FMWIS Internship Program hosted three high school and three undergraduate paid 

Shark Fin CSI

Every year millions of sharks are slaughtered for their fins. The Field has developed new methods to identify some of these sharks to better enforce laws and help end the illegal trade. Science FTW! ------------------- Producer, Writer, Creator, Host: Emily Graslie   Producer, Editor, Camera, Archive: Tom McNamara   Theme music: Michael Aranda    Created By:  Hank Green    Production Assistant: Katie Kirby ------------------  

Fossil Sharks

Wherein we take an adventure into the deep oceans of history in pursuit of fossilized sharks.  Shout-out to Bill Simpson for his help in the production of this video and lending us the fossilized shark specimens for the shoot! We want to thank Ray Troll (http://www.trollart.com/) for generously allowing us to incorporate his incredible illustrations in this video! 

Why Sharks?

Welcome to five consecutive calendar days dedicated to programming about everyone's favorite cartilaginous fishes: the sharks!  Special thanks to David Shiffman (@whysharksmatter) for his help, support, advice, and fun facts about sharks! Additional thanks to Joe Hanson (itsokaytobesmart) and the folks at PBS Digital Studios for helping to put this great series together. :) 

Dunkbot

In 2008, I had an opportunity to help Mark Westneat Ph.D with construction of a Biomechanical model of a Dunkelosteous, a prehistoric fish, to test its bite strength. The model was filmed for an episode of History Channel’s series “Evolve”. We had a three-minute segment in the “Jaws and Claws” episode. We smashed all kinds of stuff in the jaws, and had a generally good time. The model is currently on display with the Field Museum’s exhibition, Biomechanics: The Machine Inside.

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