We just launched a new show here on The Brain Scoop to keep you updated on all sorts of science and discovery news from The Field Museum. We designed a few sets for the purpose. Be sure to check out our first episode, posted last week! https://youtu.be/D-SEaRTJucM Read more about Behind-the-scenes on our new set!
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Natural News from The Field Museum | Ep. 1 We’re kicking off the first episode in our new news series, Natural News from The Field Museum! Stay tuned for the next installment in two weeks, and check out our behind-the-scenes tour of the set next week right here on The Brain Scoop. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Papers/Articles: 1. 'Dinosaur Discovery' Read more about Dinosaur Discovery & Updates on Cloud Rats
Join us for #AskACurator Day on Wednesday, September 14! Bring all your questions related to natural history, science, museum collections, and research. We’ll be taking questions throughout the day on Twitter @FieldMuseum, along with a livestream on Facebook and scientists taking questions on their own Twitter handles. Here are just a few topics Field Museum scientists are eager to talk about (all times mentioned are CT): Read more about Ask A Curator Day: Insects, Birds, Fossils, Meteorites, and More!
Merlin. Photo © John Picken / www.picken.com Read more about Merlin confirmed nesting in Illinois for the first time!
Being a curator at a natural history museum can include many different areas of work, from doing research and studying collections, to field work and training future scientists. Dr. Ken Angielczyk, an associate curator and paleobiologist at The Field Museum, shares some of the unique aspects of his work. Ask @FieldMuseum all your natural history and science questions on Wednesday, September 14, for #AskACurator Day! What does being a curator mean to you? Read more about Ask A Curator: Q&A With Paleobiologist Ken Angielczyk
What glows in the dark, is flammable, and was first discovered in human urine? While this substance may sound dangerous (and a little gross), it exists in foods we eat and in the world around us. We’re talking about phosphorus, the 13th element. Phosphorus is mainly produced in exploding massive stars, known as core-collapse supernovae. It is the 18th-most abundant element in the universe and the 13th-most abundant element in Earth’s crust. Read more about How the Hunt for the Philosopher’s Stone Led to Phosphorus
STARTING SEPTEMBER 14TH! There's a lot of science that happens both within and outside the walls of a natural history museum, and we thought it was about time we bring more of those stories right to you. Stay tuned for regular news updates! Read more about New Series Announcement! | Natural News from The Field Museum
We’ve got ’em…in glass jars! The worldwide phenomenon of Pokémon was originally inspired by the practice of collecting insects, which is something we still do at the Museum today. In the midst of battling monsters and stopping criminal organizations, it’s easy to forget that, at the start of every Pokémon game, every player is sent out on a journey to complete the PokéDex, a digital encyclopedia of every Pokémon known to man. Read more about We’ve got ’em! Meet the Real-Life Amphibians and Reptiles of Pokémon
In 1898, two African lions began attacking and consuming railway workers in Tsavo, Kenya. First reports estimated that 135 people fell victim to these "man-eaters," but further research published in 2009 lessened that number to 35 individuals. Over the years, different theories as to what motivated these attacks have varied, and recently we got to talk with two experts who are working towards finding an answer. Read more about The Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo
Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet 10 years ago today. While many grieved the loss of the ninth planet, we’re now learning more than ever about this ball of ice and its faraway neighborhood at the edge of the solar system. So, what ended Pluto’s run as a planet? The International Astronomical Union, or IAU, defines a planet by three qualities: 1. Orbits the Sun 2. Big enough for gravity to shape it into a sphere (which is called “hydrostatic equilibrium”) Read more about Learning from Pluto as a Dwarf Planet