Blogs & Videos: Sciences

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Beautiful Strangers: Telling the Stories of the People and Collections of The Field Museum

The romance of the Museum is palpable: rising from the ashes of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the story of the Museum’s origins is well known. And yet, there are many strange tales that are left to be fully told, or that resurface in surprising ways. 

Dried plant specimen attached to paper, and a handwritten specimen label identifying the plant

DIY Plant Pressing

How does a plant specimen get turned into an herbarium sheet, ready for a Museum collection? In order for plants to be carefully cataloged and preserved so that they can be studied well into the future, they first have to be dried and pressed. You can do something similar at home—this DIY project is sort of like making a layer cake (or lasagna, depending on your tastes):

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Gases, Eddies, and Why Climate Change is Messing up Your Jet-Set Life

This summer, we’re seeing news of extreme temperatures in the western US. Oh, and airplanes were grounded in Phoenix because of temperatures as high as 119 degrees Fahrenheit! Extreme heat can cause the aerodynamics near the ground to make it impossible for some aircraft to become airborne (recent articles from the New York Times and Wired do a good job explaining how this happens).

Is Taxidermy ART?

The Field Museum has some of the best taxidermy in the world, much of which was created over a hundred years ago. It got me wondering: is taxidermy itself considered a form of art today? Who decides - and where does it fit in with our ideas of contemporary art? So... we asked some taxidermists!

Beachgoer’s Guide to Lake Michigan Fossils and Rocks

When you think of Lake Michigan, does fossil hunting come to mind? Many people may not be aware that the beaches of Lake Michigan can be a hot spot for fossils hunters. Aside from fossils, Lake Michigan beaches are also home to many fascinating rocks. Take a look at some of the more common rocks and fossils around the lake.  

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