It's a GLOW ROCK DANCE PARTY! This video is best watched in the dark! In this video we explore the special properties of fluorescent and phosphorescent minerals to learn how and why they 'glow' under UV light ('black light'). Read more about Glow Rocks
Blogs & Videos: Sciences
Images: Sean Sherman by Rina Oh for the James Beard Foundation; corn cobs from Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, in the Museum's collection. By Monica Rickert-Bolter, volunteer for the North American Anthropology Program People are growing more concerned with what they put into their bodies, and it’s not just because they’re trying to keep the pounds off. Americans constantly debate which foods should be restricted and which are acceptable to consume to remain healthy. Read more about The Sioux Chef: Reinvigorating Indigenous Food Systems
This is the final post in a series by Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Janet R. Voight following her expedition to Norway. There, she and colleagues searched for a wood-boring clam, Xylophaga dorsalis, to study its, well, poo. Read the first post to explore the full journey. Read more about Closing the Clam Case and Wrapping Up a Norwegian Expedition
PARASITE. Doesn't the word just make your skin crawl? (that's actually the worms living under your flesh... just kidding). Despite our "ick" reaction to these animals, they play important roles in their environments - and many are under threat. Read more about The Case for Saving PARASITES.
New research sheds light on why lemurs don’t eat as much fruit as their fellow primates and why they’ve developed odd dietary behaviors: the fruit on Madagascar contains too little protein to sustain them. Read more about Lemurs Are Weird Because Madagascar’s Fruit Is Weird
Scientists studying the effects of tsunamis have now shed light on what could be the earliest record of a person killed in a tsunami: someone who lived 6,000 years ago in the southwest Pacific. Read more about 6,000-Year-Old Skull Could Be from the World’s Earliest Known Tsunami Victim
This is the eleventh in a series of posts by Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Janet R. Voight following her expedition to Norway. There, she and colleagues look for a wood-boring clam, Xylophaga dorsalis, to study its, well, poo. Read the first post and stay tuned for upcoming posts. Read more about It’s Alive! Finding Tiny Clams Aboard Driftwood
What’s fieldwork really like? And how do scientists decide where to go and how to search? Field Museum scientist, curator, and millipede expert Petra Sierwald describes a recent expedition. Read more about Collecting in Vietnam: The Search for Millipedes
This is the tenth in a series of posts by Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Janet R. Voight as she heads out on an expedition to Norway. There, she and colleagues will look for a wood-boring clam, Xylophaga dorsalis, to study its, well, poo. Read the first post and stay tuned for upcoming posts to find out what they discover. Read more about Searching for Sunken Treasure in the Fjords of Norway
The Field Museum isn't just home to specimens and artifacts: it's also home to the books and manuscripts that have shaped our understanding of the world's natural history. Today, we look at some of the 7,500 books in the Mary W. Runnells Rare Book Room! Read more about The Rare Book Room!