Wherein archaeologist Dr. Steve Nash and I look at and discuss a fascinating, powerful, and complicated collection of artifacts. What do you think: can peace, or loyalty, be purchased? Read more about Can Peace be Purchased?
Blogs & Videos: Sciences
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. Read more about Beautiful Strangers: Telling the Stories of the People and Collections of The Field Museum
We're hittin' the road, from The Field Museum to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. In this first video, I get to visit one of the most unique collections I've ever seen in a natural history museum, AND guess what, I'm actually going to become their latest donation. What! Read more about The Human Biology Collection
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): Read more about DIY Plant Pressing
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). Read more about Gases, Eddies, and Why Climate Change is Messing up Your Jet-Set Life
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! Read more about Is Taxidermy ART?
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. Read more about Beachgoer’s Guide to Lake Michigan Fossils and Rocks
Millipedes are incredibly successful and resilient. They’ve been in the business of vegetable waste management for the past 420 million years. Read more about Why Study Millipedes? These Small Creatures Impact the Earth in a Big Way
The monarch’s epic journey Read more about Monarch Butterflies 101
Given their long (520-million-year!) evolutionary history, there are thousands and thousands of extinct types of cephalopods. That’s way too many to write about, but I want to talk about shells and why cephalopods have such weird ones. Read more about What’s in a Shell? The Strange Shells of Cephalopods