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In this week’s episode of Natural News from The Field Museum, we’ve got updates about the sex lives of peregrine falcons, mouse lemurs as time machines, and new research on the formation of our solar system! Read more about Sex Lives of Peregrine Falcons & Time Travel Discoveries | Ep. 2
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! Read more about Behind-the-scenes on our new set!
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. Read more about Dinosaur Discovery & Updates on Cloud Rats
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
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
In our last video we got to see one of the rarest flowers in the world blooming in its habitat for the first time in over a decade. It's the Kankakee mallow (Iliamna remota), under threat of extirpation and completely unique to Illinois... and we want to make it the official state flower! Field outreach coordinator Robb Telfer kicked off the campaign and we're TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS. It's an election year, after all. Read more about Campaigning for CHANGE! Don't be Shallow - Vote for Mallow
The Kankakee Mallow (Iliamna remota) is a special little flower. The only place in the world it's found in the wild is on a single small island in the middle of the Kankakee River in Illinois - but until last year, it hadn't been seen in over a decade, and was feared to be extinct. Thanks to volunteer efforts, we got to be some of the first to see it back in bloom! Read more about This flower only grows in the wild on a single tiny island... in Illinois.
In 1936, Ruth Harkness - a dressmaker from New York -- set off to China in search of the rare, elusive Giant Panda. Her goal? Bring one back alive to share the wonder of China's wildlife with the western world. She became the first explorer to do so, and so set in motion a public fascination with these creatures that continues 80 years later.
Additional images c/o Ruth Harkness, "The Lady and the Panda," 1938, and the Chicago Zoological Society.
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Datuk Dr. Robert F. Inger published his first scientific paper in 1942 and hasn't looked back since. I'm inspired by his dedication to science, and his commitment to curiosity - and although it's impossible to cover his 74+ year career in a 10-minute video, I hope you'll take away the lesson I did: never stop asking questions and seeking answers! Read more about A Lifetime of Curiosity