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Podcast: The New Universe and The Human Future

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Advances of modern cosmology such as dark matter, dark energy, and the drama of cosmic evolution have given us a completely new picture of the universe. In this podcast from the fall, join Joel Primack, a professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz and cultural philosopher Nancy Ellen Abrams as they explain the new universe and relate it to life here on Earth.

This podcast was recorded at the Hayden Planetarium on November 14, 2011.

Podcast: Download | RSS | iTunes (48 mins, 58 MB)

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Animal Drawing: Q&A with Diorama Artist Steve Quinn

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When night falls on Thursdays at the Museum, a group of people carrying sketchpads and charcoal enters the doors and heads to the animal halls. For over 30 years, Stephen C. Quinn, an artist in the Museum’s Exhibition Department and an expert on dioramas, has led a special evening course on Animal Drawingthat teaches students the art of drawing nature using the Museum’s famous dioramas and displays. This spring’s session will begin on Thursday, March 15. Below, Quinn answers a few questions about the course.

Tags: Art Classes for Adults, Q&A

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1.5 Million Watch Whales and Dolphins Play

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In early January, the Museum posted a Science Bulletin showing humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins apparently at play in the wild. Off the coast of Hawaii, whales repeatedly lifted dolphins from the ocean and let them slide down their heads back into the water. If you haven’t already, watch the viral video below, which recently reached 1.5 million views on YouTube.

 

Science Bulletins is a production of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology (NCSLET), part of the Department of Education at the Museum. Click here to learn more.

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Curious Collections: Identifying a Rare Bird

Curious Collections: Identifying a Rare Bird

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Ornithologists generally discover new species by collecting them in the wild. But early in the 20th century, Museum ornithologist James P. Chapin found one on a hat.

In 1913, Chapin, while serving as an assistant to German taxidermist and photographer Herbert Lang on what would become known as the Lang-Chapin Expedition to the Belgian Congo, came upon a native of the Ituri forest wearing a headdress with a distinctive feather. To the young naturalist, it suggested a pheasant or peacock, a strange possibility since these birds were native to Asia. Curious, he took it.

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