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Podcast: Global Kitchen’s Smell (and Taste) the Roses

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Our sense of smell and how we experience aromas are influenced by a number of factors. In this podcast from Adventures in the Global Kitchen, “Smell and Taste the Roses,” explore how the human brain processes sensory input, and how memory influences eating desires and habits.

Join the discussion with Howard McGee, author of “On Food and Cooking;” perfumer Mandy Aftel; and nueuroscientist Jay Gottfield of Northwestern University.

The next Global Kitchen event, “Rooftop Farming: The New Frontier,” takes place at the Museum on April 27, 2011. Learn more about this monthly series of talks and tastings.

Recorded at the Museum on February 21, 2011.

Podcast: Download | RSS | iTunes (1 hour, 20 mins, 91 MB)

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Using Museum’s CT Scanner, Researcher Makes Defensive Discovery

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Edward Stanley, a doctoral candidate in comparative biology at the Museum’s Richard Gilder Graduate School, made a surprising discovery using the Museum’s new state-of-the-art CT scanner: the presence of tiny osteoderms, or bony plates, along the legs of the craglizard Pseudocordylus subviridis. This particular lizard was thought to have such plates, which are believed to serve as protective armor, only on its head and tail.

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Podcast: SciCafe: The Cultural Origins of Medicinal Plants

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Humans have always relied on plants for food, clothing and medicine. Today, traditional plant use continues and thrives — even in urban environments, where pharmaceutical medicines are widely available.

In this podcast from a recent SciCafe, Dr. Ina Vandebroek leads an ethnobotanical tour from the Bolivian Amazon to New York City. Join the discussion as Dr. Vandebroek traces the importance of medicinal plants among indigenous peoples and immigrant communities.

The next SciCafe, “Robots Inspired by Nature and Beyond,” takes place on April 6, 2011. Learn more about this popular after-hours series featuring cocktails and conversation about cutting-edge science topics.

The talk was recorded at the Museum on March 2, 2011.

Podcast: Download | RSS | iTunes (50 mins, 61 MB)

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Tickets for The World’s Largest Dinosaurs Now On Sale

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Advance tickets are now available for The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, the major new exhibition opening at the Museum on April 16. Focusing on a uniquely super sized group of dinosaurs — the sauropods, which ranged in size from 15 to 150 feet long — the exhibition draws on the latest research to understand how these giant animals breathed, moved, ate, and survived.

Check out in-progress shots of the exhibition and hear from the curators in the sneak peek below, and click here for more videos and photos about the making of The World’s Largest Dinosaurs.


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New York Times Highlights Technology at the Museum

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From tweetups to touring the Museum using AMNH Explorer, The New York Times features the Museum’s digital efforts in a special section out today.

Writing about social media, Jennifer Preston focuses on two recent Museum tweetups that offered participants behind-the-scenes tours of the collections and looks at two exhibitions, Brain: The Inside Story and The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, which opens April 16.

A separate article about smartphone apps praises AMNH Explorer for taking “full advantage of the latest technology” by using the Museum’s wi-fi network to pinpoint a user’s location. “The app’s distinguishing feature is both ingenious and pragmatic,” writes Sam Grobart. “In addition to exhibitions, the app can point visitors toward cafes, gift shops and—an especially valuable feature for those traveling with children—bathrooms.”

And in a story about how a small computer called an Arduino has revolutionized exhibition design, Nick Bilton points to interactive exhibits at the Museum, including one in Brain: The Inside Story that tests a person’s ability to draw a shape while looking only at a reflection.

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