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Grandfather and Grandson Set Record for Sleepovers

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When Gregory Cox was a teenager attending the Food and Maritime Trades School in the 1960s, he sometimes took advantage of a midday switch from the East Side campus to the West Side to skip school and head to the American Museum of Natural History.

“I didn’t take the [school] bus, I took the subway,” he recalls over the phone from his home in Brooklyn. “They never caught me!”

Cox, who lives in Brooklyn, went on to a career in ship repair, like his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather before him. Now retired and a Family-level Member, he loves sharing his longstanding affection for the Museum with his grandchildren, Shannon Concalves and Shane and Shamus Drucker of Staten Island.

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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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