A visit to the Natural History Museum – The Nature of Cities

Museums and collections surely served to materialize the appropriation of history, englobed within Britannia’s magnanimous fold. One almost expects Tarzan to come swinging from the roof trusses, the archetypical English gentleman who whitewashes the colonial-industrial complex with the image of unsullied nature. At the end of November 2021, spending a few days in London, I … Read more

Natural Things: Notes from a Natural History Museum | News

Streams of running water have been important to people as far back as we can tell. The ancient Greeks named diverse Naiads who presided over the supernatural aspects of streams. Closer to home, the Spanish colonial recognized the importance of streams. Many of the Mexican land grants that were issued to colonists before 1836 referred … Read more

Eberle to serve as interim director of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History | Research & Innovation Office

Jaelyn Eberle (Geological Sciences) The University of Colorado Boulder has named Dr. Jaelyn Eberle interim director of its University of Colorado Museum of Natural History effective July 1. Eberle was appointed to serve as interim director after an initial search to succeed current director Dr. J. Patrick Kociolek did not result in a hire. Eberle … Read more

How Can We Build Natural Networks to Deliver the Deal With Stakeholders? – The Nature of Cities

Quite often city-makers who want to implement nature-based solutions run into many hurdles standing in the way of realizing their green ideals. But how do you tear down those walls? Effective co-creation is a path forward. More than half of the world population lives and works in diverse, bustling cities. And perhaps, if you are … Read more

Fossil Evidence Just Added Fuel to The Debate Over The Purpose of Giraffe Necks

In light of the brutal tug-of-war over resources that is natural selection, it has been taken for granted that the giraffe’s iconic neck evolved to reach leaves other plant-eaters can not possibly access. What seemed obvious to Charles Darwin has since attracted a great deal of scrutiny, with some biologists proposing those extended vertebrae aren’t … Read more

Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize winners announced!

The winners of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, Australia’s premier biennial natural science art prize, have been announced ahead of the finalists’ exhibition at the South Australian Museum, which opens tomorrow, Saturday 4 June. South Australian artists Kyoko Hashimoto and Guy Keulemans have taken home the Open Category Prize for their work Bioregional Rings … Read more

UNM poised to become an epicenter for fossil collection with opening of Natural History Science Center: UNM Newsroom

One of UNM’s many historical buildings has been given new life again – and it will serve as an educational resource to future scientists throughout our community. Situated at the southern edge of the main campus, the Natural History Science Center (NHSC) is a collaborative space dedicated to introducing and researching the rich history of … Read more

We Now Know Why Natural Selection May Favor Iridescence in Some Insects

Myriad animals don the brilliant shifting hues of iridescence, making them stunning to marvel at, but why natural selection so widely favored such structural colors has been somewhat of a mystery. Shifting metallic sheens have evolved independently many times across the animal kingdom, from dazzling hummingbirds to skinks shining in rainbow to jewel-like flies. In … Read more