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American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-09-22 00:06

Did you know that dead stars still have plenty to say? Traces of elements left behind after stars explode can inform astronomers about how the star was ripped apart. Cassiopeia A is the gas cloud left behind after a star exploded in a blast that was first glimpsed on Earth about 325 years ago. Its...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-09-21 19:53

This Fossil Friday, meet the “ambiguous dog” (Amphicyon ingens)! It lived about 14.5 million years ago, and its nearly complete skeleton was collected in northeastern Colorado by the University of California in 1942. Amphicyon is a member of an extinct group of bearlike carnivores that wer...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-09-21 16:10

Meet Daniel Barta—a soon-to-be Ph.D. and graduate of the Museum’s Richard Gilder Graduate School! He has just finished four years studying dinosaur growth and development under the Museum’s Macauley Curator Mark Norell in the Division of Paleontology. During his time here, Barta accompanied Nore...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-09-21 00:10

Meet the Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus). Its range spans much of Europe—it can even be found as far north as Scandinavia! This bird prefers to inhabit temperate forests where it feeds on vegetation along the floor. In winter, one of its favorite snacks is pine needles from conifer t...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-09-20 19:50

Throwback to 1941, when Museum artists painted the background for the Alaskan brown bear diorama. Thanks to nutrient-rich salmon, brown bears on the Alaska Peninsula coast and islands are one of the largest terrestrial carnivores today. (Brown bears that live inland eat mainly plants—and can b...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-09-20 00:28

Inside the guts of every vertebrate, including humans, are a community of microbes—including bacteria, viruses, and fungi—known as the microbiome. Parts of the microbiome help our bodies to perform essential functions related to nutrition and immunity, and their compositions are unique to ...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-09-19 20:04

Did you know that Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata) mimic hawk cries, possibly as a way to intimidate other birds and snatch any food they leave behind? This species is found widely across the eastern United States and southern Canada. Wonder why Blue Jays are blue? Unlike Flamingos, who g...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-09-19 14:05

Meet Adolfo Lara—a soon-to-be Ph.D. and graduate of the Museum’s Richard Gilder Graduate School! Growing up, Adolfo Lara thought he wanted to become a physician or work for NASA, two careers he saw on popular TV shows. But when he entered college he discovered another path after a friend asked...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-09-16 13:13

Mammalian mothers are known for their ability to provide milk for their young. But did you know that some bird species, including pigeons and flamingos, are able to produce “milk” for their hatchlings, too? And it’s not just the mothers—fathers can, too. In the case of pigeons, nutritiou...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-09-16 00:24

Elephants must feed for 18 hours a day. Sauropods could be 10 times elephant-size, or more, so how did they find enough hours in the day to feed? With their tiny skulls and tiny teeth, they were huge—and hugely efficient—eating machines. For humans, chewing is the first step in digestion. ...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-09-15 19:03

Sponges (phylum Porifera) are among the simplest of animals. They have no true organs or tissues, just reproductive, feeding, and skeleton-building cells. They are hollow, taking water and tiny food particles in through small pores in the body and passing water out through a large centra...
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National Gallery Photo 2018-06-08 13:15

In Turner's beautifully epic portrayal of Homer's Odyssey, we see Ulysses standing aloft on his ship deriding the Cyclops, whom he and his companions have just left blinded, and invoking the vengeance of Neptune. One of the flags is painted with the scene of the Trojan Horse. The horses of the Sun are rising above the horizon ('Odyssey', Book 9). Opening on Monday, visit 'Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire' and see Turner's influence on this American artist: http://bit.ly/2JsMlxa

Tate Photo 2018-06-07 18:20

This Volunteers' Week we are celebrating the extraordinary contribution of over 500 volunteers at Tate who give their time, passion & expertise to visitors from all over the globe, across our four galleries. 'I didn’t know anything about contemporary art until I started volunteering at Tate in 2016. I’ve learnt a lot! I love passing on this knowledge to visitors. It keeps my brain active! My favourite room in Tate Britain is the 1840s room and my favourite painting is The Lady of Shalott. I like all the Pre-Raphaelites in Tate Britain. This is my favourite room and my favourite place to be.’ - Steve Daszko, volunteer visitor host with John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott 1888 https://goo.gl/RvZ97V

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Photo 2018-06-07 15:58

On view tomorrow, June 8—"Giacometti” fills the ramps of our rotunda, featuring nearly 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings by the preeminent artist Alberto Giacometti, whose intensive focus on the human condition continues to provoke and inspire new generations. A collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti), this comprehensive exhibition examines anew the artist’s practice and his unmistakable vocabulary. Learn more: https://gu.gg/2xPE44R … Photo: David Heald

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-06-07 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - A Ranger 1911A1? The Robert E. Petersen Gallery holds many unusual handguns and this Colt 1911A1 is right in there swinging. While some might be captivated by the fine set of stag grips on this GOTD, the oddly truncated trigger guard sets this pistol apart. There are a number of similar handguns in existence that were modified by Texas Ranger Captain Manuel T. Gonzaullas, who spent considerable time in later life in Hollywood, not far from where Robert E. Petersen lived. Is this one of that Ranger's handguns? We just don't know. Caliber: .45 ACP Production Date: 1943 #NRAmuseums #GunOfTheDay #guns #history

National Gallery Photo 2018-06-07 12:43

Gauguin was born #OnThisDay in 1848. 'Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window' by Gauguin is a tribute to a Cézanne painting Gauguin had acquired around 10 years earlier, 'Still Life with Compotier, Glass and Apples'. It repeats many of the elements of this painting, such as the fruit, pottery, rumpled tablecloth and the knife at the lower right. On a wider level it is also indicative of Gauguin moving away from Impressionism to a more structurally rigorous art exemplified by Cézanne's work. View this homage to still life in Room 43: http://bit.ly/2GQArzJ