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American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-06-18 13:42

Some snakes feed on rodents or birds by dispatching them with a venomous bite or by squeezing their prey to death. But a group of tree-dwelling snakes from Central and South America has a more unusual method of getting its meal: these snakes suck snails from their shells before swallowing them who...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-06-17 23:56

It’s Cephalopod Week, so meet the striped pyjama squid (Sepioloidea lineolata), one of the few known poisonous cephalopods! And don’t be fooled by its common name: this striking critter is actually a species of cuttlefish. It can be found in shallow waters around Australia, including n...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-06-17 19:02

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there! In honor of the holiday, let’s highlight one of nature’s most unique dads: the seahorse. Males in the Hippocampus genus, the fish more commonly known as seahorses, break the mold when it comes to gestation—they’re the ones that carry the egg...
PhDads: Bill Perkins Discusses Malaria Parasites

PhDads: Bill Perkins Discusses Malaria Parasites

PhDads: Bill Perkins Discusses Malaria Parasites: Susan Perkins is a curator studying malaria parasites in animals such as lizards, bats, and birds. For Father’s Day, we asked her dad Bill a few questions about his daughter’s research. Then we played the call back for Susan.

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-06-17 00:06

Let’s talk wombats! The common wombat (Vombatus ursinus) is an herbivorous marsupial from southeastern Australia. It’s equipped with strong claws that are crucial for building its burrows. When it needs to defend itself from predators like the Tasmanian devil, it will run head-first into a b...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-06-16 19:43

The tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) is one of the largest and most recognizable sharks. It is covered with dark spots as a juvenile, which merge into stripes as it grows older and then eventually fade. Its powerful jaws and teeth are especially useful in hunting large animals such as loggerhea...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-06-15 12:59

Happy Fossil Friday! Fossil remains reveal that for millions of years Cuba was home to its own kinds of monkeys. We don’t know when the most recent Cuban species disappeared, but monkeys survived elsewhere in the Caribbean until a few thousand years ago, and that might have been the case in Cu...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-06-15 00:54

The minerals found in certain clays bind to toxins and carry them out of an animal’s system. For example, bark-eating elephants (Loxodonta africana) in northern Tanzania repeatedly travel to a particular spot to eat soil high in kaolin, a special type of clay. The elephants may be treating t...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-06-14 20:13

Stretching from the mountains to the sea and now carefully protected, Cuba’s Alexander von Humboldt National Park is among the most biologically diverse island sites on the planet. Animals once thought extinct, including the nocturnal solenodon, have even been rediscovered in Humboldt. The mou...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-06-14 01:04

The longwing butterflies of the Heliconiinae family are loaded with toxins that don’t just taste bad—they are bad, leaving would-be predators with a mouthful of poisonous cyanide. The toxins originate in the butterflies’ host plant, the passionflower. In the caterpillar stage longwings feed on p...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-06-13 21:14

Identification Day is nearly here! This Saturday, June 16, visitors to the Museum will be able to get a close look at intriguing specimens from the collections not normally on public display, including splashy marine items in conjunction with the exhibition Unseen Oceans! And if you bring ...
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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