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American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-08-23 23:59

Dragonflies, like the one narrowly evading a frog below, rarely fail in pursuit of their own prey. Relying on incredible speed and sight--they have the largest compound eyes in the insect kingdom, with favea regions that act like built-in binoculars--dragonflies, amazingly, capture up to 9...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-08-23 18:49

Discovered in 1912, Corythosaurus casuarius was named for the soldiers of Corinth who wore curved helmets thousands of years ago. The dinosaurs had circular head crests that reminded famed fossil hunter Barnum Brown, who first found the animal, of the ancient gear. Alive during the Late Cretac...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-08-23 01:01

Centrosaurus apertus was a horned, plant-eating relative of Triceratops that lived in the Late Cretaceous, about 75 million years ago. In 2010, researchers discovered thousands of Centrosaurus fossils in a river valley in Alberta, Canada—a “mega bone bed,” at roughly 1.43 square miles, a...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-08-22 22:21

With its sharp senses and quiet movements, the red fox is an excellent hunter, able to hear a mouse squeak 100 feet away. After mating, a female red fox--called a “vixen”--will often prepare multiple undergrounds dens, some as long as 75 feet with multiple chambers for nesting and food stora...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-08-22 15:25

It's time for Trilobite Tuesday!

Trilobites featured an almost dizzying array of sizes, shapes, spines and segments. Their body plans, while all following a fundamentally similar three-lobed pattern, presented an incredible diversity of design. Some trilobite species reached length...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-08-21 20:42

Some of the Triassic period’s (251 - 199 million years ago) most formidable threats were not dinosaurs, but animals more closely related to crocodiles. In 2010, paleontologists discovered a nearly complete skeleton of Prestosuchus chiniquensis in Brazil, which offered additional insight in...

nationalgeographic.com - American Museum of Natural History 2017-08-21 11:30

Today is the Great American Eclipse! For those of you in New York, the eclipse starts at 1:23 pm, reaches its peak of totality (71% coverage) at 2:44 pm, and ends at 4 pm.

Join us at the Museum's Rose Center for Earth and Space from noon to 4 pm to celebrate this historic ev...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-08-20 19:27

On this day in 1897, Dr. Ronald Ross (pictured below) discovered that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans. Soon after, Ross established World Mosquito Day, which has now been celebrated for over a century on August 20 to raise awareness of mosquito-borne illnesses.

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American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-08-20 15:01

On this day in 1977, NASA launched Voyager 2 on its path to explore the outer solar system-- giving it a roughly two-week head start on Voyager 1, which needed less time to reach its planetary targets. Nevertheless, Voyager 1 left the asteroid belt first, and Voyager 2 followed it to Jupiter...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-08-20 00:45

Deinonychus, which takes its name from the Greek word for “terrible claw,” did indeed catch and grasp prey with its sharp claws. The animal lived during the Cretaceous period, and famed fossil hunter Barnum Brown first discovered this species’ remains in 1931. Its anatomy eventually helped rev...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-08-19 19:38

Happy National Aviation Day and World Photo Day!

Today we celebrate the role of aviation in expanding our knowledge of the natural world, as well as the pilots and explorers-- like Richard Archbold-- who contributed to the Museum’s collections. Archbold, whose team is pictured below, sp...
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MoMA The Museum of Modern Art Photo 2017-08-23 20:39

"It’s strange, but I believe it was destiny for us to meet here in this big crazy city [New York] where we both came to pursue our dreams to make music." Raquel Berrios and Luis Del Valle of the Spanish-language experimental pop project Buscabulla grew up on the same island, but didn’t meet until New York City brought them together. Following their performance in #MoMAGarden, the pair sat down with PopRally’s #CreativeNewYork to talk destiny, community-building Puerto Rican recipes, how parenthood influences art, and more. Read now on nyc.moma.org ... [Buscabulla‘s Summer Thursdays performance, July 20, 2017. Photo: Josefina Santos]

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-08-23 18:49

Discovered in 1912, Corythosaurus casuarius was named for the soldiers of Corinth who wore curved helmets thousands of years ago. The dinosaurs had circular head crests that reminded famed fossil hunter Barnum Brown, who first found the animal, of the ancient gear. Alive during the Late Cretaceous, about 75-80 million years ago, Corythosaurus were duck-billed, had short arms, and walked on all fours. While they took slower strides than their predators (such as T. rex), they had more endurance. Corythosaurus themselves were herbivorous and ate twigs. You can find Corythosaurus in the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs: https://goo.gl/dN58bR

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2017-08-23 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - Cutaway Weatherby Rifle Action Specially plated and sectionalized, this magnum Weatherby nine-lug action even has an inert cartridge fitted into the chamber. Similar non-functional rifle actions were regularly shown at national trade shows including the NRA Annual Meetings in the past. For salesmen as well, these attractive and informative cutaways were important tools in convincing dealers to purchase inventory during their regular circuit visitations. Caliber: .300 Weatherby Magnum Production Date: 1960 #NRAmuseums #GunOfTheDay #Weatherby #history

MoMA The Museum of Modern Art Photo 2017-08-22 17:48

In 1955, Robert Rauschenberg moved to 278 Pearl Street, joining a growing community of artists living near the southern waterfront area of Manhattan. Jasper Johns, now Rauschenberg's partner, had the loft below him. The pair looked at and discussed each other's work every day. After the city condemned the Pearl Street building, Rauschenberg and Johns moved to another industrial loft at 128 Front Street in March 1958. Here Rauschenberg explored his relationship to the past, incorporating references to classical mythology and literature and creating drawings for each of the 34 cantos of Dante’s Inferno. Explore more sites from “Bob’s New York” on mo.ma/bobsny, and visitmo.ma/bobsmap to map out your own #RauschenbergAmongFriendswalking tour. … [Rauschenberg working on a solvent transfer drawing in his Front Street studio, New York, 1958. Work in background is Untitled (1955).]