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American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-08-17 19:03

Algae blooms are generally good for ocean ecosystems because they provide an abundance of rich resources at the base of the marine food chain. But harmful algae blooms, including those known as “red tides,” can also occur, depleting oxygen levels, emitting toxins, and causing illness or de...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-08-17 13:32

It’s time for Fossil Friday! Next time you scramble a chicken egg, consider the eggshell. That structure is what allowed creatures to colonize the land. A complete life support system, the eggshell holds water and food for the developing embryo, while letting oxygen in and carbon dioxide out...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-08-16 23:58

Meet the Barred Antshrike (Thamnophilus doliatus). Males sport an eye-catching black-and-white pattern all over their bodies, while females have cinnamon-colored plumage with similar black-and-white patterns on their faces. You can spot these dazzling birds in the dense forests of Central and ...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-08-16 19:11

Throwback to an anglerfish model of the genus Himantolophus on loan to the Museum from the British Museum (Natural History) in 1933. While bioluminescence is uncommon on land, it is surprisingly widespread in the deep ocean. An anglerfish’s lure-like esca, named for the Latin word for “bait,...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-08-16 00:22

The Bali Myna (Leucopsar rothschildi), or Bali Starling, is endemic to Bali, Indonesia, where it nests in natural tree cavities or abandoned woodpecker holes. But this stunning bird is a rare sight in the wild, having teetered on the brink of extinction for decades. Its population shar...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-08-15 19:03

From the core of the Alps, this eclogite represents a sliver of oceanic crust that became trapped and caught up in the continental collision that formed the Alps. The red garnet and spinach-green clinopyroxene indicate that the rock recrystallized at depths of 50 to 60 kilometers and at temperatur...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-08-15 13:27

Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Corsica 249 years ago today, and died a somewhat mysterious death on the remote island of St. Helena in 1821. Although he believed he was being poisoned by his British captors, an autopsy after his death pointed to stomach cancer. But researchers debate whether tox...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-08-15 00:17

The huge dinosaurs called sauropods are astounding. So massive! So tall! Such long necks and tiny heads! But more astounding is this: these strange giants rank among Earth’s great success stories, roaming the planet for 140 million years. Fossils of these extinct herbivores have been found...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-08-14 19:19

It’s Trilobite Tuesday! Judging by the variety of bite marks and healed injuries that frequently adorn their fossilized exoskeletons, it seems that the daily lives of trilobites were filled with formidable foes. Traces of bite marks on this 510-million-year-old Bathyuriscus from Utah offer empha...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-08-13 19:00

Did you know that the Victoria Crowned Pigeon (Goura victoria, rear bird pictured) is the largest of all pigeon species? It can grow to nearly 30 inches tall and weigh as much as 7 pounds! Besides its size, it’s recognized for its bold blue plumage, red eyes, and elegant fan-shaped c...

American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-08-13 00:23

Meet the caracal. Wondering why it has tassels on its ears? Some scientists think that the cat twitches them to communicate with others (in addition to meowing, purring, hissing, and other feline vocalizations). The caracal has a wide range, from Africa to parts of Asia, sticking to ...
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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