March 15, 2004 |
Think of it as "Antiques Roadshow," but with some antiques a million centuries old. Hundreds of New Yorkers, bearing things from dinosaur bones to Balinese figurines to a dead box turtle, descended on the American Museum of Natural History over the weekend for the museum's 15th annual "Identification Day."
December 4, 2005 |
Passing two ponderous Galapagos tortoises, the ninth-graders arrived at the origin of a 150-year struggle between science and faith-based beliefs, where the contested terrain is every student's mind. The tortoises, living icons of Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection, belong to the most comprehensive exhibition ever assembled on the life and thought of the 19th century naturalist.
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April 19, 1992 |
Appreciation of American Indian art, especially during the past 30 years, continues to rise. For the Pomo Indians of Northern California, however, their unparalleled artistry in basket weaving has created a demand for their work that has lasted more than a century. "Since the 1880s, when Pomo baskets first became sought after, the Pomo have changed their lifestyles enormously," said Dr.
March 8, 2014 |
It has been at least a while, and possibly in the whole recorded history of the medium, that a blockbuster science series has aired on conventional broadcast television. But there is no time like the present, whether or not such a thing as the present actually exists. Sunday, which as I write these words is still in what we think of as "the future," will see the welcome premiere of Fox's "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," Neil deGrasse Tyson's pumped up remake of and homage to Carl Sagan's beloved "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," which aired over PBS in 1980 - an eternity in terms of special effects.
December 20, 1985 |
The "Brazilian Princess," the world's largest cut gem and twice the size of the next largest jewel, arrived Thursday at the American Museum of Natural History, icy blue and as big as a car headlight. The 9 1/2-pound, 21,327-carat cut topaz was given to the American Museum of Natural History by an anonymous donor last month. It will be displayed sometime in January.
February 5, 2009 |
It was the mother of all snakes, a nightmarish behemoth as long as a school bus and as heavy as a Volkswagen Beetle that ruled the ancient Amazonian rain forest for 2 million years before slithering into nonexistence. Now this monster, which weighed in at 2,500 pounds, has resurfaced in fossils taken from an open-pit coal mine in Colombia, a startling example of growth gone wild.
March 28, 1999
Fascinating, perhaps, but not recommended for hypochondriacs: "Epidemic! The World of Infectious Diseases" runs to Sept. 6 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. It uses TV newscasts, three-dimensional models of bacteria and viruses, interactive stations (hopefully not too interactive) and other exhibits to explore everything from the flu to the 14th century Black Death epidemic. Information: tel. (212) 769-5100.
April 29, 1987
Josie De Falla, formerly with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, has been named executive assistant to Bowers Museum director Paul Piazza. From 1981-86, De Falla served as Piazza's administrative assistant when he was director of the Colorado Springs arts center. Piazza assumed his post at the Santa Ana museum in January. De Falla has also held administrative posts with Eastern Oregon State College and with the American School in Lima, Peru.
November 23, 2002 |
Samantha, a 26-foot python believed by her keepers to be the largest snake in captivity, has died at the Bronx Zoo. Her estimated age was 29. The zoo planned to send Samantha, who died Wednesday, to the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan for preservation. A cause of death has not been determined. "Samantha was a rather mellow and easygoing creature as giant snakes go," said Bill Holmstrom, supervisor of the Bronx Zoo's World of Reptiles.