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  • Why so many mammals came from Earth's hot, sweaty midriff

    Why so many mammals came from Earth's hot, sweaty midriff
    If you’re looking for hot spots of diversity, look to the Earth’s warm, sweaty midsection. The tropical regions near the equator both produce new species faster and lose them more slowly, according to a study that analyzed the evolution and...
  • Taking the Kids -- to the Statue of Liberty

    Taking the Kids -- to the Statue of Liberty
    What a view! We're standing atop the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty -- about halfway up the 305-foot, 1-inch climb to the crown -- looking out at the New York City skyline. Even the jaded high school boys I'm chaperoning can't help but be impressed....
  • Chicago Public Library to receive national medal from first lady

    Chicago Public Library to receive national medal from first lady
    First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to present the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to 10 institutions, including the Chicago Public Library, at a White House ceremony on Thursday. In an announcement today, the White House described...
  • Two studies, two answers: When exactly did mammals emerge?

    Two studies, two answers: When exactly did mammals emerge?
    Mammals first appeared 215 million years ago during the Triassic period, according to a new study in the journal Nature. Wait, no, they first showed up 175 million years ago during the Jurassic period, said another study in the same issue of the journal....
  • Director reinvents local science museum

    Director reinvents local science museum
    A science museum seems like a quaint idea in the interactive Internet age. Lewis Crampton, president of the South Florida Science Museum, thinks so, too. He believes, in effect, that "museum" suggests a lot of moseying around, observing and musing....
  • Taking the Kids: Including museum time on your next trip

    Taking the Kids: Including museum time on your next trip
    Wow! It's not easy to find a place that equally inspires kids and grown-ups, whatever their ages. Welcome to one of the most wonderful museums I've visited lately — The Musical Instrument Museum (http://www.themim.org) in Phoenix, Ariz. —...
  • Who really won the 2013 Python Challenge?

    Who really won the 2013 Python Challenge?
    After Competitors in the 2013 Python Challenge™ had trekked through more than a million-acres of swamps and sawgrass in search of the invasive Burmese python, which can grow to more than 17-feet in length in the wild, the Florida Fish and Wildlife...
  • 'On Looking' inspires rumination on the influence of perspective

    'On Looking' inspires rumination on the influence of perspective
    Several years ago, my daughter, who is now 7, drew a picture of the gym where she was taking gymnastics. My main impression of this gym was that it smelled of dirty socks and that it was a hectic place. But how did my preschooler see it? Her drawing...
  • Ginseng, once widespread in Maryland, now dwindling

    Ginseng, once widespread in Maryland, now dwindling
    Ginseng, one of the most sought-after medicinal herbs in the world, once flourished across much of Maryland. It has nearly vanished now, though, from all but the westernmost counties, prompting officials to ponder banning commercial harvest of the...
  • Ocean wonders abound in Field Museum's 'Creatures of Light'

    Ocean wonders abound in Field Museum's 'Creatures of Light'
    It's dark in the rooms that hold the new exhibition at the Field Museum, dark almost like in the deep ocean where many of the featured "Creatures of Light" live. It's dim enough to get you wondering if you, too, after enough time in an environment...
  • Taking science to the masses

    Taking science to the masses
    Neil Shubin has the wide, happy eyes of a Muppet and the casual, ingratiating prattle of a car salesman. His thick, graying hair lends gravitas. He has written a new book, and on a bitter afternoon in Hyde Park he is explaining to me how he writes....