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2007-12-06 09:00:13

DETROIT, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Time is running out to see the blockbuster exhibition Our Body: The Universe Within at the Detroit Science Center. This extraordinary exhibit, featuring real human bodies, ends at the museum on Jan. 6, 2008. Our Body: The Universe Within is comprised of 20 actual human bodies and 135 anatomical displays preserved through a process of polymer impregnation that replaces fluids with polymers that prevent decay and decomposition. The exhibit literally, as well...

2007-08-25 00:50:00

HOUSTON -- In the Ethiopian language, she is called Dinknesh - a name that means the wonderful, the fabulous, the precious. But to most of the world, she is known as Lucy, a 3.2 million-year-old fossil whose discovery 33 years ago yielded then-unparalleled insights to the origins of humankind. Next week, the iconic set of bones will be the star of a much-hyped exhibit that is pitting the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Ethiopian government against the world's scientific community....

2006-10-02 17:20:00

NEW YORK -- When the results of its latest survey came back, officials at the American Museum of Natural History were hardly astonished. The survey was trying to find out how much people know about water. Turns out, not much. Fewer than half of those surveyed answered correctly when asked how much of the planet is covered in water (about three-fourths). Hardly anyone knew how much of that water is drinkable (about 1 percent). It's not the first time a survey has shown how little the public...

2006-02-21 07:45:40

HONOLULU (AP) - Blending scientific and Hawaiian exhibits, an astronomy center atop Mauna Kea hopes to ease conflicts over the development of a volcano considered sacred by Hawaiians. When the $28 million Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii opens Thursday, officials expect its more than 300 exhibits in a 12,000-square-foot gallery to spark visitors' interest in science and provide a new tourism draw in rainy Hilo. But, as its architecture suggests, the center also strives to increase...

2005-05-11 07:34:37

NEW YORK (AP) -- The bones? Waayyyy old. The discoveries, research and technology? Brand spanking, up-to-the-minute new. An exhibition opening this weekend at the American Museum of Natural History introduces viewers to the latest research being done on a perennial favorite subject - dinosaurs. "Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries" opens Saturday and runs through Jan. 8. Through new technologies like computer modeling and robotics and tried-and-true standbys like fossils and a...

2005-02-02 08:03:52

In Part Three in the series on stellar and terrestrial evolution, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium and host of the PBS/NOVA Series "Origins", discusses the limits of radio searches for extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology Magazine -- Neil deGrasse Tyson is the Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and also a Visiting Research Scientist at Princeton University's Department of Astrophysics. He writes a monthly column...

Word of the Day
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.