Monthly Archives: April 2015

My Visit to a New York City Basement

Interest in tools and techniques for care of tissue samples used for DNA research brought Roger Bull to the American Museum of Natural History, where he visited the Ambrose Monell Cryogenic Collection and its −160°C vats. Continue reading

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Bird Nests: A Little-Known Collection

Birds’ capacity for adaptation and perseverance helps them make a nest that can camouflage their young and keep them warm. Find out about the amazing bird-nest collection at the museum. Continue reading

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Dinos of Canada gets my Stamp of Approval

Our dinosaur researcher Dr. Jordan Mallon shares his involvement as scientific advisor for a new set of Canada Post stamps. Continue reading

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Preparing Diatom Samples: Part 2

Museum volunteer Joe Holmes takes us behind the scenes in the diatom lab to show us how to prepare microscopic samples for study and preservation. Learn about the steps in making light-microscope slides and SEM discs. Continue reading

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Preparing Diatom Samples: Part 1

As a volunteer in a botany lab at the museum, Joe Holmes has done many jobs related to diatom preparation and observation. Along the way, he came to appreciate the beauty of the intricate and varied structures of these single-celled organisms. Continue reading

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