Category Archives: Tools of the trade

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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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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Learning about Life from a Molecule

How is your body made, organ by organ, from head to toe? DNA will tell you! Check out our DNA lab, a tool of the first order for understanding nature. Continue reading

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Throat-Singing Karaoke?

What happened when our Arctic Voices exhibition team combined traditional Inuit throat singing with contemporary culture and technology? An innovative opportunity for fun and active visitor participation. Continue reading

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Travelling Exhibitions Are the Best Way to Interact!

Live too far from the Canadian Museum of Nature? No need to miss out: the museum may come to you! Our travelling exhibitions reach the four corners of Canada. Continue reading

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A Rare Book by Sir John Franklin Expedition Receives TLC

A beautiful and rare 190-year-old book from the museum’s collection by explorer Sir John Franklin about his first two voyages in search of the Northwest Passage in Canada’s Arctic was recently restored and put on display. Continue reading

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The Mars Diaries—two weeks at a space station in Utah

Botanist Paul Sokoloff writes about his discoveries and adventures as part of the crew for the Mars Desert Research Station. Continue reading

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A Wealth of Information on a Glass Slide: Historical Photographs

In scientific research, an image is worth a thousand… data points! How were 20th-century discoveries captured in visual form? Find out about the tools of the first fossil hunters. Continue reading

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Life on Mars?

On the eve of a two-week rotation at the Mars Desert Research Station as the crew biologist, museum botanist Paul Sokoloff draws a line that connects current research on Arctic plants and other organisms to the future exploration and habitation of other planets. Continue reading

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