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Get Your Artifacts Identified Today at the Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of Gizmodo's favorite places in NYC, and today's an especially cool day to visit: it's Identification Day, when you can bring in your fossils, unidentified plants, unknown family heirlooms, or just about anything else old or unusual, and have it identified by museum… » 5/10/14 2:50pm 5/10/14 2:50pm

Chat With a Paleontologist About Pterosaurs and the AMNH's New Exhibit

The American Museum of Natural History here in New York just kicked off an exhibit about those ancient flying reptiles called pterosaurs. These rulers of the sky happen to be the least understood of prehistoric creatures, so we've got Mark Norell, the curator in charge of the paleontology department at the AMNH and … » 5/02/14 10:40am 5/02/14 10:40am

10 Amazing Photos From the Museum of Natural History's Online Archive

Today, the American Museum of Natural History put online their entire catalog of archival images. The Digital Special Collection consists of over 7,000 photos, slides, and illustration spanning the world over. We sifted through the pile and picked out a few favorites. » 4/28/14 3:41pm 4/28/14 3:41pm

How The AMNH Is Using 3D Printing To Copy Dinosaur Bones

You’re a high school science teacher and your class is learning about dinosaurs. You can’t exactly run to the local dino bone barn and buy some bargain bones for them to see first-hand. But what if you had access to a 3D printer? Enter the American Museum of Natural History’s education department, which is… » 12/06/13 12:20pm 12/06/13 12:20pm

Inside a Lethal Exhibit Dedicated to the Power of Poison

Poison can be a curse, a killer, and even a medicine—an alchemical substance that appears in everything from myth to literature. You might not think of poison as being this multifaceted, but that's exactly what the American Museum of Natural History's new exhibit—The Power of Poison—delightfully urges you to do. » 11/15/13 4:20pm 11/15/13 4:20pm

AMNH 3D-Printing Camp: Let's Make Some Dinos

At the American Museum of Natural History's two-week camp Capturing Dinosaurs: Reconstructing Extinct Species Through Digital Fabrication, a group of teens learned the processes and tools used by paleontologists for studying dinosaur bones and digitally reconstructing them. And we got to tag along for some of it. » 7/22/13 6:25pm 7/22/13 6:25pm

How and When to Watch the Venus Transit Today

Unless someone discovers the fountain of youth in the next few decades, almost everyone alive right now won't see another Venus transit after today's. That's why everyone is watching it, from astronaut Don Pettit at the International Space Station's cupola to every telescope on Earth to a navy of space vessels in… » 6/05/12 12:40pm 6/05/12 12:40pm