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  • I felt it coming on yesterday, the headache the itchy throat, the inability to focus.... I knew what was coming, I was at the cusp of coming down with something. Sure enough, I woke up this morning in a daze of achiness, swollen glands and complete congestion- YUCK! Plus the smell of freshly g…
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  • I will be completely honest with you, I had no intention of blogging about this trip to Portland for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Regional Seminar. I suspected I would man the Genetics of Taste lab Wednesday morning, fly out of DIA, land in PDX, attend the conference and thus fi…
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  • In the midst of the Egyptian crisis several weeks ago came a startling and provocative article in the Wall Street Journal. Alex Joffe, an archaeologist and historian, argued that the attacks on the Egyptian Museum held a lesson for another controversial issue: the battle over Greece's Pa…
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  • This odd looking critter is the type specimen for a newly described species of pseudoscorpion,  Cryptocreagris steinmanni. A type specimen is the "name holder" - the single specimen upon which a new species description is based. This arachnid is about 5 mm long and is named after De…
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  • Coptolabrus smaragdinus (Fischer von Waldheim, 1824) This magnificent flightless, predatory ground beetle from Tongrim kun, North Korea came to DMNS last week as part of a donation from collector Phil Tates, New York. If you are interested in what it looked like as an egg, larva or pupa, cl…
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  • Japan Earthquake

    Posted 03/11/2011 by Richard Busch | Comments
    Here is a link to the United States Geological Survey's Earthquake Hazards Program for anyone seeking more technical information, or maps of the 8.9 quake that rocked the eastern coast of Japan at about 10:46pm MST on March 10th 2011.  Japan Earthquake
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  • Through the effort and generosity of Denver resident Laurie Zeller, DMNS received a spectacular donation today. Phil Tates of New York donated his collection of 3,189 beetles from all over the world that had resided in Laurie's home for some time. The collection contains material from exotic p…
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  • On October 15, 2010, the National Park Service broke ground on sorely needed new visitor and research center just off the southeast corner of the intersection of Colorado Highway 160 and the Mesa Verde Road. This $12,000,000 building, which is designed to achieve U.S. Green Building Council Le…
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  • Solifugae Research

    Posted 03/08/2011 by Paula Cushing | Comments
    Cushing and her collaborator, Jack Brookhart, are involved in a National Science Foundation funded project to study weird arachnids called camel spiders (arachnid order Solifugae). These arachnids are important predators of insects and small vertebrates in desert and semi-desert habitats arou…
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  • The Colorado Spider Survey is a biotic inventory project assessing the biodiversity of spiders and other arachnids in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains ecoregion. The project has been ongoing since 1999. If you are interested in getting involved in this project, you can take a trainin…
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