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Number of Articles: 333

  • Academic Publishers' Time Travel

    Posted 03/22/2012 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Publication dates seem to have become meaningless. We could buy books at Christmas 2011 with the publication date 2012. In November 2011 we already received journal issues of February 2012. Presenting us with false publication dates is not only annoying when it comes to determining intellectua…
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  • The Konovalenko Project

    Posted 03/21/2012 by Steve Nash | Comments
    The Konovalenko Project team is off to Europe to work with Ms. Anna Konovalenko! Since her husband Vasily's untimely death in 1989, Ms. Konovalenko has worked tirelessly to enhance her husband's legacy and help the world enjoy his art. While museum photographer Rick Wicker takes high quality …
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  • Cool Stuff in Image Archives-Two Guys and a Gun

    Posted 03/21/2012 by Library | Comments

    Figgins and Reinheimer in the Field - c. 1913-1933

    Museum Director Jesse Dade Figgins and Preparator Philip Reinheimer pose for a photo in a log cabin while out on a specimen-collecting trip in the field likely sometime in the 1920s. While expeditions today rely on computers and cameras, …
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  • Polar Bear Trip 2012!

    Posted 03/12/2012 by John Demboski | Comments
    POLAR BEAR WATCH In mid-October, some hundreds of polar bears begin arriving in Churchill, Manitoba, the polar bear capital of the world. The bears are waiting for the ice to come to Hudson Bay so they can hunt for their primary food source, seals. Normally these bears are solitary, but th…
  • What you always wanted to know about the Impact Factor

    Posted 03/08/2012 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Scientists often are evaluated by metrics based on citations of scientific papers, because of a common belief that more citations equates higher quality. Is is so? A commonly used metric, the Journal Impact Factor, mainly considers the citations of other scientists' papers. Does this make sens…
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  • Cool Stuff In Image Archives-Cottontail with Horns

    Posted 03/02/2012 by Library | Comments
    This rabbit, while not part of the collection, was brought to the Museum in the early 1900's for inspection.  According to Head of Zoology and Curator John Demboski, this is caused by a virus related to the family of human Papilloma viruses (HPVs) and thought to be the basis for the Jacka…
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  • How Would You Define Edible?

    Posted 02/16/2012 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    On the bristling cold morning of January 23rd, exactly one month prior to the opening reception for BMoCA's 2012 spring exhibition, I parked my truck in front of the studio and home of Viviane Le Courtois. About a week or so earlier I had received an email from the Museum highlighting the new …
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  • Cool Stuff in Image Archives - Screech Owl in Tree

    Posted 02/15/2012 by Library | Comments

    Taken in photographer Robert Rockwell's backyard, you can almost see the look of surprise on the owl's face.

    Look close enough in the reflection in his eye and you can see the reflection of Rockwell's camera equipment. Volunteer Boyd Fletcher found this image in the Glass Plate Negative c…
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  • Insect Exhibit reopens

    Posted 02/09/2012 by Frank Krell | Comments
    During the last six months, the largest specimen from the Snowmass dig, a massive mammoth, was prepared in the insect exhibit area. The insects were boarded up and out of visitors' view. This week, the mammoth moved to the Paleo Lab, and the DMNS Insect exhibit reopened! We used the occupation…
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  • University of Colorado Scientists Have a Taste for DNA

    Posted 02/08/2012 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    Our Genetics of Taste laboratory is first and foremost a community lab with the goal of making real scientific research accessible to the public, something we take pride in here at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Although we only study one small part of taste- the ability to taste s…
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