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  • 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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  • The Elusive Jackalope?

    Posted 02/08/2012 by John Demboski | Comments
    The Museum's image archivist, Rene' Payne, came across this photographic plate dated from 1915-1930 in our archives. Is this real proof for the existence of the jackalope or is there a biological explanation for this oddball bunny with antlers?    Although the actual specimen i…
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  • Over 56,000 Vertebrate Records Online!

    Posted 02/06/2012 by John Demboski | Comments
    Over 56,000 DMNS vertebrate records now online and searchable through the multi-institutional, web-accessible database Arctos. Click on the bison or kiwi to search the collections!  We are constantly updating the records to include more accurate geographic information,…
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  • Romance in the Library

    Posted 01/30/2012 by Library | Comments
    Libraries have a lot of different uses, but this was a new one for us:  a wedding celebration. The bride and groom eloped to Denver from Minneapolis and said their vows in an impromptu location somewhere in the Museum. Then they found their way to the Museum's Library where, to their deli…
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  • Sickle Cell at Mile High Clark vs. Altitude in Broncos Playoff

    Posted 01/04/2012 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
      Science at Altitude: Sports Authority Field at Mile High is exactly that -- at a Mile High, 5280 feet above sea level. High altitude means two things in terms of oxygen and decreased air pressure: 1. Less oxygen molecules 2. Less air pressure to help push air into our lungs w…
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