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Amazon Adventure

 

Amazon Adventure 3D is part detective story, part science adventure that brings to life the beautiful and extraordinary discovery of biological mimicry and camouflage by Englishman Henry Walter Bates in the Amazon rainforest more than 150 years ago.

Cultural Feast - Taste-Bud-Tripping Miracle Berry Party

 

Experience the magic of the miracle berry--that changes sours taste buds into sweet receptors--in the rainforest of the Cockrell Butterfly Center. Along the dramatically lit trails, you will meet the staff and critters of the Butterfly Center and enjoy a variety of foods selected for their high-impact miracle berry transformation.

 

Much of what is produced here has been associated with love over the centuries, such as chocolate and honey, will be featured this evening. Filled with unexpected sweetness, this Valentine's taste bud trip is perfect for friends and love bugs.

 

Members $36, Tickets $46

 

Advance ticket purchase recommended by February 8. No refunds will be made 72 hours before the event, however tickets can be transferred to another individual. Please notify webmaster@hmns.org with your name, transaction number, and name of the guests using your tickets.

Excursion - Travel Night - Norwegian Voyage: Vikings and Northern Lights

 

***Note: No cost to attend the information meeting regarging the March 2018 trip.***

 

EXCURSION – TRAVEL NIGHT - NORWEGIAN VOYAGE: VIKINGS AND NORTHERN LIGHTS

 

Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 p.m.

 

Join us on March 7 to learn about the Museum's Norwegian Voyage: Vikings and Northern Lights, which is scheduled for March 17-25, 2018 with Dr. Carolyn Sumners, HMNS VP of Astronomy and Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, HMNS Curator of Anthropology. Registration incentives will be offered to all those in attendance at the March 7 Travel Night.

 

With five nights above the Arctic Circle to spot the magnificent auroras dancing in the night sky, this trip is timed to also have ample daylight to enjoy the stunning scenery and diverse shore excursions. This southbound journey meanders along the scenic coastline of Norway and includes historic Viking sites, picturesque Scandinavian villages and medieval architecture will let travelers truly experience Norwegian culture and heritage. An unforgettable daytrip to Russia and optional dog sledding adventure also await you in the Arctic.

 

This is a cruise like no other! Our ship MS Finnmarken has been designed by Hurtigruten to offer travelers the utmost comfort and ease of visiting Norway, while continuing as the lifeline for coastal towns providing daily deliveries and shipments of food and supplies.

Film Screening - Bridge On the River Kwai with Rear Admiral Sam J. Cox

 

Join Rear Admiral Sam J. Cox, US Navy (retired), Director of Naval History and Heritage Command for a one-night-only screening of this classic 1957 film.

 

Among the forced laborers who built the bridge over the River Kwai were American and Australian sailors who survived the sinking of the USS Houston and the HMAS Perth in the Battle of Sunda Strait on March 1, 1942. The 250-mile Thai-Burma Railway, known as the Death Railway, cost the lives of more than 12,000 Allied POWs. The River Kwai Bridge was only one of 688 bridges along the route.

 

Cosponsored by AIA, Houston Society with support from Schlumberger.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

HMNS Catalysts Event: Morian Hall of Paleontology

 

Embark on a prehistoric expedition through the Morian Hall of Paleontology!

 

Complimentary drinks, light bites, crafts and more

 

FREE for HMNS Catalysts Members! General Public $25 - All other Levels and HMNS Catalysts guests: $15*

 

This event is only for adults ages 21 and up.

 

* For guest tickets and Museum Members (all other levels), please reserve tickets at the Museum box office or by caling 713-639-4629.

 

HMNS Girl Scouts - Careers in Science - Energy

Energy - explore the different forms of energy, there sustainability, effects on wildlife and any carbon foot print through a variety of experiments!

 

Lecture - Evolution's Bite: A Story of Teeth, Diet, and Human Origins by Peter Ungar

Lecture - Eye of the Storm: Archeology in the Midst of War in Syria by Giorgio & Marilyn Buccellati

 

While ISIS threatens the history and cultural identity of the populations under its control, people are fighting their influence in every way they can--for example, by defending their cultural heritage. This presentation will document how an important archaeological site in northeastern Syria, ancient Urkesh has become a beacon of hope. It is the only foreign expedition that has remained active in Syria throughout the entire time of the war, and still is today.

 

Urkesh was a city-state of the Hurrians within the Mesopotamian cultural sphere. While the Hurrian population died out thousands of years ago, their cultural heritage is still felt as deeply alive: the close collaboration between the expedition and the local stakeholders has become a model of its kind, showing how archaeology can communicate values and help fostering a proud sense of identity.

This evening's lecture presented by Crossroads Cultural Center will be given by three distinguished experts. Dr. Giorgio Buccellati is Director of the Mesopotamian Lab at UCLA's Cotsen Institute of Archeology. Dr. Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati is director of the Mozan/Urkesh Archaeological Project in Syria. Dr. Charles Stewart is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of St. Thomas.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture - Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals by Donald Prothero

 

Complete with full-color reconstructions of the beasts--many never before depicted--along with photographs of amazing fossils from around the world, Dr. Donald Prothero will take us on a journey to the Paleocene, 65 million years ago after the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. Here mammals became the dominant terrestrial life form. Spectacular beasts such as saber-toothed cats, giant mastodons, immense ground sloths, and gigantic giraffe-like rhinoceroses roamed Earth. Prothero will reveal an up-to-date family tree for each main group of prehistoric fossil mammals taking into account taxonomy and evolutionary history, as well as behavior.

 

Paleontologist, geologist and science writer Donald R. Prothero of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is author of over 30 books and professor emeritus of geology at Occidental College. Following the lecture, copies of his new book "The Princeton Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals" which is considered to be the ultimate illustrated guide to the lost world of prehistoric mammals, will be available for signing by River Oaks Bookstore.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture - Mapping Texas by Mylynka Cardona

Lecture - Mapping the Heavens – Black Holes and Dark Matter by Priyamvada Natarajan

 

Radical ideas--dark matter and black holes--which were just until recently contested within the scientific community, have transformed our cosmic view. Our Universe is expanding at an accelerating pace, propelled by dark energy and structured by dark matter. Dr. Priya Natarajan will discuss how she is now able to map these invisible entities by observing how light bends around them while en route to Earth from distant galaxies. This advancement has led to the discovery of gravitational waves from colliding black holes.

Theoretical astrophysicist Dr. Priya Natarajan is professor of astronomy and physics at Yale University and has been elected into the Explorers Club. Book signing of "Mapping the Heavens, The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos" with River Oaks Bookstore will follow the lecture.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture - Monarchs and Milkweed: Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution by Anurag Agrawal

Lecture - Secrets from a Watery Grave: USS Houston and HMAS Perth by Alexis Catsambist

 

In the early morning of March 1, 1942, under a clear sky and a full moon, the Japanese Imperial navy sank the USS Houston and the HMAS Perth in the battle of Sunda Strait. During the battle, 696 US sailors and marines aboard the Houston and 375 Australian sailors aboard the Perth, including the captains of both ships, lost their lives. Forced into captivity, the survivors became part of the group of men who built the bridge on the River Kwai. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of this tragedy, Dr. Alexis Catsambis of Naval History and Heritage Command will recount the story of the battle and the efforts to preserve the physical and human remains at this sacred spot. As a researcher Catsambis has participated in several dives to both ships.

 

Maritime archaeologist Dr. Alexis Catsambis holds degrees from the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University and the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity at the University of Birmingham, UK. Alexis serves the Naval History & Heritage Command as an archaeologist and cultural resource manager, providing for the stewardship, research conservation, and curation of the U.S. Navy's sunken craft and associated artifacts.

 

This event is cosponsored by AIA, Houston Society and HMNS with support from Schlumberger. This lecture is in conjunction with the Julia Ideson Library who is presenting the special exhibition Guardians of Sunda Strait: the Wartime Loss of HMAS Perth and USS Houston.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture - Secrets of the World’s First Gladiator Cemetery by David Jennings

An accidental find in York reveals the world's best preserved Roman gladiatorial burial ground. Archaeologists unearthed a staggering 80 sets of remains. Most were decapitated. The director of the York Archaeological Trust will present exciting new DNA information about these combatants. Bones speak. Discover their stories.

 

A festive occasion awaits following the lecture--including gladiatorial combat demonstrations by Legio XIII, photo booth complete with gladiator gear and tasty Roman bites to sample.

 

HMNS & AIA Members $18, Tickets $24

Lecture - Solving the Mystery of Göbekli Tepe: The Oldest Temple on Earth? by Mehmet Ozdogan

 

Some of the magnificent statues, pillars, temples and reliefs uncovered at Göbekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey date back an astonishing 14,000 years--predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years. In fact, they are the most magnificent and best-preserved artifacts of the Neolithic, a revolutionary period in humankind's cultural evolution that brought us animal husbandry, agriculture and village life, and eventually artisanship, art and religious belief.

 

This unique archaeology of this site will be presented by Dr. Mehmet Ozdogan, professor emeritus of philosophy and prehistoric architecture at Istanbul University.

 

This event is cosponsored by AIA, Houston Society and HMNS with support from the Consulate General of Turkey.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture - Women After All: Sex, Evolution, and the End of Male Supremacy by Melvin Konner

 

Recent human history has upset the natural balance of the sexes that evolved with hunter-gatherer societies, whose culture gave women a prominent place, invented the working mother and respected women's voices around the fire. A world of war has fostered extreme male dominance, but over the past two centuries, an unstoppable move toward equality is afoot. Dr. Melvin Konner will explain how similarities and differences between male and female brains, intelligence and specific dispositions will not be the end of maleness, but will be the end of male supremacy resulting in a better, wiser world for women and men alike.

Melvin Konner, Ph.D., M.D. is in the Anthropology as well as the Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology departments at Emory University. He spent two years among the !Kung San Bushmen. After the presentation, copies of his new book "Women After All" and his best-seller "The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit" will be available for signing by River Oaks Bookstore.

This program is cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Natural Systems and the Family.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture -Food Resources Effect on Behavior by Erin Vogel

 

How primates are able to acquire the food resources they need for survival is now showing an ecological basis for aggression. Primate dietary ecologist, Dr. Erin Vogel will discuss the factors that influence food acquisition and diet selection in non-human primates. The process is complex in face of variable environments, and includes behavior and physiology.

 

Cosponsored by The Leakey Foundation.

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

Lecture- Our Cosmic Chemistry and Explosive Origins – Yes, We Are Stars! by Carolyn Sumners

 

Is it true that we really are all made of stardust? In a fusion of chemistry, physics, astronomy and biology, Dr. Carolyn Sumners, HMNS VP of Astronomy, will overview our cosmic chemistry and explosive origins. You will leave appreciating your stellar makeup.

 

The evening will include a viewing of the film "We Are Stars!"

 

Members $12, Tickets $18

Senior Social - Members Only

 

Spend the morning socializing with other seniors at HMNS! HMNS' Senior Social is a new quarterly event exclusively for HMNS' senior members, ages 62 and up. Enjoy a light breakfast and an exclusive tour of a select permanent exhibition during this new special event series for senior members only. Come and experience the Museum with us!

We Are Stars

 

Join a cast of lovable characters on a journey back through time to discover where we are and how the universe began. What are we made of? Where did it all come from? Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins. Narrated by Andy Serkis.

 

Members $4, Tickets $9

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