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Hemingway and the Academy

'A Warm Friendship': The Legacy of Hemingway and the Academy

In 1934, Ernest Hemingway invited two members of the Academy to fish with him in Cuba to study Atlantic billfish. Eighty years later, history will repeat itself when an Academy member travels to Havana with the author's grandsons to commemorate Hemingway's literary and scientific legacy. 

Drexel Team Unveils Supermassive Dinosaur Dreadnoughtus

A Drexel-led team has described a new dinosaur species with the most complete skeleton ever found of one of the largest animals to ever walk the Earth. At 85 feet (26 m) long and weighing about 65 tons (59,300 kg) in life, Dreadnoughtus schrani is the largest land animal for which a body mass can be accurately calculated.

Genevieve Dion

Genevieve Dion Named 'Scientist of the Year' at 2014 Philadelphia Geek Awards

Drexel University’s Genevieve Dion, an associate professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was named “Scientist of the Year” at the 2014 Philadelphia Geek Awards in recognition of her groundbreaking work in developing wearable technology.

Can Insects Be Art? In Exhibit Coming to the Academy, They Are

For some people, the idea of playing with insects may not sound too appealing. But for Christopher Marley, insects are a vibrant artistic medium.
Philly Geek Awards

Drexel Faculty, Students Among Nominees For 2014 Philadelphia Geek Awards

The annual Philadelphia Geek Awards have once again recognized the work of Drexel University’s faculty and students as some of the best examples of the city’s vibrant geek community over the past year.

Pinned insects

Bugs and Birds Swarming Academy This Summer

Birds and bugs — what would summer be without them? — will be featured in two exhibits, a favorite festival and a class for adults this summer at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Bird-of-paradise

New Academy Exhibit Has Amazing, Exotic Birds, a Dance-off and a Fancy Hat

Travel to New Guinea this spring and follow a real-life adventure to discover exotic birds-of-paradise, an elegant example of extreme evolution, in the highly interactive exhibit “Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution” at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

A high-resolution digital image of the face of Kryptoglanis shajii

A Tiny, Toothy Catfish with Bulldog Snout Defies Classification

Kryptoglanis shajii is a strange fish — and the closer scientists look, the stranger it gets. This small subterranean catfish sees the light of day and human observers only rarely, when it turns up in springs, wells and flooded rice paddies in the Western Ghats mountain region of Kerala, India. Scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University have recently provided a detailed description of this fish's bizarre bone structures.

Science Carnival

Drexel's Rube Goldberg Device to Kickoff Weeklong Celebration of Science in Philadelphia

The press of a button triggering a chain reaction of more than 300 energy transfers will serve as the elaborate opening to the 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival. The harbinger of this year’s week of science excitement is a Rube Goldberg machine –a complex device designed to perform a simple task- built by Drexel engineering students with the goal of setting a world record.
Academy scientists and a Drexel student collect algae and examine the rocks and water depth in Manatawny Creek as part of the Delaware Watershed Conservation Program. Photo Credit: John Strickler/The Mercury

Academy Gets $3.2M Grant to Protect Drinking Water

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will coordinate and oversee ecological monitoring projects by more than 40 national and regional environmental organizations in eight designated geographic areas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware.

Carol Collier Joins Academy of Natural Sciences as Senior Advisor for Watershed Management and Policy

Carol R. Collier, an experienced leader in regional watershed management and planning, has joined the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University as its Senior Advisor for Watershed Management and Policy. Collier recently retired as Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission, a position she held for more than 15 years.
The two partial limb fossils from the ancient sea turtle <i>Atlantochelys mortoni</i> fit together perfectly, leaving little room for doubt that they are from the same bone. This discovery surprised paleontologists because the two halves were discovered at least 163 years apart, defying conventional wisdom that most fossils break down after weeks or months of surface exposure.

Two Fossils From Same Bone, Discovered 162 Years Apart, Fit Together 'Like Puzzle Pieces'

To the surprise of paleontologists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and the New Jersey State Museum, two halves of a turtle bone, discovered 162 years apart, fit together perfectly. The discovery provides new insight into one of the largest turtle species that ever lived.