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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.

Rube Goldberg device

Students Shooting for World-Record Rube Goldberg Machine

What does a machine with more than 400 steps look like? You can find out during the Philadelphia Science Festival.

Orchids

Ready for Spring? Mark Your Calendar for the International Orchid Show

Spring is on its way, and so is a colorful paradise at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The biggest U.S. orchid show outside of Florida and California is coming to the Academy in April.

Museum stories are written from a child's perspective and describe each exhibit in terms of sensation. This story describes two skeletons on the second floor of Dinosaur Hall that children are allowed to touch.

Museum Stories at the Academy of Natural Sciences for Children on the Autism Spectrum

As part of an initiative aimed at making a visit to the science museum as stress-free, fun and educational as possible for children on the autism spectrum, families and teachers now can access “museum stories” on the Academy’s website. The museum stories are a pre-visit tool to prepare children for what they might experience in the museum, where loud noises, unfamiliar sights, bright and dark rooms, and unpredictable live animals may cause discomfort and stress.

Robert Peary and his flag

Hidden Treasures: The 43-Star Arctic Expedition Flag at the Academy of Natural Sciences

A roughly 4- by 5-foot American flag on display at the Academy of Natural Sciences is a curiosity not just because of its number of stars, 43, but because of the story behind it.

Fossil Find Shows Fish Hips Grew Strong Before Life's First Steps

The discovery of new fossil materials from the ancient fish species Tiktaalik roseae has revealed a key link in the evolution of hind limbs. The newly described, well-preserved pelves and partial pelvic fin from this 375 million-year-old transitional species between fish and the first legged animals, reveals that the evolution of hind legs actually began as enhanced hind fins, contrary to the existing theory that large hind legs developed after vertebrates transitioned to land.
Chocolate exhibit

Chocolate, exotic birds and natural history humor: Special Exhibits Coming to Academy in 2014

The mating rituals of elusive birds, a humorous look into natural history museums and the history of chocolate — yes, chocolate — will be featured in a series of exciting new exhibitions this year at the Academy of Natural Sciences.