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  • 10:48 How Birds inspire Builders

    How Birds inspire Builders

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    Birds! Bullet trains! Biomimicry! When we take a closer look at nature - or peek into museum collections - we can discover some pretty amazing innovations that help inform human engineering and design. NEAT ------------------------------------------------

  • 06:13 Venoms vs. Poisons

    Venoms vs. Poisons

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    What's the difference between a venom and a poison? We looked at some cool reptiles and amphibians to learn more about how they use their natural toxins to stay ahead in the evolutionary arms race! ---------------------------------------------------------

  • 12:13 Ghost Lineages

    Ghost Lineages

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    Dr. Brandon Peecook thought he had made a major paleontological discovery that was going to alter decades of prior research in the field. Then, right before he was about to present his findings, he got a phone call that changed everything.This episode is

  • 13:53 Misfits of the Mineral Collection

    Misfits of the Mineral Collection

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    Help us solve some mysteries! Do you have any more information about these Misfits from the Mineral Collection?! A number of these objects have historical or cultural value and significance, but our records are incomplete. Help us, Brain Scoopers! -------

  • 12:13 The Egg Collection!

    The Egg Collection!

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    Eggs! There are around 10,800 different species of birds, all which lay eggs that vary in size, color, shape, and parental care required. Dr. John Bates pulled some highlights from the Field Museum's egg collection to share these fragile, historically imp

  • 10:10 Inside the Whale Warehouse!

    Inside the Whale Warehouse!

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    Whales are fascinating! They're also, oftentimes, absolutely gigantic-- which makes storing them in a museum collection quite challenging. We had the chance to visit the Smithsonian's "Whale Warehouse" to chat with Curator of Marine Mammals Dr. Michael Mc

  • 13:01 What Fossils Reveal about Today's Climate Change

    What Fossils Reveal about Today's Climate Change

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    Dr. Scott Wing spent a decade combing the hills in the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming to find fossil evidence of an extinction event that occurred in the Southern Ocean of Antarctica, 56 million years ago. Here, we talk with him and Dr. Kirk Johnson about how s

  • 08:55 The Wonderful World of Worms

    The Wonderful World of Worms

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    Earthworms & leeches, parasitic nematodes, bristle worms, velvet worms, bobbit worms! Dr. Anna J. Phillips, Curator of Parasitic Worms and Protozoa at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History took us back into the invertebrate zoology collecti

  • 01:28 Aliens? Demon? Nope, it's just a fish. [60 Second Specimens]

    Aliens? Demon? Nope, it's just a fish. [60 Second Specimens]

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    Every specimen has a story; is this an alien, or a demon baby?! For hundreds of years, sailors sold these manipulated skates to tourists and oddity collectors marketed as such- but really, [spoiler] it's just a fish. Thanks to Caleb McMahan and Susan Moch

  • 01:38 Sooty Birds Share Dirt on Air Pollution [60 Second Specimens]

    Sooty Birds Share Dirt on Air Pollution [60 Second Specimens]

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    Every specimen has a story; these dirty birds helped scientists answer questions about levels of air pollution in the United States over a period of 135 years. More 60 Second Specimen stories: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLL8_5VpX9Txpke4mWgBrsHV

  • 13:43 Meteorite or MeteorWRONG?

    Meteorite or MeteorWRONG?

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    There are meteorites -- and then there are meteorWRONGS; deceptive terrestrial and human-made rocks and minerals that can be easily confused with special space rocks. Test your knowledge with the quiz at the end! Super shout-out to Jim Holstein for his wi

  • 03:49 The Fossils in the Floor

    The Fossils in the Floor

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    NEW: #IStandWithUnionidBivalves shirts + stickers: http://bit.ly/29J9SJw This is my love letter to the little things in life-- like the fossils that can be found in the limestone tiles of the Field Museum. What's your version of the fossils in the floor?

  • 14:31 The Animal Sound Library

    The Animal Sound Library

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    The Museum für Naturkunde is home to one of the largest collections of animal sound recordings in the world. They're studied by scientists to learn about what animals live in an area, and what time(s) of year they're active, and in what abundance. One of

  • 08:03 Paleoart: Painting the Land Before Time

    Paleoart: Painting the Land Before Time

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    The Field Museum has a long history of hiring artists to help teach people about the dinosaurs and other early life on earth. Maybe you've heard of the famous painter Charles R. Knight -- but what about John Conrad Hansen, or Maidi Wiebe? After months of

  • 09:44 200 years, WWI & WWII, Communism: The Story of Berlin's Natural History Museum

    200 years, WWI & WWII, Communism: The Story of Berlin's Natural History Museum

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    The Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin exists as a witness to history. For 200+ years its scientists have pursued research in the face of WWI and bombings in WWII, political turmoil, and an ever-changing planet. We were invited to share the Museum's past, as

  • 07:36 The 'Sistine Chapel of Taxidermy' - Conserving Akeley's Elephants

    The 'Sistine Chapel of Taxidermy' - Conserving Akeley's Elephants

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    Come to our meet up at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin on January 27th! RSVP & details here: http://bit.ly/2FmhkJB The Akeley's Fighting African Elephants are some of the best examples of taxidermy ever created-- but they'll need help if they're to su

  • 08:33 GLOW ROCKS

    GLOW ROCKS

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    It's a GLOW ROCK DANCE PARTY! This video is best watched in the dark! p.s. I've never actually been to a real dance party and had to Google "what are raves like" - turns out they're nothing like this, which is too bad, because this video was a ton of fun

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  • 08:54 The Rare Book Room!

    The Rare Book Room!

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    The Field Museum isn't just home to specimens and artifacts: it's also home to the books and manuscripts that have shaped our understanding of the world's natural history. Today, we look at some of the 7,500 books in the Mary W. Runnells Rare Book Room! ↓

  • 09:38 The Case for Saving PARASITES.

    The Case for Saving PARASITES.

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    PARASITE. Doesn't the word just make your skin crawl? (that's actually the worms living under your flesh... just kidding). Despite our "ick" reaction to these animals, they play important roles in their environments - and many are under threat. ↓↓↓ Check

  • 06:47 Preserving the Migration of Giants: Guyana's Arapaima

    Preserving the Migration of Giants: Guyana's Arapaima

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    Conservation scientist Dr. Lesley de Souza is working with the people of Guyana to establish a new protected area. Their goal is to safeguard a watershed for animals like the arapaima, one of the largest freshwater fish in the world. ---------------------

  • 07:37 Camel Spiders: Neither Camels, nor Spiders

    Camel Spiders: Neither Camels, nor Spiders

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    Dr. Paula Cushing has been studying these strange animals for nearly 17 years, and says there is so little known about them, that anyone can discover something new. They're camel spiders: neither camels, nor spiders! So... what are they, anyway? We've set

  • 10:18 Can Peace be Purchased?

    Can Peace be Purchased?

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    Wherein archaeologist Dr. Steve Nash and I look at and discuss a fascinating, powerful, and complicated collection of artifacts. What do you think: can peace, or loyalty, be purchased? We've set out from The Field Museum in Chicago to collaborate with the

  • 05:43 Fossil Myths: Cyclopes, Griffins, & Magic Fairy Bread

    Fossil Myths: Cyclopes, Griffins, & Magic Fairy Bread

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    Before modern science, what evidence did people use to help explain the inexplicable? For some things -- the fossil record! Today we’re looking for griffins, cyclopes, magical bread and enchanted stone snakes in our museum collection. Our citations and re

  • 07:39 Insect Cribs

    Insect Cribs

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    Insects have the coolest houses! This is an ode to a few of the most amazing architects in the invertebrate world. We have a Newsletter! Check out our latest: http://bit.ly/2pYZA21 Field Museum artist Peggy MacNamara has a beautiful book featuring many of

  • 10:05 Shoes - What They Say About You

    Shoes - What They Say About You

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    Omg. SHOES. … have really interesting cultural implications. What does your footwear say about YOU? ↓ More info + Links! ↓ ----------------------------------------­----------------------------- Natural News from The Field Museum, our new news show!: http:

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  • 03:58 Mammoths vs. Mastodons: Can we 'de-extinct' them both?

    Mammoths vs. Mastodons: Can we 'de-extinct' them both?

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    There's been a lot of talk and research interest around the possibility of resurrecting certain groups of organisms (or, at least their genomes) from extinction, with Woolly Mammoths being prime candidates for such an endeavor. But what about a closely re

  • 06:30 T. rex Arms & BEARDOGS! | Natural News from The Field Museum | Ep. 6

    T. rex Arms & BEARDOGS! | Natural News from The Field Museum | Ep. 6

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    We’ve got three big stories talking about tiny things! Tiny arms, tiny plants, tiny beardog fossils. Big science. Want more natural history research? Check out the other episodes of NN! http://bit.ly/2fFSzOg ↓ More info + Links! ↓ ------------------------

  • 07:17 The Amazing Laser

    The Amazing Laser

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    Wherein my mind is blown by technology, yet again. Please take our survey! We wanna know your thoughts! http://fieldmuseum.fluidsurveys.com/s/thebrainscoop/ ↓ More info + Links! ↓ ----------------------------------------­----------------------------- Natu

  • 07:13 The MAGNETO SNAIL! (and Other Marine Gastropods)

    The MAGNETO SNAIL! (and Other Marine Gastropods)

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    In 2015, a deep-sea discovery was described to be unlike anything else in the animal kingdom. It was a snail with a shell made out of iron sulphide, with some populations also having magnetic properties in their unique exoskeletons. It made me wonder - wh

  • 08:11 What Is The U.S. Doing About Extinction?

    What Is The U.S. Doing About Extinction?

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    What does it mean to be an endangered species? Are endangered species destined for extinction? We're exploring some of these ideas in celebration of Endangered Species Day, May 20th! Help support The Brain Scoop: http://bit.ly/1TjMRAo To learn more: https

  • 07:28 Tully Monster Mystery SOLVED!

    Tully Monster Mystery SOLVED!

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    How is it that a Museum can have 1,200+ fossils of a particular species in its collection since the 1960's... and not even know what it is? For decades, it was thought the 'Tully monster' -- a bizarre animal that lived 307 million years ago -- was an inve

  • 06:32 The Taxonomy Of Candy

    The Taxonomy Of Candy

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    In our previous video 'What is a Species?,' we talked about the many ways scientists approach classifying organisms. So, I thought it'd be fun to get a few scientists from The Field Museum to apply their taxonomic know-how on something we're all familiar

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  • 06:53 What Is A Species?

    What Is A Species?

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    New species of lifeforms are being discovered and described on our planet every single day -- but, when we talk about a species, what are we really referring to? Turns out, the answer is... complicated. This video is by no means comprehensive. Species con

  • 07:22 Restoring Habitats With Magic Beans

    Restoring Habitats With Magic Beans

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    145-year-old beans from the Field's botanical collections are being used today to help restore a local native plant habitat. How does that work? We talked with Robb Telfer - a poet, and a passionate 'plant nerd' - about how he became involved in working t

  • 09:02 Dangerous Rocks

    Dangerous Rocks

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    DEATH ROCKS! An episode about deadly rocks! Really, it's about some minerals which may contain harmful elements that through the repeated, ongoing, and/or prolonged exposure to them in unregulated environments may cause damage over time... but that doesn'

  • 04:43 The Origin Of Mammal Movement: Harvard Adventures, Part I

    The Origin Of Mammal Movement: Harvard Adventures, Part I

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    Paleontologists today look at more than just fossil evidence to learn about organisms that lived millions of years ago. In this case, we're seeking to answer the question: how, and when, did mammals evolve their specialized movements? Turns out, the next

  • 05:31 Spiders: The First Web Developers

    Spiders: The First Web Developers

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    Out of any creatures in the animal kingdom, spiders seem to have the worst reputation. Their many legs and unpredictable movements elicit a fear response in even the most stoic of individuals. Let's take a moment to put our fear aside and learn more about

  • 07:17 Millipedes: The First Land Animals

    Millipedes: The First Land Animals

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    More than 420 million years ago ancient millipedes took their first many -- many many many -- steps onto land. Today they remain largely cryptic animals, as there are tens of thousands of species still unknown to science. Associate Curator Dr. Petra Sierw

  • 05:41 The First Brachiosaurus

    The First Brachiosaurus

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    Joyce Havstad, PhD holds the title Philosopher-in-Residence at The Field Museum.* We had the joy of interviewing her about some of the fascinating concepts she researches and explores -- in this case, what is a holotype? And how can paleontologists determ

  • 04:37 Banding Baby Dinosaurs

    Banding Baby Dinosaurs

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    BABY DINOSAURS IN THE CITY!... and we've been studying them for years! We talked with Field Museum ornithologist Josh Engel about how scientists gather information and take risks while monitoring these impressive aerial predators. By the 1960s the peregri

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  • 05:22 The Chicago Peregrine Program

    The Chicago Peregrine Program

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    By the 1960s the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) was extinct in many states - including Illinois - because of the negative effects of the pesticide DDT. But, thanks to dedicated reintroduction and monitoring efforts over the last 30 years in part from

  • 06:27 Popular Bullet Ant Venom

    Bullet Ant Venom

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    Bullet ants (Paraponera clavata) have the most intense sting of any insect -- but what makes it so painful? Dr. Corrie Moreau walks us through how she extracts their venom to learn more about the chemistry of this remarkable species! Last week, she showed

  • 05:23 How To Protect The Rainforest

    How To Protect The Rainforest

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    For our final installment in the Amazon Adventures series, I interviewed expedition leader Corine Vriesendorp about what it means to protect and conserve areas of the rainforest in spite of the overwhelming global demands for its natural resources. This i

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  • 10:04 The Naked Mole-Rat

    The Naked Mole-Rat

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    Naked mole-rats are some of the most fascinating members of the animal kingdom - but just how unique are they? Turns out, they diverged from their nearest relative more than 31 MILLION years ago! Field Museum curator Dr. Bruce Patterson, and Yale postdoct

  • 06:17 Popular Sharks Sharks Sharks & More Sharks

    Sharks Sharks Sharks & More Sharks

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    There are 12 living Orders of sharks and rays swimming in our oceans today, and more than 440 known species. Here are some of the wackier ones! ------------------ NEW! Subreddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/thebrainscoop/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/the

  • 10:36 Fossil Meteorites

    Fossil Meteorites

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    In which we set out and find fossil meteorites in time and space. Wait... meteorites can be fossilized?! Mind blown. Read more about Philipp Heck's meteoritical research and the arrival of fossil meteorites at The Field Museum! http://www.fieldmuseum.org/

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  • 06:21 An Electric Eel And A Caiman

    An Electric Eel And A Caiman

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    Wherein Isobel and Maria show us the ropes -- or nets -- for surveying fishes in the Amazon. The distribution of fish in tropical river systems is important to understanding how animals move around these waterways. Where there are big fish -- like the ele


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