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Monthly Archive: December

Toronto at the Turn of the (Last) Century

Posted: February 19, 2015 - 15:04 , by Sarah Schell
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The City of Toronto was officially incorporated in 1834 and the second half of the 19th century was a period of great growth in the city. The population grew through railway and steamer links, which facilitated the arrival of immigrants at the port or the new Union Station building. The harbour was a key asset for trade and expansion, and  was steadily under development.

Year of the Sheep, Goat or Ram?

Posted: February 18, 2015 - 12:11 , by Robert Mason
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A flock of ceramic sheep

Beginning on February 19th 2015 and ending on February 7th 2016 is the Year of the Sheep, or Goat, or Ram in the Chinese calendar. No other year of the Chinese lunar calendar seems to create quite so much confusion as the Year of the Sheep/Goat/Ram. The confusion probably stems from the Chinese term for all of these characters: "Yang". Hence in Chinese, Year of the Yang works perfectly, there is no confusion, and you can use any member of the caprinae subfamily (which includes sheep and goats) to figurally represent the year. However, in English we are left with this confusion.

ROM Green Plant Herbarium Accessions STRATA

Posted: January 29, 2015 - 15:48 , by Tim Dickinson
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Recently, the ROM Green Plant Herbarium accessioned a copy of the artwork STRATA into its collection. This might seem unusual, since our herbarium is the depository for over half a million scientific specimens of green plants, from algae through mosses and liverworts to all the different kinds of “plants with plumbing.” Nevertheless, STRATA is intended to resemble a group of herbarium specimens in the way it was produced and in its format.

Arti Chandaria (1960-2015)

Posted: January 29, 2015 - 10:52 , by Deepali Dewan
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"All manner of Sychenesses": Domestic Medical Books

Posted: January 28, 2015 - 15:17 , by Sarah Schell
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The late winter months often coincide with cold and ‘flu season, a time when we look for remedies to help cure runny noses or coughs. Now we might turn to the internet for this kind of information, but in years past people would have consulted the household medical book for advice.

Finding a Safe Passageway Across the 401

Posted: January 26, 2015 - 15:55 , by Aaron Phillips
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Two small, striped snakes touch snouts while wound about a person's hand.

Ecologists working together to ensure the safety of wildlife along some of Canada's busiest highway.

#MuseumSelfie Day 2015

Posted: January 26, 2015 - 10:09 , by Ryan Dodge
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On January 21st we took part in the international tweet up, #MuseumSelfie Day. Here are some of the best!

ROM Photographer of the Year 2014: Recap

Posted: January 20, 2015 - 15:34 , by Aaron Phillips
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A group of antelope gather on a grassy plain.

A look back at the top photos from our 2014, in-house photography contest!

Sustainable development in the Caribbean: beer and biology

Posted: January 16, 2015 - 15:20 , by Aaron Phillips
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A man & a woman in bathing suits pose on a small catamaran on a sun-lit, white sand beach

Dr. Burton Lim and colleagues are off to study bats and other island mammals in the sun!

Douglas Coupland: Everything Man

Posted: January 16, 2015 - 13:56 , by Ann Webb
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The Brain as installed in the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2014.

Artist, writer, thinker

Douglas Coupland is a man of many talents