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Russian Space Probe will Crash to Earth this Week!

Posted: January 12, 2012 - 13:14 , by Ian Nicklin
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Contributed by Brendt C. Hyde and Ian Nicklin.

Happy New Year!

Posted: January 6, 2012 - 14:35 , by Janet Carding
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Head and shoulder portrait of a woman standing beside a display case of minerals

Janet Carding, President and CEO, Royal Ontario Museum

A Rare and Beautiful Bird

Posted: January 5, 2012 - 11:55 , by admin

 

A closer look at a living barn owl perched.

Their distinctive heart-shaped face actually helps improve their hearing. With lop-sided ears, they can easily pinpoint prey with sound alone. Photo by Steve Brace

A Maya Inspired Holiday

Posted: January 4, 2012 - 10:04 , by admin

It seems that Maya: Secrets of Their Ancient World has inspired some really interesting holiday activities. Meet the Futterer Family! Inspired by Maya, they built the temple at Chichen Itza out of gingerbread as their traditional gingerbread house this Christmas.

The idea was suggested by 25-year-old Allie Futterer, designed by 28-year-old Max Futterer, and baked and executed by both of them and Max’s girlfriend Jennifer Funk, age 28.

Next Stop Mars! New NASA Rover Launched

Posted: December 30, 2011 - 09:30 , by admin
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By Brendt Hyde, Mineralogy Technician

A view of the shuttle launch!

Curiosity starts its journey towards Mars! (Image Credit NASA/Scott Andrews/Canon)

Green with Envy

Posted: December 21, 2011 - 11:47 , by Katherine Dunnell
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Every day at the museum is a good day, but when a new object-specimen gets added to the collection, it is a great day.  It was a particularly stellar day in Earth Sciences when we were able to acquire this lovely princess cut, 23.24 carat peridot from Myanmar (Burma).

Green Periot Gem

Meteorite or “Meteor-wrong”?

Posted: December 16, 2011 - 13:00 , by Ian Nicklin
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ROM Earth Scientists receive dozens of requests each year to identify possible meteorites. This is especially the case when there is a spectacular fireball similar to the one which recently streaked across southern Ontario on December 12 of this year (the video was captured by astronomers at the University of Western Ontario). Do you think you have found a space rock?

6 Holiday Gift Ideas for Museum Lovers

Posted: December 15, 2011 - 10:53 , by admin
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‘Tis the season of giving, so we thought we’d share some of our favourite ROM-themed gift ideas with you!

Image of c5 and ROM book covers.

There's something for everyone at the ROM.

1. Wrap up a ROM membership

Live Blogging from the Burgess Shale Virtual Museum of Canada Launch!

Posted: December 1, 2011 - 08:53 , by admin

Join us Thursday, December 1 from 11 am to noon EST as we live blog from the ROM during the launch event for the Burgess Shale Virtual Museum of Canada. This online exhibition is the most current and comprehensive resource for knowledge on one of the world’s most important fossil sites.

A successful media launch to Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World

Posted: November 30, 2011 - 10:46 , by admin

The November 16 media preview for Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World was an auspicious debut for this exciting international effort.

The Globe & Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, and numerous CBC television and radio shows, both English and French, were among the 60+ different media outlets attending the morning event. The city’s Spanish-language journalists were also well-represented among the approximately 125 guests.