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Monthly Archive: December

Beneath the Surface: Photographing at the Edge of Imagination

Posted: January 6, 2016 - 17:54 , by Stacey Kerr
“Turtle Flight” is David Doubilet’s finalist photograph in the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the ROM.

Guest Blog written by Environmental Visual Communication student Sam Rose Phillips

In search of guidance from the master of photographing moments himself, EVC student Samantha Phillips called David Doubilet and his partner Jennifer Hayes, renowned photographers whose work can often be found among the pages of National Geographic Magazine to ask them about their work. Their perspective is filled with insights and stories that Sammy was thrilled to share in this guest blog post.

Highlights of 2015

Posted: December 29, 2015 - 10:10 , by Mark Engstrom
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Infographic displaying statistics about the ROM in 2015

Mark Engstrom, ROM Interim Director and CEO, celebrates this year's award-winning exhibitions and research.

The Ofrenda: Stunning Mexican altar on display at the ROM this holiday season

Posted: December 26, 2015 - 10:00 , by Sascha Priewe
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The ofrenda in all its glory with Arturo Estrada Hernández (left) and its creator Sergio Alejandro Hernández Martínez (right) in the ROM’s Roloff Beny Gallery on Level 4.

by Sascha Priewe and Chloë Sayer

Fits like a Space Glove

Posted: December 24, 2015 - 09:39 , by Nadine Adelaar
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Orlan space gloves from Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield's collection.

Canadian Space Agency Chris Hadfield talks to us about the challenges of working with your hands in space.

REX Is Coming to Town

Posted: December 23, 2015 - 10:37 , by Nadine Adelaar
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Photo of Rex Rover, a Martian rover prototype

The ROM is a hotbed of Martian activity – along with our expansive collection of meteorites from Mars (out of only ~100 samples known on earth, we have pieces of 22 of them!), over the holidays we will play host to REX, a Mars rover prototype. REX (short for Robot EXplorer) is one of nine rovers developed by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), in collaboration with over 40 Canadian companies and universities, for testing lunar and planetary vehicular tools.

Blue Whale Update: From Trenton with Love

Posted: December 22, 2015 - 11:25 , by Stacey Kerr
It took a team of seven people to lift the blue whale heart enough to finish wrapping it. Photo by Stacey Lee Kerr

It’s that time of year where many of us are pretty focused on the holidays. Spending time with family and friends, baking and eating loads of treats, and - let’s be honest - the gifts. Finding them, buying them, wrapping them, and getting them to where they need to go, whether the destination is under the Christmas tree, or to be mailed to relatives somewhere else around the world.

So, given that everybody’s in this present-logistics state of mind, we have a gift-wrapping question for you… how do you ship a blue whale heart?

2015 Social Media Year in Review

Posted: December 21, 2015 - 13:13 , by Ryan Dodge
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The Royal Ontario Museum in the foreground with Toronto skyline and CN Tower in the background

A look back at the ROM's social media activities in 2015

Burgess Shale fossil site reveals oldest evidence of brood care

Posted: December 17, 2015 - 12:00 , by David McKay
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Illustration of Waptia carrying eggs or juveniles.

Waptia fieldensis research shows parenting has a long history (508 million years)

Brood care, where the adult carries its eggs or juveniles to help increase their survival, was an important evolutionary step. However, little is known about how and when this strategy began.

Mapping Canada from Space

Posted: December 15, 2015 - 09:00 , by Nadine Adelaar
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In this photo, taken in 2014, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques unveiled the Canada from Space Giant Floor Map to a group of students in Ottawa. © Canadian Space Agency.

A giant floor map of Canada from space is coming to the ROM. Over the holidays, we invite you to explore the topography of Canada through the lens of a satellite.

Incredible Wildlife Photos... Taken by 10-Year-Olds

Posted: December 14, 2015 - 15:16 , by Stacey Kerr
Ten-year-old wildlife photographer Josiah Launstein sits bundled up and ready to take the shot.

Guest Blog written by Environmental Visual Communication student Cassidy McAuliffe

If you think you need years of experience to be a good photographer… think again! After viewing photos taken by youth in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit at the ROM, you may find yourself itching to start snapping photos.