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Monthly Archive: December

Profile: Canada's First Lady of Literature

Posted: July 25, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A woman in a pink shirt and a scarf taking a selfie reflection in a convex mirror with a man in a black shirt and glasses

Eleanor Wachtel is a Canadian writer and broadcaster, and host of the CBC Radio’s popular literary show Writers & Company. Over the 26 years Wachtel has been hosting her show, she has interviewed some of the most compelling figures in Canadian literature, including Saul Bellow, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, and Mordecai Richler. Wachtel is renowned for turning the traditional interview into an in-depth portrait of her subject.

Tattoos: 7 Common Styles

Posted: July 21, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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The Tattoos exhibition features many different kinds of tattoos both historical and contemporary. There are seven basic contemporary tattoo styles listed below. Let us know in the comments if you have ink that fit in one of these styles. 

1. Japanese  

Tattoo of a Japanese styled dragon on an arm

Often derived from watercolour inspired artwork, as well as word and phrase tattoos.

Exhibit A: Light of the Desert Cerussite Gem

Posted: July 19, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A diamond like gemstone on a black background

At 900 carats, this magnificent gemstone is the world's largest faceted specimen of the mineral cerussite.

Chihuly Around the World

Posted: July 18, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Three men in a glass-blowing workshop

Chihuly’s permanent installations appear all over the world. 

High-Tech Biodiversity

Posted: July 15, 2016 - 09:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Woman in a blue shirt looking at plants in a forest

The Bog Copper story and the power of citizen science

Interview with Dale Chihuly

Posted: July 14, 2016 - 08:09 , by Brittany Budani
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We recently had a chance to meet the artist as he prepared for his ROM exhibition and ask him a few questions about his spectacular work…

Yukon BioBlitz: Strange Things Done in the Midnight Sun

Posted: July 13, 2016 - 17:49 , by Stacey Kerr
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A single bioblitz participant takes notes on top of a ridge in the Dawson Mountain Range near Carmacks, Yukon. Photo by Stacey Lee Kerr

Blog by Stacey Lee Kerr, Biodiversity Storyteller / Creative Producer for the ROM's Centre for Biodiversity

The idea of what “midnight sun” really means is rather obscure to the uninitiated traveller. It doesn’t strike home until you’ve been sitting at a picnic table with some entomologists while they pin bees and flies without anything more than the ambient light, and you realize it’s almost midnight when it looks and feels more like 8pm...

What's the Buzz on Bees?

Posted: July 13, 2016 - 08:00 , by Antonia Guidotti
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black and yellow bee resting on a purple flower

Antonia Guidotti, is an Entomology Technician at the ROM.

Game Jam

Posted: July 12, 2016 - 08:47 , by Brittany Budani
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A girl playing a video game created by one of the teams from the ROM's Game Jam

Game developers put their skills to the test at the ROM.

Guest blog by Brittany Budani, Publishing Intern

The secret of Oesia: a Burgess Shale mystery, by Karma Nanglu

Posted: July 7, 2016 - 10:05 , by admin
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My name is Karma Nanglu and I’m a PhD student at the University of Toronto, but on a day-to-day basis I do my research at the Royal Ontario Museum.