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Profile: Marianne Mader

Posted: August 22, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Woman in a black dress and glasses standing in front of purple crystals incased in a rock

New on the Ground (and in Space)

The ROM’s Marianne Mader discusses her inspirations and what’s next for her.

What made you pursue planetary science as a study?

The TRCA Calls Upon Batman for Help

Posted: August 18, 2016 - 14:33 , by Stacey Kerr
Dr. Burton Lim (left) and ROM Biodiversity's Nicole Richards (right) walk along the Scarborough Bluffs waterfront en route to one of the three bat detectors. Photo by Filip Szafirowski

It’s been a hot summer, the sun is shining and the Scarborough Bluffs are standing tall above the Lake Ontario shoreline. But they might not be for long. The Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto’s east end are eroding at a rapid rate, increasing the likelihood of slope failure and damage to local species’ habitats. Although the cliffs have been eroding since the 1940s, the view from atop the Bluffs was too enticing to prevent people from further settling there. As houses were feverishly built along the Bluffs, the rate of erosion further accelerated.

Tattoos: Exploring Tattoo Culture Around the World

Posted: August 18, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Back of man, covered with Tattoos.

Tattoos: Ritual, Identity, Obsession and Art.

The ROM's Remarkable Bees

Posted: August 16, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Honey Bees clustered in a hive

Guest blog by Antonia Guidotti, Entomology Technician 

ROM visitors love the live hive of European Honey Bees in the Hands-on Biodiversity Gallery. The queen bee is currently “spotted” with a bright green dot. As long as she is near the front of the display, visitors can find her, and receive an “I found the Queen Bee” sticker.

Most Common Questions

 Are they alive?

Minding the Stores

Posted: August 15, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A black and white photograph of a woman standing on a step ladder surrounded by artifacts on shelves

Guest blog by Lance McMillan

The ROM’s extensive collections are lovingly watched over by an expert team of dedicated curators and technicians.

Tattoos: Glossary

Posted: August 11, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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One in five Canadians has at least one tattoo, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who sports a Haida symbol on his left shoulder. Tattoos have moved into the mainstream, companies have begun to relax rules on visible tattos in the workplace. The new exhibition charts the journey of tattooing from its deep historical and global roots, via its marginalizaiton, to its current revival in many cultures around the world. Here are six essential tattoo terms to know while walking through the Tattoos exhibition:

Learn more about our PokéStops!

Posted: August 10, 2016 - 12:51 , by Ryan Dodge
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Our ROM Learning team take a deeper look at our PokéStops

ROM Research: Detailing Wendiceratops

Posted: August 9, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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drawn picture of the skeleton of the Wendiceratops

David Evans and Michael Ryan reveal a spectacular new species of ceratopsian, Wendiceratops was approximately 6 metres from nose to tail and weighed more than a ton (2,000 lbs).

Guest blog by Shiona M. Mackenzie.

Member Profile: Family Visit

Posted: August 8, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A little girl in a blue dress with flowers sitting on a bench with her dad in a blue shirt and jeans and her brother in an orange shirt and jeans

Jason Donkervoort shares why the ROM is his family's favourite place to visit.

How often do you visit the ROM?

We visit at least twice a month.

What inspired your first visit to the ROM?

The kids.They wanted to see the dinosaurs, especially the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibition.

If you could bring one person to visit the ROM with you, who would it be?

Go with the Flow: Technology & Early Glass

Posted: August 5, 2016 - 15:04 , by Robert Mason
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Six-handled green glass jar - Blown glass with trailed handles, Syria - Late Roman - c. 300-425 AD, ROM #909.3.41   - The Walter Massey Collection - Height 12.9cm  Width 9.4cm  Diameter 7.6cm. ROM Photography.

Glass is probably the most fluid of solids. Looking at blown glass, such as that in the ROM's Chihuly exhibition, is like watching movement made still. If you look carefully at the handles of the perfectly preserved handles of this Roman glass vase from Syria (above), it looks as though it is still a fluid, still dynamically moving along its flow. In a way, that is because it is. Glass essentially has the atomic structure of a fluid, but it has been so rapidly cooled that it is essentially stuck in that condition.