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Through the Looking Glass Sponge

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:30:20 +0000

Since joining the Museum as artist in residence last month, I’ve spent a lot of time looking through glass. I’ve looked through the plate glass cabinets protecting the specimens, the thickly blown glass of the specimen jars, and finally the specimens themselves: glass sponges. These creatures are 90% silica, formed of threads of glass spicules. […]

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Specimen of the Week: Week 162

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:00:11 +0000

Cthulhu the ammonite lovingly stroked Mary Sue the trilobite on the cephalon with his tentacles. “I love you Mary Sue.” Exclaimed Cthulhu, expelling a distressed squirt from his hypernome. “Why won’t our parents let us be together?” Asked Mary Sue, the thousands of lense units unblinking in her holochroal eyes. ” So what if I’m […]

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18th Grant Lecturer: Anjali Goswami

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:00:35 +0000

Dean Veall here. On Tuesday this week Team Grant celebrated what would have been Robert Edmond Grant‘s 221st birthday in the a suitably zoological manner raising a glass of sparkling cider (non-alcoholic, of course!).  The formal celebration of Grant’s life and his contribution to science is coming up next Tuesday 18th November with our annual […]

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