Poison Fact: Rocks with naturally occurring holes, also called hag stones, witch stones, and snake’s eggs, were once used in Europe to pull poison from snakebites.
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Join us on December 28, 2013 for the Museum’s 35th annual Kwanzaa celebration!
Kwanzaa is based on harvest festivals celebrated in Africa, and the event will include dance, stories, and other activities inspired by these celebrations and African traditions. This year, performers will include The Supremes from the Broadway show Motown the Musical, Oscar-nominated IMPACT Repertory Theatre, Ugandan poet Emilia Ottoo, storyteller Linda Humes, and filmmaker MK Asante with his landmark film The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration, narrated by Maya Angelou.
The perfect gift for bird-lovers, Natural Histories: Extraordinary Birds examines some of the pioneering naturalists, illustrators, and explorers who not only defined the discipline of ornithology, but also left a stunning body of art.
Also included: forty ready-to-frame prints of reproduced artwork from the Museum’s Rare Book Collection.
Before Agatha Christie became the world’s best-selling mystery writer, toxic compounds were, for a time, part of her everyday life.
For most of the First World War (1914–1918), Christie worked in a hospital as a nurse and later mixing medicines, as she recalled in her autobiography. “It was while I working in the dispensary that I first conceived of writing a detective story,” wrote Christie (1890–1976).
She first learned about “curare,” which is stored in clay pots like this one, as a young woman from a deceptively bland pharmacist…
Zebra longwing caterpillars evolved the ability to thrive despite feeding on toxic passionflower plants.
See two live caterpillar species in The Power of Poison. While you’re at it, here’s what to do and see this Thanksgiving weekend at the Museum.
Need a refresher course on comets? Here are seven things to know about these enigmatic Sun-orbiting space objects.
Comet ISON passes through the constellation of Virgo. NASA/MSFC/Aaron Kingery