The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City is one of the great museums in the United States. In addition to the Hayden Planetarium, the IMAX theater, and unique permanent and rotating exhibits, the AMNH also hosts a very robust website.
The Science Bulletins appear in the AMNH science section and include snapshots, data visualizations, and feature stories on recent discoveries and new technologies in astrophysics, Earth science, and biodiversity. Feature stories include a streaming video presentation of current research, a written essay on the work being discussed, high-quality related links for further information, as well as a glossary of terms and occasionally other related content. The visualizations often include rich media (videos, audio, animated images), a written essay on the science behind the visualization, links to data sources, and even resources for educators.
Current astrophysics content includes a feature on NASA’s WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) space telescope, another feature on the expansion of the Universe, data visualizations illustrating the known Universe and allowing a visitor to watch the Earth’s magnetosphere withstand the solar wind, among much else.
Current Earth Science content includes a feature on the use of Zircons (ancient mineral crystals) to understand Earth’s earliest era, another feature on the STEEP (St. Elias Erosion/tectonics Project – includes an interactive feature allowing the visitor to explore the St. Elias Range, as well as a video introducing many of the geologists collaborating on the STEEP project, an essay that is “…about the science behind the paradigm shift” challenging some assumptions of the plate tectonic theory and the growth of mountains) project, earth events (an interactive bi-weekly feature that highlights plate boundaries and current earthquake and volcano activity), media rich visualizations and much more.
The content in the Science Bulletins is rich and deep, so expect good things, but don’t expect that this content will be created with blazing speed…it takes effort, and time, to put these rich media stories together. The AMNH’s Science Bulletin program has been so successful that they allow other museums to subscribe to their content for display in other public spaces. Some of the subscribers include, Australian Maritime Museum, The Franklin Institute, I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium, Johns Hopkins University Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago, IL), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Palomar Observatory, and many, many more. Enjoy.
AMNH (American Museum of Natural History): http://www.amnh.org/
AMNH Science section: http://www.amnh.org/science/
AMNH Science Bulletins: http://www.amnh.org/sciencebulletins/
AMNH Department of Astrophysics: http://research.amnh.org/astrophysics/index.php
AMNH Department of Earth and Planetary Science: http://research.amnh.org/eps/