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Birds of Paradise Exhibition: Title Testing Results

Over the last week we asked a range of audiences to select their favourite title for our planned Birds of Paradise exhibition (opening April 2011). What did they decide?

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 13 Sep 2010

Candiru - careful where you go...

Over the years quite a few people have asked me about the Candiru.  Is it really true that this fish can end up inside the bladder of an unfortunate person who urinates in the wrong stream?

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 12 Sep 2010

This week in Fish: Deepsea anglerfishes and the Lilac-tip Basslet

Highlights for the week include a new movie from Agent 1 on 'The exciting life of Anglerfishes, a movie showing a halosaur at a depth of 1027 m and an outrageously coloured Lilac-tip Basslet swimming on the HMAS Brisbane.  Thank you as always to all our contributors.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 10 Sep 2010

Dinosnore Feedback

Here's what one of our Australian Museum Members had to say about their Dinosnore experience.

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: At The Museum, Date: 08 Sep 2010

Psychedelic frogfish makes a splash

In 2009, colleagues at the University of Washington, created quite a stir when they described a new species of frogfish from Indonesia.  The fish goes by the scientific name Histiophryne psychedelica.  When you watch the movie you'll probably agree that psychedelica is a good name for this strange fish.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 08 Sep 2010

Students speak for biodiversity

As part of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity 180 students from 11 high schools gave oral presentations about their biodiversity learning projects in the theatrette at the Australian Museum.

By: Ms Helen Wheeler, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 07 Sep 2010

Do museum shops need to know about Web 2.0 and social media?

Well, probably yes which is why I've been asked to run a mini-workshop on this stuff at the Museum Shops Association 2010 Conference on 9 September. If I was a museum shop manager what would I need to know about social media and Web 2.0? Find some answers and other resources on this page and the Powerpoint slides will be added soon'ish.

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 07 Sep 2010

Common and Standard Names

Someone asked me about the difference between common and standard names.  The video covers this topic and more.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 06 Sep 2010

Video Conference - Web to Classroom

After the success of the Web to Classroom video conference we decided to run this event again. During that workshop teachers were shown time-saving tips for using the Museum's website via video conference.

By: Karen Player, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 06 Sep 2010

The exciting life of Anglerfishes

Ichthyology Collection Manager, Mark McGrouther, talks about deepsea anglerfishes.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 06 Sep 2010