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Two new species of moss frog discovered

The mist-shrouded mountains of Vietnam reveal two new species of moss frog.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley, Category: Science, Date: 16 Nov 2011

Towards a national cultural policy

Museum Director Frank Howarth asks "What is ‘culture’?" in this foreword to Explore magazine (summer 2011).  

By: Brendan Atkins, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 15 Nov 2011

Social Musings: 5 lessons we've learned


Here's a quick look at the top 5 things we've learned since launching our new(ish) social media action plan.

By: Michael Hugill, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 14 Nov 2011

For Arts Sake! – Visiting Bali #9

Expedition to Java Sea.

By: Dr Stan Florek, Category: Science, Date: 14 Nov 2011

This week in Fish: Hagfishes - masters of defence

This week we show remarkable footage of hagfish using slime as a defence mechanism.  These fishes are also active hunters.  There are some great new images, plus the first sighting of 'the' undescribed anglerfish guarding its eggs.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 11 Nov 2011

Crocodile exposed

After a top effort by all, the restoration of our oldest display case (starring our reptilian friends) has finally been unveiled!

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: At The Museum, Date: 11 Nov 2011

DigiVol: The Wonder of Insects

DigiVol (formerly Rapid Digitisation Project): Check out some amazing pics of cicadas, tree hoppers, and hawk moths taken by our volunteers.

By: Leonie Prater, Category: Science, Date: 11 Nov 2011

For Arts Sake! – Visiting Bali #8

A Microcosm of the Ubud Market.

By: Dr Stan Florek, Category: Science, Date: 10 Nov 2011

Amazing new hagfish behaviour

Hagfishes are incredible! They can stop a would-be predator within seconds with a mouthful of slime. Ichthyologists at the National Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) have just published a fascinating paper on hagfish behaviour in the journal Nature.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 09 Nov 2011

Threadfin Seasnail swimming at 2400 m!

This impressive movie was taken at a depth of 2400 m.  The fish is a Threadfin Seasnail, Rhodichthys regina (family Liparidae).  Thank you to Dr David Stein for identifying the fish.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 09 Nov 2011