Head and mouthparts of a 2nd instar larva.

Research Yields New Details About Trap-jaw Ants

May 8, 2017

Trap-jaw ants, with their spring-loaded jaws and powerful stings, are among the fiercest insect predators, but they begin their lives as spiny, hairy, fleshy blobs hanging from the ceiling and walls of an underground nest. New research provides the first detailed descriptions of the larval developmental stages of three species of Odontomachus trap-jaw ants. This… Read More >

Mountain Magnolia by W.T. Alberti

North Carolina Botanical Artists featured at Museum’s Nature Art Gallery in May

May 5, 2017

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery presents “Southeast Natives,” a selection of work by North Carolina Botanical Artists. The show runs Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 28. A Gallery reception honoring the artists will be held Saturday, May 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. The North Carolina Botanical… Read More >

Gerald Owens

“Closing the Race Gap” panel discussion held at Museum May 16

May 3, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. — Race is both a biological myth and a tangible reality, according to biological anthropologist Alan Goodman. “Race is, at the same time, a misguided way to think about human biological variation and a core socio-political idea, with profound effects on wealth and health.” Hear from Goodman and a panel of experts as they… Read More >

Westworld screenshot

Boy, do we have a vacation for you … Museum shows original “Westworld” April 28

April 21, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. — Welcome to Westworld, the ultimate resort. Where vacationers can live out their every fantasy in worlds of the past, maintained by reliable computer technology and peopled by lifelike robot men and women. And where nothing can possibly go worng … until a rogue robot gunslinger decides it’s time to turn the tables…. Read More >

View of Earth with an accurate background star field, made with OpenSpace visualization software.

Museum gives tour of our dynamic planet, followed by outdoor star party

April 11, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. — Celebrate Earth Day early with a visually compelling tour of our dynamic planet when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts a live presentation featuring new NASA-funded real-time visualization software called OpenSpace, on Friday, April 21, 7 p.m. in the SECU Daily Planet Theater. Following the presentation, visit the Museum’s outdoor facility for a… Read More >