Solenopsis xyloni ant by Clint Penick.

Study Sheds New Light on Antibiotics Produced by Ants

February 6, 2018

This photo shows foragers of the desert fire ant, Solenopsis xyloni, collecting flower nectar. A recent study finds that ants in this genus produce some of the strongest antimicrobials measured in social insects. Photo credit: Clint Penick. Ants, like humans, deal with disease. To deal with the bacteria that cause some of these diseases, some… Read More >

Sir Walter Wally at Groundhog Day 2015.

Sir Walter Wally accepts Groundhog Day challenge at Museum of Natural Sciences, Feb.2

January 26, 2018

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Twelve inches of snow one week, sunny and 70 degrees the next. What’s a groundhog to do? Find out when Sir Walter Raleigh makes his annual Groundhog Day appearance at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The free event is held Friday, February 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a… Read More >

“Acadia, The Badlands and Other National Parks” featured at Museum’s Nature Art Gallery in Feb.

January 23, 2018

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Driven by a 2017 resolution to “do something better,” wildlife photographer and outdoors columnist William Howard set off to capture images of the country’s National Parks. The results of the Wilson, N.C. native’s year-long quest are featured in “Acadia, The Badlands and Other National Parks,” on exhibit at the North Carolina Museum… Read More >

Astronomy Days

Museum’s Astronomy Days focuses on space telescopes and missions, Jan. 27-28

January 22, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. — From telescope crafts to solar observing, special presentations to rocket launches, space enthusiasts of all ages will be educated and entertained when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Astronomy Days, Saturday, January 27, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, January 28, noon–5 p.m. Free. Special guest NASA Astronaut Doug Wheelock visits… Read More >

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“KHAAANNN!” – N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences shows “Star Trek II” Jan. 26

January 16, 2018

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Beyond the darkness … beyond the human evolution … is Khan. A genetically superior tyrant. Exiled to a barren planet; banished by a Starship Commander he is destined to destroy. Left for dead, he has survived. And he is more than a little ticked off. Don’t miss “Star Trek II: The Wrath… Read More >