I just realized I have a pile of Humus I never posted here!

So, here you go! In addition to an alien fungus eye, she also has freaky vine arm. It was a bit of early self experimentation, and as such is a little..less well put together. A prototype to the kinds of limb enhancement/replacement she can manage now.
It’s a little fussy when it’s not tightly strapped into form..

Her eye on the other hand is a bit newer, and a pretty impressive little piece of work! Essentially made a new eye out of Mostly alien materials. It’s a little weird to look at though, as it swivels around independently from the other..much like a chameleon, or mad-eye moody

ALSO, A CAMEO!! ft @pythosart ’s darlingest dr worms, since they both have some funky eyeballs

Curator of Micropaleontology Angelina Messina found beauty and wonder in some of the Museum’s tiniest specimens. She joined the staff in the 1930s, and with the help of Assistant Curator Eleanor Salmon, prepared catalogs of foraminifera—miniscule organisms that provide important markers to geologists and hold vital records of ancient climates within their fossilized chambers.

Messina’s work won international recognition. Her 69-volumeCatalogue of Foraminifera was a seminal work in micropaleontology, used in universities and every major micropaleontological laboratory of the large oil companies, and she also co-founded the journal Micropaleontology in 1955. Her work classifying the Museum’s foraminifera collection is still used by paleontologists, geologists, and climate scientists today. The collection itself is now part of a National Science Foundation-funded project to re-house and CT scan important specimens.

This post was originally published on the Museum blog. 

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AnswerTime!  Ask an Archivist about World War I

Join the National Archives’ Mitch Yockelson for a World War I-themed Tumblr Answer Time here at @todaysdocument on Wednesday, October 4 from 12pm - 1pm ET (9am- 10am PT) !

See all the Questions and Answers from our AnswerTime!

October 4 is #AskAnArchivist Day and as we’re in the midst of the World War I Centennial, we’ve invited World War I expert Mitch Yockelson to join us for a Tumblr Answer Time. Bring all your questions about World War I including:

  • How can I research an ancestor who fought in the war?
  • What World War I resources does the National Archives have?
  • What prominent personalities emerged out of the war?
  • How did African Americans serve during the war?
  • What roles did women fill?

Mitchell Yockelson is an investigative archivist with the National Archives Archival Recovery Program. He has also written two books on World War I, including Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing’s Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I


Photographs of Muslim Toronto (from the Toronto Digital Archives)

1. “Moslem Women in Metro will say special prayers this Saturday which is the birthday of the prophet Mohammed. To those of Islamic faith, Allah is god and Mohammed is his messenger. There are about 50,000 followers of Islam in Metro who came here from countries such as Pakistan, India, Albania and Arab states.” (1969)

2. “Blushing bride (and groom): Muntaz was married to his bride Fazela in a Muslim ceremony that mixed Canadian traditions with those of his native Guryana.” (1982)

3. “Nozhat Choudry Rao applies henna stain to friends’ hands as they get a head start on the three-day Islamic festival of Eid ul-Fitr. Using henna is a traditional ritual; Nozhat says.“ (1997)

4. “You’re never too young. Mohamed Hussein Joins his father Hussein; left; and Ahmed Mohamed; right; as 3;000 Metro Muslims gather at the Better Living Centre in Exhibition place yesterday to offer prayers marking the end of Ramadan.” (1992)

5. “Locked-out Moslems pray in the snow; Nineteen Moslems; with shoes off; kneel on prayer rugs laid on the snow outside Jami’ Mosque in last night’s 32-degree weather.” (1972)

6. “Toronto protest: About 200 Muslims demonstrate at Queen’s Park yesterday to protest India'a treatment of Muslims in the disputed Kashmir region.” (1990)

I feel a little apprehensive to post this but damn, I’m tired of Poland during WWII being mentioned only in the context of “Hitler invaded it first” (which is not technically accurate anyway).


  • during WWII, around 6 000 000 Polish people were killed, over 3 000 000 of it were Jewish. The vast majority were civilians. To give you the perspective on those numbers, 35 000 000 people lived in Poland before the war. That means that over 22% of all Polish people were killed in WWII.
  • The first actual report of the scope of Holocaust was conducted by the Polish Underground State. Jan Karski gathered a detailed account of the mass murders that were being committed and presented it to the Allies on the West as early as 1942, asking for help. USA and UK did nothing.
  • (by the way, while giving Jan Karski posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Barack Obama used the very loaded phrase “Polish concentration camps” - which were, you know Nazi Germany concentration camps where Polish citizens were killed. Not to rag on Obama personally but this goes to show what’s the general American attitude towards this)
  • Speaking of the Polish Underground State - did you know that it was the biggest resistance movement under the Nazi Germany? And it was an actual underground state, with underground cabinet, diplomatic channels, education, judiciary system, the press, etc. There was a branch called “Żegota” that provided help for Jewish people in gettos and accomodated their hiding on the “Aryan side”. (You should consider that in Poland only the punishment for helping Jewish people was death).
  • Don’t forget too that Hitler first offered Poland a deal and the Polish response was “We in Poland don’t know the notion of peace at any cost. There is only one thing in the lives of people, nations and states which is priceless: that thing is honor”.
  • (that probably wasn’t very smart but you have to admit it’s pretty badass)
  • Subsequently, both Nazi Germany and USSR invaded Poland while France and Britain (who formally “declared war” on Germany) did nothing.
  • Also don’t forget that Polish Underground State was forced to work with Stalin even though USSR invaded Poland and committed terrible war crimes. For our troubles, we got sold to the Soviets after WWII. By the way, NKWD (secret police) was actively arresting Polish freedom fighters and Jewish people even BEFORE the war was done (sometimes those “freed” from the concertration camps were transferred directly to the Soviet prisons). USA knew about this.

There’s more but I wrote this off the top of my head and I’m tired.

American followers, be aware of this.

anonymous asked:

Hello, why is it wrong to laminate those documents?

This was asked in response to this post, methinks.

Just in case anyone is confused, lamination is NOT the same as encapsulation. Encapsulation seals the document in a sandwich of stable plastic sheets, but only the edges of the plastic are sealed and nothing is directly attached to the document during the process. Lamination adheres the plastic TO the object itself, via heat.

Lamination is a terrible thing to do to historical or important documents because….

  • lamination is what we call an irreversible treatment because it is fundamentally impossible to remove without causing great risk to the item that was laminated (the plastic actually melts *into* the structure of the paper fibers themselves). Removing it often requires the use of solvents or other chemicals that can also damage the inks, the paper, or the conservator during treatment.
  • lamination restricts further scientific analysis of the document by preventing immediate access to the document’s actual surface and inks
  • the plastics used in lamination are themselves inherently unstable (cellulose acetate was a very popular choice when lamination was first considered an acceptable “preservation” method for documents) and over time can deteriorate and cause more damage to the documents within. As the lamination plastic breaks down, it can also produce harmful chemicals that will damage nearby, non-laminated, items stored next to the laminated item.
  • the process of lamination itself can cause damage to the item, by solubilizing inks and causing them to become blurry, melting wax seals or other heat-sensitive attachments to the document, or even burning the paper itself
  • it looks bad and has a negative effect on the aesthetic of the document- it gives a shiny surface to the document that is always there (unlike with encapsulation, where you can easily slip a document in and out of the plastic sleeve) and also makes it hard to get a good image during digitization

Here are some links to more examples of why lamination is no longer considered an acceptable preservation method for archival documents or anything else that we would like to keep around long-term in our collections. 

In conclusion, I’ll say it again..