300 Seconds of Science

At the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, you can learn about everything from paleontology to technology, space science to biology. Join our Research and Collections staff for 300 Seconds of Science, a weekly spot from the Museum, on Good Day New Mexico, Mondays at 11am on KOB-TV, Channel 4.

The Largest Fossil Found in New Mexico

with Chief Curator Spencer Lucas

 

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Biology:

What is the Largest Spider in New Mexico?
Michael Sanchez of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science talks about the different types of tarantulas in New Mexico.

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Are All Scorpions Venomous?
Michael Sanchez of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science talks about the different species of scorpions in our state and how dangerous they actually are.
Meet the Vinegaroon
Learn about the vinegaroon -- sometimes called a whip-tail scorpion -- that you can find in New Mexico.
Preventing Forest Fires in the Sandia Mountains
Paul Mauermann of the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center talks about efforts to prevent forest fires in the Sandia Mountains.
Sandia Mountain Bears
Chris Modelski of the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center talks about the black bears who visit a natural spring at the center.
Why do Bats live in Caves?
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science shows how bats are adapted for living in caves.
Specimens in the Bioscience Collection
Bioscience Curator Ayesha Burdett shows off the specimens in the Bioscience Collection and how they are used by scientists.
Turtles of New Mexico
Justin Spielmann and Mike Sanchez of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science talk about the turtles you can meet at the museum.
New Mexico Butterflies
Ayesha Burdett, Bioscience Curator at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, talks about why you can find more than 300 species of butterflies across New Mexico.
Holotypes of New Animal Discoveries
Justin Spielmann of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science shows the holotype collection of newly discovered animals and plants.

Exhibits:

What is your Grossology IQ?
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science shows you how you can determine your Grossology IQ at their temporary exhibit.

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Grossology: Science of the Nose
Learn about all that stuff in your nose in the Grossology exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
What is Grossology?
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science shows off the Grossology exhibit about the human body open through May.
All That Glitters Jewelry Exhibit
Learn about the All That Glitters jewelry exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and how it features a wide range of gem stones.
Behind the Scenes of STARTUP
Joey Martinez of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science takes you behind the scenes of the computing history exhibit.
Inside a
How does the "live" volcano work at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science? 300 Seconds of Science goes behind the scene to find out!
What Happens when a Museum Exhibit Breaks?
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science talks about how his staff repairs and maintains exhibits when they break.
Who Decides the Content of a Museum Exhibit?
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science explains how it takes an entire team to develop a museum exhibit.
How do you Build a Museum Exhibit?
Museum Curator Spencer Lucas explains how the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science builds new exhibits.
How to Build a Dinosaur
Mike Pierce of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science takes us behind the scenes to show how they put together a large dinosaur skeleton.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
Theresa Nelson shows us some of 125 authentic artifacts on display at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.

Geology:

New Mexico's Unofficial State Mineral
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science talks about smithsonite and why many people want it to be the official state mineral of New Mexico.

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New Mexico's Official Gemstone
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science talks about the state's official gemstone turquoise.
Stalagmites and Stalactites
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science explains the difference between stalagmites and stalactites in cave formations.
All About Caves
Chief curator of paleontology at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science shares how caves are formed.

Paleontology:

The Largest Fossil Found in New Mexico
Learn about the largest fossil ever found in New Mexico with Spencer Lucas.

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New Mexico's Oldest Fossils
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science show you New Mexico's oldest fossils at 500 million years old.
Fossilized Prehistoric Poop
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science shows off their collection of coprolite -- or fossilized feces.
What are Trace Fossils?
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science explains how trace fossils are fossilized behavior such as footprints.
What is a Fossil?
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural Science and History talks about what makes a fossil.
How to Extract a Dinosaur Fossil
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science explains how a plaster jacket is used to preserve a fossil in the field.
300 Million Year Old Trees in New Mexico
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science takes you to a dig site near Socorro, New Mexico where paleontologists are unearthing 300 million year old trees.
What Caused Pentaceratops' Extinction?
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science explains why Pentaceratops may have gone extinct millions of years before other dinosaurs.
How Pentaceratops Got Its Name
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science describes how New Mexico's own Pentaceratops got its name.
Meet the Pentaceratops
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science explains why his favorite New Mexico dinosaur is Pentaceratops.
What did Phytosaurs Eat?
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science explains how Phytosaurs ate just about anything including dinosaurs.
Male and Female Phytosaurs
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science explains how you can tell the difference between male and female Phytosaurs.
Who Were the Mosasaurs?
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science introduces us to the giant Mosasaur that lived in the Cretaceous sea covering our state.
Who Were the Phytosaurs?
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science introduces you to the giant crocodile-like Phytosaurs.
Top Predators in the New Mexico Sea
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science talks about the biggest predators you would have found millions of years ago when our state was covered by a large sea.
Sharks in New Mexico!
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science explains how our state was once beneath an ocean filled with sharks and other creatures.
Dinosaurs Discovered in New Mexico
Spencer Lucas, Chief Curator of Paleontology at the NM Museum of Natural History and Science, talks about the most recent dinosaur discovered in New Mexico.
The Best Place to Look for Dinosaurs in New Mexico
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science talks about why the Bisti Badlands in northwest New Mexico is a treasure trove of dinosaur fossils.
New Mexico's Greatest Dinosaur Collector
Learn about New Mexico's greatest dinosaur collector, Charles Sternberg.
What Prehistoric Animal Died Near the Big-I?
Spencer Lucas, director of Paleontology at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, talks about an animal that died in Albuquerque 40,000 years ago.
What Roamed New Mexico During the Ice Age?
Spencer Lucas, curator of the NM Museum of Natural History & Science, talks about the creatures that lived in New Mexico during the Ice Age.
New Mexico's State Fossil
Geoscience Collections Manager Justin Spielmann introduces us to 205 million-year-old Coelophysis, the official state fossil, found at Ghost Ranch.
New Dinosaur Discovered in New Mexico
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science shows off the skull of a newly discovered dinosaur.
Why is New Mexico so Great for Dinosaur Fossils?
Spencer Lucas, Chief Curator of Paleontology at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, talks about why our state is a great place for finding dinosaur fossils.
Microfossil Preparation
Larry Rinehart of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science shows how microfossil preparation involves revealing tiny details.
Removing Fossils from Stone
Chief Preparator Larry Rinehart talks about the prep lab where dinosaur fossils are removed from rock.
Prehistoric New Mexico Under the Ocean
Justin Spielmann of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science introduces us to the Bisti Beast, a "cousin" of T. Rex, and how New Mexico was once covered in ocean.
Super Giant Dinosaurs
Justin Spielmann of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science introduces us to the giant Seismosaurus.

Space Science:

Why isn't Pluto Considered a Planet?
Simone Seagle explains what it means to be a planet and why poor Pluto got demoted.

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How many stars are out there?
Simone Seagle talks about estimating just how many stars there are in the universe.

Miscellaneous:

A Look Back at 2013
Chief Curator of Paleontology, Spencer Lucas, shares his favorite moments from 300 Seconds of Science.

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Fractals in Nature
Jonathan Wolfe of the Fractal Foundation explains how fractals appear everywhere in nature.
Why are Fractals Important?
Jonathan Wolfe, Executive Director of The Fractal Foundation, explains why fractals are important in nature.
What is a Fractal?
Jonathan Wolfe, Executive Director of The Fractal Foundation, explains how a fractal is a never-ending pattern and how it integrates nature and math.
Sandia Mountain Natural History Center
Spencer Lucas of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science shows where every Albuquerque 5th grader goes to learn about environmental science.
Meet the Director of Operations
Meet the Director of Operations at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: Rachel Veracka.
Meet the Deputy Director
Deputy Director Alicia Borrego-Pierce of the NM Museum of Natural History & Science shares her favorite museum exhibit with Gene.
Meet the Director
Meet the director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, Charlie Walter.
300 Seconds at the Museum
Justin Spielmann of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science shows off some of the cool things you can see at the museum.