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  • ArticlesThe Long Reach of the Ghost Slug

    11 August 2014

    [image: The Long Reach of the Ghost Slug]

    The bizarre Ghost Slug made headlines in 2008 when described as a new species from a Cardiff garden. When the first specimens were found, very little was known about this animal. The story since then connects our collections and specialist expertise with sharp-eyed members of the British public, recording networks, other taxonomists in Europe, and the media to show how a picture is emerging.
  • ArticlesAlive or Dead? Resurrection Plants

    14 May 2014

    [image: Alive or Dead? Resurrection Plants ]

    So how long do you think you can survive without breathing? Humans generally last only six minutes without oxygen before brain damage occurs. But what about 25 years? Some plants can live without respiring for that long. How could this exceptional resurrection ability be used to help thousands of people? Or perhaps even help us to colonise new worlds?
  • ArticlesMadness not to stay safe around Mercury

    5 November 2013

    [image: Testing herbarium sheets for mercury]

    Natural history collections are susceptible to deterioration from pests and moulds and so historically, chemicals have been applied to safeguard these collections for the future. Mercury has helped to preserve specimens up until the present day, but these treatments leave a legacy - salts of mercury are not only toxic to pests, but also to people.

Articles

  • ArticlesThe Long Reach of the Ghost Slug

    11 August 2014

    [image: The Long Reach of the Ghost Slug]

    The bizarre Ghost Slug made headlines in 2008 when described as a new species from a Cardiff garden. When the first specimens were found, very little was known about this animal. The story since then connects our collections and specialist expertise with sharp-eyed members of the British public, recording networks, other taxonomists in Europe, and the media to show how a picture is emerging.
  • ArticlesAlive or Dead? Resurrection Plants

    14 May 2014

    [image: Alive or Dead? Resurrection Plants ]

    So how long do you think you can survive without breathing? Humans generally last only six minutes without oxygen before brain damage occurs. But what about 25 years? Some plants can live without respiring for that long. How could this exceptional resurrection ability be used to help thousands of people? Or perhaps even help us to colonise new worlds?
  • ArticlesMadness not to stay safe around Mercury

    5 November 2013

    [image: Testing herbarium sheets for mercury]

    Natural history collections are susceptible to deterioration from pests and moulds and so historically, chemicals have been applied to safeguard these collections for the future. Mercury has helped to preserve specimens up until the present day, but these treatments leave a legacy - salts of mercury are not only toxic to pests, but also to people.

Galleries

  • GalleriesAntarctic Penguins

    29 May 2012

    [image: Gentoo Penguin, Waterboat Point, Antarctic Peninsula. Image: T Sharpe]

    During the great age of Antarctic exploration, teams of scientists explored this last great frontier, bringing back new knowledge of the continent's rocks, weather and wildlife. To celebrate Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s 1910-13 British Antarctic Expedition, we focus on the Antarctic Penguin.

  • GalleriesMicroscopic designs: Ernest Heath's collection of Foraminifera

    15 March 2012

    [image: Heath microfossil collection]

    These wonderful microscope slides are mostly made up of foraminifera (forams), tiny animals which live floating near the sea surface or on the sea bed. Would you have the patience to make up tiny patterns like these?

  • GalleriesBritish Seaweeds

    4 October 2011

    [image: British Seaweeds]

    Within its botanical collections, Amgueddfa Cymru houses a herbarium of dried, pressed algal specimens. This herbarium provides an essential resource for studying seaweeds.

Interactives

  • InteractivesGiant Waterlily navigator

    13 July 2007

    [image: Victoria regia]

    Move around a close-up image of this highly detailed lithograph of Victoria regia, the Giant Waterlily, taken from a book that was specially commissioned to celebrate the first flowering of the plant at Kew in 1854.

  • InteractivesPortuguese Man-of-War navigator

    10 July 2007

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    Navigate around the Portuguese Man-of-War and discover more about this remarkable creature.

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