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Pieces of Ancient Luzia Skull Recovered From Scorched Brazilian Museum

A recovery team working at the site of Brazil’s burnt-out National Museum in Rio de Janeiro have rescued several pieces of the 11,500-year-old Luzia skull—one of the most ancient human fossils ever discovered in the Americas. Read More >>

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Mysterious New Plant Discovered in Museum Collection Is Probably Already Extinct

It took a little while, but a tiny, delicate plant found in Japan 26 years ago has been formally classified as a new species. But after residing in a museum collection since the early 1990s, the single specimen of Thismia kobensis remains the only one ever found. Tragically, this means the so-called “fairy lantern” may already be extinct. Read More >>

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Flames Engulf Brazil’s National Museum, Destroying Massive Cultural and Scientific Collection

11,000 years’ worth of artefacts went up in smoke as the 200-year-old National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro—one of the largest collections in the Americas—burned down in a massive firestorm early this morning. Read More >>

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Belfast Wants to Buy 5,500 Bits of the Titanic Back

A consortium of UK museums is trying to buy back quite a large portion of the Titanic, with a huge collection of around 5,500 salvaged pieces of the ship and its possessions and interiors hopefully about to go up for sale – and eventually head back to Belfast. Read More >>

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Scientists Cry Foul as Skeleton of Mystery Dino is Auctioned Off for £1.75 Million

Beneath the metallic frame of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the fossilised remains of an unknown species of dinosaur sold to an anonymous buyer earlier today for €2 million (£1.75 million). A group of scientists had tried to stop the sale, saying such an important scientific discovery shouldn’t fall to a private collector. Read More >>

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Footballer’s Boots Enter British Museum’s Collection

A pair of football boots belonging to modern day goal scoring legend Mohamed Salah are being put on display in the British Museum, as the temple of the old things embraces something new and particularly lurid and plasticky. Read More >>

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A World Tour of Lego Landmarks Will Kick Off in Scotland in June

Everyone loves Lego, except maybe a certain member of the Giz UK staff who shall remain nameless. We like building it, looking at it, gazing over how some of those amazing models at Legoland are made. Well now there's another chance to look at some incredible creations, with the Bricktropolis exhibition. It's set to tour the world, but it'll officially kick off at the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock (Scotland) on 7th June. Read More >>

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Your Chance To Ride The Secret Undergound Mail Rail Has Just Arrived

An underground railway used from transporting mail from Paddington to Whitechapel for 75 years is to become a tourist attraction that people can ride from September. Part of the larger Postal Museum, Mail Rail will allow people to have a ride on a portion of the 6.5 mile track which operated until 2003. Read More >>

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London Is Great And So Are Its Museums

So far 2017 has shown that London has an unbreakable spirit and is full of people who will do anything to help others. Even in its darkest hours there's overwhelming love in this city. And there's that bloke who wouldn't leave his pint behind in the wake of a terror attack (but with London prices you can hardly blame him). And it seems it's not just the people making London great, but also the culture. Read More >>

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Digitising Museums is a Waste of Money, Says V&A Boss

The new head of London's glorious V&A museum looks like he's about to bin spending on digitising collections and creating apps, audio tours and other digital content, as he thinks the average museum punter isn't interested in any of it and would rather these places stay as unique non-digital quiet spaces. Read More >>

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Australian Biosecurity Officers Just Destroyed an ‘Irreplaceable’ Plant Collection

A box of rare daisies dating back to the mid 19th century has been destroyed by Australian biosecurity officials after a paperwork mix-up. Upsettingly, it’s the second such incident to happen in Australia in recent months. Read More >>

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Exclusive: Here’s What 3 Big Museums Learn By Tracking Your Phone

At least three of Britain’s most popular cultural institutions have been tracking visitors using the wifi on their phones, Gizmodo UK can exclusively reveal. Following a series of Freedom of Information Requests, the National Gallery and Natural History Museums in London, as well as the National Railway Museum in York, have all revealed that they have tested or deployed tracking software - which could conceivably help curators and managers make decisions. Read More >>

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Museum Finds Real Human Skull in 150-Year-Old Taxidermy Display

For more than a century, the taxidermy diorama “Arab Courier Attacked by Lions” has stood in Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Depicting a man on camelback fending off Barbary lions, the bizarre display has intrigued—and repulsed—generations of visitors. Throughout all those years, however, the piece managed to keep a disturbing secret. Read More >>

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Watch How Fossils Get Cleaned and Prepared

Fossils don’t exactly come clean and ready to be displayed in museums. Obviously. They’re a mess because they’ve been in the ground for millions of years. So it’s the job for fossil preparators like Nathan Ong at the Natural History Museum of Utah to clean them up and make sure they end up looking all fossil-y Read More >>

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Dippy to Plod Around the UK on Two-Year Mission

Dippy, the 84ft long Diplodocus skeleton cast that’s stood inside the London Natural History Museum’s Hintze Hall since 1979, is set to embark on a two-year tour of the UK beginning in 2018. Read More >>