TREASURES OF THE NATURAL WORLD, Marina Bay SandsTREASURES OF THE NATURAL WORLD, Marina Bay Sands


A museum for a modern world


The exhibition ends with a look on the unique treasures cared for at the Natural History Museum. Actively studied by researchers around the world, these specimens can help us to tackle the biggest challenges facing our planet today. From predicting and mitigating the impact of climate change to managing natural resources, these collections hold the key to unlocking the potential of the future through the mysteries of the past.
 
Jadarite
Jadarite
Serbia
 
Superman beware, this mineral is a dangerously close match to the fictional mineral kryptonite, according to its formula in Superman Returns. Geologists discovered jadarite in 2006, and when Natural History Museum scientists analysed it, they found its composition to be sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide. All that is missing to drain Superman of his heroic powers is fluorine.
Morpho butterflies
Morpho butterflies
Colombia and Panama

The vibrant colour of these butterflies’ wings is produced by tiny transparent scales. They scatter light when it hits them, creating interference patterns we see as colours. Unlike most objects, which are coloured using dyes and pigments, this structural colour can never fade. Scientists from the Natural History Museum are growing butterfly wings with this property in the laboratory – hoping to recreate structural colour in order to help produce more environmentally friendly coloured products.