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Climate change means one world’s death and another’s birth

A few years ago in a lab in Panama, Klaus Winter tried to conjure the future. A plant physiologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, he planted seedlings of 10 tropical tree species in small, geodesic greenhouses. Some he allowed to grow in the kind of environment they were used to out in the forest, […]

Translating Alice.

Andrea Appleton at smithsonian.com reports on a new publication: Middle Welsh and Manx, Lingwa de Planeta and Latgalian. In its 150-year history, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been translated into every major language and numerous minor ones, including many that are extinct or invented. Only some religious texts and a few other children’s books—including The […]

Victoria & Albert Museum Celebrates Esports By Hosting a 'Hearthstone' Match

Many of you probably remember the conversation over whether video games are art that the Smithsonian American Art Museum Exhibition The Art of Video Games initiated a few years ago. While that conversation was...interesting and heated,...Show More Summary

Newly discovered dolphin hints at ancient transition from oceans to rivers

2 days agoHealth : The Checkup

The latest "river dolphin" to be discovered actually lived in the ocean -- and that's pretty exciting.On Tuesday, scientists from the Smithsonian announced their find in the journal PeerJ. The dolphin, named Isthminia panamensis (a new genus and a new species), lived around 6 million years ago, and was excavated on the coast of Panama.Read full article >>

Isthminia panamensis: New species of ancient river dolphin discovered

Examination of fossil fragments from Panama has led Smithsonian scientists and colleagues to the discovery of a new genus and species of river dolphin that has been long extinct. The team named it Isthminia panamensis. The specimen not only revealed a new species to science, but also shed new light onto the evolution of today's freshwater river dolphin species. read more

Smithsonian scientists discover new species of ancient dolphin

The one-of-a-kind fossil, which sheds light on the evolution of Amazon river dolphins, is now at the National Museum of Natural History.

Contemporary art installation at Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery explores images of Egypt

4 days agoArts : Artdaily

A large-scale tapestry by Egyptian-Lebanese photographer and multimedia artist Lara Baladi (b. 1969, Beirut, Lebanon) is being exhibited in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery pavilion this summer as part of the museum?s ?Perspectives? contemporary art series. Show More Summary

Herbert Hoover’s World War I laces

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History has a collection of beautiful Belgian laces made during World War I at the behest of future President of the United States Herbert Hoover. Hoover’s name is nowadays most commonly associated with the lack of relief for the destitute of the Great Depression — the notorious tent [...]

Smithsonian American Art Museum: American Impressionism

Impressionism is an art movement whose unique style is defined by small, thin, and visible brush strokes, and which focuses on accurate depiction of light.

Slowly improving Copyright clarity

Topic: Museums Like all Smithsonian museums, all online content is subject to institution-wide ‘Terms of use‘. This governs the ‘permitted uses’ of anything on our websites, irrespective of underlying rights. These terms are not created at an individual museum level but are part of Smithsonian-wide policy. Show More Summary

Black Pastors Campaign to Remove Racist Planned Parenthood Founder Sanger’s Bust from Smithsonian Museum

A group of black pastors are continuing their campaign to have the bust of racist Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger removed from America’s premier history museum, the Smithsonian in Washington

Untangling The Death Of The Tiny Panda Twin

Zoo volunteer and "big panda fan" Mara Strock, right, wipes her eyes while listening to the news of the death of one of the new panda cubs during a news conference at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) I was at The Smithsonian National [...]

#WMATA has been misleading the public on safety

Early this month the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) had one of its trains derail underground near Smithsonian station, in the heart of downtown DC. Fortunately no passengers were aboard, but according to WMATA (interim) General Manager Jack Requa's report on the derailment, that was just lucky. Show More Summary

Bucket list? Zzzz. But this list of 25 spots -- from caves to critters to Cuba -- crackles with energy

You won't find India's Taj Mahal or San Francisco's Alcatraz on Smithsonian magazine's list of 25 top new places to travel in its September issue. It approaches destinations as a place to learn and experience rather than just snap a photo. Smithsonian calls it a life list -- more about living than...

Panda Mei Xiang grooms surviving cub

The day after its twin passed away, the Smithsonian National Zoo's panda cub was doing well with care from her mother, Mei Xiang.

Panda twin born at US zoo dies after four days

One of the twin pandas born at Washington's Smithsonian National Zoo over the weekend died on Wednesday after experiencing respiratory difficulties. [ more › ]

Wilton Dillon, who led Smithsonian seminars on humanities and sciences, dies at 92

Wilton S. Dillon, a cultural anthropologist who spent decades leading the Smithsonian Institution’s interdisciplinary conference series, which convened bold-name figures in the humanities and sciences to discuss the grand sweep of civilization, died Aug. 22 at a hospital in Alexandria, Va. He was 92.Read full article >>

Wilton Dillon, who led Smithsonian seminars on humanities and sciences, dies at 92

He was known for an omnivorous cultural appetite, a gregarious self-confidence and ease at socializing with grandees and visitors such as Elizabeth Taylor.

Pro-life Leaders Slam Journalists at Margaret Sanger Protest

Black pastors and pro-life leaders held a press conference today protesting an exhibit some called “outrageous” at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. The exhibit contains a bust of Planned Parenthood...Show More Summary

Black Pastors Protest Smithsonian Bust of Planned Parenthood's Nazi-Like Founder Margaret Sanger in Civil Rights Exhibit

Prominent black pastors and pro-life activists gathered in front of the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday to demand that the taxpayer-funded museum remove a bust of Planned Parenthood's white supremacist founder, Margaret Sanger, from the institution's "Struggle for Justice" exhibit.

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