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Belize's 'Blue Hole' May Hold Secret to Mayan Demise

Everything from overhunting and a peasant uprising to deforestation and an alien invasion has been proposed to explain why the Mayan civilization collapsed, Smithsonian notes. But one theory has been gaining ground in recent years: extreme drought. Now more evidence has surfaced to support the drought postulation—and the proof...

The Cooper Hewitt Hosts The ‘Maira Kalman Selects’ Exhibit

16 hours agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

The “Maira Kalman Selects” exhibit has opened at the Cooper Hewitt (the Smithsonian Design Museum). Kalman, an acclaimed author and illustrator, chose 40 objects for this display. She (pictured, via) sourced these items from the Cooper...Show More Summary

The Mexican Museum announces new Officers for 2015

3 days agoArts : Artdaily

The Mexican Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, announces its slate of new officers for 2015. Andrew ?Andy? Kluger, current Chairman of The Mexican Museum?s Board of Trustees, has been re-elected as Chair for the coming year. He is joined by Alejandro Vallejo as Vice-Chair, Miguel Bustos as Secretary, and Dr. Show More Summary

Smithsonian Acquires Video Game So Atrocious It Was Buried in the Desert

3 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

One of the most disastrous video games in history is now part of the Smithsonian Institution.

Scientists Find 'Coldest Place in the Universe'

Think winter is cold in your neck of the woods? Then check out the Boomerang Nebula (also known as the Bow Tie Nebula), where a dying star 5,000 light-years away has created the coldest known place in the universe, Smithsonian reports. And by cold, we mean 1 degree Kelvin...

Early flight collection lands at the National Air and Space Museum

6 days agoArts : Artdaily

The Smithsonian?s National Air and Space Museum has acquired the Evelyn Way Kendall Ballooning and Early Aviation Collection. The collection has more than a thousand works of art, prints, objects, books, photos and manuscript materials...Show More Summary

National Museum of the American Indian to host exhibition about the Dakota-U.S. War of 1862

6 days agoArts : Artdaily

The Smithsonian?s National Museum of the American Indian will host the traveling exhibition, ?Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota?U.S. War of 1862? from Jan. 14, 2015, through Dec. 29, 2015. Twelve panels explore the war?s causes, voices, events and long-lasting consequences. Show More Summary

Art Movements

last weekArts : Hyperallergic

This week in art news: Smithsonian digitization, street artist Blu destroys one of his own murals, and MoMA decides to display a 60-panel work of art for the first time in twenty years.

Stephen Colbert’s portrait to hang at the Smithsonian

Stephen Colbert’s image is returning to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

Freer, Sackler to release entire collections online

The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have completed a digitization project whose scope is unprecedented in the United States. Come January 1st, 2015, their entire collections, more than 40,000 works of Asian and American art, will be released online. Most of these works have never been on display so they [...]

This week I learned your coin toss odds are better than you think, and more

Read more about the facts mentioned: Spin it to win it (Now I Know) Men wore corsets and 7 other unknown things about the world of Jane Austen (Smithsonian) Corsets - a history lesson (Festooned Butterfly) Is it possible to extinguish...Show More Summary

More than 40,000 masterpieces of Asian and American art available for free public use

last weekArts : Artdaily

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian?s museums of Asian art, will release their entire collections online Jan. 1, 2015, providing unprecedented access to one of the world?s most important holdings of Asian and American art. Show More Summary

Creation Schism

last weekOdd : Snopes

Did the Smithsonian destroy recovered skeletons of giant humanoids to preserve the narrative of evolution?

Cameras of the ‘Hunt For the Super Predator’ Series Captures Wild Orcas Playing In Their Natural Habitat

last weekOdd : Laughing Squid

While on his quest to find a “beast that savagely devoured a great white shark”, cinematographer David Riggs, the host of the Smithsonian Channel series The Hunt for the Super Predator, captured amazing footage of carefree Orcas (Killer Whales) playing in the deep seas of the Bremer Commonwealth Marine Reserve off the southern coast of […]

Incredible underwater footage of killer whales make them look unreal

Wow. For a few seconds here, the killer whales look like they've been animated with CGI. They move so effortlessly that they don't seem real. But Smithsonian shows how this footage was caught, with a camera invented by photographer David Riggs just to see killer whales and what they're hunting underwater. Read more...

Public gets first opportunity to comment on $2 billion Smithsonian plan

last weekArts : Arts Post

At the first public opportunity to comment on the Smithsonian’s plan to reimagine the area around its iconic Castle, more than 80 people offered ideas, ranging from emotional pleas to preserve Haupt Garden to questions about how the institution will pay for the project. Smithsonian employees, staff from the National Capital Planning Commission and architects from […]

This Amazing Birdcage and Fish Bowl Is Unlike Anything You've Seen Before

last weekOdd : Neatorama

(Photo: Cooper Hewitt) And I don't open up my box of superlatives like that without good reason. The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum owns this rare and bizarre artifact of early Nineteenth Century Dutch origin. It's both a birdcage and a fishbowl. Show More Summary

The Smithsonian welcomes excavated E.T. cartridge

The Smithsonian has acquired one of the excavated Atari 2600 cartridges for E.T. the Extra Terrestrial. While currently not on display, museum specialist Drew Robarge wrote about the acquisition and its importance in a new blog post addressing the unearthed Atari failure. Show More Summary

Smithsonian Sheet Music for Sale

More than 400 titles of digitized sheet music from the Smithsonian's collection are being offered for sale online, with profits to help support archival work.

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