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Ceramic objects yield ancient narratives of Central America's first peoples

7 hours agoArts : Artdaily

The National Museum of the American Indian?s George Gustav Heye Center in New York and the Smithsonian Latino Center present ?Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America?s Past Revealed,? a major bilingual exhibition making its New York debut after a first run in Washington, D.C. Show More Summary

American Impressionist and Ashcan masterworks go on view at Smithsonian American Art Museum

yesterdayArts : Artdaily

Nineteen major paintings lent from the private collection of Thelma and Melvin Lenkin of Chevy Chase, Md., are on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum from April 17 through Aug. 16. Mary Cassatt?s renowned ?Reading ?Le Figaro??...Show More Summary

Smithsonian scientists show how repeated marine predator evolution tracks changes in ancient and Anthropocene Oceans

yesterdayArts : Artdaily

For more than 250 million years, four-limbed land animals known as tetrapods have repeatedly conquered the Earth?s oceans. These creatures?such as plesiosaurs, penguins and sea turtles?descended from separate groups of terrestrial vertebrates that convergently evolved to thrive in aquatic environments. Show More Summary

Lens Blog: African-American Life, Double-Exposed

yesterdayNews : NYTimes: News

“Through the African American Lens,” culled from a Smithsonian collection, shows how photography — and black photographers — reshaped a people’s image.

‘The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists’ takes Dante out of Italy and into Africa

The Smithsonian African Art Museum’s newest exhibition invites visitors to descend from heaven, through purgatory and into hell. Spanning all four levels of the museum, “The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary...Show More Summary

Ellsworth Kelly to receive James Smithson Bicentennial Medal

3 days agoArts : Artdaily

The Smithsonian will present American artist Ellsworth Kelly with the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal Friday, April 17, in a special ceremony at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The James Smithson Bicentennial...Show More Summary

Smithsonian shares the fantastic story of Abe Lincoln's silk top hat

3 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

"Among the museum's most treasured objects in the Lincoln collection, and certainly its most iconic, is his silk hat. At six feet four inches tall, Lincoln towered over most of his contemporaries. He chose to stand out even more by regularly wearing high top hats." (via

Where Did Chins Come From?

The human chin is something of a mystery to scientists. How, exactly, did we end up with a seemingly useless structure at the bottom of our face? One theory, as Smithsonian reported in 2012, is that they offer some support as we chew. Small amounts of stress can break down...

Morning Roundup: Puppy Eyes Edition

In the news: Bowser wants to exempt police body camera footage from FOIA, Smithsonian plans to reopen the Arts and Industries Building, and more. [ more › ]

Anacostia Community Museum exhibition examines connections between Metro DC Panamanians and Panama

5 days agoArts : Artdaily

The Smithsonian?s Anacostia Community Museum presents ?Bridging the Americas: Community and Belonging from Panama to Washington, D.C.,? on view indefinitely in the museum?s public program room. Through images and narrative, including...Show More Summary

Smithsonian: fund raising, London outpost, on track

The Smithsonian is exceeding its fund raising goals, top officials reported today, and the innovative plans for a London outpost by 2021 are moving forward. Click to Continue »

Smithsonian plans to reopen renovated Arts and Industries Building in the fall

The Smithsonian hopes to reopen its historic Arts and Industries Building next fall for short-term exhibitions and programs, Acting Secretary Albert Horvath said Monday. “We want to get life back into the building,” Horvath said during an update on Smithsonian activities that followed a day-long meetings of the Board of Regents meeting. “It’s a beautiful, […]

The Bionic Pancreas Might Not Be Far

For years, we have been talking about the possibility of improving the lives of diabetes patients with technology. A few weeks ago, I shared 8 reasons why we face extraordinary times in diabetes. Now The Smithsonian Magazine published a story about a device that tracks blood sugar and automatically administers insulin and glucagon when needed. Just like […]

Eye Candy for today: Rembrandt Peale’s portrait of his daughter, Rosalba

Portrait of Rosalba Peale, Rembrandt Peale The link is to a zoomable version on the Google Art Project; there is a downloadable file on Wikipedia; the original is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which also has a zoomable version. As his father, Charles Wilson Peale, had done for him, Rembrandt Peale tutored his daughters […]

Tuesday Odds and Ends

-W+K New York launched a digital and OOH campaign for the reopening of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (image above). -Converse appointed PHD as its new media agency. -The CLIO awards named Emily Isovitsch as executive director. -Leo...Show More Summary

D.C. power outage doesn’t hit Twitter

A power outage throughout much of downtown D.C. and Maryland on Tuesday forced people out of Smithsonian museums, the Wilson Building and classes at University of Maryland. A back-up generator kicked in to keep lights at the White House on.Read full article >>

Yes, The Power Is Out All Over The D.C. Area

Including The White House, Smithsonian Museums, and other places. [ more › ]

Can you believe what just got invented?

last weekHealth : The Checkup

Peelable automobile paint? Unbreakable shoelaces? Li Zhou has collected a list of inventions that have recently raised enough cash to put them on the way to development. It’s part of the Game Changers column on Smithsonian magazine’s Web site.Read full article >>

Birchbox celebrates 'Mad Men' with monthly box

The hit television show “Mad Men” has become synonymous with the words class and style -- lead character Don Draper's hat and suit have even been  enshrined in the Smithsonian. As the drama enters its final season beginning Sunday, it continues to inspire the stylish, this time via Birchbox....

Watch the Smithsonian Zoo's Otters Do Their Best Mozart Impression

Above is a video of Asian small-clawed otters playing the keyboard. We suggest you watch it immediately. It's every bit as adorable as it sounds, and it should, at least temporarily, help you overcome that Memorial Day weekend withdrawal...Show More Summary

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