(WASHINGTON) — The Smithsonian’s National Zoo has found serious problems with its animal care and management of various creatures kept in the Cheetah Conservation Station over the past year, and the zoo’s director said Thursday that he is looking at changes to the operation amid budget cuts. Show More Summary
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This Smithsonian Magazine blog post examines the work of Kenneth Libbrecht, a Caltech professor who has studied snowflake formation for the past few decades. Libbrecht has perfected a method for growing snowflakes in his lab using microscopic ice crystals as starters. While documenting his research, Libbrecht has also become an accomplished snowflake photographer. images by [...]
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A groundbreaking study by Harvard University's Harvard Forest and the Smithsonian Institution reveals that, if left unchecked, recent trends in the loss of forests to development will undermine significant land conservation gains in Massachusetts, jeopardize water quality, and limit the natural landscape's ability to protect against climate change. read more
Smithsonian Institution has just launched a site that examines some of its treasured artifacts in 3D
A cast iron Mr. Peanut who once stood debonair watch on the fence post of a Planters factory will now stand debonair watch at the National Museum of American History. It was donated by Kraft Foods, which acquired the Planters brand when it bought Nabisco in 2000, and will be part of the museum’s upcoming [...]
One of the artifacts in the Smithsonian's Delivering Hope: FDR and Stamps of the Great Depression is an envelope postmarked December 7, 1941.According to the writeup, "Private John R. Rion inadvertently left a mark on postal historyShow More Summary
Carlos Santana remembers Nelson Mandela during an interview Friday with chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown at the Smithsonian Museum for African Art. Carlos Santana is about to head on a tour of Africa, but before he does, he will join Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine and Martina Arroyo as 2013 Kennedy Center honorees. Show More Summary
Everyone loves pandas, but Americans may be a little too obsessed. On Dec. 1, the Smithsonian National Zoo announced that its resident panda cub -- who had just celebrated her first 100 days on Earth -- would be named "Bao Bao," based on the results of online ballots cast by more than 123,000 people around the world. Show More Summary
Freelance photographer Kristoffer Tripplaar says a group of guards grabbed him and slammed him into the ground when he was covering a protest inside the Air and Space Museum. [ more › ]
A lone cellist started to play in the National Air and Space Museum, and then magic happened.
McDonalds employees from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum plan to walk off the job Thursday morning, joining fast-food workers in 100 U.S. cities demonstrating for better pay. The strikes are part of a growing movement this year from community organizers, local politicians and national unions to mandate a “living wage” of $15 an hour. In August, […]
Here are photos of cheetah cubs recently born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. [ more › ]
Unbeknowst to me, snarge is the remains of birds that have crashed into airplanes. See there’s something for everyone to learn at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum genomics exhibit:
Scientists from the Smithsonian Institution describe the Spectacular Guyane False-form beetle, or Guyanemorpha spectabilis, from Guyane (French Guiana). As its name suggests, the newly discovered species stands out among its dull relatives in the Western Hemisphere, with its great size and beautiful coloration. Show More Summary
I like this Smithsonian story that plays with the Edison/Tesla mythology, wherein Edison was the guy who made business-savvy decisions and Tesla was the financial failure.
Nee Hao! Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States/quasi-professional arm-model, shared her congratulations on the naming of the Smithsonian's National Zoo's giant panda cub, Bao Bao meaning precious or treasure. Please note the incredibly subtle nods towards US/China relations. [ more › ]
A fossil in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution could represent the oldest flowering plant ever found in North America, researchers say.University of Maryland doctoral student Nathan Jud said was looking at a batch of ancient...Show More Summary
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian's National Zoo is naming its female giant panda cub Bao Bao after receiving more than 123,000 votes online from the public to help give its new cub an identity. Bao Bao, which means "treasure" or "precious,"...Show More Summary