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, […]
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 […]
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
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 >>
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
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.
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
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 [...]
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.
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
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 [...]
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
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...
The day after its twin passed away, the Smithsonian National Zoo's panda cub was doing well with care from her mother, Mei Xiang.
One of the twin pandas born at Washington's Smithsonian National Zoo over the weekend died on Wednesday after experiencing respiratory difficulties. [ more › ]
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 >>
He was known for an omnivorous cultural appetite, a gregarious self-confidence and ease at socializing with grandees and visitors such as Elizabeth Taylor.
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
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.