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The Paradox of Radiation

This piece originally appeared in What It Means to Be American, a partnership of the Smithsonian and Zócalo Public Square. Radiation is a paradox. On the one hand, it’s a lifesaving tool. As powerful energy that can pass through solid matter, it’s often used in medicine for everything from diagnostic X-rays to cancer therapy. Show More Summary

Smithsonian Museum Looks to Preserve Cleveland Gazebo Where Tamir Rice Was Fatally Shot

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is in talks with Black Lives Matter members and the city of Cleveland to determine how to preserve the gazebo where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by police in 2014.

Underground fungi detected from space

Just as a person's skin indicates if s/he has a healthy diet, colored satellite images of forests in the Smithsonian's Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) indicate if a forest has a healthy diet. Information about the trees'Show More Summary

On Massachusetts Avenue NW, an old statue gets a new look

It honors Irish patriot Robert Emmet, killed by the English, celebrated by the Smithsonian.

Hollywood party brings more than $10 million to African American museum

Denzel and Pauletta Washington opened their Los Angeles home Saturday to supporters of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and helped the Smithsonian museum to beat its goal of raising $10 million. Quincy Jones and Earvin “Magic” Johnson were among the boldfaced names at the event celebrating the museum, the newest Smithsonian […]

Newly Found 'Nazca Line' Depicts Weird Creature

Japanese researchers have added to the "Nazca line" mystery by uncovering yet another ancient geoglyph in Peru, the Smithsonian reports. The 98-foot-long bas-relief appears to depict a mythological creature that's sticking out its tongue, has many legs, and a body covered in spots, per a press release. What's it all...

Highlights of permanent collection featured in series of new exhibitions at Cooper Hewitt

3 days agoArts : Artdaily

?Energizing the Everyday: Gifts from the George R. Kravis II Collection,? celebrates the exceptional gifts from the collector to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. On view through March 2017, the exhibition displays some of the...Show More Summary

Kerry Washington Signs Development Deal with ABC!

Kerry Washington walks the red carpet with Tony Goldwyn at a Scandal cast event hosted by the Smithsonian Associated on Thursday (April 28) at the University of District of Columbia Theater of the Arts in Washington, D.C. The actors were joined by their co-stars Bellamy Young, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, and Jeff Perry, along with [...]

African American museum visits American heartland to unearth story of free black farmers in the early 19th century

The heartland is coming to Washington, and with it a forgotten chapter of American history. Officials from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will be in Lyles Station, Indiana tomorrow for a ceremonial digging of the soil of Greer Farm, where African Americans have worked the land for generations. Together with […]

Does Bones Have a New Pelant?

The Bones team has met a new serial killer who's already giving them nightmares. Thursday's episode featured a corpse that the Smithsonian team discovered was the victim of a serial killer who tortures his victims for weeks and then strings them up like marionette puppets. Worse, the team realizes... Read More > Other Links From Bones

19th Century Naturalist Made Up At Least 28 Fake Species To Prank A Rival

6 days agoHumor / odd : The Presurfer

image credit Smithsonian Institution Archives A 19th century prank, sprung by John James Audubon on another naturalist, was so extensive and so well executed that its full scope is only now coming to light.The prank began when the French naturalist Constantine Rafinesque sought on Audubon on a journey down the Ohio River in 1818. Show More Summary

Bones Mega Buzz: A New Serial Killer Haunts D.C.

Thursday's episode of Bones finds the Smithsonian team investigating a case that will put Hodgins' (T.J. Thyne) bitterness on the back burner, at least for an hour. A body found with puzzling accessories will lead the team to a serial killer unlike any they have ever seen before. "This is returning... Read More > Other Links From Bones

National Gallery’s Use of Prince Portrait Infringes Copyright, Photog Claims

Photographer Lynn Goldsmith’s studio says the Smithsonian Institution violated copyright of her 1993 portrait of Prince last week by distributing the image to the media without permission. The musician died April 21, and the following...Show More Summary

Is Captain Kirk a Republican or a Democrat? We asked William Shatner.

William Shatner spoke at Smithsonian Magazine's "The Future is Here" festival. We sat down and asked him questions regarding his thoughts on politics, climate change, and the new Star Trek series.

Archives of American Art presents 'Finding: Source Material in the Archives of American Art'

last weekArts : Artdaily

In its exhibition ?Finding: Source Material in the Archives of American Art,? the Smithsonian?s Archives of American Art reveals how artists find inspiration. The Archives? collections hold a kaleidoscopic array of source materials; many of these materials are somewhat ordinary: comic-strip panels, newspaper clippings and snapshots of mundane scenes. Show More Summary

Rice and Beans OK for Passover for First Time Since 1200s

Foods like rice and beans may be on the Passover tables of some Jews for the first time in 800 years thanks to a ruling by a committee of rabbis in the Conservative movement, Smithsonian reports. Those foods, along with corn, beans, and peanuts, which belong to a category called...

A Member of the Little Rock Nine Discusses Her Struggle to Attend Central High

last weekHumor / odd : Neatorama

The National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, has an exhibition called “American Stories.” A recent donation to the museum came from Minnijean Brown Trickey, who presented the Smithsonian with her high school graduationShow More Summary

‘It’s All About the Harriets’

When Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced on Wednesday that the face of abolitionist leader HarrietTubman would grace a new $20 bill, NPR reached out to Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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