With Americans still recovering from last year's tornadoes, one physicist has a plan—to build huge walls that would keep tornadoes from ever forming, the Smithsonian reports. Physicist Ronjia Tao of Temple University says three walls—1,000 feet high, 150 feet wide, and up to 100 miles long, ranging...
David J. Skorton, a cardiologist who’s spent the past decade as president of Cornell University and the University of Iowa, will be the next head of the Smithsonian Institution starting in July 2015.
Cornell University President David Skorton has been named the Smithsonian's next secretary. Skorton, a cardiologist and amateur jazz musician, will be the first physician to lead the nation's attic.
In celebration of the new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Joel Achenbach wrote a feature for Smithsonian about Carl Sagan's enduring impact on the popularization of science.
Skorton will be the first physician to lead the Smithsonian. [ more › ]
Dr. Skorton, who is also a practicing cardiologist, currently serves as president of Cornell.
Several weeks ago, 13 poets from Washington D.C. and across the United States converged at the nation’s capital to participate in an ekphrastic poetry workshop and an opportunity to write responses to “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art,” currently on view at The Smithsonian Museum of American Art. In this La Bloga guest [...]
by Jia Tolentino Here's a great story at Smithsonian Mag: Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962) was a millionaire heiress and Chicago society dame with a very unusual hobby for a woman raised according to the strictest standards of nineteenth...Show More Summary
Indian Americans have won plaudits for achievements in science and swept 11 of the last 15 national spelling bees, while others in the community have faced discrimination and even violence. As the Smithsonian, the US national complex...Show More Summary
Last night Jeanne Gang of Chicago's Studio Gang Architects spoke at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space in SoHo as part of her National Design Award for Architecture Design from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Show More Summary
Ocean acidification is sometimes called “climate change’s equally evil twin,” and for good reason: it’s a significant and harmful consequence of excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that we don’t see or feel because its effects are happening underwater. At least one-quarter of the carbon dioxide (CO2) released by burning coal, oil and gas doesn’t […]
In 2010, Ed Fries, a former Microsoft VP of game publishing, programmed an Atari 2600 version of Halo. The game, titled Halo 2600, has now been added to the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
The NY Times’ 1853 Coverage of Solomon Northup, The “12 Years A Slave” Hero [Smithsonian] The Top 10 World’s Richest Entrepreneurs [Inc.] Woman In Labor Gets Robbed At Gunpoint [AOL] The PUMA States Story [size?] Another Block Lifted...Show More Summary
Eli Wilner & Company was founded in 1983. The company has designed and crafted over 10,000 projects for private collectors, museums, and institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the historically-appropriate framing of 28 projects for The White House. Show More Summary
Roses, Abbott Handerson Thayer On Google Art Project. Downloadable high-res image on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this piece in person; if you’re at the Smithsonian, it’s worth seeking out (not that there aren’t other treasures aplenty in the same collection.) According to The […]
?Pacific Exchange: China & U.S. Mail,? a new exhibit opening March 6 at the Smithsonian?s National Postal Museum, will showcase the National Philatelic Collection?s outstanding Chinese and U.S. postage stamps and mail, most of which have never been on display. Show More Summary
?Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection? presents some of the most treasured artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum?s permanent collection, including works by Will Barnet, Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus,Show More Summary
Martin E. Sullivan, former director of the Smithsonian?s National Portrait Gallery, passed away after a series of illnesses at his home in Piney Point, Md., Feb. 25; he was 70. Sullivan served as director at the National Portrait Gallery from 2008 through 2012. Show More Summary
New images from the Smithsonian's Submillimeter Array (SMA) telescope shown below provide the most detailed view yet of stellar nurseries within the Snake nebula. These images offer new insights into how cosmic seeds can grow into massive stars. Stretching across...
New images from the Smithsonian's Submillimeter Array (SMA) telescope provide the most detailed view yet of stellar nurseries within the Snake nebula. These images offer new insights into how cosmic seeds can grow into massive stars. read more