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Your selfie stick is no longer welcome at the Smithsonian

Hoping to take a selfie with the Hope Diamond or a recreation of a NASA space module on a visit to a Smithsonian museum? Go right ahead. However, you'll have to do it the old-fashioned way. Continue reading ? The post Your selfie stick is no longer welcome at the Smithsonian appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Selfie sticks are now banned at the Smithsonian

Selfie sticks are no longer allowed in Smithsonian museums. The gadget was added on Tuesday to the list of prohibited photography accessories forbidden at the 19 museums and one zoo managed by the institution. In an announcement posted on its website, the Smithsonian cited safety concerns. Show More Summary

Smithsonian bans use of selfie sticks in all of its museums

The Smithsonian has made it official: Selfie sticks are a no-no. Last month, several Smithsonian affiliates banned the poles used by visitors to take pictures of themselves. The sticks present a safety hazard, officials said. As of Tuesday, they are not not permitted in any of the Smithsonian’s museums. According to the Smithsonian website, selfie […]

Bill Clinton portrait features shadow of Lewinsky dress, says artist

6 hours agoArts : Culture Monster

A portrait of former President Clinton in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington contains a subtle reference to the Monica Lewinsky scandal that engulfed the White House in the late '90s, the portrait's painter has revealed.

Cry for me, Willie Soon

And by “me” I mean all the children of future generations. Willie Soon is a soft-money scientist at Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who has been producing highly questionable ‘science’ casting, for several years, faux light on the reality of the human caused process of global warming. It appears that most or all of Soon’s…

?Bill Clinton Portrait Has Hidden Monica Lewinsky Image -- Can You Spot It?

Post by Jenny Erikson. Bill Clinton will never be able to escape his scandalous past. The artist who painted his official portrait for The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery recently admitted that he included an homage to Monica Lewinsky in the picture. Show More Summary

Smithsonian Honors Passing of Leonard Nimoy With Encores of 'The Real Story: Star Trek'

Smithsonian Channel will commemorate acting great Leonard Nimoy by airing encore presentations this week of THE REAL STORY: STAR TREK, which features interviews with the late actor.

Science Denialists Have Delayed Action On Climate Change: Soon vs. the Hockey Stick

If you have not been living in a cave, and had you been, I’d respect that, you know about Willie Soon Gate. Willie soon is a researcher on soft money at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Soon is well known for producing research of questionable quality that anemically attempts to buck the scientific consensus…

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1. "These Are Leonard Nimoy's Touching Final Words of Wisdom": Published by Cavan Sieczkowski at The Huffington Post. Related: "A Smithsonian Curator Reflects on Leonard Nimoy's Passing and Why 'Star Trek' Fans Loved Him," as reported by Natsha Geiling of Show More Summary

The Smithsonian has the Starship Enterprise used on ‘Star Trek’. But it isn’t on display

With the death on Friday of “Star Trek” actor Leonard Nimoy, mourners might be looking for a place to pay tribute to their favorite Vulcan. Alas, the Smithsonian’s model of the Starship Enterprise used on the cult hit TV series isn’t available for public view, although it’s part of the Air and Space Museum’s vast […]

Yes, I'll Take More Lead Belly, Please

2 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Lead Belly: He basically made Ram Jam's career. This new 5-disc, 108-track, set, Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, is due out TODAY (February 24). Over the past few decades, there's has been plenty of LPs, EPs, CDs, and a few box sets, too, of Lead Belly's recordings, but this is looking like a good, updated, and mostly definitive set. Show More Summary

Willie Soon's Climate Science Denial Wasn't Ever Credible: Climate Scientists

“The science that Willie Soon does is almost pointless.”  - NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt, to the New York Times Recent revelations regarding Smithsonian scientist Willie Soon's financing and coordination with fossil fuel companies for studies undermining the science of climate change has received quite a bit of attention. Show More Summary

These Were Leonard Nimoy's Spock Ears In The Wrath Of Khan

Margaret Weitekamp, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s curator of science fiction and space memorabilia, has some thoughts about why Leonard Nimoy and his Spock character were so universally loved. She also published this photo of the ears he used in the Star Trek classic The Wrath of Khan. More »      

Use Virtual Reality to Eliminate That Pain in Your Neck | Smithsonian

Tired of reaching for a bottle of pills to quell your chronic pain? Maybe you should strap on a virtual reality headset. In an experiment described last week in Psychological Science, scientists showed how bogus visual feedback created by virtual reality can actually trick the brain into boosting or reducing a person's range of pain-free movement. Show More Summary

Cooper “Cutting Edge” Hewitt The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian...

4 days agoArts : Artlog Blog

Cooper “Cutting Edge” Hewitt The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has recently reopened after a three-year renovation. Their revamped space not only boasts stunning interiors but also hosts an array of new technologies that...Show More Summary

Harvard-Smithsonian Profited as Much as Willie Soon with Fossil Fuel Funding

Both Harvard and the Smithsonian Institute are trying to shake off the controversy surrounding Willie Soon, but these esteemed organizations should not be let off the hook easily. Earlier this week, documents revealed by the Guardian...Show More Summary

Maybe The Best Way To Change the World Is To Start a Company

The post Maybe The Best Way To Change the World Is To Start a Company appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.   (image) This piece from Smithsonian caught my eye today – Young People Mistrust Government So Much They Aren’t Running for Office. Show More Summary

Exhibition features artworks tracing career of imaginary D.C.-based soul singer

4 days agoArts : Artdaily

The Smithsonian American Art Museum?s ?Mingering Mike?s Supersonic Greatest Hits? presents nearly 150 works of art by a Washington, D.C., artist known only by his alter ego, ?Mingering Mike.? The collection, created between 1968 andShow More Summary

Reality finally bites for Willie Soon

Among the handful of apparently reputable scientists who deny mainstream climate science, Willie Wei-Hock Soon, regularly described as a Harvard astrophysicist (he’s actually an aerospace engineer working for the Smithsonian, which has a joint centre with Harvard), has been among the most prominent and durable. His biggest hit was his 2003 paper with Sallie Baliunas […]

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