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When Crates Are Archives -- The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap

As a musical, cultural and social force of the last 40 years, hip-hop is taking its place in the Smithsonian — an institution devoted to preserving and documenting our nation’s heritage. That’s why the National Museum of African American...Show More Summary

Melania Trump Gives Gown to Smithsonian

last monthNews : USAToday: News

Melania Trump donated her inaugural ball gown to the First Ladies' Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. The first lady handed over the vanilla silk, off-the-shoulder gown during a ceremony Friday in Washington. (Oct. 20)        

Smithsonian launches drive for major hip-hop anthology

last monthArts : Artdaily

The Smithsonian federal museum complex in Washington, DC, on Tuesday announced a plan to create the most comprehensive anthology ever of hip-hop recordings. The institution, which is led by the federal government but frequently seeks...Show More Summary

Smithsonian's Freer And Sackler Galleries Reopen After 18-Month Renovation

"After more than a year and a half of renovation work, the Freer reopened to the public over the weekend, along with a raft of new exhibitions at its partner institution, the subterranean Sackler Gallery to which it is connected by an underground tunnel. With the director of the Freer/Sackler, Julian Raby, set to retire […]

Scientists uncover a centuries-old case of mistaken identity in the Chesapeake Bay

(NOAA Headquarters) Scientists recently discovered that some jellyfish in the Bay are quite different from their ocean cousins. This led scientists from NOAA and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History to declare them as two different species.

Tropical tree roots represent an underappreciated carbon pool

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Estimates of the carbon stored by tropical forests rarely take tree roots into consideration. Smithsonian scientists report that almost 30 percent of the total biomass of tropical trees may be in the roots.

Tropical tree roots represent an underappreciated carbon pool

Ask someone to draw a tree and s/he will invariably draw a trunk and branches—leaving the roots out of the picture. In a unique study of tropical tree roots at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute published in PLOS ONE, roots accounted for almost 30 percent of the total biomass of young trees. Show More Summary

Update 2: National Portrait Gallery bought Adams portrait

The best-case scenario for history and museum nerds has come to pass! The buyer of the 1843 daguerreotype of John Quincy Adams sold at auction last week for $360,500 is the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. This could not be a more perfect fit. Collecting images of US presidents has been a key part of […]

Take a Tour of the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific Collections this Autumn

Diverse artifacts all across the Smithsonian Institution captivate and confound in equal measure

Advance achieved in dry preservation of mammalian sperm cells

In a paper forthcoming in the November issue of the journal Theriogenology, a team of researchers from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, announced the first successful drying and rehydration of domestic cat spermatozoa using a rapid microwave dehydration method.

Where You Can Find The Original Starship Enterprise

2 months agoLifestyle / Travel : foXnoMad

For over 40 years, the original USS Enterprise from the first Star Trek series had been sitting under plastic in a basement of the Smithsonian Institute. Paramount Studios donated the model in 1974 to the National Collection in Washington D.C., 5 years after Star Trek was canceled, as a novelty. Show More Summary

Scientists edit butterfly wing spots and stripes

An international research team working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama knocked-out a single control gene in the DNA of seven different butterfly species. In the Sept. 18 Proceedings of the National Academy of...Show More Summary

New porcelain crab species from Colombia named

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) New, hairy-clawed porcelain crab species discovered in the southern Caribbean.

Cleanliness is next to sexiness for golden-collared manakins in Panama

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Juvenile male Golden-collared Manakins on extra testosterone cleaned up their display area before performing for females, according to research at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama published in Animal Behavior. Female manakins got more aggressive when given testosterone.

Panama's native tree species excel in infertile tropical soils

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Smithsonian scientists and collaborators including the Panama Canal Authority confirm that native tree species performed very well in field trials and would be preferable to teak in the poor soils of the Panama Canal watershed.

Disease-carrying mosquitoes rare in undisturbed tropical forests

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) A new study by scientists from the Smithsonian, the Panamanian government and the US Environmental Protection Agency, among other institutions, concludes that conserving old-growth tropical rainforest is 'highly recommended' to prevent new outbreaks of viral and parasitic mosquito-borne diseases.

Disease-carrying mosquitoes rare in undisturbed tropical forests

A new study by scientists from the Smithsonian, the Panamanian government and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among other institutions, concludes that conserving old-growth tropical rainforest is "highly recommended" to prevent new outbreaks of viral and parasitic mosquito-borne diseases.

Smithsonian’s ‘Hometown Teams’ exhibit in Santa Ana showcase the impact sports has on our culture

SANTA ANA – Visit Heritage Museum of Orange County through Sept. 30 and find bleachers to sit on, footballs of different materials to touch. Those pieces are essential to sports, the theme of a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit that drives home this point: Sports has long been part of American culture and its roots are […]

Smithsonian manatee count informs policy recommendations

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Smithsonian scientists use sonar to estimate Antillean Manatee populations in the murky waters of Panama's internationally protected San San Pond Sak wetlands.

Comparing the jaws of porcupine fish reveals three new species

Researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and colleagues compared fossil porcupine fish jaws and tooth plates collected on expeditions to Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil with those from museum specimens and modern porcupine fish, revealing three new species.

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