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What it's like to lead the Smithsonian

David Skorton became secretary of the Smithsonian Institution last July, overseeing 19 museums and galleries, 20 libraries, the National Zoo and numerous research centers. Educated as a cardiologist, Skorton previously served as president...Show More Summary

What it’s like to lead the Smithsonian

David Skorton became secretary of the Smithsonian Institution last July, overseeing 19 museums and galleries, 20 libraries, the National Zoo and numerous research centers. Educated as a cardiologist, Skorton previously served as president of the University of Iowa and Cornell University, and his interests seem as varied as the Smithsonian's offerings. He has had a […]

Video captures tadpole escape artists in Panama

Although red-eyed treefrog embryos appear helpless within their jelly-coated eggs, they can hatch up to two days ahead of schedule, reacting within seconds to attacks by egg thieves. At the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama, scientists used high-speed video to uncover their rapid-hatching secret. read more

Smithsonian intends to create permanent exhibition space in London with the Victoria and Albert Museum

last weekArts : Artdaily

The Smithsonian and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) announced plans today to work together to create a major new international collaboration. The institutions have agreed to develop, over the course of this year, a plan for a jointly...Show More Summary

The Smithsonian to Open a Location in London

The 170-year-old American institution will team up with a local partner -- the Victoria and Albert Museum.

America’s Worn-Out "Arsenal of Democracy" Looks More Like an Antiques Roadshow

Loren B. Thompson Defense, United States The U.S. planes the Chinese intercept look more like exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum. Chinese fighter pilots trying to enforce Beijing's control of nearby airspace must...Show More Summary

FBI Recovers A Letter Written By Charles Darwin That Was Stolen In The 1970s

It was taken from the Smithsonian Institution Archives and returned last week. [ more › ]

Darwin Letter Recovered, Returned to Smithsonian

3 weeks agoNews / Crime : FBI News Blog

An 1875 handwritten letter by Charles Darwin that was stolen from the Smithsonian Institution Archives more than three decades ago was recovered by special agents on the FBI’s Art Crime Team and returned to the care of the Smithsoni...

The Automobile Driving Museum asks, “The Electric Car – Fad or Future?”

last monthVehicles / Cars : Hemmings.com

Electric cars at Snug Rock, Yonkers, New York circa 1900. Photo from the collection of the Smithsonian Institution, courtesy of Automobile Driving Museum. Electric cars, it seems, are all the rage these days, with an increasing number of automakers offering battery or generator-powered models in their lineups. Given the recent resurgence of interest in electric […]

A Gift to Cooper Hewitt Fills Gaps in the Collection

last monthArts : Hyperallergic

Thanks to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's 19th-century roots and the Hewitt sisters' collection, the institution has strong holdings in that era's decorative arts. This month, the New York museum announced that its 20th-century collections were strengthened with a considerable gift from George R. Kravis II.

A First Look At Washington DC’s New National African American Museum

“Museum officials on Tuesday offered a sneak peek at the 400,000-square-foot museum, the 19th of the Smithsonian Institution, that’s next to the Washington Monument. President Obama is expected to cut the ribbon on the dramatic space, which features layers of galleries focused on slavery, segregation and the civil rights movement as well as music, entertainment, […]

Captain Marvel Joins the Fight In Avengers: Infinity War

2 months agoEntertainment / Film : MovieWeb

During a Smithsonian Institute event, Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo let it slip that Captain Marvel will be in the movie.

Go Behind The Scenes at the Smithsonian's Whale Warehouse

2 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

The Smithsonian Institution’s whale and small cetacean warehouses hold the largest collection of marine mammal specimens in the world.

Cooper Hewitt Announces 2016 National Design Award Winners

The winners will be honored at a gala dinner in October Break out your party hats: Earlier today, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum's director, Caroline Baumann, announced the 2016 winners of the institution's National Design Awards. Show More Summary

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

2 months 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

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

2 months agoArts / Photography : PDNPulse

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

Audubon Made Up At Least 28 Fake Species To Prank A Rival

A page from Rafinesque's field notebook. (Image: Smithsonian Institution Archives/SIA2012-6095) Pranks are meant to be discovered—what’s the point in fooling someone if they never notice they’ve been fooled? But one 19th century prank,...Show More Summary

The Story Behind Those Smithsonian Collection Photos

2 months agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

The National Museum of Natural History, a part of the Smithsonian Institution, has a huge exhibit space in Washington, DC. However, what’s on display is only about 1% of what they have. The rest is in storage, carefully curated, and sometimes rotated into display. Show More Summary

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2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Smithsonian London? “Not So Fast!” Says Secretary Skorton Notwithstanding the fact that its founding donor was British, the Smithsonian Institution’s proposed London outpost, conceived before the institution’s current head, David Skorton,...Show More Summary

Original USS Enterprise survives another tribble invasion

In one of the most ill-advised celebrations of Star Trek's fiftieth anniversary, the Smithsonian Institution recklessly risked ecological catastrophe a few days ago, by launching a tribble breeding program! Aware of the potential for...Show More Summary

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