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Watch live: Giant panda Bao Bao leaves National Zoo for China

1 hour agoNews : USAToday: News

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo will say goodbye to giant panda Bao Bao, who is headed to her new home in China. Bao Bao, 3, will...        

Hostility to Technocracy Will Ruin Democracy

Photo from Smithsonian Institution Flickr When we go to a local restaurant, we expect our waiter or waitress to perform superbly in their responsibilities. We hope that they will take our orders correctly and not spill anything on us when they bring us our food. Show More Summary

Here's Why You Should Never Kiss a Toad

A scientist at Smithsonian's Tropical Research Institute helped catalog everything known about toxins in the skins of endangered frogs and toads

Researchers list reasons not to lick a toad

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) The cane toad, which overran Australia when introduced there, and Panama's iconic, endangered golden frog both belong to the family Bufonidae. Researchers combed through many research papersShow More Summary

Coral reefs grow faster and healthier when parrotfish are abundant

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) A new study by Smithsonian scientists and colleagues that reveals 3,000 years of change in reefs in the eastern Caribbean provides long-term, compelling evidence that parrotfish, which eat algae that can smother corals, are vital to coral-reef growth and health.

Microbes rule in 'knee-high tropical rainforests'

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Rainforests on infertile wet soils support more than half of all plant species. Shrublands on infertile dry soils in southwestern Australia, jokingly called 'knee-high tropical rainforests', support another 20 percent of all plants. Show More Summary

Smithsonian Hears Call for Women’s Museum

last monthNews : NYTimes: News

A commission’s report was cited by prominent women who support a new national institution on the National Mall.

National Museum of African American Culture & History

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is a Smithsonian Institution museum established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans.. It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. The museum’s […]

Are tiny grazers the new hope for Caribbean reefs?

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Thirty years ago a mysterious disease wiped out long-spined black sea urchins across the Caribbean, leading to massive algal overgrowth that smothered already overfished coral reefs. Now, marine...Show More Summary

Dr. Anthony Atala Named 2016 Innovator of the Year

Dr. Anthony Atala, leader of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), has been named 2016 Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine and received a Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award in life sciences for his efforts to construct living. organs using 3-D printing technology.

Cruz Seeks to Have Justice Thomas’ Legacy More Prominently Displayed in Smithsonian

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is going to bat for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the second African-American to hold a position on the nation’s High Court. On Monday, Cruz petitioned the Smithsonian Institute, asking that they correct...Show More Summary

GOP senator: Museum ignores Clarence Thomas' accomplishments

In a letter to leaders of the Smithsonian Institution on Monday, the Texas senator says he was deeply disturbed to learn that Thomas is only briefly noted in the context of his contentious 1991 confirmation hearings, when he faced allegations...Show More Summary

Researchers investigate ancient species in Gulf of Alaska

Invasive species have shaped island ecosystems and landscapes in the Gulf of Alaska, but their histories are unknown. In a study by the University of Oklahoma, Boston University and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, researchers investigated the archaeological and genetic history of the Arctic ground squirrel on Chirikof Island, Alaska. Show More Summary

Smithsonian American Art Museum Acquires Nearly 100 Works by Self-Taught Artists

2 months agoArts : Hyperallergic

The Margaret Z. Robson Collection is the institution's largest acquisition of its kind in two decades. The post Smithsonian American Art Museum Acquires Nearly 100 Works by Self-Taught Artists appeared first on Hyperallergic.

Predator invasion had devastating, long-term effects on native fish

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) In 1969, 60 to 100 peacock bass imported from Colombia, were introduced into a pond in Panama for sport fishing. Several individuals escaped. By the early 1970s, they colonized the reservoir forming the main channel of the Panama Canal. Show More Summary

Sen. Scott: Justice Thomas’ story should be told at African American Museum

South Carolina’s first African American U.S. senator has asked the Smithsonian Institution to reconsider their omission of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas from the exhibits in the new National … Click to Continue »

American Culture’s Unlikely Debt to A British Scientist

A fortuitous influx of cash launched the Smithsonian Institution and its earliest art collection

Sidedoor: A Smithsonian Podcast

Stories from the Institution told in an innovative audio experience

Corals survived Caribbean climate change

Half of all coral species in the Caribbean went extinct between 1 and 2 million years ago, probably due to drastic environmental changes. Which ones survived? Scientists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) think...Show More Summary

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