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Jazz Appreciation Month 2015

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

April 2015 is the twelfth observance of National Jazz Appreciation Month. Founded at the Smithsonian Institution in 2002 by the jazz scholar, Duke Ellington biographer and musician John Edward Haase, the celebration is intended, in the words of Quincy Jones, to “…recognize that our indigenous music — jazz — is the heart and soul of […]

Scientists Discover Three Confirmed Reasons Why Some Spiders Don’t Stick to Their Own Webs

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

In a recent episode of Science Friday, host Flora Lichtman spoke with scientist William Eberhard of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute to try to find the answer to the long-running question of why spiders don’t stick to their own webs. After long and careful research, Eberhard and his research colleague Daniel Briceño determined that the […]

Souvenirs: Take a Peek at the Cooper-Hewitt's Vintage Postcards Gallery

All images via Smithsonian Institution Archives It's #MuseumWeek! a.k.a Twitter's concerted effort to encourage all the world's cultural institutions to share the incredible wealth of information hidden within their walls...in 140 characters. The freshly overhauled Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in...

Ed Roberts' Wheelchair

last monthHumor / odd : Neatorama

Twenty years ago, the Smithsonian Institution received a donation of a wheelchair. It had belonged to Ed Roberts, who had recently died after an extraordinary life. The article is nominally about the wheelchair, but it’s really a tribute...Show More Summary

“This site also demonstrates one of the great dangers of archaeology; not to life and limb, although that does sometimes take place. . . .”

In Syria, Archaeologists Risk Their Lives To Protect Ancient Heritage “They are dedicated professionals,” says Corine Wegener at the Smithsonian Institution. She leads a worldwide effort to protect cultural heritage. “This is a new situation,” says Wegener, describing the war in Syria as a cultural emergency. “We are trying to help.” Abdul Rahman al-Yehiya and Ayman al-Nabu [...]

The Smithsonian Says: Fuck Your Selfie Stick

The Smithsonian announced Tuesday that, should you be planning a trip to one of their affiliated institutions, you might as well just leave your dumb selfie stick at home because they're not allowing them anymore. Read more...

‘SmithsonianX’-Men? Museum to offer Stan Lee online superhero course

DOES THIS CAPE make the Smithsonian look hip? Because someone at the institution is showing the wisdom to don some cultural Spandex and work with some of the superhero world’s best teachers.In a pop-cultural first for the Smithsonian,...Show More Summary

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

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

Moon objects found in astronaut Neil Armstrong's closet

2 months agoNews : The Newsroom

A treasure trove of objects that were supposed to have been left behind after the first moon landing have turned up in the closet of Neil Armstrong, the first man to step onto the lunar surface, the Smithsonian Institution has said.Show More Summary

Saturday Art: African Art Museum, Smithsonian Institute

The collection of African art that has been distributed through the many displays at the Smithsonian Institute has been brought together in the new museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. From many nations across the continent of Africa, the works reflect the varied cultures of Africa and are finally in one place that the public can access and enjoy.

Smithsonian/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 14-20 March 2012

2 months agoAcademics / Geology : Volcanism

The latest Smithsonian Institution and United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report has been published by the Global Volcanism Program, covering the week 14-20 March 2012. The report is compiled by Sally Kuhn Sennert. Show More Summary

Smithsonian American Art Museum launches effort to create national art database

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is leading a group of 14 institutions from around the country in an effort to build a shared, and searchable, online database that could spur research and scholarship about American art. One of the first in the nation to make its entire collection available through Linked Open Data (or LOD), […]

Smithsonian Institution may be headed to London

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

For the first time in its 168 year history, the Smithsonian Institution may be "coming home," in a manner of speaking. Originally founded with funds from British scientist James Smithson, it has never established a longterm exhibition outside the United States. Show More Summary

London could soon have its very own 40,000-square-foot Smithsonian museum

As London works to redevelop its Olympic park from 2012 with a new cultural center, it could eventually include an import from the United States. The Smithsonian Institution is working to establish its first international museum outpost...Show More Summary

Smithsonian Wants to Open Museum in London

Gallery planned for Olympic park would be institute's first international location

The Smithsonian Begins Talks to Create Its First International Venue in London

3 months agoArts : Hyperallergic

As part of a major reuse project of London's Olympic Park, the Smithsonian Institution may stake its first overseas longterm exhibition venue.

Smithsonian Eyeing New Outpost in London

It would be the cultural institution's first museum outside the U.S.

The heart of the Smithsonian's design museum is an API

The Smithsonian Institute's Cooper Hewitt design museum got a recent overhaul, and at its core is something app developers are likely pretty familiar with -- an application program interface. We know what you're thinking, "What does a museum need an...

Traveling exhibition of original Star Wars costumes

3 months agoHumor : Boing Boing

Later this month, the Smithsonian Institution's new exhibition “Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume" will open at Seattle’s EMP Museum. A collaboration with the Lucas Museum and Lucasfilm, the exhibit includes Jedi robes, Princess Leia’s slave bikini, Chewbacca's pelt, and many other costumes and related art and ephemera. Read the rest

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