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Meet the Zoo’s Newborn Red Panda Cubs, Who Just Opened Their Eyes

The three cubs were born within days of each other at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Google virtual exhibition features fashion collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

6 days agoArts : Artdaily

The Smithsonian?s National Museum of African American History and Culture has joined more than 180 cultural institutions from New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, São Paulo and around the world for the ?We Wear Culture? project presented by the Google Cultural Institute. Show More Summary

Researchers revolutionize vital conservation tool with use of gold nanotechnology and lasers

(University of Minnesota) In a new study, researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) provide the first-ever reproducible evidence for the successful cryopreservation of zebrafish embryos.

Pandas are great at climbing trees and also great at falling out of them

The Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute describes itself as a leader in animal education.  The zoo's prove to be a master educator once again, given the fact that on July 7 it tweeted a wonderfully informative...Show More Summary

Litter bugs may protect chocolate supply

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Mother's microbiome seems to protect baby cacao plants, a result with important implications for protecting the world's chocolate supply.

Litter bugs may protect chocolate supply

Those who crave brownies or hot cocoa may be happy to hear that heroes too small to be seen may help to protect the world's chocolate supply. Scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama found that exposing...Show More Summary

The Story of Hans Langseth: The Man Who Had the Longest Beard in History

A misconception is that his beard was only 17.6 feet long. When he passed away, his family cut it, leaving about 12 inches of it on him when he was buried. The part that was removed was eventually given to the Smithsonian Institute where it was displayed to the public. Show More Summary

Is this the long-sought answer to the question of tropical biodiversity?

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) The question of 'Why so many species of tropical trees and other organisms' has challenged biologists for centuries. A group of 50 scientists from 12 countries think they have the answer.

Smithsonian Magazine Exhumes Joe Pyne to Attack Today's Conservative Talkers

It is unfortunate that the respected Smithsonian Magazine, published by the largely federally funded Smithsonian Institution, would stoop to guilt by association – with two or three degrees of separation – to attack Sean Hannity, Rush Limbuagh, Mark Levin, and other conservative talkers.

Is it sometimes ok to cheat?

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) When both partners benefit from a relationship -- husband and wife or pollinator and flower -- the relationship is known as a mutualism. Sometimes partners do not deliver their side of the bargain while still reaping the rewards. Show More Summary

Smithsonian launches new website SmithsonianSecondOpinion.com

last monthArts : Artdaily

The Smithsonian Institution today launched SmithsonianSecondOpinion.com, a new digital platform that brings together thought leaders to explore critical issues facing the nation and the world. The site will explore a new topic four times a year through a variety of features. Show More Summary

Lianas stifle tree fruit and seed production in tropical forests

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Vines compete intensely with trees. Their numbers are on the rise in many tropical forests around the world. A new study at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama shows that lianas prevent canopy trees from producing fruit, with potentially far-reaching consequences for rainforest animals.

Strange Medical Mystery Unearthed on Panama’s ‘Witch Hill’

Archaeologists and medical historians have uncovered a strange and unexplained burial in Panama’s Cerro Brujo, or “Witch Hill.” The discovery was made by a team of archaeologists from the Smithsonian Institute who found a set of remains buried upside-down in a fetal position in a trash heap in an...

Video shows invasive lionfish feasting on new Caribbean fish species

(University of Washington) Researchers from the University of Washington and Smithsonian Institution have reported the first observed case of lionfish preying upon a fish species that had not yet been named. Their results, published May 25 in PLOS ONE, may indicate an uncertain future for other fish found in the largely unexplored deep-ocean coral reefs.

Smithsonian scientists release frogs wearing mini radio transmitters in Panama

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Ninety Limosa harlequin frogs (Atelopus limosus) bred in human care are braving the elements of the wild after Smithsonian scientists sent them out into the Panamanian rainforest as part of their first-ever release trial in May. Show More Summary

Why was a teenager with bone cancer buried on Witch Hill in Panama?

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Likely the first bone tumor from an ancient skeleton in Central America is reported by Smithsonian archaeologists and colleagues. The starburst-shaped tumor is in the upper right arm of the skeleton...Show More Summary

Noose found at African American history museum in D.C.

2 months agoLifestyle / Fashion : AOL: Style

May 31 (Reuters) - A noose, a symbol of racial lynching, was found on Wednesday on the floor of an exhibit about segregation at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution officials said. Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments

How a Smithsonian Naturalist’s Skeleton Ended Up on View at the Museum

2 months agoArts : Hyperallergic

The skeleton of 19th-century collector Robert Kennicott is on view in the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History's Objects of Wonder. The bones recently solved the long mystery of his death. The post How a Smithsonian Naturalist’s Skeleton Ended Up on View at the Museum appeared first on Hyperallergic.

Director of Smithsonian's Asian Art Galleries announces plan to retire

2 months agoArts : Artdaily

Julian Raby, the Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Smithsonian?s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, has announced that he will retire from his position at the beginning of 2018 after 15 years with the Institution....Show More Summary

Photos: Enjoy These Photos Of Zoo Babies Before The Evening News Dump

Let's all meditate on the latest baby boom over at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. [ more › ]

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