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Climate change means one world’s death and another’s birth

A few years ago in a lab in Panama, Klaus Winter tried to conjure the future. A plant physiologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, he planted seedlings of 10 tropical tree species in small, geodesic greenhouses. Some he allowed to grow in the kind of environment they were used to out in the forest, […]

Herbert Hoover’s World War I laces

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History has a collection of beautiful Belgian laces made during World War I at the behest of future President of the United States Herbert Hoover. Hoover’s name is nowadays most commonly associated with the lack of relief for the destitute of the Great Depression — the notorious tent [...]

Wilton Dillon, who led Smithsonian seminars on humanities and sciences, dies at 92

Wilton S. Dillon, a cultural anthropologist who spent decades leading the Smithsonian Institution’s interdisciplinary conference series, which convened bold-name figures in the humanities and sciences to discuss the grand sweep of civilization, died Aug. 22 at a hospital in Alexandria, Va. He was 92.Read full article >>

Scientists Confirm That Some Spiders Can Pretty Much BASE Jump

Your worst nightmare has come true: Spiders are falling from the sky. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Louisville and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute have found that some spidersShow More Summary

Smithsonian Launches Public Access Plan for Research, Materials Will Be Available Through CHORUS

From the Smithsonian Institution: The Smithsonian has released its Plan for Increased Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research, based on the principles outlined by the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Through the...Show More Summary

stevenljohnson: Arthur B. Davies by Smithsonian Institution on...

2 weeks agoArts / Art History : Old Paint

stevenljohnson: Arthur B. Davies by Smithsonian Institution on Flickr. Arthur Bowen Davies was an avant-garde American artist and influential advocate of modern art in the United States c. 1910–1928. Wikipedia

Take 5! Storytellers and Crooners

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

On August 20, our monthly series, Take 5! will feature the Smithsonian Institution's James Zimmerman who will celebrate "Storytellers and Crooners." Focusing on jazz vocalists, Zimmerman and his ensemble will highlight the artistry of great musicians by bringing the narrative of song to SAAM's stage.

Earliest known photograph of Smithsonian Castle goes on display to celebrate institution's 169th birthday

3 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

After President James K. Polk signed the legislation creating the Smithsonian Aug. 10, 1846, one of the first tasks facing its governing body, the Board of Regents, was to erect a building to house the new Institution. Less than nine months later, the cornerstone of the Smithsonian Institution Building, now called the Castle, was laid May 1, 1847. Show More Summary

Black Pastors Demand Smithsonian Remove Bust of Racist Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger From Its 'Struggle for Justice' Exhibit

Black pastors are calling on the Smithsonian Institution to remove a bust of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger from the National Portrait Gallery's "Struggle for Justice Exhibit" in Washington, D.C.

This Is The Oldest Known Photograph Of The Smithsonian Castle

It will go on display for the Institution's 169th birthday. [ more › ]

See the Smithsonian's Slayer and Thrash-Metal Mini-Doc

A new mini-documentary by the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History examines the origins of thrash metal and, more specifically, Slayer. Although the six-minute clip, Slayer: The Origins of Thrash in San Francisco, is innately flawed (the thrashers formed in Los Angeles), it provides a look at how some...

News in Brief: Humanity Still Producing New Art As Though Megadeth’s ‘Rust In Peace’ Doesn’t Already Exist

last monthHumor : The Onion

WASHINGTON—Saying that any further endeavors of technical skill and imagination were pointless, experts at the Smithsonian Institution reportedly questioned Monday why new art was still being produced after the pinnacle of aesthetic and creative potential was reached in 1990 with Megadeth’s fourth studio album, Rust In Peace. Show More Summary

When Congress Looked James Smithson's Gift Horse in the Mouth

last monthHumor / odd : Neatorama

Have you ever wondered about the person the Smithsonian Institution was named after? It’s a rather peculiar story. James Smithson (1765-1829) was a well-to-do English scientist who had never visited the United States. In his 1826 will, he left his estate to his nephew. Show More Summary

New Video: Creating a 3D Model of the 1903 Wright Flyer at the Smithsonian Institution; Access 3D Model Online

A new background video from the Smithsonian Institution’s Digitization Program Office. The 3D model of the 1903 Wright Flyer (seen in the video) can be accessed and manipulated here. About the Video Learn how 3D technologies were used to digitally document the 1903 Wight Flyer in amazing detail for education, outreach, and research See Also: […]

How The Smithsonian Used Kickstarter To Save Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit

“The platform allows government institutions,museums and other philanthropic projects to reach a global audience of donors who can give a small amount to support big, historic projects that otherwise might not get the money needed to go forward.”

Smithsonian identifies 400-year-old remains as leaders of Jamestown colony

last monthNews : The Raw Story

U.S. scientists have used high-tech detective work to identify the remains of four leaders of Jamestown, the New World’s first successful English colony, more than 400 years after they died, the Smithsonian Institution said on Tuesday. The research also provided new insight into life and...

Smithsonian Institution reveals identities of four lost leaders of Jamestown

last monthArts : Artdaily

Archaeologists said Tuesday they have identified the remains of four men who were among the leaders of an early English settlement in Virginia's Jamestown. It took years for scientists to identify the poorly preserved bones belonging to an Anglican priest and three military officials. Show More Summary

Help Preserve Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit With This Smithsonian Institute Kickstarter

last monthHumor / odd : Geekosystem

The Smithsonian Institute recently kicked up a Kickstarter asking for money to help preserve Neil Armstrong's spacesuit.

Crowdfunders raise $500K to preserve moon space suit

But Smithsonian Institution has increased goal, will use money to preserve 2nd space suit.        

The Smithsonian Is Finally Getting Crowdfunding Right

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

On Monday the Smithsonian Institution launched a Kickstarter campaign to preserve astronaut Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit. Now with over $420,000 raised and a healthy 26 days left, the campaign is on track to easily exceed its $500,000 goal. But the Smithsonian’s road to crowdfunding success has been a long and bumpy one. Read more...

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