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These new red panda cubs are the cuteness you need to end your Wednesday right.

4 hours agoHumor / odd : Happy Place

I'm not a medical professional, but I'm pretty sure looking at these red panda babies at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute can improve your life 1000%. Look, I never went to "MEDICAL SCHOOL" and I don't understand "SCIENCE" (I'm supposed to believe that the SUN is made of PLASMA like my HIGH-END TELEVISION?). Show More Summary

The Pope vs. the Koch Bros

On June 15, environmental activists gathered at the Smithsonian Castle for the institution's Board of Regents meeting, and marched to the National Museum of Natural History to protest climate-denier-oil-baron David Koch being on the museum's advisory board. Show More Summary

Video: Red baby panda cubs astonishingly adorable

2 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

These fluffy panda infants are too cute for words! Born to mothers who weren't able to care for their babies (one had cancer, another wasn't able to properly care for them) Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is hand-feeding them up to seven times a day. So far they are doing great and breaking hearts around the world.

Red Panda Cubs Born At The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Are A Whole Load Of Cute

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Cue the squeals. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, welcomed seven teeny furballs red panda cubs into the world over the past month -- and they're precious beyond measure. The cubs were born to mothers Nutmeg, Regan and Leo Mei. Show More Summary

Saving the red pandas

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Northern Virginia is caring for 7 recently-born red panda cubs, part of a wider effort to keep them around

Freedmen’s Bureau Records of 4 Million former slaves released today

The National Archives, in cooperation with the  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Smithsonian Institution, is releasing 1.5 million digitized images that contain the names of up to 4 million former slaves collected by agents of the Freedman’s Bureau at the end of the Civil War.Read full article >>

Protesters Demand Smithsonian Kick David Koch Off National Museum of Natural History Board

2 weeks agoArts : Hyperallergic

WASHINGTON, DC — Chanting "kick Koch off the board" and lifting signs with slogans like, “climate deniers out of science museums,” a crowd of protesters picketed in front of the Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) just after 12:30pm.

Protesters Urge The Smithsonian Institution To Cut Ties With Koch Money

Protesters delivered over 400,000 petitions to the Institution, urging the Smithsonian to take down it's Koch-funded science exhibit. The post Protesters Urge The Smithsonian Institution To Cut Ties With Koch Money appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Smithsonian Science Education Center Launches Web Series For Teachers

2 weeks agoWeb / Web Videos : Tubefilter

Elementary and middle school educators in search of multimedia teaching materials can turn to the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC). The STEM initiative run by the Smithsonian Institution has launched a web series called Good...Show More Summary

Henry Rollins: In the '80s, Even I Listened to Madonna

Don Van Vliet, otherwise known as Captain Beefheart, was a wise man. The more you listen to his music, the better it gets. On his album Lick My Decals Off, Baby, released in 1970, there’s a song called “The Smithsonian Institute Blues (or the Big Dig)” on which he says...

Tracking Tiny Birds Using Tiny GPS Backpacks

To track a tiny songbird, you need a tiny tracker. This has been a problem plaguing ecologists who wished to study the movements of small animals for years, until now. Researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s migratory...Show More Summary

Object of Intrigue: The Most Beautiful Banknote in U.S. History

Detail from the obverse of the United States $1 silver certificate, issued in 1896. (Photo: National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution on Wikipedia) Art and money have a complicated relationship in America. But art...Show More Summary

Education inquality and 'Black Lives Matter'

To the editor: I read this article with great interest, as it is such an important effort on the part of the Smithsonian Institution to document the "Black Lives Matter" movement. ("New Smithsonian museum curators pursue the stories in Baltimore's protests," June 7)

'Bond king' Bill Gross donates old Bloomberg keyboard to Smithsonian

Once the centerpiece of his legendary bond managing days, Bill Gross' old Bloomberg terminal keyboard will be displayed in an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.

12 Modern Tech Devices the Smithsonian Is Saving for Posterity

Ask what’s in the American history collection at the Smithsonian Institution, and most people will mention really old stuff like The Star-Spangled Banner or a few chunks of Plymouth Rock or musty, rusty relics of bygone eras—the John Bull Locomotive, the original Teddy Bear, or Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers. Show More Summary

Ancient Fossil Brain Gives Clues on How Arthropods of Today Got Heads

When Javier Ortega-Hernández realised he was looking at a well-preserved fossilised brain over 500 million year old at the Smithsonian Institute, he knew he’d made a remarkable discovery. "Preserved nervous systems allow us to understand...Show More Summary

Val E. Lewton, designer at Smithsonian, dies at 77

Val E. Lewton, a Washington artist and designer of artistic exhibitions for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art (now the American Art Museum) and other galleries, died April 24 at his home in Washington. He was 77.Read full article >>

News in Brief: Archaeologists Discover First Hominid To Own Tools But Never Use Them

2 months agoHumor : The Onion

KANJERA, KENYA—In a groundbreaking find that provides new insight into early human behavior, a group of archaeologists from the Smithsonian Institute announced the discovery Friday of the first known hominid to own tools but never use them.

The power of Einstein's pipe

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

“I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs,” said Albert Einstein, whose pipe is apparently one of the most popular artifacts in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. Read the rest

Jazz Appreciation Month 2015

3 months 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 […]

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