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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

Corals survived Caribbean climate change

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Corals in the genus Orbicella survived previous temperature changes in the Caribbean and may be able to survive future climate change events as well.

Ant bridges connect shy tropical tree crowns

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Tropical forest tree crowns don't quite touch, a phenomenon known as 'crown shyness.' To ants, shy canopy trees are like islands, and island biogeography rules apply. But connect the trees with vines, and the story changes.

Ant bridges connect shy tropical tree crowns

Internet and phone connections are essential for effective communicators and for success in business. New results from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama show that connections between trees may be important for maintaining the rich diversity of tropical forests.

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Today is November 10, the date in 1958 when Harry Winston donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution. Winston sent it by U.S. registered mail, paying $2.44 for postage and $145.29 for insurance. The diamond is valued today at $200 million. Show More Summary

RIT professor wins Smithsonian, Carnegie and SAI fellowships

(Rochester Institute of Technology) Rochester Institute of Technology professor Joel Kastner is broadening and deepening his research program on the origins of our solar system and planetary systems orbiting other stars while on four consecutive fellowships and visiting positions during his sabbatical this academic year.

Aziz Ansari, David Lynch, and OK Go Are Being Honored by the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution usually highlights physical items of historical or cultural significance, and the Smithsonian magazine is focusing on people with historical or cultural significance for its American Ingenuity Awards. According to the A.V. Club, the winners come from nine different categories, which are based on the improvement of society in some ... More »

Newswire: Aziz Ansari, David Lynch, and OK Go are all being honored by the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution tends to highlight physical items of historical or cultural significance, but every year, the Smithsonian magazine moves its focus to actual people with historical or cultural significance for its American Ingenuity Awards. Show More Summary

Bats perceptually weight prey cues across sensory systems when hunting in noise

Dr. Ryan Taylor of Salisbury University's Biological Sciences Department recently published in Science magazine with a team from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama titled "Bats Perceptually Weight Prey Cues Across Sensory Systems When Hunting in Noise."

Portraying Persistence and Change

last monthArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

“Margin” Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company Kogod Courtyard Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery / American Art Museum Washington, DC October 28, 2016 by George Jackson © 2016 by George Jackson Police terminology is often applied to the art of portraiture – capturing truths that are elusive in life and arresting transient moments. Show More Summary

The Smithsonian Saved the Ruby Slippers—and the Scarecrow's Costume Is Next

2 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

After securing funds to restore Dorothy's iconic red shoes, the institution is looking to raise an additional $85,000 to conserve the Scarecrow’s costume.

Crowdfunding raises $300,000 in a week for ruby slippers restoration

Dorothy’s iconic ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz will shine for years to come, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign by the Smithsonian Institute. Continue reading ? The post Crowdfunding raises $300,000 in a week for ruby slippers restoration appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

The Photo Doesn't Lie, and Neither Did The Wright Brothers !

(Note: The following was written expressly for the Huffington Post by Tom D. Crouch, PhD, Senior Curator, Aeronautics, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution) In a recent book, a television "docu-drama," and in a paper...Show More Summary

Wild Inside the National Zoo: The Future of Maned Wolves

After three years of being paired, maned wolves Echo and Zayda produce two new pups at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Smithsonian Seeks $300,000 to Save Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers

2 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

The institution hopes to raise the money in a Kickstarter campaign to repair the “Wizard of Oz” shoes and display them in a temperature-controlled case.

Help restore Dorothy's ruby slippers from 'Wizard of Oz' - CNET

2 months agoTechnology / Internet : Webware

Dorothy's ruby slippers aren't in Kansas anymore. The Smithsonian Institute, their current owner, is asking for crowdfunding help to preserve them.

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