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, 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 >>
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.
“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
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 […]
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 […]
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...
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
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 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...
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 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
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
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
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.
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
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), […]
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
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
Gallery planned for Olympic park would be institute's first international location