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Radiohead Get New Ant Species Named After Them

Radiohead have inspired the name for a new species of ant that was discovered in the Venezuelan Amazon, as Phys.org points out. Ana Ješovnik and Ted R. Schultz from the Smithsonian Institution's Ant Lab discovered three new species of ant, and named one of them Sericomyrmex radioheadi. “We wanted to honor their music,” said Ješovnik. Show More Summary

Cheetah baby boom at Smithsonian fueling conservation effort

The number of cheetahs in captivity is beginning to swell, thanks to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia. In the wild, the population of the world's fastest animal is nearing extinction. Chip Reid reports on the efforts to stop the big cat from vanishing.

Vote to name the Smithsonian's cheetah cubs

5 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute needs your help in naming five of the 10 cubs born in its research center

10 New Cheetahs

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

Two cheetahs, a mother and daughter, gave birth to large litters in the same week at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, an adjunct of the National Zoo. One was a litter of five; the other cheetah gave birth to seven cubs, but the smallest two did not survive. Show More Summary

Smithsonian Snapshot: The Adorable Face of Conservation Success

The ongoing recovery of the black-footed ferret is one of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's most successful conservation efforts.

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Meet an 'incredible pile' of cheetah cubs

The 10 cubs are the second generation of cheetahs born at the Smithsonian's institute in Virginia.

Video: Smithsonian Institute Had A 'Cheetah Cub Boom' In March

12 cheetah cubs were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute between March 23-28, and 10 of them survived. [ more › ]

Library of Congress, Smithsonian buy newly-discovered photo of Harriet Tubman

The institutions teamed up to buy an album of historic photos, including one showing the abolitionist as a much younger woman than in other known pictures.

Egg-sitting glassfrogs create safe exit for tadpoles

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Glassfrogs may be somewhat see-through, but they have still managed to a hide an important secret--they are dedicated mothers and fathers that invest time in brooding their eggs. SmithsonianShow More Summary

Ocean ‘dead zones’ exist — and there are more of them than we thought

Scientists led by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute have discovered dead zones in a place where they least expected them: the Caribbean. More specifically, the tropics. Dead zones are low-oxygen regions in the ocean where few sea life can survive. Show More Summary

Dead zones may threaten coral reefs worldwide

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Dead zones affect dozens of coral reefs around the world and threaten hundreds more according to a new study by Smithsonian scientists published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Show More Summary

Out There: Discover Yoga Therapy at The Smithsonian Institution

2 months agoFitness / Yoga : Yoga Journal

D.C.-area yogis, head to the Smithsonian Institution this month for an educational weekend exploring yoga's holistic healing power. The post Out There: Discover Yoga Therapy at The Smithsonian Institution appeared first on Yoga Jour...

Smithsonian Scientists Retrace the Mysterious Circumstances of an 1866 Death

2 months agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

Robert Kennicott was a well-liked and respected young naturalist for the Smithsonian Institution in its early days, when naturalists actually lived in the museum together. He was dedicated to collecting specimens for the institute, up until his untimely death at age 30. Show More Summary

Apollo 11 command module readies for road trip

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

This year, one of the most important artifacts of the Space Age, the Columbia command module of the Apollo 11 mission, will leave its home at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum for the first time in almost 50 years. Show More Summary

Watch live: Giant panda Bao Bao leaves National Zoo for China

2 months agoNews : USAToday: News

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo will say goodbye to giant panda Bao Bao, who is headed to her new home in China. Bao Bao, 3, will...        

Hostility to Technocracy Will Ruin Democracy

Photo from Smithsonian Institution Flickr When we go to a local restaurant, we expect our waiter or waitress to perform superbly in their responsibilities. We hope that they will take our orders correctly and not spill anything on us when they bring us our food. Show More Summary

Here's Why You Should Never Kiss a Toad

A scientist at Smithsonian's Tropical Research Institute helped catalog everything known about toxins in the skins of endangered frogs and toads

Researchers list reasons not to lick a toad

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) The cane toad, which overran Australia when introduced there, and Panama's iconic, endangered golden frog both belong to the family Bufonidae. Researchers combed through many research papersShow More Summary

Coral reefs grow faster and healthier when parrotfish are abundant

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) A new study by Smithsonian scientists and colleagues that reveals 3,000 years of change in reefs in the eastern Caribbean provides long-term, compelling evidence that parrotfish, which eat algae that can smother corals, are vital to coral-reef growth and health.

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