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How a Smithsonian Naturalist’s Skeleton Ended Up on View at the Museum

4 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

The skeleton of 19th-century collector Robert Kennicott is on view in the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History's Objects of Wonder. The bones recently solved the long mystery of his death. The post How a Smithsonian Naturalist’s Skeleton Ended Up on View at the Museum appeared first on Hyperallergic.

Director of Smithsonian's Asian Art Galleries announces plan to retire

last weekArts : Artdaily

Julian Raby, the Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Smithsonian?s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, has announced that he will retire from his position at the beginning of 2018 after 15 years with the Institution....Show More Summary

Photos: Enjoy These Photos Of Zoo Babies Before The Evening News Dump

Let's all meditate on the latest baby boom over at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. [ more › ]

Predators are real lowlifes

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) By deploying green clay caterpillar models across six continents, researchers unmasked an important global pattern. Their discovery that predation is most intense near sea level in the tropics...Show More Summary

Myanmar's extensive forests are declining rapidly due to political and economic change

The loss of intact forest cover in Myanmar has accelerated over the last decade, according to a study published May 17, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Peter Leimgruber from Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, United States of America; Ned Horning from American Museum of Natural History, United States of America; and colleagues.

Spring Brings a Wave of Baby Animals to the Zoo

Seven different endangered species born so far at the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

The Earth sank twice, flooding the Eastern Amazon

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) A tiny shark tooth, part of a mantis shrimp and other microscopic marine organisms reveal that as the Andes mountains rose, the Eastern Amazon sank twice, each time for less than a million years.

How The Hirshhorn Museum Has Been Reborn

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

It was a dark time for a proud institution. The Hirshhorn opened in 1974 after philanthropist and financier Joseph H. Hirshhorn donated his renowned collection to the Smithsonian. The Gordon Bunshaft-designed building has hosted many internationally celebrated exhibitions, including shows focused on Ai Weiwei, Doug Aitken, Louise Bourgeois and Clyfford Still. But as it came […]

Scientists examine impact of high-severity fires on conifer forests

(Harvard University) The ability of some Western conifer forests to recover after severe fire may become increasingly limited as the climate continues to warm, scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Harvard Forest found in a new study published today in Global Change Biology.

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

last monthTechnology : 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 months 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

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