Scientists from the Smithsonian Institution describe the Spectacular Guyane False-form beetle, or Guyanemorpha spectabilis, from Guyane (French Guiana). As its name suggests, the newly discovered species stands out among its dull relatives in the Western Hemisphere, with its great size and beautiful coloration. Show More Summary
A fossil in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution could represent the oldest flowering plant ever found in North America, researchers say.University of Maryland doctoral student Nathan Jud said was looking at a batch of ancient...Show More Summary
The Smithsonian Institution is leading the way for major museums going digital with the 3D archive of historic artifacts available for viewing and printing it launched on Nov. 13. From supernovas to a sculpture of President Lincoln's...Show More Summary
One of the most famous objects in the sky - the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant - will be on display like never before, thanks to NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and a new project from the Smithsonian Institution. A new three-dimensional...
Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Woolly Mammoth skeleton at Smithsonian Institution © akseabird Why go to a museum when you can make copies of pieces of its collection at home? Well, assuming that you have a 3D printer in your home. Anyway, the day when 3D printers are commonplace isn’t far off, and the day when museums make their artifacts [...]Show More Summary
Jessica Sadeq from the Smithsonian shares big news--the Institution has launched the Smithsonian X 3D Collection and 3-D explorer. They've gathered data on some of the most treasured items in the archives, and they're encouraging people who work with 3D printers to help them explore new ways of using the data.
You can now explore the Wright Brothers' first plane in 3D. (Credit: Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET) You can now take a 3D peek at several famous historical artifacts thanks to a project from the Smithsonian Institution. Launched on...Show More Summary
WASHINGTON (AP) — With most of its 137 million objects kept behind the scenes or in a faraway museum, the Smithsonian Institution is launching a new 3D scanning and printing initiative to make more of its massive collection accessible to schools, researchers and the public worldwide.
A joint research led by the Smithsonian Institution (US), Saint Louis University (US) and Universidad de Los Andes (Venezuela) resulted in the discovery of an exciting new species from the daisy family. The two expeditions in the paramos high up in the Venezuelan Andes were crowned by the discovery of the beautiful and extraordinary, Coespeletia palustris. read more
Over at Slate, Laura Helmuth has a piece accusing the National Institutes of and its director, Francis Collins, of essentially colluding with the Smithsonian Museum of American History to rewrite the story of how the first draft of the human genome was sequenced. In case you don’t remember, Collins led the Human Genome Project, backed [...]
(WASHINGTON) — Yoga is moving from the studio mat to the museum gallery. The Smithsonian Institution has organized what curators believe is the first exhibition about the visual history and art of yoga, its origins and evolution over time. Show More Summary
The Smithsonian Institute's long-planned exhibition Yoga: The Art of Transformation is scheduled to open to the public this Saturday, October 19, at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. Luckily for all lovers of yoga, art,...Show More Summary
October is Archives Month and this year blogs across the Smithsonian will highlight "true stories" about their collections and give an inside look at the Institution's archival collections and practices. See additional posts from our other participating blogs, as well...
Laying his eyes on an oddly bulbous mosquito enclosed in a thin piece of shale, researcher Dale Greenwalt at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., immediately knew he had found something special. A mass spectrometry confirmed...Show More Summary
1917. "Langley, Samuel Pierpont. Secretary, Smithsonian Institute. Experimental tandem biplane on Potomac embodying Langley principles." Last seen here. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
image credit Smithsonian Institution Behold the Mother of All Swiss Army Knives, a multi-tool created by John S. Holler in Germany around 1880. The knife actually predates the Swiss Army Knife, which started production about a decade later in 1890. The knife has 100 functions, including every types of blades imaginable. Show More Summary
From the Washington Post: Miss Piggy is finally joining her love, Kermit the Frog, in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of Jim Henson’s Muppets, and Bert and Ernie will have a place in history, too… The newest donation includes an original version of Miss Piggy and some of her co-stars from “The Muppet Show,” including Fozzie [Read more...]
(WASHINGTON) — Miss Piggy is finally joining her love, Kermit the Frog, in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of Jim Henson’s Muppets, and Bert and Ernie will have a place in history, too. Henson’s daughter, Cheryl Henson, donated more than 20 puppets and props Tuesday to the National Museum of American History. Show More Summary
G. Wayne Clough expanded accessibility at the institution that was beset by scandal. When G. Wayne Clough began his tenure as head of the Smithsonian Institution in July 2008, he asked himself the question, "What will the Smithsonian be in 500 years?"
As you surely know by now, Smithsonian secretary and “Hide/Seek” censor G. Wayne Clough announced his resignation yesterday. He’ll leave the institution in October, 2014. Ever since the Smithsonian regents investigated Clough’s role in censoring “Hide/Seek” in 2011, he’s been presumed to be a short-termer there. Show More Summary