Last year, the Smithsonian was one of the first American institutions to jump on the 3D bandwagon, scanning and printing a Thomas Jefferson statue from Monitcello. Now, the world-famous museum will take its love of technology even further, and has embarked
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Remains of endangered Hawaiian petrels – both ancient and modern – show how drastically today's open seas fish menu has changed. A research team, led by Michigan State University and Smithsonian Institution scientists,...Show More Summary
According to the Smithsonian Institution researcher Gary Hevel, one trillion cicadas—a giant insect the size of a human finger—are about to take over the East Coast. Some say it will be 30 billion, enough bugs to go to the moon and back. Show More Summary
The Smithsonian Institution museums in Washington have had to close some spaces due to the effects of the federal budget cuts known as sequestration, the organization announced this week.
The Smithsonian Institution plans to close small exhibit sections in four of its museums beginning Wednesday due to the across the board budget cuts known as sequestration. The closures, announced by Secretary Wayne Clough after a Board of Regents meeting … Continue reading ?
W. Richard West Jr., former director of Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, is heading up the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles, which means hitting the fundraising trail to workShow More Summary
An old supposedly unplayable wax recording from 1885 is now playable due to modern technology. The voice: telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell. And it was hiding in plain sight: at the Smithsonian Institution. You might want call him “Count Alexander Graham Bell” since he first counts, then rattles off some dollars and sense and then [...]
Colleges will be able to receive materials such as three-dimensional renderings of objects in the institution's holdings for use in classes or research projects.
Brubeck Institute's Jazz Quintet Jazz Appreciation Month: A Tribute to Dave Brubeck In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will present a concert in tribute of the late Dave Brubeck by the Brubeck Institute's Jazz Quintet...
Earlier this week, officials with the Smithsonian Institution, as well as the National Archives and Records Administration, gave testimony at the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the impact of federal budget cuts from sequestration. Show More Summary
The mandatory federal budget cuts that went into effect earlier this year will start eating into the Smithsonian Institution next month, Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough told Congress today. [ more › ]
Cats are the leading human-related cause of wildlife death in the United States. This is the conclusion of a study published earlier this year by scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The authors...Show More Summary
In the old days, Mars was peopled by one vast thinking vegetable, and the Moon was peopled by stick-wielding bat-men and moth-winged moon maidens. From the Smithsonian Institute Image Collections: This portfolio of hand-tinted lithographs purports to illustrate the "discovery of life on the moon." In 1836, Richard E. Locke, writing for the New York [...]
June 1942. Washington, D.C. "Boys playing in wrecked houses on Independence Avenue across from the Smithsonian Institution." Large format negative by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.
United States $10 Banknote, Legal Tender, Series of 1901 Hat tip boingboing, National Numismatic Collection (NNC) of the Smithsonian Institution Back in the day, US currency did not have Presidents on it, but rather, consisted of “animals and symbolic statuary” as well as landscapes.
The limosa harlequin frog (Atelopus limosus), an endangered species native to Panama, now has a new lease on life. The Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project is successfully breeding the chevron-patterned form of the species in captivity for the first time. Show More Summary
Bjarke Ingels Group (or BIG), the Danish architecture firm helmed by its namesake, is getting even bigger. New plans to create a LEGO museum and develop the master plan for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., signal that the buzzed-about firm is on the cusp of becoming the world’s next big starchitecture outlet.
Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is known for designing modern, unconventional buildings, so it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has been selected to redesign the historic Smithsonian campus in Washington, DC. BIG will lead a design team that will include Surface Design, Traceries and Robert Silman Associates, which will [...]
Originally recorded by Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band for their great album Lick My Decals Off Baby, it was recently covered by Tom Dyer for his album, I Ain’t Blue Anymore (my review of which can be read by clicking here). Dyer has now made a video for the song, which you may see [...]
A new exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service features rare paintings by William H. Johnson from the collection of the James E. Lewis Museum at Morgan State University, at the Georgia Museum of Art from Feb. Show More Summary