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Smithsonian and National Gallery of Art Could Close This Week Because of Government Shutdown

yesterdayArts : Hyperallergic

Many cultural institutions may be forced to close or scale back their operations if the government shutdown continues beyond Monday. The post Smithsonian and National Gallery of Art Could Close This Week Because of Government Shutdown appeared first on Hyperallergic.

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia

An hour-and-a-half drive west of Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute sits on a sprawling rural campus in Front Royal, Virginia. Long before the biologists set up shop there, the farm also saw use as a U.S. Show More Summary

9 Photographs That Have Made History

last weekHumor / odd : Neatorama

Pioneering journalist Eliza Scidmore was the magazine's first official female writer, photographer, and board member. In the 1890s, the organization that is now the Smithsonian Institution gave Scidmore a Kodak camera to document her travels across India, Japan, China, and the Indonesian island of Java. Show More Summary

Smithsonian names Julissa Marenco Assistant Secretary for Communications and External Affairs

last weekArts : Artdaily

The Smithsonian announced today that Julissa Marenco has been named its Assistant Secretary for Communications and External Affairs. Marenco will oversee the Institution?s Offices of Public Affairs, Government Relations, Visitor Services, and Special Events and Protocol. Show More Summary

The Caribbean is stressed out

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Forty percent of the world's 2.5 billion people live in coastal cities and towns. A team including Smithsonian marine biologists just released 25 years of data about the health of Caribbean coasts from the Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity Program (CARICOMP).

Jaguar conservation depends on neighbors' attitudes

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) A survey of residents near two major national parks in Panama indicates that jaguars deserve increased protection. But because most residents still support road-building in the parks, the survey team recommends further education to emphasize the connection between healthy ecosystems and jaguar survival.

Boat traffic threatens the survival of Panama's Bocas Del Toro dolphins

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Bottlenose dolphins in Panama's Bocas Del Toro Archipelago should be designated as endangered say the authors of a new study. Biologists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute discovered that the roughly 80 dolphins in the archipelago do not interbreed with other Caribbean bottlenose dolphins. Show More Summary

Boat traffic threatens the survival of Panama's Bocas Del Toro dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins in Panama's Bocas Del Toro Archipelago should be designated as endangered say the authors of a new study. Biologists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute discovered that the roughly 80 dolphins in the archipelago do not interbreed with other Caribbean bottlenose dolphins. Show More Summary

"Off the Beaten Track: A Road Trip through the Archives of American Art" opens in Washington

2 months agoArts : Artdaily

The Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, (the Archives) presents a new exhibition from its expansive collection showcasing material from every state and the District of Columbia. Opening December 8, 2017, Off the Beaten...Show More Summary

Baby Animal Profile: Whetu, The Kiwi Chick

2 months agoNews : The Two-Way

Whetu, an almost 4-month-old brown kiwi at the Smithsonian Conservation Biological Institute, is the first female born to her parents. She enjoys staying up all night, eating worms and burrowing.

When Crates Are Archives -- The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap

As a musical, cultural and social force of the last 40 years, hip-hop is taking its place in the Smithsonian — an institution devoted to preserving and documenting our nation’s heritage. That’s why the National Museum of African American...Show More Summary

Melania Trump Gives Gown to Smithsonian

3 months agoNews : USAToday: News

Melania Trump donated her inaugural ball gown to the First Ladies' Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. The first lady handed over the vanilla silk, off-the-shoulder gown during a ceremony Friday in Washington. (Oct. 20)        

Smithsonian launches drive for major hip-hop anthology

3 months agoArts : Artdaily

The Smithsonian federal museum complex in Washington, DC, on Tuesday announced a plan to create the most comprehensive anthology ever of hip-hop recordings. The institution, which is led by the federal government but frequently seeks...Show More Summary

Smithsonian's Freer And Sackler Galleries Reopen After 18-Month Renovation

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"After more than a year and a half of renovation work, the Freer reopened to the public over the weekend, along with a raft of new exhibitions at its partner institution, the subterranean Sackler Gallery to which it is connected by an underground tunnel. With the director of the Freer/Sackler, Julian Raby, set to retire […]

Scientists uncover a centuries-old case of mistaken identity in the Chesapeake Bay

(NOAA Headquarters) Scientists recently discovered that some jellyfish in the Bay are quite different from their ocean cousins. This led scientists from NOAA and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History to declare them as two different species.

Tropical tree roots represent an underappreciated carbon pool

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Estimates of the carbon stored by tropical forests rarely take tree roots into consideration. Smithsonian scientists report that almost 30 percent of the total biomass of tropical trees may be in the roots.

Tropical tree roots represent an underappreciated carbon pool

Ask someone to draw a tree and s/he will invariably draw a trunk and branches—leaving the roots out of the picture. In a unique study of tropical tree roots at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute published in PLOS ONE, roots accounted for almost 30 percent of the total biomass of young trees. Show More Summary

Update 2: National Portrait Gallery bought Adams portrait

The best-case scenario for history and museum nerds has come to pass! The buyer of the 1843 daguerreotype of John Quincy Adams sold at auction last week for $360,500 is the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. This could not be a more perfect fit. Collecting images of US presidents has been a key part of […]

Take a Tour of the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific Collections this Autumn

Diverse artifacts all across the Smithsonian Institution captivate and confound in equal measure

Advance achieved in dry preservation of mammalian sperm cells

In a paper forthcoming in the November issue of the journal Theriogenology, a team of researchers from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, announced the first successful drying and rehydration of domestic cat spermatozoa using a rapid microwave dehydration method.

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