A few years ago in a lab in Panama, Klaus Winter tried to conjure the future. A plant physiologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, he planted seedlings of 10 tropical tree species in small, geodesic greenhouses. Some he allowed to grow in the kind of environment they were used to out in the forest, […]
The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History has a collection of beautiful Belgian laces made during World War I at the behest of future President of the United States Herbert Hoover. Hoover’s name is nowadays most commonly associated with the lack of relief for the destitute of the Great Depression — the notorious tent [...]
Wilton S. Dillon, a cultural anthropologist who spent decades leading the Smithsonian Institution’s interdisciplinary conference series, which convened bold-name figures in the humanities and sciences to discuss the grand sweep of civilization, died Aug. 22 at a hospital in Alexandria, Va. He was 92.Read full article >>
Your worst nightmare has come true: Spiders are falling from the sky. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Louisville and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute have found that some spidersShow More Summary
From the Smithsonian Institution: The Smithsonian has released its Plan for Increased Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research, based on the principles outlined by the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Through the...Show More Summary
stevenljohnson: Arthur B. Davies by Smithsonian Institution on Flickr. Arthur Bowen Davies was an avant-garde American artist and influential advocate of modern art in the United States c. 1910–1928. Wikipedia
On August 20, our monthly series, Take 5! will feature the Smithsonian Institution's James Zimmerman who will celebrate "Storytellers and Crooners." Focusing on jazz vocalists, Zimmerman and his ensemble will highlight the artistry of great musicians by bringing the narrative of song to SAAM's stage.
After President James K. Polk signed the legislation creating the Smithsonian Aug. 10, 1846, one of the first tasks facing its governing body, the Board of Regents, was to erect a building to house the new Institution. Less than nine months later, the cornerstone of the Smithsonian Institution Building, now called the Castle, was laid May 1, 1847. Show More Summary
Black pastors are calling on the Smithsonian Institution to remove a bust of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger from the National Portrait Gallery's "Struggle for Justice Exhibit" in Washington, D.C.
It will go on display for the Institution's 169th birthday. [ more › ]
A new mini-documentary by the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History examines the origins of thrash metal and, more specifically, Slayer. Although the six-minute clip, Slayer: The Origins of Thrash in San Francisco, is innately flawed (the thrashers formed in Los Angeles), it provides a look at how some...
WASHINGTON—Saying that any further endeavors of technical skill and imagination were pointless, experts at the Smithsonian Institution reportedly questioned Monday why new art was still being produced after the pinnacle of aesthetic and creative potential was reached in 1990 with Megadeth’s fourth studio album, Rust In Peace. Show More Summary
Have you ever wondered about the person the Smithsonian Institution was named after? It’s a rather peculiar story. James Smithson (1765-1829) was a well-to-do English scientist who had never visited the United States. In his 1826 will, he left his estate to his nephew. Show More Summary
A new background video from the Smithsonian Institution’s Digitization Program Office. The 3D model of the 1903 Wright Flyer (seen in the video) can be accessed and manipulated here. About the Video Learn how 3D technologies were used to digitally document the 1903 Wight Flyer in amazing detail for education, outreach, and research See Also: […]
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U.S. scientists have used high-tech detective work to identify the remains of four leaders of Jamestown, the New World’s first successful English colony, more than 400 years after they died, the Smithsonian Institution said on Tuesday. The research also provided new insight into life and...
Archaeologists said Tuesday they have identified the remains of four men who were among the leaders of an early English settlement in Virginia's Jamestown. It took years for scientists to identify the poorly preserved bones belonging to an Anglican priest and three military officials. Show More Summary
The Smithsonian Institute recently kicked up a Kickstarter asking for money to help preserve Neil Armstrong's spacesuit.
But Smithsonian Institution has increased goal, will use money to preserve 2nd space suit.
On Monday the Smithsonian Institution launched a Kickstarter campaign to preserve astronaut Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit. Now with over $420,000 raised and a healthy 26 days left, the campaign is on track to easily exceed its $500,000 goal. But the Smithsonian’s road to crowdfunding success has been a long and bumpy one. Read more...