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Microbes rule in 'knee-high tropical rainforests'

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Rainforests on infertile wet soils support more than half of all plant species. Shrublands on infertile dry soils in southwestern Australia, jokingly called 'knee-high tropical rainforests', support another 20 percent of all plants. Show More Summary

Smithsonian Hears Call for Women’s Museum

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A commission’s report was cited by prominent women who support a new national institution on the National Mall.

National Museum of African American Culture & History

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is a Smithsonian Institution museum established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans.. It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. The museum’s […]

Are tiny grazers the new hope for Caribbean reefs?

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Thirty years ago a mysterious disease wiped out long-spined black sea urchins across the Caribbean, leading to massive algal overgrowth that smothered already overfished coral reefs. Now, marine...Show More Summary

Dr. Anthony Atala Named 2016 Innovator of the Year

Dr. Anthony Atala, leader of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), has been named 2016 Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine and received a Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award in life sciences for his efforts to construct living. organs using 3-D printing technology.

Cruz Seeks to Have Justice Thomas’ Legacy More Prominently Displayed in Smithsonian

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is going to bat for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the second African-American to hold a position on the nation’s High Court. On Monday, Cruz petitioned the Smithsonian Institute, asking that they correct...Show More Summary

GOP senator: Museum ignores Clarence Thomas' accomplishments

In a letter to leaders of the Smithsonian Institution on Monday, the Texas senator says he was deeply disturbed to learn that Thomas is only briefly noted in the context of his contentious 1991 confirmation hearings, when he faced allegations...Show More Summary

Researchers investigate ancient species in Gulf of Alaska

Invasive species have shaped island ecosystems and landscapes in the Gulf of Alaska, but their histories are unknown. In a study by the University of Oklahoma, Boston University and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, researchers investigated the archaeological and genetic history of the Arctic ground squirrel on Chirikof Island, Alaska. Show More Summary

Smithsonian American Art Museum Acquires Nearly 100 Works by Self-Taught Artists

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The Margaret Z. Robson Collection is the institution's largest acquisition of its kind in two decades. The post Smithsonian American Art Museum Acquires Nearly 100 Works by Self-Taught Artists appeared first on Hyperallergic.

Predator invasion had devastating, long-term effects on native fish

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) In 1969, 60 to 100 peacock bass imported from Colombia, were introduced into a pond in Panama for sport fishing. Several individuals escaped. By the early 1970s, they colonized the reservoir forming the main channel of the Panama Canal. Show More Summary

Sen. Scott: Justice Thomas’ story should be told at African American Museum

South Carolina’s first African American U.S. senator has asked the Smithsonian Institution to reconsider their omission of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas from the exhibits in the new National … Click to Continue »

American Culture’s Unlikely Debt to A British Scientist

A fortuitous influx of cash launched the Smithsonian Institution and its earliest art collection

Sidedoor: A Smithsonian Podcast

Stories from the Institution told in an innovative audio experience

Corals survived Caribbean climate change

Half of all coral species in the Caribbean went extinct between 1 and 2 million years ago, probably due to drastic environmental changes. Which ones survived? Scientists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) think...Show More Summary

Corals survived Caribbean climate change

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Corals in the genus Orbicella survived previous temperature changes in the Caribbean and may be able to survive future climate change events as well.

Ant bridges connect shy tropical tree crowns

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Tropical forest tree crowns don't quite touch, a phenomenon known as 'crown shyness.' To ants, shy canopy trees are like islands, and island biogeography rules apply. But connect the trees with vines, and the story changes.

Ant bridges connect shy tropical tree crowns

Internet and phone connections are essential for effective communicators and for success in business. New results from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama show that connections between trees may be important for maintaining the rich diversity of tropical forests.

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Today is November 10, the date in 1958 when Harry Winston donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution. Winston sent it by U.S. registered mail, paying $2.44 for postage and $145.29 for insurance. The diamond is valued today at $200 million. Show More Summary

RIT professor wins Smithsonian, Carnegie and SAI fellowships

(Rochester Institute of Technology) Rochester Institute of Technology professor Joel Kastner is broadening and deepening his research program on the origins of our solar system and planetary systems orbiting other stars while on four consecutive fellowships and visiting positions during his sabbatical this academic year.

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