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Scientists edit butterfly wing spots and stripes

An international research team working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama knocked-out a single control gene in the DNA of seven different butterfly species. In the Sept. 18 Proceedings of the National Academy of...Show More Summary

New porcelain crab species from Colombia named

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) New, hairy-clawed porcelain crab species discovered in the southern Caribbean.

Cleanliness is next to sexiness for golden-collared manakins in Panama

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Juvenile male Golden-collared Manakins on extra testosterone cleaned up their display area before performing for females, according to research at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama published in Animal Behavior. Female manakins got more aggressive when given testosterone.

Panama's native tree species excel in infertile tropical soils

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Smithsonian scientists and collaborators including the Panama Canal Authority confirm that native tree species performed very well in field trials and would be preferable to teak in the poor soils of the Panama Canal watershed.

Disease-carrying mosquitoes rare in undisturbed tropical forests

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) A new study by scientists from the Smithsonian, the Panamanian government and the US Environmental Protection Agency, among other institutions, concludes that conserving old-growth tropical rainforest is 'highly recommended' to prevent new outbreaks of viral and parasitic mosquito-borne diseases.

Disease-carrying mosquitoes rare in undisturbed tropical forests

A new study by scientists from the Smithsonian, the Panamanian government and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among other institutions, concludes that conserving old-growth tropical rainforest is "highly recommended" to prevent new outbreaks of viral and parasitic mosquito-borne diseases.

Smithsonian’s ‘Hometown Teams’ exhibit in Santa Ana showcase the impact sports has on our culture

SANTA ANA – Visit Heritage Museum of Orange County through Sept. 30 and find bleachers to sit on, footballs of different materials to touch. Those pieces are essential to sports, the theme of a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit that drives home this point: Sports has long been part of American culture and its roots are […]

Smithsonian manatee count informs policy recommendations

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Smithsonian scientists use sonar to estimate Antillean Manatee populations in the murky waters of Panama's internationally protected San San Pond Sak wetlands.

Comparing the jaws of porcupine fish reveals three new species

Researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and colleagues compared fossil porcupine fish jaws and tooth plates collected on expeditions to Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil with those from museum specimens and modern porcupine fish, revealing three new species.

Comparing the jaws of porcupine fish reveals three new species

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and colleagues compared fossil porcupine fish jaws and tooth plates collected on expeditions to Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil with those from museum specimens and modern porcupine fish, revealing three new species.

Today in History for August 10th

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Highlights of this day in history: 'Son of Sam' killer David Berkowitz caught near New York City; Leno and Rosemary LaBianca murdered by Charles Manson's cult; FDR stricken with polio; The Smithsonian Institution established. (Aug. 10)        

Researchers use carrion flies to survey tropical forest mammals

How many mammal species live in a tropical forest? Some are nocturnal. Others are small, furtive or live at the tops of trees. Scientists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama tested a new technique: recruiting carrion-eating flies to detect mammals. Show More Summary

The undertaker's census

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Scientists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama tested a new technique: recruiting carrion-eating flies to detect mammals. This new method surpasses standard techniques, detecting more species than researchers could count along trails or photograph with hidden cameras.

Light limitation as a factor in ecological conditions

There's a 50-hectare forested plot in Panama where researchers with the Smithsonian Institution have gathered highly detailed information about the species, distribution, and size of trees there. In a 2016 study, researchers proposed that those particular characteristics, and the forest's total metabolic rate, was limited by light. Show More Summary

Hamburgers Before Dinosaurs? Smithsonian To Close IMAX Theater At The Natural History Museum

The institution plans to demolish the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater to make room for an expanded cafeteria. [ more › ]

Meet the Zoo’s Newborn Red Panda Cubs, Who Just Opened Their Eyes

The three cubs were born within days of each other at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Google virtual exhibition features fashion collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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The Smithsonian?s National Museum of African American History and Culture has joined more than 180 cultural institutions from New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, São Paulo and around the world for the ?We Wear Culture? project presented by the Google Cultural Institute. Show More Summary

Researchers revolutionize vital conservation tool with use of gold nanotechnology and lasers

(University of Minnesota) In a new study, researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) provide the first-ever reproducible evidence for the successful cryopreservation of zebrafish embryos.

Pandas are great at climbing trees and also great at falling out of them

The Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute describes itself as a leader in animal education.  The zoo's prove to be a master educator once again, given the fact that on July 7 it tweeted a wonderfully informative...Show More Summary

Litter bugs may protect chocolate supply

(Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Mother's microbiome seems to protect baby cacao plants, a result with important implications for protecting the world's chocolate supply.

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