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The Sultan of Swing


“Babe Ruth and Other Red Sox Pitchers” by Underwood & Underwood (gelatin paper print, 1915; Smithsonian’ National Portrait Gallery) The photographic record alone is astonishing: Babe Ruth was arguably the most portrayed American from the beginning of his professional career in the major leagues, in 1914, to his death in 1948.

Nigerian marketplace leaps to life in African Art sound installation


Market Symphony by Emeka Ogboh Bells ring, but it’s not your grandmother calling you to dinner from the backyard.

Smithsonian Study reveals Decline of Genetic Diversity in Wild Cheetahs


The planet’s last stronghold of wild cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) is losing genetic diversity at an alarming rate according to a new study from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and partners published June 21 in the journal Biological Conservation.

Star Stories: The Girl and Her Seven Brothers

This animation tells an Arikara story of the creation of a sacred landmark on the plains, the Bear’ Lodge (Devils Tower), as well as the formation of the Pleiades star cluster.

Smithsonian digitizes 1 millionth object from its collections!


Teapot made by Peter Bentzon, ca. 1817-1829, silver and wood, made in Philadelphia, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The silver teapot has an oval vase-shape on a spreading pedestal foot, with curved spout capped by an incised patera and wooden leaf-capped scroll handle, and hinged domed cover with acorn finial.

Smithsonian’s mosquito collection is weapon in battle against Zika


In association with man, “A. aegypti” will use any and all natural and artificial containers as larval breeding sites.

Smithsonian/Victoria and Albert Museum to create London exhibition space


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park The Smithsonian and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum plan to work together to create a major new international collaboration at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London, the site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games..

Methanol reveals comets forming in distant solar system


Astronomers announced today that they have found the organic molecule methyl alcohol, or methanol, in the TW Hydrae protoplanetary disk.

The Big Man


Ron Mueck, “Untitled (Big Man)” (2000); Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden One of its most popular and photographed works, the twice-life-size “Untitled (Big Man)” crouches in the corner of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Aaron Koblin and Ben Tricklebank-Light Echoes

This video is featured in the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, on view at the museum February – August 2016.

Next engineering revolution is hiding in museum collections


Using a 3D digital scan of bat specimens from Smithsonian collections, engineer Rolf Müller is better able to understand how the animals’ physiology influences their biological capabilities.

Bill Traylor: a black visionay artist’s upward trajectory in the Jim Crow South


“Untitled (Red Goat with Snake),” by Bill Traylor about 1939 – 1942. Opaque watercolor and pencil on cardboard.

Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)


“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”–Muhammad Ali Visit of Muhammad Ali to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History, March 17, 1976.

Seeing Magenta stamp is “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”


One-Cent Magenta stamp front. Mail clerk Edmond D. Wight’s signature appears left of center, the postmark date, “AP 4 1856” is centered with the county, “DEMERARA,” between the inner and outer circles of the cancellation.

Billions and Billions of Periodical Cicadas


Image from Insects, Their Ways and Means of Living, by Robert E. Snodgrass (1930), vol. 5, Smithsonian Scientific Series, Biodiversity Heritage Library.

National Postal Museum Rapid Capture Project

This video highlight’s the mass-digitization of the National Postal Museum’s Sidney N.

Discovery: Rising CO2 depletes pollen’s nutritional potency, bees suffer


A honeybee getting nectar and pollen from goldenrod in southern Michigan. The pollen is the orange substance attached to the bee’s leg.

Pollen

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you’ve doubtless caught at least a passing reference to the plight of the beleaguered bee.

Endangered Kiwi Chick Hatches


A brown kiwi chick, hatched at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI). The chick is the first to hatch from an egg that was laid and incubated at SCBI.

Endangered Kiwi Chick Hatches


A brown kiwi chick, hatched at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI). The chick is the first to hatch from an egg that was laid and incubated at SCBI.


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