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Pyrotechnics, Pageantry and the ‘Virgin Vote’: How 19th-Century Youth Shaped Democracy


Adults encourage some very partisan children to don uniforms, light torches, and march through their community before the big 1880 election.

Smithsonian Design Museum in NYC Reopens with High Tech Makeover

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the only museum in the U.S. devoted exclusively to design, reopens after a 3-year makeover with 60 percent more exhibition space to showcase some of the most technologically advanced exhibitions in existence.

When is a blue bird not Blue?


Mountain Bluebird, Cabin Lake Viewing Blinds, Deschutes National Forest, Near Fort Rock, Oregon (Photo by Elaine R.

When is a Bluebird not Blue?


Mountain Bluebird, Cabin Lake Viewing Blinds, Deschutes National Forest, Near Fort Rock, Oregon (Photo by Elaine R.

Collecting archival treasures from America’s top Latino visual artists


Josh Franco at work in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. From love letters to tax returns, sketches and snakes, the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art holds more than 20 million archival documents that tell the stories behind some of America’s greatest visual artists.

Collecting archival treasures from America’s top Latino visual artists


Josh Franco at work in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. From love letters to tax returns, sketches and snakes, the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art holds more than 20 million archival documents that tell the stories behind some of America’s greatest visual artists.

Smithsonian expert urges caution, patience on blue crab recovery


Cheasapeake Bay blue crabs (Photos courtesy SERC) The results are in, 2016 is going to be a good year for blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay.

Smithsonian expert urges caution, patience on blue crab recovery


Cheasapeake Bay blue crabs (Photos courtesy SERC) The results are in, 2016 is going to be a good year for blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay.

First North American Monkey Fossils Found in Panama Canal Excavation


“Cebus capucinus,” the species of Cebus common in Panama today. (Photo by Andres Hernandez, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Seven fossil teeth exposed by the Panama Canal expansion project are the first evidence of a monkey on the North American continent before the Isthmus of Panama connected it to South America 3.5 million years ago.

First North American Monkey Fossils Found in Panama Canal Excavation


“Cebus capucinus,” the species of Cebus common in Panama today. (Photo by Andres Hernandez, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) Seven fossil teeth exposed by the Panama Canal expansion project are the first evidence of a monkey on the North American continent before the Isthmus of Panama connected it to South America 3.5 million years ago.

Sacred shrew mummies reveal species distribution in ancient Egypt


The Egyptian pygmy shrew (“Crocidura religiosa”) is one of the smallest species of shrew in Egypt. (Image Bibliotheca Alexandrina) Nocturnal, solitary and fiercely territorial the adult Egyptian pigmy shrew—one of the smallest mammals on earth—weighs just 7 grams.

Sacred shrew mummies reveal species distribution in ancient Egypt


The Egyptian pygmy shrew (“Crocidura religiosa”) is one of the smallest species of shrew in Egypt. (Image Bibliotheca Alexandrina) Nocturnal, solitary and fiercely territorial the adult Egyptian pigmy shrew—one of the smallest mammals on earth—weighs just 7 grams.

Rare cancer cells discovered in naked mole rats


Two naked mole rats from a colony at the National Zoological Park (Photo by Meghan Murphy) Bald from snout to tail with baggy wrinkled skin and beady eyes, eastern African naked mole rats (Heterocephalus glaber) are subterranean mammals long credited with a remarkable resistance to cancer.

Rare cancer cells discovered in naked mole rats


Two naked mole rats from a colony at the National Zoological Park (Photo by Meghan Murphy) Bald from snout to tail with baggy wrinkled skin and beady eyes, eastern African naked mole rats (Heterocephalus glaber) are subterranean mammals long credited with remarkable resistance to cancer.

Oh…Brad.


Clipping from Roy Fox Lichtenstein letter to Ellen H. Johnson, 1963 Apr. 5. Ellen Hulda Johnson papers, 1872–1994, bulk 1921–1992.

Oh…Brad.


Roy Fox Lichtenstein letter to Ellen H. Johnson, 1963 Apr. 5. Ellen Hulda Johnson papers, 1872–1994, bulk 1921–1992.

Smithsonian Discovery: 46-million-year-old beetle had zinc jaws


Modern day rove beetle species “Paederius riparius.” (Photo by K.V. Makarov) Remember the scene in Moonraker where Robert Kiel, as the steel-toothed character Jaws, bites through a tram cable that sends Roger Moore’s James Bond sprawling?

Smithsonian Discovery: 46-million-year-old beetle had zinc jaws


Modern day rove beetle species “Paederius riparius.” (Photo by K.V. Makarov) Remember the scene in Moonraker where Robert Kiel, as the steel-toothed character Jaws, bites through a tram cable that sends Roger Moore’s James Bond sprawling?

Plains Indian Pictorial artists tackle the modern world in “Unbound”


Close up of “A Cruise Through Bikini Bottom” by Dallin Maybee (Northern Arapaho/Seneca). (Photo by Joshua Stevens, NMAI) Wild-eyed and astride a red seahorse, SpongeBob SquarePants gallops through Bikini Bottom brandishing a spatula while decked out in an American Indian headdress, moccasins and leggings.

Plains Indian Pictorial art absorbs the modern world in “Unbound”


“Conductors of Our Own Destiny,” 2013. Dallin Maybee (Northern Arapaho/ Seneca). Buffalo hide, acrylic paint, beads.


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