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Reptile rejuvenation at National Zoo

Reptiles have a rough exterior that make them seem like they don’t need a lot of very specific care. The reality is quite the opposite.

Keeping Warm in Winter is for the Birds


Small birds like this European robin puff up their feathers in order to trap more air in them, which is then warmed by their body heat and keeps the bird toasty on a cold winter morning.

3-D Map of Supernova Remnant Reveals Frothy Interior


A web application powered by Javascript/WebGL has been developed to allow users to interact with a 3D reconstruction of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A.

Six Cold and Flu Medicines you’re Not Taking Today (And for Good Reason)


If it seems like this winter you and everyone else has been getting sick, you’re not imagining things—the U.S.

“Outside the Spacecraft,” a new exhibition at the Air and Space Museum

Get a look behind the scenes as we installed “Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-vehicular Activity,” a new exhibition on view at the Museum in Washington, DC January 8 through June 8, 2015.

New South Pacific cliff flower is critically endangered


A close-up of the newly discovered flowering plant “Bidens meyeri.” What plant species has just been discovered but is almost gone?

Lowering the Spirit of St. Louis for the first time in 22 years

For the first time in nearly 22 years, the Spirit of St. Louis is lowered onto the floor of the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.

Bizarre ocean amphipod has 16 retinas in each eye


This image is a side view of “Paraphronima gracilis” showing the enormous mostly transparent eyes, row of orange retinas and transparent body with developing gonads (white).

Discovery: Marine crustacean has 16 retinas in each eye


This image is a side view of “Paraphronima gracilis” showing the enormous mostly transparent eyes, row of orange retinas and transparent body with developing gonads (white).

Museum specimens come to life in new “Skin and Bones” mobile app

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History released a new mobile app “Skin and Bones” Jan. 13.

Museum specimens come to life in new “Skin and Bones” mobile app

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History released a new mobile app “Skin and Bones” Jan. 13.

Asteroids: Breaking up is Hard to Do


This image, taken by NASA’s Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission in 2000, shows a close-up view of Eros, an asteroid with an orbit that takes it somewhat close to Earth.

Desire for Pacific bluefin puts fish on red list of threatened species


Pacific bluefin tuna (Flickr photo by Yasuki Ichishima) Eaten raw and thinly sliced, the dark-red belly meat of the Pacific bluefin tuna is highly prized—and priced—for its rich oily flavor by sashimi and sushi consumers in Japan.

Desire for Pacific bluefin puts fish on red list of threatened species


Pacific bluefin tuna (Flickr photo by Yasuki Ichishima) Eaten raw and thinly sliced, the dark-red belly meat of the Pacific bluefin tuna is highly prized—and priced—for its rich oily flavor by sashimi and sushi consumers in Japan.

Bao Bao’s First Snow Day

Jan. 6, 2015—As the year’s first blanket of snow coated the Washington, D.C. area today, giant panda Bao Bao at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park spent much of the morning playing in it for the very first time.

Eight New Planets Found in “Goldilocks” Zone


This artist’s conception depicts an Earth-like planet orbiting an evolved star that has formed a stunning “planetary nebula.” Earlier in its life, this planet may have been like one of the eight newly discovered worlds orbiting in the habitable zones of their stars.

Eight New Planets Found in “Goldilocks” Zone


This artist’s conception depicts an Earth-like planet orbiting an evolved star that has formed a stunning “planetary nebula.” Earlier in its life, this planet may have been like one of the eight newly discovered worlds orbiting in the habitable zones of their stars.

SUPER-EARTHS HAVE LONG-LASTING OCEANS


This artist’s depiction shows a gas giant planet rising over the horizon of an alien waterworld. New research shows that oceans on super-Earths, once established, can last for billions of years.

Feathers of seduction – the connection between birds and people of New Guinea


Huli Wigmen in line, New Guinea. (Photo: Bruce Beehler) The majestic feathers of the greater bird of paradise (Paradisaea apoda) have inspired people for thousands of years.

Feathers of Seduction – the connection between birds and people of New Guinea


Huli Wigmen in line, New Guinea. (Photo: Bruce Beehler) The majestic feathers of the greater bird of paradise (Paradisaea apoda) have inspired people for thousands of years.


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