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Linn Meyers “Our View From Here” Time-lapse

Linn Meyers (American, b. Washington, D.C., 1968; lives and works in Washington, D.C.) created her largest work, “Our View From Here,” at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, on view May 12, 2016–May 14, 2017.

Why Birds Really Matter: President Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter, an avid birder, talks about the importance of bird conservation and why birds really matter.

Recent Connection Between North and South America Reaffirmed

Long ago, one great ocean flowed between North and South America. When the narrow Isthmus of Panama joined the continents about 3 million years ago, it also separated the Atlantic from the Pacific Ocean.

Why Birds Really Matter

Keith Gagnon, a 9-year-old fascinated by birds, talks about the importance of bird conservation and why birds really matter.

Venus-like Exoplanet Might Have Oxygen Atmosphere, But Not Life

The distant planet GJ 1132b intrigued astronomers when it was discovered last year. Located just 39 light-years from Earth, it might have an atmosphere despite being baked to a temperature of around 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Why Birds Really Matter

Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change talks about the importance of bird conservation and why birds really matter.

Why Birds Really Matter

Why Birds Really Matter   Step outside your house in the morning and one of the first things you will hear or see is a bird.

A Finery-Feathered Friend

Laurel Roth Hope, “Biodiversity Reclamation Suit: Carolina Parakeet,” 2009 Smithsonian American Art Museum Laurel Roth Hope uses humor to address the serious subject of species extinction in her “Biodiversity Reclamation Suits.” These crocheted suits allow common rock pigeons to masquerade as extinct North American birds—if not actually to “reclaim” biodiversity, then at least to give the appearance of it.

New Species of Extinct River Dolphin Discovered in Smithsonian Collection

A fossil that has been in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History since it was discovered in 1951 is today helping scientists piece together the evolutionary history of whales and dolphins, including the origins of the endangered South Asian river dolphin.

Fishing gear deaths of marine birds is focus of Smithsonian ecologist study

A Laysan albatross estimated to be at least 63-years-old and chick at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

20,000-lb Sculpture added to Hirshhorn Plaza

“Still Life with Spirit and Xitle” Visitors–and drivers–on the National Mall have been surprised recently to encounter the Hirshhorn’s jaw-dropping (rock-dropping) newest acquisition, a 1992 Dodge Spirit crushed under the weight of a 9-ton volcanic boulder with googly eyes.

U.S.S. Enterprise studio model conservation

This is a short film showing the process of the detail paint work on the conservation of the original U.S.S.

Extinct-in-the-Wild Antelope Return to the Grasslands of Chad

Thirty years after the scimitar-horned oyrx were driven to extinction, the desert antelope will return to the last-known place it existed: Chad’s Sahelian grasslands.

17 Objects for 170 Years (Happy Birthday to us!)

With over 138 million collection objects, 2.1 million library volumes, and 137,000 cubic feet of archives, the stories of how our collections have made their way to the Smithsonian are almost as varied as the collections themselves.

Crime bite: DNA on half-eaten food may someday send crooks to jail

Matching bite marks in food at a crime scene to a suspect’s teeth is often a stretch. Saliva deposited on the food and subjected to DNA analysis, however, has the potential to strengthen the positive identification of those present at a crime.

Elastic – Opening Credits: True Detective, Season 1

Elastic has created some of the most intriguing title sequences in recent television history. Directed by Patrick Clair (Australian b.

Let the Games Begin

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution With the kickoff of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro imminent, the time was right to pull out this groovy 1972 portrait from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

Another Earth? Kepler astronomers pinpoint likeliest candidates

Kepler-186f, seen here in an artist’s rendering and discovered in 2014 by a team of astronomers, is one of more than 200 “exoplanets” that researchers say lie within the “habitable zone” of their stars and could potentially have life.

Five things only a conservator would know about Starship “Enterprise”

Malcolm Collum of the National Air and Space Museum’s Conservation Laboratory, left, with Peter Flowers and Marilyn Small, veterinary technicians from the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park, use a portable radiography to X-ray the Starship Enterprise at the Air and Space Museum’s Steven F.


This artist’s conception shows a red dwarf star orbited by a pair of habitable planets. Because red dwarf stars live so long, the probability of cosmic life grows over time.