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Bon Voyage Bao Bao!


Giant Panda Bao Bao is turning Washington, D.C. upside down with her departure on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Here she celebrates her first birthday at the National Zoo on Aug.

Taking the Pulse of Our Planet’s Forests:

The Smithsonian is joining with local communities and the Nigerian Montane Forest Project to better understand and conserve montane forests in Nigeria.

I was a glittering artwork, on exhibit in Washington, D.C.


“Woman in E” at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. (Flickr photo by Victoria Pickering) At 53, Martha Hamilton was the oldest of 14 female performers who portrayed Ragnar Kjartansson’s “Woman in E” at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum during the Icelandic artist’s recent exhibition there, which closed in January.

Astronomers propose cell phone search for galactic radio bursts


Artist impression of a Fast Radio Burst (FRB) reaching Earth. The colors represent the burst arriving at different radio wavelengths, with long wavelengths (red) arriving several seconds after short wavelengths (blue).

Sending the Very Best for Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day Card; Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History This special Valentine’s Day card has a long history in the Ream family.

With Grit and Innovation “Everyone Plays”


Prosthetic sockets and feet used by Amy Purdy at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games. The metal foot is positioned in the back of the snowboard as it is softer and more forgiving allowing more knee bend and flexion over the back foot.

ISO: a boring Martian landing spot for NASA’s InSight probe


NASA’s InSight probe, scheduled to land on the surface of Mars in November 2018, will be boring. Boring a hole, that is.

Smithsonian volcanologist Elizabeth Cottrell explores Alaskan Volcanoes

Join Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell as she explores the volcanoes of Alaska’s Western Aleutian Islands. The post Smithsonian volcanologist Elizabeth Cottrell explores Alaskan Volcanoes appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.

Missing bobcat found on zoo property

Ollie the bobcat, who escaped from her enclosure at the Smithsonian National Zoo, was found two days after her disappearance roaming near the zoo’s bird exhibit.

Odd anatomy: flexible joint between skull and spine allow dragonfish to open wide


This image shows the skeleton and anatomy of a barbeled dragonfish with a true functional head joint (A) in contrast to the relatively inflexible connection usually found in fishes (e.g., a young Mediterranean sea bass (B)).

A lesson in “rasquachismo” art: Chicano aesthetics & the “sensibilities of the barrio”


An altar in a backyard in Texas. A statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe is encased in a bathtub that has been turned on its end.

Bobcat escapes National Zoo enclosure

A 25-pound female bobcat cat is missing from its exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Field Research :: Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation offers a range of compelling residential, hands-on, interdisciplinary programs in conservation biology for undergraduate and graduate students and professionals at the facility on the grounds of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

Two invasive species have Hawaiian reunion after 80-year separation


A cane toad (Flickr photo by John Claire) Fat, toxic and nocturnal, cane toads (Rhinella marina) are abundant today in Hawaii, even though they are South American natives.

Meet the Cuban “Ophra”


Cristina Saralegui hosting her talk show at her studio in Miami, Fla., February 1996. (Courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery) To millions of people, she’s known on a first-name basis: Cristina.

Meet the candy striped hermit crab, a new Caribbean species


A live female of the new species “Pylopaguropsis mollymullerae” stretching out from gastropod shell. (Image courtesy Rafael Lemaitre and Ellen Muller) Recent underwater photographs and video from the National Marine Park of the southern Caribbean island of Bonaire revealed the presence of a new species of small and brightly colored red-striped hermit crab.

Stephanie Stebich Named Director of Smithsonian American Art Museum


Stephanie Stebich, executive director of the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, Wash., since 2005, has been named The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, effective April 3.

Coral reefs grow faster, healthier when parrotfish are abundant


A parrotfish feeding at the coral off Granita de Oro, Granita de Oro, one of 38 small, wild islands that make up Panama’s Isla Coiba National Park, in the Gulf of Chiriqui.

“Greek Slave,” the Washington, D.C. Legacy of Hiram Powers’ 1840s masterpiece


A 3-D printed glass-infused polymer replica of Hiram Power’s “Greek Slave,” in the Octagon Room of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery.

“It’s Summer Somewhere in the World”


Original, silk screened, 60-by-40-inch Day-Glo poster for The Endless Summer movie designed by John Van Hamersveld; National Museum of American History As snow sweeps across the country and the cold seeps into our bones, thinking about balmy temperatures on exotic shores offers a little relief from winter’s icy grip.


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