A sea otter cracks open a clam by striking it against a rock balanced on its stomach. (Photo by Jessica Fujii / Monterey Bay Aquarium) Tool use by sea otters to break open well-armored food is not necessarily a family matter, according to a new study published this week by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and partners.
June Schwarcz, Apollo’s Pool (#2025), 1993, electroplated copper foil and enamel. Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of Kenneth R.
Crabs were flushed from reef crevices by low oxygen conditions but ultimately succumbed to hypoxia. (Photo by Arcadio Castillo) Dead zones affect dozens of coral reefs around the world and threaten hundreds more according to a new study by Smithsonian scientists published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Henry and Nancy Rosin Collection of Early Photography of Japan. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
Odile Madden with a collection of plastic buoys, fishing floats and fuel containers found on the shore of Alaska’s Blue Fox Island in 2013.
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Caja de Memoria Viva II: Constancia Clemente-Colon by Adrian “Viajero” Roman, charcoal on wood, audio recording, mixed media and artifacts, 2013.
Golden hamlet (“Hypoplectrus gummigutta”). (Photo by Kosmas Hench) New species don’t just spring out of thin air.
One of the most important long-term projects to impact the video game industry is going on at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
On Earth Day weekend, the Smithsonian will convene the first Earth Optimism Summit, a three-day event featuring more than 150 scientists, thought leaders, philanthropists, conservationists and civic leaders, which will highlight what is working in conservation and how to scale up and replicate it.
An artist’s illustration of a light-sail powered by a radio beam (red) generated on the surface of a planet.
Evacuees were allowed to bring only what they could carry. The Watanabe family brought this wicker suitcase with them to the Minidoka camp in Idaho.
Known around the world for personal and culturally inspired choreography, Dana Tai Soon Burgess has been named the Smithsonian’s first choreographer-in-residence at the National Portrait Gallery.
“Think of a lion shrunk to the size of a mouse that needs to eat every 20 minutes or so.” That is a shrew, says Neal Woodman, a U.S.
Traditional Mexican dance mask representing La Malinche (Courtesy National Museum of Natural History) For centuries, cultures around the world have used masks in ritual dances and festivals to represent traditional characters.
This 3D model of “Darwinylus marcosi” shows how the beetle may have looked before it became stuck in tree resin 105 million years ago.
Being able to track a bird as small as the Kirtland’s warbler through its full annual cycle has revealed new and critical information for conservation and the bird’s future.
The Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. is a city of symbols.
A harvest mouse captured and released during a Smithsonian sponsored mammal survey of coffee plantations in Mexico in 2014.
In a pleasant purple room just past a portrait of Pocahontas, some of the National Portrait Gallery’s youngest visitors are conducting what Albert Einstein once called “the highest form of research.” “When children play, they develop cognitive, emotional, social and physical skills,” says Rhonda Buckley-Bishop, president and CEO of the Explore!