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Five Images of our universe that will astound you


http://smithsonianscience.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Galaxyimages21.mp4 1. Centaurus A – A split-personality elliptical galaxy Centaurus A isn’t your typical elliptical galaxy.

Kepler spacecraft proves it can still find planets


This artist’s conception portrays the first planet discovered by the Kepler spacecraft during its K2 mission.

Swarms of Pluto-size objects kick up dust around adolescent star


An artist’s impression of the debris disk around HD 107146. This adolescent star system shows signs that in its outer reaches, swarms of Pluto-size objects are jostling nearby smaller objects, causing them to collide and “kick up” considerable dust.

International team maps ‘big bang’ of bird evolution


Ornate Fruit-Dove (Photo: Bruce Beehler) The genomes of modern birds tell a story of how they emerged and evolved after the mass extinction that wiped out dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

Smithsonian X 3D – Exhibits

How 3D technology is used at the Smithsonian to create world class exhibits! The post Smithsonian X 3D – Exhibits appeared first on Smithsonian Science.

In modern amphibian “ark,” new species added with due diligence


Bright orange with a distinctive call the Panamanian poison dart frog Andinobates geminisae lives in only a small area of the Caribbean Coast of Panama.

High hopes for 60 year-old crocodile to become a mother again at Smithsonian’s National Zoo.


Newly hatched Cuban crocodile (Photo by Barbara Watkins, Smithsonian’s National Zoo) The challenges of conceiving only get greater as we get older.

3-D portrait of President Obama


The first presidential portraits created from 3-D scan data are now on display in the Smithsonian Castle.

A first: Super-earth transit detected with ground-based telescope


This artist’s conception shows the super-Earth 55 Cancri e (right) compared to the Earth (left). Astronomers using a ground-based telescope have measure the transit of 55 Cancri e for the first time.

Mass Extinction: Life at the brink

Yellowstone National Park is one of the world’s most protected ecosystems. But that’s still not enough to keep its grizzly bears completely safe.

Eight strange but true spider facts


Goliath bird-eating tarantula (Photo by: Meghan Murphy, Smithsonian’s National Zoo) 1. Some male spiders just want to be eaten Black widows are known for cannibalizing their mates, but this doesn’t actually happen all the time.

Where did your favorite Thanksgiving Day food originate? Anthropology has the answer.


Photo by Satya Murthy Millions of people across the United States will sit down Nov. 27 to a traditional Thanksgiving meal, including turkey, potatoes, squash, corn and cranberries.

Urban cardinals and catbirds live longer study shows


American robin (Flickr photo by Jen Goellnitz)   Researchers at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center have found four bird species living in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region that survive longer than those living in rural settings.

Vultures remarkably tolerant to deadly bacteria, study reveals


Black vultures (Flickr photo by e_monk) A new study of microorganisms living on the skin and in the intestines of North America vultures (black and turkey vultures) has turned up a remarkable find:  The large intestines of these birds are dominated by two groups of flesh-digesting bacteria toxic enough to kill a human and most other birds and animals.

Vultures remarkably tolerant to deadly bacteria, study reveals


Black vultures (Flickr photo by e_monk) A new study of microorganisms living on the skin and in the intestines of North America vultures (black and turkey vultures) has turned up a remarkable find.

Meet a Kiwi at Smithsonian National Zoo

You too can meet a kiwi! Micaela Jemison from Smithsonian Science takes us to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo where she gets up close and personal with a kiwi.

Meet a Kiwi at Smithsonian National Zoo

You too can meet a kiwi! Micaela Jemison from Smithsonian Science takes us to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo where she gets up close and personal with a kiwi.

Study: Bleaching events impair long-term coral reproduction


Bleached coral off the coast of Panama. A new study by Florida State University and Smithsonian Institution biologists shows that bleaching events brought on by rising sea temperatures are having a detrimental long-term impact on coral.

Study: Bleaching events impair long-term coral reproduction


Bleached coral off the coast of Panama. A new study by Florida State University and Smithsonian Institution biologists shows that bleaching events brought on by rising sea temperatures are having a detrimental long-term impact on coral.

Raising red pandas by hand at the National Zoo

When two red panda babies are born in critical condition at Smithsonian’s National Zoo, caretakers make the crucial decision to raise them by hand.


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