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Dollhouse-sized dioramas at Renwick portray murder and mystery in miniature

“Convict the guilty, clear the innocent, and find the truth in a nutshell.”—Frances Glessner Lee A woman’s body lies near a refrigerator.

Campaign to create “Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap”

“Hip-Hop helps us to understand the power of black music & the impact of African American culture on the world.” -Lonnie G.

How the Smithsonian moves space history

Here’s how the Smithsonian Institution is prepping the 9,000-pound capsule used during Apollo 11 for a two-year road trip.

Freer Gallery Projection Art Installation

A Projection Art Installation from the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art, “IlluminAsia Festival of Asian Art and Cultures” during the reopening celebrations held in Oct.

Astronomers See Light Show Associated With Gravitational Waves

This animation shows how binary neutron stars warp space-time to create gravitational waves, then collide and explode into a visible kilonova, which can be detected by astronomers.

Scientists discover common sea nettle jellyfish is actually two vastly different species

“Chrysaora chesapeakei,” collected near Broome’s Island, Md., Patuxent River, Chesapeake Bay Chances are, if you’ve been stung by a jellyfish along the Chesapeake Bay it was by a sea nettle jellyfish–one of the most common and well-studied jellyfish species found along the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico.

A First Draft

         Charles Lang Freer Sketch on Hotel Stationery. Courtesy Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art. The Smithsonian’s first art museum, the Freer Gallery of Art, opened in 1923, but its story began in 1906 when Charles Lang Freer gave his collection of Asian and American art to the United States, a gift he had proposed to President Theodore Roosevelt a year before.

Almost 100 years ago, the Freer Gallery of Art opened with peacock art and live birds

Starting in 1923, the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park loaned three peacocks to spend the warmer months of the year in the courtyard of the Freer Gallery of Art.

What makes a great rock ‘n’ roll photo? Bill Bentley, author of “Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen” knows…

Jimi Hendrix at the Fillmore East, New York City, May 10, 1968 (Photo by Steve Banks-Studio 6, Smithsonian Books) Rock ‘n’ roll musicians live forever in the mind’s eye thanks to iconic photos of them in their element, playing live: Chuck Berry and his inimitable duck walk; Jimi Hendrix kneeling on stage as flames rise from his Stratocaster; thousands of fans screaming for four mop-top lads from Liverpool.

Remote sensing of a Smithsonian forest with airborne LiDAR

The storage and flux of terrestrial carbon (C) is one of the most uncertain components of the global C budget and detailed quantification of forest C remains difficult to measure on a large scale.

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Mummy Cat

Mummified cat, 332-30 B.C. Courtesy Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Cats played an important role in ancient Egyptian culture—from domesticated animals, which were kept to ward off mice and snakes, to symbolic representations of powerful Egyptian kings and gods.

Study reveals soil fungi has final say in survival of seeds from tropical trees

Examples of fungi isolated from seeds in a burial experiment at Barro Colorado Island in Panama. (Photo by Carolina Sarmiento/Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) How specific fungi interact with seeds in tropical forest soils may be the ultimate arbiter in the struggle for survival among tropical trees.

A first: Smithsonian’s African Art Museum opens exhibition in Africa

Reclining young lady. Hand-colored photograph by Chief S.O. Alonge, c. 1950 Benin City, Nigeria. Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge Collection, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution For the first time in its history the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art opened an exhibition on the continent of Africa.

What is it like to discover a new dinosaur?

Amateur paleontologist, Ray Stanford, describes his experience of discovering the impression of a dinosaur and determining that it was a new species.

Mongoose wiped them out. Now, Nicole Angeli wants the St. Croix ground lizard home again

To catch lizards on the offshore islands close to St. Croix in the Caribbean, Smithsonian herpetologist Nicole Angeli uses a lasso of thread looped at the tip of a fishing pole.

Zoo scientists honored at Golden Goose

Red-eyed tree frog. Three former scientists from the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park–Ellen Lamirande, Don Nichols, and Allan Pessier–were honored at the sixth annual Golden Goose Award ceremony at the Library of Congress on Wed., Sept.

LEGO language: Chinese artist WeiWei makes a political statement at the Hirshhorn

Hirshhorn visitors look over the portraits of international political dissidents made from LEGOS “Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn” (Flickr photo by Ron Cogswell) A single, standard LEGO brick—a recognizable shape on any parent or child’s floor—takes up less than an inch of space.

A Buddha With Bite

                        Initiation card (tsakali) Western Tibet, 15th century Opaque watercolor on paper.

Tsunami reveals drifting ocean plastic opens globe to invasive castaways

These living marine sea slugs were removed for study from a Japanese vessel that originated in Iwate Prefecture and washed ashore in Oregon in April 2015.