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Indestructible jaws from extinct porcupine fish reveal new species

A diver holds a porcupine fish at the Smithsonian’s Galeta Point Marine Laboratory in Panama. (Smithsonian’s Tropican Research Institite) Covered in sharp spines, when harassed the porcupine fish inflates like a balloon.

Cantinflas: The Charlie Chaplin of Mexico

From left to right, Mexican cartoonist Antonio Arias Bernál, Mexican film actor Mario Moreno, better known as Cantinflas, and Cuban cartoonist Enrique Riverón.

Flight Operations on the USS Eisenhower

Timelapse video of Flight operations aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower brought to you by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

Death, disaster come calling in tar, paint and laytex sculpted on tiles

“Early Morning May 20, 1986,” 1986, latex and tar on tile over Masonite. (Private collection, New York.

The Myth and the Milky Way

Gavin Jantjes, “Untitled,” 1989–90; acrylic on canvas; Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art Among the hunter-gatherers of sub-Saharan Africa known as the Khoisan, a myth has been passed on for generations.

Coral reef eavesdropping unveils burrowed, romantic male singers

A wrasse fish (“Halichoeres bivittatus,” striped) wanders through a coral reef in Panama. (Credit: Erica Staaterman/SERC) Coral reefs are home to some of the most colorful, diverse life on the planet.

“Dunkirk” director talks about the Spitfire

“Dunkirk” director, Christopher Nolan, talks to National Air and Space Museu curator, Jeremy Kinney, about one of the movie’s stars, the Spitfire.

A first: New website reveals origin of genetic samples and date collected

For the first time, a new public database will link genetic data with records of where and when the samples it was taken from were collected, making it easier for researchers to share and reuse genetic data for environmental and ecological analyses.

Innovation: Belly gunk from forest flies used to survey forest animals

The next time you swat a fly ponder this: inside its belly is the DNA of whatever it ate before landing on your picnic dinner—roadkill, animal droppings or blood from an open wound.

Artist Soldiers in World War I: A Centennial

“Helping a Wounded Ally,” Harry Everett Townsend, charcoal on paper, 1918, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History In World War I, two groups of artists ushered in a new, more realistic depiction of the grim realities of war: professional artists and soldiers who created artwork that shared their own experiences.

Laser beams unveil secrets locked inside primitive stone spear points

This figure shows one analysis used to study shapes left behind from their production on either side of the projectile points.

2-week-old Sumatran tiger cub at National Zoo

As the world prepares to celebrate Global Tiger Day this Saturday, July 29, Great Cats keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo have some big news to share about the 2-week-old Sumatran tiger cub in their care: it appears to be a boy!

Smithsonian program fosters new generation of Latino museum professionals

2017 Latino Museum Studies Program fellows with Smithsonian American Art Museum deputy chief curator and curator of Latino art, E.

3D simulations reveals why the Sun flips its magnetic field every 11 years

Using new numerical simulations and observations, scientists may now be able to explain why the Sun’s magnetic field reverses every eleven years.

Protesting segregation at public pools

From lunch counters to bus boycotts, the African American fight for integration and equality touched every aspect of life.

1967 and the Summer of Love

 “From England/The Who…, 1967.” Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.      Designed by Bonnie MacLean.

Cell-phone app will enrich your solar eclipse!

On Monday, Aug. 21, beginning shortly after 9 a.m. Pacific Time, the sky will darken across North America as the moon’s orbit carries it between the Earth and the sun.

Scientists are using the universe as a “cosmological collider”

New research finds how the properties of subatomic elementary particles, visualized in the middle of this artist’s impression, may be imprinted in the largest cosmic structures visible in the universe, shown on either side.

Study determines microscopic water bears will be Earth’s last survivors

The world’s most indestructible species, the tardigrade, an eight-legged micro-animal, also known as the water bear, will survive until the Sun dies, according to a new Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Oxford University collaboration.

7 Facts About Solar Eclipses

Watch this video before the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017! The post 7 Facts About Solar Eclipses appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.