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Solutreans May Have Arrived in America Earlier Than Expected

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The bi-pointed blades found in Chesapeake Bay bear a staggering similarity to other Stone Age weapons found across the Atlantic Ocean. Were the same people responsible for creating both? From the Show: Ice Bridge: The Impossible Journey

Miami's Most Iconic Nightlife Spots You Should Visit

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If you're ever looking for a sample of Miami's legendary nightlife, here's a handy trick: follow the shining neon lights on Ocean Drive, where some of the most famous clubs in the world are located. From the Series: Aerial America: Miami

Iruya 1996

Human Studies Film Archives
title from credits (published work)--archival collection

Supplementary materials: audio tapes, still photographs, production files, correspondence, promotional materials and press clippings.

Re-edited version of film of same title released in 1968. This version has new titles and soundtrack. It is unknown if footage was added or removed.

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research supported processing and the National Film Preservation Foundation and the Smithsonian Latino Center supported preservation of the Jorge Preloran Film Collection.

Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee

Donated by Jorge Preloran in 2007.

Edited ethnographic film by Jorge Preloran documents celebrations in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, patroness of Iruya, a remote village in the Zenta Mountains, Salta Province, Argentina. The celebrations include performances in pantomime and ritual dances which are reminiscent of the Autos Sacramentales of the 17th and 18th centuries in Spain. Shot in 1966. Produced at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán with assistance from the Fondo Nacional de las Artes.

By the Numbers: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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A gifted student, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and a civil rights activist. During his short, but remarkable life Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shaped the nation and the world. Look back at some of MLK's most iconic achievements by the numbers. Watch MLK: The Assassination Tapes:

Thomas Jefferson's Mobile Device

Smithsonian Channel
Built by Thomas Jefferson, this laptop desk witnessed some of the greatest pen strokes in history. This desk provided the workspace for the initial drafts of the Declaration of Independence. From the Show: America's Treasures

SSEP Day 1 - Canyons, UT

National Air and Space Museum
The first Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) National Conference was held at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on July 6 and 7, 2011. This student science symposium allowed student teams from all over the country to share their designs and preliminary results for experiments conducted during STS-134, Space Shuttle Endeavour's final mission. This video includes the presentation: "The Effect of Microgravity on the Diffusion of Morphogens in Xenopus Laevis" by Hillcrest High School, Canyons, UT.

Avoiding the Spiky Quills of These Adorable Porcupines

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Even though porcupines rarely quill on purpose, working with them requires patience. Caretakers at Smithsonian’s National Zoo tell us how they handle their spiky friends. #ZooQs From: WILD INSIDE THE NATIONAL ZOO: Baby Boom

An Astronaut's Take on Working in Zero Gravity

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NASA pilot Joe Edwards details the challenges of living aboard a spacecraft. From the Series: Smithsonian Spotlight: Space: The Last 50 Years

These Trees Uncover What Plunged Egypt's Climate Into Chaos

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Examining tree rings inside the world's oldest trees reveal a seismic event that took place around 3,500 years ago. Could this be scientific evidence that the biblical plagues of Ancient Egypt really happened? From the Series: Secrets

This Captain Runs His Ship Like A 5-Star Hotel

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The captain of Le Boreal knows its all about first impressions as he welcomes all 170 passengers graciously - and quickly - on board his ship. From: MIGHTY SHIPS: Le Boreal

This Ancient Fish is Facing a Plummeting Population Crisis (4K)

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Despite producing thousands of eggs at a time, sturgeon populations are down to about 1% of their historic population levels. Scientists are scrambling for answers. From the Series: Great Lakes Wild: The Damning Truth

Meet the Scientist: Jon Bloch

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Fascinated by the history of our world, paleontologist Jonathan Bloch studies the fossils of animals that existed during the paleocene era after the dinosaurs went extinct.

Silas Kopf on Wendell Castle—Connections: Renwick Gallery

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Silas Kopf speaks of his training after college with Wendell Castle and how that experience helped shape his concept of excellence within the furniture-making field. Silas, unlike Castle, specializes in marquetry decoration.

Parachuting in WWII Was a Terrifying Experience

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In the early days of WWII, parachuting involved jumping through a narrow three-foot hole in the fuselage floor. Then soldiers had to pray their parachutes, linked to the aircraft by a strap, would open. From: WWII'S MOST DARING RAIDS: Stealing Hitler's Radar

Could You Survive This 77-Mile Triple Marathon?

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Only one in three participating runners are able to finish this grueling, mountainous, 77-mile triple marathon without breaking down. From: THE PERFECT RUNNER

This Woman Paved the Way for Female Comedians

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Phyllis Diller was the first American woman to have a successful career as a stand-up comic, and the secrets to her success are now a part of the National Museum of American History's collection. From the Series: Stories From the Vaults: Famous Donors

You Probably Don't Want Your Airline Pilot to Try This

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Third generation stunt pilot and Minnesota's favorite daredevil, John Mohr, attempts astonishing aerial acrobatics in his 1943 Stearman biplane. From: AERIAL AMERICA

Why Building a Carbon Fiber Car Is So Labor-Intensive

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To make the lightest possible sports car, Alfa Romeo knows it needs to build key components using carbon fiber. But it's a complicated and extremely time-consuming process. From the Series: Supercar Superbuild: Alfa Romeo 4C

Bringing It Home: Question and Answer Session

National Museum of the American Indian
Bringing It Home: Artists Reconnecting Cultural Heritage with Community is a panel discussion with artists in the National Museum of the American Indian's Artist Leadership Program. In this segment, artists Maura Garcia (Cherokee), Porfirio Gutierrez (Zapotec), Linley Logan (Seneca), and Theresa Secord (Penobscot) exchange ideas and answer questions from the audience at the museum. Museum historian Dr. Gabrielle Tayac (Piscataway) moderates. The program was webcast live and recorded at the National Museum of the American Indian on December 9, 2015. For more information on the Artist Leadership Program for Individual Artists, and a second branch of the program for museums and other cultural institutions, see

How This Fascinating Artwork was Made by a 3D Printer

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With roots in jewelry design, Joshua DeMonte found a whole new world of artistic creation when he discovered 3D printing with a MakerBot printer. From: 40 UNDER 40

Shifting Terrain: Mapping a Transnational American Art History (Friday, October 16 - Session 3)

Smithsonian American Art Museum
4:00–6:00 p.m., Transactions Chair: Alex J. Taylor, Terra Foundation Research Fellow in American Art, Tate Melody Barnett Deusner, Assistant Professor of Art History, Indiana University, Bloomington “Constructing the ‘Deadly Parallel’: Paintings, Politics, and the Comparative Eye in Turn-of-the-Century Clubland” Yuko Kikuchi, Reader in Art and Design History, University of the Arts London “Cold War Transnational Design: Russel Wright and ‘Asian Modern’” Jessica L. Horton, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Delaware “Oil, Sheepherding, and Outer Space: Contemporary American Indian Paintings in and around Iran, 1964–1966”

How Blackbeard Tricked Out His Ship

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When Blackbeard seized the Queen Anne's Revenge, it was almost the perfect pirate ship. It just needed a few explosive upgrades. From: SECRETS: Blackbeard's Ship

Why Hummingbirds Don't Like Flying in Rainy Conditions

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No bird is more skilled at in-flight feeding than a hummingbird, thanks to their ability to hover in the air. But if it's rainy, these fantastic flyers have to be extremely careful not to get hurt. From the Series: Into the Wild Colombia: A Hummingbird's Quest
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