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The True Father of Flight

Smithsonian Channel
Long before Da Vinci was credited with being the first to understand the principles of flight, Eilmer of Malmesbury was testing his own theories of flight, and he had two broken legs to prove it. From the Series: Mystery Files: Leonardo DaVinci

Learn About Supernovas

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Supernovas are some of the most dramatic events in the cosmos. These titanic events send shockwaves rumbling through space and create giant bubbles of gas that have been superheated to millions of degrees.

Chapter 3: The Sun (in AUDIO ONLY)

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
The star that dominates our daytime sky and provides the heat and light to support life on Earth is, of course, the Sun. In astronomical terms it is very close, 150 million kilometers (93 million miles), so we can study its properties in great detail. Light from the Sun takes just over eight minutes to reach the Earth. For comparison, light from the next nearest star takes four years to reach us.

Using the History Explorers Group in the Thinkfinity Community

National Museum of American History
This video provides instructions on finding and using the History Explorers group within the Thinkfinity Community.

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National Museum of Natural History

A Revolutionary Naval Aircraft - Ask an Expert Live

National Air and Space Museum
Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. we go live on Facebook with an Ask an Expert talk. In this talk from February 22, 2017, aeronautics curator Laurence Burke discussed the Curtiss N-9H, and the U.S. Navy's adoption of the plane as its first modern, tractor airplane. Primarily trainers, planes of this type were the first to make flights out of sight of land.

Sentence under Planetary Science webinar Part 5

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
The 2014 National Science Planetary Science Event focuses on the properties and evolution of extraterrestrial ice and water in the Solar System.

Staged Stories Renwick Craft Invitational 2009 Artists' Roundtable

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Ceramic artist Christyl Boger, fiber artist Mark Newport, glass artist Mary Van Cline, and ceramic artist SunKoo Yuh discuss their visions on this Artists' Roundtable moderated by Kate Bonansinga.

GRS 1915 in 60 Seconds (Standard Definition)

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
We start with an optical and infrared image that shows the crowded area around the object known as GRS 1915 105, or GRS 1915 for short.

Art Signs - The South Ledges, Appledore

Smithsonian American Art Museum
"The South Ledges, Appledore" by Childe Hassam, 1913 Presented by Kate Breen Art Signs, the Smithsonian American Art Museum's monthly program, features 30-minute gallery talks presented by deaf gallery guides in American Sign Language (ASL). ASL interpreters voice information and observations allowing hearing and deaf audiences to discover art together under the leadership of a deaf volunteer guide. For more information:

Indian Summer Showcase: Amy Hānaiali'i' Gilliom

National Museum of the American Indian
Amy Hānaiali'i' Gilliom is Hawai'i's top female recording artist. Her music is an exceptional blend of classical training, modern musical influences, and cultural heri­tage. She received four Grammy nominations for Best Hawaiian Music Album, and fifteen Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards (Hawai'i's equivalent to the Grammy). Hānaiali'i's second album, Hawaiian Tradition, placed her on the Billboard World Album charts, a first for an album written solely in the Hawaiian language. Hānaiali'i' is officially Hawai'i's music ambassador. Opening for Amy are the Aloha Boys. The Aloha Boys have been playing their music since 1996. Based out of the Washington D.C. area, they have performed at numerous functions from backyard parties to festivals and concerts. We have played many local venues including on the National Mall (for the openings of the World War II Memorial and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian), the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, the Washington National Cathedral and the U.S. Capitol, but also at other venues throughout the U.S., including Carnegie Hall, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charlotte, California, and Hawai'i. The Aloha Boys have had the pleasure of performing abroad too, bringing their style of Aloha to Rheims, France, and Toronto, Canada. The music of the Aloha Boys brings them and their audience back to a lifestyle that is unique and precious to Hawai'i. Recorded in the Potomac Atrium of the National Museum of the American Indian on May 25, 2013.

The Great Inka Road: The Zigzag Wall of Saqsaywaman

National Museum of the American Indian
José Alejandro Beltran-Caballero, Associate, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain, explains why the great wall at Saqsaywaman has a zigzag shape. Produced for the exhibition "The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire" (, on view at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., through June 1, 2018.

Admiring the Power and Innovation of a 747 Engine

Smithsonian Channel
While the science behind the high bypass ratio engine in a 747 plane may seem complicated, the results are striking. It's capable of delivering over 70% more power than a standard engine. From the Series: Inside Mighty Machines: Jumbo Jet

A Hungry Snake Finds a Whole Colony of Sociable Weavers

Smithsonian Channel
Nesting in close proximity to each other has a lot of advantages for sociable weavers. But if a predator like this venomous boomslang discovers the nests, he can wipe out the entire colony's brood in hours. From: AFRICA'S WILD HAVENS: Camelthorn Tree

How It All Started

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Just after midnight on July 23, 1999, the Space Shuttle Columbia launched in orbit with the heaviest payload ever carried by a shuttle. Its precious cargo was the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which has helped revolutionize our understanding of the Universe.

A Nightmare Scenario for a Cruise Ship's Lunch Plans

Smithsonian Channel
Cruise ships rely on a regular port delivery of fresh ingredients to create their on-board meals. So when one truck fails to arrive for cruise ship Meraviglia, the supplies officer springs into action. From the Series: Mighty Cruise Ships: Meraviglia

East-West Interchanges in American Art: Partha Mitter

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Partha Mitter, emeritus professor of art history, University of Sussex "India and America: Mutual Perceptions in the Contact Zone" "A Long and Tumultuous Relationship" East-West Interchanges in American Art October 1--2, 2009 This two-day symposium at the Smithsonian American Art Museum explored the complicated interactions between American and Asian artists and visual traditions from the eighteenth century to the present. The history of American art has long been discussed primarily in terms of European training and influence. When scholars have looked eastward, they often have considered the Asian influence on art of the United States as a unidirectional and limited development, suggesting that Asian culture was monolithic and unchanging while characterizing American artists as dynamic and original in their ability to absorb and meld the best of diverse global outlooks. For more information, visit the website:

Mongolian-Americans demonstrate skills

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Catalog No. - CFV10274; Copyright - 2010 Smithsonian Institution

From small pools to the biggest, Travis Fitzgerald - MY PATH

National Air and Space Museum
Learn how Training Officer Travis Fitzgerald went from lifeguard to engineering in a really big pool at Johnson Space Center's Neutral Buoyancy Lab.

Mexico Program Introduction

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Curator video of Olivia Cadaval [Catalog No. - CFV10247; Copyright - 2010 Smithsonian Institution]

Titanoboa: Monster Snake - Meet the Scientist: Carlos Jaramillo

Smithsonian Channel
For Carlos Jaramillo, a paleobotanist with Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the excitement of finding a fossil never seems to get old. From the Show: Titanoboa: Monster Snake

Beyoncé to SpongeBob: Sarah Jamison's Snapshots of Digital Culture

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
It’s no coincidence that all of Sarah Jamison’s recent drawings are the size of an iPhone 6s Plus screen. Her colored pencil artwork imitates the common way in which we ingest the culture of the internet, placing a critical lens on the images that consume our daily lives. Read more on Folklife: Producers: Wilson Korges, Shelley Davis Editing: Emma Cregan [Copyright Smithsonian Institution, 2017]

Happy 90th Birthday to Ella Jenkins from Cathy and Marcy

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage Send a happy birthday message to Ella Jenkins! On August 6th, 2014, pioneering, inspiring, and award-winning children's musician and educator Ella Jenkins turns 90 years old. Friends and musicians Cathy and Marcy sent her a "happy birthday" message to celebrate.

Cornelia Chapin home movies

Archives of American Art
The Archives of American Art is sharing some of the home movies from its collections to celebrate Home Movie Day 2014. Cornelia Chapin (1893-1972) was a sculptor from Lakeville, Conn. and New York, N.Y. who specialized in sculptures of animals, which she created in stone and wood using a method known as direct-carving from life. She learned this technique from her teacher Mateo Hernandez, with whom she began studying in Paris in 1934. While there, she often worked at the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne, and the zoological park in the Bois de Vincennes. Working off of her sculpture cart, she could move her material and tools to various exhibits and carve from her observations of living animals. In the late 1930s, Chapin and Marion Sanford became companions, and shared the former studio of Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of Mount Rushmore. In an interview conducted in 1952 in conjunction with the dedication of her sculpture "Bear" at the National Zoo in Washington, DC, Chapin recalled that her friend—likely Hernandez—had obtained a baby bear cub from a gypsy, and this bear served as the model for the sculpture. Chapin’s home movies from Paris show a cub romping through the studio with both her and Hernandez. This was Chapin’s first sculpture to be placed in a zoo. These home movies consist of nine film reels reels from the papers of Marion Sanford and Cornelia Chapin (1929-1988) held by the Archives of American Art. The film reels were transferred to VHS videocassette, from which this digital copy was made.
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