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Exam of the First Born Panda Cub

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Around 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 23, 2015 veterinarians examined the cub Mei Xiang gave birth to at 5:35 p.m. Aug. 22, 2015 at the Smithsonian’s […]

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Warming temperatures may mean more monarch generations in some areas of North America

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Warming temperatures may mean more generations of monarch butterflies in North America during summer months, say scientists who recently finished experiments with monarch caterpillars and […]

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Fantastic Worlds

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This illustration is from a portfolio of hand-tinted lithographs purported to illustrate the “discovery of life on the moon.” In 1835, Richard A. Locke, writing […]

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Environmental “Forensics” Pieces Together Mysterious Plant Invasion

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On crime scene investigation shows, forensic scientists use remnants of genetic material to solve mysteries in a matter of hours. Researchers at the Smithsonian Environmental […]

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Quillwork Girl and Her New Seven Brothers

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This animation tells a Cheyenne story of how the Big Dipper came to be when a girl and her loyal brothers escape from a bison. […]

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Alidé Sans at the Smithsonian

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Musician Alidé Sans, a participant in the Catalonia program at the 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, performs in the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle […]

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The American Revolution history you didn’t learn in high school

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If you think the American Revolution was an isolated conflict between Great Britain and the American colonies, you know only part of the story. A […]

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Hey, little fella!

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The dwarf lantern shark (Etmopterus perryi) is the smallest shark, and it can fit in a human hand. Dark brown with black markings, it has large, […]

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Sneak Peek: David H. Koch Hall of Fossils

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Life and the Earth have always evolved together. When it opens on June 8, 2019, the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils — Deep Time […]

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Newly discovered snakes use curved teeth to pry snails from their shells

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Five new species of snail-eating snake, from a group of snakes affectionately known to scientists as “goo-eaters,” have been discovered by a team working in […]

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Panama: First release of endangered frogs

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Ninety Limosa harlequin frogs (Atelopus limosus) bred in human care are braving the elements of the wild after Smithsonian scientists sent them out into the […]

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Anacostia’s Goodman League games

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A peek inside the gates at the Goodman Games late summer 2017. Held in the heart of Anacostia’s historic Barry Farm, the Goodman League hosts […]

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Coral reefs and ocean acidification

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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellow Maggie Johnnson outlines her research studying the effects of ocean acidification on marine coral near Bocas del Toro, […]

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Behold the mantis shrimp

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The ocean is home to some of the most incredible creatures on Earth: from the largest animal to have ever lived (the blue whale) to […]

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The story behind the color of your couch, and everything else you own

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Color surrounds us. Both outside and inside our homes, color is often the first thing we notice. The natural world is full of color, from […]

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Scientists observe stone tool use by Cebus monkeys

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White-faced capuchin monkeys in Panama’s Coiba National Park habitually use hammer-and-anvil stones to break hermit crab shells, snail shells, coconuts and other food items, according […]

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Space is the best place to eat ice cream

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Imagine a place where ice cream never drips. Ice cream lovers, how far would you be willing to go to avoid that heartbreaking moment where […]

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How Washingtonians have shaped and reshaped one neighborhood over more than five decades

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The story of Washington, D.C. is really a collection of story lines, each one focused on a different neighborhood. While some have prospered, others have […]

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“When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth”

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A banner declares “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth” in the visitor center featured in the film Jurassic Park. One of the highest-grossing movies of all […]

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These dreamy fabric sculptures show the intricate details of home

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Internationally renowned artist Do Ho Suh creates immersive fabric installations, inviting you to step into his former homes. His sculptures offer a glimpse into his […]

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Naturalization ceremony at the Smithsonian

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Nineteen people became U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony on Flag Day at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

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Remembering James Joyce on Bloomsday

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Echoing Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, James Joyce’s novel Ulysses follows the exploits of Dubliner Leopold Bloom during the course of a single day, June […]

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Artist Richard Wilkes on “Evotrope�

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 Inspired by Steampunk design, Richard Wilks talks about his larger than life 3-point mobile contraption. Through the merging of transportation and art, he created […]

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Behind the scenes in the restaurant kitchen that feeds the National Zoo’s residents

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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well,” Virginia Woolf once said. Woolf’s sentiment is one that the staff […]

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