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Guardians of more than a galaxy

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These two large, wooden guardian figures once kept watch over the Buddha and his followers outside Ebaradera temple in Sakai, Japan. Their size (7 feet […]

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Kilauea’s activity is nothing new, says a Smithsonian volcano expert

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To get a better idea of just what is going on with the current volcanic eruption of Kilauea on the island of Hawaii, take a […]

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By removing victims from lynching photos, an artist emphasizes those erased from history

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An old black-and-white photograph shows a crowd of people gathered around something, but it is not clear just what. There’s something eerie about it but […]

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Rare Guam kingfisher hatched

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A female Guam kingfisher, a brightly colored bird and one of the most endangered bird species on the planet, hatched at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology […]

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Study of bacteria inside guts of wild Canada geese shows greater danger than earlier studies exposed

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In the early 20th century, Canada geese were considered endangered in the U.S. So in the 1950s and 1960s, birds from the Midwest were released […]

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Study: Bleaching events impair long-term coral reproduction

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A new study by Florida State University and Smithsonian Institution biologists shows that bleaching events brought on by rising sea temperatures are having a detrimental […]

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Raising red pandas by hand at the National Zoo

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When two red panda babies are born in critical condition at Smithsonian’s National Zoo, caretakers make the crucial decision to raise them by hand.

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New species of poppy pollinating fly discovered in China

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Invertebrate Zoology Scientists studying pollinators of the yellow poppy (Meconopsis integrifolia) in the highlands of southern China have discovered a striking new species of flower fly […]

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Comet probe set to answer ancient question of life on earth

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A few images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko just sent back by the European spaceship Rosetta appear to be a snowboarder’s dream: pristine slopes covered in powder. […]

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Panama shatters raptor migration record

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More than two million migrating raptors passed over Panama City on Sunday, Nov. 2, doubling the previous record of almost 900,000 tallied in a single […]

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Interstellar exploration – five planets where humans may (or may not) be able to live someday

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Unless you live under a lunar rock, you’ve probably heard about or seen director Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster “Interstellar.” Starring Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey, […]

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Climate change expected to expand majority of ocean dead zones

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A full 94 percent of the dead zones in the world’s oceans lie in regions expected to warm at least 2 degrees Celsius by the […]

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Crazy eyes and mind control – the power of parasites

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Have you ever had a pet that seemed just a little bit crazy or odd? Can you be sure that it was in control of […]

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Why are male peacock feathers more colorful

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Ever wonder why only male peacocks have such extravagant plumage? We ask caretaker Gwendolyn Cooper at Smithsonian’s National Zoo to explain.

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Where did your favorite Thanksgiving Day food originate? Anthropology has the answer

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Millions of people across the United States will sit down Nov. 27 to a traditional Thanksgiving meal, including turkey, potatoes, squash, corn and cranberries. These […]

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The world’s scariest rabbit lurks within the Smithsonian’s collection

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Among the bats, rats and other ferocious animals that lie within the storage drawers of the mammal collection in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural […]

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Rare American warbler surprises scientists by adapting, thriving in a new ecosystem

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When Gary Graves cranks up his boom box and drives remote back roads through pine plantations in Texas, Louisiana and other southern states, a few […]

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Shade-grown coffee plantations are mammal friendly as well, study shows

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Scientists have long known that in the tropics shade-grown coffee plantations provide critical habitat for migratory and resident birds. Now a new survey conducted in […]

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An Altar for the Dead (Un altar para los muertos)

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The Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a holiday to commemorate and honor the lives of dead loved ones, with traditions […]

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From spines to tequila and heavy-metal music — admit it, bats are cool

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Like most icons of cool, bats are highly complex and the often-misunderstood rock stars of the animal kingdom. Check out these seven little-known facts about […]

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Polar-orbiting satellite captures amazing X-ray footage of solar eclipse

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The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, Oct. 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch the spectacle, the […]

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What is that?! Five Amazing Microscopic Images

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From bizarre bugs to penis spines on bats, our world is infinitely expanded when we look down the microscope! Check out the stories behind these […]

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The great night heron mystery at the National Zoo

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Each year, a mysterious group of night herons flock to Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Then, they vanish. In episode three of our series, we go behind […]

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Tiny ‘nanoflares’ might heat the Sun’s corona

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Why is the Sun’s million-degree corona, or outermost atmosphere, so much hotter than the Sun’s surface? This question has baffled astronomers for decades. Today, a […]

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