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Henry Brylawski, participant in Civil War 100th year anniversary celebrations

Anacostia Community Museum
Mr. Brylawski is 101 years old and a lifelong resident of Washington, D.C. Mr. Brylawski is also an avid Civil War enthusiast. Listen to him tell stories of his participation in 100th year anniversary celebrations of the Civil War and reenactments throughout Washington, D.C. in the 1960’s. He also discusses how he created slide presentations, the Power Point of the 1960’s, to bring the history of the Civil War in Washington to school children fifty years ago.

Chasing Venus lecture series, Part 1: The First Observation of a Transit of Venus

Smithsonian Libraries
"The First Observation of a Transit of Venus" - Wilbur Applebaum, Professor Emeritus, Humanities Dept., Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL. Chapter 1 - Introduction, Ron Brashear, Chasing Venus Curator 0:01 Chapter 2 - Jeremiah Horrocks's Upbringing 02:40 Chapter 3 - Jeremiah Horrocks's Professional Career 07:02 Chapter 4 - Horrock's Develops His Own Theories & Manuscripts 21:55

The Lizard's Tale 107: Anoles In The City

Smithsonian Channel
Crested anoles are adept at city living – whether in Puerto Rico or in the U.S. city of Miami. Understanding why is an important part of figuring out the impact of urbanization. In other words, what effects are humans having on the wildlife? Studies have revealed that some species adapt quickly to new conditions – developing the physical changes they need to survive. It’s a fact that bodes well for the ability of a species to handle change, as we ourselves continue to be the agents of that change.

America's Most Wanted Eco Graphics

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Be a part of history as Ed Morris, the co-author of Green Patriot Posters, leads a team of designers, thinkers, environmentalists and audience participants in creating America's Most-Wanted Eco-Poster in real time! The team will have two hours to come up with the design. In designing the poster Morris will also be leading the team through a discussion of the history of environmental and activist imagery, the current state of the environmental movement and the efficacy of art and design. The working process will be projected on a screen for all to see. Electronic copies of the resulting image will be freely distributed at the event and on a website afterwards.

Space Scoop: Blowing Bubbles

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
This is a gas bubble inside a previously blown bubble, or nebula, like you can see in this image.

Living Earth/Living Waters Symposium

National Museum of the American Indian
On Saturday, Aug. 7 at 1:30 PM the National Museum of the American Indian will hold a symposium addressing sustainability as part of our Living Earth Festival weekend (Aug. 6--8). Native cultures have long recognized and celebrated the interrelatedness of all life on Earth. As we address environmental disasters that affect our oceans, this wisdom is more important than ever. Join us at Living Earth/Living Waters as Native and non-Native scientists, leaders, and innovators discuss the latest research on the biosphere. Gain a deeper understanding of the essential role the ocean—"the blue heart of the planet"—plays in sustaining every form of life. See how human activity is woven into this fragile web of life, and the role we all can play in restoring and preserving it for future generations. Speakers include Dr. Nancy Maynard, NASA senior research scientist and manager of NASA's Tribal College and University Project; Alberto Mellado Moreno (Comcáac), founder of a sustainable indigenous aquaculture project in Mexico; Dr. Daniel Wildcat (Yuchi/Muscogee), professor and director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center; and Ma'Ko'Quah Abigail Jones (Prairie Band Potawatomi), student and climate change researcher, Haskell Indian Nations University. Moderated by José Barreiro (Taino), assistant director for research, National Museum of the American Indian.

Ragged Sea Hare Eating Algae From Seagrass

Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
One of the hardworking ragged sea hares in SMEE's seagrass ecosystem eating algae from blades of seagrass. These sea hares are great housekeepers!!/SmithsonianSMS

Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit

Smithsonian Marine Science

HangTime with DASCH featuring Josh Grindlay

Smithsonian Institution
Join us as we host Josh Grindlay, Robert Treat Paine Professor of Practical Astronomy at the Harvard University Department of Astronomy and Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. We'll learn more about the women who helped process data in the logbooks you've been transcribing. You'll also hear about the history of the observatory and the importance of the DASCH project in on-going research.

Why Dragging a Giant Submarine Onto Land Is Very Risky

Smithsonian Channel
Bad weather, high waves, strong wind, poor visibility, or good old-fashioned human error: These are just some of the things that can go wrong when you try to drag a gigantic submarine out of the water. From: HUMONGOUS MOVES: Supersized Submarine

Xibo Zhang, "Making the best atomic clock and using it to study quantum many-body physics"

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Xibo Zhang, Jila, during the workshop of "From Atomic to Mesoscale: The Role of Quantum Coherence in Systems of Various Complexities", lecture titled "Making the best atomic clock and using it to study quantum many-body physics" at the Institute for Theoretical, Atomic and Molecular and Optical Physics, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts on March10-12, 2014. Harvard University © and Xibo Zhang. The text and images on ITAMP's YouTube channel are intended for public access and educational use. This material is owned or held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is being provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research or enrichment. Any other use, including commercial reuse, mounting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires permission. ITAMP is supported through grants by the National Science Foundation Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s).

Steven Girvin, Yale University January 8, 2013

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Steven Girvin, Yale University, lecture during ITAMP/B2 Institute Winter Graduate School on AMO Physics held at the B2 campus in Arizona January 4-11,2013. Lecture 3. Quantum reservoir engineering -- how to manipulate the spectral density of shot noise in a cavity for useful purposes such as optomechanical cooling or autonomous feedback to stabilize a coherent superposition state of a quit (our recent expt/theory paper with the Siddiqi group at Berkeley) --I would introduce the concepts of quantum noise spectral density, shot noise, parametric coupling, etc.

"Hide/Seek" 2012 Scholarly Symposium: Tirza Latimer - National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Tirza Latimer, presenting her paper " Modernism's Other Others: Faith Ringgold's Dinner at Gertrude Stein's" on January 29, 2011 at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Her presentation was part of the scholarly symposium "Addressing (and Redressing) the Silence: New Scholarship in Sexuality and American Art" which presented papers from 11 scholars in the fields of art, art history, performance art, and social history. This symposium was presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture." Tirza Latimer is associate professor and chair of the graduate program in visual and critical studies at California College of the Arts, San Francisco. She has published work from a lesbian feminist perspective on a wide range of topics in the fields of visual culture, sexual culture, and criticism. She is coeditor of the anthology The Modern Woman Revisited: Paris Between the Wars, and the author of Women Together/Women Apart: Portraits of Lesbian Paris.

Religion in Early American Symposium

National Museum of American History
On June 26th, 2017 the National Museum of American History hosted a religion symposium to highlight the new exhibition Religion in Early America. Tim Eriksen, Grammy-nominated shape-note singer, opened the symposium with a performance and interactive experience for the audience. Then our religion curator, Peter Manseau led a discussion with Stephen Prothero and Jenna Weissman Joselit about the importance of objects in studying American religious history. Captions to come!

Chasing Venus lecture series, Part 4: Solution of the Black-drop Mystery

Smithsonian Libraries
"Solution of the Black-drop Mystery", Jay M. Pasachoff, Director of Hopkins Observatory and Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy, Williams College. Chapter 1 - Introduction, Ron Brashear, Chasing Venus Curator 0:01 Chapter 2 - History of the Transit to the Solar System 04:20 Chapter 3 - History of Observed Transits Explorations 17:38 Chapter 4 - Methods Used in Measuring the Transit 31:20 Chapter 5 - Question & Answer 43:40

Copyright Law as Storytelling (2010) - William F. Patry

Smithsonian Libraries
William F. Patry is Senior Copyright Counsel at Google, Inc. and the author of a 7-volume treatise on U.S. copyright law entitled Patry on Copyright. He got his J.D. degree at the University of Houston and was admitted to the bar in Texas, the District of Columbia, and New York. In 2009 he published Moral Panics and the Copyright War, and resumed blogging in support of the book. He also blogs about his book.

World Ocean Day 2011 'Splash' Mob

National Museum of Natural History
It was a typical summer day in the Sant Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History. Visitors were examining the giant squid and marveling at the life-size replica of Phoenix, the right whale. The only thing odd was the high number of blue-clad people milling about. And then surfing-music filled the gallery. The blue crowd began to jam out. A Roundnose Grenadier and orange roughy -- both from the deep sea -- joined in. The "splash" (flash) mob lasted a couple minutes and ended with bystanders and dancers alike doing the wave. Happy World Ocean Day! Check out the Smithsonian's Ocean Portal for more information at /!

Get to know museum educator Mónica Félix

Smithsonian Latino Center
Mónica Félix is passionate about learning, which is why she became a Museum Educator. Monica works for the Rodadora Museum and views museums as an opportunity to reach out to individuals to make education more accessible​.

Hungry Mantis Shrimp

Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
A swollen-claw mantis shrimp (Neogonodactylus oerstedii) at SMEE unsuccessfully tries and tries to catch and eat his prey, a small grass shrimp. Watch for the lightning fast movement of its front appendages as it attempts to strike down the grass shrimp!

Smithsonian Folkways Latino Music Concerts

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Dan Sheehy, director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, talks about the special Latino music concert series featured at this year's Festival. See the full concert schedule at The Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Latino Music Initiative proudly offers a series of new releases that showcase the diverse musical heritage of the more than 40 million Latinos living in the USA. Building on the Smithsonian archives' nearly 200 historic albums of music from Latin America and Latino USA, the new releases highlight musical traditions that further broaden the cultural representation of the national museum's collection. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings reaffirms its non-profit mission by offering greater access to the musical heritage of Latinos from many backgrounds. Learn more about the "Tradiciones" Series at The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/ Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

How The Last of the Przewalski Horses Were Saved

Smithsonian Channel
This Mongolian horse's name is a mouthful. Caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo share the story behind it. #ZooQs From: WILD INSIDE THE NATIONAL ZOO: Saving the Last Wild Horses

Meet the Artist: James Prosek

Smithsonian American Art Museum
James Prosek is an artist, writer, and naturalist whose work pays homage to the history of natural science while simultaneously addressing contemporary environmental concerns. His diverse body of work is the result of extensive travel and field observation. From these explorations, Prosek creates paintings, drawings, and sculptures that evoke the immense biodiversity of our planet and its imaginative potential.

Mobile Learning Institute at the Smithsonian

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Exploring summer workshops for teens at the Hirshhorn. Part of a PBS program on digital learning and classrooms of the future.

Herschel Rabitz, Princeton, January 10, 2013 Part II

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Herschel Rabitz, Princeton, lecture during ITAMP/B2 Institute Winter Graduate School on AMO Physics held at the B2 campus in Arizona January 4-11,2013. Quantum control -- the active control of chemical and physical events. The theme of controlling events at the molecular scale also extends to research in systems biology. Studies in this area involve the development of analysis tools to identify the key linkages in complex bionetworks to reveal how they function as well as how to control them through the introduction of tailored chemicals.
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