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1. John Kress - Perspectives on Limits to Growth: Challenges to Building a Sustainable Planet

Smithsonian Institution
The Club of Rome and the Smithsonian Institution's Consortium for Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet hosted a symposium on March 1, 2012 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launching of Limits to Growth, the first report to the Club of Rome published in 1972. This book was one of the earliest scholarly works to recognize that the world was fast approaching its sustainable limits. Forty years later, the planet continues to face many of the same economic, social, and environmental challenges as when the book was first published. The morning session focused on the lessons of Limits to Growth. The afternoon session addressed the difficult challenges of preserving biodiversity, adjusting to a changing climate, and solving the societal issues now facing the planet. The symposium ended with a thought-provoking panel discussion among the speakers on future steps for building a sustainable planet. W. John Kress is the Director of the Consortium for Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet at the Smithsonian as well as curator and research scientist with the Department of Botany at the National Museum of Natural History. He was born in Illinois and received his education at Harvard University (B. A. 1975) and Duke University (Ph. D. 1981) where he studied tropical biology, ethnobotany, evolution, and plant systematics. Among his many scientific and popular papers on tropical biology are his books entitled Heliconia: An Identification Guide, Heliconias -- Las Lamaradas de la Selva Colombiana, A New Century of Biology (with Gary Barrett), A Checklist of the Trees, Shrubs, Herbs, and Climbers of Myanmar, and Plant Conservation -- A Natural History Approach (with Gary Krupnick). His book The Weeping Goldsmith (Abbeville Press) describes his experiences exploring for plants in the isolated country of Myanmar. Dr. Kress is also interested in the intersection of science and art. To this end he has published two original art projects: one called Botanica Magnifica (Abbeville Press) with photographer Jonathan Singer, and the second a book on plant evolution, entitled The Art of Plant Evolution (Kew Publications), with Dr. Shirley Sherwood using contemporary botanical art to illustrate the diversity of the plant world. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and currently Executive Director of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. Dr. Kress is an Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Yunnan.

Tribble Trial Trends Toward Trouble

National Air and Space Museum
The National Air and Space Museum is breeding tribbles. Through the Tribble Breeding Pilot Project, the Museum hopes to study the ecological disaster in finer detail. Launched with five specimens from the original "Star Trek" television series, the pilot will last approximately 24 hours. A live webcam will monitor progress: To learn more about the pilot project visit:

The Personality of a Wardrobe

Smithsonian Channel
A woman's aunt passes away and she invites Doris to search through the vintage treasures hidden away inside her late aunt's closet. From: L.A. FROCK STARS: If This Dress Could Talk

How to Survive in the New Media Ecology (2009) - Lee Raine

Smithsonian Libraries
Lee Rainie is currently director for the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Native Peoples and Genetic Research 10: Rosita Worl

National Museum of the American Indian
Dr. Rosita Worl (Tlingit), Sealaska Heritage Institute, addresses the second panel topic, "Genomics & Ancestry: Ethics, Origins, and Policy," by speaking on "Haa Shuká and Haa Latseen: Knowledge of Our Ancestors" "A Spectrum of Perspectives: Native Peoples and Genetic Research" was recorded at the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on June 23, 2014.

Space Shuttle STS-132 Astronauts Visit National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum
The astronauts of space shuttle mission STS-132 visited the National Air and Space Museum on July 27, 2010. The crew described their recent 10-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS), showing a video from the mission, and answered questions from students and visitors.

Multiwavelength Galactic Center in 60 Seconds (High Definition)

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
This never-before-seen view of the turbulent heart of our Milky Way combines a near-infrared view from Hubble, an infrared image from Spitzer, and X-ray data from Chandra.

Moving a Radio Telescope

National Air and Space Museum
Ever curious how they move large telescopes? Find out.

NASA Astronauts Reflect on the Teachers Who Have Influenced Them – STEM in 30

National Air and Space Museum
NASA astronauts reflect on the teachers who have influenced them this Teacher's Day!

Manglares, Pastos Marinos y Arrecifes Coralinos

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
NSF-PASI Advanced Tropical Phycology Course 2009 students Neidy Cetz-Navarro, Lizette Quan Young and Olga Tejada made this video about mangrove, seagrass and coral reef ecosystems as their outreach project for the course. The course was a part of the Training in Tropical Taxonomy program of STRI's Bocas del Toro Research Station. For more information, see: This video is a product of the PanAmerican Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) on Advanced Tropical Phycology, supported by the US National Science Foundation.

Design Talks | Margie Ruddick & Janette Sadik Khan

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2013 National Design Award winner Margie Ruddick is recognized for her pioneering, environmental approach to urban landscape design, forging a design language that integrates ecology, urban planning, and culture. Ruddick fosters the idea of nature in the city through projects including New York's Queens Plaza, and Trenton Capital Park on the Delaware River. Ruddick's international work includes the Shillim Retreat in India and the Living Water Park, the first ecological park in China. Janette Sadik-Khan, 2013 National Design Awards Design Patron and commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation from 2007-2013, spearheaded the redesign of some of New York's most iconic sites. From pedestrian plazas in Herald Square and Times Square, to the city's Select Bus Service, the expansion of bike lanes, and the rollout of a bicycle-sharing program, Sadik-Khan's initiatives have changed the way New Yorkers travel through and interact with their city. Join Margie Ruddick and Janette Sadik-Khan as they discuss their collaboration on the Queens Plaza bicycle and pedestrian landscape improvement project, and the reimagining of public space in today's urban landscape. About the series A vibrant conversation and presentation series, Design Talks features winners from the National Design Awards and focuses on the collaborative aspects of design. The series was started in spring 2010 by late Cooper-Hewitt Director Bill Moggridge. To view previous webcasts from the Design Talks series, visit /

Abell 2052 in 60 Seconds

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
The galaxy cluster Abell 2052 is found some 480 million light years from Earth. At the center of Abell 2052 is a giant elliptical galaxy, and within that is a supermassive black hole.

A Quick Look at W51

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Giant molecular clouds are “stellar nurseries” where new stars and planets are born. W51 is one of the closest of these objects so astronomers use it to learn more about star formation. NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory reveals hundreds of point-like X-rays sources in W51, some of which are huge infant stars. The young massive stars in W51 are giving off lots of X-rays because they are so hot and energetic. By studying W51 and others like it, astronomers hope to better understand how all stars, including our Sun, began

Tour of Sagittarius A

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
One of the biggest mysteries in astrophysics today is figuring out where mysterious particles called neutrinos come from.

Tarantula Nebula in 60 Seconds

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
30 Doradus is a place where stars are born literally. This region, which is also known as the Tarantula Nebula, is located about 160,000 light years from Earth.

Space Scoop: The Teeny Tiny Planet Destroyer

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Space Scoop: The Teeny Tiny Planet Destroyer Astronomers have recently discovered evidence that a planet may have been destroyed in our very own Galaxy. Related Links: More Chandra Podcasts:

Musket Ball Cluster in 60 Seconds

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Using a combination of powerful observatories in space and on the ground, astronomers have discovered a violent collision between two galaxy clusters.

Third Thursday After-Hours Open House featuring BETTY

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery #filthylucre Experience both our latest special exhibition, Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre, and its inspiration, Whistler’s famous Peacock Room. Take advantage of this rare chance to see the Peacock Room with its shutters open while enjoying art-making activities and curator-led tours. Plus, look out for the band BETTY, which created the soundscape for Filthy Lucre and pops up this evening for a performance. Recorded on Thursday, May 21, 2015 Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art Updated audio version Video: Hutomo Wicaksono

ImaginAsia Refugee Youth Programs

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Stephen Eckerd, an educator at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, describes the ImaginAsia Teen Refugee Program, an arts and outreach initiative operated in conjunction with the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring, Maryland. To contribute, visit our donation page at and select "ImaginAsia Grant Challenge" on the dropdown menu.

Hispanic Heritage Month Family Festival 2014

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, a team of ARTLAB+ teens attended the Hispanic Heritage Month Family Festival and filmed video interviews, asking festival goers about their thoughts on Hispanic heritage and culture. To learn more about ARTLAB+ Production Teams and other programs, visit

Hirshhorn Eye: Annette Lemieux

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Hirshhorn Eye (Hi for short) is a revolutionary new, in-gallery instant art guide that brings visitors face-to-face with artists by delivering compelling original videos through any visitor’s smartphone. To get started, simply enter in your phone’s browser. As you move through the galleries, Hi uses the latest in image recognition technology to scan the art on view—from 3D sculpture to installation, even the D.C. skyline—to instantly unlock exclusive artist interviews and insights. This is an excerpt of Annette Lemieux describing her work “Nomad” (1988), on view in “What Absence is Made Of.” Explore Hirshhorn Eye to watch more!

Alex Kuzmich, "Optical spectroscopy of triply charged thorium"

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Alex Kuzmich, GATECH during the workshop of "Quantum Applications with Trapped Ions" lecture titled "Optical spectroscopy of triply charged thorium" at the Institute for Theoretical, Atomic and Molecular and Optical Physics, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 16-18. 2013. © Harvard University and Alex Kuzmich. 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).

Hide/Seek: "Eight Bells Folly: Memorial to Hart Crane" by M. Hartley - National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Discussion by David C. Ward, co-curator of "Hide/Seek" and Historian at the National Portrait Gallery. When the great romantic modernist poet Hart Crane committed suicide, artist Marsden Hartley memorialized him by reverting to the style in which he had painted Karl von Freyburg (see Painting No. 47, Berlin in this exhibition). Crane and Hartley had a difficult relationship in which the always fastidious Hartley disparaged Crane's careless ebullience and love for cruising Manhattan's streets. Packed into "Eight Bells Folly" were references to Crane's age (thirty-three), his life, his death by jumping off a ship, and, above all, his poetry. Over the entire painting looms a blood-tinged sun (Crane died at high noon, or "eight bells") and two arcs symbolizing the subject of Crane's great poem, "The Bridge" (1930). Put off by Crane, yet fascinated by him, Hartley signaled his ultimate connection to Crane by calling him, in a memorial poem, Hermano--or brother. "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" was on view at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, from October 30 through February 13, 2011 For more on the exhibit, visit the exhibit website at: . Marsden Hartley (1877-1943) Oil on canvas, 1933 Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; gift of Ione and Hudson D. Walker
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