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How do Inflation Wagons Work?

National Air and Space Museum
This video was filmed during the National Air and Space Museum's "Mr. Lincoln's Air Force" Family Day on Saturday, June 11, 2011. The event commemorated the 150th anniversary of Thaddeus Lowe's tethered ascent in a gas balloon, which attracted the support of President Lincoln and led to the creation of a balloon corps for the Union Army under Lowe's leadership. In this clip, Civil War reenactor, Phillip Gibbons, explains how the inflation wagons work.

2010 Exploring Space Lecture: Where the Hot Stuff Is: Volcanoes of the Earth and Solar System

National Air and Space Museum
This lecture was presented as part of the 2010 Exploring Space Lecture series "From Fire To Ice: Forces That Shape the Planets." The planets and moons of the Solar System are incredibly diverse worlds with histories both ancient and dramatic. Etched into their surfaces is a fascinating story -- of fire and ice, of order and upheaval, of great cataclysms and slow change. Volcanism, impact, wind, and water are all common forces that shape these worlds, sometimes in ways familiar to us on Earth, sometimes in ways that amaze us. Rosaly M. C. Lopes presented this lecture "Where the Hot Stuff Is: Volcanoes of the Earth and Solar System" on March 11, 2010 at the National Air and Space Museum's National Mall building in Washington, DC

Cuenta Larga

National Museum of the American Indian
Alonso Méndez, maya tzeltal, describe el Calendario de la Cuenta Larga de los mayas.

Peppermint Shrimp giving a Manicure!

Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
These cleaner shrimp remove parasites and dead skin from fish, but in our touch tank they give guests' fingers a cleaning!

Southwest DC - “A Right to the City” Exhibition

Anacostia Community Museums Collections and Research
xcerpts from oral history interviews about the Southwest neighborhood of Washington, DC that appear in the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum’s exhibition, “A Right to the City” (2018- 2020). In a moment of rapid population growth and mounting tensions over development, “A Right to the City” explores the history of neighborhood change and civic engagement in the nation’s capital by looking at the dynamic histories of six Washington, D.C., neighborhoods: Adams Morgan, Anacostia, Brookland, Chinatown, Shaw and Southwest. The exhibition tells the story of these communities through the eyes of the Washingtonians who have helped shape these neighborhoods in extraordinary ways. They have used their collective community power to fight for quality public education, healthy and green urban spaces, equitable development and transportation, and a truly democratic approach to city planning. MORE INFORMATION: Interviewees include: - Roberta Patrick, native Southwester and longtime staff member of the Southwest Community House - Neal Peirce, longtime Southwest resident and co-founder of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA)

Teotihuacan (Mexico), ca. 1937

Human Studies Film Archives
Ca. 1937 silent amateur film footage of the Mesoamerican archeological site, Teotihuacan, located in the Valley of Mexico, northeast of Mexico City, Mexico. Teotihuacan was added to UNESCO's World Heritage list in 1987. Original 16mm film was shot Guy W. Leadbetter. Film is from the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution: (HSFA 2002.15.4)

1976 Nagoya, Japan Part 1

Human Studies Film Archives
1976 Nagoya, Japan, part 1: Nagoya Castle, street scenes, Noritake China Company—SILENT FILM CLIP This film clip is from Thayer Soule's travelogue, "Japan", archived in the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution. For more information, view the catalog record: For information on Thayer Soule see SIRIS blog post

Transitions: Photographs by Robert Creamer

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service presents Baltimore artist Robert Creamer, who looks at photography and botanical specimens in a whole new light with an ingenious method of "scanner photography." Transitions, organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Started its tour at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Visit for more details.

The Role of Forests on Water Supply and Quality

Smithsonian Education
Here, we discuss what forests do with the precipitation they receive and how those forests can alter water flows in soil and streams. Using long-term data, we discuss the ways in which these processes are dependent on forest management. Presented by: Geoffrey "Jess" Parker Senior Scientist and Forest Ecologist Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Original Airdate: May 16, 2012 You can stay connected with the Smithsonian's upcoming online events and view a full collection of past sessions on a variety of topics.: With support from Microsoft Partners in Learning.

Suni Paz sings "Bandera Mía" ("Flag of Mine")

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
For more music from Suni Paz, please visit: Suni Paz deftly combines her message of cultural awareness and personal awakening with an unshakable optimism. As part of the progressive Latin American music movement known as nueva canción, Suni has created music with a conscience out of her commitment to and passion for social justice and education. "Bandera Mía" (Flag of Mine) speaks to the conflicting meanings the Argentinean flag has for those who fled the country's 1976-1983 military dictatorship. The song is from her 2006 Smithsonian Folkways album Bandera Mía: Songs of Argentina, a musical tribute to her homeland. 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.

Latinx in Museums Conversation - HHM 2016

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
To cap Hispanic Heritage Month 2016, SITES' very own Makaki Cossu, Project Director for Latino Initiatives, sits down with friends and colleagues Magdalena Mieri, Director for Special Initiatives and Director for the Program in Latino History and Culture at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and Ranald Woodaman, Exhibitions and Public Programs Director at the Smithsonian Latino Center, to discuss their professional beginnings and goals building careers in the museum field for young Latinx professionals.

This Is How You Trick Enemy Missiles

Smithsonian Channel
When helicopters are dispatched to rescue a downed U.S. pilot, the escorting A-10 Warthogs are there for one purpose: to serve as decoys for Serbian missiles. From: AIR WARRIORS: A-10 Warthog

A GPS System for Cosmic Images (Standard Definition)

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
The Chandra X-ray Observatory captures information about the high-energy Universe. Chandra data is inherently digital. As the methods to communicate digitally have advanced, so too have the efforts to keep Chandra engaged with the public.

Svetlana Kotochigova - Properties of ultracold polar molecules ...

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Svetlana Kotochigova, Temple University, during the workshop of "Finite temperature and low energy effects in cold atomic and molecular few-and many-body systems", lecture titled "Properties of ultracold polar molecules and highly-magnetic atoms relevant for many-body physics", at the Institute for Theoretical, Atomic and Molecular and Optical Physics, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 25-27. 2013 © Harvard University and Svetlana Kotochigova. 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).

To the Moon and Back: Apollo 11 Celebrates its 40th Annivers

Smithsonian Magazine
Sending a man to the moon required an overhaul of the entire space program, involving more powerful rockets and new spacecraft (Video: Lauren Hogan, Beth Py-Lieberman, Brian Wolly)

Native/American Fashion 11 | Lynette Nylander

National Museum of the American Indian
Native/American Fashion: Inspiration, Appropriation, and Cultural Identity explores fashion as a creative endeavor and an expression of cultural identity, the history of Native fashion, issues of problematic cultural appropriation in the field, and examples of creative collaborations and best practices between Native designers and fashion brands. In this segment, we hear from the third panelist to speak on the topic Problematics of Cultural Appropriation in Contemporary Fashion, writer, editor, and creative consultant Lynette Nylander. Her talk is titled Cultural Appropriation or Appreciation? A Modern-Day Critique. Lynette Nylander is a writer, editor, and creative consultant living in London. Recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list, she previously held the position of deputy editor of prestigious style bible i-D ; she continues to contribute to both i-D and the biannual Industrie magazine. She regularly contributes to Elle UK, The Guardian, and Refinery29, and has spoken at the British Film Institute and the Victoria and Albert Museum on race, gender, and pop culture. This event was webcast and recorded in the Diker Pavilion of the National Museum of the American Indian George Gustav Heye Center in New York City on April 22, 2017.

Patience Required: Studying the Impact of Rising CO2 on a Chesapeake Bay Wetland

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Smithsonian plant physiologist Bert Drake has studied one wetland's response to climate change for more than two decades. He gives a tour of the field experiment and explains some of the findings.

Science Olympiad Reach for the Stars Event 2017 Part 7

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

1946 Train Trip -- Costa Rica

Human Studies Film Archives
Train Trip (Costa Rica) (1946): Train ride, Costa Rica Northern Railway, Continental Divide Marker, Costa Rica lowlands -- SILENT FILM CLIP This film clip is from Thayer Soule's travelogue, "The Road to Panama", archived in the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution. For more information, view the complete catalog record: For information on Thayer Soule see SIRIS blog post:

A Honey Badger Cracks Open a Thick Ostrich Egg

Smithsonian Channel
Ostrich eggs can weigh up to three pounds and have some of the hardest shells around. This honey badger, however, isn't about to let any of that get in the way of a tasty, protein-filled snack. From the Show: Honey Badger Grit

Discover with the Smithsonian Learning Lab

Smithsonian Education
The thrill of discovery awaits you in the Smithsonian Learning Lab. From the Discovery space shuttle to the Star Spangled Banner to dinosaur fossils, the Learning Lab gives everyone with a desire to learn the opportunity to explore the Smithsonian's rich resources anytime, anywhere. Start discovering what interests you today, and find your inspiration from more than a million multimedia resources.

Dydd Santes Dwynwen: An Icy Day for Lovers

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
January 25 is Dydd Santes Dwynwen, or Saint Dwynwen's Day, the Saint Valentine's Day of Wales. According to one version of the story of Saint Dwynwen—and there are many—Dwynwen was the daughter of a Welsh nobleman in the fifth century who was in love with a handsome man, Maelon. Unfortunately, things didn't work out between them, and Dwynwen fled to the woods and prayed, asking God to make her forget Maelon. An angel appeared and gave Dwynwen a potion that would help her forget Maelon and turn him into a block of ice. Learn more at: [Catalog No. CFV10201; Copyright 2013 Smithsonian Institution]

This Herd of Buffalo Stumble Too Close to a Lurking Pride

Smithsonian Channel
A herd of buffalo approach the Luangwa River to drink, catching the eye of the local lion pride. Before long, the pride targets the herd and sets up an ambush. From the Series: Big Cat Country: The Invasion Begins
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