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Peering into the Heart of the Milky Way

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Humanity has long sought to learn about the Milky Way, our home galaxy. Even after the advent of optical telescopes, the Milky Way's center remained mysterious because gas and dust blocks most visible light along our line of sight. Fortunately, X-ray telescopes like Chandra can detect higher-energy radiation that penetrates this veil of galactic debris.

Behind the Scenes with Project PHaEDRA Step 1

Smithsonian Institution
Want to learn more about how the Project Phaedra collections--including all the notebooks from the Women Glass Computers--from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics get processed, cataloged, digitized, and ultimately imported into the Transcription Center for volunpeers to work on? Check out this video--the first in a new behind-the-scenes series- from Project Phaedra Staff. Want to learn more? email us anytime at

A Secret Refuge for Elk Thought to Be Extinct

Smithsonian Channel
As many as 500,000 tule elk once roamed the coast of California, but they were hunted to extinction in the mid-1860s. Or so we thought... From: AERIAL AMERICA: Wilderness

What Secrets Lie in The Hope Diamond?

Smithsonian Channel
Smithsonian scientists use cutting-edge technology to extract atoms from the surface of the Hope Diamond in hopes of unraveling its unique DNA. From: MYSTERY OF THE HOPE DIAMOND

Maserati's Family Sedan Can Go 0-60 in Under 4.8 Seconds

Smithsonian Channel
Maserati takes their top-performing sedan and shrinks it into a smaller, faster, and more affordable car, the Ghibli. How did they accomplish this? Building it with less-expensive materials. From: SUPERCAR SUPERBUILD: Maserati

Lioness Uses New Tactics to Take Down a Kudu

Smithsonian Channel
A female lioness has adapted her hunting skills in the face of an oppressive drought. She spots a nearby kudu, and decides to launch a solitary attack - in broad daylight. From the Show: Kings of the Desert

1960 French Alps Part 4

Human Studies Film Archives
1960—French Alps Part 4-- View from Le Brévent cable car-- SILENT FILM CLIP This film clip is from Thayer Soule's travelogue, "Footloose in France", 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:

Cherokee Days 2015: Storyteller Robert Lewis 2

National Museum of the American Indian
Cherokee Days 2105 is the museum's second festival featuring storytelling, films, dance, music, family activities and demonstrations from citizens of the Cherokee Nation, the Eastern Band of Cherokee and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee, who are partnering on this program that shares the true Cherokee story. In this segment, storyteller Robert Lewis gives his third session of interactive storytelling involving members of the audience. The session includes a story about Rabbit helping Bobcat catch a turkey, a story about Rabbit helping a Cherokee woman find a good man, and one about Rabbit trying to find out why all the animals are running. This presentation was webcast from the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indians on April 11, 2015.

Coast Guard Aviation: Search and Rescue and More

National Air and Space Museum
For nearly 100 years, Coast Guard aviators have patrolled over U.S. waters performing countless missions of search and rescue, airborne law enforcement, and more. Vice Admiral John Currier, retired Vice Commandant of the USCG, has seen it all during his 6,023 flight hours in aircraft and helicopters from Alaska to Miami and command positions. Find out about some of the most challenging missions and how the Coast Guard maintains its operational readiness through safety and innovation. It's a big job for a small service. The GE Aviation Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support of GE Aviation. (Presented October 21, 2014)

Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color | Peclers

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The trend forecasting book from Peclers Paris is one the best-selling books on color every year. In this video, Peclers describes the process by which each year's forecasts are made. Part of the exhibition "Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color," on view at Cooper Hewitt through January 13, 2019. For more information, visit

Touch My Tears: A Choctaw Storytelling Concert

National Museum of the American Indian
Author and storyteller Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) of the museum's Artist Leadership Program presents tales from the past and present to entertain the audience and share the unique culture of the Choctaw people.

2018 Highlights | Culture & the Arts

National Museum of American History
On March 22, 2018, the National Museum of American History hosted its third annual symposium, The Power of Giving: Philanthropy’s Impact on American Life. Programming focused on the Philanthropy Initiative’s annual theme: philanthropy’s impact on—and through—culture and the arts. Featured speakers and performers included Sam Bonsey, Morocco Britt-El, Laura Callanan, Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Susan Fales-Hill, John L. Gray, Cynthia Harvey, Kelly Hicks, Alberto Ibargüen, Irene Hirano Inouye, Mary Stuart Masterson, Amanda B. Moniz, No Kings Collective, David M. Rubenstein, David J. Skorton, Azrielle Smith, and Darren Walker. For more information about the Philanthropy Initiative visit Captions coming soon.

Why Elephant Moms Always Stay Close to their Calves

Smithsonian Channel
Elephants have the longest gestation period of all mammals: 22 months. In addition, elephant mothers have remarkably strong bonds with their calves that endure for life. From the Series: Guardians of the Wild: Elephant Rescue

Smithsonian Spotlight: Human Origins: Sneak Peek

Smithsonian Channel
Unlocking the mystery of human evolution one fossil at a time, paleontologists and anthropologists trace Man's past to predict its future. From the Series: Smithsonian Spotlight: Human Origins

Smithsonian Spotlight - Museum in the Making: Sneak Peek

Smithsonian Channel
Get an inside look at the monumental task of creating the Smithsonian's newest museum the National Museum of African American History and Culture. From the show Smithsonian Spotlight: Museum in the Making:

CT Scan Unveils the Inner Design of a Stradivarius

Smithsonian Channel
Curators use modern medical technology to examine these priceless instruments. From the Series: Stories From the Vaults: Superlatives!

The Hunters 1957

Human Studies Film Archives
title from credits (published work)--archival collection

Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee

Edited film, documenting the Ju/'hoansi (!Kung Bushmen) in the Nyae-Nyae region of the Kalahari Desert in Namibia, was shot during the Peabody Museum Expeditions led by Laurence Marshall and supported by the Smithsonian Institution. This film, shot by John Marshall over numerous expeditions in the fifties, is an in-depth look at the struggle for survival in a hot and arid climate and focuses on four men who undertake a hunt to obtain meat for their family group. The chronicle of their 13-day trek becomes part of their folklore, illustrating the ancient roots and continual renewal of African tribal cultures.

Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink: Sneak Peek

Smithsonian Channel
It has rewritten history, changed the course of evolution, and one day will come again. From: MASS EXTINCTION: LIFE AT THE BRINK

Reimagining Mobility: Designing the Connected City

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The arrival of connected and autonomous vehicles provides cities and residents an opportunity to reimagine shared public spaces. How can design further this effort and help to create more livable, equitable streets? This conversation tackles shared data, transportation technology, and civic responsibility with three leaders in the field of mobility design. Panelists: Sarah Williams, Director, Civic Data Design Lab at MIT Ryan Powell, head of research and UX design, Waymo Jack Robbins, Principal, Director of Urban Design, FXCollaborative Moderator: Cynthia E Smith, Curator of Socially Responsible Design

Printmaking Workshop with Jorge Porrata 2

National Museum of the American Indian
Through the art of storytelling, artists' books, and printmaking, participants will learn about the rich legacy and way of life of the Taíno people. In these hands-on activities, children and parents will create artwork based on Taino words commonly used in Caribbean countries like Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic to discover the influence of the Taíno people in the Caribbean and throughout the world. Jorge Luis Porrata was born in Camagüey, Cuba and is a poet and artist. He has illustrated six books for the Cuban/Cuban American publishing house Homago, based in Miami and published poetry in literary magazines of Mexico, Cuba, and the Southwest USA. His artwork explores the interconnectedness between diverse themes, such as text and image, cultural backgrounds, spiritual beliefs. His works cross a variety of disciplines, including writing, printmaking, drawing, and performance art. He currently lives in Fairfax, Virginia where he teaches art courses at George Mason University.

Why Did the U.S. Navy Shoot Down a Civilian Airliner?

Smithsonian Channel
Filled with 290 passengers, Iran Air Flight 655 was a routine flight traveling from Tehran to Dubai. When it flew over a U.S. Navy ship, it became an international disaster. From: AIR DISASTERS: Mistaken Identity

You Can't Fake This Kind of Flying

Smithsonian Channel
Going from a large commercial jet to a small single-engine airplane is not easy, but Randy McGehee is the perfect man for the job. He has the versatility and experience to jump into any type of aircraft. From: DANGEROUS FLIGHTS
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