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Smithsonian ScienceThe secret formula to feeding 900 babies: Scientists uncover milk composition of naked mole-rat queens

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Parents normally feel the need to provide well for their kids. For humans, that number of offspring is usually in the single digits, but a …

Community of Gardens

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Welcome to Community of Gardens, a digital archive hosted by Smithsonian Gardens in partnership with our Archives of American Gardens and created by YOU. By contributing images, videos, and stories to this website, your participation will help others to better understand the meaning and value of gardens to ...

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

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Rare Footage of Duke Ellington Highlights When Jazz and Baseball Were in Perfect Harmony

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The Smithsonian's curator of American music explains how the history of two great American innovations—Jazz and baseball—are intertwined

You asked, we answered: Why did a female scientist get left off an exhibition label?

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Today, on the anniversary of scientist Rosalind Franklin's death, we remember her with a story about how our audience pushed for her representation at the museum. Project assistant Mallory Warner explains Franklin's story and shares the new exhibition label.

America's T. rex unveiled at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, America's T. rex is delivered and uncrated at the Smithsonian National Mus...

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America's T. rex is delivered and uncrated at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

An April Fool's "assalt" on history

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7 mentions2 weeks ago 2 weeks ago
For most of the year, the museum staff are serious and committed public servants, toiling away on behalf of our many publics and the collections. That is, until April Fool's Day, when we loosen our ties for a bit of silliness with the Conference on Stuff. In years ...

Plant Pranks

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It's April Fool's Day! You know what that means . . . Don't worry, we don't have any tricks up our sleeves today. We're going to let the plants pull all the pranks. We asked Smithsonian Gardens hor...

Container Gardening Basics

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Container gardening is fun for everyone and easier than most people think. Containers are easier to maintain in areas where space is limited, easy to move around depending on the light requirements...

Did this Civil War printing press spread the news of General Lee's farewell?

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One of the oldest printing presses in our collection (it was "probably in use when Uncle Sam was in swaddling clothes," said one publication) is also one of the most mysterious. Curator Joan Boudreau is on a mission to find out what role it played in Civil War ...

Lion Cubs' First Introduction, April 4th 2014

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Last week, keepers started introductions between Shera and Naba's cubs! Keepers watch these interactions closely in the event that the cubs need to be separa...

O Say Can You See?

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"O Say Can You See?" is a blog produced by the National Museum of American History (NMAH). The blog takes readers behind the scenes at the museum, sharing insights and information about our exhibitions, events, collections, research projects, and more. Readers are encouraged to use the comment area ...

May the circle be unbroken: The IBM 360 and the birth of multipurpose computers

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On April 7, 1964, 50 years ago, IBM Corporation announced a family of room-sized computers known as the System 360. At the time, computers were big and expensive. Some performed large numbers of simple computations, such as were needed by businesses handling payroll or government agencies such as ...

Red Bull Stratos: Mission to the Edge of Space

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This temporary exhibition features the pressurized balloon gondola in which FelixBaumgartner ascended to theedge of space on October 14, 2012 and apressure suit he wore on a flight on July 25.

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This baseball season marks the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's record-setting 715th home run. The feat, accomplished on April 8, 1974, established Aaron as Major League Baseball's all-time home run champion, besting Babe Ruth, who had last set the record in 1935. Finishing his career with 755, "The ...

Fossils, Seeds, and Space Rocks: Improving the Management of and Access to the Nation’s Scientific Collections

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In a memorandum released today, OSTP Director John P. Holdren directs Federal agencies to develop policies that will improve the management of and access to scientific collections they own or support. Scientific collections are assemblies of physical objects such as drilling cores from the ocean floor and glaciers,

The T. rex that got away: Smithsonian’s quest for Sue ends with different dinosaur

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After losing a 1997 auction for Sue, the Natural History Museum will finally get its own T. rex this month.

Smithsonian SciencePenis spines help scientists identify bat species

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Sometimes you need to look in unusual places to tell species apart. Some mammal species are easily distinguished by differences in their fur or skeletons, …

Helping kids fall in love with non-interactive museum exhibitions

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As they get older, you could "theme" the visit by looking for a specific color or things that are big or small. As they start to get interested in letters, you can go on a letter hunt for either printed letters or objects that start with a letter.

MLK: The Assassination Tapes

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April 4, 1968. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is gunned down on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. It was all caught on film, tape and audio. So why have we seen so little of it? The well-known photograph of Dr. King's aides pointing toward ...

How to Ship a T. Rex Across the Country

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Museum staff will ditch the bubble wrap in favor of custom-molded plaster cradles when shipping a Tyrannosaurus rex to Washington, D.C.

#MonMenTweetup (with images, tweets)

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The National Gallery of Art (@ngadc) and the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art (@ArchivesAmerArt) hosted a tweetup on Monday, April 14, 2014, to explore archival materials related to the Monuments Men.