Scott Wing points out the red and gray strata visible in the distant hills.

Day 2: Uncovering Earth’s History in the Bighorn Basin

Secretary Clough tours the different Smithsonian excavation sites and discovers some prehistoric fossils while there

Secretary of the Smithsonian, G. Wayne Clough, traveled to Worland, Wyo. to observe Scott Wing and his team mine the fossil lode they found.

Day 1: A Geological Trip Back in Time

Smithsonian Secretary Clough flies to Wyoming to learn about a period of intense global warming that occurred 55 million years ago

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (concept model) will "sing for all of us."

From the Castle: 'Forever' Institutions

Libraries, universities and museums are especially important in uncertain times

Migratory animals such as elephants cover long distances over both public and private lands.

Day 2: What Can Researchers Do To Save the Savannah?

Between water shortages, erosion, and human population growth, the ecosystem and the animals of Kenya face serious risks

Aptly named superb starlings enjoy the bird feeder at Mpala Ranch.

Day 5: Bird Watching and Animal Tracking

Living among the African wildlife, Smithsonian researchers are busy studying the symbiotic relationships between flora and fauna

Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough travels to Nairobi, Kenya to understand the research programs and opportunities at the Mpala Research Centre.

Day 1: Seeing Kenya from the Sky

Despite many travel delays, Smithsonian Secretary Clough arrives in Kenya ready to study the African wildlife at the Mpala Ranch


From the Castle: Lincoln Login

The Smithsonian Connections project gives Lincoln learners the opportunity for interaction with curators, historians and scholars

The team gathers at the top of the proposed Giant Magellan Telescope site on top of Las Campanas looking back toward the twin Magellan telescopes and homebase.

Day 4: Peak Conditions for a New Telescope

Secretary Clough scopes out the site for the Giant Magellan Telescope and bids goodbye to Las Campanas

An eyepiece on the 6.5 meter Magellan/Clay telescope allows Secretary Clough to see amazing sights in the night sky, including the planet Saturn, the star Eta Carinae and the Omega Centauri.

Day 3: The Excitement of Astronomy

A daytime tour of the Magellan facility and its surrounding hillside is topped off by a perfect evening of stargazing

Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough (yellow hat) standing on a scaffolding with a group of Smithsonian employees outside the DuPont telescope.

Day 2: Stargazing in the Andes Mountains

Up high among wild burros and llamas, a Smithsonian astronomer observes and studies the millions of stars in the sky

The Chilean Andes

Day 1: A Stop in Santiago

Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough explores Santiago before heading to the Las Campanas Observatory in the Chilean Andes

The world's largest snake—42 feet long and weighing 2,500 pounds—turned up in a Colombian jungle.

From the Castle: Big Snakes

Scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute publish their amazing find of Titanoboa, the world's largest snake

The Smithsonian online: something for everyone, no matter how esoteric their interests.

Long Tails


Science, Yes!

Dedicated donor: In 1925, ten-year-old Orrin Nash gave what he could.

Thinking Ahead

In 1925, 10-year-old Orrin Nash gave all he could to help the Smithsonian

Przewalski's horse thrives at Smithsonian's Conservation and Research Center

Teaming Up

University partnerships are key to the success of the Smithsonian Institution's education initiatives

"The Batwomen of Panama," one of nearly a hundred films now showing on the Smithsonian Channel, unlocks the mysteries of bat behavior.

From the Castle: Success at Smithsonian Channel

In just under two years, the award-winning Smithsonian Channel has created a strong library of fascinating documentaries

The Greensboro Woolworth's Lunch Counter, desegregated by a 1960 sit-in, anchors a wing of the renovated museum.

From the Castle: History Ahead

A renovated National Museum of American History opens up American history and culture to millions of visitors

Paradisea raggiana is one of the many images at the Galaxy of Knowledge Web site.

Life Lines

"Science on a Sphere" illustrates satellite data on multiple aspects of the ocean.

From the Castle

Deep Science

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