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Giant Panda house returns to normal operating hoursFri, 09 Aug 2019 10:00:00 +0000North America Has Lost Nearly 3 Billion Birds Since 1970https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/north-america-has-lost-nearly-3-billion-birds-180973178/The staggering population loss of 29 percent of North American birds could signal an ecological crisisThu, 19 Sep 2019 18:00:18 +0000How Lonnie Bunch Built a Museum Dream Team https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-lonnie-bunch-built-museum-dream-team-1-180973132/An exclusive excerpt from the Smithsonian Secretary’s new book, ‘A Fool’s Errand’Thu, 19 Sep 2019 14:34:49 +0000Where Does the Word 'Teetotaler' Come From? And More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/where-does-word-teetotaler-come-from-180973091/You've got questions, we've got expertsThu, 19 Sep 2019 13:00:00 +0000Here's the Guitar That Prince Revolutionized Music With in 'Purple Rain'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/guitar-prince-revolutionized-music-purple-rain-180973083/The artist gave the "cloud" guitar to the Smithsonian in 1993, but only now do we know it's the same instrument used in the iconic movieWed, 18 Sep 2019 14:00:00 +0000Inside a New Effort to Change What Schools Teach About Native American Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inside-new-effort-change-what-schools-teach-about-native-american-history-180973166/A new curriculum from the American Indian Museum brings greater depth and understanding to the long-misinterpreted history of indigenous cultureWed, 18 Sep 2019 13:43:31 +0000Why Cokie Roberts Admired Dolley Madison https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cokie-roberts-legendary-newswoman-was-never-going-stop-180973163/The legendary newswoman, who died at 75, appeared on a Smithsonian podcast earlier this summer to speak about a favorite topic, the first ladiesTue, 17 Sep 2019 21:41:29 +0000Here’s What’s Brewing in the New Smithsonian Beer Collectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-whats-brewing-new-smithsonian-beer-collections-180973134/After two years of documenting the nation’s craft brewing industry, curator Theresa McCulla makes ready for a public debutMon, 16 Sep 2019 18:23:02 +0000The Long, Strange Tale of the Hand Beast Footprintshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-strange-tale-hand-beast-footprints-180973096/A Triassic creature left curious tracks in the sandstone; it took decades to unravel the mystery Wed, 11 Sep 2019 14:39:17 +0000Smithsonian Researchers Triple the Number of Electric Eel Species, Including One With Record-Setting Shock Abilityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-researchers-triple-number-electric-eel-fish-species-including-one-record-setting-shock-ability-180973079/It’s literally shocking newsTue, 10 Sep 2019 15:02:00 +0000How Scientists Are Learning to Tell a Bird's Age by Its Songhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-tropical-research-institute/2019/09/09/how-tell-birds-age-its-song/Take a journey into this ornithologist's world tracking a pair of antshrikes in Panama’s Soberania National ParkTue, 10 Sep 2019 14:15:51 +0000Riveting Footage Captures the Destruction of Last Year’s Volcanic Eruptions in Hawai‘i and Guatemalahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/riveting-footage-captures-destruction-last-years-volcanic-eruptions-hawaii-and-guatemala-180973064/A new documentary from Smithsonian Channel shows the explosive activity at the Kilauea and Fuego volcanoesFri, 06 Sep 2019 17:55:18 +0000The Hard-Drinking Early Smithsonian Naturalists of the Megatherium Clubhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hard-drinking-early-smithsonian-naturalists-who-aspired-find-and-classify-everything-earth-180973037/William Stimpson created a fraternity of young scientists and named it for an extinct North American slothWed, 04 Sep 2019 13:00:00 +0000How to Discover Dinosaurshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-discover-dinosaurs-180973003/Smithsonian paleontologist Hans Sues reveals some of his tips for finding and excavating a Mesozoic monsterTue, 03 Sep 2019 13:00:00 +0000This Smithsonian Scientist Is on a Mission to Make Leeches Less Scary https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2019/08/23/smithsonian-scientist-mission-make-leeches-less-scary/Curator Anna Phillips is on a quest to make leeches less repulsive to the publicMon, 26 Aug 2019 14:22:19 +0000How Biology Inspires Future Technology https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-biology-inspires-future-technology-180972953/Bioengineers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute showcase their ingenious medical, industrial and environmental designs at the Cooper HewittMon, 26 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000Breakfast at the Zoo and 25 Other Things to Do at the Smithsonian in Septemberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2019/08/22/breakfast-zoo-and-25-other-things-do-smithsonian-september/Breakfast at the Zoo and 25 Other Things to Do at the Smithsonian in SeptemberFri, 23 Aug 2019 17:04:45 +0000A Brief History of the Waffle Ironhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-waffle-iron-180972980/Cornelius Swartwout’s invention, patented 150 years ago, helped feed America’s passion for wafflesFri, 23 Aug 2019 15:46:05 +0000Sculptor Edmonia Lewis Shattered Gender and Race Expectations in 19th-Century Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sculptor-edmonia-lewis-shattered-gender-race-expectations-19th-century-america-180972934/As the orphaned child of a black father and a Native-American mother, Lewis rewrote the 19th-century definition of sculptorThu, 22 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000A Chunk of Trinitite Reminds Us of the Sheer, Devastating Power of the Atomic Bombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/chunk-trinitite-reminds-sheer-devastating-power-atomic-bomb-180972848/Within the Smithsonian's collections exists a telltale trace of the weapon that would change the world foreverThu, 22 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000Do Goats Really Love to Jump? And More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/do-goats-really-love-to-jump-180972850/You've got questions, we've got expertsThu, 22 Aug 2019 10:00:00 +0000How the Turtle Got Its Shell, With Apologies to Aesophttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-turtle-got-its-shell-apologies-aesop-180972929/Smithsonian paleontologist Hans Sues unpacks the complicated evolution of how this creature grew a home upon its backTue, 20 Aug 2019 16:27:44 +0000A New Species of Leech Is Discovered Near Washington, D.C.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-species-leech-discovered-near-washington-dc-180972915/Smithsonian researcher describes a previously unknown species of olive-green bloodsucker that has three jaws with up to 59 teethThu, 15 Aug 2019 18:19:54 +0000How Marian Anderson Became an Iconic Symbol for Equality https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-marian-anderson-became-iconic-symbol-equality-180972898/Her beautiful voice famously rang out from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial; a new show takes a look at the highs and lows of her global acclaimWed, 14 Aug 2019 16:13:16 +0000Remembering Julia Childhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remembering-julia-child-180972830/Smithsonian curator Paula Johnson addresses many of the questions visitors ask about America’s beloved cooking teacher and her kitchenTue, 13 Aug 2019 19:21:24 +0000Joy Harjo’s New Poetry Collection Brings Native Issues to the Forefronthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/joy-harjos-new-poetry-collection-brings-native-issues-forefront-180972889/The recently announced U.S. Poet Laureate melds words and music to resist the myth of Native invisibilityTue, 13 Aug 2019 14:57:26 +0000The Actress Who Left the Stage to Become a Civil War Spyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/actress-who-left-stage-become-civil-war-spy-180972821/Pauline Cushman, now featured in a Smithsonian photography exhibition, unexpectedly found herself spying for the Union after accepting a dareMon, 12 Aug 2019 13:30:28 +0000The Fierce Pride and Passion of Rhinestone Fashionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fierce-pride-and-passion-rhinestone-fashion-180972778/In this episode of ‘Re:Frame,’ Smithsonian curators investigate the intentionality and agency behind the clothing we wearFri, 09 Aug 2019 16:00:00 +0000The Crazy Superstitions and Real-Life Science of the Northern Lightshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/crazy-superstitions-and-real-life-science-northern-lights-180972779/In the latest episode of ‘Re:Frame,’ Smithsonian curators take a deep dive into the dramatic painting ‘Aurora Borealis’ by Frederic Church Fri, 09 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000All the World’s a Fantastical Stage for the Artist Mingering Mike https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/all-worlds-fantastical-stage-artist-mingering-mike-180972782/‘Re:Frame’ delves into a work of one of Washington D.C.’s most imaginative artists and his fascination with the historic Howard TheatreThu, 08 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000For 100 Years, KitchenAid Has Been the Stand-Up Brand of Stand Mixershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/100-years-kitchenaid-has-been-stand-brand-stand-mixers-180972838/Even celebrity chef Julia Child said that the sleek appliance made mixing 'marvelous'Wed, 07 Aug 2019 17:34:06 +0000A Beyoncé Portrait Is Coming to the Smithsonian National Portrait Galleryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beyonce-portrait-coming-smithsonian-national-portrait-gallery-180972844/The image appeared in <i>Vogue</i>’s 2018 September issue and was shot by the photographer Tyler MitchellWed, 07 Aug 2019 17:17:07 +0000How Artist Teresita Fernández Turns Graphite, the Stuff of Stardust, Into Memorieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-artist-teresita-fernandez-turns-graphite-stuff-stardust-memories-180972777/A new episode of the Smithsonian’s ‘Re:Frame,’ explores the origin of graphite, a material artists have used for centuriesWed, 07 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000Toni Morrison, ‘Beloved’ Author Who Cataloged the African-American Experience, Dies at 88https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toni-morrison-beloved-author-who-catalogued-african-american-experience-dies-88-180972833/'She changed the whole cartography of black writing,' says Kinshasha Holman Conwill of the National Museum of African American History and CultureTue, 06 Aug 2019 19:28:20 +0000Smithsonian Scientists Are Using Ginkgo Leaves to Study Climate Change—They Need Your Helphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-scientists-use-ginkgo-leaves-study-climate-change-they-need-your-help-180972806/Citizen scientists can submit leaf samples from their hometowns through the end of AugustTue, 06 Aug 2019 14:38:46 +0000How American Brewers Employed Fine Art to Sell Beerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-american-brewers-employed-fine-art-sell-beer-180972781/The Smithsonian’s ‘Re:Frame’ investigates how artist Doris Lee gave beer a new post-prohibition image of domesticity and conviviality Tue, 06 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000'Re:Frame' the Picturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/re-frame-picture-180972800/A new video web series, 'RE:Frame' explores American art’s many meanings and connections with experts across the SmithsonianMon, 05 Aug 2019 20:30:52 +0000What Do Bovids, Bridges and the West Have to Do With American Art? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-do-bovids-bridges-west-american-art-180972780/In the debut episode of “Re:Frame,” Smithsonian curators explore the iconic symbol of the West, the American BisonMon, 05 Aug 2019 19:10:46 +0000Reframing American Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-american-art-museum/2019/08/05/reframing-american-art/A new web series, 'Re:Frame,' explores American art by making unexpected connections across the SmithsonianMon, 05 Aug 2019 19:04:35 +0000Bats Use Leaves as Mirrors to Locate and Catch Their Preyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bats-use-leaves-as-mirrors-locate-catch-their-prey-180972771/The latest discovery in the arms race between bats and insects reveals that even silent, motionless dragonflies aren't safe Thu, 01 Aug 2019 15:00:00 +0000A Garden Party and 21 Other Things to Do in August at the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2019/07/23/garden-party-and-21-other-things-do-august-smithsonian/Sleepovers, culture and cuisine, calligraphy lessons and moreThu, 01 Aug 2019 14:45:54 +0000Megalodon May Be Extinct, but There’s a Life-Size One at the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2019/07/29/megalodon-may-be-extinct-theres-life-size-one-smithsonian/A 52-foot, life-size model of a <i>Carcharocles megalodon</i> shark is now on display in the National Museum of Natural HistoryMon, 29 Jul 2019 21:36:51 +0000Why the Radar-Jamming Prowler Was an Attack Aircraft's Best Friend in the Skieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/prowlers-last-prowl-180972608/The iconic Northrop Grumman EA-6B flies into history—and the National Air and Space Museum collectionMon, 29 Jul 2019 16:27:54 +0000Why Spoken Word Artist Regie Cabico Calls Himself an 'Accidental Poet'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-spoken-word-artist-regie-cabico-calls-himself-accidental-poet-180972746/The renowned slam poetry artist is performing at Smithsonian’s Asian American Literature Festival in August and is featured in the latest Sidedoor podcastMon, 29 Jul 2019 15:43:18 +0000Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch Weighs In on Legendary Photo Archive of African-American Life https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-secretary-lonnie-bunch-on-legendary-photo-archive-african-american-life-180972732/In historic moment, foundations and museums came together to rescue black history. "This is an optimistic tale," says BunchFri, 26 Jul 2019 17:25:57 +0000Cate Blanchett Dons 13 Guises in This Daring Art Installationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cate-blanchett-dons-13-guises-daring-art-installation-180972722/Julian Rosefeldt’s “Manifesto,” on view at the Hirshhorn, puts a satiric spin on art history’s seminal textsFri, 26 Jul 2019 11:26:41 +0000Why It Is Important to Know the Story of Filipino-American Larry Itlionghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-it-is-important-know-story-filipino-american-larry-itliong-180972696/Author Gayle Romasanta is on a crusade to recover the farm worker’s story, empowering young leaders to follow in his footstepsWed, 24 Jul 2019 14:44:34 +0000