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Smithsonian Snapshot: "Yarnbombed!"

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If you visit the Smithsonian Castle this Labor Day weekend, you’ll be seeing red—yarn, that is. The entrance gate to the Haupt Garden, light poles, benches and guide ropes leading to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have been “yarnbombed,” or...
29-Aug-2014 2:00 PM EDT

Celebre el Mes de la Herencia Hispana en el Smithsonian

El Smithsonian lo invita a celebrar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana (15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre) con una serie de presentaciones, actividades familiares y exposiciones en varios de los museos de la Institución. Todos los programas son...
28-Aug-2014 1:00 PM EDT

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian invites the public to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) through a series of vibrant performances, lectures, family activities and exhibitions at various museums around the Institution. All programs are free...
28-Aug-2014 12:30 PM EDT

Smithsonian Snapshot: Gnats!

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As sure a sign of summer as lightning bugs but maybe not as welcome, gnats are often thought of as no more than flying specks and a nuisance. But as this Smithsonian Snapshot shows, magnified under a microscope their appearance reveals that they are...
15-Aug-2014 8:00 AM EDT

Volunteers Needed for Massive Smithsonian Digitization Project

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Today the Smithsonian launches its Transcription Center website to the public. The website is designed to leverage the power of crowds to help the Smithsonian unlock the content inside thousands of digitized images of documents, such as handwritten...
12-Aug-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Smithsonian Snapshot: Hello There, Mr. Cone-Headed Katydid

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Looking like a character from a classic Saturday Night Live skit, this cone-headed katydid (Copiphora rhinoceros) unsurprisingly gets its name from its pointy-shaped head.
30-Jul-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Smithsonian Snapshot: Chigusa and the Art of Tea

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Japanese collectors have long engaged with objects through the formalized tea presentation called chanoyu. They gave added distinction to stellar tea-leaf storage jars by awarding them personal names and adorning them with precious textiles. This...
7-Jul-2014 3:30 PM EDT

Smithsonian Scientist and Collaborators Revise Timeline of Human Origins

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A large brain, long legs, the ability to craft tools and prolonged maturation periods were all thought to have evolved together at the start of the Homo lineage as African grasslands expanded and Earth’s climate became cooler and drier. However,...
3-Jul-2014 2:20 PM EDT

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Smithsonian Profile: Antonio Curet, Curator of Archaeology

Smithsonian curator Antonio Curet studies the vast collections from Latin America and the Caribbean at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian to develop exhibits that tell the rich histories of these indigenous cultures. He talks...
4-Jun-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Perfil Smithsonian: Antonio Curet, Curador de Arqueología

Antonio Curet estudia las amplias colecciones de objetos provenientes de Latinoamérica y el Caribe en el Museo Nacional del Indígena Americano del Smithsonian, para desarrollar exposiciones que cuentan la historia de estas culturas indígenas.
4-Jun-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Perfil Smithsonian: Margaret Salazar-Porzio, curadora de historia y cultura latina

Margaret Salazar-Porzio ayuda a contar la historia de los latinos en los Estados Unidos, adquiriendo objetos y desarrollando exposiciones en el Museo Nacional de Historia Americana.
6-May-2014 11:30 AM EDT

Smithsonian Profile: Margaret Salazar-Porzio, Curator of Latino History and Culture

Smithsonian curator Margaret Salazar-Porzio helps tell the story of Latinos in the United States. She talks about her work in this short video profile.
6-May-2014 11:15 AM EDT

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