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Smithsonian Snapshot: Gnats!


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


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


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


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


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

National Portrait Gallery Presents a New Exhibition of Works by Contemporary Latino American Artists

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will open a new exhibition featuring six contemporary Latino artists who explore how identities are constructed and negotiated through portraiture. “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self,” open Aug. 22...
2-Jul-2014 11:00 AM EDT

La Galería Nacional De Retratos Presenta una Nueva Exposición de Artistas Latino-Estadounidenses Contemporáneos

La Galería Nacional de Retratos del Smithsonian inaugurará una nueva exposición de seis artistas latinos contemporáneos, quienes exploran cómo se construyen y negocian las identidades a través del retrato. “El retrato ahora: ponerse en...
2-Jul-2014 11:00 AM EDT

National Postal Museum Opens “Behind the Badge” Exhibition


The “Behind the Badge” exhibition opened today at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. It showcases the work of one of the nation’s oldest federal law-enforcement agencies. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service dates to 1776, when Benjamin...
27-Jun-2014 4:00 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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