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For millions of years these tiny beetles have chewed their way out of sight


The light colored flea beetle “Pyrrhalta” sp. in close proximity to the damage it has caused to a leaf of the plant “Viburnum japonicum” in Japan.

Elephant Poaching Crisis in Myanmar

Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) have found that poaching is an emerging crisis for Asian elephants in Myanmar.

Astronaut advice: Peggy Whitson

Find your passion,” says veteran Astronaut Peggy Whitson. The Iowa native holds the record for time in space by an American.

How to slow down and get a new perspective on portraits


“Nine to Five” by Josh Kline, 3D-printed sculptures in plaster, ink-jet ink, and cyanoacrylate; janitor cart, 2015.

American Indian imagery is everywhere. What about their history?


The Arrow Motel sign in Espanola, N.M. The Arrow Motel has been shuttered for years, yet the sign remains, a landmark in a small town.

Alma Thomas became a nationally recognized painter after 38 years as a public school teacher


Alma Thomas, “Earth Sermon – Beauty, Love And Peace” (1971), acrylic on canvas,72 x 52 1/8 in. (182.9 x 132.3 cm).

Pelican spiders: Ancient assassins that eat their own kind

The post Pelican spiders: Ancient assassins that eat their own kind appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.

Five facts about tractors and how they revolutionized American farming


This 1918 Waterloo Boy, one of the first tractors to utilize the combustion engine, is on exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Black Hole Blasts May Transform “Mini-Neptunes” into Rocky Worlds


This artist’s impression shows the atmosphere of a Neptune-like planet (foreground) being swept backwards by powerful radiation from an outburst in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy (right).

Chauncey Spencer, aviator


Chauncey Spencer after a successful parachute jump at a Chicago air show. Spencer became one of Chicago’s most well-known barnstorming pilots.

Chauncey Spencer, aviator


Chauncey Spencer after a successful parachute jump at a Chicago air show. Spencer became one of Chicago’s most well-known barnstorming pilots.

Chauncey Spencer, Aviator


Chauncey Spencer after a successful parachute jump at a Chicago air show. Spencer became one of Chicago’s most well-known barnstorming pilots.

Installation of the Obama portraits

On February 12, 2018, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery unveiled its commissioned portraits of former President Barack Obama and Mrs.

Installation of the Obama portraits

On February 12, 2018, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery unveiled its commissioned portraits of former President Barack Obama and Mrs.

Installation of the Obama portraits

On February 12, 2018, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery unveiled its commissioned portraits of former President Barack Obama and Mrs.

Magnetic reconnection in the sun


An ultraviolet picture of the sun’s chromosphere, the thin layer of solar atmosphere sandwiched between the visible surface, the photosphere, and the corona.

Magnetic reconnection in the sun


An ultraviolet picture of the sun’s chromosphere, the thin layer of solar atmosphere sandwiched between the visible surface, the photosphere, and the corona.

Magnetic Reconnection in the Sun


An ultraviolet picture of the sun’s chromosphere, the thin layer of solar atmosphere sandwiched between the visible surface, the photosphere, and the corona.

WWI letters reveal motivations, conflicts of America’s first enlisted women


YMCA Worker Ethel Ash with unidentified sailor in France, 1919. (Image courtesy Ethel Ash Collection, Gift of Sarah (Ash) Albert, Women’s Memorial Foundation Collection) Stationed at a U.S.

Letters by America’s first enlisted women reveal motivation, conflict of WWI service in Postal Museum exhibit


YMCA Worker Ethel Ash with unidentified sailor in France, 1919. (Image courtesy Ethel Ash Collection, Gift of Sarah (Ash) Albert, Women’s Memorial Foundation Collection) Stationed at a U.S.


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