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In San Francisco, one wet winter can switch up Bay’s invasive species


Richmond Marina, in northeastern San Francisco Bay, where the study was conducted. (Flickr photo by P9170033) For many Californians, last year’s wet winter triggered a case of whiplash.

A Tribe Called Red

On one hot August evening, A Tribe Called Red turned the atrium of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian into a dance party.

“Kiss me darling”


Dance card case in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. From the Evelyn Way Kendall Early Aviation and Balloon Collection, donated by the Norfolk Charitable Trust In the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries, balls and dances were places to socialize and dance.

“Kiss Me Darling”


Dance card case in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. From the Evelyn Way Kendall Early Aviation and Balloon Collection, donated by the Norfolk Charitable Trust In the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries, balls and dances were places to socialize and dance.

A history of labor in America, as seen through the faces of its workers


“The Jolly Washerwoman,” by Lilly Martin Spencer, oil on canvas, 1851. (Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College) Lilly Martin Spencer’s “The Jolly Washerwoman” (1851) looks directly at you, elbow-deep in sudsy water, grinning widely.

From slavery to sandwich artist: American worker portraits that challenge convention


“The Jolly Washerwoman,” by Lilly Martin Spencer, oil on canvas, 1851. (Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College) Lilly Martin Spencer’s “The Jolly Washerwoman” (1851) looks directly at you, elbow-deep in sudsy water, grinning widely.

Crazy Legs


Poster, “Okay, Bye,” 2015; designed by Geoff McFetridge (Canadian, b. 1971); offset lithograph on white paper; 91.4 by 61.9 cm (36 by 24 3/8 in.); gift of Geoff McFetridge, 2017-25-1 This poster in the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum was created by graphic designer and visual artist Geoff McFetridge in 2015 to advertise the play Okay, Bye performed by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.

Ant colony ‘personality’ may play role in survival of its host plant


“Azetca constructor” (Photo by J Longino) A new paper published in Behavioral Ecology finds that some ant colonies defend more gallantly than others, revealing that colonies themselves may have personalities.

The great Halifax explosion!


The image above shows the view across the devastated neighborhood of Richmond in Halifax, Nova Scotia the day after a massive explosion leveled this area on Dec.

Immigration: America is in the Heart

America is in the Heart is a novel written by Carlos Bulosan in the 1940’s to capture his Filipino American experience, but its words still resonate with the greater immigrant experience today.

Using digitized Botany specimens, AI excels in simple curatorial tasks


A mercury stained clubmoss specimen in the U.S. National Herbarium Millions, if not billions, of specimens reside in the world’s natural history collections, but most of these have not been carefully studied, or even looked at, in decades.

Smithsonian Affiliates in your neighborhood

The post Smithsonian Affiliates in your neighborhood appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.

Global SPHERE Network Promotes Research Opportunities for High School Students


High school students in the first cohort of the Science Research Mentoring Program learn how to work with astronomical images in the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysic’s Wolbach Library.

Broadway’s “Hamilton” costume tells story of philanthropy


Costume designer Paul Tazewell designed this suit worn by Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in the second act of the play “Hamilton: An American Musical.” In 2016, Tazewell won a Tony for Best Costume Design in a Musical for the play.

Native Words, Native Warriors: Code talkers


Navajo Code Talkers Corporal Henry Bake, Jr. (left) and Private First Class George H. Kirk operating a portable radio set at Bougainville, an island in the South Pacific, in December 1943.

A new stellar X-ray “reality” show debuts


Screen shot of the VR model being built. Colors assigned include jets in green; iron in blue; neon in yellow; cooler debris in purple; outer blast wave in red.

Next Generation Astronomical Survey to Map the Entire Sky


This artist’s impression shows a cutaway view of the parts of the universe that SDSS-V will study. SDSS-V will study millions of stars to create a map of the entire Milky Way.

Keeping zoo animals happy, healthy

 The zoo extends the collecting mission of the Smithsonian into the realm of the living.

New expressions of antiquity


Desert Necklace, 1995; Designed by Peter Hoogeboom (Dutch, b. 1961); slip cast and glazed ceramic, silver, cork.

Learning to sign: Cooper-Hewitt


“Paradiesfibel” cover Well known for its collection of children’s books, the Cooper Hewitt Library holds a rare 19th Century illustrated German nursery rhyme children’s book titled Paradiesfibel, written and illustrated to teach sign language.


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