Antarctica is home to fewer insect species than anywhere else on earth. But it wasn’t always that way.
This 4.5-billion-year-old ureilite meteorite is one of the oldest objects in the Smithsonian’s collection.
Painted guitar Carlos Vives donated to the Smithsonian The guitar shown above belonged to Colombian Grammy Award-winning singer and composer Carlos Vives, who is best known for his vallenato chart-topping hits.
The comb jelly “Mnemiopsis leidyi” is one of two species used in a recent study proving these animals have a through-gut and excrete through anal pores.
Steven Young Lee blends Eastern and Western traditions with anachronistic, often playful imagery and striking pattern in his porcelain works.
Babe Ruth and first wife Helen Woodford, by Underwood & Underwood; gelatin silver print 1925 (Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC) It was an era of “anything goes,” big cars, telephones, The Roaring Twenties and massive industrial growth.
A monarch butterfly (Photo by richiebits) Spending time in a beautiful garden can be transformative. In fact, some visitors to the Smithsonian’s Mary Livingston Ripley Garden in Washington D.C.
These laser-scanned digital maps of a gorilla’s teeth visualize shape, orientation and slope information.
With an area of about 100 square miles, Ometepe is the largest island in the world that’s situated in a freshwater lake.
Canopy of “D. aromatica” at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia. (Photo by Patrice78500) Internet and phone connections are essential for effective communicators and for success in business.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has acquired a 1989 prototype of ROBODOC, an orthopedic surgical device created for hip and knee replacement surgeries.
National Air and Space Museum Curator John Anderson describes major flight innovations made possible by the Full Scale Tunnel, built in 1931 at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics Langley Memorial Laboratory in Hampton, Va.
Aukeran is a professional dance troupe from Basque country founded in 1997 by Edu Muruamendiaraz. The beautiful and graceful professional dancers have backgrounds in both Basque traditional and contemporary dance.
Three female cane toads occupy an irrigation pipe in the Northern Territory of Australia. (Photo courtesy Cameron Hudson) In 1935, 101 cane toads from Hawaii were set loose in Australia to help control beetles that were decimating the Australian sugar crop.
Jennifer Trask engages nature as both medium and subject matter, combining unexpected materials such as bone, vertebrae, butterfly wings, resin, metal, and antique frame fragments to create arresting jewelry and large-scale sculptures.
At Smithsonian Marine Station’s Mangrove ID table, visiting University of South Carolina graduate student Zac Cannizzo tests visitors’ knowledge of the parts and pieces of the three species of mangrove that grow around the Indian River Lagoon.
Black Rhinos in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. (Brocken Inaglory) With roughly 5,500 individuals remaining in the wild, the black rhino population is critically endangered.
While serving overseas in Australia in 1943, Army nurses of the 268th Station Hospital receive their first mail from home.
This Secret Smithsonian Adventures series follows four middle schoolers as they foil events by two dastardly doers who try to dangerously change the true course of history.
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