Fittingly, the Smithsonian’s first completely green research lab has opened at the Environmental Research Center in Maryland.
Did the macabre author die from a beating? Alcohol poisoning? Murder most foul? Here are the top nine theories from Smithsonian magazine.
Wonder what Ozzy Osborne would make of this? Some fringe-lipped Panamanian bats have developed a taste for German black metal music.
An early naturalist declared the bird-of-paradise “the most perfectly lovely of the many lovely productions of nature,” but he also lamented that “civilized man” would surely cause the creature’s extinction. Has his prophecy come true?
Imagine settling in for dinner at your favorite restaurant when suddenly, something starts biting your feet. Might be hard to enjoy your meal, right? Corals and crabs have devised an ingenious strategy to make sure neither of them are on the menu.
“Richard Estes’ Realism” is the most comprehensive exhibition ever organized of work by a master of contemporary realism.
“Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations” looks at the complex, nuanced and often heartbreaking history of the relationship between the United States and the Native Nations.
We’ve been depressed ever since Pluto was demoted. After all, in the words of one esteemed scientist, “A dwarf hamster is still a hamster.” Is it time to revisit the debate?
“She gets more fun out of being a cook than a kook.” Judy Gradwohl takes a look at that unabashed square Suzy Homemaker and what she tells us about our aspirations to domesticity in the 1960s.
Mark Twain may have made “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” famous, but he never met the Panamanian Golden Frog, who not only is the official amphibian of Panama, but also has its own week-long festival! Find out more about this tiny amphibian and its role in promoting environmental stewardship.