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.
Don’t fall behind–check out the highlights from the Fall 2014 All-Staff meeting and watch the webcast
Join the fiesta and come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) at the Smithsonian with vibrant performances, lectures, family activities and exhibitions at museums around the Institution.
Rare, beautiful and ancient, diamonds can offer insight into the planet’s geological history.
The bad news? Bird populations are down in many key habitats. The good news: Conservation efforts work–if they’re applied.
Imagine a form of writing so beautiful it eclipses the meaning of the words it conveys. “Nasta‘liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy” is the first exhibition of the visually stunning script of ancient poetry.
Can an object be gay? Curator Katherine Ott reflects on collecting and interpreting objects representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning history.
We all complain about Washington, D.C.’s notorious summertime heat and humidity, but what if you had to stuff a hippopotamus while wearing a suit, vest and tie, all without benefit of air conditioning? Yesterday’s curators were a hardy bunch.