For the first time in decades, the majestic scimitar-horned oryx will again thunder across the deserts of northern Africa. Continue reading International cooperation makes a comeback
Any Castle worth its sandstone has to be at least a little bit haunted. Our own Castle has seen more than its fair share of sudden death, apparitions and things that go bump in the night. Continue reading Haunted by tragedy…or eccentricity?
“Suspended Animation,” now on view at the Hirshhorn, is an unsettling journey into the digitization of the human experience. Continue reading Take a trip to the Uncanny Valley
You may have heard that an asteroid annihilated the dinosaurs a while back. Do you know what happened next? We know you’re busy, but let Dr. Kirk Johnson, Sant director of the National Museum of Natural History, explain the history of life (and death) on Earth in just three minutes. Continue reading The History of Life on Earth in Three Minutes
A vein on the left side of Esperanza’s neck pulses; the fabric of her dress accordions faintly out and in with each breath; her finger twitches and grains of mascara ride eyelids that halfway conceal two smiling eyes. Welcome to the intimacy of slow and the close-up video portraiture of Bo Gehring on view in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery exhibition “Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze.” Continue reading Up close and extremely personal: The video portraiture of Bo Gehring
Legend has it that St. Patrick chased all the snakes out of Ireland. That probably wasn’t such a great idea. Continue reading Note to St. Patrick: Leave the snakes alone, please!
Every child knows that the “Tyrant Lizard King” was the biggest, baddest dinosaur of them all. But how did Tyrannosaurus rex and its close relatives become such fearsome predators? The fossilized remains of a newly discovered horse-sized dinosaur reveal the answer. Continue reading Just how DO you get to the top of the food chain?
The Smithsonian is a massive organization–the largest museum and research complex in the world. In his first several months on the job, Secretary David Skorton has made several changes to the management structure of the Smithsonian in order to improve efficiency, transparency and collaboration. The Torch recently sat down with Dr. Skorton to talk about these changes and their impact on staff. Continue reading Streamlining the Smithsonian
We all hear about the superstars—the colleagues who make scientific breakthroughs or uncover brilliant young artists or unravel historic mysteries—but what about those colleagues who do exceptional work at indispensable jobs that never make the news? This is your opportunity to nominate those Unsung Heroes who, day in and day out, help excite the learning in everyone and make the Smithsonian a great Institution. Continue reading Sing the praises of our Unsung Heroes!
Sometimes you just can’t find a notepad handy when you need one. A new 3D digitization effort by the Air and Space Museum shows that even astronauts will scribble notes on the wall. Continue reading Graffiti in Space