Records of Ancient Life: For about 85% of the history of life on Earth, only microbes existed. The only large-scale evidence of their activities is preserved by stromatolites, ancient structural records of life on Earth which hold evidence both of the biology of the microbial mat communities that created them, and the nature of the… Continue reading From Earth to the Solar System: Shark Bay
Don’t let talk of the economy make your eyes glaze over. See how SI has used federal funding to create jobs and improve sustainability. Continue reading An economic boost is also an environmental plus
Astronomers have discovered a pair of burned out white dwarfs hurtling toward each other at breakneck speeds. Continue reading Dying stars locked in fatal dance
Sigh. Mei Xiang isn’t pregnant after all, but four new red panda cubs offer some consolation. Continue reading Final score: Red pandas 4, Giant pandas 0
Are Americans uniquely innovative? A new exhibition explores the 19th-century belief in the American genius for invention. Continue reading “The Great American Hall of Wonders”
In the good old summertime. Loyal B. Aldrich of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (1908-1955) and Astrophysicist Charles Greeley Abbot (fifth Secretary of the Smithsonian, 1928-1944) playing tennis behind the Smithsonian Institution Building, next to the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in 1922. The National Air Museum Quonset Hut is in the background.
We’ve heard of writers in residence and artists in residence, but a Wikipedian in Residence? It’s a brave new digital world. Continue reading GLAM-Wiki project brings the arts to Wikipedia
Beautiful, fragrant, romantic–roses have been cultivated for centuries. Learn more about them in this video tour. Continue reading Roses 101
The popular exhibit has been funded for at least five years with a gift from State Farm Insurance. Continue reading Kids’ Farm will stay open after all
In the midst of a sweltering heat wave, we wondered what the weather was like 150 years ago today during the historic battle. Continue reading How hot was it during the Battle of Bull Run?