The gorgeous hanging baskets and towering tropical plants that accent the Smithsonian’s gardens on the National Mall may seem to magically appear each spring. But that magic is months in the making. Continue reading Has spring finally sprung?
Artist Todd McGrain has created a moving memorial to North American birds that have been driven to extinction. Some of these lost birds have found a home in the Smithsonian’s Enid A. Haupt Garden. Continue reading The Lost Bird Project
Planning on retiring soon? Even though you may not be coming to work every day, you’re still a part of the Smithsonian community. Here’s how to stay involved. Continue reading Calling all retirees: Cap your career with lasting friendships
An old veteran comes out of retirement April 1 at the Udvar-Hazy Center. Continue reading Restored and ready for inspection, sir!
A new exhibition at the Sackler depicts Japan’s uneasy transition from tradition to modernity. Continue reading Kiyochika: Master of the Night
The narwhal tusk is the opposite of a human tooth, rigid in the center and surrounded by a flexible outer layer containing porous tubules. Scientists have long realized the signals a narwhal receives from the nerves in its spiral tusk—which is actually a wildly elongated tooth—provide critical information about its icy ocean environment. Dentist to… Continue reading How is the narwhal’s tusk like a human tooth?
It’s been 50 years since first U.S. Surgeon General’s report on the dangers of smoking. In response, tobacco companies stepped up their advertising efforts to portray smoking as healthful. It was all smoke and mirrors, of course. Continue reading Smoke gets in your eyes
March 22 is World Water Day! It’s a fine day to conserve both water and energy and to enjoy a refreshing drink from the tap rather than from a plastic bottle. Trish Mace explains the horrific effects of plastic debris on our ocean. Continue reading Please drink responsibly
It’s time for class pictures! We’re inviting all offices and units to grab everyone and take a group photo. Whether it’s just you and your office mates or the entire staff, send a picture to the Torch and we’ll share it. Continue reading Class pictures
Scientists have identified a previously unknown feathered dinosaur nicknamed the “Chicken from Hell.” Continue reading You’d need a heckuva barbeque for this bird