May
23

Washed ashore: Art to Save the Sea

Washed ashore: Art to Save the Sea

More than 315 billion pounds of plastic pollute our oceans, including the Great Pacific trash vortex, a vast patch of plastic debris that some estimates calculate as being twice the size of the continental United States. This horrifying fact is embodied, quite literally, in dramatic sculptures of marine life made entirely from plastic trash collected from beaches. Continue reading Washed ashore: Art to Save the Sea

May
20

Today in Smithsonian Bureaucracy: May 20, 1854

Today in Smithsonian Bureaucracy: May 20, 1854

May 20, 1854. A special committee of the Board of Regents issues a report that, among many other tedious things, allows Secretary Joseph Henry to hire assistants, but does not “require” him to hire assistants. You are allowed to read more about this report at the link, but you are not required to do so. Continue reading Today in Smithsonian Bureaucracy: May 20, 1854

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May
19

Going the Extra Mile Every Day: The 2016 Unsung Hero Awards

Going the  Extra Mile Every Day: The 2016 Unsung Hero Awards

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? Meet this year’s Unsung Heroes, Smithsonian staff who, day in and day out, make the Smithsonian a great Institution. Continue reading Going the Extra Mile Every Day: The 2016 Unsung Hero Awards

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