Jan
10

Which Apollo astronaut also worked at the Smithsonian?

Michael Collins, former director of the National Air and Space Museum. In 1969, Collins orbited the moon while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the first steps on its surface. He presided over the opening of the museum in 1976, as a signal from the Viking 1 spacecraft commanded a robotic arm to cut the… Continue reading Which Apollo astronaut also worked at the Smithsonian?

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Nov
21

What animal has the largest eyes?

Michael Vecchone, curator of cephalopods at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, answers: What animal has the largest eyes? This is awesome (and kinda gross.) Questions com alive at the Smithsonian. Seriously Amazing.

Sep
30

How can food be innovative?

Adriel Luis, Curator of Digital & Emerging Media for the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center, explains how food can be innovative. Questions come alive at the Smithsonian. Seriously Amazing.  

Sep
03

Why don’t spiders stick to their own webs?

Chemistry! Smithsonian scientists have shown that spiders’ legs are protected by branching hairs and a non-stick chemical coating. Michael Miller, keeper at the invertebrate exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, explains: Browsing the web › Questions come alive at the Smithsonian. Seriously Amazing.

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Aug
26

How do you get a Giant Panda to go to the doctor?

You just ask her! Giant panda Mei Xiang has voluntarily cooperated during ultrasound procedures because of special training from animal keepers. However, she changed her mind early in August, so veterinary staff were unable to detect her fetus until she gave birth to a cub on August 23. Watch more pandamonium on the National Zoo’s… Continue reading How do you get a Giant Panda to go to the doctor?

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May
14

Which animal can have a brain so large it overflows into its legs?

Spiders. Smithsonian researchers report that the brains of tiny spiders are so large that they fill their body cavities and overflow into their legs. Nine species of spiders were measured. As the spiders get smaller, their brains get proportionally bigger, filling up more of their body cavities. Brains, delicious braaiins!  Questions come alive at the Smithsonian.Seriously… Continue reading Which animal can have a brain so large it overflows into its legs?

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Mar
04

How many oceans are on the planet?

One. While we use many names–the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian–what we think of as separate oceans is actually one vast ecosystem. Smithsonian scientists are studying the life of our ocean–everything from the ancestors of whales to conserving coral reefs to the effects of climate change. Dive into the planet’s largest ecosystem. Questions come alive at the… Continue reading How many oceans are on the planet?