A new exhibition at the Portrait Gallery tells the hidden stories behind portraits held in private collections–many never before seen in public. Continue reading Capital Portraits: Treasures from Washington Private Collections
The animals—and their keepers—at the National Zoo’s Small Mammal House get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. Keepers created animal-enrichment activities and objects full of treats for many of the small mammals. These enrichment activities provide physical and mental stimulation for the animals that give them opportunities to use their natural abilities and behaviors. The… Continue reading Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
What does it mean to be human? Paleoanthropologist Briana Pobiner explains how we got to be who we are today. Continue reading Meet Our Scientist: Briana Pobiner, Dietary Detective
Dr. Liz Cottrell, head of the Global Vulcanism program at the National Museum of Natural History, explains the mechanics of the massive March 11 earthquake in Japan. Continue reading When the earth moves
Help the Zoo name its new baby anteater. Will he be Fausto? Demetrio? Valerio? Continue reading Our vote is for Ant’ny
Thomas Jefferson famously created his own Age of Enlightenment version of the New Testament. The precious volume, now undergoing extensive conservation, offers insight into the religious beliefs of the writer of the Declaration of Independence. Continue reading “I, too, have made a wee little book.”
Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear the stories of the brave women who fought for civil rights as members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Continue reading Hands on the Freedom Plow
Thousands of enormous Burmese pythons have invaded the Florida Everglades and scientists have confirmed they are a threat to native birds–including endangered species. (Herptophobes continue at your own risk.) Continue reading Snakes in the ‘Glades!
Groundbreaking performance artist Marina Abramović will present this year’s Demetrion lecture at the Hirshhorn. Continue reading Art as performance, performance as art
Can algae cure cancer? A fungus fight malaria? An innovative conservation program has helped isolate powerful compounds produced by organisms in Coiba National Park. Continue reading Just say yes!