You’ve got nothing on the Greater Sage Grouse, the only bird species known to thrive on poisonous sagebrush leaves. A new study shows that the real heroes are microorganisms. Continue reading Stop grousing about your toxic relationship with food
The Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System must be be very energetic indeed to capture 300 images a second. On Feb. 22, 2018, as the asteroid Imprinetta passed between the Earth and a distant star known as TYC 5517-227-1, a team of astronomers who had predicted the event captured it with a camera… Continue reading Visiting asteroids help scientists measure the size of distant stars
If 1.5 million people come to Washington to see the cherry blossoms, and each of them has to go to the bathroom at least once, how many miles of toilet paper do Smithsonian museums go through each day? (Show your work.) Continue reading Spring is here and the tourists are in full bloom
If you need someone to mow your lawn, you put a notice on the bulletin board at the grocery store, If you need an accountant or a web designer, you put an ad on Monster.com or hire a headhunter. But how do you go about finding someone with the skills to be Secretary of the Smithsonian? Continue reading Help wanted: Leader of the largest museum, education and research complex in the world
Torch writer John Barrat is not afraid to ask world expert Richard Robbins what he knows about these blood-sucking arachnids. (Warning: Contains graphic descriptions of tick sex.) Continue reading Everything you ever wanted to know about ticks, but were afraid to ask.
Legend has it that St. Patrick chased all the snakes out of Ireland. That probably wasn’t such a great idea. Continue reading Note to St. Patrick: Leave the snakes alone, please!
Before you download another game on your phone, take your safety into your own hands. Continue reading Be smart. LiveSafe.
Most Smithsonian employees will be seeing a little bit extra in their checks in 2019. Continue reading Mo money, mo problems?* We’ll take the risk
You’d expect a pizza sent from across the Atlantic to be a little cold when it arrives. Not if it’s warmed by the comaraderie of the international museum community. Continue reading OPS officers get some pizza appreciation
Need a few last-minute gift ideas? We have everything under the sun! Continue reading Only 5, 4, 3…shopping days left! You better hurry!