New stamps from the U.S. Postal Service feature the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex as an adorable hatchling and a lanky teenager. Continue reading Gone for 65 million years, but remembered “forever”
Heading to the beach for the long Labor Day Weekend? Just turn around. Go home. You’ll thank us later. Continue reading Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water
Genealogist Hollis Gentry talks about her work rediscovering connections that have been lost to history. Continue reading Weaving family histories when threads have been broken
Air pollution kills 7 million people each year. Technology from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory will measure pollutants from space with greater accuracy than ever before. Continue reading Increasing the TEMPO of our response to air pollution
What better way to spend a sultry summer day than with a stroll down a garden path? Marisa Scalera leads a tour of Smithsonian Gardens’ “Habitat.” Continue reading The secret lives of bees…and birds and dragonflies and grasshoppers and gardeners
Summer’s heat and humidity can make even the most dedicated gardeners wilt a bit and find themselves in need of refreshment. How about some booze with your botany? Cynthia Brown of Smithsonian Gardens shares a few of her favorite herbal cocktails. Continue reading Prune the shrubs? No thanks, we’d rather drink them.
Tomorrow is World Turtle Day and a good time to remind ourselves that these engaging reptiles are in danger of disappearing. Continue reading Slow and steady: Will the wood turtle win the race against habitat loss?
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 shooting… 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