Many of us associate mistletoe with the annual tradition of hanging it in the doorway in hopes of a Christmas kiss, but that lingering whisper of old Norse mythology is just one aspect of this intriguing plant that exists all over the world. Continue reading From pagan magic to cancer cure? The mysteries of mistletoe.
A self-taught illustrator, Vichai Milikul has been creating meticulous scientific drawings of the minutiae of mosquitoes and other insects for more than 50 years. Continue reading Drawing on a half-century’s experience
Don’t talk about politics during Thanksgiving dinner! Amaze your friends and confound your enemies with more turkey-related trivia than you ever thought you wanted to know. Remember, we have millions of objects in our collections—be grateful we didn’t keep going. Continue reading Take a trot through our collections for all things turkey
Americans spent almost $30 billion on pet food for Fido and Fluffy last year, but you can’t exactly run to the store for a half-ton of kibble when you have elephants to feed. John Barrat spent the day in Front Royal to see how the Zoo keeps its critters locavore. Continue reading Mike Maslanka had a farm…
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!
Rock star Sting donated his first Stratocaster guitar—which he used to compose many of his biggest hits—to the museum’s Musical History Collection in a ceremony Sept. 8. Continue reading Sting makes Stratocastic donation to the American History Museum
Our soldiers aren’t movie superheroes. They are us. Continue reading An unflinching gaze into the human face of battle at the National Portrait Gallery
A vein on the left side of Esperanza’s neck pulses; the fabric of her dress accordions faintly out and in with each breath; her finger twitches and grains of mascara ride eyelids that halfway conceal two smiling eyes. Welcome to the intimacy of slow and the close-up video portraiture of Bo Gehring on view in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery exhibition “Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze.” Continue reading Up close and extremely personal: The video portraiture of Bo Gehring
In a triumph for amphibian conservationists, a newly described Panamanian dart frog has been successfully bred in captivity for the first time. Continue reading Froggie went a courtin’ and he did breed–in the lab
Get the straight dope on this summertime scourge Continue reading A poison ivy primer