Although temperatures are becoming more seasonal (for the moment), we won’t soon forget the polar temperatures and “bomb cyclone” that paralyzed the entire East Coast from Florida to Maine the first week of January. Tatyana Swift explains why global climate change creates extreme weather. Continue reading If the climate is warming, why is it so darn cold?
In the broadest study yet of low oxygen in the world’s seas, scientists reveal the planetary implications of a dying ocean. They also suggest some solutions. Continue reading The ocean is suffocating. How do we catch our breath?
In a year often marked by divisiveness, the Smithsonian strove to be more inclusive—reaching out to make our vast resources of collections, research and people more accessible, more relevant and more universal in 2017. Here are some of the highlights. Continue reading Carrying the Torch into a new year: 2018
Drum roll, please! The winner of the annual Smithsonian winter card contest has been announced. The winning design is a fitting symbol of One Smithsonian and how we work best when we work together. Continue reading Season’s Greetings 2017!
Smithsonian staff work countless hours in the halls of our museums and research centers, in the field, at the Zoo, in our gardens and facilities. We are privileged to spend time with some of the nation’s most cherished treasures as we go about our duties. Sometimes, these unique experiences find a special place in our own personal stories. Amy Kehs introduces Yolanda Riley and a few of her favorite things. Continue reading A few of my favorite things: Yolanda Riley
Zombies, ball gowns and a filing cabinet full of jokes: what do these things have in common? Continue reading Making History: The 10 most-read blog posts of 2017 from the American History Museum
One hour, dozens of artifacts, and looters—a drill at the “National Museum of Smithsonia” teaches museums how to plan for the worst. Continue reading What it’s like to evacuate a museum in a natural disaster
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center has introduced a new video, America is in the Heart, based on the 1946 novel by Filipino American writer Carlos Bulosan. This video honors Bulosan’s historic text during a critical time in America’s deep history of immigration. Continue reading America is in the Heart
Today marks the 76th anniversary of the bombing of the Pearl Harbor naval base by the Japanese Imperial Navy. In commemoration of this anniversary, Patri O’Gan shares some letters from the collections of the American History Museum written by a civilian, Beth Slingerland, as she watched the attack from her home in the hills above Pearl Harbor. Continue reading Eyewitness to a ‘Day of Infamy:’ Commemorating Pearl Harbor
The Smithsonian recently unveiled a bold new action plan, grounded in unity and outreach, that aims to touch the lives of a billion people each year. Smithsonian magazine’s Ryan P. Smith reports on the “The Short Conversation.” Continue reading A “Short Conversation” about some long-term and far-reaching goals for the Smithsonian