Live in a tall building? Turn off those lights at night! 599 million birds are killed by windows on tall buildings annually.
Reducing night lighting in and on tall buildings can help reduce their impact on bird collisions.
Haunted by the traces that the human body leaves behind, the work amasses personal memories through an accumulation of nearly 400 individual shoes. Collected by the artist, each shoe comes with a note from the donor describing lost individuals and past moments.
This 3-D scan provides a rare glimpse into the early Chinese vision of the Buddhist cosmos by looking more in-depth at the maps painted on the Buddha. Scholars traditionally studied these low-relief compositions by making rubbings with black ink on white paper, but 3-D scans give more clarity to the designs.
The O. Orkin Insect Zoo lets you get up-close and very personal with some of its inhabitants. The O. Orkin Insect Zoo is a special exhibit hall on the 2nd Floor of the National Museum of Natural History where visitors can observe live insects and their many-legged relatives. Volunteers conduct tarantula feeding demonstrations, work with live insects that visitors may touch and hold, and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the Insect Zoo.
Los Hueheuteotl forman parte de la mitología Azteca y de otras culturas pre-colombinas de la región central de México, pero esta vasija fue encontrada en El Salvador.
A handmade stamp canceling device once used the postal service.
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Meet Homo floresiensis, nicknamed “hobbit” because of its short stature and large feet. This early human species lived on the island of Flores in Indonesia. Its body and brain were very small, probably due to the scarce resources available on the one island where it’s been found so far.
Shoes worn by famed Afro-Cuban vocalist Celia Cruz.
Abraham Lincoln's gold watch.
Katydids! Their front wings have special structures that can be rubbed together to make sounds. They hear these sounds with flat patches on their legs that act as ears.
Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal.
The rolled leaf beetle C. alternans
Swarna is one of the National Zoo’s three new female Asian elephants.
Companies pay millions to broadcast innovative ads during the Super Bowl. In 1984, Apple promised in its Super Bowl XVIII spot that when its Macintosh was released, “you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like ‘1984’.” The “Classic” Macintosh PC introduced clickable icons (with the newly introduced “mouse”) to open programs instead of typing out program commands.
Baseball autographed by Babe Ruth, 1926.
An olivine crystal from the Pacific Ocean.
The Dom Pedro aquamarine.
It can! In this case, a fear of iguanas can be an inspiration to explore identity in pictures. Karen Miranda Rivadeneira is a Latina artist featured in the National Portrait Gallery's new exhibition, Portraiture Now: Staging the Self. Karen uses photography to explore the intersection between memory and identity.
The Apollo Lunar Module number 2
The Natural History Museum's new interactive learning space.
With a list jotted down on a scrap of paper, Pablo Picasso listed the European artists he recommended for the 1913 Armory Show. With phonetic spelling, Picasso recommended Marcel Duchamp, Fernand Leger and Juan Gris, among others.
Ancient bones from an endangered seabird, the Hawaiian petrel.
Dancers celebrate the Persian New Year at the Freer and Sackler Galleries.
Few have witnessed the flamboyant courtship displays of Papua New Guinea's Flame Bowerbird. Hidden in the dense jungles, the bird's extraordinary mating ritual has captured the interest of wildlife experts across the world.
A male purple-throated carib hummingbird.
Sugar skulls from a Day of the Dead celebration.
Yes. Massive pesticides used for growing coffee on plantations can immediately affect tropical forests and the birds that live there. Luckily, some coffee growers are using shade-grown coffee, which plays a key role in environmental conservation and for migratory birds.
National Postal Museum Atrium
Well, kind of. Scientists at the National Museum of Natural History discovered a 48-million-year-old leaf with clear signs of one well-documented form of zombie-parasite Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, a fungus that infects ants and then manipulates their behavior - essentially turning them into zombies.
This may sound too good to be true, but during World War II, The Hershey’s Chocolate Co. was commissioned by the U.S. Army to create a heat-resistant chocolate bar with strict regulations. These regulations included specific weight and taste – yes, taste. The Army stated that the bar could not be so tasty that soldiers would want to eat it, except in an emergency. These “Tropical Chocolate Bars” were incredibly successful, which surely made founder Milton Hershey very proud.
The ensemble worn by Marian Anderson for her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial.
A Norway Rat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
The variety of planets being detected by NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
“Stephanocyathus (A.) spiniger,” a solitary, deep-water coral species.
You almost certainly know Milton Hershey as a famous chocolatier, but did you know he also created a rose garden in Hershey, Pennsylvania? The idea to construct the garden came after repeated conversations with J. Horace McFarland, an avid member of the American Rose Society. The original plan was to have the garden in Washington, D.C., yet the Hershey location is now 23 acres and continues to be a popular tourist destination.
If you were a pirate, not much. Being constantly at sea meant little food and a lot of mold, so pirates mostly survived on a diet of dried meats and, you guessed it, rum.
The Freer Gallery's renowned Peacock Room.
A Volkswagen Beetle named "Vochol®" was decorated by indigenous craftsmen.
The Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden.
A Jungle Nymph at the O. Orkin Insect Zoo.
Both grew out of communities that were innovation hotbeds—the microchip from Silicon Valley and hip-hop from the Bronx. By building primitive song mixers, constructing speakers out of trash cans and hacking power from street lights, early MCs in the 1970s’ Bronx demonstrated problem solving, risk taking and creativity, inventing a new style of American music. The Smithsonian studies how inventive communities form and impact culture.
Going to Hawaii. Before the advent of safe and reliable jet travel, it took weeks to make the ocean journey there. And attempts by civilians to make the dangerous flight often resulted in tragedy.
A witch hazel tree in Smithsonian's Ripley Garden.
A guitar from Smithsonian's vast musical instrument collection.
Presidents and prehistoric swimming: Discover sloths in a whole new way!
When wearing the Armbrust cup. This odd device, worn over the face, converts condensation from breath into drinking water. Renowned pilot Charles Lindbergh always took one with him on flights over the ocean in case of an emergency landing.
The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is the companion facility to the Museum on the National Mall.
This photo is one of 100 that make up the “American Cool” exhibition at the Portrait Gallery.
The Smithsonian honors the musical legacy of Coltrane during Jazz Appreciation month.
The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory has illustrated the energy distribution of our universe by using a jar of jelly beans, mostly black. Dark energy and dark matter (black jelly beans) take up most of the Universe.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passenger pigeon’s extinction.
May 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of Batman’s debut with DC Comics.
At The National Postal Museum, visitors can create their own stamp collection on topics that interest them most. Interactive stations also allow visitors to create their own stamp designs.
Tequila! Tequila is made from the agave plant. Certain species of bats feed on the nectar of agave flowers and in the process they pollinate the flower and help the plant to thrive.
70% of the world's people live in the coastal zone. Join the fight for this guy.
Lady slipper orchids are just some of the varieties in the exhibition “Orchids of Latin America.”
This is the smallest shark, a dwarf lantern shark – smaller than a person's hand!
As a young boy, Lennon traded and collected stamps for several years. Already a budding artist, he added personal sketches to his stamp album, which is now housed at Smithsonian's National Postal Museum.
This folk art guitar has a two chambers for stashing strings, picks or snacks
Venus fly-trap anemone, deep in the Gulf of Mexico
Abraham Lincoln's life mask by sculptor Clark Mills, 1865
All of them! Osperalycus tenerphagus are a newly discovered species of dragon-like mites that lay eggs that don’t need to be fertilized. They are all female – no male has ever been found.
Hokusai’s Mt. Fuji: an icon in Japanese art