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Tropical Trees Are Dying of Dehydration Due to Climate Change

Tropical trees in Australia’s rainforests have been dying at double the previous rate since the 1980s, potentially because of climate change, according to an international study published May 18 in the journal Nature. Researchers found the death rates of tropical…

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National Postal Museum Announces Awards for Scholarship in Postal History

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum sponsors biennial prizes for recent scholarship on the history of the postal system in the United States and its territories and their antecedents. The U.S. Postal Service started these awards in 2007 to honor its…

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Christina Michelon Receives the 18th Annual Frost Essay Award

Christina Michelon is the recipient of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award for her article “The In/Visibility of Mourning: Seeing Labor, Loss and Enslavement in an Antebellum Posthumous Portrait,” which appeared in the summer 2021…

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Smithsonian Names Christopher Browne Director of National Air and Space Museum

Christopher Browne has been named the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, effective immediately. He has served as acting director since January 2021. Browne first joined the museum as deputy director in 2017,…

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International regulators and WHO: support healthcare professionals to enhance public confidence in COVID-19 vaccines, , 17/05/2022

EMA has endorsed a statement for healthcare professionals jointly developed by the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) …

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Data For 05/16/22

Summary Excerpt: Regular Gasoline Retail Price (Dollars per Gallon) 4.491 .. U.S. 4.432 … East Coast 4.587 …. New England 4.647 …. Central Atlantic 4.254 …. Lower Atlantic 4.300 … Midwest 4.155 … Gulf Coast 4.283 … Rocky Mountain 5.364…

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Smithsonian’s Free “FUTURES Field Day” Will Turn the National Mall Into a Giant Future of Sports Playing Field May 28

For the first time, the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building (AIB) will take over the National Mall Memorial Day weekend for “FUTURES Field Day,” Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m.–10 p.m., an invitation for all play enthusiasts that asks: What if…

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Amazon Deforestation Threatens Newly Discovered Fish Species in Brazil

Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History researcher Murilo Pastana and his colleagues have discovered and described two new species of Amazonian fish—one with striking red-orange fins and the other so small it is technically considered a miniature fish species—in a…

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National Museum of Asian Art Reveals Hidden Stories of Ancient Korean Architecture in New Exhibition

For the first time in the United States, visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art can enjoy a remarkable group of roof-ridge ornaments that were fashionable in Korea more than 1,000 years ago. Called chimi in Korean, these…

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National Museum of the American Indian To Dedicate National Native American Veterans Memorial Nov. 11

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will dedicate the National Native American Veterans Memorial Friday, Nov. 11. The dedication ceremony will take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as part of a three-day event (Nov. 11–13)…

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Astronomers Reveal First Image of the Black Hole at the Heart of the Milky Way Galaxy

Astronomers unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy in simultaneous press conferences around the world today, May 12.  The result provides overwhelming evidence that the object at the heart of…

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National Museum of the American Latino Will Open Its First Gallery Dedicated to the Latino Experience June 18

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino will inaugurate the Molina Family Latino Gallery June 18 with its first exhibition, “¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States.” The Latino Museum will open the gallery at the Smithsonian’s National…

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Smithsonian American Art Museum Acquires More than 200 Artworks for its Craft Collection Including Major Works by Bisa Butler, Sonya Clark, Roberto Lugo, Preston Singletary and Wanxin Zhang

A recent campaign by the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery to acquire artworks by leading craft artists has brought more than 200 objects into its permanent collection. The Renwick Gallery 50th Anniversary Acquisition Campaign, begun in 2020, focused on…

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“This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World” Examines the State of Contemporary Craft in America Today

“This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World” showcases the dynamic landscape of American craft with 171 artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s extensive holdings of modern and contemporary craft, including 135 recently acquired works made by a broadly representative…

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National Portrait Gallery Announces Season Four of Its PORTRAITS Podcast

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has announced the fourth season of its PORTRAITS podcast, which explores the real stories of extraordinary people. Hosted by the museum’s director, Kim Sajet, PORTRAITS creates a space for listeners to explore the layers of…

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Smithsonian Accepts “Fight the Virus, NOT the People” COVID-19 Banner

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will officially accept a 20-by-4-foot red vinyl banner with the words, “Fight the Virus, NOT the People” from the San Francisco Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) in a May 10 ceremony in that…

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National Portrait Gallery Announces Premiere of “Birthright,” a Live Performance by Artist Maren Hassinger June 25

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery announces a new commission by New York City-based artist Maren Hassinger to premiere in the museum’s Great Hall June 25 at 2 p.m. Rescheduled from the summer of 2020 due to the global pandemic, the…

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