Giant Magellan Telescope Is Ranked a National Priority

The 2020 Decadal Survey for Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTRO 2020) has recommended federal support for the final construction stages of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) as part of the US Extremely Large Telescope Program (US-ELTP). The Center for Astrophysics |…

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DHS Announces Six New Countries Eligible for the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of State, has announced six new countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs in the coming year.  The notice listing the…

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New Great Observatories, Including Lynx, Top Ranked by Decadal Survey

The 2020 Decadal Survey for Astronomy and Astrophysics has recommended a new series of three Great Observatories—or space-based telescopes—as a top national priority for the future of space astrophysics. The Lynx X-ray Observatory is included as part of this vision….

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1620 Display at National Museum of American History Asks “Where Do We Begin?”

The founding events of what became the United States are often told as a story of harmony between European Pilgrims and Native Americans, but historic evidence proves this narrative is more complicated. “Upending 1620: Where Do We Begin?,” a new…

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World’s Largest Whales Eat More Than Previously Thought, Amplifying Their Role as Global Ecosystem Engineers

New research co-authored by Nicholas Pyenson, curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, shows evidence that the world’s largest whales have been sold short. The study, published today in the journal Nature, finds that…

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Smithsonian Announces Full Lineup for “FUTURES Remixed” Opening Festival Nov. 19–21 and Free December Programs

The Smithsonian’s historic Arts and Industries Building (AIB), America’s first National Museum, will open its groundbreaking new museum experience “FUTURES” with a free opening festival spanning the month of November and culminating in a free public concert on opening day,…

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National Museum of African Art To Present “24 Hours of the Smithsonian in Lagos”

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art is partnering with Art X, the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), the African Artists’ Foundation and Alára to bring together the U.S., Nigeria and African diaspora through the worlds of film, art, photography…

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Smithsonian Names Five Additional Members to the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum Advisory Council

The Smithsonian’s Board of Regents has named five additional members to the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum advisory council. They are: Rosario Dawson, actress, designer, activist and producer Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies Alice Walton, founder…

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