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    A bright orange poison dart frog with a unique call was discovered in Donoso, Panama, and described by researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Instituteand […]

    The post New Poison Dart Frog from Panama appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    Left-handed snails, giant wombats, spiny trilobites, zombie ants, glyptodonts…these are a few of the fascinating animals and plants whose fossils spring to life across the […]

    The post New Book: A History of Life in 100 Fossils appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    Like most icons of cool, bats are highly complex and the often-misunderstood rock stars of the animal kingdom. Check out these seven little-known facts about […]

    The post From spines to tequila and heavy-metal music — admit it, bats are cool appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    The first presidential portraits created from 3-D scan data are now on display in the Smithsonian Castle. The portraits of President Barack Obama were created […]

    The post 3-D portrait of President Obama appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    The genomes of modern birds tell a story of how they emerged and evolved after the mass extinction that wiped out dinosaurs 66 million years […]

    The post International team maps ‘big bang’ of bird evolution appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    Hundreds of thousands of asteroids are known to orbit our Sun at distances ranging from near the Earth to beyond Saturn. The most widely known […]

    The post Asteroids: Breaking up is Hard to Do appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    Reptiles have a rough exterior that make them seem like they don’t need a lot of very specific care. The reality is quite the opposite. […]

    The post Reptile rejuvenation at National Zoo appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    The majority of stars in our galaxy come in pairs. In particular, the most massive stars usually have a companion. These fraternal twins tend to […]

    The post Mismatched Twin Stars Spotted in the Delivery Room appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    Caitlin Burrell, research scientist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, returned from China last night April 20, with frozen giant panda semen that had been […]

    The post Panda Semen from China arrives at Zoo appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    How soon after the Big Bang could water have existed? Not right away, because water molecules contain oxygen and oxygen had to be formed in […]

    The post Water may Have Been Abundant in First Billion Years after big bang appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    For the first time, a team from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s (SCBI) Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability collected photo evidence of an Andean […]

    The post Scientists Find Andean Bears with Camera Traps In Peru appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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      In the store-rooms of the National Museum of American History curators recently discovered a small microscope made around 1750 by John Cuff (1708-1772), a […]

    The post The oldest microscope in the museum appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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  • 05/28/15--09:39: geologic mapping of mars
  • Geologic mapping is an integral part of exploration and understanding a planetary landscape, because it shows the relationships between geologic units and helps delineate the […]

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  • 06/24/15--09:22: Oasis in the city
  • Pollinators like butterflies, bees, beetles, flies, and moths help to pollinate almost 80 percent of the world’s flowering plants, one benefit of which is providing […]

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    The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History announced today that scientists with the museum’s Global Genome Initiative will attempt to capture the genomic diversity of half the […]

    The post Smithsonian and Partners To Preserve Earth’s Genomic Plant Diversity appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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  • 07/15/15--11:41: A Precocious Black Hole
  • Researchers have discovered a black hole that grew much more quickly than its host galaxy. The discovery calls into question previous assumptions on the development […]

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    The Smithsonian is embarking on a multi-project partnership with Kickstarter, the funding platform for creative projects. The inaugural project will support conservation of Neil Armstrong’s […]

    The post Kickstarter funding: Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    Skygazers at northern latitudes are familiar with the W-shaped star pattern of Cassiopeia the Queen. This circumpolar constellation is visible year-round near the North Star. […]

    The post CASSIOPEIA’S HIDDEN GEM: THE CLOSEST ROCKY, TRANSITING PLANET appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    The National Air and Space Museum is asking Star Trek fans to search their memory banks for firsthand, pre-1976 images or film of the original […]

    The post Smithsonian Enlists Star Trek Fans to Send USS Enterprise Back in Time appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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    Scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama compared the diets of two caterpillar species, expecting the one that exclusively consumed plants containing […]

    The post Colorful Caterpillar Chemists appeared first on Smithsonian Science News -.


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