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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 […]

    The post Oasis in the city appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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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 Insider.


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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 […]

    The post A Precocious Black Hole appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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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 Insider.


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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 Insider.


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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 Insider.


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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 Insider.


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    Although useful to Tarzan, vines endanger tropical forests’ capacity to store carbon. In a major experimental study in Panama, Smithsonian researchers showed that woody vines, […]

    The post Climbing plants disturb carbon storage in tropical forests appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton will accept a Nano Bible from Peretz Lavie, president of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum […]

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    Throughout 2015 the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Md., has marked its 50th year of operation. Now there’s another reason for SERC to […]

    The post Smithsonian lab receives GreenGov Presidential Award appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    Prehistoric human populations of hunter-gatherers in a region of North America grew at the same rate as farming societies in Europe, according to a new […]

    The post Research shows same growth rate for farming, non-farming societies appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    Many animals change sex at some point in their lives, often after reaching a certain size. Snails called slipper limpets begin life as males, and […]

    The post The Power of Touch: Sex-changing snails switch sooner when together appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    How more than 1,000 tree species may occur in a small area of forest in Amazonia or Borneo is an unsolved mystery. Their ability to […]

    The post Trees employ similar strategies to outcompete their neighbors appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    The bush dog is one of the most enigmatic of the world’s canid species, seldom seen throughout its range in Central and South America. New […]

    The post Elusive bush dog widespread in Panama appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    Cobia, a promising fish for aquaculture, lives throughout the world’s oceans except in the Central and Eastern Pacific. In August 2015, a large number of […]

    The post Invasive Cobia Spreads in Panama appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    In the first volume of the Secret Smithsonian Adventures graphic-novel series from Smithsonian Books, The Wrong Wrights, four middle-school kids visit the Smithsonian’s National Air […]

    The post ‘The Wrong Wrights’: A Graphic Novel from Smithsonian Books appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    Nearly four billion years ago, life arose on Earth. Life appeared because our planet had a rocky surface, liquid water, and a blanketing atmosphere. But […]

    The post Sun-like Star Shows Magnetic Field Critical for Life on the early Earth appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    New high-speed videos of 14 species of tiny Mecysmaucheniid “trap-jaw” spiders have revealed that some species can snap their mouth parts shut at incredibly fast […]

    The post Discovery: trap-jaw spiders snap prey with super-spidey speed and power appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    For the first time, scimitar-horned oryx are going to be reintroduced to the wild in Chad. Extinct in the wild since the mid-1980s, the species’ […]

    The post 25 Scimitar-Horned Oryx to be Reintroduced to the Wild in Chad appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    Seven fossil teeth exposed by the Panama Canal expansion project are the first evidence of a monkey on the North American continent before the Isthmus […]

    The post First North American Monkey Fossils Found in Panama Canal Excavation appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    When is a blue bird not blue? The answer to this question is always. There actually is no such thing as a blue bird. To find […]

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  • 05/10/16--11:46: Red pandas come back to Zoo
  • The National Zoo’s red panda habitat on Asia Trail reopened to the public Tuesday, May 10. Tusa and Asa explored their new home which has […]

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    Earlier this year scientists presented evidence for Planet Nine, a Neptune-mass planet in an elliptical orbit 10 times farther from our Sun than Pluto. Since […]

    The post Planet 9: A world that should not exist appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    Oysters are keystone organisms in estuaries around the world, influencing water quality, constructing habitat and providing food for humans and wildlife. Yet their populations in […]

    The post Ancient Native-American methods may be key to sustainable oyster harvests appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.


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    For the first time, an egg laid by a female brown kiwi at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., hatched May 10. […]

    The post Endangered Kiwi Chick Hatches appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.