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What's New Under Tonatiuh?

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 10.20.2013 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

The Smithsonian Institution, driven by rapidly developing technologies, shifting demographics and changing cultural participation patterns, is looking for innovative and even ingenious ways to do its work through the Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards.

Wheelchair User Sues Smithsonian

ARTINFO | Posted 10.19.2013 | Arts
ARTINFO

The Smithsonian is facing legal action from two brothers who filed a discrimination lawsuit against the institution in federal court last Thursday, th...

New predator alert! Oh wait, it's adorable

OnEarth | Posted 10.16.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By Melissa Mahony, OnEarthThere's a new predator in town--but fortunately, it's an adorable one. Actually, this animal has been around for 3 to 4 mill...

PHOTOS: D.C. Museum Features Weird History

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 08.14.2013 | Travel

WASHINGTON -- There aren't many places where you can see George Washington's hair, a stone from Joan of Arc's dungeon and a fence rail split by Abraha...

Alec Baldwin's D.C. News

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.13.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria will co-chair the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" exhibit gala this fall, th...

Oprah's Big D.C. Move!

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.11.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Oprah Winfrey has donated $12 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, the museum announced...

Smithsonian's Crowdfunding Experiment

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 05.29.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- More than 20 million Americans practice yoga and the number is climbing. To embrace the trend with an artsy twist, an upcoming Smithsoni...

Erin Ruberry

PHOTOS: TV Star's Washington Moment

HuffingtonPost.com | Erin Ruberry | Posted 05.09.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- It was one of the most iconic moments in the history of daytime TV: With a shout of "The streak is over!" Susan Lucci, after 19 nominati...

9 Ways D.C. Has Style

Ada Polla | Posted 06.26.2013 | Style
Ada Polla

Washington, D.C. offers the whole package. We are a true world capital, with style, culture, and a great culinary scene. You certainly know of the impact that Michelle Obama has had on the style culture in D.C., but here are 9 other reasons why we're not as unfashionable as you might think!

Disappearing Music

David Finckel | Posted 06.17.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

I've never before said a final goodbye to a piece of music, but just before Christmas I packed up two enormous suitcases of quartet music and took it to my basement storage bin. It was a strange sensation, somewhat ghoulish, like burying one's self alive.

David Baldacci Introduces Kids to America's Attic

Rocco Staino | Posted 05.11.2013 | Home
Rocco Staino

As part of the kick-off for his new book Day of Doom (Scholastic), New York Times best selling author, David Baldacci introduced kids to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History via a virtual field trip.

PHOTOS: Maya Spirit: Entering The Circle Of Dance

Cecile R. Ganteaume | Posted 02.08.2013 | Religion
Cecile R. Ganteaume

Despite great odds, dance remains a vibrant, meaningful and diverse form of cultural expression in many Native communities throughout the Americas.

Cara Santa Maria

How Can We Prevent Another Dust Bowl?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 11.17.2012 | Green

This is in fact a classic story of human nature coming up against Mother Nature. And guess what, Mother Nature always wins. – Ken Burns On Octobe...

PHOTOS: 'Museum Day' Means Free Admission

Posted 09.28.2012 | Travel

On Saturday, museums across America will adopt the Smithsonian Insitution's free admission policy for 24 hours, allowing visitors to enjoy their colle...

Lee Speigel

Ex-Air Force Colonel: Reopen Project Bluebook

HuffingtonPost.com | Lee Speigel | Posted 09.27.2012 | Weird News

Retired Col. Robert Friend, a former director of the Air Force's nearly 20-year UFO study, Project Blue Book, says that science should continue lookin...

Lee Speigel

Former Col. Accuses Federal Government Of UFO Cover-Up

HuffingtonPost.com | Lee Speigel | Posted 09.28.2012 | Weird News

LAS VEGAS -- Former Air Force Col. Charles Halt accused the federal government of a UFO cover-up that involves a secret agency to deal with what might...

Lee Speigel

UFO Secrets To Be Revealed At National Atomic Testing Museum

HuffingtonPost.com | Lee Speigel | Posted 10.12.2012 | Weird News

Four retired Army and Air Force colonels and a former British Ministry of Defense investigator join forces this weekend at the National Atomic Testing...

Would Obama's Budget Love Artists As Much As They Love Him?

Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.31.2012 | Arts

Yesterday the Huffington Post explored Mitt Romney's plan to gut federal arts funding, as part of our Shadow Convention feature. Here's our breakdown ...

Man Who Created The Windsurfer Dies

The New York Times | DANIEL E. SLOTNIK | Posted 07.04.2012 | Business

Jim Drake, an aeronautical engineer who helped design the X-15 rocket plane and the Tomahawk Cruise Missile and in his spare time created the Windsurf...

Prehistoric Insects Were HOW Big?

| Posted 06.05.2012 | Science

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 06/04/2012 03:13 PM EDT on LiveScience Millions of years ago, oversized insects like gri...

Astronauts I Almost Met -- Attending the 2012 International Space Development Conference

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 08.04.2012 | DC
Zoe P. Strassfield

Last weekend, something very unusual happened -- I found myself in the right place at the right time. That was because the National Space Society was holding its 2012 International Space Development Conference right here in Washington, D.C., just a week after I'd moved in for my Congressional internship.

LOOK: Space Shuttle To Fly Low Over Nation's Capital

Posted 04.16.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, be sure to look up for a rare and wonderful air show. The Space Shuttle Discovery is expected to fly over landmarks in th...

WATCH: 'SONG 1' Opens At The Hirshhorn, 'The Bubble' Gets Its Name

Posted 03.23.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Multimedia artist Doug Aitken's "SONG 1" was officially inaugurated on Thursday night literally wrapping the Hirshhorn Museum in moving ...

LOOK: Museum Exterior Wrapped In Hi-Def Video Images

Posted 03.22.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Multimedia artist Doug Aitken's "SONG 1" will literally wrap the Hirshhorn Museum in moving images beginning Thursday night. The art...

Now Open At SAAM : 'Art of Video Games'

The Huffington Post | Megan Arellano | Posted 03.16.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- "It's not only one of the most expressive art forms we have," said Chris Melissinos, curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's ne...