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2012-09-24 06:23:13

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WHAT: Press breakfast and exhibition preview for "Not Lost in Translation: The Life of Clotilde Arias," which opens at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History during Hispanic Heritage Month. WHEN:...

2012-09-19 17:01:24

DNA barcoding developed by University of Guelph researchers has proven up to 88 per cent effective in authenticating natural health products, according to a new U of G study. The study appears in the latest issue of Food Research International. It´s a crucial finding because the health product industry is under-regulated worldwide and mislabeling poses economic, health, legal and environmental implications, says study author Mehrdad Hajibabaei. “Currently there is no other...

2012-08-17 06:20:54

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars today announced the creation of a new program to study the impact of global changes--such as population growth, resource scarcity, urbanization, migration, and economic development--on people's lives, from their environment and health to their security and economic wellbeing. The Global Sustainability and Resilience program will be led by Blair A. Ruble, who will leave his position as...

Lessons From Ancient Egypt On Climate and Drought
2012-08-16 16:13:14

Using Fossil Pollen to Augment Historical Records Ancient pollen and charcoal preserved in deeply buried sediments in Egypt's Nile Delta document the region's ancient droughts and fires, including a huge drought 4,200 years ago associated with the demise of Egypt's Old Kingdom, the era known as the pyramid-building time. "Humans have a long history of having to deal with climate change," said Christopher Bernhardt, a researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey. "Along with other...

2012-07-17 02:20:38

NEW YORK, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wings Club, recognized as the premier aviation club in the world, will honor General John R. "Jack" Dailey (USMC Ret.), Director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum with the 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award. Acknowledging outstanding accomplishments in the field of aviation, The Wings Club will present the Award on Friday, October 26, 2012 at its 70th Annual Awards Gala to be held at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City....

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2012-07-12 09:48:51

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. has partnered with Google to launch a new indoor map application this week to help visitors navigate 17 of the Smithsonian´s museums, including the Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum and the American History Museum. "An increasing number of our visitors now turn to their mobile devices and familiar applications to help them find their way and get information about...

2012-07-09 10:22:20

NEW YORK, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum today announced First Lady Michelle Obama will celebrate the 2012 National Design Awards Friday, July 13, with a White House luncheon for the winners of the awards. In support of the First Lady's emphasis on education and outreach to the Washington, D.C., community, the award winners will participate in an education program for local high school students from 9 to 11 a.m. in the...

2012-07-02 10:22:24

Population Stories to Watch from the Wilson Center WASHINGTON, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As World Population Day approaches, Wilson Center consultant and demographer Elizabeth Leahy Madsen says the Arab Spring demonstrates that countries with very young age structures are prone both to higher incidence of civil conflict and undemocratic governance. "Among the five countries where revolt took root, those with the earliest success in ousting autocratic leaders also had the...

Newly Discovered Organ Could Explain Size, Eating Habits Of Some Whales
2012-05-24 07:48:43

Scientists with the Smithsonian Institution and the University of British Columbia (UBC) have discovered a new sensory organ in the rorqual family of whales -- a discovery which sheds new light on their unique feeding behavior and explains why they grow to such massive sizes. The US and Canadian biologists involved in the study located the organ at the tip of the chin of blue, humpback, minke and fin whales, contained within a batch of ligaments connecting the lower jaw bones, according to...

2012-05-09 02:23:00

MECHANICSBURG, Pa., May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- American Mint, LLC President Kevin Sacher proudly announced that he has signed a new license agreement with the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. The world's largest research facility and museum, the Smithsonian is comprised of 19 galleries, 9 research facilities, and a zoo. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110511/PH99800LOGO ) "With the new license agreement, we are producing a complete line of commemorative collectible...