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History, Not Ecology, Makes Rainforests Unique
2011-09-23 08:39:48

  History and geology, not current ecology, are likely what has made tropical forests so variable from site to site, according to a new study published in the journal Science, co-authored by Liza Comita, research associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. "The same ecological processes seem to be working worldwide. The difference is that tropical organisms have been accumulating for vast periods of time," said Nathan J.B. Kraft, post-doctoral fellow at the...

2011-09-09 16:31:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Maria Rosario Jackson, Ph.D., senior research associate at the Urban Institute and director of its Culture, Creativity and Communities Program, is the featured keynote speaker for "Community and Creativity" the 44th anniversary luncheon of the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum. The luncheon, a fundraiser for the museum, will take place Thursday, Sept. 15, at noon at the National Press Club Ballroom in Washington, D.C. (Photo:...

2011-08-30 11:04:00

Exhibition Grand Opening Oct. 29-30 and Free Kids' Day WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and the Washington International Horse Show announce a new partnership to celebrate horses in Native American culture and equestrian sport throughout history. The museum opens "A Song for the Horse Nation" Saturday, Oct. 29, at its flagship museum on the National Mall, a major exhibition that explores the role horses have...

2011-08-09 23:01:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110428/DC91889LOGO) TUESDAY, AUGUST 10: SMITHSONIAN FOUNDED Profile America -- Wednesday, August 10th. The Smithsonian Institution -- fondly called "the nation's attic," was founded on this date in 1846. It is named for British scientist James Smithson, who willed his fortune to the U.S. to establish the...

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2011-07-19 11:07:09

Recent botanical exploration efforts in the rugged Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia) have increased the known flora of the archipelago by an impressive 20%. Field research and collecting in conjunction with the Vascular Flora of the Marquesas Islands and Flore de la Polynesie française projects have yielded 62 new species of ferns and flowering plants bringing the total native species to 360, of which 18 are newly described and illustrated in a special issue of...

2011-07-15 00:00:37

Tele-engineering technology gives students, public real-time, interactive access to valuable field research on ancient Inka Road. Miami, FL (PRWEB) July 14, 2011 A historic Inka Engineering Expedition now underway in the high Andean mountains of Peru will be video cast live to visitors at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, thanks to a joint expedition by universities from the United States, South America, and Asia. NewCom International, a global communications company...

2011-07-11 15:12:00

Panelists Include Jeremy Rifkin, Gregory Cajete and Melissa K. Nelson WASHINGTON, July 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian will host a symposium on climate change, sustainability and indigenous values Saturday, July 23, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the museum's Rasmuson Theater as part of the museum's Living Earth Festival. The symposium will be webcast live at www.AmericanIndian.si.edu/webcasts. About the PanelistsJeremy Rifkin is...

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2011-07-10 18:44:51

Wide range of food sources allowed higher populations needed to withstand glacial periodsGray whales survived many cycles of global cooling and warming over the past few million years, likely by exploiting a more varied diet than they do today, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, and Smithsonian Institution paleontologists.The researchers, who analyzed California gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) responses to climate change over the past 120,000 years, also found...

2011-06-25 00:00:30

A connection between a stuttering research institute and the National Air and Space Museum may seem unusual. Yet, Hollins Communications Research Institute (HCRI "“ http://www.stuttering.org) has two history-making links to the world of flight that are part of the Smithsonian collections in Washington, D.C. Roanoke, VA (PRWEB) June 24, 2011 A connection between a stuttering research institute and the National Air and Space Museum seems unusual, even implausible. Yet, it's not...

2011-06-20 16:35:00

New Exhibition Offers Indigenous Voices on Climate Change WASHINGTON, June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian presents "Conversations with the Earth: Indigenous Voices on Climate Change," a multimedia exhibition opening Friday, July 22, that explores the impact of global climate change from the perspective of 15 tribal communities in 13 countries. Using stunning photography and community-created video and audio recordings, this...