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2014-09-03 12:23:09

Exhibit Opens Today at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History LONG BEACH, Calif., Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Epson today announced it is a global sponsor of the new exhibition "Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America's Wild Places," which opens today at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Marking 50 years since the passage of the Wilderness Act - one of America's most successful and enduring pieces of conservation...

2014-08-29 23:04:15

Other Notable Experts – from the Smithsonian to the International Space Station – Take Attendees to Deep Sea and Space Kansas City, Missouri (PRWEB) August 29, 2014 The Linda Hall Library Fall Lecture Series will transport attendees to the Panama Canal, tropical reefs and outer space, educating and entertaining along the way. As the world's foremost independent research library devoted to science, engineering and technology, the Library has secured such notable speakers as double...

supernova SN 2014J
2014-08-14 10:48:55

NASA/Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory offer a glimpse into the environment of a star before it exploded earlier this year, and insight into what triggered one of the closest supernovas witnessed in decades. The data gathered on the Jan. 21 explosion, a Type Ia supernova, allowed scientists to rule out one possible cause. These supernovas may be triggered when a white dwarf takes on too much mass from its companion star,...

digitizing bees
2014-08-13 07:29:13

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The Smithsonian Institution is recruiting volunteers willing to help them digitize documents like handwritten Civil War journals, letters written by famous artists and century-old botany specimen labels so that these nuggets of American history can educate and entertain Web surfers throughout the world. The Smithsonian’s Transcription Center website, launched to the public earlier this week, is an attempt to create an online...

2014-08-12 23:12:36

The first life-saving Public Safety operated small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) in the world joins the permanent collection at the National Air and Space Museum for all to see. Saskatoon, SK (PRWEB) August 12, 2014 On May 9th, 2013 at 00:20 hours the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigated a single roll-over accident in a rural area of Saskatchewan, Canada. Ground units and a manned helicopter searched for the seriously injured driver for two hours until the RCMP called in...

107-year Journey Of The Beetle Rhipidocyrtus Muiri
2014-07-14 03:24:21

Pensoft Publishers Serendipity leads University of Kansas scientists to the discovery and description of Rhipidocyrtus muiri - a 107 year old beetle, lost in collections specimen, which turned out to represent a new genus and species. The long and tortuous history of the enigmatic ripidiine wedge beetle from Borneo is discussed in a recent paper published in the open access journal ZooKeys. The holotype male, and only known specimen of Rhipidocyrtus muiri, was collected 107 years ago...

2014-07-10 16:21:51

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian will present the symposium "Energy for Change: Green Leaders Building a Sustainable Future" during its annual Living Earth Festival Friday, July 18, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the museum's Rasmuson Theater. The event is free and open to the public. The program flyer with participant biographies is available here. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140710/126124 Influential...

Long-Term Climate Factors Led Early Humans To Patchwork Evolution
2014-07-04 11:14:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the past, scientists concluded many of man’s defining qualities, such as legs made for walking upright and a large brain, evolved all at once. But according to a new study in the journal Science, shifts in climate caused these qualities to evolve separately. Based on analyses of fossil evidence, the study researchers said the shrinking of forests and expansion of savannas in East Africa led to walking upright, which freed our...

2014-06-26 16:23:11

Grows Its Digital Collections Program with New Archives and the Next Installments of Smithsonian Collections Online and Nineteenth Century Collections Online FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has added millions of pages of content to its Gale Digital Collections program with the launch of 10 resources, including new periodical collections and the next installments of Smithsonian Collections Online, Nineteenth Century Collections Online,...

2014-06-18 23:09:36

Digital Badges Motivate Students Through Personal Exploration and Online Conferences Reveal the Work of Experts Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 18, 2014 The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access is helping students avoid the summer learning slide with a collection of self-directed, project-based learning activities through its Smithsonian Quests program. Smithsonian Quests motivate young people with personal coaching from the Smithsonian and reward their achievements with digital...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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