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2012-03-09 08:22:00

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will invite 30 of their social media followers to the first "NASA Social" on April 19 to welcome space shuttle Discovery to the national collection. Registration opens at noon EDT Thursday, March 15, and closes at noon Friday, March 16. Thirty participants will be selected randomly from online registrations. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) For more...

Image 1 - LRO Reveals Moon Is Still Being Pulled Apart
2012-02-21 09:24:49

[ Watch the Video ] NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has revealed that the surface of the moon is actually being stretched. Researchers said the moon's surface is forming minute valleys in some small areas on the lunar surface. They believe this activity occurred less than 50 million years ago, making it recent activity when considering the moon is over 4.5 billion years old. The team studied high-resolution images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC)...

2012-02-15 14:03:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2012 WHAT: President Barack Obama to deliver remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 22 Media representatives must arrive by 9...

2012-02-08 07:00:00

BRANFORD, Connecticut, February 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Roche and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute [http://nationalzoo.si.edu/SCBI/default.cfm ] in Washington, DC announced today a collaboration agreement to use Roche's GS Junior benchtop sequencing system [http://my454.com/products/gs-junior-system/index.asp ] for research in SCBI's Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics. SCBI's state-of-the-art genetics laboratory, based at the National Zoo in...

2012-01-30 11:53:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- WHAT: Groundbreaking ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 22 All press must arrive by 9 a.m.; ceremony begins at 10 a.m. No one will be admitted after 9 a.m. WHERE:...

Fungi-filled Forests Critical For Endangered Orchids
2012-01-25 04:15:43

Older forests with just the right fungi may be secret to saving vulnerable plants When it comes to conserving the world's orchids, not all forests are equal. In a paper to be published Jan. 25 in the journal Molecular Ecology, Smithsonian ecologists revealed that an orchid's fate hinges on two factors: a forest's age and its fungi. Roughly 10 percent of all plant species are orchids, making them the largest plant family on Earth. But habitat loss has rendered many threatened or...

2012-01-12 09:34:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Harry E. Johnson Sr., president and CEO for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation will be the featured speaker for the museum's 27th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program Friday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. Johnson's remarks addressing the history and significance of the national memorial project paying tribute to King will be followed by a dialogue with Tracey Webb, founder and editor-in-chief of...

2011-12-05 13:40:00

AZLE, Texas, Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Elephant Foundation (IEF) is thrilled to announce another major grant to help fund the National Elephant Herpesvirus Laboratory (NEHL) at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Major donors of 2011's $52,000 grant include Alex Rines and Vinnie Christiano - fifth graders and best friends, whose fundraising efforts, dubbed "Pennies for Pachyderms," brought attention to the problem in the Buffalo, New York region. In addition, Disney...

2011-12-01 13:22:00

Dancing, Singing and Drumming Performances Honor the Wisconsin Tribe's Heritage WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian celebrates Menominee Nation Cultural Day, with traditional song, dance, drumming and storytelling Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For thousands of years, the Menominee tribe has made its home in the region now known as Wisconsin, as well as parts of Michigan and Illinois, where it once...

Image 1 - Fossil Feathers Reveal Lineage Of Extinct, Flightless Ibis
2011-11-23 04:07:43

A remarkable first occurred recently at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History when ornithologists Carla Dove and Storrs Olson used 700- to 1,100-year-old feathers from a long extinct species of Hawaiian ibis to help determine the bird's place in the ibis family tree. The feathers are the only known plumage of any of the prehistorically extinct birds that once inhabited the Hawaiian Islands. Discovered with a nearly complete skeleton, the feathers retained enough microscopic...