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2011-06-16 09:03:00

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will mark the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on America with a display of objects on view Sept. 3 to Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as a public program co-hosted with the National Building Museum, a Smithsonian Channel documentary, outreach to teachers through Thinkfinity.org and a special ceremony Sunday, Sept. 11. In 2002, Congress designated the museum as the...

2011-06-15 17:42:00

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian presents Choctaw Days, a free four-day festival featuring music, dance, food, art and storytelling from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, June 22-25, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. See the full schedule at http://bit.ly/m4lTjQ. Each day will begin with traditional dancing by the Choctaw Youth Dancers on the museum's Welcome Plaza, including the Jump dance, Fast War dance, Stealing...

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2011-06-14 13:16:16

Smithsonian scientists have confirmed that chytridiomycosis, a rapidly spreading amphibian disease, has reached a site near Panama's Darien region. This was the last area in the entire mountainous neotropics to be free of the disease. This is troubling news for the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project, a consortium of nine U.S. and Panamanian institutions that aims to rescue 20 species of frogs in imminent danger of extinction. Chytridiomycosis has been linked to dramatic...

2011-06-13 07:15:00

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian Institution's process to repatriate thousands of Native American human remains and funerary objects in its collections is lengthy and resource intensive and it may take several more decades to return items to tribes under its current system, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). This GAO report is the second of a two-part, three-year effort to examine how publicly funded institutions are...

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2011-06-08 08:45:58

Whales are the earth's largest creatures, yet they are incredibly hard to study in the open ocean. For decades scientists have used boats, aircraft and even high cliffs to conduct visual surveys and gather data on whale and dolphin populations. Today, these live surveys form the basis of our knowledge of these marine mammals"”what species live where in the world, which ones tend to live together and how abundantly they are represented. Now, recent work by paleobiologist Nick Pyenson of...

2011-06-07 15:33:00

Events Include Free Outdoor Concerts, Tribal Festivals and Cooking Demonstrations WASHINGTON, June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian announces the 2011 schedule for its sixth annual concert and festival series promoting Native musicians, films, performers and artists from across the Western Hemisphere. This summer the museum hosts the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Siletz Tribe of Oregon during festivals that celebrate each...

2011-05-26 09:33:00

Sixth Annual National Design Week to Be Held Oct. 15-23 NEW YORK, May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will celebrate outstanding achievement in design this fall with its 12th annual National Design Awards program. Today, Cooper-Hewitt Director Bill Moggridge announced the winners and finalists of the 2011 National Design Awards, which recognize excellence across a variety of disciplines. The award recipients will be honored at a...

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2011-05-25 06:52:35

NASA's Kepler spacecraft is proving itself to be a prolific planet hunter. Within just the first four months of data, astronomers have found evidence for more than 1,200 planetary candidates. Of those, 408 reside in systems containing two or more planets, and most of those look very different than our solar system. In particular, the Kepler systems with multiple planets are much flatter than our solar system. They have to be for Kepler to spot them. Kepler watches for a planet to cross in...

2011-04-18 10:30:00

First Off-Site Exhibition during Cooper-Hewitt's Renovation NEW YORK, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Design with the Other 90%: Cities," the second in a series of themed exhibitions by Cooper-Hewitt that demonstrate how design can address the world's most critical issues, opens Oct. 15 at the United Nations and runs through Jan. 9, 2012. Organized by Cynthia E. Smith, the museum's curator of socially responsible design, the exhibition will feature more than 60 projects from...

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2011-04-13 09:35:00

The discovery of a 200-million year old fossil of a reptile with extremely pointed teeth, from an area now known New Mexico, is filling a gap in previously known dinosaur evolution, the Associated Press reports. Named Daemonosaurus chauliodus, from the Greek words "daimon" meaning evil spirit and "sauros" meaning lizard or reptile. Chauliodus is derived from the Greek word for "buck-toothed" and refers to the species' big slanted front teeth. This species featured a short snout and...