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2011-08-17 12:35:00

Scientists from the Smithsonian and partnering organizations have discovered a new eel that inhabits an undersea cave in the Pacific Ocean which they have dubbed a "living fossil". The U.S.-Palauan-Japanese team had to create a new taxonomic family to describe its relationship to other eels. The team say the eel's features suggest it has a long and independent evolutionary history stretching back 200 million years. The animal is brown and has very few of the anatomical characteristics of...

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2011-07-25 10:10:00

A genetic study focusing on the Central American river turtle (Dermatemys mawii) recently turned up surprising results for a team of Smithsonian scientists involved in the conservation of this critically endangered species. Small tissue samples collected from 238 wild turtles at 15 different locations across their range in Southern Mexico, Belize and Guatemala revealed a "surprising lack" of genetic structure, the scientists write in a recent paper in the journal Conservation Genetics. The...

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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2011-07-06 06:10:00

After an 88-year-long hiatus North America's tallest bird, the statuesque whooping crane (Grus americana), is once again on exhibit at the Bird House at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park. An 11-year-old male whooping crane named Rocky left Homosassa Springs State Park in Florida and is now on exhibit in the nation's capital. Whooping cranes are one of only two crane species native to the United States. There are only eight other zoos in the U.S. which exhibit these birds. "It is an...

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...

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2011-06-23 05:40:00

Researchers have discovered a bone fragment in Florida at least 13,000 years old with the incised image of a mammoth or mastodon, in what may be the first example of Ice Age art found in the Americas, scientists said on Wednesday. The artifact is the oldest and only known example of Ice Age art depicting a proboscidean (the order of animals with trunks) in the Western Hemisphere, the researchers said. Fossil hunter James Kennedy discovered the bone in Vero Beach, Florida, and noticed the...

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...


Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'