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2013-12-04 16:24:27

Holiday Music Flash Mob is a First by U.S. Premier Military Band WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- It isn't often that visitors to the National Air and Space Museum are interrupted by the strains of Johann Sebastian Bach. Starting with a single cellist in the middle of the museum's "Milestones of Flight" gallery and swelling to 120 musicians, the United States Air Force Band exhilarated museum visitors yesterday with the first flash mob to be produced by one of the five...

2013-12-03 08:25:54

Viewed by Hundreds of Millions of People, the Documentary Notes that the SynCardia Heart is its Only Internal Organ that is Saving Lives Today TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The story of the bionic man with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart has become an award-winning documentary that is making the rounds on television worldwide. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131203/LA26635) The television debut of "How to Build a Bionic Man" won a British...

2013-12-02 16:22:20

Media Advisory WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media preview for the exhibitions "Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence" and "Home Sewn: Quilts from the Lower Mississippi Valley" WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 410:30 a.m. - noon WHERE: Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum1901 Fort Pl. S.E. WHO: Beverly Gibson and James Green, co-curators, "Ubuhle Women" Jasmine A. Utsey,...

2013-11-28 23:22:28

ZooLights brightens up the holidays for a month of free fun at Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The annual lights festival, hosted by Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), begins on November 29, and lasts until January 1. Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 28, 2013 One of DC’s most popular holiday events, ZooLights includes fun for the whole family, from train rides and tubing, to special holiday drinks like hot chocolate, eggnog, and more. From 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., the Zoo is filled with fun...

2013-11-12 08:32:24

"Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian Hope Diamond" PC and Mac Video Game Uncovers the Mysterious Legends of the Hope Diamond SEATTLE, Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- News Facts: -- Big Fish, the world's largest producer of casual games, is partnering with the world's largest museum and research complex, the Smithsonian, to create a PC and Mac video game based on the Smithsonian's iconic Hope Diamond. -- Working in conjunction with the National Museum of Natural...

New Low-cost, Nonhazardous Way To Cut Risks From Mercury Hot Spots
2013-10-25 10:59:23

Smithsonian Hot spots of mercury pollution in aquatic sediments and soils can contaminate local food webs and threaten ecosystems, but cleaning them up can be expensive and destructive. Researchers from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and University of Maryland, Baltimore County have found a new low-cost, nonhazardous way to reduce the risk of exposure: using charcoal to trap it in the soil. Mercury-contaminated "Superfund sites" contain some of the highest levels of...

2013-10-24 12:23:49

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art" presents the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-20th century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's pioneering collection of Latino art. It explores how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day and recalibrated key...

2013-10-24 08:34:16

Display Features Recently Acquired Objects from Genentech WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History chronicles the story of biotechnology and its impact on society in a new showcase display, "The Birth of Biotech," which opens Oct. 25. The display, located in a first floor History Highlights Case, will explore the science and industry behind the first major product of the biotech boom--recombinant human insulin. Made by...

2013-10-23 23:04:18

Bionic Man Unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and “The Incredible Bionic Man” Documentary Now Airing on Smithsonian Channel Santa Clara, CA (PRWEB) October 23, 2013 NeoSpeech, a leader in text-to-speech (TTS) software and speech-enabled solutions, has announced that the NeoSpeech text-to-speech voice Paul is featured as a part of a bionic man named, “Frank,” and also in Smithsonian Channel documentary, “The Incredible Bionic Man.” A team of engineers...

2013-10-18 12:21:09

NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The PackH2O Water Backpack took home the 2013 People's Design Award at the National Design Awards gala in New York, Thursday, Oct. 17. Todd Oldham announced the winning design and presented the award to president and CEO of Greif Inc. David Fischer. PackH2O attempts to solve the global clean water crisis by giving people the power to easily transport their own water. "Cooper-Hewitt has long been a champion of socially responsible...