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Scientists Uncover Link Between Lavas Erupting On Sea Floor And Deep-carbon Cycle
2013-05-03 08:05:27

Smithsonian Scientists from the Smithsonian and the University of Rhode Island have found unsuspected linkages between the oxidation state of iron in volcanic rocks and variations in the chemistry of the deep Earth. Not only do the trends run counter to predictions from recent decades of study, they belie a role for carbon circulating in the deep Earth. The team's research was published May 2 in Science Express. Elizabeth Cottrell, lead author and research geologist at the Smithsonian's...

Jamestown Settlers Were Cannibals During Harsh Winter Of 1609-1610
2013-05-02 07:48:25

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New Evidence suggests the settlers at Jamestown, Virginia in 1609-1610 resorted to cannibalism in the face of a harsh winter with a shortage of food stock. Archeologists working closely with the Smithsonian have made the discovery after careful analysis of human remains unearthed at the site in 2012. William Kelso of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project at Preservation Virginia, and his archeological colleagues have been working at...

2013-04-23 16:23:52

MONTGOMERY, Ala., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To commemorate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project announced today it will offer teachers a free set of eight educational posters about Asian Pacific American history. The posters, produced by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), offer a broad look at Asian Pacific American history - from the first Asian immigrants to the influx of...

2013-04-09 08:27:24

National Museum of American History Adds Artifacts from Jazz Greats Weston and Hernandez Donation Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. April 9, Open to Media WASHINGTON, April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will mark the 12th annual Jazz Appreciation Month with a global cultural perspective April 9, receiving jazz artifacts from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master Randy Weston and Latin Jazz drummer Horacio "El Negro"...

Contract Proving Wright Brothers Were First To Fly Called Into Question
2013-04-02 08:17:19

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Wright Flyer, also known as Flyer I or 1903 Flyer, was the first successful powered aircraft to fly, achieving the feat on December 17, 1903. The plane was designed and built by the Wright brothers and it was flown four times near Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. According to the US Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum, which houses the infamous plane, they describe the aircraft as ““¦the first...

2013-03-25 16:23:55

Exhibition Highlights a World-renowned Collection of Rarely Seen Objects WASHINGTON, March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center in Washington, D.C., present "Ceramica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed," a new major bilingual exhibition opening March 29. This exhibition illuminates Central America's vibrant ancestral heritage. For thousands of years, Central America has been home to...

DNA Used To Quickly Unravel Relationship Between Plants And Insects
2013-03-25 15:54:44

Smithsonian Studying the relationship between plants and the insects that feed on them is an arduous task, as it must be done through direct observation. It can take years for a researcher to fully understand the diets of a community of herbivorous insects in a tropical rain forest. Now, five Smithsonian scientists are paving a fast track using the DNA found inside the insects' stomachs, potentially turning years of research into months. This method will help scientists understand the...

2013-03-21 08:31:51

The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance hosts Open Minds, a collegiate invention showcase featuring sustainable, emerging market and biomedical solutions View social media release: http://pitch.pe/VoAEsB WASHINGTON, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) will host its seventeenth annual Open Minds showcase of student invention and innovation in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from...

2013-03-19 08:29:01

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On National Agriculture Day, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is unveiling a new website where the public can upload stories about technologies and innovation that have changed their work lives in agriculture--stories about precision farming, food-borne illness tracking, environmental concerns, government practices, irrigation, biotechnology and hybrid seeds. This spring, the museum is launching the Agricultural...

Smithsonian Honors Team Behind Successful Mars Curiosity Landing
2013-03-14 09:15:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum announced that the team responsible for the successful landing of NASA´s Mars Curiosity rover will receive its 2013 Trophy for Current Achievement on April 24 in Washington DC. “The Current Achievement winner can be summarized in two words: sky crane,” said a museum press release describing the award. “This phrase embodied the audacious plan that the Entry, Descent,...