Museums

10 amazing facts about Howard Hughes

You know you have left your imprint on history when people are still talking about your achievements the best part of a century later. And Howard Hughes is certainly still a conversation piece. Entrepreneur, aviator, eccentric, he blazed a trail across (in particular) the Thirties in his quest for …

National Air and Space Museum

The Inauguration Will Be an Unofficial 'Pokemon GO' Tournament

Ready or not, the inauguration is upon us. If you’re headed to the nation’s capitol this weekend or are local, perhaps some quality Pokémon hunting a …

Pokémon

Carpets for Kings: Six Masterpieces of Iranian Weaving

This exhibition will feature six small Iranian carpets of the 16th and 17th centuries that have recently been conserved by the Department of Textile …

Art Museums

Glidden Fence Making Patent Model

DescriptionOn December 8, 1874 Joseph Glidden and Phineas Vaughn patented this machine for making wire fences. This apparatus attached barbs to …

Smithsonian

Parents Ignore Son Saying He Hears a Scratching Noise in the Walls, BOY Do They Believe Him Now...

Adam Lyttle and his family were enjoying their vacation in a cabin outside of Melbourne, Australia, when his son heard scratching noises coming from …

Natural History Museums

Crinolines, Crinolettes, Bustles and Corsets from 1860-80 - Victoria and Albert Museum

From 1866 the crinoline craze began to subside. In this year the magazine Le Follet announced: 'The size of the crinoline is very sensibly …

Lingerie

'Mission Mars' Exhibit Brings Red Planet Exploration to Space Center Houston

HOUSTON — NASA's plans to send astronauts to Mars come alive in a new interactive exhibit opening to the public on Saturday (Jan. 21) at Space Center …

Science Museums

100 years since London’s biggest explosion rocked the capital and killed 73

<b>Looking at the figures from the Silvertown explosion, it’s hard to imagine anything on that scale ever happening again.</b><p>The blast at the TNT factory …

Museum of London

Fun for kids in Goteborg - playgrounds, museums, swimming pools, birthday party, games.

<b>We give a few tips about activities for children!</b><p><b>Universeum</b><br>Here are seven floors of different exciting things. Why not look at the sharks in the …

Natural History Museums

Why does the Smithsonian have objects from a fake presidency on "The West Wing?"

As the fanfare leading up to the 2017 inauguration swirls around the Smithsonian and Washington, D.C., at large, I cannot help but think about …

Smithsonian

Island Life Drove Lemur Evolution

With their isolation and unchanging borders, islands can serve as useful laboratories for the study of evolution. One of the reasons for this is that …

Natural History

Colima’s Plume Casts a Shadow : Natural Hazards

Colima Volcano in western Mexico displayed explosive activity throughout 2016; the sequence of lava-dome building and destruction earned the volcano …

Natural History Museums

Electric Corn Popper

DescriptionElectric corn popper. Circular bowl body (A), sheet aluminum, chrome-plated, with two plastic handles, brown, flat. Mounted on matching …

Smithsonian

When Was the First Inaugural Ball?

Ever since George Washington took the oath of office as the nation’s first president, fellow countrymen have turned out on the dance floor to …

American History

Colossal diamond’s eerie glow Earns It a Fiery Name

Several weeks before it went on display in mid-November at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, minerals curator Jeff Post stood in …

Smithsonian

Cairo's Museum of Islamic Art to open Friday after two-year closure - Museums - Heritage

Egypt's Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in downtown Cairo's Bab El-Khalq area is set to open its doors to visitors Friday after two years of closure for …

Natural History Museums

Natural Selection Means It's Survival Of The Most Stupidest, Apparently

With more educated women having fewer children, less genetic predisposition to educational attainment is passed on to the next generation<p>Some …

Evolutionary Biology

The Trump inauguration is shaping up to be Washington’s smallest party in years

This year, the Arkansas ball was canceled due to lack of interest, organizers told Little Rock’s Democrat-Gazette.<p>Veteran Washington party-hoppers know that the “official” balls — where the new president and his wife make an appearance — are generally just a small part of the inauguration party …

Lifestyle

Natural Selection Is Causing a Decline in Human 'Education Genes', Say Scientists

Is our species on a downwards spiral?<p>The genes that predispose people to attain higher levels of education have been in decline over the past 80 …

Life Sciences

Drone delivery startup Flirtey raises $16 million to become a next-gen UPS

Drone delivery startup Flirtey has raised $16 million in Series A funding to bring its high-flying service to new customers, companies and possibly countries. Earlier, the startup raised $120,000 in seed funding and participated in the Y Combinator accelerator. Flirtey was also the first company to …

National Air and Space Museum

How Imaginary Lines Drawn by Cultural Organizations Hold Them Back

<b>We can make “rules” about what applies to our industry – but our potential visitors and supporters don’t have to follow them. And when they don’t,</b> …

National Air and Space Museum

10 Things Every First-Time Visitor to St. Louis Should Know

First time in St. Louis? We think of it as a typical, mid-size Midwest city full of friendly, helpful people, but it might help to know a thing or …

Art Museums

“It’s Summer Somewhere in the World”

As snow sweeps across the country and the cold seeps into our bones, thinking about balmy temperatures on exotic shores offers a little relief from …

Smithsonian

Saint Firmin Holding His Head | French | The Met

Saint Firmin was a fourth-century missionary who became the first bishop of Amiens and the patron saint of that city. Here the saint is shown as if …

Art Museums

Jacques Le Moyne de Morgue's Captivating Botanical Paintings

<b>Who?</b> In 1564, Huguenot artist <b>Jacques Le Moyne de Morgue</b> was enlisted by King Charles IX as the official artist and cartographer of a French …

Art

Smartphone apps replace exhibits at Swiss museums

Two Swiss museums have now closed exhibitions to the public, but made them available online through the Google Cultural Institute in Paris. (Julie …

European News

Top Designers, Hollywood Stylists Say "No Thanks" to Dressing Melania Trump for Inauguration

Marc Jacobs declined, while Tommy Hilfiger and Diane von Furstenberg both said they would dress her — and Ralph Lauren is predicted to be one of the …

Fashion

Mapped: The countries with the most volcanoes

One might be forgiven for thinking there is only a smattering of volcanoes across our planet.<p>It is only ever the big ones that become household names – Etna, Vesuvius, Krakatoa, Eyjafjallajökull – so there can’t be that many more, right?<p>Wrong.<p>According to the National Museum of Natural History’s …

Natural History Museums

Everything you always wanted to know about inaugural balls

<i>By Helena Andrews-Dyer and Emily Heil, The Washington Post</i>President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter-issued command to folks celebrating his swearing-in …

Denver

M HKA to Transform into Flemish Contemporary Art Museum

Art World<p>Renovations will include a new entrance, reading room, and library.<p>,<p>Renowned Belgian Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA) is …

Art Galleries