Natural History

Apologizing For Predatory Behavior Requires More Than Saying 'I'm Sorry'

Sexual abuse survivors and restorative justice experts discuss "good" and "bad" apologies.<p>In 2011, Angie’s* male colleague at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History brought her into an isolated hallway and grabbed her butt without her consent. A few months later, the research student …

Art

Senses-Themed Origami Holiday Tree Goes on View

© AMNH/R. Mickens<p>Planning for the Origami Holiday Tree, which went on view November 20, has been underway for months. It’s a marathon, not a …

Museums

New Malaria Species Discovered in Wild Bonobos | GEN

Due to its devastating effects on humans, the conversation surrounding malaria infections is often focused on the public health threat—rightfully so, …

Evolution

Wild bonobos host geographically restricted malaria parasites including a putative new Laverania species

Article |<p>Open<p>Weimin Liu,<br>• Scott Sherrill-Mix,<br>• Gerald H. Learn,<br>• Erik J. Scully,<br>• Yingying Li,<br>• Alexa N. Avitto,<br>• Dorothy E. Loy,<br>• Abigail P. Lauder,<br>• Sesh A. …

PubMed

Literally raised by wolves, this Indian boy was found wandering in the wilderness as a six-year-old

Some say Dina Sanichar was Kipling’s inspiration for Mowgli<p>Deep in the northern Indian jungle of Uttar Pradesh in 1872, a group of hunters stopped in …

Culture

Thirteen Books That Informed and Delighted Smithsonian Scholars This Year

With a mission to increase and diffuse knowledge, Smithsonian thought leaders are voracious readers<p>Comment on this Story

Museums

10 unique items (that you can buy right now) from museum gift shops

Unforgettable gifts that are sure to surprise<p>’Tis the season! As the time for holiday shopping draws near, so does the anxiety associated with buying …

Travel

Weird Chimp Experiments Reveal Their Bizarre Poop Eating Etiquette

It turns out chimpanzees might get disgusted too.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Animals, Diseases, Evolution & Food<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>Chimpanzees …

Evolution

What’s the difference between a moth and a butterfly? | Digital Collections Programme

We are currently digitising the Madagascan Lepidoptera collection, a project that has been supported by John Franks and the Charles Wolfson …

Nature

Due to its aggressive nature and unpredictability, the hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) is considered one of Africa’s most dangerous animals. Ancient Egyptians knew and feared these massive mammals, too—and were inspired by them to create art like “William,” the faience hippopotamus. Acquired by the Metropolitan Museum in 1917, this blue figurine—which has become the institution’s unofficial mascot—dates back to the Middle Kingdom of Egypt (~2000 BCE) and made of a ceramic material produced from quartz. Our life-size clay hippo model from 1909 wants to wish “William” the best in his 100th year at the Met! #William100.

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Ancient History

National Museum of Natural History

<i>Photo by Adam Metallo / Smithsonian Institution</i><p>How can we change the world by changing how we see it? Join us for a night of innovation as four …

Smithsonian

Frontiers Lecture: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Astronaut Scott Kelly on Life in Space

Scott Kelly is a former Navy fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, and a retired NASA astronaut who over four space flights accumulated 520 days …

NASA

New education programme will inspire scientists of the future | Natural History Museum

The Museum is partnering with Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy), sponsor of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, to develop a new education …

UK Universities

Bioluminescence: light in the dark

Lanternfishes have light-producing organs on their bodies that are called photophores.<p>This light is created by a chemical reaction, and it is one …

Biology

The smallest mammal that ever lived could be sitting right on your shoulder, and you’d hardly know it. Batodonoides vanhouteni (model pictured) lived about 50 million years ago in what is now Wyoming, and was so small that it could climb up a pencil. It also weighed as little as a dollar bill! Several slightly larger species of these mini-mammals lived between 55 and 42 million years ago, but they are now all extinct. Its closest living relatives are modern-day shrews and moles. Photo: randychiu

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Museums

7 ways to make your trip to New York cheaper

No other city in the world evokes glitz and glamor like New York. From the towering peaks of its iconic skyscrapers to the bustling shoppers of Fifth …

American Museum of Natural History

Chimpanzees Show Disgust Towards Pathogen-Containing Food Like Humans

Chimpanzees are our close relatives. It is widely known that humans share about 95 percent of their genetic material with chimps and bonobos. But, on …

World News

Humans and gene pool may have led passenger pigeons to extinction

A new study indicates that passenger pigeons, which once covered North America with massive flocks before their extinction in the early 20th century, …

Science

Here's What Fruits And Vegetables Looked Like Before We Domesticated Them

The original genetic modification.<p>Next time you bite into a slice of watermelon or a cob of corn, consider this: these familiar fruits and veggies …

Science

A respected scientist comes out against evolution – and loses his Wikipedia page

Günter Bechly, a devout Catholic from Germany, had a promising academic career as a paleontologist. He had published numerous papers in prestigious, …

Evolution

A Population of Billions May Have Contributed to This Bird’s Extinction

North America was once a utopia for passenger pigeons. When European colonizers first arrived, as many as 5 billion of the gray-backed, copper-breasted and iridescent beauties roamed the continent, possibly the most abundant bird to have ever graced the planet.<p>When they migrated, they swept across …

Science

Genomic study explores evolution of gentle 'killer bees' in Puerto Rico | Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

A genomic study of Puerto Rico's Africanized honey bees - which are more docile than other so-called "killer bees" - reveals that they retain most of …

Bees

Nudibranchs: psychedelic thieves of the sea

Nudibranchs, commonly known as sea slugs, are a group of shell-less marine molluscs. Their name means 'naked gill', referring to the breathing …

UK Universities

Like Humans, Chimps Try Harder to Warn Unaware Pals

If you saw someone step into the street, oblivious to a car speeding toward them, you might yell or wave your arms to get their attention and let …

Science

Passenger Pigeon DNA Shows How Large, Stable Populations Can Quickly Go Extinct

The passenger pigeon was once the most abundant bird in North America, numbering between 3–5 billion. John Muir and many other naturalists were …

Biological Species

Explore 11 Funhouse Galleries in the Museum of Natural History’s Exhibit About Human Senses

The American Museum of Natural History is inviting visitors to embark on a new, experiential exhibition that explores the power of sensory …

Museums

The Museum is thrilled to be featured in Bergdorf Goodman’s holiday windows this year. Our...

The Museum is thrilled to be featured in Bergdorf Goodman’s holiday windows this year. Our window shows Deinonychus skeleton models encrusted in 1.5 …

Botanical Gardens

Cabbage versus clam: you pick the winner | Natural History Museum

The public have the chance to vote in a major genetics project helping scientists to understand more about important British species.<p>Worms, …

UK Universities

Billions or bust: New genetic clues to the extinction of the passenger pigeon

Martha, the last of her kind, resides in a glass case at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, perched on a thin branch. She's a passenger pigeon, <i>Ectopistes migratorius</i>, and in the final years of her life, before her death in 1914 at the Cincinnati Zoo, she achieved fame as the last …

News (U.S.)

Scientists discover new Earth-like planet only 11 light years away

Scientists have discovered an Earth-like planet only 11 light years away that may support life. Named after the star around which it orbits, Ross …

Universe