Natural History

Smithsonian “Wilderness Forever” Photo Competition Accepting Entries

Smithsonian “Wilderness Forever” Photo Competition Accepting Entries

The “Wilderness Forever” public photography competition is now accepting entries of images illustrating the majesty, diversity and value of the nation’s wilderness areas. This professionally juried contest is conducted by the 50th Anniversary National Wilderness Planning Team (Wilderness50), Nature’s Best Photography and the Smithsonian Institution and will run through Sept. 3. Approximately 50 winning contest […]

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Peabody Museum opens Stephen Dupont: Papua New Guinea Portraits and Diaries

Peabody Museum opens Stephen Dupont: Papua New Guinea Portraits and Diaries

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University opens Stephen Dupont: Papua New Guinea Portraits and Diaries an exhibition on view May 2, 2013 through Sept. 2, 2013. As the Museum’s 2010 Robert Gardner Photography Fellow, Stephen Dupont explored the human condition. Through photographs and artist’s journals, he documented the Westernization of traditional society […]

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Smithsonian Garden Fest 2013 – May 10

Smithsonian Gardens will host an all-day celebration for its seventh annual Garden Fest, “Earth Matters to Smithsonian Gardens—Garden Fest 2013!” Friday, May 10, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Enid A. Haupt Garden. The festival will take place in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art’s “Earth Matters: Land as Material and […]

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Field Museum Insights Into Deadly Coral Bleaching Could Help Preserve Reefs

An interdisciplinary research team from Northwestern University and The Field Museum of Natural History has a surprising answer: The corals themselves play a role in their susceptibility to deadly coral bleaching due to the light-scattering properties of their skeletons. No one else has shown this before. Using optical technology designed for early cancer detection, the […]

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Field Museum Ant Research Constructs Family Tree, Confirms Date of Evolutionary Origin, and Underscores Importance of Neotropics

Anyone who has spent time in the tropics knows that the diversity of species found there is astounding and the abundance and diversity of ants, in particular, is unparalleled. Scientists have grappled for centuries to understand why the tropics are home to more species of all kinds than the cooler temperate latitudes on both sides […]

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