This is pretty awesome: A picture of the original Star Trek model, along with the men who assembled it, taken in December, 1964.
Taxidermy is a skill and art form that many think is plenty weird all on its own, even though it was practiced by luminaries like Charles Darwin and Theodore Roosevelt. It stretches from the lows of PT Barnum’s Feejee Mermaid to the highs of the myriad museums of natural history to the macabre artistry of rogue…
Crafted in 1876 by Ellen Harding Baker of Cedar County, Iowa, this embroidered quilt is more than mere folk-art object or household item: it was actually used by Harding Baker as a visual aid for astronomy lectures she'd give in her community. It's now part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Donald Erdman was a scientific aide in the Division of Fishes, United States National Museum (later the National Museum of Natural History) from 1947 to 1950. In 1948, Erdman was part of a fisheries survey of the Persian Gulf and Red Sea under the Arabian American Oil Company. The Smithsonian has digitized his notes…
The Smithsonian's Air and Space Magazine has a cool photo essay of "supermarket spaceships," publicity-seeking mock-ups of rocketships that were paraded around to supermarket openings, state fairs, and the like in the 1950s.
Technology marches on: The Smithsonian is working to digitize proofs used to print money from 1863-1930. What used to take 15 minutes and $10 dollars a sheet now costs less than a dollar per sheet for the 3,5000 sheets they digitize a day. [Smithsonian Magazine]
The original Enterprise model from Star Trek is undergoing renovations before being moved to main entrance of the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum. You can read an interview with the conservator leading the preservation project, Dr. Margaret Weitekamp, at Trek Core.
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is running a photo contest to determine which images will be featured in a special exhibition. Here are some of our favorites.
These baby red pandas are quite possibly the cutest things on the planet right now. They were born last week at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, which has recently experienced a kind of endangered species baby boom. The facility also welcomed a short-eared elephant shrew, a fishing cat, three loggerhead…
A replica of the 1970s Mothership will be displayed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. It'll be located at museum's Musical Crossroads gallery and displayed with music and concert footage of the Mothership on stage. As if we needed more of a reason to go to D.C.'s museums.
Matthew Carrano, curator for the Dinosauria exhibit at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History, is here to answer all our questions about dinosaurs!
Young-Earth creationist Ken Ham—whose non-profit organization has benefited from millions of dollars in subsidies and tax breaks—says that the Smithsonian's recent acquisition of a nearly complete T-Rex fossil is an egregious use of American tax dollars to fund "the religion of naturalism."
The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History is adding a T. rex to their collections, and to celebrate it, they've had Ray Troll and The Ratfish Wranglers record a song that they're calling "National Rex." What they need is a dance that goes along with it - a T. Rex Two-Step, if you will.
Meet the walrus-whale, the extinct species of ancient whale, that looked a little like a cross between a dolphin and a walrus, and once roamed the oceans. Oh, for a time-traveling, whale-watching expedition!
It's been 10 years since Spirit and Opportunity, our two intrepid robot-representatives in space, began roving across the surface of Mars to see what they could see — now some of the very best images are being sent over to live at the Smithsonian as part of an exhibit of images from Mars.
Calling videogames "a compelling avant-garde performance space, activated by artists and players alike" (catchy!), the Smithsonian said that Halo 2600 and Flower would be joining the national collection of American art as part of an art of videogames exhibit — and they're just the beginning.
This is incredible. The Smithsonian has released a new 3D modeling tool, complete with scans of some of its most famous objects. The scans themselves are pretty gorgeous, with aerial and rotating views (check one out below the fold), but the coolest application is that you can use it to 3D print your own artifacts.…
Before they can become part of National Zoo's exhibit, Sumatran tiger cubs have to show that they can swim in the exhibits moat. Watch two unhappy cubs get their feet—and the rest of their bodies—wet.
Travel back in time with this interactive map of New York, which lets you take a spyglass to any part of the city and uncover what that circle of space looked like in 1836.