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The world’s largest collection of whale bones

The world's largest collection of whale bones—sperm whale, gray whale, massive blue whales—and a bunch of ancient whale fossils from extinct species are stored in this warehouse in Maryland. It's a whale bone warehous...

Why 10 Daily Tons of Ant Poop Keep This Rainforest Thriving

High up in the rainforest canopy of Panama's Barro Colorado Island, there are ants everywhere. Azteca ants—one kind of 30 different ant species that might be in a given tree—stand out because of their epic, 9 foot (2....

The Art and Science of Conservation at the Freer Gallery of Art

The conservation and scientific research of ancient Asian art takes a large team of experts from many fields. In order to bring thousands of treasures from the East to the galleries of the Smithsonian in downtown Wash...

Baby Humpbacks Need 150 Gallons of Whale Milk a Day

A baby humpback nurses 150 gallons of high-fat whale milk every day, and practices controlling her one ton body in open waters. As she learns how to be a humpback whale, she rests under her mother, who remains steady ...

Paleoartist John Gurche reconstructs the face of Homo naledi

Paleoartist John Gurche is known for his award-winning reconstructions of our ancient human ancestors. His process of mixing forensic accuracy with emotional realism has been featured in documentaries by National Geog...

Wild Inside the National Zoo: Curious Andean Bear Cubs

Born in mid-November of 2014, Mayni and Muniri, two supercute Andean Bear cubs, are now at the age where they're getting into everything, so the Smithsonian's National Zoo team are working hard to babyproof the cubs' ...

Elephant Intelligence – Wild Inside the National Zoo

Caretakers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo know from experience that Asian elephants are intelligent creatures, but they wanted to help officially document the problem-solving skills of the planet's largest land mam...

Rare baby platypus footage + a closer look at monotremes

Have you ever seen a newly hatched baby platypus? The duck-billed, beaver-tailed, Australian mammal is a rare creature in the animal kingdom, and is very rarely seen as a pink and furless, jellybean-size baby in its m...

The Burrowing Owl’s Cozy Underground Home

Owls that live underground! The Burrowing Owl's Cozy Home is a vacant prairie dog hole, a cool alternative (around 59F or 15C) to the extreme heat above ground. They eat small rodents, insects, amphibians, and reptile...

Flower-like Planthopper Nymphs spring away from harm

Those are not flowers or snowflakes, nor are they small Easter parade hats or very tiny Komondors. These are a species of Planthopper Nymphs featured in the Smithsonian Channel's Wild Burma: Chasing Tigers, and they c...

Dietary Detective & Smithsonian Scientist Briana Pobiner

From the Smithsonian video archives, paleoanthropologist Briana Pobiner explains what it’s like to be a human evolution and fossil forensics expert who is focused on the history of meat-e...

Running with a recovering baby rhinoceros

This orphaned white rhino calf was gravely injured by poachers, but thanks to emergency surgery and the care of wildlife veterinarian Cobus Raath and his team, little Shangi is on the mend, g...

Ancient Ancestors Come to Life at the Smithsonian

"The human story is really nothing short of the story of a little corner of the universe becoming aware of itself." From National Geographic, paleo-artist John Gurche creates realistic huma...

Why You Can’t Outrun a Cheetah

From 0 to 75mph in just three seconds — in just three strides, it’s faster than most of the world’s fastest super cars — the Smithsonian Channel describes the biomechanics behind why the cheet...

Shanthi, the National Zoo’s Musical Elephant, Plays the Harmonica

When the elephant keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo hear the sound of a harmonica, it’s not the radio they’ve left on. Instead, it’s the Zoo’s 36-year-old Asian elephant, Shanth...

Inside the Meteorite Clean Room at the Smithsonian

Meteorites are the chunks of meteors that have hurtled through Earth’s atmosphere and landed/crashed on the ground. There are three types of meteorites: stone, iron and stony-iron, and once they’re in s...

Monkey Monitor: Smithsonian Scientist Meg Crofoot

Meet Meg Crofoot, a primate researcher on Barro Colorado Island at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. Meg studies intergroup competition in white‐faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus)...


 
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