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Image of kid at closed zoo goes viral

Quickly spreading across the Web, via sites such as reddit, is a photo of a child holding onto the bars of The National Zoo gate, the "temporarily closed" sign hovering above him. Does this photo best define the fallout of the U.S. government shutdown?
In the Media by David Silverberg - 6 comments

Giant panda, Mei Xiang, gives birth at Smithsonian National Zoo

Washington - Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth at the Smithsonian National Zoo. This is the giant panda's third cub. She had given birth last September, but sadly, that panda only lived for a few days.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 7 comments

Oprah Winfrey gives whopping $12 million to Smithsonian Museum

Media magnate Oprah Winfrey has donated $12 million to the Smithsonian’s fledgling new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. The donation, announced Tuesday, follows a $1 million donation to the museum in 2007.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

Smithsonian brings Alexander Graham Bell voice recording to life

Washington - The voice of Alexander Graham Bell, the man widely given credit to as developing the telephone, can now be heard. Due to a remarkable break-through, Bell's voice has been shared online for all to hear.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Smithsonian's Mary Livingston Ripley Garden ─ A peaceful haven Special

Washington - The Mary Livingston Ripley Garden is located in downtown Washington, sandwiched between two Smithsonian Museums. It's worth stopping in for a visit when walking on Independence Avenue either while touring or on a lunch hour.
Digital Journal Report by Leigh Goessl - 10 comments

Nefertiti, the first 'space spider' to survive flight, dies

Washington - The Smithsonian Natural History Museum announced the death of the world's first "spidernaut". "Neffi", a jumping spider, had been the first spider to travel in space and survive the trip.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 5 comments

Newborn giant panda at National Zoo dies

Washington - Panda lovers across the world are grieving today as news comes out that the new baby born earlier this week at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington died early this morning.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 6 comments

Giant panda gives birth to cub at National Zoo

Washington - Last night a giant panda at the National Zoo in Washington gave birth to a cub. The mother panda's chances of conceiving a cub had previously been estimated to be slim, so has created lots of excitement.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 5 comments

Review: 'The Art of Video Games' at Smithsonian's American Art Museum Special

Washington - The Smithsonian American Art Museum opened a new innovative temporary exhibit in March called "The Art of Video Games". The exhibit explores the forty years since the first home video game was launched.
Digital Journal Report by Leigh Goessl - 8 comments

Video: Space Shuttle Discovery's final journey is complete Special

Chantilly - Discovery made her final voyage this week and has moved to Fairfax County, Va. to the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly.
Digital Journal Report by Leigh Goessl - 4 comments
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