Sunday, December 10, 2017

The True Story Behind "Island of the Blue Dolphins," How the Getty Center Was Built to Withstand Disaster, What Makes a Dinosaur a Dinosaur? and More

The True Story Behind "Island of the Blue Dolphins," How the Getty Center Was Built to Withstand Disaster, What Makes a Dinosaur a Dinosaur? and More

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Smithsonian Weekender    DECEMBER 2017

What Archaeologists and Historians Are Finding About the Heroine of a Beloved Young Adult Novel

New scholarship reveals details about the Native American at the center of the classic Island of the Blue Dolphins

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A pod of dolphins swim along a boat in the Channel Islands National Park, California (Aurora Photos / Alamy Stock Photo)

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Narwhals Have a Strange Stress Response, A Dazzling Ceiling Puzzle, St. Nicolas' Pelvis Bone and More

 
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People Are Lying on the Floor To See this Dazzling Ceiling Puzzle
 
People Are Lying on the Floor To See this Dazzling Ceiling Puzzle
 
 
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Remains Tell Stories of Delaware's Earliest Enslaved
 
 
An Extravagant New Tribute to the Rise of Portraiture 600 Years Ago
 
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Saudi Prince Revealed as Buyer of $450 Million da Vinci Heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi
 
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Is This St. Nicolas' Pelvis Bone?
 
Is This St. Nicolas' Pelvis Bone?
 
 
Little Foot, the Most Complete Australopithecus Fossil, Goes on Display
 
Little Foot, the Most Complete Australopithecus Fossil, Goes on Display
 
 
Newly Discovered Swimming Dinosaur Is Delightfully Bizarre
 
Newly Discovered Swimming Dinosaur Is Delightfully Bizarre
 
 
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How Robots Left the Lab and Started Helping Humans
 
How Robots Left the Lab and Started Helping Humans
 
 
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On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln unveiled the Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction Southern Reconstruction of the South. The proposal was part of the Lincoln's blueprint for postwar Reconstruction. Following Lincoln's assassination in the spring of 1865, however, Congress and President Andrew Johnson were left to decide postwar policy. Take a deep dive into a famous 1866 political cartoon that breaks down the bitter battle over Reconstruction.
 
 
 
 
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Portraits of Fidel and Raul Castro, Camilo Cienfuegos,  and Che Guevara on a wall in Havana, Cuba.
 
"Portraits of the Revolution" Photo by Stephan Russenschuck
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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