Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How Big Can a Land Animal Get?, Hawaii's Lava Flows House New Ecosystems, Nixon's 30-Year Feud and More

 
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Smithsonian Media Curiosity Council (560x70)
 
How Big Can a Land Animal Get?
 
How Big Can a Land Animal Get?
 
 
Crusader Shipwreck, Likely From the Siege of Acre, Discovered
 
Crusader Shipwreck, Likely From the Siege of Acre, Discovered
 
 
The Inside Story of Richard Nixon's Ugly, 30-Year Feud with Earl Warren
 
The Inside Story of Richard Nixon’s Ugly, 30-Year Feud with Earl Warren
 
 
Man Charged After Slashing Gainsborough Painting at the National Gallery
 
Man Charged After Slashing Gainsborough Painting at the National Gallery
 
 
Hawaii's Must-See Lava Flows Are Home to New, Startling Ecosystems
 
Hawaii's Must-See Lava Flows Are Home to New, Startling Ecosystems
 
 
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Announcing the Finalists of the Smithsonian.com 14th Annual Photo Contest
 
Darwin Would Have Loved the Cliffs of Newfoundland, Where 500-Million-Years-Old Fossils Reside
 
Darwin Would Have Loved the Cliffs of Newfoundland, Where 500-Million-Years-Old Fossils Reside
 
 
How Did Sabercats Use Those Outlandish Fangs?
 
How Did Sabercats Use Those Outlandish Fangs?
 
 
The Biggest Tree Canopy on the Planet Stretches Across Nearly Five Acres
 
The Biggest Tree Canopy on the Planet Stretches Across Nearly Five Acres
 
 
A New Photo Book Showcases the Absurd Extravagance of the World's Wealthiest Citizens
 
A New Photo Book Showcases the Absurd Extravagance of the World’s Wealthiest Citizens
 
 
This Art Deco Office Tower Was the Master Work of 'The Architect of Detroit'
 
This Art Deco Office Tower Was the Master Work of 'The Architect of Detroit'
 
 
This Game Turns James Joyce's Most Notorious Novel Into Virtual Reality
 
This Game Turns James Joyce’s Most Notorious Novel Into Virtual Reality
 
 
Why Puppets (and Puppeteers) Are Still Important
 
Why Puppets (and Puppeteers) Are Still Important
 
 
France's Famous High School Exam Will Soon Feature Its First Woman Author
 
France’s Famous High School Exam Will Soon Feature Its First Woman Author
 
 
This Magnetic Map Shows Earth as You've Never Seen It Before
 
This Magnetic Map Shows Earth as You’ve Never Seen It Before
 
 
Mars May Have Had a Ring in the Past and Could Have One in the Future
 
Mars May Have Had a Ring in the Past and Could Have One in the Future
 
 
The Sea Turtle That Ate 915 Coins Has Died
 
The Sea Turtle That Ate 915 Coins Has Died
 
 
Today in History
 
In 1965, 3,000 civil rights demonstrators made history when they began their march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capitol in Montgomery. The marchers were lobbying for voting rights, but their peaceful protest was met with violence from locals and figures of authority, showing just how dire the need was for legislation to protect minority voters. See rare photos from the Selma march.
 
 
 
 
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Spread over an area of 400 acres, the Nevada Solar One is a massive project built in the hot and dry desert, just south of Las Vegas. The plant uses 760 parabolic trough concentrators with more than 182,000 mirrors that concentrate the sun's rays onto more than 18,240 receiver tubes placed at the focal axis of the troughs and containing a heat transfer fluid (solar receivers). The projected CO2 emissions avoided is equivalent to taking approximately 20,000 cars off the road annually. It is a refreshing site to look at - I for one, can't wait to fly a solar powered Cessna.
 
"Nevada Solar One" Photo by Jassen Todorov
 
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