Smithsonian Responds to US Protests, Urges Collective Action to Demand Racial JusticeSmithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch has issued a statement on behalf of the federally funded institution in response to the ongoing unrest over racial injustice in the United States. Cities across the country have been reeling from protests, looting, and clashes between activists and police that erupted over the last six days as people expressed anger and anguish over the death of George Floyd, an African American man who was killed by a white police officer while he was being placed under arrest for allegedly writing a bad check in Minneapolis last week.While Derek Chauvin, the officer who
How the Andes Mountains Might Have Killed a Bunch of WhalesAt a site known as Cerro Ballena or Whale Hill, there are more than 40 skeletons of marine mammals -- a graveyard of ocean life dating back 6.5 million to 9 million years ago, in the Late Miocene Epoch. But the identity of the killer that they finally settled on might surprise you. Special thanks to the Smithsonian Institute (https://www.si.edu/) and Pyenson ND et al. 2014 (https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspb.2013.3316) for making their photos and graphics about Cerro Ballena available to us. And thank you to these paleoartists for allowing us to use their wonderful illustrations: Ceri Thomas: https://alphynix.tumblr.com/ Fabrizio de Rossi: https://www.facebook.com/ArtofFabricious/ Produced in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios: http://youtube.com/pbsdigitalstudios Super special thanks to the following Patreon patrons for helping make Eons possible: Anthony Callaghan, Anton Bryl, Jeff Graham, shelley floryd, Laura Sanborn, Henrik Peteri, Zachary Spencer, Chandler Bass, Richard Ohnemus, Joao Ascensao, Andrey, Ben Thorson, Marcus Lejon, Ilya Murashov, Nathan Paskett, Jerrit Erickson, Merri Snaidman, David Sewall, Gabriel Cortez, Jack Arbuckle, Kevin Griffin, Robert Noah, Philip Slingerland, Todd Dittman, James Bording, Eric Vonk, Robert Arévalo, Esmeralda Rupp-Spangle, Jon Monteiro, Missy Elliott Smith, Jonathan Wright, Gregory Donovan, Miles Chaston, Michael McClellan, PS, Maria Humphrey, Larry Wilson, Hubert Rady, John Vanek, Tsee Lee, Daisuke Goto, Gregory Kintz, Matt Parker, Tyson Cleary, Case Hill, Stefan Weber, Betsy Radley If you'd like to support the channel, head over to http://patreon.com/eons and pledge for some cool rewards! Want to follow Eons elsewhere on the internet? Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/eonsshow Twitter - https://twitter.com/eonsshow Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/eonsshow/ References: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lRdRiF_fS_z3Gq7rs22VEt5TFQ8aWJvZg_MuI6vCxfM/edit?usp=sharing
Risky business: Courtship movements put katydids in dangerReproduction can be risky. In the case of katydids, some hunting bats eavesdrop on male mating calls to locate the insects, but little is known about the risk to mates as they move toward each other. A recent study by scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and collaborating institutions explores the hunting behavior of a Neotropical bat, asking whether prey movement adds to the risk that they will be eaten.
Preparing for $22M in Losses, Smithsonian Cuts Pay of Senior Executives to Avoid FurloughsExpecting a shortfall of around $22 million due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, which comprises nineteen museums and the National Zoo, will reduce the pay of its top executives and implement salary and hiring freezes as it attempts to cut costs and avoid furloughing employees. According to the Washington Post, the bulk of the institution’s 6,300-member staff won’t be affected.The salary of Smithsonian secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III, whose earnings the institution refused to disclose—his predecessor David J. Skorton made $896,345 in 2018—will take the
Humanity Still Producing New Art As Though Megadeth’s ‘Rust In Peace’ Doesn’t Already ExistWASHINGTON—Saying that any further endeavors of technical skill and imagination were pointless, experts at the Smithsonian Institution reportedly questioned Monday why new art was still being produced after the pinnacle of aesthetic and creative potential was reached in 1990 with Megadeth’s fourth studio album, Rust In Peace. “As the unquestioned apex of the entire history of the creative arts, Rust In Peace is the finest and last necessary piece of human expression—but it’s almost as though current so-called artists are completely oblivious to Dave Mustaine’s blistering, transcendent guitar work on ‘Hangar 18,’” said Smithsonian curator of contemporary art Joanna Marsh, gesturing dismissively in the direction of a massive self-portrait by photorealist Chuck Close, completed in 2000. “It’s not just incredibly disrespectful to keep making art; in many ways, it’s actually quite sad. The deluded people churning out this worthless garbage just can’t seem to reconcile themselves to the fact that their pathetic little sculptures and films and novels and whatnot will always pale in comparison to the brilliantly inspired, heart-stopping tempo shift halfway through ‘Holy Wars… The Punishment Due.’” At press time, a spokesperson from the Centre Pompidou in Paris confirmed the museum’s plans to throw out the contents of an entire wing and leave a massive, pure white space where the track “Lucretia” will be played on loop at full volume.
Hirshhorn Names Marina C. Isgro Associate Curator of Media and Performance ArtThe Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, has appointed Marina C. Isgro associate curator of media and performance art. She will be responsible for helping Hirshhorn director Melissa Chiu and chief curator Stéphane Aquin shape and expand the institution’s exhibition schedule and public programming related to contemporary new media art. Isgro will also assume the role of secretarial scholar; the position is part of a Smithsonian-wide initiative launched in 2016 to support the “next generation of intellectual leaders.”“During a time when new media and performance art is4
Smithsonian Apologizes For Fraudulent ‘Treasures Of Obama’s Tomb’ ExhibitWASHINGTON—Contritely offering full refunds for all purchased tickets, the Smithsonian Institution apologized Friday for their fraudulent Treasures Of Obama’s Tomb exhibit. “We are deeply sorry for promoting these obviously manufactured artifacts, but in our defense, the supposed ‘discoverers’ offered us a really great deal on Obama’s golden sarcophagus,” said exhibit curator Monica Walsh, admitting she had not questioned either the authenticity of such “artifacts” like Obama’s ceremonial gold lapis lazuli flail, nor claims that the collection had recently completed a sold-out run at the Natural History Museum in London. “In our defense, the exhibit was such a hit and we got so much positive feedback from it that we unfortunately let the excitement cloud our judgment. After taking some time to examine the 44th president’s golden death mask more closely, we discovered it was actually brass and had only been cast a few weeks ago. Furthermore, testing also reveals that the mummies of Sunny and Bo are actually two dried pit bull corpses.” The Smithsonian has clarified, however, that while the Obama artifacts are all completely fake, the Tomb Of Michelle has been authenticated and found to be over six thousand years old.
Smithsonian 3D Scans NASA Space Shuttle Discovery And Makes It Open SourceIn this post, I wanted to share how the Smithsonian Institution Digitization Program Office scanned the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery, in high, high resolution — like tens of thousands of 50 megapixel images as well as hundreds of laser scans.2
Smithsonian 3D Scans NASA Space Shuttle Discovery And Makes It Open SourceIn this post, I wanted to share how the Smithsonian Institution Digitization Program Office scanned the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery, in high, high resolution — like tens of thousands of 50 megapixel images as well as hundreds of laser scans.1
Even fake illness affects relationships among vampire batsAs Italy urges tourists not to cancel their plans in the face of the coronavirus outbreak and a National Basketball Association memo reportedly encourages teammates to avoid hi-fives, a new study conducted at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama takes a look at how social bonds change in response to illness in another highly social animal: the vampire bat. In these bats, just as in humans, strong family bonds were less affected by the appearance of disease than were weaker social relationships.