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  • Nick Dragotta previews ‘East of West’ 7, talks Death’s horse, Howtoons

     
    Where, exactly, is “East of West”? It’s somewhere far from the glass factory where Nick Dragotta used to do technical […]...
  • Traveling exhibit celebrates our pets and the dedicated veterinarians who care for them

    It seems every kid wants to grow up to be a veterinarian. "I hear that all the time," agrees Dr. Christine Jenkins, Group Director of U.S. Veterinary Medical Services at Zoetis (formerly called Pfizer Animal Health). "It seems everyone, of all ages,...
  • National veterinary conference singles out 'America's Favorite Vet'

    One highlight of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 150th Convention, held July 19-23 in Chicago, was the anniversary date itself. The Convention attracted more than 9,100 veterinary professionals. In celebration of 150 years, the non-...
  • Alexander Graham Bell auction halted; Smithsonian disputes 'gift'

    Alexander Graham Bell auction halted; Smithsonian disputes 'gift'
    This post has been corrected. Please see below for details. A historic archive documenting Alexander Graham Bell’s attempt in the early 1900s to build a kite-like aircraft that would allow humans to fly was pulled back from an auctioneer’s...
  • Review: 'Capital Culture' by Neil Harris

    Review: 'Capital Culture' by Neil Harris
    When J. Carter Brown joined the National Gallery of Art in 1961, he was six years older than the museum itself. Just eight years later, at age 34, he would be appointed its director. His accession may strike readers as meteoric, but after reading Neil...
  • Frank Martinez dies at 89; noted L.A. artist

    Frank Martinez dies at 89; noted L.A. artist
    Frank Martinez laid his shaking hands on the surface of the blank canvas. As before every painting, he said a prayer. Then the artist began his work. He applied acrylic paint and, with a rag, wiped it away. Shapes began to form and colors blended into...
  • National Zoo panda cam shuts down! Bad idea!

    National Zoo panda cam shuts down! Bad idea!
    We knew the federal government shutdown would mean going without some things. Getting¬† a passport. Going to a national park. But to deprive us of the the ¬†National Zoo’s panda cam just seems cruel — especially at a time when giant panda Mei...
  • Spy Museum eyes new space at Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.

    The International Spy Museum could soon be on the move. The popular Washington, D.C., attraction is looking to set up shop in the nearby historic Carnegie Library. Museum officials and the city's convention center authority will propose a...
  • Smithsonian Institution head will retire in 2014

    When G. Wayne Clough began his tenure as head of the Smithsonian Institution in July 2008, he asked himself the question, "What will the Smithsonian be in 500 years?" The answer? It's still not entirely clear. But as Clough prepares to retire from his...
  • The Fight Continues Over Bridgeport Aviation Pioneer Gustave Whitehead and His Place in the History Books

    The Fight Continues Over Bridgeport Aviation Pioneer Gustave Whitehead and His Place in the History Books
    The cast of potential characters in a movie about Bridgeport aviation pioneer Gustave Whitehead, who was reported in an August 1901 article in a Bridgeport paper to have flown in a powered aircraft, two years before the Wright brothers flew, gets longer...
  • Clough worked to bring Smithsonian into the digital age

    Clough worked to bring Smithsonian into the digital age
    G. Wayne Clough, who announced Wednesday that he will step down as the head of the Smithsonian Institution in October 2014, arrived at the museums at a time when it was threatened by scandals and a crumbling infrastructure. Clough, a civil engineer...
  • Memo to museums: Don't give away those glass cases

    Memo to museums:  Don't give away those glass cases
    Emily Graslie, the first chief curiosity correspondent at the Field Museum, has been furiously filing YouTube videos about precisely what goes on behind those grand doors. As Steve Johnson reported in the Tribune this week, the 24-year-old known for her...