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Snowflake Chronicler

William Bentley snowflake imageNo two snowflakes are alike, right? We know this thanks to a Jericho, Vermont, farm boy and citizen engineer named Wilson A. Bentley, who adapted a microscope to a camera and spent 40 years capturing thousands of unique images.

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American Roots

National Museum of African American History and CultureThe National Park Service just turned 100 and what better way to celebrate than with the grand opening of a stunning new addition to the National Mall. The $540 million National Museum of African American History and Culture is adorned with a corona, or scrim, of 3,600 bronze-colored cast-aluminum panels that glow at night from the light within, and was built around a 77-ton, 80-foot-long railway car and other huge artifacts housed in its vast below-ground exhibit space.

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Smithsonian Opens New Innovation Hall

Smithsonian innovation hallOn July 1, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open its new innovation wing, with interactive exhibits and programs focused on the theme of U.S. enterprise, business, and invention. The centerpiece of the 45,000-square-foot space is the studio of Ralph Baer, inventor of the home video game.

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Scopes Trial Scientists on Flickr

Scopes2Look what turned up in the “nation’s attic.” The Smithsonian Institution has released 25 photos of scientists from the 1925 “monkey trial,” more formally known as the State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes. The scientists and science reporters were supporters of the defense of Scopers, who was convicted of violating a state law against teaching evolution to school children.

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Event: Smithsonian Two-Day Online Conference

Smithsonian Q and AInteract with Smithsonian scientists, curators, and educators in this free, two-day online conference April 28-29. In live presentations, demonstrations, and moderated forums, teachers, students, and anyone interested can use critical thinking skills to address problems in science, history, arts, and culture.

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Web Conference: Smithsonian Problem-Solving. April 13-14; 28-29, 2010.

Smithsonian historians, scientists, and other researchers share their questions, methods, and findings in an interactive format, welcoming educators to contribute their own ideas. This multi-disciplinary two-part online conference will feature live presentations, moderated forums, and demonstrations of how Smithsonian specialists use critical thinking skills to solve problems in their areas of expertise. An online exhibit hall will allow participants everywhere to experience virtually the world of the Smithsonian and the wealth of its resources. April 13-14 (“World Cultures and the American Experience”) and 28-29 (“Biodiversity and Mysteries of the Universe”), 2010.

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