National Museum of Natural History
Nefertiti the “Spidernaut” Dies Shortly After Returning From 100 Days in Space
Ladies and gentlemen, today we mourn the loss of a real hero. With a lump in our throats and a tear in our eye, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History announced that their resident space-traveling red-backed jumping spider, Nefertiti, passed away yesterday, five days after returning from a 100-day and 42-million-mile journey to the International Space Station. We promised ourselves we wouldn't cry, but here come the waterworks.Read on...
Smithsonian Splashmob Celebrates World Ocean Day [Video]
Visitors to the National Museum of Natural History thought all their admission was going to get them was a chance to check out a giant squid. They thought wrong. Yesterday, staff and volunteers at the museum donned blue shirts (and a fish costume or two) and took to the floor of the Sant Ocean Hall to surprise visitors with a "splashmob" that danced to the Moby song, Surf.
What could have caused the Smithsonian to organize its first ever flashmob? Nothing other than World Ocean Day (which is today, June 8th). Nothing could be more appropriate to recognize such an occasion than a group of people doing their own interpretation of the dance move, The Swim. In addition to raising awareness about the plight of our oceans, the dancing (which lasted for approximately 2 minutes and 3 seconds) was a publicity stunt meant to show that even the hallowed halls of a National Museum can be teeming with fun and surprises. Or at least dancing fish.
(Smithsonian via Ocean Portal)Read on...