Ten Bizarre Tales of Taxidermy

Taxidermy is a skill and art form that many think is plenty weird all on its own, even though it was practiced by luminaries like Charles Darwin and Theodore Roosevelt. It stretches from the lows of PT Barnum's Feejee Mermaid to the highs of the myriad museums of natural history to the macabre artistry of rogue… » 3/10/13 7:00am 3/10/13 7:00am

Breathtaking new photos of Space Shuttle Discovery preparing for its…

For the last several days, Space Shuttle Discovery has been preparing for one final flight. Tomorrow, weather permitting, Discovery will make the trip from Florida's Kennedy Space Center to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA from atop a repurposed Boeing 747… » 4/16/12 2:00pm 4/16/12 2:00pm

When the Smithsonian discovered an ancient Egyptian colony in the…

Did Egyptians cross the Pacific Ocean and wander the American Southwest thousands of years ago? In the early 20th century, claims of such a discovery were made by two Smithsonian-funded archaeologists, who spoke of a thriving civilization tucked within a series of caverns carved into the side of a remote portion of the … » 1/13/12 7:35am 1/13/12 7:35am

What are the fossilized remains of more than 80 whales doing in the…

Situated more than half a mile from the ocean, atop a hill in Chile's notoriously arid Atacama desert, an international team of scientists has made an incredible discovery. Over 80 extraordinarily well-preserved whale and marine mammal fossils, many of them positioned just meters apart from one another, have been found … » 11/22/11 8:15am 11/22/11 8:15am