In this artist’s conception, planets form from the gas and dust in the protoplanetary disk surrounding a young star. The gas is made up of many different molecules, including hydrogen cyanide and more complex nitriles—linked to the development of life on Earth. The soup of molecules in a particular location in the disk shapes the future of the planet forming there and determines whether or not that planet could support life as people know it. Credit: M.Weiss/Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
Portrait of Breonna Taylor on loan from Amy Sherald. On loan from Amy Shetland, (c) Amy Sherald.
Miguel A. Gandert, Linda Elena, Talpa, NM, 1995, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, purchase through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center, 2016.20.6, © 1995, Miguel Gandert
Scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and partners are the first to use frozen coral sperm to bolster coral genes of the same species that would otherwise remain apart as they are geographically isolated, with the aim of giving coral like this endangered Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) a boost against warming oceans.
Credit: Roshan Patel, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
Justice Stephen Breyer
Credit: Andrew Harrington and Joshua Downs, Formative Co.
Credit: “Malcolm X” by an unidentified photographer, halftone poster, 1967, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
This panel was part of Foam Truck 161 operated by the Fort Myer Fire and Emergency Services Division, Pentagon Station.
Model of the crustal thickness of Mercury. Credit: Smithsonian Institution.
Detected in 2019, the Borisov comet was the first interstellar comet known to have passed through our solar system. Credit: NASA, ESA and D. Jewitt (UCLA).
Mother-pup pair of Saccopteryx bilineata in the day-roost. The pup is attached to its mothers’ belly. Photo credit: Michael Stifter
Acorn woodpeckers doing the spread-wing display. Copyright Steve Zamek
Unidentified artist, Untitled (brooch, man with goatee), undated, albumen print in metal setting. Smithsonian American Art Museum, the L. J. West Collection of Photographic Jewelry, Museum purchase made possible through the Franz H. and Luisita L. Denghausen Endowment
Laurie Anderson in the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., June 2021. Photo by Allysa Lisbon. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Scimitar-horned oryx calves born via artificial insemination along with members of their herd at the Smithsonian Conservation and Biology Institute. Photo: Budhan Pukazhenthi, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Images: Poster, Soaring to Success! Daily Herald—the Early Bird, 1919; Designed by E. McKnight Kauffer (American, 1890–1954); Lithograph; Published by Daily Herald (London, England); Printed by T. B. Lawrence Ltd. (London, England); Courtesy of William W. Crouse. Poster, Power, The Nerve Centre of London’s Underground, 1930, printed 1931; Designed by E. McKnight Kauffer (American, 1890–1954); Published by Transport for London (London, England); Printed by Vincent Brooks, Day & Son (London, England); Lithograph; 101.6 × 61.4 cm (40 × 24 3/16 in.); Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer, 1963-39-45; Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution.
Images (left–right): Portrait of Toyin Ojih Odutola, photo by Beth Wilkinson, © Toyin Ojih Odutola, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Toyin Ojih Odutola, “Imitation Lesson; Her Shadowed Influence” from “A Countervailing Theory” (2019), © Toyin Ojih Odutola, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Protesters march down Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE during the 2017 Grocery Walk to demand greater investment in food access programs and healthy food retail options. To highlight the lack of grocery options in Wards 7 and 8, over 500 people marched the two-mile journey between Historic Anacostia and Ward 8’s only grocery store. Credit: Brian Oh/Courtesy of DC Greens
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