Category Archives: Museums etc.


The National Zoo in D.C. had a newborn Sumatran tiger. Unfortunately, the mother refused to care for him, so he was sent to the San Diego Zoo, which recently adopted an abandoned tiger kitten. What does that mean? Adorable video:

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The Republican War On The Smithsonian

And until, Republicans oppose this piece of the proposed Trump budget, they own it. From the proposed USGS budget (pdf, p. xxx; boldface mine): Eliminate Curation of Smithsonian Museum Collections (-$1,600,000/-11 FTE): This reduction eliminates active curation of mammal and … Continue reading

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Why We Need Museum Collections

The Fisheries Blog explains (boldface mine): Species re-assessment. You can’t know how to manage your species if you don’t know what species it is in the first place. The discipline of ichthyology is rapidly evolving, and we are continually discovering … Continue reading

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When You Kill A Collection, You Kill Scholarship

Witness the beclowning of the University of Louisiana at Monroe (boldface mine): It is my sad duty to report to you that the ULM administration has decided to divest the research collections in the Museum of Natural History. This includes … Continue reading

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Not Exactly Fear Inspiring

“Batman 2”, observed at the Renwick Gallery, D.C.:

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A Small Example Of The Scientific Infrastructure Crisis: The Karst Edition

Despite what is commonly depicted in books, television, and movies, the state of much of our scientific infrastructure is threadbare: One of the ridiculous things about many depictions of science in TV and movies is the notion that there’s this … Continue reading

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Automotive Industry

Observed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 9th and G Streets, NW, Penn Quarter, D.C.:

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