Category Archives: Museums etc.

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‚Äôs 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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USBG Christmas, Part II

As promised, more photos from the U.S. Botanic Garden holiday display. Without further delay, here are some Knife River Park lodge dwellings: Mesa Verde pueblos: And a warm welcome to Las Vegas:

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USBG Christmas, Part I

Every year, the U.S. Botanic Gardens in D.C. puts together a themed model railroad display with the scenery made from plant materials. This year’s theme is U.S. national parks (and since Il Trumpe might sell them off, well…). It will … Continue reading

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One Thing

Observed at the National Gallery, D.C.:

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A fermenter from the 1980s, used to produce insulin, at the National Museum of American History, D.C.: Closeup:

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A Big Stinky Plant

Last night, I saw the U.S. Botanic Garden’s corpse flower. It’s YOOGE! and stinky (though it seems I wasn’t there during peak stink). Anyway, here it is in all of its odiferous glory:

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