Category Archives: Museums etc.

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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Smithsonian ‘Upgrades’ Its Security

I went to the Smithsonian (Air and Space and the Natural History Museum) during the long weekend, and the security now includes having to remove everything from your pockets as if it were an airport, having your items sent through … Continue reading

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D.C. Is Getting A New Museum In 2017

Well, it’s a very small museum, and it’s on Logan Circle. If you’ve been in D.C. during the last few months and have walked around Logan Circle (the actual circle, not the nieghborhood), you might have noticed that one of … Continue reading

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NSF-Funded Collections Aren’t Dead Yet

A couple of weeks ago, I described how NSF’s collections program was going to be cut–and why that would be a very stupid thing to do. Well, it looks like NSF has granted the program a reprieve (boldface mine): In … Continue reading

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Bright Orchids

Observed at the U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C.:

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Mammillaira

Observed at the U.S. Botanic Garden, D.C.:

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We Need to Restore NSF’s Biological Collections Program

I’ve described many, many, many times how underfunded unglamorous, but vital scientific research infrastructure is: One of the ridiculous things about many depictions of science in TV and movies is the notion that there’s this huge infrastructure: shiny labs (which … Continue reading

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