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Inspiring learning, creativity and curiosity by sharing knowledge from our many museums, research centers, vast collections, thousands of experts and a zoo
Inspiring learning, creativity and curiosity by sharing knowledge from our many museums, research centers, vast collections, thousands of experts and a zoo

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Please see our statement on exhibition content and donors 
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Starting today, all our museums will prohibit the use of "selfie sticks." Please still take those selfies but leave the sticks in your bag
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An ant attack inspires one of our scientists to learn more about nectar organs on plants
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Where was corn first grown in what is now the U.S.? Smithsonian scientists solve the debate over the crop's 4,000-year-old history
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Smithsonian Statement on Willie Soon, researcher at the Smithsonian Astrophysics Observatory 

The Smithsonian is greatly concerned about the allegations surrounding Dr. Willie Soon’s failure to disclose funding sources for his climate change research. 

The Smithsonian is taking immediate action to address the issue: Acting Secretary Albert Horvath has asked the Smithsonian Inspector General to review the matter. Horvath will also lead a full review of Smithsonian ethics and disclosure policies governing the conduct of sponsored research to ensure they meet the highest standards.

Wei-Hock (Willie) Soon is a part-time researcher at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass. He was hired to conduct research on long-term stellar and solar variability. The Smithsonian does not fund Dr. Soon; he pursues external grants to fund his research. 

The Smithsonian does not support Dr. Soon’s conclusions on climate change. The Smithsonian’s official statement on climate change, based upon many decades of scientific research, points to human activities as a cause of global warming.

Smithsonian Statement on Climate Change: 
http://newsdesk.si.edu/releases/smithsonian-statement-climate-change
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It's not hard to be an orchid fan based on its beauty, but here are five facts about the flower that will make you love them even more 
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Just announced: We're working with +Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to explore a possible Smithsonian space in London
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