Joe Hanson‘s web video series, It’s Okay to Be Smart*, went to Washington, DC to talk about the science of the US’s national monuments. While our Have Science Will Travel series has generally focused on travel to locations with a specific science focus (eg, science museums) or obvious connections (eg, national parks), it is important to remember that science is everywhere. Joe’s discussion of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian Castle makes simple, straightforward connections with the fields of geology, biology, and astrophysics.
The Smithsonian has just released the news that a new species of mammal has been discovered in the Andes. The Olinguito is a member of the raccoon family (Procyonidae) and it is distinct from olingos. This cutie creature has been aptly described as a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear in appearance. Like a lot of incredibly cool animals, these guys hang out in the cloud forests. Continue reading “Meet the Olinguito”