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Newly discovered mammal species is ‘a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear’

A Smithsonian researcher announced at a press conference at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. that he had discovered a new mammal species that is a relative of the raccoon: the olinguito (oh-lin-GHEE-toe). The press release, which describes the 2-pound animal’s appearance as “a cross between a house…

Watch live: Smithsonian scientists announce discovery of new mammal species

The Smithsonian holds a news conference to announce a major discovery of a new mammal species. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on July 15. [Small mammal at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History via Flickr user Angela N.]…

Work to begin on U.S. African American museum

The Smithsonian breaks ground Wednesday on the last available space along the National Mall in Washington for the only national museum dedicated exclusively to Americans of African heritage. The National Museum of African American History and Culture will rise a stone’s throw from the towering obelisk that honors George Washington, the slave-owning first president of the United States. Barack…

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