Museums should honor the everyday, not just the extraordinary | Ariana Curtis

Who deserves to be in a museum? For too long, the answer has been “the extraordinary” — those aspirational historymakers who inspire us with their successes. But those stories are limiting, says museum curator Ariana Curtis. In a visionary talk, she imagines how museums can more accurately represent history by honoring the lives of people both extraordinary and everyday, prominent and hidden — and amplify diverse perspectives that should have always been included.

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What Fossils Reveal about Today’s Climate Change

Dr. Scott Wing spent a decade combing the hills in the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming to find fossil evidence of an extinction event that occurred in the Southern Ocean of Antarctica, 56 million years ago. Here, we talk with him and Dr. Kirk Johnson about how studying the fossil record helps us better understand current impacts of human-caused climate change on our planet, and what it means for our future world.

More Brain Scoop from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History:
— The Wonderful World of Worms: https://youtu.be/FQcaddtnFqg
— Inside the Whale Warehouse!: https://youtu.be/au4j36pQfVY

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“Smithsonian’s New Fossil Hall to Open June 8, 2019”: https://s.si.edu/2rNeN5E

“Ancient Earth warmed dramatically after a one-two carbon punch,” Smithsonian Magazine. http://bit.ly/2Cojusw

“Wyoming paleontology dispatch #1: Why 56 million years ago?” Smithsonian Magazine. http://bit.ly/2UQZ9mS

“This ancient climate catastrophe is our best clue about Earth’s future,” Washington Post. https://wapo.st/2EB1GvE
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Interview with:
Dr. Kirk Johnson, Sant Director, NMNH
Dr. Scott Wing, Curator of Plants, NMNH

Special thanks:
Jim Wood, Ryan Lavery, Anna Torres

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A lesson on looking | Amy Herman

Are you looking closely? Visual educator Amy Herman explains how to use art to enhance your powers of perception and find connections where they may not be apparent. Learn the techniques Herman uses to train Navy SEALs, doctors and crime scene investigators to convert observable details into actionable knowledge with this insightful talk.

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Inside the Whale Warehouse!

Whales are fascinating! They’re also, oftentimes, absolutely gigantic– which makes storing them in a museum collection quite challenging. We had the chance to visit the Smithsonian’s “Whale Warehouse” to chat with Curator of Marine Mammals Dr. Michael McGowen, and learn more about the incredible specimens housed in this unique space.

More from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History:
The Wonderful World of Worms: https://youtu.be/FQcaddtnFqg

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Producer, Editor, Graphics:
Brandon Brungard

Camera:
Katie Cleary

Interview with:
Dr. Michael McGowen, Curator of Marine Mammals, NMNH

Special thanks:
Jim Wood, Ryan Lavery, Anna Torres

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The Wonderful World of Worms

Earthworms & leeches, parasitic nematodes, bristle worms, velvet worms, bobbit worms! Dr. Anna J. Phillips, Curator of Parasitic Worms and Protozoa at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History took us back into the invertebrate zoology collection to help shed light on these complex and remarkable animals.

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Producer:
Brandon Brungard

Camera:
Katie Cleary

Interview with:
Dr. Anna J. Phillips, Curator of Parasitic Worms and Protozoa

Special thanks:
Jim Wood, Ryan Lavery, Anna Torres

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Why museums are returning cultural treasures | Chip Colwell

Archaeologist and curator Chip Colwell collects artifacts for his museum, but he also returns them to where they came from. In a thought-provoking talk, he shares how some museums are confronting their legacies of stealing spiritual objects and pillaging ancient graves — and how they’re bridging divides with communities who are demanding the return of their cultural treasures.

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Aliens? Demon? Nope, it’s just a fish. [60 Second Specimens]

Every specimen has a story; is this an alien, or a demon baby?! For hundreds of years, sailors sold these manipulated skates to tourists and oddity collectors marketed as such- but really, [spoiler] it’s just a fish.

Thanks to Caleb McMahan and Susan Mochel for their help on this video!

More 60 Second Specimen stories:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLL8_5VpX9Txpke4mWgBrsHVgNLeunW-XY

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Why art thrives at Burning Man | Nora Atkinson

Craft curator Nora Atkinson takes us on a trip to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to see the beautifully designed and participatory art of Burning Man, revealing how she discovered there what’s often missing from museums: curiosity and engagement. “What is art for in our contemporary world if not this?” she asks.

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Sooty Birds Share Dirt on Air Pollution [60 Second Specimens]

Every specimen has a story; these dirty birds helped scientists answer questions about levels of air pollution in the United States over a period of 135 years.

More 60 Second Specimen stories:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLL8_5VpX9Txpke4mWgBrsHVgNLeunW-XY

Sources/Articles:
Bird specimens track 135 years of atmospheric black carbon and environmental policy: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/10/04/1710239114

The Dirty Secrets Saved in Dead Birds’ Feathers — New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/science/birds-air-pollution.html

‘Sooty birds’ reveal hidden US air pollution — BBC http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41557157

Dirty birds show just how catastrophic air pollution used to be — Washington Post https://wapo.st/2MFIYHZ

Thanks to Ben Marks and Shane DuBay for their help with this video!
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Get Outside!

Humans today spend historical, record-setting amounts of time inside and staring at screens. But, studies show that spending valuable time outside every day can boost our moods, energy and overall health. So stop watching this video and Get Outside!

Resources & Citations: http://bit.ly/BrainScoop_GetOutside
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Emma Marris’ Ted Talk: “Nature is Everywhere, we Just need to learn to see it” https://www.ted.com/talks/emma_marris_nature_is_everywhere_we_just_need_to_learn_to_see_it

The Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13168199-the-rambunctious-garden

How to Poop in the Woods: https://www.mensjournal.com/health-fitness/how-to-poop-in-the-woods-20150817/

The Complete Guide to Female Urination Devices: https://www.backpacker.com/gear/the-complete-guide-to-female-urination-devices

Periods + Fieldwork : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjFZ1nzijrI

Shinrin-Yoku: Forest Bathing: http://time.com/5259602/japanese-forest-bathing/
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