People wander around the old cemetery in small knots, taking care not to stumble over a toppled headstone or unexpected dip in the earth. One group pauses before a tombstone featuring a plump Cheshire cat with a mile-wide grin, while a second clusters around a shiny, black accordion monument proclaiming, “Music is the answer.” In Mausoleum Row, bees buzz in and out of the hives atop the stone structures, dutifully making honey for packaging under the gift shop’s “Rest in Bees” label. And near the chapel, a bevy of workers set tables in preparation for the medieval-themed outdoor wedding reception that will begin in just a few hours. It’s just another day at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., the busiest, cheeriest burial grounds I’ve ever seen. Some 20,000 visitors meander through its 35 acres annually, a fraction of the 3 million that flock to Arlington National Cemetery, 7 miles due west. Arlington is a must-see site, for sure. But … [Read more...] about Five places most tourists miss in Washington, D.C.
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Research vessel E/V Nautilus will be attempting to find the remains of a meteor that flashed across the skies of the Pacific Northwest on March 7, 2018, before hitting the ocean. (Illustration file picture - iStock/solarseven) A team of scientists is scanning the Pacific Ocean depths to find fragments of a huge meteor. Research vessel E/V Nautilus will be attempting to find the remains of a meteor that flashed across the skies of the Pacific Northwest on March 7, 2018, before hitting the ocean. The meteor was visible in parts of Washington state, Oregon and British Columbia, according to the American Meteor Society. NASA Cosmic Dust Curator Dr. Marc Fries told The Seattle Times that meteor was about the size of a golf cart. About 2 metric tons of meteorite fragments are now thought to be on the seabed, according to Fries, who says that the “meteorite fall” is the largest he has seen in 21 years of radar data. STUNNING SPACE DIAMONDS … [Read more...] about Meteorite hunters: Scientists search for remains of huge space rock off the Washington coast
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Asia Pacific Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByIan Johnson June 8, 2018 BEIJING — Sitting in an underground storeroom near the Washington Mall is a tiny silk parchment. Written 2,300 years ago, it is a Chinese version of the Dead Sea Scrolls, with text that swirls like the stars through the firmament and describes the relationship between humans and heaven. For decades, the ancient document, known as the Chu Silk Manuscript, has fascinated people seeking an understanding of the origins of Chinese civilization. But it has been hidden from public view because of its fragility — and the uncertain circumstances by which it ended up in the United States. Now, a prominent Chinese historian and archaeologist has pieced together its remarkable odyssey in a meticulously documented analysis that has caused a stir in the rarefied world of Chinese … [Read more...] about How a Chinese Manuscript Written 2,300 Years Ago Ended Up in Washington
WASHINGTON (WJLA/CNN) - The next time you visit one of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, you may be greeted by a robot.Meet Pepper, the newest employee at the Smithsonian, now the first museum complex to use the robots to enhance the visitor experience.“You walk around the museum and you have to read the things, like the things about sculptures. So I think this helps getting interaction,” said Zachyre Lane, a visitor to one of the museums.Pepper can tell stories, pose for pictures and dance.Pepper also answers frequently asked questions.One popular question, Is Pepper a boy or a girl?“It is one of the most frequently asked questions,” said Rachel Goslins.The Smithsonian said the robot has no assigned gender.“When people see Pepper, their faces light up,” Goslins said. “And they smile. And there's always a crowd.” Pepper is programmed for each exhibit.At the African art museum, it teaches basic Swahili.Softbank Robotics … [Read more...] about Pepper the robot, latest Smithsonian museum employee
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - NASA's three remaining space shuttles will go to museums in Cape Canaveral, Los Angeles and suburban Washington when the program ends this summer, the space agency said Tuesday. The announcement came on the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle flight and the 50th anniversary of man's first journey into space. Shuttle Atlantis will stay in Cape Canaveral at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, just miles from the pair of launch pads where it was shot into space. Endeavour is headed to the California Science Center, miles from the plant where the shuttle was built; and Discovery's new home will be the Smithsonian Institution's branch in northern Virginia. The Smithsonian is giving up the prototype Enterprise, which NASA said Tuesday will now go to New York City's Intrepid museum. Enterprise was used for test flights in the 1970s. "For all of them, take good care of our vehicles," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, a former astronaut, as he … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo NASA giving shuttles to museums in 3 cities