The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 6/15/2012
by Catherine Shteynberg on June 15, 2012
- We love it when folks get creatively inspired by the Smithsonian’s collections. How about some AstroPoetry inspired by images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory?
- How about this for a cool job?: Spacesuit Conservator [via Marcel Chotowski LaFollette, SIA].
- 153.5 miles of shelves and more than 7.5 million books—see inside Oxford University’s Bodleian Library offsite storage.
- When an artist dislikes an art critic . . . he sends her rubber baby pants? The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art pulls out one of the more, ahem, interesting objects in their collections.
- Remember the St. Augustine globster, the unidentified blob object whose remains ended up in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History? Our reference archivist, Mary Markey, gives a radio account of how the mystery was solved [Wednesday, 6/6/2012 podcast, minute 45:00].
- It’s a space edition of Link Love. A second-grader asks astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson whether two black holes can collide and swallow one another. Here’s his answer [via Swissmiss]:
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