- A new image of the Smithsonian Castle has surfaced.
- University of Pennsylvania’s library launches a new blog, Unique at Penn—interesting items from their collections.
- A history we don’t often hear about: the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on the desegregation of airports in the American South.
- A researcher at the National Archives discovered a lost account of the night of Abraham Lincoln's assasination by the first doctor who treated him.
- Another university library project: Ghost Signs of Louisville. University of Louisville Libraries photographs and maps “ghost signs” around the city—the painted advertisement on buildings, most prominent prior to the 1930s [via Scout Report].
- When did plastic—ubiquitous for most and the bane of existence for many conservators—ever become so central to our everyday lives? Wired talks about the history of this material [via Neatorama].
- Doing a stay-cation in D.C. this summer? Get tips from Smithsonian scientists! [via Leslie Parilla, Field Book Project].
- Where do fingerprints come from? More from Smithsonian Magazine and Smithsonian Channel:
Where Do Fingerprints Come From? From cradle to grave, no matter how much fingers grow, everyone's fingerprints are unique and unchanging. Courtesy of: Smithsonian Channel.