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The Washington Post reports that the original “Star Trek” spaceship, the legendary Enterprise, is going to be restored in a delicate months-long process. Enterprise is a venerable ship — launched in 1964 at a Burbank, Calif., prop maker’s shop for […]

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  Every element of Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” was really happening in front of the camera. Well, they didn’t actually go into space and explore other planets, but they did build every piece of equipment and they did seek out landscapes […]

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Tonight was a special screening of “The Theory of Everything” and I was very lucky to be at the red carpet, with star Eddie Redmayne, who plays physicist Stephen Hawking, and screenwriter Anthony McCarten. Redmayne told me about the meticulous […]

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Wicked author Gregory Maguire has a wonderful essay on the Smithsonian website about the original screenplay for what is probably the greatest family movie of all time, The Wizard of Oz. By coincidence, I just finished a book by the […]

The Smithsonian has a terrific list of movies for kids about the environment — great films for Earth Day or any day.

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum is conducting a survey: What’s the biggest disaster movie of all time?  Zombies?  Comets?  Flood?  Fire?  Sharknado? You can pick one from their list of 25 action-packed greats or write in your favorite. 2012, 2009 28 […]

Smithsonian Magazine goes back 8000 years to find out why we eat popcorn at the movies. Popcorn–a name mostly associated with puffed kernels of corn–is actually a strain of corn, characterized by especially starchy kernels with hard kernel walls, which […]

I was lucky enough to get a chance to visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History today and I especially enjoyed seeing some wonderful items from the Warner Brothers archive, including costumes and props from the movie Roger Ebert […]

NatureTech is a terrific new DVD series from the Smithsonian Network that shows us some of the best ideas about energy, flight, and building materials technology come from observing nature. Biomimetics is the new science of looking to nature for […]

The setting was almost too perfect. In order to get to the ceremony for the donation of X-Files artifacts and memorabilia I had to go into the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History through the “staff health center” entrance inside […]