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What’s that tree? Try Smithsonian’s new app to see

AP – “If you’ve ever wondered what type of tree was nearby but didn’t have a guide book, a new smartphone app allows users with no formal training to satisfy their curiosity and contribute to science at the same time. The Leafsnap app on display on an iPhone along with tree leaf specimens.
Scientists have developed the first mobile app to identify plants by simply photographing a leaf. The free iPhone and iPad app, called Leafsnap, instantly searches a growing library of leaf images amassed by the Smithsonian Institution. In seconds, it returns a likely species name, high-resolution photographs and information on the tree’s flowers, fruit, seeds and bark.”

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Smithsonian Libraries Converts Digital Publications for E-Readers

Smithsonian Libraries Blog – “The Libraries, in a continuing partnership with Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, has converted select publications from the Smithsonian Contributions and Studies Series to digital formats for use on Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers.

The new electronic formats will bring unprecedented access to a vast research collection. These scholarly publications are offered at no cost, without taking up valuable physical space or facing the threat of becoming out of print.”

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5th-grader finds mistake at Smithsonian

AP – “Kevin Stufflebeam took his son to the museum’s information desk to report Kenton’s concern on a comment form. Last week, the boy received a letter from the museum acknowledging that his observation was “spot on.”

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