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Gail Ashton - British Antarctic Survey
The loss of biodiversity is very concerning. This is an indication of what may happen elsewhere with greater warning.feedback
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Aug 31 2017
In this page you'll find all points of view published about Smithsonian. You'll find 77 quotes on this page. You can filter them by date and by a person’s name. The 4 people who have been quoted more about Smithsonian are: Doug Erwin, Ted R. Schultz, Matthew Bailes and David J. Skorton. Doug Erwin specifically said: “Any comparison of a long-term rate to a short term one almost inevitably comes up with a higher short-term rate.”.
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Jacquelyn Gill

The real trouble with mass extinctions, from a modern perspective, is that it's really hard to know you're in one before it's too late. By the time you compile the casualty list, the damage is done. What's really powerful about [Ceballos's new] study is that it focuses not on the losses, but on the early warning signals. Population declines are a common precursor to extinction, and it's a process we can actually do something about.feedback

Doug Erwin

Any comparison of a long-term rate to a short term one almost inevitably comes up with a higher short-term rate.feedback

Doug Erwin

Yeah, everything's fine until it's not. And then everything goes to hell.feedback

Doug Erwin

If we're really in a mass extinction–if we're in the [End- Permian mass extinction 252 million years ago]–go get a case of scotch.feedback

Doug Erwin

So there are estimates of what the standing crop of passenger pigeons was in the nineteenth century. It's like 5 billion. They would black out the sky.feedback

Doug Erwin

People who claim we're in the sixth mass extinction don't understand enough about mass extinctions to understand the logical flaw in their argument. To a certain extent they're claiming it as a way of frightening people into action, when in fact, if it's actually true we're in a sixth mass extinction, then there's no point in conservation biology.feedback

Doug Erwin

And this is seven hours into the blackout. New York City is almost dark. The blackout extended all the way up into Toronto, all the way out to Michigan and Ohio. It covered a huge section of both Canada and the United States. And it was largely due to a software bug in a control room in Ohio.feedback

Doug Erwin

Because it was not clear how to manage that collapse–although after the fact it was clear that it should have been easily contained–it cascaded into failure of grids across the northeastern United States ... I mention this because it turns out that, from a mathematical point of view, the problem of understanding these food webs is exactly the [same] problem as understanding the nature of the power grid. There's a very rapid collapse of the ecosystem during these mass extinctions.feedback

Doug Erwin

So you can ask, Okay, well, how many geographically widespread, abundant, durably skeletonized marine taxa have gone extinct thus far?' And the answer is, pretty close to zero.feedback

Doug Erwin

He was using this as an example of the destruction of plants in these cloud forests in Venezuela, all of which could be completely true. The problem is, the probability of finding one of those cloud forests in the fossil record is zero.feedback

Doug Erwin

The only hope we have in the future, is if we're not in a mass extinction event.feedback

Richard Roberts

People must have been involved in heating the flints, and these have been dated directly using well-established TL techniques.feedback

Richard Potts

I think we have a good instance of early Homo sapiens from Irhoud.feedback

Richard Potts

This view promoted by Hublin is by no means a slam dunk, but it is feasible. It will doubtless be tested over and over by further African fossil discoveries in this important time period.feedback

Richard Roberts

I feel the authors have presented pretty convincing evidence for the presence of early modern humans at the site by 300,000 years ago and possibly a little earlier.feedback

Richard Potts

In short, the dating has a lot of [indirect] links in the chain of interpretation.feedback

Shannon McPherron

The overall picture that one gets is a hunting encampment.feedback

Frank Brown

I think it's wonderful that finally we've got a date from Jebel Irhoud. They're not Homo neanderthalensis. They're not Homo erectus. They're not Homo anybody else.feedback

David J. Skorton

The Smithsonian family stands together in condemning this act of hatred and intolerance, especially repugnant in a museum that affirms and celebrates the American values of inclusion and diversity. We will not be intimidated. Cowardly acts like these will not, for one moment, prevent us from the vital work we do.feedback

David J. Skorton

The Smithsonian is committed to be a welcoming, inclusive, and safe place for all. I know you join me in deploring this act. A criminal investigation is underway.feedback

Nick Pyenson

We really are living in the time of giants. Why is that?feedback

Graham Slater

If you are a whale, the easiest way to take advantage of dense but sparsely available resources is to get big. If you are big, you basically can get more miles to the gallon.feedback

Nicola Astudillo-Defru

The present conditions of the red dwarf are particularly favorable -- LHS 1140 spins more slowly and emits less high-energy radiation than other similar low-mass stars.feedback

Jason Dittmann

This is the most exciting exoplanet I've seen in the past decade. We could hardly hope for a better target to perform one of the biggest quests in science – searching for evidence of life beyond Earth. What's great about having a density ahead of an atmospheric study is that this density tells you how tightly the planet holds on to its atmosphere (the atmospheric scale height).feedback

Victoria Meadows

M dwarfs are the most common type of star in the galaxy, and the discovery of LHS 1140b provides us with an excellent opportunity to learn more about whether planets orbiting these stars are habitable. If planets like LHS 1140b orbiting M dwarfs can be habitable, then it will increase the potential prevalence of life throughout the galaxy.feedback

Jason Dittmann

Since these two things have similar effects, you can't disentangle the two. Here, having a mass measurement is super helpful because then you already know the effect of the mass of the planet, and anything 'extra' can be due to clouds.feedback

Jason Ditton

We could hardly hope for a better target to perform one of the biggest quests in science: searching for evidence of life beyond Earth.feedback

Jacobus J. Boomsma

The K-T boundary must have created tremendous novel empty niche space where surviving organisms could 'experiment' with wild innovation without being wiped out by traditional competitors right away. The innovation point comes out clearly, one lineage of specialized predators (this is rare among the evolutionary derived ants) and one lineage inventing fungus farming.feedback

Ted R. Schultz

It isn't like we proved cause and effect. But it fits the dating. It's a pretty nice circumstantial argument.feedback

Ted R. Schultz

In lower ant agriculture, the ants are obligate symbiotes – they have to grow fungus to survive. But the fungi, they are perfectly capable of living without the ants.feedback

Jacobus J. Boomsma

The 'out of the rain forest' domestication result is also very interesting. That really changes the way we think about the history of ant farming.feedback

Ted R. Schultz

For 60 million years, the ants have been doing this. If you want to be an agriculturist, why wouldn't you want to look at some other successful agriculturalists?feedback

Adrienne Crosier

The average litter size is three, so this time we've got an incredible pile of cubs. In just one week, we increased the number of cheetahs at SCBI by 50 percent. Each and every cub plays a significant role in improving the health of the population of cheetahs in human care and represents hope for the species overall.feedback

Lonnie Bunch

It is a distinct honor to have these photographs that tell an important part of America's history. We are pleased and humbled to work with the Library of Congress to ensure that this rare and significant collection will be preserved and made accessible to the American public.feedback

Paula Jones

We have collected food history for many years, so when we were doing the research for the exhibition, which is all about big changes in the post WWII era in how and what we eat, one thing we were curious about is the craft beer movement. We were looking at wine, coffee, cheese, artisanal bread, and farmers markets. Well, this movement with small-scale, local regional beer is part of the ethos.feedback

Theresa McCulla

Smithsonian has already used food as a very critical and successful entry point into talking with the public about much bigger questions relating to American history. We really feel quite strongly that beer is a very effective lens into much bigger questions about American history. If you look at the history of beer, you can understand stories related to immigration and industrialization and urbanization. You can look at advertising and the history of consumer culture and changing consumer taste. Brewing is integrated into all facets of American history.feedback

Theresa McCulla

One common stereotype about American beer is its identity as largely, if not exclusively, masculine. But the history shows us that the very first brewers were women and enslaved peoples who brewed beer in the home.feedback

Mike Ness

Around the house, my father liked country and my mother was more rock & roll. I remember a lot of Johnny Cash, the Dillards and Buck Owens. Country music was just always in the background and I absorbed all of it. Also, this was in the period of the folk revival, so we had that big Smithsonian box set [The Anthology of American Folk Music] where I distinctly remember hearing the Carter Family for the first time. Their tones and that style of music really resonated with me as a kid. Early on, I wanted Social D to be the Carter Family with electric guitars.feedback

Lonnie Bunch

Anytime you have a new president, you want this person to care about the Smithsonian.feedback

David Norman

The repercussions of this research are both surprising and profound. The bird-hipped dinosaurs, so often considered paradoxically named because they appeared to have nothing to do with bird origins, are now firmly attached to the ancestry of living birds.feedback

Elizabeth Cottrell

I liked knowing and understanding how things worked. This planet started as a big, mixed-up ball of metal and rock. How did we get from stardust to skyscrapers . . .? I love geology's ability to explain the world around me. Kids are often amazed to find out how much we don't know, and how much they can contribute.feedback

Shami Chatterjee

I am not exaggerating when I say there are more models for what FRBs could be than there are FRBs.feedback

Avi Loeb

An artificial origin is worth contemplating and checking. Deciding what's likely ahead of time limits the possibilities. It's worth putting ideas out there and letting the data be the judge.feedback

Matthew Bailes

Duncan Lorimer and I were just completely gobsmacked. The day we discovered the first FRB we couldn't sleep.feedback

Manasvi Lingam

That's big enough to carry living passengers across interstellar or even intergalactic distances.feedback

Matthew Bailes

We don't have a convincing model for FRBs at the moment. The leading model is some form of very exotic neutron star.feedback

Mary Jo Arnoldi

Some of them are too big, some of them are too fragile and some just don't fit into the stories we are telling in the current exhibits.feedback

James Guillochon

For most of the time we've been looking at this object, it has been growing rapidly. This tells us something unusual -- like a star twice as heavy as our Sun -- is being fed into the black hole.feedback

LeBron James

Every professional athlete, regardless of race and gender, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Muhammad Ali. His legacy deserves to be studied and revered by every generation. I am honored to partner with the Smithsonian to celebrate one of the most influential figures in our nation's history who, along with Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens, used the power of sports to advance our civil rights.feedback

Howard-John Wesley

It's a beautiful thing, especially in this day and time when we're fighting to remind ourselves how important black lives are.feedback

Donald Sparks

Hopefully this grand occasion allows the rest of the nation to come out and see a building that's not just for African-Americans, it's for all of America. I'm just elated and can't express how much joy and gratitude I have to be here today and witness history.feedback

Robert L. Wilkins

It's been 100 years in the making. So many people have dreamed about this, fought for this and wanted this to happen.feedback

David J. Skorton

Opening now, at a time when social and political discord remind us that racism is not, unfortunately, a thing of the past, this museum can, and I believe will, help us advance the public conversation.feedback

Shaun Williams - National Transportation Safety Board

Remains of a bald eagle was found on the tail of the aircraft. Remains were sent to the Feather Identification Lab at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. There, they were able to determine that the portions of feather and other material came from an immature bald eagle.feedback

Steve Brusatte

Timurlengia would be a frightening creature, in the same way that a lion is pretty frightening to us. But if you were somehow transported into an alternate dimension and had a choice between facing down a Timurlengia or a T. rex, you would go with Timurlengia anytime.feedback

Barack Obama

This won't apply to the benefits folks get through Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare. And it won't apply to our national security including benefits for veterans. But it will apply to all other discretionary government programmes.feedback

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