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How Old Is a Hero?" at Smithsonian's Discovery Theater.

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President Obama and former first lady Laura Bush (right) shake hands as first lady Michelle Obama looks on during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Pansies behind the Smithsonian Castle brighten the Mall on Monday, and cherry blossoms shouldn't be too far behind, thanks to a mild winter and forecast for a warm March. Peak season for the cherry blossoms will be announced March 1. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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From left, Hunter Old Elk, 17, Calista Monroy, 13, Brooke Stevenson and Devin Kills Back, 15, get into Native American dress of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribes before performing at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 as part of the Winter Storytelling Festival. The young women are part of the St. Labre Indian School Dance Troupe from Ashland, Mont. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Gowns worn by American first ladies, long a popular feature at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, is part of the new "First Ladies" galleries there. The exhibit also focuses on how the presidents' wives have defined and changed that role. (Photo provided by Smithsonian National Museum of American History)

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** FILE ** In this Dec. 2, 2010, file photo, protesters hold masks in support of artist David Wojnarowicz on the steps of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, after a video by Wojnarowicz was removed from exhibition at the museum, in Washington. The Andy Warhol Foundation said Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, it will withhold future funding to the Smithsonian Institution unless a video removed from the gallery after a Catholic group complained is restored.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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Steve Jabo, a fossil scientist with the Smithsonian Institution, digs out a dinosaur fossil discovered by Dave Hacker of Silver Spring, a volunteer at Dinosaur Park in Laurel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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HANDLE WITH CARE: The Smithsonian's Steve Jabo (left) explains how to unearth a dinosaur fossil to volunteer Dave Hacker of Silver Spring, who made the discovery at the Dinosaur Park in Laurel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A tattered American flag recovered from World Trade Center debris is part of the Smithsonian Institution's upcoming special display of 9/11 "relics," positioned on tables rather than from behind exhibit glass. (National Museum of American History)

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The exhibit: "George Ault and 1940s America" will be at the Smithsonian American Art Museum through Sept. 5

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A Colombian music troupe performs as people dance to their tunes at the "Colombia: The Nature of Culture" exhibit of the 45th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 30, 2011. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

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Handmade Colombian crafts and instruments are displayed for sale at the "Colombia: The Nature of Culture" exhibit of the 45th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 30, 2011. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

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Colombian volunteers perform ceremonial music and dance at the "Colombia: The Nature of Culture" exhibit of the 45th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 30, 2011. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

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A Colombian volunteer weaves a basket by hand in front of a crowd at the "Colombia: The Nature of Culture" exhibit of the 45th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 30, 2011. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

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Ernesto Cuevas, a volunteer with the Colombia exhibit at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, plays a guitar while resting on a hammock during the festival's opening day Thursday, June 30, 2011.(Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

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A drummer with the Colombian dance and music troupe performs at the "Colombia: The Nature of Culture" exhibit on opening day of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 30, 2011. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Smithsonian research botanist John Kress said the app that identifies American trees via smartphone pictures initially was meant as a way for scientists to discover new species in unknown habitats.

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W. John Kress displays the Leafsnap app on his iPhone along with tree leaf specimens at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum's specimen storage room in Washington. The free app "is going to be able to populate a database of every tree in the United States," he said. "I mean that's millions and millions and millions of trees, so that would be really neat." (Associated Press)

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Friends (from left) Katie Devereaux, Laura Tucker and Kathryn Johnson discuss their next move at the detailed map of the Mall that made its debut Tuesday outside of the Smithsonian Metro Station. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Gabrielle Davison of Bowie and her son Dominic try to get their kite airborne during the 2009 Kite Festival, then sponsored by the Smithsonian, on the grounds of the Washington Monument. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)