đŸ„‡ The Votes Are In! Your Smithsonian Story of the Year Is...

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Dear Friend,

Last week, thousands of you voted for your favorite Smithsonian stories of 2021 – thank you!

You shared your top picks for the year's most groundbreaking, heartwarming, inspiring, and surprising moments and then put the winners to one final vote!

Your Smithsonian Story of the Year is...

Common Ocean Organism Could Disrupt Cancer
cyanobacteria
Scientists from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History have discovered that cyanobacteria, an ancient, single-celled organism found throughout the ocean, produces a chemical that interferes with cell division. The compound has shown promise in selectively inhibiting cancerous cell growth, and may help scientists uncover treatments that can more effectively prevent tumors with lesser side effects. Image credit: NASA.

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And the common thread uniting this and all of the year's incredible achievements is just as extraordinary as the achievements themselves: YOU.

Even in a challenging year, you made 2021 another year of extraordinary achievement at the Smithsonian. Will you ensure 2022 is another year of discovering and sharing knowledge far and wide by locking in your tax-deductible gift now?

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This year, Smithsonian supporters like you helped achieve:
  • Groundbreaking Science – You helped Smithsonian experts develop a new model of infectious disease for predicting pandemics; discover that a common ocean organism could disrupt cancer; and peer into the planet's oldest minerals and find that the onset of plate tectonics occurred roughly 3.6 billion years ago.
  • Stunning Exhibitions – Thanks to supporters like you, art abounds at the Smithsonian, including FUTURES at the newly-reopened Arts + Industries Building, Draw the Curtain at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden – and many virtual exhibits.
  • Heartwarming Moments – You helped celebrate giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji's first birthday and the arrival of five new cheetah cubs, two scimitar-horned oryx calves, and a litter of black-footed ferrets.
  • Preserving History for the Future – Your support led to the addition of many items into the Smithsonian's collections, including artifacts from the first COVID-19 vaccination at the National Museum of American History, and an X-wing Starfighter from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at the National Air and Space Museum.
Every one of these remarkable moments is a testament to what your support accomplishes at the Smithsonian. That's why the Smithsonian National Board has created a Challenge Fund Drive goal of $300,000 – to keep the Smithsonian at the forefront of scientific advancement, artistic achievement, and educational excellence into 2022 and beyond.

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Smithsonian supporters are some of the most passionate and intrepid defenders of knowledge around. Make a tax-deductible Challenge Fund gift to your Smithsonian to fuel even more innovation, inspiration, and exploration in 2022.

The Smithsonian is America's museum, and you are what makes it extraordinary. Thank you for believing in the power of knowledge.

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