Science: Compound Trouble

Like a homeowner with a rainy Sunday on his hands, Dr. Leonard Carmichael, new head of Washington's Smithsonian Institution, decided it was high time he tidied up the "Nation's Attic." After a long, appalled look, he reported to the House Appropriations Committee that the dingy stone museum needs a million-dollar spring cleaning. All the exhibits of man's skill, from the stone age to the jet plane, said he, are crammed into crowded displays that belong to the "horse & buggy and gaslight era."

One of the world's principal research centers for anthropologists, zoologists,...

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