Articles | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:31:41 +0000What “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Tells Us About Contagion, Fear and Epidemicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-legend-sleepy-hollow-tells-us-about-contagion-fear-and-epidemics-180953192/Washington Irving fled New York because of a yellow fever epidemic. Twenty-two years later, his classic story spoke to the chaos of his youthThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:31:41 +0000Seven Vampires That Aren’t Bats (Or Bela Lugosi)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seven-vampires-arent-bats-bela-lugosi-180953188/From flying frogs to deep-sea squid, meet some of the other nosferatu of the animal kingdomThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:11:10 +0000The Smithsonian Celebrates American Invention at This Weekend's Innovation Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-celebrates-american-invention-weekends-innovation-festival-180953174/How do you bring an idea to life? The inventors of new technologies will share their stories at a two-day event at the National Air and Space MuseumThu, 30 Oct 2014 13:41:10 +0000Festivals of the Dead Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/festivals-dead-around-world-180953160/In the United States, Halloween is mostly about candy, but elsewhere in the world celebrations honoring the departed have a spiritual meaningThu, 30 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000This Grave Atlas Shows Where to Find the Distinguished Deceasedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/grave-atlas-shows-where-find-distinguished-deceased-180953187/We know where the bodies are buried ... take a virtual tour of world cemeteries that host famous artists and roguesWed, 29 Oct 2014 18:01:49 +0000New Leopard Frog Found in New York Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-leopard-frog-found-new-york-city-180953182/The unique species, discovered near the Statue of Liberty, is the first amphibian found in the region in 150 years Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000Nine Famous People and What They’re Buried Withhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/nine-famous-people-and-what-theyre-buried-180953186/Icons of their time, these celebrities didn’t stray far from their public personae when it came to their final resting placesWed, 29 Oct 2014 17:27:36 +0000What's So Important About the Bottom of a Cargo Ship? A Smithsonian Dive Team Explainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whats-important-about-bottom-cargo-ship-180953175/Smithsonian photographer Laurie Penland details the exhausting, but rewarding, work of scraping invasive species off the hull of a boatWed, 29 Oct 2014 16:59:24 +0000The Doctor Who Starved Her Patients to Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/doctor-who-starved-her-patients-death-180953158/Linda Hazzard killed as many as a dozen people in the early 20th century, and they paid willingly for itTue, 28 Oct 2014 15:28:29 +0000Take a Trip Through Edgar Allan Poe's Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/take-trip-through-edgar-allan-poes-america-180953067/From his birth in Boston to his death in Baltimore, check out places that were important to America's favorite macabre authorTue, 28 Oct 2014 13:34:24 +0000Earth’s Soil Is Getting Too Salty for Crops to Growhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earths-soil-getting-too-salty-crops-grow-180953163/Buildup of salts on irrigated land has already degraded an area the size of France and is causing $27.3 billion annually in lost cropsTue, 28 Oct 2014 04:15:00 +0000A Needle Could Make For Pain-Free Flu Shotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/needle-could-make-for-pain-free-flu-shots-180953141/Using temperature, vibration and pressure, this needle can trick a patient into feeling no painMon, 27 Oct 2014 19:34:55 +0000This Halloween, Spend a Ghoulish Night (or Day) at the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ghoulish-gigs-galore-all-to-explore-180953153/Whether actual or virtual, D.C. or NYC, there's plenty of scary stuff to go around at the InstitutionMon, 27 Oct 2014 19:26:07 +0000Five “Real” Sea Monsters Brought to Life by Early Naturalistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-real-sea-monsters-brought-life-early-naturalists-180953155/From kraken to mermaids, some monsters are real—if you know how to look for themMon, 27 Oct 2014 18:44:36 +0000Barmbrack, Toffee and Other Treats to Have an Around-the-World Halloween Celebrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/barmbrack-toffee-and-other-treats-have-around-world-halloween-celebration-180953151/This weekend’s celebrations extend beyond snarfing down Hershey and Mars barsMon, 27 Oct 2014 16:20:16 +0000Women of the Early 1900s Rallied Behind Beautiful, Wartless Witcheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/early-20th-century-women-rallied-behind-beautiful-wartless-witches-180953134/Women looking to work, vote and marry whomever they wanted turned the Halloween icon into a powerful symbolMon, 27 Oct 2014 15:30:23 +0000The Eastland Disaster Killed More Passengers Than the Titanic and the Lusitania. Why Has It Been Forgotten?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/eastland-disaster-killed-more-passengers-titanic-and-lusitania-why-has-it-been-forgotten-180953146/Chicago’s working poor were expecting a day in luxury. They instead faced a horrific calamity on Lake Michigan Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:08:37 +0000What Giant Pandas Taught Me About Parentinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bao-baos-keeper-shares-what-giant-pandas-taught-her-about-parenting-180953130/When animal keeper Nicole MacCorkle became a parent, she looked to Bao Bao's mother for inspirationFri, 24 Oct 2014 20:08:31 +0000Ten Species That Are Evolving Due to the Changing Climate http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-species-are-evolving-due-changing-climate-180953133/From tropical corals to tawny owls, some species are already being pushed to evolve—but adaptation doesn’t guarantee survivalFri, 24 Oct 2014 15:23:06 +0000A New Environmental Science Lab Now Walks the Walk, Cutting Its Overall Emissions by 37 Percent http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-environmental-science-lab-walks-walk-cutting-overall-emissions-37-percent-180953117/With geothermal heating, on-site water reclamation and a host of other energy saving technologies, the Smithsonian's first LEED-Platinum building opensThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:55:47 +0000The Best Places in America to See Fall Bird Migrationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-america-see-fall-bird-migrations-180953083/All across the country, birds are making the trek south for the winter—here are some of the best places to witness their journeyThu, 23 Oct 2014 13:22:33 +0000World’s Most Beautiful Cemeterieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-most-beautiful-cemeteries-180953102/A visit to these hauntingly beautiful cemeteries illuminates more than just mortalityWed, 22 Oct 2014 19:21:39 +0000Want to Know How to Make Great Pizza? Consult the Guy Who Wrote the Bible on Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/want-know-how-make-great-pizza-consult-guy-who-wrote-bible-it-180953116/Tony Gemignani knows everything there is to know about making pizza, and now he’s telling you his secretsWed, 22 Oct 2014 18:17:40 +0000Chimps Caught in First Known Nighttime Crop Raidshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/chimps-caught-first-known-nighttime-crop-raids-180953114/“The nightlife of chimpanzees has been neglected,” say researchers who filmed wild animals using a fallen tree as a bridge into protected cornfieldsWed, 22 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000Ten Years On, the Flores “Hobbit” Remains an Evolutionary Puzzlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-years-flores-hobbit-human-evolution-fossil-puzzle-180953108/Why was the 2004 unveiling of a small hominin dubbed <em>Homo floresiensis</em> such a big deal?Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000This Device Tracks Your Sleep Without Ever Touching Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/device-tracks-your-sleep-without-ever-touching-you-180953060/The ResMed S+ monitors your Zzzs from the comfortable distance of your nightstand and offers tips for getting a better restWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:08:28 +0000The London Graveyard That’s Become a Memorial for the City’s Seedier Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/london-graveyard-s-become-memorial-citys-seedier-past-180953104/Thousands of bodies from London’s first red light district are buried beneath a lot in the South Bank, an area under massive redevelopmentTue, 21 Oct 2014 19:31:37 +0000Meet the Woman Who Gives Products Their Nameshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/meet-woman-who-gives-products-their-names-180953105/A new toy is only as marketable as its name. That’s where Ellen Lutwak comes inTue, 21 Oct 2014 18:21:32 +0000Oscar de la Renta, Star of the Smithsonian's Costume Collectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/oscar-de-la-renta-remembered-smithsonian-180953100/The late de la Renta designed haute couture and ready-to-wear. A decade ago, he donated items to the SmithsonianTue, 21 Oct 2014 18:12:59 +0000An Insider's Biography of a Celebrity Mars Roverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/insiders-biography-celebrity-mars-rover-curiosity-180953099/The chief engineer for Curiosity offers a peek at the NASA rover’s tumultuous rise to stardom in a new tell-all bookTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:36:11 +0000Why the Alpaca Has No Humpshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-alpaca-has-no-humps-180953095/The camel cousin evolved fluff instead of fat because it was able to linger in an evolutionary slow lane, suggest newly sequenced genomesTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:00:00 +0000Exclusive: The Chimpanzees of Gombe National Park Make Their Street View Debuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/chimpanzees-gombe-national-park-street-view-debut-180953035/For its latest collection, Google traveled to the African rainforest where Jane Goodall pioneered her groundbreaking chimp researchTue, 21 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000Lego Jewelry Transforms the Childhood Toy to High Fashion Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/lego-jewelry-childhood-toy-high-fashion-art-180953072/Artist emiko oye turns colorful children’s blocks into items that are ready to wear, not playMon, 20 Oct 2014 17:30:49 +0000Gorgeous Portraits of Spineless Sea Creatureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/gorgeous-portraits-spineless-sea-creatures-180953078/In a new book, San Francisco-based photographer Susan Middleton captures the curious gestures and expressions of marine invertebratesMon, 20 Oct 2014 16:28:52 +0000Five Conflicts and Collapses That May Have Been Spurred by Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/climate-wars-conflicts-collapses-spurred-climate-change-180952862/Earth's changing climate has been a spectre in centuries of civil conflict and, at times, the collapse of whole civilizationsMon, 20 Oct 2014 15:51:00 +0000Testing for Cancer With a Single Blood Samplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/testing-cancer-simple-blood-test-180953070/Startup Miroculus has developed a system that screens for dozens of cancers in 90 minutesMon, 20 Oct 2014 15:19:38 +0000Unearthing America’s Lawrence of Arabia, Wendell Phillips http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/unearthing-americas-lawrence-arabia-wendell-phillips-180953059/Phillips uncovered millennia-old treasures beneath Arabian sand, got rich from oil and died relatively unknownMon, 20 Oct 2014 14:37:56 +0000A World Of His Own: The Art of James Castlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/art-james-castle-180952980/Born profoundly deaf, the self-taught artist's body of work depicts his unique relationship to the world around himFri, 17 Oct 2014 15:58:32 +0000Richard Estes' Incredibly Realistic Paintings Require a Double Takehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/richard-estes-incredibly-realistic-paintings-require-double-take-180953039/Like stage sets, there seem to be a million stories embedded in the works of Richard Estes, icon of photorealismFri, 17 Oct 2014 14:52:44 +0000What the Heck is a Robobird?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-heck-robobird-180953038/No flock will mess with this robot – which is precisely the pointThu, 16 Oct 2014 21:43:34 +0000The 2014 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award Winnershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/2014-smithsonian-american-ingenuity-award-winners-180953057/These 10 innovators in science, history, society and the arts are a testament to the imagination and hard work that define the nation's spiritThu, 16 Oct 2014 21:00:00 +0000The History of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, 50 Years After Its Constructionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-verrazano-narrows-bridge-50-years-after-its-construction-180953032/Built in 1964, the span still stands as Americas’ largest suspension bridgeThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Can Fingerpainting Save the World?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/can-fingerpainting-save-world-180953033/ Brooklyn artist Zaria Forman has Arctic landscapes at her fingertipsThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Why Is Colonel Pronounced With an R? And More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-colonel-pronounced-r-and-more-questions-our-readers-180953036/You asked, we answeredThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Is This the Future of Robotic Legs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-robotic-legs-180953040/Hugh Herr’s bionic limbs have already revolutionized life for amputees (including himself). Now he’s envisioning new capabilities for everyone elseThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000The Amazing Results When You Give a Prison Inmate a Liberal Arts Educationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/amazing-results-when-you-give-prison-inmate-liberal-arts-education-180953041/Prison reform activist Max Kenner champions the transformative power of a college degree for inmates nationwideThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000When Dazzling Art Transforms the Cityscapehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-dazzling-art-transforms-cityscape-180953043/Janet Echelman’s sky-high sculptures, created from miles of fiber, cast a magical spell over urban spacesThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Coming to Terms With One of America’s Greatest Natural Disastershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/coming-terms-one-americas-greatest-natural-disasters-180953044/Documentary filmmaker Bill Morrison plunges us into the Great Flood of 1927Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Meet the Two Scientists Who Implanted a False Memory Into a Mousehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/meet-two-scientists-who-implanted-false-memory-mouse-180953045/In a neuroscience breakthrough, the duo pioneered a real-life version of <i>Inception</i>Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Could This Be the Answer to the Tech World’s Diversity Problem?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/answer-tech-worlds-diversity-problem-180953046/Kimberly Bryant hopes to crack the code with her organization that teaches young girls of color how to programThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Rosanne Cash on Discovering New Artistic Terrainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rosanne-cash-discovering-new-artistic-terrain-180953047/The singer-songwriter looked to her Southern ancestors to come up with a different kind of concept albumThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000How One Physicist’s Pursuit of the Cosmos Took Off in Antarcticahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-one-physicists-pursuit-cosmos-took-antarctica-180953048/Francis Halzen’s amazing experiment heralds the beginning of a new era in astronomyThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000How Palmer Luckey Created Oculus Rifthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-palmer-luckey-created-oculus-rift-180953049/The young visionary dreamed up a homemade headset that may transform everything from gaming to medical treatment to engineering—and beyondThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000James Marsh Enters Stephen Hawking’s Universe http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/james-marsh-enters-stephen-hawkings-universe-180953058/The director on his new film, <i>The Theory of Everything</i>Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Prehistoric Rock Art to Visit Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/prehistoric-rock-art-visit-around-world-180952989/Scientists just discovered some of the world's oldest art in a cave in Indonesia. Want to see more prehistoric masterpieces? Here are eight other optionsThu, 16 Oct 2014 18:16:03 +0000Tornadoes Are Now Ganging Up in the United Stateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tornadoes-are-now-ganging-united-states-climate-change-180953069/Twisters are not increasing in numbers but they are clustering more often, a bizarre pattern that has meteorologists stumpedThu, 16 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000A Mysterious Force is Acting on Saturn’s “Death Star” Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mysterious-force-acting-saturns-death-star-moon-mimas-180953071/Tiny, cratered Mimas is wobbling way more than it should be, hinting that it might contain either an oddly shaped core or a subsurface oceanThu, 16 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000Rebuilding a Frank Lloyd Wright Classic With 3-D Printed Blockshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/rebuilding-frank-lloyd-wright-classic-3-D-blocks-180953007/A 70-year-old chapel on the campus of a Florida university is being restored thanks to new, innovative technologyThu, 16 Oct 2014 16:22:24 +0000How Do You Clean Up an Ebola Patient’s Home? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-do-you-clean-ebola-patients-home-180953066/Decontaminating biohazard sites can be a tough job, but the hardest microbe to wash away may not be what you thinkThu, 16 Oct 2014 15:35:40 +0000A History of Life In 10 Fossilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-life-10-fossils-180953042/From their new book <em>A History of Life in 100 Fossils</em>, Paul Taylor and Aaron O'Dea share the story of 10 incredible fossilsWed, 15 Oct 2014 17:34:20 +0000The Best Places in America to See Fossilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/travel-through-time-national-fossil-day-180952992/October 15 is National Fossil Day—here are some of the best places in America to take a trip back in geological timeWed, 15 Oct 2014 15:12:42 +0000When It Comes To the Baby Boomers, It Is Still All About "Me"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-comes-baby-boomers-still-all-about-me-180953030/Millennials have got nothing over the Me Generation, says cultural historian Amy Henderson after touring two new shows on Boomers and the '60sWed, 15 Oct 2014 14:45:02 +0000These Extreme Desert Nomads Set Records for Migrating Birdshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-extreme-desert-nomads-set-records-migrating-birds-180953013/Australian banded stilts use mysterious cues to know when to head toward ephemeral lakes in the country’s otherwise dry interior Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:01:00 +0000Who Needs a Driver? These Navy Boats Are Programmed to Swarm Like Beeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/who-needs-driver-these-navy-boats-are-programmed-swarm-bees-180953005/Using algorithms based on the swarming behavior of ants and bees, the U.S. Navy is turning to driverless boats to protect its shipsTue, 14 Oct 2014 18:08:29 +0000The Igorrote Tribe Traveled the World for Show And Made These Two Men Richhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/igorrote-tribe-traveled-world-these-men-took-all-money-180953012/Truman Hunt and Richard Schneidewind were locked in a fierce competition, but by the end, the tribespeople were left poor, hungry and yearning for homeTue, 14 Oct 2014 16:46:48 +000010 Architectural Schemes That Could Help Us Adapt To Rising Seashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-architectural-schemes-that-adapt-to-rising-seas-180952893/From a floating house to a mobile city shaped like a giant lilypad, designers offer up some wild solutions for a wetter futureTue, 14 Oct 2014 16:44:41 +0000From Pandemics to Pandas, Get the Scoop on Hot Topics Discussed at the Smithsonian's Anthropocene Eventhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pandemics-pandas-scoop-hot-topics-smithsonian-humans-anthropocene-twitter-180952999/At the National Museum of Natural History, leading minds met to discuss the impact of climate change on, well, everythingFri, 10 Oct 2014 21:32:09 +0000This Stealthy Robot Could Boost Security at Our Portshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-stealthy-robot-could-boost-security-at-our-ports-180952990/MIT researchers have developed a craft to spot pockets of contraband inside ships' hulls Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:34:53 +0000To Live in the Anthropocene, People Need Grounded Hopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/live-anthropocene-people-need-grounded-hope-180952995/A Smithsonian symposium about human impacts on Earth looked past warnings of global doom to discuss the necessary balance of achievable solutionsFri, 10 Oct 2014 19:14:34 +0000San Gabriel Mountains Designated A National Monumenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/san-gabriel-mountains-designated-national-monument-180952991/President Obama grants federal protection to half of the California mountain rangeFri, 10 Oct 2014 14:27:58 +0000Need Some Alone Time? Check Out America's Coolest Ghost Townshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/americas-coolest-ghost-towns-180952954/Old mines, abandoned buildings, and the occasional curse: Ghost towns cover the United States, and they make for a fun detourThu, 09 Oct 2014 19:55:03 +0000The Potential Dark Side of Nobel-Winning LEDs: Pest Problemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/potential-dark-side-nobel-winning-leds-pest-problems-180952981/The white lighting is clean and efficient but also a lot more attractive to flying invertebratesThu, 09 Oct 2014 15:30:00 +0000Which of These Three Artworks Should Go on View at the National Portrait Gallery?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/which-these-three-artworks-should-go-view-national-portrait-gallery-180952383/Vote for your favorite!!Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +000010 Weird Things Humans Have Sent Into the Stratospherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-weird-things-humans-have-sent-stratosphere-180952978/Tied to high-altitude balloons, bacon and LEGO figures have reached heights nearing 100,000 feetThu, 09 Oct 2014 00:29:12 +0000Rock (Art) of Ages: Indonesian Cave Paintings Are 40,000 Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rockart-ages-indonesian-cave-paintings-are-40000-years-old-180952970/Cave paintings of animals and hand stencils in Sulawesi, Indonesia, seem to be as old as similar cave art in EuropeWed, 08 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000Building a Better Earplughttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/building-a-better-earplug-180952930/Using a series of acoustic filters, DUBS lower the intensity of sounds without muddying themWed, 08 Oct 2014 16:03:04 +0000See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/see-how-humans-have-reshaped-globe-interactive-atlas-180952971/Zoomable maps reveal the scope of humanity’s influence on Earth—and the innovations aiming to create a more sustainable futureWed, 08 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000The Moral Dilemma We Face in the Age of Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/moral-dilemma-we-face-age-of-humans-180952909/Humans are proficient problem solvers—but so far that trait has come at a cost. Can our species remain resilient without destroying the world?Tue, 07 Oct 2014 21:08:27 +0000Mario Batali on Why Farmers Should Be the True Stars of the Restaurant Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/mario-batali-brings-farm-your-table-180952945/In his new cookbook, Mario Batali looks to farmers from across the country for inspirationTue, 07 Oct 2014 20:25:33 +0000To Limit Pollution, The Chinese Are Faced With Giving Up an Ancient Tradition—Fireworkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/limit-pollution-chinese-are-faced-losing-one-their-most-celebratory-traditionsfireworks-180952955/For the Chinese, who invented both gun powder and fireworks, foregoing old traditions may clean up the air—just a bitTue, 07 Oct 2014 19:19:31 +0000The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/still-mysterious-death-edgar-allan-poe-180952936/Was the famous author killed from a beating? From carbon monoxide poisoning? From alcohol withdrawal? Here are the top nine theoriesTue, 07 Oct 2014 12:21:33 +0000New Mexico's Skies Burst With Color During World's Largest Hot Air Balloon Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/new-mexicos-skies-burst-color-during-hot-air-balloon-festival-180952918/The 43rd Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta sends hundreds of hot air balloons soaring into the skyMon, 06 Oct 2014 19:13:55 +0000Need a Quick Diagnosis? A Prescription for What Ails You? The Doctor Will Video Chat With You Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/need-quick-diagnosis-prescription-what-ails-you-doctor-will-video-chat-you-now-180952928/One of the hottest trends in health care is telemedicine networks of doctors who diagnose ailments over the phoneMon, 06 Oct 2014 18:46:57 +0000To Survive Climate Change, We Should Be More Like the Eskimoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/survive-climate-change-we-should-be-more-eskimos-180952908/Arctic Studies Center director Bill Fitzhugh says that studying northern cultures can help people adapt to climate changeMon, 06 Oct 2014 15:33:27 +0000To Find Meteorites, Listen to the Legends of Australian Aborigineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/find-meteorites-listen-legends-australian-aborigines-180952941/Oral traditions may have preserved records of impacts over thousands of years and could lead to fresh scientific discoveriesFri, 03 Oct 2014 19:37:45 +0000A Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Camera for Detecting Cancerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mantis-shrimp-inspires-a-new-camera-for-detecting-cancer-180952927/The mantis shrimp's eyes, which can see differences in polarized light, are informing researchers building a tiny, easy-to-use camera that can spot cancerFri, 03 Oct 2014 19:25:13 +0000Making Super-Telescopes Requires Some Creative Engineeringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/making-super-telescopes-requires-some-creative-engineering-180952854/The Giant Magellan Telescope, under construction in Chile, could help scientists answer big questions about the universeThu, 02 Oct 2014 20:17:32 +0000Breaking Down the Science of the Stolen Basehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/breaking-down-science-stolen-base-180952920/What does it take to swipe second? Math and physics lend their adviceThu, 02 Oct 2014 20:09:55 +0000Five Surprises That Emerged From Monarch Butterfly Genomeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-surprises-emerged-monarch-butterfly-genomes-180952911/Sequencing 101 butterfly genomes has revealed a few of the monarch's secrets, including some keys to its epic annual migrationThu, 02 Oct 2014 19:56:48 +0000The Smithsonian Institution Announces an Official Climate Change Statementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-institution-announces-official-climate-change-statement-180952822/The bold assessment acknowledges that the global climate is warming because of human activitiesThu, 02 Oct 2014 19:40:34 +0000Scientists Prove That Telepathic Communication Is Within Reachhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-prove-that-telepathic-communication-is-within-reach-180952868/An international research team develops a way to say “hello” with your mindThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:36:20 +0000America's Best Fall Color Driveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/americas-best-fall-color-drives-180952907/Want to be dazzled by Mother Nature’s fall foliage display? Just hop in the car.Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:10:04 +0000Peering into the Secret Diaries of American Artistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/peering-secret-diaries-american-artists-180952879/A new Archives of American Art exhibition looks at how artists documented their lives before social mediaWed, 01 Oct 2014 18:15:39 +0000On the Hunt for the World's Most Spectacular Sky Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/quest-northern-lights-180952894/Photojournalist Randall Hyman journeys north to Tromsø, Norway, in search of the northern lightsWed, 01 Oct 2014 18:05:46 +0000Crabby Tenants Defend Corals From Marauding Predatorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/crabby-tenants-defend-corals-marauding-predators-180952903/A diversity of coral guard-crabs is needed to fend off attacks by hungry snails and giant spiky sea starsWed, 01 Oct 2014 16:45:10 +0000From the Biggest to the Longest, Five Amazing Caves To Visithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/biggest-longest-five-amazing-caves-visit-180952892/New measurements revealed the world's largest cave, which is unfortunately off-limits. But what are some other impressive underworlds open for visitors?Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:33:41 +0000The World Is What It Is Today Because of These Six Innovationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/world-what-it-today-because-these-six-innovations-180952871/In a new book, Steven Johnson describes the many technologies that glass, refrigeration and other fundamental inventions have made possibleTue, 30 Sep 2014 19:16:08 +0000A New Way for Stewardship of Mother Earth: Indigeneityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-way-stewardship-mother-earth-indigeneity-180952855/Smithsonian geographer Doug Herman proposes a return to sustainable solutions, based on the path laid by Indigenous peoples for millenniaTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:24 +0000A Poem Dedicated to Earth in the Age of Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/poem-dedicated-to-earth-age-of-humans-180952814/National Portrait Gallery historian David Ward writes a new ode for the AnthropoceneTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:17 +0000Latinos Are Suffering the First Effects of Climate Change, Their Voices Need to Be Heardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/latinos-suffering-first-effects-climate-change-voices-need-to-be-heard-180952880/The director of the Smithsonian Latino Center weighs in on the disproportionate burden that climate change brings to Latino populationsTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:09 +0000The Age of Humans: Living in the Anthropocenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/age-humans-living-anthropocene-180952866/A special look at the ways humans are transforming the planet and the projects that may shape a more sustainable futureTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:06 +0000How Climate Change May Have Shaped Human Evolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-climate-change-may-have-shaped-human-evolution-180952885/Evidence is building that past climate change may have forged some of the defining traits of humanityTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:26:16 +0000Helsinki Has a Plan to Get People to Stop Owning Cars http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/helsinki-has-plan-to-get-people-stop-owning-cars-180952694/A system being developed in Finland would allow people to subscribe to all kinds of mobility options and pay for everything on their phonesTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:25:25 +0000This Clear Plastic Material Harvests Solar Energy Without You Even Knowing It's Therehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-clear-plastic-material-harvests-solar-energy-without-you-even-knowing-its-there-180952514/ Researchers are developing transparent solar collectors that let sunlight in, while turning ultraviolet and near-infrared light into electricityTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:24:01 +0000What Will We Leave in the Fossil Record?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-will-we-leave-in-the-fossil-record-180952666/Artist Erik Hagen considers the remnants of modern human life that may be found in rock strata millions of years from nowTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:23:04 +0000Make Cities Explode in Size With These Interactive Mapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/make-cities-explode-size-these-interactive-maps-180952832/From Los Angeles to Lagos, see how megacities have been taking over the planet during the past 100 yearsTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:22:18 +0000Six Weird Ways Humans Are Altering the Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/six-weird-ways-humans-altering-planet-180952836/From deep holes to flying sheep, some signs of human activity might really perplex geologists in the far futureTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:21:31 +0000Have Humans Really Created a New Geologic Age?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/have-humans-really-created-new-geologic-age-180952865/We are living in the Anthropocene. But no one can agree when it started or how human activity will be preservedTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:19:50 +0000Travel Through Deep Time With This Interactive Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/travel-through-deep-time-interactive-earth-180952886/Explore key moments in Earth’s transformative history as continents drift and climate fluctuates over 4.6 billion yearsTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:19:02 +0000Research Into How Squid Camouflage Leads to An Ultra-Sharp Display for Televisions and Smartphoneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/research-into-how-squid-camouflage-leads-to-an-ultra-sharp-display-for-televisions-and-smartphones-180952838/Researchers at Rice University have created pixels 40 times smaller than those found in today's LCD displaysMon, 29 Sep 2014 15:14:52 +0000How the Artist Behind the Giant Landscape Portrait on the Mall Used a Super-Precise GPS Satellite System as a Paintbrushhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-artist-behind-giant-landscape-portrait-mall-used-super-precise-gps-satellite-system-paintbrush-180952856/To create the National Portrait Gallery's "facescape," artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada got some high-tech helpFri, 26 Sep 2014 18:58:04 +0000Lonesome George, the Last Tortoise of His Kind, Is on Posthumous Display in NYC http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/lonesome-george-last-tortoise-his-kind-posthumous-display-nyc-180952833/Driven to extinction by overhunting, the world's last Pinta Island tortoise is now a taxidermy display at New York's American Museum of Natural HistoryFri, 26 Sep 2014 15:01:48 +0000Five Wild Ways to Get a Drink in the Deserthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-wild-ways-get-drink-desert-180952845/The moisture farmers of Tatooine could take a few tips from these projects for harvesting water out of thin airThu, 25 Sep 2014 15:22:23 +0000Can't Make It to the Moon? Head to Arizona Insteadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/cant-make-it-to-the-moon-head-to-arizona-instead-180952821/In 1967, the United States Geological Survey turned an old volcano into a lunar training ground for astronautsThu, 25 Sep 2014 14:30:12 +0000Celebrating Pittsburgh, the City Behind Pro Football, Big Macs and the Polio Vaccinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrating-pittsburgh-city-behind-pro-football-big-macs-and-polio-vaccine-180952839/The Pennsylvanian city had more lives than a cat and thrives as a hub of innovationWed, 24 Sep 2014 21:05:43 +0000The Evolution of the Nurse Stereotype via Postcards: From Drunk to Saint to Sexpot to Modern Medical Professionalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/evolution-nurse-stereotype-postcards-drunk-saint-sexpot-modern-medical-professional-180952725/A postcard exhibit at the National Library of Medicine shows how the cultural perception of nurses has changed over the decadesWed, 24 Sep 2014 16:10:56 +0000Are Tablets the Way Out of Child Illiteracy?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/are-tablets-way-out-child-illiteracy-180952826/Give them technology that they may have never seen before, and students' brains will work wonders Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:30:49 +0000The People’s Design Award Promises a Very Cyborg Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/peoples-design-award-and-your-cyborg-future-180952728/This year's nominees focus on wearable technologyWed, 24 Sep 2014 15:15:34 +0000A Private Tour of the CIA's Incredible Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/private-tour-cias-incredible-museum-180952738/Inside the agency's headquarters is a museum filled with relics from half a century of cloak-and-dagger exploitsTue, 23 Sep 2014 20:33:23 +0000Why Does Rain Smell and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/ask-smithsonian/why-does-rain-smell-and-more-questions-our-readers-180952786/You asked, we answeredTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000This Artist Finds Strange Beauty in Google's Apocalyptic Glitcheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/artist-finds-beauty-googles-apocalyptic-glitches-180952809/Clement Valla makes art out of Google Earth's surrealist irregularitiesTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Even in 1784 America, It Was Impossible to Make a Map Without Infuriating Someonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/even-1784-america-it-was-impossible-make-map-without-infuriating-someone-180952700/Abel Buell’s map was the first in the country submitted for a copyrightTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Why We Must Explore the Seahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-we-must-explore-sea-180952763/Robert Ballard, the famed explorer who discovered the wreck of the Titanic, ponders what else is on the ocean floor Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Inside the Brain’s Amazing Ability to Re-Map Your Bodyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inside-brains-amazing-ability-re-map-your-body-180952764/Surgeons only have to go so far before the brain takes over and reconnects the nervous systemTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Did Marco Polo "Discover" America?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-marco-polo-discover-america-180952765/Maps attributed to the 13th-century traveler sketch what looks like the coast of AlaskaTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000What Can Humans Do to Save the Pacific Northwest's Iconic Salmon?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-can-humans-do-save-pacific-northwests-iconic-salmon-180952769/The fish is facing an upstream struggle to survive. Can human ingenuity find a solution?Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Debate Over Net Neutrality Has Its Roots in the Fight Over Radio Freedomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/debate-over-net-neutrality-has-its-roots-fight-over-radio-freedom-180952774/Today's epic battle has been fought before, when radio took to the air a century agoTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000A Remote Cold War Radar System Has New Use in a Warming Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remote-cold-war-radar-system-has-new-use-warming-world-180952777/The stations designed to ring an alarm against nuclear attack may have new responsibilities due to climate changeTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Real Story of the "Football" That Follows the President Everywherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/real-story-football-follows-president-everywhere-180952779/Take a peek at the mysterious black briefcase that has accompanied every U.S. president since John F. KennedyTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Why Was Robert Webster, a Slave, Wearing What Looks Like a Confederate Uniform?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-was-robert-webster-slave-wearing-what-looks-confederate-uniform-180952781/This remarkable man risked his life to undermine the Confederacy yet remained close to his former owner after the Civil WarTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Inside the Intense Rivalry Between Eliot Ness and J. Edgar Hooverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-intense-rivalry-between-eliot-ness-and-j-edgar-hoover-180952784/Newly released files shed fresh light on the difficult relationship shared by the “Untouchable” Prohibition Bureau agent and the powerful FBI directorTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Want to See the New Massive Portrait on the National Mall? Go Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/want-see-new-massive-portrait-national-mall-go-180952785/The project, made of soil and sand, will cover five acres between the Lincoln Memorial and World War II MemorialTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Oscar-Winning Writer of <i>12 Years A Slave</i>, John Ridley, Talks About His New Jimi Hendrix Moviehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/john-ridley-oscar-winning-writer-em12-years-slaveem-talks-about-his-new-jimi-hendrix-biopic-180952808/The writer and director of <i>Jimi: All Is by My Side</i> speaks about making living history from legendTue, 23 Sep 2014 15:56:17 +0000Caterpillars Beware: Venom Won’t Protect You From Clueless Baby Birdshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/caterpillars-beware-venom-wont-protect-you-clueless-baby-birds-180952813/Young birds will dumbly peck at anything that crawls their way—even if it winds up teaching them a painful lessonTue, 23 Sep 2014 15:00:00 +0000Step Inside the World's Most Dangerous Garden (If You Dare)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/step-inside-worlds-most-dangerous-garden-if-you-dare-180952635/The Poison Garden at England's Alnwick Garden is beautiful—and filled with plants that can kill youMon, 22 Sep 2014 19:15:22 +0000Revisiting the Timeless Tracks of the Spanish Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/playlist-these-spanish-civil-war-classics-are-just-meaningful-today-180952512/Smithsonian Folkways is re-releasing its catalog of Spanish Civil War songsMon, 22 Sep 2014 18:20:59 +0000<em>Paris Match</em> Opens its Archives and Shares a Trove of Images of Artists in Their Studioshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/paris-match-opens-its-photographic-vaults-and-shares-trove-images-artists-their-studios-180952770/A traveling exhibition, curated by Picasso's grandson, reveals an intimate look at the places where artists craft their worksMon, 22 Sep 2014 17:20:13 +0000Ten Unusual National Animals That Rival the Unicornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-unusual-national-animals-rival-unicorn-180952804/Scotland doesn’t have the market cornered on exotic national symbols—check out the mouflon, the takin and the xoloitzcuintliMon, 22 Sep 2014 16:43:07 +0000Building the World's First Carbon-Neutral Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/building-the-worlds-first-carbon-neutral-city-180952772/Masdar City, near Abu Dhabi, boasts green buildings, a fleet of electric cars and massive solar arrays. But will the experiment work?Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:05:53 +0000This Smart Lightbulb Adjusts To Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-smart-lightbulb-adjusts-to-you-180952761/Armed with motion and ambient light sensors, Stack's Alba bulb learns and follows your patternsMon, 22 Sep 2014 13:35:08 +0000Six Things You May Not Have Known About Fiddler on the Roofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/six-things-you-may-not-have-known-about-fiddler-roof-180952771/As the acclaimed musical turns 50 years old this week, relive the tradition with these interesting factoidsFri, 19 Sep 2014 16:11:47 +0000Six Artists In Search of Themselveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/six-artists-search-themselves-180952739/With drama, theater, magical realism and a twist of the absurd, these artists give the self-portrait a makeover Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:20:36 +0000Best Places to Celebrate Oktoberfest Other Than Munichhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-celebrate-oktoberfest-outside-munich-180952714/If drinking beer and eating schnitzel alongside 6 million people doesn't appeal to you, here are places to celebrate while avoiding Munich's crowdsFri, 19 Sep 2014 12:40:00 +0000Secretive Victorian Artists Made These Intricate Patterns Out of Algaehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/secretive-victorian-artists-made-these-intricate-patterns-out-of-algae-180952720/A new documentary profiles Klaus Kemp, the sole practicioner of a quirky art form that is invisible to the naked eyeThu, 18 Sep 2014 15:22:52 +0000The Pay Phone's Journey From Patent to Urban Relichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-and-last-pay-phone-180952727/The history of the device that is well on its way to becoming, well, historyThu, 18 Sep 2014 14:53:21 +0000Why is Ai Weiwei Breaking Into Alcatraz?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-ai-weiwei-breaking-into-alcatraz-180952742/China's most controversial artist selected America's most notorious prison as the home for his new showThu, 18 Sep 2014 13:54:34 +0000The Man Who Reclaimed Photography from Colonialism's Grasphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/man-who-reclaimed-photography-nigerian-people-180952721/A new exhibition at the African Art Museum honors Chief S.O. Alonge, the first Nigerian court photographer during colonial timesWed, 17 Sep 2014 19:17:02 +0000Industrial Espionage and Cutthroat Competition Fueled the Rise of the Humble Harmonica http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/industrial-espionage-and-cutthroat-competition-fueled-rise-humble-harmonica-180952733/How a shrewd salesman revolutionized the instrument industryWed, 17 Sep 2014 19:08:10 +0000The Sahara Is Millions of Years Older Than Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/sahara-millions-years-older-thought-180952735/The great desert was born some 7 million years ago, as remnants of a vast sea called Tethys closed upWed, 17 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0000Impressionism Into Modernism: Crafting America's Unique Style of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/impressionism-into-modernism-180952705/After the Civil War, Americans became more interested in European art—and creating a kind of art completely their ownWed, 17 Sep 2014 14:44:25 +0000A Blood-Sucking Foe Lurks in Central American Caveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/blood-sucking-foe-lurks-central-american-caves-180952723/Kissing bugs, which can spread Chagas disease, turned up positive for human blood meals in caves in Guatemala and Belize Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:02:12 +0000Ken Burns' New Series, Based on Newly Discovered Letters, Reveals a New Side of FDRhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ken-burns-new-series-based-newly-discovered-letters-reveals-new-side-fdr-180952718/In "The Roosevelts", Burns examines the towering but flawed figures who really understood how character defined leadershipWed, 17 Sep 2014 13:01:01 +0000Get Your Burning Questions Answered, It's #AskaCurator Day http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/today-is-ask-a-curator-day-180952724/More than 700 museums, galleries, theatres, and more across the globe are taking to Twitter to answer your queries about, well, anythingWed, 17 Sep 2014 12:13:43 +0000In 100 Years, Maryland's Crab Cakes Might Be Shrimp Cakeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-climate-change-mean-chesapeake-bay-180952690/Rising temperatures and a more acidic ocean may spell trouble for the Chesapeake Bay's iconic crabs, oysters and fishTue, 16 Sep 2014 20:34:48 +0000The Surprising Origin Story of Wonder Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/origin-story-wonder-woman-180952710/ The history of the comic-book superhero's creation seven decades ago has been hidden away—until nowTue, 16 Sep 2014 16:26:06 +0000Four Handy Tips for Growing Your Garden on Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/four-handy-tips-growing-your-garden-mars-180952713/Is it possible to have a green thumb on the Red Planet? Perhaps, after you’ve mastered a few space gardening tricks Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:15:54 +0000Peek Behind the Scenes to Preview the New West Wing at the American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/peek-behind-scenes-preview-new-west-wing-american-history-museum-180952708/After years of renovations, the museum begins a reopening of some of its galleries next summerTue, 16 Sep 2014 14:33:24 +0000Long Before Emojis, the Picassos of Persian Calligraphy Brought Emotion to Writinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-before-emojis-picassos-persion-caligraphy-bought-emotion-writing-180952693/The world's first exhibition devoted to <em>nasta’liq</em>, a Persian calligraphy, is now on view at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:05:47 +0000What Idea From Science Fiction Would You Most Like To See Become Reality?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-idea-science-fiction-would-you-most-see-become-reality-180952696/Astronomers, writers and an astronaut weigh in with some interesting answersMon, 15 Sep 2014 19:21:22 +0000What Is the Universe? Real Physics Has Some Mind-Bending Answershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/what-universe-real-physics-has-some-mind-bending-answers-180952699/Science says the universe could be a hologram, a computer program, a black hole or a bubble—and there are ways to checkMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:25:54 +0000Powerful Solar Flare Paints the Sky With Candy-Colored Aurorashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/powerful-solar-flare-paints-sky-candy-colored-auroras-180952692/Two back-to-back flares sent clouds of charged particles racing toward Earth, creating auroras that may last through the weekendFri, 12 Sep 2014 20:14:05 +0000Researchers Trick E. Coli Into Making Propanehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/researchers-trick-e-coli-into-making-propane-180952651/European researchers have taken an important first step toward renewable propane, powered by the sunFri, 12 Sep 2014 19:03:16 +0000Maine's Most Interesting Lighthouseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/maine-lighthouses-180951882/Shipwrecks, poetry and alien encounters: The lighthouses dotting Maine's coast pack a double punch of beauty and historyFri, 12 Sep 2014 14:48:24 +0000IBM's Watson Will Match Cancer Patients With Trials at Mayo Clinichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ibms-watson-will-match-cancer-patients-with-trials-at-mayo-clinic-180952671/By pairing patients with trials in seconds, the supercomputer will help speed the pace of medical innovationThu, 11 Sep 2014 19:56:27 +0000Frank Gehry’s Biomuseo in Panama, Finally Open for Businesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/frank-gehrys-biomuseo-panama-finally-open-business-180952677/The eye-popping structure devoted to the nation’s vibrant ecosystems makes its grand debutThu, 11 Sep 2014 18:12:13 +0000Meet the Mighty Spinosaurus, the First Dinosaur Adapted for Swimminghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-mighty-spinosaurus-first-swimming-dinosaur-180952679/A mysterious mustachioed man helped paleontologists piece together the life story of the long-lost, semi-aquatic “Egyptian spine lizard”Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:08:18 +0000The Fight for Catalonian Independence Took the Form of a Giant "V" in the Streets of Barcelonahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-would-550000-people-make-giant-v-streets-barcelona-today-180952673/Hundreds of thousands of protestors formed a giant red and yellow V, symbolizing the "Way Forward" and marking the region's national holidayThu, 11 Sep 2014 17:30:55 +0000Adorable Portraits Put Nocturnal Animals in the Spotlighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/adorable-portraits-nocturnal-animals-spotlight-180952670/A new photo book showcases animals we humans rarely see—while a new study says we may have more in common with night-dwellers than thoughtThu, 11 Sep 2014 17:24:09 +0000The 5 Biggest Challenges to the Success of the Apple Watchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/5-biggest-challenges-success-apple-watch-180952672/Even though wearables are on the rise, Apple's newest product has its obstacles, from limited battery life to a hefty price tagThu, 11 Sep 2014 16:50:48 +0000Sorry Hipsters, That Organic Kale Is a Genetically Modified Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/sorry-hipsters-organic-kale-genetically-modified-food-180952656/And those juicy red grapefruits are mutants created by radiation exposureWed, 10 Sep 2014 14:00:00 +0000Capturing First Impressions of a City in Transitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/capturing-city-transition-view-museum-day-live-180952630/William Greiner's photographs are on view at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, GAWed, 10 Sep 2014 12:37:07 +0000Vote for the Winner of the 2014 People's Design Awardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/vote-winner-2014-peoples-design-award-180952652/Marvel at these breakthroughs in innovative design and select your favoriteWed, 10 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000Google Street View Brings Egypt's Pyramids To A Computer Near Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/egypts-great-pyramids-come-computer-near-you-google-street-view-180952653/From ancient citadels to the Great Sphinx, you can now explore Egypt's wonders in the digital worldWed, 10 Sep 2014 09:00:00 +0000What Does "Deep Time" Mean to You? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-deep-time-mean-to-you-180952603/An art exhibition at the National Academy of Sciences offers perspective on our geological past and future Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:51:08 +0000The Most Extensive Report Ever on American Birds Says There’s Cause for Concernhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/most-extensive-report-ever-published-american-birds-says-theres-cause-concern-180952644/Researchers from 23 groups just released the fifth State of the Birds report, which contains good and bad newsTue, 09 Sep 2014 14:40:48 +0000Google Doodle Honors the Genius of Leo Tolstoyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/google-doodle-honors-genius-leo-tolstoy-180952639/On what would be his 186th birthday, see the author's famous works digitally brought to lifeTue, 09 Sep 2014 04:01:09 +0000Promiscuous Whales Make Good Use of Their Pelvises http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/promiscuous-whales-make-good-use-pelvises-180952620/Hips don’t lie: Whale pelvic bones are not vestigial but instead evolved to help the marine mammals maneuver better during sexMon, 08 Sep 2014 19:43:23 +0000Egypt’s Mammal Extinctions Tracked Through 6,000 Years of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/egypts-mammal-extinctions-tracked-through-6000-years-art-180952641/Tomb goods and historical texts show how a drying climate and an expanding human population took their toll on the region’s wildlifeMon, 08 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +0000Software Creates One Picture That Says It Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-software-creates-one-picture-says-it-all-180952632/Researchers at UC Berkeley have created software that averages image searches into one artistic resultMon, 08 Sep 2014 18:25:23 +0000The Legend of What Actually Lived in the "No Man's Land" Between World War I's Trencheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/legends-what-actually-lived-no-mans-land-between-world-war-i-trenches-180952513/Born of the horrors of trench warfare, a ghoulish tale of scavengers and scofflaws took hold 100 years agoMon, 08 Sep 2014 14:42:23 +0000Garry Winogrand’s Photographs Capture ‘America’s Busy, Teeming, Intricate Whirl’ After World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/garry-winogrands-photographs-capture-americas-busy-teeming-intricate-whirl-after-world-war-ii-180952628/An exhibition takes a look at the mix of optimism and unease that permeated the post-war nation’s populaceMon, 08 Sep 2014 14:41:24 +0000Seven Unexpected Ways We Can Get Energy From Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/seven-unexpected-ways-we-can-get-energy-water-180952625/It’s not all about giant dams—H2O is a surprisingly common and versatile tool for meeting the world’s energy needsFri, 05 Sep 2014 16:21:55 +0000Smithsonian Curators Remember Joan Rivershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-curators-remember-joan-rivers-180952622/Entertainment curators from the Institution discuss the legendary comic who died yesterdayFri, 05 Sep 2014 16:19:53 +0000Google’s Delivery Drones Will Airlift Supplies Practically Anywherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/googles-delivery-drones-will-airlift-supplies-practically-anywhere-180952607/Project Wing, a development platform, completes test deliveries over AustraliaFri, 05 Sep 2014 14:23:29 +0000What the Scottish Independence Referendum Could Mean for Orkneyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-scottish-independence-referendum-could-mean-orkney-180952619/Sovereignty over Orkney, home to the First Stonehenge, has been debated for more than 5,000 yearsFri, 05 Sep 2014 13:11:14 +0000How the Voyage of the Kon-Tiki Misled the World About Navigating the Pacifichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-voyage-kon-tiki-misled-world-about-navigating-pacific-180952478/Smithsonian geographer Doug Herman explains the traditional science of traversing the ocean seasThu, 04 Sep 2014 20:21:12 +0000The Innovative Spirit: Changing Our World For the Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/innovative-spirit-changing-our-world-better-180952004/In partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, we look at the innovative spirit within the Smithsonian and beyondThu, 04 Sep 2014 19:53:20 +0000Five Coffee Mysteries the Bean’s Genes May Crackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/five-coffee-mysteries-beans-genes-may-crack-180952614/The newly sequenced coffee genome might reveal the origins of caffeine and pave the way for better-tasting, healthier brewsThu, 04 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Before Dr. Mutter, Surgery Was a Dangerous and Horrifically Painful Ordealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/dr-mutter-surgery-was-dangerous-and-horrifically-painful-ordeal-180952580/The talented doctor changed the way the medical profession operatedThu, 04 Sep 2014 14:09:04 +0000Explore 50 Wilderness Areas Across Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/50-wilderness-areas-across-america-180952504/To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, explore 50 different wilderness areas around the countryWed, 03 Sep 2014 20:53:12 +0000College Students Studied These Mail-Order Sea Creatures in the Late 1800shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/college-students-studied-these-mail-order-sea-creatures-in-the-late-1800s-180952499/Restored glass models of marine invertebrates, made by artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, are on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural HistoryWed, 03 Sep 2014 19:54:44 +0000Deep-Sea Mushroom Creatures Found Off Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/deep-sea-mushroom-creatures-found-australia-180952597/Neither fungi nor fish, these oddball organisms collected in 1986 may represent an early branch on the tree of lifeWed, 03 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000See Jewish Life Before the Holocaust Through a Newly Released Digital Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/see-jewish-life-before-holocaust-newly-released-digital-archive-180952582/Roman Vishniac’s extensive work, now open to the public, is ready for some crowd-sourced historical detective workTue, 02 Sep 2014 15:40:25 +0000