Articles | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenFri, 03 Jul 2015 13:01:21 +0000How a Hot Dog Eating Contest Became One of the Fourth of July's Greatest Traditionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/theres-nothing-more-american-nathans-famous-hot-dog-eating-contest-180955785/Why the American dream is shaped like a hot dogFri, 03 Jul 2015 13:01:21 +0000Can You Crack a Medical Mystery?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-you-crack-medical-mystery-180955575/A startup called CrowdMed asks volunteer detectives to study cases of patients with symptoms that baffle doctorsFri, 03 Jul 2015 12:08:50 +0000Why Milo's Sunrises Are a Symphony of Color in The Phantom Tollboothhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-milos-sunrises-are-symphony-color-phantom-tollbooth-180955811/Norton Juster, who will be speaking at the Smithsonian, says one boon to his magical writing is that he was born with synesthesia and hears colorsFri, 03 Jul 2015 12:04:36 +0000The Back to the Future Movies Are Obsessed With Television, Rightfully Sohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/back-future-movies-are-obsessed-television-rightfully-so-180955807/The McFlys' constant attention to the TV was a perfect reflection of life in post-war AmericaThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:36:07 +0000Why Seahorses Have Square Tailshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-seahorses-have-square-tails-180955802/Engineers show that the animals' prism-like tails are mechanically superior to cylindrical onesThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Shootings and Mass Murders Seem to Be Contagioushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shootings-and-mass-murders-seem-be-contagious-180955804/Data spanning decades shows how high-profile events can cause outbreaks of similar killings that mirror the spread of diseaseThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Can Science Help People Unlearn Their Unconscious Biases?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-science-help-people-unlearn-their-unconscious-biases-180955789/Social events, sleep training and even meditation may offer ways for people to erase biases they probably didn't know they heldThu, 02 Jul 2015 17:10:36 +0000Bringing Thomas Jefferson's Battered Tombstone Back to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/leveraging-material-science-restore-thomas-jeffersons-battered-tombstone-180954462/The founding father's fragile grave marker has survived for centuries, enduring souveniring, a fire and errant repairs Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:21:42 +0000The Great Moon Hoax Was Simply a Sign of Its Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/great-moon-hoax-was-simply-sign-its-time-180955761/Scientific discoveries and faraway voyages inspired fantastic tales—and a new Smithsonian exhibitionThu, 02 Jul 2015 14:33:53 +0000NASA's New Memorial Honors Lives Lost on the Challenger and Columbia Missionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nasas-new-memorial-honors-lives-lost-on-the-challenger-and-columbia-missions-180955778/The permanent exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida displays remnants of the shuttles and items from fallen astronautsThu, 02 Jul 2015 12:46:00 +0000On His First Day on the Job, Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton Discusses the Past and the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/his-first-day-job-smithsonian-secretary-david-j-skorton-discusses-past-and-future-180955793/The new Smithsonian leader says he wants to emphasize the arts and humanities at a time when they are being deemphasized nationally Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:48:07 +0000These Photos From Cuba Place You in the Boxing Ring http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-photos-from-Cuba-place-you-in-the-boxing-ring-180955780/Photojournalist and wedding photographer Rebecca Barger captures vibrant images of local streets, architecture and athletes in HavanaWed, 01 Jul 2015 18:24:55 +0000How a Transparent Fish May Help Decode the Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/How-transparent-fish-may-help-decode-brain-180955734/An outspoken Harvard neuroscientist is tackling the wondrous challenge of understanding the workings of the brainWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:03:29 +0000A Photographic Requiem for America's Civil War Battlefieldshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/photographic-requiem-americas-civil-war-battlefields-180955746/Walking far-flung battlefields to picture the nation's defining tragedy in a modern lightWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What Did Insects Evolve From And More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-did-insects-evolve-from-more-questions-from-readers-180955758/You asked, we answeredWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000One Photographer's Personal Endeavor to Track Down Survivors of the Armenian Genocide, 100 Years Laterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/one-photographer-personal-endeavor-track-down-survivors-armenian-genocide-100-years-later-180955763/As children, they escaped ruthless state-sponsored violence. Now, these Armenian women and men visit the aching memory of what they left behindWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Latest Sign That the Robot Uprising Is Nigh? Camel Racinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/latest-sign-camel-racing-robotos-180955765/A centuries-old pastime in the United Arab Emirates gets a rebootWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Before Moby-Dick, There Was "Two Years Before the Mast"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/before-moby-dick-there-was-two-years-before-the-mast-180955766/This salty memoir by Richard Henry Dana Jr. was one of America's first literary classicsWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Fall and Rise and Fall of Pompeiihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fall-rise-fall-pompeii-180955732/The famous archaeological treasure is falling into scandalous decline, even as its sister city Herculaneum is rising from the ashesWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Hyperloop Will Be Only the Latest Innovation That's Pretty Much a Series of Tubeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hyperloop-latest-innovation-pretty-much-series-of-tubes-180955735/The idea of using pneumatics to send objects has been around for ages. But people?Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Photos From the Heart of the Ferguson Protestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photos-from-heart-ferguson-protests-180955737/The events sparked by the killing of young Michael Brown gave rise to a new civil rights movement that's still growingWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000A Deep Dive Into the Skeleton of the Oldest-Known Modern Birdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/deep-dive-skeleton-oldest-known-modern-bird-180955738/A fossil found in China may offer new clues about avian evolutionWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What It's Like to Travel the Inca Road Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-its-like-travel-inca-road-today-180955740/A rocky rollicking journey to Machu Picchu along one of the greatest engineering feats in the AmericasWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What's Changed, and What Hasn't, in the Town That Inspired "To Kill a Mockingbird"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/whats-changed-what-hasnt-in-town-inspired-to-kill-a-mockingbird-180955741/Traveling back in time to visit Harper Lee's hometown, the setting of her 1960 masterpiece and the controversial sequel hitting bookstores soonWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000There Were Listicles That Went Viral Long Before There Was an Internethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/listicles-went-viral-long-before-internet-180955742/Digital scholars are zeroing in on stories that were trending way back in the 19th centuryWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Mad King and Magna Cartahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mad-king-magna-carta-180955745/How did a peace treaty signed — and broken — 800 years ago become one of the world's most influential documents?Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Tiny Robots Can Clear Clogged Arterieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tiny-robots-can-clear-clogged-arteries-180955774/Engineers at Drexel University are developing micro-swimmers that loosen arterial plaque and release drugs into the bloodstream to prevent future buildupWed, 01 Jul 2015 15:38:44 +0000Captivating Long-Exposure Photos of New Zealand’s Glowworm Caveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/captivating-long-exposure-photos-new-zealands-glowworm-caves-180955776/These new shots show the otherworldly magic created by a carnivorous fungus gnatWed, 01 Jul 2015 15:37:21 +000014 Fun Facts About Marine Bristle Worms http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/14-fun-facts-about-marine-bristle-worms-180955773/In honor of the first ever International Polychaete Day, learn about the bristly worms that are everywhere in the oceanWed, 01 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000To Stop Mosquito Bites, Silence Your Skin's Bacteriahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stop-mosquito-bites-silence-your-skins-bacteria-180955772/Texas scientists tricked mosquitoes into skipping a blood meal by modifying the way bacteria talk to each otherTue, 30 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Library Mark Twain Builthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mark-twains-summer-reading-list-180955678/The author helped create a library in the last town he called home—and it's full of great summer reading suggestions Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:16:59 +0000What Makes the Orange Juice Can Worthy of Display in a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-makes-orange-juice-can-important-museum-artifact-180955750/A new exhibition explains why the everyday objects of today and the recent past are so important to understanding who we areTue, 30 Jun 2015 13:15:00 +0000In Hawaii, Old Buses Are Being Turned Into Homeless Sheltershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hawaii-old-buses-are-being-turned-into-homeless-shelters-180955700/A group of architects envisions a rolling solution to the state's homelessness problemMon, 29 Jun 2015 19:06:59 +0000Here's How U.S. Groundwater Travels the Globe Via Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/heres-how-us-groundwater-travels-globe-food-180955752/Major aquifers are being drained for agricultural use, which means the water moves around in some surprising waysMon, 29 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000Is Architecture Actually a Form of Weaving?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/architecture-actually-form-weaving-180955698/David Adjaye, lead architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, approaches building design as creating "fabric"Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:45:10 +0000Is a Band Without Its Original Members Still the Same Band?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/band-without-its-original-members-still-same-band-180955730/What gives a musical group its identity? Is it the name on the poster or the people on the stage?Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:17:37 +0000Warming and Overfishing Sent Seabirds Flocking to Californiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/warming-and-overfishing-have-seabirds-flocking-california-mexico-180955715/Mexico's elegant terns have begun nesting farther north in years when their traditional food is scarceFri, 26 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Heart Line or Life Line: Can You Tell?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/heart-line-or-life-line-can-you-tell/We all know the heart and life lines are two of the most important measures of palmistry. But can you tell which is which?Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:07:06 +0000How the Inca Empire Engineered a Road Across Some of the World's Most Extreme Terrain http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-inca-empire-engineered-road-would-endure-centuries-180955709/For a new exhibition, a Smithsonian curator conducted oral histories with contemporary indigenous cultures to recover lost Inca traditionsFri, 26 Jun 2015 16:06:12 +0000 An Abandoned Island Now Glows Star-Bright Under a New Constellationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/abandoned-island-now-glows-star-bright-under-new-constellation-180955718/Artist Melissa McGill creates a luminous public art project above a ruined castle on a mysterious piece of land in the Hudson RiverFri, 26 Jun 2015 15:08:00 +0000Seven Surprises From the First Flybys of Each Planet in the Solar Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seven-surprises-first-flybys-each-planet-pluto-new-horizons-180955713/As the New Horizons probe approaches Pluto, find out what wonders were uncovered by the first spacecraft to zip past other worldsFri, 26 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Could This Head Gear Help Treat Parkinson's Disease?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-head-gear-help-treat-parkinsons-disease-180955647/Students at Johns Hopkins University have created an at-home brain-stimulating device to ease Parkinson's symptomsThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:23:39 +0000"Combing" Through Light May Give Us Faster, More Powerful Internethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/combing-through-light-may-give-us-faster-more-powerful-internet-180955705/A lab experiment used a device called a frequency comb to send fiber optic data a record-breaking distance with no signal lossThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000When the Poster Promoting the Concert Is as Exciting as the Music, You Know You're Listening to Chichahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/limas-urban-chicha-music-culture-draws-its-energy-streets-180955695/The sounds, graphic art and the mestizo lifestyle that goes with the music is the latest revolt of the Peruvian massesThu, 25 Jun 2015 17:21:05 +0000See the USA in a Minutehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/see-the-usa-in-a-minute/America is one of the most breathtaking geographical places on Earth. From monuments to mountains and canyons to coastlines, take a speedy aerial tourThu, 25 Jun 2015 16:48:29 +0000How the Soccer Ball Could Save the Golf Coursehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-soccer-ball-could-save-golf-course-180955701/Enter the sport of footgolf, which is exactly what it sounds likeThu, 25 Jun 2015 16:02:50 +0000There is Now a 12-Week Online Program for Overcoming Social Anxietyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/there-is-now-12-week-online-program-for-overcoming-social-anxiety-180955502/Two Stanford graduates are the brains behind Joyable, a startup that pairs users with coaches to tackle social challengesThu, 25 Jun 2015 15:59:53 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Does Rain Have A Distinctive Smell?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-does-rain-have-distinctive-smell-180955685/Summertime humidity—and our own memories—help create the conditions for how we perceive the sharp, fresh odor of a rain stormThu, 25 Jun 2015 15:21:26 +0000Stunning Photos of Africa's Oldest Trees, Framed by Starlighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photos-ancient-trees-beth-moon-southern-africa-diamond-nights-180955603/"Diamond Nights" captures the surreal beauty of ancient trees after nightfallThu, 25 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000This 5,300 Year-Old Corpse Was Found by Accidenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-5300-year-old-corpse-was-found-by-acci/Hikers Erika and Helmut Simon stumbled upon a frozen body deep in the Ötztal Alps, little did they know it belonged to one of the oldest preserved corpsesWed, 24 Jun 2015 20:05:19 +0000Five Tech Ideas That Could Improve City Bike Commutinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-tech-ideas-that-could-improve-city-bike-commuting-180955570/A group of London designers imagines Google Glass-like visors and buses that project outlines of their blind spots on the roadWed, 24 Jun 2015 19:36:46 +0000A Look Behind the Peruvian Art of Gourd Carvinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/peruvian-art-gourd-carving-180955656/With magnificent hand carvings, artisans craft stories of celebration and tragedy into dried gourds—a tradition practiced for more than 4,000 yearsWed, 24 Jun 2015 17:05:02 +0000This Ancient Creature Shows How the Turtle Got Its Shellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-creature-shows-how-turtle-got-its-shell-180955688/The 240-million-year-old "grandfather turtle" may be part of the evolutionary bridge between lizards and shelled reptiles Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000The Foods Americans Once Loved to Eathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/foods-americans-once-loved-eat-180955683/Turtles, beavers and eel were once beloved staples of the continental diet. What happened?Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:18:35 +0000These Window Collages Are Serious Eye Candyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/windows-world-andre-vicente-goncalves-photography-photo-series-collage-180955623/A Portuguese photographer provides a window into, well...windowsWed, 24 Jun 2015 15:02:37 +0000Barbers Are Giving Buzz Cuts to Detroit's Overgrown Lotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/barbers-are-giving-buzzcuts-to-detroits-overgrown-lots-180955227/A new project funded by a Knight Cities grant has local barbers and landscape contractors working to revitalize vacant spacesWed, 24 Jun 2015 14:15:32 +0000One Vancouver Forest Played Just About Every Wooded Locale on "The X-Files"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/one-vancouver-forest-played-just-about-every-wooded-locale-x-files-180955686/If the truth is still out there, there’s a good chance it’s in the Lower Seymour Conservation ReserveWed, 24 Jun 2015 10:00:00 +0000Ride America's Most Historic Roller Coastershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ride-americas-most-historic-roller-coasters-180955629/This summer, ride the coasters that add history to their thrillsTue, 23 Jun 2015 19:05:18 +0000Wingsuit Flying: The Most Extreme Sport of All?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/wingsuit-flying-the-most-extreme-sport-of-all/Wingsuit flying is famous for two things: a sense of thrill that's hard to match in any other sport, and a terrifyingly high death rate.Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:28:31 +000014 Fun Facts About the Animals of "Jurassic World"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/14-fun-facts-about-animals-jurassic-world-180955671/While the lead predator of the film might be a genetically modified fiction, these real fossil species were just as amazing and bizarreTue, 23 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000People Get Seasonal Depression in the Summer, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/people-get-seasonal-depression-summer-too-180955673/Millions suffer from SAD in summer as well as winter, and evidence hints that birth season plays a role in who develops the disorderMon, 22 Jun 2015 20:00:33 +0000The Roller Coaster Was Invented to Save America From Satanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-rollercoaster-was-invented-to-save-ameri/In the 1880s, LaMarcus Thompson was troubled by America's slide into hedonism and immorality. Out of that concern, we got the roller coasterMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:58:18 +0000A Dozen Indigenous Craftsman From Peru Will Weave Grass into a 60-Foot Suspension Bridge in Washington, D.C.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inca-rope-bridge-built-span-national-mall-washington-dc-180955609/The ancient technology used lightweight materials to create soaring 150-foot spans that could hold the weight of a marching armyMon, 22 Jun 2015 12:47:11 +0000How to Avoid Your Neighborshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/how-to-avoid-your-neighbors/J.S. Lovering Wharton built this house on a rock off the coast of Rhode Island because, as legend has it, he wanted a place where no one could bother himFri, 19 Jun 2015 19:04:32 +0000Shine On: Jeff Koons in Bilbaohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/jeff-koons-bilbao-guggenheim-spain-exhibit-180955648/Frank Gehry's titanium-clad Guggenheim plays host to a stunning survey of Koons's larger-than-life careerFri, 19 Jun 2015 19:02:53 +0000Why Taxidermy Is Being Revived for the 21st Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-taxidermy-being-revived-21st-century-180955644/A new generation of young practitioners is leading a resurgence in this centuries-old craftFri, 19 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Maker’s Week at the Zoo is Business as Usualhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/makers-week-zoo-business-usual-180955639/When the right product doesn't exist for a fish ultrasound or other procedure, scientists build it themselvesThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:35:25 +0000Where Do Important Ivory Artifacts Fit in the Race to Save Elephants from Poaching?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/where-do-important-ivory-artifacts-fit-race-save-elephants-poaching-180955636/The fight against poaching and trafficking came to a head in Times Square last week with the destruction of a one-ton cache of illegal ivoryThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:12:55 +0000DNA and Databases Help Untangle the Web of the Illegal Wildlife Tradehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dna-databases-untangle-web-illegal-wildlife-trade-180955634/Two new data-driven approaches help identify key hotspots for poaching and traffickingThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Genome Analysis Links Kennewick Man to Native Americanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/genome-analysis-links-kennewick-man-native-americans-180955638/Ancient DNA sequenced from the skeleton adds to the controversy over the individual's ancestryThu, 18 Jun 2015 17:21:19 +0000Kangaroos Are Lefties, and That Can Teach Us About Human Handednesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/kangaroos-are-lefties-and-can-teach-us-about-human-handedness-180955630/The discovery strengthens the case that upright posture drove the evolution of dominant hands in humansThu, 18 Jun 2015 16:36:11 +000011 Reasons to Love Bacteria, Fungi and Sporeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/11-reasons-love-bacteria-fungi-and-spores-180955627/From medicines to jet fuel, we have so many reasons to celebrate the microbes we live with every dayThu, 18 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Hottest New Accessory for Songbirds: Tiny GPS-Enabled Backpackshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hottest-new-accessory-songbirds-tiny-gps-enabled-backpacks-180955625/Peter Marra and Michael Hallworth of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center test a groundbreaking device that tracks birds' migrationsThu, 18 Jun 2015 12:54:57 +0000See the Flowers that Bloom All At Once, One Night a Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/see-flowers-bloom-all-once-one-night-year-180955615/The mysterious night-blooming cereus just dazzled a garden in Tucson. Scientists still aren’t sure exactly how they bloom at the same timeThu, 18 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000Eight New Things Science Says About Being a Dadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eight-new-things-science-says-about-being-dad-180955616/They're still not very good at cooing to toddlers, and their testosterone levels start to drop even before a baby is bornThu, 18 Jun 2015 10:20:18 +0000Six Ways the Civil War Changed American Medicinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/six-ways-civil-war-changed-american-medicine-180955626/150 years ago, the historic conflict forced doctors to get creative and to reframe the way they thought about medicineWed, 17 Jun 2015 21:00:00 +0000Doctors Can Study 3D Printed Models of Your Organs Before Surgeryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/doctors-can-study-3d-printed-models-your-organs-surgery-180955622/In a new era of personalized medicine, advanced models are better preparing surgeons for what they will encounter in the operating roomWed, 17 Jun 2015 19:27:53 +0000Restaurants and Hotels Breathe New Life into Beautiful, Abandoned Churches and Monasterieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/abandoned-churches-reimagined-restaurants-hotels-180955611/Vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows adorn these restored and reimagined structuresWed, 17 Jun 2015 16:34:00 +0000A New Recreation Shows How Ancient Romans Lifted Wild Animals Into the Colosseumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-ancient-romans-got-wild-animals-colosseum-180955580/An elaborate system of elevators and trap doors lifted ferocious beasts onto the Colosseum floorTue, 16 Jun 2015 17:47:08 +0000The Most Loved and Hated Novel About World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/most-loved-and-hated-novel-about-world-war-I-180955540/An international bestseller, Erich Maria Remarque's <em>All Quiet on the Western Front</em> was banned and burned in Nazi GermanyTue, 16 Jun 2015 16:58:21 +00002 World Trade Center and the Promise of Green Skyscrapers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/2-world-trade-center-and-promise-green-skyscrapers-180955584/New renderings of the tower show impressive sky gardens—a trendy feature that's difficult to pull offTue, 16 Jun 2015 16:07:24 +0000How Radio DJ Hoppy Adams Powered his 50,000-Watt Annapolis Station into a Mighty Influence http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dj-hoppy-adams-radio-annapolis-station-influence-segregated-america-180955594/In post-war America, as advertisers discovered African American audiences, one local disc jockey drew top recording stars and a huge followingTue, 16 Jun 2015 14:50:52 +0000Sleep With the Fishes: The Best Places to Spend a Night Underwaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/sleep-fishes-best-places-spend-night-underwater-180955494/As the weather heats up, escape to these hotel rooms beneath the wavesTue, 16 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000These Stirring Portraits Put a Face on Homelessnesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-stirring-portraits-put-face-on-homelessness-180955495/Rex Hohlbein's method of using social media to get tents, clothing, car repair and other needs to Seattle's homeless is catching on in other citiesMon, 15 Jun 2015 15:44:02 +0000The American at the Battle of Waterloohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/american-battle-waterloo-180955595/The British remember William Howe De Lancey, an American friend to the Duke of Wellington, as a hero for the role he played in the 1815 clashMon, 15 Jun 2015 14:49:42 +0000How a Cheap Plastic Rat Could Change Biology Classhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-cheap-plastic-rat-could-change-biology-class-180955596/With a couple of 3D printers, a husband and wife team is building accurate replicas of rats that could one day eliminate the need for dissection specimensMon, 15 Jun 2015 14:08:55 +0000Hey Scientist, Who Are You Mentoring this Summer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hey-scientist-who-are-you-mentoring-summer-180955593/The director of education at the National Museum of Natural History delivers a clarion call to all scientists: Be a Mentor. Raise Up the Next GenerationMon, 15 Jun 2015 12:39:06 +0000A Horrific Tragedy at Frank Lloyd Wright's Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/a-horrific-tragedy-at-frank-lloyd-wrights-home/One of Frank Lloyd Wright's most beloved properties, Taliesin, was inspired by Wisconsin's natural beauty. But its history is mired in tragedyFri, 12 Jun 2015 19:00:09 +0000Americans Are Not the Only Ones Obsessed With Their Flaghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/americans-not-only-ones-obsessed-with-their-flag-180955583/From the mild-mannered Danes to crazed soccer fans, people all over the world go nuts for their national colorsFri, 12 Jun 2015 15:47:53 +0000The Tweeting Potholes of Panamahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tweeting-potholes-panama-180955507/In Panama City, potholes have taken to Twitter to ask for repairs Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:56:33 +0000How Magna Carta Went Viralhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-magna-carta-went-viral-180955550/In a world before the printing press, how did news of the famous document make the rounds?Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Relive the Battle of Waterloo With These Astonishing Portraits of War Reenactorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/relive-battle-waterloo-these-astonishing-portraits-war-reenactors-180955536/Photographer Sam Faulkner shoots a portrait series that gives a face to the more than 200,000 soldiers who fought in the historic conflictFri, 12 Jun 2015 12:50:37 +0000What Is a Maker Faire, Exactly?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-maker-faire-exactly-180955574/Billed as the world’s greatest show and tell, the DIY extravaganza might just make a maker out of youFri, 12 Jun 2015 12:36:42 +0000Hovering Hawkmoths Slow Down Their Brains to See in the Darkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hovering-hawkmoths-slow-down-their-brains-see-dark-180955567/The insects’ night vision appears to be finely tuned to the movement of their flower food sourcesThu, 11 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Earth's Oxygen Levels Can Affect Its Climatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earths-oxygen-levels-can-affect-its-climate-180955572/Models of past eras show that oxygen can influence global temperature and humidity as its concentration changesThu, 11 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Makes Skunk Spray Smell So Terrible?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-what-makes-skunk-spray-smell-so-terrible-180955553/When the omnivorous cat-size mammals take aim, the malodorous spray can hit with pin-point accuracy up to 20 feet awayThu, 11 Jun 2015 15:12:06 +0000Where to Visit the Real Jurassic World After You See the Filmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-relive-jurassic-world-after-you-see-film-180955554/The movie's filming locations and inspiration offer lush vegetation, stunning views and plenty of sharksThu, 11 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Same Probiotic That’s In Your Yogurt Could Detect Liver Cancerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/same-probiotic-thats-in-your-yogurt-could-detect-liver-cancer-180955491/Take a dose of this bacteria, genetically altered by scientists at MIT, and your urine will glow if liver cancer is presentWed, 10 Jun 2015 19:42:02 +0000Wildlife Photographer Frans Lanting on the Difference Between Taking Pictures and Making Photographshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wildlife-photographer-frans-lanting-difference-taking-pictures-making-photographs-180955551/The <I>National Geographic</i> photographer has been described as having the "mind of a scientist, the heart of a hunter, and the eyes of a poet" Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:52:11 +0000City Governments Are Collaborating With Startups, and Acting Like Ones Themselveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/citie-governments-are-collaborating-startups-and-acting-ones-themselves-180955483/By establishing offices that promote innovation, cities are taking more risks than ever beforeWed, 10 Jun 2015 18:04:34 +0000A "Mangrove Forest" of Magnetism May Help Heat the Sun's Corona http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mangrove-forest-magnetism-may-heat-suns-corona-180955556/New simulations might explain why the sun's atmosphere is bizarrely millions of degrees hotter than its surfaceWed, 10 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Why the Germans Torpedoed the Lusitaniahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-the-germans-torpedoed-the-lusitania/When German U-boat Commander Walther Schwieger ordered a torpedo strike on the Lusitania, he didn't know it would be the shot that eventually led the U.S.Tue, 09 Jun 2015 17:44:18 +0000Six Ways to See Bioluminescence in the World's Oceanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/six-ways-see-bioluminescence-worlds-oceans-180955541/From shimmering squid in Japan to illuminated clams in France, here are some of the top spots for basking in nature's glowTue, 09 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000Does the Future Hold the Prospect of Outsourcing the Human Brain?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/does-future-hold-prospect-outsourcing-human-brain-180955531/Bold thinker Sebastian Thrun is receiving a Smithsonian Award this week, so he regaled us with some of his ideas for changing the worldTue, 09 Jun 2015 15:42:49 +0000Dinosaur Soft Tissue Recovered From Eight Cretaceous-Era Fossilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dinosaur-soft-tissue-recovered-eight-cretaceous-era-fossils-180955538/New sampling methods yielded cells and fibers from relatively ordinary fossils, broadening the possibilities for paleontologyTue, 09 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000Support for the Death Penalty May Be Linked to Belief in Pure Evilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/support-death-penalty-may-be-linked-belief-pure-evil-180955535/People who think evil exists in the world are more likely to demonize criminals, regardless of their character traitsTue, 09 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000Al Capone and Chicago's Violent Mobster Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/al-capone-and-chicagos-violent-mobster-past/Soar over Chicago and back through the city's violent past. Illinois is the final state to be captured in Smithsonian Channel's "Aerial America" seriesMon, 08 Jun 2015 21:52:35 +0000Soon Our Phones Will Be Telling Us to Drink More Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/soon-our-phones-will-be-telling-us-drink-more-water-180955522/A new crop of health wearables aims to keep users hydratedMon, 08 Jun 2015 20:24:16 +0000How Do You Dance to Jazz?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-do-you-dance-to-jazz-180955508/The attendees at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival taught our music writer a step or twoMon, 08 Jun 2015 18:36:41 +0000A Flexible Circuit Has Been Injected Into Living Brainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/flexible-circuit-has-been-injected-living-brains-180955525/Tested on mice, the rolled mesh fits inside a syringe and unfurls to monitor brain activityMon, 08 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000What a 1950s Fashion Maven Might Teach Us About What To Wearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/1950s-designer-claire-mccardell-might-teach-us-about-what-wear-180955520/When it was time to suit up for work, politics or social engagements, Claire McCardell's fans embraced her chic, but comfortable styleMon, 08 Jun 2015 14:17:01 +0000Does Dieting Actually Make Your Stomach Shrink?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-dieting-actually-make-your-stomach-shrink-180955521/Not exactly, says science—stretchiness and psychology seem to play bigger roles than size in determining how much a person can eatMon, 08 Jun 2015 14:03:41 +0000The New Shanghai Natural History Museum is Ancient, Modern and Uniquely Chinesehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/shanghai-natural-history-museum-and-new-age-museums-180955392/The nautilus-shaped building draws on Chinese traditions and 21st century design to house amazing specimens found nowhere elseMon, 08 Jun 2015 12:43:40 +0000Whistler's Peacock Room is Reimagined in a State of Oozing and Broken Decayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whistler-peacock-room-reimagined-state-oozing-broken-decay-180955505/In Filthy Lucre, a new installation at the Sackler Gallery, artist Darren Waterston deconstructs Whistler's masterpieceFri, 05 Jun 2015 18:41:50 +0000How Pyrex Reinvented Glass For a New Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-pyrex-reinvented-glass-new-age-180955513/One hundred years after the birth of the brand, the Corning Museum of Glass pays homage to America's favorite dishFri, 05 Jun 2015 18:23:25 +0000Seven Inspiring Innovations In Education From Around the Globe http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-inspiring-innovations-in-education-from-around-the-globe-180955484/American schools, start taking notes! There may be some things to learn from these successful programsFri, 05 Jun 2015 16:24:47 +0000With This Self-Healing Concrete, Buildings Repair Themselveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/with-this-self-healing-concrete-buildings-repair-themselves-180955474/A concrete developed by Dutch scientists and embedded with limestone-producing bacteria is ready to hit the market Fri, 05 Jun 2015 14:13:19 +0000Big Boom: The Best Places to See Meteorite Impact Cratershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/big-boom-best-places-see-meteorite-impact-craters-180955460/Ancient impacts changed landscapes and perhaps even the course of evolution—here's where to see the coolest craters this summerFri, 05 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000There Is No Global Warming Hiatus After Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/there-no-global-warming-hiatus-after-all-180955501/Improved data and better analysis methods find no slowdown in the pace of global temperature rise, NOAA scientists reportThu, 04 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000The 'Hellboy' Dinosaur, a New Cousin of Triceratops, Is Fossil Royaltyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hellboy-dinosaur-new-cousin-triceratops-fossil-royalty-180955496/The horned dinosaur wears a built-in crown and offers evidence of many more undiscovered species in North AmericaThu, 04 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000Mouse Noses Can Bypass the Brain to Make Females Blind to Maleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mouse-noses-can-bypass-brain-make-females-blind-males-180955500/Hormones direct the nose to signal when potential mates are about—and when to erase their scentThu, 04 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Remarkable Story of the World’s Rarest Stamphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remarkable-story-worlds-rarest-stamp-180955412/The rarely seen, one-of-a-kind 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, which recently sold for a whopping $9.5 million, gets its public debut Thu, 04 Jun 2015 14:41:37 +0000Ride This Bizarre, Old-School Elevator Before They All Shut Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ride-bizarre-old-school-elevator-they-all-shut-down-180955461/The paternoster elevators of Europe are weird, a bit scary and getting harder and harder to find. For now, there are still a few you can rideThu, 04 Jun 2015 14:10:18 +0000Can Young Botanists at a Magnet School Play a Vital Role in Protecting an Urban Ecosystem?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-young-botanists-at-magnet-school-play-vital-role-protecting-urban-ecosystem-180955477/Miami's BioTech, the country's first ever botany-focused magnet high school, is teaching kids real-world plant scienceThu, 04 Jun 2015 13:16:06 +0000Weird Orbital Behaviors Offer Clues to the Origins of Pluto's Moonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/weird-orbital-behaviors-offer-clues-origins-plutos-moons-180955490/Solving the mystery of these satellites could help astronomers understand "Tatooine" exoplanets that orbit binary starsWed, 03 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Who Crafts the Image in Celebrity Portraiture?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/who-crafts-image-celebrity-portraiture-180955451/Is it real or is it celebrity branding? A portrait exhibition of iconic celebs considers the question of who holds the upper hand—the artist or the starWed, 03 Jun 2015 15:28:33 +0000Ancient Urns or Drinking Vessels for Giants? Behind the Mysterious Plain of Jars in Laoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ancient-urns-or-drinking-vessels-giants-behind-laos-mysterious-plain-jars-180955462/A grassy area studded with hulking, 2,000-year-old jars provides a surreal sight as well as an archeological puzzleWed, 03 Jun 2015 13:12:00 +0000These New Computer Chips Are Made From Woodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-new-computer-chips-are-made-from-wood-180955471/A new technique replaces the bulk of smartphone-friendly microchips with a transparent, flexible material made from wood pulpWed, 03 Jun 2015 11:34:06 +0000See All 50 States From the Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/50-states-aerial-america-smithsonian-channel-series-video-180955480/Smithsonian Channel's popular Aerial America series has filmed its 50th and final stateWed, 03 Jun 2015 08:00:00 +0000Where the Blues Was Bornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/where-blues-was-born-180955479/At Dockery Farms, the original bluesmen created a sound that would become legendaryTue, 02 Jun 2015 18:49:08 +0000Discover a Fossil Jackpot Off the Las Vegas Striphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/discover-fossil-jackpot-las-vegas-strip-tule-springs-ice-age-180955475/Remains of mammoths, camels and other beasts of the Ice Age tempt visitors out of Sin City and into Tule Springs National MonumentTue, 02 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +000025 Millennials Just Crossed the United States By Rail Hoping to Leave Their Marks in Cities Along the Way http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/25-millennials-just-crossed-united-states-rail-hoping-leave-their-marks-cities-along-way-180955470/Young leaders take a 10-day whistle-stop tour with on-train seminars and service projects in communities across the nationMon, 01 Jun 2015 20:25:30 +0000Photojournalist Eli Reed Shares Some of His Favorite Images From His 40-Year Careerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photography-book-eli-reed-favorite-images-african-american-180955469/The pioneering African American looks back at the power of the photographMon, 01 Jun 2015 19:22:51 +0000Migrating Monarch Butterflies Might Actually Take to the Highwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/migrating-monarch-butterflies-might-actually-take-to-the-highway-180955436/Threatened pollinators get a trans-continental right of wayMon, 01 Jun 2015 19:10:19 +0000Big African Animals Are Pickier Eaters Than We Imagined http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/big-african-animals-are-pickier-eaters-we-imagined-180955472/To the surprise of ecologists, plant-eaters manage to coexist on the savanna by each choosing different favorite foods Mon, 01 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000How "Meat Banks" Are Helping Farmers Preserve Precious Livestockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-meat-banks-are-helping-farmers-preserve-precious-livestock-180955465/Frozen sperm and tissue are being stored to protect commercial animals and help save rare heritage breedsMon, 01 Jun 2015 15:00:16 +0000Forget Credit Cards, Now You Can Pay With Your Eyes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/forget-credit-cards-now-you-can-pay-your-eyes-180955445/A new Japanese phone with an iris scanner may mark a new era of password-free mobile payments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:16:27 +0000The Epic Failure of Thomas Edison's Talking Dollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/epic-failure-thomas-edisons-talking-doll-180955442/Expensive, heavy, non-functioning and a little scary looking, the doll created by America's hero-inventor was a commercial flopMon, 01 Jun 2015 14:07:19 +0000Smithsonian to Receive Artifacts From Sunken 18th-Century Slave Ship Found Off the Coast of South Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sunken-18th-century-slave-ship-found-south-africa-180955458/In 1794, the Portuguese slave ship São José wrecked with 400 slaves aboard; iron ballast and a wooden pulley from that ship will come to Washington, D.C.Sun, 31 May 2015 14:36:11 +0000Want to Sleep Like a King, Queen or Borgia For a Night? Stay in these Historic Airbnbshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/want-to-sleep-in-a-famous-house-exploring-historic-airbnbs-180955408/Whether it’s the former home of a national icon or an extravagant estate in Europe, the sharing economy offers the chance to go back in time for a nightFri, 29 May 2015 19:29:15 +0000To Cut Down on Food Waste, a San Francisco Startup Is Selling Ugly Fruits and Vegetableshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/to-cut-down-on-food-waste-san-francisco-startup-is-selling-ugly-fruits-and-vegetables-180955404/Looks aren’t everything, say the founders of Imperfect, a CSA-type service that delivers odd-shaped produce to customers' doorsFri, 29 May 2015 18:35:57 +0000Warmer Waters Are Making Pacific Typhoons Strongerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/warmer-waters-are-making-pacific-typhoons-stronger-180955443/Decades of storm data show that tropical cyclones in the Pacific are getting more intense as ocean temperatures riseFri, 29 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000At the Intersection of Dance and Portraiture, Vulnerability and Intimacy Prevailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/intersection-dance-and-portraiture-vulnerability-and-intimacy-prevail-180955444/Dance troupe Pilobolus and video portrait artist Bo Gehring teamed up to defy boundariesFri, 29 May 2015 17:34:39 +0000See a Bubbly Nebula, an Artistic Earth and Other Spacey Treatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/see-bubbly-nebula-artistic-earth-and-other-spacey-treats-180955455/A celebratory star nest and a painterly view of home feature among our picks for this week's best space picturesFri, 29 May 2015 17:23:53 +0000IBM Watson Makes Things Elementary, Indeedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ibm-watson-makes-things-elementary-indeed-180955333/The cognitive computing system makes for an ideal sidekick—in museums, kitchens, hospitals and classroomsFri, 29 May 2015 15:12:16 +0000How Is Angkor Wat Still Standing Today?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/how-is-angkor-wat-still-standing-today/The engineering masterpiece covers an area four times larger than the Vatican City. But without the surrounding moat, it would never have survivedFri, 29 May 2015 14:06:10 +0000Look Inside the Restored Mansion Where Al Capone Lived and Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/look-inside-restored-mansion-where-al-capone-lived-and-died-180955363/A property firm just renovated the infamous gangster’s Florida estate after it had fallen into disrepair. Here’s what the lavish home looks like nowFri, 29 May 2015 13:33:44 +0000To Make Lobster Fisheries More Sustainable, Scientists Attempt to Decode Crustacean DNAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/to-make-lobster-fisheries-more-sustainable-scientists-attempt-decode-crustacean-dna-180955400/As the battle escalates to combat illegal fishing, Smithsonian scientists offer up a possible genetic tool Thu, 28 May 2015 15:57:47 +0000Instead of Being Swallowed by a Mine, This Arctic Town is Movinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/instead-being-swallowed-mine-swedish-arctic-town-moving-180955314/The people of Kiruna are moving their entire town brick-by-brickThu, 28 May 2015 15:48:12 +0000The Many Ways Baby Talk Gives Infant Brains a Boosthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/many-ways-baby-talk-gives-boost-infant-brains-180955435/From a higher vocabulary to mastering mouth motion, the lilting babble seems to play a key role in helping babies process languageThu, 28 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000What Will Really Happen When San Andreas Unleashes the Big One?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-will-really-happen-california-when-san-andreas-unleashes-big-one-180955432/A major earthquake will cause plenty of destruction along the West Coast, but it won’t look like it does in the moviesThu, 28 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Thirteen Years Later, Did Spellbound Show Us the Power or the Myth of the American Dream?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/thirteen-years-later-did-spellbound-show-us-power-or-myth-american-dream-180955434/We caught up with the kids, now full-fledged adults, from the acclaimed documentary to investigate how social class shapes success in AmericaThu, 28 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Happens When You Get a Concussion?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-what-happens-when-you-get-concussion-180955411/It's scary what we don't know about the lasting effects after a knock to the nogginThu, 28 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000The Nation’s Stash of Lost Luggage Finds a New Life in This Alabama Townhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nations-stash-lost-luggage-finds-new-life-tiny-alabama-town-180955422/Buy yourself a new wardrobe, iPad or other oddities at the Unclaimed Baggage CenterWed, 27 May 2015 18:43:03 +0000The Developing World Could Be One Step Closer to Quick, Easy Water Treatment With This New Devicehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/developing-world-could-be-one-step-closer-quick-easy-water-treatment-with-this-new-device-180955402/Outdoor retailer MSR and global health non-profit PATH have teamed up to create on-demand chlorine to fight waterborne illness in AfricaWed, 27 May 2015 18:06:20 +0000Investigating the Case of the Earliest Known Murder Victimhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/investigating-case-earliest-known-murder-victim-180955409/A 430,000-year-old skull discovered in a Spanish cave bears evidence of deliberate, lethal blunt force trauma Wed, 27 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000This Crazy Land Art Deflects Noise From Amsterdam's Airporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/crazy-land-art-deflects-noise-from-amsterdams-airport-180955398/To drown out flight noise, the Amsterdam Airport turned to large-scale landscapingWed, 27 May 2015 17:12:27 +0000Seven Works of Art to Visit That Use Discarded Junk to Create Masterpieceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/trash-treasure-seven-works-art-visit-use-discarded-junk-create-masterpieces-180955239/One person's trash is another person's artistic inspiration Wed, 27 May 2015 15:00:28 +0000Iranian Exile Shirin Neshat's New Exhibition Expresses the Power of Art to Shape Political Discoursehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/shirin-neshat-new-exhibition-expresses-power-art-shape-political-discourse-180955389/An exhibition of the artist's work at the Hirshhorn is an allegorical narrative framed against historical and political realities Wed, 27 May 2015 14:15:04 +0000The Classy Rise of the Trench Coathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/trench-coat-made-its-mark-world-war-i-180955397/World War I brought with it a broad array of societal changes, including men's fashionWed, 27 May 2015 13:32:19 +0000Eat Like a Parisian in a Parisian Apartmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eat-parisian-parisian-apartment-180955410/An Internet-based service allows visitors an authentic taste of food, friendship and cultureWed, 27 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000These Instruments Will Help NASA Figure Out If Life Can Thrive on Europahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-instruments-will-help-nasa-figure-out-if-life-can-thrive-europa-180955407/The space agency has announced the suite of experiments that will fly on a mission to the icy moon of JupiterTue, 26 May 2015 21:45:05 +0000Six Architectural Ideas That Could Change the Way We Live in Citieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/Six-architectural-ideas-could-change-way-we-live-cities-180955311/Whether in response to polluted air or shrinking space, architects keep coming up with novel approaches to reshaping urban lifeTue, 26 May 2015 20:16:58 +0000Will Buildings of the Future Be Cloaked In Algae?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-buildings-future-be-cloaked-algae-180955396/Built by a London architecture firm, a new gazebo has a living "skin" that produces oxygen and absorbs considerable amounts of carbon dioxideTue, 26 May 2015 15:24:24 +0000Step Inside a Famous Submarinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Step-inside-a-famous-submarine-180955042/Where to visit historic subs this summer—or ride in a modern one Tue, 26 May 2015 14:09:03 +0000Make New Memories But Keep the Old, With a Little Help From Electrodeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/make-new-memories-but-keep-the-old-with-little-help-from-electrodes-180955331/Matthew Walker thinks there may be a way to simulate deep sleep—vital for memory—by sending a low current to a person's brainFri, 22 May 2015 19:08:44 +0000This Park in Ecuador is One of the Most Biodiverse Places on Earth http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/amazonian-rainforest-one-most-biodiverse-places-earth-180955364/Yasuní National Park in the Amazon rainforest may have more species of life than anywhere else in the world Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000UPDATE: Second Critically Endangered Tortoise Hatches from a Cracked Egghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/adorable-baby-tortoise-hatchling-zoo-signals-breeding-success-story-180955369/To get the critically endangered Madagascar spider tortoises to breed successfully took both tenacity and a whole lot of luckFri, 22 May 2015 12:44:35 +0000Did This Map Guide Columbus?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-this-map-guide-columbus-180955295/Researchers decipher a mystifying 15th-century documentThu, 21 May 2015 18:20:53 +0000Scientists Discover Sudden Melting in the Antarctichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-discover-sudden-melting-antarctic-180955367/Warmer waters are eating away at protective ice shelves, letting glaciers flow into the seaThu, 21 May 2015 18:00:34 +0000This Obscura Day, Discover the Curiosities in Your Own Backyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/discover-local-wonders-on-obscura-day-180955270/Creepy dolls, KGB secrets and unexpected pinball troves—media startup Atlas Obscura invites readers to explore their own hometowns on May 30Thu, 21 May 2015 15:22:14 +0000The "New Jerusalem" of Ethiopiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-new-jerusalem-of-ethiopia/No one knows for certain why the Lalibela churches share many similarities with Judaism, but scholars propose a handful of holy theoriesThu, 21 May 2015 15:13:12 +0000How the Summer of Atomic Bomb Testing Turned the Bikini Into a Phenomenonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-wake-testing-atomic-bomb-bikini-became-thing-180955346/The scanty suit’s explosive start is intimately tied to the Cold War and the nuclear arms raceThu, 21 May 2015 14:45:18 +0000These Sparrows Sing to the Beat of Their Own Drumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-sparrows-sing-beat-their-own-drum-180955354/Java sparrows amp up their tunes with acoustic beak taps synchronized with chirps Wed, 20 May 2015 18:02:04 +0000The Brief History of the Ferris Wheelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-ferris-wheel-180955300/Originally the American answer to the Eiffel Tower, the summertime amusement became a hallmark of summer funWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The World's Largest Picture Frame?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/worlds-largest-picture-frame-180955302/The government of Dubai is taking this abstract structure to the next levelWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000One Man's Lifelong Pursuit of Pluto is About to Get Realhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/one-man-lifelong-pursuit-pluto-real-180955303/When the New Horizons spacecraft races by the quasi-planetary body, Alan Stern will have finally met his matchWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Scenes From the Calgary Stampedehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/scenes-calgary-stampede-180955304/Noted photographer Richard Phibbs has a new book that sends him back home on the rangeWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000What Makes the "Lion Whisperer" Roar?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-makes-lion-whisperer-roar-180955290/He's famous for getting dangerously close to his fearsome charges, but what can Kevin Richardson teach us about ethical conservation—and ourselves?Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents And More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-did-Americans-Lose-British-accents-ask-smithsonian-180955291/You asked, we answeredWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000When Colorado Was (And in Many Ways Still Is) the Switzerland of Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/colorado-switzerland-america-180955293/A hundred years ago, city slickers looking for wild times in Rocky Mountain National Park invented a new kind of American vacationWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Ill-Fated History of the Jet Packhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ill-fated-history-jetpack-180955294/The space-age invention still takes our imaginations on our wild ride Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Shaky Science Behind Predicting Earthquakeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shaky-science-behind-predicting-earthquakes-180955296/A powerful earthquake in Italy killed hundreds of people—and set in motion a legal battle and scientific debate that has kept seismologists on edgeWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Inside the Daily Lives of Iraq's Kurdshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-daily-lives-iraq-kurds-180955297/America's most important ally in the battle against ISIS is closer than ever to fulfilling their hope of founding a new nationWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why We'd Be Better Off if Napoleon Never Lost at Waterloohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/we-better-off-napoleon-never-lost-waterloo-180955298/On the bicentennial of the most famous battle in world history, a distinguished historian looks at what could have been Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Do Humans Have Chins?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-do-humans-have-chins-1-180955299/The most distinctive human feature might be that bony protrusion that made Jay Leno famousWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Oldest Stone Tools Yet Discovered Are Unearthed in Kenyahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/oldest-known-stone-tools-unearthed-kenya-180955341/3.3 million-year-old artifacts predate the human genus Wed, 20 May 2015 17:00:02 +0000Urine for a Treat With a Tour of These Five Sewer Systemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-fascinating-sewer-tours-180955201/Tunnels, drains and other wastewater structures to explore, from ancient Rome to present-day New YorkWed, 20 May 2015 16:04:24 +0000Has a Finnish Company Found a Cure for Jet Lag?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/has-finnish-company-found-cure-for-jet-lag-180955357/Valkee is releasing the Human Charger, a new gadget that beams light through a user's earsWed, 20 May 2015 15:40:13 +0000The Mother of All Snakes Looked Surprisingly Modernhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mother-all-snakes-was-surprisingly-modern-180955349/New research indicates why the slithery beast's body appears pretty much as it did 110 million years agoWed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000Why Do Hyenas Laugh?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-do-hyenas-laugh/Are hyenas the most misunderstood animals in the wild? They're intelligent, have a sophisticated social order, and their famous laugh isn't even a laughTue, 19 May 2015 22:44:19 +0000Visit Frida Kahlo’s Recreated Garden to See the Plants That Influenced Her Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-frida-kahlos-recreated-garden-to-see-the-plants-that-influenced-her-art-180955255/The New York Botanical Garden is showing rare paintings and drawings alongside the types of flora Kahlo herself once cultivatedTue, 19 May 2015 20:28:59 +0000A Harvard Student's App Could Bring 911 Into the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/harvard-students-app-could-bring-911-into-the-future-180955339/With just one click, RapidSOS sends GPS and medical information to emergency dispatchersTue, 19 May 2015 16:31:41 +0000Vampire Healing: Young Blood Can Mend Old Broken Boneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/vampire-healing-young-blood-can-mend-old-broken-bones-180955336/It's old blood, not old bones, that makes fracture healing difficult among the elderlyTue, 19 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000This Smartphone Microscope Uses Video to Spot Moving Parasites http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smartphone-microscope-uses-video-spot-moving-parasites-180955315/A team of Berkeley bioengineers has created CellScope, a mobile phone attachment that can quickly test blood for tropical diseasesTue, 19 May 2015 13:38:30 +0000American History Museum Scholar on the History of the "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" Advertisementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/american-history-museum-scholar-coke-advertisement-180955318/The commercial that closed out the series finale of "Mad Men," explainedMon, 18 May 2015 19:25:26 +0000A Long-Forgotten, Underground Tunnel in D.C. Is Finally Getting Some Fresh Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/underground-tunnel-dc-finally-getting-fresh-air-180955206/The 75,000-square-foot space underneath the city's Dupont Circle will become an impressive new art spaceMon, 18 May 2015 19:01:14 +0000Watch As a Real-Life Hoverboard Whirs to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/watch-real-life-hoverboard-whirs-life-180955316/At Smithsonian magazine's Future is Here festival, a few lucky attendees got to take a rideMon, 18 May 2015 18:38:55 +0000Meet the Prize-Winning Spiders From the British Tarantula Society's Annual Competitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-in-show-spiders-british-tarantula-society-180955306/Now in its 30th year, the arachnid-equivalent of the Westminster Dog Show showcases the strange beauty of an eight-legged obsessionMon, 18 May 2015 15:58:35 +000035 Years Later, Where You Can Still See Signs of the Mt. St. Helens Eruptionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-signs-americas-deadliest-eruption-180955278/Thirty-five years after Mt. St. Helens blew its top, the landscape is full of stark remindersSat, 16 May 2015 13:19:57 +0000Dark Globs, a Salty Moon and More of This Week's Stellar Wondershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dark-globs-salty-moon-and-more-weeks-stellar-wonders-180955305/Mysterious star clusters and Europa in a can feature in our picks for this week's best space imagesFri, 15 May 2015 20:47:23 +0000Made by College Seniors, These Seven Products Give Us a Glimpse Into the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/made-college-seniors-these-seven-products-give-glimpse-into-future-180955280/Engineering students at universities across the country took these projects from sketch to reality in one yearFri, 15 May 2015 18:24:22 +0000New Photo Book Explores Places the Dead Don’t Resthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/new-photo-book-explores-places-dead-dont-rest-180955265/From mossy burial caves to bone-filled churches, photographer Paul Koudounaris spent a dozen years documenting sites where the living and dead interactFri, 15 May 2015 14:01:18 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Many Rings Does Saturn Have?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-how-many-rings-does-saturn-have-180955254/The age, origin and purpose of Saturn's rings have mystified scientists since the days of GalileoFri, 15 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000How Food Truck Parks Are Making America More Like Southeast Asiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-food-truck-parks-are-making-america-more-southeast-asia-180955264/Pushing for nutritious options, as public officials in Singapore are doing, could boost the health of cities and their residentsThu, 14 May 2015 19:54:39 +0000El Niño Is Here, But It Can’t Help Parched California (For Now)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/el-nino-here-it-cant-help-parched-california-for-now-180955266/Three national agencies have confirmed that the natural phenomenon has arrived, but not in time to bring much-needed rains in the WestThu, 14 May 2015 18:25:50 +0000Rare Quartet of Quasars Found in the Early Universehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-quartet-quasars-found-early-universe-180955263/The quirky set of extremely bright black holes challenges theories for how the cosmos reached its current structureThu, 14 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Is This Plan to Combat Climate Change Insane or Insanely Genius?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/is-this-plan-combat-climate-change-insane-insanely-genius-180955258/Harvard physicist David Keith wants to use two jets and one million tons of sulfur dioxide a year to halt global warmingThu, 14 May 2015 17:46:14 +0000Meet the Iconic Japanese-American Artist Whose Work Hasn't Been Exhibited in Decadeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/iconic-japanese-american-artist-work-exhibited-decades-180955169/A reexamination of the inventive artist, who blended American and Japanese traditions, brings rarely seen works from around the world to the Smithsonian Thu, 14 May 2015 12:28:45 +0000Watch These Ants Hurl Themselves Out of Death Traps With Their Mouths http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/watch-these-ants-hurl-themselves-out-death-traps-their-mouths-180955237/At least one trap-jaw ant species has coopted its exceptionally strong mandibles to escape its nemesis, the ferocious antlionWed, 13 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000How His'n'Her Ponchos Became A Thing: A History Of Unisex Fashionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/his-her-ponchoes-became-thing-history-unisex-fashion-180955240/"Unisex" was rarely used before the fashion trend hit it big in the late 1960sWed, 13 May 2015 14:57:31 +0000How the Big Screen IMAX Experience Just Took a Quantum Leap Forwardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/imax-experience-udvar-hazy-center-took-quantum-leap-180955193/The Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center Airbus Theater is among the first to receive a cutting-edge technology makeoverWed, 13 May 2015 14:18:35 +0000Finally, A Shoe That Grows With a Kidhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/finally-shoe-that-grows-with-kid-180955192/The Idaho-based nonprofit Because International makes shoes that can grow up to five sizes and last at least five yearsTue, 12 May 2015 19:31:57 +0000Haute Stuff: Nine Unique Gifts to Buy in Parishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nine-unique-gifts-to-buy-paris-180955233/Leave room in your suitcase for these irresistible items made by French artisansTue, 12 May 2015 17:47:43 +0000For Your Next Party, Rent a Kitchen the Size of Your Apartmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/for-your-next-party-rent-kitchen-size-your-apartment-180955230/With living space shrinking, urbanites are paying for kitchen space to host special occasionsTue, 12 May 2015 17:29:48 +0000What Makes Bourbon Uniquely American?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-makes-bourbon-uniquely-american-180955231/A new book examines everything that makes the spirit special to the United StatesTue, 12 May 2015 13:33:28 +0000Why the Best Way to See Iceland Is by Horsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-the-best-way-to-see-iceland-is-by-horse-180955104/The country’s landscape is surreal and one-of-a-kind—so is a ride on the Icelandic equineTue, 12 May 2015 13:10:43 +0000How Katharine Hepburn Became a Fashion Iconhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-katharine-hepburn-became-fashion-icon-180955228/Celebrate the Hollywood star with a look at her stellar costumesTue, 12 May 2015 11:06:27 +0000Paper Turtles and Frisky Skates Bring This Indoor Seashore to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/paper-turtles-and-frisky-skates-bring-indoor-seashore-life-180955202/A new exhibit at the National Aquarium in Baltimore takes visitors on a trip to the beach and into the dark depths of the AtlanticMon, 11 May 2015 15:30:00 +0000How 75 Years Ago Nylon Stockings Changed the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-75-years-ago-nylon-stockings-changed-world-180955219/The quest to replace natural silk led to the very first fully synthetic fiber and revolutionized the products we depend onMon, 11 May 2015 14:43:56 +0000A New Exhibition Offers a Preview of the New Collections at the National Museum of African American History and Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-offers-preview-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-180955211/Artifacts reveal the vibrant stories of everyday people, while also adding nuance to the landmark events taught in history classesMon, 11 May 2015 11:36:58 +0000A Lopsided Supernova, Orbital Espresso and More Cosmic Wondershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lopsided-supernova-and-orbital-espresso-more-cosmic-wonders-180955220/An exploding star reveals its secrets and an astronaut takes a coffee break in this week's best space picturesFri, 08 May 2015 20:05:57 +0000Your Online Dating Profile Picture Affects Whether People Trust Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-online-dating-profile-picture-affects-whether-people-trust-you-180955207/Attractiveness is linked to trust, but the responses are very different between men and womenFri, 08 May 2015 19:00:00 +000010 New Things Science Says About Being a Momhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/10-new-things-science-says-about-being-mom-180955215/Such as, how much time she spends with her child doesn’t matter as much as we think Fri, 08 May 2015 16:18:51 +0000In this Exhibition You Can Play with the Artworks, Or Even Be the Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/in-exhibition-you-can-play-with-artworks-be-the-art-180955170/A dizzying array of wildly unorthodox works from video games to computer codes makes up this summer's blockbuster "Watch This!" show Fri, 08 May 2015 16:00:00 +000026 Inventions Mothers Can Appreciatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/26-inventions-mothers-can-appreciate-180955181/From an apparatus to birth a child with centrifugal force to a board game to teach driver safety, these product ideas have parents in mindFri, 08 May 2015 14:05:14 +0000The Tenacious Woman Who Helped Keep Mother’s Day Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/tenacious-woman-who-helped-keep-mothers-day-alive-180955205/For Anna Jarvis, a holiday devoted to moms was not sentimental fluff, but a practical exercise in patriotismFri, 08 May 2015 12:30:46 +0000Why Elaine de Kooning Sacrificed Her Own Amazing Career for Her More-Famous Husband'shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-elaine-de-kooning-sacrificed-her-own-amazing-career-her-more-famous-husbands-180955182/A new show prompts a rediscovery of the work of the free-thinking Abstract Expressionist, who in her partner's shadow captured an era with skill and élanFri, 08 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000Will We Ever Be Able to Make Traffic Disappear?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-we-ever-be-able-to-make-traffic-disappear-180955164/City engineers make changes in the timing of signals to keep cars moving, but cell phone data and vehicle-to-vehicle communication could ease the taskThu, 07 May 2015 13:22:59 +0000This Map Shows the Full Extent of the Devastation Wrought by U-Boats in World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/map-shows-full-extent-devastation-wrought-uboats-world-war-i-180955191/On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, a look at how "unrestricted submarine warfare" changed the rules of warThu, 07 May 2015 12:01:55 +0000