Articles | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenFri, 21 Apr 2017 18:08:37 +0000The Remarkable Return of Sea Otters to Glacier Bayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/extraordinary-return-sea-otters-glacier-bay-180962999/Rarely do apex predators recover from human oppression. These otters are an exceptionFri, 21 Apr 2017 18:08:37 +0000Is #Hashtagging Your Environment on Instagram Enough to Save It?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/is-hashtagging-your-environment-enough-save-it-180962982/Location-based data might help pinpoint key ecosystems—or make conservation a popularity contestFri, 21 Apr 2017 13:30:00 +0000How Filmmakers Distill Science for the Big Screenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-filmmakers-distill-science-for-big-screen-180962991/The new film <i>Amazon Adventure</i> turns decades of research into 45 minutes of visual majestyFri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Jazz, Flappers, European Émigrés, Booze and Cigarettes Transformed Designhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-jazz-flappers-european-emigres-booze-and-cigarettes-transformed-design-180962977/A new Cooper-Hewitt exhibition explores the Jazz Age as a catalyst in popular styleFri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Reliving the Ebony Fashion Fair Off the Runway, One Couture Dress at a Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/reliving-ebony-fashion-fair-runway-one-couture-dress-time-180962987/An exhibition on the traveling fashion show memorializes the cultural phenomenon that shook up an industryFri, 21 Apr 2017 12:20:37 +0000The Ocean Is Running Out of Fish. Here's the Alarming Mathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-ocean-is-running-out-of-fish-heres-the/Based on reporting, the ocean has long appeared to offer an infinite bounty of fish. But research paints a grim picture, with annual catch on a declineFri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Where to See Five of the Planet's Most Mysterious Geoglyphshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-planets-most-mysterious-geoglyphs-180962917/From California to Kazakhstan, these aerial-view anomalies offer a glimpse into the pastThu, 20 Apr 2017 19:57:28 +0000Australia's Salt Ponds Look Like Beautiful, Abstract Art From Abovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/australia-salt-ponds-look-beautiful-abstract-act-above-180962781/ Taking to the sky to show how industry shapes the earthThu, 20 Apr 2017 18:11:45 +0000A New Sensor That Looks and Acts Like Fruit Could Reduce In-Transit Produce Wastehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-sensor-that-looks-acts-like-fruit-could-reduce-in-transit-produce-waste-180962986/Swiss scientists have developed a temperature sensor that provides important data while packed with fruit in transport and storageThu, 20 Apr 2017 18:03:19 +0000How New York City Is Rediscovering Its Maritime Spirithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/new-york-rediscovering-maritime-spirit-180962769/The city's waterfront fell into dangerous decline, but now its on the rebound with a new wave of money and creativityThu, 20 Apr 2017 17:38:23 +0000Europe's Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/europe-bog-bodies-reveal-secrets-180962770/High-tech tools divulge new information about the mysterious and violent fates met by these corpsesThu, 20 Apr 2017 16:53:42 +0000What's the Difference Between Horns and Antlers and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/difference-horns-antlers-questions-readers-180962778/You asked, we answeredThu, 20 Apr 2017 16:33:19 +0000Why Is France in Its Fifth Republic? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-france-its-fifth-republic-180962983/An explainer on the many evolutions of the country's governmentThu, 20 Apr 2017 15:19:14 +0000Augmented Reality Could Change Health Care—Or Be a Faddish Dudhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/augmented-reality-could-change-health-care-or-be-faddish-dud-180962945/Doctors and engineers at the University of Maryland team up to build a tool that projects images and vital information right above a patientThu, 20 Apr 2017 14:10:18 +0000The Naturalist Who Inspired Ernest Hemingway and Many Others to Love the Wildernesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/naturalist-ernest-hemingway-others-love-wilderness-180962775/ W.H. Hudson wrote one of the 20th century’s greatest memoirs after a fever rekindled visions of his childhood.Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:02:42 +0000Spend the Night Howling with Wolves in Québec's Parc Mahikanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/spend-night-wolves-canada-180962863/Get up close to these elusive mammals at this wildlife observation center along the Ouasiemsca RiverThu, 20 Apr 2017 12:20:00 +0000Exploring the Ancient Region Where Jesus Rose to Prominencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/exploring-the-ancient-region-where-jesus-ros/The Sea of Galilee contains the lowest freshwater lake in the world, and it's the area where a young Jesus of Nazareth first gained popularityThu, 20 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Exoplanet Discovery Arrives in Time for New Telescope Technologyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/exoplanet-discovery-arrives-time-new-telescope-technology-180962965/Astronomers call LHS 1140b one of the "best targets" for hunting liquid water with NASA's James Webb Space TelescopeWed, 19 Apr 2017 17:52:48 +0000A ‘Breaking Bad’ Writer and Producer Is Behind a New Anne of Green Gableshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/breaking-bad-writer-and-producer-behind-new-anne-green-gables-180962966/You might not recognize this Anne—and that’s exactly what showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett intendedWed, 19 Apr 2017 17:49:20 +0000You Can Now 3D Print Glasshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-can-now-3d-print-glass-180962951/German researchers have developed a technique for 3D printing strong, transparent glass products, such as jewelry, lenses and computer partsWed, 19 Apr 2017 17:15:51 +0000George Washington Had Nothing Good to Say About Nepotismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/george-washington-had-nothing-good-say-about-nepotism-180962959/The first president was exceedingly wary of any semblance of improprietyWed, 19 Apr 2017 17:00:01 +0000The Unsavory History of Sugar, the Insatiable American Cravinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unsavory-history-sugar-american-craving-180962766/How the nation got hooked on sweetsWed, 19 Apr 2017 16:24:21 +0000This Jigsaw Puzzle Was Given to Ellis Island Immigrants to Test Their Intelligencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/puzzle-given-ellis-island-immigrants-test-intelligence-180962779/A confusing set of blocks could seal their fateWed, 19 Apr 2017 16:03:46 +0000Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo Did Indeed Eat People, Teeth Revealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/man-eating-lions-tsavo-did-indeed-eat-people-tooth-inspections-reveal-180962961/Dental clues confirm some rumors about the ravenous cats of Tsavo, while also raising new questionsWed, 19 Apr 2017 15:39:36 +0000The Trial of the Century That Wasn'thttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/trial-century-jefferson-davis-treason-180962776/The case against Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, would have been a legal showdown of the agesWed, 19 Apr 2017 15:12:19 +0000How to Resurrect a Lost Languagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-resurrect-lost-language-180962937/Piecing together the language of the Miami tribe, linguists Daryl Baldwin and David Costa are creating a new generation of speakersWed, 19 Apr 2017 14:48:59 +0000A Paean to PBS’ “Mercy Street”: The One Show That Got the Civil War Righthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/paean-pbs-mercy-street-one-show-got-civil-war-right-180962957/The short-lived show offered the best screen portrayal of the war the country has ever seenWed, 19 Apr 2017 14:14:24 +0000Medieval Medical Books Could Hold the Recipe for New Antibioticshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/medieval-medical-books-could-hold-recipe-new-antibiotics-180962947/A team of medievalists and scientists look back to history—including a 1,000-year-old eyesalve recipe—for cluesWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Ceramicist Who Punched His Potshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ceramicist-who-punched-his-pots-180962930/Influenced by avant-garde poets, writers and Pablo Picasso, Peter Voulkos experimented with the increasingly unconventionalWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Photos Offer a Glimpse Into the Racial Politics of the 1950s South http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/these-photos-offer-glimpse-1950s--south-180962929/Before he became a sports photographer, John G. Zimmerman captured a past that feels all too presentWed, 19 Apr 2017 12:00:45 +0000How to Understand the Three Wise Men, Frankincense & Myrrhhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-to-understand-the-three-wise-men-franki/The story of the nativity is actually a blend of both the gospels of Luke and Matthew. They reveal the significance of the gifts carried by the three kingsWed, 19 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Would the Legendary Babe Ruth Still Be a Star if He Played Today?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/would-babe-ruth-still-be-a-star-if-he-played-today-180962935/ Award-winning sportswriter Jane Leavy says the Bambino would be as big a personality as he was in his own timeTue, 18 Apr 2017 19:03:29 +0000Learn the Secret History of Your State With These Addictive Podcastshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/indispensable-guide-best-podcasts-learning-about-your-states-history-180962931/Use this indispensable guide to find out which podcast will be next on your listen listTue, 18 Apr 2017 17:47:15 +0000Why Mount Fuji Endures As a Powerful Force in Japanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mount-fuji-endures-powerful-force-japan-180962782/Not even crowds and the threat of an eruption can dampen the eternally mysterious volcanoTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000How the Mustang, the Symbol of the Frontier, Became a Nuisancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mustang-symbol-frontier-became-nuisance-180962771/A mainstay of Western culture, the free-roaming stallions are now a force to be reckoned withTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000Why I Take Fake Pillshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-i-take-fake-pills-180962765/ Surprising new research shows that placebos still work even when you know they’re not realTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000Can a Camera, a QR Code and Some Bubbles Test For E. Coli In Our Food?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-camera-qr-code-and-some-bubbles-test-for-e-coli-in-our-food-180962933/MIT researchers are pursuing a newer, faster test for foodborne pathogensTue, 18 Apr 2017 14:45:01 +0000Tree Nut Allergies May Be Massively Overdiagnosed http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tree-nut-allergies-may-be-massively-overdiagnosed-180962927/But don’t go for the jar of almond butter just yetTue, 18 Apr 2017 14:20:54 +0000This Luxury Hotel in London Was Once a Secret Spy Basehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/st-ermins-hotel-london-spy-base-180962675/St. Ermin’s Hotel has sat at the middle of British secret intelligence since the 1930sTue, 18 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Secret Massacre of Millions of Seahorseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/secret-massacre-millions-seahorses-180962926/Millions of seahorses meet their doom each year as by-catch in a fisherman’s net. Less-charming fish may share the same fateTue, 18 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Glowing Soil Can Help Find Land Mineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-glowing-soil-can-help-find-land-mines-180962918/Using genetically engineered bacteria and lasers, Israeli scientists have devised a unique way to detect buried explosivesTue, 18 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Sneak Peek: The Lost Tapes: LA Riotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/sneak-peek-the-lost-tapes-la-riots/On April 29, 1992, Los Angeles erupted into chaos after four white LAPD officers were acquitted for beating African-American motorist Rodney KingTue, 18 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Mysterious Albanian Island Is Reopening to Tourists This Summerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mysterious-albanian-island-reopening-tourists-summer-180962932/A former military base during the Cold War, this island is covered with abandoned bunkers and tunnelsTue, 18 Apr 2017 10:00:00 +0000Meet Stinky ‘Bucky,’ the Bulbophyllum Orchid that Shutdown a Smithsonian Greenhousehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-stinky-bucky-bulbophyllum-orchid-shutdown-smithsonian-greenhouse-180962924/Orchid expert Tom Mirenda says history records the stench of this plant as reminiscent of a thousand dead elephants rotting in the sunMon, 17 Apr 2017 20:27:24 +0000New Electronic Labels Could Alert You When Your Milk Spoilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/moving-newspaper-photos-like-harry-potter-could-soon-be-reality-180962911/New 2D printed electronics made of the nanomaterial graphene could be used in newspapers, self-updating price tags and moreMon, 17 Apr 2017 15:26:59 +0000The Debate Over Executive Orders Began With Teddy Roosevelt's Mad Passion for Conservationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-theodore-roosevelts-executive-orders-reshaped-countryand-presidency-180962908/Teddy used nearly 10 times as many executive orders as his predecessor. The repercussions are still felt todayMon, 17 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +0000The First Step to Shipping a Chopper? Remove the Bladeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/the-first-step-to-shipping-a-chopper-remove/When a high-tech helicopter like the Sikorsky S-92 needs to be transported on a cargo plane, it's crucial that every rotor blade is dismantledMon, 17 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Reports on the Death of the Circus Have Been Greatly Exaggerated http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reports-death-circus-have-been-greatly-exaggerated-180962835/Celebrating the arts, business, history and culture of the circus, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival brings 400 performers to the National Mall this summerFri, 14 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The U.S. Is Too Ornery for Totalitarianism, According to Margaret Atwoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/margaret-atwood-talks-enduring-tale-and-relevance-today-180962902/The author of <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i> discusses the continued impact of the bleak 1985 novel, now being adapted into a series on HuluFri, 14 Apr 2017 12:27:04 +0000Threading an Oil Pipe 3,000 Feet Beneath the Ocean Floorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/threading-an-oil-pipe-3000-feet-beneath-the/The brief is simple: Plunge a 22-inch-diameter casing pipe through a wider 36-inch conductor pipe 3,000 feet underneath the bottom of the oceanFri, 14 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Seduced By a Rare Parrothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seduced-rare-parrot-180962855/What can conservationists learn from New Zealand’s official “spokesbird,” a YouTube celebrity who tries to mate with people’s heads?Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:58:24 +0000In a Czar-less Russia, Winning Was Easy. Governing Was Harder.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/czar-less-russia-winning-was-easy-governing-was-harder-180962897/Now without a sovereign, Russia’s provisional government sought to maintain peace at home while waging a world warThu, 13 Apr 2017 16:28:02 +0000Scientists Can Tell What Fish Live Where Based On DNA in the Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-can-tell-what-fish-live-where-based-on-dna-in-water-180962894/A new study of the Hudson River estuary tracked spring migration of ocean fish by collecting water samplesThu, 13 Apr 2017 15:31:46 +0000Gut Check: Mandrills Sniff Poop to Avoid Peers With Parasiteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gut-check-mandrills-use-smell-poop-avoid-peers-parasites-180962893/Researchers have documented one of the first instances of social avoidance in a non-human animalThu, 13 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000These 20th-Century Technologists Sure Knew How to Throw a Partyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-technologists-sure-knew-how-to-throw-a-party-180962747/To mark the centennial of the American Patent System in 1936, a group of innovators gathered to throw a deliciously creative celebrationThu, 13 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Alaskan Fishing Boat Does Not Answer to Stormshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-alaskan-fishing-boat-does-not-answer-to/Since the Northern Leader first set sail three years ago, it's never postponed a fishing trip due to bad weatherThu, 13 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Is the Wedding Dress Capital of the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/suzhou-china-wedding-dress-capital-180962674/In Suzhou, China, step inside one of the world's largest silk factories and see where wedding dresses come fromWed, 12 Apr 2017 19:57:10 +0000What’s the Environmental Footprint of a T-Shirt?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/whats-environmental-footprint-t-shirt-180962885/In-depth life cycle analyses are teaching us more about the environmental costs of the things we wearWed, 12 Apr 2017 18:32:54 +0000The Swashbuckling History of Women Pirateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/swashbuckling-history-women-pirates-180962874/When women roamed the high seas in search of fortune, freedom, and sometimes revengeWed, 12 Apr 2017 17:29:33 +0000Before There Were Dinosaurs, There Was This Weird Crocodile-Looking Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/there-were-dinosaurs-there-was-weird-crocodile-looking-thing-180962865/A new analysis of an ancient enigma offers clues as to how dino evolution unfoldedWed, 12 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000How Ants Became the World’s Best Fungus Farmers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ants-became-worlds-best-fungus-farmers-180962871/Ancient climate change may have spurred a revolution in ant agriculture, Smithsonian researchers findWed, 12 Apr 2017 16:06:16 +0000The Women Who Fried Donuts and Dodged Bombs on the Front Lines of WWIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/donut-girls-wwi-helped-fill-soldiers-bellies-and-get-women-vote-180962864/Even if they had to use shell casings as rolling pins, the donuts still got madeWed, 12 Apr 2017 14:43:06 +0000Why Are We So Obsessed With Dead Bodies?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-are-we-so-obsessed-dead-bodies-180962869/<i>Body Worlds</i> taps into a long, fraught history of humans displaying the deceased for "science"Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:29:36 +0000A Smithsonian Historian Wanders the “Bardo,” Exploring the Spiritual World of the 19th Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-historian-wanders-bardo-exploring-spiritual-world-19th-century-180962795/George Saunders’ new novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo” recalls the melancholy that hung over a nation at war Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 Laid Bare the Divide Between the North and the Southhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/devastating-mississippi-river-flood-uprooted-americas-faith-progress-180962856/The 1927 disaster exposed a country divided by stereotypes and united by modernityTue, 11 Apr 2017 18:38:30 +0000Melding Mind and Machine: How Close Are We?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/melding-mind-and-machine-how-close-are-we-180962857/Researchers separate what's science from what's currently still fiction when it comes to brain-computer interfacingTue, 11 Apr 2017 15:25:15 +0000How Director James Gray Discovered the Insanity Behind the Search for “The Lost City of Z”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-director-james-gray-discovered-insanity-behind-the-search-lost-city-z-180962762/A story of Victorian-age madness and exploration in the South American jungle is coming to a theater near youTue, 11 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Environmental Price of Damshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/price-of-dams-180962844/Why some conservationists are demolishing dams in the name of rivers and fish Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:20:20 +0000Is This New Material a Game Changer for Thermoelectricity?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-material-game-changer-thermoelectricity-180962841/Researchers at the University of Utah have developed an inexpensive, non-toxic material that converts heat to electricityMon, 10 Apr 2017 15:12:41 +0000Why Teddy Roosevelt Tried to Bully His Way Onto the WWI Battlefieldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-teddy-roosevelt-tried-bully-way-onto-wwi-battlefield-180962840/Tensions ran high when President Wilson quashed the return of the former president’s Rough RidersMon, 10 Apr 2017 14:28:39 +0000Why Is the Pentagon a Pentagon?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-pentagon-pentagon-180962719/Planners battled to ensure the building kept its unique shapeMon, 10 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000From Jellyfish to Crocodiles: Where to See Unusual Migrationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-worlds-most-unusual-migrations-180962530/Butterflies and wildebeests aren't the only species you can find migrating en masseFri, 07 Apr 2017 20:56:59 +0000The Mystery of Roanoke Endures Yet Another Cruel Twisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mystery-roanoke-endures-yet-another-cruel-twist-180962837/An artifact found 20 years ago turns out to not be what archaeologists thoughtFri, 07 Apr 2017 19:01:28 +0000Monkeys May Recognize False Beliefs—Knocking Over Yet Another Pillar of Human Cognitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/monkeys-may-recognize-false-beliefs-knocking-over-another-pillar-human-cognition-180962833/Apes may be aware of the minds of others—yet another remarkable finding about the cognitive abilities of non-human animalsFri, 07 Apr 2017 18:58:27 +0000An Artificial Lung That Fits In a Backpackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-lung-fits-backpack-180962826/Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are developing a device that works like the sophisticated organFri, 07 Apr 2017 18:16:38 +0000This Feminist Psychologist-Turned-Rock-Star Led a Full Life of Resistancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/feminist-psychologist-turned-rock-star-led-multifaceted-life-resistance-180962814/Naomi Weisstein fought against the idea of women as objects in both the fields of psychology and rock 'n rollFri, 07 Apr 2017 15:29:38 +0000This App Puts a Science Lab in Your Pockethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/app-puts-science-lab-your-pocket-180962796/Lab4U turns smartphones and tablets into scientific toolsFri, 07 Apr 2017 13:27:27 +0000Two Litters of Adorable Cheetah Cubs Born in One Weekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-litters-adorable-cheetah-cubs-born-one-week-180962821/Smithsonian's cheetah conservation program welcomes the springtime births after careful planning Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000World War I Letters From Generals to Doughboys Voice the Sorrow of Fighting a Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/world-war-1-letters-generals-doughboys-carry-sorrow-180962798/An exhibition at the National Postal Museum displays a rare letter from General John Pershing Thu, 06 Apr 2017 20:25:33 +0000This Rare Display of a Japanese Triptych is Only Usurped by the Great Mysteries Surrounding It http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rare-display-japanese-triptych-only-usurped-great-mysteries-surrounding-it-180962815/Don’t miss this singular showing of Kitagawa Utamaro's three works reunited at the Sackler GalleryThu, 06 Apr 2017 19:55:25 +0000The Man Who Brought the Swastika to Germany, and How the Nazis Stole Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/man-who-brought-swastika-germany-and-how-nazis-stole-it-180962812/Even after decades, the symbol can’t shake free from its evil associationsThu, 06 Apr 2017 17:04:48 +0000Poaching Isn't the Cheetah's Only Problemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/poaching-isnt-rare-cheetahs-only-problem-180962808/Humans isolate the rare cats with roads and fences—which can be as devastating as hunting them outrightThu, 06 Apr 2017 14:02:48 +0000These Powerful Posters Persuaded Americans It Was Time to Join the Fighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-powerful-posters-persuaded-americans-it-was-time-to-join-the-fight-180962797/The Smithsonian offers a rare opportunity to see an original iconic Uncle Sam "I Want You" poster, among others, of the World War I era Wed, 05 Apr 2017 18:17:02 +0000Liberals and Conservatives Read Totally Different Books About Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/liberals-and-conservatives-read-totally-different-books-about-science-180962802/The good news: Everyone likes dinosaursWed, 05 Apr 2017 17:48:39 +0000Is Fungus the Material of the Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fungus-material-future-180962791/Scientists in the Netherlands have found a way to make slippers and other household objects using fungiWed, 05 Apr 2017 13:35:47 +0000A Giant Floating Naval Hospital's Amazing Humanitarian Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/a-giant-floating-naval-hospitals-amazing-hu/During times of peace, the USNS Comfort provides medical services for people in need, all over the worldWed, 05 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Science Behind Your Cheap Winehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-behind-your-cheap-wine-180962783/How advances in bottling, fermenting and taste-testing are democratizing a once-opaque liquidTue, 04 Apr 2017 15:48:57 +0000Stanford Researchers Map the Feelings Associated With Different Parts of Londonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/stanford-researchers-map-feelings-associated-with-different-parts-london-180962753/The university's Literary Lab combed British novels from the 18th and 19th centuries to determine if areas elicited happiness or fearTue, 04 Apr 2017 15:09:00 +0000Why It Matters Whether Students Learn About World War I in American History or World History Classhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-should-world-war-i-be-taught-american-schools-180962761/Some of the most important lessons of the Great War get lost between the two approachesTue, 04 Apr 2017 15:00:33 +0000How World War I Influenced the Evolution of Modern Medicinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-world-war-i-impacted-modern-medicine-180962623/Medical technology and roles during World War I are highlighted in a new display at the National Museum of American History Tue, 04 Apr 2017 13:29:55 +0000Women On the Frontlines of WWI Came to Operate Telephoneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-frontlines-wwi-came-operate-telephones-180962687/The “Hello Girls” risked their lives to run military communications—and were denied recognition when they returned homeTue, 04 Apr 2017 12:29:27 +0000How 1950s Las Vegas Sold Atomic Bomb Tests as Tourismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-1950s-las-vegas-sold-atomic-bomb-tests-a_1/Between 1950 and 1960, the population of Las Vegas grew by 161%--partly due to the burgeoning casino industryTue, 04 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Bittersweet Story of Vanillahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bittersweet-story-vanilla-180962757/Today, less than 1 percent of vanilla flavoring comes from the vanilla flower. Is that a good thing?Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:56:47 +0000How Woodrow Wilson’s War Speech to Congress Changed Him – and the Nationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-woodrow-wilsons-war-speech-congress-changed-him-and-nation-180962755/In 70 days in 1917, President Wilson converted from peace advocate to war presidentMon, 03 Apr 2017 17:24:07 +0000This One-Year Alternative to College Promises to Land Students a Well-Paying Job, Debt-Freehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-one-year-alternative-college-promises-land-students-well-paying-job-debt-free-180962742/Adam Braun is launching MissionU, a program that cuts to the chase and disrupts the higher education industryMon, 03 Apr 2017 16:54:04 +0000World War I Letters Show Theodore Roosevelt's Unbearable Grief After the Death of his Son http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/letters-unbearable-grief-theodore-roosevelt-death-son-180962743/A rich trove of letters in the new book “My Fellow Soldiers” tells the stories of generals, doughboys, doctors and nurses, and those on the home frontMon, 03 Apr 2017 16:33:38 +0000How a KGB Spy Defected and Became a U.S. Citizenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-kgb-spy-defected-and-became-us-citizen-180962752/Jack Barsky wanted to stay in the country, so he let the Soviets think he was deadMon, 03 Apr 2017 12:14:39 +0000Intense Footage of Fake Towns Used for 1950s Nuclear Testshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/intense-footage-of-fake-towns-used-for-1950s_1/To test the impact of an atomic blast on populated areas, technicians built entire fake towns, with houses, shops, and even mannequin familiesMon, 03 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000In This Alaskan Town, Every Resident Lives in the Same Buildinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-town-where-every-resident-lives-same-building-180959081/Winter in Whittier means one thing: a self-contained city in Begich TowersFri, 31 Mar 2017 19:51:18 +0000Take a Walk on the Bright Side at the First Smithsonian Earth Optimism Summithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonians-earth-optimism-summit-takes-walk-bright-side-conservation-180962731/As an antidote to doom and gloom, a conference on Earth Day weekend, takes a look all the good that is being done Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:11:11 +0000Why Small Animals Are Huge for Conservationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/small-animals-are-huge-conservation-180962740/ The tiniest of creatures keep the fabric of our world together, but are often overlookedFri, 31 Mar 2017 16:27:38 +0000When the Nazis Tried to Bring Animals Back From Extinctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-nazis-tried-bring-animals-back-extinction-180962739/Their ideology of genetic purity extended to aspirations about reviving a pristine landscape with ancient animals and forestsFri, 31 Mar 2017 15:04:58 +0000Fractal Patterns in Nature and Art Are Aesthetically Pleasing and Stress-Reducinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fractal-patterns-nature-and-art-are-aesthetically-pleasing-and-stress-reducing-180962738/One researcher takes this finding into account when developing retinal implants that restore visionFri, 31 Mar 2017 14:55:31 +0000How Understanding Animals Can Help Us Make the Most of Artificial Intelligencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-understanding-animals-can-help-us-make-most-artificial-intelligence-180962737/A former animal trainer explains how we might usefully think about the limitations of artificial intelligence systemsFri, 31 Mar 2017 14:35:20 +0000Feuding Iguanas and Giant Rodents Rule This Cuban Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/feuding-iguanas-and-giant-rodents-rule-this/In the Jardines de la Reina, an archipelago in the southern part of Cuba, two species have managed to co-exist in not-quite-harmonyFri, 31 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Where Do the Largest Airplanes Go to Die?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/airplane-boneyard-pinal-airpark-180962590/Explore this 1,500-acre aircraft boneyard in the Sonoran DesertThu, 30 Mar 2017 19:20:24 +0000Let Us Now Praise the Invention of the Microscope http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-we-owe-to-the-invention-microscope-180962725/Early scientists wielded this revolutionary tool to study the invisible world of microbes, and even their own semen Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:09:06 +0000The Myth of Professional Beggars Spawned Today's Enduring Stereotypeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/myth-professional-beggars-and-why-it-endured-centuries-180962726/In England and the United States, the fear of beggars gave rise to a number of justifications for why they shouldn't be helpedThu, 30 Mar 2017 17:16:52 +0000The Finnish Baby Box Is Becoming Popular Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/finnish-baby-box-is-becoming-popular-around-world-180962723/But does a cardboard bassinet actually reduce infant mortality?Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:50:42 +0000Unlike Dolphins, Sea Otters That Use Tools Are Not Closely Relatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/unlike-dolphis-sea-otters-use-tools-are-not-closely-related-180962716/Rock-bashing in otters is a very old behavior Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:59:01 +0000A Microwave Helmet May Help Diagnose Traumatic Brain Injuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/microwave-helmet-may-help-diagnose-traumatic-brain-injury-180962720/Doctors find that a stroke-detection technology could be useful in screening for intracranial bleedingThu, 30 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Never Mind Her Stellar Jazz Career, Young Ella Fitzgerald Just Wanted to Dance http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/never-mind-her-stellar-jazz-career-young-ella-fitzgerald-just-wanted-dance-180962663/The preeminent vocalist is remembered throughout April on the centennial of her birthThu, 30 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Lionfish Are a Plague. Can Training Sharks to Eat Them Work?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/lionfish-are-a-plague-can-training-sharks-t/Lionfish, which are native to the Indo-Pacific but were accidentally introduced to the Caribbean, are decimating native fish speciesThu, 30 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000What Really Made Primate Brains So Big?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-really-made-primate-brains-so-big-180962717/A new study suggests that fruit, not social relationships, could be the main driver of larger brainsWed, 29 Mar 2017 20:21:27 +0000Where to Hike to (and Through) the World's Largest Organismshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/take-hike-through-largest-living-organisms-180962427/Some of the largest organisms will surprise youWed, 29 Mar 2017 20:07:41 +0000There Are Two Versions of the Story of How the U.S. Purchased Alaska From Russiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-russia-gave-alaska-americas-gateway-arctic-180962714/The tale of "Seward's Folly" must also be seen through the eyes of Alaska's native populationsWed, 29 Mar 2017 18:54:57 +0000This Device Collects Water From the Cloudshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/device-collects-water-clouds-180962705/CloudFisher does exactly as its name implies—drawing water down from the skyWed, 29 Mar 2017 17:07:11 +0000This Little-Known Math Genius Helped America Reach the Stars http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/little-known-math-genius-helped-america-reach-stars-180962700/A hidden figure during her lifetime, it’s time for Mary Golda Ross to be remembered as an aerospace pioneer Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:21:54 +0000The $15,000 Robotic Cleaning That Removes a Ship's Sludgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/the-15000-robotic-cleaning-that-removes-a/The remote-controlled robot that cleans the hull of a ship as big as Tonsberg costs $15,000 for its servicesWed, 29 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +000012 Cafés Every History Buff Needs to Visithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-cafes-history-buffs-180962692/The best historic coffee shops around the world, from Paris to Buenos AiresWed, 29 Mar 2017 10:00:00 +0000MIT Mathematician Develops an Algorithm to Help Treat Diabeteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mit-mathematician-has-developed-algorithm-help-treat-diabetes-180962698/The key to managing the disease, which afflicts 29 million people in the U.S., might be in big dataTue, 28 Mar 2017 19:53:37 +0000This Mesmerizing World of Miniatures Will Soon Take Over 50,000-Square-Feet of Time Squarehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/inside-mesmerizing-world-miniatures-coming-new-york-city-180962696/The magical new attraction spans an entire city blockTue, 28 Mar 2017 19:29:21 +0000See the World’s Largest Collection of Fluorescent Rockshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/largest-collection-fluorescent-rocks-180962572/And get glowing in this mine's Rainbow TunnelTue, 28 Mar 2017 16:10:43 +0000When I Say "You" But Really Mean "Me"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-you-is-really-about-me-180962686/In some cases, the use of the second-person pronoun could help us put distance between ourselves and negative emotionsTue, 28 Mar 2017 14:11:19 +0000Meet Eight Species That Are Bending the Rules of Reproductionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/here-are-eight-species-bending-rules-reproduction-180962676/Spice up your mating life with relationship tips from rock lizards, sharks and water fleasTue, 28 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Complex Maneuvering of WWI's Biggest Naval Battlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-complex-maneuvering-of-wwis-biggest-nav/On May 31, 1916, a small skirmish between British and German warships would pave the way for the biggest naval confrontation of WWITue, 28 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Will Artificial Intelligence Help the Aging?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-will-artificial-intelligence-help-aging-180962682/The key, researchers say, is finding the right roles for machinesMon, 27 Mar 2017 18:48:54 +0000Fascinating: How Transparent Glass Frogs Matehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/fascinating-how-transparent-glass-frogs-mate/First, the female collects water from a leaf in order to hydrate the eggs inside her. then releases them for the male to fertilizeMon, 27 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000What Really Turned the Sahara Desert From a Green Oasis Into a Wasteland?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-really-turned-sahara-desert-green-oasis-wasteland-180962668/10,000 years ago, this iconic desert was unrecognizable. A new hypothesis suggests that humans may have tipped the balanceFri, 24 Mar 2017 16:19:52 +0000How the Bloodiest Mutiny in British Naval History Helped Create American Political Asylumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-bloodiest-mutiny-british-naval-history-helped-create-american-political-asylum-180962664/Outrage over the revolt spurred the U.S. to deliver on a promise of the RevolutionFri, 24 Mar 2017 15:04:28 +0000What Will It Take to End International Killer Whale Capture?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-will-take-end-international-killer-whale-capture-180962627/The West may have rejected whale captivity, but the painful relationship between humans and orcas is far from overFri, 24 Mar 2017 14:07:14 +0000Elephants Can Afford to Be Picky About This Kind of Fruithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/elephants-can-afford-to-be-picky-about-this/A single marula tree can provide up to 1.5 tons of fruit each season--as much as 90,000 fruitsFri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000FDR Had a Famous Ghostwriter: Orson Welles http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fdr-had-famous-ghostwriter-orson-welles-180962658/The legendary actor stumped and even wrote speeches for the 32nd presidentThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:56:00 +0000Now You Can Measure Male Fertility With a Smartphone Apphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/now-you-can-measure-male-fertility-smartphone-app-180962657/A new device helps men monitor their sperm count from the comfort of their own homeThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:44:31 +0000Is Elizabeth Warren the Real Jacksonian on Capitol Hill? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/elizabeth-warren-real-jacksonian-capitol-hill-180962651/Warren has progressive values, but her populism is just like Andrew Jackson’sThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:00:00 +0000By the Numbers: The United States of Refugeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/by-numbers-united-states-refugees-180962487/President Trump’s order temporarily barring all refugees and many immigrants has ignited debate about U.S. policies toward outsidersThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:56:18 +0000A Modern Odyssey: Two Iraqi Refugees Tell Their Harrowing Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/modern-odyssey-two-iraqi-refugees-tell-story-180962475/Fleeing violence in Iraq, two close friends embarked on an epic journey across Europe—and ended up worlds apartThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:44:51 +0000This Echolocating Dormouse Could Reveal the Origins of One of Nature’s Coolest Superpowershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/echolocating-dormouse-shows-how-much-learn-about-one-natures-coolest-superpowers-180962647/Mice, moths and even humans use clicks and echoes to "see" the world around themThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:14:20 +0000The True Story of Pocahontashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-pocahontas-180962649/Historian Camilla Townsend separates fact from fiction, as a new documentary premieres about the American Indian princessThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:09:26 +0000The Dark History of Japan's Rabbit Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/japan-rabbit-island-dark-history-180962631/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:28:12 +0000Fighting the Nazis With Fake Newshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fighting-nazis-fake-news-180962481/A new documentary rediscovers a World War II campaign that was stranger than nonfictionThu, 23 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Simpson Family Made Its Television Debut 30 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/simpson-family-television-debut-30-years-ago-180962482/When they arrived on the Tracey Ullman show, their look was a little more raggedThu, 23 Mar 2017 14:33:34 +0000Could the Tiny Zebrafish Teach Us to Cure Blindness?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-tiny-zebrafish-teach-us-cure-blindness-180962626/By learning how zebrafish regenerate their retinas, researchers could figure out how to help humans do the sameThu, 23 Mar 2017 13:33:32 +0000How Chuck Berry’s Cadillac and His Guitar, Maybellene, Came to the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-chuck-berrys-cadillac-and-his-guitar-maybelline-came-smithsonian-180962638/Curator Kevin Strait from the African American History Museum details the day he met the great musicianThu, 23 Mar 2017 13:30:15 +0000Why 10 Daily Tons of Ant Poop Keep This Rainforest Thrivinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-10-daily-tons-of-ant-poop-keep-this-rain/The soil in the rainforests of Barro Colorado is packed with nutrients, but where does it come from?Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000What Is Dark Matter and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dark-matter-ask-smithsonian-180962468/You asked, we answeredWed, 22 Mar 2017 17:57:30 +0000A New Generation of Interplanetary Rovers Is Crawling Toward the Starshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-generation-interplanetary-rovers-crawling-toward-stars-180962625/These four-legged, wheel-less robots will explore asteroids and the frigid outer worlds of our Solar SystemWed, 22 Mar 2017 17:12:43 +0000How the Liberty Bell Won the Great Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-liberty-bell-won-great-war-180962471/ As it entered World War I, the United States was politically torn and financially challenged. An American icon came to the rescueWed, 22 Mar 2017 16:14:36 +0000America’s Big Circus Spectacular Has a Long and Cherished Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/americas-big-circus-spectacular-has-long-and-cherished-history-180962621/The “Greatest Show on Earth” enthralled small-town crowds and had a long-lasting influence on national cultureWed, 22 Mar 2017 13:16:11 +0000This Ace Aviatrix Learned to Fly Even Though Orville Wright Refused to Teach Herhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ace-aviatrix-learned-fly-even-though-orville-wright-refused-teach-her-180962606/With flint and derring-do, the early 20th century pilot Ruth Law ruled American skiesWed, 22 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Dung Beetles Can Teach Us About Sexual Difference http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-dung-beetles-can-teach-us-sex-differences-180962622/ When it comes to sex appeal, it's not all in your genes (it's also in your proteins!)Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:56:11 +0000Telling the Forgotten Stories of the Everyday Americans of the Revolutionary Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/telling-forgotten-stories-everyday-americans-revolutionary-war-180962618/Near where the Battle of Yorktown was waged, a new museum fuses innovative technology with storytelling techniques to connect with visitorsWed, 22 Mar 2017 12:33:18 +0000What Did WWI Soldiers Leave Behind in Their Secret Bunkers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-did-wwi-soldiers-leave-behind-in-their/The French-German border is littered with as many as 500 underground sites used during World War I. Researcher Jeff Gusky explores themWed, 22 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Did Sabercats Use Those Outlandish Fangs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-did-sabercats-use-their-fangs-180962604/We’ve barely scratched the surface of how this charismatic cat utilized its dental cutleryTue, 21 Mar 2017 18:04:06 +0000The Inside Story of Richard Nixon’s Ugly, 30-Year Feud with Earl Warrenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-story-richard-nixons-ugly-30-year-feud-earl-warren-180962614/Their dislike for each other set the tone for Supreme Court politics for decades to comeTue, 21 Mar 2017 17:29:36 +0000Darwin Would Have Loved the Cliffs of Newfoundland, Where 500-Million-Years-Old Fossils Residehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/darwin-loved-cliffs-newfoundland-500-million-years-old-180962472/Step back in time half a billion years to a world of mysterious sea creatures that would have thrilled DarwinTue, 21 Mar 2017 16:19:51 +0000The Biggest Tree Canopy on the Planet Stretches Across Nearly Five Acres http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/biggest-tree-canopy-planet-stretches-across-five-acres-180962470/In remote India, a visit to Thimmamma Marrimanu offers a spectacular lesson in the vital coexistence of living thingsTue, 21 Mar 2017 15:46:54 +0000Hawaii's Must-See Lava Flows Are Home to New, Startling Ecosystemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hawaii-startling-lava-fields-home-new-ecoystems-180962476/These stunning volcanoes are creating new islands of evolutionTue, 21 Mar 2017 15:40:00 +0000A New Photo Book Showcases the Absurd Extravagance of the World’s Wealthiest Citizenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-photo-book-showcases-absurd-extravagance-wealthiest-citizens-180962478/Economic recession or not, there are few limits on the ways the mega-rich will flaunt their fortunesTue, 21 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Big Can a Land Animal Get?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-king-kong-should-have-been-blue-whale-180962603/King Kong's biggest enemy isn’t humans—it’s the laws of physicsTue, 21 Mar 2017 12:34:07 +0000What Do Native American Carvings in French WWI Quarries Mean?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-do-native-american-carvings-in-french-w/Why is there a Native American canoe carved in an abandoned quarry inhabited by U.S. soldiers during WWI?Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000From “T. Rex” to “Pantydraco": How Dinosaurs Get Their Nameshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/t-rex-pantydraco-how-dinosaurs-get-their-names-180962602/The best monikers are “a way to link science and imagination.” Others are just obviousMon, 20 Mar 2017 19:28:03 +0000Coral Reefs Now Face Deep Water Dead Zones, As If Climate Change Were Not Enoughhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/coral-reefs-now-face-deep-water-dead-zones-as-if-climate-change-were-not-enough-180962587/A Smithsonian scientist says there may be a greater prevalence of undocumented oxygen-starved deep coastal watersMon, 20 Mar 2017 19:22:26 +0000Ballerina Misty Copeland on Working With Prince, Her Must-See Dances, and Why She Wants to Bring "Ballet Across America"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ballerina-misty-copeland-brings-diverse-ballet-companies-kennedy-center-180962594/Ahead of a performance in Washington, D.C., the prima ballerina talks about ballerina bodies and misconceptions about the art formMon, 20 Mar 2017 17:34:33 +0000Emily Dickinson Was Fiercer Than You Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/emily-dickinson-fiercer-than-think-180962479/A new biopic shows the poet as more than a mysterious recluseMon, 20 Mar 2017 15:23:43 +0000Unmasking the Mad Bomberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unmasking-the-mad-bomber-180962469/When James A. Brussel used psychiatry to think like a criminal, he pioneered the science of profilingMon, 20 Mar 2017 15:21:42 +0000Smithsonian Researchers Are Bringing the Oryx Back to the Wildhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/smithsonian-researchers-bringing-oryx-back-wild-180962480/Reintroducing the species back to north-central Africa shows early signs of successMon, 20 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000Where Should You Live? This App Will Tell Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/where-should-you-live-app-will-tell-you-180962588/Enter your budget and a number of your preferences and Teleport will match you with some fitting citiesMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:51:12 +0000A Photographer Captures Papier-Mâché and Politics on Parade in Haiti's Jacmelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Haiti-Jacmel-papier-mache-parade-180962549/Michael Magers photographs high art and cutting cultural critiques during the annual Kanaval celebrationMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:45:42 +0000Artist June Schwarcz Electroplated and Sandblasted Her Way Into Art Museums and Gallerieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/enamelist_june_schwarcz_electroplated_and_sandblasted_her_way_to_art_museums-180962568/The Renwick hosts a 60-year career retrospective for the innovative California enamelistMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:24:41 +0000The History of “Stolen” Supreme Court Seatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-stolen-supreme-court-seats-180962589/As the new administration seeks to fill a vacancy on the Court, a look back at the forgotten mid-19th century battles over the judiciaryMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:21:50 +0000What It Was Like to Be on the Ground at Iwo Jimahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-it-was-like-to-be-on-the-ground-at-iwo/Weapon Hunter host Paul Shull is tracing the history of the iconic American gun known as the StingerMon, 20 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Find Your 2,000-Year-Old Doppelgängerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/who-your-ancient-statue-doppleganger-180962585/Send the Musée de la Civilisation a photo, and it will match you with an ancient statueFri, 17 Mar 2017 20:06:27 +0000Dian Fossey’s Gorilla Skulls Are Scientific Treasures and a Symbol of Her Fighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dian-fosseys-gorilla-skulls-are-scientific-treasures-and-symbol-her-fight-180962564/At a new Smithsonian exhibition, the skulls of “Limbo” and “Green Lady” have a story to tellFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:51:00 +0000How Do New Planets Get Their Names?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-do-planets-get-their-names-180962577/Sorry, Planet McPlanetface: Asteroids, moons and other celestial bodies go through a strict set of international naming guidelinesFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:40:16 +0000Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr and the American Way of Treasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/thomas-jefferson-aaron-burr-and-american-way-treason-180962573/The U.S. had good reason to be cautious about drawing a line between disloyalty and conduct deserving of prosecutionFri, 17 Mar 2017 14:06:23 +0000What It Took to Travel the World Solo as a 19th-Century Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-it-took-to-travel-the-world-solo-as-a-1/Marianne North was not your typical Victorian noblewoman content to simply enjoy the comforts of British high societyFri, 17 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Climate Helped Shape Your Nosehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-climate-changed-shape-your-nose-180962567/New research shows how the width of our nasal passages is literally shaped by the air we breatheThu, 16 Mar 2017 19:43:14 +0000These Bold Illustrations Celebrate the Incredible Contributions of Women in Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-bold-illustrations-celebrate-incredible-contributions-women-science-180962560/A designer's touch brings the achievements and faces of female pioneers to a wider audienceThu, 16 Mar 2017 19:11:58 +0000The Origins of Chicago's Green River, Shamrock Shakes and Other Surprising Trivia About St. Patrick's Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/saint-patrick-wasnt-irish-10-surprising-facts-about-irish-holiday-180962563/From colonial patriots to mass-marketed milkshakes, the Irish religious holiday has morphed into a worldwide celebrationThu, 16 Mar 2017 16:27:47 +0000How Researchers Are Beginning to Gently Probe the Science Behind ASMRhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/researchers-begin-gently-probe-science-behind-asmr-180962550/Once a mysterious Internet phenomenon, "tingleheads" are starting to get real scientific attentionThu, 16 Mar 2017 16:21:05 +0000Hot Food, Fast: The Home Microwave Oven Turns 50http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hot-food-fast-home-microwave-oven-turns-50-180962545/A serendipitous discovery helped engineers harness radar to create the now ubiquitous timesaving applianceThu, 16 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Designs Showcase the Provocative World of Native Fashionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-designs-showcase-provocative-world-native-fashion-180962491/These contemporary designs by prominent or up-and-coming Native American designers are edgy and pulsing with relevance Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Americans Flocked to Catch a Glimpse of Hitler's Carhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/car-drove-hitler-its-road-trip-across-us-and-why-americans-flocked-see-it-180962547/At carnivals and state fairs across the country, curious onlookers were drawn to the Fuhrer's chariotThu, 16 Mar 2017 12:09:35 +0000How the Desert Oryx Stops Its Brain From Fryinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-the-desert-oryx-stops-its-brain-from-frying/How does the desert-dwelling oryx survive a body temperature that would kill other mammals? The answer lies in a panting mechanismThu, 16 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Case for Going to Venushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/case-for-going-to-venus-180962534/Sending a probe to Earth’s lifeless twin could help us understand how life rises—and falls—on faraway planetsWed, 15 Mar 2017 17:40:53 +0000Could This Be the Most Efficient Solar Panel Ever? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-this-be-the-most-efficient-solar-panel-ever-180962532/Taking advantage of temperatures upwards of 1,000 Celsius, these hot solar cells could produce twice as much energy as the industry standardWed, 15 Mar 2017 15:39:38 +0000From Trash To Treads: Turning Tomato Peels and Eggshells Into Tireshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/from-trash-to-treads-turning-tomato-peels-eggshells-into-tires-180962525/Scientists at Ohio State University are replacing the petroleum-based filler in tires with food wasteWed, 15 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Storied, International Folk History of Beauty and The Beast http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/storied-international-folk-history-beauty-and-beast-180962502/Tales about a bride and her animal groom have circulated orally for centuries in Africa, Europe, India and Central AsiaWed, 15 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Buddha's Hair Inspired Burma's Most Sacred Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-buddhas-hair-inspired-burmas-most-sacr/The Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred site in Burma. Its origins can be traced back to the first millenniumWed, 15 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000See Inside Graceland's $137-million Expansionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/see-inside-gracelands-137-million-expansion-180962527/A complex fit for a kingTue, 14 Mar 2017 19:06:15 +0000This Virginia Winery Once Housed One of WWII's Most Important Spy Stationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/cold-war-museum-winery-virginia-180962428/Speakeasies are so 2012—this place has actual secretsTue, 14 Mar 2017 18:46:36 +0000The Attempted Assassination of Andrew Jacksonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/attempted-assassination-andrew-jackson-180962526/A madman, a conspiracy and a lot of angry politiciansTue, 14 Mar 2017 18:35:41 +0000One Writer Used Statistics to Reveal the Secrets of What Makes Great Writinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/one-writer-used-statistics-reveal-secrets-what-makes-great-writing-180962515/In his new book, data journalist Ben Blatt takes a by-the-numbers look at literary classics and finds some fascinating patternsTue, 14 Mar 2017 15:40:30 +0000This Orphanage Did More Than Find Homes for Children of the Holocaust. It Helped Them Reclaim Their Humanityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/orphanage-helped-them-reclaim-their-humanity-180962516/Run by the United Nations, Kloster Indersdorf took a revolutionary approach in caring for its chargesTue, 14 Mar 2017 14:46:24 +0000The Patents and Trademarks Behind Lucky Charms Cerealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/patents-and-trademarks-behind-lucky-charms-cereal-180962517/There's a lot of food science that goes into those marshmallow cloversTue, 14 Mar 2017 14:41:10 +0000The Beast's Enchanted Rose Lasted a Decade. How Long Can a Real One Last?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-a-red-rose-isnt-enchanted-how-long-can-it-last-180962451/A Smithsonian expert says the film's was undoubtedly a hybrid tea roseTue, 14 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Marianne North's Obsession with the Carnivorous Pitcher Planthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/marianne-norths-obsession-with-the-carnivor/Painter Marianne North's obsession with local Borneo vegetation led her to one of the most unusual and rare plants in the worldTue, 14 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Scotland’s Newest Nature Trails Are Underwaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/scotlands-unexpected-snorkel-trail-180962463/The Scottish Wildlife Trust is putting snorkelers up close with the country’s marine wildlifeMon, 13 Mar 2017 19:38:50 +0000The Grisly History of Brooklyn's Revolutionary War Martyrshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/grisly-history-brooklyns-revolutionary-war-martyrs-180962508/The Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, a crypt in Fort Greene Park, may become part of the national park systemMon, 13 Mar 2017 19:18:50 +0000Why Do Male Birds Take on Larger Predators? Maybe Just to Impress the Ladieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/male-birds-who-mob-predators-may-not-be-heroes-we-think-180962500/Some mobbing behavior may be less about survival, and more about sexual selectionMon, 13 Mar 2017 17:46:00 +0000The Abdication of Nicholas II Left Russia Without a Czar for the First Time in 300 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/abdication-nicholas-ii-left-russia-without-tsar-first-time-300-years-180962503/Events in Saint Petersburg 100 years ago brought the end to the Romanov dynastyMon, 13 Mar 2017 15:59:06 +0000How Daily Images of the Entire Earth Will Change the Way We Look At Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-daily-images-entire-earth-will-change-way-we-look-it-180962467/With more satellites than any other company, Planet Labs gives environmental researchers daily dataMon, 13 Mar 2017 14:46:44 +0000How Humans Invented Numbers—And How Numbers Reshaped Our Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-humans-invented-numbersand-how-numbers-reshaped-our-world-180962485/Anthropologist Caleb Everett explores the subject in his new book, <em>Numbers and the Making Of Us</em>Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:08:08 +0000Neuroscientists Unlock the Secrets of Memory Championshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-you-can-train-your-brain-memory-champion-still-forget-your-car-keys-180962496/Boosting your ability to remember lists, from facts to faces, is a matter of retraining your brainMon, 13 Mar 2017 13:26:20 +0000What Lions Look for in the Perfect Preyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-lions-look-for-in-the-perfect-prey/For lions hunting buffalo in the Manyeleti, calculation is always at play: An adult male buffalo may be harder to bring downMon, 13 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Shimmy Through the World's Most Spectacular Slot Canyonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/most-beautiful-slot-canyons-180962270/Where to explore the best of these narrow, water-worn passagewaysFri, 10 Mar 2017 20:54:04 +0000The Trashy Beginnings of “Don’t Mess With Texas”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/trashy-beginnings-dont-mess-texas-180962490/A true story of the defining phrase of the Lone Star stateFri, 10 Mar 2017 17:55:35 +0000Why Is Itching So Contagious?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-itching-so-contagious-180962484/Scientists figure out how compulsive scratching spreads in mice, and maybe humansFri, 10 Mar 2017 15:33:06 +0000Photographs of America’s Eastern Treasures Finally Have Their Moment in the Limelighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photographs-of-america-eastern-treasures-moment-limelight-180962460/A neglected period of American photographic history goes on display at the National Gallery of ArtFri, 10 Mar 2017 15:27:28 +0000Could This Chatbot Prevent Some Deportations?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-chatbot-prevent-some-deportations-180962435/Visabot helps immigrants and visitors to the United States obtain and keep visasFri, 10 Mar 2017 15:19:38 +0000Allied Troops Used These Massive Pipe Bombs at Omaha Beachhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/allied-troops-used-these-massive-pipe-bombs/World War II veteran John Raaen Jr. was there the day Allied troops stormed Omaha Beach at NormandyFri, 10 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Myth That Washington Was a Swamp Will Never Go Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/draining-swamp-guide-outsiders-and-career-politicians-180962448/It makes for a catchy slogan used by politicians of all persuasions, but there's little truth to itThu, 09 Mar 2017 17:48:13 +0000Scientists Delve Into Neanderthal Dental Plaque to Understand How They Lived and Atehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/delving-neanderthal-dental-plaque-understand-how-they-lived-and-ate-180962449/The plaque that coated Neanderthal teeth is shedding new light on how our ancestors ate, self-medicated and interacted with humansThu, 09 Mar 2017 16:22:23 +0000Adorable Ground Squirrels Playing in Sweltering Heathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/adorable-ground-squirrels-playing-in-swelter/Ground squirrels in the Kalahari have devised a remarkable method to guarantee portable shade: they use their tails as umbrellasThu, 09 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000In Its Layers, This Stunning Pink Coralline Algae Holds Secrets of Climates Past http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-layers-stunning-pink-coralline-algae-holds-secrets-climates-past-180962436/Unseen and unsung for centuries, these underwater species of coralline algae are providing scientists with an unparalleled new archive of informationWed, 08 Mar 2017 21:25:38 +0000America's First Writers Museum Is Slated to Open in Mayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-american-writers-museum-180962409/A new home for celebrating American literary titans, titles and traditions takes root in ChicagoWed, 08 Mar 2017 20:29:26 +0000What Happens When an Archaeologist Challenges Mainstream Scientific Thinking?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/jacques-cinq-mars-bluefish-caves-scientific-progress-180962410/The story of Jacques Cinq-Mars and the Bluefish Caves shows how toxic atmosphere can poison scientific progressWed, 08 Mar 2017 19:48:52 +0000Can Social Media Give Sharks a Better Reputation?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-social-media-give-sharks-better-reputation-180962411/A nonprofit called Ocearch is naming tagged sharks and giving them Twitter and Instagram accounts to ease fears and aid in conservationWed, 08 Mar 2017 17:59:14 +0000Where to Hunt for the World’s Smallest Monumentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-smallest-monuments-180962256/Don't overlook these tiny statues in cities around the worldWed, 08 Mar 2017 16:51:16 +0000The Toxic Truth Behind Mardi Gras Beadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/toxic-truth-mardi-gras-beads-180962431/ Every year, 25 million pounds of plastic beads made by Chinese factory workers get dumped on the streets of New OrleansWed, 08 Mar 2017 16:10:12 +0000The Polish Patriot Who Helped Americans Beat the Britishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/polish-patriot-who-helped-americans-beat-british-180962430/Thaddeus Kosciuszko engineered the colonial defenses in some of the Revolution's most critical battlesWed, 08 Mar 2017 15:07:53 +0000A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Radioactive Oatmeal Go Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/spoonful-sugar-helps-radioactive-oatmeal-go-down-180962424/When MIT and Quaker Oats paired up to conduct experiments on unsuspecting young boysWed, 08 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000Two Smithsonian Scientists Retrace the Mysterious Circumstances of an 1866 Death and Change Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-smithsonian-scientists-retrace-mysterious-circumstances-1866-death-180962417/Did the 19th-century naturalist Robert Kennicott die of his own hand?Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:40:32 +0000In Smart Cities of the Future, Posters and Street Signs Can Talkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smart-cities-future-posters-and-street-signs-can-talk-180962419/University of Washington engineers show how "smart" posters can send a message via FM radio waves to smartphone or car radioWed, 08 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Pearl Harbor Veteran Tells His Harrowing Story of Survivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-pearl-harbor-veteran-tells-his-harrowing-s_1/Mickey Ganitch, a U.S. sailor stationed at Pearl Harbor, was gearing up for a football game on December 7, 1941, when hundreds of fighter pilots appearedWed, 08 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Democrats Are For Mars, Republicans Are For The Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/moon-2026-180962344/The presidents' dream of "American footprints on distant worlds" means different things to different peopleTue, 07 Mar 2017 22:06:50 +0000To Understand Exotic Exoplanets, We Should Start in our Own Backyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/how-venus-could-help-us-understand-new-trappist-1-planets-180962267/Venus is the perfect laboratory for understanding what makes a planet habitable Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:40:33 +0000This Medieval Knight’s Manor Houses Over 350 Mechanical Musical Instrumentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/musical-detour-rhineland-collection-mechanical-instruments-180962418/From tiny music boxes to the bus-sized Orchestrion, Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet in Germany's Rhineland is the perfect musical detourTue, 07 Mar 2017 21:21:08 +0000Charging Ahead: The Future of Batterieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/charging-ahead-future-of-batteries-180962414/Battery research is at a tipping point, and it’s never been more importantTue, 07 Mar 2017 19:11:05 +0000Puerto Ricans Got U.S. Citizenship 100 Years Ago—But Their Identity Remains Fraughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/100-years-ago-puerto-ricans-got-us-citizenship-it-only-made-things-more-complicated-180962412/Even a century later, those who live in the U.S. territory have little autonomyTue, 07 Mar 2017 18:30:00 +0000A New Exhibition Explores the Science and Math in Children's Book Illustrationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-exhibition-explores-science-and-math-childrens-book-illustrations-180962389/The 29 artworks on display capture the wonder in nature, engineering and discoveriesTue, 07 Mar 2017 15:33:26 +0000Installing Massive Machinery on the Seafloor Is Incredibly Diceyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/installing-massive-machinery-on-the-seafloor/Lowering a massive compressor 984 feet down onto the seafloor isn't easy, even for a ship the size of North Sea GiantTue, 07 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Track, For the First Time, One of the Rarest Songbirds on Its Yearlong Migrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scientists-track-first-time-one-rarest-songbirds-its-yearlong-migration-180962390/The journey of the Kirtland’s warbler is discovered thanks to a combination of the latest tiny technology and centuries-old solar location methodsMon, 06 Mar 2017 21:02:22 +0000How Many Volunteers Does It Take to Transcribe Phyllis Diller's 53,000 Jokes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-many-volunteers-does-take-transcribe-phyllis-dillers-jokes-180962384/Playing around in this massive joke file is like a crash course in brash humorMon, 06 Mar 2017 17:41:23 +0000How a Soap Opera Virus Felled Hundreds of Students in Portugalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-soap-opera-virus-felled-hundreds-students-portugal-180962383/The “Strawberries With Sugar” outbreak is just one example of mass hysteria, which goes back centuriesMon, 06 Mar 2017 16:10:15 +0000Incredible: A Cheetah Sprints to Catch a Springbokhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-a-cheetah-sprints-to-catch-a-spr/A cheetah mother caring for her cubs stumbles across an opportunity too good to pass up: a herd of springbok, grazing casually nearbyMon, 06 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +000012 Mesmerizing Places to Watch Flowers Bloomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-see-flowers-bloom-180962367/Because there's no better way exalt the end of winter than with millions of tulips, poppies and rosesFri, 03 Mar 2017 21:17:06 +0000The Supposedly Pristine, Untouched Amazon Rainforest Was Actually Shaped By Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pristine-untouched-amazonian-rainforest-was-actually-shaped-humans-180962378/Over thousands of years, native people played a strong role in molding the ecology of this vast wildernessFri, 03 Mar 2017 20:28:18 +0000How Albert Einstein Used His Fame to Denounce American Racism http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-celebrity-scientist-albert-einstein-used-fame-denounce-american-racism-180962356/The world-renowned physicist was never one to just stick to the scienceFri, 03 Mar 2017 15:08:24 +0000The Romance and Promise of 20th-Century Radio Is Captured in This Muralhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/romance-and-promise-radio-captured-mural-180962353/At the Cooper Hewitt, a rare opportunity to view "The World of Radio" with its masterful vignettes celebrating the Modern ageFri, 03 Mar 2017 15:06:35 +0000Watch a Male Seahorse Give Birth to Hundreds of Babieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/watch-a-male-seahorse-give-birth/Male seahorses are the ones who carry children and give birth. And when they do, they can produce up to 2,000 babies at one timeFri, 03 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000For More Than 150 Years, Texas Has Had the Power to Secede…From Itselfhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/more-150-years-texas-has-had-power-secede-itself-180962354/A quirk of a 19th-century Congressional resolution could allow Texas to split up into five statesThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:57:23 +0000The Political Cartoon That Explains the Battle Over Reconstructionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/political-cartoon-explains-battle-over-reconstruction-180962351/Take a deep dive into this drawing by famed illustrator Thomas NastThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:36:45 +0000Finding Music Behind Prison Barshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/finding-music-behind-prison-bars-180962342/At the Louisiana State Penitentiary and at a maximum-security prison in Malawi, the benefits of music are far-reachingThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:12:45 +0000The 17th-Century Lady Astronomer Who Took Measure of the Starshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lady-astronomer-who-took-on-most-advanced-science-180962142/Astronomer Maria Cunitz might not be such an anomaly, were other women given the same educational opportunities Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:50:23 +0000Human Pollution May Be Fertilizing The Oceans. That’s Not a Good Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/human-pollution-may-be-fertilizing-oceans-not-good-180962346/Our iron emissions from coal and steel may be fuelling ocean life, and trapping carbon in the processThu, 02 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Plane Landing in Arctic Conditions Ends in Tragedyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-plane-landing-in-arctic-conditions/It should have been a routine landing for First Air Flight 6560 at Canada's Resolute Bay Airport, despite the harsh Arctic conditions.Thu, 02 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Reprintable Paper Becomes a Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/reprintable-paper-becomes-reality-180962339/Coating paper with an inexpensive thin film can allow users to print and erase a physical page as many as 80 timesWed, 01 Mar 2017 19:52:56 +0000The Incredible Legacy of Susan La Flesche, the First Native American to Earn a Medical Degreehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/incredible-legacy-susan-la-flesche-first-native-american-earn-medical-degree-180962332/With few rights as a woman and as an Indian, the pioneering doctor provided valuable health care and resources to her Omaha communityWed, 01 Mar 2017 16:27:13 +0000When Humans Begin Colonizing Other Planets, Who Should Be in Charge?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-begin-colonizing-other-planets-who-should-be-in-charge-180962331/The biggest threat humans pose to other worlds is what we don’t know—or what we think we know, but don’tWed, 01 Mar 2017 16:00:42 +0000How a Chinese Empress Built the Largest Palace in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/chinese-empress/Seeking to consolidate her grip on the Chinese throne, Empress Wu Zetian embarked on an audacious project: expanding the imperial palaceWed, 01 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000What's Really Changed—and What Hasn’t—About Getting Humans to the Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-will-modern-moon-mission-look-like-180962317/NASA’s Orion will combine vintage tech with massive advances in computing power and electronics we've made since 1972Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:12:00 +0000Follow the Polka Dots to Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Rooms That Are Breaking Museum Records http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/follow-polka-dots-yayoi-kusama-infinity-rooms-are-breaking-museum-records-180962316/"Polka dots are a way to infinity," says Japan's most successful artist, now at the HirshhornTue, 28 Feb 2017 21:37:26 +0000Step Inside This Underground Cathedral, Carved Into the Walls of an Abandoned Salt Minehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/colombias-underground-salt-cathedral-180962234/An old mine has transformed into a subterranean worship space, 650 feet undergroundTue, 28 Feb 2017 21:07:14 +0000Fighting Illegal Fishing With Big Datahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fighting-illegal-fishing-big-data-180962321/Global Fishing Watch is using satellite data to monitor suspicious ship activity on the high seasTue, 28 Feb 2017 18:51:16 +0000The Fake British Radio Show That Helped Defeat the Nazishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fake-british-radio-show-helped-defeat-nazis-180962320/By spreading fake news and sensational rumors, intelligence officials leveraged “psychological judo” against the Nazis in World War IITue, 28 Feb 2017 18:17:02 +0000Follow the Path of the Freedom Riders in This Interactive Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/follow-path-freedom-riders-interactive-map-180962313/These civil rights activists showed true courage in telling the nation about the segregated SouthTue, 28 Feb 2017 17:16:24 +0000Scientists Make Art From Objects Invisible to the Naked Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-make-art-objects-invisible-naked-eye-180962309/Sophisticated microscopes, satellites and other instruments can create stunning images in experts’ handsTue, 28 Feb 2017 17:08:23 +0000Tattooing Was Illegal in New York City Until 1997http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/tattoos-were-illegal-new-york-city-exhibition-180962232/The New-York Historical Society's newest exhibit delves into the history of the city's once-turbulent ink sceneTue, 28 Feb 2017 16:54:18 +0000Baboons Are Ruthless Reproducershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/baboons-are-ruthless-reproducers-180962299/These monkeys do whatever it takes to pass on their genes, including killing others’ offspringTue, 28 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Obama's Powerful Tribute to a Defining Civil Rights Momenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/obamas-powerful-tribute/On the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, the first African American president paid tribute to an event in civil rights historyTue, 28 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Prehistoric Pointillism? Long Before Seurat, Ancient Artists Chiseled Mammoths Out of Dotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/prehistoric-pointillism-long-seurat-ancient-artists-chiseled-mammoths-out-dots-180962306/Newly discovered 38,000-year-old cave art predates the French post-Impressionist art formMon, 27 Feb 2017 18:59:22 +0000The Politics of Viewing Polar Bearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/politics-viewing-polar-bears-180962303/Tourists flock to this coastal Alaskan town to photograph the vulnerable icons—raising hairy ethical questionsMon, 27 Feb 2017 18:37:27 +0000If We Can Get Past the Ickiness, Hagfish Slime May Actually Be Useful to Ushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/if-we-can-get-past-ickiness-hagfish-slime-may-actually-be-useful-to-us-180962300/The gelatinous glop could be the key to everything from bio-inspired kevlar to shark defense for diversMon, 27 Feb 2017 16:15:09 +0000What's Changed in the 30 Years Since the Smithsonian Opened an Exhibition on Japanese Internmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/marking-75th-anniversary-wrong-imprisonment-120000-japanese-americans-180962278/A new display at the American History Museum marks the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:25:00 +0000How Obama's Historic 2008 DNC Speech Came Togetherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/obamas-historic-2008-dnc-speech/Presidential candidate Barack Obama's scheduled speech to the Democratic National Convention fell on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speechMon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Fake Trees Were Used as Spy Posts on the Front Lines of World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/fake-spy-trees-WWI-180962179/On the Western Front, meticulously crafted iron trees were used by both sides to conceal enemy forcesFri, 24 Feb 2017 19:31:02 +0000Bees Can Learn to Play “Soccer.” Score One for Insect Intelligencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bees-can-learn-play-soccer-score-one-insect-intelligence-180962292/Small as they are, bumblebee brains are surprisingly capable of mastering novel, complex tasks Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:44:56 +0000Lights, Camera…Cocktails! Five Historic Bars From Hollywood’s Golden Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/relive-hollywoods-golden-age-these-five-historic-los-angeles-bars-180962286/Toast the Oscars at one of these Old Holywood watering holesFri, 24 Feb 2017 17:19:53 +0000How Ancient Neanderthal DNA Still Influences Our Genes Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ancient-neanderthal-dna-still-influences-our-genes-today-180962285/Far from being silent remnants, Neanderthal genes play a profound role in how modern human genes are expressed Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:06:36 +0000The First Jazz Recording Was Made by a Group of White Guys?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/was-first-jazz-recording-made-group-white-guys-180962246/A century ago, a recording of the startlingly novel "Livery Stable Blues" helped launch a new genreFri, 24 Feb 2017 15:10:32 +0000Why Mind Wandering Can Be So Miserable, According to Happiness Expertshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-mind-wandering-can-be-so-miserable-according-happiness-experts-180962265/We still don’t know why our minds seem so determined to exit the present moment, but researchers have a few ideasFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:53:08 +0000The Historic Innovation of Land Mines—And Why We've Struggled to Get Rid of Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/historic-innovation-land-minesand-why-weve-struggled-get-rid-them-180962276/A number of researchers are developing tools to defuse or detonate land mines without harming civiliansFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Elk Calves Are Undetectable to Yellowstone's Wolveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-elk-calves-are-undetectable-to-yellowsto/In Yellowstone, elk calves are left unprotected by their herd and are the easiest prey for wolves to catch. Luckily, the newborns have no scentFri, 24 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Seven Foods You Have to Try in Chilehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/foods-you-have-eat-chile-180962257/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:47:15 +0000The New IMAX Film "Dream Big" Roots for the Underdogs in the Engineering Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-imax-film-dream-big-roots-for-underdogs-engineering-world-180962263/Director Greg MacGillivray's latest documentary premieres at the National Air and Space MuseumThu, 23 Feb 2017 17:20:57 +0000Why Is Pennsylvania Ave D.C.'s Main Thoroughfare and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pennsylvania-ave-dc-main-thoroughfare-180962122/Your questions answered by our expertsThu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why Did Greenland's Vikings Vanish?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-greenland-vikings-vanished-180962119/Newly discovered evidence is upending our understanding of how early settlers made a life on the island -- and why they suddenly disappearedThu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000A Child From 17th-Century Europe Might Have Rewritten the History of Smallpoxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/child-17th-century-Europe-might-rewritten-history-smallpox-180962114/The deadly scourge goes back for centuries, but how many?Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000Could Garbage Fuel Airplanes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-garbage-fuel-airplanes-180962261/Fulcrum BioEnergy wants to divert trash from landfills and create cheap green energyThu, 23 Feb 2017 15:03:54 +0000Why Abraham Lincoln Was Revered in Mexicohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-mexico-loved-lincoln-180962258/As a young Congressman and later as the nation’s leader, the first Republican president proved to be a true friend to America’s neighbor to the southThu, 23 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000When Hollywood Glamour Was Sold at the Local Department Storehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/when-hollywood-glamour-was-sold-local-department-store-180962262/During the 1930s, the world’s most fashionable looks came not from Paris, but from La-La LandThu, 23 Feb 2017 14:18:10 +0000A Submarine Dangerously Tests How Deep It Can Gohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-submarine-dangerously-tests-how-deep-it-ca/The USS Tang was a state-of-the-art Balao class submarine, certified by the Navy to dive up to 400 feetThu, 23 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Fifteen Perfect Spots to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse as it Crosses the U.S. This Summerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/perfect-spots-watch-total-solar-eclipse-us-180962253/One of the most exciting astronomical event in U.S. history is happening in AugustWed, 22 Feb 2017 21:23:03 +0000E.O. Wilson Urges Tomorrow’s Scientists to Seek Earth’s Undiscovered Richeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eo-wilson-urges-tomorrows-scientists-seek-earths-undiscovered-riches-180962241/In a Smithsonian talk, the eminent biologist argued for more protected areas and greater efforts to map the diversity of lifeWed, 22 Feb 2017 21:10:12 +0000Scientists Spot Seven Earth-Sized Planets Orbiting a Nearby Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-spot-seven-earth-sized-exoplanets-around-nearby-dwarf-star-180962255/This newly discovered solar system presents the best opportunity yet to study potentially habitable worlds, NASA scientists reportWed, 22 Feb 2017 20:14:28 +0000Apollo 11 Command Module Makes Another Journeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/apollo-11-command-module-makes-journey-180962231/The command module "Columbia" will visit four U.S. museums, leaving DC for the first time in 46 years.Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:09:14 +0000Can a Video Game Capture the Magic of Walden?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/can-video-game-capture-magic-walden-180962125/Henry David Thoreau's famed retreat gets pixelatedWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:40:39 +0000To Save Giraffes, We May Need to Put Our Necks Outhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/save-giraffes-put-our-necks-out-180962128/With populations plummeting, researchers race to understand a beloved but enigmatic animalWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:37:12 +0000The Everlasting, Awe-Inspiring Power of Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/everlasting-awe-inspiring-power-alaska-180962126/For 150 years, Alaska has been a part of the United States, and it's never ceased to amazeWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:21:50 +0000Vladimir Lenin's Return Journey to Russia Changed the World Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/vladimir-lenin-return-journey-russia-changed-world-forever-180962127/On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, our writer set out from Zurich to relive this epic travelWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:15:01 +0000In the Footsteps of Three Modern American Prima Ballerinas http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/footsteps-three-modern-american-prima-ballerinas-180962217/A new exhibition shows that classical ballet and the role of the ballerina are rapidly changingWed, 22 Feb 2017 14:12:35 +0000See the Ancient World Through Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/see-ancient-world-through-virtual-reality-180962237/An archaeological VR company wants to show you what ruins looked like before they were, well, ruinsWed, 22 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000What Maximum Security Meant for Ancient Tomb Raidershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-maximum-security-meant-for-ancient-tomb/The Han dynasty tombs were packed with some of the empire's most valuable relics. To guard against theft, colossal stones, each weighing six tonsWed, 22 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000