Articles | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenFri, 22 Jul 2016 18:44:16 +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 summerMon, 18 Jul 2016 12:47:36 +0000The Only Place on the Appalachian Trail Where You Can See Wild Ponieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/more-than-100-ponies-roam-free-this-park-virginia-180959786/More than 100 ponies roam free on the slopes of Virginia's highest peakFri, 22 Jul 2016 18:44:16 +0000Metaphorically Speaking, Your Nervous System is a Dictatorship http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nervous-system-democracy-or-dictatorship-180959887/ Except when it's an oligarchy. Or a democracy. Or all three.Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:22:05 +0000Are We Close to Having a Blood Test That Detects Cancer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/are-we-close-having-blood-test-detects-cancer-180959867/New research into "liquid biopsies" is promising, but there's still not proof they can find cancer in a healthy personFri, 22 Jul 2016 16:50:57 +0000Star Trek ’s Simon Pegg on Making an Alien Franchise Less Alienatinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/simon-pegg-giving-her-all-shes-got-180959845/The actor/co-writer behind the new film envisions Star Trek as “the ultimate expression of humanity’s potential.”Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:27:10 +0000How You Wound Up Playing <em>The Oregon Trail</em> in Computer Classhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-you-wound-playing-em-oregon-trailem-computer-class-180959851/From the 1970s to 1990s, the government-owned Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium dominated the educational software market with more than 300 gamesFri, 22 Jul 2016 15:12:57 +0000Podcast: Our Food, Our Selveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/podcast-our-food-our-selves-180959879/Food is a focal point for understanding broader environmental problems. In this podcast, we learn how food buyers are influenced in surprising ways.Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Egyptian Pharaoh With the Biggest Egohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-egyptian-pharaoh-with-the-biggest-ego/Though little is known about Khufu, the pharaoh who oversaw the Great Pyramid's construction, vicious rumors about him persist todayFri, 22 Jul 2016 13:36:27 +0000How to Avoid the Pitfalls in the Politics of Graphic Messaginghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-avoid-pitfalls-politics-graphic-messaging-180959860/The director of the National Portrait Gallery offers a few pointers on how to acquire visual intelligenceThu, 21 Jul 2016 18:31:47 +0000Forget Bees: This Bird Has the Sweetest Deal With Honey-Seeking Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-birds-are-honey-chasers-best-friend-180959871/The effectiveness of the honeyguide call sheds light on why this golden relationship has stuck around so longThu, 21 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000The Essence of Alaska Lies Somewhere Between Myth and Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/alaska-meaning-myth-reality-north-to-the-future-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959469/An Alaska native grapples with the meaning of his home stateThu, 21 Jul 2016 16:41:36 +0000Instead of Painkillers, Some Doctors Are Prescribing Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/instead-painkillers-some-doctors-are-prescribing-virtual-reality-180959866/Virtual reality therapy may be medicine's newest frontier, as VR devices become better and cheaperThu, 21 Jul 2016 15:25:13 +0000Chew on This: Powerful Jaws Fueled a Jurassic Herbivore Boom http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/powerful-jaws-fueled-jurassic-herbivore-boom-180959868/Teeth, not flowers, might be the key to the duckbills’ successThu, 21 Jul 2016 14:47:25 +0000How Did a Grizzly Bear Get on California's Flag?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-did-a-grizzly-bear-get-on-californias-flag/As more and more settlers began to pour into California throughout the 1840s, a chain of events led to the Bear Flag RevoltThu, 21 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Enduring Climate Legacy of Mauna Loahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/enduring-climate-legacy-mauna-loa-180959859/Sixty years after a trailblazing climate scientist scaled its heights, the Hawaii-based observatory remains essentialWed, 20 Jul 2016 20:22:37 +0000Check Out the Lunar Dust That Still Lingers On Neil Armstrong’s Gloves http://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/neil-armstrongs-gloves-and-helmet-go-back-display-180959862/The historic artifacts come out of the cold, but only for a year.Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:54:46 +0000Meet the Brilliant Apollo Mastermind You’ve Never Heard Of http://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/quiet-force-behind-apollo-180957788/A quiet presence, research engineer Bob Gilruth helped NASA send the first manned spaceflight to the moonWed, 20 Jul 2016 16:52:37 +0000How America's Public Parks Were Bornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-americas-public-parks-were-born/Learn how Central Park, the first of its kind, was given a completely visionary design that's since influenced cities around the countryWed, 20 Jul 2016 15:20:48 +0000How Parasites Became So Popularhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/untangling-origins-parasites-180959842/A new study finds that parasitism evolved independently 223 times. But that number is actually surprisingly lowWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:19:00 +0000Were Ants the World's First Farmers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/were-ants-worlds-first-farmers-180959840/A new study shows that a group of ants have been conducting a subsistence type of farming since shortly after the dinosaurs died outWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:10:41 +0000Should We Hate Poetry?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/should-we-hate-poetry-180959832/It was precisely because poetry wasn’t hated that Plato feared it, writes the Smithsonian’s senior historian David Ward, who loves poetryWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000What the Candidates (and Journalists) Can Learn From the 1948 Democratic Conventionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-candidates-and-journalists-can-learn-1948-democratic-convention-180959831/The first time television was beamed into millions of homes meant that presidential politics would have to changeTue, 19 Jul 2016 16:34:05 +0000Please Touch the Art: This Artist Creates Tactile Portraits for the Blindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/artist-making-tactile-art-blind-using-screws-180959716/Andrew Myers uses screws to make 3-D masterpieces for curious fingersTue, 19 Jul 2016 12:10:00 +0000The Incredible Things a Hammerhead's Nose Can Dohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-things-a-hammerheads-nose-can-do/A hammerhead shark is capable of detecting a single drop of fish oil in a body of water equivalent to an Olympic-size swimming poolTue, 19 Jul 2016 03:46:11 +0000There’s No Wrong Way to Make a Tadpole (or Froglet)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/theres-no-wrong-way-make-tadpole-180959824/Marsupial frogs, “vomit frogs” and foam-spewers reveal the glorious range of frog baby-making techniquesMon, 18 Jul 2016 17:23:06 +0000Why Chemicals in the U.S. Are Still “Innocent Until Proven Guilty”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-chemicals-us-are-still-innocent-until-proven-guilty-180959818/A new chemical bill makes major strides, but doesn’t fix the root problemMon, 18 Jul 2016 16:02:00 +0000Meet Eight Young Energy Innovators With Ingenious Ideas http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/meet-eight-young-energy-innovators-with-ingenious-ideas-180959761/From community "solar gardens" to energy pellets made from coffee grounds to a phone-charging device that you plug into soilMon, 18 Jul 2016 15:42:15 +0000When the GOP Picked a Nominee for Vice President, Only to Be Rejectedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-gop-picked-nominee-vice-president-only-be-rejected-180959790/Their unrequited choice seemed utterly uninterested in the roleMon, 18 Jul 2016 14:28:41 +0000Move Over, Madagascar: This Island Has the World’s Greatest Concentration of Unique Mammalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/philippines-island-unique-mammals-180959823/The majority of them are found nowhere else on Earth, making Luzon is a biological treasure troveFri, 15 Jul 2016 19:42:01 +0000Mapping Rio's Favelas http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mapping-rios-favelas-180959816/Ahead of the Olympics, Google and a Brazilian nonprofit have been recruiting locals to pinpoint businesses and other landmarks in the city's shantytownsFri, 15 Jul 2016 16:09:02 +0000Dinosaurs Literally Reshaped The Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dinosaurs-literally-reshaped-planet-180959814/Dinos didn't just leave behind footprints and fossil bones—they also changed the landscapes in which they livedFri, 15 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Best Night Markets for Midnight Snacking in Taipeihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-must-visit-night-markets-taipei-city-180959342/Go light on dinner, these magnificent markets add rich flavor to Taipei's nightlifeFri, 15 Jul 2016 14:32:43 +0000Americans Think National Parks Are Worth Way More Than We Spend On Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/americans-think-national-parks-are-worth-way-more-we-spend-them-180959802/An independent survey finds that although NPS's annual budget is around $3 billion, Americans are willing to pay much moreFri, 15 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Taste-Testing the History of the Hamburgerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/taste-testing-history-hamburger-180959789/One intrepid reporter cooked three different versions of the burger to uncover just when, exactly, the sandwich was inventedFri, 15 Jul 2016 12:10:20 +0000How the Key to the Bastille Ended Up in George Washington’s Possession http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-key-bastille-ended-george-washingtons-possession-180959811/A gift from an old friend is one of Mount Vernon’s most fascinating objectsThu, 14 Jul 2016 18:06:26 +0000Defying Stereotypes, Ducklings Are as Clever as They Are Cutehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/defying-stereotypes-ducklings-are-clever-they-are-cute-180959806/Newborn ducks understand abstract concepts such as sameness and difference with no training whatsoeverThu, 14 Jul 2016 18:03:27 +0000Few Artifacts of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Still Exist. These Iron Blocks Help Tell That Gut-Wrenching Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/few-artifacts-transatlantic-slave-trade-exist-iron-blocks-tell-gut-wrenching-story-180959803/A profound symbol of the horrific conditions aboard a slave ship is the ballast used as a counterweight for human cargoThu, 14 Jul 2016 15:56:48 +0000When Did Today’s Whales Get So Big?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-did-todays-whales-get-so-big-180959801/More recently than you might think, say scientists who scoured the fossil recordThu, 14 Jul 2016 14:57:39 +0000Gotta Catch ‘Em All on the National Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/gotta-catch-em-all-national-mall-180959794/Sergeant Nadia Tyler, a security guard at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, is collecting Pokémon creatures dailyWed, 13 Jul 2016 19:35:08 +0000Arm Day at the Gym Apparently Not a Thing for Newly Found, Tiny-Armed Dino http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/arm-day-gym-apparently-not-thing-newly-discovered-tiny-armed-dino-180959797/Turns out <i>T. rex</i> doesn’t have a copyright on those adorably awkward, itty-bitty armsWed, 13 Jul 2016 18:01:14 +0000Can You Put A Price Tag On Nature? Actually, Yeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-you-put-price-tag-nature-actually-yes-180959678/Here's what happens when you try to account for the monetary value of natureWed, 13 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000The Fight for the "Right to Repair"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fight-right-repair-180959764/Manufacturers have made it increasingly difficult for individuals or independent repair people to fix electronics. A growing movement is fighting backWed, 13 Jul 2016 17:40:07 +0000New Schemes Pay You to Save Species—But Will They Work?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-schemes-aim-pay-save-species-will-they-work-180959759/Programs being set up in the American West are taking a radical new approach: paying landowners to preserve animal habitat.Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0000Here's What Happens When Neuroscientists and Designers Team Up to Explain Scientific Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/heres-what-happens-when-neuroscientists-designers-team-up-explain-scientific-research-180959781/A new interdisciplinary project results in a moving sculpture, an animated piece, a song that evolves and moreWed, 13 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Can There Be Real Estate on the Moon?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/want-buy-mountain-moon-180959692/A Harvard-Smithsonian astrophysicist thinks a legal crisis is waiting for us on the surface of the moon.Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why We Pretend to Clean Up Oil Spillshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/oil-spill-cleanup-illusion-180959783/Six years after Deepwater Horizon spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we still have no idea what we're doingTue, 12 Jul 2016 20:02:51 +0000How Fetus Dissections in the Victorian Era Helped Shape Today’s Abortion Warshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-fetus-dissections-victorian-era-helped-shape-todays-abortion-wars-180959782/Besides teaching us about disease and human development, they molded modern attitudes of the fetus as distinct entity from the motherTue, 12 Jul 2016 19:04:56 +0000What Gives "Seinfeld" Its Staying Power? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-seinfeld-show-about-nothing-changed-everything-180959780/In a new book, pop culture writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong analyzes how the show about nothing changed everythingTue, 12 Jul 2016 18:33:52 +0000Six Monumental New Outdoor Art Installations to See This Summerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/six-monumental-pieces-land-art-to-see-this-summer-180959548/Skip the museum and head to one of these large-scale installations insteadTue, 12 Jul 2016 16:38:16 +0000Women Ruled the Floor When the GOP First Came to Clevelandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-ruled-floor-when-gop-first-came-cleveland-180959760/The 1924 Convention was the first to feature female delegates, and they made their presence knownTue, 12 Jul 2016 13:22:16 +0000Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on His Love of History, Youth Sports and Which Books Everyone Should Readhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/kareem-abdul-jabbar-his-love-history-youth-sports-which-books-everyone-should-read-and-more-180959753/The basketball legend has always had a writer's touchMon, 11 Jul 2016 17:15:54 +0000These Paleo Pets Made Fossil Hunting Less Lonelyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/paleo-pets-make-fossil-hunting-less-lonely-180959749/In the solitary hunt for bones, furry companions provide company, act as field assistants and sometimes even make the ultimate sacrificeMon, 11 Jul 2016 15:34:23 +0000The Brain-Freezing Science of the Slurpeehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brain-freezing-science-slurpee-180959750/More than 60 years ago, a broken soda fountain led to this cool inventionMon, 11 Jul 2016 14:32:49 +0000For a Truly Authentic Alaskan Experience, Hop Aboard America's Last Flag-Stop Trainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/time-travel-hurricane-train-alaska-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959437/Reaching off-the-grid homesteads and cabins, the Hurricane Turn train stops for anyone who flags it downFri, 08 Jul 2016 21:28:19 +0000Eskimo Yo-Yos, Muskox Knitting Yarn and Other Unique Gifts to Buy in Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nine-things-luxury-gift-guide-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959430/ Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:18:12 +0000Tide Shifts Against the Concept of a Keystone Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shrinking-keystone-180959748/Starfish challenge a key ecological concept, ushering in a slightly-more democratic era for tide pools everywhereFri, 08 Jul 2016 18:29:15 +0000The Colonial Settlement That Vanished Into Thin Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-colonial-settlement-that-vanished/An entire colony of English settlers disappeared from Roanoke Island, just outside North Carolina's Outer BanksFri, 08 Jul 2016 15:32:49 +0000Podcast: Does Anybody Even Care About the Arctic Anymore?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-does-anybody-care-about-arctic-anymore-180959741/This week's episode of Warm Regards asks why our coldest region has gotten the cold shoulderFri, 08 Jul 2016 15:10:46 +0000Where and How to (Safely) Bear Watch in Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-and-how-to-see-bears-alaska-guide-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959451/Attacks à la <i>Revenant</i> are a statistical blip. An Alaska expert outlines the dos and don'ts of sharing wilderness with the state's 133,000 bearsFri, 08 Jul 2016 13:48:46 +0000 The World Is Finally Ready to Understand Romaine Brookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-time-acknowledge-romaine-brooks-early-20th-century-artist-180959725/An early 20th-century artist, Brooks was long marginalized, her work overlooked, in part because of her fluid sexual and gender identityFri, 08 Jul 2016 13:32:33 +0000Study Says Earth's Plate Tectonics May Be Just a Phasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/study-says-earths-plate-tectonics-may-be-just-phase-180959705/New models suggest that earth's plates could grind to a halt in about five billion years.Fri, 08 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Six of History's Smartest, Weirdest and Most Interesting Inventions for Beating the Heathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/six-historys-smartest-weirdest-most-interesting-inventions-beating-heat-180959608/From a bicycle mister to ice energy, here are a few innovative ways for cooling downFri, 08 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Sorry, Tiger Dudes: Your Ladies Are Faking Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sorry-tiger-dudes-your-ladies-are-faking-it-2-180959731/India’s tigresses may be feigning interest in sex as the result of shrinking habitat and overlapping territoriesFri, 08 Jul 2016 12:42:51 +0000Photographer Captures the Enduring Grandeur of the Steinway Piano Factoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photographer-captures-enduring-grandeur-steinway-factory-180959632/Christopher Payne's new book strikes a chordFri, 08 Jul 2016 11:45:00 +0000The Heiress to a Gun Empire Built a Mansion Forever Haunted by the Blood Money That Built Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/heiress-gun-empire-built-mansion-forever-haunted-blood-money-built-it-180959712/Sarah Winchester inherited a fortune and used it to construct a mysterious mansion in northern CaliforniaThu, 07 Jul 2016 19:08:08 +0000<em>Wired</em> Founder Kevin Kelly On the Technologies That Will Dominate Our Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/wired-founder-kevin-kelly-on-technologies-that-will-dominate-our-future-180959708/The optimistic futurist says we'll share more, own less and spend far more time on our devicesThu, 07 Jul 2016 18:10:46 +0000Awkward Robots Show How Tails Propelled First Land Walkers to New Heightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/awkward-robots-show-how-tails-propelled-first-land-walkers-new-heights-180959717/A 3D-printed bot designed to move like amphibious fish suggests that the first land animals needed tails to climb slippery slopesThu, 07 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000The Most Diverse Neighborhood in the U.S. May Surprise Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mountain-view-alaska-diversity-immigration-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959441/Abundant housing and job opportunities have brought people from all over the world to Mountain View, AlaskaThu, 07 Jul 2016 17:31:27 +0000Tracing Alaska's Russian Heritagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/alaska-russian-heritage-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959449/From onion domes to tsarist-era Russian dialects, evidence of the Russian colonialism remainsThu, 07 Jul 2016 17:31:24 +0000Guide to Awesome: 14 Reasons to Visit Alaska Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/alaska-guide-top-destinations-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959442/From the tallest North American peak to the world’s largest bears, Alaska is home to unparalleled experiencesThu, 07 Jul 2016 17:30:30 +0000Which Great American Should Be Immortalized With the Next Big Broadway Musical?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/which-figure-american-history-should-be-subject-next-big-broadway-musical-180959714/<em>Hamilton</em> has caught the nation's attention. A panel of Smithsonian writers and curators suggest who's next.Thu, 07 Jul 2016 16:43:01 +0000The Forgotten Jewish Pirates of Jamaicahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/forgotten-jewish-pirates-jamaica-180959252/Today, some tour operators and cultural historians are calling attention to the country's little-known Jewish heritageThu, 07 Jul 2016 15:46:27 +0000If Telescopes Are Time Machines, the JWST Will Take Us the Furthest Back Yethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/if-telescopes-are-time-machines-jwst-will-take-us-furthest-back-yet-180959710/The James Webb Space Telescope promises to peer back into the making of the first galaxiesThu, 07 Jul 2016 14:40:49 +0000Ways to Avoid Losing Oxygen in a Submarinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/ways-to-avoid-losing-oxygen-in-a-submarine/In 1940, German U-boat commander Otto Kretschmer's submarine was under siege for hours and his crew grew tremendously stressedThu, 07 Jul 2016 13:07:39 +0000Lady Bird Johnson Wielded Power With a Delicate Touchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lady-bird-johnson-wielded-power-delicate-touch-180959696/The First Lady was a trailblazer who flew under the radar as a quiet champion of Civil Rights and protecting the environmentWed, 06 Jul 2016 15:27:37 +0000It's Easy to Forget That Just Fifty Years Ago, Equality for Women Was a Strange Concepthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/easy-to-forget-just-fifty-years-ago-equality-women-strange-concept-180959683/The 50th anniversary of the National Organization for Women is at hand and it’s still personal—and politicalWed, 06 Jul 2016 15:14:36 +0000How a Young Jupiter Acted as Both Protector and Destroyerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-young-jupiter-acted-both-protector-and-destroyer-180959695/Like a boisterous older sibling, the gas giant both beat up and protected young EarthWed, 06 Jul 2016 14:46:37 +0000Why Brown Bears Are Misunderstoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-brown-bears-are-misunderstood/Historically feared by humans, brown bears were once aggressively hunted in the contiguous U.S.Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:49:50 +0000Explore Frida Kahlo's Mexico Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/frida-kahlo-mexico-city-180959634/Here are four places with connections to the late Mexican artist to visit on her birthday, July 6, and beyond Wed, 06 Jul 2016 11:15:00 +0000The FarmBot Genesis Brings Precision Agriculture to Your Own Backyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/farmbot-genesis-brings-precision-agriculture-your-own-backyard-180959603/Developed by a team from California, this machine plants seeds, pulls weeds and waters plants individuallyTue, 05 Jul 2016 15:19:46 +0000Child Refugees Pose Unique Challenge for Mental Health Practitionershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/child-refugees-pose-unique-challenge-mental-health-practitioners-180959676/As the crisis deepens, mental health experts move from questions of short-term survival to ones of longer-term rehabilitationTue, 05 Jul 2016 14:31:27 +0000The Sleepy Japanese Town Built Inside an Active Volcanohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/japanese-town-aogashima-active-volcano-180959153/It’s been about 230 years since the last eruption killed half the population. But locals won't let the volcano dictate their futureTue, 05 Jul 2016 13:56:37 +0000It's Official: We Are Now in Orbit Around Jupiterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/its-official-we-are-now-orbit-around-jupiter-180959684/After a nerve-wracking entry, NASA spacecraft Juno successfully entered the gas giant's orbitTue, 05 Jul 2016 13:48:16 +0000One Step Closer to Turning Plastics Into Fuel http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/one-step-closer-to-turning-plastics-fuel-180959568/Researchers in California and China have discovered a new method for breaking polyethylene into liquid fuel and solid waxTue, 05 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Harvard Professor Who Shot a Financial Titan and Fomented Anti-German Sentiment in a Pre-WWI Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/harvard-professor-bombed-congress-shot-financial-titan-spurred-anti-german-sentiment-180959679/Readers on July 4, 1915 learned the story of a would-be assassin who said he was trying to keep the U.S. out of the European conflictSat, 02 Jul 2016 12:08:21 +0000There’s a Lot More to This Basque Boat Than Meets the Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/theres-lot-more-basque-boat-meets-eye-180959675/The lost story of the Basque heritage is just waiting to be discovered and could be revealed just by watching craftsmen rebuild an ancient whalerFri, 01 Jul 2016 18:40:02 +0000"Armenian Public Radio" Brings Nirvana Attitude to the Folklife Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/armenian-public-radio-brings-nirvana-attitude-festival-180959650/An Armenian-American trio performs traditional folk songs with a modern American sensibilityFri, 01 Jul 2016 16:00:53 +0000Visit Canada's Jaw-Dropping National Parks for Freehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-canadas-national-parks-for-free-in-2017-180958000/In honor of Canada's sesquicentennial anniversary, explore its spectacular parks gratisFri, 01 Jul 2016 14:16:12 +0000How Do Your Checked Bags Actually Get on the Plane?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/how-do-your-checked-bags-get-on-the-plane/Your bags usually make the same journey you do. But before they've even boarded, they're in for a six-mile automated trip through the bowels of the airportFri, 01 Jul 2016 13:29:54 +0000How Real-time Translation Apps and Online Tools Are Helping Refugees in Turkey Forge New Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/refugees-and-technology-exile-180959606/Refugees and the technology of exileFri, 01 Jul 2016 13:15:00 +0000Plastic is Forever: The Art of Mass Consumptionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/consequences-mass-consumption-180959661/For International Bag Free Day, an intimate look at American mass consumption through the eyes of photographer Chris JordanFri, 01 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Where’s the Debate on Francis Scott Key’s Slave-Holding Legacy?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wheres-debate-francis-scott-keys-slave-holding-legacy-180959550/During his lifetime, abolitionists ridiculed Key’s words, sneering that America was more like the “Land of the Free and Home of the Oppressed”Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000What Ultra High Speed Penguin Footage Reveals About Pliosaurushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/ultra-high-speed-penguin-footage-pliosaurus/How did the pliosaurus, a 45-foot-long underwater prehistoric predator, keep up with its prey? A biomechanics expert finds answers by observing the penguinThu, 30 Jun 2016 19:43:14 +0000The Origin of the Coney Island Hot Dog Is a Uniquely American Story http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/origins-coney-island-hot-dog-uniquely-american-story-180959659/They also have very little to do with the New York City amusement parkThu, 30 Jun 2016 18:25:21 +0000Do Insects Have Consciousness?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/do-insects-have-consciousness-180959484/A new theory has scientists buzzingThu, 30 Jun 2016 17:40:43 +0000What's the Difference Between Invasive and Nonnative Species? Plus, More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/difference-invasive-nonnative-species-questions-readers-180959500/You asked, we answeredThu, 30 Jun 2016 17:31:45 +0000A Maze of Palatial Icebergs Has Floated Into a Washington, D.C. Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/visit-maze-palatial-icebergs-new-installation-180959596/The new exhibition touches on design, landscape architecture, the life of icebergs and climate changeThu, 30 Jun 2016 16:14:53 +0000The Pioneers of Video Game Technology Are About to Become the Stuff of Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pioneers-video-game-technology-become-stuff-history-180959649/The American History Museum's Lemelson Center will record 20 oral histories from early video game innovatorsThu, 30 Jun 2016 15:54:52 +0000How Roundup Ready Soybeans Rocked the Food Economyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-roundup-ready-soybeans-rocked-food-economy-180959397/This 1980s-era “gene gun” fired the shot heard around the worldThu, 30 Jun 2016 14:58:47 +0000Video: The Past, Present and Future of Agriculturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/video-past-present-and-future-agriculture-180959618/Globalization and new technologies have given us more control and more power over our food than ever before. What's next?Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Proud Sea Lion Mom Shows Off Her New Pup in These Adorable Pictures From the Zoohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/proud-sea-lion-mom-shows-her-new-pup-adorable-pictures-zoo-180959651/Calli, the 11-year-old sea lion gave birth on June 26; mother and pup are bonding and doing wellThu, 30 Jun 2016 12:21:54 +0000Discover Taipei's Local Hangouts from the Front Seat of an In-service Taxihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/exploring-taipei-by-taxi-180959403/Ride along through this Taiwanese city's back alleys and far-flung neighborhoodsThu, 30 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0000Plan a Back-40 Getaway at One of These Four Exceptional Farm Stayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-farm-stays-180959605/Plan an overnight adventure on a working farmThu, 30 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000Fraises Des Bois, the Best Strawberry You’ve Never Hadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-fruit-fraises-des-bois-best-strawberry-youve-never-had-180959604/Supermarket strawberries are big, perfectly red, perfectly heart-shaped, and perfectly flavorless—at least compared with what they could beWed, 29 Jun 2016 19:30:41 +0000Catch the Spiffy New Look for the Hall that Houses The Spirit of St. Louis, Bell X-1 and Other Famous Flyershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/boeing-milestones-flight-hall-reopens-national-air-and-space-museum-180959602/Just in time for its 40th birthday, the museum revamps its main exhibition hall and Star Trek "Enterprise" debuts Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:35:00 +0000Ten Great Moments in Aerospace Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/aerospace-history-tour-180959119/Learn all about them in one trip to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space MuseumWed, 29 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0000Unfortunately, Reducing Deforestation Isn’t Enough To Protect Amazon Biodiversityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/unfortunately-reducing-deforestation-isnt-enough-protect-amazon-biodiversity-180959610/Logging, wildfires and other human disturbances lead to species die-offs Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:59:50 +0000Why Twitter's "Poet Laureate" Has No Plans to Unmask His Real Identityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/twitter-poet-laureate-no-plans-unmask-real-identity-180959486/He tweets under the guise of @Brian_Bilston and uses the platform to reinvent the age-old form of writingWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:20:09 +0000Why Betty and Veronica Are the Real Stars of Riverdalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/betty-veronica-real-stars-riverdale-180959498/In a reboot of the classic Archie comics, the two female leads take chargeWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:12:13 +0000These Abandoned Buildings Are the Last Remnants of Liberia's Founding Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/liberia-created-former-slaves-fading-into-history-180959503/The world created by former slaves in Liberia was a cruel paradox for more than 150 yearsWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:10:00 +0000What Is Bertsolaritza and Who Are the Basque Poets Who Know It?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-bertsolaritza-and-who-are-basque-poets-who-know-it-180959591/At the Folklife Festival, be sure to catch the singing, improvisational poetry slam that’s keeping a language aliveWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:06:51 +0000The Residents of This Louisiana Island Are America's First "Climate Refugees"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/residents-louisiana-island-americas-first-climate-refugees-180959585/As the sea levels rise, these photos provide a big picture view of a place losing the battle against climate changeWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000For More Than 100 Years, the U.S. Forced Navajo Students Into Western Schools. The Damage Is Still Felt Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/decades-us-government-forcibly-placed-native-students-western-schools-effects-felt-today-180959502/Photographer Daniella Zalcman explores how native populations had a new nation foisted upon themWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000American Exiles: Leaving Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/american-exiles-leaving-home-180959492/A series of three photo essays explores how America has treated its own people in times of crisisWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000Shooting Penguins in the Falkland Islands to Save Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shooting-penguins-falkland-islands-save-them-180959491/Photographer Neil Ever Osborne hopes that his work helps save the speciesWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000Studying the Climate of the Past Is Essential for Preparing for Today's Rapidly Changing Climatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/studying-climate-past-essential-preparing-todays-rapidly-changing-climate-180959595/A Smithsonian scientist explains why in the new Age of Humans, we must turn from crisis management to planet managementWed, 29 Jun 2016 14:37:50 +0000Sharks and Humans: A Love-Hate Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sharks-and-humans-love-hate-story-180959600/A short history of our relationship with the ocean’s most intimidating fish Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:23:51 +0000Why People Abandon High-Tech Prostheticshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-people-abandon-high-tech-prosthetics-180959598/That Luke Skywalker prosthetic arm may strike the average user as less than sensationalWed, 29 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Inside Story of How a Nazi Plot to Sabotage the U.S. War Effort Was Foiledhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-story-how-nazi-plot-sabotage-us-war-effort-was-foiled-180959594/J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI took the credit, but it was really only because of a German defector that the plans were blownTue, 28 Jun 2016 18:23:55 +0000No, a Mitochondrial "Eve" Is Not the First Female in a Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/no-mitochondrial-eve-not-first-female-species-180959593/The latest story about a sperm whale “Eve” shows how people misunderstand the evolutionary term. Fear not: we can clarify.Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:12:38 +0000These Adorable Rescue Dogs Lead Truffle Hunting Tours in Australia's Majura Valleyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/truffle-hunting-dogs-lead-tours-australia-180959537/An Australian farmer trains these abandoned canines to sleuth out a gourmet delicacyTue, 28 Jun 2016 16:23:19 +0000A Bold New History of the Battle of the Sommehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/bold-new-history-battle-somme-180959488/British generals have long been seen as the bunglers of the deadly conflict, but a revisionist look argues that a U.S. general was the real donkeyTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:44:13 +0000Novelist Edna O'Brien Explores the True Nature of Evilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/novelist-edna-obrien-true-nature-evil-180959499/Celebrated for her books about love, the writer might finally win a Nobel Prize for something darkerTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:42:30 +0000Childhood Leukemia Was Practically Untreatable Until Dr. Don Pinkel and St. Jude Hospital Found a Curehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/childhood-leukemia-untreatable-dr-don-pinkel-st-jude-180959501/A half century ago, a young doctor took on a deadly form of cancer—and the scientific establishmentTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:42:24 +0000History Forgot This Rogue Aristocrat Who Discovered Dinosaurs and Died Pennilesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-forgot-rogue-aristocrat-discovered-dinosaurs-died-penniless-180959504/Now fallen into shadow, the Romania-born Baron Franz Nopcsa was a groundbreaking scientist, adventurer -- and would-be kingTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:42:19 +0000How Augmented Reality Will Change How You Buy Furniturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-augmented-reality-will-change-how-you-buy-furniture-180959586/Thanks to a new Google 3D technology named Tango, mobile devices will be able to insert virtual images into a real placeTue, 28 Jun 2016 14:23:54 +0000The Best Caribbean Island You’ve Never Heard Ofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/saba-caribbean-island-youve-never-heard-180959370/This tropical paradise is packed with lush landscapes and secret pleasuresMon, 27 Jun 2016 18:00:01 +0000This Man Controls the Ways You Walk in Airportshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/this-man-controls-the-ways-you-walk-in-airports_1/Many airports employ passenger flow experts to look out for travel patterns among passengers. From there, they can change the airport's infrastructureMon, 27 Jun 2016 17:13:32 +0000Mama Bears Use Humans To Keep Their Cubs Safehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mama-bears-use-humans-keep-their-cubs-safe-180959575/During mating season, humans might stress female bears out, but male bears stress them out moreMon, 27 Jun 2016 16:30:00 +0000Stop 'Naming and Shaming' Polluted Cities. It Doesn't Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/should-we-name-and-shame-polluted-cities-180959571/Why calling out 'Most polluted cities' sometimes backfiresMon, 27 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0000The Discovery of a Roman Gladiator School Brings the Famed Fighters Back to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/discovery-roman-gladiator-school-brings-famed-fighters-to-life-180959489/Located in Austria, the archaeological site is providing rich new details about the lives and deaths of the arena combatantsMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:46:49 +0000Podcast: "Warm Regards" and the Challenge of Humanizing Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-warm-regards-and-challenge-humanizing-climate-change-180959577/Meteorologist Eric Holthaus and others seek the bright side of an often gloomy conversationMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:42:52 +0000Steven Spielberg on Why He Made The BFGhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/steven-spielberg-why-he-made-bfg-180959573/The director talks about the new adaptation, the cast and having John Williams compose the score of the filmMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:05:31 +0000The Surprising History of the Infographichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/surprising-history-infographic-180959563/Early iterations saved soldiers' lives, debunked myths about slavery and helped Americans settle the frontierMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Fantastic Mr. Dahlhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/fantastic-roald-dahl-BFG-180959487/The British author’s world—antic, subversive, wildly inventive and monstrously humane—returns to the screen in Steven Spielberg’s <i>The BFG</i>Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000“Weak Lensing” Helps Astronomers Map the Mass of the Universehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/weak-lensing-helps-astronomers-map-mass-universe-180959572/By making galaxies a little bit brighter, it points the way to elusive galaxies and lets us detect that most mysterious of substances: dark matterMon, 27 Jun 2016 14:43:12 +0000How the Nazis “Normalized” Anti-Semitism by Appealing to Childrenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-nazi-normalized-anti-semitism-appealing-children-180959539/A new museum and exhibit explore the depths of the hatred toward Europe’s JewsMon, 27 Jun 2016 13:13:07 +0000Some Ancient Insects Wore the Exoskeletons of Other Bugs to Disguise Themselveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/some-ancient-insects-wore-exoskeletons-other-bugs-disguise-themselves-180959554/New amber specimens show that insects have been mastering the art of disguise for 100 million yearsFri, 24 Jun 2016 18:05:17 +0000A Canadian Company's Quest To Turn Air Pollution Into Fuelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/canadian-companys-quest-to-turn-air-pollution-into-fuel-180959553/Startup Carbon Engineering has opened a prototype plant in Squamish, British Columbia, that captures carbon dioxide emissionsFri, 24 Jun 2016 16:26:05 +0000These Are Some of the Weirdest Ways Paleontologists Find Fossilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-are-some-weirdest-ways-paleontologists-find-fossils-180959557/Sometimes you pee on them, sometimes you’re just trying to get away from other paleontologists. Here are the discovery stories scientists won’t tell youFri, 24 Jun 2016 16:09:27 +0000Museum Director Calls for Increased Funding for Scientific Collections to Save Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/natural-history-museum-director-calls-increased-funding-collections-save-lives-180959510/Infectious disease researchers should be using museum collections to fight newly discovered pathogensFri, 24 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Honeybees are the Stars at New York City’s Coolest Field Triphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/honeybees-are-stars-new-york-citys-coolest-field-trip-180959551/People are buzzing about world’s largest rooftop soil farmFri, 24 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000See the Gutenberg Bible, 32,000 3D Mechanical Puzzles and a Lock of Edgar Allen Poe’s Hair at This Rare Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/indiana-university-lilly-library-collection-180959118/Curiosity is a credential at Indiana University Library’s Lilly LibraryThu, 23 Jun 2016 15:02:35 +0000Inventing the Beach: The Unnatural History of a Natural Placehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inventing-beach-unnatural-history-natural-place-180959538/The seashore used to be a scary place, then it became a place of respite and vacation. What happened?Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:34:06 +0000Why We're Giving People 20 Percent Doses of the Yellow Fever Vaccinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-who-says-its-okay-give-20-percent-doses-yellow-fever-vaccine-180959535/Vaccine stores in Africa have repeatedly been depleted. The WHO's decision to allow mini-doses reflects a precarious—and cyclical—shortageWed, 22 Jun 2016 19:32:34 +0000Nine Northern Italian Destinations to Visit After You View Christo's "Floating Piers" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/northern-italys-lake-district-is-cool-for-the-summer-180959425/Cultural and historical treasures abound near Lake Iseo Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:16:23 +0000How Photography Shaped America's National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-photography-shaped-americas-national-parks-180959262/Jamie M. Allen explores how conservation and consumerism have impacted America's natural heritageWed, 22 Jun 2016 18:09:15 +0000The Origins of the Term "Affirmative Action"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/learn-origins-term-affirmative-action-180959531/The words trace all the way back to employment law from the early 20th centuryWed, 22 Jun 2016 17:53:41 +0000The Revolutionary War Patriot Who Carried This Gunpowder Horn Was Fighting for Freedom—Just Not His Own http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/patriot-who-carried-revolutionary-war-era-gunpowder-horn-was-fighting-freedomjust-not-his-own-180959385/ Simbo, an African-American patriot, fought for his country's liberty and freedom even as a large population remained enslavedWed, 22 Jun 2016 16:36:54 +0000How Realistic Is the Shark Science in "The Shallows"?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/qa-diving-deep-killer-shark-science-shallows-180959530/We ask shark expert Chris Lowe whether the science in the upcoming shark thriller has any teeth. Beachgoers: You're welcome.Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:00:44 +0000This Is Martha, the World's Last Known Passenger Pigeonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/martha-last-known-passenger-pigeon/Martha, was the last passenger pigeon to ever flyWed, 22 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Global Price of Invasive Species http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/global-price-invasive-species-180959522/The U.S. and China pose the greatest threat as exporters of invasive species, but other countries have more to loseTue, 21 Jun 2016 18:47:51 +0000Immerse Yourself in Italian Cuisine at These Eight Cooking Schoolshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/immerse-yourself-italian-cuisine-180959447/From local women to world-renowned chefs, here's a delicious way to get in touch with your inner ItalianTue, 21 Jun 2016 16:10:18 +0000Did Atlantis Really Have Indoor Plumbing?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/did-atlantis-really-have-indoor-plumbing/In 1967, archeologists discovered Akrotiri. It may be the missing city of Atlantis, as well as the origin of the modern toiletTue, 21 Jun 2016 15:33:39 +0000This Painting Shows What It Might Look Like When Zika Infects a Cell http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/this-painting-shows-what-might-look-like-when-zika-infects-cell-180959507/David S. Goodsell's watercolor-and-ink artworks use the latest research to illustrate viruses, proteins and moreTue, 21 Jun 2016 14:25:55 +0000Diamonds Illuminate the Origins of Earth's Deepest Oceans http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/diamonds-illuminate-origins-earths-deepest-oceans-180959480/Crystals could be the key to where our water came from, and what that means for finding life on other planetsTue, 21 Jun 2016 13:07:03 +0000In a Historic First, a Large Collection of Islamic Qur'ans Travels This Fall to the U.S. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/in-historic-first-large-collection-islamic-qurans-travels-this-fall-to-the-us-180959421/The art of the ancient Qur'an is showcased with the loan of some 48 manuscripts and folios from Istanbul, Turkey, and on view at the SmithsonianTue, 21 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000The One Place JFK Felt He Could Be Alonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-one-place-jfk-felt-he-could-be-alone/In the midst of the biggest crises of his presidency, John F. Kennedy always knew there was one place he could go to collect his thoughts aloneMon, 20 Jun 2016 20:51:29 +0000Will Medicine Survive the Anthropocene?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/will-medicine-survive-anthropocene-180959473/Up to ten percent of major drugs contain plant-derived ingredients, but a warming world could put those—and other medicines—at riskMon, 20 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0000Will Skyscrapers of the Future Be Built From Wood?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-skyscrapers-future-be-built-wood-180959475/Why cross-laminated timber might become the newest trend in urban architectureMon, 20 Jun 2016 16:33:15 +0000Relive 'Don Quixote' With a Trip Through Miguel de Cervantes’ Spainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-miguel-de-cervantes-spain-180959013/Tilt at windmills for the 400th anniversary of the author's deathMon, 20 Jun 2016 15:13:52 +0000Nine Days of a Sailor-Scholar’s Life Aboard the Canoe Circumnavigating the Globe http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nine-days-sailor-scholars-life-aboard-canoe-circumnavigating-globe-180959369/A Smithsonian expert learns the hard-knock lessons of when to be quiet and how to take a poopMon, 20 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Podcast: On the Way to Peak Phosphorushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/podcast-way-peak-phosphorus-180959470/On this episode of Generation Anthropocene, we dive into one of the most underappreciated elements on the periodic tableFri, 17 Jun 2016 18:45:05 +0000The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Bollywoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-bollywood-180959035/Learn the history of Mumbai's iconic "cut-to" Switzerland shotFri, 17 Jun 2016 15:48:24 +0000It's a Global Solstice Party and You're Invitedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-global-solstice-party-and-youre-invited-180959462/Sound artist Charlie Morrow organized artists and scientists from around the Earth to celebrate the solsticeFri, 17 Jun 2016 15:04:34 +0000From Lack Of Diversity To Lack Of Funding, Seed Banks Face a World Of Challengeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lack-diversity-lack-funding-seed-banks-face-world-challenges-180959409/Gene banks are meant to protect biodiversity, yet they themselves are in need of protectionFri, 17 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Civil War Prisoner Camp That Became a Place of Horrorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/civil-war-prisoner-camp-place-of-horror/The Confederate Civil War prisoner camp in Andersonville, Georgia, was an utter nightmare for the many soldiers held withinFri, 17 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000Mike Collins on the Moon, Mars and Handling Apollo Hoaxershttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/mike-collins-talks-about-moon-mars-and-apollo-hoaxers-180959458/"I’ll see a nice moon, and say, 'Hey, that looks good.' Then I’ll say, 'Oh shit, I went up there one time!'"Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:19:43 +0000For Rolling Stones Fans, This Book Is a Dream Come Truehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/rolling-stones-fans-book-dream-come-true-180959455/Journalist and author Rich Cohen first covered the Stones on tour in the 90s. Now he revisits that trip and the band’s epic historyThu, 16 Jun 2016 18:17:20 +0000These Eclectic Images Reveal Taiwan's Many Moodshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/featured-photographer-yingting-shih-taiwan-local-lens-180959357/A highlight from our photo contest: Local photographer Yingting Shih captures surprising and unique moments in his travelsThu, 16 Jun 2016 16:49:40 +0000Sadly, “Ankylosaur Fight Club” Is Probably Wishful Thinking http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sadly-ankylosaur-fight-club-probably-wishful-thinking-180959448/Ornate armor may have had more to do with communication than combatThu, 16 Jun 2016 15:09:50 +0000What Will Future Monuments in the Nation's Capital Look Like?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-will-future-monuments-nations-capital-look-like-180959389/Changing times and tastes leave little room for monolithic marble on the Mall Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:51:48 +0000The World's First Camels Roamed...South Dakota?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/the-worlds-first-camels-roamed-south-dakota/The Badlands of South Dakota are filled with the fossils of fascinating and surprising prehistoric animalsThu, 16 Jun 2016 12:22:27 +0000A New Museum Is Bringing Relics of the Revolutionary War Into Public View for the First Time in Decadeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/revolutionary-war-hidden-relics-180959443/Scheduled to open next year in Philadelphia, the museum will immerse visitors into the time when the American colonies became the United StatesThu, 16 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000Hunting Lost Worlds in Wyoming's Bighorn Basinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hunting-lost-worlds-wyomings-bighorn-basin-180959338/A geology tour with Kirk Johnson, Director of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, and Will Clyde, a geology professor at University of New HampshireWed, 15 Jun 2016 18:53:54 +0000Amazon's Jeff Bezos Honored at Citizenship Ceremonyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/amazons-jeff-bezos-honored-citizenship-ceremony-180959418/The Smithsonian awarded the internet mogul during a ceremony welcoming newly naturalized citizens Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:46:12 +0000Something Super Cool Just Turned Up in Your Digital Toolboxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/something-super-cool-just-turned-your-digital-toolbox-180959426/The Smithsonian unveils a game-changing online tool designed to empower anyone to discover and use digital museum resourcesWed, 15 Jun 2016 18:45:46 +0000Rare 'Family Guy' Mammal Dads Give Us All Something to Strive Forhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-family-guy-mammal-dads-give-us-all-something-strive-180959424/Let’s give a Father’s Day shout-out to mammal dads who put family first—and benefit themselves as wellWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:45:23 +0000How the Lowly Mosquito Helped America Win Independencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-lowly-mosquito-helped-america-win-independence-180959411/The blood-sucking insect has played a leading role in the rise and fall of empires throughout historyWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:34:49 +0000Diamond Planets Might Have Hosted Earliest Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/diamond-planets-might-have-hosted-earliest-life-1-180959415/A new study pushes back the earliest date that extraterrestrial life might, maybe, could appear; if so, it'd be on planets made of diamondWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:26:10 +0000Muhammad Ali's Brother on Racism and the Medal Mythhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/muhammad-alis-brother-on-racism-and-the-medal-myth/Still fresh from his Olympic win, boxing legend Muhammad Ali was turned away from a restaurant in his hometown that didn't serve African AmericansWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:00:12 +0000A Recently Acquired Hot-Air Balloon Reminds a Smithsonian Curator of Another Tale of Ballooning Adventurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/recently-acquired-hot-air-balloon-reminds-smithsonian-curator-another-tale-ballooning-adventure-180959412/At the Udvar-Hazy Center this weekend, see the Smithsonian’s new modern hot-air balloonWed, 15 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000With Her Ultrasound Broadcast on Facebook, the Zoo's Orangutan Is Confirmed Pregnanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/her-ultrasound-broadcast-facebook-zoos-orangutan-confirmed-pregnant-180959410/The female named Batang should deliver her new infant in mid-SeptemberTue, 14 Jun 2016 19:20:46 +0000A Breathtaking 110-Mile Alaskan Railroad Built in Two Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/breathtaking-110-mile-alaskan-railroad/Built during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898, the Yukon and White Pass Railway is a stunning sightTue, 14 Jun 2016 16:04:46 +0000Smithsonian to Partner with Victoria and Albert Museum to Open a London Galleryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-partner-victoria-albert-museum-open-london-gallery-180959399/For the U.S. museum and research complex originally funded by Englishman James Smithson, the announcement brings the 19th-century gift full circleTue, 14 Jun 2016 14:52:09 +0000The Frog Kamasutra Gains a Chapter, Thanks to Camera-Wielding Biologists http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/frog-kamasutra-180959401/One newly described sexual position for frogs could mean one giant leap for frog conservationistsTue, 14 Jun 2016 14:50:15 +0000The Deadly Lake Where 75 Percent of the World's Lesser Flamingos Are Bornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/flamingos-find-life-among-death-180959265/Lake Natron will kill a human, but flamingos breed on its salty waterTue, 14 Jun 2016 14:31:50 +0000Architects Reimagine Detroithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/architects-reimagine-detroit-180959387/A new exhibition in Venice showcases how 12 teams would reinvent four sites in Detroit badly in need of faceliftsTue, 14 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Segregated Railway Car Offers a Visceral Reminder of the Jim Crow Erahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/segregated-railway-car-offers-visceral-reminder-jim-crow-era-180959383/Subtle and not-so-subtle reminders of a time when local and state laws forced racial segrationMon, 13 Jun 2016 17:50:20 +0000The Entire Bay of Santorini Is an Active Volcanic Craterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-entire-bay-of-santorini-is-an-active-volcano/What happened to the giant volcano thought to have destroyed Atlantis? The answer may be the island of Santorini...all of itMon, 13 Jun 2016 15:43:12 +0000Andrew Brennen Believes Education Reform Begins With a Simple Questionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/andrew-brennen-believes-education-reform-begins-with-simple-question-180959373/The UNC-Chapel Hill sophomore has been traveling the country asking students, "What would you change about your school?"Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:12:42 +0000Even in 'Pristine' National Parks, the Air's Not Clearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/even-pristine-national-parks-airs-not-clear-180959312/And cleaning it up might take centuriesMon, 13 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000How 60 Million Bison Became 1,000 in a Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-60-million-bison-became-1000-in-a-century/In the late 1700s, more than 60 million bison roamed the Great Plains. Over the years, demand for fur and meat drove their numbers downFri, 10 Jun 2016 15:53:51 +0000Could This New Armband Prevent Thousands of Workplace Injuries and Fatalities Each Year?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-this-new-armband-prevent-thousands-workplace-injuries-fatalities-each-year-180959374/Proxxi CEO Campbell Macdonald describes his cloud-connected wearable that detects high-voltage areasFri, 10 Jun 2016 15:51:36 +0000Visit Seven Storybook Castles in Germanyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/storybook-castles-germany-180959367/These magnificent structures are straight out of a fairy taleFri, 10 Jun 2016 14:23:55 +0000Walker Evans Wrote the Story of America With His Camerahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/walker-evans-wrote-story-american-with-his-camera-180959353/One of the greatest historians of 20th-century America was a man who used his camera to stare, pry, listen, and eavesdropFri, 10 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000How the Largest Flying Bird of All Time Stayed Airbornehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-largest-flying-bird-ever-stayed-airborne/With a 24-foot wingspan, how did the prehistoric Pelagornis sandersi, the largest known flying bird of all time, manage to fly so well?Thu, 09 Jun 2016 21:10:10 +0000The Summer of Nantucket’s Sublime Sea Serpenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/summer-nantuckets-sublime-sea-serpent-180959322/News travels fast in small towns — especially when it involves huge footprints of a rumored mythical creatureThu, 09 Jun 2016 19:27:45 +0000Iceland Carbon Capture Project Quickly Converts Carbon Dioxide Into Stonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/iceland-carbon-capture-project-quickly-converts-carbon-dioxide-stone-180959365/More than 95 percent of gas injected into the ground precipitated out as harmless carbonate, scientists calculateThu, 09 Jun 2016 18:01:00 +0000Smithsonian's Wildflower: The Illustrious Life of the Naturalist Who Chronicled America's Native Florahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-wildflower-illustrious-life-naturalist-chronicled-americas-native-flora-180959343/The life and legacy of renowned Smithsonian illustrator Mary Vaux Walcott goes beyond the works that she createdThu, 09 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000How a Museum Cancelling a Controversial Mapplethorpe Exhibition Changed My Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-museum-cancelling-controversial-mapplethorpe-exhibition-changed-my-life-180959311/As an intern at the Corcoran, I suddenly understood the power of artThu, 09 Jun 2016 12:34:38 +0000When the Painting Is Also Poetryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-painting-also-poetry-180959163/A sublime new show honors the Chinese tradition of the ‘Three Perfections’—poetry, painting and calligraphyThu, 09 Jun 2016 11:35:29 +0000Podcast: How Humans Caused Mass Extinctions Thousands of Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-how-humans-caused-mass-extinctions-thousands-years-ago-180959351/Humans have been the dominant species for longer than thoughtWed, 08 Jun 2016 20:00:41 +0000Way More Fish Can Make Their Own Light Than We Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/way-more-fish-can-make-their-own-light-we-thought-180959346/Bioluminescence evolved a whopping 27 separate times among finned fishes living in the open oceanWed, 08 Jun 2016 18:01:37 +0000The “Hobbit” Lineage May Be Much Older Than Previously Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hobbit-lineage-may-be-much-older-previously-thought-180959347/A new find hints that the short-statured hominins could have been living in Indonesia over a half a million years earlier than previous estimatesWed, 08 Jun 2016 17:01:00 +0000How One Woman Helped End Lunch Counter Segregation in the Nation’s Capitalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-one-woman-helped-end-lunch-counter-segregation-nations-capital-180959345/Mary Church Terrell’s court case demanded the district’s “lost laws” put an end to racial discrimination in dining establishmentsWed, 08 Jun 2016 16:46:00 +0000The World's First Computer May Have Been Used To Tell Fortuneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/worlds-first-computer-may-have-been-used-tell-fortunes-180959335/Researchers have decoded more writing on the 2,000-year-old Antikythera mechanism and found it may have an astrological purposeWed, 08 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0000Did Deforestation Contribute to Zika's Spread?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/did-deforestation-contribute-zikas-spread-180959305/Evidence is growing that deforestation causes disease outbreaks by changing animal carriers' behavior.Wed, 08 Jun 2016 15:12:29 +0000Using Virtual Reality To Walk in the Shoes of Someone With Alzheimer's http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/using-virtual-reality-walk-shoes-someone-with-alzheimers-180959329/A British nonprofit has launched an app that simulates life with the neurodegenerative diseaseWed, 08 Jun 2016 13:54:30 +0000The Smithsonian Gets Experimental and Field-Tests a New Forum for Bringing Artists to the Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/smithsonian-gets-experimental-and-field-tests-new-forum-bringing-artists-public-180959330/A Two-Day Festival in the historic Arts & Industries Building brings community, artists and scholars together for a “Culture Lab”Wed, 08 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000What the Politics of Andrew Jackson’s Era Can Tell Us About Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-politics-andrew-jacksons-era-can-tell-us-about-today-180959316/NPR correspondent Steve Inskeep speaks about his book <em>Jacksonland</em> and what it says about America’s democratic traditionWed, 08 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Rise of Ocean Optimismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rise-ocean-optimism-180959290/Sharing news of little wins for the environment fuels hope.Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000Since the Late Pleistocene Humans Were Already Radically Transforming the Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-research-shows-late-pleistocene-humans-transforming-habitats-180959324/A new study suggests that trying to return habitats to a non human-impacted environment might not be realistic Tue, 07 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Spacecraft Just Measured Movement Less Than the Width of an Atomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/spacecraft-just-measured-movement-less-width-atom-180959333/The successful results pave the way for a future mission that could detect low-frequency gravity wavesTue, 07 Jun 2016 16:42:49 +0000Scientists May Be Able To Pack All Your Medications Into One "Personalized" Pillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-may-pack-all-your-medications-into-one-personalized-pill-180959315/And nine other things you never thought could be made on a 3D printerTue, 07 Jun 2016 15:29:22 +0000The 29 Can't-Miss Summer Festivals of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/29-summer-festivals-north-america-you-cant-miss-180951229/Get out and enjoy the summer sun—we've compiled a list of the best ways to enjoy the summer splendor across North AmericaTue, 07 Jun 2016 13:01:24 +0000These Drone-Lit Photos of the American West Are Straight Out of a Science Fiction Novelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/reuben-wu-lux-noctis-american-west-landscapes-featured-photographer-180959250/Photographer Reuben Wu casts new light on a familiar worldTue, 07 Jun 2016 12:53:46 +0000Herbert Hoover's Hidden Economic Acumenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/herbert-hoovers-hidden-economic-acumen-180959308/What an Awful President's Secret Strength Could Teach Today's Financial Leaders About CapitalismTue, 07 Jun 2016 12:18:28 +0000Science Proves Electric Eels Can Leap From Water to Attackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-proves-electric-eels-can-leap-from-water-attack-180959319/Biologists confirm the curious case of eels striking animals above the water's surfaceMon, 06 Jun 2016 19:00:00 +0000Martin Puryear’s Hometown Retrospective Brings the World Renowned Artist Back to His Rootshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/martin-puryears-hometown-retrospective-brings-world-renowned-artist-back-his-roots-180959304/After treks to Africa, Scandinavia and Japan, Puryear’s works go on display at the Smithsonian, where he first developed his curiosity for world culturesMon, 06 Jun 2016 18:23:59 +0000Taking a Closer Look at Global Water Shortageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/global-water-shortages-180959318/Researchers aim to identify truly "water stressed" areas and help policy-makers better plan for the futureMon, 06 Jun 2016 16:37:49 +0000Even in the Most Polluted Cities, You Can Exercise Outdoors (A Little)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/you-can-exercise-outdoors-even-most-polluted-cities-science-says-180959296/A new model finds that the health benefits of outdoor exercise can outweigh the hazards of air pollution.Mon, 06 Jun 2016 13:55:37 +0000Before There Was “Hamilton,” There Was “Burr”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/there-was-hamilton-there-was-burr-180959295/Although Gore Vidal’s book never became a hit on Broadway, the novel helped create the public personae of Alexander Hamilton’s nemesisMon, 06 Jun 2016 13:07:06 +0000There’s a Bunch of Animals at the Zoo this Summer Made Out of Ocean Garbagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/theres-bunch-animals-zoo-summer-made-out-ocean-garbage-180959303/Delightfully whimsical, the sculptures drive home the message that there’s a whole lot of trash washing ashoreMon, 06 Jun 2016 12:03:07 +0000A Letter Written by Charles Darwin, Twice Stolen, Returns to the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/twice-stolen-letter-darwin-returned-180959307/After being snatched by an intern in the mid 1970s, the missive written by the scientist returns to WashingtonFri, 03 Jun 2016 19:08:29 +0000See Over 2,000 Wax Models of Skin Diseases at This Swiss Medical Moulage Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/waxy-world-skin-diseases-180958579/It's hard to look, and hard to look away, at this unique, and medically valuable, collection of wax blisters, hives and soresFri, 03 Jun 2016 16:23:28 +0000Six Critically Acclaimed African Artists Explore the Dimensions and Complexities of Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/six-critically-acclaimed-african-artists-explore-dimensions-and-complexities-time-180959226/Much more abstract than seconds, minutes and hours, time in the hands of artists becomes even more perplexingFri, 03 Jun 2016 16:07:29 +0000An Elegant Tool Called Squidpop That Scientists Want to Crowdsource http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/squidpop-elegant-tool-scientists-want-crowdsource-180959061/The device is so easy to use, researchers are asking for a “squidpop blitz” for World Oceans DayFri, 03 Jun 2016 15:44:25 +0000How an Italian Immigrant Rolled Out the Radio Flyer Wagon Across Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-italian-immigrant-rolled-radio-flyer-wagon-out-across-america-180959298/Three generations and 99 years later, the company is still flying highFri, 03 Jun 2016 15:12:48 +0000What Really Happened to Wilt Chamberlain's 100-Point Ball?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-happened-to-wilt-chamberlains-100-point-ball/An NBA expert has interviewed over 150 people in a quest to track down the ball used in Wilt Chamberlain's 1962 100-point gameFri, 03 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor Dig Into the History of Food at the Supreme Courthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ruth-bader-ginsburg-and-sonia-sotomayor-dig-history-food-supreme-court-180959292/The American History Museum and the Supreme Court Historical Society brought the justices together to share tales from the highest courtThu, 02 Jun 2016 19:41:14 +0000Studying Bacon Has Led One Smithsonian Scholar to New Insights on the Daily Life of Enslaved African-Americanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/studying-bacon-led-smithsonian-scholar-new-insights-daily-life-enslaved-180959288/At Camp Bacon, a thinking person’s antidote to excess, historians, filmmakers and chefs gather to pay homage to the hog and its culinary renownThu, 02 Jun 2016 18:39:11 +0000In This Jurassic Boneyard, It's Not Size That Countshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/jurassic-boneyard-its-not-size-counts-180959293/A rich cache of fossils in Colorado is valuable not for the big dino bones but the relatively tiny fossils that are still being dug up.Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:04:04 +0000Is the Internet an Enormous Work of Realist Art?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/is-internet-enormous-work-realist-art-180959272/Journalist Virginia Heffernan makes a compelling case that it is in a new bookThu, 02 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Urchin Sunscreen and Other Ways Animals Beat the Burnhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/urchin-sunscreen-and-other-ways-animals-beat-burn-180959107/Species have come up with a variety of ways to protect themselves from the sunThu, 02 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Hunt for High-Energy Photons Takes Place From a Mountaintop in Mexicohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hunt-high-energy-photons-takes-place-mountaintop-mexico-180959273/A new telescope built from water tanks might help answer some of the biggest questions in astronomyThu, 02 Jun 2016 12:36:34 +0000The Spectacular Draw of Devils Tower National Monumenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/spectacular-devils-tower-national-monument/In the wilderness of Wyoming, there's a magnificent pillar of ancient lava so unique, that even geologists are at odds on exactly how it was formedThu, 02 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000Podcast: What Our Garbage Can Teach Ushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-what-our-garbage-can-teach-us-180959280/In this episode of Generation Anthropocene, tracking trash and why there's so much garbage on the moon.Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:00:00 +0000How Ferris Bueller's Day Off Perfectly Illustrates the Power of Art Museums http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-ferris-buellers-day-perfectly-illustrates-power-art-museums-180959279/Three decades after it premiered, the coming-of-age film remains a classicWed, 01 Jun 2016 16:45:33 +0000Finding Lessons on Culture and Conservation at the End of the Road in Kauaihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/finding-lessons-culture-and-conservation-end-road-kauai-180959183/In the remote, tropical paradise called Ha‘ena, the community is reasserting Native Hawaiian stewardship of the land and seaWed, 01 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0000Tofu Power and Other Cool New Alternative Energy Sources http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tofu-power-and-other-cool-new-alternative-energy-sources-180959276/From fueling homes with tofu wastewater to lighting up bathrooms with the power of pee, these are some of the most unusual, hyperlocal fuel sourcesWed, 01 Jun 2016 15:50:23 +0000Can Tree Rings Explain the Demise of a Lost Civilization?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/can-tree-rings-explain-demise-of-lost-civilization/Archaeologists look to trees to determine the destruction of a pre-Columbian civilization found in southern IllinoisWed, 01 Jun 2016 13:07:58 +0000Reimagining Portraiture Through Dancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reimagining-portraiture-through-dance-180959267/Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess joins forces with the National Portrait GalleryWed, 01 Jun 2016 12:35:14 +0000Malaria, Zika and Dengue Could Meet Their Match in Mosquito-Borne Bacteriahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/malaria-zika-and-dengue-could-meet-their-match-mosquito-borne-bacteria-180959271/A common bacteria that infects mosquitoes seems to prevent them from carrying more deadly diseases.Tue, 31 May 2016 18:28:04 +0000Why Archaeologists Are Intentionally Setting Early American Sites on Firehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-archaeologists-are-setting-spiritually-important-early-american-sites-fire-180959259/Archaeologists, who typically consider fire to be a destructive force, are now finding that it can be useful as tool of discoveryTue, 31 May 2016 17:26:31 +0000Scientists Explore Breathtaking Hydrothermal Vents in Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-explore-breakthaking-hydrothermal-vents-virtual-reality-180959266/With a high-tech remotely operated vehicle, a team is able to map a dark, hot and toxic vent field on the ocean floorTue, 31 May 2016 15:44:38 +0000Guy Consolmangno, the Vatican’s Chief Astronomer, on Balancing Church With the Cosmoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/guy-consolmangno-vaticans-chief-astronomer-balancing-church-cosmos-180959242/The MIT graduate speaks to how he ended up studying the stars for the Catholic ChurchTue, 31 May 2016 13:32:23 +0000Spelunking in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/mars-caves-180959123/Looking for life on other planets? You're going to have to go deep.Sun, 29 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Best Way to Find IEDs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/the-best-way-to-find-ieds/A dog's sense of smell is 100,000 more sensitive than a human's. That's why the U.S. military uses them to detect improvised explosive devicesFri, 27 May 2016 17:57:14 +0000How Drunk Are You? Ask Your Bracelethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-drunk-are-you-ask-your-bracelet-180959255/The BACtrack Skyn, a wearable similar in style to a Fitbit, tracks your blood alcohol level in real timeFri, 27 May 2016 16:34:49 +0000For One Day Only, Visit the Farm and Cryogenics Laboratory Trying to Save Endangered Livestock Breedshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-one-farm-is-trying-to-save-heritage-livestock-one-embryo-at-a-time-180959048/Enjoy a farm tour, cryogenics demonstration and a heritage-breed beef burger at Newport, Rhode Island's Swiss Village FarmFri, 27 May 2016 15:27:37 +0000The Merchant Marine Were the Unsung Heroes of World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/merchant-marine-were-unsung-heroes-world-war-ii-180959253/These daring seamen kept the Allied troops armed and fed while at the mercy of German U-boatsFri, 27 May 2016 14:13:30 +0000This Edible Supercapacitor Could Transform Ingestible Electronicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-edible-supercapacitor-could-transform-ingestible-electronics-180959243/The materials for a new electronic component that could power a tiny camera sound more like breakfast than scienceFri, 27 May 2016 13:28:15 +0000A Long-Lost Manuscript Contains a Searing Eyewitness Account of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-lost-manuscript-contains-searing-eyewitness-account-tulsa-race-massacre-1921-180959251/An Oklahoma lawyer details the attack by hundreds of whites on the thriving black neighborhood where hundreds died 95 years agoFri, 27 May 2016 11:50:03 +0000This Burger King Has a Spa Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/burger-king-has-spa-now-180959249/Finnish designer Teuvo Loman adds a 15-person sauna to a Burger King storefrontThu, 26 May 2016 20:42:23 +0000From Sticks and Stones, Two Artists Make Pinhole Camerashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/from-sticks-stones-two-artists-make-pinhole-cameras-180959246/David Janesko and Adam Donnelly are using materials found in nature to photograph natureThu, 26 May 2016 19:02:58 +0000Native Americans Decry the Auctioning-Off of Their Heritage in Paris http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/native-americans-decry-auctioning-their-heritage-paris-180959244/Community leaders convene at the National Museum of the American Indian to push for changeThu, 26 May 2016 15:58:25 +0000Does Snot Help Dolphins Echolocate?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-snot-help-dolphins-echolocate-180959238/The cetaceans can perform acoustic gymnastics, but how they produce ultrasonic noises has long eluded scientistsThu, 26 May 2016 14:33:03 +0000The Public Puts Great Trust in Museums, and Now It’s Time Museums Trust the Public http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/public-puts-great-trust-museums-and-now-its-time-museums-trust-public-180959237/A new exhibition, curated by the community, debuts this weekend at the SmithsonianThu, 26 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Inside Alabama's Abandoned Buildingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/peek-alabamas-abandoned-buildings-180958814/As Birmingham flourishes again, an urban explorer documents what is left behindThu, 26 May 2016 11:30:00 +0000This Coral Restoration Technique Is 'Electrifying' a Balinese Villagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/coral-restoration-technique-electrifying-balinese-village-180959206/The technique is also changing attitudes and inspiring locals to preserve their natural treasuresWed, 25 May 2016 18:23:22 +0000Experts Have Been Studying Income Inequality for Decades. Has Anything Changed?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/experts-have-been-studying-income-inequality-decades-has-anything-changed-180959231/The author of the blockbuster book Evicted talks about those who came before himWed, 25 May 2016 17:51:06 +0000Listening In on Alienshttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/new-seti-search-180959126/If we broaden our search, will we hear extraterrestrials? $100 million says yes.Wed, 25 May 2016 17:00:00 +0000Welcome to the Meerkat's World of Competitive Eatinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/welcome-meerkats-world-competitive-eating-180959217/When vying for dominance, meerkats increase their food intake to bulk up and maintain their place on the social pecking orderWed, 25 May 2016 17:00:00 +0000Could It Be? A Quiet, Comfortable and Bluetooth-Connected Breast Pumphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-it-be-quiet-comfortable-bluetooth-connected-breast-pump-180959232/From breast pumps to bottles, the Silicon Valley startup Naya Health is making smarter products for parents and infantsWed, 25 May 2016 15:33:39 +0000Meet the First and Only Foreign-Born First Lady: Louisa Catherine Adamshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/meet-the-first-and-only-foreign-born-first-lady-louisa-cathernine-adams-180959149/Almost 200 years ago, the wife of John Quincy Adams set a precedentWed, 25 May 2016 12:56:38 +0000