Articles | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenFri, 17 Apr 2015 21:21:05 +0000These Are Home Movies From Hitler's Vacationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/these-are-home-movies-from-hitlers-vacations/Hitler's relationship with Eva Braun was a closely kept secret. If she wasn't such a home-movie buff, their vacations would have remained a secretFri, 17 Apr 2015 21:21:05 +0000A LED Vest for Puppies and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/led-vest-puppies-and-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180955024/A new tool for runners moves beyond calories to measure the intensity of workouts Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:08:03 +0000How Einstein's Brain Ended Up at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-einsteins-brain-ended-mutter-museum-philadelphia-180954987/Sixty years after the great scientist's death, his gray matter is on display Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:32:50 +0000Take a Deep Dive Into The Reasons Land Animals Moved to the Seashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-deep-dive-reasons-land-animals-moved-seas-180955007/Synthesizing decades of discoveries, scientists have revealed links between changing environments and animal movementsThu, 16 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Dog Gazes Hijack the Brain's Maternal Bonding Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dog-gazes-hijack-brains-maternal-bonding-system-180955019/When a dog looks into your eyes, it's bonding with you in the same way babies bond with their human moms Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Albert Einstein, the Genius Behind the Theory of Relativity, Loved His Pipehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-albert-einstein-genius-theory-relativity-loved-pipe-180954991/Einstein reportedly believed that pipe smoking contributed to a calm and objective judgment, but his doctor said give it upThu, 16 Apr 2015 16:12:35 +0000The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-small-towns-2015-180954993/From sea to shining sea, our top picks for the most amazing American small towns to see this yearThu, 16 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000Brain Implants May Be Able to Shock Damaged Memories Back Into Shapehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brain-implants-may-be-able-to-shock-damaged-memories-back-into-shape-180954994/With funding from the Defense Department, scientists have begun work on devices that would use electric pulses to realign a memory process gone awryWed, 15 Apr 2015 19:36:25 +000010 Gorgeous Mosaics Made From Real Animal Specimenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/10-gorgeous-mosaics-made-from-real-animal-specimens-180954976/Artist Christopher Marley's meticulous arrangements capture the incredible variety within families, genera and species Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:30:07 +0000The Untold Story of the Vengeful Japanese Attack After the Doolittle Raidhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/untold-story-vengeful-japanese-attack-doolittle-raid-180955001/When the U.S. responded to Pearl Harbor with a surprise bombing of Tokyo, the Imperial Army took out its fury on the Chinese peopleWed, 15 Apr 2015 18:01:45 +0000Earth May Have Become Magnetic After Eating a Mercury-Like Objecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earth-may-have-became-magnetic-after-eating-mercury-object-180955002/Swallowing a sulfur-rich protoplanet could help explain two lingering mysteries in the story of Earth's formationWed, 15 Apr 2015 17:09:54 +0000MIT Researchers Think They Can Spot Early Signs of Parkinson's in the Way People Typehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mit-researchers-think-they-can-spot-early-signs-parkinsons-way-people-type-180954939/By monitoring how long we hold down keystrokes, it may be possible to detect neurological diseases years before other symptoms appearWed, 15 Apr 2015 15:59:46 +0000As Part of a Museum Dance Off, National Museum of American History Breaks it Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/second-annual-museum-dance-off-national-museum-american-history-breaks-down-180954992/Twenty-eight museums around the world vie for the ultimate honorWed, 15 Apr 2015 12:22:26 +0000What Booth Said After He Killed Lincolnhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-booth-said-after-he-killed-lincoln/John Wilkes Booth certainly saw himself as a dramatic figure in history. Upon shooting Lincoln, he jumped onto the stage and condemned his victim in LatinTue, 14 Apr 2015 20:24:34 +0000Only a Handful of People Can Enter the Chauvet Cave Each Year. Our Reporter Was One of Them.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/only-handful-people-can-enter-chauvet-cave-each-year-our-reporter-was-one-them-180954981/A rare trip inside the home of the world’s most breathtaking cave painting leaves lasting memoriesTue, 14 Apr 2015 17:07:08 +0000The World's Most Interesting (and Accessible) Library Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/libraries-world-eight-most-interesting-and-accessible-collections-180954974/From the Magna Carta to Winnie the Pooh, what you can see at some of the world's great librariesTue, 14 Apr 2015 16:40:18 +0000How Samuel Mudd Went From Lincoln Conspirator to Medical Saviorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-samuel-mudd-went-lincoln-conspirator-medical-savior-180954980/Banished to an island prison in the Gulf of Mexico, the doctor who set Booth’s broken leg saved dozens of lives in a yellow fever outbreakTue, 14 Apr 2015 12:50:58 +0000The Plot to Kidnap Lincoln?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-plot-to-kidnap-lincoln/John Wilkes Booth knew he had to act quickly to save the South. But his original plan wasn't to kill Lincoln—it was to kidnap himMon, 13 Apr 2015 18:17:33 +0000What the Final, Major 150th Anniversary Civil War Reenactment Looked Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/civil-war-reenactors-battle-appomattox-180954969/What war—and surrender—looked like on the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil WarMon, 13 Apr 2015 17:51:00 +0000The First Jogbra Was Made by Sewing Together Two Men's Athletic Supportershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/first-jogbra-made-sewing-together-two-mens-athletic-supporters-180954968/An archive collected from the sports company reveals that the bra gave a boost to women's athleticsMon, 13 Apr 2015 14:42:24 +0000A Host of Relics from Lincoln's Last Days All Came to Reside at the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/host-relics-lincolns-last-days-all-came-reside-smithsonian-180954832/The Lincoln collection at the American History Museum marks the horrific tragedy and the poignancies of a nation in mourningSat, 11 Apr 2015 11:00:39 +0000A Winter Jacket Made From the Same Material as NASA Spacesuits and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/winter-jacket-same-material-nasa-wpacesuits-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954942/Plus, a high-tech update to the tried-and-true jump rope Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:45:05 +0000Getting a Push Notification on Your Cell Phone? It Could Be Warning You About an Earthquakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/getting-push-notification-your-cell-phone-it-could-be-warning-you-about-earthquake-180954940/Sophisticated GPS sensors in the average mobile device could be harnessed for seismic early warning systems around the worldFri, 10 Apr 2015 18:06:24 +0000Why We Have a Civic Responsibility to Protect Cultural Treasures During Wartimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-have-civic-responsibility-protect-cultural-treasures-during-wartime-180954887/With the recent deliberate destruction of cultural treasures in the Middle East, we remember the measures taken in the past to preserve our heritageFri, 10 Apr 2015 17:57:36 +0000What is the Nine Millionth Patent?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-is-the-nine-millionth-patent-180954928/The landmark announcement is part of the United States Patent and Trademark Office's celebration of the 225th anniversary of the Patent ActFri, 10 Apr 2015 17:29:59 +0000The Set Designer From Game of Thrones Hints at What's to Come in Season Fivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/on-set-game-of-thrones-building-the-kingdoms-sketch-screen-180954919/Production Designer Deborah Riley discusses the influences behind the intricate and imposing sets of the hit HBO showFri, 10 Apr 2015 17:18:31 +0000Azar Nafisi on Why the Arts and Humanities Are Critical to the American Visionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/azar-nafisi-why-arts-humanities-critical-to-american-vision-180954933/The author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" and recipient of a Smithsonian award, discusses why in education art matters as much as science Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:38:48 +0000The Curtain Hasn't Closed Quite Yet on America's Longest-Running Puppet Theaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/magic-strings-bob-baker-marionette-theater-180954908/Though its namesake died last year, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater is still hosting performances for audiences of all agesFri, 10 Apr 2015 14:46:21 +0000An Einstein Ring and an Asteroid "Dart" Are Among These Space Stunnershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/einstein-ring-and-asteroid-dart-are-among-these-space-stunners-180954932/A lensed galaxy and a mission to manipulate a space rock feature among our picks for this week's best space imagesFri, 10 Apr 2015 12:07:06 +0000Kyrgyzstan’s Otherworldly Cities of the Deadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/kyrgyzstan-ancestral-cemeteries-180954829/Photographer Margaret Morton traveled to the remote corners of the Central Asian nation to document its city-like ancestral cemeteriesThu, 09 Apr 2015 19:33:43 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Could the Volcano Beneath Yellowstone National Park Ever Erupt?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-could-volcano-beneath-yellowstone-national-park-ever-erupt-180954904/The good news is that an eruption there is highly unlikely, but the bad news is that it would be hugeThu, 09 Apr 2015 17:44:46 +0000Inside the Atom Smasher at CERNhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/inside-atom-smasher-cern-180954913/What you can see on a tour of the largest particle collider in the world, now that it's back in actionThu, 09 Apr 2015 17:38:03 +0000Pulling Your Hair Out? It Might Just Help Reverse Baldnesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pulling-your-hair-out-it-might-just-help-reverse-baldness-180954929/Plucking hair could be a counterintuitive way to fight balding, according to a study of quorum sensing in rat folliclesThu, 09 Apr 2015 16:00:00 +0000200 Years After Tambora, Some Unusual Effects Lingerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/200-years-after-tambora-volcano-eruption-unusual-effects-linger-180954918/Frankenstein, famine poetry, polar exploration—the "year without a summer" was just the beginningThu, 09 Apr 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Final Hours of John Wilkes Boothhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/final-hours-john-wilkes-booth-180954853/"I have too great a soul to die like a criminal," Booth once wroteWed, 08 Apr 2015 18:54:37 +0000The Night Abraham Lincoln Was Assassinatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/abraham-lincoln-team-of-rivals-180954850/What happened on that fateful Good Friday eveningWed, 08 Apr 2015 18:23:27 +0000The Moon Was Formed in a Smashup Between Earth and a Near Twinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/moon-was-formed-smashup-between-earth-and-near-twin-180954915/But solving one puzzle of lunar origins has raised another linked to the abundances of tungsten in the primordial bodiesWed, 08 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Building a Bionic Pancreashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bionic-pancreas-changes-relationship-diabetes-illness-180954862/A device that tracks blood sugar and automatically administers insulin and glucagon could take some pressure off Type 1 diabetes patients and their parentsWed, 08 Apr 2015 16:43:45 +0000Two Eerie Medusa Heads Watch Over Turkey’s Waterwayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/two-eerie-medusa-heads-watch-over-turkeys-waterways-1-180954883/Why the Greek monster stares out from an ancient cistern in IstanbulWed, 08 Apr 2015 16:04:11 +0000The Race to Protect Frogs from a Deadly Pathogen Gets a Much-Needed Boosthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/race-to-protect-frogs-deadly-pathogen-much-needed-boost-180954905/A new amphibian lab in Panama will help researchers to return charismatic golden frogs to the wildWed, 08 Apr 2015 14:34:41 +0000Where to Go to Visit the Oldest Breweries in America http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/celebrate-national-beer-day-visiting-oldest-breweries-america-180954894/To commemorate National Beer Day, throw back a cold one for historyTue, 07 Apr 2015 16:30:31 +0000What Makes Billie Holiday's Music So Powerful Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-makes-billie-holiday-so-powerful-today-180954893/Musicians including Cassandra Wilson pay homage to the jazz legend with new albums for Lady Day's 100th birthdayTue, 07 Apr 2015 14:18:38 +0000How the India Pale Ale Got Its Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-india-pale-ale-got-its-name-180954891/A look to the hoppy brew’s past brings us to the revolution in craft beer todayTue, 07 Apr 2015 12:50:43 +0000Back to Brontosaurus? The Dinosaur Might Deserve Its Own Genus After Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/back-brontosaurus-dinosaur-just-might-deserve-its-own-genus-species-science-180954892/The popular name could be pulled back out of the scientific wastebasket, based on new analysis of dozens of related dinosaursTue, 07 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0000Planned Afghan Cultural Center Will Honor Ancient Statues Destroyed by the Talibanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/winning-design-honors-ancient-statues-taliban-destroyed-180954840/The winning design will memorialize two ancient Buddha statues demolished in 2001Mon, 06 Apr 2015 19:17:05 +0000New Dwarf Dragons Have Been Found in the Andeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-dwarf-dragons-have-been-found-andes-180954888/It seems that every time herpetologists wander into the Andean cloud forests, they emerge with colorful lizard species in tow Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:22:44 +0000The Year of Jackie Robinson's Mutual Love Affair With Montrealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/year-jackie-robinsons-mutual-love-affair-montreal-180954878/Before he became a major leaguer, Robinson spent a formative year in the more hospitable environs of CanadaMon, 06 Apr 2015 14:13:59 +0000These Breathtaking Photos of Vietnam’s Caves Bring Out the Armchair Spelunker in Everyonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/these-breathtaking-photos-vietnams-caves-bring-out-armchair-spelunker-everyone-180954879/Photographer Ryan Deboodt discovers beauty in this subterranean realmMon, 06 Apr 2015 14:12:20 +0000The Gentleman's Agreement That Ended the Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/gentlemans-agreement-ended-civil-war-180954810/When Generals Grant and Lee sat down at Appomattox Court House, they brought an end to the struggle that had consumed the nation for five, long yearsMon, 06 Apr 2015 13:52:49 +0000A Tricked-Out Toolbox, a Teeny-Weeny Coffee Brewer and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tricked-out-toolbox-teeny-weeny-coffee-brewer-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954870/There's also a pearl necklace that can store photo and audio filesFri, 03 Apr 2015 20:35:17 +0000An Easter Typhoon and Galactic Ghosts Are Among These Spacey Visionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/easter-typhoon-and-galactic-ghosts-are-among-these-spacey-visions-180954876/Astronauts spy a colossal eye and Hubble sees echoes of quasars past in our picks for the week's best space imagesFri, 03 Apr 2015 19:11:41 +0000An App Matches Students with College Scholarships They Can Usehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/app-matches-students-college-scholarships-they-can-use-180954741/More than $100 million in scholarships go unclaimed every year. Scholly is connecting students with these and other fundsFri, 03 Apr 2015 17:28:02 +0000Crowds Are Much Smarter Than We Suspectedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/crowds-are-much-smarter-we-suspected-180954868/In a new book, Michael Bond explores a growing body of research that says people in crowds exercise a collective intelligenceFri, 03 Apr 2015 15:06:05 +000014 Easter Inventions That Never Quite Took Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/14-easter-inventions-that-never-quite-took-off-180954816/This holiday take a look at these products, from egg coloring devices to tomb pendantsFri, 03 Apr 2015 13:37:48 +0000The Passion of Christ, As Seen in Murals Around Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/passion-christ-seen-murals-around-america-180954861/Photographer Camilo Jose Vergara looks at depictions of Jesus in murals across AmericaFri, 03 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000Where to See the Fabled Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-you-can-see-fabled-imperial-russia-faberge-eggs-180954863/Remnants of a vanished past, Fabergé Easter eggs live on in museums and collections across the worldFri, 03 Apr 2015 12:05:43 +0000Why I Still Skydivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-i-still-skydive-180954844/The author found a new life’s calling in skydiving and continues to jump to this day, despite losing her life partner to the sportThu, 02 Apr 2015 18:23:19 +0000Like Tiny Scientists, Babies Learn Best By Focusing on Surprising Objectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tiny-scientists-babies-learn-best-focusing-surprise-objects-180954839/Lab tests suggest that infants learn more about the world around them when they encounter and investigate unexpected phenomenaThu, 02 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000This New Collection of 12,000 Photographs Chronicles the American Jazz Scenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sneak-peek-new-collection-stunning-photos-chronicle-american-jazz-scene-180954831/A donation from the family of photographer and historian Duncan Schiedt captures the music's "essence"Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:41:20 +0000California Sea Lions Are Starving, But Do They Need Our Help?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/california-sea-lions-are-starving-rescue-need-help-180954833/Instead of just rehabilitating the fuzzy pups, some ecologists say we should be focusing on the underlying troubles of climate change and fish declinesThu, 02 Apr 2015 13:45:00 +0000How to Travel by Scenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-travel-scent-180954807/We tend to privilege our sense of sight, but why not be led by your nose?Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:27:21 +0000"Wereplant" Releases Its Pollen By the Light of the Full Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wereplant-releases-its-pollen-by-light-full-moon-180954827/An unassuming shrub from the Mediterranean is the first documented case of a plant timing its reproduction to the lunar cycle Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:44:30 +0000Illegal Cocoa Farms Are Driving Out Primates In Ivory Coasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/illegal-cocoa-farms-are-driving-out-primates-ivory-coast-180954823/Thirteen national parks and reserves have lost all their primates as people move in to protected regions to farm cacaoWed, 01 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Elephants Have Male Bonding Rituals, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/elephants-male-bonding-rituals-pachyderm-posse-180954818/In her new book, Caitlin O'Connell shows how the interactions of tight-knit bulls can be surprisingly similar to human relationshipsWed, 01 Apr 2015 15:55:33 +0000LeRoy Nieman Pulled Together a Dream Band for His Epic Portrait of Jazz Greatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/jazz-appreciation-month-dream-band-and-25-million-keep-music-alive-180954811/The iconic artist's large-scale painting of this century's music greats debuts at the American History Museum, kicking off Jazz Appreciation MonthTue, 31 Mar 2015 20:01:41 +0000Farmers Can Shell Coffee in a Fraction of the Time With This Bike-Powered Machinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/farmers-can-shell-coffee-fraction-time-with-this-bike-powered-machine-180954806/A team at an MIT International Development Design Summit is making coffee production a little easier for small-scale farmers in TanzaniaTue, 31 Mar 2015 18:19:35 +0000Inside Los Angeles's Strangest Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/inside-las-strangest-museum-180954803/Enter the dark and completely unique world of the Museum of Jurassic TechnologyTue, 31 Mar 2015 13:44:07 +0000What to Listen to and Watch for When Enjoying Jazzhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-to-listen-to-and-watch-for-when-enjoying-jazz-180954723/For Jazz Appreciation Month, a guide to understanding the nuances, subtleties and surprises of America's unique musicTue, 31 Mar 2015 11:58:20 +0000There's More to This Towering Pink Easter Bunny Than Kitsch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nick-caves-towering-pink-easter-bunny-theres-more-to-it-than-kitsch-180954774/Evoking springtime and rebirth, African burial ritual, rhythm, and identity, the "soundsuit" by artist Nick Cave is packed with iconic themesMon, 30 Mar 2015 16:17:38 +0000The War on Potholes Has a New Weaponhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/war-potholes-has-new-weapon-180954796/Researchers at Northeastern University have outfitted a van with sensors, microphones and cameras that can spot the early stages of potholesMon, 30 Mar 2015 14:46:41 +0000A Rocket Blessing and a Cubist Planet Are Among These Celestial Sightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-space-pictures-rocket-blessing-and-cubist-planet-year-nasa-kelly-dark-matter-180954795/Russia sends off the one-year crew and a Saturn probe gets artistic in our picks for this week's best space-related picturesFri, 27 Mar 2015 21:25:42 +0000Closed to the Public: The Iconic Joseff of Hollywood's Studiohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/closed-to-the-public-the-iconic-joseff-of-h/Joseff of Hollywood made jewelry for many of the most important American films of the 20th centuryFri, 27 Mar 2015 20:31:10 +0000A Startup Wants to Track Everything From Shoppers to Corn Yields Using Satellite Imageryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/startup-wants-to-track-everything-from-shoppers-to-corn-yields-using-satellite-imagery-180954776/Orbital Insight, founded by a NASA and Google veteran, is quick to predict crop failures and estimate the current global oil surplusFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:36:52 +0000A Bus Stop Climbing Wall and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bus-stop-climbing-wall-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954783/Unbreakable shoelaces? They come in stylish colors and patternsFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:22:13 +0000Don Draper's Gray Suit and Fedora Are Among "Mad Men Props" Donated to the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/don-drapers-gray-suit-and-fedora-are-among-mad-men-props-donated-smithsonian-1-180954772/Members of the television show's stellar cast, along with director Matthew Weiner, dropped off some significant "Mad Men" swagFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:19:52 +0000Medical Holograms Are Now Part of the Surgeon's Toolkithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/medical-holograms-are-now-part-surgeons-toolkit-180954791/Technology hitting the market will help doctors examine heart conditions or check for colon cancer without breaking the skinFri, 27 Mar 2015 18:32:42 +0000What's It Like to Take the First Photos of a New Volcanic Island?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/whats-it-like-take-photos-new-volcanic-island-180954750/Meet the man who climbed to the top and took these stunning shotsFri, 27 Mar 2015 17:19:32 +0000Smog-Eating Buildings Battle Air Pollution http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smog-eating-buildings-battle-air-pollution-180954781/Sunlight triggers chemical reactions in the façades of buildings in Mexico City and Milan to improve air qualityFri, 27 Mar 2015 16:16:24 +0000Fur Seals Caught Preying on Sharks Off South Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fur-seals-caught-preying-sharks-south-africa-180954779/The seals only consume the viscera, though, which may be why this particular type of predation took ecologists by surpriseFri, 27 Mar 2015 15:18:04 +0000This Chart From 1790 Lays Out the Many Dangers of Alcoholismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/chart-1790-lays-out-many-dangers-alcoholism-180954777/Founding father Benjamin Rush was greatly concerned with the amount of booze imbibed in post-Revolution AmericaFri, 27 Mar 2015 14:39:28 +0000What Climate Change Will Mean for the People of Oceaniahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-climate-change-means-for-people-of-oceania-180954775/On many maps the ocean is colored a uniform, solid blue. But for those who live off the waters, the sea is places, roads, highwaysFri, 27 Mar 2015 14:18:30 +0000Fishing Bans Create a Glimmer of Hope on the Great Barrier Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fishing-bans-create-glimmer-hope-great-barrier-reef-180954760/No-take reserves have helped commercially important species bounce back, but the reef still faces some serious threatsThu, 26 Mar 2015 16:00:00 +0000Journey to Mingering Mike's Magical, Musical Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/journey-to-mingering-mikes-magical-musical-world-180954751/A new exhibition features the playful LP album covers of a man who built a make-believe musical empire filled with genius and joyThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:37:37 +0000"The World's Most Dangerous Trail" Reopens This Weekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-most-dangerous-trail-reopens-week-180954747/A once-deadly path is now a modern tourist attractionThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:32:01 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Love Junk Food So Much?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-do-we-love-junk-food-so-much-180954689/The jury is still out, but some are suggesting that sodas, chips and fries trick the brain into thinking no calories were consumedThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:07:43 +0000The Sneaky Reason Why Plants Bear Fleshy Fruithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-sneaky-reason-why-plants-bear-fleshy-fruit/Many plants rely on the wind to transport their seeds. However, in thick forests this system proved difficult. How did plants solve the problem?Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:57:09 +0000Cast Your Vote for Britain’s National Birdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/cast-your-vote-britains-national-bird-180954754/An online campaign is asking the public to choose from a list of ten finalists whittled down by birders and conservationistsThu, 26 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Eight Modern Speakeasies With Real Roots in the 1920shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-american-speakeasies-still-offering-1920s-intrigue-180954683/These speakeasies across the United States do justice to the Jazz AgeWed, 25 Mar 2015 16:43:37 +0000Why the World Needs to Go to Great Heights to Save Mountain Habitatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/importance-mountains-environmental-sustainability-180954520/After 30 years working in mountain regions, Jack Ives argues that the world's elevated habitats are essentialWed, 25 Mar 2015 15:00:00 +0000Cats Get Breast Cancer Too, and There's a Lot We Can Learn From Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/cats-get-breast-cancer-too-and-theres-lot-we-can-learn-it-180954732/Understanding aggressive tumors in pets may lead to better treatments for the nastiest forms of the disease in peopleWed, 25 Mar 2015 13:29:24 +0000The Brief History of “Americanitis”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-americanitis-180954739/More than a century ago, the experts thought that Americans worked too hard, putting their collective health at riskWed, 25 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Who Were the First Yogis?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/who-were-the-first-yogis/Dr. Jim Mallinson has been studying yoga for years and has some interesting insight on the true origins of the practiceTue, 24 Mar 2015 21:32:58 +0000Dame Angela Lansbury Makes A "Spirit"-ed Return to the Stagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/dame-angela-lansbury-spirited-return-stage-180954694/Noël Coward's timeless play brings the actress back to the D.C. theater where she got her start 58 years agoTue, 24 Mar 2015 19:25:42 +0000Where to Catch Tulip Maniahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-catch-tulip-mania-180954717/The Netherlands isn’t the only place for glorious tulip displays Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:02:58 +0000This Stained Glass Window, New to the American Art Museum, Is Like Nothing You've Ever Seen Beforehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stained-glass-windowl-new-american-art-museum-like-nothing-youve-seen-before-180954691/Artist Judith Schaechter is pushing the boundaries of her craft, adding her own twist to age-old techniques Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:38:50 +0000This Solar-Powered Plane is Currently Circumnavigating the World http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/solar-powered-plane-circumnavigate-world-180954587/With 17,000 solar cells in its wing and tail, the aircraft relies solely on sunshine to keep its motors runningMon, 23 Mar 2015 18:35:48 +0000Five Must-Read Books About Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-must-read-books-about-planet-earth-180954718/Geologist Robert M. Hazen selects works spanning genres that offer insights into our planet's history and inner workingsMon, 23 Mar 2015 17:57:12 +0000Innovation Handi-Hour Gives Creative Types the Chance to Dive-in Hands Firsthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/Innovation-handi-hour-gives-creative-types-chance-dive-hands-first-180954710/These artists blur boundaries between craft and manufacturing, using lasers, computers and 3D printersMon, 23 Mar 2015 17:14:26 +0000Stay Away From Packs of Hungry Lionfishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/stay-away-from-packs-of-hungry-lionfish/With giant pectoral fins and colorful stripes, the lionfish is an imposing underwater predator. What's even more intimidating is how it huntsMon, 23 Mar 2015 16:50:28 +0000This is the Carriage That Took Lincoln on his Fateful Trip to Ford's Theatrehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-is-carriage-took-lincoln-fateful-trip-fords-theatre-180954568/As the April anniversary of Lincoln's last ride approaches, an historian recounts the president's other horse and buggie momentsMon, 23 Mar 2015 16:31:06 +0000Make a Pilgrimage to the Brand New John Wayne Birthplace & Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/john-wayne-birthplace-museum-180954679/Opening in April, a museum to match the movie star's legacyMon, 23 Mar 2015 15:37:29 +0000Rice Can Help Save Salmon If Farms Are Allowed to Floodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rice-can-help-save-salmon-if-farms-are-allowed-flood-180954713/The Nigiri Project aims to restore the beloved fish by cutting a notch in a California levee and letting some floodplains return to natureMon, 23 Mar 2015 15:19:50 +0000New Works by Nam June Paik Are Discovered at the Smithsonian American Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-works-nam-june-paik-discovered-smithsonian-american-art-museum-180954571/While inventorying the massive archival materials left by the artist, a researcher comes across forgotten works of artMon, 23 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Turn Packing Peanuts Into Battery Componentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-turn-packing-peanuts-into-battery-components-180954697/Chemical engineers at Purdue University have found a surprising way to repurpose the foam piecesMon, 23 Mar 2015 11:27:30 +0000Modern Marijuana Is Often Laced With Heavy Metals and Fungushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/modern-marijuana-more-potent-often-laced-heavy-metals-and-fungus-180954696/Medical and recreational marijuana use is increasingly legal—but do consumers know what they're smoking? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000A Moon Landing in Virtual Reality, Bookniture and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/moon-landing-in-virtual-reality-bookniture-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954687/Could a new material that uses static charge to stick to any surface spell doom for Post-it notes?Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:40:06 +0000A Rainbow Eclipse and X-Ray Fireworks Are Among These Cosmic Treatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-space-pictures-eclipse-rainbow-white-dwarf-fireworks-are-among-these-cosmic-treats-180954692/A solar eclipse painted the cloudy U.K. skies and an explosion rocked a stellar corpse in our picks for this week's best space imagesFri, 20 Mar 2015 19:03:30 +0000Meet Doris Raymond, the Fairy Godmother of Vintage Clothinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/doris-raymond-vintage-frock-stars-the-way-we-wore-los-angeles-180954641/A Smithsonian Channel series features the team behind Hollywood's beloved vintage boutiqueThu, 19 Mar 2015 19:50:34 +0000The Underappreciated and Forgotten Sites of the Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/underappreciated-forgotten-sites-civil-war-180954579/To commemorate the end of the war 150 years ago, here are fascinating locales that remind us of the conflict's sprawling impactThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:50:47 +0000An App Helps the Blind to Type Quickly and Efficiently on an iPadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/app-helps-blind-type-quickly-and-efficiently-ipad-180954674/The iBrailler Notes app provides the blind and visually impaired with a Braille writer at an affordable priceThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:14:28 +0000The Marquis de Lafayette Sails Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/marquis-lafayette-sails-again-180954590/Now that the ship that the Frenchman took on his 1780 trip to America has been rebuilt, its time to revisit his role in historyThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Who Determined That the Sun Was a Star and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/who-determined-sun-star-more-questions-from-readers-180954657/You asked, we answeredThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Rome's Very Short Street With a Long, Magnificent Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/rome-very-short-street-180954580/Taste the food life on the Via Margutta, once home to Fellini and since 1953, the scene of Americans' sweetest Roman HolidayThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Retracing the Footsteps of China's Patron Saint of Tourismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/retracing-footsteps-china-patron-saint-tourism-180954581/Travelers are discovering the Ming dynasty's own Indiana Jones, an adventurer who dedicated his life to exploring his country's Shangri-LasThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Finally, the Beauty of France's Chauvet Cave Makes its Grand Public Debuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/france-chauvet-cave-makes-grand-debut-180954582/A high-tech recreation of the immortal artworks shines a new light on the dawn of human imaginationThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000These Bats Use Sonar to Jam the Signals of Their Rivalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-bats-use-sonar-jam-signals-rivals-180954583/How hungry Mexican free-tails sabotage the competitionThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Can Returning Farmland to the Wild Help Bumblebees in Crisis?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/returning-farmland-wild-help-bumblebees-180954584/Even if only a small percentage of current farmland became wild meadows, it could bring populations back to previous levelsThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Remembering the Astrodome, the Eighth Wonder of the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/remembering-astrodome-eighth-wonder-world-180954585/Fifty years after its grand opening, the spectre of the Houston stadium still looms largeThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Terrible Beauty of Glaciers Melting and Oceans Risinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/terrible-beauty-glaciers-melting-oceans-rising-180954588/Daniel Beltra's aerial photographs reveal the human impact on natureThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000The 11 Most Endearing Small Streets Worth Visitinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/top-ten-small-streets-worth-visiting-180954589/These tiny corridors around the world invite you in with their charm and surprising level of bustleThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Trickiest Part of a Penis Transplant? Finding a Donorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/trickiest-part-first-successful-penis-transplant-finding-donor-180954639/The doctors who announced the first successful procedure last week had a particularly difficult time finding willing organ donorsThu, 19 Mar 2015 16:05:54 +0000Could a Bra Actually Detect Breast Cancer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-a-bra-actually-detect-breast-cancer-180954612/Using thermodynamic sensors, the iTBra could one day screen for breast cancer, but experts are waryThu, 19 Mar 2015 16:02:10 +0000Electric Cars Can Make Cities Coolerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/electric-cars-can-make-cities-cooler-180954635/It's not just the flash and style, either—electric engines emit less heat than gas ones and could combat the urban heat island effectThu, 19 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000Best Places to See Nature After Darkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-see-nature-after-dark-180954634/The sun may power most of our world—but some things come alive only at nightThu, 19 Mar 2015 13:30:27 +0000The Town That Breeds Olympic Runnershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/the-town-that-breeds-olympic-runners/Bekoji, a small town in the Ethiopian highlands, has produced five Olympic champions in the past ten yearsThu, 19 Mar 2015 13:20:40 +0000Before There Were Crocodiles, There Was the "Carolina Butcher"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-species-crocodiles-there-was-carolina-butcher-180954636/A newly discovered crocodilian ancestor was a nine-foot-tall predator that stood on its hind legsThu, 19 Mar 2015 10:00:00 +0000See Street Art Around the World via Googlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/see-street-art-around-world-google-180954605/Thousands of new images help preserve the art formTue, 17 Mar 2015 19:41:35 +0000Severe Solar Storm Paints the Sky Green on St. Patrick's Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/severe-solar-storm-paints-sky-green-st-patricks-day-180954608/A burst of particles from the sun is hitting our atmosphere and lighting up the night as far south as IllinoisTue, 17 Mar 2015 18:03:02 +0000Should We Be Wearing Blue on St. Patrick’s Day? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/should-st-patricks-day-be-blue-180954572/Before green came on the scene, blue was the color associated with the Saint and the Emerald IsleTue, 17 Mar 2015 16:34:14 +0000These Spellbinding Light Phenomena Will Make You Believe in Magichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/these-spellbinding-light-phenomena-will-make-you-believe-magic-180954561/See seven stunning natural light shows from around the worldTue, 17 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000Politicians Are More Persuasive During Interactive Town Hall Meetingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/politicians-are-more-persuasive-during-interactive-town-hall-meetings-180954593/When given a chance at direct persuasion, most politicians are surprisingly good at changing our mindsMon, 16 Mar 2015 19:00:00 +0000This Alien Color Catalog May Help Us Spot Life on Other Planetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/alien-color-catalog-may-help-us-spot-life-other-planets-180954596/A digital library of reflectance spectra from microbes could be a powerful tool for spotting signs of extraterrestrialsMon, 16 Mar 2015 19:00:00 +0000No One Really Knows What a Shamrock Ishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/no-one-really-knows-what-shamrock-180954578/The three-leaf clover is what everyone wears, but what species is it?Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:09:44 +0000This App Recommends Volunteer Opportunities Based on the News You Readhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-app-recommends-volunteer-opportunities-based-on-the-news-you-read-180954511/Ideal Impact connects people that show an interest in a particular cause with organizations that could use their helpMon, 16 Mar 2015 13:46:58 +0000A Ghostbusters Board Game, Lights That Respond to Music and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ghostbusters-board-game-lights-that-respond-to-music-and-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954564/Also, a sensor that uses thermal technology to track the amount of gas left in a tankFri, 13 Mar 2015 19:44:58 +0000A Solar Flare and a Volcano Blizzard Are Among These Stellar Shotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/solar-flare-and-volcano-blizzard-are-among-these-stellar-shots-180954565/An X-class explosion and a snowy satellite image feature among our picks for the week's best space imagesFri, 13 Mar 2015 18:20:25 +0000Ed Roberts' Wheelchair Records a Story of Obstacles Overcomehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ed-roberts-wheelchair-records-story-obstacles-overcome-180954531/The champion of the disability rights movement refused to be hindered and challenged the world to create spaces for independent living Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:06:50 +0000It Was Only a Matter of Time: Drones Get Their Own Film Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/it-was-only-matter-time-drones-get-their-own-film-festival-180954560/Hoping to clean up the tarnished image of drones, a filmmaker shifts the focus to their potential for changing how movies are madeFri, 13 Mar 2015 15:02:59 +0000From Auto-Tune to Motor Oil, Pi Helps Power the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ultimate-pi-day-auto-tune-motor-oil-math-helps-power-world-180954558/More than just a famously never-ending number, pi has a knack for appearing in the mathematical formulas we use every dayFri, 13 Mar 2015 13:26:53 +0000Indiana Almost Made Pi Equal to 3.2, and Other Pi Day Factshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/indiana-almost-made-pi-equal-32-and-other-pi-day-facts-180954521/As you celebrate the mathematical holiday, here's a history of notable moments in the irrational number's pastFri, 13 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Why the Story of Cinderella Endures and Resonateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/does-world-need-yet-another-cinderella-180954549/A Smithsonian folklorist follows the ancient tale with a particularly American twistFri, 13 Mar 2015 12:52:39 +0000With Wearable Devices That Monitor Air Quality, Scientists Can Crowdsource Pollution Mapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/with-wearable-devices-that-monitor-air-quality-scientists-can-crowdsource-pollution-maps-180954556/Emerging technology means anyone with a smartphone can become a mobile environmental monitoring stationThu, 12 Mar 2015 19:52:25 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do People Get Phobias?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/ask-smithsonian/ask-smithsonian-how-do-people-get-phobias/The origins of irrational fearsThu, 12 Mar 2015 18:42:40 +0000Humans Relied on Rainforest Riches 12,000 Years Earlier Than Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-relied-rainforest-riches-12000-years-earlier-thought-180954550/Fossil remains suggest that prehistoric people in Sri Lanka may have eaten monkeys and other forest speciesThu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Can’t Romance Novels Get Any Love?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-cant-romance-novels-get-any-love-180954548/The genre is long overdue to be the focus of serious study from academicsThu, 12 Mar 2015 17:19:34 +0000Fecal Fermentation and Electronic Pills May Help Decipher Gut Gaseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fecal-fementation-and-electronic-pills-may-help-decipher-gut-gases-180954538/Some intestinal gases have been linked with diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome and colon cancer, so tracking them might explain the connectionThu, 12 Mar 2015 16:00:00 +0000The World is Full of Circleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/world-full-circles-180954529/In honor of a very special Pi Day, enjoy this map that explores the human-made and natural structures that come closest to a perfect circleThu, 12 Mar 2015 15:09:35 +000011 Fun Facts About Riohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/11-fun-facts-about-rio-180954485/It’s more than beaches, favelas and that Duran Duran songThu, 12 Mar 2015 13:30:36 +0000On Occasions Like This, I Envy the Dead: The St. Francis Dam Disasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/occasions-i-envy-dead-st-francis-dam-disaster-180954543/William Mulholland was the savior of Southern California until he wasn'tThu, 12 Mar 2015 12:59:05 +0000How Lions Choose Their Preyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-lions-choose-their-prey/"Lion Whisperer" Kevin Richardson and a team of wildlife experts are handing out the final exams to their students of the South African plainsWed, 11 Mar 2015 19:18:22 +0000Rare Collection of Whale Fetuses Reveals the Evolution of Cetacean Hearinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rare-collection-whale-fetuses-sheds-light-evolution-cetacean-hearing-180954526/Smithsonian researchers offer up an unprecedented glimpse at the development of the “acoustic funnel,” an ear area found exclusively in whalesWed, 11 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Amazing Results of Putting a Light Inside Fruits and Vegetableshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/radu-zaciu-fruit-light-180954435/Romanian photographer Radu Zaciu makes these farmers' market foods glow from withinWed, 11 Mar 2015 16:05:21 +0000Water Drops Leap Off Gecko Skin Thanks to Tiny Spineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/water-drops-leap-gecko-skin-thanks-tiny-spines-180954525/Specialized hydrophobic structures on gecko skin encourage dewdrops to be swept away by the wind or to collide and shoot off one another like pool balls Tue, 10 Mar 2015 23:01:00 +0000Are We Re-Entering a Golden Age of American Bartending?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/are-we-re-entering-golden-age-american-bartending-180954474/At the turn of the century, America was a hotbed of cocktail innovation—then Prohibition happened. Now, bartenders are trying to reclaim the golden age.Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:47:46 +0000The Ridiculous World of Magna Carta Kitschhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ridiculous-world-magna-carta-kitsch-180954515/Throughout the United Kingdom, retailers are going mad over an 800-year-old documentTue, 10 Mar 2015 16:38:37 +0000How a Smithsonian Artifact Ended Up in a Popular Video Gamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-smithsonian-artifact-ended-video-game-never-alone-180954500/To connect with a worldwide audience, an Alaska Native community shared its story with the creators of "Never Alone"Mon, 09 Mar 2015 19:07:18 +0000New Drawings Show the Strange Beauty of Phages, the Bacteria Slayershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-drawings-show-strange-beauty-phages-bacteria-slayers-180954507/Phage viruses rearrange genes, prey on bacteria and maintain microbial diversity. Can we harness them to do our bidding?Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:54:56 +0000Holi 2015: Stunning Photos of Holi, the Festival of Colorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/holi-2015-stunning-photos-holi-festival-colors-180954496/Celebrated all over India and around the world, the Hindu festival heralds the beginning of springMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:39:08 +0000A Goat's Stomach Never Looked So Goodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wellcome-image-awards-2015-goats-stomach-never-looked-so-good-180954475/Eleven venues worldwide will exhibit these 20 striking micrographs, MRI scans and illustrations—all winners of this year's Wellcome Image AwardsMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:27:35 +0000The Soul of Louisianahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-soul-of-louisiana/Where the first American mafias, Louis Armstrong, and chef Emeril Lagasse started out, New Orleans remains the soul of LouisianaMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:18:43 +0000India's Dying Well of Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/indias-well-death-1-180954126/Brave stuntmen have long been riding the near-vertical walls of India's Well of Death—but the popular spectacle is on the declineMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:17:11 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Will the Leaning Tower of Pisa Ever Topple?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/will-leaning-tower-pisa-topple-180954493/Imperceptible changes are occurring, but no worries, a collapse is not in the forecastMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:06:11 +0000Who Was Edmund Pettus?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/who-was-edmund-pettus-180954501/The march to freedom started on a bridge that honors a man bent on preserving slavery and segregationSat, 07 Mar 2015 14:33:47 +0000An Augmented Reality Children's Book, Bacon Jerky and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/augmented-reality-childrens-book-bacon-jerky-and-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954497/Never worry about halitosis again with the Breathometer Mint bad breath trackerFri, 06 Mar 2015 21:18:39 +0000These Cosmic Visions Include a Mars Ocean and a Supernova Quartethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-cosmic-visions-include-mars-ocean-and-supernova-quartet-180954498/The red planet's deep blue sea and a rare Einstein cross feature among the week's best space imagesFri, 06 Mar 2015 19:27:16 +0000How Close Are We to Creating a Real-Life Chappie?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-close-are-we-creating-real-life-chappie-180954495/Despite the potential danger, some scientists believe it’s only a matter of time before autonomous sentient robots walk among us Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:22:47 +0000A Norwegian Company is Transforming Deserts Into Farmlandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/norwegian-company-transforming-deserts-into-farmland-180954486/Solar power plants in Qatar and Jordan, not far from the sea, are powering desalination systems that irrigate plants in and around greenhousesFri, 06 Mar 2015 15:14:20 +0000Best Places to See Wildflowers Around the United Stateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-see-wildflowers-around-us-180954459/Snow and cold got you down? Remember, spring is around the corner, and that means wildflowersFri, 06 Mar 2015 15:10:18 +0000These Dragonflies Helped an Astronomer Find Ghostly New Galaxieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/photos-dragonflies-helped-astronomer-find-ghostly-new-galaxies-180954484/A Yale scientist set out to capture the insect's full lifecycle and ended up discovering hidden wonders of the cosmosFri, 06 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000These Apps Help Kids With Autism Learn Basic Skillshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-apps-help-kids-with-autism-learn-basic-skills-180954400/Infiniteach, a Chicago startup, is building learning tools for the one in 68 children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders todayThu, 05 Mar 2015 19:36:28 +0000How Praying Mantises Can Jump Faster Than the Blink of an Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-praying-mantises-can-jump-faster-blink-eye-180954460/Stunning slow-mo videos capture juvenile mantises as they corkscrew through the air and precisely land their target Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0000After Menopause, Killer Whale Moms Become Pod Leadershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/after-menopause-killer-whale-moms-become-pod-leaders-180954480/When their reproductive years are done, females take on new roles as wise survival guidesThu, 05 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0000Solar Panels in the Screens of Smartphones Could Power the Deviceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/solar-panels-in-the-screens-of-smartphones-could-power-the-devices-180954457/Kyocera unveils a prototype for a phone with a layer of transparent crystals in its screen that helps to charge it both indoors and outsideThu, 05 Mar 2015 13:09:44 +0000Announcing the Finalists of the 12th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/multimedia/12th-annual-smithsonian-photo-contest-finalists-180954445/See the finalists of our 2014 photo contest and vote for the Readers' Choice winnerWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:26:12 +0000Oldest Human Fossil Unearthed in Ethiopiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/oldest-human-fossil-unearthed-ethiopia-180954470/At about 2.8 million years old, the Ledi jaw may belong to "the stem for the Homo genus," according to its discoverersWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000While the U.S. East Shivers, Unusual Heat Stirs Trouble Across the Globehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/while-us-east-shivers-unusual-heat-stirs-trouble-across-globe-180954463/Cancelled dog-sled races and restless grizzly bears serve as reminders that global warming is still at work Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000A Scientist Accidentally Developed Sunglasses That Could Correct Color Blindnesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientist-accidentally-developed-sunglasses-that-could-correct-color-blindness-180954456/The California company EnChroma is creating lenses that allow some to see colors for the first timeTue, 03 Mar 2015 19:30:47 +0000Want to Fly a Drone? Here's Where You Can Do It (Legally, at Least)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/where-drones-fly-legally-united-states-180954454/As personal and commercial drones become more prevalent, how are state and federal legislators responding? Explore with this interactive mapTue, 03 Mar 2015 18:23:50 +0000Can a Gorilla Really Get Drunk From Bamboo?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-gorilla-really-get-drunk-bamboo-photographer-punched-180954363/A photographer was punched by an allegedly drunk gorilla—but wildlife biologists are crying foulTue, 03 Mar 2015 15:22:21 +0000Just Another #ManicureMonday for Women Scientists and Their Dirty Nailshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/just-another-manicure-monday-women-scientists-their-nails-dirty-180954433/For a Smithsonian researcher, Monday is a day to honor the women in science and other uses for nail polishMon, 02 Mar 2015 18:07:03 +0000How Data and a Good Algorithm Can Help Predict Where Fires Will Start http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-data-and-good-algorithm-can-help-predict-where-fires-will-start-180954436/The New York City Fire Department is using a tool called FireCast to predict which buildings are most likely to have firesMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:08:51 +0000The Beautiful Canadian Rockies Shine in the Photography of Chris Burkardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/beautiful-canadian-rockies-shine-photography-chris-burkard-180954417/Known for his work with surfers, Burkard traveled to a much colder climate to immerse himself in a new worldMon, 02 Mar 2015 15:15:10 +0000These Cosmic Eye-Poppers Include a Technicolor Comet and an Impossible Black Holehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-space-photos-week-cosmic-eye-poppers-include-technicolor-comet-and-impossible-black-hole-180954434/An ancient monster and a turquoise bay feature among our picks for the week's best space picturesSat, 28 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000A "Smart" Mattress Cover and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smart-mattress-cover-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954424/Don't have a green thumb? A sensor for your potted plants alerts you when they need wateringFri, 27 Feb 2015 20:50:01 +0000A Smithsonian Curator Reflects on Leonard Nimoy's Passing and Why "Star Trek" Fans Loved Himhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-curator-reflects-leonard-nimoy-passing-why-star-trek-fans-loved-him-180954430/Nimoy, who was best known for his role as the deeply logical Mr. Spock, dies at age 83Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:51:08 +0000How "Slurpee" Waves Formed Along a Nantucket Beachhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-slurpee-waves-formed-along-nantucket-beach-video-photos-180954428/New England's record cold created the perfect conditions for waves of slush, offering an unusual opportunity to ski on the beachFri, 27 Feb 2015 18:03:03 +0000Use Virtual Reality to Eliminate That Pain in Your Neckhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/use-virtual-reality-eliminate-pain-your-neck-180954422/Altering visual perceptions can trick the brains of chronic sufferers so they can enjoy pain-free motionThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:07:19 +0000Please Touch the Art: 3-D Printing Helps Visually Impaired Appreciate Paintingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/please-touch-art-3-d-printing-helps-visually-impaired-appreciate-paintings-180954420/The new "Touching the Prado" exhibit in Madrid showcases 3-D replicas of paintings, so blind visitors can feel key works of artThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:03:04 +0000The Eiffel Tower Gets a Green Upgradehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eiffel-tower-gets-green-upgrade-180954401/The landmark now has two wind turbines above its second levelThu, 26 Feb 2015 17:08:41 +0000When Did Our Backbones First Appear?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/when-did-our-backbones-first-appear/An exciting fossil find in China points to a 525-million year old sea-dweller who used its new backbone to swim nimbly away from predatorsWed, 25 Feb 2015 21:50:58 +0000The Making and Remaking of the Original Ice Hotelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/making-remaking-ice-hotel-180954387/Often imitated but never duplicated, the world's original ice hotel turns 25 this yearWed, 25 Feb 2015 18:25:51 +0000Chuck Brown's Guitar Drove the Musician's Persuasive "Wind Me Up" Rhythmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/chuck-browns-guitar-drove-wind-me-up-rhythm-180954351/The Godfather of Go-Go's family recall how the musician crafted the innovative sound that would define a local traditionTue, 24 Feb 2015 16:19:47 +0000The Courageous Photography of Lynsey Addariohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/courageous-photography-lynsey-addario-180954386/The award-winning photojournalist has spent her adult life capturing the world in crisis, but now she chronicles her own life storyTue, 24 Feb 2015 14:15:00 +0000The Weird World of Standard Reference Materials, From Peanut Butter to Whale Blubberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/weird-world-nist-standard-reference-materials-peanut-butter-whale-blubber-180954379/Get the full story behind a $761 jar of peanut butter and other exorbitantly priced everyday objects used by scientists Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000Photos From the Battle of Iwo Jima to Mark Its 70th Anniversaryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/battle-of-iwo-jima-70th-anniversary-world-war-II-180954384/The battle for the Pacific island in the late winter of 1945 positioned the United States to invade mainland Japan, but at a costTue, 24 Feb 2015 13:28:24 +0000The Incomparable Legacy of Lead Belly http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/incomparable-legacy-of-lead-belly-180954390/This week a new Smithsonian Folkways compilation and a Smithsonian Channel show highlight the seminal blues man of the centuryMon, 23 Feb 2015 22:49:35 +0000Documenting War for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/documenting-war-for-the-first-time/As technology changed, cameras got smaller and color film got simpler, it became possible for soldiers to document the war raging around themMon, 23 Feb 2015 22:39:39 +0000Plague Pandemic May Have Been Driven by Climate, Not Ratshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/plague-pandemic-may-have-been-driven-climate-not-rats-180954378/The bacteria responsible for the Black Death were reintroduced to Europe multiple times, possibly due to the changing climate Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:00:00 +0000This Dutch Wind Wheel Is Part Green Tech Showcase, Part Architectural Attractionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-dutch-wind-wheel-part-green-tech-showcase-part-architectural-attraction-180954377/A giant structure proposed in Rotterdam puts cutting-edge energy tech inside a rotating observation wheel, with room for a hotel and apartmentsMon, 23 Feb 2015 19:11:25 +0000National Park Service Map Shows The Loudest, Quietest Places In the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/national-park-service-map-shows-loudest-quietest-places-us-180954372/Want some peace and quiet? Avoid cities, the East CoastMon, 23 Feb 2015 17:49:13 +0000Building Libraries Along Fiber-Optic Lines in Sub-Saharan Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/building-libraries-along-fiber-optic-lines-in-sub-saharan-africa-180954192/The Washington, D.C.-based startup, Librii, is rethinking what a library looks likeMon, 23 Feb 2015 16:13:13 +0000A Kit to Make Robots Out of Drinking Straws and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/kit-to-make-robots-out-drinking-straws-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954370/Perhaps a three-dimensional paper mount of an animal is just what your living room needsFri, 20 Feb 2015 21:11:19 +0000These Stellar Wonders Include a Red Aurora and a Billowing Black Holehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-space-pictures-stellar-wonders-red-aurora-billowing-black-hole-180954374/A light show over Montana and an eruption snapped by a satellite feature among our picks for the week's best space imagesFri, 20 Feb 2015 19:19:43 +0000Previously Seen on a Tiny Postage Stamp, These Beautiful Portraits of African-Americans Go on Viewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/beautiful-portraits-african-americans-postage-stamp-180954352/The artists who made them bring enormous dedication and talent to the artwork that adorns the nation's mailFri, 20 Feb 2015 17:27:56 +0000Best Travel Destinations for Food Foraginghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-travel-destinations-food-foraging-180954353/Forage for wild foods like truffles, herbs and scallops on these guided tours—feasting includedFri, 20 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000In the Freezing Cold of Siberia, One Photographer Sought to Mix Oil and Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/in-freezing-cold-siberia-one-photographer-sought-mix-oil-water-180954364/In his latest project, British photographer Alexander James captures crude oil encased in frozen blocks of river waterFri, 20 Feb 2015 14:59:09 +0000Mark World Pangolin Day With a New Video About the Quirky Creatures http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mark-world-pangolin-day-new-video-about-quirky-creatures-180954367/Awareness about this animal underdog is climbing, yet an estimated 10,000 pangolins still fell victim to the illegal wildlife trade last year Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000Charming and Unusual Bookstores Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-most-interesting-bookstores-180954202/Curl up with a new book—or catch a reading or concert—at these thriving independent bookstores from Mexico City to MelbourneThu, 19 Feb 2015 20:57:51 +0000The Spiritualist Who Warned Lincoln Was Also Booth's Drinking Buddyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-spiritualist-who-warned-lincoln-was-also-booths-drinking-buddy-180954317/What did Charles Colchester know and when did he know it?Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Crocodile Hunter's Family Shares His Controversial Approach to Studying the Crocshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-crocodile-hunters-family-shares-his-controversial-approach-studying-crocs-180954318/ Steve Irwin's wife and kids are feeding the debate over keeping animals in captivity Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Bjork Is Getting a Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/bjork-retrospective-museum-modern-art-180954320/The Icelandic singer's iconic style will be on view at the New York institutionThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Were the Terracotta Warriors Based on Actual People?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/were-terracotta-warriors-based-on-actual-people-180954321/To answer that question, archaeologists are looking at variations in the soldiers' ears Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000They Found Richard III. So Now What?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/they-found-richard-third-so-now-what-180954322/What the remains of the "hunchback" king can teach us about other English royals Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000When Steve Fossett Became the Magellan of the Skieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-steve-fossett-became-magellan-of-skies-180954323/Ten years ago, the pioneering adventurer took off in pursuit of a new record in circumnavigationThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Frightening Legacy of Typhoid Maryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-frightening-legacy-of-typhoid-mary-180954324/ With concerns about infectious disease in the news, a look back at history's most famous carrierThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000What the Newspapers Said When Lincoln Was Killedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-the-newspapers-said-when-lincoln-was-killed-180954325/The initial reaction to the president's death was a wild mixture of grief, exultation, vengefulness and fearThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Bringing the Wood Bison Back to Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bringing-wood-bison-back-to-alaska-180954326/ Once nearly extinct, the subspecies is set to return to the United StatesThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Closest Source We Have to Really Knowing John Wilkes Booth Is His Sisterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-closest-source-we-have-knowing-john-wilkes-booth-is-his-sister-180954328/In a post-assassination memoir, Asia Booth Clarke recalled her brother's passion, his patriotism and his last words to herThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Who Can Save the Grand Canyon?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/who-can-save-the-grand-canyon-180954329/A holy war is being fought over a proposal to build a $500 million commercial development, on the rim of America's natural treasureThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Someone Built a Bold New Font Out of Buildingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/someone-built-new-font-out-of-buildings-180954330/Created out of aerial photography, you'll never guess where the "O" comes from Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Blood Relics From the Lincoln Assassinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-blood-relics-from-the-lincoln-assassination-180954331/Even now, 150 years later, objects from the murder of the president provide a powerful link to the eventThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000How the Photocopier Changed the Way We Worked—and Playedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/duplication-nation-3D-printing-rise-180954332/Decades before 3-D printers brought manufacturing closer to home, copiers transformed offices, politics and artThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Why Killer Whales Belong in the Ocean, Not SeaWorldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-killer-whales-belong-in-the-ocean-not-seaworld-180954333/ A former orca trainer makes the case against the theme parkThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Are QR Codes Safe and Other Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/are-qr-codes-safe-and-other-questions-from-readers-180954334/ You asked, we answeredThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Mad, Wonderful Photos From Mardi Gras and Carnivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mardi-gras-carnival-2015-photos-180954347/From New Orleans to Panama to Spain, revelers celebrated Mardi Gras and the days leading up to it with costumes, color and craziness Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What's the Deepest Hole Ever Dug?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-whats-deepest-hole-ever-dug-180954349/The answer to the question, says a Smithsonian researcher, is more about why we dig, than how low you can goThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:59:31 +0000What Is the Most Influential Oscar Dress of All-Time?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-most-influential-oscar-dress-all-time-180954356/Far from being a sideshow of the awards hoopla, the fashion of the Academy Awards means big business for designersThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:42:15 +0000Send Atomic Clocks to Space to Find Gravitational Waveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/send-atomic-clocks-space-find-gravitational-waves-180954359/A new breed of the hyper-accurate clocks could help scientists detect the elusive ripples in space-time faster and cheaperThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:04:45 +0000The Human Right to Speak Whatever Language You Want is Worth Celebratinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/human-right-to-speak-whatever-language-you-want-worth-celebrating-180954341/With an ever increasing lack of language diversity, There Needs to Be More Recognition of February's International Mother Language dayWed, 18 Feb 2015 20:42:10 +0000This $34 Smartphone-Assisted Device Could Revolutionize Disease Testinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/34-smartphone-assisted-device-could-revolutionize-disease-testing-180954280/A new low-cost device that plugs into a smartphone could cut down on expensive lab testsWed, 18 Feb 2015 17:30:05 +0000Hunger Makes You Buy More Stuff, Even If It's Not Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hunger-makes-you-buy-more-stuff-even-if-its-not-food-180954345/Whether you're shopping at the mall or online, having the munchies will compel you to purchase extraneous thingsWed, 18 Feb 2015 17:00:33 +0000How Oregon's Second Largest City Vanished in a Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/vanport-oregon-how-countrys-largest-housing-project-vanished-day-180954040/A 1948 flood washed away the WWII housing project Vanport—but its history still informs Portland's diversityWed, 18 Feb 2015 14:45:24 +0000