Articles | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenFri, 28 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Explore Armenia's Medieval Monasteries in Interactive 360-Degree Panoramashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-armenias-ancient-monasteries-interactive-360-degree-panoramas-180963579/Navigate through secluded buildings that once housed some of the brightest scholars of the Middle AgesWed, 07 Jun 2017 00:17:22 +0000A Train Company Crashed Two Trains. You Will Believe What Happened Nexthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/train-company-crashed-two-trains-you-will-believe-what-happened-next-180964237/When a Texas railway agent came up with a new marketing scheme, he had no idea how explosive it would beFri, 28 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Breathtaking Landscape Is Canada's Newest Protected Areahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/breathtaking-landscape-canadas-newest-protected-area-1-180964240/The park includes a spectacular beach described in sagas that chronicle Viking explorations of the Canadian coastThu, 27 Jul 2017 20:41:59 +0000Unraveling the Mystery of the "Armenian Stonehenge"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/unraveling-mystery-armenian-stonehenge-180964207/ Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:26:11 +0000Slugs Inspire Super-Strong Glue to Seal Woundshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/slugs-inspire-super-strong-glue-seal-wounds-180964226/One day this mollusc-inspired invention might just save your life Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:01:00 +0000Eclipse Hunters Looking for a Clear View Should Thank the Weather Service That Came Out of the Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/american-eclipse-180963421/New book chronicles how a nascent weather service rose from the ashes of the Civil WarThu, 27 Jul 2017 17:04:22 +0000Ten Things We've Learned about Sharks Since Last Shark Week http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-things-weve-learned-about-sharks-last-year-180964221/In light of Shark Week 2017, here are some revelations about the fearsome fish we’ve made in the past yearThu, 27 Jul 2017 15:32:40 +0000The Long, Painful History of Police Brutality in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-painful-history-police-brutality-in-the-us-180964098/A 1963 protest placard in the Smithsonian collections could almost be mistaken for any of the Black Lives Matter marches of todayThu, 27 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000¡Salud! to the Mexican-American Wine Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/salud-mexican-american-wine-revolution-180964217/Ceja Vineyards breathes new life into Napa Valley’s wine industryWed, 26 Jul 2017 19:42:33 +0000Dive Into Five of the World's Deepest Freshwater Swimming Holeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/dive-five-worlds-deepest-freshwater-swimming-holes-180964142/Take the plunge into some interesting geologyWed, 26 Jul 2017 19:32:02 +0000Understanding Detroit’s 1967 Upheaval 50 Years Laterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/understanding-detroits-1967-upheaval-50-years-later-180964212/For five days in July, the Motor City was under siege from looters and soldiers alikeWed, 26 Jul 2017 17:39:53 +0000New Artificial Spider Silk: Stronger Than Steel and 98 Percent Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-artificial-spider-silk-stronger-steel-and-98-percent-water-180964176/Researchers at Cambridge University have developed a process for making strong, stretchy threads in an environmentally friendly wayWed, 26 Jul 2017 16:09:19 +0000The Lady Anatomist Who Brought Dead Bodies to Lighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lady-anatomist-who-brought-dead-bodies-light-180964165/Anna Morandi was the brains and the skilled hand of an unusual husband-wife partnershipWed, 26 Jul 2017 13:15:00 +0000The Complicated Growth of 4-Hhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/complicated-growth-4-h-180964191/4-H boasts a far more complicated backstory than those blue ribbons would have you believeWed, 26 Jul 2017 13:06:43 +0000What Kind of Footage Do Historical Colorists Like Best?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/what-kind-of-footage-do-historical-colorists/According to the historians and art directors from Composite Films who worked meticulously on America in Color, these were some of their favorite subjectsWed, 26 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Behind the Scenes: Skinning Condors in the Name of Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/behind-the-scenes-skinning-condors-name-science-180964187/One intrepid reporter documents the careful science, artistry and gross factor of a very strange partyTue, 25 Jul 2017 18:25:41 +0000Meet the Supervillain Worm That Gets By With a Little Help From Its Friendshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-supervillain-worm-gets-little-help-its-friends-180964192/This deadly nematode and its sidekicks reveal the power of bacterial symbiosisTue, 25 Jul 2017 16:29:52 +0000How to Spot a Hidden Whalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/spot-an-unseen-whale-180964189/Just as a hunter leaves a trail in the snow, a whale forms prints on the water’s surfaceTue, 25 Jul 2017 14:45:38 +0000Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windowshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-hospitals-started-displaying-newborn-babies-through-windows-180964186/How peering at babies through glass became a feel-good staple of American maternity wardsTue, 25 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Upside of Rotting Carcasseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/upside-rotting-carcasses-180964183/Large animals dying en masse are crucial to the the Serengeti—and they aren’t the only onesTue, 25 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Rise and Fall of Searshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rise-and-fall-sears-180964181/How the retail store that taught America how to shop navigated more than a century of economic and cultural changeTue, 25 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000The First Presidential Wife to Be Called the First Ladyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-first-presidential-wife-to-be-called-the/Dolley Madison, the First Lady of president James Madison was a Jackie Kennedy of her timeTue, 25 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Three Generations of Inuit Women Defy Exploitation by Visualizing Resilience and Lovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/three-generations-inuit-women-defy-exploitation-visualizing-resilience-love-180964163/A grandmother, a mother and a daughter, all took up pen and ink to tell their storiesMon, 24 Jul 2017 16:26:19 +0000This Is the Gear You Need to View the Upcoming Solar Eclipsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/gear-you-need-view-upcoming-solar-eclipse-180964134/Protect your eyesight with eclipse glasses, binoculars, telescopes or lens filters Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000Just 50 Miles From Niagara Falls Lies the True Waterfall Capital of the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/welcome-waterfall-capital-world-180964109/Niagara Falls has nothing on Hamilton, a Canadian city with more than 150 waterfallsMon, 24 Jul 2017 15:43:29 +0000How to Help Cheetahs Live Longer in Captivityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-cheetahs-hate-captivity-180964166/The key is in what we feed them, researchers surmiseMon, 24 Jul 2017 15:38:21 +0000Meet the Man Who Chases Eclipses Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/making-eclipse-city-180962994/Where darkness crosses the planet, whole cities rise up from nothing for a dayMon, 24 Jul 2017 14:59:26 +0000Jackie Kennedy Was the Undisputed Style Icon of her Erahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/jackie-kennedy-was-the-undisputed-style-icon/To Jackie Kennedy, appearance was everythingMon, 24 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Painstaking Process of Preserving a 400-Pound Blue Whale Hearthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/painstaking-process-preserving-blue-whales-heart-180964038/This massive specimen is now on display in Canada’s Royal Ontario MuseumFri, 21 Jul 2017 21:38:31 +0000Meet the Zoo’s Newborn Red Panda Cubs, Who Just Opened Their Eyeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-zoos-newborn-red-panda-cubs-who-just-opened-their-eyes-180964160/The three cubs were born within days of each other at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology InstituteFri, 21 Jul 2017 20:18:15 +0000The Dogfighting Scenes in “Dunkirk” Are Exhilaratinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/dogfighting-over-dunkirk-180964136/Christopher Nolan’s new World War II epic contains some of the most thrilling aerial engagements ever staged.Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:00:50 +0000Why It Matters That Hungary's Prime Minister Denounced His Country’s Role in the Holocausthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/holocaust-and-hungary-prime-minister-180964139/Is this tonal shift for real -- or will the European nation continue to obfuscate its history?Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:05:23 +0000When Girls Studied Planets and the Skies Had No Limitshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-girls-studied-planets-and-the-skies-had-no-limits-180964127/Maria Mitchell, America's first female astronomer, flourished at a time when both sexes “swept the sky”Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:47:27 +0000How the Gains Women Made in WWI Were Quickly Losthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-gains-women-made-in-wwi-were-quickly/In the early 20th century, 96% of all jobs on the U.S. rail network were male. But by the start of WWI, it fell on women to fill in for themFri, 21 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Over 60,000 Plants Bloom Inside the World’s Largest Orchid Gardenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/inside-worlds-largest-orchid-garden-180964070/Step inside Singapore's National Orchid Garden, a collection that includes 600 newly created hybrid speciesThu, 20 Jul 2017 19:54:16 +0000This Bridge Transforms Data on Weather, Traffic and Twitter Rants into a Beautiful Light Displayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Montreal-bridge-light-show-reflects-citys-mood-180964062/The Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal lights up the skyline with the mood of the cityThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:37:48 +0000Why Snail Sex Is Like a Box of Chocolateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/snail-sex-like-box-of-chocolates-180964107/To up the romance factor, some animals pair amorous advances with tasty giftsThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:31:28 +0000Where Did the Term “Gerrymander” Come From?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/where-did-term-gerrymander-come-180964118/Elbridge Gerry was a powerful voice in the founding of the nation, but today he's best known for the political practice with an amphibious originThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:08:29 +0000You’d Never Have to Plug in This Battery-Free Cell Phonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/youd-never-have-plug-battery-free-cell-phone-180964116/Harvesting energy from ambient radio waves and light, the ultra-low power device doesn’t need a battery to make calls, but there's a catchThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:00:00 +0000A Vehicle Like This Will One Day Go to Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/vehicle-go-mars-destination-washington-dc-180964114/For now, the prototype rover—part tank, part Batmobile—is destined for Washington, D.C.Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Sunbathing Became a National Craze in the 1930shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/how-sunbathing-became-a-national-craze-in-th/Tanning was big business in the 1930s, as people sought to recreate the sun-kissed California beach lookThu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Artifacts Show the Sometimes-Violent Nature of American Democracyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/artifacts-show-sometimes-violent-nature-american-democracy-180963914/From a KKK hood to an anti-Chinese pistol, a new exhibition shows America’s fraught history of deciding who to include in democracyWed, 19 Jul 2017 19:06:39 +0000The True Story of Dunkirk, As Told Through the Heroism of the “Medway Queen” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-dunkirk-told-through-heroism-medway-queen-180964105/Retrofitted by the British Navy, the paddleboat saved 7,000 men over many dangerous trips across the ChannelWed, 19 Jul 2017 18:00:00 +0000When New York City Rioted Over Hamlet Being Too Britishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-new-york-rivalry-over-shakespeare-boiled-over-deadly-melee-180964102/In the deadly Astor Place Riot, how to perform Shakespeare served as a proxy for class warfareWed, 19 Jul 2017 17:13:23 +0000Could You Crash Into a Black Hole? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/could-you-crash-black-hole-180964099/Probably not, but it’s fun to think aboutWed, 19 Jul 2017 15:43:58 +0000How Human Noise Ruins Parks for Animals and Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-human-noise-ruins-parks-animals-people-180964095/Even in America’s most pristine wildernesses, unwanted sound is changing landscapes Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:42:36 +0000How Germans Turned Trains Into Massive Artillery in WWIIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-germans-turned-trains-into-massive-artil_1/Railway guns like the German WWII K5 gun had a very narrow aim. To get around that problem, Germans developed a circular track, allowing the gun to rotateWed, 19 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Where to See Some of the World's Oldest and Most Interesting Mapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-some-worlds-oldest-maps-180963855/Chart humanity's course through history with these antique navigational toolsTue, 18 Jul 2017 21:10:31 +0000Conservation of a Pair of Saint-Gaudens Goes al Fresco at the Freerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/conservation-pair-saint-gaudens-goes-al-fresco-freer-180964082/The beauty of dry ice cleaning is the efficient and environmentally safe process; but also the procedure was on view from the streetTue, 18 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000The U.S. Assault on Okinawa Was Met With an Eerie Silencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-us-assault-on-okinawa-was-met-with-an-_1/When U.S. troops launched their assault on the Pacific island of Okinawa, they expected a fierce resistance from an entrenched Japanese armyTue, 18 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Robots Will Lead Passengers to Their Gate at Seoul's Airporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/robots-will-lead-passengers-their-gate-seouls-airport-180963978/ Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:47:29 +0000The Brief Period, 200 Years Ago, When American Politics Was Full of “Good Feelings”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/there-was-time-briefly-and-200-years-ago-when-american-politics-was-full-good-feelings-180964074/James Monroe’s 1817 goodwill tour kicked off a decade of party-less government – but he couldn’t stop the nation from dividing againMon, 17 Jul 2017 15:05:56 +0000Needle-Free Patch Makes Vaccination as Easy as Putting on a Band-Aidhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/vaccinate-yourself-home-no-needles-necessary-180964007/The new product could be available in about five years, scientists sayMon, 17 Jul 2017 12:45:00 +0000As the American Buffalo Declined, Its Symbolism Rosehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/as-the-american-buffalo-declined-its-symbol/Over the years, the American buffalo, or bison, has been a symbol of the American frontierMon, 17 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/newly-discovered-diary-tells-harrowing-story-deadly-halifax-explosion-180964066/On the eve of the disaster’s centennial, a sailor’s 1917 journal details a rare eyewitness account of the massive harbor blastFri, 14 Jul 2017 17:01:27 +0000Bismarck Tried to End Socialism’s Grip—By Offering Government Healthcarehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/bismarck-tried-end-socialisms-grip-offering-government-healthcare-180964064/The 1883 law was the first of its kind to institute mandatory, government-monitored health insuranceFri, 14 Jul 2017 16:05:33 +0000A Blood-Monitoring Device Inspired by Mosquitoes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/blood-monitoring-device-inspired-mosquitoes-180963989/The e-mosquito is a continuous glucose-monitoring device that could help people with diabetes better manage their blood sugarFri, 14 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why Religious Freedom and Diversity Flourished in Early Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-religious-freedom-diversity-flourished-early-america-180964060/Jam-packed exhibition features artifacts as diverse as Jefferson's Bible, a steeple bell cast by Paul Revere and a storied Torah Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000These WWI Ambulance Trains Could Care for 500 Men at Oncehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/these-wwi-ambulance-trains-could-care-for-50/During World War I, the British converted a large number of commuter train cars into ambulance carsFri, 14 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Site of the Salem Witch Trial Hangings Finally Has a Memorialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/site-salem-witch-trial-hangings-finally-has-memorial-180964049/In a town that has long profited from witchcraft-seekers and Halloween revelers alike, a new memorial strikes a different toneThu, 13 Jul 2017 15:01:48 +0000A Cool New Way to Freeze and Unfreeze Zebrafish Embryos Using Gold Nanotechnology and Lasershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cool-new-way-freeze-unfreeze-zebrafish-embryos-gold-nanotechnology-lasers-180964046/The downstream applications could make food cheaper, repair coral reefs and help restore frog populationsThu, 13 Jul 2017 13:05:28 +0000Why The First Complete Map of the Ocean Floor Is Stirring Controversial Watershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/first-complete-map-ocean-floor-stirring-controversial-waters-180963993/Charting these watery depths could transform oceanography. It could also aid deep sea miners looking for profitThu, 13 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000U.S. Marines' First Test Against Japanese Defenses on Okinawahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/us-marines-first-test-against-japanese-de_1/As U.S. marines advanced northward in Okinawa, they approached a craggy mass known as Mount Yae-TakeThu, 13 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000These Otherworldly "Earthships" Offer Visitors Unusual, Off-the-Grid Accommodationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/earthships-unusual-stay-taos-new-mexico-180963819/Spend the night in an art house built from garbageWed, 12 Jul 2017 20:10:02 +0000Adorable New Tiger Cub Born at the Zoo Yips at Its Mom on Videohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sumatran-tiger-cub-born-smithsonians-national-zoo-180964040/ The new Sumatran tiger cub signals a success in efforts to save the critically endangered speciesWed, 12 Jul 2017 19:52:35 +0000The Washington Football Team Can Legally Keep Its Racist Name. But It Shouldn’thttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/washington-football-team-can-legally-keep-its-racist-name-it-shouldnt-180964039/The director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and a citizen of the Pawnee Nation, speaks out against the D.C. sports franchise Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:43:23 +0000Ai Weiwei Depicts the Brutality of Authoritarianism in an Unusual Medium–Legoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ai-weiwei-depicts-brutality-authoritarianism-unusual-medium-legos-180964006/The renowned Chinese Artist finally gets to see his work about political prisoners at the HirshhornWed, 12 Jul 2017 18:12:18 +0000New Assistive Stairs Put a Spring in Your Stephttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-assistive-stairs-put-spring-your-step-180964019/Inventors design a staircase that recycles energy to assist usersWed, 12 Jul 2017 18:01:00 +0000"VirusCam" Can Watch Individual Viruses to (Someday) Keep You From Getting Sickhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/viruscam-can-watch-individual-teeny-tiny-viruses-someday-keep-you-getting-sick-180964018/Viruses are tiny and hard to see, but a new microscope can track them individually to try to better prevent diseaseWed, 12 Jul 2017 17:10:00 +0000Take a Stroll Through Jane Austen's England With This Interactive Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/take-stroll-through-jane-austens-england-interactive-map-180964030/A look at the houses and towns that shaped the life and writing of the famed author on the 200th anniversary of her deathWed, 12 Jul 2017 17:08:06 +0000How Fake, Lab-Made Poop Can Improve Sanitationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/we-make-fake-poo-laboratory-improve-sanitation-bangladesh-180964028/The, er, sludge replicates the properties of human waste to better understand sanitation in BangladeshWed, 12 Jul 2017 15:41:51 +0000The Middle East Is a Treasure Trove of Natural Wonders. Now It Has a Museum to Show Them Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/israel-open-first-natural-history-museum-middle-east-180963986/Everything from early human skulls to priceless taxidermy relics will be on display in the ark-shaped museumWed, 12 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Barack Obama Became the First President to Brew Beer at the White Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-barack-obama-became-first-president-brew-beer-white-house-180964016/The former president and his staff crafted ales featuring honey from the White House gardenWed, 12 Jul 2017 12:29:28 +0000Pocahontas Redefined How Europeans Saw Native Americanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/pocahontas-redefined-how-europeans-saw-nativ/Prior to the arrival of Pocahontas in England, indigenous people of the Americas were viewed as cannibals, brutish, and non-ChristianWed, 12 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Timelessness of Millennial-Bashing http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/millennial-bashing-medieval-times-180964003/ Even in the 14th century, writers blamed younger generations for ruining everythingTue, 11 Jul 2017 18:11:31 +0000John Quincy Adams Kept a Diary and Didn’t Skimp on the Detailshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/john-quincy-adams-kept-diary-and-didnt-skimp-details-180964011/On the occasion of his 250th birthday, the making of our sixth president in his own wordsTue, 11 Jul 2017 16:53:19 +0000Studying Ant "Noses" Could Lead to Better Bug Repellentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/insect-repellent-development-hijacks-bugs-sense-smell-180964002/The new class of repellents, called "excito-repellents," is similar to "getting on an elevator with someone who's put on way too much perfume"Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:05:53 +0000How Fear of Humans Can Ripple Through Food Webs and Reshape Landscapeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-fear-humans-can-ripple-through-food-webs-reshape-landscapes-180963987/Predators like pumas cower in our presence. And these big cats aren’t the only onesTue, 11 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Thailand's Hellfire Pass Got Its Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-thailands-hellfire-pass-got-its-name/During WWII, Hellfire Pass was a notorious Japanese railway construction site. There, Allied prisoners were forced to work at night in grueling conditionsTue, 11 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Eclipse Anxiety Helped Lay the Foundation For Modern Astronomyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-eclipse-anxiety-helped-lay-foundation-modern-astronomy-180963992/The same unease you feel when the moon blots out the sun fueled ancient astronomers to seek patterns in the skiesMon, 10 Jul 2017 18:16:50 +0000Print, Then Heat for Self-Assembling Space Stationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/print-then-heat-self-assembling-space-stations-180963997/With special ‘memory’ polymers, stents and space habitats could one day build themselves Mon, 10 Jul 2017 18:00:00 +0000Ancient Humans Liked Getting Tipsy, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-humans-liked-getting-tipsy-too-180963990/In a new book on the archaeology and chemistry of alcoholic beverages, Patrick McGovern unravels the history of boozingMon, 10 Jul 2017 17:54:30 +0000See Canada Through Fresh Eyes on a First Nations Tourhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/see-canada-through-fresh-eyes-first-nations-tour-180963984/The mountains, forests and waters of British Columbia are given new meaning on a journey led by members of its indigenous communitiesMon, 10 Jul 2017 15:48:08 +0000Watch: The Panda Cub’s Favorite Game Is Belly Flopping Out of Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/video-panda-cubs-favorite-game-belly-flopping-out-trees-180963988/Bei Bei, the nearly two-year-old giant panda shows off his climbing—and falling—skillsMon, 10 Jul 2017 14:54:19 +0000Esperanza Spalding: Jazz Musician, Grammy Award Winner and Now Museum Curatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/esperanza-spalding-jazz-musician-grammy-award-winner-and-now-museum-curator-180963977/The title of her latest album "D + Evolution" is also the theme of a new exhibition at the Smithsonian's Cooper HewittMon, 10 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000These Are the Final Moments of Amelia Earhart on the Groundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/these-are-the-final-moments-of-amelia-earhar/In 1937, Amelia Earhart was about to embark on a record-setting flight around the world. In her final moments, she took her last photographMon, 10 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Like Humans, Chimps Learn Behavior From One Anotherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/like-humans-chimps-learn-behavior-from-one/Chimps have a range of personalities and the facial expressions to reflect themFri, 07 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Do We See More Species in Tropical Forests? The Mystery May Finally Be Solvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-do-we-see-more-species-tropical-forests-mystery-may-finally-be-solved-180963974/Surveying 2.4 million trees showed that predators may help keep the trees at sustainable levels Thu, 06 Jul 2017 18:12:42 +0000When It Comes to Historical Markers, Every Word Mattershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-it-comes-historical-markers-every-word-matters-180963973/Who tells the story has a significant impact on what story is toldThu, 06 Jul 2017 17:28:27 +0000History Was Writ Large on This Desk Belonging to Thomas Jeffersonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-writ-large-this-desk-belonging-thomas-jefferson-180963919/The ingenuity of this clever writing box was matched only by the young republic's innovative declaration for nationhoodThu, 06 Jul 2017 16:17:02 +0000These Boots Could Save a Firefighter's Life http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-boots-could-save-firefighters-life-180963087/Engineer Hahna Alexander designed SmartBoots, which harvest energy from the wearer's steps, to aid workers in dangerous professionsThu, 06 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000Against All Odds, England's Massive Chalk Horse Has Survived 3,000 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/3000-year-old-uffington-horse-looms-over-english-countryside-180963968/Cleaning up the Uffington Horse is the neigh-borly thing to doThu, 06 Jul 2017 15:19:35 +0000How Soccer Is Changing the Lives of Child Refugeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-soccer-changing-lives-child-refugees-georgia-180963888/Arrivals from war-torn countries find refuge at a Georgia academy founded by an immigrantThu, 06 Jul 2017 15:00:00 +0000Transparent Mice Let Researchers See Cancer Spread in Real Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/transparent-mice-let-researchers-see-cancer-spread-real-time-180963948/By making organs transparent, researchers at Tokyo University can spot individual cancer cellsThu, 06 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000No Wonder Lord of the Rings' Middle-Earth Was Filmed Herehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/no-wonder-lord-of-the-rings-middle-earth-wa/For 18 months, the cast and crew of the Lord of the Rings trilogy filmed their scenes across the tiny island of New ZealandThu, 06 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Forget Dinos: Horseshoe Crabs Are Stranger, More Ancient—And Still Alive Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/forget-dinosaurs-horseshoe-crabs-are-weirder-more-ancient-180963952/But now evolution’s ultimate survivors may be in danger Wed, 05 Jul 2017 18:51:40 +0000How Archaeologists Crammed 1500 Years of Roman History Into One Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/map-traces-roman-history-over-1500-years-180963773/The Atlas of Ancient Rome looks at the city over the course of its evolution in remarkable detailWed, 05 Jul 2017 16:56:27 +0000Why the New U.K. Political Coalition Could Undermine Peace in Irelandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-political-party-northern-ireland-could-undermine-decades-peace-180963920/Theresa May’s deal to control Parliament may endanger the 1998 Good Friday AgreementWed, 05 Jul 2017 15:05:21 +0000How Spam Went from Canned Necessity to American Iconhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/food/how-spam-went-canned-necessity-american-icon-180963916/Out-of-the-can branding helped transform World War II's rations into a beloved household stapleWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:41:51 +0000New Invention Puts the Power of Static in Your Pockethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-invention-puts-power-static-your-pocket-180963482/Squeeze this paper device and you can create electricityWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:34:28 +0000In 1947, A High-Altitude Balloon Crash Landed in Roswell. The Aliens Never Lefthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/in-1947-high-altitude-balloon-crash-landed-roswell-aliens-never-left-180963917/Despite its persistence in popular culture, extraterrestrial life owes more to the imagination than realityWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:26:55 +0000A More Super Superglue Could Help Build Jelly-Like Robotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/making-superglue-even-more-super-180963903/A tweaked version of the popular adhesive may give a big boost to stretchable electronics and soft robotsWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Towering 19th-Century Mechanical Clock Was the Smartwatch of Its Erahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-towering-19th-century-mechanical-clock-was-smartwatch-era-180963872/With hundreds of moving parts, the Great Historical Clock of America has been revivedWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Coffee on the Brain—Literally—Could Help Surgeonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/coffee-brainliterallycould-help-surgeons-180963923/A cap made of coffee grounds helps nose and throat surgery patients get the best careWed, 05 Jul 2017 13:16:24 +0000What Did Independence Day Mean to Southerners About to Secede?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-did-independence-day-mean-southerners-about-secede-180963907/As secession loomed, the Fourth of July took on new significanceMon, 03 Jul 2017 16:16:49 +0000Illuminating the Secret Language of Lightning Bugshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/illuminating-secret-language-lightning-bugs-180963900/For these light-up lovers, each flash in the night could mean sex or deathMon, 03 Jul 2017 16:05:07 +0000The Hirshhorn Transforms Into a One-Day Soundscapehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hirshhorn-transforms-one-day-soundscape-180963906/For one day, the museum will add an interactive soundscape to the works of visual art on displayMon, 03 Jul 2017 15:45:48 +0000Thank the Erie Canal for Spreading People, Ideas and Germs Across Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/grab-your-mule-named-sal-and-explore-erie-canal-180963892/For the waterway's 200th anniversary, learn about its creation and impactMon, 03 Jul 2017 14:26:08 +0000Despite Road-Closing Landslides, You Can Still Take a Big Sur Road Trip This Year — Here’s Howhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/you-can-still-take-big-sur-road-trip-year-heres-how-180963902/This gorgeous stretch of coastline is harder to get to these days, but it's not impossibleFri, 30 Jun 2017 19:21:55 +0000These Fanciful Microbes Need Your Coloring Skillshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-fanciful-microbes-need-your-coloring-skills-180963897/A vast microscopic world writhes around you. Now a coloring book lets you bring wee beasts and beauties to lifeFri, 30 Jun 2017 19:08:25 +0000Renovated Museum Wing Delves Into Untold Chapters of American Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/renovated-museum-wing-delves-untold-chapters-american-history-180963887/“The Nation We Build Together” questions American ideals through exhibits on democracy, religion, diversity and more Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:43:18 +000012 Unique Ways to Experience Armenia Off the Beaten Pathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/12-unique-ways-experience-armenia-off-beaten-path-180963876/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:34:19 +0000Step Right Up to the Big Top Circus Tent at the 50th Annual Folklife Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/step-right-big-top-circus-tent-50th-annual-folklife-festival-180963890/The day the circus rolled into Washington, D.C., and other tales from the Smithsonian’s hot summer party on the National MallFri, 30 Jun 2017 18:10:36 +0000How Fake News Breaks Your Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-fake-news-breaks-your-brain-180963894/Short attention spans and a deluge of rapid-fire articles on social media form a recipe for fake news epidemicsFri, 30 Jun 2017 17:10:40 +0000The Rise and Fall of the Great American Motelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/twilight-mom-and-pop-motel-180963895/Mom and pop motels once dominated American highways. Now, they're an endangered speciesFri, 30 Jun 2017 16:45:11 +0000Why This Composer Made Melodies Out of Mountainsideshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-composer-made-melodies-out-mountainsides-180963889/This forgotten Armenian musicologist literally drew the landscapes into his folksong scoresFri, 30 Jun 2017 16:22:03 +0000How Indigenous Australians Are Still Fighting for Their Lands 25 Years After a Landmark Court Casehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-indigenous-australians-are-still-fighting-their-lands-25-years-after-landmark-court-case-180963893/The struggle continues for the people who have lived on the continent for 50,000 yearsFri, 30 Jun 2017 16:19:16 +0000The East St. Louis Race Riot Left Dozens Dead, Devastating a Community on the Risehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/east-st-louis-race-riot-left-dozens-dead-devastating-community-on-the-rise-180963885/Three days of violence forced African-American families to run for their lives and the aftereffects are still felt in the Illinois city todayFri, 30 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Coral Reefs Sound Like Popcorn, and That’s a Good Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/take-audio-tour-ocean-180963880/The oceans boast a vibrant soundscape, but we may be slowly silencing their symphonies Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Whimsical, Chameleon-Like Figure Behind the Myth of Sylvia Plathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whimsical-chameleon-figure-behind-myth-sylvia-plath-180963831/Today, visions of a life marred by mental illness endure, but the author had a light side—and a knack for savvy image controlFri, 30 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Five Augmented Reality Experiences That Bring Museum Exhibits to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/expanding-exhibits-augmented-reality-180963810/AR features allow visitors to explore historical spaces and artifacts in new waysThu, 29 Jun 2017 18:45:10 +0000Colorized Footage Is a Vivid Reminder that History Didn't Happen in Black and Whitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-did-1920s-look-color-180963882/A new Smithsonian Channel series takes a fresh, vibrant look at five decades of historical footageThu, 29 Jun 2017 18:40:10 +0000The Pioneering Androgyny of Classic Hollywood Star Marlene Dietrich http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pioneering-androgyny-classic-hollywood-star-marlene-dietrich-180963842/The film icon embraced bisexuality, glamorous mystique and provocationThu, 29 Jun 2017 18:04:16 +0000The Cuban Government Brought New Life to Hollywood Movies With These Vivid Postershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/cuban-government-new-life-hollywood-movies-posters-180963670/ The U.S. embargo didn’t keep Cubans from watching movies they lovedThu, 29 Jun 2017 15:41:21 +0000Do Other Animals Have Baby Teeth and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/do-animals-have-baby-teeth-more-questions-readers-180963688/You asked, we answeredThu, 29 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000A Pittsburgh Church Holds the Greatest Collection of Relics Outside of the Vaticanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/pittsburgh-church-greatest-collection-relics-outside-vatican-180963680/ Behold the treasures of this tiny neighborhood churchThu, 29 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000A Legendary Photographer Visits an Isolated Christian Community in Ethiopiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/intrepid-photographer-visits-isolated-christian-community-ethiopia-180963675/High in the mountains of eastern Africa, an ancient way of life continues apaceThu, 29 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000Explore the Timeless World of Vodou, Deep Within the Caves of Haitihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/explore-timeless-world-vodou-haiti-180963673/ Photographer Troi Anderson captures the religion that has been misunderstood for centuriesThu, 29 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000Portraits of Faithhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/portraits-of-faith-180963669/ In a world changing faster than ever, the enduring appeal of religious tradition shines in these photographsThu, 29 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000New Exhibition Asks “What Kind of Nation Do We Want to Be?”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-asks-what-kind-nation-do-we-want-be-180963874/The American History Museum opens a trio of timely new shows on democracy, religion and immigrationThu, 29 Jun 2017 14:27:18 +0000What Are All The Ways That Land Can Disappear Beneath Your Feet?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/myriad-ways-land-can-disappear-beneath-your-feet-180963868/From sinkholes to liquefaction, we look at how solid earth can shrink and elude our graspThu, 29 Jun 2017 13:30:00 +0000Breaking Down Menstruation Taboos With Emojishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-period-emoji-break-down-taboos-about-talking-about-menstruation-180963871/A nonprofit believes that changing the digital conversation around periods could help girls around the worldThu, 29 Jun 2017 13:23:00 +0000How Do Sea Lions Swim, Glide and Sometimes Even Nab Humans?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-do-sea-lions-swim-180963847/These living torpedoes pull themselves through the water using their front flippers, unlike other ocean creaturesThu, 29 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000See Yerevan Through a Local's Lenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/yerevan-armenia-local-lens-instagram-photography-180963800/Eduard Kankanyan's visual journals offer a view into Armenia's capital that most travelers don't seeWed, 28 Jun 2017 20:29:40 +0000At Its Core, the Declaration of Independence Was a Plea for Help From Britain’s Enemieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/its-core-declaration-independence-was-plea-help-britains-enemies-180963857/The intended audience for the document could be found in the royal houses of France and SpainWed, 28 Jun 2017 17:14:15 +0000How One Mathew Brady Photograph May Have Helped Elect Abraham Lincolnhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-one-mathew-brady-photograph-may-have-helped-elect-abraham-lincoln-180963839/Before chronicling the Civil War, the nation's first photojournalist took these portraitsWed, 28 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Summer, Try Termite Chocolate Sprinkles on Your Ice Creamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/want-try-bugs-grub-insectarium-canada-180963821/Canada’s Insectarium invites visitors to dine on insects as part of a special menuWed, 28 Jun 2017 15:44:06 +0000Step Right Up! See the Reinvention of the Great American Circus!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/reinvention-great-american-circus-180963682/As Ringling Bros. packs up its tent for good, all sorts of newfangled spectacles have sprung up to take its placeWed, 28 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000Muralist Nicolas Party Samples Great Artists of the Past Like a Visual DJhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/muralist-nicolas-party-samples-great-artists-past-visual-dj-180963838/The Hirshhorn's installation, inspired by Barack Obama’s “sun will rise” promise of continuity, highlights fantasy landscapes, beauty of nature Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Seattle’s Space Needle Is Getting a Makeover to Enhance Panoramic Viewshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/seattles-space-needle-getting-new-look-180963850/ Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:41:24 +0000Could Vitamin C Be the Cure for Deadly Infections?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/could-deadly-infections-be-cured-vitamin-c-180963843/A new protocol that includes this common nutrient could save millions of lives—and has already sparked a raging debate among doctorsTue, 27 Jun 2017 17:33:46 +0000When It Comes to Conservation, Are Ugly Animals a Lost Cause?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/are-ugly-animals-lost-cause-180963807/ Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but good marketing can do wonders Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:59:06 +0000Racing the Storm: The Story of the Mobile Bay Sailing Disasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/racing-storm-story-mobile-bay-sailing-disaster-180963686/When hurricane-force winds suddenly struck the Bay, they swept more than 100 boaters into one of the worst sailing disasters in modern American historyTue, 27 Jun 2017 15:58:37 +0000Two Circus Pros Juggle History and Race to Springboard Black Entertainershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-circus-pros-juggle-history-race-springboard-black-entertainers-180963733/Cedric Walker and Veronica Blair share a common fascination for the history of African-American circusTue, 27 Jun 2017 15:33:25 +0000Will the Public Ever Get to See the "Dueling Dinosaurs"?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/public-ever-see-dueling-dinosaurs-180963676/America’s most spectacular fossil, found by a plucky Montana rancher, is locked up in a secret storage room. Why?Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:26:18 +0000Which Books Do Americans Take on Vacation?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/which-books-americans-take-on-vacation-180963677/Our city-by-city breakdown uncovered some surprisesTue, 27 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000What Makes Salt Water Taffy the Perfect Summer Candy?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/what-makes-salt-water-taffy-perfect-summer-candy-180963674/The first families of the sugary treat stir up another season of making history by the bite Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000How (and Where) Did Hannibal Cross the Alps?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-hannibal-crossed-the-alps-180963671/ He pulled off one of the greatest military feats ever. Now new scientific evidence points to Hannibal's legendary route to RomeTue, 27 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000Trace Martin Luther's Footsteps Through Germanyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/follow-martin-luthers-footsteps-through-germany-180963481/It’s 500 years since the start of the Protestant Reformation—here’s what you can still see todayMon, 26 Jun 2017 19:52:56 +0000When the Beast of Gévaudan Terrorized France http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/beast-gevaudan-terrorized-france-countryside-180963820/The tale of this monster grew in the telling, but the carnage still left nearly 100 deadMon, 26 Jun 2017 16:23:07 +0000This Glove Makes VR Objects Feel Realhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/get-grip-180963824/Pneumatic "muscles" on the glove simulate the feel of real objectsMon, 26 Jun 2017 15:58:02 +0000How Humans Helped Ants Invade the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-humans-helped-ants-invade-world-180963825/Waves of globalization brought these warriors to new shores, where certain species spread like wildfireMon, 26 Jun 2017 15:25:16 +0000From Ptolemy to GPS, the Brief History of Mapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-maps-180963685/ We now have the whole world in our hands, but how did we get here?Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000How GPS Learns to Speak Your Languagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-gps-learns-to-speak-your-language-180963679/A peek into that voice that tells you when and where to turn Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Army Veteran Who Became the First to Hike the Entire Appalachian Trailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/army-veteran-became-first-hike-entire-appalachian-trail-180963678/His journal and hiking boots are in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American HistoryMon, 26 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000What Happened to America's Public Intellectuals?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-happened-americas-public-intellectuals-180963668/ Our nation has always depended on these heavyweights to guide us, but are they still with us, and if so, who are they?Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000This 155-mile Hike Through the Pyrenees Merges Contemporary Art With Spain's Stunning Landscapeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/grand-tour-through-pyrenees-connects-artists-and-audiences-cultural-pilgrimage-180963808/An art project of the Contemporary Art Center Nau Côclea brings artists and audiences together on a cultural pilgrimageFri, 23 Jun 2017 18:59:45 +0000The Science Behind the “Abortion Pill”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/health-medicine/science-behind-abortion-pill-180963762/Legal or not, more American women are opting for abortion by medication. We asked doctors: How safe is it?Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:09:32 +0000A Guided Tour of Australia's Blue Mountains Follows Ancient Aboriginal Songlineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/australia-aboriginal-history-tour-blue-mountains-180963600/Yanna Muru’s walkabouts to sacred sites teach visitors about Darug cultureFri, 23 Jun 2017 15:38:30 +0000The Story Behind the World’s Largest Watercolor Paintinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/story-behind-worlds-largest-known-watercolor-painting-180963798/The massive artwork marks the opening of the MASS MoCA's new 130,000-square-foot wing, which makes it the largest contemporary art museum in the U.S.Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:37:11 +0000Cave Dragons Exist—And Saving Them Could Be Key to Protecting Drinking Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/cave-dragons-exist-and-saving-them-could-protect-drinking-water-180963797/New DNA techniques are letting researchers track down the largest, strangest cave animals in the worldThu, 22 Jun 2017 16:24:56 +0000The Forgotten Man Who Transformed Journalism in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-man-who-transformed-journalism-america-180963784/Lowell Thomas was the first host of a TV broadcast news program, and adopted a number of other new technologies to make his mark in the 20th centuryThu, 22 Jun 2017 12:47:50 +0000Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression's Bookmobileshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/horse-riding-librarians-were-great-depression-bookmobiles-180963786/During the Great Depression, a New Deal program brought books to Kentuckians living in remote areasWed, 21 Jun 2017 18:35:18 +0000How Moonlight Sets Nature's Rhythms http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-moonlight-sets-nature-rhythms-180963778/Lunar luster triggers mating orgies, guides travelers and even can even provoke magical transformationsWed, 21 Jun 2017 16:30:00 +0000Secret Tunnels Under London, Once Used to Hide Art During WWI, Open to the Public for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/secret-tunnels-under-london-open-public-180963764/Explore the 6.5-mile-long network of hidden mail tunnels starting this JulyWed, 21 Jun 2017 15:36:37 +0000After 50 Years of Song, Dance, Food, Even Hog Calling, at the Folklife Festival, Is It Still Worthwhile?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/after-50-years-song-dance-food-hog-calling-folklife-festival-still-worthwhile-180963644/Recognizing traditional culture in the information age is ever more important argues the director of the Center for Folklife and Cultural HeritageWed, 21 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Motorized Ice Cream Cones and Floating Campgrounds: 14 of the Wackiest Summer Fun Patents http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/motorized-ice-cream-cones-and-floating-campgrounds-14-wackiest-summer-fun-patents-180963706/Inventors never stop thinking of new ways to have fun, as these 14 patents show. Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:09:00 +0000Smithsonian’s Behind-the-Scenes “Sidedoor” Podcast Returns for Second Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonians-behind-scenes-sidedoor-podcast-returns-second-season-180963751/New episodes explore a 150-year-old cold case, the history of beer, war photography and moreWed, 21 Jun 2017 12:55:56 +0000When Cutting-Edge Science Meets Science Fiction, It Packs the House http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-cutting-edge-science-meets-science-fiction-it-packs-house-180963774/At Future Con, fans of sci-fi, fantasy and comics met the researchers and engineers who are bringing their stories to life Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:06:32 +0000Making Cents of Currency's Ancient Risehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/making-cents-currencys-ancient-rise-180963776/Cash has been king for over 40,000 yearsTue, 20 Jun 2017 19:26:40 +0000The Great Uprising: How a Powder Revolutionized Bakinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/great-uprising-how-powder-revolutionized-baking-180963772/Before baking powder hit the scene in 1856, making cake was not a piece of cakeTue, 20 Jun 2017 19:14:15 +0000Natural Phenomenon Creates Awesome Waterslide at Great Sand Dunes National Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/natural-phenomenon-creates-awesome-waterslide-great-sand-dunes-national-park-180963763/Each spring and early summer, melting snow creates waves in ColoradoTue, 20 Jun 2017 15:35:28 +0000The Woman Whose Words Inflamed the American Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/woman-whose-words-inflamed-american-revolution-180963765/Mercy Otis Warren used her wit to agitate for independenceTue, 20 Jun 2017 15:14:42 +0000Canadian Peaches and California Coffee: How Farmers Are Being Forced to Innovate in the Face of Climate Change http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/canadian-peaches-and-california-coffee-how-farmers-are-being-forced-innovate-face-climate-change-180963720/As the climate changes and global temperatures rise, farmers are having to change cultivation techniques and sometimes even crops. Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Piri Thomas' Coming of Age Memoir Still Resonates Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/piri-thomas-and-power-self-portrayal-180963651/"Down These Mean Streets" was an instant classic, a text of painful truthsTue, 20 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000You Should Thank This Man for Inventing Jet Boatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/you-should-thank-this-man-for-inventing-jet/In 1954, a man named Bill Hamilton invented the water-jet propelled boat, ideal for exploring the shallow rivers of his native New ZealandTue, 20 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Need to Fix a Heart Attack? Try Photosynthesishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-light-activated-bacteria-could-help-heal-heart-attack-180963756/Injecting plant-like creatures into a rat's heart can jumpstart the recovery process, study findsMon, 19 Jun 2017 17:15:00 +0000How Cats Conquered the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-cats-conquered-world-180963749/Scientists use 9,000 years of feline genetics to chart their global rise to powerMon, 19 Jun 2017 15:19:48 +0000Come for the Bug Eating and Get a Lesson in Humanity from Andrew Zimmernhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bug-eating-lesson-andrew-zimmern-180963632/A Q&A with the Travel Channel’s 'Bizarre Foods' ChefMon, 19 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Pocahontas May Not Have Rescued John Smith After Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-pocahontas-may-not-have-rescued-john-smi/According to legend, Pocahontas threw herself between the leader of the Jamestown colony, John Smith, and a warrior's club to save himMon, 19 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Long and Winding Road of Yoko Ono’s Art http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-and-winding-road-yoko-onos-art-180963743/A Hirshhorn exhibition of four works opens the same week Ono is credited, 46 years later, as a co-writer of the chart-topping ballad “Imagine.”Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:34:48 +0000Cómo Los Científicos y Grupos Indígenas Pueden Aliarse Para Proteger Los Bosques y el Climahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/como-los-cientificos-y-grupos-indigenas-pueden-aliarse-para-proteger-los-bosques-y-el-clima-180963740/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:32:29 +0000The Musical Legacy Behind the Tupac Biopic 'All Eyez on Me'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/legacy-behind-tupac-biopic-all-eyez-on-me-180963738/Curator Dwandalyn Reece from the Smithsonian’s African American Museum investigatesFri, 16 Jun 2017 18:06:23 +0000Meet the Computer Scientist You Should Thank For Your Smartphone's Weather Apphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-computer-scientist-you-should-thank-your-phone-weather-app-180963716/She was a key figure in the experiment that launched modern weather prediction, despite having no formal mathematical trainingFri, 16 Jun 2017 14:04:19 +0000The Now-Ubiquitous Shipping Container Was an Idea Before Its Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/shipping-container-idea-before-time-180963730/North Carolina trucker Malcom McLean needed to invent not just the container, but the cranes and ships needed to move themFri, 16 Jun 2017 13:10:00 +0000Why These Vegetarian Monkeys Have Sharp Predator Teethhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-these-vegetarian-monkeys-have-sharp-pred/In the Ethiopian highlands, native Geladas have impressive canines despite being grass eaters. The reason is simple: The males need to defend themselvesFri, 16 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Will the Next Great Scientific Discovery Be Made by Amateurs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-next-scientific-discovery-amateur-180963665/There are more options than ever to get involved, and your input can help solve big problems in scienceThu, 15 Jun 2017 17:25:20 +0000Why Sand Covers the Floor of One of the Western Hemisphere's Oldest Synagogueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Caribbean-synagogue-sand-floor-180963581/Fleeing anti-Semitism in Europe, Jews found unexpected shelter on the island of CuraçaoThu, 15 Jun 2017 16:37:30 +0000The Political Dealmaking That Finally Brought Hawaii Statehood http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-puerto-rico-learn-hawaii-180963690/And what Puerto Rico can learn from the prolonged processThu, 15 Jun 2017 14:27:58 +0000Rachel Jackson, the Scandalous Divorcee Who Almost Became First Ladyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rachel-jackson-was-original-monica-lewinsky-180963713/Rachel Jackson ran away from her husband and got divorced to marry Andrew, an incident that haunted her for lifeThu, 15 Jun 2017 13:10:55 +0000From Medical Pariah to Feminist Icon: The Story of the IUDhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/medical-pariah-feminist-icon-story-iud-180963699/After decades of being shunned by women and doctors alike, this T-shaped device is enjoying a new surge of popularityThu, 15 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Spider Monkeys Only Have Four Fingershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-human-feature-gives-squirrel-monkeys-th/Unlike virtually every other primate, spider monkeys have no thumbs, which could snag on the branchesThu, 15 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000When Fresh Air Went Out of Fashion at Hospitalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-fresh-air-went-out-fashion-hospitals-180963710/How the hospital went from luxury resort to windowless boxWed, 14 Jun 2017 19:09:54 +0000This Conch-Shell Inspired Material Could Make Helmets and Body Armor Saferhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/conch-shell-inspired-material-could-make-helmets-and-body-armor-safer-180963612/Scientists from MIT are using structures that evolved over millions of years to strengthen protective gearWed, 14 Jun 2017 18:30:13 +0000For Father's Day, Take Dad on a Tour of the Smithsonian Museumshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fathers-day-take-dad-tour-smithsonian-museums-180963691/Our featured tour: With DadWed, 14 Jun 2017 18:05:14 +0000This Forest Will Sing to Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/heres-what-happens-when-choral-music-and-nature-collide-180963666/iForest at The Wild Center combines an immersive sound experience with the lush beauty of the AdirondacksWed, 14 Jun 2017 17:29:27 +0000Telling the Story of 19th-Century Native American Treasures Through Bird Feathershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/telling-story-19th-century-native-american-treasures-through-bird-feathers-180963700/Famed explorer John Wesley Powell’s archive of his 19th century travels is newly examinedWed, 14 Jun 2017 17:06:33 +0000What Happens to Fiction When Our Worst Climate Nightmares Start Coming True? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happens-fiction-when-worst-climate-nightmares-come-true-180963544/Movies, books and poetry have made predictions about a future that could be rapidly approachingWed, 14 Jun 2017 16:30:00 +0000Ancient DNA Could Unravel the Mystery of Prehistoric European Migrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-dna-could-unravel-mystery-prehistoric-european-migration-180963702/New research pinpoints the geographic origins of ancient Eurasians, showing how the continent’s population changedWed, 14 Jun 2017 14:32:58 +0000Pour to Recharge Your Electric Vehiclehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/battery-recharges-your-electric-car-instantly-180963621/Purdue University scientists have created a liquid-based battery that could one day be recharged at a gas station pump in just minutesWed, 14 Jun 2017 13:15:00 +0000You Are What You Eat, And What You Eat Is Millions of Microbeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/you-are-what-you-eat-and-what-you-eat-millions-microbes-180963656/Now that they’ve tallied up American feces, researchers are turning to the other half of the microbial equation: foodWed, 14 Jun 2017 12:45:00 +0000This Human Feature Gives Squirrel Monkeys Their Precise Griphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-spider-monkeys-only-have-four-fingers/Squirrel monkeys find it easy to leap fearlessly from one distant branch to another, some over 130 feet high. Their secret? Human-like fingerprintsWed, 14 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000When We Go to Mars, Will We Have a Real-Life HAL 9000 With Us?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-we-go-mars-will-we-want-2001-space-odysseys-hal-9000-us-180963694/How generations of NASA scientists were inspired by an evil Hollywood supercomputerTue, 13 Jun 2017 18:45:35 +0000NASA Is Sending a Robotic Fueling Station to Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nasa-sending-robotic-fueling-station-space-180963663/How do you save a billion-dollar satellite? Send another robot up there after itTue, 13 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000Researchers Give Skin Cells a Tan—Without the Sunhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/real-tan-no-sun-needed-180963667/Without damaging UV rays, the artificial tan could give that golden glow while protecting against skin cancer. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:01:00 +0000Art Installations Transform a Historic Venetian Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-private-venetian-art-gallery-island-180963627/San Clemente Island in the Lagoon of Venice, a former refuge for crusaders and a hospice for plague victims, opens an island-wide art showTue, 13 Jun 2017 14:50:12 +0000The Thrilling Tale of How Robert Smalls Seized a Confederate Ship and Sailed it to Freedomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/thrilling-tale-how-robert-smalls-heroically-sailed-stolen-confederate-ship-freedom-180963689/He risked his life to liberate his family and became a legend in the processTue, 13 Jun 2017 14:46:04 +0000The Spy Who Became England’s First Successful Female Writerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/spy-who-became-englands-first-successful-female-writer-180963643/Aphra Behn made a name for herself in Restoration-era England, when most women still relied on their husbandsTue, 13 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Tarzan's Favorite Mode of Travel, the Liana Vine, Chokes Off a Tree's Ability to Bear Fruithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tarzans-mode-travel-liana-vine-chocking-tropical-forests-180963636/ With lowered fruit production, fewer seeds are dispersed to grow new treesTue, 13 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Don't Be Jealous of These Oyster-Slurping Beach Monkeyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/dont-be-jealous-of-these-oyster-slurping-be/Long-tailed macaques spend much of the day frolicking on tropical sands and taking a dip in the ocean to cool offTue, 13 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Who Owns Antarctica's Pristine Oceans?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/who-owns-antarctica-pristine-ocean-180963659/How humans finally stopped squabbling and protected one of the world's most pristine marine areas Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:14:18 +0000Michael Bloomberg Wants to Solve Climate Change From the "Bottom Up"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/solving-climate-change-bottom-michael-bloomberg-180963477/As Washington deadlocks, the former New York City mayor believes that cities, businesses and people are the best hope for saving the environmentMon, 12 Jun 2017 17:10:13 +0000Are You Optimistic About the Earth's Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/second-opinion-transcript-180963294/Read the full transcript from the inaugural Second Opinion roundtableMon, 12 Jun 2017 17:00:35 +0000Seven Books Worth Reading to Change the Conversation About Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/seven-books-read-about-changing-conversation-about-climate-change-180963522/Smithsonian scientist Nancy Knowlton selects some of her favorite picks off her bookshelfMon, 12 Jun 2017 16:20:54 +0000Not All Trash Is Created Equalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/not-all-trash-created-equal-180963476/By 2025, the regions of the world that produce the most waste—and what they're producing—will have shifted dramaticallyMon, 12 Jun 2017 16:05:35 +0000Antlers Are Miraculous Face Organs That Could Benefit Human Healthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/antlers-are-miraculous-face-organs-could-benefit-human-health-180963635/There’s so much more to deer antlers than fighting and impressing the ladiesMon, 12 Jun 2017 14:39:59 +0000The History of American Impeachmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-you-need-know-about-impeachment-180963645/There’s a precedent that it's not just for presidentsMon, 12 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000“I Hope It Is Not Too Late”: How the U.S. Decided to Send Millions of Troops Into World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/i-hope-it-not-too-late-180963640/The Allies were desperate for reinforcements, but the U.S. wasn’t quite ready to provide themMon, 12 Jun 2017 13:17:27 +0000These Astronauts Drink Recycled Urine to Stay Hydratedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/these-astronauts-drink-recycled-urine-to-sta/Astronauts themselves are important sources of water in outer space. With the help of a special centrifuge, their urine is distilled, then processedMon, 12 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000An Ohio City is Turning an Unused Highway Into a Pop-Up Foresthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-do-you-do-highway-no-one-wants-anymore-180963602/Akron, Ohio hopes to fight urban inequality by removing a divisive highway. Other cities across America are looking into doing the same. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:52:53 +000011 New Art Exhibits to See This Summerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/12-new-art-exhibits-see-summer-180963622/From Edvard Munch to sonic arcades, these shows are worth putting on your calendar this seasonFri, 09 Jun 2017 15:29:50 +0000Medicine Creek, the Treaty That Set the Stage for Standing Rockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/standing-rock-there-was-medicine-creek-180963623/The Fish Wars of the 1960s led to an affirmation of Native American rights Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Do These Monkeys Have Such Outrageous Noses?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-do-these-monkeys-have-such-outrageous-no/Proboscis monkeys may look ridiculous to us, but they are in fact perfectly adapted to their swamp surroundingsFri, 09 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Humans Evolved 100,000 Years Earlier Than We Thought—But Mysteries Remainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-evolved-100000-years-earlier-we-thought-180963619/Moroccan fossil discovery alters the accepted narrative of when humans evolved and how they spread through AfricaThu, 08 Jun 2017 17:11:46 +0000Frank Lloyd Wright Credited Japan for His All-American Aesthetichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/frank-lloyd-wrights-japanese-education-180963617/The famed architect was inspired by drawings and works from the Asian nationThu, 08 Jun 2017 16:24:09 +0000Pittsburgh Has Surged Post-Steel, but Many in Rusting Region Still Strugglehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/pittsburghs-two-post-steel-trajectories-180963618/A historian notes how Pittsburgh's tech-driven boom hasn't reached everyone in western PennsylvaniaThu, 08 Jun 2017 16:08:16 +0000Will These Flexible Skin Patches Replace Wires in Hospitals?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-flexible-skin-patches-replace-wires-hospitals-180963505/Researchers at Northwestern University have developed "epidermal electronics," thin flexible patches capable of monitoring vital signs and more. Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:20:50 +0000How Watching Congressional Hearings Became an American Pastimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-watching-congressional-hearings-became-american-pastime-180963614/Decades before Watergate, mobsters helped turn hearings into must-see televisionThu, 08 Jun 2017 13:40:09 +0000Where Does 'Beyond the Pale' Come From?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/where-does-beyond-the-pale-come-from/Trim Castle in County Meath, Ireland, is famous for two things: It was a location in 'Braveheart,' and it played a part in the phrase 'beyond the pale'Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Science Behind the Discovery of the Oldest Homo Sapienhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/genetics-anthropology-solve-mysteries-human-evolution-180963608/We need both genetics and anthropology to solve the mysteries of human origins, says a researcher on the teamWed, 07 Jun 2017 18:50:04 +0000AI Plant and Animal Identification Helps Us All Be Citizen Scientists http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ai-plant-and-animal-identification-helps-us-all-be-citizen-scientists-180963525/Apps that use artificial intelligence to allow users to ID unknown specimens are making science more accessible to everyone. Wed, 07 Jun 2017 17:23:30 +0000The Long, Winding Tale of Sperm Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-finally-unravel-mysteries-sperm-180963578/...and why it's finally headed in the right directionWed, 07 Jun 2017 12:45:00 +0000A Stunning & Dramatic Irish Island Once Inhabited by Monkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-stunning-dramatic-irish-island-once-inha/Over seven miles off the Irish coast, lie the sea crags of Skellig Michael, a breathtaking island once home to a community of reclusive monksWed, 07 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Pioneering Force of Harlequin Frogs Set Out to Help Save Their Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pioneering-force-harlequin-frogs-set-out-help-save-species-180963580/Outfitted with tiny transmitters, these frogs are released to face the challenging chytrid fungus that decimated their populationsTue, 06 Jun 2017 20:01:13 +0000What the Six-Day War Tells Us About the Cold War http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-six-day-war-tells-us-about-cold-war-180963590/In 1967, Israel launched a preemptive attack on Egypt. The fight was spurred in part by Soviet meddlingTue, 06 Jun 2017 19:25:22 +0000How Your Brain Recognizes All Those Faceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-does-your-brain-recognize-faces-180963583/Neurons home in on one section at a time, researchers reportTue, 06 Jun 2017 15:14:12 +0000This Biofabric From MIT Uses Bacteria to Automatically Ventilate Workout Clotheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/biofabric-mit-uses-bacteria-automatically-ventilate-workout-clothes-180963478/Would you wear microbes on your back?Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:05:26 +0000Forget What You've Heard About the Pee Cure, Here's How to Really Fix a Jellyfish Stinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-fix-jellyfish-sting-180963582/Scientists studied what to do and what not to do when stung by a jellyfish. The result? Folk remedies are bad.Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:47:15 +0000It Takes Two Museums to Cover the Work of this Prolific German Neo-Expressionisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/it-takes-two-museums-cover-work-prolific-german-neo-expressionist-180963565/Europe’s celebrated Markus Lüpertz has a huge appetite for creativity. He's also a poet, writer, set designer and jazz pianist Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Terrifying Spider Hunts Fish Underwaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-terrifying-spider-hunts-fish-underwater/If the prospect of a spider that catches fish wasn't scary enough, the fishing spider is disturbingly well-adapted to its taskTue, 06 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000England’s Most Brutal King Was Its Best Peacemakerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/englands-most-brutal-king-was-its-best-peacemaker-180963574/William the Conqueror was ruthless, but he achieved something his predecessors couldn’t: peaceMon, 05 Jun 2017 18:49:44 +0000This Artist's Worldview Drips With Unending Pessimismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-artists-worldview-drips-unending-pessimism-180963566/"Man is inherently self-destructive, and whatever is built will be destroyed," says painter Donald Sultan of his "Disaster Paintings"Mon, 05 Jun 2017 18:43:11 +0000When Nova Scotia Almost Joined the American Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-nova-scotia-almost-joined-american-revolution-180963564/New England expats felt a strong allegiance to the struggles felt by their American friends to the southMon, 05 Jun 2017 14:26:40 +0000A Brief History of the GIF, From Early Internet Innovation to Ubiquitous Relichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-gif-early-internet-innovation-ubiquitous-relic-180963543/How an image format changed the way we communicateFri, 02 Jun 2017 15:33:46 +0000The View From the Big Tophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/view-big-top-180963499/Aerialist and this year's Folklife Festival performer Dolly Jacobs didn't have to run away to join the circus; she lived itFri, 02 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Hear Two Even More Ancient Black Holes Collidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gravitational-waves-even-more-ancient-black-hole-collisions-180963530/At this point, detecting ripples in the fabric of space-time is practically commonplaceThu, 01 Jun 2017 18:01:22 +0000Safer Digs for Tortoises Put a Damper on Their Love Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/safer-digs-desert-tortoises-put-damper-their-love-lives-180963517/A new genetic study surprised scientists who learned the males were not breedingThu, 01 Jun 2017 17:30:18 +0000What the Heck Is a Hellbender—And How Can We Make More of Them?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/giving-them-hellbenders-at-saint-louis-zoo-180963417/Why the Saint Louis Zoo decided to invest in this slimy, surprisingly adorable amphibianThu, 01 Jun 2017 17:11:51 +0000The Reason This South American Tribe Shrunk Their Enemies' Headshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-reason-this-south-american-tribe-shrunk/The Shuar of South America is the only tribe to have never been conquered by the Spanish EmpireThu, 01 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Buildings (and One Doghouse) Open for Rare Tours in Honor of the Architect's 150th Birthdayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/celebrate-frank-lloyd-wrights-150th-birthday-across-country-180963403/These new or normally unavailable tours and displays pay homage to an architecture legacyWed, 31 May 2017 22:45:38 +0000Ancient Mummies Finally Give Up Their Genetic Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-mummies-finally-give-their-genetic-secrets-180963518/Armed with new DNA techniques, scientists have extracted genetic sequences from preserved EgyptiansWed, 31 May 2017 21:41:33 +0000Noose Found in National Museum of African American History and Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/noose-found-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-180963519/This marks the second such incident within a week on Smithsonian groundsWed, 31 May 2017 21:39:53 +0000Why It’s So Hard to Find the Original Owners of Nazi-Looted Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-its-so-hard-find-real-owners-nazi-looted-art-180963513/International experts recently gathered at Smithsonian to discuss the state of international provenance researchWed, 31 May 2017 18:31:29 +0000How Polar Bears Became the Dragons of the Northhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/polar-bears-dragons-of-the-north-180963502/Renaissance maps depicting the “white bears” say more about our own fears and fantasies than about the predators themselvesWed, 31 May 2017 17:15:09 +0000How Sunscreen Protects Your Skin’s DNAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-sunscreen-protects-skins-DNA-180963509/ The chemistry behind this protective lotion reflects a modern understanding of the danger of ultraviolet rays Wed, 31 May 2017 16:15:18 +0000Why an Alabama Town Has a Monument Honoring the Most Destructive Pest in American Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/agricultural-pest-honored-herald-prosperity-enterprise-alabama-180963506/The boll weevil decimated the South's cotton industry, but the city of Enterprise found prosperity insteadWed, 31 May 2017 15:30:06 +0000What a Vampire Bat Can Teach Us About the Economics of Friendshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-vampire-bat-teach-economics-friendship-180963492/A Smithsonian scientist says important lessons about making friends and sharing can be learned from these blood-sucking creatures Wed, 31 May 2017 14:45:42 +0000Explore Crucian Cuisine on a New U.S. Virgin Islands Food Tourhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/new-usvi-food-tour-explores-traditional-cuisines-180963415/Get a taste of St. Croix's culinary traditionsWed, 31 May 2017 14:10:00 +0000This Engineering Job Is Not for the Faint-Heartedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-engineering-job-is-not-for-the-faint-he/The engineers working on 3 World Trade Center in New York are among the most daring aroundWed, 31 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000A New State-of-the-Art Sea Turtle Hospital Opens to Patients and Visitorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/sea-turtle-recovery-center-gives-turtles-second-chance-180963395/The South Carolina Aquarium invites tourists to visit their reptilian patients, watch surgeries and even conduct mock operations using VRTue, 30 May 2017 21:04:37 +0000Oldest Cancer Case in Central America Discoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/oldest-cancer-case-central-america-discovered-180963458/A young teen, who died 700 years ago, likely suffered pain in the right arm as the tumor grew and expanded through the boneTue, 30 May 2017 18:26:45 +0000The Racial Segregation of American Cities Was Anything But Accidentalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-federal-government-intentionally-racially-segregated-american-cities-180963494/A housing policy expert explains how federal government policies created the suburbs and the inner city Tue, 30 May 2017 17:48:38 +0000Edith Wharton Recruited the World’s Greatest Artists to Raise Money for WWI Refugeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/edith-wharton-recruited-worlds-greatest-artists-raise-money-wwi-refugees-180963493/A century ago, the famous author took it upon herself to help those left behind by the war’s carnageTue, 30 May 2017 14:53:42 +0000The Restaurant Doodle That Launched a Political Movementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/restaurant-doodle-launched-political-movement-180963466/How one economist’s graph on a napkin reshaped the Republican Party and upended tax policyTue, 30 May 2017 13:42:20 +0000How NASA Cut Costs With a New Kind of Spacecrafthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-nasa-cut-costs-with-a-new-kind-of-spacec_1/With budgets for space exploration falling toward the end of the 1960s, NASA began to make plans for a new kind of reusable spacecraft to save moneyTue, 30 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000