Articles | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenMon, 27 Feb 2017 18:59:22 +0000The History of the National Prayer Breakfasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/national-prayer-breakfast-what-does-its-history-reveal-180962017/The tradition began with President Eisenhower and has often been a place for the chief executive to talk about his faithThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:20:23 +0000Ollie the Bobcat Is Back at the Zoo and Off the Streets of Washington, D.C.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ollie-bobcat-back-zoo-off-streets-washington-dc-180961978/National Zoo bobcat ends her city sojourn Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:15:39 +0000Eight Places to Celebrate the Accomplishments of Great American Womenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/places-celebrate-great-american-women-180961825/Women are grossly under-represented when it comes to recognition in public places, but here are a few places that pay tribute to their contributionsThu, 19 Jan 2017 21:21:55 +0000The Original Women's March on Washington and the Suffragists Who Paved the Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/original-womens-march-washington-and-suffragists-who-paved-way-180961869/They fought for the right to vote, but also advanced the causes for birth control, civil rights and economic equalitySat, 21 Jan 2017 17:46:28 +0000Prehistoric Pointillism? Long Before Seurat, Ancient Artists Chiseled Mammoths Out of Dotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/prehistoric-pointillism-long-seurat-ancient-artists-chiseled-mammoths-out-dots-180962306/Newly discovered 38,000-year-old cave art predates the French post-Impressionist art formMon, 27 Feb 2017 18:59:22 +0000The Politics of Viewing Polar Bearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/politics-viewing-polar-bears-180962303/Tourists flock to this coastal Alaskan town to photograph the vulnerable icons—raising hairy ethical questionsMon, 27 Feb 2017 18:37:27 +0000If We Can Get Past the Ickiness, Hagfish Slime May Actually Be Useful to Ushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/if-we-can-get-past-ickiness-hagfish-slime-may-actually-be-useful-to-us-180962300/The gelatinous glop could be the key to everything from bio-inspired kevlar to shark defense for diversMon, 27 Feb 2017 16:15:09 +0000What's Changed in the 30 Years Since the Smithsonian Opened an Exhibition on Japanese Internmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/marking-75th-anniversary-wrong-imprisonment-120000-japanese-americans-180962278/A new display at the American History Museum marks the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:25:00 +0000How Obama's Historic 2008 DNC Speech Came Togetherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/obamas-historic-2008-dnc-speech/Presidential candidate Barack Obama's scheduled speech to the Democratic National Convention fell on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speechMon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Fake Trees Were Used as Spy Posts on the Front Lines of World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/fake-spy-trees-WWI-180962179/On the Western Front, meticulously crafted iron trees were used by both sides to conceal enemy forcesFri, 24 Feb 2017 19:31:02 +0000Bees Can Learn to Play “Soccer.” Score One for Insect Intelligencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bees-can-learn-play-soccer-score-one-insect-intelligence-180962292/Small as they are, bumblebee brains are surprisingly capable of mastering novel, complex tasks Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:44:56 +0000Lights, Camera…Cocktails! Five Historic Bars From Hollywood’s Golden Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/relive-hollywoods-golden-age-these-five-historic-los-angeles-bars-180962286/Toast the Oscars at one of these Old Holywood watering holesFri, 24 Feb 2017 17:19:53 +0000How Ancient Neanderthal DNA Still Influences Our Genes Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ancient-neanderthal-dna-still-influences-our-genes-today-180962285/Far from being silent remnants, Neanderthal genes play a profound role in how modern human genes are expressed Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:06:36 +0000The First Jazz Recording Was Made by a Group of White Guys?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/was-first-jazz-recording-made-group-white-guys-180962246/A century ago, a recording of the startlingly novel "Livery Stable Blues" helped launch a new genreFri, 24 Feb 2017 15:10:32 +0000Why Mind Wandering Can Be So Miserable, According to Happiness Expertshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-mind-wandering-can-be-so-miserable-according-happiness-experts-180962265/We still don’t know why our minds seem so determined to exit the present moment, but researchers have a few ideasFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:53:08 +0000The Historic Innovation of Land Mines—And Why We've Struggled to Get Rid of Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/historic-innovation-land-minesand-why-weve-struggled-get-rid-them-180962276/A number of researchers are developing tools to defuse or detonate land mines without harming civiliansFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Elk Calves Are Undetectable to Yellowstone's Wolveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-elk-calves-are-undetectable-to-yellowsto/In Yellowstone, elk calves are left unprotected by their herd and are the easiest prey for wolves to catch. Luckily, the newborns have no scentFri, 24 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Seven Foods You Have to Try in Chilehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/foods-you-have-eat-chile-180962257/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:47:15 +0000The New IMAX Film "Dream Big" Roots for the Underdogs in the Engineering Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-imax-film-dream-big-roots-for-underdogs-engineering-world-180962263/Director Greg MacGillivray's latest documentary premieres at the National Air and Space MuseumThu, 23 Feb 2017 17:20:57 +0000Why Is Pennsylvania Ave D.C.'s Main Thoroughfare and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pennsylvania-ave-dc-main-thoroughfare-180962122/Your questions answered by our expertsThu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why Did Greenland's Vikings Vanish?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-greenland-vikings-vanished-180962119/Newly discovered evidence is upending our understanding of how early settlers made a life on the island -- and why they suddenly disappearedThu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000A Child From 17th-Century Europe Might Have Rewritten the History of Smallpoxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/child-17th-century-Europe-might-rewritten-history-smallpox-180962114/The deadly scourge goes back for centuries, but how many?Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000Could Garbage Fuel Airplanes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-garbage-fuel-airplanes-180962261/Fulcrum BioEnergy wants to divert trash from landfills and create cheap green energyThu, 23 Feb 2017 15:03:54 +0000Why Abraham Lincoln Was Revered in Mexicohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-mexico-loved-lincoln-180962258/As a young Congressman and later as the nation’s leader, the first Republican president proved to be a true friend to America’s neighbor to the southThu, 23 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000When Hollywood Glamour Was Sold at the Local Department Storehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/when-hollywood-glamour-was-sold-local-department-store-180962262/During the 1930s, the world’s most fashionable looks came not from Paris, but from La-La LandThu, 23 Feb 2017 14:18:10 +0000A Submarine Dangerously Tests How Deep It Can Gohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-submarine-dangerously-tests-how-deep-it-ca/The USS Tang was a state-of-the-art Balao class submarine, certified by the Navy to dive up to 400 feetThu, 23 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +000015 Perfect Spots to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse as It Crosses the U.S. Next Summerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/perfect-spots-watch-total-solar-eclipse-us-180962253/One of the most exciting astronomical event in U.S. history is happening this AugustWed, 22 Feb 2017 21:23:03 +0000E.O. Wilson Urges Tomorrow’s Scientists to Seek Earth’s Undiscovered Richeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eo-wilson-urges-tomorrows-scientists-seek-earths-undiscovered-riches-180962241/In a Smithsonian talk, the eminent biologist argued for more protected areas and greater efforts to map the diversity of lifeWed, 22 Feb 2017 21:10:12 +0000Scientists Spot Seven Earth-Sized Planets Orbiting a Nearby Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-spot-seven-earth-sized-exoplanets-around-nearby-dwarf-star-180962255/This newly discovered solar system presents the best opportunity yet to study potentially habitable worlds, NASA scientists reportWed, 22 Feb 2017 20:14:28 +0000Apollo 11 Command Module Makes Another Journeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/apollo-11-command-module-makes-journey-180962231/The command module "Columbia" will visit four U.S. museums, leaving DC for the first time in 46 years.Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:09:14 +0000Can a Video Game Capture the Magic of Walden?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/can-video-game-capture-magic-walden-180962125/Henry David Thoreau's famed retreat gets pixelatedWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:40:39 +0000To Save Giraffes, We May Need to Put Our Necks Outhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/save-giraffes-put-our-necks-out-180962128/With populations plummeting, researchers race to understand a beloved but enigmatic animalWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:37:12 +0000The Everlasting, Awe-Inspiring Power of Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/everlasting-awe-inspiring-power-alaska-180962126/For 150 years, Alaska has been a part of the United States, and it's never ceased to amazeWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:21:50 +0000Vladimir Lenin's Return Journey to Russia Changed the World Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/vladimir-lenin-return-journey-russia-changed-world-forever-180962127/On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, our writer set out from Zurich to relive this epic travelWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:15:01 +0000In the Footsteps of Three Modern American Prima Ballerinas http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/footsteps-three-modern-american-prima-ballerinas-180962217/A new exhibition shows that classical ballet and the role of the ballerina are rapidly changingWed, 22 Feb 2017 14:12:35 +0000See the Ancient World Through Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/see-ancient-world-through-virtual-reality-180962237/An archaeological VR company wants to show you what ruins looked like before they were, well, ruinsWed, 22 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000What Maximum Security Meant for Ancient Tomb Raidershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-maximum-security-meant-for-ancient-tomb/The Han dynasty tombs were packed with some of the empire's most valuable relics. To guard against theft, colossal stones, each weighing six tonsWed, 22 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Poignant Panda Moments in These Last Photos of Bao Baohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/poignant-panda-moments-these-last-photos-bao-bao-180962245/The National Zoo sends its much-loved giant panda home to ChinaWed, 22 Feb 2017 00:56:34 +0000The True Story of the Reichstag Fire and the Nazi Rise to Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-reichstag-fire-and-nazis-rise-power-180962240/When the German parliamentary building went up in flames, Hitler harnessed the incident to seize powerTue, 21 Feb 2017 20:06:02 +0000The Real Reason the Turtle Learned to Hide its Head Will Surprise Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/real-reason-turtle-learned-hide-its-head-180962233/Turtles retract their heads for protection, but new research suggests that ability evolved for an entirely different reasonTue, 21 Feb 2017 19:09:43 +0000A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Surinamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-age-discovery-happening-right-now-forests-suriname-180962118/Today’s explorers and scientists are identifying new species at a rate that would’ve amazed Charles DarwinTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:14:07 +0000The Lasting Influence Matisse Had on Richard Diebenkorn's Artworkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/lasting-influence-matisse-richard-diebenkorn-artwork-180962117/The great American painter owed a luminous debt to the French ModernistTue, 21 Feb 2017 16:31:35 +0000Andrew Jackson Was a Populist Even on His Deathbedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/andrew-jackson-populist-even-deathbed-180962124/This lavishly decorated crypt was considered too ornate for the American presidentTue, 21 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Holocaust's Great Escapehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/holocaust-great-escape-180962120/A remarkable discovery in Lithuania brings a legendary tale of survival back to lifeTue, 21 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000What Will the Autonomous Ship of the Future Look Like?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-will-autonomous-ship-future-look-180962236/Shipbuilding companies are experimenting with self-driving, remotely-operated and crewless vesselsTue, 21 Feb 2017 15:07:05 +0000You Don't Need to Wait for Spring to Enjoy the Smithsonian Gardenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/beat-path-closest-smithsonian-garden-using-our-museum-tours-guide-180962180/This new tour guide will help you relax in these urban oasesTue, 21 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000This Device Unearthed an Ancient Gladiator Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-device-unearthed-an-ancient-gladiator-s/With its abundant greenery, you'd have no idea there was once an ancient city located just outside of RomeTue, 21 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Are Artificial Trees the Future of Renewable Energy?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/are-artificial-trees-future-renewable-energy-180962235/While a new device's flapping leaves can generate a lot of energy, extracting it is far from a breezeMon, 20 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000Early Tech Adopters in Ancient Rome Had Portable Sundialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/early-tech-adopters-ancient-rome-had-portable-sundials-180962225/A little gadget could make you look smart, rich, and tech-savvy—all without necessarily fulfilling its real functionMon, 20 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Daring Rescue-by-Submarine, Deep in Enemy Watershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-daring-rescue-by-submarine-deep-in-enemy/When a WWII Australian spy operation in occupied Borneo is uncovered, its operatives go into hiding. Rescuing them involves sneaking a sub into enemy waterMon, 20 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Twelve Years Ago, the Kyoto Protocol Set the Stage for Global Climate Change Policyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/twelve-years-ago-kyoto-protocol-set-stage-global-climate-change-policy-180962229/The predecessor of today’s Paris Agreement got us one step closer to an international plan of action on climate changeFri, 17 Feb 2017 19:03:18 +0000Russia’s February Revolution Was Led by Women on the Marchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/russias-february-revolution-was-led-women-march-180962218/How the downfall of the Romanovs finally came about 100 years agoFri, 17 Feb 2017 15:06:48 +0000This Oven Could Change How We Cookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-oven-could-change-how-we-cook-180962195/By using radio frequency technology, it can prepare all the components of a dinner, at the same time, just rightFri, 17 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Robots Could Help Chronically Ill Kids Attend Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-robots-could-help-chronically-ill-kids-attend-school-180962211/Students with chronic illness often get only a few hours of education a week. Telepresence robots could let them participate fullyFri, 17 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Hinged Skull Helps Dragonfish Eat Prey Bigger Than Its Headhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hinged-skull-allows-dragonfish-eat-prey-bigger-its-head-180962063/Scientists have discovered the world's only group of fish that has this unbelievable abilityFri, 17 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Wild Pig Has Fangs That Can Pierce Its Own Skullhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-wild-pig-has-fangs-that-can-pierce-its/A male babirusa's canines are an evolutionary mystery: They never stop growingFri, 17 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Biologist Defies Gravity (and Glass Ceilings) to Document the Effects of Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-woman-who-blends-flying-and-biology-180962207/As one of five American women in this role, Heather Wilson blends aviation and birds to bolster climate change recordsThu, 16 Feb 2017 20:53:41 +0000The True Friendship That Saved Abraham Lincoln's Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-abraham-lincolns-bromance-alter-course-american-history-180962203/Before he was president, Lincoln's lasting relationship with Joshua Speed brought him out of the doldrums of despairThu, 16 Feb 2017 19:16:26 +0000Can Ancient Techniques Make Modern Wine Better?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ancient-winemaking-techniques-armenian-karas-renaissance-180962212/A new generation of wineries are going to painstaking lengths to acquire hundreds of historic clay karasesThu, 16 Feb 2017 18:49:38 +0000With Patents or Without, Black Inventors Reshaped American Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/with-patents-or-without-black-inventors-reshaped-american-industry-180962201/American slaves couldn't hold property, including patents on their own inventions. But that didn't stop black Americans from innovating in our countryThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:10:22 +0000When Lincoln Was More a Politician Than an "Honest Abe"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/honest-abe-wasnt-always-quite-so-honest-180962194/He resorted to a dirty trick to embarrass a rivalThu, 16 Feb 2017 15:59:20 +0000“Are We Alone in the Universe?” Winston Churchill's Lost Extraterrestrial Essay Says No http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/winston-churchill-question-alien-life-180962198/The famed British statesman approached the question of alien life with a scientist's mindThu, 16 Feb 2017 15:47:46 +0000Sticky Rice Mortar, the View From Space, and More Fun Facts About China’s Great Wallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sticky-rice-mortar-view-space-and-more-fun-facts-about-chinas-great-wall-180962197/The not-so-effective wall was a lengthy, pricey project that stretched across thousands of yearsThu, 16 Feb 2017 15:03:36 +0000What If You Could Take a Vitamin 3D Printed to Meet Your Personal Nutrition Needs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-if-you-could-take-vitamin-3d-printed-meet-your-personal-nutrition-needs-180962190/Fred Parietti, CEO and cofounder of Multiply Labs, wants personalized nutritional supplements to start a whole new movementThu, 16 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000How to FedEx a Giant Pandahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-fedex-giant-panda-180962191/On February 21, the United States says #ByeByeBaoBaoThu, 16 Feb 2017 13:10:35 +0000Why the Assassin Bug More Than Lives Up to Its Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-the-assassin-bug-more-than-lives-up-to-i/The assassin bug's deadly proboscis is both sword and siphon. It uses its sharp nose to pierce and inject toxins into its victimsThu, 16 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Play Paul Simon's Piano or Croon Into Elvis' Mic at These Seven Historic Recording Studioshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/americana-musical-history-recording-studios-180961843/Take a tour through Americana music historyWed, 15 Feb 2017 21:27:10 +0000What Do Insects Do in Winter?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-do-insects-do-winter-180962183/When winter comes, most bugs either migrate or time travel. But some get far more creativeWed, 15 Feb 2017 18:39:35 +0000The 1977 Conference on Women’s Rights That Split America in Twohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1977-conference-womens-rights-split-america-two-180962174/Feminism and the conservative movement clashed over issues such as abortion and LGBTQ rightsWed, 15 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Great White Can Go Through 20,000 Teeth in Its Lifetimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-great-white-can-go-through-20000-teeth-in/While a great white shark's 300 serrated teeth are an amazing hunting adaptation, what's even more amazing is their replaceabilityWed, 15 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Eight Secrets of the Taj Mahalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eight-secrets-taj-mahal-180962168/One of the world's greatest memorials to love remains a place of mysteryTue, 14 Feb 2017 18:25:19 +0000The Complicated Racial Politics of Going “Undercover” to Report on the Jim Crow Southhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/complicated-racial-politics-going-undercover-report-jim-crow-south-180962164/How one journalist became black to investigate segregation and what that means todayTue, 14 Feb 2017 17:47:49 +0000Will This App Turn More Readers On to Serialized Fiction?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-this-app-turn-more-readers-on-to-serialized-fiction-180962163/Releasing a chapter at a time, Radish could have us binge reading romance and mystery novelsTue, 14 Feb 2017 17:11:11 +0000Unearthing Armenia’s Giant, Ancient Earthenwarehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/keeping-karas-unearthing-armenias-ancient-earthenware-180962166/These 240-gallon clay karases, crucial to the early development of winemaking, once held enormous valueTue, 14 Feb 2017 17:07:19 +0000Demystifying the Love Lives of Pandashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/only-thing-harder-finding-love-human-finding-love-panda-180962165/Reproductive experts weigh in on panda porn, panda Viagra and other biological mythsTue, 14 Feb 2017 16:48:26 +0000Could This Tiny Drone Covered in Sticky Goop Do the Work of Bees?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-tiny-drone-covered-sticky-goop-do-work-bees-180962157/Well, it may not replace bees. But it's a fun project nonethelessTue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Fall in Love With Cannibalism This Valentine's Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fall-in-love-cannibalism-180962156/Pair your red wine and chocolate hearts with another delicious accompaniment: cannibalism, in the form of a new bookTue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Here's How the Strongest Insect on the Planet Fightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/heres-how-the-strongest-insect-on-the-plane/Hercules beetles, as their name suggests, are immensely strong for their sizeTue, 14 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Are Oysters an Aphrodisiac?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/are-oysters-aphrodisiac-180962148/Sure, if you think soMon, 13 Feb 2017 20:12:57 +0000These Flowers Come Straight From the Farm to Your Doorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-flowers-come-straight-farm-your-door-180962151/By cutting out the middleman, this startup is aiming for better bouquets and a greener flower industryMon, 13 Feb 2017 19:09:10 +0000The Lesser-Known History of African-American Cowboyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lesser-known-history-african-american-cowboys-180962144/One in four cowboys was black. So why aren’t they more present in popular culture?Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:28:23 +0000Doctors Can Use Robotic Telemedicine to Assess Coma Patientshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/doctors-can-use-robotic-telemedicine-to-assess-coma-patients-180962145/A new study shows that a remote specialist can be just as effective at reporting a comatose patient's condition than a medical professional in the roomMon, 13 Feb 2017 16:37:51 +0000The Century-Long History of Tapping Wall Street to Run the Governmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/century-long-history-tapping-wall-street-run-government-180962146/Looking to the one-percent to lead the country goes back to the era of World War IMon, 13 Feb 2017 16:04:23 +0000The History and Science Behind Your Terrible Breathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/halitosis-horrors-how-bad-breath-became-americas-worst-nightmare-180962104/Persistent mouth-stink has been dousing the flames of passion for millennia. Why haven’t we come up with a cure?Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Extraordinary Life Cycle of a Hornet Colonyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-extraordinary-life-cycle-of-a-hornet-colony/After a hornet queen lays hundreds of eggs, her workers set about feeding the larvae chewed-up prey. With tiny waists, the workers can't digest solid foodMon, 13 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000It’s Easy to Fall in Love With a Panda. But Do They Love Us Back?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-easy-fall-love-panda-do-they-love-us-back-180962106/Keepers admire them, but have no illusions. Pandas are solitary creatures Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Here's Why You Should Never Kiss a Toadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-why-you-should-never-kiss-toad-180962048/A scientist at Smithsonian's Tropical Research Institute helped catalog everything known about toxins in the skins of endangered frogs and toadsFri, 10 Feb 2017 16:39:36 +0000Turning Dragonflies Into Droneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-dragonflies-drones-180962097/The DragonflEye project equips the insects with solar-powered backpacks that control their flightFri, 10 Feb 2017 16:31:36 +0000Nothing Says ‘I Hate You’ Like a ‘Vinegar Valentine’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/nothing-says-i-hate-you-vinegar-valentine-180962109/For at least a century, Valentine’s Day was used as an excuse to send mean, insulting cardsFri, 10 Feb 2017 15:08:34 +0000 In the Congressional Fight Over Slavery, Decorum Went Out the Doorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tempers-ran-so-hot-congress-one-senator-was-nearly-beaten-death-180962111/Amid today's dissent over proper Senate behavior, take a look back at when an assault in the Senate divided the nationFri, 10 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Astrophysicists Found a Black Hole Where No One Else Couldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-astrophysicists-found-black-hole-where-no-one-else-could-180962110/A new method could help scientists peer inside universe's densest star clusters to find undiscovered black holesFri, 10 Feb 2017 14:46:59 +0000How Moonshine Bootlegging Gave Rise to NASCARhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-moonshine-bootlegging-gave-rise-nascar-180962014/Rotgut and firewater are the founding fathers of our nation’s racing pastimeFri, 10 Feb 2017 13:37:00 +0000What a Broom Tied to a Periscope Means in the U.S. Navyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-a-broom-tied-to-a-periscope-means-in-th/On February 7, 1943, the USS Wahoo sailed proudly into Pearl Harbor, a broom tied to her periscope. It was a wink to an old Naval traditionFri, 10 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Reuben Riffel on Becoming a Top Chef in Post-Apartheid South Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/reuben-riffel-top-chef-south-africa-food-cuisine-cultural-travel-180961652/South African food culture fosters connection, he saysThu, 09 Feb 2017 18:58:42 +0000Does the Classic Paris Meal Still Exist?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/paris-france-food-classic-meal-french-cuisine-gastronomy-cultural-travel-180961653/Two food lovers set out to learn whether the Paris dining experience of their youth can still be foundThu, 09 Feb 2017 17:40:15 +0000The Ballad of the Boombox: What Public Enemy Tells Us About Hip-Hop, Race and Societyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ballad-boombox-what-public-enemy-tells-us-about-hip-hop-race-and-society-180962095/Thirty years after Public Enemy's debut album, the group's sonic innovation and powerful activism resonate powerfully todayThu, 09 Feb 2017 17:32:05 +0000The Patents Behind the Roses You Receive on Valentine's Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/patents-behind-roses-you-receive-valentines-day-180962096/You probably never thought of the perennials as inventions, have you?Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:03:01 +0000These "Smart Glasses" Adjust To Your Vision Automatically http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-smart-glasses-adjust-your-vision-automatically-180962078/The glasses' liquid lenses change shape according to the distance of objects, making reading glasses and bifocals unnecessaryThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:13:28 +0000Why We Need to Fight to Save Mosul’s Cultural Heritagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-need-fight-save-mosuls-cultural-heritage-180962091/As the battle to save Iraq from ISIS continues, Smithsonian experts are helping local people preserve their historyThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000The “Scandalous” Quarter Protest That Wasn’thttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/scandalous-quarter-protest-wasnt-180962088/Were Americans really so outraged by a semi-topless Lady Liberty that the U.S. Mint had to censor this coin?Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:36:47 +0000Why the USS Wahoo and Its Skipper Were a Perfect Matchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-the-uss-wahoo-and-its-skipper-were-a-per/The new skipper of the Wahoo was the formidable Dudley Morton--a Kentucky Baptist with an aggressive philosophy on how submarine warfare should be wagedThu, 09 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Contraceptive Gel Called the “IUD For Men” Makes It Through Monkey Trialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/men-dont-have-reversible-contraceptive-iud-soon-they-could-180962089/Vasalgel aims to make contraception for men as easy and effective as IUDs have for womenWed, 08 Feb 2017 20:27:16 +0000Five Questions You Should Have About California’s New Tesla-Powered Battery Bank http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-questions-you-should-have-about-californias-new-tesla-powered-battery-bank-180962085/The storage facility will collect energy when it’s readily available, and release it when demand is high. What does this mean for the future of energy?Wed, 08 Feb 2017 19:16:26 +0000Why Orchids Belong in an Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/orchids-as-performance-art-180962075/Washington's much-anticipated annual flower show moves to the Hirshhorn for the flora that loves to performWed, 08 Feb 2017 18:59:47 +0000The Soprano Who Upended Americans' Racist Stereotypes About Who Could Sing Operahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/story-elizabeth-taylor-greenfield-americas-first-black-pop-star-180962077/ Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield was in many ways the nation's first black pop starWed, 08 Feb 2017 15:38:37 +0000Where Did the FDA Come From, And What Does It Do?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/origins-FDA-what-does-it-do-180962054/From unglamorous origins, the federal agency has risen to ensure the safety of everything from lasers to condoms Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:23:24 +0000The Invention of Vintage Clothinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/invention-vintage-clothing-180962073/It all began with the Davy Crockett coonskin hat craze and a bunch of Bohemians yearning to swathe themselves in decades-old furWed, 08 Feb 2017 14:48:05 +0000Chef Margarita Carrillo Arronte on Why Mexican Cuisine Is a UNESCO Treasurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/margarita-carrillo-arronte-chef-mexican-food-unesco-world-heritage-cultural-travel-180961644/Meet the woman dedicated to preserving traditional Mexican cuisineWed, 08 Feb 2017 14:11:00 +0000Stunning, Surreal Concepts Cast a Spell on the Fairy Tales Architecture Competitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/surreal-concepts-spell-fairy-tale-competition-180962066/Ukrainian architect Mykhailo Ponomarenko came in first this year for his sci-fi meditation "Last Day"Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:58:39 +0000The Hagfish Is the Slimy Sea Creature of Your Nightmareshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-hagfish-is-the-slimy-sea-creature-of-you/The hagfish is a slime-emitting ocean-dweller that's remained unchanged for 300 million years--and it shows. It has a skull (but no spine)Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Take a Tour of France’s “Bestiary of Machines”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/take-tour-frances-mechanical-animal-theme-park-180962076/Enter Les Machines de l'île’s Mechanical Animal Theme ParkTue, 07 Feb 2017 21:33:21 +0000What Geology Has to Say About Building a 1,000-Mile Border Wall http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/vast-geological-challenges-building-border-wall-180962072/Compared to erecting a marble palace or high-steepled church, a wall may seem relatively straightforward—it isn’tTue, 07 Feb 2017 20:03:52 +0000How One Black Family Drove an Auto Racing Association to the Winner’s Circlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-one-black-family-drove-auto-racing-association-winners-circle-180962065/A new collection at the National Museum of American History reveals the untold story Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:32:19 +0000Found in the Remains of a Former Gilded Age Mansion, an Ancient Roman Artifact Reveals Its Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remains-abandoned-gilded-age-mansion-ancient-roman-artifact-reveals-its-secrets-180962071/Bridging three periods of income inequality, the gravestone of a former slave finds a new homeTue, 07 Feb 2017 18:26:51 +0000How the Passport Became an Improbable Symbol of American Identityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-passport-became-improbable-symbol-american-identity-180962064/The idea of having documents to cross borders is ancient, but when it became popularized in the U.S., it caused quite the stirTue, 07 Feb 2017 15:12:30 +0000Muslims Were Banned From the Americas as Early as the 16th Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/muslims-were-banned-americas-early-16th-century-180962059/Long before today’s anxiety about terror attacks, Spain and England feared that enslaved Africans would be more susceptible to revolt if they were MuslimTue, 07 Feb 2017 14:37:31 +0000These Four Black Women Inventors Reimagined the Technology of the Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-four-black-women-inventors-reimagined-technology-home-180962060/By designating the realm of technology as 'male,' we overlook key inventions that took place in the domestic sphereTue, 07 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Does This Scenario Explain JFK Jr.'s Plane Crash?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/does-this-scenario-explain-jfk-jrs-plane-c/A distracting radio issue, a hazy night, and a new pilot unsure of his instruments. According to investigators, these were some of the possible factorsTue, 07 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Birds Struggle to Keep Their Marriages in Rapidly Changing Urban Environmentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/birds-struggle-keep-their-marriages-rapidly-changing-urban-environments-180962051/Deciding whether to get divorced is a complex calculation, even for birdsMon, 06 Feb 2017 20:36:35 +0000Literacy Tests and Asian Exclusion Were the Hallmarks of the 1917 Immigration Acthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-america-grappled-immigration-100-years-ago-180962058/One hundred years ago, the U.S. Congress decided that there needed to be severe limits on who was coming into the countryMon, 06 Feb 2017 19:52:21 +0000Australia Wants to Streamline Its Border Control Using Biometricshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/australia-wants-to-streamline-its-border-control-using-biometrics-180962052/The country envisions a system that would eliminate the need for paper passports or identity cards for a number of the 35 million who visit each yearMon, 06 Feb 2017 18:41:57 +0000Patients With Locked-in Syndrome May Be Able to Communicate After Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/patients-with-locked-in-syndrome-may-be-able-communicate-after-all-180962049/A new use for brain-computer interfaces gives insight to life with ALSMon, 06 Feb 2017 15:16:27 +0000Why the Scrumptious Date Is So Important to the Muslim Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-date-is-so-important-to-muslim-world-180962011/The Prophet Muhammed said that Ajwah dates—grown in the Madinah region of Saudi Arabia—are from paradiseMon, 06 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000How the Crash of Flight 4590 Destroyed Concorde's Mystiquehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-crash-of-flight-4590-destroyed-conco/The Concorde was once the peak of cutting-edge aircraft design and a status symbol for the world's elite travelersMon, 06 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Ten Fun Facts About Falcons, the Birdshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/10-fun-facts-about-falcons-180962042/As the Atlanta Falcons prepare to play in the Super Bowl, learn about the remarkable raptors behind the nameFri, 03 Feb 2017 21:15:43 +0000Before “Hidden Figures,” NASA’s Human Computers Had Their Own Rock Operahttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/hidden-figures-there-was-rock-opera-about-nasas-human-computers-180961980/Katherine Johnson’s inspirational story hit the Baltimore stage in 2015, thanks to another space scientistFri, 03 Feb 2017 19:51:43 +0000Scientists Now Know Exactly How Lead Got Into Flint's Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/chemical-study-ground-zero-house-flint-water-crisis-180962030/New report points blames corrosion and warns that fixing lead poisoning nationwide will require more work than we hopedFri, 03 Feb 2017 19:05:35 +0000For Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, Life Was a Banquet, But the Afterlife Was the Greatest Feast of All http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/pharaonic-feast-afterlife-history-cultural-travel-180961617/Life after death for the Ancient Egyptian elite included lots, and lots, of foodFri, 03 Feb 2017 18:55:03 +0000Ten Fun Facts About the Original Patriotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/10-fun-facts-about-original-patriots-180962032/The football team may only have a 57-year history, but its mascot stretches back to the country's foundationFri, 03 Feb 2017 18:09:35 +0000What the Director of the African American History Museum Says About the New Emmett Till Revelations http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-director-african-american-history-museum-says-about-new-emmett-till-revvelations-180962025/Decades after his death, the wife of his murderer confesses she lied under oath Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:06:39 +0000How Much Should Youth Football Change to Reduce Concussions?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-much-should-youth-football-change-cut-concussions-180962029/Drop kickoff returns? Cut the number of players? Shrink the field?Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:23:48 +0000How the U.S. Postal Service Could Tackle Food Insecurityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-us-postal-service-could-tackle-food-insecurity-180961984/A team of Washington University students has a plan: use postal workers to pick up food, deliver it to food banks and even store it in post officesFri, 03 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000How Vampire Bats Suck Blood for 30 Minutes Unnoticedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-vampire-bats-suck-blood-30-minutes-unnoticed/Thanks to a local anesthetic in their spit, vampire bats are able to drink blood from their prey without being detectedFri, 03 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Get Lost in a Maze of Storybook Canals in this Dutch 'Venice'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/giethoorn-venice-netherlands-giethoorn-180961974/The picturesque village of Giethoorn is best navigated by boat (or ice skate)Thu, 02 Feb 2017 20:31:28 +0000During World War II, the U.S. Saw Italian-Americans as a Threat to Homeland Securityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/italian-americans-were-considered-enemy-aliens-world-war-ii-180962021/The executive order that forced Japanese-Americans from their homes also put immigrants from Italy under the watchful eye of the governmentThu, 02 Feb 2017 19:08:17 +0000What Death Threats Against My Parents Taught Me About Taking a Standhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-death-threats-against-my-parents-taught-me-about-taking-stand-180962007/Family stories are an ideal way to explore themes like “where have I come from?” and “where am I going?”Thu, 02 Feb 2017 18:51:16 +0000Ocean Preserves Keep Fishing Boats Away from Grey Reef Sharks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ocean-preserves-keep-fishing-boats-away-grey-reef-sharks-180962018/Scientists tracked hundreds of reef sharks to find that massive marine refuges can work—with one caveatThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:29:16 +0000Take Three Zucchinis and Call Me in the Morning: The Power of Produce Prescriptionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/take-three-zucchinis-and-call-me-morning-power-produce-prescriptions-180962016/Wholesome Wave's fruit and vegetable prescription program meets mega-retail, as Target joins the causeThu, 02 Feb 2017 15:58:13 +0000The Mass Shooting That Reshaped the Canadian Debate About Guns and Political Identityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mass-shooting-reshaped-canadian-debate-about-guns-and-political-identity-180962013/The 1989 Montreal Massacre set the stage for discussions about insane killers and targeting womenThu, 02 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Meet the Echidna, an Incredible, Fire-Proof Spiny Anteaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/meet-the-echidna-an-incredible-fire-proof-anteater/The echidna, or spiny anteater, is a marvel of defensive self-preservation, from its impenetrable spikes to its ability to breathe through bushfiresThu, 02 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Inside Every Frog's Mouth Is a Sticky, Grabby Bullethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/frog-tongue-sticky-bullet-180962001/Investigating frog tongues—and some human ones!—in the name of scienceWed, 01 Feb 2017 20:15:33 +0000Why Do Chinese Restaurants Have Such Similar Names?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-do-chinese-restaurants-such-similar-names-180961996/Consistency and familiarity is the traditionWed, 01 Feb 2017 16:18:35 +0000Can Eagle-Eyed Artificial Intelligence Help Prevent Children From Going Blind?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eagle-eyed-ai-doctor-could-nip-cataracts-bud-180961993/Deep learning pinpoints cataracts more accurately than humans, and could help prevent this form of vision loss in childrenWed, 01 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Coconut Octopus Uses Tools to Snatch a Crabhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-coconut-octopus-uses-tools-to-snatch-a-crab/Coconut octopuses are among the most intelligent invertebrates around: They use tools, carry their shelters around for when they need themWed, 01 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Nine New Must-See Museums Opening This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/new-museums-2017-180961757/From the American Revolution to fashion design, these are the new museums to see in 2017Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:38:45 +0000Local Lens: Our Favorite Instagram Tongue Teasershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/local-lens-instagram-food-photography-180961643/Hailing from Vietnam, Turkey and Italy, these photographers show that a love of beautifully arranged food knows no bordersTue, 31 Jan 2017 20:13:55 +0000Forget Substitute Teachers. "Parachute Teachers" May Be the Future.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/forget-substitute-teachers-parachute-teachers-are-the-future-180961989/When the teacher is out, why not have a local chef or engineer lead a lesson?Tue, 31 Jan 2017 19:02:30 +0000Smithsonian Scientist and a Reef-Diving Grandmother Team Up in Discovery of New Hermit Crabhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-scientist-and-reef-diving-grandmother-team-discovery-new-species-hermit-crab-180961965/A new species of hermit crab is named to honor her 7-year-old granddaughter MollyTue, 31 Jan 2017 18:37:17 +0000The Story of the Astrolabe, the Original Smartphonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/astrolabe-original-smartphone-180961981/Prosperous times likely paved the way for this multifunctional device, conceptual ancestor to the iPhone 7Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:56:06 +0000Mexico’s Famous Floating Gardens Return to Their Agricultural Rootshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mexicos-floating-gardens-return-their-agricultural-roots-180961899/One of the capital city’s iconic tourist sites doubles as an experiment in urban farmingTue, 31 Jan 2017 17:41:54 +0000How Beatrix Potter Invented Character Merchandisinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-beatrix-potter-invented-character-merchandising-180961979/Faced with rejection, the author found her own path to fame and fortuneTue, 31 Jan 2017 15:23:32 +0000Humans May Have Arrived in North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than We Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-may-have-arrived-north-america-10000-years-earlier-we-thought-180961957/A 24,000-year-old horse jawbone is helping rewrite our understanding of human habitation on the continentTue, 31 Jan 2017 15:18:08 +0000This Terrifying Worm Snatches Fish from the Ocean Floorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/terrifying-worm-snatches-fish-from-ocean-floor/Sand strikers, also known as bobbit worms, are primitive-looking creatures that lack eyes, or even a brainTue, 31 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000When Happy Hour Was "Green Hour" in Parishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/last-stop-absinthe-happy-hour-19th-century-paris-180961650/When the clock struck five, 19th-century Parisians turned to absintheMon, 30 Jan 2017 22:31:02 +0000The Royal Archives Reveals the Hidden Genius Behind George III’s “Madness”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/royal-archives-reveals-hidden-genius-behind-george-iiis-madness-180961975/Historians are salivating at the opportunity to gain new insights into the massively misunderstood monarchMon, 30 Jan 2017 20:23:52 +0000Canadian Scientists Explain Exactly How Their Government Silenced Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/canadian-scientists-open-about-how-their-government-silenced-science-180961942/It wasn’t just climate research. Rock snot, sharks and polar bears: All were off-limits during the Harper administrationMon, 30 Jan 2017 19:14:17 +0000This Spit-Powered Biobattery Is Made From a Single Sheet of Paperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/spit-powered-biobattery-made-single-sheet-paper-180961973/Researchers at Binghamton University are developing inexpensive paper biobatteries to power simple sensors that monitor things like blood sugarMon, 30 Jan 2017 18:59:12 +0000On the Eve of the Russian Revolution, a Palace Coup Seemed Inevitable, But Where Would it Come From?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/eve-revolution-palace-coup-inevitable-where-come-from-180961966/The elites were upset, but the working class was primed for insurrectionMon, 30 Jan 2017 18:13:57 +0000What Is it Like to Be a Refugee? Here’s Your Chance to Ask Onehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-it-be-refugee-heres-your-chance-ask-one-180961970/At the U.S. Holocaust Museum, an immersive video chatting experience allows you to talk in real-time with refugees living in campsMon, 30 Jan 2017 17:53:14 +0000Fred Korematsu Fought Against Japanese Internment in the Supreme Court… and Losthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fred-korematsu-fought-against-japanese-internment-supreme-court-and-lost-180961967/Nearly 75 years later, the infamous decision has yet to be overturnedMon, 30 Jan 2017 15:45:19 +0000Raise a Glass to the Smithsonian's First Beer Scholarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/raise-glass-meet-smithsonians-new-beer-scholar-180961961/Theresa McCulla is ready to start the “best job ever” chronicling the history of American brewingMon, 30 Jan 2017 15:03:00 +0000Using Your Heartbeat as a Password http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/using-your-heartbeat-password-180961952/Researchers have developed a way of turning the unique rhythms of your heart into a form of identificationMon, 30 Jan 2017 14:43:36 +0000Why Paleontologists Should Love Meat-Eaters http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-paleontologists-should-love-meat-eaters-180961916/… Particularly the ones that feasted on human flesh. Thanks, guys!Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Carnivorous Plant That Feasts on Micehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-carnivorous-plant-that-feasts-on-mice/While the carnivorous cravings of most flesh-eating plants are limited to small insects, one exception is the pitcher plantMon, 30 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Town in Iceland Is a Modern Pompeiihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Vestmannaeyjar-pompeii-iceland-180961821/Iceland’s ‘Mountain of Fire’ volcano wreaked havoc with an island and the island fought backFri, 27 Jan 2017 21:23:16 +0000By Age Six, Girls Have Already Stopped Thinking of Their Gender as 'Brilliant'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/age-six-girls-have-already-stopped-thinking-their-gender-brilliant-180961959/The're more likely to assume that someone who is 'very, very smart' is male, new research findsFri, 27 Jan 2017 19:50:04 +0000Can This Trash Can Turn Food Waste Into Garden Treasure?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-trash-can-turn-food-waste-garden-treasure-180961941/The Zera Food Recycler may not transform scraps into ready-to-use soil, but it could still help take a bite out of landfill-bound wasteFri, 27 Jan 2017 17:44:57 +0000This Handheld Ultrasound Scanner Could Be the Next Stethoscopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-handheld-ultrasound-scanner-could-be-next-stethoscope-180961919/Clarius co-founder and CEO Laurent Pelissier believes the affordable, wireless device could revolutionize health careFri, 27 Jan 2017 15:27:38 +0000Celebrated Middle Eastern Food Writer Claudia Roden Shares Stories and Recipes From Her Kitchenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/claudia-roden-interview-middle-eastern-cooking-180961649/For Roden, food is a lens to understand historyThu, 26 Jan 2017 20:26:25 +0000Changing Climate, Not Humans, Killed Australia’s Massive Mammals http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/changing-climate-not-humans-killed-australias-massive-mammals-180961911/But that mass extinction could help us predict what today’s human-wrought climate change may bringThu, 26 Jan 2017 20:00:00 +0000The Quest to Return Tomatoes to Their Full-Flavored Gloryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/geneticists-quest-return-tomatoes-full-flavored-glory-180961933/We’ve bred the original tomato taste out of existence. Now geneticists are asking: Can we put it back?Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:26:56 +0000This Souped-Up Scuba Suit Made a Stratospheric Leap http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/souped-scuba-suit-made-stratospheric-leap-180961921/The record-breaking Alan Eustace found just the right fit for his 25-mile free fall by marrying scuba technology with a space suitThu, 26 Jan 2017 18:02:47 +0000Explore the Ruins of an Ancient Incense Routehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-remnants-ancient-incense-route-180961873/Follow frankincense and myrrh on a historic journey through the desertThu, 26 Jan 2017 17:40:22 +0000The Zoo's Baby Seal Is Cute and Cuddly, But Don't Be Fooledhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/zoos-baby-seal-cute-cuddly-dont-be-fooled-180961926/The National Zoo's seal-breeding program has another gray seal pup success Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:33:48 +0000The Surprising Ingenuity Behind “Goodnight Moon”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/surprising-ingenuity-behind-goodnight-moon-180961923/Author Margaret Wise Brown used new theories in childhood education to write the classic children’s bookThu, 26 Jan 2017 15:53:31 +0000How the 19th-Century Know Nothing Party Reshaped American Politicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/immigrants-conspiracies-and-secret-society-launched-american-nativism-180961915/From xenophobia to conspiracy theories, the Know Nothing party launched a nativist movement whose effects are still felt todayThu, 26 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Puff Adder Swallowing a Rat Is Something You Can't Unseehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-puff-adder-swallowing-a-rat-is-something-y/ A puff adder has just bitten a rat, injecting it with enough venom to finish it off. The next step is to swallow it wholeThu, 26 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000On the Dangers of Erotic Truffleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/dangers-erotic-truffles-physiology-taste-transcendental-gastronomy-book-excerpt-cultural-travel-180961646/A 19th-century investigation into the power of the aphrodisiacWed, 25 Jan 2017 22:38:11 +0000How to Create an Insect Habitat in Your Gardenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/creating-insect-habitat-ripley-garden-180961898/A Smithsonian gardener offers tips for sheltering the insects during the frosty winter months Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:59:03 +0000The Legacy of the Apollo 1 Disasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/legacy-apollo-1-disaster-180961917/Fifty years after a fire killed three astronauts and temporarily grounded U.S. space exploration, a new exhibit honors the fallen crewWed, 25 Jan 2017 18:55:44 +0000Earwax: Coming To a Home Air Filtration System Near You?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/earwax-coming-home-air-filtration-system-near-you-180961910/A clogged ear on a scuba trip led a Georgia Institute of Technology engineer to study the dust-filtering properties of the waxy substanceWed, 25 Jan 2017 18:34:19 +0000This Soft Exosuit Could Help People Walk Farther, Easierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-soft-exosuit-could-help-people-walk-farther-easier-180961893/Researchers at Harvard are developing an energy-saving supersuit that you might just wear one dayWed, 25 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000For Scientists, Chunks of Whale Earwax Can Be Biological Treasure Troveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/for-scientists-chunks-whale-earwax-can-biological-treasure-troves-180961891/Biologists are waxing poetic about these unusual oceanic core samples found in the ears of cetaceansWed, 25 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Komodo Dragons Can Taste Their Prey From Miles Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/heres-what-makes-komodo-dragons-so-powerful_1/A Komodo dragon's strongest sensory organ is its deeply forked tongue. It acts as a meal detector that samples the air for dead or dying animalsWed, 25 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Ice Festival in China Is a Rainbow-Colored Dreamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ice-festival-china-rainbow-colored-dream-180961905/ Tue, 24 Jan 2017 21:11:10 +0000Scientists Can Turn This Gecko-Inspired Gripping Device On or Off With the Flick of a Lighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-turn-gecko-inspired-gripping-device-on-off-flick-light-180961895/The mighty lizard inspires yet another innovation that could prove a boon to robotics and manufacturingTue, 24 Jan 2017 18:27:13 +0000This App Uses Facial Recognition Software to Help Identify Genetic Conditionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/app-uses-facial-recognition-software-help-identify-genetic-conditions-180961897/A geneticist uploads a photo of a patient’s face, and Face2Gene gathers data and generates a list of possible syndromesTue, 24 Jan 2017 18:16:34 +0000How Victorian Gender Norms Shaped the Way We Think About Animal Sex http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/victorian-gender-norms-shaped-how-biologists-think-animal-sex-180961892/ No, females aren't always choosy and males don't always get aroundTue, 24 Jan 2017 17:25:08 +0000Incredible: A Gaboon Viper Strikes a Bird in Slo-Mohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-a-gaboon-viper-strikes-a-bird-in/Gaboon vipers don't have the fastest strike in the snake world--but they don't need to be faster than other snakes, just their preyTue, 24 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Ever Expanding World of Wine Takes Your Palate to Unexpected Placeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ever-expanding-world-wines-cultural-travel-180961654/Never before have so many diverse wines, from so many places, been available to so many people around the globeMon, 23 Jan 2017 18:07:28 +0000What Did President Wilson Mean When He Called for “Peace Without Victory” 100 Years Ago?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-did-president-wilson-mean-when-he-called-peace-without-victory-100-years-ago-180961888/The iconic speech revealed the possibilities and the inherent problems with Wilsonian idealismMon, 23 Jan 2017 17:29:42 +0000You Wouldn't Want to Cuddle This Giant Prehistoric Otter With a Crushing Bitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/giant-prehistoric-otter-had-crushing-bite-180961826/The “badger otter” has some serious teeth, which had mystified paleontologists until nowMon, 23 Jan 2017 15:54:34 +0000Much of the Cuisine We Now Know, and Think of as Ours, Came to Us by Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/local-cuisine-war-tradition-food-history-cultural-travel-180961610/The long and winding road that brought "local" dishes to our platesMon, 23 Jan 2017 15:31:22 +0000Revel in These Wondrous Drawings by the Father of Neurosciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/revel-these-wondrous-drawings-father-neuroscience-180961881/A new book and exhibition pay homage to Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s impressive powers of observationMon, 23 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Take a Look Inside These Six Presidential Homeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/six-former-presidential-homes-you-can-visit-this-inauguration-year-180961800/The White House isn't the only presidential address worth visiting this inauguration yearFri, 20 Jan 2017 16:30:33 +0000How Scientists Reconstructed the Brain of a Long-Extinct Beasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-scientists-reconstruct-brain-long-extinct-beast-180961878/This dog-like marsupial went extinct 80 years ago, but its preserved brains help us glean how its mind workedThu, 19 Jan 2017 19:49:14 +0000What Happens to President Obama's Papers and Artifacts Once He Leaves Office?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-happens-president-obamas-papers-and-artifacts-once-he-leaves-office-180961871/From Cuban cigars to a 7,000-page torture reportThu, 19 Jan 2017 17:55:00 +0000A California Startup Wants To Revolutionize Surgery, With Magnetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/california-startup-wants-revolutionize-surgery-magnets-180961864/A new magnetic surgical system allows surgeons to make fewer incisions and have better views during gallbladder removalsThu, 19 Jan 2017 16:21:54 +0000When Was the First Inaugural Ball?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-was-first-inaugural-ball-180961863/Nothing says there’s a new president in town more than the dance party they throw Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:18:06 +0000This Interactive Maps Out the Lives of Former Presidentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/interactive-maps-out-lives-former-presidents-180961861/From Washington to Obama, how ex-commanders-in-chief bided their time after leaving officeThu, 19 Jan 2017 14:24:30 +0000A Mystery of Hiding Orchids, Solvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mystery-hiding-orchids-solved-180961773/Smithsonian scientists have discovered what triggers the rare small-whorled pogonia to awaken from dormancyThu, 19 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000To Bear Witness to Japanese Internment, One Artist Self-Deported Himself to the WWII Campshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/bear-witness-japanese-internment-one-artist-self-deported-himself-wwii-camps-180961853/The inhumanity brought on by Executive Order 9066 spurred Isamu Noguchi to actionThu, 19 Jan 2017 13:49:34 +0000Astronomers Get Closer Than Ever to Seeing a Black Hole http://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/12_fm2017-mysteries-of-sagittarius-a-180961673/We know one lurks at the center of the Milky Way, but scientists want to get a peak at its shadowWed, 18 Jan 2017 21:32:06 +0000What If an App Could Tell You When You're Getting Sick?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-if-an-app-could-let-you-know-when-youre-getting-sick-180961847/A Stanford geneticist may be onto something. Body data collected by smartwatches and other sensors can tip us off to brewing colds or infectionsWed, 18 Jan 2017 19:30:16 +0000This Artificial Sixth Sense Helps Humans Orient Themselves in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-sixth-sense-helps-humans-orient-themselves-world-180961822/A London-based company is selling North Sense, a body-anchored device that vibrates when it faces magnetic northWed, 18 Jan 2017 15:58:11 +0000Can Humans Ever Harness the Power of Hibernation?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-humans-ever-harness-power-hibernation-180961835/Scientists want to know if astronauts can hibernate during long spaceflights. First, they need to understand what hibernation isWed, 18 Jan 2017 14:56:41 +0000Why America Has a “President” Instead of an “Exalted Highness”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-america-has-president-instead-exalted-highness-180961841/The title just used to mean someone who presided over a meetingWed, 18 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Strange Link Between Bats and Tequilahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-strange-link-between-bats-and-tequila/As a nectar feeder, the lesser long-nosed bat follows the trail of cactus blooms between Mexico and the U.S.Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Take a Smithsonian Tour of All Things Presidentialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-our-tour-all-things-presidential-smithsonian-180961838/Here's how to locate official presidential portraits, works of art, material culture and campaign memorabilia across the SmithsonianTue, 17 Jan 2017 22:09:18 +0000This Hollywood Titan Foresaw the Horrors of Nazi Germanyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/this-hollywood-titan-foresaw-horrors-nazi-germany-180961828/Carl Laemmle, the founder of Universal Pictures, wrote hundreds of affidavits to help refugees escape EuropeTue, 17 Jan 2017 21:12:18 +0000Disappearing Puffins Bring an Icelandic Hunting Tradition Under Scrutinyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/uncertain-future-puffin-dinner-180961829/Historically, hunting seabirds has been a distinctive feature of Nordic coastal culture. Should it still be?Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:58:34 +0000How Fluid Dynamics Can Help You Navigate Crowdshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-fluid-dynamics-can-teach-us-about-navigating-crowds-180961823/If you plan to be in a seething mass of humans at some point—whether it’s an inauguration or protest thereof—here's how to keep yourself safeTue, 17 Jan 2017 18:33:44 +0000Eleven Times When Americans Have Marched in Protest on Washingtonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/suffrage-civil-rights-war-and-puppets-when-and-why-americans-have-marched-washington-180961809/Revisiting some of the country’s most memorable uses of the right to assembleTue, 17 Jan 2017 17:49:23 +0000Have Scientists Found a Way to Actually Reduce the Effects of Aging?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/have-scientists-found-way-to-actually-reduce-effects-aging-180961808/Researchers at the Salk Institute in California have successfully induced cells to behave like younger cellsTue, 17 Jan 2017 14:22:58 +0000Why the Templar Secret Rituals Were So Controversialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-the-templar-secret-rituals-were-so-contr/From spitting on the Christian cross to strange sexual acts, the Knights Templar's secret rituals were controversialTue, 17 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Can a Puff Adder Snake Bite Do to a Rhino?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-can-a-puff-adder-snake-bite-do-to-a-rhino/A puff adder's bite can do serious damage, even to an animal with skin as thick as a rhino's. The photographic evidence we have is not prettyMon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Wise Monkey Knows How Little He Knowshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wise-monkey-knows-how-little-he-knows-180961807/Japanese scientists find that macaque monkeys, like humans, know the limits of their own memoryFri, 13 Jan 2017 21:24:19 +0000When Is Sex Worth Going the Distance? When You’re a Salamander, Apparentlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-sex-worth-going-distance-when-youre-salamander-apparently-180961791/Asexual amphibians may be less equipped to handle modern threats than their sexual counterpartsFri, 13 Jan 2017 17:12:39 +0000These Itsy-Bitsy Herbivores Could Stage a Huge Coral Reef Rescue http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-herbivores-stage-huge-recue-coral-reef-180961753/Tiny parrotfish and sea urchins can take over the job of their larger cousins to keep a reef free of algaeFri, 13 Jan 2017 16:20:17 +0000In the Darkest Days of World War II, Winston Churchill’s Visit to the White House Brought Hope to Washingtonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/darkest-days-world-war-ii-winston-churchills-visit-white-house-brought-hope-washington-180961798/Never has overstaying one’s welcome been so importantFri, 13 Jan 2017 16:11:15 +0000Meet the Michelin-Starred Chef Pushing the Limits of Vegetarian Cuisine in Chinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/master-chef-tony-lu-restaurant-vegetarian-china-cultural-travel-kitchen-stories-food-180961613/Master chef Tony Lu discusses China’s changing tastes and his own innovative approach to 'Vegetarian Fusion'Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:06:28 +0000America's Long-Overdue Opioid Revolution Is Finally Herehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-morphine-180961774/Thanks to advances in neuroscience, researchers are beginning to disentangle powerful pain relief from addiction, overdose and deathFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:57:06 +0000How Mobile Technology Can Help Universities Combat Depression http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-mobile-technology-can-help-universities-combat-depression-180961795/Using sensors on smartphones and smartwatches can shed light on patients' symptoms, even identifying ones they didn't notice or share with counselorsFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:24:26 +0000A Brief History of Food as Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/food-art-cultural-travel-180961648/From subject to statement, food has played a role in art for millenniaFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:20:05 +0000You've Been Slurping Ramen All Wrong http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ramen-atlas-of-eating-cultural-travel-food-history-180961651/In Japan, ramen is a culinary touchstone that goes way beyond foodFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:10:46 +0000The Little-Remembered Ally Who Helped America Win the Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/little-remembered-ally-who-helped-america-win-revolution-180961782/Bernardo de Galvez’s involvement may not have been altruistic, but his contributions made a difference nonethelessFri, 13 Jan 2017 13:19:15 +0000Here's What Makes Komodo Dragons So Powerfulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/heres-what-makes-komodo-dragons-so-powerful/Not only is the Komodo dragon the largest lizard in the world, its powerful claws, tail, and bite make it one of the deadliestFri, 13 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000To Fight Deadly Dengue Fever in Humans, Create Dengue-Resistant Mosquitoeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/save-humans-dengue-fever-engineer-mosquitoes-180961792/How manipulating the immune systems of mosquitoes can halt the spread of dengue virusThu, 12 Jan 2017 21:39:38 +0000Smithsonian Artifacts and Music Legends Share the Stage in Tonight's Star-Studded Television Programhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-artifacts-music-legends-share-stage-180961764/Notable African-American performing artists commemorate the opening of the National Museum of African American HistoryThu, 12 Jan 2017 16:44:52 +0000"Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait For Liberty?" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scrap-suffrage-history-180961780/In January 1917, women took turns picketing the White House with a voice empowered by American democracy Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:08:52 +0000How a Fire Opened Buckingham Palace Up to the Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-a-fire-opened-buckingham-palace-to-public/A fierce backlash about the repair cost of a fire-damaged Windsor Castle led to a startling royal decision: Buckingham Palace would be opened to the publicThu, 12 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Could Flickering Lights Help Treat Alzheimer’s?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-flickering-lights-help-treat-alzheimers-180961762/A flashy MIT study changes perspective on the diseaseWed, 11 Jan 2017 19:46:30 +0000These Blind Mice Just Got a Vision Boost Thanks to a New Transplant Technique. Could Blind Humans Be Next?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-blind-mice-can-now-see-again-are-blind-humans-next-180961759/Transplanting an entire piece of retinal tissue into the eyes of blind mice appears to work better than just transplanting cellsWed, 11 Jan 2017 19:06:50 +0000Stories of Sports Champions in the African American History Museum Prove the Goal Posts Were Set Higher http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-african-american-history-museum-new-african-american-history-museum-goal-posts-prove-higher-sports-champions-180961735/The sports exhibition delves into the lost, forgotten or denied history of the heroes on the field Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:42:42 +0000Your Guide to All Things Anthropocenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-guide-all-things-anthropocene-180960599/Documenting an era of manmade change Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:24:38 +0000The Speech and Bible From George Washington's First Inauguration Made History Many Times Overhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-washington-was-sworn-office-180961747/The first president created the tradition of giving an inaugural address and swearing the oath of office on a BibleWed, 11 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Was This Hidden Tunnel Used by the Knights Templar?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/hidden-tunnel-used-by-the-knights-templar/It's unclear if the Knights Templar created the secret tunnel in Acre, Israel, as an escape route or a way to secretly export valuable itemsWed, 11 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Tear Your Meniscus? This “Living Bandage” May Helphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tear-your-meniscus-living-bandage-may-help-180961737/British researchers are using a newly patented technique involving stem cells to repair the common knee injuryTue, 10 Jan 2017 16:09:51 +0000Murder, Marriage and the Pony Express: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Buffalo Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/murder-marriage-and-pony-express-10-things-you-didnt-know-about-buffalo-bill-180961736/His adventures were sensationalized in print and the Wild West show, but reality was more complicated—and compellingTue, 10 Jan 2017 15:19:53 +0000The Student and the Spy: How One Man’s Life Was Changed by the Cambridge Five http://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/student-and-spy-how-one-mans-life-was-changed-cambridge-five-double-agents-180961732/An unlikely friendship with Guy Burgess, the infamous British double-agent, brought unexpected joy to Stanley Weiss Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Incredible: This Underwater Spider Has an Actual Scuba Tankhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-underwater-spider-has-scuba-tank/The scuba spider is the only arachnid to live exclusively underwater, despite lacking gills. Its secret is a makeshift oxygen supplyTue, 10 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Seven Wild Gadgets Unveiled at CES 2017http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-wild-gadgets-unveiled-CES-2017-180961731/From a levitating speaker to vibrating jeans that help you navigate city streets, these innovations offer an interesting glimpse of the futureMon, 09 Jan 2017 21:00:47 +0000The Day the Nimbus Weather Satellite Explodedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/day-nimbus-weather-satellie-180961686/The writer's grandfather recalls a seminal moment in the Space RaceMon, 09 Jan 2017 19:18:49 +0000Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone! So What's Next?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/happy-10th-birthday-iphone-so-whats-next-180961724/Based on patent documents, here are eight innovations that could become part of the iPhone of the futureMon, 09 Jan 2017 16:37:53 +0000Escape Artist Harry Houdini Was an Ingenious Inventor, He Just Didn't Want Anybody to Knowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/harry-houdini-ingenious-innovator-didnt-want-anybody-know-180961078/More than just a magician, Houdini was also an actor, aviator, amateur historian and businessman Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:15:27 +0000Introducing the Global Effort to Map the Night Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mapping-our-night-sky-global-effort-1-180961704/How astronomers around the world are piecing together a patchwork quilt of celestial activityMon, 09 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Get Lost in the Landscape that Inspired William Faulkner’s Greatest Novelshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/william-faulkners-words-come-alive-rowan-oak-180961528/A new book of photography brings the late author's Mississippi homestead to lifeMon, 09 Jan 2017 13:35:00 +0000Why Queen Elizabeth II Decided to Televise Her Coronationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/queen-elizabeth-II-decided-to-televise-coronation/The BBC's request to air Queen Elizabeth II's coronation on TV was quickly dismissed by a royal court anxious to maintain decorumMon, 09 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000For Hummingbirds, the World Moves as Fast as They Do http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hummingbirds-world-moves-fast-they-do-180961711/New research shows how the hummingbird brain allows them to hover and fly preciselyFri, 06 Jan 2017 15:51:43 +0000Michael Jackson, Donald Trump and Other Famous Americans Who Escaped Brushes With Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/michael-jackson-donald-trump-and-other-famous-americans-who-escaped-brushes-death-180961707/The roads not taken for these 13 lucky souls saved their livesFri, 06 Jan 2017 14:30:44 +0000Video: Why Should Humans Care About Preserving the Diversity of Life on Earth?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/video-why-should-humans-care-about-biodiversity-loss-180961708/This animation explains that humans don't just impact the interconnected web of life—we depend on itFri, 06 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000How the Knights Templar Came to Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-knights-templar-came-to-be/After a group of pilgrims were murdered in 1119, nine crusaders formed a pact to protect any others like them from harmFri, 06 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Footprints Found at Ancient Hot Springs Could Represent Earliest Settlement of Tibetan Plateauhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/footprints-found-ancient-hot-springs-could-represent-earliest-settlement-tibetan-plateau-180961698/New age measurements of the footprints help pinpoint when humans first settled the highest region on EarthThu, 05 Jan 2017 19:00:00 +0000Do Ocean Preserves Actually Work?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/momentum-grows-ocean-preserves-how-well-do-they-work-180961690/ The U.S. now leads the world in protected marine areas. But are they a scientifically sound strategy? Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:56 +0000The Everyday Struggle of a Child Whose Parents Are Incarceratedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/everyday-struggle-child-parents-incarcerated-180961438/With more American men and women in prison than ever before in our history, millions of children are struggling with the effects of a fractured family lifeThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Far-Reaching Effects of American Incarcerationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/far-reaching-effects-american-incarceration-180961435/Three photo essays explore the history and modern-day consequences of the world's highest incarceration rateThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000After 39 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment, Ricky Jackson Is Finally Freehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/years-wrongful-imprisonment-ricky-jackson-finally-free-180961434/Locked up for a murder he didn't commit, he served the longest sentence of any U.S. inmate found to be innocentThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Injustice of Japanese-American Internment Camps Resonates Strongly to This Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/injustice-japanese-americans-internment-camps-resonates-strongly-180961422/During WWII, 120,000 Japanese-Americans were forced into camps, a government action that still haunts victims and their descendantsThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Visit These Ten Sites Celebrating Major Anniversaries in 2017http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-these-ten-sites-celebrating-major-anniversaries-2017-180961689/From Jane Austen’s 200th anniversary to the founding of Denali National Park, there are plenty of events to fill your calendarThu, 05 Jan 2017 16:54:22 +0000Why Were Electric Cars Once Advertised as "Ladies' Cars"?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-electric-cars-once-advertised-ladies-cars-180961440/Your questions answered by our expertsThu, 05 Jan 2017 16:15:07 +0000The Master of Disguise of the Ocean Reveals Its Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/master-disguise-cystisoma-ocean-reveal-secrets-180961426/A marine creature’s unusual defense is becoming perfectly clear Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:12:45 +0000A Portrait of Obama in the Final Days of His Presidencyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/portrait-obama-prepares-leave-white-house-180961430/Commissioned for <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine, this painting shows a leader at a crossroadsThu, 05 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Feel the Music—Literally—With Some Help From New Synesthesia Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/feel-the-music-with-help-from-synesthesia-research-180961660/How one artist created a show inspired by the neurological experience of synesthesia Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:09:02 +0000Lyft and Uber Want To Give Old Folks a Ridehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lyft-uber-want-to-give-old-folks-ride-180961688/Older adults miss doctor's appointments and risk social isolation because they lack transportation. Ride-hailing services are taking notice.Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Couple Who Saved China's Ancient Architectural Treasures Before They Were Lost Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lovers-shanxi-saved-chinas-ancient-architectural-treasures-before-lost-forever-180961424/As the nation teetered on the brink of war in the 1930s, two Western-educated thinkers struck out for the hinterlands to save their country's richesWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:32:43 +0000A New Documentary Conceived by David Byrne Explores the Wonder of the Color Guardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-documentary-david-byrne-explores-wonder-color-guard-180961431/The dazzling offshoot of the marching band gets its moment in the spotlightWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:31:26 +0000This 3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Upended What We Thought We Knew About the Roots of Western Civilizationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/golden-warrior-greek-tomb-exposes-roots-western-civilization-180961441/The recent discovery of the grave of an ancient soldier is challenging accepted wisdom among archaeologistsWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:31:05 +0000Sparkling Ice Castles Take Form Across the Midwesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/midwest-ice-castles-180961640/ Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:11:16 +0000March to the Joyous, Raucous Beat of the Sonic Boom of the Southhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/march-joyous-raucous-beat-sonic-boom-south-180961436/College football seasons come and go, but the joyous thunder of Jackson State's iconic marching band rolls onWed, 04 Jan 2017 16:20:38 +0000This Woodpecker Will Drill Into Your Skull And Eat Your Brains—If You’re a Baby Dovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/these-woodpeckers-will-drill-your-skull-and-eat-your-brains-if-youre-baby-dove-180961656/Think those needle noses were only made for eating insects? Think againWed, 04 Jan 2017 15:12:12 +0000A Hurricane Destroyed This Louisiana Resort Town, Never to Be Inhabited Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hurricane-destroyed-louisiana-resort-town-never-be-inhabited-again-180961645/The destruction of Isle Derniere resonates as history’s warning for our era of rising seasWed, 04 Jan 2017 13:30:57 +0000There's a New Tool in the Fight Against Elephant Poachinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-tool-fight-against-elephant-poaching-180961425/An American biologist wields an innovative weapon against the illegal trade in African ivoryTue, 03 Jan 2017 17:22:02 +0000How Disney Came to Define What Constitutes the American Experiencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-disney-came-define-what-constitutes-american-experience-180961632/The entertainment company has been in the business of Americana since its inceptionTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:21:01 +0000Why Do We Play "Hail to the Chief" for the President?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-play-hail-to-chief-president-180961428/A Scottish rebel features prominently in the anthemTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Is the "Jass" Record That Introduced Millions of Americans to a New Kind of Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/first-jazz-record-introduced-millions-records-jass-180961427/The record that introduced millions of Americans to a new kind of musicTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000When Robots Take All of Our Jobs, Remember the Ludditeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-robots-take-jobs-remember-luddites-180961423/What a 19th-century rebellion against automation can teach us about the coming war in the job marketTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Meet the Researchers Who Scour the World's Most Dangerous Corners in Search of Biological Richeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-researchers-scour-worlds-most-dangerous-corners-180961619/Militants, malaria and pirates are just some of the challenges these scientist-explorers face in their quest to map the world’s diversityTue, 03 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000English Is the Language of Science. That Isn't Always a Good Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/english-language-science-can-cause-problems-180961623/How a bias toward English-language science can result in preventable crises, duplicated efforts and lost knowledgeMon, 02 Jan 2017 17:09:16 +000010 of the World's Best Snorkeling Destinationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/10-worlds-best-snorkeling-destinations-180961622/Dive into the new year in these water wonderlandsFri, 30 Dec 2016 20:52:58 +0000The Top History Books of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/top-history-books-2016-180961616/Here are some of the best titles to hit shelves this past yearFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:34:32 +0000Why 2016 Is Only the Most Recent Worst Year Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-2016-only-most-recent-worst-year-ever-180961609/This year has been miserable for many, but it has plenty of competition from its predecessors in the 20th centuryFri, 30 Dec 2016 17:26:15 +0000Turning Ocean Garbage Into Goldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/futility-recycling-ocean-plastic-180961607/From the common plastic water bottle to the shoes of tsunami victims, one recycling organization tries to find a home for all ocean refuseFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:30:09 +0000Hear This, 2017: Scientists Are Creating New Ears With 3D-Printing and Human Stem Cells http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/3d-printed-ears-grown-stem-cells-are-finally-on-their-way-180961605/Two decades after the "earmouse," researchers have mastered a powerful technique for growing ears from fat-derived stem cellsFri, 30 Dec 2016 14:44:10 +0000The Tradition of Presidential Portraiture, Explainedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tradition-presidential-portraiture-explained-180961552/The transition of office holders includes the official commissioning of the portrait of the outgoing First Lady and PresidentFri, 30 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Why Holograms Will Probably Never Be as Cool as They Were in "Star Wars"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/holograms-are-no-longer-future-180961597/But those that do exist must be preserved and archivedFri, 30 Dec 2016 13:57:21 +0000A Photographer Captures Emptiness and Longing in Longfellow's Nova Scotiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/evangeline-captures-emptiness-longing-nova-scotia-180961401/Photographer Mark Marchesi spent four years tracing images from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem, "Evangeline"Fri, 30 Dec 2016 13:45:00 +0000The Bug That Had the World Seeing Redhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bug-had-world-seeing-red-180961590/How a Mesoamerican insect once created the globe's most coveted colorThu, 29 Dec 2016 20:03:17 +0000