Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenSat, 28 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000These Cosmic Eye-Poppers Include a Technicolor Comet and an Impossible Black Hole ancient monster and a turquoise bay feature among our picks for the week's best space picturesSat, 28 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000A "Smart" Mattress Cover and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded't have a green thumb? A sensor for your potted plants alerts you when they need wateringFri, 27 Feb 2015 20:50:01 +0000A Smithsonian Curator Reflects on Leonard Nimoy's Passing and Why "Star Trek" Fans Loved Him, who was best known for his role as the deeply logical Mr. Spock, dies at age 83Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:51:08 +0000How "Slurpee" Waves Formed Along a Nantucket Beach England's record cold created the perfect conditions for waves of slush, offering an unusual opportunity to ski on the beachFri, 27 Feb 2015 18:03:03 +0000Use Virtual Reality to Eliminate That Pain in Your Neck visual perceptions can trick the brains of chronic sufferers so they can enjoy pain-free motionThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:07:19 +0000Please Touch the Art: 3-D Printing Helps Visually Impaired Appreciate Paintings new "Touching the Prado" exhibit in Madrid showcases 3-D replicas of paintings, so blind visitors can feel key works of artThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:03:04 +0000The Eiffel Tower Gets a Green Upgrade landmark now has two wind turbines above its second levelThu, 26 Feb 2015 17:08:41 +0000When Did Our Backbones First Appear? exciting fossil find in China points to a 525-million year old sea-dweller who used its new backbone to swim nimbly away from predatorsWed, 25 Feb 2015 21:50:58 +0000The Making and Remaking of the Original Ice Hotel imitated but never duplicated, the world's original ice hotel turns 25 this yearWed, 25 Feb 2015 18:25:51 +0000Chuck Brown's Guitar Drove the Musician's Persuasive "Wind Me Up" Rhythm Godfather of Go-Go's family recall how the musician crafted the innovative sound that would define a local traditionTue, 24 Feb 2015 16:19:47 +0000The Courageous Photography of Lynsey Addario award-winning photojournalist has spent her adult life capturing the world in crisis, but now she chronicles her own life storyTue, 24 Feb 2015 14:15:00 +0000The Weird World of Standard Reference Materials, From Peanut Butter to Whale Blubber the full story behind a $761 jar of peanut butter and other exorbitantly priced everyday objects used by scientists Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000Photos From the Battle of Iwo Jima to Mark Its 70th Anniversary battle for the Pacific island in the late winter of 1945 positioned the United States to invade mainland Japan, but at a costTue, 24 Feb 2015 13:28:24 +0000The Incomparable Legacy of Lead Belly week a new Smithsonian Folkways compilation and a Smithsonian Channel show highlight the seminal blues man of the centuryMon, 23 Feb 2015 22:49:35 +0000Documenting War for the First Time technology changed, cameras got smaller and color film got simpler, it became possible for soldiers to document the war raging around themMon, 23 Feb 2015 22:39:39 +0000Plague Pandemic May Have Been Driven by Climate, Not Rats bacteria responsible for the Black Death were reintroduced to Europe multiple times, possibly due to the changing climate Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:00:00 +0000This Dutch Wind Wheel Is Part Green Tech Showcase, Part Architectural Attraction giant structure proposed in Rotterdam puts cutting-edge energy tech inside a rotating observation wheel, with room for a hotel and apartmentsMon, 23 Feb 2015 19:11:25 +0000National Park Service Map Shows The Loudest, Quietest Places In the U.S. some peace and quiet? Avoid cities, the East CoastMon, 23 Feb 2015 17:49:13 +0000Building Libraries Along Fiber-Optic Lines in Sub-Saharan Africa Washington, D.C.-based startup, Librii, is rethinking what a library looks likeMon, 23 Feb 2015 16:13:13 +0000A Kit to Make Robots Out of Drinking Straws and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded a three-dimensional paper mount of an animal is just what your living room needsFri, 20 Feb 2015 21:11:19 +0000These Stellar Wonders Include a Red Aurora and a Billowing Black Hole light show over Montana and an eruption snapped by a satellite feature among our picks for the week's best space imagesFri, 20 Feb 2015 19:19:43 +0000Previously Seen on a Tiny Postage Stamp, These Beautiful Portraits of African-Americans Go on View artists who made them bring enormous dedication and talent to the artwork that adorns the nation's mailFri, 20 Feb 2015 17:27:56 +0000Best Travel Destinations for Food Foraging for wild foods like truffles, herbs and scallops on these guided tours—feasting includedFri, 20 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000In the Freezing Cold of Siberia, One Photographer Sought to Mix Oil and Water his latest project, British photographer Alexander James captures crude oil encased in frozen blocks of river waterFri, 20 Feb 2015 14:59:09 +0000Mark World Pangolin Day With a New Video About the Quirky Creatures about this animal underdog is climbing, yet an estimated 10,000 pangolins still fell victim to the illegal wildlife trade last year Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000Charming and Unusual Bookstores Around the World up with a new book—or catch a reading or concert—at these thriving independent bookstores from Mexico City to MelbourneThu, 19 Feb 2015 20:57:51 +0000What the Newspapers Said When Lincoln Was Killed initial reaction to the president's death was a wild mixture of grief, exultation, vengefulness and fearThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Bringing the Wood Bison Back to Alaska Once nearly extinct, the subspecies is set to return to the United StatesThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Closest Source We Have to Really Knowing John Wilkes Booth Is His Sister a post-assassination memoir, Asia Booth Clarke recalled her brother's passion, his patriotism and his last words to herThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Who Can Save the Grand Canyon? holy war is being fought over a proposal to build a $500 million commercial development, on the rim of America's natural treasureThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Someone Built a Bold New Font Out of Buildings out of aerial photography, you'll never guess where the "O" comes from Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Blood Relics From the Lincoln Assassination now, 150 years later, objects from the murder of the president provide a powerful link to the eventThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000How the Photocopier Changed the Way We Worked—and Played before 3-D printers brought manufacturing closer to home, copiers transformed offices, politics and artThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Why Killer Whales Belong in the Ocean, Not SeaWorld A former orca trainer makes the case against the theme parkThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Are QR Codes Safe and Other Questions From Our Readers You asked, we answeredThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Spiritualist Who Warned Lincoln Was Also Booth's Drinking Buddy did Charles Colchester know and when did he know it?Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Crocodile Hunter's Family Shares His Controversial Approach to Studying the Crocs Steve Irwin's wife and kids are feeding the debate over keeping animals in captivity Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Bjork Is Getting a Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art Icelandic singer's iconic style will be on view at the New York institutionThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Were the Terracotta Warriors Based on Actual People? answer that question, archaeologists are looking at variations in the soldiers' ears Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000They Found Richard III. So Now What? the remains of the "hunchback" king can teach us about other English royals Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000When Steve Fossett Became the Magellan of the Skies years ago, the pioneering adventurer took off in pursuit of a new record in circumnavigationThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Frightening Legacy of Typhoid Mary With concerns about infectious disease in the news, a look back at history's most famous carrierThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Mad, Wonderful Photos From Mardi Gras and Carnival New Orleans to Panama to Spain, revelers celebrated Mardi Gras and the days leading up to it with costumes, color and craziness Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What's the Deepest Hole Ever Dug? answer to the question, says a Smithsonian researcher, is more about why we dig, than how low you can goThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:59:31 +0000What Is the Most Influential Oscar Dress of All-Time? from being a sideshow of the awards hoopla, the fashion of the Academy Awards means big business for designersThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:42:15 +0000Send Atomic Clocks to Space to Find Gravitational Waves new breed of the hyper-accurate clocks could help scientists detect the elusive ripples in space-time faster and cheaperThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:04:45 +0000The Human Right to Speak Whatever Language You Want is Worth Celebrating an ever increasing lack of language diversity, There Needs to Be More Recognition of February's International Mother Language dayWed, 18 Feb 2015 20:42:10 +0000This $34 Smartphone-Assisted Device Could Revolutionize Disease Testing new low-cost device that plugs into a smartphone could cut down on expensive lab testsWed, 18 Feb 2015 17:30:05 +0000Hunger Makes You Buy More Stuff, Even If It's Not Food you're shopping at the mall or online, having the munchies will compel you to purchase extraneous thingsWed, 18 Feb 2015 17:00:33 +0000How Oregon's Second Largest City Vanished in a Day 1948 flood washed away the WWII housing project Vanport—but its history still informs Portland's diversityWed, 18 Feb 2015 14:45:24 +0000Midnight Snacking Is Bad for Your Brain in mice show that misaligned eating patterns can mess with the brain's ability to form memories and learn new tasksTue, 17 Feb 2015 15:42:45 +0000Best Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras Outside of New Orleans Big Easy might get all the fame, but places from Alabama to the south of France also know how to party before LentTue, 17 Feb 2015 15:33:35 +0000Ultra-Cheap Microscopes Could Save Millions of Lives are designing portable microscopes that cost just a few dollars to makeTue, 17 Feb 2015 14:09:56 +0000Luna Moths’ Gorgeous Wings Throw Off Bat Attacks twin tails at the end of moth wings garble bats’ sonar cries, causing the winged predators to miss the tasty markMon, 16 Feb 2015 20:00:00 +0000Would You Like to Grow Color-Changing Flowers? Colorado company is working to genetically engineer petunias that change colors throughout the daySat, 14 Feb 2015 16:28:34 +0000Now's the Time to See Hundreds of Bald Eagles Winter Wings Festival at Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge is one of the longest-running bird festivals in the countryFri, 13 Feb 2015 21:44:49 +0000Five Wild Ideas: From a Vest for Weight Loss to an Electric Skateboard, building blocks for children inspired by ArchimedesFri, 13 Feb 2015 20:38:05 +0000The Founding Fathers and the Women, Not Their Wives, Whom They Wrote To words today would raise suspicion if written between married men and their female friendsFri, 13 Feb 2015 19:46:01 +0000A Brief History of the Chocolate Pot humans have consumed chocolate sheds lights on its significance to cultures and erasFri, 13 Feb 2015 19:45:18 +0000The Story of Saint Valentine died for sinners. This saint died for loversFri, 13 Feb 2015 18:02:56 +0000These Spacey Treats Include a Galactic Smiley Face and an Interstellar Rose lucky lens and a pair of mismatched star twins feature among our picks for the week's best space imagesFri, 13 Feb 2015 17:34:12 +0000Cabs of the Future Won't Have Drivers moves by Uber and Google may foreshadow a battle over who will control fleets of autonomous cars on city streetsFri, 13 Feb 2015 16:25:01 +0000What Physics Tells Us About Making the Perfect Chocolate carbon, the treat can take on many crystalline forms, so a master chocolatier must know how to temper it in just the right wayFri, 13 Feb 2015 16:08:06 +0000Eddie Van Halen Riffs on How Necessity Drives Innovation rock star who invents guitars says that perfection is boring and mistakes are the "most exciting element of music"Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:03:30 +0000The Short Rise and Fall of the Crazy-for-Cocoa-Trade Cards Craze the late 19th-century, when you bought chocolate, the grocer dropped a delightful prize into your bag, a trade card to save and shareFri, 13 Feb 2015 14:51:35 +0000Five Spots for a Romantic Presidents' Day (or a Presidential Valentine's Day) locations combine presidential history and romanceFri, 13 Feb 2015 14:10:29 +0000D.C.'s Artisan Chocolate Makers Show Off Their Sweet Labor of Love no task undone, this husband-and-wife team demonstrate their process for producing chocolateFri, 13 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000Ten Fascinating Presidential Facts to Impress on President's Day a new side of the Commanders-in-Chief, from whiskey seances and magazine cover boysFri, 13 Feb 2015 13:25:20 +0000What We Know About the Earliest History of Chocolate’ve learned things that could help today’s artisan chocolatiers improve their tradeThu, 12 Feb 2015 20:02:37 +0000The Western U.S. Could Soon Face the Worst Megadrought in a Millennium models predict that the region will be drier than the droughts that likely caused ancient Native Americans to abandon their pueblo citiesThu, 12 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000A Man With ALS Says "I Love You" to His Wife for the First Time in 15 Years new invention from Not Impossible Labs allows Don Moir to script an audible love letterThu, 12 Feb 2015 18:35:40 +0000Smithsonian's Love Letter Collection Frida Kahlo's passionate love letters to watercolor notes from famous artists, let the Smithsonian's love letter collection inspire youThu, 12 Feb 2015 17:29:32 +0000How to Save the Chocolate Tree Without Sacrificing Flavor, disease and climate change are threatening cocoa, but a new breed of clones could keep the treat abundant and tastyThu, 12 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000Dogs Can Tell Whether You’re Making a Happy or Mad Face the first time, science shows that a non-human animal can recognize the emotional state of another species Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000How Chocolate and Valentine's Day Mated For Life the lovers, the leaders and the ladies responsible for the pairing of chocolate to Valentine's DayThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:48:21 +0000Help for the Brokenhearted: Wearable, Biosynthetic and 'Beatless' Artificial Hearts hybrids and continuous-flow technologies are helping people survive devastating heart failureThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:07:07 +0000Blood Clots, Liver Cells and Bird Flu Are Surprisingly Beautiful Under a Microscope brightly-colored micrographs and scans in a new book, <i>Science is Beautiful</i>, answer big questions about the human bodyThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:00:00 +0000How an Archaeologist Revived King Tut's Tomb With A Chocolate Cake day Eric Hollinger is an archeologist, but his passion is baking and his chocolate cakes are works to beholdThu, 12 Feb 2015 14:46:04 +0000Healers Once Prescribed Chocolate Like Aspirin ancient Mesoamerica to Renaissance Europe, the modern confectionary treat has medical roots Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000Let Oysters Get Sick to Clean Up the Chesapeake delicious oyster you love to slurp might be the best bet for clearing away pollutantsWed, 11 Feb 2015 19:06:38 +0000The Economics of Chocolate becoming a kiss, bar, or hot drink, cocoa gets shipped, stashed, smashed, and, most critically for producers and consumers alike, commodifiedWed, 11 Feb 2015 19:04:13 +0000How the Backwater Town of Washington, D.C. Became the Beacon of a Nation the Anacostia Community Museum delves into daily life in a city at war, author Ernest B. Furgurson recalls the nascence of a city on the verge Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:03:35 +0000Ducks Help Explain How We Feel All the Feels sensitive nerves in duck bills are offering clues to the way we experience the sense of touchWed, 11 Feb 2015 16:03:14 +0000Ten Restaurants the Best Chefs Say Are Worth Traveling For establishments are always worth the trip, according to some of the top chefs in the worldWed, 11 Feb 2015 15:03:30 +0000Chocolate Destinations Around the World to Drool Over five places from Belgium to Hong Kong offer their own enticing takes on the confectionWed, 11 Feb 2015 14:45:22 +0000Brains Make Decisions the Way Alan Turing Cracked Codes mathematical tool developed during World War II operates in a similar way to brains weighing the reliability of informationWed, 11 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000You Wouldn't Have Chocolate Without Invisible Flies and Extreme Yeast takes a wild and temperamental menagerie to bring the beloved candy to store shelves. Bon appétit!Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:52:22 +0000The Home of Milk Chocolate and Beer of the most well-known Pennsylvania pioneers have become household names, with factories that continue to produce two classic American productsTue, 10 Feb 2015 20:11:50 +0000The Rich and Flavorful History of Chocolate in Space vacuum-sealed pudding to Blue Bell ice cream, astronauts have been taking the treat into orbit since the dawn of the space ageTue, 10 Feb 2015 17:42:52 +0000A Taste Test to Find the Best Chocolate Beers for a cold, winter day – or as an alternative to red wine on Valentine’s Day – we took measure of these stouts, ales and lagersTue, 10 Feb 2015 17:37:49 +0000The Art of Chocolate (and Soap) went on a scientific journey to discover the best ways to preserve artist Janine Antoni's landmark "Lick and Lather"Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:37:30 +0000The Surprising Raucous Home Life of the Madisons of America’s founding families kept their true selves for the friends and familyTue, 10 Feb 2015 17:22:11 +0000What is the Most Important Innovation in the History of Rock 'n' Roll?, historians and critics tell us what they consider to be the greatest game changers for the industryTue, 10 Feb 2015 16:42:53 +0000The Electric Guitar's Long (And Louder), Strange Trip its gentle 16th-century acoustic origins to the souped-up ‘Frankenstein,’ a Smithsonian scholar strums the historic chords of the guitarTue, 10 Feb 2015 16:29:14 +0000How Long Will You Live? Ask Your Friends medical personality quiz started in the 1930s shows how your best pals may know more about your health than you doTue, 10 Feb 2015 15:57:32 +0000The Sultry Dance of the Bowerbird brightly-colored male bowerbird mesmerizes a young female with his bizarre danceMon, 09 Feb 2015 21:46:48 +0000The World of Chocolate within the Smithsonian and in the broader world, the story of chocolate has many fascinating morselsMon, 09 Feb 2015 21:22:37 +0000Spanish Conquest of the Incas Caused Air Pollution to Spike sample of Peruvian ice has revealed a surge in pollution linked to mining that wasn't exceeded until the Industrial RevolutionMon, 09 Feb 2015 20:00:00 +0000Trained in CPR? This Life-Saving App Could Make You a Superhero someone is experiencing cardiac arrest, PulsePoint sends alerts to CPR-certified invidividuals nearbyMon, 09 Feb 2015 19:10:51 +0000Three Kinds of Close Encounters head of the US Air Force's official UFO investigation, Dr. Hynek was supposed to debunk so-called "close encounters." Instead, he became a true believerMon, 09 Feb 2015 17:32:09 +0000A Feisty Capt. James T. Kirk Checks in on the Starship "Enterprise" the model for the TV show "Star Trek" was removed for conservation, the 83-year-old actor William Shatner weighed inMon, 09 Feb 2015 16:36:50 +0000Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Nominated for Unesco World Heritage Status's the first time the United States has nominated works of modern architecture Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:43:53 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Does a Satellite Stay Up? a Harvard-Smithsonian researcher who monitors all the satellites and explains why they rarely fall Fri, 06 Feb 2015 21:30:34 +0000These Cosmic Visions Include a Moon Parade and a Naked Nebula giants and newly seen stars are among our picks for the week's best space-related imagesFri, 06 Feb 2015 20:43:22 +0000Five Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded: From an Automated Home Brewery to a Personal (Robot) Assistant other quirky inventions teach music in novel waysFri, 06 Feb 2015 20:15:42 +0000New Satellite Network Launching This Year Aims to Improve Weather Forecasting a network of compact, low-cost weather satellites with smartphone-like internals, startup Spire plans to make future forecasts a lot more reliableFri, 06 Feb 2015 18:57:21 +0000Japan Announces Plans for the First Hotel Run by Robots to open July 17, the hotel in a Japanese theme park will be staffed by "actroids"Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:32:50 +0000Designing Buildings For Hot Climates, Cold Ones and Everything in Between decade's worth of sustainable projects by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his firm, BIG, are now on display at the National Building MuseumThu, 05 Feb 2015 21:02:57 +0000The World’s Most-Visited Castles and Palaces Paris to Beijing, these historic castles and palaces draw millions of visitors for a glimpse of the lifestyles of the rich and famousThu, 05 Feb 2015 18:39:42 +0000The Recipe for Innovation Calls for a Little Chaos and Some Wall Bashing Art Molella chronicles the habits, habitats and behaviors of the men and women who invent Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:04:52 +0000What Exactly is Duck Sauce? to get to the bottom of this Chinese food mystery sends our writer on a wild goose chaseThu, 05 Feb 2015 15:02:48 +0000Wild Inside the National Zoo: Reptile Rejuvenation have personalities, too. Caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo introduce us to some of their most charismatic creaturesWed, 04 Feb 2015 22:29:29 +0000One Night Each Winter, Devils Run Through the Streets of Barcelona the early 1990s, Barcelona's winter bonfire festival has celebrated the intersection of Catalan and Majorcan culturesWed, 04 Feb 2015 18:14:34 +0000Scientists Have Imaged the Base of a Tectonic Plate discovery of a slippery layer off the coast of New Zealand could help explain plate movementWed, 04 Feb 2015 18:00:00 +0000New Exhibit Showcases the Power of Light in Our Everyday Lives open-source show "LIGHT: Beyond the Bulb" crosses disciplines to show the many ways photonics has improved our livesTue, 03 Feb 2015 19:15:27 +0000Saving Money is Great, but Saving the Chesapeake Bay Will Be Even Better Miller's “off the shelf” technology may answer complicated questions about rising CO2 and ocean acidificationTue, 03 Feb 2015 18:18:33 +0000How to Lie for Your Life Doundoulakis, a young WWII spy for the U.S., was sent to German-occupied Thessalonike to gather enemy secretsTue, 03 Feb 2015 17:19:03 +0000Old Male Bustards Have Less Desirable Sperm birds don’t just lose their female-wooing prowess as they age, but also their ability to sire healthy chicks Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:00:00 +0000Which of These Comedians Should the Portrait Gallery Put on Display? is no laughing matter for the Smithsonian museumMon, 02 Feb 2015 21:53:25 +0000Toenail Physics Explains Why Big Toes Are More Likely to Suffer Ingrown Nails delicate balancing act between stresses of growth and adhesion can help demystify some painful nail disordersMon, 02 Feb 2015 16:58:44 +0000Why this 14th-Century Chinese Artist Is Having a Rebirth rare works of Wang Meng, an artist with a brilliance for brushstrokes, bring millions at auctionMon, 02 Feb 2015 15:37:26 +0000Five Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded: From a Digital Typewriter to Treadmill-Powered Gaming Los Angeles group is also creating greeting cards with personalized audio messages from top celebritiesFri, 30 Jan 2015 20:51:20 +0000Cosmic Jaw-Droppers Include a Twisted Galaxy and an Aurora Rocket Volley Martian vistas to glowing red nebulae, check out our picks for the best space images of the weekFri, 30 Jan 2015 18:24:41 +0000Hacking the Human Body With Temporary Tattoos and Tiny Implants electrical charges to treat diseases, from diabetes to obesity, is picking up speedFri, 30 Jan 2015 16:27:55 +0000Nope, We Have Not Detected Gravitational Waves (Yet) news from teams studying the early universe says the signal hailed as our first peek at space-time ripples really is just dustFri, 30 Jan 2015 16:16:31 +0000Vikings Storm the Streets at Up Helly Aa, Europe's Biggest Fire Festival (Photos) of local residents took to the streets, brandishing thousands of flaming torches, in an homage to Shetland's Viking heritageFri, 30 Jan 2015 16:09:58 +0000Climate Change Is Altering the Global Heat Engine help explain why storms will become fewer in number but stronger in intensity as the planet warmsThu, 29 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Orchidelirium, an Obsession with Orchids, Has Lasted for Centuries once-elusive flower's striking beauty has inspired collectors and scientists to make it more accessibleThu, 29 Jan 2015 16:00:13 +0000Getting up Close and Personal with American Soldiers new photography exhibit takes a multi-decade look Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:30:59 +0000The Coast Guard’s Most Potent Weapon During Prohibition? Codebreaker Elizebeth Friedman pioneer of her time, Friedman was a crucial part of the fight to enforce the ban on boozeWed, 28 Jan 2015 20:30:12 +0000Three Stanford Graduates Are Matching Unused Prescriptions With Patients Who Need Them drugs—billions of dollars worth—are trashed in this country each year. What if they instead went to the 50 million who can't afford them?Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:29:30 +0000The Secret to a Long Life: Be Cooperative and Live Underground mole rats enjoy exceptionally long, healthy lives, and there's more than good genes at workWed, 28 Jan 2015 00:01:00 +0000What Is Bitcoin, Exactly? new book tells the backstory and provides an easy-to-understand explanation of the much buzzed-about cryptocurrency Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:00:38 +0000How SkyMall Captured a Moment of Technological and American History now-bankrupt catalog had a meteoric rise and fallTue, 27 Jan 2015 18:43:32 +0000The World Hit "Peak Chicken" in 2006 popular poultry is just one of many key food resources that hit peak production between 5 and 30 years agoTue, 27 Jan 2015 15:06:50 +0000The Smithsonian May Go for the Gold, Opening a Venue at London's Olympic Grounds Smithsonian Regents give museum officials the thumbs-up to explore opening a new gallery in London and the mayor there says, "Welcome to our city"Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:00:40 +0000Do You Want To Build a Snowman? Physics Can Help’s what you need to know about the science of constructing your very own OlafTue, 27 Jan 2015 14:00:00 +0000Until Now, There Was No Play Button for the Recordings Bell and Edison Made in their Lab exhibition on sound kicks off the American History Museum's Year of Innovation, enabling visitors to hear some of the earliest recordingsMon, 26 Jan 2015 18:53:37 +0000Use This Map to Track the Snowfall and Social Media Buzz Around the Northeast Blizzard alerts and media streams can keep you up to date on the full extent of the nor'easterMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:57:07 +0000A Universal Flu Vaccine May Be On the Horizon the viral targets for the seasonal flu vaccine is a gamble. Sometimes, like this year, the flu winsMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:25:32 +0000How Sticks and Shell Charts Became a Sophisticated System for Navigation navigating with sextant, compass and maps found in the Marshall Islands that curved sticks and cowry shells were far more sophisticatedMon, 26 Jan 2015 14:29:10 +0000Celebrate 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park 26 marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park—and celebrations are going all year longMon, 26 Jan 2015 13:53:13 +0000Tour Paris With the Marquis de Sade as Your Guide still remain in the City of Love of the famed author and sex iconMon, 26 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000Craziest Airplane Cabins of the Future airplane cabin designs—both real and conceptual—show what might await us on flights in the near futureSun, 25 Jan 2015 19:24:34 +0000These Celestial Highlights Include Flowing Auroras and a Cracked Comet up on the week's best space images, from a cyclone's glowing eye to a surreal Martian vistaFri, 23 Jan 2015 16:52:06 +0000Where to See Thousands of Monarch Butterflies species is being reviewed for potential addition to the Endangered Species list. Can tourism help save the butterfly?Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:17:48 +0000The Devastating Fire That Nearly Consumed the Smithsonian Castle 150 Years Ago This Month Smithsonian Undersecretary for History, Art and Culture reflects on the history of the iconic building and its ongoing legacyThu, 22 Jan 2015 21:10:08 +0000Five Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded: From A Fitbit for Dogs to Soap Jewelry to mention, a bizarre bike-treadmill hybrid meant to reduce the strain on runners' jointsThu, 22 Jan 2015 21:05:38 +0000Borneo's Mammals Face a Deadly Mix of Logging and Climate Change adding small amounts of land to already protected areas could help save the island's biodiversity Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:01:40 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Five False 'Facts' About the Human Body can’t always trust what your mother told youThu, 22 Jan 2015 16:24:59 +0000An Iceberg Flipped Over, and Its Underside Is Breathtaking vacation in Antarctica, filmmaker and photographer Alex Cornell captured an unusual sightThu, 22 Jan 2015 15:20:22 +0000The History of Faux Fur more than 100 years, the fine line between finks and minks has been blurredThu, 22 Jan 2015 15:18:33 +0000Vivid Images of Civil War Casualties Inspire a Scholar's Inner Muse Gardner’s photography, a record of sacrifice and devastating loss, prompts a new creativity from the show's curator Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:50:39 +0000The International Space Station Will Soon Be Able to Measure Forest Density Using Lasers the planet’s forests is one critical way to combat climate changeWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Why Footbinding Persisted in China for a Millennium the pain, millions of Chinese women stood firm in their devotion to the traditionWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Can the Siberian Tiger Make a Comeback? Russia’s Far East, an orphaned female tiger is the test case in an experimental effort to save one of the most endangered animals on earthWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000America Has a Tiger Problem And No One’s Sure How to Solve It one even knows how many of the big cats are in the United StatesWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000A New View of the Battle of Gallipoli, One of the Bloodiest Conflicts of World War I Turks are now rethinking their historic victory in the terrible battleWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Why Malcolm X Still Speaks Truth to Power years after his death, Malcolm X remains a towering figure whose passionate writings have enduring resonanceWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Exploring the <i>Titanic</i> of the Ancient World search the wine-dark sea for the remains of a ship that sank 2,000 years ago—carrying what is believed to be the world’s first computerWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism, the First Computer inscriptions offer new clues to the origins of a mysterious astronomical mechanismWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000 Who Was the Marquis de Sade? in the age of <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i>, the 18th-century libertine is as shocking as everWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000What Makes Humans Different? Fiction and Cooperation Yuval Noah Harari previews his book on the past and future of Homo sapiensWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Unbelievable Success of the American Steamship “Fulton’s Folly” transformed the nation’s landscapeWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Wrists of Birds Reveal Evolution Undoing Itself to earlier claims, a new study shows that evolution may be reversibleWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Do Wolves Wag Their Tails Like Dogs and More Questions From Our Readers questions ask if DNA testing has led to the redesignation of speciesWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Best Places to See the Northern Lights out where to witness the aurora borealis, with reindeer sleigh rides, ice hotels and hot springs includedWed, 21 Jan 2015 17:14:25 +0000"Selma Needs No Oscar to Validate It," Says the Director of the African American History Museum film with black history at its core and created by African Americans opens up a "national conversation" Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:34:07 +0000Vinegar-Like Acid Rain May Have Fallen During Earth’s Worst Extinction rocks hint at a planet scoured by intense acid rain during the Great Dying 252 million years agoWed, 21 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000Ancient Scrolls Blackened by Vesuvius Are Readable at Last scans can just tease out letters on the warped documents from a library at HerculaneumTue, 20 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Little-Known History of the Underground Railroad in New York winning historian Eric Foner uncovers the hidden story behind this passage to freedomTue, 20 Jan 2015 15:21:41 +0000Inside the Three-Decade Evolution of "Star Wars" Costumes Smithsonian traveling exhibition offers an unprecedented glimpse at costumes from a galaxy far, far awayTue, 20 Jan 2015 14:42:17 +0000Celebrate National Cheese Lovers' Day With This Map of Cheese Found Around the World sharp interactive will make you feel gouda all overTue, 20 Jan 2015 12:34:04 +0000Top Historic Sites to Visit in Cuba is rich in history-laden spots—and a relaxed travel ban will make it easier for Americans to visitMon, 19 Jan 2015 19:46:17 +0000MLK's Last Speech"I've seen the Promised Land," Martin Luther King Jr. said in a speech in Memphis on April 3, 1968. 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Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis" Has Landed historic aircraft—first to fly nonstop from New York to Paris—is lowered to the ground inside the Air and Space MuseumFri, 16 Jan 2015 14:30:34 +0000There is Nothing Elementary About a New Sherlock Holmes Adaptation, winning playwright Ken Ludwig says he's injecting Indiana Jones cinematic adventure into the theatrical experienceFri, 16 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000Listen to the Freedom Songs Recorded 50 Years Ago During the March From Selma to Montgomery MLK called for people to come to Selma, Detroit's Carl Benkert arrived with his tape recorder, making the indelible album "Freedom Songs"Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:42:57 +000010 Victorian Inventions That Never Quite Took Off from a "knife and fork cleaner" to a "cholera belt" provide a curious look at life in 19th century EnglandThu, 15 Jan 2015 17:38:55 +0000Crashing Alexander Hamilton's Birthday Weekend year, admirers of the oft-neglected Founding Father gather for a multi-day birthday celebration ranging across Manhattan.Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:01:16 +0000Social Media Is Not Making You a Ball of Stress perhaps unsurprisingly, Facebook and Twitter can cause stress to spread when bad things happen to friends and familyThu, 15 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000Photos From the Coldest City on Earth's it like to live and work in the coldest inhabited place on Earth? Photographer Amos Chapple shares his stories from the frozen cities of SiberiaWed, 14 Jan 2015 20:06:57 +0000Museums Are Now Able to Digitize Thousands of Artifacts in Just Hours the American History Museum, a collection of rarely seen historic currency proofs are being made ready for a public debutWed, 14 Jan 2015 18:29:07 +0000Two Leopards Battle, But Only One Can Survive Jack scores a kill, all kinds of grassland creatures come out of the woodwork to steal it. Even worse, Jack's rival is secretly waiting to ambush himWed, 14 Jan 2015 17:41:35 +0000Lust for Gold Is Consuming Precious South American Forests images show that while the scale of deforestation is small, it is bleeding into protected areasWed, 14 Jan 2015 17:27:25 +0000Poison Hath Been This Italian Mummy's Untimely End lethal helping of foxglove seems to have triggered the downfall of a warlord of VeronaWed, 14 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000These Rare Photos of the Selma March Place You in the Thick of History Barker, a photographer from Alaska, shares his memories of documenting the famed eventWed, 14 Jan 2015 15:15:24 +0000The Year Montana Rounded Up Citizens for Shooting Off Their Mouths World War I, the powers that ran Montana sought any excuse to silence dissentWed, 14 Jan 2015 14:25:00 +0000A Tree Grows 40 Different Types of Fruit started as an art project has become a mission to reintroduce Americans to native fruits that have faded from popularityWed, 14 Jan 2015 13:42:50 +0000What Are the 1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die? by a former New York Times restaurant critic, this tome will keep your appetite satisfied for a lifetimeTue, 13 Jan 2015 16:05:59 +0000Surreal Photos Reveal the Otherworldly Insides of Gemstones you thought gems were beautiful to the naked eye, take a look at them under a microscopeTue, 13 Jan 2015 15:35:02 +0000This Smart Battery Sends a Message to Your Phone When Your Smoke Detector Sounds also alerts you weeks in advance of dying—sparing you from that annoying chirpMon, 12 Jan 2015 19:42:42 +0000How Curators Found a Ghostly Image Lurking Beneath Layers of Lacquer in the conservation lab revealed there was more to this Ming Dynasty tray than meets the eyeMon, 12 Jan 2015 17:25:52 +0000Utah's Otherworldly Landscapes its dry desert landscapes, Utah is a land of endless surprises, and Glen Canyon is one of them, rivaling Arizona's Grand Canyon for sheer majestyFri, 09 Jan 2015 17:03:45 +0000Top Space Pictures of the Week, From a Hubble Icon to Hungry Black Holes pillars, a dark nebula and a galaxy herd starred in some of the best image-driven stories released at a recent astronomy meetingFri, 09 Jan 2015 15:33:32 +0000Could GM Mosquitoes Pave the Way for a Tropical Virus to Spread? insects designed to stop dengue fever could make it easier for another disease-carrying species to take rootThu, 08 Jan 2015 22:33:46 +0000I Was Among the Lucky Few to Walk in Space July 31, 1971, Al Worden performed the first deep-space extra-vehicular activity. "No one in all of history" saw what he saw that dayThu, 08 Jan 2015 20:35:57 +0000Space Exploration Would Be Nothing If We Didn't Know How to Spacewalk Air and Space Museum brings the privileged experience to the public in an exhibit that chronicles 50 years of technologyThu, 08 Jan 2015 20:00:36 +0000The ATM is Dead. 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Cities get creative on New Year's Eve by dropping objects that reflect local products and cultureWed, 31 Dec 2014 15:21:44 +0000