Articles | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenSat, 28 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000These Cosmic Eye-Poppers Include a Technicolor Comet and an Impossible Black Holehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-space-photos-week-cosmic-eye-poppers-include-technicolor-comet-and-impossible-black-hole-180954434/An ancient monster and a turquoise bay feature among our picks for the week's best space picturesSat, 28 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000A "Smart" Mattress Cover and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smart-mattress-cover-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954424/Don't have a green thumb? A sensor for your potted plants alerts you when they need wateringFri, 27 Feb 2015 20:50:01 +0000A Smithsonian Curator Reflects on Leonard Nimoy's Passing and Why "Star Trek" Fans Loved Himhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-curator-reflects-leonard-nimoy-passing-why-star-trek-fans-loved-him-180954430/Nimoy, who was best known for his role as the deeply logical Mr. Spock, dies at age 83Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:51:08 +0000How "Slurpee" Waves Formed Along a Nantucket Beachhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-slurpee-waves-formed-along-nantucket-beach-video-photos-180954428/New England's record cold created the perfect conditions for waves of slush, offering an unusual opportunity to ski on the beachFri, 27 Feb 2015 18:03:03 +0000Use Virtual Reality to Eliminate That Pain in Your Neckhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/use-virtual-reality-eliminate-pain-your-neck-180954422/Altering visual perceptions can trick the brains of chronic sufferers so they can enjoy pain-free motionThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:07:19 +0000Please Touch the Art: 3-D Printing Helps Visually Impaired Appreciate Paintingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/please-touch-art-3-d-printing-helps-visually-impaired-appreciate-paintings-180954420/The new "Touching the Prado" exhibit in Madrid showcases 3-D replicas of paintings, so blind visitors can feel key works of artThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:03:04 +0000The Eiffel Tower Gets a Green Upgradehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eiffel-tower-gets-green-upgrade-180954401/The landmark now has two wind turbines above its second levelThu, 26 Feb 2015 17:08:41 +0000When Did Our Backbones First Appear?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/when-did-our-backbones-first-appear/An exciting fossil find in China points to a 525-million year old sea-dweller who used its new backbone to swim nimbly away from predatorsWed, 25 Feb 2015 21:50:58 +0000The Making and Remaking of the Original Ice Hotelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/making-remaking-ice-hotel-180954387/Often imitated but never duplicated, the world's original ice hotel turns 25 this yearWed, 25 Feb 2015 18:25:51 +0000Chuck Brown's Guitar Drove the Musician's Persuasive "Wind Me Up" Rhythmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/chuck-browns-guitar-drove-wind-me-up-rhythm-180954351/The Godfather of Go-Go's family recall how the musician crafted the innovative sound that would define a local traditionTue, 24 Feb 2015 16:19:47 +0000The Courageous Photography of Lynsey Addariohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/courageous-photography-lynsey-addario-180954386/The award-winning photojournalist has spent her adult life capturing the world in crisis, but now she chronicles her own life storyTue, 24 Feb 2015 14:15:00 +0000The Weird World of Standard Reference Materials, From Peanut Butter to Whale Blubberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/weird-world-nist-standard-reference-materials-peanut-butter-whale-blubber-180954379/Get the full story behind a $761 jar of peanut butter and other exorbitantly priced everyday objects used by scientists Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000Photos From the Battle of Iwo Jima to Mark Its 70th Anniversaryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/battle-of-iwo-jima-70th-anniversary-world-war-II-180954384/The battle for the Pacific island in the late winter of 1945 positioned the United States to invade mainland Japan, but at a costTue, 24 Feb 2015 13:28:24 +0000The Incomparable Legacy of Lead Belly http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/incomparable-legacy-of-lead-belly-180954390/This week a new Smithsonian Folkways compilation and a Smithsonian Channel show highlight the seminal blues man of the centuryMon, 23 Feb 2015 22:49:35 +0000Documenting War for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/documenting-war-for-the-first-time/As technology changed, cameras got smaller and color film got simpler, it became possible for soldiers to document the war raging around themMon, 23 Feb 2015 22:39:39 +0000Plague Pandemic May Have Been Driven by Climate, Not Ratshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/plague-pandemic-may-have-been-driven-climate-not-rats-180954378/The bacteria responsible for the Black Death were reintroduced to Europe multiple times, possibly due to the changing climate Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:00:00 +0000This Dutch Wind Wheel Is Part Green Tech Showcase, Part Architectural Attractionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-dutch-wind-wheel-part-green-tech-showcase-part-architectural-attraction-180954377/A giant structure proposed in Rotterdam puts cutting-edge energy tech inside a rotating observation wheel, with room for a hotel and apartmentsMon, 23 Feb 2015 19:11:25 +0000National Park Service Map Shows The Loudest, Quietest Places In the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/national-park-service-map-shows-loudest-quietest-places-us-180954372/Want some peace and quiet? Avoid cities, the East CoastMon, 23 Feb 2015 17:49:13 +0000Building Libraries Along Fiber-Optic Lines in Sub-Saharan Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/building-libraries-along-fiber-optic-lines-in-sub-saharan-africa-180954192/The Washington, D.C.-based startup, Librii, is rethinking what a library looks likeMon, 23 Feb 2015 16:13:13 +0000A Kit to Make Robots Out of Drinking Straws and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Fundedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/kit-to-make-robots-out-drinking-straws-other-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-180954370/Perhaps a three-dimensional paper mount of an animal is just what your living room needsFri, 20 Feb 2015 21:11:19 +0000These Stellar Wonders Include a Red Aurora and a Billowing Black Holehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-space-pictures-stellar-wonders-red-aurora-billowing-black-hole-180954374/A light show over Montana and an eruption snapped by a satellite feature among our picks for the week's best space imagesFri, 20 Feb 2015 19:19:43 +0000Previously Seen on a Tiny Postage Stamp, These Beautiful Portraits of African-Americans Go on Viewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/beautiful-portraits-african-americans-postage-stamp-180954352/The artists who made them bring enormous dedication and talent to the artwork that adorns the nation's mailFri, 20 Feb 2015 17:27:56 +0000Best Travel Destinations for Food Foraginghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-travel-destinations-food-foraging-180954353/Forage for wild foods like truffles, herbs and scallops on these guided tours—feasting includedFri, 20 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000In the Freezing Cold of Siberia, One Photographer Sought to Mix Oil and Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/in-freezing-cold-siberia-one-photographer-sought-mix-oil-water-180954364/In his latest project, British photographer Alexander James captures crude oil encased in frozen blocks of river waterFri, 20 Feb 2015 14:59:09 +0000Mark World Pangolin Day With a New Video About the Quirky Creatures http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mark-world-pangolin-day-new-video-about-quirky-creatures-180954367/Awareness about this animal underdog is climbing, yet an estimated 10,000 pangolins still fell victim to the illegal wildlife trade last year Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000Charming and Unusual Bookstores Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-most-interesting-bookstores-180954202/Curl up with a new book—or catch a reading or concert—at these thriving independent bookstores from Mexico City to MelbourneThu, 19 Feb 2015 20:57:51 +0000What the Newspapers Said When Lincoln Was Killedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-the-newspapers-said-when-lincoln-was-killed-180954325/The initial reaction to the president's death was a wild mixture of grief, exultation, vengefulness and fearThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Bringing the Wood Bison Back to Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bringing-wood-bison-back-to-alaska-180954326/ Once nearly extinct, the subspecies is set to return to the United StatesThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Closest Source We Have to Really Knowing John Wilkes Booth Is His Sisterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-closest-source-we-have-knowing-john-wilkes-booth-is-his-sister-180954328/In a post-assassination memoir, Asia Booth Clarke recalled her brother's passion, his patriotism and his last words to herThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Who Can Save the Grand Canyon?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/who-can-save-the-grand-canyon-180954329/A holy war is being fought over a proposal to build a $500 million commercial development, on the rim of America's natural treasureThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Someone Built a Bold New Font Out of Buildingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/someone-built-new-font-out-of-buildings-180954330/Created out of aerial photography, you'll never guess where the "O" comes from Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Blood Relics From the Lincoln Assassinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-blood-relics-from-the-lincoln-assassination-180954331/Even now, 150 years later, objects from the murder of the president provide a powerful link to the eventThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000How the Photocopier Changed the Way We Worked—and Playedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/duplication-nation-3D-printing-rise-180954332/Decades before 3-D printers brought manufacturing closer to home, copiers transformed offices, politics and artThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Why Killer Whales Belong in the Ocean, Not SeaWorldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-killer-whales-belong-in-the-ocean-not-seaworld-180954333/ A former orca trainer makes the case against the theme parkThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Are QR Codes Safe and Other Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/are-qr-codes-safe-and-other-questions-from-readers-180954334/ You asked, we answeredThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Spiritualist Who Warned Lincoln Was Also Booth's Drinking Buddyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-spiritualist-who-warned-lincoln-was-also-booths-drinking-buddy-180954317/What did Charles Colchester know and when did he know it?Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Crocodile Hunter's Family Shares His Controversial Approach to Studying the Crocshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-crocodile-hunters-family-shares-his-controversial-approach-studying-crocs-180954318/ Steve Irwin's wife and kids are feeding the debate over keeping animals in captivity Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Bjork Is Getting a Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/bjork-retrospective-museum-modern-art-180954320/The Icelandic singer's iconic style will be on view at the New York institutionThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Were the Terracotta Warriors Based on Actual People?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/were-terracotta-warriors-based-on-actual-people-180954321/To answer that question, archaeologists are looking at variations in the soldiers' ears Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000They Found Richard III. So Now What?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/they-found-richard-third-so-now-what-180954322/What the remains of the "hunchback" king can teach us about other English royals Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000When Steve Fossett Became the Magellan of the Skieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-steve-fossett-became-magellan-of-skies-180954323/Ten years ago, the pioneering adventurer took off in pursuit of a new record in circumnavigationThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Frightening Legacy of Typhoid Maryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-frightening-legacy-of-typhoid-mary-180954324/ With concerns about infectious disease in the news, a look back at history's most famous carrierThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Mad, Wonderful Photos From Mardi Gras and Carnivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mardi-gras-carnival-2015-photos-180954347/From New Orleans to Panama to Spain, revelers celebrated Mardi Gras and the days leading up to it with costumes, color and craziness Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What's the Deepest Hole Ever Dug?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-whats-deepest-hole-ever-dug-180954349/The answer to the question, says a Smithsonian researcher, is more about why we dig, than how low you can goThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:59:31 +0000What Is the Most Influential Oscar Dress of All-Time?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-most-influential-oscar-dress-all-time-180954356/Far from being a sideshow of the awards hoopla, the fashion of the Academy Awards means big business for designersThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:42:15 +0000Send Atomic Clocks to Space to Find Gravitational Waveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/send-atomic-clocks-space-find-gravitational-waves-180954359/A new breed of the hyper-accurate clocks could help scientists detect the elusive ripples in space-time faster and cheaperThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:04:45 +0000The Human Right to Speak Whatever Language You Want is Worth Celebratinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/human-right-to-speak-whatever-language-you-want-worth-celebrating-180954341/With an ever increasing lack of language diversity, There Needs to Be More Recognition of February's International Mother Language dayWed, 18 Feb 2015 20:42:10 +0000This $34 Smartphone-Assisted Device Could Revolutionize Disease Testinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/34-smartphone-assisted-device-could-revolutionize-disease-testing-180954280/A new low-cost device that plugs into a smartphone could cut down on expensive lab testsWed, 18 Feb 2015 17:30:05 +0000Hunger Makes You Buy More Stuff, Even If It's Not Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hunger-makes-you-buy-more-stuff-even-if-its-not-food-180954345/Whether you're shopping at the mall or online, having the munchies will compel you to purchase extraneous thingsWed, 18 Feb 2015 17:00:33 +0000How Oregon's Second Largest City Vanished in a Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/vanport-oregon-how-countrys-largest-housing-project-vanished-day-180954040/A 1948 flood washed away the WWII housing project Vanport—but its history still informs Portland's diversityWed, 18 Feb 2015 14:45:24 +0000Midnight Snacking Is Bad for Your Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/midnight-snacking-bad-your-brain-180954295/Experiments 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 Orleanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-celebrate-mardi-gras-outside-new-orleans-180954286/The 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 Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ultra-cheap-microscopes-could-save-millions-lives-180954290/Researchers 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/luna-moths-gorgeous-wings-throw-bat-attacks-180954281/Spinning 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/would-you-like-to-grow-color-changing-flowers-180954245/A 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 Eagleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/weekend-visit-place-boasts-most-bald-eagles-lower-48-180954229/The 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 Skateboardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-wild-ideas-from-vest-weight-loss-to-electric-skateboard-180954273/Plus, 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 Tohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/founding-fathers-and-women-not-their-wives-whom-they-wrote-180954278/These 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 Pothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/brief-history-chocolate-pot-180954241/How humans have consumed chocolate sheds lights on its significance to cultures and erasFri, 13 Feb 2015 19:45:18 +0000The Story of Saint Valentinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-story-of-st-valentine/Jesus 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 Rosehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-spacey-treats-include-galactic-smiley-face-and-interstellar-rose-180954272/A 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 Drivershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/cabs-future-wont-have-drivers-180954250/Recent 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 Chocolatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-physics-tells-us-about-making-perfect-chocolate-180954252/Like 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 Innovationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/interview-eddie-van-halen-necessity-innovation-180954248/The 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 Crazehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/short-rise-and-fall-crazy-cocoa-trade-cards-craze-180954113/In 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)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-spots-romantic-presidents-day-or-presidential-valentines-day-180954231/These locations combine presidential history and romanceFri, 13 Feb 2015 14:10:29 +0000D.C.'s Artisan Chocolate Makers Show Off Their Sweet Labor of Lovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/making-chocolate-proves-labor-of-love-180954240/Leaving 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 Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ten-fascinating-bits-of-presidential-trivia-180954227/Learn 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 Chocolatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/archaeology-chocolate-180954243/We’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 Millenniumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/western-us-could-soon-face-worst-megadrought-millennium-180954238/Climate 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 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/man-with-ALS-says-I-love-you-his-wife-first-time-15-years-180954230/A 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 Collectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/love-in-the-vaults/From 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 Flavorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-save-chocolate-tree-without-sacrificing-flavor-180954148/Demand, 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 Facehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dogs-can-tell-whether-youre-making-happy-or-mad-face-180954232/For 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 Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-chocolate-and-valentines-day-mated-life-180954228/Tracing 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 Heartshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/help-brokenhearted-wearable-biosynthetic-and-beatless-artificial-hearts-180954215/Cow-machine 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 Microscopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/blood-clots-liver-cells-and-bird-flu-are-surprisingly-beautiful-under-a-microscope-180954209/The 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 Cakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-archeaologist-revived-king-tuts-tomb-aztec-calendar-stone-tibetan-mandala-all-chocolate-cakes-180954214/By 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 Aspirinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/healers-once-prescribed-chocolate-aspirin-180954189/From 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 Chesapeakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/let-oysters-get-sick-to-clean-up-chesapeake-180954213/The delicious oyster you love to slurp might be the best bet for clearing away pollutantsWed, 11 Feb 2015 19:06:38 +0000The Economics of Chocolatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/economics-chocolate-180954224/Before 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 Nationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-backwater-town-washington-dc-become-beacon-nation-180954144/As 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 Feelshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ducks-help-explain-how-we-feel-all-feels-180954220/Highly 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 Forhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ten-restaurants-chefs-would-travel-any-distance-visit-180954178/These 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 Overhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/world-travel-chocolate-countries-destinations-factory-tour-180954203/These 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 Codeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/brains-make-decisions-way-alan-turing-cracked-codes-180954212/A 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 Yeasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/you-wouldnt-have-chocolate-without-invisible-flies-and-extreme-yeast-180954172/It 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 Beerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-home-of-milk-chocolate-and-beer/Two 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 Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rich-and-flavorful-history-chocolate-space-180954160/From 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 Beershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/taste-test-find-best-chocolate-beers-180954173/Perfect 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)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/art-chocolate-and-soap-180954180/Conservators 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 Madisonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/surprising-raucous-home-life-madisons-180954205/One 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-most-important-innovation-history-rock-n-roll-180954190/Musicians, 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 Triphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/electric-guitars-long-and-louder-strange-trip-180954193/From 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 Friendshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-long-will-you-live-ask-your-friends-180954201/A 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 Bowerbirdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-sultry-dance-of-the-bowerbird_1/A brightly-colored male bowerbird mesmerizes a young female with his bizarre danceMon, 09 Feb 2015 21:46:48 +0000The World of Chocolatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/world-chocolate-180954163/Both 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 Spikehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/spanish-conquest-incas-caused-air-pollution-spike-180954187/A 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 Superherohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/trained-cpr-app-this-life-saving-app-could-make-you-a-superhero-180954179/When someone is experiencing cardiac arrest, PulsePoint sends alerts to CPR-certified invidividuals nearbyMon, 09 Feb 2015 19:10:51 +0000Three Kinds of Close Encountershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/three-kinds-of-close-encounters/As 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"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/feisty-capt-james-kirk-checks-in-on-starship-enterprise-180954166/When 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 Statushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/frank-lloyd-wright-buildings-nominated-unesco-world-heritage-status-180954155/It'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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-how-does-satellite-stay-180954165/Meet 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 Nebulahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-cosmic-visions-include-moon-parade-and-naked-nebula-180954177/Jovian 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) Assistanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-wild-ideas-funded-automated-home-brewery-personal-robot-assistant-180954151/Two other quirky inventions teach music in novel waysFri, 06 Feb 2015 20:15:42 +0000New Satellite Network Launching This Year Aims to Improve Weather Forecastinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-satellite-network-launching-year-aims-improve-weather-forecasting-180954150/With 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 Robotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/japan-announces-plans-first-hotel-run-robots-180954168/Slated 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 Betweenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/designing-buildings-for-hot-climates-cold-ones-and-everything-in-between-180954003/A 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 Palaceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-most-visited-castles-180954081/From 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 Bashinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/recipe-innovation-and-invention-calls-little-chaos-and-some-wall-bashing-180954138/Scholar 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? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-is-duck-sauce-180953993/Trying 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 Rejuvenationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/at-the-smithsonian/wild-inside-the-zoo-reptile-rejuvenation/Reptiles 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 Barcelonahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/els-foguerons-sa-pobla-gracia-barcelona-festival-january-spain-sant-antoni-180954137/Since 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 Platehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-have-imaged-base-tectonic-plate-180954143/The 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 Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-photography-exhibit-light-lives-nasa-chandra-beyond-bulb-iyl2015-180954118/The 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 Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/saving-money-great-but-saving-chesapeake-bay-will-be-even-better-180954110/Whitman 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 Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-to-lie-for-your-life/Helias 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/old-male-bustards-have-less-desirable-sperm-180954127/Male 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/which-these-comedians-should-portrait-gallery-display-180954121/This 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 Nailshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/toenail-physics-explains-why-big-toes-are-more-likely-suffer-ingrown-nails-180954120/The 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 Rebirthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-this-14th-century-chinese-artist-is-having-rebirth-180954080/The 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 Gaminghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-from-a-digital-typewriter-to-treadmill-powered-gaming-180954095/A 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 Volleyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-space-pictures-cosmic-jaw-droppers-include-twisted-galaxy-and-aurora-rocket-volley-180954104/From 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 Implantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hacking-the-human-body-with-temporary-tattoos-and-tiny-implants-180954096/Using 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)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nope-we-have-not-detected-gravitational-waves-yet-180954101/Leaked 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)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/up-helly-aa-europes-biggest-fire-festival-scotland-180954031/Hundreds 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 Enginehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/climate-change-altering-global-heat-engine-180954079/Thermodynamics 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 Centurieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/orchidelirium-obsession-orchids-lasted-centuries-180954060/The 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 Soldiershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/getting-close-and-personal-american-soldiers-180954048/A 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 Friedmanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/coast-guards-most-potent-weapon-during-prohibition-codebreaker-elizebeth-friedman-180954066/A 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 Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/three-stanford-graduates-are-matching-unused-prescriptions-with-patients-who-need-them-180954032/Unopened 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/secret-long-life-be-cooperative-and-live-underground-180954051/Naked 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-is-bitcoin-exactly-180954033/A 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 Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-skymall-captured-moment-technological-and-american-history-180954043/The now-bankrupt catalog had a meteoric rise and fallTue, 27 Jan 2015 18:43:32 +0000The World Hit "Peak Chicken" in 2006http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/world-hit-peak-chicken-2006-180954037/The 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 Groundshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-institution-may-go-gold-venue-london-olympic-grounds-180954029/The 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 Helphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/do-you-want-build-snowman-physics-180954024/Here’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 Labhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/until-now-there-was-no-play-button-recordings-bell-edison-made-in-their-lab-180954015/An 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 Blizzardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/use-map-track-snowfall-and-social-media-buzz-around-northeast-blizzard-180954025/Weather 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 Horizonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/measles-vaccine-universal-flu-influenza-cdc-disease-outbreak-180954020/Choosing 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 Navigationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-sticks-and-shell-charts-became-sophisticated-system-navigation-180954018/Sailors 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 Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/celebrate-100-years-rocky-mountain-national-park-180954004/January 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 Guidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/tour-paris-marquis-de-sade-your-guide-180954019/Traces 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 Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/craziest-airplane-cabins-future-180954021/These 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 Comethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-celestial-highlights-include-flowing-auroras-and-cracked-comet-180954005/Catch 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 Butterflieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-thousands-monarch-butterflies-180953961/The 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 Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/devastating-fire-nearly-consumed-smithsonian-castle-150-years-ago-month-180954002/The 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 Jewelryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-from-a-fitbit-for-dogs-to-soap-jewelry-180953987/Not 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 Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/borneos-mammals-face-deadly-mix-logging-and-climate-change-180953998/But 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 Bodyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/ask-smithsonian/ask-smithsonian-five-false-facts-about-th/You can’t always trust what your mother told youThu, 22 Jan 2015 16:24:59 +0000An Iceberg Flipped Over, and Its Underside Is Breathtakinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/photographer-captures-stunning-underside-flipped-iceberg-180953951/On vacation in Antarctica, filmmaker and photographer Alex Cornell captured an unusual sightThu, 22 Jan 2015 15:20:22 +0000The History of Faux Furhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-faux-fur-180953984/For 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 Musehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/vivid-images-civil-war-casualties-inspire-scholars-inner-muse-180953966/Alexander 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 Lasershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/international-space-station-will-soon-be-able-measure-forest-density-using-lasers-180953970/Strengthening 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 Millenniumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-footbinding-persisted-china-millennium-180953971/Despite 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-siberian-tiger-make-comeback-180953973/In 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 Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/america-has-tiger-problem-and-no-ones-sure-how-solve-it-180953974/No 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 Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-view-battle-gallipoli-one-bloodiest-conflicts-world-war-i-180953975/The Turks are now rethinking their historic victory in the terrible battleWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Why Malcolm X Still Speaks Truth to Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-malcolm-x-still-speaks-truth-power-180953976/Fifty 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 Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/exploring-titanic-ancient-world-180953977/Scientists 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 Computerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/decoding-antikythera-mechanism-first-computer-180953979/Hidden 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/who-was-marquis-de-sade-180953980/Even 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 Cooperationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-makes-humans-different-fiction-and-cooperation-180953986/Historian 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 Steamshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unbelievable-success-american-steamship-180953963/How “Fulton’s Folly” transformed the nation’s landscapeWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Wrists of Birds Reveal Evolution Undoing Itselfhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wrists-birds-reveal-evolution-undoing-itself-180953964/Contrary 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 Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/do-wolves-wag-their-tails-dogs-and-more-questions-our-readers-180953968/Other questions ask if DNA testing has led to the redesignation of speciesWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Best Places to See the Northern Lightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-see-northern-lights-180953981/Find 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 Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/selma-needs-no-oscar-validate-it-says-director-african-american-history-museum-180953959/A 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 Extinctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/vinegar-acid-rain-may-have-fallen-during-earths-worst-extinction-180953972/Vanilla-flavored 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 Lasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-scrolls-blackened-vesuvius-are-readable-last-herculaneum-papyri-180953950/X-ray 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 Yorkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/little-known-history-underground-railroad-new-york-180953927/Pultizer-Prize 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" Costumeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inside-three-decade-evolution-star-wars-costumes-180953621/A 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 Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/celebrate-national-cheese-lovers-day-map-cheese-found-around-world-180953915/This sharp interactive will make you feel gouda all overTue, 20 Jan 2015 12:34:04 +0000Top Historic Sites to Visit in Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/cubas-top-historic-sites-180953924/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 Speechhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/mlks-last-speech/"I've seen the Promised Land," Martin Luther King Jr. said in a speech in Memphis on April 3, 1968. He was assassinated the following dayMon, 19 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000The Aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King's Assassinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-aftermath-of-mlks-assassination/In the hours following the assassination of Dr. King, public figures like Jesse Jackson and Bobby Kennedy voiced their reactions publiclySun, 18 Jan 2015 20:00:00 +0000This Smart Stethoscope Attachment Could Lead to More Accurate Diagnoseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smart-stethoscope-attachment-could-lead-more-accurate-diagnoses-180953912/Eko Core clips on to existing stethoscopes and lets physicians share heart sounds through their smartphones and the WebSat, 17 Jan 2015 00:57:18 +0000Where to See the Work of Mr. Turner Around Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/where-see-work-mr-turner-around-america-180953922/The British painter is the subject of a new film, but where can you see him stateside?Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:22:53 +0000Best Space Photos of the Week: From Solar Flares to Saturn's Moonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-space-photos-week-solar-flares-saturns-moons-titan-mars-earth-virgin-180953917/A spitting sun, a well-loved lake and a happy accident on Mars star in this week's best space imagesFri, 16 Jan 2015 14:38:59 +0000Wheels Down. Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis" Has Landedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wheels-down-charles-lindberghs-spirit-st-louis-has-landed-180953911/The 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/there-nothing-elementary-about-a-sherlock-holmes-adaptation-180953895/Tony-award, 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 Montgomeryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/listen-freedom-songs-recorded-50-years-ago-during-march-selma-montgomery-180953904/When 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 Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-victorian-inventions-never-quite-took-180953865/Flops 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 Weekendhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/crashing-alexander-hamiltons-birthday-weekend-180953906/Each 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/social-media-not-making-you-ball-stress-180953900/But 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 Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photos-coldest-city-earth-180953888/What'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 Hourshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/museums-are-now-able-digitize-thousands-artifacts-just-hours-180953867/At 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 Survivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/two-leopards-battle-but-only-one-can-survive/When 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lust-gold-consuming-precious-south-american-forests-180953893/Satellite 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 Endhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/poison-hath-been-italian-mummys-untimely-end-digitalis-foxglove-180953822/A 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 Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rare-photos-selma-march-thick-history-180953874/James 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 Mouthshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/year-montana-rounded-citizens-shooting-their-mouths-180953876/During 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 Fruithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/a-tree-grows-40-different-types-of-fruit-180953868/What 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? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-are-1000-foods-eat-you-die-180953878/Written 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 Gemstoneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gems-minerals-inclusions-inside-photography-art-science-180953662/If 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 Soundshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-smart-battery-sends-a-message-to-your-phone-when-your-smoke-detector-sounds-180953871/It 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 Lacquerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-curators-discovered-ghostly-image-lurking-beneath-layers-lacquer-180953815/Work 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 Landscapeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/utahs-otherworldly-landscapes_1/Despite 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 Holeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-space-pictures-week-hubble-icon-hungry-black-holes-180953854/Ghostly 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/could-gm-mosquitoes-pave-way-chikungunya-virus-panama-180953847/Modified 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 Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/i-was-among-lucky-few-walk-space-180953827/On 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 Spacewalkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/space-exploration-would-be-nothing-if-we-didnt-know-how-to-spacewalk-180953825/The 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. Long Live the ATM!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/atm-dead-long-live-atm-180953838/Usage is on the decline – so why are banks looking to the machines to save them?Thu, 08 Jan 2015 18:36:11 +0000The King's Keepers: Five Quirky Locations for Finding Elvis Beyond Gracelandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/beyond-graceland-shrines-elvis-around-country-180953809/From Georgia to Connecticut, Elvis' spirit lives on in unexpected placesThu, 08 Jan 2015 15:45:06 +0000A New Antibiotic Found in Dirt Can Kill Drug-Resistant Bacteriahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-antibiotic-dirt-soil-can-kill-drug-resistant-bacteria-180953828/Tests in mice show that the new drug works against numerous nasty diseases and should stay viable for decadesWed, 07 Jan 2015 18:00:00 +0000To Meet Global Warming Targets, Leave Fuels In the Groundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-global-warming-targets-leave-fuels-ground-180953829/Hefty percentages of fossil fuels need to remain untapped to curtail the rising global temperature Wed, 07 Jan 2015 18:00:00 +0000Could You Have Endured Consuelo Vanderbilt's Upbringing?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/could-you-have-endured-consuelo-vanderbilts/Tutored in several European languages for hours on end and strapped to a steel rod for posture, Consuelo Vanderbilt's childhood was anything but easyTue, 06 Jan 2015 21:41:17 +0000New Super-Earths Double the Number of Life-Friendly Worldshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-super-earths-discovered-oceans-life-exoplanets-180953805/Three studies looking at small, rocky planets are helping astronomers figure out how common worlds like ours are in the galaxyTue, 06 Jan 2015 18:15:00 +0000New Deep-Sea Snails Are Nature’s Own Punk Rockers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-deep-sea-snails-are-natures-own-punk-rockers-180953814/The spikes on one hardcore species inspired scientists to name it after Joe Strummer of the Clash, who was also an ardent environmentalistTue, 06 Jan 2015 15:07:46 +0000One of the World's Largest Ice and Snow Carnivals Is Underway in Chinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-largest-ice-and-snow-carnival-underway-china-180953797/The 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival runs through February 25Mon, 05 Jan 2015 21:19:26 +0000The Tinman's Hat From "The Wiz" Offers Just a Hint of the Musical's Beating Heart http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tinmans-hat-from-the-wiz-offers-hint-musicals-beating-heart-180953718/Forty years ago this week, when the all-black musical production opened on Broadway, critics scoffed, but audiences embraced itMon, 05 Jan 2015 16:46:35 +0000Will Electric Scooters Take Over the World’s Mega Cities? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-electric-scooters-take-over-worlds-mega-cities-180953795/A well-funded startup called Gogoro unveils its e-scooter and a plan to install ATM-like battery stations in urban areasMon, 05 Jan 2015 14:36:49 +0000Soon, You'll Be Able to Spend the Night on the Grounds of Downton Abbeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/soon-youll-be-able-spend-night-downton-abbey-180953790/Beginning February 13, interested parties can book a night (or two) in a lodge one mile from Highclere Castle, made famous by "Downton Abbey"Mon, 05 Jan 2015 13:29:34 +0000Eight Innovators to Watch in 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/Eight-innovators-watch-2015-180953770/From food science and robotics to solar tech and sustainable architecture, these folks are poised to do big thingsWed, 31 Dec 2014 19:56:29 +0000Threat of Being Eaten Doesn’t Deter Dumpling Squid From Sex http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/threat-being-eaten-doesnt-deter-dumpling-squid-sex-180953780/The adorable cephalopods seem to rate mating higher on their list of priorities than survival Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Physics of Champagne Bubbles Could Help Power the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-years-physics-champagne-bubbles-could-help-power-future-180953778/Studying the principles that govern bubble formation in sparkling wine could improve power plant boilersWed, 31 Dec 2014 18:49:22 +0000Many Households Buy More Food in January Than During the Holidayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-years-resolution-many-households-buy-more-food-january-during-holidays-180953779/New Year's resolutions to eat better lead many people to buy health food in addition to a continued junk food glutWed, 31 Dec 2014 17:21:54 +0000From Possums to 200 Pounds of Bologna: Weird Things Cities Drop on New Year's Evehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/possums-200-pounds-bologna-weird-things-cities-drop-new-years-eve-180953755/Who needs a ball? Cities get creative on New Year's Eve by dropping objects that reflect local products and cultureWed, 31 Dec 2014 15:21:44 +0000