Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenMon, 24 Nov 2014 20:29:41 +0000The Physics of Whisky’s Aesthetically Pleasing Residue photographer teamed up with scientists to figure out the fluid dynamics behind patterns left in whisky glasses Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:29:41 +0000Chinese Chickens May Have Been Domesticated 10,000 Years Ago found in ancient farming sites are lending insight into the origins of our favorite fowlMon, 24 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000The Science of How to Fly Stress-Free Over the Holidays getting to the airport to avoiding lost luggage, a little research can help you have a stress-free plane tripMon, 24 Nov 2014 18:31:06 +0000Humans Are Becoming City-Dwelling "Metro Sapiens" achieve sustainability, the human species needs to embrace its urban side, argues public health researcher Jason VargoMon, 24 Nov 2014 17:59:54 +0000Decoding the Lost Diary of David Livingstone technology allowed researchers to reveal that the good doctor was not all that the public presumed Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:15:03 +0000John Smith Coined the Term New England on This 1616 Map Jamestown, Smith pushed the English to settle the northeast, identifying Plymouth as a suitable harbor four years before the Pilgrims landed thereMon, 24 Nov 2014 15:41:30 +0000With An Eye To Mars, NASA is Testing its Astronaut Twins and Mark Kelly, the only twins to have traveled in space, are embarking on a mission to help NASA prepare for MarsFri, 21 Nov 2014 19:27:08 +0000Before Instagram, Memorializing Asia’s Most Traveled Roads Moroccan postcards to Japanese scrolls, the Sackler Gallery explores five centuries of travel around the Asian continentFri, 21 Nov 2014 19:03:00 +0000Prague's Famous John Lennon Wall: Is It Over, or Reborn? students painted over the famous landmark to make space for the next generation of artists—and people are already festooning the wall with new graffitiFri, 21 Nov 2014 17:39:08 +0000Here's What It Takes To Win the Smithsonian's Boochever Portrait Competition Dorothy Moss gives a hint at what the jurors might be thinking in this high-stakes competitionFri, 21 Nov 2014 15:40:45 +0000Are Megacities Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Climate Change? the people who call them home, cities have the potential for good and bad when it comes to adapting to a warming worldFri, 21 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000No, “Bath Salts” Won’t Turn You Into a Cannibal now we have a better idea what the latest generation of the drugs is really doing to your brain Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:34:09 +0000It Could Have Been Reginald the Red-Nosed Reindeer the very shiny life of a 75-year-old marketing gimmickThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Origin of the Number Zero in the jungle, an intrepid scholar locates a symbol of power and mysteryThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Do Humans Have Thumbs?’s a never-ending stream of theories about Homo sapiens’ most important digit Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000A New Canal Through Central America Could Have Devastating Consequences ramificiations of the proposed route have environmentalists worried, and for good reasonThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000What’s the Difference Between Streets and Avenues and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000When Pedestrians Ruled the Streets driverless car may take a while to catch on—just as the automobile did a century agoThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Roosevelt Family Built a New York Coffee Chain 50 Years Before Starbucks Roosevelt’s children brought fresh-roasted beans and European coffeehouse culture to ManhattanThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Controversial Afterlife of King Tut frenzy of conflicting scientific analyses have made the famous pharaoh more mysterious than everThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000These Intense Photos of Lion-Tailed Macaques Will Turn You Into a Conservationist few thousand macaques still exist in the wild—but for how much longer?Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why the SR-71 Blackbird is the Epitome of Cold War Spycraft sleek and shadowy plane still commands awe 50 years after its first test flightThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Horrific Sand Creek Massacre Will Be Forgotten No More opening of a national historic site in Colorado helps restore to public memory one of the worst atrocities ever perpetrated on Native AmericansThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Mystery of Why This Dangerous Sand Dune Swallowed a Boy a boy suddenly disappeared into a sand dune, a scientist embarked on a quest to find out where he wentThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Story Behind Thomas Hart Benton’s Incredible Masterwork famed artist drew on his extensive travels to paint “America Today”Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000When Lee Harvey Oswald Shot the President, His Mother Tried to Take Center Stage Oswald had a series of bizarre reactions to her son’s transgression, forever making her a famous mother to historyThu, 20 Nov 2014 14:34:24 +0000The World's Longest Beard Is One Of The Smithsonian's Strangest Artifacts in storage at the National Museum of Natural History, the world's longest beard measures over 17 feet in lengthWed, 19 Nov 2014 19:35:29 +0000Before Serial, There Were These Groundbreaking Examples of Serialized Non-Fiction’t wait for the next episode of the podcast series? Take a look at these popular predecessorsWed, 19 Nov 2014 16:00:12 +0000Sixty Years Ago, the Regency TR-1 Transistor Radio Was the New "It" Gift For the Holiday Season a burst of post World War II innovation, the transistor radio with music for your pocket fueled a teenage social revolution Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:37:33 +0000How the Office of the Vice Presidency Evolved from Nothing to Something President John Adams once said "In this I am nothing, But I may be everything." A new book tells how the office has moved from irrelevance to powerTue, 18 Nov 2014 20:28:17 +0000The Whiskey Wars That Left Brooklyn in Ruins to pay their taxes, distillers in New York City faced an army willing to go to the extreme to enforce the lawTue, 18 Nov 2014 14:33:31 +0000Where to See the Oldest Artifacts in the World a royal soccer ball to a very old book, see humanity's history of innovation in ten amazing everyday objectsMon, 17 Nov 2014 21:18:33 +0000Meet the Tiny Killer Causing Millions of Sea Stars to Waste Away deadly sea star wasting disease, which turns live animals into slimy goop, is caused by a previously unknown virus Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000Vietnam War Vets Reconnect With Their 1960s Pen Pals For a Museum Donation after they sat in Mrs. Davis’ fourth grade class, former students donated Vietnam War materials to the American History MuseumMon, 17 Nov 2014 17:04:07 +0000Meet the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time new, special issue of <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine attempts the impossible: to list out the most significant people in United States historyMon, 17 Nov 2014 15:55:43 +0000Drop This Capsule Into a Stream and It Will Screen For Pollution have developed a sensor (no batteries required) that creates a barcode indicating the amount of pollutants and their whereabouts in waterMon, 17 Nov 2014 15:26:23 +0000Experience Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' on This Beautiful Illuminated Bike Path mark the 125th anniversary of the artists' death, a group of designers have lit a solar-powered path through historic Van Gogh sitesFri, 14 Nov 2014 22:02:37 +0000How a Misdrawn Map Put 1,400 Chimps and a Rare Plant in Peril and farmers are moving into a protected forest in Congo thanks in part to an administrative blooperFri, 14 Nov 2014 19:12:21 +0000Why Colors You See in an Art Museum Can’t Be Replicated Today look into the history of the pigments used in spectacular artFri, 14 Nov 2014 18:29:38 +0000A Bike Path Near Amsterdam Is Now Generating Solar Power cyclists ride above, solar panels embedded in the pathway pump energy into the power gridFri, 14 Nov 2014 17:56:41 +0000A Third of Natural World Heritage Sites Are in Danger the Florida Everglades to Africa's first national park, many crucial protected areas are in serious troubleFri, 14 Nov 2014 15:27:13 +0000Why Some Mammals Kill Babies of Their Own Kind mammals that commit infanticide developed the behavior in response to their species' mating styleThu, 13 Nov 2014 19:06:10 +0000The Everyday Cannibals and Murderers of Los Angeles needs film noir when you’ve got these insects in the City of Angels?Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:52:04 +0000Smithsonian Announces BIG Plans for Campus Redesign by the innovative vision of Bjarke Ingels, the Smithsonian unveils a 20-year plan for redesigning its south campusThu, 13 Nov 2014 15:31:41 +0000The Long History of Disease and the Fear of the “Other” quarantines and travel bans are far older than the current Ebola scaresThu, 13 Nov 2014 15:19:18 +0000Holy Smokes! Tobacco May Fuel Planes in the Future seeds from a new type of tobacco plant grown in South Africa release an oil that can be made into biofuelWed, 12 Nov 2014 18:50:11 +0000What the Heck Are Wallabies Doing in Ireland? spotted in Australia, the marsupial species is thriving on a remote island off the Irish coastWed, 12 Nov 2014 17:27:06 +0000Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture green is good, but could architects be doing more for two segments of our population?Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:31:53 +0000Tracking Frackers From the Sky scientists eyeing Pennsylvania's natural gas drillers in aerial images may help determine if there is a link between fracking and certain illnessesMon, 10 Nov 2014 22:20:16 +0000New Understanding of Toxin-Loving Organisms May Help Tackle Pollution breakthrough in the understanding of how bacteria break down toxins using vitamin B12 could lead to improved cleanup methodsMon, 10 Nov 2014 22:09:19 +0000Ice Age Babies Surrounded by Weapon Parts Found in Alaska at an ancient hunting camp in Alaska, the infant remains are offering clues to the burial rites of early AmericansMon, 10 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000Ocean Dead Zones Are Getting Worse Globally Due to Climate Change waters and other factors will cause nearly all areas of low oxygen to grow by the end of the centuryMon, 10 Nov 2014 16:21:52 +0000The Real Johnny Appleseed Brought Apples—and Booze—to the American Frontier apples John Chapman brought to the frontier were very different than today's apples—and they weren't meant to be eatenMon, 10 Nov 2014 14:53:44 +0000Amazing, Rare Photographs of the Berlin Wall Coming Down Alexandra Avakian traveled to Berlin based on rumor, and she ended up becoming a witness to historyFri, 07 Nov 2014 22:01:08 +0000Would Astronauts Survive an Interstellar Trip Through a Wormhole?, it depends on your definition of "wormhole" … Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:31:30 +0000The Story of the Most Successful Tunnel Escape in the History of the Berlin Wall abandoned bakery, some shovels and a few buckets were all it took for a few university students to defy the symbolic barrier of the Cold WarFri, 07 Nov 2014 13:42:58 +0000Why "Interstellar" Belongs in the Pantheon of the Best "Realistic" Science Fiction Films film follows a well-trodden path, says Smithsonian space historian Cathleen Lewis, who gives it a thumbs up Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:32:17 +0000A Las Vegas Bathroom and 9 Other Unexpected Places to See the Berlin Wall five years ago, the Berlin Wall came crumbling down. Today, segments can be found in over 140 memorials worldwideThu, 06 Nov 2014 19:01:47 +0000On Summer Nights, Some Bats Like to Jam free-tailed bats “jam” each others’ echolocation calls to discombobulate competitors Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000A Sensor In Guns Tells Dispatch When Police Officers Need Backup monitoring the position and status of firearms, commanders can see exactly what's happening in the fieldThu, 06 Nov 2014 18:12:52 +0000Bill Nye on the Risks of Not Debating With Creationists Nye the Science Guy has a book out on evolution. Here’s what he has to sayThu, 06 Nov 2014 14:40:18 +0000The Threatened Birds in These Artworks Might One Day Go the Way of the Dodo Smithsonian American Art Museum's exhibition explores mankind's relationship to birds and the natural worldThu, 06 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Parents, Give Your Teens Driving Lessons Without Even Being in the Car six-month training program gives parents of new drivers a training tool—and a little extra peace of mindWed, 05 Nov 2014 19:55:49 +0000A Label You Rub To See If Food Has Expired and Other Finalists for the Dyson Award's also a pen that lets you know when you should reapply your sunscreen and a device called Luke StairwalkerWed, 05 Nov 2014 17:00:28 +0000Big Moon Jelly Blooms Tied to New Dock Construction floating pier installed off Japan led to a four-fold increase in baby jellies, offering a solid link between structures and bloomsWed, 05 Nov 2014 16:26:09 +0000Small Islands May Make Tsunami Danger Worse offshore islands usually protect coasts, simulations suggest they may amplify monster waves reaching the mainlandWed, 05 Nov 2014 00:01:00 +0000Here’s What You Missed at the Smithsonian Innovation Festival and museum staff alike inspired the crowd to see the world through the prism of innovation Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:00:58 +0000"I’ve Lived the Life of 500 People": The Photography of Art Wolfe<i>Earth Is My Witness</i> chronicles Wolfe's 40-year career as a photographerTue, 04 Nov 2014 18:01:52 +0000The Forgotten History of Mace, Designed by a 29-Year-Old and Reinvented as a Police Weapon riots shook America, mace became a tool of crowd control instead of private protectionTue, 04 Nov 2014 17:51:38 +0000The True Story of the Little Ballerina Who Influenced Degas' <em>Little Dancer</em> artist's famous sculpture is both on view and the subject of a new theatrical performanceTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:46:31 +0000Past Transit Tragedies Point to a Way Forward for Virgin Galactic a fatal Apollo fire to the sinking of the <em>Titanic</em>, history has a few lessons following last week’s spaceflight disastersTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:03:08 +0000This Fifth Grader Found a 14,000-Year-Old Clovis Point, Likely Unearthed From Hurricane Sandy Cordle was boogie boarding in New Jersey when he came upon an ancient hunting toolTue, 04 Nov 2014 15:10:16 +0000This Bird’s Songs Share Mathematical Hallmarks With Human Music hermit thrush prefers to sing in harmonic series, a fundamental component of human musicMon, 03 Nov 2014 20:35:28 +0000Architects and Designers Make Money for Norway, that is. Two firms have been selected to design Norway’s new currency.Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:34:48 +0000Turn Your Birth Control On and Off With a Remote Gates is backing MicroCHIPS, a Massachusetts-based startup developing an implantable chip that releases birth control hormones on demandMon, 03 Nov 2014 17:53:21 +0000Whigs Swigged Cider and Other Voter Indicators of the Past most of American history, what someone wore indicated their political affiliations as loudly as a Prius or a Hummer might todayMon, 03 Nov 2014 15:56:05 +0000An Awe-Inspiring Altar Remembers One Latino Artist's Guiding Spirit the American History Museum, an installation reimagines the life story of a Latina artist and writerFri, 31 Oct 2014 19:19:40 +0000How Halloween Has Taken Over England British have long celebrated Guy Fawkes Day on November 5, but now the October 31 holiday is a lot more appealing.Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:40:09 +0000Authors Who Couldn’t Quit the Characters That Made Them Famous is a list of famous writers, including J.K. Rowling, who couldn’t resist reconnecting with their creations.Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:25:53 +0000How Witches' Brews Helped Bring Modern Drugs to Market nausea, headaches or heart trouble? You can thank medieval witches’ potions for helping to cure what ails youFri, 31 Oct 2014 15:06:46 +0000No Costume? Grab A Sheet And Rock a Toga designer Mariah Hale explains how to wrap the perfect last-minute togaFri, 31 Oct 2014 14:57:14 +0000The Best Places Around the World to See Bats (by the Millions) tourism might sound creepy, but it may be the best way to help bat conservation around the worldFri, 31 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000What “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Tells Us About Contagion, Fear and Epidemics Irving fled New York because of a yellow fever epidemic. Twenty-two years later, his classic story spoke to the chaos of his youthThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:31:41 +0000Seven Vampires That Aren’t Bats (Or Bela Lugosi) flying frogs to deep-sea squid, meet some of the other nosferatu of the animal kingdomThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:11:10 +0000The Smithsonian Celebrates American Invention at This Weekend's Innovation Festival do you bring an idea to life? The inventors of new technologies will share their stories at a two-day event at the National Air and Space MuseumThu, 30 Oct 2014 13:41:10 +0000Festivals of the Dead Around the World the United States, Halloween is mostly about candy, but elsewhere in the world celebrations honoring the departed have a spiritual meaningThu, 30 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000This Grave Atlas Shows Where to Find the Distinguished Deceased know where the bodies are buried ... take a virtual tour of world cemeteries that host famous artists and roguesWed, 29 Oct 2014 18:01:49 +0000New Leopard Frog Found in New York City unique species, discovered near the Statue of Liberty, is the first amphibian found in the region in 150 years Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000Nine Famous People and What They’re Buried With of their time, these celebrities didn’t stray far from their public personae when it came to their final resting placesWed, 29 Oct 2014 17:27:36 +0000What's So Important About the Bottom of a Cargo Ship? A Smithsonian Dive Team Explains photographer Laurie Penland details the exhausting, but rewarding, work of scraping invasive species off the hull of a boatWed, 29 Oct 2014 16:59:24 +0000The Doctor Who Starved Her Patients to Death Hazzard killed as many as a dozen people in the early 20th century, and they paid willingly for itTue, 28 Oct 2014 15:28:29 +0000Take a Trip Through Edgar Allan Poe's America his birth in Boston to his death in Baltimore, check out places that were important to America's favorite macabre authorTue, 28 Oct 2014 13:34:24 +0000Earth’s Soil Is Getting Too Salty for Crops to Grow of salts on irrigated land has already degraded an area the size of France and is causing $27.3 billion annually in lost cropsTue, 28 Oct 2014 04:15:00 +0000A Needle Could Make For Pain-Free Flu Shots temperature, vibration and pressure, this needle can trick a patient into feeling no painMon, 27 Oct 2014 19:34:55 +0000This Halloween, Spend a Ghoulish Night (or Day) at the Smithsonian actual or virtual, D.C. or NYC, there's plenty of scary stuff to go around at the InstitutionMon, 27 Oct 2014 19:26:07 +0000Five “Real” Sea Monsters Brought to Life by Early Naturalists kraken to mermaids, some monsters are real—if you know how to look for themMon, 27 Oct 2014 18:44:36 +0000Barmbrack, Toffee and Other Treats to Have an Around-the-World Halloween Celebration weekend’s celebrations extend beyond snarfing down Hershey and Mars barsMon, 27 Oct 2014 16:20:16 +0000Women of the Early 1900s Rallied Behind Beautiful, Wartless Witches looking to work, vote and marry whomever they wanted turned the Halloween icon into a powerful symbolMon, 27 Oct 2014 15:30:23 +0000The Eastland Disaster Killed More Passengers Than the Titanic and the Lusitania. Why Has It Been Forgotten?’s working poor were expecting a day in luxury. They instead faced a horrific calamity on Lake Michigan Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:08:37 +0000What Giant Pandas Taught Me About Parenting animal keeper Nicole MacCorkle became a parent, she looked to Bao Bao's mother for inspirationFri, 24 Oct 2014 20:08:31 +0000Ten Species That Are Evolving Due to the Changing Climate tropical corals to tawny owls, some species are already being pushed to evolve—but adaptation doesn’t guarantee survivalFri, 24 Oct 2014 15:23:06 +0000A New Environmental Science Lab Now Walks the Walk, Cutting Its Overall Emissions by 37 Percent geothermal heating, on-site water reclamation and a host of other energy saving technologies, the Smithsonian's first LEED-Platinum building opensThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:55:47 +0000The Best Places in America to See Fall Bird Migrations across the country, birds are making the trek south for the winter—here are some of the best places to witness their journeyThu, 23 Oct 2014 13:22:33 +0000World’s Most Beautiful Cemeteries visit to these hauntingly beautiful cemeteries illuminates more than just mortalityWed, 22 Oct 2014 19:21:39 +0000Want to Know How to Make Great Pizza? Consult the Guy Who Wrote the Bible on It Gemignani knows everything there is to know about making pizza, and now he’s telling you his secretsWed, 22 Oct 2014 18:17:40 +0000Chimps Caught in First Known Nighttime Crop Raids“The nightlife of chimpanzees has been neglected,” say researchers who filmed wild animals using a fallen tree as a bridge into protected cornfieldsWed, 22 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000Ten Years On, the Flores “Hobbit” Remains an Evolutionary Puzzle was the 2004 unveiling of a small hominin dubbed <em>Homo floresiensis</em> such a big deal?Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000This Device Tracks Your Sleep Without Ever Touching You ResMed S+ monitors your Zzzs from the comfortable distance of your nightstand and offers tips for getting a better restWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:08:28 +0000The London Graveyard That’s Become a Memorial for the City’s Seedier Past of bodies from London’s first red light district are buried beneath a lot in the South Bank, an area under massive redevelopmentTue, 21 Oct 2014 19:31:37 +0000Meet the Woman Who Gives Products Their Names new toy is only as marketable as its name. That’s where Ellen Lutwak comes inTue, 21 Oct 2014 18:21:32 +0000Oscar de la Renta, Star of the Smithsonian's Costume Collection late de la Renta designed haute couture and ready-to-wear. A decade ago, he donated items to the SmithsonianTue, 21 Oct 2014 18:12:59 +0000An Insider's Biography of a Celebrity Mars Rover chief engineer for Curiosity offers a peek at the NASA rover’s tumultuous rise to stardom in a new tell-all bookTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:36:11 +0000Why the Alpaca Has No Humps camel cousin evolved fluff instead of fat because it was able to linger in an evolutionary slow lane, suggest newly sequenced genomesTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:00:00 +0000Exclusive: The Chimpanzees of Gombe National Park Make Their Street View Debut its latest collection, Google traveled to the African rainforest where Jane Goodall pioneered her groundbreaking chimp researchTue, 21 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000Lego Jewelry Transforms the Childhood Toy to High Fashion Art emiko oye turns colorful children’s blocks into items that are ready to wear, not playMon, 20 Oct 2014 17:30:49 +0000Gorgeous Portraits of Spineless Sea Creatures a new book, San Francisco-based photographer Susan Middleton captures the curious gestures and expressions of marine invertebratesMon, 20 Oct 2014 16:28:52 +0000Five Conflicts and Collapses That May Have Been Spurred by Climate Change's changing climate has been a spectre in centuries of civil conflict and, at times, the collapse of whole civilizationsMon, 20 Oct 2014 15:51:00 +0000Testing for Cancer With a Single Blood Sample Miroculus has developed a system that screens for dozens of cancers in 90 minutesMon, 20 Oct 2014 15:19:38 +0000Unearthing America’s Lawrence of Arabia, Wendell Phillips uncovered millennia-old treasures beneath Arabian sand, got rich from oil and died relatively unknownMon, 20 Oct 2014 14:37:56 +0000A World Of His Own: The Art of James Castle profoundly deaf, the self-taught artist's body of work depicts his unique relationship to the world around himFri, 17 Oct 2014 15:58:32 +0000Richard Estes' Incredibly Realistic Paintings Require a Double Take stage sets, there seem to be a million stories embedded in the works of Richard Estes, icon of photorealismFri, 17 Oct 2014 14:52:44 +0000What the Heck is a Robobird? flock will mess with this robot – which is precisely the pointThu, 16 Oct 2014 21:43:34 +0000The 2014 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award Winners 10 innovators in science, history, society and the arts are a testament to the imagination and hard work that define the nation's spiritThu, 16 Oct 2014 21:00:00 +0000The History of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, 50 Years After Its Construction in 1964, the span still stands as Americas’ largest suspension bridgeThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Can Fingerpainting Save the World? Brooklyn artist Zaria Forman has Arctic landscapes at her fingertipsThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Why Is Colonel Pronounced With an R? And More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Is This the Future of Robotic Legs? Herr’s bionic limbs have already revolutionized life for amputees (including himself). Now he’s envisioning new capabilities for everyone elseThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000The Amazing Results When You Give a Prison Inmate a Liberal Arts Education reform activist Max Kenner champions the transformative power of a college degree for inmates nationwideThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000When Dazzling Art Transforms the Cityscape Echelman’s sky-high sculptures, created from miles of fiber, cast a magical spell over urban spacesThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Coming to Terms With One of America’s Greatest Natural Disasters filmmaker Bill Morrison plunges us into the Great Flood of 1927Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Meet the Two Scientists Who Implanted a False Memory Into a Mouse a neuroscience breakthrough, the duo pioneered a real-life version of <i>Inception</i>Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Could This Be the Answer to the Tech World’s Diversity Problem? Bryant hopes to crack the code with her organization that teaches young girls of color how to programThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Rosanne Cash on Discovering New Artistic Terrain singer-songwriter looked to her Southern ancestors to come up with a different kind of concept albumThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000How One Physicist’s Pursuit of the Cosmos Took Off in Antarctica Halzen’s amazing experiment heralds the beginning of a new era in astronomyThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000How Palmer Luckey Created Oculus Rift young visionary dreamed up a homemade headset that may transform everything from gaming to medical treatment to engineering—and beyondThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000James Marsh Enters Stephen Hawking’s Universe director on his new film, <i>The Theory of Everything</i>Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Prehistoric Rock Art to Visit Around the World just discovered some of the world's oldest art in a cave in Indonesia. Want to see more prehistoric masterpieces? Here are eight other optionsThu, 16 Oct 2014 18:16:03 +0000Tornadoes Are Now Ganging Up in the United States are not increasing in numbers but they are clustering more often, a bizarre pattern that has meteorologists stumpedThu, 16 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000A Mysterious Force is Acting on Saturn’s “Death Star” Moon, cratered Mimas is wobbling way more than it should be, hinting that it might contain either an oddly shaped core or a subsurface oceanThu, 16 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000Rebuilding a Frank Lloyd Wright Classic With 3-D Printed Blocks 70-year-old chapel on the campus of a Florida university is being restored thanks to new, innovative technologyThu, 16 Oct 2014 16:22:24 +0000How Do You Clean Up an Ebola Patient’s Home? biohazard sites can be a tough job, but the hardest microbe to wash away may not be what you thinkThu, 16 Oct 2014 15:35:40 +0000A History of Life In 10 Fossils their new book <em>A History of Life in 100 Fossils</em>, Paul Taylor and Aaron O'Dea share the story of 10 incredible fossilsWed, 15 Oct 2014 17:34:20 +0000The Best Places in America to See Fossils 15 is National Fossil Day—here are some of the best places in America to take a trip back in geological timeWed, 15 Oct 2014 15:12:42 +0000When It Comes To the Baby Boomers, It Is Still All About "Me" have got nothing over the Me Generation, says cultural historian Amy Henderson after touring two new shows on Boomers and the '60sWed, 15 Oct 2014 14:45:02 +0000These Extreme Desert Nomads Set Records for Migrating Birds banded stilts use mysterious cues to know when to head toward ephemeral lakes in the country’s otherwise dry interior Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:01:00 +0000Who Needs a Driver? These Navy Boats Are Programmed to Swarm Like Bees algorithms based on the swarming behavior of ants and bees, the U.S. Navy is turning to driverless boats to protect its shipsTue, 14 Oct 2014 18:08:29 +0000The Igorrote Tribe Traveled the World for Show And Made These Two Men Rich Hunt and Richard Schneidewind were locked in a fierce competition, but by the end, the tribespeople were left poor, hungry and yearning for homeTue, 14 Oct 2014 16:46:48 +000010 Architectural Schemes That Could Help Us Adapt To Rising Seas a floating house to a mobile city shaped like a giant lilypad, designers offer up some wild solutions for a wetter futureTue, 14 Oct 2014 16:44:41 +0000From Pandemics to Pandas, Get the Scoop on Hot Topics Discussed at the Smithsonian's Anthropocene Event the National Museum of Natural History, leading minds met to discuss the impact of climate change on, well, everythingFri, 10 Oct 2014 21:32:09 +0000This Stealthy Robot Could Boost Security at Our Ports researchers have developed a craft to spot pockets of contraband inside ships' hulls Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:34:53 +0000To Live in the Anthropocene, People Need Grounded Hope Smithsonian symposium about human impacts on Earth looked past warnings of global doom to discuss the necessary balance of achievable solutionsFri, 10 Oct 2014 19:14:34 +0000San Gabriel Mountains Designated A National Monument Obama grants federal protection to half of the California mountain rangeFri, 10 Oct 2014 14:27:58 +0000Need Some Alone Time? Check Out America's Coolest Ghost Towns mines, abandoned buildings, and the occasional curse: Ghost towns cover the United States, and they make for a fun detourThu, 09 Oct 2014 19:55:03 +0000The Potential Dark Side of Nobel-Winning LEDs: Pest Problems white lighting is clean and efficient but also a lot more attractive to flying invertebratesThu, 09 Oct 2014 15:30:00 +0000Which of These Three Artworks Should Go on View at the National Portrait Gallery? for your favorite!!Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +000010 Weird Things Humans Have Sent Into the Stratosphere to high-altitude balloons, bacon and LEGO figures have reached heights nearing 100,000 feetThu, 09 Oct 2014 00:29:12 +0000Rock (Art) of Ages: Indonesian Cave Paintings Are 40,000 Years Old paintings of animals and hand stencils in Sulawesi, Indonesia, seem to be as old as similar cave art in EuropeWed, 08 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000Building a Better Earplug a series of acoustic filters, DUBS lower the intensity of sounds without muddying themWed, 08 Oct 2014 16:03:04 +0000See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlas maps reveal the scope of humanity’s influence on Earth—and the innovations aiming to create a more sustainable futureWed, 08 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000The Moral Dilemma We Face in the Age of Humans are proficient problem solvers—but so far that trait has come at a cost. Can our species remain resilient without destroying the world?Tue, 07 Oct 2014 21:08:27 +0000Mario Batali on Why Farmers Should Be the True Stars of the Restaurant World his new cookbook, Mario Batali looks to farmers from across the country for inspirationTue, 07 Oct 2014 20:25:33 +0000To Limit Pollution, The Chinese Are Faced With Giving Up an Ancient Tradition—Fireworks the Chinese, who invented both gun powder and fireworks, foregoing old traditions may clean up the air—just a bitTue, 07 Oct 2014 19:19:31 +0000The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe the famous author killed from a beating? From carbon monoxide poisoning? From alcohol withdrawal? Here are the top nine theoriesTue, 07 Oct 2014 12:21:33 +0000New Mexico's Skies Burst With Color During World's Largest Hot Air Balloon Festival 43rd Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta sends hundreds of hot air balloons soaring into the skyMon, 06 Oct 2014 19:13:55 +0000Need a Quick Diagnosis? A Prescription for What Ails You? The Doctor Will Video Chat With You Now of the hottest trends in health care is telemedicine networks of doctors who diagnose ailments over the phoneMon, 06 Oct 2014 18:46:57 +0000To Survive Climate Change, We Should Be More Like the Eskimos Studies Center director Bill Fitzhugh says that studying northern cultures can help people adapt to climate changeMon, 06 Oct 2014 15:33:27 +0000To Find Meteorites, Listen to the Legends of Australian Aborigines traditions may have preserved records of impacts over thousands of years and could lead to fresh scientific discoveriesFri, 03 Oct 2014 19:37:45 +0000A Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Camera for Detecting Cancer mantis shrimp's eyes, which can see differences in polarized light, are informing researchers building a tiny, easy-to-use camera that can spot cancerFri, 03 Oct 2014 19:25:13 +0000Making Super-Telescopes Requires Some Creative Engineering Giant Magellan Telescope, under construction in Chile, could help scientists answer big questions about the universeThu, 02 Oct 2014 20:17:32 +0000Breaking Down the Science of the Stolen Base does it take to swipe second? Math and physics lend their adviceThu, 02 Oct 2014 20:09:55 +0000Five Surprises That Emerged From Monarch Butterfly Genomes 101 butterfly genomes has revealed a few of the monarch's secrets, including some keys to its epic annual migrationThu, 02 Oct 2014 19:56:48 +0000The Smithsonian Institution Announces an Official Climate Change Statement bold assessment acknowledges that the global climate is warming because of human activitiesThu, 02 Oct 2014 19:40:34 +0000Scientists Prove That Telepathic Communication Is Within Reach international research team develops a way to say “hello” with your mindThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:36:20 +0000America's Best Fall Color Drives to be dazzled by Mother Nature’s fall foliage display? Just hop in the car.Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:10:04 +0000Peering into the Secret Diaries of American Artists new Archives of American Art exhibition looks at how artists documented their lives before social mediaWed, 01 Oct 2014 18:15:39 +0000On the Hunt for the World's Most Spectacular Sky Show Randall Hyman journeys north to Tromsø, Norway, in search of the northern lightsWed, 01 Oct 2014 18:05:46 +0000Crabby Tenants Defend Corals From Marauding Predators diversity of coral guard-crabs is needed to fend off attacks by hungry snails and giant spiky sea starsWed, 01 Oct 2014 16:45:10 +0000From the Biggest to the Longest, Five Amazing Caves To Visit measurements revealed the world's largest cave, which is unfortunately off-limits. But what are some other impressive underworlds open for visitors?Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:33:41 +0000The World Is What It Is Today Because of These Six Innovations a new book, Steven Johnson describes the many technologies that glass, refrigeration and other fundamental inventions have made possibleTue, 30 Sep 2014 19:16:08 +0000A New Way for Stewardship of Mother Earth: Indigeneity geographer Doug Herman proposes a return to sustainable solutions, based on the path laid by Indigenous peoples for millenniaTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:24 +0000A Poem Dedicated to Earth in the Age of Humans Portrait Gallery historian David Ward writes a new ode for the AnthropoceneTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:17 +0000Latinos Are Suffering the First Effects of Climate Change, Their Voices Need to Be Heard director of the Smithsonian Latino Center weighs in on the disproportionate burden that climate change brings to Latino populationsTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:09 +0000The Age of Humans: Living in the Anthropocene special look at the ways humans are transforming the planet and the projects that may shape a more sustainable futureTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:06 +0000How Climate Change May Have Shaped Human Evolution is building that past climate change may have forged some of the defining traits of humanityTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:26:16 +0000Helsinki Has a Plan to Get People to Stop Owning Cars system being developed in Finland would allow people to subscribe to all kinds of mobility options and pay for everything on their phonesTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:25:25 +0000This Clear Plastic Material Harvests Solar Energy Without You Even Knowing It's There Researchers are developing transparent solar collectors that let sunlight in, while turning ultraviolet and near-infrared light into electricityTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:24:01 +0000What Will We Leave in the Fossil Record? Erik Hagen considers the remnants of modern human life that may be found in rock strata millions of years from nowTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:23:04 +0000Make Cities Explode in Size With These Interactive Maps Los Angeles to Lagos, see how megacities have been taking over the planet during the past 100 yearsTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:22:18 +0000Six Weird Ways Humans Are Altering the Planet deep holes to flying sheep, some signs of human activity might really perplex geologists in the far futureTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:21:31 +0000Have Humans Really Created a New Geologic Age? are living in the Anthropocene. But no one can agree when it started or how human activity will be preservedTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:19:50 +0000Travel Through Deep Time With This Interactive Earth key moments in Earth’s transformative history as continents drift and climate fluctuates over 4.6 billion yearsTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:19:02 +0000Research Into How Squid Camouflage Leads to An Ultra-Sharp Display for Televisions and Smartphones at Rice University have created pixels 40 times smaller than those found in today's LCD displaysMon, 29 Sep 2014 15:14:52 +0000How the Artist Behind the Giant Landscape Portrait on the Mall Used a Super-Precise GPS Satellite System as a Paintbrush create the National Portrait Gallery's "facescape," artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada got some high-tech helpFri, 26 Sep 2014 18:58:04 +0000Lonesome George, the Last Tortoise of His Kind, Is on Posthumous Display in NYC to extinction by overhunting, the world's last Pinta Island tortoise is now a taxidermy display at New York's American Museum of Natural HistoryFri, 26 Sep 2014 15:01:48 +0000