Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenFri, 09 Dec 2016 20:59:10 +0000The Electoral College Has Been Divisive Since Day One has always had the potential for chaos—one that hasn’t been tapped...yetMon, 21 Nov 2016 16:51:56 +0000How Colombia's Failed Peace Treaty Could Wreak Havoc on Its Diversity-Rich Ecosystems potential influx of legal and illegal mining leaves the country's megadiverse landscapes—and the communities who depend on them—in jeopardyFri, 04 Nov 2016 16:05:47 +0000Sexism Sucks for Everybody, Science Confirms to masculine norms can be toxic for men, not to mention everybody elseMon, 21 Nov 2016 20:25:56 +0000The Ruby Slippers Are Funded in the Museum's First Kickstarter Campaign Smithsonian asks visitors to help bring back the sparkle and #KeepThemRubyMon, 17 Oct 2016 04:05:00 +0000What Does It Take to Win a Nobel Prize? Four Winners, in Their Own Words answers: Messiness, ignorance and puzzles.Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:59:10 +0000Saving Face: How One Pioneering Surgeon Is Pushing the Limits of Facial Transplants reconstructed faces have tongues that taste and eyelids that blink. But will they withstand the test of time?Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:49:26 +0000Humans Have Bogged Down the Earth with 30 Trillion Metric Tons of Stuff, Study Finds authors say this is more proof that we are living in an Age of Humans—but not all scientists agreeFri, 09 Dec 2016 15:06:25 +0000Slideshow: American Icon John Glenn in Photoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com remarkable life of an astronaut-turned-senator, in his own words and picturesFri, 09 Dec 2016 15:00:30 +0000“Call Me Ishmael” Is the Only Melville Tradition in This Innovative Presentation of “Moby Dick”, kinesthetic, cinematic, aural and psychological, Arena Stage’s new show about the 19th-century novel is a 21st-century experienceFri, 09 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Hippo Climbs Down a Steep Cliff...With Difficulty 15-foot male hippo carefully negotiates his enormous body down a sheer cliff. It's the shortest and most direct route to the waterFri, 09 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Read the Letter Written by John Glenn to Honor Jeff Bezos for Blue Origin weeks before he died, the legendary astronaut wrote a letter in recognition of the 2016 American Ingenuity AwardsFri, 09 Dec 2016 03:07:48 +0000A Smithsonian Curator Remembers Astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn American hero died at the age of 95Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:39:12 +0000How Trump Tower Takes the Skyscraper Debate to New Heights future of urban development takes on a new twist when the president lives among the cloudsThu, 08 Dec 2016 20:17:28 +0000Will the Next Big Cancer Drug Come From the Ocean? California startup “bioprospects” for sponges, algae and other organisms whose chemistry may be useful to the world of medicineThu, 08 Dec 2016 17:28:28 +0000The Natural History Museum's National Fossil Hall Is Getting a Full Facelift director Kirk Johnson gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the new dinosaur hall, home to the T-RexThu, 08 Dec 2016 17:15:52 +0000The Sole American Killed in the 1814 Burning of D.C. Was Related to George Washington Lewis was the grandnephew of the first President of the United StatesThu, 08 Dec 2016 14:15:00 +0000Half of All North American Shorebirds Use This Rest Stop is the nation's largest inland marsh, an area of over 60 square miles. It's also the favored resting spot of many species of migrating birdsThu, 08 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000New York City's Holiday Vintage Subway Trains Are Back back in time, undergroundWed, 07 Dec 2016 23:22:54 +0000Thanks to Fossil Fuels, Carbon Dating Is in Jeopardy. One Scientist May Have an Easy Fix only there were such an easy fix for climate change Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:30:00 +0000Evoking a Ship's Rippling Sail, This New Sculpture Aims to Make Global Connections African Art Museum at its first award ceremony recognizes two international artists who have overcome personal hardships to excel Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:58:46 +0000High-Resolution Satellite Images Capture Stunning View of Earth's Changing Waters unprecedented mapping project shows the elusive patterns of Earth's surface water over 30 yearsWed, 07 Dec 2016 19:55:13 +0000How Cheetahs “Spot” Each Other meetups: In a novel study, researchers show that roaming cheetahs likely use their noses to seek each other out after weeks apart Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:00:00 +0000From the Telegram to Twitter, How Presidents Make Contact With Foreign Leaders faster communication cause more problems than it solves?Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:00:08 +0000The Best Books About Innovation of 2016 you have a lover of big ideas on your holiday shopping list, consider these thought-provoking titles published this yearWed, 07 Dec 2016 16:39:49 +0000Spectacular Footage of a Butterfly Leaving Its Cocoon transition from caterpillar to butterfly is a process that consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adultWed, 07 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000At Pearl Harbor, This Aircraft Risked It All to Find the Japanese Fleet Sikorsky JRS-1 flew right through the middle of it on December 7, 1941Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:51:55 +0000Finding Lessons for Today’s Protests in the History of Political Activism whirlwind of action, both organized and organic, supported by legal defense teams brought historic changeTue, 06 Dec 2016 20:36:20 +0000What Skateboarding Tells Us About Innovation Mullen, the godfather of skateboarding, says the sport is all about overcoming disbelief and seeking new connectionsTue, 06 Dec 2016 20:29:11 +0000The Town That Polar Bears Built to know the four-legged residents of Churchill, CanadaTue, 06 Dec 2016 19:22:05 +0000A New Oral History Project Seeks the Stories of World War II Before It’s Too Late member of the greatest generation has a tale to tell, no matter what they did during the warTue, 06 Dec 2016 18:39:22 +0000Go Big or Go Generic: How Sexual Selection Is Like Advertising it comes to attracting mates, it pays to either go all out—or not try at allTue, 06 Dec 2016 15:16:58 +0000Step Inside a Virtual Building of the Future are embracing virtual reality and the complex designs they can create thereTue, 06 Dec 2016 14:40:57 +0000The Remedy for the Spread of Fake News? History Teachers literacy, and the healthy skepticism that comes with it, provides the framework for being able to discern truth from fictionTue, 06 Dec 2016 13:45:21 +0000Keep an Eye on These Portraits Because They Move visual artist Bill Viola is subject of the first all-video exhibition in one of D.C.'s oldest buildings. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:07:28 +0000Do We Finally Know How the Holy Grail Disappeared? did an onyx cup thought to be the Holy Grail disappear from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 909 AD?Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Drilling Deep: How Ancient Chinese Surgeons Opened Skulls and Minds new review finds evidence that the Chinese performed trepanation more than 3,500 years agoMon, 05 Dec 2016 20:56:53 +0000Increase and Diffuse Knowledge for the Holidays With These Smithsonian Curated Books recommended by Smithsonian Institution scholarsMon, 05 Dec 2016 20:08:37 +0000A California Startup Is Using Ashes to Protect Forests Place Forests is accepting reservations from those who wish to have their remains scattered in a redwood forest in northern CaliforniaMon, 05 Dec 2016 18:06:20 +0000This Lady Scientist Defined the Greenhouse Effect But Didn’t Get the Credit, Because Sexism Foote’s career highlights the subtle forms of discrimination that have kept women on the sidelines of science Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:13:20 +0000The Children of Pearl Harbor personnel weren't the only people attacked on December 7, 1941Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:42:04 +0000How to Experience a Mission to Mars (If You Still Want to Come Back) Camp for adults? It's definitely a thingMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:31:16 +0000How a Ship-Sinking Clam Conquered the Ocean The wood-boring shipworm has bedeviled humans for centuries. What's its secret?Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:19:32 +0000Chief Justice, Not President, Was William Howard Taft’s Dream Job 27th president arguably left a more lasting mark on the nation as leader of the Supreme CourtMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:34:27 +0000Dorothy's Ruby Slippers Were Originally Silver red is how we remember them, but Dorothy's famous shoes had another look at the startMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Does the Linguistic Theory at the Center of the Film ‘Arrival’ Have Any Merit? asked a Smithsonian linguist and an anthropologist to debate the matterFri, 02 Dec 2016 21:32:58 +0000Don’t Miss These 11 New Museum Exhibitions This Winter'll find everything from beloved childhood characters to animatronic dinosaurs on display this seasonFri, 02 Dec 2016 19:53:10 +0000Decades-Old Chemicals May Be Threatening Polar Bear Fertility, As If They Didn’t Have Enough to Worry About new study sheds light on how today's pollutants could become tomorrow's threats to wildlife and humansFri, 02 Dec 2016 17:42:44 +0000The Best Books About Science of 2016 a journey to the edge of human knowledge and beyond with one of these mind-boggling page-turners Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:42:57 +0000The Best "Art Meets Science" Books of 2016 sumptuous books from the past year that meet at the intersection of science and art Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:40:09 +0000How the Story of "Moana" and Maui Holds Up Against Cultural Truths Smithsonian scholar and student of Pacific Island sea voyaging both loves and hates the new Disney filmFri, 02 Dec 2016 13:42:12 +0000What Really Killed Off the Woolly Mammoth? caused woolly mammoths to die-off so quickly? New evidence suggests an unfavorable climate may have drove them to extinctionFri, 02 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Best Books About Food of 2016 for the perfect gift for the food lover in your life? Any of these suggestions will hit the spotThu, 01 Dec 2016 17:07:03 +0000The Earliest Baleen Whales Literally Sucked offense to toothy whale ancestorsThu, 01 Dec 2016 15:09:45 +0000NASA's Unusual Giant Air Cargo Transport Plane Super Guppy is a one-of-a-kind mega transport plane that's been involved in moving aerospace hardware crucial to nearly ever major NASA endeavorThu, 01 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why This Robotic Medical Device Belongs in a Museum Bargar and Howard "Hap" Paul revolutionized joint replacement surgery by developing a robot to do the jobWed, 30 Nov 2016 21:11:51 +0000Five Colossal Stone Portraits Around the World out of rock, these massive monuments go beyond Mount RushmoreWed, 30 Nov 2016 19:35:58 +0000How Countless Hours of Live Jazz Were Saved from Obscurity Savory Collection breathes fresh life into jazz Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Rare Insider's View of Native American Life in Mid-20th-Century Oklahoma Poolaw's photography is unearthed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Dogs May Possess a Type of Memory Once Considered 'Uniquely Human' research suggests that man’s best friend remembers more than we thoughtTue, 29 Nov 2016 13:02:45 +0000Proposed New Marine Reserve System Offers Rosy Outlook for Both the Lobster and the Lobster Fisherman the help of a supercomputer, Smithsonian scientists figure out how to help the lobster fishery off the coast of HondurasMon, 28 Nov 2016 19:47:41 +0000What You Need to Know First to Understand the Russian Revolution this first in a series of columns chronicling what led to that 1917 cataclysmMon, 28 Nov 2016 18:56:14 +0000The Typos on This Dead Sea Scroll Don't Mean It's Fake the Dead Sea copper scroll was unveiled, doubts were quickly raised about its authenticity. For one thing, it was riddled with spelling errorsMon, 28 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Isolated Australian Region Is Home to Over 100 Wineries Australian wine region with epic surfing beaches, a welcoming vibe and standout Cabernets and ChardonnaysFri, 25 Nov 2016 19:16:48 +0000A New Technique Brings Color to Electron Microscope Images of Cells at the University of California, San Diego, have found a way to attach artificial color to biological structuresFri, 25 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Why Queen Elizabeth II's Marriage Was Met With Suspicion marriage of Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Philip is now widely regarded as a symbol of enduring unionFri, 25 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Watch This Mother Tick Lay 1,500 Eggs birthing process for a female tick is very involved. Once she's matured, she can take up to 20 days to lay her eggsThu, 24 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000How Accurate Is the Movie “Allied”? best spies won’t leave behind an evidence trail, but then how will audiences know what’s true and what’s fiction?Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:33:49 +0000Sailing Sweden's Icy Seas in Search of One of the World's Best Oysters Nordic oyster safari serves up fresh bivalves that are hard to find outside of SwedenWed, 23 Nov 2016 16:52:10 +0000Could Wood Scraps Fuel Planes? Airlines powered a cross-country commercial flight using a new biofuel derived from wood wasteWed, 23 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Polar Bear Mom Protects Her Cubs From a Hungry Male they embark on their long summer migration, a polar bear mother and her cubs need frequent breaks, putting the cubs at riskWed, 23 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Short, Frantic, Rags-to-Riches Life of Jack London, who died a century ago, was a rough and tumble troublemaker with a prolific penTue, 22 Nov 2016 21:19:48 +0000Why Porsche Is Revisiting the Hybrid Car It Also Invented Porsche isn't naturally associate with hybrid cars, it actually invented them in 1900Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:59:38 +0000Sonny Assu Uses Graffiti to Reassert Native Culture 41-year-old artist mashes decades-old depictions of indigenous peoples with modern-day styleTue, 22 Nov 2016 20:08:35 +0000Where Did Harriet Tubman Escape to and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredTue, 22 Nov 2016 19:53:50 +0000You Could Soon Roam With Dinosaurs at a Realistic (Animatronic) Jurassic Park the awe of dinosaurs in this planned outdoor exhibitionTue, 22 Nov 2016 19:05:24 +0000The First Patented Animal Is Still Leading the Way on Cancer Research was a genetically engineered animal designed to help scientists learn more about tumorsTue, 22 Nov 2016 18:57:59 +0000A Photographic Chronicle of America's Working Poor<i>Smithsonian</i> journeyed from Maine to California to update a landmark study of American lifeTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:30:01 +0000How (Almost) Everyone Failed to Prepare for Pearl Harbor high-stakes gamble and false assumptions that detonated Pearl Harbor 75 years agoTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:10:00 +0000Getting to the Bottom of How Apes Think apes show an ability to discern what others are thinking that we once only attributed to humansTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:01:54 +0000How Conservationists Use GPS to Track the Wildest Horses in the World horses' wildness makes them unique. It also makes them uniquely difficult for researchers to monitor and trackTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:01:02 +0000The Christmas Tale Spoken Record That Launched the Audiobook by Dylan Thomas, the album would go on to sell 400,000 copiesTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Surprising New Theory of How Dinosaurs Got So Huge species with adorned skulls increased in body size faster than those withoutTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000Untangling the History of Christmas Lights bright idea was ahead of its timeTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000American Culture’s Unlikely Debt to a British Scientist fortuitous influx of cash launched the Smithsonian Institution and its earliest art collectionTue, 22 Nov 2016 16:28:24 +0000The Remarkable Comeback of Przewalski's Horse nearly extinct, the population of these wild horses has rebounded on the dusty steppes of MongoliaTue, 22 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Mystery Solved: A Michigan Woman Says She Mailed Civil War Letters to the Post Office curator Nancy Pope learns how and why these letters showed up in the mail 153 years laterTue, 22 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000How Artificial Muscles Could Transform the Lives of Some Military Veterans pig muscle, scientists are developing an organic material that may help heal volumetric muscle lossTue, 22 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000A Smithsonian Scholar Revisits the Neglected History of the Chesapeake Bay's Native Tribes Indian Nations of the ChesapeakeMon, 21 Nov 2016 21:41:45 +0000The Plymouth Hero You Should Really Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving Edward Winslow, we probably wouldn’t even be celebrating the holidayMon, 21 Nov 2016 17:58:47 +0000Could This Cooler Help Combat Global Hunger? Evaptainer keeps perishable food fresh for up to two weeks–no electricity requiredMon, 21 Nov 2016 15:43:04 +0000New Book Clarifies Butter’s Spread and Chronicles Its Wars With Margarine story of milk agitated into greatness Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:36:32 +0000Why Should Humans Care if We're Entering the Sixth Mass Extinction? this episode of Generation Anthropocene, learn what a new era of extinction means for diverse species—including our ownMon, 21 Nov 2016 13:30:00 +0000Stunning Slo-Mo Footage of Hummingbirds Hovering in Air hovering technique of a hummingbird is one of the most mesmerizing sights to witnessMon, 21 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000How the Heart Hardens, Biologically age and injury, the soft tissues of the heart can turn to bone. Can this deadly process be reversed?Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:21:20 +0000The Foxfire Diamond Bedazzles as Smithsonian's Newest Rock Star largest gem-quality diamond ever found in North America glows bright blue in the darkFri, 18 Nov 2016 19:02:46 +0000This Photo Book Is a Reminder That the Civil Rights Movement Extended Far Beyond the Deep South historian Mark Speltz's new book is full of images that aren't typically part of the 1960s narrativeFri, 18 Nov 2016 16:08:40 +0000This Whale Sculpture Was Modeled After a Beached Orca artist Ken Hall built <em>Legacy</em> based on 3D scans of the skeleton of Hope, an orca that died on the coast of Washington in 2002Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Expensive Material Behind the Huayra's Incredible Speed much of the Pagani Huayra's speed comes down to innovative design, one material used in its Formula 1-inspired monocoque is crucialFri, 18 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000There’s a “Sidedoor” Entrance to the Smithsonian and It’s Through a New Podcast will air eight episodes in its first season; new episodes will debut every two weeksThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:44:22 +0000The 2016 Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Awards year's recipients range from a popular actor and comedian to a tech-savvy archaeologistThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:05:40 +0000Director David Lynch Wants Schools to Teach Transcendental Meditation to Reduce Stress acclaimed filmmaker has become the champion of the practice that's now been adopted by thousands of kidsThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Without These Whistleblowers, We May Never Have Known the Full Extent of the Flint Water Crisis concerned mother and a renowned scientist spearheaded the investigation that exposed the dangers lurking in the water supply of the Michigan cityThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Meet the Team of Scientists Who Discovered Gravitational Waves year, the geniuses behind LIGO announced that they had finally found what Albert Einstein had predicted a century agoThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Christopher Gray's Scholly App Is Bringing Millions of Dollars to College Students in Need entrepreneur's new digital platform has helped applicants land $50 million in scholarshipsThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000With "Master of None," Aziz Ansari Has Created a True American Original star of the breakout television series brings the voice of his generation to the massesThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Need a New Organ? Surgeon Anthony Atala Sees a Future Where You Can Simply Print It Out you can order a new body part online, you’ll have this doctor to thankThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Space Archaeologist Sarah Parcak Uses Satellites to Uncover Ancient Egyptian Ruins Indiana Jones of low Earth orbit harnesses 21st-century technology to uncover long-buried treasuresThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Is Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin the Future of Space Exploration? one had ever launched, landed and relaunched a rocket into space until the company's historic achievementThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000How OK Go Has Revolutionized the Music Video pull off one of their most daring videos, they needed a borrowed Russian transport jet, spreadsheets and calculus, and a lot of motion-sickness medicineThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Why Do Insects Hate the Smell of Peppermint? stick bug primarily depends on its camouflage to avoid predators. But when enemies get too close, this insect deploys peppermint as a last resortThu, 17 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Folded Paper Fans Out Into a Full-Size Bike Helmet EcoHelmet, this year's James Dyson Award winner, could be used by bike shares across the worldThu, 17 Nov 2016 05:05:00 +0000If Necessity Is the Mother of Invention, Then Play Is Its Father a new book, Steven Johnson argues that many inventions, considered mindless amusements in their time, wind up leading to serious innovations laterWed, 16 Nov 2016 18:15:09 +0000How the Pull of an Icy “Heart” Sent Pluto’s Poles Wandering New Horizons data, scientists determine that the erstwhile planet has a more dynamic past than we thought Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:00:00 +0000Why Winemakers are Turning to the Ancient Sport of Falconry to Tackle Pests Valley vintners are finding this tried-and-true deterrent more effective than modern technologyWed, 16 Nov 2016 14:41:52 +0000The Strange Case of George Washington’s Disappearing Sash an early (and controversial) symbol of the American republic was lost to the annals of historyWed, 16 Nov 2016 13:15:46 +0000Behold: The World's Largest Radio Telescope Atacama Large Millimeter Array, located in the Atacama Desert, is the product of a 20-year global effort by Europe, North America, and East AsiaWed, 16 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000In “Defending Freedom,” the Vanguards Who Refused to Be Suppressed Are Reunited the African American History Museum, this exhibition graphically conveys the trials and triumphs in the battle for Civil RightsTue, 15 Nov 2016 20:41:27 +0000Why Theoretical Physicist Sylvester James Gates Sees No Conflict Between Science and Religion“I got used to the idea that questions had answers.”Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:07:28 +0000How Pokémon Go Can Save Lives in a Hurricane could mobilize by donating blood, filling sandbags and evacuating threatened areas Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:27:43 +0000Why Was King Tut's Tomb Prepared in Such a Rush? archeologists discovered mold formations in King Tut's tomb, they worried the sweat and breath of tourists were the causeTue, 15 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Preserve and Protect: How Paleontologists Care for Their Long-Dead, High-Maintenance Stars collections are where the science of paleontology truly lives. Valuable dino bones must be treated accordinglyMon, 14 Nov 2016 17:06:09 +0000The Secret History of Buying and Selling Hair hit the hair trade centuries ago, and the business is still thrivingMon, 14 Nov 2016 15:42:07 +0000NASA’s New, Super-Efficient Airplane Wing Comes With a Twist agency and several universities have designed a flexible wing that could reduce the cost of building and fueling airplanesMon, 14 Nov 2016 14:34:49 +0000Reptiles Can't Fly. But This One Glides Like a Pro, a type of lizard that lives in trees in Southeast Asia, has evolved flaps of skin on its flanksMon, 14 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Chemical Weapons Dumped in the Ocean After World War II Could Threaten Waters Worldwide worried should we be? Chemists are racing the clock to find outFri, 11 Nov 2016 15:43:18 +0000Could These College Inventors Tackle the Global Pesticide Problem? by a team of University of Virgnia students, AgroSpheres break down pesticide residues on crops hours after they are appliedFri, 11 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000ALMA Reveals Planets Born Earlier Than We Thought 2014, astronomer David Wilmer aimed the ALMA Array at a young star 450 light years awayFri, 11 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Nervous Flyer's Guide to Every Ding, Buzz and Whir You Hear on an Airplane’t panic—those beeps and creaks are perfectly fineThu, 10 Nov 2016 22:30:16 +0000What Tickling Giggly Rats Can Tell Us About the Brain laughter manifests in a surprising region of the cerebral cortexThu, 10 Nov 2016 19:33:36 +0000Now We’ll Finally Get to See the American Revolution Through the Eyes of King George treasure trove of nearly 350,000 documents, about to be released to the public, reveals new insights about how George III lost the coloniesThu, 10 Nov 2016 16:16:29 +0000Why Artificial Intelligence Won’t Replace CEOs MBA’s instinct is increasingly vital in the age of information overloadThu, 10 Nov 2016 15:33:36 +0000A Heroic Mission to Disarm Nazi Snipers Goes Very Wrong British commandos impulsively storm a Nazi-occupied warehouse on the Norwegian island of VaagsoThu, 10 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000A New Wireless Brain Implant Helps Paralyzed Monkeys Walk. Humans Could Be Next. small step for monkeys, one potential leap for humans Wed, 09 Nov 2016 22:01:24 +0000Fossilized Dinos Are Bones Turned to Stone—But Sometimes, Part of the Original Dino Survives fossilized skeleton is a unique snowflake. We now know that some contain biological bits of tooth and clawWed, 09 Nov 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Mission To Invent a Bottle That Takes the Salt Out of Saltwater are exploring the potential of creating plastic containers that, with a little sun power, could desalinate seawaterWed, 09 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Surprising Reason Birds First Grew Feathers birds first grew feathers 150 million years ago, their function was not necessarily to help with flightWed, 09 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Miniature Living Redwood Forest Springs Up In Brooklyn Spencer Finch explores landscape by building a tiny, scale replica of a California groveTue, 08 Nov 2016 15:58:46 +0000Four Times the Results of a Presidential Election Were Contested"Rigged" may not be the way to describe them, but there were definitely some shenanigans happeningTue, 08 Nov 2016 15:53:19 +0000Deep in the Heart of Iceland, There's a New Way to Tap the Earth’s Energy Iceland Deep Drilling Project has extended a borehole thousands of meters deep to produce geothermal power at a scale never before seenTue, 08 Nov 2016 15:09:16 +0000Watch a Bombardier Beetle Mace a Praying Mantis mantises are adept at ambushing their prey with their specialized legs and swift reflexesTue, 08 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Did You Know That the Designs On Some White House China Are Patented?, possibly three, of the 19 china services that have been made for 17 U.S. presidents are covered by design patentsMon, 07 Nov 2016 21:33:40 +0000Most Ivory for Sale Comes From Recently Killed Elephants—Suggesting Poaching Is Taking Its Toll dating finds that almost all trafficked ivory comes from animals killed less than three years before their tusks hit the marketMon, 07 Nov 2016 21:24:23 +0000A Photojournalist Captures Dramatic Portraits of Dancers in the Streets of Cuba Gabriel Davalos, photography is about storytellingMon, 07 Nov 2016 19:59:50 +0000Lime Marinade, Cohiba Cigar Cases and Other Unique Gifts You Can Buy in Cuba Mon, 07 Nov 2016 19:59:36 +0000Extinction or Evolution? The Answer Isn't Always Clear same factors that kill off some species cause others to evolve at lightning speedMon, 07 Nov 2016 18:59:06 +0000The Incredible Reptiles That Flew 200 Million Years Ago 200-million-year-old fossil reveals the amazing body structure of a reptilian creature known as the dimorphodonMon, 07 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Everyone Poops. Some Animals Eat It. Why? feces can benefit not only the health and microbiomes of some animals, but also their environmentsFri, 04 Nov 2016 17:52:33 +0000What's Next for Solar Energy? How About Space are closer than ever to making the far-out concept of a space-based solar collection system a realityFri, 04 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Puerto Rico's #1 Crop Isn't Sugar, But It's Still Sweet Rico's agricultural economy was once dominated by sugar plantations. Today, the same fields hold everything from corn to bananasFri, 04 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000 Smoking a Pack a Day for a Year Leaves 150 Mutations in Every Lung Cell quantify just how bad smoking is for you, molecularlyThu, 03 Nov 2016 21:08:44 +0000If Only Ernie Had Seen It. Here's Why "Mr. Cub" Is Part of Last Night's Win Smithsonian Books, a treasure of baseball history for those who can’t wait for spring trainingThu, 03 Nov 2016 16:01:51 +0000The Story Behind Che's Iconic Photo photographer Alberto Korda took Che Guevara's pictures hundreds of times in the 1960s. One stuckThu, 03 Nov 2016 15:00:00 +0000This Spike-Crested Lizard Drinks From Sand With Its Skin thirsty, thorny devils of Australia's deserts can’t quench their thirst with tongues aloneThu, 03 Nov 2016 13:18:17 +0000Why Anaerobic Digestion Is Becoming the Next Big Renewable Energy Source food-to-electricity plant in England is just one in a string of local efforts to make waste less wastefulThu, 03 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Swag and Swagger Behind American Presidential Campaigns a coloring book to a painted axe, election ephemera remind us of the hard-fought elections of long agoThu, 03 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Step Inside Cuba's Oldest Printmaking Studio the Taller Experimental de Gráfica in Havana, process is everythingThu, 03 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Pagani Huayra Is Faster Than a Jumbo Jet at Takeoff optimum effects of the Pagani-designed dual aerodynamic system are embodied by the Huayra. In just 25.8 seconds, it crosses the 185 MPH markThu, 03 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000A New Report Says We're Hunting the World's Mammals to Death. What Can Be Done? are multifaceted and region-specific, but conservation researchers have some ideasWed, 02 Nov 2016 20:25:01 +0000What Have We Learned From Probing Pluto So Far?http://www.smithsonianmag.com Horizons has finally sent down all its data from the fly-by. Here's what we knowWed, 02 Nov 2016 19:01:40 +0000Griffon Vultures Depend on the Sun to Fly. Why? Griffon vulture is one of the largest vulture species. Because of its giant stature, it uses an immense amount of energy to take offWed, 02 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Why Public Health Researchers Are Looking to Urban Trees global study finds they can help cool cities and reduce air pollution—for less money than high-tech answersTue, 01 Nov 2016 20:49:26 +0000Facebook Might Help You Live Longer, According to Facebook Researchers depends on whether online social ties strengthen real-world social ties, which are known to be good for your healthTue, 01 Nov 2016 17:53:03 +0000Move Over Solar: There’s New Energy Right At Our Feet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are turning wood pulp, a common waste material, into a flooring that generates electricityTue, 01 Nov 2016 15:41:58 +0000Robot Shellfish May Tell Us About Climate Change's Impact on Marine Species scientists at Northeastern University have developed "robomussels" with sensors to track temperatures in mussel bedsTue, 01 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Searching for Cuba's Pre-Columbian Roots newfound quest for identity has led some Cubans to reclaim their Taíno Indian heritageTue, 01 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Story of How McDonald’s First Got Its Start the orange orchards of California, two brothers sought a fortune selling burgersTue, 01 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the Rumba out of slavery in 19th-century Cuba, the lively music and dance form takes many shapesTue, 01 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000This Puerto Rican Telescope Was Built in a Massive Sinkhole 1958, the Pentagon wanted to build a 1,000-foot-long telescope for its ballistic missile programTue, 01 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Where to See the World’s Biggest Spiders’t freak out—our arachnid friends help more than hurtMon, 31 Oct 2016 19:20:12 +0000Explore Haunting Relics of Death With New Photography Book fetuses are only the tip of the frightbergMon, 31 Oct 2016 18:25:43 +0000Underwater Pumpkin Carving Among the Wrecks in New York's Finger Lakes in time for Halloween, scuba divers test their Jack-o-lantern-making skillsMon, 31 Oct 2016 16:14:44 +0000Hollywood Has Nothing on These Real Life Halloween Horror Shows, chest-exploding, zombie-making fiends: They're all around us Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:27:30 +0000Meet the 11-Year-Old Who Invented a Healthy Lollipop with plant-derived sugar alternatives, Alina Morse's Zollipops help reduce the risk of cavitiesMon, 31 Oct 2016 14:19:26 +0000The Long, Unfortunate History of Racial Parody in America historian Gwendolyn Dubois Shaw discusses the painful performative origins Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:01:59 +0000The Exorcist's Rule Book serious manifestation of evil is never a pretty thing, but Catholic priests face down demons with precisionMon, 31 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Halloween Owes Its Tricks and Treats to the Ancient Celtic New Year's Eve Samhain, the deceased came to Earth in search of food and comfort, while evil spirits, faeries and gods came in search of mischiefFri, 28 Oct 2016 20:32:04 +0000In One of the World's Oldest Winemaking Regions, a New Generation Revives an Ancient Tradition Armenian wine expert highlights the best places to experience the rebirth of a wine culture stifled under Soviet ruleFri, 28 Oct 2016 20:18:46 +0000Norman Lear Talks Art, Activism and the 2016 Election the famed showrunner, TV has always been a chance to make the political personalFri, 28 Oct 2016 20:18:07 +0000When the Mob Owned Cuba author T.J. English discusses the Mob's profound influence on Cuban culture and politics in the 1950sFri, 28 Oct 2016 19:00:00 +0000The Black Panthers Were Founded 50 Years Ago, and Their Influence Hasn’t Waned founder Bobby Seale reflects on the Panthers’ iconic Ten-Point ProgramFri, 28 Oct 2016 17:52:54 +0000What's Behind America's Obsession With Presidential Masks? nose-picking Nixon to Trump-kissing-Clinton, Americans have long imitated their political candidatesFri, 28 Oct 2016 14:21:37 +0000Science Explains Why Chocolate Should be Savored, Not Scarfed other molecular secrets to digest while you're digestingFri, 28 Oct 2016 13:47:15 +0000Killers Don't Always Look the Part tragic true story of an innocent man suspected of murder is a classic motif of the Hollywood thriller and is used as a subplot in ScreamFri, 28 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000A Bizarre “Swimming with Tuna” Attraction Puts Australia’s Controversial Aquaculture in the Spotlight this an opportunity for conservation education, or another example of the government bending to Big Tuna?Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:51:25 +0000A Taste of the Wild Side: Finding Local Flavor in Armenia’s Edible Highlands Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:32:58 +0000The Surprising History of Cuba's Patron Saint "Cachita," the 15-inch-tall wooden figurine of the Virgin Mary unites Cubans across class and race linesThu, 27 Oct 2016 17:34:47 +0000These Sea Creatures Have a Secret Superpower: Invisibility Cloaks have found that some crustaceans have just the trick for hiding from predatorsThu, 27 Oct 2016 16:31:31 +0000What a Mark Rothko Painting Has in Common With a Ming Dynasty Dish one vibrant color, rich in symbolism, unites two works across five centuriesThu, 27 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Last Living Carver of Mount Rushmore Reflects on the Monument at 75 95-year-old looks back at the colossal effort that went into making the American masterpieceThu, 27 Oct 2016 12:15:10 +0000The Great Flying Saucer Mystery of 1966 policemen spotted a "flying saucer" in 1966, an official investigation declared it was an optical illusion created by swamp gasThu, 27 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000These Photographs From Space Show What Humans Have Done to the Earth new book, vivid satellite images of the planet evoke what astronauts call "the overview effect" Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:02:36 +0000Why a Woman Is Playing the Same Guitar Chord Over and Over Again at the Hirshhorn absurdly comedic work of Iceland's top performance artist Ragnar KjartanssonWed, 26 Oct 2016 18:59:49 +0000Memories of a Runaway Cuban Slave former sugar plantation slave recalls fleeing to a cave in the woods and the new dangers that awaited him thereWed, 26 Oct 2016 18:06:54 +0000Humans May Have Hunted Cave Lions to Extinction—For Throw Rugs cave lions: We're so, so sorry.Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:00:00 +0000How Virtual Reality Can Help Us Feel the Pain of Climate Change's hard to comprehend the concept of oceans getting more acidic. Unless you become the coral.Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:02:57 +0000There's Much More to Cuba Than Cigars and Vintage Cars country’s most celebrated blogger discovers her homeland anew while working as a tour guideWed, 26 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000This $1.4 Million "Bird" Makes an African-American Art Collection Soar to New Heights his first major contemporary acquisition, the Detroit Institute of Arts' new director is reinvigorating the museumWed, 26 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000Rick Bayless Preaches the Gospel of Modern Mexican Cuisine trail-blazing Chicago chef and cookbook author wins the second annual Julia Child Award and makes a donation to the SmithsonianWed, 26 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000Inside the Mind of a Killer horror found its inspiration from the real-life criminal investigations of the FBI's Behavioral Science UnitWed, 26 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000How White Lies Snowball Into Full-On Deception brain scans, researchers find evidence that bad feelings associated with lying lessen over timeTue, 25 Oct 2016 19:25:35 +0000How a Genetically Engineered Virus Could Help the Brain Fight Alcohol Cravings drinking can change the brain to make cravings worse. Can gene therapy change it back? Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:54:47 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s the Longest You Can Hold Your Breath? dive into the science shows it is possible to override the system Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:50:59 +0000The Bee That Breaks Your Heart are hard-pressed to get protection as endangered species. Can one fuzzy anomaly beat the odds?Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:16:39 +0000Renaissance Europe Was Horrified by Reports of a Sea Monster That Looked Like a Monk Wearing Fish Scales fishy this way comesTue, 25 Oct 2016 14:33:50 +0000The Answer to India's Energy Crisis Could Be Blowing in the Wind 2016 Young Scientist Challenge winner modeled her energy harvester after a treeTue, 25 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000Prehistoric Kickboxing Killer Turkeys Jurassic Park's lizard-like creatures, real raptors had feathers and looked a lot more like their closest relatives -- birdsTue, 25 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Venture Inside Cuba's Secret Societies Masons to Santería priests, photographer Nicola Lo Calzo offers a glimpse into the island's many subculturesMon, 24 Oct 2016 19:47:27 +0000Are Pumpkin Beers, Thank God, Finally on the Way Out? breweries are slowing production, as the trend may be fizzlingMon, 24 Oct 2016 17:09:19 +0000How the 2016 MacArthur Genius Award Recipient Lauren Redniss Is Rethinking Biography visual biographer of Marie and Pierre Curie turns to her next subject, weather, lightning and climate changeMon, 24 Oct 2016 15:59:49 +0000Secrets of the Tower of London it was a popular tourist attraction, the Tower of London was, well, just about everything elseMon, 24 Oct 2016 14:40:13 +0000Seeking the Humanity of Al Capone interviews with his descendants, one biographer sees the family man behind the infamous gangsterMon, 24 Oct 2016 13:19:49 +0000Yes, Spiders Eat Spiders spiders, known for their remarkable intelligence, have some of the most astonishing hunting skills in the arthropod communityMon, 24 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Celebrate Dino Month With Three New Dinosaur Books PhDs to 4th graders, something for everyoneFri, 21 Oct 2016 20:42:19 +0000Using Math to Build the Ultimate Taffy Machine mathematician dives into taffy-pulling patents to achieve optimum confection creationFri, 21 Oct 2016 16:37:59 +0000This Startup Is Harvesting Wild Algae to Make Your Next Pair of Sneakers Rob Falken found a way to turn algae into a foam that can be used in sneaker soles and on surfboardsFri, 21 Oct 2016 13:43:34 +0000Why Churchill Approved a Risky Mission on a Nazi Stronghold knew he needed a very public military success to boost morale back homeFri, 21 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Wacky, Wonderful, Wild Hops Could Transform the Watered-Down Beer Industry diversity of hops reflects a diversity of tastes and traditions that are part of an extraordinary evolution in beerThu, 20 Oct 2016 19:05:09 +0000When Was the First Map Produced and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 20 Oct 2016 18:04:00 +0000I Was a Card-Carrying Member of the "First Moon Flights" Club card is now a historical museum artifact, but I’ll never give up my dream to fly to the MoonThu, 20 Oct 2016 17:10:40 +0000Madagascar's Mangroves: The Ultimate Giving Trees already use the trees for food, fuel and building materials. Now they're burning them to make lime clayThu, 20 Oct 2016 16:40:07 +0000The Tragic Fate of the Afghan Interpreters the U.S. Left Behind men risked their lives for the U.S. military. Now many would like to come to America but are stranded — and in dangerThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:07:38 +0000Ulysses S. Grant Launched an Illegal War Against the Plains Indians, Then Lied About It president promised peace with Indians — and covertly hatched the plot that provoked one of the bloodiest conflicts in the WestThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Newly Discovered Letters Bring New Insight Into the Life of a Civil War Soldier mysterious package holds long-lost correspondence from a young Union infantrymanThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Face an Active Shooter in Virtual Reality, and You May Be Better Prepared to Survive a Real-Life Encounter new VR program called SurviVR aims to train employees how to deal with an active shooter situation in the workplaceThu, 20 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000Six Places on Earth That Scientists Say Look Like Other Planets eerie resemblance these locales have to Mars and beyond has attracted researchers for yearsThu, 20 Oct 2016 12:30:00 +0000Wild Inside the National Zoo: The Future of Maned Wolves three years of being paired, maned wolves Echo and Zayda produce two new pups at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology InstituteThu, 20 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Wild Monkeys Unintentionally Make Stone Age Tools, But Don't See the Point observe a “unique” human behavior in wild animals Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:23:52 +0000Looking at Nature Through Infrared Film Will Have You Seeing Red the world on a whole different spectrumWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:44:11 +0000How Scorpion Venom Is Helping Doctors Treat Cancer injected into the body, Tumor Paint lights up cancers. The drug could lead to a new class of therapeuticsWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:18:11 +0000This Champion Pumpkin Weighs More Than a U-Haul the annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Weigh-In, a pumpkin weighing 1,910 pounds took the crownWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:11:05 +0000Can Resource Scarcity Really Explain a History of Human Violence? from thousands of California burial sites suggests that a lack of resources causes violence. But that conclusion may be too simplisticWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:48:27 +0000Did John Adams Out Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings? scholar makes the intriguing case that Adams gossiped about the relationship years before the news erupted in publicWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:46:29 +0000These Women Reporters Went Undercover to Get the Most Important Scoops of Their Day under pseudonyms, the so-called girl stunt reporters of the late 19th century played a major role in exposing the nation's illsWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:16:59 +0000When Curious George Made a Daring Escape From the Nazis authors of the children's book series fled wartime France with the manuscript tied to their bikesWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Fur Real: Scientists Have Obsessed Over Cats for Centuries of the best feline-focused studies shed light on our relationship with these vampire-hunting, sexy-bodied killersTue, 18 Oct 2016 19:19:07 +0000How Bats Ping On the Wing—And Look Cute Doing It reveal how bats turn echolocation signals into a 3-D image of moving preyTue, 18 Oct 2016 17:31:34 +0000What to Make of Marina Abramović, the Godmother of Performance Art her body of work art, magic, theater or masochism?Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:22:54 +0000Homage to Havana Smithsonian director ponders the allure of Cuba's capital cityTue, 18 Oct 2016 16:08:25 +0000The FBI’s Fake Russian Agent Reveals His Secrets an exclusive interview, a retired FBI agent who posed as a KGB officer finally spills the beans about his greatest sting operationsTue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Pearl Harbor Disappearance May Finally Have Been Solved instructor Cornelia Fort faced a close call on that infamous day, but her plane was thought to have been lost to historyTue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Making the Case for the Next American Saint Blandina Segale showed true grit while caring for orphans and outlaws in New MexicoTue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Beneath a Mountain in Switzerland Lies the World’s Longest Shortcut massive structure, running 35.4 miles through the Alps, begins full operations this DecemberTue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Big Data Just Got Bigger as IBM's Watson Meets the Encyclopedia of Life NSF grant marries one of the world's largest online biological archives with IBM's cognitive computing and Georgia Tech's moduling and simulationTue, 18 Oct 2016 14:15:07 +0000The New Nightspots Transforming Havana's Social Scene is rapidly replacing gritty in many of Havana's newly imagined gathering spotsMon, 17 Oct 2016 23:03:01 +0000The Bizarre Tale of the Middle East’s First Space Program Lebanon, reminders of what could have been still standMon, 17 Oct 2016 18:45:19 +0000With This Smartphone Microscope, You Can Play Soccer and Pac-Man With Microbes engineer Ingmar Riedel-Kruse built a 3D-printed microscope that allows students to not only observe but also interact with tiny creaturesMon, 17 Oct 2016 13:55:24 +0000Meet an Environmental Activist and an Artist Who Share a Passion for “Trashion” man's trash suit is another woman's work of artFri, 14 Oct 2016 17:38:02 +0000Ajiaco, Cuba in a Cauldron origins in the island’s oldest culture, <i>ajiaco</i> is a stew that adapts to the timesFri, 14 Oct 2016 17:27:03 +0000At the New “Slavery and Freedom” Show, a Mother Finds an Empowering Message for Her Young Daughters child's shackles, a whip, and an auction block deliver a visceral experience of slaveryFri, 14 Oct 2016 14:27:40 +0000Photos: Giant Chinese Lantern Sculptures Light Up Spokane month brings a world of colorful light to WashingtonFri, 14 Oct 2016 13:15:00 +0000Is Bob Dylan a Poet? the enigmatic singer, songwriter and troubadour takes the Nobel Prize in literature, one scholar ponders what his work is all aboutThu, 13 Oct 2016 20:13:20 +0000Predicting Chaos: New Sensors Sniff Out Volcanic Eruptions Before They Happen volcanologists brave lung-singeing fumes to monitor eruptions with cutting-edge sensorsThu, 13 Oct 2016 19:12:52 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s the Point of Earwax? has a job to do; but many are not hearing the messageThu, 13 Oct 2016 18:38:50 +0000Doing Laundry Can Be Deadly for Clams, Mollusks and Other Marine Animals your wardrobe carefully—the lives of sea animals may depend on itThu, 13 Oct 2016 17:02:09 +0000How Artists, Mad Scientists and Speculative Fiction Writers Made Spaceflight Possible new book chronicles spaceflight’s centuries-long journey from dream to realityThu, 13 Oct 2016 15:21:57 +0000Can We Capture Energy From a Hurricane? with power, massive storms may be another conduit for renewable energyWed, 12 Oct 2016 15:13:55 +0000In a Groundbreaking Exhibit at Mount Vernon, Slaves Speak and History Listens at the home of George Washington is told anewWed, 12 Oct 2016 12:30:00 +0000