Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:57:07 +0000Use This Map to Track the Snowfall and Social Media Buzz Around the Northeast Blizzard alerts and media streams can keep you up to date on the full extent of the nor'easterMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:57:07 +0000A Universal Flu Vaccine May Be On the Horizon the viral targets for the seasonal flu vaccine is a gamble. Sometimes, like this year, the flu winsMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:25:32 +0000How Sticks and Shell Charts Became a Sophisticated System for Navigation navigating with sextant, compass and maps found in the Marshall Islands that curved sticks and cowry shells were far more sophisticatedMon, 26 Jan 2015 14:29:10 +0000Celebrate 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park 26 marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park—and celebrations are going all year longMon, 26 Jan 2015 13:53:13 +0000Tour Paris With the Marquis de Sade as Your Guide still remain in the City of Love of the famed author and sex iconMon, 26 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000Craziest Airplane Cabins of the Future airplane cabin designs—both real and conceptual—show what might awaits us on flights in the near futureSun, 25 Jan 2015 19:24:34 +0000These Celestial Highlights Include Flowing Auroras and a Cracked Comet up on the week's best space images, from a cyclone's glowing eye to a surreal Martian vistaFri, 23 Jan 2015 16:52:06 +0000Where to See Thousands of Monarch Butterflies species is being reviewed for potential addition to the Endangered Species list. Can tourism help save the butterfly?Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:17:48 +0000The Devastating Fire That Nearly Consumed the Smithsonian Castle 150 Years Ago This Month Smithsonian Undersecretary for History, Art and Culture reflects on the history of the iconic building and its ongoing legacyThu, 22 Jan 2015 21:10:08 +0000Five Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded: From A Fitbit for Dogs to Soap Jewelry to mention, a bizarre bike-treadmill hybrid meant to reduce the strain on runners' jointsThu, 22 Jan 2015 21:05:38 +0000Borneo's Mammals Face a Deadly Mix of Logging and Climate Change adding small amounts of land to already protected areas could help save the island's biodiversity Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:01:40 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Five False 'Facts' About the Human Body can’t always trust what your mother told youThu, 22 Jan 2015 16:24:59 +0000An Iceberg Flipped Over, and Its Underside Is Breathtaking vacation in Antarctica, filmmaker and photographer Alex Cornell captured an unusual sightThu, 22 Jan 2015 15:20:22 +0000The History of Faux Fur more than 100 years, the fine line between finks and minks has been blurredThu, 22 Jan 2015 15:18:33 +0000Vivid Images of Civil War Casualties Inspire a Scholar's Inner Muse Gardner’s photography, a record of sacrifice and devastating loss, prompts a new creativity from the show's curator Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:50:39 +0000The Unbelievable Success of the American Steamship “Fulton’s Folly” transformed the nation’s landscapeWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Wrists of Birds Reveal Evolution Undoing Itself to earlier claims, a new study shows that evolution may be reversibleWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Do Wolves Wag Their Tails Like Dogs and More Questions From Our Readers questions ask if DNA testing has led to the redesignation of speciesWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000The International Space Station Will Soon Be Able to Measure Forest Density Using Lasers the planet’s forests is one critical way to combat climate changeWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Why Footbinding Persisted in China for a Millennium the pain, millions of Chinese women stood firm in their devotion to the traditionWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Can the Siberian Tiger Make a Comeback? Russia’s Far East, an orphaned female tiger is the test case in an experimental effort to save one of the most endangered animals on earthWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000America Has a Tiger Problem And No One’s Sure How to Solve It one even knows how many of the big cats are in the United StatesWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000A New View of the Battle of Gallipoli, One of the Bloodiest Conflicts of World War I Turks are now rethinking their historic victory in the terrible battleWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Why Malcolm X Still Speaks Truth to Power years after his death, Malcolm X remains a towering figure whose passionate writings have enduring resonanceWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Exploring the <i>Titanic</i> of the Ancient World search the wine-dark sea for the remains of a ship that sank 2,000 years ago—carrying what is believed to be the world’s first computerWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism, the First Computer inscriptions offer new clues to the origins of a mysterious astronomical mechanismWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000 Who Was the Marquis de Sade? in the age of <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i>, the 18th-century libertine is as shocking as everWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000What Makes Humans Different? Fiction and Cooperation Yuval Noah Harari previews his book on the past and future of Homo sapiensWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Best Places to See the Northern Lights out where to witness the aurora borealis, with reindeer sleigh rides, ice hotels and hot springs includedWed, 21 Jan 2015 17:14:25 +0000"Selma Needs No Oscar to Validate It," Says the Director of the African American History Museum film with black history at its core and created by African Americans opens up a "national conversation" Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:34:07 +0000Vinegar-Like Acid Rain May Have Fallen During Earth’s Worst Extinction rocks hint at a planet scoured by intense acid rain during the Great Dying 252 million years agoWed, 21 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000Ancient Scrolls Blackened by Vesuvius Are Readable at Last scans can just tease out letters on the warped documents from a library at HerculaneumTue, 20 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Little-Known History of the Underground Railroad in New York winning historian Eric Foner uncovers the hidden story behind this passage to freedomTue, 20 Jan 2015 15:21:41 +0000Inside the Three-Decade Evolution of "Star Wars" Costumes Smithsonian traveling exhibition offers an unprecedented glimpse at costumes from a galaxy far, far awayTue, 20 Jan 2015 14:42:17 +0000Celebrate National Cheese Lovers' Day With This Map of Cheese Found Around the World sharp interactive will make you feel gouda all overTue, 20 Jan 2015 12:34:04 +0000Top Historic Sites to Visit in Cuba is rich in history-laden spots—and a relaxed travel ban will make it easier for Americans to visitMon, 19 Jan 2015 19:46:17 +0000MLK's Last Speech"I've seen the Promised Land," Martin Luther King Jr. said in a speech in Memphis on April 3, 1968. He was assassinated the following dayMon, 19 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000The Aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King's Assassination 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 Diagnoses 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 America 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 Moons 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 Landed historic aircraft—first to fly nonstop from New York to Paris—is lowered to the ground inside the Air and Space MuseumFri, 16 Jan 2015 14:30:34 +0000There is Nothing Elementary About a New Sherlock Holmes Adaptation, winning playwright Ken Ludwig says he's injecting Indiana Jones cinematic adventure into the theatrical experienceFri, 16 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000Listen to the Freedom Songs Recorded 50 Years Ago During the March From Selma to Montgomery MLK called for people to come to Selma, Detroit's Carl Benkert arrived with his tape recorder, making the indelible album "Freedom Songs"Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:42:57 +000010 Victorian Inventions That Never Quite Took Off from a "knife and fork cleaner" to a "cholera belt" provide a curious look at life in 19th century EnglandThu, 15 Jan 2015 17:38:55 +0000Crashing Alexander Hamilton's Birthday Weekend year, admirers of the oft-neglected Founding Father gather for a multi-day birthday celebration ranging across Manhattan.Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:01:16 +0000Social Media Is Not Making You a Ball of Stress perhaps unsurprisingly, Facebook and Twitter can cause stress to spread when bad things happen to friends and familyThu, 15 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000Photos From the Coldest City on Earth's it like to live and work in the coldest inhabited place on Earth? Photographer Amos Chapple shares his stories from the frozen cities of SiberiaWed, 14 Jan 2015 20:06:57 +0000Museums Are Now Able to Digitize Thousands of Artifacts in Just Hours the American History Museum, a collection of rarely seen historic currency proofs are being made ready for a public debutWed, 14 Jan 2015 18:29:07 +0000Two Leopards Battle, But Only One Can Survive Jack scores a kill, all kinds of grassland creatures come out of the woodwork to steal it. Even worse, Jack's rival is secretly waiting to ambush himWed, 14 Jan 2015 17:41:35 +0000Lust for Gold Is Consuming Precious South American Forests images show that while the scale of deforestation is small, it is bleeding into protected areasWed, 14 Jan 2015 17:27:25 +0000Poison Hath Been This Italian Mummy's Untimely End lethal helping of foxglove seems to have triggered the downfall of a warlord of VeronaWed, 14 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000These Rare Photos of the Selma March Place You in the Thick of History Barker, a photographer from Alaska, shares his memories of documenting the famed eventWed, 14 Jan 2015 15:15:24 +0000The Year Montana Rounded Up Citizens for Shooting Off Their Mouths World War I, the powers that ran Montana sought any excuse to silence dissentWed, 14 Jan 2015 14:25:00 +0000A Tree Grows 40 Different Types of Fruit started as an art project has become a mission to reintroduce Americans to native fruits that have faded from popularityWed, 14 Jan 2015 13:42:50 +0000What Are the 1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die? by a former New York Times restaurant critic, this tome will keep your appetite satisfied for a lifetimeTue, 13 Jan 2015 16:05:59 +0000Surreal Photos Reveal the Otherworldly Insides of Gemstones you thought gems were beautiful to the naked eye, take a look at them under a microscopeTue, 13 Jan 2015 15:35:02 +0000This Smart Battery Sends a Message to Your Phone When Your Smoke Detector Sounds also alerts you weeks in advance of dying—sparing you from that annoying chirpMon, 12 Jan 2015 19:42:42 +0000How Curators Found a Ghostly Image Lurking Beneath Layers of Lacquer in the conservation lab revealed there was more to this Ming Dynasty tray than meets the eyeMon, 12 Jan 2015 17:25:52 +0000Utah's Otherworldly Landscapes its dry desert landscapes, Utah is a land of endless surprises, and Glen Canyon is one of them, rivaling Arizona's Grand Canyon for sheer majestyFri, 09 Jan 2015 17:03:45 +0000Top Space Pictures of the Week, From a Hubble Icon to Hungry Black Holes pillars, a dark nebula and a galaxy herd starred in some of the best image-driven stories released at a recent astronomy meetingFri, 09 Jan 2015 15:33:32 +0000Could GM Mosquitoes Pave the Way for a Tropical Virus to Spread? insects designed to stop dengue fever could make it easier for another disease-carrying species to take rootThu, 08 Jan 2015 22:33:46 +0000I Was Among the Lucky Few to Walk in Space July 31, 1971, Al Worden performed the first deep-space extra-vehicular activity. "No one in all of history" saw what he saw that dayThu, 08 Jan 2015 20:35:57 +0000Space Exploration Would Be Nothing If We Didn't Know How to Spacewalk Air and Space Museum brings the privileged experience to the public in an exhibit that chronicles 50 years of technologyThu, 08 Jan 2015 20:00:36 +0000The ATM is Dead. Long Live the ATM! 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 Graceland 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 Bacteria 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 Ground 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? 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 Worlds 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 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 China 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 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? 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 Abbey 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 2015 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 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 Future 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 Holidays 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 Eve 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 +0000How to See This Green Comet With the Naked Eye "New Year's Comet" is taking astronomers by storm with an unexpected showing, and it should only get brighter through early JanuaryTue, 30 Dec 2014 20:59:18 +0000Our Answers to the Most Burning Questions of 2014 are the ten most popular installments of "Ask Smithsonian" this yearTue, 30 Dec 2014 16:44:51 +0000Kevin Ashton Describes "the Internet of Things" innovator weighs in on what human life will be like a century from nowMon, 29 Dec 2014 17:59:32 +0000Ten Cool Science Stories You May Have Missed in 2014, there's a newfound coral reef in Iraq, the smallest force has been detected and more in this year's surprising scienceMon, 29 Dec 2014 16:52:48 +0000Our Top Stories of 2014 weird red waterfalls to the pleasures of small-town America, these were the most read articles on this year Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000Puberty Is Beginning Earlier in Girls, So What Can Parents Do? authors of a new book about the earlier onset of female puberty explain the evidence and offer adviceFri, 26 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Where Does Santa Live? The North Pole Isn't Always the Answer Claus is usually good news for tourism—but more than one place lays claim to his legendWed, 24 Dec 2014 16:06:43 +0000Christmas Day is the Only Day of the Year You Can't Go to the Smithsonian those missing your Smithsonian fix, here's some holiday cheer until the doors open on December 26Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000"The Interview" Joins the Ranks of These Banned or Restricted Movies a Charlie Chaplin comedy to a Mae West melodrama, plenty of controversial films have been pulled or even destroyed since the dawn of cinemaTue, 23 Dec 2014 20:15:50 +0000Stunning Black-and-White Photos of the Nazca Lines Ranney's photographs of the famous Nazca Lines show the mysterious geoglyphs from an unusual angle—eye-levelTue, 23 Dec 2014 20:00:00 +0000Meet the Stealthiest Assassin Bug in the United States unique and secretive species has been living among us unrecognized for a century Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:40:34 +0000A Christmas Feast, Experienced With Dishes From Around the World an international Christmas without any travel by preparing these traditional foodsTue, 23 Dec 2014 19:34:15 +0000Las Parrandas de Remedios: Bright Lights Shine in Cuba's Oldest Festival the days before Christmas, Cuba erupts in a celebration of lightsTue, 23 Dec 2014 19:09:02 +0000In an Era of Superstorms, This Exhibit Captures Our Shifting Relationship with the Earth's Rising Seas"Sink or Swim" shows how we're learning to be smarter and more resilient in our response to increasingly unpredictable oceans and rivers Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:46:25 +0000Switching to Farming Made Human Joint Bones Lighter more fragile skeleton evolved about 12,000 years ago, probably driven by a shift from hunting to agricultureMon, 22 Dec 2014 22:55:53 +0000Using Zinc to Detect Breast Cancer Early at Oxford have taken the first step towards finding a new biomarker for breast cancerMon, 22 Dec 2014 18:40:32 +0000Corals Show How Pacific Trade Winds Guide Global Temperatures world has been in a global warming hiatus, but that will change when the winds once again weakenMon, 22 Dec 2014 18:24:03 +0000"Unbroken"'s Louis Zamperini Crashed Into the Pacific on May 27, 1943. Here is the Missing Air Crew Report National Archives holds a record with details of the downing of the former Olympian's B-24 bomber that left him lost at sea for 47 daysMon, 22 Dec 2014 16:05:00 +0000How Books Became a Critical Part of the Fight to Win World War II Molly Guptill Manning explains the importance of reading to the American victoryMon, 22 Dec 2014 14:09:01 +0000A Photovoltaic Balloon Could Bring Electricity to Disaster Zones to a base with batteries, the Zephyr collects enough solar energy to power 15 relief tents and a telecommunications networkFri, 19 Dec 2014 19:21:59 +0000Top Three Results From a 115-Year-Old Citizen Science Project Audubon Christmas Bird Count is touted as the world's longest running citizen science project—so what has it taught us?Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:11:31 +0000How to Give the Best Gifts, According to Science are unwrapping the science behind gift giving, from the value of simplicity to the quality of the bow on topFri, 19 Dec 2014 17:00:57 +0000The Tolkien Nerd’s Guide to "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" final chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy strays furthest from the book, but there are still a few buried Easter eggs for die-hard fans to enjoyFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:23:20 +0000Meet William Harvey, a Misunderstood Genius in Human Anatomy new video from the World Science Festival tells the story of this medical pioneerFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:58:32 +0000A Stephen Colbert Portrait Returns to the Smithsonian, With Even More Stephens the Comedy Central host's show ends, his likeness(es) head to the National Portrait GalleryFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Ancient Roman Water Networks Made the Empire Vulnerable model of ancient water movement shows how trade practices might affect today's urban centers as the climate changesFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Europe Is a Great Place to Be a Large Meat-Eater a rare success story for wildlife, bears, lynx, wolverine and wolves are increasing in numbers across the continent Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Most Beautiful Drone Travel Videos of 2014 was the year of the aerial drone travel video—here are some of the best of the bestThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:24:17 +0000The Colorado River Delta Turned Green After a Historic Water Pulse experimental flow briefly restored the ancient waterway and may have created new habitat for birdsThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:53:52 +0000London Mayor Boris Johnson on Winston Churchill's Cheekiest Quotes's mayor talks about his new Churchill biography, 50 years after the British Bulldog's deathWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000What Does “Happy New Year” Even Really Mean? engage in a strange debate about whether time really passesWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Illustrious History of Misquoting Winston Churchill exactly what Churchill said isn’t easy—or cheap Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why the Leatherback Turtle Has a Skylight in its Head do animals with poor vision see in dark locales?Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000How Did Right-Handedness Evolve? And More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why String Theory Still Offers Hope We Can Unify Physics that the universe is made of strings has been elusive for 30 years, but the theory's mathematical insights continue to have an alluring pullWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Radical Paradox of Martin Luther King’s Devotion to Nonviolence Taylor Branch makes a timely argument about civil right leader’s true legacyWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000There Are 120 Years of Lakota History on This Calendar visual recording of life in the nation sheds light on a vanished cultureWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000How to Create a Virtual Organism OpenWorm, scientists are hoping to allow anyone with a computer to unlock the secrets of animal behaviorWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000How Australia Put Evolution on Darwin’s Mind famous naturalist’s revolutionary theory first took shape not in the Galápagos but in the primeval Blue MountainsWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Did Civil War Soldiers Have PTSD? hundred and fifty years later, historians are discovering some of the earliest known cases of post-traumatic stress disorderWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000When Texas Was at the Bottom of the Sea hike to the “top of Texas,” the world’s most famous fossil reef, leads to a new sense of the sublimeWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Want to Excite Your Inner Dinosaur Fan? Pack Your Bags for Alberta’s badlands are the place to see fantastic dinosaur fossils (and kitsch)—and eye-opening new evidence about the eve of their fallWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Unpublished Photos by Gordon Parks Bring a Nuanced View of 1950s Black America exhibit in Boston highlights unpublished photos from the acclaimed <i>Life</i> magazine photographerWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Celebrate Hanukkah the All-American Way With this Menorah unique menorah at the American History Museum is a tribute to liberty and a poignant reminder of what we celebrate Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:29:39 +0000For Every Object, There Is a Story to Tell Smithsonian curator is asked to select just one artifactWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:59:31 +0000NASA Can See Your Holiday Lights From Space can use holiday lights during Christmas and Rammadan as a proxy for overall energy use in urban areasWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:42:15 +0000The Best Winter Beers to Try This Holiday Season spoke with hops and malts expert William Bostwick about the right quaffs to drink while the weather is coldWed, 17 Dec 2014 14:57:39 +0000The Top 12 Ocean Stories That Made Waves in 2014 seas served up some compelling headlines this year, from celebrity fashion to solving the mystery of the melting starfishWed, 17 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Some of the Most Beautiful Things in Nature Come in the Tiniest of Packages winners of the 2014 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition capture a rat brain, the mouthparts of a vampire moth and other small wondersTue, 16 Dec 2014 20:12:27 +0000Fuel from Seawater? What's the Catch? at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory recently flew a model plane using a liquid hydrocarbon fuel they sourced from the oceanTue, 16 Dec 2014 17:22:08 +0000What We Can Learn by Digging Up the Secrets of Earth's Deep Carbon computers and subsurface life are just some of the topics being investigated by scientists in the Deep Carbon Observatory networkTue, 16 Dec 2014 15:09:04 +0000How Gone With the Wind Took the Nation by Storm By Catering to its Southern Sensibilities casting to its premiere, how Southerners viewed the film made all the differenceMon, 15 Dec 2014 20:29:34 +0000Fifty Years Ago This Month, John Coltrane Recorded One of the Greatest Jazz Tracks of All Time Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone was one of three instruments that John Coltrane played to reinvent himself—and Jazz musicMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:30:37 +0000Ancient Earth Warmed Dramatically After a One-Two Carbon Punch period of intense warming 55 million years ago is an even better case study for modern climate change than previously suspectedMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:00:00 +0000The Dangers of Winter Darkness: Weak Bones, Depression and Heart Trouble periods without sunshine can play a role in a surprising variety of physical and mental disordersMon, 15 Dec 2014 15:18:59 +0000Six Historic Trains That Embody the Holiday Spirit have always been a part of holiday celebrations—so why not hop aboard this season? Here are six seasonally appropriate rides to considerMon, 15 Dec 2014 13:07:42 +0000Artificial Skin Could Help Prosthesis Wearers Feel, For Real new polymer with a lattice of embedded sensors is sensitive to heat, humidity and pressureFri, 12 Dec 2014 20:06:05 +0000Swiss Researchers Create Eco-Friendly Plastic From Biofuel Waste new method for making biodegradable plastic could mean more free farmland for foodFri, 12 Dec 2014 19:24:49 +0000A Sea of Fog Completely Filled the Grand Canyon as total cloud inversion, the weather phenomenon is quite rare—and spectacularFri, 12 Dec 2014 18:08:41 +0000The Smithsonian Design Museum Tells the Story of User-Centered Design Through 120 Beautiful Products thermostat, a wheelchair, a prosthetic arm and razors are all a part of "Beautiful Users," now on display in New York CityFri, 12 Dec 2014 14:51:46 +0000Nearly Two Million Years of Innovation, As Told Through Tools Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, will exhibit 175 objects that range from Paleolithic tools to space-age satellites Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:34:47 +0000The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Makes Its Grand Re-Opening in New York City old and the new crash into each other beautifully in the former Carnegie mansionFri, 12 Dec 2014 13:29:41 +0000What’s Your Surgeon’s Jam? Probably Classical or Soft Rock doctors make the case for playing music during an operationThu, 11 Dec 2014 23:30:00 +0000Bees and Wasps in Britain Have Been Disappearing For More Than a Century in agricultural practices since the 19th century may be a major culprit in the pollinators’ declineThu, 11 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Engineering Will Be Vital in a Changing Climate Secretary G. Wayne Clough offers personal insights on the realities of climate change and the best ways for society to adaptThu, 11 Dec 2014 17:00:02 +0000After 12/13/14, What Are the Next Fun Dates for Math Lovers? integers are a bit boring, anyhow. Here are some more exciting sequences to celebrate over the next 89 yearsThu, 11 Dec 2014 15:09:08 +0000The Evolving Face of Santa, As Seen in the Smithsonian's Vast Collections look into Smithsonian's vast archives reveals that Father Christmas tends to get a makeover with every generation that embraces him Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:19:43 +0000Five Animal Products Scientists Can Now Grow In a Lab early experiments, scientists are growing meat in vitro and bioengineering yeast for dairyWed, 10 Dec 2014 21:27:08 +0000The Ocean Contains Over Five Trillion Pieces of Plastic Weighing More than 250,000 Tons frightening figures represent the most robust estimate of marine plastic pollution calculated to date Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000When America Invested in Infrastructure, These Beautiful Landmarks Were the Result eight of the Works Progress Administration’s most impressive structures.Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:15:39 +0000Show Us the Holiday Decorations in Your Neighborhood does the holiday season look like in your community? Upload a photo of the best light displays, Christmas trees, menorahs and other festive scenesTue, 09 Dec 2014 20:48:20 +0000The Creepy, Kitschy and Geeky Patches of US Spy Satellite Launches may be method to the madness behind the outlandish designs of the National Reconnaissance Office mission patchesTue, 09 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000Turning Shipping Containers Into Urban Farms a clever recycling experiment, the startup Local Roots Farms is growing organic, hydroponic produce in America's food desertsTue, 09 Dec 2014 16:56:19 +0000How Do Kids Learn Where There Are No Teachers? It May Take a Village...Computer non-profit called Projects for All has a plan for educating children without schools: Turn them loose on outdoor computer kiosks in their communityTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:28:05 +0000Inside the World of Istanbul's Male Belly Dancers nation’s shifting views toward homosexuality have opened the market for a centuries-old traditionTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:05:19 +0000Remembering the "Father of Video Games," Innovator Ralph Baer lab, where the inventor of the video game and the electronic game Simon, goes on view at the American History Museum next summerMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:36:09 +0000Fashion Photographer Rankin Has A New Book of Models in Wild Makeup British photographer reveals some unusual new portraits, with a hodgepodge of influencesMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:07:36 +0000Why the Composer of Candy Crush Soda Saga is the New King of Video Game Music may have never heard of Johan Holmstrom, but millions listen to his music every dayMon, 08 Dec 2014 18:29:46 +0000This Commuter Bus Runs On Poop U.K.-based biogas plant has developed a 40-seater than runs on converted sewage and food wasteMon, 08 Dec 2014 14:32:31 +0000Medical Mistletoe: Can the Holiday Plant Really Fight Cancer? some countries, cancer patients take mistletoe injections to ease symptoms, but the exact effects of the extracts are still up for debateMon, 08 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000These Photos Capture a Decade of Change at Earth's Poles courting penguins to moody icebergs, photojournalist Camille Seaman shares her personal journey through polar habitatsFri, 05 Dec 2014 17:58:24 +0000A Football Stadium Covered in This Solar Cloth Could Power a Small Town Carroll, founder of the Solar Cloth Company, has integrated super-thin photovoltaics into flexible fabricFri, 05 Dec 2014 16:30:10 +0000Game Changers: Innovation For Good you see these creative solutions to society's most pressing problems, the future looks pretty darn goodThu, 04 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Hidden Underbelly of West Antarctica Is Melting currents are flowing under ice shelves, causing coastal losses that may let land-based glaciers slide into the seaThu, 04 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Does Very Hot Water Sometimes Feel Cold? weird sensation known as paradoxical cold has scientists locked in a heated debateThu, 04 Dec 2014 18:05:33 +0000Generating Power One Step At a Time Pittsburgh-based startup SolePower is developing an insole that collects kinetic energy as you walk to power your mobile phoneThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:54:10 +0000Can This Berry Solve Both Obesity and World Hunger? a playful café in Chicago, chef Homaro Cantu is experimenting with miracle fruit, a West African berry that makes everything a little sweeterThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:52:32 +0000The Photographer Who Ansel Adams Called the Anti-Christ Mortensen’s grotesque, retouched photos of celebrities were a far cry from the realism favored by the photography eliteThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:21:15 +0000Christmas Markets Might Be the Best Reason to Spend the Holidays in Europe mulled wine to intricate ornaments, Europe's Christmas markets are a mix of food, goods and holiday cheerThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:11:02 +0000Rescuing Jorge Prelorán’s Films From Storage And Time Smithsonian’s Film Archives is reintroducing the world to the influential work of the Argentine-American filmmakerWed, 03 Dec 2014 22:48:36 +0000Zigzags on a Shell From Java Are the Oldest Human Engravings early human <em>Homo erectus</em> also made the oldest known shell tools half a million years agoWed, 03 Dec 2014 19:41:37 +0000What Can the Dinosaurs' Final Years Tell Us About the Biodiversity Crisis Today? ecosystems led to the demise of the dinosaurs. Today, plant and animal species are disappearing at exponential rates.Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:29:00 +0000These are the Forgotten Places in Your Neighborhood, Painted Kim Cadmus Owens celebrates the places we ignoreWed, 03 Dec 2014 16:28:06 +0000Geckos Have a Surprisingly Strong Death Grip toes remain firmly stuck in place even after the animal dies, implying that the lizards do not actively control their clinginessWed, 03 Dec 2014 00:01:00 +0000Fred Savage and “The Wonder Years” Cast Reflect on Why Their Show Still Matters cast and crew of “The Wonder Years” reunited at the American History Museum today to donate costumes and other artifactsTue, 02 Dec 2014 20:31:12 +0000Up-Close and Personal With Chicago's Most Infamous Criminals"Gangsters & Grifters," a book by the Chicago Tribune, recalls a time when photographers had unprecedented access to the world of crime Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:21:20 +0000This Plant-Based Gel Stops Bleeding in Seconds salve that seals severe wounds is making its way to veterinary clinics. Military and trauma testing may soon followTue, 02 Dec 2014 16:31:40 +0000The Racist History of Peter Pan's Indian Tribe in the early 20th century, though, critics saw Tiger Lily and her fellow "Picaninnies" as caricaturesTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:33:26 +0000The Deadly Dilemma Facing Romania's Brown Bears the Carpathian Mountains, frustrated farmers and high-paying sport hunters are helping to set the highest bear hunting quotas yet allowedTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000The Scientist Behind "Jurassic World", Jack Horner, Breaks Down the Movie's Thrilling Trailer spoke with the paleontologist, who was an adviser on the <em>Jurassic Park</em> movies, about the science behind the franchiseTue, 02 Dec 2014 13:59:47 +0000Haunting Drone Footage of Chernobyl Town"Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl" shows a drone's-eye view of the city nearly three decades after nuclear disasterMon, 01 Dec 2014 21:16:38 +0000How Do You Make a Great Teacher? student teachers harder, stick with them once they’re in the classroom, and integrate them into their schools' communitiesMon, 01 Dec 2014 21:02:33 +0000How Does the Hirshhorn's 60-Foot "Needle Tower" Stay Upright In A Stiff Wind? the 1960s, when artist Kenneth Snelson mingled architectural innovation with abstraction, the result was heavenlyMon, 01 Dec 2014 20:12:29 +0000Vote for the <em>Star Wars</em> Exhibition Hashtag traveling exhibition needs a hashtag. What will it be?Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:37:54 +0000Njideka Akunyili Crosby's Intimate Work Straddles Mediums And Oceans young Nigerian-American artist wins one of the Smithsonian's most prestigious awards.Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:17:33 +0000Designing a Smaller, Lighter Airplane Tail engineers from Caltech, Boeing and NASA, Israel Wygnanski is ushering in a new era of fuel-efficient airplane designMon, 01 Dec 2014 16:59:37 +0000Five Practical Uses for "Spooky" Quantum Mechanics years after Bell's Theorem, tools that harness the weird properties of quantum mechanics are at work all around you Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:48:41 +0000