Articles | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenWed, 29 Jul 2015 16:48:17 +0000Tour the World’s First Nuclear Power Planthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/tour-worlds-first-nuclear-power-plant-idaho-180956006/The historic site in a remote desert is now a museum where visitors can see the instruments that made nuclear historyWed, 29 Jul 2015 16:48:17 +0000Scientists Find a Natural Way to Clean Up Oil Spills, With a Plant-Based Moleculehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-find-natural-way-to-clean-up-oil-spills-with-plant-based-molecule-180955815/Researchers at the City College of New York are testing a spray made of phytol, a molecule in chlorophyll, on oil in lab wave poolsWed, 29 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Great Wine in Great Britain? The Unlikely Vino Culture Emerging in Englandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/great-wine-great-britain-unlikely-vino-culture-emerging-england-180956093/In the south of England, a new class of vintners is giving French bubbly a run for its moneyWed, 29 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000Hamsters Are Optimists When They Live in Comfy Cages http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hamsters-are-optimists-when-they-live-comfy-cages-180956095/Pet hamsters that enjoy habitats full of toys and fluffy bedding make more upbeat decisions than those in stark enclosuresTue, 28 Jul 2015 23:01:00 +0000Legos Go Sustainable, and Everything (Really) is Awesomehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/legos-go-sustainable-everything-really-is-awesome-180955874/To reduce its carbon footprint, the toy company is searching for a sustainable material for its bricks by 2030 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:20:16 +0000A New Report Identifies 30 Technologies That Will Save Lives in the Next 15 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-report-identifies-30-technologies-that-will-save-lives-in-next-15-years-180955927/A panel of 60 health experts creates a short list of easy-to-use devices and treatments that could dramatically improve global healthTue, 28 Jul 2015 16:27:44 +0000Top Five Myths About Human Kidneyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-five-myths-about-human-kidneys-180956088/From limiting alcohol consumption to detoxing, many misconceptions circulate about how to keep your kidneys healthyTue, 28 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000New Jamestown Discovery Reveals the Identities of Four Prominent Settlers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-archaeological-research-jamestown-reveals-identities-four-prominent-settlers-discovery-180956028/The findings by Smithsonian scientists dig up the dynamics of daily life in the first permanent British settlement in the coloniesTue, 28 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000How Elephants and Songbirds Are Helping Humans Communicatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-elephants-and-songbirds-are-helping-humans-communicate-180956086/In this Generation Anthropocene podcast, social animals show scientists how to trace our evolution and improve interactionsTue, 28 Jul 2015 15:20:38 +0000Visit D.C.'s Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Historic Homes and Gardens http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/summer-visit-dcs-coolest-beaten-path-estates-180955928/History, nature and culture combine at these fascinating estates and gardens in our nation's capitalTue, 28 Jul 2015 13:32:29 +0000What Gives Bugs Bunny His Lasting Power?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-gives-bugs-bunny-his-lasting-power-180956070/Seventy-five years after his first “What’s Up, Doc?,” the leporine character still leaves his markMon, 27 Jul 2015 17:34:49 +0000The Best Little Museum You Never Visited in Parishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-little-museum-you-never-visited-180956025/The Museum of Arts and Crafts is a trove of cunning inventionsMon, 27 Jul 2015 16:48:53 +0000What’s the Deal With Google’s Sidewalk Labs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/whats-deal-googles-sidewalk-labs-180955847/The tech giant's first move in urban planning is installing Wi-Fi hubs throughout New York City. Next, it could take on inefficiencies in public transitMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:35:02 +0000Living Cells Armed With Tiny Lasers May Help Fight Diseasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/living-cells-armed-tiny-lasers-may-help-fight-disease-180956067/The biological light sources may one day help researchers see deeper into the body's microscopic workingsMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:15:46 +0000The Entertaining Saga of the Worst Crook in Colonial Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-entertaining-saga-worst-crook-colonial-america-180955643/Stephen Burroughs was a thief, a counterfeiter and a convicted criminal. A rare piece of his fake currency is in the collectionsMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:41:32 +0000Running Shoes Date Back to the 1860s, and Other Revelations From the Brooklyn Museum's Sneaker Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/running-shoes-date-back-to-the-1860s-and-other-revelations-from-the-brooklyn-museums-sneaker-show-180955967/A show on sneaker culture at the Brooklyn Museum hypes its modern Nikes, but perhaps most fascinating are the historic kicks that started it allMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Captivating Photos of the Survivors of the Nepal Earthquakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/captivating-photos-survivors-nepal-earthquake-180956061/Photographer Sara Hylton visited the central Asian nation once the 7.9 tremor shook the earthMon, 27 Jul 2015 12:35:55 +0000Being Neurotic Makes It Harder for You to Remember Thingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/being-neurotic-makes-it-harder-you-remember-things-180956058/Brain scans suggest that certain personality types are wired to have better memoriesFri, 24 Jul 2015 19:23:20 +0000The Scandalous Story Behind the Provocative 19th-Century Sculpture "Greek Slave" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scandalous-story-behind-provocative-sculpture-greek-slave-19th-century-audiences-180956029/Artist Hiram Powers earned fame and fortune for his beguiling sculpture, but how he crafted it might have proved even more shockingFri, 24 Jul 2015 15:53:51 +0000Take a Spin on the Most Beautiful, Hand-Crafted Carousels in the Nationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/take-spin-national-carousel-day-180955977/These historic merry-go-rounds are survivors of a bygone era, when thrills came in a much tamer formFri, 24 Jul 2015 14:50:26 +00001,500-Year-Old Text Has Been Digitally Resurrected From a Hebrew Scrollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/1500-year-old-text-has-been-digitally-resurrected-burned-hebrew-scroll-180956031/Special software helped reveal the words on a burned scroll found inside a holy ark near the Dead SeaFri, 24 Jul 2015 13:03:38 +0000America's Road Trip: Route 66's Most Fascinating Museums http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/americas-road-trip-route-66s-most-fascinating-museums-180955760/Take a drive on Route 66 and encounter the wonders of the roadFri, 24 Jul 2015 12:14:10 +0000Off the Coast of Italy, Two Divers Are Building Underwater Greenhouseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/off-coast-italy-two-divers-are-building-underwater-greenhouses-180955883/The biospheres could provide an alternate means of farming in regions with unstable growing conditionsThu, 23 Jul 2015 19:19:16 +0000The Mad Challenge of Translating "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/mad-challenge-translating-alices-adventures-wonderland-180956017/Explore the linguistic tricks used to make Lewis Carroll's puns, parodies and nonsense accessible in hundreds of tonguesThu, 23 Jul 2015 18:00:41 +0000Can Sound Explain a 350-Year-Old Clock Mystery?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-sound-explian-350-year-old-clock-mystery-180956022/Lab experiments suggest that a strange synchronization of pendulum clocks observed in the 1600s can be chalked up to acoustic energyThu, 23 Jul 2015 17:21:20 +0000When Rock Bands Flocked to Howard Finster’s Remote, Bizarre Artist Compoundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/when-rock-bands-flocked-howard-finsters-remote-bizarre-artist-compound-180956012/Even today you can visit the site where groups such as R.E.M. found a true artistic geniusThu, 23 Jul 2015 15:15:03 +0000An Astronomer's Paradise, Chile May Be the Best Place on Earth to Enjoy a Starry Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/star-trekking-chile-astronomy-180955798/Chile's northern coast offers an ideal star-gazing environment with its lack of precipitation, clear skies and low-to-zero light pollutionThu, 23 Jul 2015 00:04:26 +0000What Endures From the Ancient Civilizations That Once Ruled the Central Andes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ancient-civilizations-central-andes-180955910/To journey here is to roam through almost six thousand years of civilization, to one of the places where the human enterprise beganThu, 23 Jul 2015 00:04:01 +0000Why Is This Wild, Pea-Sized Tomato So Important?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-wild-tiny-pimp-tomato-so-important-180955911/Native to northern Peru and southern Ecuador, this tiny and rapidly vanishing tomato boasts outsized influence on world gastronomyThu, 23 Jul 2015 00:03:38 +0000Boa Constrictors Kill By Stopping Blood Circulation http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/boa-constrictors-kill-stopping-blood-circulation-180956010/The popular belief that boas and other constricting snakes deal death by suffocation seems to be a flawed assumption Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:00:00 +0000What It's Like to Live in This Smart, Energy-Efficient Home of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-its-like-to-live-smart-energy-efficient-home-future-180956001/Nine months in, a family of four adjusts to life in the Honda Smart Home, a testing ground for new technologies at University of California, DavisWed, 22 Jul 2015 17:40:17 +0000Over a Quarter-Million Vietnam War Veterans Still Have PTSDhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/over-quarter-million-vietnam-war-veterans-still-have-ptsd-180955997/Forty years after the war's end, twice as many vets with combat-related PTSD are getting worse as those who are improvingWed, 22 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Will We Feed 9 Billion People on Earth of the Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-will-we-feed-9-billion-people-earth-future-180955998/This week's Generation Anthropocene reveals how seeds on ice and poisonous tubers may offer hope for food securityWed, 22 Jul 2015 14:36:56 +0000Inspiring Invention the MacGyver Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inspiring-invention-macgyver-way-180955987/Visitors to the Smithsonian's new Spark!Lab are challenged to solve problems with ingenuity and a pile of off-the-shelf itemsWed, 22 Jul 2015 10:00:00 +0000Teenage Inventor Alexis Lewis Thinks That Kids Have the Solutions to the World's Problemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/teen-inventor-alexis-lewis-wants-kids-to-invent-solutions-to-worlds-problems-180955933/With a patent to her name and more likely on the way, the 15 year old has made it her mission to inspire young innovatorsTue, 21 Jul 2015 17:59:04 +0000A DNA Search for the First Americans Links Amazon Groups to Indigenous Australianshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dna-search-first-americans-links-amazon-indigenous-australians-180955976/The new genetic analysis takes aim at the theory that just one founding group settled the AmericasTue, 21 Jul 2015 17:22:11 +0000Recession, Not Fracking, Drove a Drop in U.S. Carbon Emissionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/recession-not-fracking-drove-drop-us-carbon-emissions-180955972/The switch from coal to natural gas played only a small role in the recent carbon dioxide declineTue, 21 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Provoking Presidential Portraitshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/provoking-presidential-portraits/Pat Oliphant's searing sketches cross party lines. But the portraits are all in good clean fun...or are they?Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:38:20 +0000Linking Multiple Minds Could Help Damaged Brains Healhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/linking-multiple-minds-could-help-damaged-brains-heal-180955965/Monkeys and rats hooked up as "brainets" may lead to innovative treatments for Parkinson's, paralysis and moreMon, 20 Jul 2015 13:54:02 +0000Smithsonian Takes a Giant Step with Its First Kickstarter Campaign to Fund the Conservation of Neil Armstrong's Spacesuithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-takes-giant-step-its-first-kickstarter-campaign-fund-conservation-neil-armstrongs-spacesuit-180955964/On the 46th anniversary of the historic moonwalk, the spacesuit that made it possible is headed to the conservation lab Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:21:02 +0000Photos of Muslims Celebrating Eid al-Fitr Across the Globe http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photos-muslims-across-world-celebrating-end-ramadan-180955952/Muslims mark the end of Ramadan with food, festivities, gifts and prayers Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:42:19 +0000These Pictures Give a Rare Glimpse Into the Heart of the Pluto Flybyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-pictures-give-rare-glimpse-heart-pluto-flyby-180955950/Spanning the full 9.5 years of the mission to date, the images by Michael Soluri capture the people behind the epic close encounterFri, 17 Jul 2015 18:13:35 +0000These Maps Help Explain the Numerous, Complicated Factors Behind Income Inequalityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-maps-help-explain-numerous-complicated-factors-behind-income-inequality-180955941/Education, housing costs and even internet access are all a part of the difficult public policy matterFri, 17 Jul 2015 14:45:13 +0000You Can Still Stay a Night at These Grand Hotels From the Gilded Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/stay-night-in-gilded-age-hotels-180955940/Those that survive today are a testament to Old World luxuryFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:07:45 +0000Human Sex Chromosomes Are Sloppy DNA Swappershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/human-sex-chromosomes-are-sloppy-dna-swappers-180955946/The genetic bundles that code for males and females can get a little messy when they trade pieces during cell divisionFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Seven Ways to Revamp Deserted Spaces Under New York City's Highways and Elevated Trainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-ways-revamp-deserted-spaces-under-new-york-citys-highways-elevated-trains-180955726/The Design Trust for Public Space reimagines neglected areas under the city's infrastructureFri, 17 Jul 2015 11:07:25 +0000The Farmworker’s Champion Dolores Huerta Receives Her Due, Even as the Struggle for Justice Continueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/farmworkers-champion-dolores-huerta-gets-her-due-even-struggle-justice-continues-180955924/We must continue the struggle against present-day agricultural production and labor practices, says the director of the Smithsonian’s Latino Center Thu, 16 Jul 2015 18:35:44 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Makes Us a Righty or a Lefty?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-what-makes-us-righty-or-lefty-180955922/Scientists are interested in studying why some of us are non-right-handers because it might offer insight into how the brain developsThu, 16 Jul 2015 18:00:22 +0000Mosquitoes Can Carry, and Deliver, a Double Dose of Malariahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/mosquitoes-can-carry-deliver-double-dose-malaria-180955935/Insects that are already carrying one strain are more likely to pick up a second infection and harbor higher numbers of parasitesThu, 16 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Get Lost in the World's Largest Mazehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/get-lost-worlds-largest-maze-180955903/Ponder existence while wandering through the bamboo stalks of Italy's Masone LabyrinthThu, 16 Jul 2015 14:24:10 +0000You Can Now 3D Print With Liquefied Woodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-can-now-3d-print-with-liquefied-wood-180955775/A chemist at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden is making sustainable 3d printing a realityThu, 16 Jul 2015 10:36:07 +0000Behold, the First Closeup Pictures From the Pluto Flyby Are Herehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/behold-first-closeup-pictures-pluto-flyby-are-here-180955934/From fresh-faced moons to ice mountains, these are the visual surprises that hit the ground the day after the Pluto flybyWed, 15 Jul 2015 20:37:32 +0000The Evolution of Money, From Feathers to Credit Cardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/evolution-money-feathers-credit-cards-180955602/Coin collectors, and trinket lovers welcome back the National Numismatic Collections to its splendid new gallery at the American History MuseumWed, 15 Jul 2015 18:51:47 +0000Where Will the New Horizons Probe Go After Pluto?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/where-will-new-horizons-probe-go-after-pluto-180955929/The historic flyby may be over, but the spacecraft should still go on to study even smaller bodies on its path through the Kuiper beltWed, 15 Jul 2015 15:00:33 +0000The History of Creepy Dollshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-creepy-dolls-180955916/Take a trip to the uncanny valley and hope you make it back unscathedWed, 15 Jul 2015 13:46:34 +0000The New Horizons Probe Has Made Its Closest Approach to Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-horizons-probe-has-made-its-closest-approach-pluto-180955918/Mission scientists have received the confirmation signal that the pre-programmed event went as planned and the craft is healthyWed, 15 Jul 2015 02:35:36 +0000One Man's Obsession With Antique Toys Resulted in a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/weird-important-artifacts-portlands-antique-toy-museum-180955887/The Portland, Oregon, attraction is more than just the stuff of Kidd's playTue, 14 Jul 2015 18:51:37 +0000How Singer Won the Sewing Machine War http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-singer-won-sewing-machine-war-180955919/The Singer Sewing Machine changed the way America manufactured textiles, but the invention itself was less important than the company’s innovative businessTue, 14 Jul 2015 17:54:33 +0000The EPA Has a New Tool For Mapping Where Pollution and Poverty Intersecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/epa-has-new-tool-mapping-where-pollution-poverty-intersect-180955663/To better target its efforts, the agency is identifying problem areas, where people are facing undue environmental risksTue, 14 Jul 2015 16:47:51 +0000How Can We Keep Track of Earth's Invisible Water?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-can-we-keep-track-earths-invisible-water-180955914/This week's episode of Generation Anthropocene goes on a deep dive into some of the planet's more mysterious water sourcesTue, 14 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Wildfires Are Happening More Often and in More Placeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wildfires-are-happening-more-often-and-more-places-180955917/Average fire season length has increased by nearly a fifth in the last 35 years, and the area impacted has doubledTue, 14 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Are Universities Grooming the Next Great Innovators?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-are-universities-grooming-next-great-innovators-180955792/Design and entrepreneurship courses at Stanford and other institutions are fundamentally changing higher educationTue, 14 Jul 2015 14:44:56 +0000An Attempt to Keep the Dying Gottschee Culture Very Much Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/attempt-keep-dying-gottschee-culture-very-much-alive-180955915/Inspired by a trip to Slovenia with her grandmother, one New Yorker took it upon herself to chronicle the story of a lost piece of European historyTue, 14 Jul 2015 13:15:52 +0000These Glasses Could Help the Blind See http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-glasses-could-help-blind-see-180955797/Developed by Oxford scientists, SmartSpecs capture real time images and enhance the contrast for legally blind usersMon, 13 Jul 2015 13:37:50 +0000Which of These Baseball Players Should the Portrait Gallery Put on Display?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/which-these-baseball-players-should-portrait-gallery-put-display-180955906/Vote for these all-stars in an entirely different kind of competitionMon, 13 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000This New Nanogenerator Could Make Cars Much More Efficient http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-nanogenerator-could-make-cars-much-more-efficient-180955777/Electrodes placed on a car's tires can harness the energy generated when rubber meets road Fri, 10 Jul 2015 20:15:50 +0000The Scopes Trial Redefined Science Journalism and Shaped It to What It Is Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scopes-trial-redefined-science-journalism-shaped-it-what-it-is-today-180955881/Ninety years ago a Tennessee man stood trial for teaching evolution, a Smithsonian archives collection offers a glimpse into the rich backstoryFri, 10 Jul 2015 15:01:33 +0000What Killed the Dinosaurs in Utah's Giant Jurassic Death Pit? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-killed-dinosaurs-utahs-giant-jurassic-death-pit-180955878/Paleontologists are gathering evidence that may help crack the 148-million-year-old mystery, including signs of poisoned predatorsFri, 10 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000These Scientists Hope to Have Half the World's Plant Families on Ice By the End of Summer http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-scientists-hope-have-half-worlds-plant-families-on-ice-by-end-summer-180955867/Teaming up with botanical gardens, researchers at the Natural History Museum are digging deep into garden plant genomicsThu, 09 Jul 2015 19:37:27 +0000A New Photo Exhibition Depicts Just How Dramatic Mother Earth Can Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-depicts-just-how-dramatic-mother-earth-can-be-180955866/Iceland, the land of fire and ice, brings vivid focus to the raw power of a geophysically active EarthThu, 09 Jul 2015 18:22:31 +0000Bumblebees Are Getting Squeezed by Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bumblebees-getting-squeezed-climate-change-180955863/Across North America and Europe, the insects are just not keeping up with shifting temperatures Thu, 09 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Stories Behind Disneyland's Hidden Wondershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/truth-behind-secrets-disneyland-180955699/As the amusement park celebrates its 60th anniversary, here's the truth behind some of its more unusual featuresThu, 09 Jul 2015 15:02:46 +0000Pluto Probe Finds Surprises Ahead of Its Close Encounterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pluto-probe-finds-surprises-ahead-new-horizons-close-encounter-180955864/From dark poles to weird "whales", New Horizons is giving us a taste of the historic science we can expect from its visit to PlutoWed, 08 Jul 2015 21:25:20 +0000There Are New World Heritage Sites, Here Are the Ones You Should Travel to Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/alamo-battleship-island-and-frances-champagne-region-amoung-new-world-heritage-sites-180955835/This year, 24 sites from across the globe have been added to the heralded Unesco listWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:44:18 +0000Sixth-Century Misery Tied to Not One, But Two, Volcanic Eruptionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sixth-century-misery-tied-not-one-two-volcanic-eruptions-180955858/The ancient event is just one among hundreds of times volcanoes have affected climate over the past 2,500 yearsWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000These Two Scientists Turned Data From the Sun Into a Work of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-two-scientists-turned-data-sun-into-work-art-180955824/After collecting real-time data from the sun, two astrophysicists got to tinkering with video game components and the outcome is breathtakingWed, 08 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000A Look Into the Innovative Mind of One of the World's Most Inventive Architectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-look-innovative-mind-one-worlds-most-inventive-architects-180955826/A new show at the Cooper Hewitt reveals the process behind designer Thomas Heatherwick's projectsWed, 08 Jul 2015 10:00:00 +0000Tracing the History of American Invention, From the Telegraph to the Apple Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tracing-history-american-invention-from-telegraph-to-apple-I-180955838/More than 70 artifacts, from an artificial heart to an Etch A Sketch, grace the entryway to the American History Museum's new innovation wing Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:40:49 +0000What it Took to Create the World’s First Gay Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-it-took-create-worlds-first-gay-art-museum-1-180955840/Charles Leslie’s passionate half-century of homoerotic art collecting offers a mirror for the history of gay history itselfTue, 07 Jul 2015 15:58:18 +0000How Geography Shaped Societies, From Neanderthals to iPhoneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-geography-shaped-societies-neanderthals-iphones-180955837/This weeks' episode of Generation Anthropocene discusses efforts to quantify social development and the cultural retention of the NavajoTue, 07 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000This Is How You Live Paint an Eventhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-is-how-you-live-paint-an-event-180955823/Artist Jeremy Sutton painted on his iPad while musicians performed and visitors played virtual reality games at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumTue, 07 Jul 2015 14:54:04 +0000Twenty of the West's Leading Water Managers Raft Colorado's Yampa Riverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/twenty-wests-leading-water-managers-raft-colorados-yampa-river-180955618/In a historic drought, a group of decision makers take to the water to discuss the future of riversMon, 06 Jul 2015 19:42:19 +0000How Bacteria Make This Underground, Awe-Inspiring Cave Shine Goldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-bacteria-make-underground-cave-shine-gold-and-why-nasa-wants-study-them-180955670/These underground tubes at Lava Beds National Monument include sparkling gold ceilings that even NASA wants to studyMon, 06 Jul 2015 18:59:09 +0000How Curators Wrestled With the Complex Story of American Businesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-curators-wrestled-complex-story-american-business-180955783/The broad and sometimes difficult history of business in the U.S., its rogues, heros, successes and failures, is the dynamic story in a new exhibitionMon, 06 Jul 2015 18:14:51 +0000The Top Five Conversations About Earth in the Age of Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-five-conversations-about-earth-age-humans-180955822/The Generation Anthropocene podcast brings you stories from the front lines of Earth science, history and philosophyMon, 06 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Colonel Sanders Made Kentucky Fried Chicken an American Success Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-colonel-sanders-made-kentucky-fried-chicken-american-success-story-180955806/A weathervane from the Smithsonian collections is emblematic of Harland Sanders’s decades-long pursuit to make his chicken finger-lickin' goodMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:41:55 +0000Turning New York City's Subway Into a Symphony http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-new-york-citys-subway-symphony-180955725/Musician James Murphy wants to replace the beeps of the system's turnstiles with beautiful musicMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:06:28 +0000How a Hot Dog Eating Contest Became One of the Fourth of July's Greatest Traditionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/theres-nothing-more-american-nathans-famous-hot-dog-eating-contest-180955785/Why the American dream is shaped like a hot dogFri, 03 Jul 2015 13:01:21 +0000Can You Crack a Medical Mystery?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-you-crack-medical-mystery-180955575/A startup called CrowdMed asks volunteer detectives to study cases of patients with symptoms that baffle doctorsFri, 03 Jul 2015 12:08:50 +0000Why Milo's Sunrises Are a Symphony of Color in The Phantom Tollboothhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-milos-sunrises-are-symphony-color-phantom-tollbooth-180955811/Author Norton Juster says one boon to his magical writing is that he was born with synesthesia and hears colorsFri, 03 Jul 2015 12:04:36 +0000The Back to the Future Movies Are Obsessed With Television, Rightfully Sohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/back-future-movies-are-obsessed-television-rightfully-so-180955807/The McFlys' constant attention to the TV was a perfect reflection of life in post-war AmericaThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:36:07 +0000Why Seahorses Have Square Tailshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-seahorses-have-square-tails-180955802/Engineers show that the animals' prism-like tails are mechanically superior to cylindrical onesThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Shootings and Mass Murders Seem to Be Contagioushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shootings-and-mass-murders-seem-be-contagious-180955804/Data spanning decades shows how high-profile events can cause outbreaks of similar killings that mirror the spread of diseaseThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Can Science Help People Unlearn Their Unconscious Biases?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-science-help-people-unlearn-their-unconscious-biases-180955789/Social events, sleep training and even meditation may offer ways for people to erase biases they probably didn't know they heldThu, 02 Jul 2015 17:10:36 +0000Bringing Thomas Jefferson's Battered Tombstone Back to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/leveraging-material-science-restore-thomas-jeffersons-battered-tombstone-180954462/The founding father's fragile grave marker has survived for centuries, enduring souveniring, a fire and errant repairs Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:21:42 +0000The Great Moon Hoax Was Simply a Sign of Its Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/great-moon-hoax-was-simply-sign-its-time-180955761/Scientific discoveries and faraway voyages inspired fantastic tales—and a new Smithsonian exhibitionThu, 02 Jul 2015 14:33:53 +0000NASA's New Memorial Honors Lives Lost on the Challenger and Columbia Missionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nasas-new-memorial-honors-lives-lost-on-the-challenger-and-columbia-missions-180955778/The permanent exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida displays remnants of the shuttles and items from fallen astronautsThu, 02 Jul 2015 12:46:00 +0000On His First Day on the Job, Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton Discusses the Past and the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/his-first-day-job-smithsonian-secretary-david-j-skorton-discusses-past-and-future-180955793/The new Smithsonian leader says he wants to emphasize the arts and humanities at a time when they are being deemphasized nationally Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:48:07 +0000These Photos From Cuba Place You in the Boxing Ring http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-photos-from-Cuba-place-you-in-the-boxing-ring-180955780/Photojournalist and wedding photographer Rebecca Barger captures vibrant images of local streets, architecture and athletes in HavanaWed, 01 Jul 2015 18:24:55 +0000How a Transparent Fish May Help Decode the Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/How-transparent-fish-may-help-decode-brain-180955734/An outspoken Harvard neuroscientist is tackling the wondrous challenge of understanding the workings of the brainWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:03:29 +0000The Hyperloop Will Be Only the Latest Innovation That's Pretty Much a Series of Tubeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hyperloop-latest-innovation-pretty-much-series-of-tubes-180955735/The idea of using pneumatics to send objects has been around for ages. But people?Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Photos From the Heart of the Ferguson Protestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photos-from-heart-ferguson-protests-180955737/The events sparked by the killing of young Michael Brown gave rise to a new civil rights movement that's still growingWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000A Deep Dive Into the Skeleton of the Oldest-Known Modern Birdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/deep-dive-skeleton-oldest-known-modern-bird-180955738/A fossil found in China may offer new clues about avian evolutionWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What It's Like to Travel the Inca Road Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-its-like-travel-inca-road-today-180955740/A rocky rollicking journey to Machu Picchu along one of the greatest engineering feats in the AmericasWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What's Changed, and What Hasn't, in the Town That Inspired "To Kill a Mockingbird"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/whats-changed-what-hasnt-in-town-inspired-to-kill-a-mockingbird-180955741/Traveling back in time to visit Harper Lee's hometown, the setting of her 1960 masterpiece and the controversial sequel hitting bookstores soonWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000There Were Listicles That Went Viral Long Before There Was an Internethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/listicles-went-viral-long-before-internet-180955742/Digital scholars are zeroing in on stories that were trending way back in the 19th centuryWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Mad King and Magna Cartahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mad-king-magna-carta-180955745/How did a peace treaty signed — and broken — 800 years ago become one of the world's most influential documents?Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000A Photographic Requiem for America's Civil War Battlefieldshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/photographic-requiem-americas-civil-war-battlefields-180955746/Walking far-flung battlefields to picture the nation's defining tragedy in a modern lightWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What Did Insects Evolve From And More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-did-insects-evolve-from-more-questions-from-readers-180955758/You asked, we answeredWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000One Photographer's Personal Endeavor to Track Down Survivors of the Armenian Genocide, 100 Years Laterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/one-photographer-personal-endeavor-track-down-survivors-armenian-genocide-100-years-later-180955763/As children, they escaped ruthless state-sponsored violence. Now, these Armenian women and men visit the aching memory of what they left behindWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Latest Sign That the Robot Uprising Is Nigh? Camel Racinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/latest-sign-camel-racing-robotos-180955765/A centuries-old pastime in the United Arab Emirates gets a rebootWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Before Moby-Dick, There Was "Two Years Before the Mast"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/before-moby-dick-there-was-two-years-before-the-mast-180955766/This salty memoir by Richard Henry Dana Jr. was one of America's first literary classicsWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Fall and Rise and Fall of Pompeiihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fall-rise-fall-pompeii-180955732/The famous archaeological treasure is falling into scandalous decline, even as its sister city Herculaneum is rising from the ashesWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Tiny Robots Can Clear Clogged Arterieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tiny-robots-can-clear-clogged-arteries-180955774/Engineers at Drexel University are developing micro-swimmers that loosen arterial plaque and release drugs into the bloodstream to prevent future buildupWed, 01 Jul 2015 15:38:44 +0000Captivating Long-Exposure Photos of New Zealand’s Glowworm Caveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/captivating-long-exposure-photos-new-zealands-glowworm-caves-180955776/These new shots show the otherworldly magic created by a carnivorous fungus gnatWed, 01 Jul 2015 15:37:21 +000014 Fun Facts About Marine Bristle Worms http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/14-fun-facts-about-marine-bristle-worms-180955773/In honor of the first ever International Polychaete Day, learn about the bristly worms that are everywhere in the oceanWed, 01 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000To Stop Mosquito Bites, Silence Your Skin's Bacteriahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stop-mosquito-bites-silence-your-skins-bacteria-180955772/Texas scientists tricked mosquitoes into skipping a blood meal by modifying the way bacteria talk to each otherTue, 30 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Library Mark Twain Builthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mark-twains-summer-reading-list-180955678/The author helped create a library in the last town he called home—and it's full of great summer reading suggestions Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:16:59 +0000What Makes the Orange Juice Can Worthy of Display in a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-makes-orange-juice-can-important-museum-artifact-180955750/A new exhibition explains why the everyday objects of today and the recent past are so important to understanding who we areTue, 30 Jun 2015 13:15:00 +0000In Hawaii, Old Buses Are Being Turned Into Homeless Sheltershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hawaii-old-buses-are-being-turned-into-homeless-shelters-180955700/A group of architects envisions a rolling solution to the state's homelessness problemMon, 29 Jun 2015 19:06:59 +0000Here's How U.S. Groundwater Travels the Globe Via Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/heres-how-us-groundwater-travels-globe-food-180955752/Major aquifers are being drained for agricultural use, which means the water moves around in some surprising waysMon, 29 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000Is Architecture Actually a Form of Weaving?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/architecture-actually-form-weaving-180955698/David Adjaye, lead architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, approaches building design as creating "fabric"Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:45:10 +0000Is a Band Without Its Original Members Still the Same Band?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/band-without-its-original-members-still-same-band-180955730/What gives a musical group its identity? Is it the name on the poster or the people on the stage?Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:17:37 +0000Warming and Overfishing Sent Seabirds Flocking to Californiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/warming-and-overfishing-have-seabirds-flocking-california-mexico-180955715/Mexico's elegant terns have begun nesting farther north in years when their traditional food is scarceFri, 26 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Heart Line or Life Line: Can You Tell?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/heart-line-or-life-line-can-you-tell/We all know the heart and life lines are two of the most important measures of palmistry. But can you tell which is which?Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:07:06 +0000How the Inca Empire Engineered a Road Across Some of the World's Most Extreme Terrain http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-inca-empire-engineered-road-would-endure-centuries-180955709/For a new exhibition, a Smithsonian curator conducted oral histories with contemporary indigenous cultures to recover lost Inca traditionsFri, 26 Jun 2015 16:06:12 +0000 An Abandoned Island Now Glows Star-Bright Under a New Constellationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/abandoned-island-now-glows-star-bright-under-new-constellation-180955718/Artist Melissa McGill creates a luminous public art project above a ruined castle on a mysterious piece of land in the Hudson RiverFri, 26 Jun 2015 15:08:00 +0000Seven Surprises From the First Flybys of Each Planet in the Solar Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seven-surprises-first-flybys-each-planet-pluto-new-horizons-180955713/As the New Horizons probe approaches Pluto, find out what wonders were uncovered by the first spacecraft to zip past other worldsFri, 26 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Could This Head Gear Help Treat Parkinson's Disease?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-head-gear-help-treat-parkinsons-disease-180955647/Students at Johns Hopkins University have created an at-home brain-stimulating device to ease Parkinson's symptomsThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:23:39 +0000"Combing" Through Light May Give Us Faster, More Powerful Internethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/combing-through-light-may-give-us-faster-more-powerful-internet-180955705/A lab experiment used a device called a frequency comb to send fiber optic data a record-breaking distance with no signal lossThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000When the Poster Promoting the Concert Is as Exciting as the Music, You Know You're Listening to Chichahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/limas-urban-chicha-music-culture-draws-its-energy-streets-180955695/The sounds, graphic art and the mestizo lifestyle that goes with the music is the latest revolt of the Peruvian massesThu, 25 Jun 2015 17:21:05 +0000See the USA in a Minutehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/see-the-usa-in-a-minute/America is one of the most breathtaking geographical places on Earth. From monuments to mountains and canyons to coastlines, take a speedy aerial tourThu, 25 Jun 2015 16:48:29 +0000How the Soccer Ball Could Save the Golf Coursehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-soccer-ball-could-save-golf-course-180955701/Enter the sport of footgolf, which is exactly what it sounds likeThu, 25 Jun 2015 16:02:50 +0000There is Now a 12-Week Online Program for Overcoming Social Anxietyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/there-is-now-12-week-online-program-for-overcoming-social-anxiety-180955502/Two Stanford graduates are the brains behind Joyable, a startup that pairs users with coaches to tackle social challengesThu, 25 Jun 2015 15:59:53 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Does Rain Have A Distinctive Smell?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-does-rain-have-distinctive-smell-180955685/Summertime humidity—and our own memories—help create the conditions for how we perceive the sharp, fresh odor of a rain stormThu, 25 Jun 2015 15:21:26 +0000Stunning Photos of Africa's Oldest Trees, Framed by Starlighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photos-ancient-trees-beth-moon-southern-africa-diamond-nights-180955603/"Diamond Nights" captures the surreal beauty of ancient trees after nightfallThu, 25 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000This 5,300 Year-Old Corpse Was Found by Accidenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-5300-year-old-corpse-was-found-by-acci/Hikers Erika and Helmut Simon stumbled upon a frozen body deep in the Ötztal Alps, little did they know it belonged to one of the oldest preserved corpsesWed, 24 Jun 2015 20:05:19 +0000Five Tech Ideas That Could Improve City Bike Commutinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-tech-ideas-that-could-improve-city-bike-commuting-180955570/A group of London designers imagines Google Glass-like visors and buses that project outlines of their blind spots on the roadWed, 24 Jun 2015 19:36:46 +0000A Look Behind the Peruvian Art of Gourd Carvinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/peruvian-art-gourd-carving-180955656/With magnificent hand carvings, artisans craft stories of celebration and tragedy into dried gourds—a tradition practiced for more than 4,000 yearsWed, 24 Jun 2015 17:05:02 +0000This Ancient Creature Shows How the Turtle Got Its Shellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-creature-shows-how-turtle-got-its-shell-180955688/The 240-million-year-old "grandfather turtle" may be part of the evolutionary bridge between lizards and shelled reptiles Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000The Foods Americans Once Loved to Eathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/foods-americans-once-loved-eat-180955683/Turtles, beavers and eel were once beloved staples of the continental diet. What happened?Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:18:35 +0000These Window Collages Are Serious Eye Candyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/windows-world-andre-vicente-goncalves-photography-photo-series-collage-180955623/A Portuguese photographer provides a window into, well...windowsWed, 24 Jun 2015 15:02:37 +0000Barbers Are Giving Buzz Cuts to Detroit's Overgrown Lotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/barbers-are-giving-buzzcuts-to-detroits-overgrown-lots-180955227/A new project funded by a Knight Cities grant has local barbers and landscape contractors working to revitalize vacant spacesWed, 24 Jun 2015 14:15:32 +0000One Vancouver Forest Played Just About Every Wooded Locale on "The X-Files"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/one-vancouver-forest-played-just-about-every-wooded-locale-x-files-180955686/If the truth is still out there, there’s a good chance it’s in the Lower Seymour Conservation ReserveWed, 24 Jun 2015 10:00:00 +0000Ride America's Most Historic Roller Coastershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ride-americas-most-historic-roller-coasters-180955629/This summer, ride the coasters that add history to their thrillsTue, 23 Jun 2015 19:05:18 +0000Wingsuit Flying: The Most Extreme Sport of All?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/wingsuit-flying-the-most-extreme-sport-of-all/Wingsuit flying is famous for two things: a sense of thrill that's hard to match in any other sport, and a terrifyingly high death rate.Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:28:31 +000014 Fun Facts About the Animals of "Jurassic World"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/14-fun-facts-about-animals-jurassic-world-180955671/While the lead predator of the film might be a genetically modified fiction, these real fossil species were just as amazing and bizarreTue, 23 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000People Get Seasonal Depression in the Summer, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/people-get-seasonal-depression-summer-too-180955673/Millions suffer from SAD in summer as well as winter, and evidence hints that birth season plays a role in who develops the disorderMon, 22 Jun 2015 20:00:33 +0000The Roller Coaster Was Invented to Save America From Satanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-rollercoaster-was-invented-to-save-ameri/In the 1880s, LaMarcus Thompson was troubled by America's slide into hedonism and immorality. Out of that concern, we got the roller coasterMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:58:18 +0000A Dozen Indigenous Craftsman From Peru Will Weave Grass into a 60-Foot Suspension Bridge in Washington, D.C.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inca-rope-bridge-built-span-national-mall-washington-dc-180955609/The ancient technology used lightweight materials to create soaring 150-foot spans that could hold the weight of a marching armyMon, 22 Jun 2015 12:47:11 +0000How to Avoid Your Neighborshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/how-to-avoid-your-neighbors/J.S. Lovering Wharton built this house on a rock off the coast of Rhode Island because, as legend has it, he wanted a place where no one could bother himFri, 19 Jun 2015 19:04:32 +0000Shine On: Jeff Koons in Bilbaohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/jeff-koons-bilbao-guggenheim-spain-exhibit-180955648/Frank Gehry's titanium-clad Guggenheim plays host to a stunning survey of Koons's larger-than-life careerFri, 19 Jun 2015 19:02:53 +0000Why Taxidermy Is Being Revived for the 21st Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-taxidermy-being-revived-21st-century-180955644/A new generation of young practitioners is leading a resurgence in this centuries-old craftFri, 19 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Maker’s Week at the Zoo is Business as Usualhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/makers-week-zoo-business-usual-180955639/When the right product doesn't exist for a fish ultrasound or other procedure, scientists build it themselvesThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:35:25 +0000Where Do Important Ivory Artifacts Fit in the Race to Save Elephants from Poaching?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/where-do-important-ivory-artifacts-fit-race-save-elephants-poaching-180955636/The fight against poaching and trafficking came to a head in Times Square last week with the destruction of a one-ton cache of illegal ivoryThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:12:55 +0000DNA and Databases Help Untangle the Web of the Illegal Wildlife Tradehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dna-databases-untangle-web-illegal-wildlife-trade-180955634/Two new data-driven approaches help identify key hotspots for poaching and traffickingThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Genome Analysis Links Kennewick Man to Native Americanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/genome-analysis-links-kennewick-man-native-americans-180955638/Ancient DNA sequenced from the skeleton adds to the controversy over the individual's ancestryThu, 18 Jun 2015 17:21:19 +0000Kangaroos Are Lefties, and That Can Teach Us About Human Handednesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/kangaroos-are-lefties-and-can-teach-us-about-human-handedness-180955630/The discovery strengthens the case that upright posture drove the evolution of dominant hands in humansThu, 18 Jun 2015 16:36:11 +000011 Reasons to Love Bacteria, Fungi and Sporeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/11-reasons-love-bacteria-fungi-and-spores-180955627/From medicines to jet fuel, we have so many reasons to celebrate the microbes we live with every dayThu, 18 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Hottest New Accessory for Songbirds: Tiny GPS-Enabled Backpackshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hottest-new-accessory-songbirds-tiny-gps-enabled-backpacks-180955625/Peter Marra and Michael Hallworth of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center test a groundbreaking device that tracks birds' migrationsThu, 18 Jun 2015 12:54:57 +0000See the Flowers that Bloom All At Once, One Night a Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/see-flowers-bloom-all-once-one-night-year-180955615/The mysterious night-blooming cereus just dazzled a garden in Tucson. Scientists still aren’t sure exactly how they bloom at the same timeThu, 18 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000Eight New Things Science Says About Being a Dadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eight-new-things-science-says-about-being-dad-180955616/They're still not very good at cooing to toddlers, and their testosterone levels start to drop even before a baby is bornThu, 18 Jun 2015 10:20:18 +0000Six Ways the Civil War Changed American Medicinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/six-ways-civil-war-changed-american-medicine-180955626/150 years ago, the historic conflict forced doctors to get creative and to reframe the way they thought about medicineWed, 17 Jun 2015 21:00:00 +0000Doctors Can Study 3D Printed Models of Your Organs Before Surgeryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/doctors-can-study-3d-printed-models-your-organs-surgery-180955622/In a new era of personalized medicine, advanced models are better preparing surgeons for what they will encounter in the operating roomWed, 17 Jun 2015 19:27:53 +0000Restaurants and Hotels Breathe New Life into Beautiful, Abandoned Churches and Monasterieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/abandoned-churches-reimagined-restaurants-hotels-180955611/Vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows adorn these restored and reimagined structuresWed, 17 Jun 2015 16:34:00 +0000A New Recreation Shows How Ancient Romans Lifted Wild Animals Into the Colosseumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-ancient-romans-got-wild-animals-colosseum-180955580/An elaborate system of elevators and trap doors lifted ferocious beasts onto the Colosseum floorTue, 16 Jun 2015 17:47:08 +0000The Most Loved and Hated Novel About World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/most-loved-and-hated-novel-about-world-war-I-180955540/An international bestseller, Erich Maria Remarque's <em>All Quiet on the Western Front</em> was banned and burned in Nazi GermanyTue, 16 Jun 2015 16:58:21 +00002 World Trade Center and the Promise of Green Skyscrapers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/2-world-trade-center-and-promise-green-skyscrapers-180955584/New renderings of the tower show impressive sky gardens—a trendy feature that's difficult to pull offTue, 16 Jun 2015 16:07:24 +0000How Radio DJ Hoppy Adams Powered his 50,000-Watt Annapolis Station into a Mighty Influence http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dj-hoppy-adams-radio-annapolis-station-influence-segregated-america-180955594/In post-war America, as advertisers discovered African American audiences, one local disc jockey drew top recording stars and a huge followingTue, 16 Jun 2015 14:50:52 +0000Sleep With the Fishes: The Best Places to Spend a Night Underwaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/sleep-fishes-best-places-spend-night-underwater-180955494/As the weather heats up, escape to these hotel rooms beneath the wavesTue, 16 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000These Stirring Portraits Put a Face on Homelessnesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-stirring-portraits-put-face-on-homelessness-180955495/Rex Hohlbein's method of using social media to get tents, clothing, car repair and other needs to Seattle's homeless is catching on in other citiesMon, 15 Jun 2015 15:44:02 +0000The American at the Battle of Waterloohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/american-battle-waterloo-180955595/The British remember William Howe De Lancey, an American friend to the Duke of Wellington, as a hero for the role he played in the 1815 clashMon, 15 Jun 2015 14:49:42 +0000How a Cheap Plastic Rat Could Change Biology Classhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-cheap-plastic-rat-could-change-biology-class-180955596/With a couple of 3D printers, a husband and wife team is building accurate replicas of rats that could one day eliminate the need for dissection specimensMon, 15 Jun 2015 14:08:55 +0000Hey Scientist, Who Are You Mentoring this Summer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hey-scientist-who-are-you-mentoring-summer-180955593/The director of education at the National Museum of Natural History delivers a clarion call to all scientists: Be a Mentor. Raise Up the Next GenerationMon, 15 Jun 2015 12:39:06 +0000A Horrific Tragedy at Frank Lloyd Wright's Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/a-horrific-tragedy-at-frank-lloyd-wrights-home/One of Frank Lloyd Wright's most beloved properties, Taliesin, was inspired by Wisconsin's natural beauty. But its history is mired in tragedyFri, 12 Jun 2015 19:00:09 +0000Americans Are Not the Only Ones Obsessed With Their Flaghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/americans-not-only-ones-obsessed-with-their-flag-180955583/From the mild-mannered Danes to crazed soccer fans, people all over the world go nuts for their national colorsFri, 12 Jun 2015 15:47:53 +0000The Tweeting Potholes of Panamahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tweeting-potholes-panama-180955507/In Panama City, potholes have taken to Twitter to ask for repairs Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:56:33 +0000How Magna Carta Went Viralhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-magna-carta-went-viral-180955550/In a world before the printing press, how did news of the famous document make the rounds?Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Relive the Battle of Waterloo With These Astonishing Portraits of War Reenactorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/relive-battle-waterloo-these-astonishing-portraits-war-reenactors-180955536/Photographer Sam Faulkner shoots a portrait series that gives a face to the more than 200,000 soldiers who fought in the historic conflictFri, 12 Jun 2015 12:50:37 +0000What Is a Maker Faire, Exactly?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-maker-faire-exactly-180955574/Billed as the world’s greatest show and tell, the DIY extravaganza might just make a maker out of youFri, 12 Jun 2015 12:36:42 +0000Hovering Hawkmoths Slow Down Their Brains to See in the Darkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hovering-hawkmoths-slow-down-their-brains-see-dark-180955567/The insects’ night vision appears to be finely tuned to the movement of their flower food sourcesThu, 11 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Earth's Oxygen Levels Can Affect Its Climatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earths-oxygen-levels-can-affect-its-climate-180955572/Models of past eras show that oxygen can influence global temperature and humidity as its concentration changesThu, 11 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Makes Skunk Spray Smell So Terrible?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-what-makes-skunk-spray-smell-so-terrible-180955553/When the omnivorous cat-size mammals take aim, the malodorous spray can hit with pin-point accuracy up to 20 feet awayThu, 11 Jun 2015 15:12:06 +0000Where to Visit the Real Jurassic World After You See the Filmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-relive-jurassic-world-after-you-see-film-180955554/The movie's filming locations and inspiration offer lush vegetation, stunning views and plenty of sharksThu, 11 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Same Probiotic That’s In Your Yogurt Could Detect Liver Cancerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/same-probiotic-thats-in-your-yogurt-could-detect-liver-cancer-180955491/Take a dose of this bacteria, genetically altered by scientists at MIT, and your urine will glow if liver cancer is presentWed, 10 Jun 2015 19:42:02 +0000Wildlife Photographer Frans Lanting on the Difference Between Taking Pictures and Making Photographshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wildlife-photographer-frans-lanting-difference-taking-pictures-making-photographs-180955551/The <I>National Geographic</i> photographer has been described as having the "mind of a scientist, the heart of a hunter, and the eyes of a poet" Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:52:11 +0000City Governments Are Collaborating With Startups, and Acting Like Ones Themselveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/citie-governments-are-collaborating-startups-and-acting-ones-themselves-180955483/By establishing offices that promote innovation, cities are taking more risks than ever beforeWed, 10 Jun 2015 18:04:34 +0000A "Mangrove Forest" of Magnetism May Help Heat the Sun's Corona http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mangrove-forest-magnetism-may-heat-suns-corona-180955556/New simulations might explain why the sun's atmosphere is bizarrely millions of degrees hotter than its surfaceWed, 10 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Why the Germans Torpedoed the Lusitaniahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-the-germans-torpedoed-the-lusitania/When German U-boat Commander Walther Schwieger ordered a torpedo strike on the Lusitania, he didn't know it would be the shot that eventually led the U.S.Tue, 09 Jun 2015 17:44:18 +0000Six Ways to See Bioluminescence in the World's Oceanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/six-ways-see-bioluminescence-worlds-oceans-180955541/From shimmering squid in Japan to illuminated clams in France, here are some of the top spots for basking in nature's glowTue, 09 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000Does the Future Hold the Prospect of Outsourcing the Human Brain?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/does-future-hold-prospect-outsourcing-human-brain-180955531/Bold thinker Sebastian Thrun is receiving a Smithsonian Award this week, so he regaled us with some of his ideas for changing the worldTue, 09 Jun 2015 15:42:49 +0000Dinosaur Soft Tissue Recovered From Eight Cretaceous-Era Fossilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dinosaur-soft-tissue-recovered-eight-cretaceous-era-fossils-180955538/New sampling methods yielded cells and fibers from relatively ordinary fossils, broadening the possibilities for paleontologyTue, 09 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000Support for the Death Penalty May Be Linked to Belief in Pure Evilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/support-death-penalty-may-be-linked-belief-pure-evil-180955535/People who think evil exists in the world are more likely to demonize criminals, regardless of their character traitsTue, 09 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000Al Capone and Chicago's Violent Mobster Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/al-capone-and-chicagos-violent-mobster-past/Soar over Chicago and back through the city's violent past. Illinois is the final state to be captured in Smithsonian Channel's "Aerial America" seriesMon, 08 Jun 2015 21:52:35 +0000Soon Our Phones Will Be Telling Us to Drink More Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/soon-our-phones-will-be-telling-us-drink-more-water-180955522/A new crop of health wearables aims to keep users hydratedMon, 08 Jun 2015 20:24:16 +0000How Do You Dance to Jazz?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-do-you-dance-to-jazz-180955508/The attendees at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival taught our music writer a step or twoMon, 08 Jun 2015 18:36:41 +0000A Flexible Circuit Has Been Injected Into Living Brainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/flexible-circuit-has-been-injected-living-brains-180955525/Tested on mice, the rolled mesh fits inside a syringe and unfurls to monitor brain activityMon, 08 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000What a 1950s Fashion Maven Might Teach Us About What To Wearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/1950s-designer-claire-mccardell-might-teach-us-about-what-wear-180955520/When it was time to suit up for work, politics or social engagements, Claire McCardell's fans embraced her chic, but comfortable styleMon, 08 Jun 2015 14:17:01 +0000Does Dieting Actually Make Your Stomach Shrink?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-dieting-actually-make-your-stomach-shrink-180955521/Not exactly, says science—stretchiness and psychology seem to play bigger roles than size in determining how much a person can eatMon, 08 Jun 2015 14:03:41 +0000The New Shanghai Natural History Museum is Ancient, Modern and Uniquely Chinesehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/shanghai-natural-history-museum-and-new-age-museums-180955392/The nautilus-shaped building draws on Chinese traditions and 21st century design to house amazing specimens found nowhere elseMon, 08 Jun 2015 12:43:40 +0000Whistler's Peacock Room is Reimagined in a State of Oozing and Broken Decayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whistler-peacock-room-reimagined-state-oozing-broken-decay-180955505/In Filthy Lucre, a new installation at the Sackler Gallery, artist Darren Waterston deconstructs Whistler's masterpieceFri, 05 Jun 2015 18:41:50 +0000How Pyrex Reinvented Glass For a New Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-pyrex-reinvented-glass-new-age-180955513/One hundred years after the birth of the brand, the Corning Museum of Glass pays homage to America's favorite dishFri, 05 Jun 2015 18:23:25 +0000Seven Inspiring Innovations In Education From Around the Globe http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-inspiring-innovations-in-education-from-around-the-globe-180955484/American schools, start taking notes! There may be some things to learn from these successful programsFri, 05 Jun 2015 16:24:47 +0000With This Self-Healing Concrete, Buildings Repair Themselveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/with-this-self-healing-concrete-buildings-repair-themselves-180955474/A concrete developed by Dutch scientists and embedded with limestone-producing bacteria is ready to hit the market Fri, 05 Jun 2015 14:13:19 +0000Big Boom: The Best Places to See Meteorite Impact Cratershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/big-boom-best-places-see-meteorite-impact-craters-180955460/Ancient impacts changed landscapes and perhaps even the course of evolution—here's where to see the coolest craters this summerFri, 05 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000There Is No Global Warming Hiatus After Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/there-no-global-warming-hiatus-after-all-180955501/Improved data and better analysis methods find no slowdown in the pace of global temperature rise, NOAA scientists reportThu, 04 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000The 'Hellboy' Dinosaur, a New Cousin of Triceratops, Is Fossil Royaltyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hellboy-dinosaur-new-cousin-triceratops-fossil-royalty-180955496/The horned dinosaur wears a built-in crown and offers evidence of many more undiscovered species in North AmericaThu, 04 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000Mouse Noses Can Bypass the Brain to Make Females Blind to Maleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mouse-noses-can-bypass-brain-make-females-blind-males-180955500/Hormones direct the nose to signal when potential mates are about—and when to erase their scentThu, 04 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Remarkable Story of the World’s Rarest Stamphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remarkable-story-worlds-rarest-stamp-180955412/The rarely seen, one-of-a-kind 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, which recently sold for a whopping $9.5 million, gets its public debut Thu, 04 Jun 2015 14:41:37 +0000Ride This Bizarre, Old-School Elevator Before They All Shut Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ride-bizarre-old-school-elevator-they-all-shut-down-180955461/The paternoster elevators of Europe are weird, a bit scary and getting harder and harder to find. For now, there are still a few you can rideThu, 04 Jun 2015 14:10:18 +0000Can Young Botanists at a Magnet School Play a Vital Role in Protecting an Urban Ecosystem?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-young-botanists-at-magnet-school-play-vital-role-protecting-urban-ecosystem-180955477/Miami's BioTech, the country's first ever botany-focused magnet high school, is teaching kids real-world plant scienceThu, 04 Jun 2015 13:16:06 +0000Weird Orbital Behaviors Offer Clues to the Origins of Pluto's Moonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/weird-orbital-behaviors-offer-clues-origins-plutos-moons-180955490/Solving the mystery of these satellites could help astronomers understand "Tatooine" exoplanets that orbit binary starsWed, 03 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Who Crafts the Image in Celebrity Portraiture?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/who-crafts-image-celebrity-portraiture-180955451/Is it real or is it celebrity branding? A portrait exhibition of iconic celebs considers the question of who holds the upper hand—the artist or the starWed, 03 Jun 2015 15:28:33 +0000Ancient Urns or Drinking Vessels for Giants? Behind the Mysterious Plain of Jars in Laoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ancient-urns-or-drinking-vessels-giants-behind-laos-mysterious-plain-jars-180955462/A grassy area studded with hulking, 2,000-year-old jars provides a surreal sight as well as an archeological puzzleWed, 03 Jun 2015 13:12:00 +0000These New Computer Chips Are Made From Woodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-new-computer-chips-are-made-from-wood-180955471/A new technique replaces the bulk of smartphone-friendly microchips with a transparent, flexible material made from wood pulpWed, 03 Jun 2015 11:34:06 +0000See All 50 States From the Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/50-states-aerial-america-smithsonian-channel-series-video-180955480/Smithsonian Channel's popular Aerial America series has filmed its 50th and final stateWed, 03 Jun 2015 08:00:00 +0000Where the Blues Was Bornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/where-blues-was-born-180955479/At Dockery Farms, the original bluesmen created a sound that would become legendaryTue, 02 Jun 2015 18:49:08 +0000Discover a Fossil Jackpot Off the Las Vegas Striphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/discover-fossil-jackpot-las-vegas-strip-tule-springs-ice-age-180955475/Remains of mammoths, camels and other beasts of the Ice Age tempt visitors out of Sin City and into Tule Springs National MonumentTue, 02 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +000025 Millennials Just Crossed the United States By Rail Hoping to Leave Their Marks in Cities Along the Way http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/25-millennials-just-crossed-united-states-rail-hoping-leave-their-marks-cities-along-way-180955470/Young leaders take a 10-day whistle-stop tour with on-train seminars and service projects in communities across the nationMon, 01 Jun 2015 20:25:30 +0000Photojournalist Eli Reed Shares Some of His Favorite Images From His 40-Year Careerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photography-book-eli-reed-favorite-images-african-american-180955469/The pioneering African American looks back at the power of the photographMon, 01 Jun 2015 19:22:51 +0000Migrating Monarch Butterflies Might Actually Take to the Highwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/migrating-monarch-butterflies-might-actually-take-to-the-highway-180955436/Threatened pollinators get a trans-continental right of wayMon, 01 Jun 2015 19:10:19 +0000Big African Animals Are Pickier Eaters Than We Imagined http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/big-african-animals-are-pickier-eaters-we-imagined-180955472/To the surprise of ecologists, plant-eaters manage to coexist on the savanna by each choosing different favorite foods Mon, 01 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000How "Meat Banks" Are Helping Farmers Preserve Precious Livestockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-meat-banks-are-helping-farmers-preserve-precious-livestock-180955465/Frozen sperm and tissue are being stored to protect commercial animals and help save rare heritage breedsMon, 01 Jun 2015 15:00:16 +0000Forget Credit Cards, Now You Can Pay With Your Eyes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/forget-credit-cards-now-you-can-pay-your-eyes-180955445/A new Japanese phone with an iris scanner may mark a new era of password-free mobile payments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:16:27 +0000The Epic Failure of Thomas Edison's Talking Dollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/epic-failure-thomas-edisons-talking-doll-180955442/Expensive, heavy, non-functioning and a little scary looking, the doll created by America's hero-inventor was a commercial flopMon, 01 Jun 2015 14:07:19 +0000Smithsonian to Receive Artifacts From Sunken 18th-Century Slave Ship Found Off the Coast of South Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sunken-18th-century-slave-ship-found-south-africa-180955458/In 1794, the Portuguese slave ship São José wrecked with 400 slaves aboard; iron ballast and a wooden pulley from that ship will come to Washington, D.C.Sun, 31 May 2015 14:36:11 +0000