Articles | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenFri, 29 Apr 2016 16:15:48 +0000Exclusive: Read Harper Lee’s Profile of “In Cold Blood” Detective Al Dewey That Hasn’t Been Seen in More Than 50 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/exclusive-read-harper-lees-profile-cold-blood-detective-al-dewey-hasnt-been-seen-more-50-years-180958957/Reprinted here for the first time, the article was published five years before Truman Capote’s best-selling bookFri, 29 Apr 2016 16:15:48 +0000Neuroscientist David Eagleman on What Is Possible in the Cosmoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/neuroscientist-david-eagleman-what-possible-cosmos-180958959/The author tackles where the human brain and astronomy intersectFri, 29 Apr 2016 15:57:41 +0000Infants Learn to Pay Attention (or Not) From Watching Mom and Dadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/infants-learn-pay-attentionor-not-watching-mom-and-dad-180958945/Parents who focus on play may help babies develop critical skills that predict future successThu, 28 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000Nine Unique Gifts to Buy in Viennahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/vienna-austria-9-things-luxury-items-gift-guide-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958894/From specialty fruit preserves to Habsburg figurines, Austria's capital has it allThu, 28 Apr 2016 15:33:17 +0000Japan Is Getting “Invisible” Trains That Blend into the Landscapehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/japan-getting-see-through-trains-ultimate-views-1-180958911/Admiring the scenery just got even betterThu, 28 Apr 2016 14:15:00 +0000Grab Your Pitchfork and Take an "American Gothic"-Themed Road Triphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/road-trip-through-american-gothic-180958928/A drive through eastern Iowa is the best way to appreciate one of the country’s most famous imagesThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:42:39 +0000A Brief History of the Nickelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-nickel-180958941/In honor of the coin’s 150th anniversary, read up on how the nickel came to be mintedThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:09:34 +0000The Scientific Daredevils Who Made Yale's Peabody Museum a National Treasurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientific-daredevils-made-yales-peabody-museum-national-treasure-180958905/When an award-winning science writer dug into the backstory of this New Haven institute, he found a world of scientific derring-doThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why Babe Ruth Was the Ultimate Symbol of the Roaring '20shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-babe-ruth-was-the-ultimate-symbol-of-the-20s/Babe Ruth captured the times, lived large and demonstrated an insatiable appetite for pleasure and achievementWed, 27 Apr 2016 20:14:53 +0000How Machines Are Getting Better at Making Conversation http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-machines-are-getting-so-much-better-making-conversation-180958887/Digital assistants are developing personalities, with some help from poets and writersWed, 27 Apr 2016 17:19:01 +0000Break Free in Freddie Mercury's Montreuxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/break-free-freddie-mercurys-montreux-180958640/Visit the Swiss town where Queen's frontman recorded some of his greatest hits Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:05:57 +0000The Original Country Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-original-country-music/Country music star Trace Adkins stops by the Smithsonian to examine some authentic sheet music from the Civil War.Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:01:28 +0000When it Comes to Greenhouse Gases, CO2 Isn’t the Only Game in Townhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-it-comes-greenhouse-gases-co2-isnt-only-game-town-180958772/Carbon dioxide rightly gets the attention in the climate change debate. But here are four more gases that can wreck our atmosphere.Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:19:04 +0000How Computer Scientists Are Using Twitter to Predict Gentrificationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-computer-scientists-are-using-twitter-predict-gentrification-180958888/Cambridge researchers have created a way to predict a neighborhood's fortunes in coming years by analyzing social media dataWed, 27 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Early Microscopes Revealed a New World of Tiny Living Thingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/early-microscopes-revealed-new-world-tiny-living-things-180958912/A cloth merchant turned a device for checking his wares into an instrument fit for scienceWed, 27 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000NASA Responds to an S.O.S. of Historic Proportionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nasa-responds-sos-historic-proportions-180958913/Rocket technology could save our (historic) structures from earthquakesTue, 26 Apr 2016 19:00:00 +0000How to Yodel Like a Localhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/the-art-of-swiss-yodeling-180958739/The Swiss tradition is much more than a simple yodel-ay-ee-ooooTue, 26 Apr 2016 17:35:24 +0000The Future Is Here Festival Considers Extraterrestrial Life and the Essence of Humanityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-here-festival-considers-extraterrestrial-life-and-essence-humanity-180958916/In the festival's final day, speakers turn to the cosmos and our place within itTue, 26 Apr 2016 16:28:14 +0000Replica of 'Psycho' House Opened on Museum Rooftophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/replica-psycho-house-opened-museum-rooftop-180958908/The Metropolitan Museum of Art features a replica of Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' houseTue, 26 Apr 2016 13:31:26 +0000The Priceless Impact Harriet Tubman Will Have as the Face of the $20 Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/priceless-impact-harriet-tubman-will-have-face-20-bill-180958886/Curator Nancy Bercaw from the African American History Museum discusses the freedom fighter's ongoing legacyMon, 25 Apr 2016 19:51:23 +0000Hosting an Event? Don't Toss Leftover Food, Donate Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hosting-event-dont-toss-leftover-food-donate-it-180958882/With an Uber-like app, Transfernation is reducing food waste while feeding those in needMon, 25 Apr 2016 18:18:19 +0000How to Make Science Fiction Become Fact, in Three Stepshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-make-science-fiction-become-fact-three-steps-180958890/Speakers at <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine's "Future is Here" festival said be patient, persistent, but never, ever pessimisticMon, 25 Apr 2016 16:23:47 +0000Nikola Tesla's Struggle to Remain Relevanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nikola-tesla-museum-belgrade-inventor-electricity-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958881/An offbeat Belgrade museum reveals the many mysteries of the prolific, late-19th-century inventorMon, 25 Apr 2016 16:07:38 +0000North American Mammoths May Have Been a Single Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/north-american-mammoths-may-have-been-single-species-180958889/Woolly mammoths and other varieties may have been intermingling, DNA analyses showMon, 25 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000When Shirley Chisholm Ran for President, Few Would Say: "I'm With Her"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-shirley-chisholm-ran-for-president-few-would-say-im-with-her-180958699/The congresswoman tried to win the White House by consolidating the black vote and the women's vote, but she ran into trouble Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:07:10 +0000Shining Light on Brazil’s Secret Coral Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shining-light-brazils-secret-coral-reef-180958872/The massive, previously unstudied reef is unlike any other known on Earth Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:00:00 +0000Is Bratislava's Communist-Era Architecture Worth Preserving? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/bratislava-slovakia-architecture-cold-war-communism-cultural-preservation-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958880/For residents of Slovakia's capital, Cold War structures recall a painful past Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:48:28 +0000If You Want to See Thousands of Fireflies Light Up at Once, Head to the Great Smoky Mountainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/if-you-want-see-thousands-fireflies-light-once-head-great-smoky-mountains-180958845/A firefly mating ritual turns into a synchronized light showFri, 22 Apr 2016 17:04:10 +0000A Member of the Little Rock Nine Discusses Her Struggle to Attend Central Highhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/member-little-rock-nine-discusses-her-struggle-attend-central-high-180958870/At 15, Minnijean Brown faced down the Arkansas National Guard, Now Her Story and Personal Items are Archived at the SmithsonianFri, 22 Apr 2016 16:04:52 +0000Celebrating 500 Years of German’s Beer Purity Law http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/celebrating-500-years-germans-beer-purity-law-180958878/Germany's treasured—and controversial—rule has a fascinating past and an uncertain futureFri, 22 Apr 2016 15:23:19 +0000When Electricity and Music Collide, the Tesla Coils Singhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-electricity-and-music-collide-tesla-coils-sing-180958803/The band ArcAttack delivers a high-voltage performance with a side of science educationFri, 22 Apr 2016 13:30:08 +0000Why Didn't the First Earth Day's Predictions Come True? It's Complicatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-didnt-first-earth-days-predictions-come-true-its-complicated-180958820/Half a century ago, scientists and activists predicted utter doom for the planet. That hasn't happened yet, but it's nothing to cheer aboutFri, 22 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Is There Such a Thing as a “Bad” Shakespeare Play?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/there-such-thing-bad-shakespeare-play-180958869/Four hundred years after the Bard’s death, the quality of his works is still a fluid scaleFri, 22 Apr 2016 11:00:00 +0000This Is the Closest Thing to a Dragon You'll Ever Seehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/closet-thing-to-a-dragon/Draco lizards use specialized sideflaps to launch themselves into the air while evading predatorsThu, 21 Apr 2016 21:09:53 +0000Four Hundred Years Later, Scholars Still Debate Whether Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” Is Anti-Semitic http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-scholars-still-debate-whether-or-not-shakespeares-merchant-venice-anti-semitic-180958867/Deconstructing what makes the Bard’s play so problematicThu, 21 Apr 2016 20:07:51 +0000Beyond Raspberry Berets: What Prince Left Behind http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/beyond-raspberry-berets-what-prince-left-behind-180958866/From portraits to guitars, The Artist’s legacy lives on at the SmithsonianThu, 21 Apr 2016 19:42:03 +0000Discover the Real Ramen at a Shrine to Slurpy Noodleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ramen-musuem-japan-180958802/The iconic dish has surprising regional rootsThu, 21 Apr 2016 18:39:44 +0000You Can’t Sleep While Traveling Because Your Brain Acts Like a Dolphin’s http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/you-cant-sleep-while-traveling-because-your-brain-acts-dolphins-180958860/On the first night in a new place, half your brain stays awake to watch out for dangerThu, 21 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000For Chris Carter, the Truth is Still Out Therehttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/as-interview/interview-chris-carter-180958438/The <i>X-Files</i> creator wants to believeThu, 21 Apr 2016 15:10:21 +0000What Does a Dying Forest Sound Like?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-dying-forest-sound-180958859/As temperatures rise, scientists scramble to pinpoint trees in danger of droughtThu, 21 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Fight Against Ginseng Poaching in the Great Smoky Mountainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fight-against-ginseng-poaching-great-smoky-mountains-180958858/A profitable black market for the native shrub pits the National Park Service against poor residents of AppalachiaThu, 21 Apr 2016 14:37:46 +0000Stephen Hawking on Why Black Holes Are Worthy of Your Considerationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stephen-hawking-why-black-holes-are-worthy-your-consideration-180958855/A new Harvard-Smithsonian initiative will delve into the places in the universe where spacetime sags around massive objectsThu, 21 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Mad Dash to Figure Out the Fate of Peatlandshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mad-dash-figure-out-fate-peatlands-180958841/As the planet’s peat swamps come under threat, the destiny of their stored carbon remains a mysteryWed, 20 Apr 2016 16:31:22 +0000These Tiny Satellites Can Be Launched Into Space for as Little as $1,000http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-tiny-satellites-can-be-launched-into-space-little-1000-180958804/Researchers at Arizona State University may be paving the way for consumer satellite flightWed, 20 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000How to Plug In Your Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-to-plug-in-your-brain-180958775/If neuroscientists are right, you’ll soon be able to sharpen your focus and boost your memory by recharging your brain—with electricityWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Your Questions for Astronaut Tom Jones, Answeredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/questions-astronaut-tom-jones-answered-180958776/Just a sampling of what we can learn from those who have been to spaceWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Future of Cars Is Already Herehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-cars-already-here-180958777/Even before the "Jetsons," people dreamed of flying cars. Now breakthroughs in technology are helping all kinds of vehicles get off the groundWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Deadly Cunning of the Black Widow's Color Schemehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/deadly-cunning-black-widow-color-scheme-180958778/Why did the spider evolve to have that crimson hourglass on its back?Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000An Oral History of "Star Trek"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/oral-history-star-trek-180958779/The trail-blazing sci-fi series debuted 50 years ago and has taken countless fans where none had gone beforeWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000How a Psychedelic Concert Poster Rocked the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/psychedelic-concert-poster-rocked-world-180958780/C'mon baby light my flierWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Fashion Photographer Klaus Mitteldorf Captures the Chaos of Modern Identityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/fashion-photographer-klaus-mitteldorf-captures-modern-identity-180958781/These images evoke a world of endless distractionWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Who Really Wrote "Citizen Kane"?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/who-really-wrote-citizen-kane-180958782/Two new books offer divergent theories on the authorship of the much-heralded filmWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Can Proteins From Living Cells Solve Problems That Vex Supercomputers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/proteins-living-cells-solve-problems-that-vex-supercomputers-180958783/When nature knows bestWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The NASA Robot That Failed to Do Its Jobhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nasa-robot-failed-do-its-job-180958784/A cautionary tale about the android who just wasn't suited for the task at handWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Why Benedict Arnold Turned Traitor Against the American Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/benedict-arnold-turned-traitor-american-revolution-180958786/The story behind the most famous betrayal in U.S. history shows the complicated politics of the nation's earliest daysWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Inside the Grand Plan to Send Humans to Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inside-nasa-plan-send-humans-mars-180958787/NASA's innovative deputy administrator Dava Newman explains just how close we are to sending astronauts far, far awayWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Starship Enterprise Is Coming in for a New Landing at the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/starship-enterprise-new-landing-smithsonian-180958788/This artifact in the Air and Space Museum collections boldly returns to public viewWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000For Those Clutching Pearls Over Buzzfeed: A History of Newspapers Reveals That It's Always Been This Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/history-newspapers-reveal-always-been-like-buzzfeed-180958789/From user-generated content to political screeds, the future of news happens to look a lot like the pastWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Here's Where You Can Hike a Glacier (Before They're Gone)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/heres-where-you-can-hike-glacier-theyre-gone-180958844/Read on for five of the world's most stunning icecap experiencesWed, 20 Apr 2016 14:54:21 +0000Calling All Those in the Market for Skateboard Jewelry, Czech Marionettes or Other Quirky Craftshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/calling-those-market-broken-skateboards-czech-marionettes-smithsonian-craft-show-180958816/The annual Smithsonian Craft Show features 120 of the best craft artisans from around the countryWed, 20 Apr 2016 14:21:24 +0000Tech Visionary Nicholas Negroponte Talks About the Future of Educationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tech-visionary-nicholas-negroponte-talks-about-future-education-180958714/The act of writing a computer program, says the founder of MIT's Media Lab, allows a child to learn about learningWed, 20 Apr 2016 14:14:21 +0000Avalanches on Comets May Help Make the Icy Bodies Visiblehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/avalanches-comets-may-help-make-icy-bodies-visible-180958828/Tumbling rocks may have lit up Comet Hartley 2, allowing its discovery in 1986Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:00:00 +0000Before Reefer Madness, High Times and 4/20, There Was the Marijuana Revenue Stamp http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reefer-madness-high-times-and-420-there-was-marijuana-revenue-stamp-180958823/Originally designed in the 1930s to restrict access to the drug, these stamps draw a curious crowd to the Postal MuseumWed, 20 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Can Physicists Ever Prove the Multiverse Is Real?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-physicists-ever-prove-multiverse-real-180958813/Astronomers are arguing about whether they can trust this untested—and potentially untestable—ideaTue, 19 Apr 2016 17:59:19 +0000For Baboons, a Tough Childhood Can Lead to a Short Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/baboons-tough-childhood-can-lead-short-life-180958801/Primates that grow up under tough conditions don’t live as long as those that have it easyTue, 19 Apr 2016 16:45:20 +0000These Stunning Satellite Images Turn Earth Into Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-stunning-satellite-images-turn-earth-into-art-180958808/These images illustrate the brutal beauty geologic processes carve into our planetTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:45:03 +0000Andy Weir, Author of "The Martian," Shares Details About His Next Novelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/andy-weir-author-martian-shares-details-about-next-novel-180958708/The science fiction writer also talks about the future of space travelTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:13:42 +0000The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/20-best-small-towns-visit-2016-180958799/In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, our top picks this year are all towns close to America’s natural splendorsMon, 18 Apr 2016 15:46:25 +0000Anthony Fauci Is Waging War Against Zika, and Preparing for Other Epidemics to Comehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/anthony-fauci-waging-war-against-zika-preparing-other-epidemics-to-come-180958768/The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases talks about developing a Zika vaccineMon, 18 Apr 2016 14:07:03 +0000A Steady Diet of Seabird Chicks Makes Island Mice Hugehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/steady-diet-seabird-chicks-makes-island-mice-huge-180958800/With no predators or competition, rodents can eat baby birds aliveMon, 18 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Fuzzy Pigs, Squash Swords And More of the World's Amazing, Vanishing Heirloom Breedshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fuzzy-pigs-and-squash-swords-are-just-two-worlds-amazing-heirloom-breeds-180958766/These odd fruits, veggies and animals show the vanishing diversity of our foodMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:34:42 +0000Mystery of the Varna Gold: What Caused These Ancient Societies to Disappear? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/varna-bulgaria-gold-graves-social-hierarchy-prehistoric-archaelogy-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958733/Treasure found in prehistoric graves in Bulgaria is the first evidence of social hierarchy, but no one knows what caused the civilization's declineMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:05:26 +0000For a Culinary Scene Steeped in Tradition, Head to Austria's Wachau Valleyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/wachau-valley-culinary-innovation-food-wine-lower-austria-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958737/A new generation of chefs and vintners is seasoning this sleepy, vineyard-dotted valley with fresh ideasMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly: The Danubehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-danube-180958756/Travel the Danube from the Black Forest of Germany to the green teardrop-shaped island of St. Margaret in BudapestMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Ever Tried an Apricot Dumpling? You Need Tohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/apricot-food-wachau-valley-lower-austria-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958765/The rich soils of Austria's Wachau Walley yield some of the tastiest apricots and apricot products in the worldMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000How the Danube Became a Multinational Power Sourcehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/shape-shifting-danube-river-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958732/Spanning 1,770 miles from Germany's Black Forest to the coast of Romania, the river takes its character from the people and places it passesMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Timeless Art of the Viennese Waltzhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/vienna-austria-waltz-dance-history-tradition-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958736/A reminder of past glory, the dance is birthright in ViennaMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Humble Beginnings of Goulashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/goulash-origins-food-history-atlas-of-eating-soup-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-danube-180958690/The hearty soup-stew known around the world began as the everything-goes-in meal of Hungarian herdsmenMon, 18 Apr 2016 11:59:00 +0000Rewilding the African Scimitar-Horned Oryxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rewilding-african-scimitar-horned-oryx-180958796/In a historic first, an animal that went extinct in the African wild is reintroduced, giving hope for many endangered speciesFri, 15 Apr 2016 19:15:57 +000012 Secrets of the New York Subwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/secrets-new-york-city-subway-180958683/History runs deep in the legendary transit systemFri, 15 Apr 2016 16:11:15 +0000NASA’s “Rocket Girls” Are No Longer Forgotten Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nasas-rocket-girls-are-no-longer-forgotten-history-180958791/Thanks to a new book, these female pioneers who helped the U.S. win the space race are finally getting their dueFri, 15 Apr 2016 14:59:17 +0000How a Giant Lazy River of Grass Became the Evergladeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-a-giant-lazy-river-became-the-everglades/The Florida Everglades are home to a patchwork of ecosystems in a constant state of change—so much so, they look different from one year to the nextFri, 15 Apr 2016 13:35:59 +0000Paleontologists Unveil Dinosaur Stomping Ground in Utahhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/paleontologists-unveil-dinosaur-stomping-ground-utah-180958774/Visitors can view ghostly footprints that record prehistoric steps in pale blue stoneFri, 15 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Coral Bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef May Get a Lot Worse in the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/coral-bleaching-great-barrier-reef-may-get-lot-worse-future-180958758/Climate change could alter temperature patterns in a way that stops corals from preparing for bleaching eventsThu, 14 Apr 2016 18:00:00 +0000Taking a Cue from Textile-Making to Engineer Human Tissuehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/taking-cue-textile-making-engineer-human-tissue-180958763/Researchers in search of a faster, cheaper way to engineer human tissue found success in traditional textile production methods. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:46:26 +0000Harken Back to the Glory Days When 'Time' Magazine Was Kinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/harken-back-glory-days-when-time-magazine-was-king-180958747/A new show honors the once powerful cover shot and the artists who made celebs shine brightWed, 13 Apr 2016 16:39:02 +000010 Bizarre, Vision-Enhancing Technologies From the Last 1,000 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-bizarre-vision-enhancing-technologies-from-last-1000-years-180958734/Before Oculus Rift, there were lorgnettes, TV glasses and eyborgs Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:19:12 +0000How the “Daisy” Ad Changed Everything About Political Advertisinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-daisy-ad-changed-everything-about-political-advertising-180958741/Since the famous television spot ran in 1964, advertising agencies have sold presidential candidates as if they were cars or soapWed, 13 Apr 2016 12:11:36 +0000It’s Springtime and Jazz Is In Bloomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-springtime-jazz-is-in-bloom-180958731/This year's Jazz Appreciation Month celebrates the singularly talented alto saxophonist Benny CarterTue, 12 Apr 2016 20:31:00 +0000In Switzerland, an Exploding Snowman Helps Predict Springhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/in-switzerland-giant-exploding-snowman-helps-predict-spring-180958667/Think Groundhog Day—but with fireTue, 12 Apr 2016 17:20:52 +0000What Can the Collapse of the Whig Party Tell Us About Today’s Politics?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-can-collapse-whig-party-tell-us-about-todays-politics-180958729/Is the Republican party on the verge of catastrophe? Probably not, if history is any indicatorTue, 12 Apr 2016 15:08:51 +0000How the Fastest Animal on Earth Attacks Its Preyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-the-fastest-animal-attacks-prey/When hunting, the Peregrine falcon will fly to great heights, then dive bomb its preyTue, 12 Apr 2016 13:05:05 +0000Teddy Roosevelt's Epic (But Strangely Altruistic) Hunt for a White Rhinohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/teddy-roosevelts-epic-strangely-altruistic-hunt-white-rhino-180958626/In a new book, a Smithsonian naturalist tells the gritty, controversial tale of how one of America’s presidents felled a threatened speciesTue, 12 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Who's Laughing Now? Listeners Can Tell if Laughers are Friends or Nothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whos-laughing-now-listeners-can-tell-if-laughers-are-friends-or-not-180958721/We laugh differently with friends, and the reasons may lie deep in our social evolutionMon, 11 Apr 2016 19:07:08 +0000Lemur Extinctions Are Harmful to Madagascar's Plant Life, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lemur-extinctions-are-harmful-madagascars-plant-life-too-180958717/Plants and trees that once relied on a particular species of lemur to spread their seeds may also be headed for extinction.Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:00:00 +0000This Haunting Exhibit Unearths the Stories of Syria’s Slainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/this-haunting-exhibit-unearths-stories-syrias-slain-180958715/Ten victims of the Middle East crisis have their stories told in a moving art installation in Washington, D.C.Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:23:33 +0000Vintage Photos Recall the Early Days of Hip-Hop, Before It Became a Billion-Dollar Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/vintage-photos-early-days-hip-hop-billion-dollar-industry-180958616/More than 400 images from the 1980s to the early 2000s detail the "standout moments" of the rise of Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Jay Z and many more artistsMon, 11 Apr 2016 16:11:55 +0000You May Soon Be Able to Scan a Piece of Fruit to Check Its Nutritional Valuehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-may-soon-be-able-scan-piece-fruit-check-nutritional-value-180958710/That's one of the ideas Target is testing as it explores how much of a competitive edge it gets from being transparent about foodMon, 11 Apr 2016 15:06:52 +0000A Science Lecture Accidentally Sparked a Global Craze for Yogurthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-lecture-accidentally-sparked-global-craze-yogurt-180958700/More than a century ago, a biologist’s remarks set people searching for yogurt as a cure for old ageMon, 11 Apr 2016 12:11:23 +0000This Expandable Structure Could Become the Future of Living in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/robert-bigelow-visio-future-living-space-180958698/A Nevada real estate magnate has poured $290 million into a wild dream of being a landlord in outer space. His first tenant: NASAMon, 11 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000To Truly Experience Robert Irwin, You Simply Must View His Artworks in Person http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/truly-experience-robert-irwin-you-must-view-artworks-person-180958695/Part visionary, part magician, Irwin makes art that breaks all the rulesFri, 08 Apr 2016 19:30:18 +0000Here's What Bat Echolocation Sounds Like, Slowed Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-bat-echolocation-sounds-like/Bats use a perceptual system called echolocation that allows them to produce high pitch sounds that bounce off nearby objects and living thingsFri, 08 Apr 2016 18:23:13 +0000These Rarely Seen Images Show Jazz Greats Pouring Out Their Hearts http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-rarely-seen-images-show-jazz-greats-pouring-out-their-hearts-180958693/Frank Wolff's gritty portraits, the hallmark of Blue Note Records, became a visual catalog of jazz in actionFri, 08 Apr 2016 16:18:42 +0000Eat Dinner Cooked by a Bearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eat-dinner-cooked-bear-san-diego-180958684/This furry chef serves international cuisine in San Diego—when he isn't hibernatingFri, 08 Apr 2016 13:22:49 +0000These Birds Can Sing Using Only Their Feathershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-birds-can-sing-using-only-their-feathers-180958678/When feathers meet air in just the right way, birds can create distinctive soundsFri, 08 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Tiny Spiders Are the Fastest Known on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-tiny-spiders-are-fastest-known-earth-180958682/Some trap-jaw spiders can snap their mouths shut with incredible force—in less than a millisecondThu, 07 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000Coastal Cities Need to Radically Rethink How They Deal With Rising Watershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/coastal-cities-need-radically-rethink-how-they-deal-rising-waters-180958653/"Transitional architecture" is both a futuristic solution to sea-level rise and a hearkening back to older ways of livingThu, 07 Apr 2016 14:40:53 +0000When the British Wanted to Camouflage Their Warships, They Made Them Dazzlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-british-wanted-camouflage-their-warships-they-made-them-dazzle-180958657/In order to stop the carnage wrought by German U-Boats, the Allied powers went way outside the boxThu, 07 Apr 2016 14:31:41 +0000A Changing Mecca Is the Focus of the First U.S. Exhibition to Feature a Saudi Artisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/changing-mecca-focus-first-us-exhibition-feature-saudi-artist-180958618/The works of Ahmed Mater at the Sackler examine the stark collision of the sacred and profaneThu, 07 Apr 2016 14:19:34 +0000Cemeteries of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/cemeteries-future-180958674/Do you want to be buried in a coral reef, a skyscraper or on an artificial island?Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Tastes of Memory: How to Bake an Authentic Armenian Lavashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/tastes-memory-lavash-and-armenian-identity-180958673/Preserving Armenian culture, memory and identity in the kitchenThu, 07 Apr 2016 12:30:00 +0000Designing Glasses That Fit Individuals With Down Syndromehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/designing-glasses-that-fit-individuals-with-down-syndrome-180958672/Optician Maria Dellapina started Specs4Us when her daughter struggled to find a pair of glasses that wouldn't slip Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:36:58 +0000Remembering Dr. Joe Medicine Crowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remembering-dr-joe-medicine-crow-180958676/ He showed us we are capable of great things when we look within ourselves, says scholar Nina Sanders Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:33:51 +0000The Story Behind Those Jaw-Dropping Photos of the Collections at the Natural History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/story-behind-those-jaw-dropping-photos-collections-natural-history-museum-180958671/The images capture only a fraction of the millions of creatures and objects that are stored away from the public eyeWed, 06 Apr 2016 16:53:38 +0000Smithsonian Jazz Expert Gives Liner Notes to the New Miles Davis Biopichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/Smithsonian-jazz-expert-gives-liner-notes-to-new-miles-davis-biopic-180958658/The American History Museum's James Zimmerman dives into Miles Davis' sound and styleWed, 06 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Show of Over 6,000 Orchids Celebrates a Victorian-Era Obsessionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/orchids-new-york-botanical-garden-orchidelirium-180958603/Succumb to "Orchidelirium" at The New York Botanical GardenWed, 06 Apr 2016 11:30:00 +0000What to Read, Watch and Download Before Your Trip to Indiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/travel-guide-india-resources-know-before-you-go-180958122/Know before you goTue, 05 Apr 2016 19:49:14 +0000Rare Find: The $30,000 Sword George Custer Used in Battlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/rare-sword-george-custer-battle/Here's how one of Custer's rare swords found itself in the hands of a lucky collectorTue, 05 Apr 2016 19:42:58 +0000Is This the Quietest Square Inch in the U.S.?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hoh-rainforest-quietest-spot-us-180958654/An acoustic ecologist reveals his findingsTue, 05 Apr 2016 16:18:54 +0000Can Headphones That Shock Your Brain Help You Run Faster and Jump Higher?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-headphones-shock-your-brain-make-you-run-faster-and-jump-higher-180958632/They're called Halo Sport, and they send electrical charges into the brain that their inventors say can boost athletic performanceTue, 05 Apr 2016 13:05:54 +000011 Artists Capture What It Is Like to Live in a Megacityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/11-artists-capture-what-it-like-to-live-in-megacity-180958644/"Megacities Asia," a new exhibition at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, features 19 installations inspired by cities with populations of 10 million or moreMon, 04 Apr 2016 19:12:03 +0000Stunning Timelapse of a Dragonfly Growing Wingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/stunning-timelapse-dragonfly-growing-wings/Watch the transformation unfold before your eyesMon, 04 Apr 2016 18:06:55 +0000Inside America’s Auschwitzhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-americas-auschwitz-180958647/A new museum offers a rebuke — and an antidote — to our sanitized history of slaveryMon, 04 Apr 2016 15:58:10 +0000Switzerland's Most Beautiful Alpine Gardenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/switzerlands-must-see-gardens-180958453/The best place to see Switzerland's stunning flora is high up in the mountainsMon, 04 Apr 2016 15:06:08 +0000Human Sacrifices May Lie Behind the Rise of Ancient Social Statushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/human-sacrifices-may-lie-behind-rise-ancient-social-status-180958646/Dark practices may have helped the elite keep the lower classes in line, a new study hintsMon, 04 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Meet the Woman Fighting for the Survival of India's Traditional Crafts Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/crafts-atlas-india-traditional-culture-jaya-jaitly-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958120/Jaya Jaitly aims to protect India's cultural heritage from the threat of globalized marketplacesMon, 04 Apr 2016 14:25:13 +0000These Light-Up Fishing Nets Could Save Sea Turtleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-light-fishing-nets-could-save-sea-turtles-180958634/New research shows attaching LED lights to fishing nets can keep turtles from becoming accidentally entangledMon, 04 Apr 2016 14:21:43 +0000Butterflies Zigzag Wildly for a Reasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/butterflies-zigzag-wildly-for-a-reason/A butterfly's slow wing beat enables it to make rapid and unpredictable changes of direction. Here's why that's such a useful traitFri, 01 Apr 2016 19:19:16 +0000Scientists Are Using Electronic Eggs to Study Vultureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-are-using-electronic-eggs-study-vultures-180958619/A sensor-packed egg, developed by a team at Microduino, could lead to clues about the birds' livelihoodFri, 01 Apr 2016 18:02:32 +0000A Cheese-Lover’s Guide to the Midwesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/cheese-lovers-guide-midwest-180958479/America's heartland is a cheesy paradiseFri, 01 Apr 2016 17:35:52 +0000The Incredible History of Sunken Ships in San Franciscohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-incredible-history-of-sunken-ships-in-SF/In 1850, hundreds of migrant ships arrived in San Francisco, fueled by gold rush. But many of these ships weren't needed after that and were simply sunkThu, 31 Mar 2016 17:43:25 +0000A Firsthand Account of What It Takes to Pilot a Voyaging Canoe Across the Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/firsthand-account-what-takes-pilot-voyaging-canoe-ocean-180958611/More than just a desire to learn, a seat aboard the historic vessel Hōkūle`a requires skill, dedication and well, . . .obsessionThu, 31 Mar 2016 15:26:47 +0000The Best Places in the U.S. to See Spring's Migrating Birdshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-america-see-spring-migration-180958494/Get out your binoculars—birds are making their annual trek northThu, 31 Mar 2016 14:30:00 +0000Andrew Jackson, America’s Original Anti-Establishment Candidatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/andrew-jackson-americas-original-anti-establishment-candidate-180958621/The seventh president raged against many of the same machines that are now engulfing this year’s electionThu, 31 Mar 2016 14:29:26 +0000The Lazarus Phenomenon, Explained: Why Sometimes, the Deceased Are Not Dead, Yethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lazarus-phenomenon-explained-why-sometimes-deceased-are-not-dead-yet-180958613/What does CPR have to do with the curious case of clinically dead patients coming “back to life”?Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:15:30 +0000Marathoner Sets Out to Run All of America's National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/marathoner-sets-out-to-run-all-of-americas-national-parks-180958474/Autumn Ray's goal: 59 national parks before she turns 40 in four yearsThu, 31 Mar 2016 12:15:00 +0000Stop Making Fun of Tyrannosaurs’ Tiny Armshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stop-making-fun-tyrannosaurs-tiny-arms-180958615/The stubby limbs may seem out of place, but they may have been key to the <i>T. rex’s</i> terrifying biteThu, 31 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000Where to See the Best Cherry Blossoms Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-best-cherry-blossoms-around-world-180949961/The blossoms in Japan and Washington, D.C are breathtaking, but you can see beautiful flowers in places like Stockholm, tooWed, 30 Mar 2016 20:45:22 +0000“Hobbits” Disappeared Much Earlier Than Previously Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hobbits-disappeared-much-earlier-previously-thought-180958600/If the tiny hominins ever coexisted with modern humans, the arrangement apparently didn't last longWed, 30 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000Six of the Wildest Skyscrapers Imaginablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/pollution-filtering-skyscrapers-rainmaking-towers-and-other-wild-ideas-evolo-skyscraper-competition-180958605/The winners of the annual skyscraper design competition think way beyond the "tall rectangle with windows" modelWed, 30 Mar 2016 16:31:11 +0000Pluto May Have a Wandering Hearthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pluto-may-have-wandering-heart-180958609/The enormous impact basin may be slowly traveling across the dwarf planet’s surfaceWed, 30 Mar 2016 16:23:47 +0000Save a Horse, Ride a Cow Through the Swiss Alpshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/save-horse-ride-cow-swiss-alps-180958541/A farm in Switzerland offers a slow moo-tion ride through the alpine countryside Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:00:00 +0000Antennae Yield New Clues Into Ant Communicationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/antennae-yield-new-clues-ant-communication-180958601/Despite more than a century of study, scientists still have much more to learn about the complex world of ant communicationTue, 29 Mar 2016 23:01:00 +0000“Driving While Black” Has Been Around As Long As Cars Have Existedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/driving-while-black-has-been-around-long-cars-have-existed-180958598/Documentarian Ric Burns talks about his forthcoming film about the “Green Book” and other travel guides for African-AmericansTue, 29 Mar 2016 18:10:30 +0000When Newspapers Reported on Gun Deaths as "Melancholy Accidents"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-americas-gun-epidemic-was-referred-series-melancholy-accidents-180958594/A historian explains how a curious phrase used by the American press caught his eye and became the inspiration for his new bookTue, 29 Mar 2016 15:06:35 +0000Jazz Legend David Baker’s Soaring Legacyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/jazz-legend-david-bakers-soaring-legacy-180958584/Smithsonian's maestro, a founding director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, has died at the age of 84Mon, 28 Mar 2016 20:49:33 +0000How Cherry Trees Blossomed into a Tourist Attractionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-cherry-trees-blossomed-tourist-attraction-180958546/The fragile and transient blossom may herald the first stirrings of spring, but their significance has evolved since the 9th centuryMon, 28 Mar 2016 19:34:55 +0000The Right Body Language Can Boost Odds of Online Dating Successhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/right-body-language-can-boost-odds-online-dating-success-180958586/Potential partners size you up in seconds, and the way you sit or stand mattersMon, 28 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000See Dozens of Dazzling New Light Installations in Baltimore This Weekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/light-city-baltimore-must-see-festival-180958565/Light City Baltimore is a massive, site-specific festival, launched in hopes of becoming an annual spectacleMon, 28 Mar 2016 16:13:08 +0000Why Rockfalls Happen on Beautiful Days in Yosemitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-rockfalls-happen-beautiful-days-yosemite-180958581/Temperatures drive rocks to expand and contract—until one lovely day when slabs may suddenly fallMon, 28 Mar 2016 15:00:00 +0000Why People Turn to Lemurs and Other Endangered Animals for Dinner in Madagascar http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-people-turn-lemurs-and-other-endangered-animals-dinner-madagascar-180958574/A close look at trade in bushmeat finds that consumption is common and out in the openFri, 25 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000For These Native American Artists, the Material Is the Messagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-native-american-artists-material-message-180958567/A new exhibition traces the evolution of Plains tribes’ narrative art from the 18th century up through today's contemporary worksFri, 25 Mar 2016 16:42:14 +0000These Massive Rock Formations Look Just Like Cracked Eggshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/these-massive-rock-formation-look-like-cracked-eggs-180958539/Bisti Badlands’ bizarre eggs bring a bit of Easter to the New Mexico desertFri, 25 Mar 2016 15:01:08 +0000For Susan B. Anthony, Getting Support for Her "Revolution" Meant Taking on an Unusual Allyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/susan-anthony-getting-support-revolution-taking-on-an-unusual-ally-180958480/Suffragists Anthony and Cady Stanton found common cause in a wealthy man named George Francis Train who helped to fund their newspaperThu, 24 Mar 2016 17:57:07 +0000An Artist Imagines the Future of Humans in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/artist-imagines-future-humans-space-180958528/Through manipulated photographs and video, Michael Najjar tackles the meaning of space travelThu, 24 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000A New Addition to #MyDaguerreotypeBoyfriend Is the Civil War's Most Daring Naval Officerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/civil-war-most-daring-naval-officer-180958503/Who is this cool cat, posing for an unusually casual photo for famed photographer Alexander Gardner?Wed, 23 Mar 2016 18:05:09 +0000Call a Dog a Pit Bull and He May Have Trouble Finding a Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/call-dog-pit-bull-and-he-may-have-trouble-finding-home-180958537/Dogs labeled as pit bulls at shelters may wait three times longer to be adopted—even when they aren’t actually pit bullsWed, 23 Mar 2016 18:00:00 +0000Switzerland’s Historic Bunkers Get a New Lease on Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/switzerlands-bunkers-get-new-lease-life-180958233/As the shadow of war fades, the country’s former fallout shelters now house everything from museums to cheese factories Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:54:15 +0000What's It Like in Space? Ariel Waldman Has the Answershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-like-space-ariel-waldman-180958498/The NASA adviser and author of a new book gives some insight on living beyond the Earth's atmosphereWed, 23 Mar 2016 17:52:56 +0000What a Tiny Fish Can Tell Us About How Humans Stood Uprighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tiny-fish-humans-stand-upright-180958505/What is the root of why our ancestors gained the power to walk on two feet and chimpanzees didn't?Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:13:26 +0000The Extravagant Beauty of Feathershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/extravagant-beauty-feathers-180958509/A new book spotlights the astonishing diversity of avian plumageWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:54:42 +0000What Questlove Has to Say About Today's Food-Obsessed Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/questlove-food-obsessed-culture-180958495/In a new book, the bandleader and hip-hop star stirs up music and cookingWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:30:00 +0000How Do Butterflies Fly and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-do-butterflies-fly-questions-readers-180958501/You asked, we answeredWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:30:00 +0000What Elephants, Zebras and Lions Do When They Think No One's Watchinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hidden-camera-stunning-photographs-african-wildlife-180958496/The stunning results when a photographer uses remote cameras to capture Africa's great beastsWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:05:49 +0000The Lost City of Cambodiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lost-city-cambodia-180958508/Deep in the jungles of southeast Asia, archaeologists have rediscovered the remains of an invisible kingdom that may have been the template for Angkor WatWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:01:00 +0000The "Sistine Chapel of Evolution" Is in New Haven, Connecticuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sistine-chapel-evolution-new-haven-connecticut-180958499/Charles Darwin never visited the Yale museum, but you can, and see for yourself the specimens that he praised as the best evidence for his theoryWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000Meet Molly Crabapple, an Artist, Activist, Reporter, and Fire-Eater All in Onehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/molly-crabapple-artist-arctivist-reporter-fire-eater-180958502/With pen and brush, the talented journalist fights for justice in the Middle East, and closer to homeWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000How the Green Book Helped African-American Tourists Navigate a Segregated Nationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-green-book-african-american-travelers-180958506/Listing hotels, restaurants and other businesses open to African-Americans, the guide was invaluable for Jim-Crow era travelersWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the Zoot Suithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/brief-history-zoot-suit-180958507/Unraveling the jazzy life of a snazzy styleWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000When Dinosaurs Roamed the (Not Yet) Petrified Foresthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-dinosaurs-roamed-petrified-forest-180958510/Recent surprise discoveries at the national park have prompted a complete rethinking about the creatures of the Jurassic EraWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000The Detection of Gravitational Waves Was a Scientific Breakthrough, but What’s Next?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/detection-gravitational-waves-breakthrough-whats-next-180958511/Scientists are sitting on top of the world after this monumental discovery and are eager to keep exploring the universeWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000How Much Has the Town Where the Scopes Trial Took Place Evolved Since the 1920s? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/dayton-tennessee-evolved-scopes-trial-180958497/Each July, Dayton, Tennessee, celebrates its role in the famous court case with a re-enactment and festivalWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000With the Discovery of the USS Conestoga, Researchers Have Solved a Mystery That Was Nearly 100 Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/discovery-uss-conestoga-researchers-have-solved-naval-mystery-was-nearly-100-years-old-180958538/Even a century later, the news has brought relief to the families of the sailors who went down with their shipWed, 23 Mar 2016 14:00:00 +0000Take A Trip Through 300 Years of Men's Fashionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/take-trip-through-300-years-mens-fashion-180958430/At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a new exhibition highlights 200 styles, from military uniforms to punk jacketsWed, 23 Mar 2016 13:29:56 +0000Could Mold Power the Batteries of the Future? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-mold-power-batteries-future-180958527/Researchers have discovered how to use a fungus to create materials that could be used to make more sustainable lithium-ion batteriesWed, 23 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000In Northern Norway, Reindeer Racing and a "Joik" Singing Showdown Welcome in Springhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/norways-sami-easter-festival-180958542/The Sami Easter Festival blends old and new traditions in Lappland's northern reachesWed, 23 Mar 2016 12:30:00 +0000If You Drive The Right Speed, This Musical Highway Will Play You a Songhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/take-drive-down-americas-musical-highway-180958449/This stretch of Route 66 sings—literally Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000Women Artisans Transforming Afghanistan Have a Major Booster in a Former First Ladyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/women-artisans-transforming-afghanistan-major-booster-former-first-lady-180958523/Long an education advocate for Afghan women and children, Laura Bush stops by a new show at the Smithsonian that showcases the country’s resilienceTue, 22 Mar 2016 18:17:13 +0000Where Museums Go to Shop for Rare Works of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/where-museums-go-shop-rare-works-art-180958529/In the south of Holland, a Dutch city plays host to the art world’s biggest collectorsTue, 22 Mar 2016 16:58:56 +0000How a High School Senior Won $150,000 By Inventing a $35 Medical Device http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-high-school-senior-won-150000-inventing-35-medical-device-180958526/When Maya Varma learned an expensive diagnostic tool is rare in the developing world, she decided to build her ownTue, 22 Mar 2016 14:27:45 +0000The Grand Coulee Powers On, 75 Years After Its First Surge of Electricityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/grand-coulee-powers-75-years-after-its-first-surge-electricity-180958524/A look back at how the powerful dam came to beTue, 22 Mar 2016 11:00:00 +0000Every Three Years, Artists Compete to Be On View at the National Portrait Gallery. Here Are the Winnershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/every-three-years-artists-compete-on-view-national-portrait-gallery-winners-180958490/The 2016 show conveys an intensity, as if the artists and their subjects are demanding a conversation on the complex issues of our times Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:19:11 +0000DIY Cartographers Are Putting Slums on the Literal Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/diy-cartographers-are-putting-slums-literal-map-180958485/When a community makes its way onto a map, it's that much harder to deny, say activists.Mon, 21 Mar 2016 18:30:21 +0000Caves Can Now Help Scientists Trace Ancient Wildfireshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/caves-can-now-help-scientists-trace-ancient-wildfires-180958492/But the chemical clues for fire add an unexpected snarl for researchers using those same caves to track climate changeMon, 21 Mar 2016 16:50:33 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Does My Nose Run When It’s Cold?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-does-my-nose-run-when-its-cold-180958383/The nose knows that runny flows are necessary in the coldMon, 21 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000When Robots Take Our Jobs, Should Everyone Still Get a Paycheck?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-robots-take-our-jobs-should-everyone-still-get-paycheck-180958483/A concept called universal basic income is gaining traction as a way to help people deal with machines taking over the job marketMon, 21 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Is What You're Paying for When You Buy a Bentleyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/what-youre-paying-for-when-you-buy-a-bentley/Manufacturing a Bentley in the traditional way is a time-consuming nod to their brand heritage. Each hand-crafted wheel can take 4.5 hours to finishFri, 18 Mar 2016 19:13:06 +0000Recalling an Era When the Color of Your Skin Meant You Paid to Votehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/recalling-era-when-color-your-skin-meant-you-paid-vote-180958469/Celebrating the 50th anniversary of a ruling that made the poll tax unconstitutionalFri, 18 Mar 2016 15:58:00 +0000A New Material Could Make Medical Devices That Expand and Collapsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-material-could-make-medical-devices-that-expand-collapse-180958454/Harvard researchers develop a new origami-inspired material that changes shapeFri, 18 Mar 2016 14:28:02 +0000Hatha Yoga Inspired Abstract Art a Century Before Rothkohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/abstract-art-paintings-nath-hatha-yoga-maharaja-jodhpur-royal-palace-freer-sackler-smithsonian-journeys-travely-quarterly-180958121/Paintings recently discovered in Jodhpur's royal palace depict Nath yogis' understanding of the cosmosFri, 18 Mar 2016 14:27:30 +0000Why You Should Take the Honey Bee Shortage Seriouslyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/you-should-take-the-honey-bee-shortage-seriously/Our entire agricultural system relies on the wellbeing of honey bees. And for them to do well, they need diverse vegetation, not just farmlandThu, 17 Mar 2016 16:34:12 +0000Could This App Replace Your Doctor? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-app-replace-your-doctor-180958467/Babylon connects users with doctors for instant virtual consultations, and will soon use artificial intelligence for diagnosing illnessesThu, 17 Mar 2016 15:50:30 +0000Nine Places to Enjoy Naturally Green Waters This St. Patrick's Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/enjoy-naturally-green-waters-st-patricks-day-180958392/Leave the dye behind—these watery wonderlands are 100 percent naturalThu, 17 Mar 2016 13:30:51 +0000These Women Composers Should Be Household Names Like Bach or Mozarthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-women-composers-should-be-household-names-bach-or-mozart-180958464/Denied the same opportunities as their male counterparts, women like Lili Boulanger and Clara Schumann found ways to get their work in front of audiencesThu, 17 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000How the Indian City of Rishikesh Influenced the Beatles' <i>White Album</i>http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/rishikesh-india-beatles-white-album-meditation-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958447/A meditation retreat in 1968 offered the British rock group heightened awareness and peace of mindWed, 16 Mar 2016 18:28:27 +0000Spared From the Holocaust by His Countrymen, a Jewish Refugee Hopes That Denmark Can Regain Its Humanityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/saved-holocaust-his-countrymen-jewish-refugee-hopes-denmark-can-once-again-find-its-humanity-180958459/Leo Goldberger will never forget how his fellow Danes kept him safe, but the reaction to today’s refugee crisis gives him pause about his former homelandWed, 16 Mar 2016 17:05:14 +0000Tracking Down a Plane Crash in the Alaskan Wildernesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/tracking-down-an-alaskan-plane-crash/When the National Transportation Safety Board office in Alaska first hears about a plane going down, protocol is to begin gathering informationWed, 16 Mar 2016 17:01:43 +0000What Is a Tully Monster? Scientists Finally Think They Knowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-tully-monster-scientists-finally-think-they-know-180958422/The oddball fossil that puzzled experts for almost 60 years is probably an ancient fish akin to today's bloodsucking lampreysWed, 16 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000A New Weapon in the War on Weeds: Flamethrowershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-weapon-war-weeds-flamethrowers-180958450/Long used in agriculture, land managers are now wondering whether cooking weeds to death is better than pesticidesWed, 16 Mar 2016 15:34:19 +0000How Do You Create the World's Biggest Ice Climbing Park?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ouray-world-ice-climbing-park-180958428/With nearly 200 different routes and 17,000 vertical feet of terrain, Ouray Ice Park is a haven for ice climbers and the "ice farmers" who bring it to lifeWed, 16 Mar 2016 13:11:47 +0000To Scientists' Surprise, Even Nonvenomous Snakes Can Strike at Ridiculous Speedshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-surprise-even-nonvenomous-snakes-can-strike-ridiculous-speeds-180958452/The Texas rat snake was just as much of a speed demon as deadly vipers, challenging long-held notions about snake adaptationsWed, 16 Mar 2016 00:01:00 +0000When Museums Rushed to Fill Their Rooms With Boneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-museums-rushed-fill-their-rooms-bones-180958424/In part fed by discredited and racist theories about race, scientists and amateurs alike looked to human remains to learn more about themselvesTue, 15 Mar 2016 16:20:41 +0000Imagining an Alarming Future at Brazil's Museum of Tomorrowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/brazil-museum-future-180958171/The ambitious museum looks at where humankind is headed—and asks how they'll live in a post-climate-change worldTue, 15 Mar 2016 13:27:40 +0000Five Technologies That Would Heat or Cool People and Not Entire Buildingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-technologies-that-would-heat-cool-people-not-entire-buildings-180958393/Research groups are developing robots, fabrics and furniture that could lead to energy savingsTue, 15 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000Lou Gehrig's Toughest Day in Yankee Stadiumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/lou-gehrigs-toughest-day-in-yankee-stadium/Lou Gehrig faced ALS with courage and dignity. When it was time to retire at Yankee stadium, he faced another challenge: being honoredTue, 15 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000Mysterious Fairy Circles Have Been Found in Western Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mysterious-fairy-circles-have-been-found-western-australia-180958407/Once thought to exist only in Namibia, circles spotted 6,200 miles away are helping sort out how these odd features formMon, 14 Mar 2016 19:27:26 +0000The Discovery of a Tiny Tyrannosaur Adds New Insight Into the Origins of T. Rex http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/discovery-tiny-tyrant-adds-new-insight-origins-t-rex-180958403/The horse-sized dino species had smarts and a keen sense of smell, setting the stage for the evolution of the enormous predatorMon, 14 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000Twitter May Be Faster Than FEMA Models for Tracking Disaster Damagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/twitter-may-be-faster-fema-models-tracking-disaster-damage-180958391/Real-time online activity could provide speedier assessments as disaster unfolds than tools currently used by the government agencyFri, 11 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000San Andreas May Have Had Help Triggering a Historic Earthquakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/san-andreas-may-have-had-help-triggering-historic-earthquake-180958394/New evidence about a devastating quake in 1812 hints that the San Jacinto fault may be a bigger seismic risk than anyone thoughtFri, 11 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000How a Tiny, "Beating" Human Heart Was Created in a Labhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-tiny-beating-human-heart-was-created-lab-180958375/The device, filled with human heart cells, could dramatically reduce the time it takes to test new drugs and end testing on animalsFri, 11 Mar 2016 16:23:44 +0000These Watercolor Paintings Actually Include Climate Change Datahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-watercolor-paintings-actually-include-climate-change-data-180958374/Jill Pelto, an artist and scientist, incorporates graphs of rising sea levels and soaring temperatures in her artworkFri, 11 Mar 2016 16:01:59 +0000This Massive Installation in an Austin Park Is Made of Over a Million Feet of Recycled Lobster Ropehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/dream-weaver-woven-art-installation-yet-another-reason-visit-austin-180958362/“Hurlyburly” is artist Orly Genger’s latest woven creationFri, 11 Mar 2016 14:46:06 +0000Slo-Mo Footage of a Bumble Bee Dislodging Pollenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/slo-mo-footage-of-a-bumble-bee-dislodging-pollen/Buzz pollination is a special technique for dislodging pollen from certain types of plants - and bumble bees are among the few species of bee capable of itThu, 10 Mar 2016 22:31:23 +0000What Are You Flying Over? This App Will Tell You http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-are-you-flying-over-app-will-tell-you-180958373/Flyover Country uses maps and geology databases to identify features of the landscape as a plane flies over them, no Wifi necessaryThu, 10 Mar 2016 17:07:55 +0000A Giant Planetary Smashup May Have Turned Venus Hot and Hellishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/giant-planetary-smashup-may-have-turned-venus-hot-and-hellish-180958377/A collision with a large object may have triggered changes deep inside the planet that ultimately affected its atmosphere Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:57:01 +0000Explore Helsinki's Private Saunashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/sauna-finn-during-helsinkis-sauna-day-180958270/Finland celebrates its first festival devoted to a steamy traditionThu, 10 Mar 2016 14:40:00 +0000Visit a Vertical Underwater Cave in Belizehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-vertical-underwater-cave-belize-180958203/The Great Blue Hole is the world's largest natural formation of its kindThu, 10 Mar 2016 12:40:00 +0000Seven Surprising Facts About the Matterhornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/seven-surprising-facts-about-matterhorn-180958192/The towering peak that straddles Switzerland and Italy is full of secretsWed, 09 Mar 2016 19:58:46 +0000The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower. Twice.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/man-who-sold-eiffel-tower-twice-180958370/“Count” Victor Lustig was America’s greatest con man. But what was his true identity?Wed, 09 Mar 2016 19:12:57 +0000A Taste for Raw Meat May Have Helped Shape Human Evolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/taste-raw-meat-may-have-helped-shape-human-evolution-180958371/Stone tools might have let our ancestors more easily chew and digest meat, which in turn may have changed our teeth and jawsWed, 09 Mar 2016 18:22:14 +0000What Makes the Underground Railroad Such a Rich Opportunity for Storytellinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-makes-underground-railroad-such-rich-opportunity-storytelling-180958369/On television and in the new Smithsonian museum, the path to freedom comes aliveWed, 09 Mar 2016 17:38:17 +0000This Solar Cell Can Float on a Bubblehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-solar-cell-can-float-bubble-180958295/MIT scientists have created the world's lightest solar cell, thin enough to be used on paper or clothingWed, 09 Mar 2016 15:22:46 +0000This Could Be the World's Largest Passport http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/meet-man-largest-us-passport-180958024/Meet the man who has filled over 1,400 pages of passport during a life of travelWed, 09 Mar 2016 12:30:00 +0000It Might Be Impossible to Turn Back the Clock on Altered Ecosystemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/it-might-be-impossible-turn-back-clock-altered-ecosystems-180958316/"Rewilding" landscapes to return them to a natural state might sometimes be ineffective and even harmfulTue, 08 Mar 2016 18:50:02 +0000The Secret History of the Girl Detectivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/secret-history-girl-detective-180958311/Long before Nancy Drew, avid readers picked up tales of young women solving mysteriesTue, 08 Mar 2016 18:33:04 +0000How the Volcanic Islands of the Pacific Came to Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-the-volcanic-islands-of-the-pacific-came-to-be/Volcanic islands are part of a 25,000-mile volcanic chain that runs around the Pacific Ocean, known as the Ring of FireTue, 08 Mar 2016 14:00:00 +0000Italy to Limit Tourists to Cinque Terrehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/italy-limit-tourists-cinque-terre-180958230/It's about to get harder to visit Cinque Terre—but that might be a good thingMon, 07 Mar 2016 20:18:19 +0000How Nancy Reagan Made Her Mark on the White Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/Smithsonian-curator-discusses-nancy-reagans-legacy-180958296/A curator at the American History Museum reflects on the First Lady's impact on WashingtonMon, 07 Mar 2016 18:21:18 +0000Even 500 Years After His Death, Hieronymus Bosch Hasn’t Lost His Appealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/even-500-years-after-his-death-hieronymus-bosch-hasnt-lost-his-appeal-180958297/A trip to the painter’s hometown reminds us how his paintings remain frightfully timelyMon, 07 Mar 2016 18:19:41 +0000The Surprising Way Civil War Took Its Toll on Congo's Great Apeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/surprising-way-civil-war-took-its-toll-congos-great-apes-180958298/Using satellite maps and field studies, scientists found that even small disturbances to the forest had big consequences for bonobosMon, 07 Mar 2016 18:01:00 +0000Worker Wasps Sneak Out to Lay Their Eggs in Neighboring Nestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/worker-wasps-sneak-out-lay-their-eggs-neighboring-nests-180958300/By cadging a free ride for their offspring, female workers may boost their chances of passing on their genesMon, 07 Mar 2016 17:17:15 +0000A Detroit Startup Is Trying to Shake Up the City's Housing Markethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/detroit-startup-trying-shake-up-citys-housing-market-180958239/Two real estate developers are giving longtime residents a stake in their neighborhood's revitalizationMon, 07 Mar 2016 16:37:48 +0000Eight Secret Societies You Might Not Knowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/secret-societies-you-might-not-know-180958294/The popularity of these secret clubs peaked in the 18th and 19th centuriesMon, 07 Mar 2016 16:37:24 +0000Watch This Intense Hyena Hazing Ritualhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/watch-this-intense-hyena-hazing-ritual/Hyena clans have a strict social hierarchy. When two 18-month-old hyena brothers join a new clan, alpha male Bongo shows us how he establishes dominanceMon, 07 Mar 2016 14:00:00 +0000How to Maintain Your Garden Zen at the Philadelphia Flower Show http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-maintain-your-garden-zen-philadelphia-flower-show-180958286/A Smithsonian gardener with a long history of touring the show gives tipsFri, 04 Mar 2016 20:04:43 +0000Dive Between Two Continents in This Frigid Fissure in Icelandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/dive-between-two-continental-plates-iceland-180957983/Filled with pure glacier water, Silfra is the only place on Earth where divers can touch two continental plates at onceFri, 04 Mar 2016 19:40:11 +0000Pint-Sized Lizards Trapped in Amber Give Clues to Life 100 Million Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/pint-sized-lizards-trapped-amber-give-clues-life-100-million-years-ago-180958284/The trove of Cretaceous reptiles includes an early relative of the chameleon—the oldest yet discoveredFri, 04 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Twin Studieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/brief-history-twin-studies-180958281/As NASA dives into the data from astronaut twins, take a look back at the famous, and infamous, results we've seen from this popular research toolFri, 04 Mar 2016 14:00:00 +0000Hank Aaron's Boundary-Shattering 715th Home Runhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/hank-aarons-boundary-shattering-715th-home-run/In 1974, Hank Aaron was closing in on Babe Ruth's home run record. But in the run up to this amazing feat, he faced a number of racially motivated threatsThu, 03 Mar 2016 20:32:49 +0000Half of the Inhabitants of This Australian Opal Capital Live Undergroundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/unearthing-coober-pedy-australias-hidden-city-180958162/Unearth Coober Pedy, the Outback's hidden cityThu, 03 Mar 2016 20:08:18 +0000Why Pauline de Rothschild Had the Best Tastehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/why-pauline-de-rothschild-had-the-best-taste/Pauline de Rothschild brought sophistication and flair to every aspect of her marriageThu, 03 Mar 2016 19:42:50 +0000Virus Genes in Human DNA May, Surprisingly, Help Us Fight Infectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/virus-genes-human-dna-may-surprisingly-help-us-fight-infections-180958276/Bits of ancient viral invaders woven into the human genome seem to boost our immune systemThu, 03 Mar 2016 19:26:41 +0000A New Way to Trick the Brain and Beat Jet Laghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-way-trick-brain-and-beat-jet-lag-180958271/For all its complexity, the human brain is not hard to deceive. Here are four studies where scientists have learned more about duping itThu, 03 Mar 2016 16:12:20 +0000The Laptops That Powered the American Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/laptops-powered-american-revolution-180958253/Always on the go, the Founding Fathers waged their war of words from the mahogany mobile devices of their timeThu, 03 Mar 2016 15:24:32 +0000These Tiny Saber-Toothed Terrors Are Among the World's Oldest Antshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tiny-saber-toothed-terrors-among-worlds-oldest-ants-180958266/Analysis of insects entombed in amber shows that the "hell ants" were among the first to diverge from the original ant-wasp ancestorWed, 02 Mar 2016 18:12:30 +0000Explore the Magnificent and Mysterious Surface of the Moon in Pictureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/explore-magnificent-and-mysterious-surface-moon-pictures-180958241/At the National Air and Space Museum, beautiful images show how the moon's pockmarked surface is rife with mysteryWed, 02 Mar 2016 15:45:01 +0000The Spy in the Doll Shophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/spy-doll-shop-180958251/The FBI was confounded by mysterious letters sent to South America, until they came across New York City proprieter Velvalee DickinsonWed, 02 Mar 2016 15:38:40 +0000These Five Objects Tell the Story of Soccerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/see-soccers-impact-world-through-five-objects-fifa-world-football-museum-180958205/Take an exclusive look inside the new FIFA World Football Museum in ZurichWed, 02 Mar 2016 15:26:20 +0000What’s on Your Botanical Bucket List?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-your-botanical-bucket-list-180958252/From rare orchids to grizzled desert plants, experts weigh in on which flora they most want to see before they dieWed, 02 Mar 2016 15:00:00 +0000