Articles | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenFri, 30 Sep 2016 18:20:48 +0000Finders, Keepers: Five of the Best Places to Go Gem Hunting in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hidden-gems-hunt-treasure-these-geological-sites-180957962/From diamonds to emeralds, the United States is full of buried blingFri, 23 Sep 2016 19:39:17 +0000How Did Smithsonian Curators Pack 200 Years of African-American Culture in One Exhibition?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-did-smithsonian-curators-pack-200-years-african-american-culture-one-exhibition-180960619/The curators of the Cultural Expressions exhibition collected stories and artifacts and brilliantly packed 200 years into one round roomFri, 30 Sep 2016 18:20:48 +0000The Animals That Venom Can’t Touch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/animals-venom-cant-touch-180960658/Meet the creatures who look into the face of venomous death and say: Not todayFri, 30 Sep 2016 16:32:10 +0000Move Over, Steel: The High Rises of Tomorrow Are ‘Plyscrapers’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/move-over-steel-high-rises-tomorrow-are-plyscrapers-180960641/Light, strong and renewable, wood may change how tall buildings are builtFri, 30 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000George Kennan’s Love of Russia Inspired His Legendary “Containment” Strategyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/george-kennans-love-russia-inspired-his-legendary-containment-strategy-180960642/It’s impossible to overstate the impact the American diplomat had on the United States’ Cold War policyFri, 30 Sep 2016 12:20:37 +0000A Photographer's 40,000-Mile Journey to Find What Peace Means to Americanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photographers-new-book-shares-peace-his-mind-180960554/John Noltner has driven across the country in an effort to document the many definitions of peaceFri, 30 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +0000Go Waist Deep Into the Largest Sunflower Farm in Northern Taiwanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/go-waist-deep-largest-sunflower-farm-northern-taiwan-180960604/Sunflower season is in full bloom in TaoyuanFri, 30 Sep 2016 11:00:00 +0000When It Comes to Mars, SpaceX’s Elon Musk Has More Ambition than NASAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/did-spacex-just-pass-nasa-road-mars-180960629/Elon Musk’s biggest, boldest plan yetThu, 29 Sep 2016 21:32:01 +0000What Living Like Goats and Badgers Can Teach Us About Ourselveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-living-goats-and-badgers-can-teach-us-about-ourselves-180960644/Two Englishmen won the Ig Nobel Prize for eating grass, earthworms and worse in the name of scienceThu, 29 Sep 2016 19:26:36 +0000The Hyperreal Magnetism of the Truly Huge "Big Man" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hyperreal-magnetism-truly-huge-big-man-180960633/Sculptor Ron Mueck's showstopper returns to the exhibition floorThu, 29 Sep 2016 15:31:23 +0000Mercury Is Tectonically Active, Making It Uniquely Like Earth http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mercury-is-tectonically-active-making-uniquely-like-earth-180960636/A whole new picture of Mercury's geologic history emerges, showing its crust is being thrust up and its surface is changing over timeThu, 29 Sep 2016 14:32:02 +0000Loud Sounds Can Make Your Drink Seem Strongerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/booze-bars-how-sound-influences-perceived-strength-and-sweetness-your-drink-180960637/The scientific reason that clubbing and cocktails go hand in hand—but shouldn't alwaysThu, 29 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Inside the World's First Large-Scale Effort to Harness Tidal Energyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/inside-worlds-first-large-scale-effort-to-harness-tidal-energy-180960632/Next month, the UK-based company MeyGen will install four underwater turbines off the coast of ScotlandThu, 29 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Can This Electric Bus Really Go 350 Miles On a Single Charge?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-electric-bus-really-go-350-miles-single-charge-180960623/Some think a breakthrough by a California company could be the beginning of the end for smoky, noisy busesWed, 28 Sep 2016 15:35:39 +0000History Grabs the Headlines, But the Quiet Authority of the Art Gallery in the New Smithsonian Museum Speaks Volumeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-smithsonian-museum-history-grabs-headlines-quiet-authority-artwork-speaks-volumes-180960603/In the visual arts exhibition the tone and the ambience suddenly shift Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:13:46 +0000The Burmese Monument That Appears to Defy Gravityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/the-burmese-monument-that-appears-to-defy-gr/On the peak of Mount Kyaiktiyo is a mind-bending Buddhist monument: a 25-foot rock that balances precariously on the edge of a cliffWed, 28 Sep 2016 14:14:41 +0000The Redacted Testimony That Fully Explains Why General MacArthur Was Firedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/redacted-testimony-fully-explains-why-general-macarthur-was-fired-180960622/Far beyond being insubordinate, the military leader seemed to not grasp the consequences of his desired strategyWed, 28 Sep 2016 14:11:34 +0000Ask Smithsonian: When Did People Start Keeping Pets?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-when-did-people-start-keeping-pets-180960616/The human-pet timeline is still being put together, but turns out man’s best friend might also be his oldestWed, 28 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000King of the Playground, Spencer Luckey, Builds Climbers That Are Engineering Marvelshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/king-of-the-playground-spencer-luckey-builds-climbers-that-are-engineering-marvels-180960572/The 46-year-old architect and his crew build multi-story climbing structures for museums and malls around the worldWed, 28 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Does China's Only Female Emperor Deserve Her Bad Rap?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/does-chinas-only-female-emperor-deserve-her/Wu Zetian, empress of the Tang Dynasty, was believed to be a cunning and ruthless rulerTue, 27 Sep 2016 18:22:58 +0000In the Early 19th Century, Firefighters Fought Fires ... and Each Otherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/early-19-century-firefighters-fought-fires-each-other-180960391/Fighting fires in early America was about community, property and rivalryTue, 27 Sep 2016 17:44:30 +0000The Russian-U.S. Relationship Goes Way Back to John Quincy Adamshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/russian-us-relationship-goes-way-back-john-quincy-adams-180960600/Before he became president, Adams was the nascent country’s first ambassador to RussiaTue, 27 Sep 2016 17:31:50 +0000A New Photo Book Reveals the Objects That Tell the Stories of the Rich and Famoushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/stories-these-objects-owned-celebrities-could-tell-180960597/Photographer Henry Leutwyler usually shoots his camera at celebrities. For this book, he looked at their stuffTue, 27 Sep 2016 16:50:00 +0000From Star Trek to Killer Baby Unicorns, Five Over-the-Top Themed Corn Mazes to Visit This Fallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/unusual-corn-mazes-180960592/ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:43:52 +0000Jacques Cousteau's Grandson Is 3D Printing Coral Reefshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/jacques-cousteaus-grandson-3d-printing-coral-reefs-180960593/Fabien Cousteau, descendant of the famous sea explorer, is working on a project to bring 3D printed coral reefs to the Caribbean island of BonaireTue, 27 Sep 2016 14:37:34 +0000How a Couple of Guys Built the Most Ambitious Alien Outreach Project Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-couple-guys-built-most-ambitious-alien-outreach-project-ever-180960473/You might think it takes vast governmental resources to launch an extraterrestrial communication effort. NopeMon, 26 Sep 2016 19:29:31 +0000Inside the Alluring Power of Public Opinion Polls From Elections Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/alluring-power-public-opinion-polls-elections-past-180960571/A digital-savvy historian discusses his popular @HistOpinion Twitter accountMon, 26 Sep 2016 15:55:20 +0000Thousands Converge on the National Mall For Music, Family, Remembrance and Celebrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/thousands-converge-national-mall-music-family-remembrance-celebration-180960582/Families from all over the country arrive to celebrate the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and CultureSat, 24 Sep 2016 20:48:08 +0000Live: Watch the National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening Dedication Ceremonyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/live-watch-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-grand-opening-dedication-ceremony-180960581/Watch the live stream of today's museum opening Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:25:40 +0000What You Need to Know About the September 24 NMAAHC Grand Openinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dozen-or-more-things-know-about-nmaahc-grand-opening-180960580/Entry Passes are all gone for today, but there is plenty to see and do on the National MallSat, 24 Sep 2016 14:07:34 +0000Two Hungry Reporters Dig Into the Sweet Home Café at the African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-hungry-reporters-dig-sweet-home-cafe-180960574/We're still digesting the rich narrative—but mostly, the Georgia shrimp and Anson Mills stone ground gritsFri, 23 Sep 2016 21:03:49 +0000The Music Is Turned Up High at the Freedom Festival (PHOTOS)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/music-turned-high-and-celebrations-have-begun-180960576/Where to go and who to hear as the celebrations begin at the concert on the National Mall "Freedom Sounds"Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:09:45 +0000The $10 Million Race to Invent Star Trek's Tricorderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/new-label/the-10-million-race-to-invent-star-treks-t/Star Trek's fictional tricorder is far from becoming a reality. But a $10 million prize from the XPRIZE Foundation is hoping to motivate inventorsFri, 23 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000The New Exhibition on Black Music Could Give Other Museums a Run for Their Moneyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-black-music-to-your-eyes-180960565/The collections in the show "Musical Crossroads" at the African American History Museum are near encyclopedic in their scopeThu, 22 Sep 2016 19:56:18 +0000How a Two-Time Iditarod Racer Fell in Love With Dogsleddinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mushing-alaska-local-lens-iditarod-dog-sled-racing-180959432/Lesson one in mushing class: Don’t let go!Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:01:08 +0000The Return of the Great American Jaguarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/return-great-american-jaguar-180960443/The story of tracking a legendary feline named El Jefe through the Arizona mountainsThu, 22 Sep 2016 18:53:27 +0000Why Do We Still Have Morse Code and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-morse-code-questions-readers-180960460/You asked, we answerThu, 22 Sep 2016 18:15:36 +0000Is Oilfield School a Path to a Working-Class Future or an Anchor to the Past?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/oilfield-school-path-working-class-future-or-anchor-past-180960555/A new federal program designed to train the next generation of Wyoming oil workers signed up lots of eager students. Will any jobs await them?Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:18:43 +0000To Save the Woodrat, Conservationists Have to Deal With an Invasive Species First: House Catshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/save-woodrat-conservationists-deal-invasive-species-first-house-cats-180960445/On an island in Florida, a rare wild rodent faces a dangerous, feline threatThu, 22 Sep 2016 16:00:08 +0000Paleontologists Probe the Bonehead that Foreshadowed Domed Dinoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/paleontologists-puzzle-over-first-bonehead-180960543/This striking skull shape evolved at least twice. But what was its purpose?Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:00:00 +0000How the Thinnest Burmese Gold Leaf Is Madehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-thinnest-burmese-gold-leaf-is-made/In Burma, goldworking skills have been passed down over generationsThu, 22 Sep 2016 15:52:27 +0000Is Timber the Future of Urban Construction?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/timber-future-wood-construction-180960455/A celebrated architect goes out on a limb with a bold new take on building tallThu, 22 Sep 2016 15:12:47 +0000What Langston Hughes’ Powerful Poem “I, Too" Tells Us About America's Past and Presenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-langston-hughes-powerful-poem-i-too-americas-past-present-180960552/Smithsonian historian David Ward reflects on the work of Langston HughesThu, 22 Sep 2016 13:35:57 +0000Trace a Watery Path Through Taiwan's Lush Landscapehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/river-tracing-taiwan-180960485/There's a reason river tracing has become the country's newest adventure crazeThu, 22 Sep 2016 11:00:00 +0000Junkie Ants Show That Insects Can Be Addicts, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/junkie-ants-show-insects-can-be-addicts-too-180960535/How researchers got a non-mammal hooked on drugs for the first timeWed, 21 Sep 2016 22:00:00 +0000Astronauts Tell All About Their One Year on “Mars”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/astronauts-tell-all-about-their-one-year-mars-180960544/In an unprecedented simulation, NASA learned that its astronauts are a bunch of overachieversWed, 21 Sep 2016 20:41:36 +0000Historic Bell Helps Ring in New African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/historic-bell-helps-ring-new-african-american-history-museum-180960545/Why President Obama won’t cut a ribbon when the new museum opens this SaturdayWed, 21 Sep 2016 17:55:36 +0000The Many Futuristic Predictions of H.G. Wells That Came Truehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/many-futuristic-predictions-hg-wells-came-true-180960546/Born 150 years ago, H.G. Wells predicted, and inspired, inventions from the laser to emailWed, 21 Sep 2016 17:40:59 +0000This Farm Harvests Spider Webs for Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/these-pieces-art-were-made-using-spider-webs-180960295/Knight's Spider Web Farm is Vermont’s original "web site"Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:15:11 +0000Why Dead Rulers of the Han Dynasty Were Plugged With Jadehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/dead-rulers-han-dynasty-jade/During the days of China's Han dynasty, when a ruler died his corpse was carefully packed with jade "plugs"Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:42:07 +0000Photographer Adrien Broom Sheds Light on Old Structures in Her Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/adrien-broom-sheds-light-old-structures-180960456/An eerie vision of the luminous magic we find in ourselvesWed, 21 Sep 2016 15:18:54 +0000How Cuba Remembers Its Revolutionary Past and Presenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/cuba-remembers-revolutionary-past-present-180960447/On the 60th anniversary of Fidel Castro’s secret landing on Cuba’s southern shore, our man in Havana journeys into the island’s rebel heartWed, 21 Sep 2016 15:04:19 +0000Get Face to Face With the Tribes of Tanzaniahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/tribes-tanzania-180960444/As safari parks encroach on their ancestral lands, indigenous groups struggle to maintain their ways of lifeWed, 21 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000Myth and Reason on the Mexican Borderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/myth-reason-mexican-border-180960357/The renowned travel writer journeys the length of the U.S.-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at life along the blurry 2,000-mile lineWed, 21 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000Where to See Thousands of Fluttering Butterflies in Taiwanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/wing-taiwans-butterflies-180960422/There's a reason Taiwan is known as the "butterfly kingdom"Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:54:30 +0000The Shoes With No (Carbon) Footprint http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/shoes-no-carbon-footprint-180960542/Energy company NRG has made a pair of sneakers from carbon emissionsWed, 21 Sep 2016 14:42:16 +0000A Mural on View in the African American History Museum Recalls the Rise of Resurrection City http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mural-view-african-american-history-museum-recalls-rise-resurrection-city-movement-180960525/The 1968 Hunger Wall is a stark reminder of the days when the country's impoverished built a shantytown on the National MallWed, 21 Sep 2016 12:57:51 +0000Male Widow Spiders Prefer Younger Ladies—So They Don’t Get Eatenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/male-widow-spiders-prefer-young-ladies-so-they-dont-get-eaten-180960538/This strategy means they live to mate again, upending assumptions about these arachnidsTue, 20 Sep 2016 23:00:00 +0000The Moral Cost of Catshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/moral-cost-of-cats-180960505/A bird-loving scientist calls for an end to outdoor cats "once and for all"Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:00:11 +0000How the Heated, Divisive Election of 1800 Was the First Real Test of American Democracyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/election-1800-first-real-test-american-democracy-180960457/A banner from the Smithsonian collections lays out the stakes of Jefferson vs. AdamsTue, 20 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Sordid History of Mount Rushmorehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sordid-history-mount-rushmore-180960446/The sculptor behind the American landmark had some unseemly ties to white supremacy groupsTue, 20 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000Migratory Birds May Come Programmed With a Genetic Google Mapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/migratory-birds-programmed-genetic-google-maps-180960442/These hybrid avians inherit some mixed directional messagesTue, 20 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Founder of the Smithsonian Institution Figured Out How to Brew a Better Cup of Coffeehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/founder-smithsonian-institution-how-brew-better-cup-coffee-180960208/Almost two hundred years ago, James Smithson devised a method for better brewing. We recreated it.Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:12:38 +0000Visiting Melting Glaciers Can Be Profound. But Is It Morally Wrong?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/visiting-melting-glaciers-can-be-profound-it-morally-wrong-180960514/How to weigh the moral costs of your climate change tourTue, 20 Sep 2016 13:11:36 +0000Were the Women of Petra More Important Than Men?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/important-women-of-petra/The Nabataeans worshipped powerful female deities and built lavish shrines in their honorTue, 20 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Is It Too Late to Save Red Sea Sharks?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/it-too-late-save-red-sea-sharks-180960504/With anti-fishing laws virtually unenforced, sharks off the coast of Saudi Arabia are being fished to death Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:02:52 +0000Even When He Was in His 20s, Winston Churchill Was Already on the Verge of Greatness http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/even-when-he-was-his-20s-winston-churchill-was-already-verge-greatness-180960490/The future Prime Minister became known throughout Britain for his travails as a journalist during the Boer WarMon, 19 Sep 2016 12:30:00 +0000Wu Zetian's Bold Move at the Spectacular Longmen Grottoeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/wu-zetian-spectacular-longmen-grottoes-china/The Longmen Grottoes remain one of the most sacred places in ChinaMon, 19 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Find Out Why Boudin Is Louisiana's Most Famous Sausagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/louisiana-boudin-180960105/The state is studded with shrines to the rice-filled pork treatFri, 16 Sep 2016 17:48:27 +0000American Safaris: Where to See the Biggest Mammals in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/american-safari-biggest-mammals-180958130/Go wild for the United States' largest mammals and take an American SafariFri, 16 Sep 2016 17:43:01 +0000Ancient Oyster Shells Are Windows to the Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-oyster-shells-are-windows-past-180960481/Like thousands of soap-dish-sized Rosetta stones, the shells can reveal clues about the past—if you know what you’re looking forFri, 16 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0000Why Rare Hawaiian Monk Seals Are Lining Up to Get Their Shotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/researchers-are-vaccinating-wild-marine-species-first-time-180960479/Fearing devastating disease, researchers are vaccinating a wild marine mammal for the first timeFri, 16 Sep 2016 14:32:35 +0000Life Bounced Back After the Dinosaurs Perished http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/life-bounced-back-after-dinosaurs-perished-180960424/The devastation was immediate, catastrophic and widespread, but plants and mammals were quick to take overFri, 16 Sep 2016 14:31:56 +0000Timelapse Footage of a Giant Caterpillar Weaving Its Cocoonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/giant-caterpillar-weaving-cocoon-timelapse/For six weeks, luna moth caterpillars gorge themselves on the leaves of the marula tree. Then, when they're ready, they instinctively weave giant cocoonsFri, 16 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000In Defense of Studying City Ratshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/secret-lives-urban-rats-180960426/ By placing a taboo on researching these “disease sponges,” we leave ourselves at their mercyThu, 15 Sep 2016 15:31:25 +0000Can This App Cure Your Fear of Flying?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-app-cure-your-fear-flying-180960470/No, you're not plummeting from the sky. But the SkyGuru app can help explain why it might feel that way, using real-time flight dataThu, 15 Sep 2016 15:07:12 +0000Photographer Nish Nalbandian on Bearing Witness to the Violence in the Syrian Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/photographer-nish-nalbandian-bearing-witness-violence-syrian-civil-war-180960467/In a new book, “A Whole World Blind,” the American photographer documents the tragedy in the Middle EastThu, 15 Sep 2016 14:03:09 +0000Breeding a Better Chicken in the Name of Art (and Science)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/breeding-better-chicken-name-art-and-science-180960436/For 20 years, Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen has been selectively breeding chickens for his Cosmopolitan Chicken ProjectThu, 15 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why Do Giraffes Have Patches?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-do-giraffes-have-patches/The dark patches on a giraffe's body hide an intricate network of blood vessels and glands. These allow blood to flow through them, releasing heat Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000How AltSchool Is Personalizing Education By Collecting Loads of Data on Its Studentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-altschool-personalizing-education-by-collecting-hordes-data-on-students-180960463/Ex-Googler Max Ventilla founded AltSchool to prepare students for the 21st century. Now, he's spreading his model and software to partner schoolsWed, 14 Sep 2016 22:36:11 +0000Exclusive Photography From Inside the African American History Museum Offers a Hint of What Is to Comehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/see-new-museum-through-lens-architecture-photographer-jason-flakes-180960464/Architecture photographer Jason Flakes brings his unique lens to the Smithsonian's brand new museumWed, 14 Sep 2016 21:32:30 +0000Visit the Site of the Biggest Witch Trial in Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-site-biggest-witch-trial-history-180959946/Over 7,000 people were accused of witchcraft in Basque SpainWed, 14 Sep 2016 18:50:54 +0000A Chemist and a Designer Team Up to Weave Solar Panels Into Fabrichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/chemist-designer-team-up-to-weave-solar-panels-into-fabric-180960431/Trisha Andrew and Marianne Fairbanks are developing a solar textile that could end up in clothing, curtains, car seats and tentsWed, 14 Sep 2016 16:29:46 +0000Meet the Woman Who Runs NYC's First Commercial Farm in a Residential Developmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/meet-woman-who-runs-nycs-first-commercial-farm-residential-development-180960433/Wouldn't it be great if all apartment complexes came with an urban farm?Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:37:32 +0000How Should South Africa Remember the Architect of Apartheid?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-should-south-africa-remember-architect-apartheid-180960449/Fifty years after H.F. Verwoerd was assassinated in Parliament, the nation he once presided over reckons with its pastWed, 14 Sep 2016 13:41:20 +0000Google Is Redefining 3D Tech at the New African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-google-changing-3d-tech-museum-african-american-history-180960438/Next spring, visitors will interact with artifacts beyond those in the physical exhibitions Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:03:00 +0000Brazil's Most Dangerous Landing Striphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/brazils-most-dangerous-landing-strip/Notorious among pilots, Runway 35-L at Congonhas airport is a short, tight and tricky place to landWed, 14 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000UPDATE: Meet the National Zoo's Latest Bouncing Baby—an Orangutan (New Video)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-national-zoos-latest-bouncing-baby-orangutan-video-180960429/A historical birth of a male Bornean orangutan, the first in 25 years, took place in Washington, D.C.Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:00:05 +0000Nat Turner's Bible Gave the Enslaved Rebel the Resolve to Rise Up http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nat-turners-bible-inspiration-enslaved-rebel-rise-up-180960416/A Bible belonging to the enslaved Turner spoke of possibility says curator Rex Ellis of the National Museum of African American History and CultureTue, 13 Sep 2016 18:54:36 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Does the World Look to the Color Blind?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-how-does-world-look-the-color-blind-180960415/Most people who are color blind can see colors, they just have trouble distinguishing between specific kindsTue, 13 Sep 2016 14:28:50 +0000Will AI Revolutionize Wall Street? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-ai-revolutionize-wall-street-180960409/A handful of new hedge funds promise to beat human traders by using artificial intelligenceTue, 13 Sep 2016 13:54:06 +0000The Biggest Mass-Production Submarine of WWIIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-biggest-mass-production-submarine-of-wwii/Brought into service just five months after Pearl Harbor, the USS Wahoo was built for sizeTue, 13 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Anthrax Letters That Terrorized a Nation Are Now Decontaminated and on Public Viewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/anthrax-letters-terrorized-nation-now-decontaminated-public-view-180960407/Carriers of the deadly anthrax bacteria, these letters—on loan from the FBI—can be seen at the National Postal MuseumMon, 12 Sep 2016 18:48:55 +0000The Crisis in Syriahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/crisis-syria-180960412/Smithsonian.com partners with the Wilson Center to provide some much-needed context on the deadly civil warMon, 12 Sep 2016 18:29:22 +0000Cave Formations Carry Clues About Ancient Earthquakeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/cave-formations-carry-clues-about-ancient-earthquakes-180960419/Researchers have found that stalagmites can help determine if and when a region was struck by an earthquake.Mon, 12 Sep 2016 18:26:36 +0000The Motorcycle That Rode the Tsunamihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/motorcycle-rode-tsunami-180960327/A Harley, washed out to sea, traveled more than 4,000 miles to its current homeMon, 12 Sep 2016 17:31:43 +0000Designing Classrooms For the 21st Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/designing-classrooms-for-21st-century-180960408/By being a "Pinterest for teachers," room2learn provides ideas for improving classroom layout and functionalityMon, 12 Sep 2016 15:58:05 +0000Oklahoma Just Had Its Biggest Quake Ever, and There May Be More to Comehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/oklahoma-just-had-its-biggest-quake-ever-and-there-may-be-more-come-180960402/Oklahoma's recent string of earthquakes are something new for the stateMon, 12 Sep 2016 14:00:00 +0000American Drivers Have Bicyclists to Thank for a Smooth Ride to Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/american-drivers-thank-bicyclists-180960399/Urban elites with a fancy hobby teamed up with rural farmers in a movement that transformed the nationMon, 12 Sep 2016 12:25:42 +0000How a Deep-Sea Offshore Drilling Rig Workshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/how-a-deep-sea-offshore-drilling-rig-works/After 22 hours, the crew of the Maersk Interceptor have assembled and lowered 551 feet of pipes into the waterMon, 12 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Expert Fills in the Missing Science Behind the Movie “Sully”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-expert-fills-missing-science-behind-movie-sully-180960404/Forensic ornithologist Carla Dove shares her story of analyzing the bird remains or “snarge” scraped from the engines of flight 1549Fri, 09 Sep 2016 19:44:40 +0000Why It Takes a Great Rivalry to Produce Great Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rivalrous-art-world-was-picasso-trying-put-one-over-matisse-180960348/Smithsonian historian David Ward takes a look at a new book by Sebastian Smee on the contentious games artists playFri, 09 Sep 2016 15:43:46 +0000This NASA-Developed AI Could Help Save Firefighters' Lives http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nasa-developed-ai-could-help-save-firefighters-lives-180960398/AUDREY, an artificial intelligence system created by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, helps firefighters navigate through blazesFri, 09 Sep 2016 14:21:48 +0000These Rarely Seen Photographs Are a Who's Who of the Harlem Renaissancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rarely-seen-photographs-whos-who-harlem-renaissance-180960343/Carl Van Vechten captured and archived images of most of the era’s great artists, musicians and thought leadersFri, 09 Sep 2016 14:07:18 +0000Cameras Capture a Hornet Hatching Up-Closehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/cameras-capture-a-hornet-hatching-up-close/After two weeks of encasement, it's time for the larvae, now adult hornets, to leave their silk cocoons. Get an intimate look at the moment one hatchesFri, 09 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Forgotten Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Send Astronauts to Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-black-women-mathematicians-who-helped-win-wars-and-send-astronauts-space-180960393/A new book documents the lives and accomplishments of NASA’s black “human computers” whose work was at the heart of the country’s greatest battlesThu, 08 Sep 2016 18:45:34 +0000The Musical Lineup for the Opening of the African American History Museum Is Announced and It's Greathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/musical-lineup-opening-african-american-history-museum-announced-180960388/The 'Freedom Sounds' Festival includes D.C. Go-Go band Experience Unlimited, Public Enemy, The Roots, Living Colour and moreThu, 08 Sep 2016 17:27:58 +0000The Story of a Resurrected Antiviral Could Hold Lessons for Combating Zika http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/story-resurrected-antiviral-lessons-combatting-zika-180960325/How Stanford scientists used two genetic screening techniques in tandem to unravel the mystery of a discarded antiviralThu, 08 Sep 2016 15:55:32 +0000The Brains Behind Star Trekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/the-brains-behind-star-trek/Sci-fi fan Gene Roddenberry was a freelance writer with a futuristic vision. He had high hopes for his script about a peacekeeping spaceshipThu, 08 Sep 2016 15:55:14 +0000These Photos of Deconstructed Devices Reveal Their Hidden Beautyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-photos-deconstructed-devices-reveal-their-hidden-beauty-180960316/Engineer-artist Todd McLellan finds marvel in blowing out the mundaneThu, 08 Sep 2016 14:23:57 +0000These 12 New Museum Exhibitions Are Fall Must-Seeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/must-see-new-fall-exhibitions-180960285/Shrunken heads, punk rock and robots make for an action-packed autumnThu, 08 Sep 2016 14:00:26 +0000How the Olympic Mountains Got Their Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-olympic-mountains-got-their-name/In 1788, a British mariner passed by the majestic mountains of northwest Washington. The peaks seemed the perfect dwelling place for Greek godsThu, 08 Sep 2016 13:20:14 +0000Remembering 9/11, From a Scrawled Note to a Scrap of Fuselage http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remembering-911-scrawled-note-bit-fuselage-180960354/How objects both ordinary and extraordinary help us reflect on the devastationThu, 08 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Future of Energy: Special Reporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-energy-special-report-180959543/Bold new ideas to meet the world's burgeoning need for powerWed, 07 Sep 2016 20:32:33 +0000What Gladiator School Was Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-gladiator-school-was-like/It's uncertain whether gladiator school was run like a prison or was completely voluntary. However, a reasonable amount of comfort was providedWed, 07 Sep 2016 17:30:27 +0000Beneath This Medieval German Town Lie Over 25 Miles of Forgotten Tunnelshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/exploring-underground-tunnels-oppenheim-germany-180960147/Go beneath the surface of OppenheimWed, 07 Sep 2016 16:53:44 +0000Astrophysicist Mario Livio on the Intersection of Art and Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/astrophysicist-mario-livio-intersection-art-and-science-180960334/The scientist considers both a response to the vastness of the universeWed, 07 Sep 2016 16:47:36 +0000Is Rent-to-Own Solar Power the Answer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/is-rent-to-own-solar-power-answer-180960011/A Canadian entrepreneur is using a business model familiar from ‘70s daytime TV to get Indians to embrace solarWed, 07 Sep 2016 15:28:16 +0000The New Deal Origins of Homeland Securityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-deal-origins-homeland-security-180960359/During FDR’s administration, the First Lady and the Mayor of New York clashed over guns, butter and American liberalismWed, 07 Sep 2016 15:18:36 +0000How Eight Conglomerates Dominate Japanese Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-eight-conglomerates-dominate-japanese-industry-180960356/Each <em>keiretsu</em> can have as many as 30 sub-companies—from breweries to camera and auto makersWed, 07 Sep 2016 14:32:20 +0000For Nearly 150 Years, This One House Told a Novel Story About the African-American Experiencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/for-nearly-150-years-one-house-told-novel-story-african-american-epxperience-180960355/On view in the new museum, the woodframe dwelling evokes the aspirations and limitations of the era following enslavementWed, 07 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Captive Komodo Dragons Share Their Teeming Microbiome with Their Environment, Just Like Ushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/komodo-dragon-colonizes-its-environment-its-bacteria-just-us-1-180960315/Komodos could be the perfect model for studying host-microbe interactionsWed, 07 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Witness a Real-Life Wild West Buffalo Rounduphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/old-west-lives-south-dakota-180960182/For one day only, the old West lives on in South Dakota's Custer State ParkTue, 06 Sep 2016 18:29:05 +0000It’s Sherbet, Not Sherbert, You Dilettanteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/its-sherbet-not-sherbert-you-dilettantes-180960347/The frozen treat has been mispronounced by generations of AmericansTue, 06 Sep 2016 16:01:07 +0000How Yosemite Became the Setting of a Chaotic 1970 Riothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-yosemite-became-setting-of-chaotic-1970-riot/Independence Day in 1970 at Yosemite National Park should have been an occasion for celebration. Instead, it became a day of violenceTue, 06 Sep 2016 14:20:56 +0000How a Sponge, Bubble Wrap and Sunlight Can Lead to Clean Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-sponge-bubble-wrap-sunlight-can-lead-clean-water-180960319/With simple materials, MIT researchers have developed a cheap, easy-to-build device to desalinate water and treat wastewaterTue, 06 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Inside a Remarkable Repository that Supplies Eagle Parts to Native Americans and Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/national-eagle-repository-eagles-go-to-native-american-tribes-and-science-180960306/The repository, which has long provided feathers to tribes for traditional uses, also helps bird conservation researchersTue, 06 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Life Aboard a Renovated World War II Tugboathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/alaska-at-sea-world-war-II-tugboat-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959434/With help from friends, a transplanted Philadelphian embarks on a voyage of discovery through Alaska's watersMon, 05 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +0000Laser Scientists Are Developing Star Trek's Phaserhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/laser-scientists-are-developing-star-treks-phaser/Some of the technology from Star Trek is already coming to life in the Lockheed Martin labSun, 04 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Mission to Restore the Original Starship Enterprisehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-mission-to-restore-the-original-starship-enterprise-180960339/The beloved 1960s studio model stars in <em>Building Star Trek</em>, a documentary premiering on Smithsonian Channel this SundayFri, 02 Sep 2016 19:40:41 +0000Dogs Know When You're Praising Them. That Doesn't Mean They Understand Human Speechhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-say-dogs-understand-human-speech-how-can-we-be-sure-180960336/A dose of caution with the results of an intriguing new studyFri, 02 Sep 2016 15:20:05 +0000The Story of the Weber Grill Begins With a Buoyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/story-weber-grill-begins-buoy-180960335/When metalworker George Stephen, Sr. put two halves of a buoy together, he didn't know he was making a charcoal grill that would stand the test of timeFri, 02 Sep 2016 14:56:20 +0000How the Next Generation of Mars Rovers will Search for Signs of Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-next-generation-mars-rovers-will-search-signs-life-180960324/The Mars 2020 rover doesn’t even have a name yet—but it already has an ambitious goalFri, 02 Sep 2016 14:15:04 +0000In a Remote Alaskan Town, a Centuries-Old Russian Faith Thriveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/russian-easter-pascha-photography-old-believers-sect-russian-orthodox-church-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959440/Residents of Nikolaevsk remain true to the traditions of their ancestors, who fled religious persecution in the 17th-centuryFri, 02 Sep 2016 13:50:16 +0000The Great Fire of London Was Blamed on Religious Terrorismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/great-fire-london-was-blamed-religious-terrorism-180960332/Why scores of Londoners thought the fire of 1666 was all part of a nefarious Catholic conspiracyFri, 02 Sep 2016 12:58:54 +0000SpaceX Explosion Sets Back Launch Date, Hopeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/bad-day-pad-40-180960333/The Falcon 9 blow up may be a sign that Elon Musk is moving too fastFri, 02 Sep 2016 12:30:00 +0000Crazy Vintage Footage of Park Visitors Feeding Bearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/crazy-vintage-footage-park-visitors-feeding-bears/Wildlife management in national parks has come a long way in recent decades. In the '70s, visitors were regularly encouraged to feed bearsFri, 02 Sep 2016 11:30:00 +0000 Solving the Mystery of the Milky Way’s Missing Masshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/solving-mystery-milky-ways-missing-mass-180960297/Smithsonian scientists have discovered a huge cloud of super hot gas expanding from the middle of our galaxyThu, 01 Sep 2016 19:05:02 +0000Is Plastic the Secret to Clothes That Will Keep You Cool?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/plastic-secret-clothes-will-keep-you-cool-180960317/Because it allows infrared radiation to escape your body, polyethylene could become key to what we wear in a warming worldThu, 01 Sep 2016 18:10:00 +0000Your Questions About African-American History, Answeredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/questions-african-american-history-answered-180960120/A special edition of Ask Smithsonian on the occasion of the opening of a new Smithsonian museumThu, 01 Sep 2016 14:56:58 +0000Two Giant Killer Hornet Colonies Battle to the Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/giant-killer-hornet-colonies-battle-to-the-death/A giant killer hornet war is waged between two colonies, and the resources, territories, and survival of a new generation are at stakeThu, 01 Sep 2016 14:26:25 +0000Deep in the Swamps, Archaeologists Are Finding How Fugitive Slaves Kept Their Freedomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/deep-swamps-archaeologists-fugitive-slaves-kept-freedom-180960122/The Great Dismal Swamp was once a thriving refuge for runawaysThu, 01 Sep 2016 13:52:17 +0000The Children of Civil Rights Leaders Are Keeping Their Eyes on the Prizehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/children-civil-rights-leaders-follow-path-parents-180960289/The next generation is following in the footsteps of its forebearsThu, 01 Sep 2016 13:02:09 +0000Melting Glaciers Are Wreaking Havoc on Earth's Crusthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/melting-glaciers-are-wreaking-havoc-earths-crust-180960226/Sea levels are dropping, earthquakes and volcanoes are waking up, and even the earth's axis is moving—all because of melting iceThu, 01 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000You Can Thank Scientists for the National Park Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/you-can-thank-science-and-scientists-national-park-system-180960275/Early conservation research and scientific expeditions laid the groundwork and helped to convince the public national parks were a good ideaThu, 01 Sep 2016 12:44:35 +0000The Quest to Build the First Robotic Vaginahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-vagina-biological-miracle-and-researchers-are-trying-recreate-it-180960304/Your reproductive tract is a biological miracle, and researchers are trying to recreate itWed, 31 Aug 2016 18:31:23 +0000Black Tweets Matterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/black-tweets-matter-180960117/How the tumultuous, hilarious, wide-ranging chat party on Twitter changed the face of activism in AmericaWed, 31 Aug 2016 17:19:25 +0000The Long-Lasting Legacy of the Great Migrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/long-lasting-legacy-great-migration-180960118/When millions of African-Americans fled the South in search of a better life, they remade the nation in ways that are still being feltWed, 31 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0000Take an Interactive Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-interactive-tour-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-180960303/What to expect when you visit the Smithsonian’s newest museumWed, 31 Aug 2016 14:55:57 +0000Inspired by Squid, Scientists Create New Materials That Change Color and Texturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/inspired-by-squid-scientists-create-new-materials-that-change-color-texture-180960286/The technology has a number of potential uses, from anti-glare screens to color-changing clothingWed, 31 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Eleven Years After Katrina, What Lessons Can We Learn Before the Next Disaster Strikes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/eleven-years-after-katrina-what-lessons-can-we-learn-next-disaster-strikes-180960293/Author and playwright John Biguenet offers his thoughts on the narrative of destructionWed, 31 Aug 2016 12:44:38 +0000Mary Beard on Pompeii's Showiest Familyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/mary-beard-on-pompeiis-showiest-family/The Valentes were a wealthy Pompeii family that used lavish, high-end parties to gain political clout. Classicist Mary Beard walks us through the remainsTue, 30 Aug 2016 21:47:07 +0000Where in the World Is the Anthropocene?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/where-world-anthropocene-180960241/Some geologists believe we’ve entered a new era. Now they have to search for the rocks that prove itTue, 30 Aug 2016 20:19:19 +0000Here's a Food Wrapper You Can Eathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/heres-food-wrapper-you-can-eat-180960287/Made from milk protein, it not only keeps food from spoiling, but it also could keep a lot of plastic out of landfillsTue, 30 Aug 2016 14:30:51 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Is a Dimple?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-what-is-dimple-180960272/Michael Jordan, Vanessa Hudgens and all those celeb dimples to die for? Just a result of a double zygomaticus major muscleTue, 30 Aug 2016 14:19:05 +0000Slow Earthquakes Are a Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/slow-earthquakes-are-thing-180960248/Slow earthquakes regularly move more earth than deadly fast quakes, but no one feels a thingTue, 30 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Seeing Is Believing: How Marie Tharp Changed Geology Forever http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/seeing-believing-how-marie-tharp-changed-geology-forever-180960192/Marie Tharp's maps helped prove continental drift was real. But her work was initially dismissed as "girl talk"Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Surprise: Gladiators Were Vegetarianshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/surprise-gladiators-were-vegetarians/A huge factor in a gladiator's physical fitness was a meatless diet. During training, he primarily ate beans for protein and barley for carbohydratesMon, 29 Aug 2016 18:42:50 +0000I Am Officially in Love With Cockroaches http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/i-am-officially-in-love-with-cockroaches-180960274/And after you read this, you will be tooMon, 29 Aug 2016 18:11:09 +0000The Definitive Story of How the National Museum of African American History and Culture Came to Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/definitive-story-national-museum-african-american-history-culture-came-be-180960125/From courting Chuck Berry in Missouri to diving for a lost slave ship off Africa, the director's tale is a fascinating oneMon, 29 Aug 2016 16:50:35 +0000The Powerful Objects From the Collections of the Smithsonian's Newest Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/powerful-objects-collections-smithsonian-museum-180960126/These artifacts each tell a part of the African-American storyMon, 29 Aug 2016 16:50:03 +0000The Blasphemous Geologist Who Rocked Our Understanding of Earth's Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/father-modern-geology-youve-never-heard-180960203/James Hutton was a leading light of his time, but is rarely talked about todayMon, 29 Aug 2016 16:33:36 +0000The Dog Aging Project Wants to Help Your Pet Live Longerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/dog-aging-project-wants-help-your-pet-live-longer-180960263/Biologists at the University of Washington are launching a long-term study that involves testing medications that could enhance dogs' life spansMon, 29 Aug 2016 15:33:25 +0000Did Anthropologists Just Solve the 3-Million-Year-Old Mystery of Lucy’s Death?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/did-anthropologists-just-solve-millions-year-old-mystery-Lucy-death-180960276/Researchers think they've reconstructed the fatal plunge and last terrifying seconds of the hominin's lifeMon, 29 Aug 2016 15:29:48 +0000Michael Jackson's Costumes Show Why Nobody Can Beat the King of Pop When it Comes to Stylehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-new-museum-michael-jackson-unapologetic-enduring-style-receives-curtain-call-180958922/Outfits from the Jackson's "Victory" tour will be part of an inaugural exhibition at the African American History MuseumMon, 29 Aug 2016 15:02:20 +0000How to Get Timed-Entry Passes for National Museum of African American History and Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-offer-timed-entry-passes-180960211/It's finally time to plan your trip to NMAAHCFri, 26 Aug 2016 20:00:38 +0000Garbage Can Teach Us a Lot About Food Wastehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/garbage-can-teach-us-lot-about-food-waste-180960254/A novel and slightly gross study aims to fill in gaps in our understanding of Americans' food wasteFri, 26 Aug 2016 19:26:15 +0000IBM’s Watson Takes On Yet Another Job, as a Weather Forecasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ibms-watson-takes-yet-another-job-weather-forecaster-180960264/The integration of the supercomputer and weather stations around the world could have a huge impact on global industryFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:46:15 +0000Keeping the Blues Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/keeping-blues-alive-180960128/Is blues music a thing of the past? A festival in Memphis featuring musicians of all ages and nationalities shouts an upbeat answerFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:24:54 +0000Incredible: Five Lions Take Down a Giraffehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-five-lions-take-down-a-giraffe/Free from their mother's care, five young lions must fend for, and feed, themselves. Their first challenge: a giant giraffe who refuses to be caughtFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:12:08 +0000Norway Wants to Give Finland a Mountainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/norway-finland-mountain-180960235/If the country succeeds, it will be the world's best 100th-birthday gift Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Massive Yellowstone Fish Die-Off: A Glimpse Into Our Climate Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/yellowstone-fish-die-off-glimpse-climate-future-180960259/This unprecedented kill reveals why we need to keep rivers resilientThu, 25 Aug 2016 20:35:16 +0000Getting Up Close and Personal With America’s First Offshore Wind Farmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/getting-up-close-personal-with-americas-first-offshore-wind-farm-180960251/The newly-erected turbines off of Block Island may signal the future of American wind powerThu, 25 Aug 2016 19:17:23 +0000This Is What 3,000 Photos of Teddy Bears Look Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/what-3000-photos-teddy-bears-look-180960181/An exhibition at The New Museum takes collection obsession to an over-the-top (but adorable) extremeThu, 25 Aug 2016 17:32:09 +0000Here’s an Ingeniously Simple Method for Making Bakailaoa Pil-pilean, the Traditional Basque Mealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-ingeniously-simple-method-making-bakailaoa-pil-pilean-traditional-basque-meal-180960245/Digesting the lessons that the Basque chefs taught at this summer’s Folklife Festival Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:20:13 +0000How One Millionaire's Promise Led to a National Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/john-rockefeller-grand-teton-national-park/When millionaire John D. Rockefeller Jr. first visited Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1926, he vowed to preserve the awe-inspiring landThu, 25 Aug 2016 14:59:44 +0000From Our Photo Contest: Soak Up the Beauty of America's National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/national-parks-service-centennial-100th-anniversary-nps100-photography-nature-180959721/2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service. Enjoy these standout images submitted by our photo communityThu, 25 Aug 2016 10:30:00 +0000Ancient Maya Bloodletting Tools or Common Kitchen Knives? How Archaeologists Tell the Differencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-maya-bloodletting-tools-or-kitchen-knives-how-archaeologists-tell-difference-1-180960232/New techniques for identifying the tools of sacrifice sharpen our understanding of the ritualWed, 24 Aug 2016 20:25:19 +0000Why the Universe Needs More Black and Latino Astronomershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-can-we-give-black-and-latino-astronomers-foundation-reach-stars-180960213/Astronomy has one of the worst diversity rates of any scientific field. This Harvard program is trying to change that Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:32:44 +0000Has the Incredible Accuracy of Art Reproduction Ruined the Way We Experience Masterpieces?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/are-replicas-changing-way-we-experience-art-180960224/Precise digital replicas allow more people to own and view great works of art, minus their soulTue, 23 Aug 2016 17:38:59 +0000The “Great Green Wall” Didn’t Stop Desertification, but it Evolved Into Something That Mighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/great-green-wall-stop-desertification-not-so-much-180960171/The multibillion-dollar effort to plant a 4,000-mile-long wall of trees hit some snags along the way, but there's still hopeTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:51:48 +0000Food Tasting Too Healthy? Just Add Scenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-your-food-taste-too-healthy-just-add-scent-180960223/How scientists use smell to trick tastebuds—and brainsTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:11:02 +0000Now, Let the "Olympics" of Sports Startups Beginhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/now-let-olympics-sports-startups-begin-180960220/Eight companies from around the world specializing in athletics will compete in Rio de Janeiro for a 100,000 Euro prizeTue, 23 Aug 2016 14:28:30 +0000These Five Museums Put the “Culture” in “Agriculture”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-five-museums-put-culture-agriculture-180960214/It's a lot more than just "tractor art"Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:57:42 +0000Karl Marx, My Puppy ‘Max,’ Instagram and Mehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/karl-marx-my-puppy-max-instagram-and-me-180960205/A historian tries hard to understand modern society and buys a #cutepuppyMon, 22 Aug 2016 16:25:23 +0000Jazz Has Never Looked Cooler Than It Does in This New Exhibitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/jazz-has-never-looked-cooler-than-it-does-new-exhibition-180960191/ These evocative images by photographer Herman Leonard call to mind a bygone eraMon, 22 Aug 2016 15:43:07 +0000How the National Parks Are Playing the Game of “What If” to Prepare for Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/national-parks-are-preparing-climate-change-using-tool-military-used-plan-nuclear-war-180960209/Federal agencies are starting to embrace scenario planning, a tool developed by the military to plan for thermonuclear warMon, 22 Aug 2016 14:33:38 +0000These Mesmerizing Paper Sculptures Explore Nature’s Mirrored Structureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-mesmerizing-paper-sculptures-explore-natures-mirrored-structures-180960194/Artist Matt Shlian folds, cuts and glues paper to create faceted and curved works of artMon, 22 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000These Simple Fixes Could Save Thousands of Birds a Year From Fishing Boatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-simple-fixes-could-save-thousands-birds-year-fishing-boats-180959982/Changes as basic as adding a colorful streamer to commercial longline fishing boats could save thousands of seabirds a yearMon, 22 Aug 2016 13:20:00 +0000This Helmet Shows What's Going On Inside a Person's Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-helmet-shows-whats-going-deep-inside-persons-brain-180960195/Researchers say it could help detect Alzheimer's and even explain why some people have exceptional talentsMon, 22 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Acclaimed Chef Christian Puglisi’s New "Farm of Ideas" Might Be the Next Big Foodie Destinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/chef-christian-puglisis-ambitious-new-project-farm-ideas-180960175/The Danish restaurateur is creating a place for food producers, chefs and foodies from around the world to gather and learnMon, 22 Aug 2016 12:30:00 +0000A Beary Happy First Birthday to Bei Bei. Unbearably Cute Celebrations Are in Storehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-beary-happy-first-birthday-bei-bei-unbearably-cute-celebrations-180960199/America's sweetheart celebrates his birthday this weekend at the National ZooFri, 19 Aug 2016 20:24:51 +0000The Man Who Ran a Carnival Attraction That Saved Thousands of Premature Babies Wasn't a Doctor at Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/man-who-pretended-be-doctor-ran-worlds-fair-attraction-saved-lives-thousands-premature-babies-180960200/Martin Couney carried a secret with him, but the results are unimpeachableFri, 19 Aug 2016 18:28:45 +0000This 400-mile Trail Between the U.S. and Canada Was Planned by a Moosehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/400-mile-trail-between-us-and-canada-was-planned-moose-180960187/The new trail will stretch from the Adirondacks in New York to Algonquin Provincial Park in OntarioFri, 19 Aug 2016 16:53:49 +0000Which National Park Draws 25 Million Visitors a Year?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/which-national-park-draws-25-million-visitors/The National Mall attracts an unbelievable amount of visitors each year. Here's what they come to see.Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:29:35 +0000Why We Have to Play Catch-up Collecting the Portraits of Female Athleteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-have-play-catch-collecting-portraits-female-athletes-180960179/As the “Summer of Women” unfolds in Rio, the Portrait Gallery is setting its sights on the futureFri, 19 Aug 2016 14:31:03 +0000Tiny "Neural Dust" Sensors Could One Day Control Prostheses or Treat Disease http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tiny-neural-dust-sensors-could-one-day-control-prostheses-or-treat-disease-180960190/These devices could last inside the human body indefinitely, monitoring and controlling nerve and muscle impulsesFri, 19 Aug 2016 14:20:50 +0000Scientists Know They Should Really Study Important Bugs but OMG a Baby Cheetahhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-know-should-study-bugs-but-omg-a-baby-cheetah-180960186/In conservation science, the cutest animals still get all the attentionThu, 18 Aug 2016 20:08:17 +0000Birds Sing to Their Eggs, and This Song Might Help Their Babies Survive Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/birds-talk-their-eggsand-song-might-help-their-babies-deal-climate-change-180960168/Embryonic learning—things birds pick up from their parents while still in the egg—may play a bigger role than imagined.Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:00:00 +0000This Man Claims He Has the World’s Largest Collection of Toy Dinosaurs, and He Loves Them Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/man-claims-worlds-largest-collection-dinosaurs-180960130/Randy Knol's stunning array chronicles our evolving knowledge about the prehistoric beastsThu, 18 Aug 2016 15:43:24 +0000The Rise of the Modern Sportswomanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rise-modern-sportswoman-180960174/Women have long fought against the assumption that they are weaker than men, and the battle isn’t over yetThu, 18 Aug 2016 15:18:39 +0000100 Years Later, the First International Treaty to Protect Birds Has Grown Wingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrating-100-years-protecting-birds-180960169/The U.S. and Canada celebrate the centennial of an agreement recognizing that birds see no bordersThu, 18 Aug 2016 14:03:51 +0000This Rio Restaurant Is Using Surplus Food From the Olympic Village to Feed the Homelesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-rio-restaurant-using-surplus-food-from-olympic-village-feed-homeless-180960163/At Refettorio Gastromotiva, top chefs from around the world are cooking five-star cuisine for the poorThu, 18 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Seven Items You May Want to Add to Your Back-to-School Shopping Listhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-items-may-want-add-back-to-school-shopping-list-180960162/From smart lunch boxes to apps for making digital flash cards, these technologies can help students of all ages this coming school yearWed, 17 Aug 2016 16:20:23 +0000Is This a Portrait of One of the World’s Most Influential Philosophers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/portrait-one-worlds-most-influential-philosophers-180960164/One Dutch art dealer is convinced that he owns the only portrait that Baruch Spinoza sat forWed, 17 Aug 2016 15:41:52 +0000Step Inside 12 of England's Most Beautiful Gardenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/12-most-beautiful-gardens-visit-england-180959722/ Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:15:00 +0000Robotics Can Get Girls Into STEM, but Some Still Need Convincinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/robotics-good-girls-some-still-need-convincing-180960131/The lack of women leaders in STEM creates “a catch-22 death spiral.” Robotics teams try to change thatTue, 16 Aug 2016 18:42:05 +0000The History of the American West Gets a Much-Needed Rewritehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-american-west-gets-much-needed-rewrite-180960149/Artists, historians and filmmakers alike have been guilty of creating a mythologized version of the U.S. expansion to the westTue, 16 Aug 2016 16:58:14 +0000Give it Up, Sneaky Males: These Lady Fish Have You Outwittedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/give-it-sneaky-male-fish-lady-fish-have-you-outwitted-180960148/Female ocellated wrasses have developed a surprising trick to control who fathers their offspringTue, 16 Aug 2016 15:02:53 +0000 Smithsonian Researchers Uncover Extinct, Ancient River Dolphin Fossil Hiding in Their Own Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-species-ancient-river-dolphin-discovered-exctinct-millions-years-ago-180960146/Sometimes, paleontologists don’t have to go into the field to discover a tantalizing new speciesTue, 16 Aug 2016 14:45:31 +0000Move Over, Community Gardens: Edible Forests Are Sprouting Up Across Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/move-over-community-gardens-edible-forests-are-sprouting-across-america-180960024/These new urban forests let you pick your own produce. But will the concept take root?Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Unusual Origins of Pink Lemonade http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unusual-origins-pink-lemonade-180960145/It’s a pretty scary story. It does involve clowns, after allTue, 16 Aug 2016 13:15:09 +0000A Secret Refuge for Elk Thought to Be Extincthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-secret-refuge-for-elk-thought-to-be-extinct/As many as 500,000 tule elk once roamed the coast of California, but they were hunted to extinction in the mid-1860s. Or so we thought... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:47:53 +0000Sports History Forgot About Tidye Pickett and Louise Stokes, Two Black Olympians Who Never Got Their Shothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sports-history-forgot-about-tidye-pickett-and-louise-stokes-two-black-olympians-who-never-got-their-shot-glory-180960138/Thanks to the one-two punch of racism and sexism, these two women were shut out of the hero’s treatment given to other athletesMon, 15 Aug 2016 19:43:30 +0000Long After Einstein, Cosmic Lensing Reaches Its Full Potentialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/cosmic-lensing-explained-180960136/How Hubble is taking advantage of Einstein’s theories to study the most distant galaxiesMon, 15 Aug 2016 19:34:04 +0000 Could This San Francisco Startup Transform Garbage Collecting?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-san-francisco-startup-transform-garbage-collecting-180960115/Compology uses sensors and software to plot truck routes to empty only dumpsters that are fullMon, 15 Aug 2016 16:19:56 +0000This Scientist Seeks Out the Secret History of Other Worldshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientist-seeks-out-secret-history-other-worlds-180960074/Maria Zuber has spent her career enabling discoveries beyond Earth. She says the best is yet to comeMon, 15 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0000John Muir's Transformative Climb Up Mt. Rainierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/john-muirs-transformative-climb-up-mt-rainier/In 1880, John Muir boldly hiked to the icy summit of one of Washington State's most recognizable landmarksMon, 15 Aug 2016 14:43:13 +0000Rare Afghan Deer Endures Two Major Wars, Is Ultimate Survivorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-afghani-deer-survives-two-major-wars-ultimate-survivor-180960107/Researchers feared the endangered ungulate had gone locally extinct. The Bactrian deer proved them wrong Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:08:38 +0000Synchronized Swimming Has a History That Dates Back to Ancient Romehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/synchronized-swimming-has-history-dates-back-ancient-rome-180960108/Before it reached the Olympics, the sport was a spectacle of the circus and vaudevilleFri, 12 Aug 2016 15:56:57 +0000These Letters Written by Famous Artists Reveal the Lost Intimacy of Putting Pen to Paperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-letters-written-famous-artists-reveal-lost-intimacy-putting-pen-to-paper-180960047/Many of the letters included in a new book provide snapshots of especially poignant moments in the lives of American artistsFri, 12 Aug 2016 14:30:01 +0000New Moon-Formation Theory Also Raises Questions About Early Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-moon-formation-theory-also-raises-questions-about-early-earth-180960077/A new model of the impact that created the moon might upend theories about earth, tooFri, 12 Aug 2016 13:30:00 +0000These Microbe-Coated Seeds Could Help Us Thrive in a Dark, Dry Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-microbe-coated-seeds-could-help-us-thrive-dark-dry-future-180960096/A Massachusetts-based startup is prepping for your basic apocalyptic scenarioFri, 12 Aug 2016 13:26:37 +0000The Solar Storm That Nearly Set the Cold War Ablazehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/solar-storm-nearly-set-cold-war-ablaze-180960106/How radio interference from a 1967 solar storm spooked the U.S. military—and launched space weather forecastingFri, 12 Aug 2016 12:39:30 +0000Why Honey Bees Are Crucial Employees at this Airporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/honey-bees-are-crucial-employees-at-this-airport/A colony of 300,000 honey bees lives just south of Frankfurt Airport. By testing the quality of their honey, scientists can determine pollution levelsFri, 12 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Six Places to Spot the World's Most Breathtaking Sand Duneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/six-worlds-most-breathtaking-sand-dunes-180958261/From snow-white sand to dunes taller than the Empire State Building, the Sahara has nothing on these majestic desertsThu, 11 Aug 2016 20:05:02 +0000These Ridiculously Long-Lived Sharks Are Older Than the United States, and Still Living It Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ridiculously-ancient-greenland-sharks-are-older-united-states-180960101/The lifespans of these marine methuselahs may double those of oldest living tortoises, a creative dating method finds Thu, 11 Aug 2016 18:00:03 +0000Google Thinks These 20 Teenagers Could Change Our World for the Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/google-thinks-these-20-teenagers-could-change-our-world-for-better-180960097/These kids from around the globe have created innovative new technologies, from malaria-testing apps to water-saving agriculture systemsThu, 11 Aug 2016 17:33:56 +0000Growing Hops in Abandoned Lots? Pittsburgh Will Drink to Thathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/growing-hops-abandoned-lots-pittsburgh-will-drink-180960094/The city's craft breweries may soon be able to make truly local beerThu, 11 Aug 2016 16:10:22 +0000Soil Has a Microbiome, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/soil-has-microbiome-too-180960088/The unique mix of microbes in soil has a profound effect on which plants thrive and which ones dieThu, 11 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Media Learned Nothing After Misreporting the Reagan Assassination Attempthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/media-learned-nothing-after-misreporting-reagan-assassination-attempt-180960091/As the shooter John Hinckley returns to life outside of imprisonment, it’s worth looking back at every thing the media got wrong that day Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:23:40 +0000The Real Way Komodo Dragons Kill Preyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-real-way-komodo-dragons-kill-prey/Komodo dragons aren't physically built to chase after their preyThu, 11 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Babe Ruth Hit a Home Run With Celebrity Product Endorsementshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-babe-ruth-hit-home-run-celebrity-product-endorsements-180960038/The Great Bambino was one of the first athletes to be famous enough to require a publicity agent to handle his affairsWed, 10 Aug 2016 18:18:39 +0000Could This Painless Brain Stimulation Help Treat Depression and Alzheimer's? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-painless-brain-stimulation-help-treat-depression-alzheimers-and-schizophrenia-180960083/UNC researchers have shown that transcranial alternating current stimulation can help improve memoryWed, 10 Aug 2016 17:37:58 +0000Go Deep: 5 Places on Earth to See Seriously Old Rockshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/go-deep-5-places-earth-see-seriously-old-rocks-180960010/See geology "in action"—or at least as action-packed as rocks can be—at these five spotsWed, 10 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +000010 New Ways to Use Droneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-new-ways-use-drones-180960061/From fighting wildfires to coaching people on their tennis game, the aerial devices are becoming a tool of choiceWed, 10 Aug 2016 13:33:14 +0000The Perseid Meteor Shower Looks Even More Beautiful When You Know Where It Comes Fromhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/perseid-meteor-shower-looks-even-more-beautiful-if-you-know-where-it-comes-180960082/Each streak across the sky is a fragment of the original material of our solar systemWed, 10 Aug 2016 13:30:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Can Animals Predict Earthquakes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-can-animals-predict-earthquakes-180960079/Humans cling to the idea that the beasts of the field could help to make earthquakes predictable, but prognosticators they are not Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000How This Giant 65,000-Ton Vessel Carries Larger Shipshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/how-giant-65000-ton-vessel-carries-large-ships/Hawk is a 732-foot-long, 180-foot-wide transport vessel able to haul some of the world's heaviest cargo across the globeWed, 10 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Six National Parks That Are Best Explored by Boathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/national-park-water-based-wonders-180959896/From wildlife to forgotten forts, the water is the place to be at many of America's national parksWed, 10 Aug 2016 10:00:00 +0000Seven Gorgeous Waterfalls to Chase in Taiwanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/guide-to-taiwans-waterfalls-180959779/Rainbows, records and golden water make these majestic falls a can't-missTue, 09 Aug 2016 17:41:35 +0000What You Don’t Know About Olympian Tommie Smith’s Silent Gesturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-you-dont-know-about-olympian-tommie-smiths-silent-gesture-180960056/The simple act of civil disobedience, thrusting a black-gloved fist in the air, produced shock waves across the nationTue, 09 Aug 2016 16:08:54 +00003D Print Your Own Breakfasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/3d-print-your-own-breakfast-180960048/A team of researchers at Columbia University has developed a 3D food printer capable of printing and cooking multiple ingredients at one timeTue, 09 Aug 2016 15:50:37 +0000What Happened in the Seconds, Hours, Weeks After the Dino-Killing Asteroid Hit Earth?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happened-seconds-hours-weeks-after-dino-killing-asteroid-hit-earth-180960032/The Cretaceous forecast: Tsunamis, a deadly heat pulse, and massive cooling.Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000Opening the Space Race to the Entire Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/opening-space-race-entire-world-180960045/A new era of collaboration and affordable technology has scientists across the globe sending spacecraft into outer spaceTue, 09 Aug 2016 13:34:52 +0000Why Is This Lizard Doing Push-Ups?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-is-this-lizard-doing-push-ups/Draco lizards have an interesting technique of performing upper body workouts to get the attention of their potential matesTue, 09 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Today’s Smooth-Running Horses May Owe Their Genetics to the Vikingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/todays-smooth-running-horses-may-owe-their-genetics-vikings-180960055/Scientists have determined the likely origin for the "gaitkeeper" gene, which controls gaitedness in horsesMon, 08 Aug 2016 18:23:45 +0000How Chuck Taylor Taught America How to Play Basketballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-chuck-taylor-taught-america-how-play-basketball-180960050/A shoe-in for the first ever basketball game in the Olympics, Converse All Stars have a long history both in and out of sportMon, 08 Aug 2016 17:41:08 +0000Charlie Chaplin's Gold Rushhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/charlie-chaplin-klondike-gold-rush-silent-film-comedy-alaska-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959456/Two decades after the Klondike Gold Rush, Chaplin recast the hardships of prospectors as comedyMon, 08 Aug 2016 17:39:21 +0000How Climate Change Will Transform the National Parks’ Iconic Animals and Plants http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-climate-change-transforming-national-parks-iconic-animals-and-plants-180960046/Dramatic changes may force park managers to choose which species will live, and which will dieMon, 08 Aug 2016 16:06:36 +0000Seismic Slowdowns Could Warn of Impending Earthquakes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seismic-slowdowns-could-warn-impending-earthquakes-180960049/An "earthquake machine" in the lab is helping scientists understand what goes on just before a quakeMon, 08 Aug 2016 15:01:00 +0000Mercury-Laden Sea Lion Carcasses Threaten California's Coastal Condorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mercury-laden-sea-lion-carcasses-are-trouble-californias-coastal-condors-180960043/The new findings put a wrench in conservation of one of the world's rarest birdsMon, 08 Aug 2016 14:01:00 +0000The Insanely Ambitious and Corrupt Plot to Grow L.A.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/insane-ambitious-corrupt-plot-to-grow-los-angeles/In 1898, the mayor of Los Angeles, Fred Eaton, came up with an audacious plan to drive up the value of local real estateMon, 08 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Humans Have Promoted the Reef Shark to Apex Predator http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/are-we-overvaluing-reef-sharks-180960041/How these diverse predators ended up getting all the creditFri, 05 Aug 2016 19:36:04 +0000The Double Eagle Investigationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-double-eagle-investigation/Years after all double eagles were supposedly destroyed, the Secret Service traces the reappearance of two of the rare coins back to a deal with a jewelerFri, 05 Aug 2016 17:31:48 +0000A Radioactive Cold War Military Base Will Soon Emerge From Greenland’s Melting Ice http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/radioactive-cold-war-military-base-will-soon-emerge-greenlands-melting-ice-180960036/They thought the frozen earth would keep it safely hidden. They were wrongFri, 05 Aug 2016 15:35:46 +0000This Sculpture Is Controlled by Live Honeybeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/sculpture-controlled-live-honeybees-180960006/Artist Wolfgang Buttress collaborated with a multidisciplinary team to create a giant, metallic hiveFri, 05 Aug 2016 15:18:31 +0000Visit the Original Lorax Tree in Dr. Seuss's San Diegohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-seussical-san-diego-180959997/Check out these Seuss-related sites in Theodore Geisel's adopted hometownFri, 05 Aug 2016 12:05:00 +0000Death Valley: One of the Most Extreme Places on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/death-valley-one-of-the-most-extreme-places/In 1913, temperatures in Death Valley reached a world-record high of 134 degrees FahrenheitFri, 05 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Indochinese Leopard Is Down to Just a Few Lives http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/threats-are-converging-indochinese-leopard-and-nobody-knows-180960030/These threatened cats now occupy just 8 percent of their historic range in Cambodia, new population estimate findsThu, 04 Aug 2016 20:09:13 +0000Defying Critics, Paleontologist Paul Olsen Looks for Hidden Answers Behind Mass Extinctionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/paleontologist-paul-olsen-searches-truth-behind-mass-extinctions-180959976/From a childhood spent discovering fossils to tangling over questions of ancient life and death, this scientist constantly pushes the boundaries.Thu, 04 Aug 2016 18:03:25 +0000Japan's Most Mouthwatering Dishes Are Made of Plastichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/meet-makers-plastic-food-180959989/Discover <i>sampuru</i>, the art of mind-blowingly realistic fake foodThu, 04 Aug 2016 17:01:52 +0000The Ocean's Great Garbage Patches Might Have Exit Doorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/great-garbage-patches-might-have-exit-doors-180960023/Garbage isn't destined to swirl in the ocean forever; new models show it eventually washes up on shore.Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:08:03 +0000In the Canary Islands, Tiny El Hierro Strives for Energy Independencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/in-canary-islands-tiny-el-hierro-strives-for-energy-independence-180959582/A photojournalist goes behind the scenes at a hybrid power station that could help the island reach its goal to be powered entirely by renewablesThu, 04 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000What It’s Like to Light the Olympic Cauldronhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/athlete-rafer-johnson-talks-about-what-its-light-olympic-cauldron-180959944/Today, retired Olympian Rafer Johnson carries a powerful legacy that honors the pride and spirit of the gamesThu, 04 Aug 2016 12:36:53 +0000What Is a Rattlesnake's Rattle Actually Made Of?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-is-a-rattlesnakes-rattle-actually-made-of/Each time rattlesnakes shed their skin, a scale remains behind which, in time, becomes the infamous rattleThu, 04 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Rare Wolf or Common Coyote? It Shouldn't Matter, But It Doeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-wolf-or-common-coyote-it-shouldnt-matter-it-does-180959994/The concept of species is flawed, but it still has a huge bearing on conservation policyWed, 03 Aug 2016 17:47:10 +0000Richer Homes Are Also Richer in Biodiversityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/richer-homes-are-also-richer-biodiversity-180960001/Scientists find that wealthier neighborhoods sport a greater diversity of bugsWed, 03 Aug 2016 16:44:23 +0000The Ancient History of Cheating in the Olympicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-history-cheating-olympics-180960003/Punishment for cheating and bribery in the Olympics of Ancient Greece could include fines, public flogging and statewide bans from competitionWed, 03 Aug 2016 15:27:29 +0000Technology for the Poor Should Help, Not Hurt: An Interview With MIT's Cauam Cardoso http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/technology-poor-should-help-not-hurt-interview-mits-cauam-cardoso-180959999/The PhD candidate is working on ways to systematically evaluate new technologies for the developing worldWed, 03 Aug 2016 15:13:00 +0000How to Visit the Florida Keys Like a NASA Aquanauthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-visit-florida-keys-nasa-aquanaut-180960002/To prepare for space, astronauts spend some time under the seaWed, 03 Aug 2016 15:10:11 +0000The Amazing Rise of Parliament's First Female Memberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/amazing-rise-of-parliaments-first-female-member/When Nancy Astor's husband gave up his seat in British parliament, she decided to run in his placeWed, 03 Aug 2016 14:36:25 +0000What Does a Beer Historian Do? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-does-beer-historian-do-180960000/The American History museum’s latest job opening made headlines. But what does the job actually entail?Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:47:03 +0000Solving a Mystery of Mammoth Proportionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/solving-mystery-mammoth-proportions-180959992/Dwindling freshwater sealed the demise of the St. Paul woolly mammoths, and could still pose a threat todayTue, 02 Aug 2016 18:09:05 +0000A Neuroscientist Tells You What’s Wrong With Your Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/neuroscientist-wants-tell-you-whats-wrong-your-brain-1-180959985/Dean Burnett’s new book, Idiot Brain, explains why your mind evolved to thwart you Tue, 02 Aug 2016 14:48:08 +0000