Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenFri, 22 May 2015 19:08:44 +0000Make New Memories But Keep the Old, With a Little Help From Electrodes Walker thinks there may be a way to simulate deep sleep—vital for memory—by sending a low current to a person's brainFri, 22 May 2015 19:08:44 +0000This Park in Ecuador is One of the Most Biodiverse Places on Earthí National Park in the Amazon rainforest may have more species of life than anywhere else in the world Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Adorable Baby Tortoise Hatchling at the Zoo Signals a Breeding Success Story get the critically endangered Madagascar spider tortoises to breed successfully took both tenacity and a whole lot of luckFri, 22 May 2015 12:44:35 +0000Did This Map Guide Columbus? decipher a mystifying 15th-century documentThu, 21 May 2015 18:20:53 +0000Scientists Discover Sudden Melting in the Antarctic waters are eating away at protective ice shelves, letting glaciers flow into the seaThu, 21 May 2015 18:00:34 +0000This Obscura Day, Discover the Curiosities in Your Own Backyard dolls, KGB secrets and unexpected pinball troves—media startup Atlas Obscura invites readers to explore their own hometowns on May 30Thu, 21 May 2015 15:22:14 +0000The "New Jerusalem" of Ethiopia one knows for certain why the Lalibela churches share many similarities with Judaism, but scholars propose a handful of holy theoriesThu, 21 May 2015 15:13:12 +0000How the Summer of Atomic Bomb Testing Turned the Bikini Into a Phenomenon scanty suit’s explosive start is intimately tied to the Cold War and the nuclear arms raceThu, 21 May 2015 14:45:18 +0000These Sparrows Sing to the Beat of Their Own Drum sparrows amp up their tunes with acoustic beak taps synchronized with chirps Wed, 20 May 2015 18:02:04 +0000What Makes the "Lion Whisperer" Roar?'s famous for getting dangerously close to his fearsome charges, but what can Kevin Richardson teach us about ethical conservation—and ourselves?Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents And More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000When Colorado Was (And in Many Ways Still Is) the Switzerland of America hundred years ago, city slickers looking for wild times in Rocky Mountain National Park invented a new kind of American vacationWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Ill-Fated History of the Jet Pack space-age invention still takes our imaginations on our wild ride Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Shaky Science Behind Predicting Earthquakes powerful earthquake in Italy killed hundreds of people—and set in motion a legal battle and scientific debate that has kept seismologists on edgeWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Inside the Daily Lives of Iraq's Kurds's most important ally in the battle against ISIS is closer than ever to fulfilling their hope of founding a new nationWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why We'd Be Better Off if Napoleon Never Lost at Waterloo the bicentennial of the most famous battle in world history, a distinguished historian looks at what could have been Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Do Humans Have Chins? most distinctive human feature might be that bony protrusion that made Jay Leno famousWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Brief History of the Ferris Wheel the American answer to the Eiffel Tower, the summertime amusement became a hallmark of summer funWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The World's Largest Picture Frame? government of Dubai is taking this abstract structure to the next levelWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000One Man's Lifelong Pursuit of Pluto is About to Get Real the New Horizons spacecraft races by the quasi-planetary body, Alan Stern will have finally met his matchWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Scenes From the Calgary Stampede photographer Richard Phibbs has a new book that sends him back home on the rangeWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Oldest Stone Tools Yet Discovered Are Unearthed in Kenya million-year-old artifacts predate the human genus Wed, 20 May 2015 17:00:02 +0000Urine for a Treat With a Tour of These Five Sewer Systems, drains and other wastewater structures to explore, from ancient Rome to present-day New YorkWed, 20 May 2015 16:04:24 +0000Has a Finnish Company Found a Cure for Jet Lag? is releasing the Human Charger, a new gadget that beams light through a user's earsWed, 20 May 2015 15:40:13 +0000The Mother of All Snakes Looked Surprisingly Modern research indicates why the slithery beast's body appears pretty much as it did 110 million years agoWed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000Why Do Hyenas Laugh? hyenas the most misunderstood animals in the wild? They're intelligent, have a sophisticated social order, and their famous laugh isn't even a laughTue, 19 May 2015 22:44:19 +0000Visit Frida Kahlo’s Recreated Garden to See the Plants That Influenced Her Art New York Botanical Garden is showing rare paintings and drawings alongside the types of flora Kahlo herself once cultivatedTue, 19 May 2015 20:28:59 +0000A Harvard Student's App Could Bring 911 Into the Future just one click, RapidSOS sends GPS and medical information to emergency dispatchersTue, 19 May 2015 16:31:41 +0000Vampire Healing: Young Blood Can Mend Old Broken Bones's old blood, not old bones, that makes fracture healing difficult among the elderlyTue, 19 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000This Smartphone Microscope Uses Video to Spot Moving Parasites team of Berkeley bioengineers has created CellScope, a mobile phone attachment that can quickly test blood for tropical diseasesTue, 19 May 2015 13:38:30 +0000American History Museum Scholar on the History of the "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" Advertisement commercial that closed out the series finale of "Mad Men," explainedMon, 18 May 2015 19:25:26 +0000A Long-Forgotten, Underground Tunnel in D.C. Is Finally Getting Some Fresh Air 75,000-square-foot space underneath the city's Dupont Circle will become an impressive new art spaceMon, 18 May 2015 19:01:14 +0000Watch As a Real-Life Hoverboard Whirs to Life Smithsonian magazine's Future is Here festival, a few lucky attendees got to take a rideMon, 18 May 2015 18:38:55 +0000Meet the Prize-Winning Spiders From the British Tarantula Society's Annual Competition in its 30th year, the arachnid-equivalent of the Westminster Dog Show showcases the strange beauty of an eight-legged obsessionMon, 18 May 2015 15:58:35 +000035 Years Later, Where You Can Still See Signs of the Mt. St. Helens Eruption years after Mt. St. Helens blew its top, the landscape is full of stark remindersSat, 16 May 2015 13:19:57 +0000Dark Globs, a Salty Moon and More of This Week's Stellar Wonders star clusters and Europa in a can feature in our picks for this week's best space imagesFri, 15 May 2015 20:47:23 +0000Made by College Seniors, These Seven Products Give Us a Glimpse Into the Future students at universities across the country took these projects from sketch to reality in one yearFri, 15 May 2015 18:24:22 +0000New Photo Book Explores Places the Dead Don’t Rest mossy burial caves to bone-filled churches, photographer Paul Koudounaris spent a dozen years documenting sites where the living and dead interactFri, 15 May 2015 14:01:18 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Many Rings Does Saturn Have? age, origin and purpose of Saturn's rings have mystified scientists since the days of GalileoFri, 15 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000How Food Truck Parks Are Making America More Like Southeast Asia for nutritious options, as public officials in Singapore are doing, could boost the health of cities and their residentsThu, 14 May 2015 19:54:39 +0000El Niño Is Here, But It Can’t Help Parched California (For Now) national agencies have confirmed that the natural phenomenon has arrived, but not in time to bring much-needed rains in the WestThu, 14 May 2015 18:25:50 +0000Rare Quartet of Quasars Found in the Early Universe quirky set of extremely bright black holes challenges theories for how the cosmos reached its current structureThu, 14 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Is This Plan to Combat Climate Change Insane or Insanely Genius? physicist David Keith wants to use two jets and one million tons of sulfur dioxide a year to halt global warmingThu, 14 May 2015 17:46:14 +0000Meet the Iconic Japanese-American Artist Whose Work Hasn't Been Exhibited in Decades reexamination of the inventive artist, who blended American and Japanese traditions, brings rarely seen works from around the world to the Smithsonian Thu, 14 May 2015 12:28:45 +0000Watch These Ants Hurl Themselves Out of Death Traps With Their Mouths least one trap-jaw ant species has coopted its exceptionally strong mandibles to escape its nemesis, the ferocious antlionWed, 13 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000How His'n'Her Ponchos Became A Thing: A History Of Unisex Fashion"Unisex" was rarely used before the fashion trend hit it big in the late 1960sWed, 13 May 2015 14:57:31 +0000How the Big Screen IMAX Experience Just Took a Quantum Leap Forward Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center Airbus Theater is among the first to receive a cutting-edge technology makeoverWed, 13 May 2015 14:18:35 +0000Finally, A Shoe That Grows With a Kid Idaho-based nonprofit Because International makes shoes that can grow up to five sizes and last at least five yearsTue, 12 May 2015 19:31:57 +0000Haute Stuff: Nine Unique Gifts to Buy in Paris room in your suitcase for these irresistible items made by French artisansTue, 12 May 2015 17:47:43 +0000For Your Next Party, Rent a Kitchen the Size of Your Apartment living space shrinking, urbanites are paying for kitchen space to host special occasionsTue, 12 May 2015 17:29:48 +0000What Makes Bourbon Uniquely American? new book examines everything that makes the spirit special to the United StatesTue, 12 May 2015 13:33:28 +0000Why the Best Way to See Iceland Is by Horse country’s landscape is surreal and one-of-a-kind—so is a ride on the Icelandic equineTue, 12 May 2015 13:10:43 +0000How Katharine Hepburn Became a Fashion Icon the Hollywood star with a look at her stellar costumesTue, 12 May 2015 11:06:27 +0000Paper Turtles and Frisky Skates Bring This Indoor Seashore to Life new exhibit at the National Aquarium in Baltimore takes visitors on a trip to the beach and into the dark depths of the AtlanticMon, 11 May 2015 15:30:00 +0000How 75 Years Ago Nylon Stockings Changed the World quest to replace natural silk led to the very first fully synthetic fiber and revolutionized the products we depend onMon, 11 May 2015 14:43:56 +0000A New Exhibition Offers a Preview of the New Collections at the National Museum of African American History and Culture reveal the vibrant stories of everyday people, while also adding nuance to the landmark events taught in history classesMon, 11 May 2015 11:36:58 +0000A Lopsided Supernova, Orbital Espresso and More Cosmic Wonders exploding star reveals its secrets and an astronaut takes a coffee break in this week's best space picturesFri, 08 May 2015 20:05:57 +0000Your Online Dating Profile Picture Affects Whether People Trust You is linked to trust, but the responses are very different between men and womenFri, 08 May 2015 19:00:00 +000010 New Things Science Says About Being a Mom as, how much time she spends with her child doesn’t matter as much as we think Fri, 08 May 2015 16:18:51 +0000In this Exhibition You Can Play with the Artworks, Or Even Be the Art dizzying array of wildly unorthodox works from video games to computer codes makes up this summer's blockbuster "Watch This!" show Fri, 08 May 2015 16:00:00 +000026 Inventions Mothers Can Appreciate an apparatus to birth a child with centrifugal force to a board game to teach driver safety, these product ideas have parents in mindFri, 08 May 2015 14:05:14 +0000The Tenacious Woman Who Helped Keep Mother’s Day Alive Anna Jarvis, a holiday devoted to moms was not sentimental fluff, but a practical exercise in patriotismFri, 08 May 2015 12:30:46 +0000Why Elaine de Kooning Sacrificed Her Own Amazing Career for Her More-Famous Husband's new show prompts a rediscovery of the work of the free-thinking Abstract Expressionist, who in her partner's shadow captured an era with skill and élanFri, 08 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000Will We Ever Be Able to Make Traffic Disappear? engineers make changes in the timing of signals to keep cars moving, but cell phone data and vehicle-to-vehicle communication could ease the taskThu, 07 May 2015 13:22:59 +0000This Map Shows the Full Extent of the Devastation Wrought by U-Boats in World War I the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, a look at how "unrestricted submarine warfare" changed the rules of warThu, 07 May 2015 12:01:55 +0000How the Giant "Cosmic Navel" Formed in Utah unique landform in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is essentially one of the biggest potholes on EarthWed, 06 May 2015 19:49:54 +0000DNA Testing Could Identify Litterbugs and Dog Poop Miscreants crimes may not be quite so anonymous anymoreWed, 06 May 2015 17:02:15 +0000The Infamous "War of the Worlds" Radio Broadcast Was a Magnificent Fluke Welles and his colleagues scrambled to pull together the show; they ended up writing pop culture historyWed, 06 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Rockets and Microphones Reveal the First Images of Thunder acoustic visuals could help us better understand the physical processes that drive lightning strikesTue, 05 May 2015 19:35:01 +0000Is There a Proper Way to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo? one California town, the holiday co-opted by beer companies takes on a flavor of its ownTue, 05 May 2015 15:13:00 +0000Veggie Power? Artificial Muscles Made From Blinged-Out Onions root vegetables into working muscles requires gold, electricity and imaginationTue, 05 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000These History-Making Artifacts Can Only be Found at Presidential Libraries coconut shells to boat cloaks, these mementos tell fascinating tales from American presidential historyTue, 05 May 2015 13:37:12 +0000How Our Modern Lives Became Infested With Bed Bugs being bitten by the tiny pests, author Brooke Borel set out to learn all she could about her blood-sucking foes Tue, 05 May 2015 13:01:00 +0000Eight of the World's Best Destinations for Stargazing to find the clearest, darkest skies – from Pennsylvania to the Canary IslandsTue, 05 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000A Lock that Opens When You Say "Open Sesame" and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded company is designing athletic apparel with colorful prints based on micrographs of chicken pox and muscle cellsFri, 01 May 2015 20:29:07 +0000Creating Plastic From Greenhouse Gases Technologies is turning carbon emissions into plastic for everyday itemsFri, 01 May 2015 18:24:23 +0000A Trip to Mars Could Give You Brain Damage to cosmic rays may cause defects that would make astronauts lose their curiosity during a missionFri, 01 May 2015 18:00:00 +00006 Projects That Make a Sustainable Future Seem Possible an algae-powered building to a playground of recycled steel drums, these spots give designers, urban planners and others hopeFri, 01 May 2015 16:22:04 +0000Seven of the Most Unusual McDonald’s Around the World Roswell to Norway, the quirkiest spots to get a Big MacFri, 01 May 2015 13:37:39 +0000The Media Needs a History Lesson When Addressing Civic Unrest, Says the Director of the African American History Museum Bunch discusses social justice and the role of museums during times of upheavalFri, 01 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000The Reason Why D.C. Is Between Maryland and Virginia, D.C. is named after the first U.S. president. But do you know how he chose its location?Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:39:05 +0000Climate Change Will Accelerate Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction pace at which species disappear is picking up as temperatures rise, and things are looking especially troubling in the tropicsThu, 30 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Is the Croissant Really French? brief history of the croissant – from kipfel to CronutThu, 30 Apr 2015 16:27:24 +0000Where to Celebrate the History of American Jazz six spots are just a short riff on what makes the musical genre particular to the United StatesThu, 30 Apr 2015 15:39:13 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Are Cats Domesticated? is little genetic difference between a tabby and a wild cat, so scientists think the house cat is only domestic when it wants to beThu, 30 Apr 2015 15:30:19 +0000With Semios, Farmers Can Monitor Their Fields Remotely and Keep Pests Away with wireless sensors and cameras, aerosol pheromone pesticides have entered a new era of effectiveness and affordabilityThu, 30 Apr 2015 13:24:21 +0000Birds Are in a Tailspin Four Years After Fukushima the proverbial canary in a coalmine, avian abundances may paint a grim picture of the effects of nuclear disasters on wildlifeThu, 30 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Huey Defined America's Presence in Vietnam, Even to the Bitter End 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon presents a chance for one Vietnam War correspondent to look back at the iconic helicopterThu, 30 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000This Fluffy Little Dinosaur Had Bat-Like Wings the size of a sparrow, Yi qi probably glided through Jurassic forests on membrane-covered appendagesWed, 29 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000The Radical Conservatism of Bluegrass MerleFest, the banjo-pickers and guitar strummers bridge the old and newWed, 29 Apr 2015 14:13:26 +0000Why Museums Should Be a Safe Space to Discuss Why #BlackLivesMatter history, backstory and opportunity, the new role of the museum is to help visitors unpack and wrestle with the complex issues of the dayWed, 29 Apr 2015 14:00:06 +0000Monkeys Can Hack Each Other’s Grammar’s monkeys add suffixes to alarm calls to indicate specific threats, and Diana monkeys tune in for their own benefitTue, 28 Apr 2015 23:01:00 +0000Daniel Boone's Wilderness Road mountains were no match for Daniel BooneMon, 27 Apr 2015 21:31:20 +0000Turning Energy Plants Produce Into Usable Electricity, a company in the Netherlands, is placing conductors in the soil underneath plants to collect excess energy from photosynthesis Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:48:16 +0000What If City Streetlights Brightened and Signs Spoke As You Passed? British designer has found a way to make urban areas work for all types of pedestriansMon, 27 Apr 2015 16:21:20 +0000Meet Chilesaurus, a New Raptor-Like Dinosaur With a Vegetarian Diet seven-year-old and his family found the unusual Jurassic theropod while out for a hike in southern ChileMon, 27 Apr 2015 15:00:00 +0000Growing a Digital Garden Archive Smithsonian issues a call to preserve American garden heritage with a website that collects personal stories, photos, video and audio Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:51:17 +0000The Adorable and Heroic Animals of the Museum of Maritime Pets the stories of dogs in sailor hats and cats in life jacketsMon, 27 Apr 2015 14:42:59 +0000Meet the Makech, the Bedazzled Beetles Worn as Living Jewelry unusual bugs from the Yucatán have a backstory as colorful as their rhinestone-studded rumpsMon, 27 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000A Kit to Build Your Own Mud Battery and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded, a campaign to build a Little Free Museum Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:34:43 +0000One Way to Visit Bhutan Is By Way of El Paso making its debut at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a temple from the Himalayan kingdom is uniquely reincarnated on a Texan university campusFri, 24 Apr 2015 18:41:17 +0000To Get Rid of Space Junk, Shoot It Down With Lasers to send debris-targeting craft into orbit are piling up, and one mission may soon start test firing from the space stationFri, 24 Apr 2015 18:22:09 +0000How Scientists Are Monitoring Water Quality With Tampons feminine hygiene products glow under ultra-violet light after absorbing pollutants called optical brightenersFri, 24 Apr 2015 16:11:23 +0000The Abandoned Settlements Inside National Parks vibrant places, these relics now linger inside America's great natural treasuresFri, 24 Apr 2015 12:05:10 +0000The Heart of the Hawaiian Peoples' Arguments Against the Telescope on Mauna Kea Hawaiians are not protesting science, but instead are seeking respect for sacred places, and our planetThu, 23 Apr 2015 19:46:35 +0000How Farms Became the New Hot Suburb new real estate trend has developments planted around working farms. But are these communities sustainable?Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000We're Not That Far From Being Able to Grow Human Bones in a Lab company EpiBone could be on the verge of a major breakthroughThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Protecting the World's Last Isolated Communities From Above in satellite technology mean that untouched villages can remain that wayThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000How Do Seals Find Their Prey and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Hoverboard Fantasy Comes True, Just As "Back to the Future" Predicted onto your flux capacitors; the future is hereThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000This Stroke of Genius Could Allow You to Write With Your Brain Impossible Labs has developed a breakthrough approach to communicationThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000How to Predict a Famine Before It Even Strikes of miles about Earth, orbiting satellites are becoming a bold new weapon in the age-old fight against drought, disease and deathThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Russell Crowe Takes a New Look at an Old Battle Australian actor/director's controversial film views the legendary Gallipoli from the Turkish sideThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Quest to Upload Your Mind Into the Digital Space idea is about as science fiction as it gets. But surprising progress in neuroscience has some entrepreneurs ready to press "send"Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Finding a Voice for Iranian Women Shirin Neshat uses Persian poetry to reveal the conflict between tradition and modernityThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Filipino Cuisine Was Asian Fusion Before "Asian Fusion" Existed wave of Filipino families in Las Vegas is putting a Pacific spin on fried chicken, hot dogs and Sin City itselfThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Extreme Makeover: ISS Edition to give the International Space Station a little bit more roomThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Brain-to-Brain Communication Is No Longer Unthinkable uncharted territory, neuroscientists are making strides with human subjects who can "talk" directly by using their mindsThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Decoding the Deadly Secret of Snake Venom world's animals have developed an incredible variety of venoms. But how?Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000This Artist Transforms Beach Trash Into Stunning, Majestic Images Barker didn't have spend too much time on the shores to collect enough debris for her masterpiecesThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000The U.N. Uses Satellites to Track Humanitarian Crises Around the World help from George Clooney, the United nations embarks on a new frontier in monitoring the world from aboveThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Personal Writings of Arthur C. Clarke Reveal the Evolution of "2001: A Space Odyssey" donated from the author's archives in Sri Lanka include letters to Kubrick and an early draft of his most famous novelThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Taking Stock of 75 Years of McDonald's the original fast-food restaurant finally reached the end of its success?Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Giant New Magma Reservoir Found Beneath Yellowstone an eruption is still unlikely, the find improves our understanding of the supervolcano underneath the national parkThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Soon, Your Doctor Could Print a Human Organ on Demand a laboratory in North Carolina, scientists are working furiously to create a future in which replacement organs come from a machineThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Beautiful Drawings by Darwin's Artist-in-Residence the famous HMS Beagle voyage, painter Conrad Martens depicted the sights along the journeyThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Nylons' Run is Over were a craze when they debuted 75 years ago, but have since been replaced by new social normsThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000These Are the Extinct Animals We Can, and Should, Resurrect Beth Shapiro offers a guide to the science and ethics of using DNA for de-extinctionThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Is Paris Still a Haven for Black Americans? City of Light once drew thousands of black expats across the Atlantic, but does it still have the same appeal?Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:52:22 +0000Behind the Scenes of the Last Mission to Repair the Hubble Space Telescope Michael Soluri shares an intimate look at the team that saved the iconic observatoryThu, 23 Apr 2015 15:29:01 +0000Inuit Wisdom and Polar Science Are Teaming Up to Save the Walrus knowledge and scientific study are helping us begin to understand what a changing Arctic means for the marine mammalThu, 23 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000What Does It Feel Like to Be Invisible? in Sweden were tricked into thinking their bodies had vanished, and the "superpower" seemed to ease social fearsThu, 23 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000Redesigning the World's Most Remote Human Settlement architects are hosting a competition to help inhabitants keep living there—and how you can visit Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:10:38 +0000Genes Make Some People More Attractive to Mosquitoes body odors appear to entice the pesky bloodsuckers—and those smells may be hereditaryWed, 22 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000To Transport Frozen Panda Semen From China, Zoo Officials Went All the Way consulting a "stud book," the Zoo brought a male panda's sperm back to D.C., setting an exciting precedent Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:28:09 +0000This New Treadmill Automatically Adjusts to Your Speed prototype developed at Ohio State makes indoor workouts more like outdoor runs by using sonar to detect where you are on the belt and keep paceTue, 21 Apr 2015 20:46:56 +0000John Paul Jones and His Romantic Romp Through Paris the naval hero gained acclaim in the American Revolution, he met many adorers in the French cityTue, 21 Apr 2015 17:39:37 +0000Why We Should Teach Music History Backwards fans do their own investigative work to understand their favorite groups’ influences. So why can’t the rest of us get with the program?Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:28:48 +0000170-Year-Old Champagne Recovered (and Tasted) From a Baltic Shipwreck uncorked bubbly goes from notes of wet hair and cheese to something spicy and smoky, enologists reportMon, 20 Apr 2015 19:00:00 +0000Tactical Urbanists Are Improving Cities, One Rogue Fix at a Time city governments are paying attention, turning homemade infrastructure changes into permanent solutionsMon, 20 Apr 2015 17:35:11 +0000Welcome to the Tundra: Kobuk Valley, One of America's Least-Visited National Parks weather and impassable terrain shouldn’t stop you from visiting this parkMon, 20 Apr 2015 16:11:56 +0000Cowboys Without Horses nomadic people of Arctic Siberia depend on reindeer for food and warmth. But when they escape, the only way to herd them back is on footMon, 20 Apr 2015 14:38:20 +0000The Gulf Oil Spill Isn't Really Over, Even Five Years Later Louisiana scientists reflect on the event and how its lingering effects are continuing to change the Gulf CoastMon, 20 Apr 2015 14:30:00 +0000Five Things The Gulf Oil Spill Has Taught Us About the Ocean researching the spill, scientists tracked deep-sea sharks, found new mud dragons, and discovered a type of ocean currentMon, 20 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000These Are Home Movies From Hitler's Vacations's relationship with Eva Braun was a closely kept secret. If she wasn't such a home-movie buff, their vacations would have remained a secretFri, 17 Apr 2015 21:21:05 +0000A LED Vest for Puppies and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded new tool for runners moves beyond calories to measure the intensity of workouts Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:08:03 +0000How Einstein's Brain Ended Up at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia years after the great scientist's death, his gray matter is on display Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:32:50 +0000Take a Deep Dive Into The Reasons Land Animals Moved to the Seas decades of discoveries, scientists have revealed links between changing environments and animal movementsThu, 16 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Dog Gazes Hijack the Brain's Maternal Bonding System a dog looks into your eyes, it's bonding with you in the same way babies bond with their human moms Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Albert Einstein, the Genius Behind the Theory of Relativity, Loved His Pipe reportedly believed that pipe smoking contributed to a calm and objective judgment, but his doctor said give it upThu, 16 Apr 2015 16:12:35 +0000The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015 sea to shining sea, our top picks for the most amazing American small towns to see this yearThu, 16 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000Brain Implants May Be Able to Shock Damaged Memories Back Into Shape funding from the Defense Department, scientists have begun work on devices that would use electric pulses to realign a memory process gone awryWed, 15 Apr 2015 19:36:25 +000010 Gorgeous Mosaics Made From Real Animal Specimens Christopher Marley's meticulous arrangements capture the incredible variety within families, genera and species Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:30:07 +0000The Untold Story of the Vengeful Japanese Attack After the Doolittle Raid the U.S. responded to Pearl Harbor with a surprise bombing of Tokyo, the Imperial Army took out its fury on the Chinese peopleWed, 15 Apr 2015 18:01:45 +0000Earth May Have Become Magnetic After Eating a Mercury-Like Object a sulfur-rich protoplanet could help explain two lingering mysteries in the story of Earth's formationWed, 15 Apr 2015 17:09:54 +0000MIT Researchers Think They Can Spot Early Signs of Parkinson's in the Way People Type monitoring how long we hold down keystrokes, it may be possible to detect neurological diseases years before other symptoms appearWed, 15 Apr 2015 15:59:46 +0000As Part of a Museum Dance Off, National Museum of American History Breaks it Down museums around the world vie for the ultimate honorWed, 15 Apr 2015 12:22:26 +0000What Booth Said After He Killed Lincoln Wilkes Booth certainly saw himself as a dramatic figure in history. Upon shooting Lincoln, he jumped onto the stage and condemned his victim in LatinTue, 14 Apr 2015 20:24:34 +0000Only a Handful of People Can Enter the Chauvet Cave Each Year. Our Reporter Was One of Them. rare trip inside the home of the world’s most breathtaking cave painting leaves lasting memoriesTue, 14 Apr 2015 17:07:08 +0000The World's Most Interesting (and Accessible) Library Collections the Magna Carta to Winnie the Pooh, what you can see at some of the world's great librariesTue, 14 Apr 2015 16:40:18 +0000How Samuel Mudd Went From Lincoln Conspirator to Medical Savior to an island prison in the Gulf of Mexico, the doctor who set Booth’s broken leg saved dozens of lives in a yellow fever outbreakTue, 14 Apr 2015 12:50:58 +0000The Plot to Kidnap Lincoln? Wilkes Booth knew he had to act quickly to save the South. But his original plan wasn't to kill Lincoln—it was to kidnap himMon, 13 Apr 2015 18:17:33 +0000What the Final, Major 150th Anniversary Civil War Reenactment Looked Like war—and surrender—looked like on the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil WarMon, 13 Apr 2015 17:51:00 +0000The First Jogbra Was Made by Sewing Together Two Men's Athletic Supporters archive collected from the sports company reveals that the bra gave a boost to women's athleticsMon, 13 Apr 2015 14:42:24 +0000A Host of Relics from Lincoln's Last Days All Came to Reside at the Smithsonian Lincoln collection at the American History Museum marks the horrific tragedy and the poignancies of a nation in mourningSat, 11 Apr 2015 11:00:39 +0000A Winter Jacket Made From the Same Material as NASA Spacesuits and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded, a high-tech update to the tried-and-true jump rope Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:45:05 +0000Getting a Push Notification on Your Cell Phone? It Could Be Warning You About an Earthquake GPS sensors in the average mobile device could be harnessed for seismic early warning systems around the worldFri, 10 Apr 2015 18:06:24 +0000Why We Have a Civic Responsibility to Protect Cultural Treasures During Wartime the recent deliberate destruction of cultural treasures in the Middle East, we remember the measures taken in the past to preserve our heritageFri, 10 Apr 2015 17:57:36 +0000What is the Nine Millionth Patent? landmark announcement is part of the United States Patent and Trademark Office's celebration of the 225th anniversary of the Patent ActFri, 10 Apr 2015 17:29:59 +0000The Set Designer From Game of Thrones Hints at What's to Come in Season Five Designer Deborah Riley discusses the influences behind the intricate and imposing sets of the hit HBO showFri, 10 Apr 2015 17:18:31 +0000Azar Nafisi on Why the Arts and Humanities Are Critical to the American Vision author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" and recipient of a Smithsonian award, discusses why in education art matters as much as science Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:38:48 +0000The Curtain Hasn't Closed Quite Yet on America's Longest-Running Puppet Theater its namesake died last year, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater is still hosting performances for audiences of all agesFri, 10 Apr 2015 14:46:21 +0000An Einstein Ring and an Asteroid "Dart" Are Among These Space Stunners lensed galaxy and a mission to manipulate a space rock feature among our picks for this week's best space imagesFri, 10 Apr 2015 12:07:06 +0000Kyrgyzstan’s Otherworldly Cities of the Dead Margaret Morton traveled to the remote corners of the Central Asian nation to document its city-like ancestral cemeteriesThu, 09 Apr 2015 19:33:43 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Could the Volcano Beneath Yellowstone National Park Ever Erupt? good news is that an eruption there is highly unlikely, but the bad news is that it would be hugeThu, 09 Apr 2015 17:44:46 +0000Inside the Atom Smasher at CERN you can see on a tour of the largest particle collider in the world, now that it's back in actionThu, 09 Apr 2015 17:38:03 +0000Pulling Your Hair Out? It Might Just Help Reverse Baldness hair could be a counterintuitive way to fight balding, according to a study of quorum sensing in rat folliclesThu, 09 Apr 2015 16:00:00 +0000200 Years After Tambora, Some Unusual Effects Linger, famine poetry, polar exploration—the "year without a summer" was just the beginningThu, 09 Apr 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Final Hours of John Wilkes Booth"I have too great a soul to die like a criminal," Booth once wroteWed, 08 Apr 2015 18:54:37 +0000The Night Abraham Lincoln Was Assassinated happened on that fateful Good Friday eveningWed, 08 Apr 2015 18:23:27 +0000The Moon Was Formed in a Smashup Between Earth and a Near Twin solving one puzzle of lunar origins has raised another linked to the abundances of tungsten in the primordial bodiesWed, 08 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Building a Bionic Pancreas device that tracks blood sugar and automatically administers insulin and glucagon could take some pressure off Type 1 diabetes patients and their parentsWed, 08 Apr 2015 16:43:45 +0000Two Eerie Medusa Heads Watch Over Turkey’s Waterways the Greek monster stares out from an ancient cistern in IstanbulWed, 08 Apr 2015 16:04:11 +0000The Race to Protect Frogs from a Deadly Pathogen Gets a Much-Needed Boost new amphibian lab in Panama will help researchers to return charismatic golden frogs to the wildWed, 08 Apr 2015 14:34:41 +0000Where to Go to Visit the Oldest Breweries in America commemorate National Beer Day, throw back a cold one for historyTue, 07 Apr 2015 16:30:31 +0000What Makes Billie Holiday's Music So Powerful Today including Cassandra Wilson pay homage to the jazz legend with new albums for Lady Day's 100th birthdayTue, 07 Apr 2015 14:18:38 +0000How the India Pale Ale Got Its Name look to the hoppy brew’s past brings us to the revolution in craft beer todayTue, 07 Apr 2015 12:50:43 +0000Back to Brontosaurus? The Dinosaur Might Deserve Its Own Genus After All popular name could be pulled back out of the scientific wastebasket, based on new analysis of dozens of related dinosaursTue, 07 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0000Planned Afghan Cultural Center Will Honor Ancient Statues Destroyed by the Taliban winning design will memorialize two ancient Buddha statues demolished in 2001Mon, 06 Apr 2015 19:17:05 +0000New Dwarf Dragons Have Been Found in the Andes seems that every time herpetologists wander into the Andean cloud forests, they emerge with colorful lizard species in tow Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:22:44 +0000The Year of Jackie Robinson's Mutual Love Affair With Montreal he became a major leaguer, Robinson spent a formative year in the more hospitable environs of CanadaMon, 06 Apr 2015 14:13:59 +0000These Breathtaking Photos of Vietnam’s Caves Bring Out the Armchair Spelunker in Everyone Ryan Deboodt discovers beauty in this subterranean realmMon, 06 Apr 2015 14:12:20 +0000The Gentleman's Agreement That Ended the Civil War Generals Grant and Lee sat down at Appomattox Court House, they brought an end to the struggle that had consumed the nation for five, long yearsMon, 06 Apr 2015 13:52:49 +0000A Tricked-Out Toolbox, a Teeny-Weeny Coffee Brewer and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded's also a pearl necklace that can store photo and audio filesFri, 03 Apr 2015 20:35:17 +0000An Easter Typhoon and Galactic Ghosts Are Among These Spacey Visions spy a colossal eye and Hubble sees echoes of quasars past in our picks for the week's best space imagesFri, 03 Apr 2015 19:11:41 +0000An App Matches Students with College Scholarships They Can Use than $100 million in scholarships go unclaimed every year. Scholly is connecting students with these and other fundsFri, 03 Apr 2015 17:28:02 +0000Crowds Are Much Smarter Than We Suspected a new book, Michael Bond explores a growing body of research that says people in crowds exercise a collective intelligenceFri, 03 Apr 2015 15:06:05 +000014 Easter Inventions That Never Quite Took Off holiday take a look at these products, from egg coloring devices to tomb pendantsFri, 03 Apr 2015 13:37:48 +0000The Passion of Christ, As Seen in Murals Around America Camilo Jose Vergara looks at depictions of Jesus in murals across AmericaFri, 03 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000Where to See the Fabled Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs of a vanished past, Fabergé Easter eggs live on in museums and collections across the worldFri, 03 Apr 2015 12:05:43 +0000Why I Still Skydive author found a new life’s calling in skydiving and continues to jump to this day, despite losing her life partner to the sportThu, 02 Apr 2015 18:23:19 +0000Like Tiny Scientists, Babies Learn Best By Focusing on Surprising Objects tests suggest that infants learn more about the world around them when they encounter and investigate unexpected phenomenaThu, 02 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000This New Collection of 12,000 Photographs Chronicles the American Jazz Scene donation from the family of photographer and historian Duncan Schiedt captures the music's "essence"Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:41:20 +0000California Sea Lions Are Starving, But Do They Need Our Help? of just rehabilitating the fuzzy pups, some ecologists say we should be focusing on the underlying troubles of climate change and fish declinesThu, 02 Apr 2015 13:45:00 +0000How to Travel by Scent tend to privilege our sense of sight, but why not be led by your nose?Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:27:21 +0000"Wereplant" Releases Its Pollen By the Light of the Full Moon unassuming shrub from the Mediterranean is the first documented case of a plant timing its reproduction to the lunar cycle Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:44:30 +0000Illegal Cocoa Farms Are Driving Out Primates In Ivory Coast national parks and reserves have lost all their primates as people move in to protected regions to farm cacaoWed, 01 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Elephants Have Male Bonding Rituals, Too her new book, Caitlin O'Connell shows how the interactions of tight-knit bulls can be surprisingly similar to human relationshipsWed, 01 Apr 2015 15:55:33 +0000LeRoy Nieman Pulled Together a Dream Band for His Epic Portrait of Jazz Greats iconic artist's large-scale painting of this century's music greats debuts at the American History Museum, kicking off Jazz Appreciation MonthTue, 31 Mar 2015 20:01:41 +0000Farmers Can Shell Coffee in a Fraction of the Time With This Bike-Powered Machine team at an MIT International Development Design Summit is making coffee production a little easier for small-scale farmers in TanzaniaTue, 31 Mar 2015 18:19:35 +0000Inside Los Angeles's Strangest Museum the dark and completely unique world of the Museum of Jurassic TechnologyTue, 31 Mar 2015 13:44:07 +0000What to Listen to and Watch for When Enjoying Jazz Jazz Appreciation Month, a guide to understanding the nuances, subtleties and surprises of America's unique musicTue, 31 Mar 2015 11:58:20 +0000There's More to This Towering Pink Easter Bunny Than Kitsch springtime and rebirth, African burial ritual, rhythm, and identity, the "soundsuit" by artist Nick Cave is packed with iconic themesMon, 30 Mar 2015 16:17:38 +0000The War on Potholes Has a New Weapon at Northeastern University have outfitted a van with sensors, microphones and cameras that can spot the early stages of potholesMon, 30 Mar 2015 14:46:41 +0000A Rocket Blessing and a Cubist Planet Are Among These Celestial Sights sends off the one-year crew and a Saturn probe gets artistic in our picks for this week's best space-related picturesFri, 27 Mar 2015 21:25:42 +0000Closed to the Public: The Iconic Joseff of Hollywood's Studio of Hollywood made jewelry for many of the most important American films of the 20th centuryFri, 27 Mar 2015 20:31:10 +0000A Startup Wants to Track Everything From Shoppers to Corn Yields Using Satellite Imagery Insight, founded by a NASA and Google veteran, is quick to predict crop failures and estimate the current global oil surplusFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:36:52 +0000A Bus Stop Climbing Wall and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded shoelaces? They come in stylish colors and patternsFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:22:13 +0000Don Draper's Gray Suit and Fedora Are Among "Mad Men Props" Donated to the Smithsonian of the television show's stellar cast, along with director Matthew Weiner, dropped off some significant "Mad Men" swagFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:19:52 +0000Medical Holograms Are Now Part of the Surgeon's Toolkit hitting the market will help doctors examine heart conditions or check for colon cancer without breaking the skinFri, 27 Mar 2015 18:32:42 +0000What's It Like to Take the First Photos of a New Volcanic Island? the man who climbed to the top and took these stunning shotsFri, 27 Mar 2015 17:19:32 +0000Smog-Eating Buildings Battle Air Pollution triggers chemical reactions in the façades of buildings in Mexico City and Milan to improve air qualityFri, 27 Mar 2015 16:16:24 +0000Fur Seals Caught Preying on Sharks Off South Africa seals only consume the viscera, though, which may be why this particular type of predation took ecologists by surpriseFri, 27 Mar 2015 15:18:04 +0000This Chart From 1790 Lays Out the Many Dangers of Alcoholism father Benjamin Rush was greatly concerned with the amount of booze imbibed in post-Revolution AmericaFri, 27 Mar 2015 14:39:28 +0000What Climate Change Will Mean for the People of Oceania many maps the ocean is colored a uniform, solid blue. But for those who live off the waters, the sea is places, roads, highwaysFri, 27 Mar 2015 14:18:30 +0000Fishing Bans Create a Glimmer of Hope on the Great Barrier Reef reserves have helped commercially important species bounce back, but the reef still faces some serious threatsThu, 26 Mar 2015 16:00:00 +0000Journey to Mingering Mike's Magical, Musical World new exhibition features the playful LP album covers of a man who built a make-believe musical empire filled with genius and joyThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:37:37 +0000"The World's Most Dangerous Trail" Reopens This Week once-deadly path is now a modern tourist attractionThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:32:01 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Love Junk Food So Much? jury is still out, but some are suggesting that sodas, chips and fries trick the brain into thinking no calories were consumedThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:07:43 +0000The Sneaky Reason Why Plants Bear Fleshy Fruit plants rely on the wind to transport their seeds. However, in thick forests this system proved difficult. How did plants solve the problem?Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:57:09 +0000Cast Your Vote for Britain’s National Bird online campaign is asking the public to choose from a list of ten finalists whittled down by birders and conservationistsThu, 26 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Eight Modern Speakeasies With Real Roots in the 1920s speakeasies across the United States do justice to the Jazz AgeWed, 25 Mar 2015 16:43:37 +0000Why the World Needs to Go to Great Heights to Save Mountain Habitats 30 years working in mountain regions, Jack Ives argues that the world's elevated habitats are essentialWed, 25 Mar 2015 15:00:00 +0000Cats Get Breast Cancer Too, and There's a Lot We Can Learn From It aggressive tumors in pets may lead to better treatments for the nastiest forms of the disease in peopleWed, 25 Mar 2015 13:29:24 +0000The Brief History of “Americanitis” than a century ago, the experts thought that Americans worked too hard, putting their collective health at riskWed, 25 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Who Were the First Yogis? Jim Mallinson has been studying yoga for years and has some interesting insight on the true origins of the practiceTue, 24 Mar 2015 21:32:58 +0000Dame Angela Lansbury Makes A "Spirit"-ed Return to the Stageël Coward's timeless play brings the actress back to the D.C. theater where she got her start 58 years agoTue, 24 Mar 2015 19:25:42 +0000Where to Catch Tulip Mania Netherlands isn’t the only place for glorious tulip displays Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:02:58 +0000This Stained Glass Window, New to the American Art Museum, Is Like Nothing You've Ever Seen Before Judith Schaechter is pushing the boundaries of her craft, adding her own twist to age-old techniques Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:38:50 +0000