Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenFri, 24 Jun 2016 18:05:17 +0000Some Ancient Insects Wore the Exoskeletons of Other Bugs to Disguise Themselves amber specimens show that insects have been mastering the art of disguise for 100 million yearsFri, 24 Jun 2016 18:05:17 +0000A Canadian Company's Quest To Turn Air Pollution Into Fuel Carbon Engineering has opened a prototype plant in Squamish, British Columbia, that captures carbon dioxide emissionsFri, 24 Jun 2016 16:26:05 +0000These Are Some of the Weirdest Ways Paleontologists Find Fossils you pee on them, sometimes you’re just trying to get away from other paleontologists. Here are the discovery stories scientists won’t tell youFri, 24 Jun 2016 16:09:27 +0000Museum Director Calls for Increased Funding for Scientific Collections to Save Lives disease researchers should be using museum collections to fight newly discovered pathogensFri, 24 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Honeybees are the Stars at New York City’s Coolest Field Trip are buzzing about world’s largest rooftop soil farmFri, 24 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000See the Gutenberg Bible, 32,000 3D Mechanical Puzzles and a Lock of Edgar Allen Poe’s Hair at This Rare Library is a credential at Indiana University Library’s Lilly LibraryThu, 23 Jun 2016 15:02:35 +0000Inventing the Beach: The Unnatural History of a Natural Place seashore used to be a scary place, then it became a place of respite and vacation. What happened?Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:34:06 +0000Why We're Giving People 20 Percent Doses of the Yellow Fever Vaccine stores in Africa have repeatedly been depleted. The WHO's decision to allow mini-doses reflects a precarious—and cyclical—shortageWed, 22 Jun 2016 19:32:34 +0000Nine Northern Italian Destinations to Visit After You View Christo's "Floating Piers" and historical treasures abound near Lake Iseo Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:16:23 +0000How Photography Shaped America's National Parks M. Allen explores how conservation and consumerism have impacted America's natural heritageWed, 22 Jun 2016 18:09:15 +0000The Origins of the Term "Affirmative Action" words trace all the way back to employment law from the early 20th centuryWed, 22 Jun 2016 17:53:41 +0000The Revolutionary War Patriot Who Carried This Gunpowder Horn Was Fighting for Freedom—Just Not His Own Simbo, an African-American patriot, fought for his country's liberty and freedom even as a large population remained enslavedWed, 22 Jun 2016 16:36:54 +0000How Realistic Is the Shark Science in "The Shallows"? ask shark expert Chris Lowe whether the science in the upcoming shark thriller has any teeth. Beachgoers: You're welcome.Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:00:44 +0000This Is Martha, the World's Last Known Passenger Pigeon, was the last passenger pigeon to ever flyWed, 22 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Global Price of Invasive Species U.S. and China pose the greatest threat as exporters of invasive species, but other countries have more to loseTue, 21 Jun 2016 18:47:51 +0000Immerse Yourself in Italian Cuisine at These Eight Cooking Schools local women to world-renowned chefs, here's a delicious way to get in touch with your inner ItalianTue, 21 Jun 2016 16:10:18 +0000Did Atlantis Really Have Indoor Plumbing? 1967, archeologists discovered Akrotiri. It may be the missing city of Atlantis, as well as the origin of the modern toiletTue, 21 Jun 2016 15:33:39 +0000This Painting Shows What It Might Look Like When Zika Infects a Cell S. Goodsell's watercolor-and-ink artworks use the latest research to illustrate viruses, proteins and moreTue, 21 Jun 2016 14:25:55 +0000Diamonds Illuminate the Origins of Earth's Deepest Oceans could be the key to where our water came from, and what that means for finding life on other planetsTue, 21 Jun 2016 13:07:03 +0000In a Historic First, a Large Collection of Islamic Qur'ans Travels This Fall to the U.S. art of the ancient Qur'an is showcased with the loan of some 48 manuscripts and folios from Istanbul, Turkey, and on view at the SmithsonianTue, 21 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000The One Place JFK Felt He Could Be Alone the midst of the biggest crises of his presidency, John F. Kennedy always knew there was one place he could go to collect his thoughts aloneMon, 20 Jun 2016 20:51:29 +0000Will Medicine Survive the Anthropocene? to ten percent of major drugs contain plant-derived ingredients, but a warming world could put those—and other medicines—at riskMon, 20 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0000Will Skyscrapers of the Future Be Built From Wood? cross-laminated timber might become the newest trend in urban architectureMon, 20 Jun 2016 16:33:15 +0000Relive 'Don Quixote' With a Trip Through Miguel de Cervantes’ Spain at windmills for the 400th anniversary of the author's deathMon, 20 Jun 2016 15:13:52 +0000Nine Days of a Sailor-Scholar’s Life Aboard the Canoe Circumnavigating the Globe Smithsonian expert learns the hard-knock lessons of when to be quiet and how to take a poopMon, 20 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Podcast: On the Way to Peak Phosphorus this episode of Generation Anthropocene, we dive into one of the most underappreciated elements on the periodic tableFri, 17 Jun 2016 18:45:05 +0000The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Bollywood the history of Mumbai's iconic "cut-to" Switzerland shotFri, 17 Jun 2016 15:48:24 +0000It's a Global Solstice Party and You're Invited artist Charlie Morrow organized artists and scientists from around the Earth to celebrate the solsticeFri, 17 Jun 2016 15:04:34 +0000From Lack Of Diversity To Lack Of Funding, Seed Banks Face a World Of Challenges banks are meant to protect biodiversity, yet they themselves are in need of protectionFri, 17 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Civil War Prisoner Camp That Became a Place of Horror Confederate Civil War prisoner camp in Andersonville, Georgia, was an utter nightmare for the many soldiers held withinFri, 17 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000For Rolling Stones Fans, This Book Is a Dream Come True and author Rich Cohen first covered the Stones on tour in the 90s. Now he revisits that trip and the band’s epic historyThu, 16 Jun 2016 18:17:20 +0000These Eclectic Images Reveal Taiwan's Many Moods highlight from our photo contest: Local photographer Yingting Shih captures surprising and unique moments in his travelsThu, 16 Jun 2016 16:49:40 +0000Sadly, “Ankylosaur Fight Club” Is Probably Wishful Thinking armor may have had more to do with communication than combatThu, 16 Jun 2016 15:09:50 +0000What Will Future Monuments in the Nation's Capital Look Like? times and tastes leave little room for monolithic marble on the Mall Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:51:48 +0000The World's First Camels Roamed...South Dakota? Badlands of South Dakota are filled with the fossils of fascinating and surprising prehistoric animalsThu, 16 Jun 2016 12:22:27 +0000A New Museum Is Bringing Relics of the Revolutionary War Into Public View for the First Time in Decades to open next year in Philadelphia, the museum will immerse visitors into the time when the American colonies became the United StatesThu, 16 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000Hunting Lost Worlds in Wyoming's Bighorn Basin geology tour with Kirk Johnson, Director of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, and Will Clyde, a geology professor at University of New HampshireWed, 15 Jun 2016 18:53:54 +0000Amazon's Jeff Bezos Honored at Citizenship Ceremony Smithsonian awarded the internet mogul during a ceremony welcoming newly naturalized citizens Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:46:12 +0000Something Super Cool Just Turned Up in Your Digital Toolbox Smithsonian unveils a game-changing online tool designed to empower anyone to discover and use digital museum resourcesWed, 15 Jun 2016 18:45:46 +0000Rare 'Family Guy' Mammal Dads Give Us All Something to Strive For’s give a Father’s Day shout-out to mammal dads who put family first—and benefit themselves as wellWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:45:23 +0000How the Lowly Mosquito Helped America Win Independence blood-sucking insect has played a leading role in the rise and fall of empires throughout historyWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:34:49 +0000Diamond Planets Might Have Hosted Earliest Life new study pushes back the earliest date that extraterrestrial life might, maybe, could appear; if so, it'd be on planets made of diamondWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:26:10 +0000Muhammad Ali's Brother on Racism and the Medal Myth fresh from his Olympic win, boxing legend Muhammad Ali was turned away from a restaurant in his hometown that didn't serve African AmericansWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:00:12 +0000A Recently Acquired Hot-Air Balloon Reminds a Smithsonian Curator of Another Tale of Ballooning Adventure the Udvar-Hazy Center this weekend, see the Smithsonian’s new modern hot-air balloonWed, 15 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000With Her Ultrasound Broadcast on Facebook, the Zoo's Orangutan Is Confirmed Pregnant female named Batang should deliver her new infant in mid-SeptemberTue, 14 Jun 2016 19:20:46 +0000A Breathtaking 110-Mile Alaskan Railroad Built in Two Years during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898, the Yukon and White Pass Railway is a stunning sightTue, 14 Jun 2016 16:04:46 +0000Smithsonian to Partner with Victoria and Albert Museum to Open a London Gallery the U.S. museum and research complex originally funded by Englishman James Smithson, the announcement brings the 19th-century gift full circleTue, 14 Jun 2016 14:52:09 +0000The Frog Kamasutra Gains a Chapter, Thanks to Camera-Wielding Biologists newly described sexual position for frogs could mean one giant leap for frog conservationistsTue, 14 Jun 2016 14:50:15 +0000The Deadly Lake Where 75 Percent of the World's Lesser Flamingos Are Born Natron will kill a human, but flamingos breed on its salty waterTue, 14 Jun 2016 14:31:50 +0000Architects Reimagine Detroit new exhibition in Venice showcases how 12 teams would reinvent four sites in Detroit badly in need of faceliftsTue, 14 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Segregated Railway Car Offers a Visceral Reminder of the Jim Crow Era and not-so-subtle reminders of a time when local and state laws forced racial segrationMon, 13 Jun 2016 17:50:20 +0000The Entire Bay of Santorini Is an Active Volcanic Crater happened to the giant volcano thought to have destroyed Atlantis? The answer may be the island of Santorini...all of itMon, 13 Jun 2016 15:43:12 +0000Andrew Brennen Believes Education Reform Begins With a Simple Question UNC-Chapel Hill sophomore has been traveling the country asking students, "What would you change about your school?"Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:12:42 +0000Even in 'Pristine' National Parks, the Air's Not Clear cleaning it up might take centuriesMon, 13 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000How 60 Million Bison Became 1,000 in a Century the late 1700s, more than 60 million bison roamed the Great Plains. Over the years, demand for fur and meat drove their numbers downFri, 10 Jun 2016 15:53:51 +0000Could This New Armband Prevent Thousands of Workplace Injuries and Fatalities Each Year? CEO Campbell Macdonald describes his cloud-connected wearable that detects high-voltage areasFri, 10 Jun 2016 15:51:36 +0000Visit Seven Storybook Castles in Germany magnificent structures are straight out of a fairy taleFri, 10 Jun 2016 14:23:55 +0000Walker Evans Wrote the Story of America With His Camera of the greatest historians of 20th-century America was a man who used his camera to stare, pry, listen, and eavesdropFri, 10 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000How the Largest Flying Bird of All Time Stayed Airborne a 24-foot wingspan, how did the prehistoric Pelagornis sandersi, the largest known flying bird of all time, manage to fly so well?Thu, 09 Jun 2016 21:10:10 +0000The Summer of Nantucket’s Sublime Sea Serpent travels fast in small towns — especially when it involves huge footprints of a rumored mythical creatureThu, 09 Jun 2016 19:27:45 +0000Iceland Carbon Capture Project Quickly Converts Carbon Dioxide Into Stone than 95 percent of gas injected into the ground precipitated out as harmless carbonate, scientists calculateThu, 09 Jun 2016 18:01:00 +0000Smithsonian's Wildflower: The Illustrious Life of the Naturalist Who Chronicled America's Native Flora life and legacy of renowned Smithsonian illustrator Mary Vaux Walcott goes beyond the works that she createdThu, 09 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000How a Museum Cancelling a Controversial Mapplethorpe Exhibition Changed My Life an intern at the Corcoran, I suddenly understood the power of artThu, 09 Jun 2016 12:34:38 +0000When the Painting Is Also Poetry sublime new show honors the Chinese tradition of the ‘Three Perfections’—poetry, painting and calligraphyThu, 09 Jun 2016 11:35:29 +0000Podcast: How Humans Caused Mass Extinctions Thousands of Years Ago have been the dominant species for longer than thoughtWed, 08 Jun 2016 20:00:41 +0000Way More Fish Can Make Their Own Light Than We Thought evolved a whopping 27 separate times among finned fishes living in the open oceanWed, 08 Jun 2016 18:01:37 +0000The “Hobbit” Lineage May Be Much Older Than Previously Thought new find hints that the short-statured hominins could have been living in Indonesia over a half a million years earlier than previous estimatesWed, 08 Jun 2016 17:01:00 +0000How One Woman Helped End Lunch Counter Segregation in the Nation’s Capital Church Terrell’s court case demanded the district’s “lost laws” put an end to racial discrimination in dining establishmentsWed, 08 Jun 2016 16:46:00 +0000The World's First Computer May Have Been Used To Tell Fortunes have decoded more writing on the 2,000-year-old Antikythera mechanism and found it may have an astrological purposeWed, 08 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0000Did Deforestation Contribute to Zika's Spread? is growing that deforestation causes disease outbreaks by changing animal carriers' behavior.Wed, 08 Jun 2016 15:12:29 +0000Using Virtual Reality To Walk in the Shoes of Someone With Alzheimer's British nonprofit has launched an app that simulates life with the neurodegenerative diseaseWed, 08 Jun 2016 13:54:30 +0000What the Politics of Andrew Jackson’s Era Can Tell Us About Today correspondent Steve Inskeep speaks about his book <em>Jacksonland</em> and what it says about America’s democratic traditionWed, 08 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Smithsonian Gets Experimental and Field-Tests a New Forum for Bringing Artists to the Public Two-Day Festival in the historic Arts & Industries Building brings community, artists and scholars together for a “Culture Lab”Wed, 08 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Rise of Ocean Optimism news of little wins for the environment fuels hope.Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000Since the Late Pleistocene Humans Were Already Radically Transforming the Earth new study suggests that trying to return habitats to a non human-impacted environment might not be realistic Tue, 07 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Spacecraft Just Measured Movement Less Than the Width of an Atom successful results pave the way for a future mission that could detect low-frequency gravity wavesTue, 07 Jun 2016 16:42:49 +0000Scientists May Be Able To Pack All Your Medications Into One "Personalized" Pill nine other things you never thought could be made on a 3D printerTue, 07 Jun 2016 15:29:22 +0000The 29 Can't-Miss Summer Festivals of 2016 out and enjoy the summer sun—we've compiled a list of the best ways to enjoy the summer splendor across North AmericaTue, 07 Jun 2016 13:01:24 +0000These Drone-Lit Photos of the American West Are Straight Out of a Science Fiction Novel Reuben Wu casts new light on a familiar worldTue, 07 Jun 2016 12:53:46 +0000Herbert Hoover's Hidden Economic Acumen an Awful President's Secret Strength Could Teach Today's Financial Leaders About CapitalismTue, 07 Jun 2016 12:18:28 +0000Science Proves Electric Eels Can Leap From Water to Attack confirm the curious case of eels striking animals above the water's surfaceMon, 06 Jun 2016 19:00:00 +0000Martin Puryear’s Hometown Retrospective Brings the World Renowned Artist Back to His Roots treks to Africa, Scandinavia and Japan, Puryear’s works go on display at the Smithsonian, where he first developed his curiosity for world culturesMon, 06 Jun 2016 18:23:59 +0000Taking a Closer Look at Global Water Shortages aim to identify truly "water stressed" areas and help policy-makers better plan for the futureMon, 06 Jun 2016 16:37:49 +0000Even in the Most Polluted Cities, You Can Exercise Outdoors (A Little) new model finds that the health benefits of outdoor exercise can outweigh the hazards of air pollution.Mon, 06 Jun 2016 13:55:37 +0000Before There Was “Hamilton,” There Was “Burr” Gore Vidal’s book never became a hit on Broadway, the novel helped create the public personae of Alexander Hamilton’s nemesisMon, 06 Jun 2016 13:07:06 +0000There’s a Bunch of Animals at the Zoo this Summer Made Out of Ocean Garbage whimsical, the sculptures drive home the message that there’s a whole lot of trash washing ashoreMon, 06 Jun 2016 12:03:07 +0000A Letter Written by Charles Darwin, Twice Stolen, Returns to the Smithsonian being snatched by an intern in the mid 1970s, the missive written by the scientist returns to WashingtonFri, 03 Jun 2016 19:08:29 +0000See Over 2,000 Wax Models of Skin Diseases at This Swiss Medical Moulage Museum's hard to look, and hard to look away, at this unique, and medically valuable, collection of wax blisters, hives and soresFri, 03 Jun 2016 16:23:28 +0000Six Critically Acclaimed African Artists Explore the Dimensions and Complexities of Time more abstract than seconds, minutes and hours, time in the hands of artists becomes even more perplexingFri, 03 Jun 2016 16:07:29 +0000An Elegant Tool Called Squidpop That Scientists Want to Crowdsource device is so easy to use, researchers are asking for a “squidpop blitz” for World Oceans DayFri, 03 Jun 2016 15:44:25 +0000How an Italian Immigrant Rolled Out the Radio Flyer Wagon Across America generations and 99 years later, the company is still flying highFri, 03 Jun 2016 15:12:48 +0000What Really Happened to Wilt Chamberlain's 100-Point Ball? NBA expert has interviewed over 150 people in a quest to track down the ball used in Wilt Chamberlain's 1962 100-point gameFri, 03 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor Dig Into the History of Food at the Supreme Court American History Museum and the Supreme Court Historical Society brought the justices together to share tales from the highest courtThu, 02 Jun 2016 19:41:14 +0000Studying Bacon Has Led One Smithsonian Scholar to New Insights on the Daily Life of Enslaved African-Americans Camp Bacon, a thinking person’s antidote to excess, historians, filmmakers and chefs gather to pay homage to the hog and its culinary renownThu, 02 Jun 2016 18:39:11 +0000In This Jurassic Boneyard, It's Not Size That Counts rich cache of fossils in Colorado is valuable not for the big dino bones but the relatively tiny fossils that are still being dug up.Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:04:04 +0000Urchin Sunscreen and Other Ways Animals Beat the Burn have come up with a variety of ways to protect themselves from the sunThu, 02 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Is the Internet an Enormous Work of Realist Art? Virginia Heffernan makes a compelling case that it is in a new bookThu, 02 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Hunt for High-Energy Photons Takes Place From a Mountaintop in Mexico new telescope built from water tanks might help answer some of the biggest questions in astronomyThu, 02 Jun 2016 12:36:34 +0000The Spectacular Draw of Devils Tower National Monument the wilderness of Wyoming, there's a magnificent pillar of ancient lava so unique, that even geologists are at odds on exactly how it was formedThu, 02 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000Podcast: What Our Garbage Can Teach Us this episode of Generation Anthropocene, tracking trash and why there's so much garbage on the moon.Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:00:00 +0000How Ferris Bueller's Day Off Perfectly Illustrates the Power of Art Museums decades after it premiered, the coming-of-age film remains a classicWed, 01 Jun 2016 16:45:33 +0000Finding Lessons on Culture and Conservation at the End of the Road in Kauai the remote, tropical paradise called Ha‘ena, the community is reasserting Native Hawaiian stewardship of the land and seaWed, 01 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0000Tofu Power and Other Cool New Alternative Energy Sources fueling homes with tofu wastewater to lighting up bathrooms with the power of pee, these are some of the most unusual, hyperlocal fuel sourcesWed, 01 Jun 2016 15:50:23 +0000Can Tree Rings Explain the Demise of a Lost Civilization? look to trees to determine the destruction of a pre-Columbian civilization found in southern IllinoisWed, 01 Jun 2016 13:07:58 +0000Reimagining Portraiture Through Dance Dana Tai Soon Burgess joins forces with the National Portrait GalleryWed, 01 Jun 2016 12:35:14 +0000Malaria, Zika and Dengue Could Meet Their Match in Mosquito-Borne Bacteria common bacteria that infects mosquitoes seems to prevent them from carrying more deadly diseases.Tue, 31 May 2016 18:28:04 +0000Why Archaeologists Are Intentionally Setting Early American Sites on Fire, who typically consider fire to be a destructive force, are now finding that it can be useful as tool of discoveryTue, 31 May 2016 17:26:31 +0000Scientists Explore Breathtaking Hydrothermal Vents in Virtual Reality a high-tech remotely operated vehicle, a team is able to map a dark, hot and toxic vent field on the ocean floorTue, 31 May 2016 15:44:38 +0000Guy Consolmangno, the Vatican’s Chief Astronomer, on Balancing Church With the Cosmos MIT graduate speaks to how he ended up studying the stars for the Catholic ChurchTue, 31 May 2016 13:32:23 +0000The Best Way to Find IEDs? dog's sense of smell is 100,000 more sensitive than a human's. That's why the U.S. military uses them to detect improvised explosive devicesFri, 27 May 2016 17:57:14 +0000How Drunk Are You? Ask Your Bracelet BACtrack Skyn, a wearable similar in style to a Fitbit, tracks your blood alcohol level in real timeFri, 27 May 2016 16:34:49 +0000For One Day Only, Visit the Farm and Cryogenics Laboratory Trying to Save Endangered Livestock Breeds a farm tour, cryogenics demonstration and a heritage-breed beef burger at Newport, Rhode Island's Swiss Village FarmFri, 27 May 2016 15:27:37 +0000The Merchant Marine Were the Unsung Heroes of World War II daring seamen kept the Allied troops armed and fed while at the mercy of German U-boatsFri, 27 May 2016 14:13:30 +0000This Edible Supercapacitor Could Transform Ingestible Electronics materials for a new electronic component that could power a tiny camera sound more like breakfast than scienceFri, 27 May 2016 13:28:15 +0000A Long-Lost Manuscript Contains a Searing Eyewitness Account of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 Oklahoma lawyer details the attack by hundreds of whites on the thriving black neighborhood where hundreds died 95 years agoFri, 27 May 2016 11:50:03 +0000This Burger King Has a Spa Now designer Teuvo Loman adds a 15-person sauna to a Burger King storefrontThu, 26 May 2016 20:42:23 +0000From Sticks and Stones, Two Artists Make Pinhole Cameras Janesko and Adam Donnelly are using materials found in nature to photograph natureThu, 26 May 2016 19:02:58 +0000Native Americans Decry the Auctioning-Off of Their Heritage in Paris leaders convene at the National Museum of the American Indian to push for changeThu, 26 May 2016 15:58:25 +0000Does Snot Help Dolphins Echolocate? cetaceans can perform acoustic gymnastics, but how they produce ultrasonic noises has long eluded scientistsThu, 26 May 2016 14:33:03 +0000The Public Puts Great Trust in Museums, and Now It’s Time Museums Trust the Public new exhibition, curated by the community, debuts this weekend at the SmithsonianThu, 26 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Inside Alabama's Abandoned Buildings Birmingham flourishes again, an urban explorer documents what is left behindThu, 26 May 2016 11:30:00 +0000This Coral Restoration Technique Is 'Electrifying' a Balinese Village technique is also changing attitudes and inspiring locals to preserve their natural treasuresWed, 25 May 2016 18:23:22 +0000Experts Have Been Studying Income Inequality for Decades. Has Anything Changed? author of the blockbuster book Evicted talks about those who came before himWed, 25 May 2016 17:51:06 +0000Welcome to the Meerkat's World of Competitive Eating vying for dominance, meerkats increase their food intake to bulk up and maintain their place on the social pecking orderWed, 25 May 2016 17:00:00 +0000Could It Be? A Quiet, Comfortable and Bluetooth-Connected Breast Pump breast pumps to bottles, the Silicon Valley startup Naya Health is making smarter products for parents and infantsWed, 25 May 2016 15:33:39 +0000Meet the First and Only Foreign-Born First Lady: Louisa Catherine Adams 200 years ago, the wife of John Quincy Adams set a precedentWed, 25 May 2016 12:56:38 +0000The Mesmerizing Results When a Museum Asks an Artist to Draw All Over Its Walls Meyers took on the monumental task of creating a 400-foot-long artwork at the Hirshhorn Tue, 24 May 2016 18:31:56 +0000A Search Engine That Matches Your Drawings to Photographs Isn't Too Far Off scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new program that could let you Google your doodlesTue, 24 May 2016 17:21:28 +0000Discover America's Bloody History at Five Famous Dueling Grounds defended their delicate honor at these bloody sites across the U.S. Tue, 24 May 2016 16:44:52 +0000The Three Ways to Test if Something Is Truly Solid Gold a stolen Kentucky Derby trophy from 1924 is uncovered, a series of tests are used to determine its authenticityTue, 24 May 2016 16:39:41 +0000You Can Now Spend the Night in the Eiffel Tower the first to spend the night in the night at this Parisian landmarkTue, 24 May 2016 16:00:33 +0000How Big Were Oysters in the Chesapeake Before Colonization? new multidisciplinary study reveals that yes, oysters were larger and more plentiful before European contactTue, 24 May 2016 15:21:06 +0000The Forgotten Dust Bowl Novel That Rivaled "The Grapes of Wrath" Babb wrote about a family devastated by the Dust Bowl, but she lost her shot at stardom when John Steinbeck beat her to the punchMon, 23 May 2016 17:23:12 +0000A Photographic Tour of the Wonders That World's Fairs Leave Behind Doskow goes to old World's Fair sites and photographs the remnants of once glorious visionsMon, 23 May 2016 17:16:09 +0000This Guy Got Himself Stung 1,000 Times For Science—Here’s What He Learned new book reveals what it’s like to be stung by nearly 100 species of insect, and some of the secrets of things that stingMon, 23 May 2016 14:47:00 +0000Scorpions Choose Their Mates by Dancing With Them a female scorpion chooses a mate, she must test the strength of her potential suitor. The only way to be certain it's the right match is to danceMon, 23 May 2016 14:22:05 +0000Australia Used to be a Haven for Giant Penguins single species, the little penguin, is left on Aussie shores todayMon, 23 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000To Really Appreciate Louis Armstrong's Trumpet, You Gotta Play it. Just Ask Wynton Marsalis’s not always the white-glove treatment; some artifacts live on through performanceMon, 23 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000What the Oregeon Trail Looks Like Today From Above of America's greatest highways is barely visible from the ground. It's only from the air that you can pick out the remains of the Oregon TrailFri, 20 May 2016 20:09:31 +0000A Band of Biking Farmers in Florida Reinvents Sharecropping Farming transforms lawns into farms to create a new local food systemFri, 20 May 2016 15:12:46 +0000Two New Discoveries Add to a Horned Dino Revolution years ago, there were about 23 horned dinosaurs. Today, the count has more than tripledFri, 20 May 2016 15:06:33 +0000The Best National Parks for Wildlife Spotting your national park visits around prime viewing hoursFri, 20 May 2016 14:58:37 +0000Old Cosmetics Made New Again Through the Art of Digitization Complexion Wafers? A whole new world of yesteryear cosmetics just got a refreshFri, 20 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000Mars Weather Forecast Calls for Massive Dust Storms -- Here's Why dust storms on Mars, lasting for months, may be linked to the motion of the Red Planet around the solar system.Thu, 19 May 2016 18:36:37 +0000These Kits Beautifully Explain How City Sewers and Zoning Laws Work York's Center for Urban Pedagogy uses art and design to help people better understand complex laws and systemsThu, 19 May 2016 17:32:51 +0000The Unlikely, Charming Designer Who Is Changing the Face of Gardening weeds, critters and Celtic symbols, Mary Reynolds is transforming what it means to gardenThu, 19 May 2016 17:27:20 +0000Take a Closer Look at Mary Reynolds’s Innovative Celtic Gardens award-winning landscape designer bases her ideas on the four seasons, but with a regional twistThu, 19 May 2016 17:26:43 +0000What's the Waggle Dance? And Why Do Honeybees Do It? search high and wide for the best flowers. And when they find them, they go back to the hive and "tell" the other bees how to get thereThu, 19 May 2016 14:39:51 +0000The Story Behind a Forgotten Symbol of the American Revolution: The Liberty Tree Boston landmarks like the Old North Church still stand, the Liberty Tree, gone for nearly 250 years, has been lost to historyThu, 19 May 2016 14:22:08 +0000In This Heartfelt Video, American Muslims Connect With World War II Internees and activist Frank Chi sheds light on a sobering historical comparisonThu, 19 May 2016 14:11:22 +0000Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble Celebrates Our Differences Through Song"Sing Me Home" is a multicultural feast for the earsThu, 19 May 2016 13:15:00 +0000Podcast: All About Rare Earth Elements, the 'Vitamins' Of Modern Society this episode of Generation Anthropocene, learn about rare earth elements (which aren't really that rare) and why they're so prized.Thu, 19 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000Magnificent Leaf Homes Woven by Australian Green Ants ants build their grand nests out of leaves, which they pull and join together with silk. Amazingly, this silk is produced by their newborn larvaeWed, 18 May 2016 20:17:42 +0000How Much Does it Really Cost (the Planet) to Make a Penny? that copper and zinc for a coin most people throw away--what's the sustainable solution?Wed, 18 May 2016 17:38:12 +0000A Tweet Is Just a Ritz Cracker, But an IMAX Film Is a Steak Dinner’s what astronaut Terry Virts says about the new IMAX film he helped to makeWed, 18 May 2016 17:10:33 +0000Kill All the Mosquitoes?! gene-editing technology gives scientists the ability to wipe out the carriers of malaria and the Zika virus. But should they use it?Wed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Secret Tunnel Found in Mexico May Finally Solve the Mysteries of Teotihuacán chance discovery beneath a nearly 2,000-year-old pyramid leads to the heart of a lost civilizationWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Fight Against Elephant Poachers Is Going Commando central Africa, a former Israeli military trainer and his team are deploying battle-tested tactics to stop the runaway slaughter of elephantsWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Inside Story of Christo's Floating Piers renowned artist dazzles the world again, this time using a lake in northern Italy as his canvasWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000This Powerful Stokely Carmichael Portrait Never Made It to the Cover of Time Magazine artwork, by famed artist Jacob Lawrence, captured the turning point in the Civil Rights MovementWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Why Do Humans Have Canine Teeth and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Underwater Photographer Heather Perry Dives Deep and Looks Up it crazy to think that people are at their most natural in the water?Wed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Most Treacherous Battle of World War I Took Place in the Italian Mountains amid the carnage of the war, the battle in the Dolomites was like nothing the world had ever seen—or has seen sinceWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000What's the Best Way to Help the Amazon's Indigenous People? a pioneering computer model save the rainforest's residents from our best intentions?Wed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000How an Obscure Photographer Saved Yosemite beauty of the national park became clear long before Ansel AdamsWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Did Neanderthals Die Out Because of the Paleo Diet? new theory links their fate to a meat-heavy regimenWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Five of the Best Beaches for Beachcombing in the U.S. the hunt for seashells and other buried treasure? Here’s where to lookWed, 18 May 2016 13:24:11 +0000The Unhurried World of Pre-War Vienna Stefan Zweig, who inspired Wes Anderson's <i>The Grand Budapest Hotel</i>, recalls Austria at the dawn of the 20th centuryWed, 18 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000Being Super Busy May* Be Good for Your Brain*Does busyness boost cognition, or do people with better cognition tend to keep busy? Tue, 17 May 2016 20:00:00 +0000A Look at the Creative Process and What Makes an Artist Tick new exhibition delivers a better understanding of where artists find their inspirationTue, 17 May 2016 18:40:10 +0000Try Your Hand at Organic Farming in Southwest Romania hosting travelers, local farmers hope to reverse the impact of big industryTue, 17 May 2016 16:25:28 +0000If Grit Breeds Success, How Can I Get Grittier? of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth talks about her new book and the importance of the personal qualityTue, 17 May 2016 15:34:25 +0000Radiation Remains a Problem for Any Mission to Mars have yet to find ways to protect astronauts from cosmic rays and solar radiationTue, 17 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Eek! Each of These Insect Portraits Is Made From More Than 8,000 Images a mastery of macro, Levon Biss captures every hair and dimple on insects’ vibrant bodiesMon, 16 May 2016 18:41:12 +0000Celebrate National Salad Month with Rare and Historic Books that Include Your Favorite Leafy Greens Smithsonian librarian journeys through history and time on a quest to explore salads throughout antiquityMon, 16 May 2016 18:08:15 +0000Lithuania Is Now Hosting 'War and Peace' Filming Location Tours out the filming highlights in Eastern and Central EuropeMon, 16 May 2016 15:07:48 +0000Come Inside the New African American History Museum (Photos) a peek behind the scenes to see how curators, architects and designers are prepping for the museum's historic opening Mon, 16 May 2016 14:38:05 +0000The Bizarre Tale of the Tunnels, Trysts and Taxa of a Smithsonian Entomologist new book details the sensational exploits of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr., a scientist who had two wives and liked to dig tunnelsFri, 13 May 2016 19:01:18 +0000Underwater Finds Reveal Humans’ Long Presence in North America tools and mastodon remains help show that the Americas were peopled more than 14,000 years agoFri, 13 May 2016 18:00:00 +0000History in a Glass: (Re)discovering Armenian Wine more than six thousand-year-old history of viniculture, Armenian wines are gaining popularity Fri, 13 May 2016 16:50:20 +0000The Search Is On for the Site of the Worst Indian Massacre in U.S. History least 250 Shoshone were killed by the Army in the 1863 incident, but their remains have yet to be foundFri, 13 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Ten Things to Love in What Is Now the Nation’s Largest Modern Art Museum is finally open after three years of renovations, and it’s magnificentFri, 13 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Hollywood Bombshell Who Invented an Indispensable War Technology 1942, Hedy Lamarr received a patent for frequency hopping, but was told to devote her efforts elsewhereThu, 12 May 2016 18:50:49 +0000When the Arctic Gets Warmer, It Also Affects a Tropical Ecosystem Thousands of Miles Away spring arrives earlier in far northern Russia, red knots get smaller—and have trouble in their African winter homesThu, 12 May 2016 18:00:00 +0000Suburbia Gets No Respect, But It Could Become a Very Different Place starters, driverless cars would mean a lot less pavementThu, 12 May 2016 16:22:59 +0000Do You Recognize Anyone in These Historical Photos? The Smithsonian Wants to Know American History Museum calls on the public to select images and identify subjects in photos pulled from the museum’s archivesThu, 12 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000Five Lost Languages Rediscovered in Massachusetts linguist Ives Goddard finds that the Native Americans of central Massachusetts spoke five languages instead of one Wed, 11 May 2016 18:48:43 +0000From Farm to Bottle: Sip Brews Among the Hop Bines at This Vancouver-Area Beer Farm Brewing Company brings beer and farming to the Sunshine CoastWed, 11 May 2016 17:55:51 +0000Ancient Spacedust Reveals Surprising Twist in Evolution of Earth’s Early Atmosphere fossil meteorites are providing new insights about how our ancient atmosphere evolved into its current stateWed, 11 May 2016 17:00:00 +0000Meet the Diverse and Bizarre “Stars” of the Deep Sea human activities encroach on remote oceans, scientists work to map the denizens of the deepWed, 11 May 2016 17:00:00 +0000The Black Sea Is Dying, and War Might Push it Over the Edge by six countries, all with their own agendas, the massive body of water is at risk of becoming another casualty of regional strifeWed, 11 May 2016 15:19:14 +0000The World’s Carnivorous Bats Are Emerging From the Dark evolved multiple times among these mysterious species, yet all of the winged carnivores share similar physiological fixesTue, 10 May 2016 23:01:00 +0000Why You Should Know This Prolific Princess of Paleontology Anning was a 19th-century working-class woman from Dorset with no formal education. She became one of the most celebrated fossil collectors in historyTue, 10 May 2016 17:10:26 +0000The Appalling and Beguiling History of Budapest's Margaret Island Hungarian-born writer recalls a princess' defiance of her father, Nazi atrocities, and the island's role as sanctuaryTue, 10 May 2016 14:37:02 +0000The Science Behind Nature's Patterns new book explores the physical and chemical reasons behind incredible visual structures in the living and non-living worldTue, 10 May 2016 14:27:39 +0000This Photographer Shoots Sharks to Save Them he’s not creating movie posters, Michael Muller swims among the oceanic predators, capturing stunning imagesTue, 10 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000How Tuberculosis Shaped Victorian Fashion deadly disease—and later efforts to control it—influenced trends for decadesTue, 10 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Will We Ever Know Why Nazi Leader Rudolf Hess Flew to Scotland in the Middle of World War II? remarkable tale of insanity, espionage, and conspiracies remains unanswered after 75 yearsTue, 10 May 2016 12:47:17 +0000Traveling to the Danube? Here's What You Should Read, Watch and Download before you goTue, 10 May 2016 10:30:00 +0000Cute Baby Animals You Have to See This Spring out what's new at the zooMon, 09 May 2016 13:11:29 +0000Is Europe Returning to Pre Cold War Divisions? Robert D. Kaplan notes the beginnings of a complex map, caused by Russian revisionism, the refugee crisis and a structural economic crisis in the EUMon, 09 May 2016 13:06:43 +0000Weirdo Ancient Marine Reptile Had a Vacuum-Shaped Head probably slurped up plant material from the seafloorMon, 09 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Smartphone Study Uncovers Why So Much of the World is Short on Sleep, gender and nationality impact how much we sleep, and social pressures rob many of needed restFri, 06 May 2016 18:00:00 +0000These Photos Taken From Space Look Astonishingly Like Art Masterpieces reveals how art imitates realityFri, 06 May 2016 13:26:40 +000010 Things Science Says About Being a Mom in 2016 one, a nurturing mother can help her child's brain growFri, 06 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000How Was the Grand Canyon Formed? people once believed that landscapes like the Grand Canyon were shaped by volcanoes and earthquakes. But one American geologist had a different ideaFri, 06 May 2016 12:30:00 +0000Enjoy Face Time with Seven of Earth's 3 to 5 Million Mite Species Smithsonian collection of some one million species of mites is receiving its up close and personalThu, 05 May 2016 18:44:33 +0000Your Skin’s Microbial Inhabitants Might Stick Around, Even If You Wash tiny ecosystem is surprisingly stable from months to years, study revealsThu, 05 May 2016 17:56:00 +0000Need a New Hobby? We Recommend Playing Musical Vegetables carrot flutes to to zucchini clarinets, vegetables have musical potentialThu, 05 May 2016 14:08:51 +0000These Black and White Images Reveal a Vienna Most Travelers Don’t See Carl Yurttas captures the city's many moodsThu, 05 May 2016 13:26:14 +0000These Eerie Portraits Capture Endangered and Extinct Animals in a Film That Is Also Vanishing Defibaugh uses Polaroid 55 film to give animal specimens an afterlifeThu, 05 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Crushing Pressures Start to Reveal the Truth About Earth's Core makes up the bulk of our planet's core. But now, researchers are getting closer to figuring out what else swirls at the center of the EarthThu, 05 May 2016 12:16:51 +0000Shonda Rhimes and the Cast of 'Scandal' Dish on the Show's Behind-the-Scenes Secrets stars of the Washington, D.C.-inspired show reveal the method behind the magic Wed, 04 May 2016 16:56:52 +0000Was King Tut's Tomb Built for a Woman? archeologist notes that King Tut's chamber was designed and decorated differently from other Egyptian pharaohsWed, 04 May 2016 15:41:59 +0000Can You Really Tell the Difference Between Bourbon and Rye? University puts professional tasters to the testWed, 04 May 2016 14:17:08 +0000How the Redesign of U.S. Money Shows the Power of Protest Smithsonian curator notes how a heavy dose of social activism prompted the U.S. Treasury to honor historic social and political movementsWed, 04 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Fecal Pellet’s Worth A Thousand Words can learn a surprising amount about an animal just by analyzing its poopWed, 04 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Bug Wears Its Victims' Carcasses as Camouflage assassin bug is one of the most cunning predators in the micro world, gluing the exoskeletons of its prey to its back as camouflageTue, 03 May 2016 20:06:46 +0000That Revolutionary May Day in 1976 When California Wines Bested France's Finest years ago, a Copernican moment took place in viniculture when the world realized the sun didn’t always revolve around French winesTue, 03 May 2016 19:21:23 +0000Describing Someone as “Birdbrained” Is Misguided, Unless You’re Talking About Emus new book about birds explores how birds thinkTue, 03 May 2016 18:21:31 +0000How to Build a Mosquito Trap From an Old Tire researchers hope to curb the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases by luring the pests into homemade trapsTue, 03 May 2016 16:58:17 +0000Which of These Summertime Athletes Should Be Displayed on the Walls of the National Portrait Gallery? now for your pick!Tue, 03 May 2016 16:27:13 +0000Did Scientists Stumble on a Battery that Lasts Forever? studying nanowires have found a battery material that can be recharged for years, even decadesMon, 02 May 2016 19:07:06 +0000Iris Van Herpen Is Revolutionizing the Look and Tech of Fashion Dutch designer redefines what it means to be fashion forwardMon, 02 May 2016 18:17:10 +0000Famous for His Rocking Chair, Sam Maloof Made Furniture That Had Soul centennial appreciation for this master of mid-century modernism is underway with a California exhibition and an upcoming seminarMon, 02 May 2016 16:00:00 +0000How to Unroll a Dead Sea Scroll Without Destroying It 1952, a remarkable copper scroll was uncovered by archaeologists near the Dead Sea. It would take four years for scientists to agree on a way to open itMon, 02 May 2016 14:47:11 +0000Meet the “Mad Scientists” Behind ‘Captain America: Civil War’ their latest film, directors Joe and Anthony Russo explore the morality of the Star-Spangled Avenger Mon, 02 May 2016 13:30:00 +0000How Climate Change Could Make Office Work Even Unhealthier"Sick building syndrome" and other indoor concerns could be exacerbated by climate changeMon, 02 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000Exclusive: Read Harper Lee’s Profile of “In Cold Blood” Detective Al Dewey That Hasn’t Been Seen in More Than 50 Years here for the first time, the article was published five years before Truman Capote’s best-selling bookFri, 29 Apr 2016 16:15:48 +0000Neuroscientist David Eagleman on What Is Possible in the Cosmos author tackles where the human brain and astronomy intersectFri, 29 Apr 2016 15:57:41 +0000Infants Learn to Pay Attention (or Not) From Watching Mom and Dad who focus on play may help babies develop critical skills that predict future successThu, 28 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000Nine Unique Gifts to Buy in Vienna specialty fruit preserves to Habsburg figurines, Austria's capital has it allThu, 28 Apr 2016 15:33:17 +0000Japan Is Getting “Invisible” Trains That Blend into the Landscape the scenery just got even betterThu, 28 Apr 2016 14:15:00 +0000Grab Your Pitchfork and Take an "American Gothic"-Themed Road Trip drive through eastern Iowa is the best way to appreciate one of the country’s most famous imagesThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:42:39 +0000A Brief History of the Nickel honor of the coin’s 150th anniversary, read up on how the nickel came to be mintedThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:09:34 +0000The Scientific Daredevils Who Made Yale's Peabody Museum a National Treasure an award-winning science writer dug into the backstory of this New Haven institute, he found a world of scientific derring-doThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000