Articles | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenThu, 18 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Europe Is a Great Place to Be a Large Meat-Eater http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/europe-great-place-be-large-meat-eater-180953664/In a rare success story for wildlife, bears, lynx, wolverine and wolves are increasing in numbers across the continent Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Most Beautiful Drone Travel Videos of 2014http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/most-beautiful-drone-travel-videos-2014-180953650/2014 was the year of the aerial drone travel video—here are some of the best of the bestThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:24:17 +0000The Colorado River Delta Turned Green After a Historic Water Pulsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/colorado-river-delta-turned-green-after-historic-water-pulse-180953670/The experimental flow briefly restored the ancient waterway and may have created new habitat for birdsThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:53:52 +0000London Mayor Boris Johnson on Winston Churchill's Cheekiest Quoteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/london-mayor-boris-johnson-winston-churchill-legacy-180953538/London's mayor talks about his new Churchill biography, 50 years after the British Bulldog's deathWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000What Does “Happy New Year” Even Really Mean?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-happy-new-year-even-really-mean-180953633/Physicists engage in a strange debate about whether time really passesWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Illustrious History of Misquoting Winston Churchillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/illustrious-history-misquoting-winston-churchill-180953634/Saying exactly what Churchill said isn’t easy—or cheap Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why the Leatherback Turtle Has a Skylight in its Headhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-leatherback-turtle-skylight-head-180953635/How do animals with poor vision see in dark locales?Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000How Did Right-Handedness Evolve? And More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-did-right-handedness-evolve-and-more-questions-our-readers-180953636/You asked, we answeredWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Is String Theory About to Unravel?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/string-theory-about-unravel-180953637/Evidence that the universe is made of strings has been elusive for 30 years, but the theory's mathematical insights continue to have an alluring pullWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Radical Paradox of Martin Luther King’s Devotion to Nonviolencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-weve-forgotten-about-martin-luther-king-devotion-nonviolence-180953639/Biographer Taylor Branch makes a timely argument about civil right leader’s true legacyWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000There Are 120 Years of Lakota History on This Calendarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/120-years-lakota-history-on-calendar-180953641/The visual recording of life in the nation sheds light on a vanished cultureWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000How to Create a Virtual Organismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-create-virtual-organism-180953645/Through OpenWorm, scientists are hoping to allow anyone with a computer to unlock the secrets of animal behaviorWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000How Australia Put Evolution on Darwin’s Mindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/australia-put-evolution-darwins-mind-180953651/The famous naturalist’s revolutionary theory first took shape not in the Galápagos but in the primeval Blue MountainsWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Did Civil War Soldiers Have PTSD?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ptsd-civil-wars-hidden-legacy-180953652/One hundred and fifty years later, historians are discovering some of the earliest known cases of post-traumatic stress disorderWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000When Texas Was at the Bottom of the Seahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/when-texas-was-bottom-sea-180953653/A hike to the “top of Texas,” the world’s most famous fossil reef, leads to a new sense of the sublimeWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Want to Excite Your Inner Dinosaur Fan? Pack Your Bags for Albertahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/want-excite-inner-dinosaur-fan-pack-bags-for-alberta-180953654/Canada’s badlands are the place to see fantastic dinosaur fossils (and kitsch)—and eye-opening new evidence about the eve of their fallWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Unpublished Photos by Gordon Parks Bring a Nuanced View of 1950s Black Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/unpublished-photos-gordon-parks-bring-nuanced-view-1950s-black-america-180953660/An exhibit in Boston highlights unpublished photos from the acclaimed <i>Life</i> magazine photographerWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Celebrate Hanukkah the All-American Way With this Menorahhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrate-hanukkah-all-american-way-with-this-menorah-180953655/This unique menorah at the American History Museum is a tribute to liberty and a poignant reminder of what we celebrate Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:29:39 +0000For Every Object, There Is a Story to Tellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/for-every-object-there-is-story-to-tell-180953589/A Smithsonian curator is asked to select just one artifactWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:59:31 +0000NASA Can See Your Holiday Lights From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nasa-can-see-your-holiday-lights-space-180953648/Scientists can use holiday lights during Christmas and Rammadan as a proxy for overall energy use in urban areasWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:42:15 +0000The Best Winter Beers to Try This Holiday Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/best-winter-beers-try-holiday-season-180953592/We spoke with hops and malts expert William Bostwick about the right quaffs to drink while the weather is coldWed, 17 Dec 2014 14:57:39 +0000The Top 12 Ocean Stories That Made Waves in 2014 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-ocean-stories-made-waves-2014-180953643/The seas served up some compelling headlines this year, from celebrity fashion to solving the mystery of the melting starfishWed, 17 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Some of the Most Beautiful Things in Nature Come in the Tiniest of Packageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/some-of-the-most-beautiful-things-in-nature-come-in-the-tiniest-of-packages-180953632/The winners of the 2014 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition capture a rat brain, the mouthparts of a vampire moth and other small wondersTue, 16 Dec 2014 20:12:27 +0000Fuel from Seawater? What's the Catch?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fuel-seawater-whats-catch-180953623/Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory recently flew a model plane using a liquid hydrocarbon fuel they sourced from the oceanTue, 16 Dec 2014 17:22:08 +0000What We Can Learn by Digging Up the Secrets of Earth's Deep Carbonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-we-can-learn-digging-secrets-earths-deep-carbon-180953614/Diamond computers and subsurface life are just some of the topics being investigated by scientists in the Deep Carbon Observatory networkTue, 16 Dec 2014 15:09:04 +0000How Gone With the Wind Took the Nation by Storm By Catering to its Southern Sensibilitieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-gone-wind-took-nation-storm-feeding-its-southern-sensibilities-180953617/From casting to its premiere, how Southerners viewed the film made all the differenceMon, 15 Dec 2014 20:29:34 +0000Fifty Years Ago This Month, John Coltrane Recorded One of the Greatest Jazz Tracks of All Time http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fifty-years-ago-this-month-john-coltrane-recorded-one-greatest-jazz-tracks-of-all-time-180953583/This Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone was one of three instruments that John Coltrane played to reinvent himself—and Jazz musicMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:30:37 +0000Ancient Earth Warmed Dramatically After a One-Two Carbon Punchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-earth-warmed-dramatically-after-one-two-carbon-punch-180953610/A period of intense warming 55 million years ago is an even better case study for modern climate change than previously suspectedMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:00:00 +0000The Dangers of Winter Darkness: Weak Bones, Depression and Heart Troublehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dangers-winter-darkness-weak-bones-depression-and-heart-trouble-180953611/Long periods without sunshine can play a role in a surprising variety of physical and mental disordersMon, 15 Dec 2014 15:18:59 +0000Six Historic Trains That Embody the Holiday Spirithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/six-holiday-train-rides-take-2014-180953603/Trains have always been a part of holiday celebrations—so why not hop aboard this season? Here are six seasonally appropriate rides to considerMon, 15 Dec 2014 13:07:42 +0000Artificial Skin Could Help Prosthesis Wearers Feel, For Realhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-skin-could-help-prosthesis-wearers-feel-real-180953595/A new polymer with a lattice of embedded sensors is sensitive to heat, humidity and pressureFri, 12 Dec 2014 20:06:05 +0000Swiss Researchers Create Eco-Friendly Plastic From Biofuel Wastehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/swiss-researchers-create-eco-friendly-plastic-biofuel-waste-180953582/A new method for making biodegradable plastic could mean more free farmland for foodFri, 12 Dec 2014 19:24:49 +0000A Sea of Fog Completely Filled the Grand Canyonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/sea-fog-completely-filled-grand-canyon-180953609/Known as total cloud inversion, the weather phenomenon is quite rare—and spectacularFri, 12 Dec 2014 18:08:41 +0000The Smithsonian Design Museum Tells the Story of User-Centered Design Through 120 Beautiful Productshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-design-museum-tells-the-story-of-user-centered-design-through-120-beautiful-products-180953559/A thermostat, a wheelchair, a prosthetic arm and razors are all a part of "Beautiful Users," now on display in New York CityFri, 12 Dec 2014 14:51:46 +0000Nearly Two Million Years of Innovation, As Told Through Toolshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nearly-two-million-years-innovation-told-through-tools-180953578/Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, will exhibit 175 objects that range from Paleolithic tools to space-age satellites Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:34:47 +0000The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Makes Its Grand Re-Opening in New York Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cooper-hewitt-smithsonian-design-museum-makes-its-grand-re-opening-new-york-city-180953598/The old and the new crash into each other beautifully in the former Carnegie mansionFri, 12 Dec 2014 13:29:41 +0000What’s Your Surgeon’s Jam? Probably Classical or Soft Rock http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-your-surgeons-jam-probably-classical-or-soft-rock-180953597/British doctors make the case for playing music during an operationThu, 11 Dec 2014 23:30:00 +0000Bees and Wasps in Britain Have Been Disappearing For More Than a Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bees-and-wasps-britain-have-been-disappearing-more-century-180953587/Changes in agricultural practices since the 19th century may be a major culprit in the pollinators’ declineThu, 11 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Engineering Will Be Vital in a Changing Climatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-engineering-will-be-vital-changing-climate-180953584/Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough offers personal insights on the realities of climate change and the best ways for society to adaptThu, 11 Dec 2014 17:00:02 +0000After 12/13/14, What Are the Next Fun Dates for Math Lovers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/last-sequential-date-century-121314-fun-math-lovers-180953413/Sequential integers are a bit boring, anyhow. Here are some more exciting sequences to celebrate over the next 89 yearsThu, 11 Dec 2014 15:09:08 +0000The Evolving Face of Santa, As Seen in the Smithsonian's Vast Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/evolving-face-santa-smithsonian-vast-collections-180953571/A look into Smithsonian's vast archives reveals that Father Christmas tends to get a makeover with every generation that embraces him Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:19:43 +0000Five Animal Products Scientists Can Now Grow In a Labhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-animal-products-scientists-can-now-grow-in-a-lab-180953544/In early experiments, scientists are growing meat in vitro and bioengineering yeast for dairyWed, 10 Dec 2014 21:27:08 +0000The Ocean Contains Over Five Trillion Pieces of Plastic Weighing More than 250,000 Tons http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ocean-contains-over-five-trillion-pieces-plastic-weighing-more-250000-tons-180953576/These frightening figures represent the most robust estimate of marine plastic pollution calculated to date Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000When America Invested in Infrastructure, These Beautiful Landmarks Were the Resulthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-america-invested-infrastructure-these-beautiful-landmarks-were-result-180953570/Explore eight of the Works Progress Administration’s most impressive structures.Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:15:39 +0000Show Us the Holiday Decorations in Your Neighborhoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/show-us-holiday-decorations-your-neighborhood-180953569/What does the holiday season look like in your community? Upload a photo of the best light displays, Christmas trees, menorahs and other festive scenesTue, 09 Dec 2014 20:48:20 +0000The Creepy, Kitschy and Geeky Patches of US Spy Satellite Launcheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/creepy-kitschy-and-geeky-patches-us-spy-satellites-180953562/There may be method to the madness behind the outlandish designs of the National Reconnaissance Office mission patchesTue, 09 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000Turning Shipping Containers Into Urban Farmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-shipping-containers-into-urban-farms-180953295/In a clever recycling experiment, the startup Local Roots Farms is growing organic, hydroponic produce in America's food desertsTue, 09 Dec 2014 16:56:19 +0000How Do Kids Learn Where There Are No Teachers? It May Take a Village...Computer http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-do-kids-learn-where-there-are-no-teachers-it-may-take-village-computer-180953552/A non-profit called Projects for All has a plan for educating children without schools: Turn them loose on outdoor computer kiosks in their communityTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:28:05 +0000Inside the World of Istanbul's Male Belly Dancershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/inside-world-istanbuls-male-belly-dancers-180953539/The nation’s shifting views toward homosexuality have opened the market for a centuries-old traditionTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:05:19 +0000Remembering the "Father of Video Games," Innovator Ralph Baerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remembering-innovator-ralph-baer-father-video-games-180953555/The lab, where the inventor of the video game and the electronic game Simon, goes on view at the American History Museum next summerMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:36:09 +0000Fashion Photographer Rankin Has A New Book of Models in Wild Makeuphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/fashion-photographer-rankin-has-a-new-book-of-models-in-wild-makeup-180953534/The British photographer reveals some unusual new portraits, with a hodgepodge of influencesMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:07:36 +0000Why the Composer of Candy Crush Soda Saga is the New King of Video Game Music http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-composer-candy-crush-soda-saga-new-king-video-game-music-180953556/You may have never heard of Johan Holmstrom, but millions listen to his music every dayMon, 08 Dec 2014 18:29:46 +0000This Commuter Bus Runs On Poophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/commuter-bus-runs-poop-180953541/A U.K.-based biogas plant has developed a 40-seater than runs on converted sewage and food wasteMon, 08 Dec 2014 14:32:31 +0000Medical Mistletoe: Can the Holiday Plant Really Fight Cancer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/medical-mistletoe-can-holiday-plant-really-fight-cancer-180953551/In some countries, cancer patients take mistletoe injections to ease symptoms, but the exact effects of the extracts are still up for debateMon, 08 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000These Photos Capture a Decade of Change at Earth's Poleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-photos-capture-decade-change-earths-poles-180953501/From courting penguins to moody icebergs, photojournalist Camille Seaman shares her personal journey through polar habitatsFri, 05 Dec 2014 17:58:24 +0000A Football Stadium Covered in This Solar Cloth Could Power a Small Townhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/a-football-stadium-covered-in-this-solar-cloth-could-power-a-small-town-180953524/Perry Carroll, founder of the Solar Cloth Company, has integrated super-thin photovoltaics into flexible fabricFri, 05 Dec 2014 16:30:10 +0000Game Changers: Innovation For Goodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/game-changers-innovation-good-180953425/When you see these creative solutions to society's most pressing problems, the future looks pretty darn goodThu, 04 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Hidden Underbelly of West Antarctica Is Meltinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hidden-underbelly-west-antarctica-melting-oceans-climate-180953527/Warm currents are flowing under ice shelves, causing coastal losses that may let land-based glaciers slide into the seaThu, 04 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Does Very Hot Water Sometimes Feel Cold?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-does-very-hot-water-sometimes-feel-cold-180953532/The weird sensation known as paradoxical cold has scientists locked in a heated debateThu, 04 Dec 2014 18:05:33 +0000Generating Power One Step At a Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/generating-power-one-step-at-a-time-180953436/The Pittsburgh-based startup SolePower is developing an insole that collects kinetic energy as you walk to power your mobile phoneThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:54:10 +0000Can This Berry Solve Both Obesity and World Hunger?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-this-berry-solve-both-obesity-and-world-hunger-180953389/At a playful café in Chicago, chef Homaro Cantu is experimenting with miracle fruit, a West African berry that makes everything a little sweeterThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:52:32 +0000The Photographer Who Ansel Adams Called the Anti-Christhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photographer-who-ansel-adams-called-anti-christ-180953525/William Mortensen’s grotesque, retouched photos of celebrities were a far cry from the realism favored by the photography eliteThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:21:15 +0000Christmas Markets Might Be the Best Reason to Spend the Holidays in Europehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/christmas-markets-might-be-best-reason-spend-holidays-europe-180953515/From mulled wine to intricate ornaments, Europe's Christmas markets are a mix of food, goods and holiday cheerThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:11:02 +0000Rescuing Jorge Prelorán’s Films From Storage And Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-storage-jorge-prelorans-documentaries-again-see-light-day-180953465/The Smithsonian’s Film Archives is reintroducing the world to the influential work of the Argentine-American filmmakerWed, 03 Dec 2014 22:48:36 +0000Zigzags on a Shell From Java Are the Oldest Human Engravingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/oldest-engraving-shell-tools-zigzags-art-java-indonesia-humans-180953522/The early human <em>Homo erectus</em> also made the oldest known shell tools half a million years agoWed, 03 Dec 2014 19:41:37 +0000What Can the Dinosaurs' Final Years Tell Us About the Biodiversity Crisis Today? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-can-last-years-dinosaurs-tell-us-about-biodiversity-crisis-today-180953483/Failed ecosystems led to the demise of the dinosaurs. Today, plant and animal species are disappearing at exponential rates.Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:29:00 +0000These are the Forgotten Places in Your Neighborhood, Paintedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-forgotten-places-neighborhood-painted-180953448/Artist Kim Cadmus Owens celebrates the places we ignoreWed, 03 Dec 2014 16:28:06 +0000Geckos Have a Surprisingly Strong Death Grip http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/geckos-have-surprisingly-strong-death-grip-180953516/Gecko toes remain firmly stuck in place even after the animal dies, implying that the lizards do not actively control their clinginessWed, 03 Dec 2014 00:01:00 +0000Fred Savage and “The Wonder Years” Cast Reflect on Why Their Show Still Mattershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fred-savage-cast-mates-reflect-180953508/The cast and crew of “The Wonder Years” reunited at the American History Museum today to donate costumes and other artifactsTue, 02 Dec 2014 20:31:12 +0000Up-Close and Personal With Chicago's Most Infamous Criminalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/-close-and-personal-chicagos-most-infamous-criminals-180953497/"Gangsters & Grifters," a book by the Chicago Tribune, recalls a time when photographers had unprecedented access to the world of crime Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:21:20 +0000This Plant-Based Gel Stops Bleeding in Secondshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/plant-based-gel-stops-bleeding-seconds-180953488/A salve that seals severe wounds is making its way to veterinary clinics. Military and trauma testing may soon followTue, 02 Dec 2014 16:31:40 +0000The Racist History of Peter Pan's Indian Tribehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/racist-history-peter-pan-indian-tribe-180953500/Even in the early 20th century, though, critics saw Tiger Lily and her fellow "Picaninnies" as caricaturesTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:33:26 +0000The Deadly Dilemma Facing Romania's Brown Bearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/deadly-dilemma-facing-romanias-brown-bears-180953502/Around the Carpathian Mountains, frustrated farmers and high-paying sport hunters are helping to set the highest bear hunting quotas yet allowedTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000The Scientist Behind "Jurassic World", Jack Horner, Breaks Down the Movie's Thrilling Trailerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientist-behind-jurassic-world-breaks-down-trailer-180953505/We spoke with the paleontologist, who was an adviser on the <em>Jurassic Park</em> movies, about the science behind the franchiseTue, 02 Dec 2014 13:59:47 +0000Haunting Drone Footage of Chernobyl Townhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/haunting-drone-footage-chernobyl-180953495/"Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl" shows a drone's-eye view of the city nearly three decades after nuclear disasterMon, 01 Dec 2014 21:16:38 +0000How Do You Make a Great Teacher?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-do-you-make-great-teacher-180953498/Push student teachers harder, stick with them once they’re in the classroom, and integrate them into their schools' communitiesMon, 01 Dec 2014 21:02:33 +0000How Does the Hirshhorn's 60-Foot "Needle Tower" Stay Upright In A Stiff Wind?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-does-hirshhorn-60-foot-needle-tower-stay-upright-in-stiff-wind-180953391/In the 1960s, when artist Kenneth Snelson mingled architectural innovation with abstraction, the result was heavenlyMon, 01 Dec 2014 20:12:29 +0000Vote for the <em>Star Wars</em> Exhibition Hashtaghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/vote-star-wars-exhibition-hashtag-180953093/The traveling exhibition needs a hashtag. What will it be?Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:37:54 +0000Njideka Akunyili Crosby's Intimate Work Straddles Mediums And Oceanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/njideka-akunyili-crosby-award-winning-work-straddles-mediums-and-worlds-180953474/The young Nigerian-American artist wins one of the Smithsonian's most prestigious awards.Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:17:33 +0000Designing a Smaller, Lighter Airplane Tailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/designing-a-smaller-lighter-airplane-tail-180953452/With engineers from Caltech, Boeing and NASA, Israel Wygnanski is ushering in a new era of fuel-efficient airplane designMon, 01 Dec 2014 16:59:37 +0000Five Practical Uses for "Spooky" Quantum Mechanicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-practical-uses-spooky-quantum-mechanics-180953494/Fifty years after Bell's Theorem, tools that harness the weird properties of quantum mechanics are at work all around you Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:48:41 +0000The Best Gifts of 2014 for Science Geekshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-gifts-2014-science-geeks-space-biology-chemistry-180953445/A roundup of unique science gifts, from space dog lockets to mathematical bottle openersWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:40 +0000What to Give to the Traveler in Your Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/2014-smithsonian-gift-guides-traveler-180953442/From clothespin reading lights to a clear-bottom kayak, gifts for every traveler (and price point)Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:30 +0000Eight Tech Gifts for Early Adoptershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/eight-tech-gifts-early-adopters-180953450/From a personal drone and a 3D printer to sleep and sport performance trackers, these gadgets will please the technophiles in your lifeWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:26 +0000What to Give to Your Favorite Foodie This Holiday Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-give-your-favorite-foodie-holiday-season-180953461/Special sauces, spices and tools will delight the amateur chef in your lifeWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:09 +0000Best Gifts of 2014 for Nature Lovershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-gifts-2014-nature-lovers-180953459/Smithsonian editors, gardeners and scientists offer ideas to give the gifts that keep wildlife thrivingWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:01 +0000Shopping on Black Friday Makes You Feel Like a Well-Loved Warriorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shopping-black-friday-makes-you-feel-well-loved-warrior-180953471/A powerful cocktail of social bonding and competitive adventure will compel more than 95 million people to hit the stores on one dayWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:06:22 +0000The Architecture of the Hunger Games' Horns of Plentyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/architecture-hunger-games-horn-plenty-180953467/What inspired the architectural object at the center of the Hunger Games arena?Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:01:17 +0000The 17th-Century English Who Settled in the Southern U.S. Had Very Little to be Thankful Forhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/17th-century-english-who-settled-southern-us-had-very-little-be-thankful-180953466/Indentured servants, these immigrants suffered through malnutrition and horrible conditions upon arriving in AmericaTue, 25 Nov 2014 21:22:37 +0000What Do America’s Top Chefs Cook for Thanksgiving?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-do-americas-top-chefs-cook-thanksgiving-180953463/A quick survey of some of the unique dishes that restaurant chefs prepare for their own family dinnerTue, 25 Nov 2014 20:54:24 +0000Stuck at the Airport? Why Not Take In an Art Exhibithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/stuck-airport-why-not-take-art-exhibit-180953432/A missed connection or delayed arrival doesn't have to ruin your time at the airport, especially if your airport has an art showTue, 25 Nov 2014 20:33:49 +0000An Electric Fence Wards Off Sharkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/electric-fence-wards-sharks-180953380/South Africa has begun testing a humane way to make its beaches saferTue, 25 Nov 2014 16:43:28 +0000Why Are You a Picky Eater? Blame Genes, Brains and Breast Milkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-are-you-picky-eater-blame-genes-brains-and-breast-milk-180953456/The complicated science behind picky eating is giving experts plenty of food for thoughtTue, 25 Nov 2014 16:27:11 +0000The Death And Rebirth of the American Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/death-and-rebirth-american-mall-180953444/Malls are dying—but a dead mall gives a community the chance to rebuild something that might have been doomed to begin withTue, 25 Nov 2014 14:41:19 +0000How Will We Make Music in 200 Years?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-will-we-make-music-in-200-years-180953439/A group of innovators were asked to imagine what music will be like in 2214. If they're right, it could be pretty bizarreTue, 25 Nov 2014 14:33:37 +0000Why is Turquoise Becoming Rarer and More Valuable Than Diamonds?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/exquisite-turquoise-more-rare-and-valuable-diamonds-180953420/With depleting mines, turquoise, the most sacred stone to the Navajo, has become increasingly rare. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:25:28 +0000The Physics of Whisky’s Aesthetically Pleasing Residuehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/physics-whiskys-aesthetically-pleasing-residue-180953451/A photographer teamed up with scientists to figure out the fluid dynamics behind patterns left in whisky glasses Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:29:41 +0000Chinese Chickens May Have Been Domesticated 10,000 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/china-may-have-domesticated-chickens-10000-years-ago-180953453/Bones found in ancient farming sites are lending insight into the origins of our favorite fowlMon, 24 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000The Science of How to Fly Stress-Free Over the Holidayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/fly-stress-free-over-holidays-180953397/From getting to the airport to avoiding lost luggage, a little research can help you have a stress-free plane tripMon, 24 Nov 2014 18:31:06 +0000Humans Are Becoming City-Dwelling "Metro Sapiens"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-are-becoming-city-dwelling-metro-sapiens-180953449/To achieve sustainability, the human species needs to embrace its urban side, argues public health researcher Jason VargoMon, 24 Nov 2014 17:59:54 +0000Decoding the Lost Diary of David Livingstonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/decoding-lost-diary-david-livingstone-180953385/Modern technology allowed researchers to reveal that the good doctor was not all that the public presumed Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:15:03 +0000John Smith Coined the Term New England on This 1616 Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/john-smith-coined-the-term-new-england-on-this-1616-map-180953383/After Jamestown, Smith pushed the English to settle the northeast, identifying Plymouth as a suitable harbor four years before the Pilgrims landed thereMon, 24 Nov 2014 15:41:30 +0000With An Eye To Mars, NASA is Testing its Astronaut Twinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eye-mars-nasa-putting-its-astronaut-twins-work-180953358/Scott and Mark Kelly, the only twins to have traveled in space, are embarking on a mission to help NASA prepare for MarsFri, 21 Nov 2014 19:27:08 +0000Before Instagram, Memorializing Asia’s Most Traveled Roadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/instagram-memorializing-asias-most-traveled-roads-180953429/From Moroccan postcards to Japanese scrolls, the Sackler Gallery explores five centuries of travel around the Asian continentFri, 21 Nov 2014 19:03:00 +0000Prague's Famous John Lennon Wall: Is It Over, or Reborn?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/pragues-famous-john-lennon-wall-it-over-or-just-reborn-180953415/Art students painted over the famous landmark to make space for the next generation of artists—and people are already festooning the wall with new graffitiFri, 21 Nov 2014 17:39:08 +0000Here's What It Takes To Win the Smithsonian's Boochever Portrait Competitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-what-it-takes-win-smithsonians-boochever-portrait-competition-180953412/Curator Dorothy Moss gives a hint at what the jurors might be thinking in this high-stakes competitionFri, 21 Nov 2014 15:40:45 +0000Are Megacities Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Climate Change?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/are-megacities-friend-or-foe-fight-against-climate-change-180953424/Like the people who call them home, cities have the potential for good and bad when it comes to adapting to a warming worldFri, 21 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000No, “Bath Salts” Won’t Turn You Into a Cannibalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/no-bath-salts-wont-turn-you-into-cannibal-180953418/But now we have a better idea what the latest generation of the drugs is really doing to your brain Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:34:09 +0000The Roosevelt Family Built a New York Coffee Chain 50 Years Before Starbucks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/roosevelt-family-built-new-york-coffee-chain-50-years-starbucks-180953398/Teddy Roosevelt’s children brought fresh-roasted beans and European coffeehouse culture to ManhattanThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Controversial Afterlife of King Tuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/controversial-afterlife-king-tut-180953400/A frenzy of conflicting scientific analyses have made the famous pharaoh more mysterious than everThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000These Intense Photos of Lion-Tailed Macaques Will Turn You Into a Conservationisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-intense-photos-lion-tailed-macaques-will-turn-you-conservationist-180953401/A few thousand macaques still exist in the wild—but for how much longer?Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why the SR-71 Blackbird is the Epitome of Cold War Spycrafthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-sr-71-blackbird-epitome-cold-war-spycraft-180953402/The sleek and shadowy plane still commands awe 50 years after its first test flightThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Horrific Sand Creek Massacre Will Be Forgotten No Morehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/horrific-sand-creek-massacre-will-be-forgotten-no-more-180953403/The opening of a national historic site in Colorado helps restore to public memory one of the worst atrocities ever perpetrated on Native AmericansThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Mystery of Why This Dangerous Sand Dune Swallowed a Boyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mystery-why-dangerous-sand-dune-swallowed-boy-180953404/When a boy suddenly disappeared into a sand dune, a scientist embarked on a quest to find out where he wentThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Story Behind Thomas Hart Benton’s Incredible Masterworkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/story-behind-thomas-hart-bentons-incredible-masterwork-1-180953405/The famed artist drew on his extensive travels to paint “America Today”Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000It Could Have Been Reginald the Red-Nosed Reindeer http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/it-could-have-been-reginald-red-nosed-reindeer-180953390/Inside the very shiny life of a 75-year-old marketing gimmickThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Origin of the Number Zerohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/origin-number-zero-180953392/Deep in the jungle, an intrepid scholar locates a symbol of power and mysteryThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Do Humans Have Thumbs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-do-humans-have-thumbs-180953393/There’s a never-ending stream of theories about Homo sapiens’ most important digit Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000A New Canal Through Central America Could Have Devastating Consequenceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-canal-through-central-america-could-have-devastating-consequences-180953394/The ramifications of the proposed route have environmentalists worried, and for good reasonThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000What’s the Difference Between Streets and Avenues and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whats-difference-between-streets-and-avenues-and-more-questions-our-readers-180953395/You asked, we answeredThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000When Pedestrians Ruled the Streetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-pedestrians-ruled-streets-180953396/The driverless car may take a while to catch on—just as the automobile did a century agoThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000When Lee Harvey Oswald Shot the President, His Mother Tried to Take Center Stagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-lee-harvey-oswald-shot-president-his-mother-tried-take-center-stage-180953351/Marguerite Oswald had a series of bizarre reactions to her son’s transgression, forever making her a famous mother to historyThu, 20 Nov 2014 14:34:24 +0000The World's Longest Beard Is One Of The Smithsonian's Strangest Artifactshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-home-worlds-longest-beard-180953370/Kept in storage at the National Museum of Natural History, the world's longest beard measures over 17 feet in lengthWed, 19 Nov 2014 19:35:29 +0000Before Serial, There Were These Groundbreaking Examples of Serialized Non-Fictionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/serial-there-were-these-groundbreaking-examples-serialized-non-fiction-180953378/Can’t wait for the next episode of the podcast series? Take a look at these popular predecessorsWed, 19 Nov 2014 16:00:12 +0000Sixty Years Ago, the Regency TR-1 Transistor Radio Was the New "It" Gift For the Holiday Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sixty-years-ago-the-regency-TR-1-Transistor-Radio-Was-the-New-It-Gift-For-the-Holiday-Season-180953345/In a burst of post World War II innovation, the transistor radio with music for your pocket fueled a teenage social revolution Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:37:33 +0000How the Office of the Vice Presidency Evolved from Nothing to Somethinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-office-vice-presidency-evolved-nothing-something-180953302/Vice President John Adams once said "In this I am nothing, But I may be everything." A new book tells how the office has moved from irrelevance to powerTue, 18 Nov 2014 20:28:17 +0000The Whiskey Wars That Left Brooklyn in Ruinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/whiskey-wars-left-brooklyn-ruins-180953352/Unwilling to pay their taxes, distillers in New York City faced an army willing to go to the extreme to enforce the lawTue, 18 Nov 2014 14:33:31 +0000Where to See the Oldest Artifacts in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/whats-oldest-thing-you-can-see-museum-180953279/From a royal soccer ball to a very old book, see humanity's history of innovation in ten amazing everyday objectsMon, 17 Nov 2014 21:18:33 +0000Meet the Tiny Killer Causing Millions of Sea Stars to Waste Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-tiny-killer-causing-millions-sea-stars-waste-away-180953348/The deadly sea star wasting disease, which turns live animals into slimy goop, is caused by a previously unknown virus Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000Vietnam War Vets Reconnect With Their 1960s Pen Pals For a Museum Donation http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/vietnam-war-vets-reconnect-their-1960s-pen-pals-museum-donation-180953343/Decades after they sat in Mrs. Davis’ fourth grade class, former students donated Vietnam War materials to the American History MuseumMon, 17 Nov 2014 17:04:07 +0000Meet the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/meet-100-most-significant-americans-all-time-180953341/A new, special issue of <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine attempts the impossible: to list out the most significant people in United States historyMon, 17 Nov 2014 15:55:43 +0000Drop This Capsule Into a Stream and It Will Screen For Pollutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/drop-this-capsule-into-a-stream-and-it-will-screen-for-pollution-180953334/Researchers have developed a sensor (no batteries required) that creates a barcode indicating the amount of pollutants and their whereabouts in waterMon, 17 Nov 2014 15:26:23 +0000Experience Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' on This Beautiful Illuminated Bike Pathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/experience-van-goghs-starry-night-beautiful-solar-bike-path-180953322/To mark the 125th anniversary of the artists' death, a group of designers have lit a solar-powered path through historic Van Gogh sitesFri, 14 Nov 2014 22:02:37 +0000How a Misdrawn Map Put 1,400 Chimps and a Rare Plant in Peril http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-misdrawn-map-put-1400-chimps-and-rare-plant-peril-180953335/Miners and farmers are moving into a protected forest in Congo thanks in part to an administrative blooperFri, 14 Nov 2014 19:12:21 +0000Why Colors You See in an Art Museum Can’t Be Replicated Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-colors-you-see-art-museum-cant-be-replicated-today-180953332/A look into the history of the pigments used in spectacular artFri, 14 Nov 2014 18:29:38 +0000A Bike Path Near Amsterdam Is Now Generating Solar Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bike-path-near-amsterdam-now-agenerating-solar-power-180953312/As cyclists ride above, solar panels embedded in the pathway pump energy into the power gridFri, 14 Nov 2014 17:56:41 +0000A Third of Natural World Heritage Sites Are in Dangerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/third-natural-world-heritage-sites-are-danger-180953328/From the Florida Everglades to Africa's first national park, many crucial protected areas are in serious troubleFri, 14 Nov 2014 15:27:13 +0000Why Some Mammals Kill Babies of Their Own Kindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-some-mammals-kill-babies-own-kind-180953318/Male mammals that commit infanticide developed the behavior in response to their species' mating styleThu, 13 Nov 2014 19:06:10 +0000The Everyday Cannibals and Murderers of Los Angeleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/everyday-cannibals-and-murderers-los-angeles-180953321/Who needs film noir when you’ve got these insects in the City of Angels?Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:52:04 +0000Smithsonian Announces BIG Plans for Campus Redesignhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-announces-big-plans-campus-redesign-180953311/Led by the innovative vision of Bjarke Ingels, the Smithsonian unveils a 20-year plan for redesigning its south campusThu, 13 Nov 2014 15:31:41 +0000The Long History of Disease and the Fear of the “Other” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/long-history-disease-and-fear-other-180953310/Reactionary quarantines and travel bans are far older than the current Ebola scaresThu, 13 Nov 2014 15:19:18 +0000Holy Smokes! Tobacco May Fuel Planes in the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/holy-smokes-tobacco-may-fuel-planes-future-180953306/The seeds from a new type of tobacco plant grown in South Africa release an oil that can be made into biofuelWed, 12 Nov 2014 18:50:11 +0000What the Heck Are Wallabies Doing in Ireland?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-heck-are-wallabies-doing-ireland-180953304/Normally spotted in Australia, the marsupial species is thriving on a remote island off the Irish coastWed, 12 Nov 2014 17:27:06 +0000Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/toward-silver-architecture-180953287/Going green is good, but could architects be doing more for two segments of our population?Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:31:53 +0000Tracking Frackers From the Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tracking-frackers-sky-180953275/Citizen scientists eyeing Pennsylvania's natural gas drillers in aerial images may help determine if there is a link between fracking and certain illnessesMon, 10 Nov 2014 22:20:16 +0000New Understanding of Toxin-Loving Organisms May Help Tackle Pollutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-understanding-toxin-loving-organisms-may-help-tackle-pollution-180953159/A breakthrough in the understanding of how bacteria break down toxins using vitamin B12 could lead to improved cleanup methodsMon, 10 Nov 2014 22:09:19 +0000Ice Age Babies Surrounded by Weapon Parts Found in Alaska http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ice-age-babies-surrounded-weapon-parts-found-alaska-180953285/Unearthed at an ancient hunting camp in Alaska, the infant remains are offering clues to the burial rites of early AmericansMon, 10 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000Ocean Dead Zones Are Getting Worse Globally Due to Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ocean-dead-zones-are-getting-worse-globally-due-climate-change-180953282/Warmer waters and other factors will cause nearly all areas of low oxygen to grow by the end of the centuryMon, 10 Nov 2014 16:21:52 +0000The Real Johnny Appleseed Brought Apples—and Booze—to the American Frontier http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/real-johnny-appleseed-brought-applesand-booze-american-frontier-180953263/The apples John Chapman brought to the frontier were very different than today's apples—and they weren't meant to be eatenMon, 10 Nov 2014 14:53:44 +0000Amazing, Rare Photographs of the Berlin Wall Coming Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/amazing-rare-photographs-berlin-wall-coming-down-180953278/Photojournalist Alexandra Avakian traveled to Berlin based on rumor, and she ended up becoming a witness to historyFri, 07 Nov 2014 22:01:08 +0000Would Astronauts Survive an Interstellar Trip Through a Wormhole?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/would-astronauts-survive-interstellar-trip-through-wormhole-180953269/Well, it depends on your definition of "wormhole" … Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:31:30 +0000The Story of the Most Successful Tunnel Escape in the History of the Berlin Wallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/most-successful-tunnel-escape-history-berlin-wall-180953268/An abandoned bakery, some shovels and a few buckets were all it took for a few university students to defy the symbolic barrier of the Cold WarFri, 07 Nov 2014 13:42:58 +0000Why "Interstellar" Belongs in the Pantheon of the Best "Realistic" Science Fiction Filmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-interstellar-belongs-pantheon-best-realistic-science-fiction-films-180953261/The film follows a well-trodden path, says Smithsonian space historian Cathleen Lewis, who gives it a thumbs up Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:32:17 +0000A Las Vegas Bathroom and 9 Other Unexpected Places to See the Berlin Wallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/las-vegas-bathroom-unexpected-places-to-see-berlin-wall-180953226/Twenty five years ago, the Berlin Wall came crumbling down. Today, segments can be found in over 140 memorials worldwideThu, 06 Nov 2014 19:01:47 +0000On Summer Nights, Some Bats Like to Jam http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/summer-nights-some-bats-jam-180953257/Mexican free-tailed bats “jam” each others’ echolocation calls to discombobulate competitors Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000A Sensor In Guns Tells Dispatch When Police Officers Need Backuphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sensor-in-guns-tells-dispatch-when-police-officers-need-backup-180953255/By monitoring the position and status of firearms, commanders can see exactly what's happening in the fieldThu, 06 Nov 2014 18:12:52 +0000Bill Nye on the Risks of Not Debating With Creationistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bill-nye-risks-not-debating-creationists-180953249/Bill Nye the Science Guy has a book out on evolution. Here’s what he has to sayThu, 06 Nov 2014 14:40:18 +0000The Threatened Birds in These Artworks Might One Day Go the Way of the Dodohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/threatened-birds-artworks-might-one-day-go-the-way-dodo-180953216/The Smithsonian American Art Museum's exhibition explores mankind's relationship to birds and the natural worldThu, 06 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Parents, Give Your Teens Driving Lessons Without Even Being in the Carhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/parents-give-your-teens-driving-lessons-without-even-being-in-the-car-180953223/A six-month training program gives parents of new drivers a training tool—and a little extra peace of mindWed, 05 Nov 2014 19:55:49 +0000A Label You Rub To See If Food Has Expired and Other Finalists for the Dyson Awardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/label-you-rub-see-if-food-has-expired-and-other-finalists-dyson-award-180953232/There's also a pen that lets you know when you should reapply your sunscreen and a device called Luke StairwalkerWed, 05 Nov 2014 17:00:28 +0000Big Moon Jelly Blooms Tied to New Dock Constructionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/big-moon-jelly-blooms-tied-new-dock-construction-180953251/A floating pier installed off Japan led to a four-fold increase in baby jellies, offering a solid link between structures and bloomsWed, 05 Nov 2014 16:26:09 +0000Small Islands May Make Tsunami Danger Worsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/small-islands-may-make-tsunami-danger-worse-180953241/While offshore islands usually protect coasts, simulations suggest they may amplify monster waves reaching the mainlandWed, 05 Nov 2014 00:01:00 +0000Here’s What You Missed at the Smithsonian Innovation Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-what-you-missed-smithsonian-innovation-festival-180953242/Inventors and museum staff alike inspired the crowd to see the world through the prism of innovation Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:00:58 +0000"I’ve Lived the Life of 500 People": The Photography of Art Wolfehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ive-lived-life-500-people-photography-art-wolfe-180953144/<i>Earth Is My Witness</i> chronicles Wolfe's 40-year career as a photographerTue, 04 Nov 2014 18:01:52 +0000The Forgotten History of Mace, Designed by a 29-Year-Old and Reinvented as a Police Weaponhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-history-mace-designed-29-year-old-and-reinvented-police-weapon-180953239/When riots shook America, mace became a tool of crowd control instead of private protectionTue, 04 Nov 2014 17:51:38 +0000The True Story of the Little Ballerina Who Influenced Degas' <em>Little Dancer</em>http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/true-story-little-ballerina-who-influenced-degas-little-dancer-180953201/The artist's famous sculpture is both on view and the subject of a new theatrical performanceTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:46:31 +0000Past Transit Tragedies Point to a Way Forward for Virgin Galactichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/past-transit-tragedies-point-way-forward-virgin-galactic-180953236/From a fatal Apollo fire to the sinking of the <em>Titanic</em>, history has a few lessons following last week’s spaceflight disastersTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:03:08 +0000This Fifth Grader Found a 14,000-Year-Old Clovis Point, Likely Unearthed From Hurricane Sandyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fifth-grader-found-14000-year-old-clovis-point-likely-unearthed-because-hurricane-sandy-180953230/Noah Cordle was boogie boarding in New Jersey when he came upon an ancient hunting toolTue, 04 Nov 2014 15:10:16 +0000This Bird’s Songs Share Mathematical Hallmarks With Human Music http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/birds-songs-share-mathematical-hallmarks-human-music-180953227/The hermit thrush prefers to sing in harmonic series, a fundamental component of human musicMon, 03 Nov 2014 20:35:28 +0000Architects and Designers Make Money for Norwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/architects-and-designers-make-money-norway-180953220/Literally, that is. Two firms have been selected to design Norway’s new currency.Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:34:48 +0000Turn Your Birth Control On and Off With a Remotehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turn-your-birth-control-on-and-off-with-a-remote-180953217/Bill Gates is backing MicroCHIPS, a Massachusetts-based startup developing an implantable chip that releases birth control hormones on demandMon, 03 Nov 2014 17:53:21 +0000Whigs Swigged Cider and Other Voter Indicators of the Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whigs-swigged-cider-other-voter-indicators-past-180953214/Throughout most of American history, what someone wore indicated their political affiliations as loudly as a Prius or a Hummer might todayMon, 03 Nov 2014 15:56:05 +0000An Awe-Inspiring Altar Remembers One Latino Artist's Guiding Spirit http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/awe-inspiring-altar-remembers-one-latino-artists-guiding-spirit-180953215/At the American History Museum, an installation reimagines the life story of a Latina artist and writerFri, 31 Oct 2014 19:19:40 +0000How Halloween Has Taken Over Englandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-halloween-has-taken-over-england-180953211/The British have long celebrated Guy Fawkes Day on November 5, but now the October 31 holiday is a lot more appealing.Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:40:09 +0000Authors Who Couldn’t Quit the Characters That Made Them Famoushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/authors-who-couldnt-quit-characters-made-them-famous-180953207/Here is a list of famous writers, including J.K. Rowling, who couldn’t resist reconnecting with their creations.Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:25:53 +0000How Witches' Brews Helped Bring Modern Drugs to Markethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-witches-brews-helped-bring-modern-drugs-market-180953202/Got nausea, headaches or heart trouble? You can thank medieval witches’ potions for helping to cure what ails youFri, 31 Oct 2014 15:06:46 +0000No Costume? Grab A Sheet And Rock a Togahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/no-costume-grab-sheet-and-rock-toga-180953199/Costume designer Mariah Hale explains how to wrap the perfect last-minute togaFri, 31 Oct 2014 14:57:14 +0000The Best Places Around the World to See Bats (by the Millions)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-around-world-see-bats-180953185/Bat tourism might sound creepy, but it may be the best way to help bat conservation around the worldFri, 31 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000What “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Tells Us About Contagion, Fear and Epidemicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-legend-sleepy-hollow-tells-us-about-contagion-fear-and-epidemics-180953192/Washington Irving fled New York because of a yellow fever epidemic. Twenty-two years later, his classic story spoke to the chaos of his youthThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:31:41 +0000Seven Vampires That Aren’t Bats (Or Bela Lugosi)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seven-vampires-arent-bats-bela-lugosi-180953188/From flying frogs to deep-sea squid, meet some of the other nosferatu of the animal kingdomThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:11:10 +0000The Smithsonian Celebrates American Invention at This Weekend's Innovation Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-celebrates-american-invention-weekends-innovation-festival-180953174/How do you bring an idea to life? The inventors of new technologies will share their stories at a two-day event at the National Air and Space MuseumThu, 30 Oct 2014 13:41:10 +0000Festivals of the Dead Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/festivals-dead-around-world-180953160/In the United States, Halloween is mostly about candy, but elsewhere in the world celebrations honoring the departed have a spiritual meaningThu, 30 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000This Grave Atlas Shows Where to Find the Distinguished Deceasedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/grave-atlas-shows-where-find-distinguished-deceased-180953187/We know where the bodies are buried ... take a virtual tour of world cemeteries that host famous artists and roguesWed, 29 Oct 2014 18:01:49 +0000New Leopard Frog Found in New York Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-leopard-frog-found-new-york-city-180953182/The unique species, discovered near the Statue of Liberty, is the first amphibian found in the region in 150 years Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000Nine Famous People and What They’re Buried Withhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/nine-famous-people-and-what-theyre-buried-180953186/Icons of their time, these celebrities didn’t stray far from their public personae when it came to their final resting placesWed, 29 Oct 2014 17:27:36 +0000What's So Important About the Bottom of a Cargo Ship? A Smithsonian Dive Team Explainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whats-important-about-bottom-cargo-ship-180953175/Smithsonian photographer Laurie Penland details the exhausting, but rewarding, work of scraping invasive species off the hull of a boatWed, 29 Oct 2014 16:59:24 +0000The Doctor Who Starved Her Patients to Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/doctor-who-starved-her-patients-death-180953158/Linda Hazzard killed as many as a dozen people in the early 20th century, and they paid willingly for itTue, 28 Oct 2014 15:28:29 +0000Take a Trip Through Edgar Allan Poe's Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/take-trip-through-edgar-allan-poes-america-180953067/From his birth in Boston to his death in Baltimore, check out places that were important to America's favorite macabre authorTue, 28 Oct 2014 13:34:24 +0000Earth’s Soil Is Getting Too Salty for Crops to Growhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earths-soil-getting-too-salty-crops-grow-180953163/Buildup of salts on irrigated land has already degraded an area the size of France and is causing $27.3 billion annually in lost cropsTue, 28 Oct 2014 04:15:00 +0000A Needle Could Make For Pain-Free Flu Shotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/needle-could-make-for-pain-free-flu-shots-180953141/Using temperature, vibration and pressure, this needle can trick a patient into feeling no painMon, 27 Oct 2014 19:34:55 +0000This Halloween, Spend a Ghoulish Night (or Day) at the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ghoulish-gigs-galore-all-to-explore-180953153/Whether actual or virtual, D.C. or NYC, there's plenty of scary stuff to go around at the InstitutionMon, 27 Oct 2014 19:26:07 +0000Five “Real” Sea Monsters Brought to Life by Early Naturalistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-real-sea-monsters-brought-life-early-naturalists-180953155/From kraken to mermaids, some monsters are real—if you know how to look for themMon, 27 Oct 2014 18:44:36 +0000Barmbrack, Toffee and Other Treats to Have an Around-the-World Halloween Celebrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/barmbrack-toffee-and-other-treats-have-around-world-halloween-celebration-180953151/This weekend’s celebrations extend beyond snarfing down Hershey and Mars barsMon, 27 Oct 2014 16:20:16 +0000Women of the Early 1900s Rallied Behind Beautiful, Wartless Witcheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/early-20th-century-women-rallied-behind-beautiful-wartless-witches-180953134/Women looking to work, vote and marry whomever they wanted turned the Halloween icon into a powerful symbolMon, 27 Oct 2014 15:30:23 +0000The Eastland Disaster Killed More Passengers Than the Titanic and the Lusitania. Why Has It Been Forgotten?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/eastland-disaster-killed-more-passengers-titanic-and-lusitania-why-has-it-been-forgotten-180953146/Chicago’s working poor were expecting a day in luxury. They instead faced a horrific calamity on Lake Michigan Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:08:37 +0000What Giant Pandas Taught Me About Parentinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bao-baos-keeper-shares-what-giant-pandas-taught-her-about-parenting-180953130/When animal keeper Nicole MacCorkle became a parent, she looked to Bao Bao's mother for inspirationFri, 24 Oct 2014 20:08:31 +0000Ten Species That Are Evolving Due to the Changing Climate http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-species-are-evolving-due-changing-climate-180953133/From tropical corals to tawny owls, some species are already being pushed to evolve—but adaptation doesn’t guarantee survivalFri, 24 Oct 2014 15:23:06 +0000A New Environmental Science Lab Now Walks the Walk, Cutting Its Overall Emissions by 37 Percent http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-environmental-science-lab-walks-walk-cutting-overall-emissions-37-percent-180953117/With geothermal heating, on-site water reclamation and a host of other energy saving technologies, the Smithsonian's first LEED-Platinum building opensThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:55:47 +0000The Best Places in America to See Fall Bird Migrationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-america-see-fall-bird-migrations-180953083/All across the country, birds are making the trek south for the winter—here are some of the best places to witness their journeyThu, 23 Oct 2014 13:22:33 +0000World’s Most Beautiful Cemeterieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-most-beautiful-cemeteries-180953102/A visit to these hauntingly beautiful cemeteries illuminates more than just mortalityWed, 22 Oct 2014 19:21:39 +0000Want to Know How to Make Great Pizza? Consult the Guy Who Wrote the Bible on Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/want-know-how-make-great-pizza-consult-guy-who-wrote-bible-it-180953116/Tony Gemignani knows everything there is to know about making pizza, and now he’s telling you his secretsWed, 22 Oct 2014 18:17:40 +0000Chimps Caught in First Known Nighttime Crop Raidshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/chimps-caught-first-known-nighttime-crop-raids-180953114/“The nightlife of chimpanzees has been neglected,” say researchers who filmed wild animals using a fallen tree as a bridge into protected cornfieldsWed, 22 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000Ten Years On, the Flores “Hobbit” Remains an Evolutionary Puzzlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-years-flores-hobbit-human-evolution-fossil-puzzle-180953108/Why was the 2004 unveiling of a small hominin dubbed <em>Homo floresiensis</em> such a big deal?Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000This Device Tracks Your Sleep Without Ever Touching Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/device-tracks-your-sleep-without-ever-touching-you-180953060/The ResMed S+ monitors your Zzzs from the comfortable distance of your nightstand and offers tips for getting a better restWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:08:28 +0000The London Graveyard That’s Become a Memorial for the City’s Seedier Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/london-graveyard-s-become-memorial-citys-seedier-past-180953104/Thousands of bodies from London’s first red light district are buried beneath a lot in the South Bank, an area under massive redevelopmentTue, 21 Oct 2014 19:31:37 +0000Meet the Woman Who Gives Products Their Nameshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/meet-woman-who-gives-products-their-names-180953105/A new toy is only as marketable as its name. That’s where Ellen Lutwak comes inTue, 21 Oct 2014 18:21:32 +0000Oscar de la Renta, Star of the Smithsonian's Costume Collectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/oscar-de-la-renta-remembered-smithsonian-180953100/The late de la Renta designed haute couture and ready-to-wear. A decade ago, he donated items to the SmithsonianTue, 21 Oct 2014 18:12:59 +0000An Insider's Biography of a Celebrity Mars Roverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/insiders-biography-celebrity-mars-rover-curiosity-180953099/The chief engineer for Curiosity offers a peek at the NASA rover’s tumultuous rise to stardom in a new tell-all bookTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:36:11 +0000Why the Alpaca Has No Humpshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-alpaca-has-no-humps-180953095/The camel cousin evolved fluff instead of fat because it was able to linger in an evolutionary slow lane, suggest newly sequenced genomesTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:00:00 +0000Exclusive: The Chimpanzees of Gombe National Park Make Their Street View Debuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/chimpanzees-gombe-national-park-street-view-debut-180953035/For its latest collection, Google traveled to the African rainforest where Jane Goodall pioneered her groundbreaking chimp researchTue, 21 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000Lego Jewelry Transforms the Childhood Toy to High Fashion Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/lego-jewelry-childhood-toy-high-fashion-art-180953072/Artist emiko oye turns colorful children’s blocks into items that are ready to wear, not playMon, 20 Oct 2014 17:30:49 +0000Gorgeous Portraits of Spineless Sea Creatureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/gorgeous-portraits-spineless-sea-creatures-180953078/In a new book, San Francisco-based photographer Susan Middleton captures the curious gestures and expressions of marine invertebratesMon, 20 Oct 2014 16:28:52 +0000Five Conflicts and Collapses That May Have Been Spurred by Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/climate-wars-conflicts-collapses-spurred-climate-change-180952862/Earth's changing climate has been a spectre in centuries of civil conflict and, at times, the collapse of whole civilizationsMon, 20 Oct 2014 15:51:00 +0000Testing for Cancer With a Single Blood Samplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/testing-cancer-simple-blood-test-180953070/Startup Miroculus has developed a system that screens for dozens of cancers in 90 minutesMon, 20 Oct 2014 15:19:38 +0000Unearthing America’s Lawrence of Arabia, Wendell Phillips http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/unearthing-americas-lawrence-arabia-wendell-phillips-180953059/Phillips uncovered millennia-old treasures beneath Arabian sand, got rich from oil and died relatively unknownMon, 20 Oct 2014 14:37:56 +0000