Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenFri, 09 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000How We Created a Monster In the American Southwest salt cedar is often seen as an un-killable invader. But are humans the real reason this unwanted plant is thriving?Fri, 09 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000In Japan, Autumn Means a Parade of (Not-at-All-Creepy) Robot Puppets 350-year-old festival in Takayama celebrates creativity — and contains the seeds of modern roboticsFri, 09 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Look Down If You Dare: 14 of the World's Most Terrifying (and Beautiful) Glass Skywalks new glass bridge in China is suspended 590 feet in the air — and visitors brave enough to cross it can see all the way downThu, 08 Oct 2015 19:48:00 +0000Back to Africa: Ancient Human Genome Reveals Widespread Eurasian Mix from a 4,500-year-old skeleton from Ethiopia show how migrations shaped modern populationsThu, 08 Oct 2015 18:00:00 +0000How the U.S. Army Saved Our National Parks the National Park Service, Yellowstone was guarded by the cavalry. Without them, we might not have national parks todayThu, 08 Oct 2015 14:36:23 +0000Alexander Gardner Saw Himself as an Artist, Crafting the Image of War in All Its Brutality National Portrait Gallery’s new show on the Civil War photographer rediscovers the full significance of Gardner's careerThu, 08 Oct 2015 13:23:34 +0000Tiny, Tattoo-Like Wearables Could Monitor Your Health of Texas engineers devise a relatively inexpensive way to make disposable patches that track patients' vital signsThu, 08 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000See the Two Ship Graveyards That May Become New Marine Sanctuaries first marine sanctuaries approved by NOAA in 15 years are home to a plethora of shipwrecksThu, 08 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000In a Small Village High in the Peruvian Andes, Life Stories Are Written in Textiles weaving, the women of Ausangate, Peru, pass down the traditions of their ancestorsWed, 07 Oct 2015 19:07:16 +0000The Train Station That Has Been Housing the World’s Refugees for More Than a Century and present collide at Berlin’s OstbahnhofWed, 07 Oct 2015 18:46:16 +0000These Soccer Balls and Jump Ropes Can Generate Power Play, a New York City-based startup, enables children in developing countries to build reserves of energy through playWed, 07 Oct 2015 14:48:49 +0000Greenland's Butterflies Are Shrinking as Temperatures Rise the high Arctic, hotter summer weather may be taxing insect metabolismTue, 06 Oct 2015 23:01:00 +0000How Waves Could Have Created the Loch Ness Monster Tom Davey test his hypothesis with a state-of-the-art wave poolTue, 06 Oct 2015 19:42:32 +0000Hailed as a Modern-Day Shangri-La, Can This Ecuadorian Town Survive Its Reputation? is an idyllic little town—and that's its problemTue, 06 Oct 2015 17:50:56 +0000The Race to Save the World's Great Trees By Cloning Them nonprofit dedicated to preserving old, iconic trees is cloning them in hopes of preserving them for the futureTue, 06 Oct 2015 15:30:00 +0000Walking Chimps Move in Surprisingly Similar Ways to Humans studies showing how chimpanzees walk upright could help scientists better understand the evolution of bipedalismTue, 06 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000This Giant Contraption Can Print a House by wasps' nests, an Italian company is printing inexpensive houses for the developing worldTue, 06 Oct 2015 14:00:00 +0000A Man With a Lot of Heart Valves Donates His Unusual Collection entrepreneur Manny Villafana says his collection at the American History Museum is filled with stories of both failure and successTue, 06 Oct 2015 13:37:07 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Does Night Vision Work? ability to see in the dark is becoming more accurate and more portable Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Wearable Device Translates Sign Language To English prototype detects hand and finger movements and turns them into words on a screenTue, 06 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000You Do Not Want to Get Tased by This Eel electric eel generates electric shocks of up to 1,000 volts, 80 times the electric voltage of a car battery. Watch a caiman learn this the hard wayMon, 05 Oct 2015 19:41:47 +0000This Concrete Can Absorb a Flood UK company has developed a permeable pavement that can drink 1,000 liters of water per square meter in a minuteMon, 05 Oct 2015 17:05:35 +0000Space Rock Hunters Are About to Invade Antarctica with the ANSMET program will endure six weeks near the South Pole during an annual field trip to find meteoritesMon, 05 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000This Bird Didn’t Start the Fires, But It May Need Them to Survive endangered bird once threatened by humans now relies on us for its survivalMon, 05 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Even Desert Lizards Are Feeling the Heat Due to Climate Change Smithsonian scientists are probing the flat-tail horned lizard's DNA to save the rare speciesMon, 05 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Not to Win a Nobel Prize search through the Nobel archives shows how the history of the famous prize is filled with near misses and flukesMon, 05 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Where the Nazis Hid $3.5 Billion of Stolen Art 1945, the Nazis hid their stolen art in a sealed salt mine. But when U.S. troops arrived, they found that the opening to the mine had been destroyedFri, 02 Oct 2015 18:29:49 +0000When Art Fought the Law and the Art Won Mapplethorpe obscenity trial changed perceptions of public funding of art and shaped the city of CincinnatiFri, 02 Oct 2015 13:15:45 +0000Holograms Show That Puffy Clouds Have Sharp Edges laser-based imaging technique let scientists see what happens to water droplets at the borders of cumulus cloudsThu, 01 Oct 2015 18:00:00 +0000When T. Rex Meets Triceratops in the New Dino Hall, It Will Be a Violent Affair Natural History Museum's dinosaur display highlights the “red in tooth and claw” nature of the Cretaceous way of lifeThu, 01 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000What's Beautiful? It Depends on What Your Eyes Have Already Beheld about beauty may be shaped just as much by past social interactions as by our genesThu, 01 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Rise and Fall of the Plane "Anyone Could Fly" was billed as the "Model T" of airplanes. So what happened? Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:09:18 +0000You've Never Seen This Many Sharks in One Place year, thousands of sharks pour in to the waters around the Socorros for a coordinated summer of feeding, and none of the other species are safeThu, 01 Oct 2015 14:08:18 +0000How to Harvest and Dry Herbs guide to keeping a little bit of summer in your meals far into winterThu, 01 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Mummies May Have Been Scattered Across Bronze Age Britain analysis hints that, intentional or not, mummification may have been more common than previously thoughtThu, 01 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000Gold Rush California Was Much More Expensive Than Today’s Tech-Boom California in 1849, a dozen eggs would cost you the equivalent of $90Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:01:11 +0000The Southern Romance of the Nation's Oldest Public Garden centuries of beauty and history are on display at the Magnolia Plantation and GardensWed, 30 Sep 2015 17:30:25 +0000Scientists Are Recording 24-Hour Soundtracks of Rainforests bioacoustic data gives Nature Conservancy researchers clues about the health of an ecosystemWed, 30 Sep 2015 17:16:34 +0000Mother Wallabies Are Delaying Births Due to Bright Lights exposed to artificial light had their babies a month later than those that spent nights solely lit by the stars and moonTue, 29 Sep 2015 23:01:00 +0000Wearing Your Art On Your Sleeve three artists come from a long tradition of creating wearable art. See many more at the Smithsonian's upcoming Craft2Wear show this weekendTue, 29 Sep 2015 17:49:42 +0000The Deep South, As Seen Through the Eyes of Renowned Photographer Steve McCurry new book written by travel writer Paul Theroux features images that chronicle life in this part of the countryTue, 29 Sep 2015 17:00:14 +0000Antikythera Shipwreck Yields New Cache of Ancient Treasures have recovered more than 50 artifacts from the site, including a bronze armrest that was possibly part of a throneTue, 29 Sep 2015 16:32:44 +0000These X-rays Can See Exactly What's In Your Luggage new kind of X-ray machine, poised to improve airport security, can identify the material of an object passing through itTue, 29 Sep 2015 16:19:13 +0000New Video: The Panda Cub Sneezes (Hilarious!) newly named Bei Bei weighs in now at a hefty 4 poundsTue, 29 Sep 2015 15:53:16 +0000Tired of Apples? Pick These Exotic Fall Fruits Instead's where to find pawpaws, persimmons and other unusual fruits in the wildTue, 29 Sep 2015 13:42:12 +0000The Photos of the Rare Supermoon/Lunar Eclipse Convergence Do Not Disappoint in the majesty of the unusual astrophysical event with these photos captured around the worldMon, 28 Sep 2015 22:04:32 +0000Can a Video Game Teach You to Manage Stress?“Nevermind,” a video game controlled by a player's heart rate, aims to help people deal with traumaMon, 28 Sep 2015 20:00:30 +0000The Smithsonian’s Innovation Festival Demystifies the Invention Process of a number of new technologies shared their stories at a two-day event at the National Museum of American HistoryMon, 28 Sep 2015 17:43:19 +0000How Vaccines, a Collective Triumph of Modern Medicine, Conquered the World's Diseases curators present a virtual tour of several objects from the collections that revolutionized public health careMon, 28 Sep 2015 15:03:11 +0000The Secret of "The Martian" Success? Scientific Peer Review Weir's tale of a stranded astronaut got its start as a blog, complete with reader comments that helped shape the plotMon, 28 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000Bioluminescent Algae Light Up London’s Merge Festival interactive art installation is part science, part fairytaleSat, 26 Sep 2015 11:00:00 +0000Can You Guess the Invention Based on These Patent Illustrations? They are all part of the National Museum of American History’s collectionFri, 25 Sep 2015 19:25:09 +0000These “Sponges” Can Soak Up Cancer Cells designed to detect early metastasis can also trap cancer cells Fri, 25 Sep 2015 19:21:38 +0000This Stunning Contemporary Art Captures Terror, Wonder and Wit in the Anthropocene art historian Joanna Marsh selects nine works that tell stories about life in the age of humansFri, 25 Sep 2015 17:30:46 +0000An Ancient Business Empire with an abundance of grain and produce, the Nazca established a trading outpost where they could barter for goods of all kindsFri, 25 Sep 2015 16:22:07 +0000Two Special Visitors to the National Zoo Announce the Panda Cub's New Name: Bei Bei Obama visits Zoo with Madame Peng Liyuan, First Lady of the People's Republic of China to make the special announcementFri, 25 Sep 2015 16:13:46 +0000The Age of Humans: Living in the Anthropocene special look at the ways humans are transforming the planet and the projects that may shape a more sustainable futureFri, 25 Sep 2015 15:03:28 +0000Will Catalan Elections Allow an Old Nation to Become a New State In Europe? have long asserted they are not part of Spain, now the historical question of independence is on the ballotFri, 25 Sep 2015 14:58:22 +0000A Guide to Buying Ethical Coffee to make sense of the beans that promote sustainable agriculture and humane worker rightsFri, 25 Sep 2015 14:48:58 +0000These Plastic Canopies Could Save Thousands of Babies have developed sunlight-filtering canopies as a low-tech treatment for jaundice in newbornsFri, 25 Sep 2015 13:41:37 +0000Pope Francis Is Just the Latest to Bridge the Gap Between Religion and Culture Smithsonian curator offers a primer to the complex role of the world’s religions in meeting the challenges of global climate changeFri, 25 Sep 2015 13:30:00 +0000It Just Got Easier to Visit the Place Where Napoleon Was Exiled (the Second Time), rugged, finally accessible — St. Helena will soon have its first-ever airportFri, 25 Sep 2015 13:24:53 +0000We Can Now 3D Print Ribs first-ever 3D printed titanium chest implant was a successThu, 24 Sep 2015 19:32:52 +0000Scientists Manipulate Common Plants to Produce Cancer Drugs researchers have figured out how to transfer a rare plant's chemical "assembly line" into a cheap, common lab plantThu, 24 Sep 2015 19:11:42 +0000Bee Tongues Are Getting Shorter as Temperatures Warm Colorado, alpine bumblebee tongues are shrinking in response to shifting wildflower populationsThu, 24 Sep 2015 18:00:00 +0000Six Ways Schools Are Using Neuroscience to Help Kids Learn around the world are incorporating neuroscience research into the school day, to help kids with dyslexia and to teach complex math skillsThu, 24 Sep 2015 17:15:14 +0000Americans Are Eating Later, and That May Contribute to Weight Troubles bodies didn't evolve to handle midnight pizzasThu, 24 Sep 2015 16:14:09 +0000The Smithsonian Spotlights American Invention at This Weekend’s Innovation Festival, federal agencies, companies and independent inventors will give visitors a glimpse of the futureThu, 24 Sep 2015 16:07:18 +0000South Dakota’s Buffalo Roundup Is Pure Americana Spectacle wranglers bring in a free-roaming herd of 1,300 bison. Just be sure to get out of the way.Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:47:22 +0000Wine Gets Some of Its Unique Flavors From Regional Microbes genetic differences in a single species of yeast produce distinct mixes of chemicals that contribute to terroirThu, 24 Sep 2015 13:00:00 +0000Awkward Family Photos Is Playing in Peoria a long family road trip, the hilarious exhibition of awkward photos featuring kith and kin makes a stop in IllinoisThu, 24 Sep 2015 12:55:34 +0000The History of the Bar Code Joe Woodland drew the first bar code in sand in Miami Beach, decades before technology could bring his vision to lifeWed, 23 Sep 2015 17:28:19 +0000Nine American Airports for Art Lovers layover just got betterWed, 23 Sep 2015 17:04:52 +0000This Interactive Installation Rains a Poem Down on Viewers Camille Utterback and Romy Achituv wrote the software that drives an artwork, in which onlookers catch letters falling on a large screenWed, 23 Sep 2015 14:38:28 +0000See Where Climate Science Conflict Has Invaded U.S. Classrooms politicians are introducing bills that promote teaching climate science as controversialWed, 23 Sep 2015 14:30:44 +0000Why Are Native Groups Protesting Catholicism's Newest Saint? 250 years after Junipero Serra founded California's first missions, questions linger about his legacyWed, 23 Sep 2015 13:46:19 +0000Pardoned Turkeys and Voodoo Dolls: Visit These Offbeat Treasures for Free on Museum Day This Saturday're all part of the 100-plus museums that will be free on September 26Tue, 22 Sep 2015 18:11:38 +0000This Bee Works 50 Times Harder Than the Honey Bee blue orchard bees to pollinate crops is an idea with a lot of promise. For one thing, they visit 50 times more flowers than honey beesTue, 22 Sep 2015 17:33:45 +0000After Giving Us a New Spin on Oz, Gregory Maguire Takes on Wonderland is 150 years old, and the world is still wondering about herTue, 22 Sep 2015 17:00:00 +0000Creating an Equation for Cities May Solve Ecological Conundrums this Generation Anthropocene podcast, scientists explore the ways urbanization might lead to a greener futureTue, 22 Sep 2015 16:30:00 +0000Electric Fishing Puts a Rare Dolphin-Human Partnership at Risk fishing practices are threatening traditional cooperation between humans and river dolphins in BurmaTue, 22 Sep 2015 16:02:26 +0000Rising Seas Threaten to Swallow These Ten Global Wonders change-induced increases in sea level are forcing archaeologists and communities to get creative and make tough callsTue, 22 Sep 2015 16:00:00 +0000How Powerful Is a Volcanic Eruption and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredTue, 22 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000Hemingway in Love a new memoir, one of Hemingway's closest friends reveals how the great writer grappled with the love affair that changed his life and shaped his artTue, 22 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Irving Penn Turned Fashion Photography Into a Fine Art new show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum looks back at a photo giant who blurred the linesTue, 22 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000The World's Oldest Papyrus and What It Can Tell Us About the Great Pyramids Egyptians leveraged a massive shipping, mining and farming economy to propel their civilization forwardTue, 22 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000Sebastião Salgado Has Seen the Forest, Now He's Seeing the Trees documented human suffering around the world. But now, back in his native Brazil, the renowned photographer is healing the devastated landscapeTue, 22 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000The Theory of Relativity, Then and Now Einstein's breakthrough from a century ago was out of this world. Now it seems surprisingly down-to-earthTue, 22 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000This Digital Library Contains Every Phrase That Could Ever Be Uttered by an essay by Jorge Luis Borges, computer programmer Jonathan Basile has created a "Library" of BabelTue, 22 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000The Twisted History of the Gateway Arch its origins as a memorial to Thomas Jefferson's vision of Western Expansion, the Arch has become a St. Louis iconTue, 22 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000PHOTOS: A Sanctuary for Wolves Washington State refuge presents an arresting lesson in survival and what it means to be wildTue, 22 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000You Produce a Microbial Cloud That Can Act Like an Invisible Fingerprint unique cloud follows you wherever you go—and could ID you in a crowdTue, 22 Sep 2015 11:00:00 +0000Six Ways Electrical Brain Stimulation Could Be Used in the Future are exploring how mild electrical shocks can treat, and perhaps even change, brainsMon, 21 Sep 2015 19:29:11 +0000How America Fell in Love With the Giant Panda French missionary, Teddy Roosevelt’s sons, and a widowed socialite all factor into the tale of how the nation fell in love with the rare beastMon, 21 Sep 2015 18:15:22 +0000Third-Graders in the Maldives Discover the Beauty Beneath Their Seas tourists have experienced the Maldives’ beauty. Most Maldivians haven’t, because they don’t know how to swimMon, 21 Sep 2015 16:08:35 +0000The Unknown Designer of the First Home Pregnancy Test Is Finally Getting Her Due Crane says it was a simple idea, but it met with enormous push back Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:06:47 +0000How India Is Teaching 300 Million Kids to Be Environmentalists an enormous undertaking, schoolchildren nationwide are learning about climate change and the environmentMon, 21 Sep 2015 16:00:57 +0000This Skateboard-Like Device Helps At-Risk Infants Learn to Crawl innovative physical therapy device boosts babies’ movement efforts and helps their brains make critical connectionsMon, 21 Sep 2015 15:48:08 +0000Colorado's 'The Shining' Hotel Is Finally Getting That Hedge Maze axes allowedMon, 21 Sep 2015 15:47:33 +0000This Song Is Composed From 133 Years of Climate Change Data Crawford, a senior at the University of Minnesota, has written music for a string quartet that traces rising temperatures since the 1880sMon, 21 Sep 2015 14:31:49 +0000Inside This Year's Miss Navajo Pageant assured, this competition is far from just a beauty contestMon, 21 Sep 2015 12:52:59 +0000Turkey's 'Fairy Chimneys' Were Millions of Years in the Making built them, but humans made them their ownMon, 21 Sep 2015 12:50:00 +0000The Big Names of Art (and a Bit of the Unexpected) Debut at the Broad Museum in L.A. one of the greatest collections of contemporary art in the world, this new landmark is ready for its close-upFri, 18 Sep 2015 14:54:36 +0000Meet the 13-Year-Old Who Invented a Low-Cost Braille Printer California teen has a vision to make Braille materials more widely available—and more affordableFri, 18 Sep 2015 13:00:00 +0000Here's Why Our Brains Trick Us Into Seeing Things brain is the most complex organ in the human body, but it can make mistakes while interpreting the world around usThu, 17 Sep 2015 19:13:23 +0000Horror Films for Apes Are Teaching Scientists About Long-Term Memory tracking during scary shows helped scientists reveal that great apes can access memories of single significant eventsThu, 17 Sep 2015 16:33:55 +0000The Best Places to See Wild Horses in North America Nevada to Nova Scotia, here are the top locations to see these beautiful and majestic creaturesThu, 17 Sep 2015 16:15:05 +0000Global Diplomacy Was in Theodore Roosevelt's Hands, But His Daughter Stole the Show Roosevelt's 1905 journey to Japan, Korea and China is documented in rare photographs held by the Freer and Sackler GalleriesThu, 17 Sep 2015 13:49:09 +0000The Future of Animal-to-Human Organ Transplants a genetically engineered pig heart one day function in a person?Thu, 17 Sep 2015 13:00:00 +0000What Artist Martha McDonald Might Teach Us About a Nation Divided fall, a one-woman show staged in one of Washington, D.C.’s most historic buildings will recall the sorrow of the Civil War Wed, 16 Sep 2015 19:24:14 +0000What 200 Years of African-American Cookbooks Reveal About How We Stereotype Food a new book, food journalist Toni Tipton-Martin highlights African-American culinary history through hundreds of pages of recipesWed, 16 Sep 2015 17:33:00 +0000Air Pollution Kills More Than 3 Million People Every Year particulates and ozone have been linked to deaths from heart disease, stroke and lung cancer around the globeWed, 16 Sep 2015 17:00:00 +0000How Food Became Religion in Peru's Capital City cooking is what defines Lima today, but the culinary boom started decades ago, during a time of conflictWed, 16 Sep 2015 16:14:23 +0000Can Cypress Trees Help Suppress Wildfires? in Italy and Spain suspect that cypress tree barriers could diffuse forest firesWed, 16 Sep 2015 14:16:05 +0000Soak In the Color at China's Crimson Beaches Red Beach turns an eye-popping hue every autumnWed, 16 Sep 2015 13:54:17 +0000Domestication Seems to Have Made Dogs a Bit Dim to their relationship with us, dogs are less adept at solving tricky puzzles than their wolf relatives Tue, 15 Sep 2015 23:01:00 +0000The National Zoo Wants Your Cutest Panda Cam Photos't get enough of the panda cam? You're not alone. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 21:17:52 +0000Using Kirigami, the Japanese Art of Paper Cutting, to Build Better Solar Panels have used the art technique to make light panels that twist to follow the sunTue, 15 Sep 2015 16:42:36 +0000Are There Any Places on Earth Left Untouched by Noise Pollution? this Generation Anthropocene podcast, an acoustic ecologist tours the planet in search of pristine soundscapesTue, 15 Sep 2015 15:26:45 +0000That Time When Ansel Adams Posed for a Baseball Trading Card In the 1970s, photographer Mike Mandel asked his famous colleagues to pose for a pack of baseball cards. The results are as amazing as you’d imagineTue, 15 Sep 2015 13:45:07 +0000Sunken Treasures From Ancient Egypt Are Now on Display in France Arab World Institute in Paris shows off 250 artifacts once lost underwater Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:07:09 +0000How Is Brain Surgery Like Flying? Put On a Headset to Find Out device made for gaming helps brain surgeons plan and execute delicate surgeries with extreme precisionTue, 15 Sep 2015 13:00:00 +0000A Dancer and a Scientist Deliver a New Take on the Moon Walk modern dance collides with science and space history, the result can be a great leap forwardMon, 14 Sep 2015 16:17:23 +0000This Exoskeleton Is Actually Controlled by the Wearer's Thoughts Jose Contreras-Vidal's "brain-machine interface" uses electrical activity in a person's brain to move a robotic exoskeletonMon, 14 Sep 2015 15:53:57 +0000Seven of the Most Extreme Milks in the Animal Kingdom lactation expert breaks down why rhinos, rabbits and even pigeons produce their own special blends for babiesMon, 14 Sep 2015 15:12:42 +0000Handicraft Heaven: Nine Unique Gifts to Buy Along the Inca Road room in your suitcase for these irresistible itemsFri, 11 Sep 2015 18:00:37 +0000What Makes a Fossil a Member of the Human Family Tree? surprising new species Homo naledi raises more questions than answers—for nowFri, 11 Sep 2015 16:46:55 +0000Dazzling Photos of Russia's First Annual Pyrotechnic Festival an international fireworks competition in Moscow, leading companies stretched far beyond pyrotechnics' ancient originsFri, 11 Sep 2015 14:53:06 +0000A New Efficient Filter Helps Astronauts Drink Their Own Urine water is key to getting humans to MarsFri, 11 Sep 2015 14:40:47 +0000From Sublime to Wacky, Nothing Says Fashion Forward Like a Collection of Historic Bridal Gowns unforgettable—but not timeless—walk down the aisle from the archives of the now defunct Priscilla of Boston's Bridal Shop Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:10:39 +0000Women Were Some of the Fiercest Samurai Warriors Ever ancient Japan, battle was typically reserved for male samurai. That all changed when Takeko Nakano and her sister, Yuko, decided to fight for their clanThu, 10 Sep 2015 20:40:23 +0000The Strange, Giant "Beach Animals" That Are About to Invade America's Shores Theo Jansen's sculptures first became hits on YouTube. Now they've reached the shores of New EnglandThu, 10 Sep 2015 19:00:14 +0000The Future of Concussions: How 5 New Advances Could Change Treatment and engineers are working on ways to diagnose, treat and prevent head injuriesThu, 10 Sep 2015 18:32:49 +0000Photographer Yolanda Escobar Jiménez Captures Ecuador's Street Scenes a peek inside Jiménez's visual journalsThu, 10 Sep 2015 13:33:05 +0000A Single Protein Is the Root of Dengue's Virulence researchers who found the culprit say it could be a clue in developing a vaccine for the mosquito-borne virusWed, 09 Sep 2015 18:00:00 +0000A Proposal to Change the Words We Use When Talking About the Civil War Michael Landis writes that vocabulary like “compromise” or “Union” shape how we view our pastWed, 09 Sep 2015 17:32:09 +0000Swimming Through Mud at the World Bog Snorkeling Championships year marks the 30th anniversary of one of the world's strangest (and messiest) competitions Wed, 09 Sep 2015 15:03:12 +0000Test Your Restaurant Meal for Allergens in Two Minutes, a handheld food analyzer, can test for gluten on the spotWed, 09 Sep 2015 13:00:00 +0000To Save His Dying Sister-In-Law, Charles Lindbergh Invented a Medical Device famous aviator’s biography is incomplete without the story of how the aviator worked to perfect his glass-chambered perfusion pumpWed, 09 Sep 2015 12:55:05 +0000Photos: Wacky, Wild Art From This Year's Burning Man Festival your eyes on some of this year's wildest art installationsTue, 08 Sep 2015 22:39:07 +0000Trekkies Needed for USS Enterprise Restoration Project National Air and Space Museum asks "Star Trek" fans for pre-1976 images or film of the original studio model of the USS EnterpriseTue, 08 Sep 2015 18:59:42 +0000Can This App Predict Your Headache? Buddy is one of a growing number of apps that use big data to help consumers manage their health issuesTue, 08 Sep 2015 16:55:26 +0000From Poof to Proof: Inside the Mind of a Mathemagician Benjamin has a few new tricks up his sleeve to help people learn “alge(cada)bra”Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:34:55 +0000Why Warm Blood Is Better Than Cold Blood didn't used to be at the top of the food chain. See how one key adaptation gave them a leg up on their reptilian contemporariesTue, 08 Sep 2015 15:19:42 +000017 Inventions That Could Make Going Back to School a Little Bit Easier an aromatic alarm clock to a school bus locator system, these patented products could help students and parents with the transitionTue, 08 Sep 2015 14:42:14 +0000Strange Rain: Why Fish, Frogs and Golf Balls Fall From the Skies precipitation doesn't just belong in myth and legend, and it's more common than you might thinkTue, 08 Sep 2015 14:01:19 +0000A Holocaust Survival Tale of Sex and Deceit Jewish woman’s personal story reveals what it took to elude capture in Nazi GermanyTue, 08 Sep 2015 13:21:42 +0000Hawks Act as Unwitting Muscle for Hummingbirds Arizona, hummingbirds seem to deliberately seek out bodyguard hawks to shield them from nest-robbing jaysFri, 04 Sep 2015 18:00:00 +0000This Plastic Heals Itself will it be used? For one, it could make space travel saferFri, 04 Sep 2015 17:39:14 +0000"Hidden Brain" Podcast Will Make You Think Twice About Your Unconscious Mind the new NPR program, correspondent Shankar Vedantam connects rigorous science with people's everyday experiencesFri, 04 Sep 2015 16:51:01 +0000This Man Invented the Way You Bank Giannini, a first-generation American, founded the Bank of Italy, which would later become one of the world's largest commercial banksFri, 04 Sep 2015 15:36:49 +0000America’s Company Towns, Then and Now look at these small towns across the United States shows the good, the bad and the ugly of the industrial boomFri, 04 Sep 2015 14:01:03 +0000Winning Really Does Taste Sweet, Because Emotions Change Taste Perception study of hockey fans sampling ice cream may offer clues to the origins of emotional eating disordersThu, 03 Sep 2015 19:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Does Skin Heal? skin is an organ system that is unique to each individual, so not everyone heals the same wayThu, 03 Sep 2015 16:08:39 +0000Denali and America's Long History of Using (or Not Using) Indian Names restoring the Athabaskan name to the country’s highest mountain, President Obama is among those who have wrestled with the issueThu, 03 Sep 2015 14:41:23 +0000The Oldest City in the United States Turns 450 Augustine, Florida, was the first city founded by European settlers in North AmericaThu, 03 Sep 2015 11:43:45 +0000Why Puerto Rico's Killer Bees Stopped Killing their arrival in Puerto Rico, killer bees caused one human death a year. But something strange began to happen...they became gentlerThu, 03 Sep 2015 03:05:08 +0000Baby’s Cells Can Manipulate Mom’s Body for Decades evolutionary approach may help scientists understand why mothers become genetic chimeras and how that affects their healthWed, 02 Sep 2015 19:10:15 +0000Emmett Till's Open Casket Funeral Reignited the Civil Rights Movement Till Mobley's decision for her slain son's ceremony was a major moment in Civil Rights history.Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:25:50 +0000What’s Inside Jackson Pollock’s Address Book? new exhibition reveals the intimate details inside the “little black books” of some of America's great artistsWed, 02 Sep 2015 14:56:50 +0000What the Evolution of Fire Can Teach Us About Climate Change Generation Anthropocene podcast looks at the history of fire and the ways the world changed once humans harnessed its powerWed, 02 Sep 2015 14:38:41 +0000Why Birdwatchers Flock to Ecuador to the highest density of bird species per acre on Earth, the country is a birder's paradiseWed, 02 Sep 2015 14:00:00 +0000Panda Cub Is Growing Cuter and a Little More Black and White (Video) National Zoo releases another video of the ten-day-old cubTue, 01 Sep 2015 22:05:57 +0000New Species of Ancient Dolphin Shows How the Animals Moved From Seas to Rivers newly discovered fossil gives scientists a fresh glimpse into the evolution of ocean lifeTue, 01 Sep 2015 19:25:50 +0000Are Floating Farms in Our Future? Barcelona design firm imagines a two-million-square-foot barge that would yield tons of vegetables, fruit and fish each yearTue, 01 Sep 2015 18:54:20 +0000Seven Ways Alaska Is Seeing Climate Change In Action raging fires to migrating villages, the Frozen North offers some of the most compelling signs of rapid warmingTue, 01 Sep 2015 18:42:30 +0000A New Pregnancy Test Can Predict Twins, Down Syndrome and More U.K. company is developing a urine test that analyzes patterns of proteins for information about the health of an expectant mother and her babyMon, 31 Aug 2015 17:39:55 +0000This Bionic Suit May Be the Future of Prosthetics Scott Summit is personalizing medical devices through 3D printingMon, 31 Aug 2015 17:07:21 +0000The Big, Refrigerator-Sized Machine That Saved Chocolate cacao production was threatened by disease, the Mars candy company launched a global initiative to sequence the plant's genomeMon, 31 Aug 2015 16:07:19 +0000Take a Historic Ride Along California's Famous Route 1 are seven of the most interesting historic stops along California's scenic highwayMon, 31 Aug 2015 15:46:49 +0000Tampa and Dubai May Be Due for Extreme "Grey Swan" Hurricanes new model combines historical data and physical modeling to find the risks of catastrophic storms in unexpected placesMon, 31 Aug 2015 15:25:27 +0000How Hurricane Katrina Redrew the Gulf Coast storms here are nothing new, human influence helped Katrina make Louisiana’s ecological problems worseFri, 28 Aug 2015 18:34:41 +0000Laser Technology is Making Tattoo Removal Easier Than Ever to recent advances, the tattoo removal business has quadrupled in the last decadeFri, 28 Aug 2015 18:02:25 +0000Massive Volcanic Eruptions Triggered Earth’s "Great Dying" nailed down the timing of the ancient event and confirmed that it is a likely suspect in the Permian extinctionFri, 28 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Fascinating Afterlife of Peru's Mummies inside stone palaces and atop sacred mountaintops, the Inca dead continued to wield incredible power over the livingFri, 28 Aug 2015 16:48:10 +0000Could a New Nanomaterial Reduce Greenhouse Gases? researchers have developed a way to split carbon dioxide into oxygen and carbon monoxide using a nano-meshFri, 28 Aug 2015 14:47:21 +0000A "Frozen" Summer Adventure Awaits You in Norway the cold really does bother you, anyway, then visit the fjords in warmer monthsFri, 28 Aug 2015 14:34:03 +0000It's a Boy! The Panda Cub Was Fathered by the National Zoo's Tian Tian (Video) scientists say that their newly developed genetic test determined the sex of the pandaFri, 28 Aug 2015 13:55:01 +0000Scientists Replicated 100 Psychology Studies, and Fewer Than Half Got the Same Results massive project shows that reproducibility problems plague even top scientific journals Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Can’t We Turn Our Eyes Away From the Grotesque and Macabre? Gardner’s photographs of Civil War corpses were among the first to play to the uncomfortable attraction humans have for shocking imagesThu, 27 Aug 2015 17:32:48 +0000Life May Have Spread Through the Galaxy Like a Plague alien life is distributed in a pattern that mirrors epidemics, it could be strong support for the theory of panspermiaThu, 27 Aug 2015 14:30:19 +0000Knut the Polar Bear’s Mysterious Death Finally Solved famed Berlin Zoo bear suffered from an autoimmune disease that until now has only been known to occur in humansThu, 27 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000How an Indigenous Group Is Battling Construction of the Nicaragua Canal Rama community's efforts offer a glimmer of hope for opponents of the canal project planned by a Chinese billionaireThu, 27 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Guinness Book of World Records: A Promotional Stunt That Became an International Phenomenon book that makes us ooh and ahh, and squirm in our seats turns 60 todayThu, 27 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000Updated: One of the National Zoo's Panda Cubs Has Died Zoo announced on August 26 that the smaller of its newborn twin panda cubs has diedWed, 26 Aug 2015 19:25:51 +0000Death By Fungus, and Other Fun Facts About Fungal Friends and Foes Generation Anthropocene episode highlights oft overlooked organisms that may help us better understand human impactsWed, 26 Aug 2015 18:40:28 +0000A Blood Test and App May Help Identify Patients at Risk of Suicide blood biomarkers and a questionnaire, researchers at Indiana University claim they can pinpoint patients who will have suicidal thoughts within a yearWed, 26 Aug 2015 17:50:50 +0000When Do Pandas Get Their Eye Patches? panda bear's defining features are not present at birth. Caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo explain when a panda's eye patches start to appearWed, 26 Aug 2015 17:41:03 +0000Meet Mr. Wizard, Television's Original Science Guy the 1950s and 1960s, Don Herbert broadcast some of the most mesmerizing, and kooky, science experiments from his garageWed, 26 Aug 2015 14:30:14 +0000Thirty Years Ago, an Artificial Heart Helped Save a Grocery Store Manager Smithsonian, home to the Jarvik 7 and a host of modern chest-pumping technologies, has a lot of (artificial) heartWed, 26 Aug 2015 14:00:53 +0000The Abandoned Theme Park That Finally Got a Storybook Ending Maryland amusement park was once an East Coast version of Disneyland and was left for dead until one woman rescued itWed, 26 Aug 2015 13:20:16 +0000Panda Update: Giant Panda Mom Mei Xiang Won't Exchange Care of Cubs cub is receiving infant formula and fluids from Zoo veterinariansTue, 25 Aug 2015 18:25:27 +0000Look Into This Smart Mirror and You Get a One-Minute Medical Checkup Wize Mirror can spot early warning signs of heart disease and diabetesTue, 25 Aug 2015 17:27:58 +0000Ireland's Incredible Landscapes: From the Aran Islands to the Burren's high winds and strong weather deposit shipwrecks along the shores of the Aran Islands and carve amazing designs into the limestone of the BurrenTue, 25 Aug 2015 15:08:25 +0000Visit the Homes of America's Greatest Inventors these walls, our nation's most brilliant tinkerers once ate, slept and imaginedTue, 25 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000Six Children's Books That Use Psychological Techniques to Help Kids sleep-inducing "The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep" has become a mega bestseller. But it's not the only story to lean on psychologyTue, 25 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Woman Invented Monopoly to Combat Greed, arguably the most-famous board game, was invented by Charles Darrow. But many attribute the original idea to Lizzie MagieMon, 24 Aug 2015 17:14:38 +0000Winemakers Are Building Houses for Bats to Make Vineyards Greener the right species can help get rid of vine-munching insects and allow farmers to cut back on pesticidesMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:10:39 +0000The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Never Truly Ate the South naturalist cuts through the myths surrounding the invasive plantMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000The Broken Promise of the Levees That Failed New Orleans piece of concrete serves as a reminder of how Hurricane Katrina shattered a city's faithMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Taking the Temperature of the First Warmblooded Fish can the opah tell us about the deep blue seaMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000A Mouthguard That Could Measure Concussions football, rugby, and other contact sports could benefit from itMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Get Tripped Up by These Tricked-Out Photographs new photography collaboration aims for an unbearable lightnessMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000This Rare, White Bear May Be the Key to Saving a Canadian Rainforest white Kermode bear of British Columbia is galvanizing First Nations people fighting to protect their homelandMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000What Happens to Spiders That Get Sucked Into a Vacuum? asked, we answeredMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000How the Pledge of Allegiance Went From PR Gimmick to Patriotic Vow Bellamy had no idea how famous, and controversial, his quick ditty would becomeMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Escape From Boko Haram northern Nigeria, a fearless American educator has created a refuge for young women desperate to evade the terrorist groupMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000The 21st Century Life List: 25 Great New Places to See for the scientist, the history buff, the artist and the thrill-seekerMon, 24 Aug 2015 14:39:05 +0000Coming Soon: Helmets Made From Carrots Scottish company has created a biodegradable material from carrot pulp that could be used in protective sports gearMon, 24 Aug 2015 14:24:10 +0000These Maps Show the Severe Impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans does the city stand now, compared to where it was ten years ago when the storm hitMon, 24 Aug 2015 13:08:41 +0000A Second Panda Cub is Born at the Zoo (New Pictures) giving birth to one cub, the Zoo's 17-year-old female panda, hours later, delivers a second cubSun, 23 Aug 2015 11:33:01 +0000Want a Satisfying Sex Life? Try Being a Better Parent suggest that splitting childcare duties often produces happier, more sexually satisfied couplesSun, 23 Aug 2015 04:00:00 +0000BREAKING: A Panda Cub is Born at the National Zoo (Video) 17-year-old female giant panda Mei Xiang gives birthSat, 22 Aug 2015 20:09:57 +0000England Is Going to Test Roads That Actually Charge Electric Cars of the future may have special lanes that recharge the batteries of electric cars as they goThu, 20 Aug 2015 18:20:44 +0000Modern Humans Have Become Superpredators other predators target juveniles, but our species tends to kill more full-grown adultsThu, 20 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do Flamingos Stand on One Leg? may be doing their one-legged tree pose to stay warm or just because it's comfortableThu, 20 Aug 2015 17:42:15 +0000The Strange Saga of George Washington’s Bedpan the most mundane of objects associated with the Founding Father have a storyThu, 20 Aug 2015 14:27:58 +0000The Future of 3D-Printed Pills that the FDA has approved Spritam, an anti-seizure drug and the first 3D-printed pill, what's next?Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:43:55 +0000Visit the Ruined Castles of Poland but dilapidated structures from many centuries ago dot the country’s landscapeThu, 20 Aug 2015 13:21:55 +0000Physicists Built a Wormhole for Magnets metal sphere lets one magnetic field pass through another undetected, which could lead to improvements in medical imagingThu, 20 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Panda Cub (Or Is It Bamboo?) Detected in Mei Xiang's Ultrasound pandas is complicated and frustrating. The Zoo's female Giant Panda has delivered two healthy cubs in the past ten yearsWed, 19 Aug 2015 21:06:59 +0000Get a Hole-In-One at the Most Eye-Catching Mini-Golf Courses Across the Country beautifully designed mini-golf courses are worth a second lookWed, 19 Aug 2015 15:56:54 +0000Law and Order: Social Media Unit San Francisco Police Department may have an "Instagram officer," but other forces are trolling social media for criminal activity tooWed, 19 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Gliding Spiders Found Falling From Tropical Trees spiders that live in the rainforest strike a Superman pose to take control of their free-fallsTue, 18 Aug 2015 23:01:00 +0000Mesmerizing: Pufferfish Twirling in Bubble Lassos the Socorro Islands, the change of seasons is marked by a swirling vortex of bubbles, which catches the local pufferfish by surpriseTue, 18 Aug 2015 18:25:31 +0000How a Farming Project in Brazil Turned Into a Social and Ecological Tragedy week's Generation Anthropocene podcast looks at Rondônia, a textbook tale of how not to set up sustainable land useTue, 18 Aug 2015 18:00:53 +0000Lice That Can Resist Drugs Have Infested Half the States in the U.S. pests that can survive common drugstore treatments have been found in at least 25 states so farTue, 18 Aug 2015 17:30:00 +0000This New Mapping Tool Shows City Planners Where to Plant Trees at Portland State University have created an app that looks at tree density in respect to neighborhood, population and pollutionTue, 18 Aug 2015 15:02:24 +0000Five of the World's Most Fascinating Topiary Gardens gardens in surprising shapes decorate homes, churches and cemeteries around the world. We’ve rounded up five of the most extraordinaryMon, 17 Aug 2015 15:26:08 +0000Why Jon Batiste Is the Perfect Choice to Be the “Late Night” Bandleader tall, lanky jazz musician will bring his unique talents to television this fallMon, 17 Aug 2015 14:37:46 +0000A Next Gen Museum Show Takes Aim at Inspiring Next Gen Ingenuity are betting high-tech playtime will turn today’s kids into tomorrow’s engineering visionariesMon, 17 Aug 2015 14:25:48 +0000Five Paralyzed Men Move Their Legs Again in a UCLA Study electrodes on the skin stimulated their spines, the study participants made "step-like" motionsMon, 17 Aug 2015 13:45:03 +0000This Sweet-Smelling Herb Can Ward Away Mosquitoes used by some Native American peoples, sweetgrass contains chemicals known to repel pesky bugsMon, 17 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Could This 'Drinkable Book' Provide Clean Water to the Developing World? untreated water over a page from the book and silver nanoparticles embedded in it will kill nearly 100 percent of disease-causing bacteriaSun, 16 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Are Robot Umpires Coming to Baseball? that a computer has covered home plate at a minor league game, what's next?Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:16:59 +0000How, and Why, Do Astronomers Take Pictures of Exoplanets? latest snapshot of a Jupiter-like world hints at the potential for seeing more diverse planets in direct imagesFri, 14 Aug 2015 15:16:07 +0000Google Street View Cars Are Mapping City Air Pollution, Aclima and the EPA team up to add sensors to cars, first in Denver and then in the Bay Area, that monitor air quality throughout the dayThu, 13 Aug 2015 18:55:43 +0000A Genetically Modified Yeast Turns Sugar Into Painkillers scientists have engineered a strain of yeast that can produce opiates on its ownThu, 13 Aug 2015 18:30:31 +0000In Bolivia's High-Altitude Capital, Indigenous Traditions Thrive Once Again sacred mountains, in a city where spells are cast and potions brewed, the otherworldly is everydayThu, 13 Aug 2015 18:09:58 +0000Visit These Floating Peruvian Islands Constructed From Plants Uro people who live on Lake Titicaca have been building their own villages by hand for centuriesThu, 13 Aug 2015 17:15:50 +0000Why Tens of Thousands of Toxic Mines Litter the U.S. West spill in Colorado's Animas River highlights the problem of wastewater building up in abandoned minesThu, 13 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000Where Albinism Means Being Targeted for Murder or Dismemberment in the world, people with albinism are at high risk for blindness and skin cancer. In Tanzania, the threats are much more severeThu, 13 Aug 2015 15:57:19 +0000See Spectacular Photos From This Year's Perseid Meteor Shower annual event sent sparks flying over dark skies as Earth plowed through debris from a cometThu, 13 Aug 2015 15:22:48 +0000Is There a ‘Gay Aesthetic’ to Pop Music? Elton John to Mika, the “glam piano” genre may be as integral to the Gay American experience as hip-hop and the blues are to the African American oneThu, 13 Aug 2015 15:04:29 +0000Chinese Cave Graffiti Records Centuries of Drought chemical clues in a stalagmite inside the cave confirm the chronicles on the wallsThu, 13 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Tropical Octopus Definitely Mates Beak-to-Beak Pacific striped octopus couples engage in a host of behaviors unheard of among other octopuses Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000A Parade of Bright Flowers in a City With a Dark Past carried 500 dazzling flower designs through the streets of Medellín, ColombiaWed, 12 Aug 2015 15:44:19 +0000Wasting Food? It'll Cost You a neighborhood in Seoul, the Korea Environment Corp. is doling out fines to people dumping more than their allotted food scrapsTue, 11 Aug 2015 16:44:29 +0000The Story of Mexican Coke Is a Lot More Complex Than Hipsters Would Like to Admit nasty trade war and questionable scientific assumptions make it difficult to discern what is, and what isn't, the real thingTue, 11 Aug 2015 15:47:14 +0000What Happened When a Disaster Preparedness Expert Was Caught in an Earthquake this Generation Anthropocene podcast, geologist Anne Sanquini gives her first-hand account of April's disaster in NepalTue, 11 Aug 2015 15:18:20 +0000Thin Sensors on Our Skin or in Our Clothes May Warn Us of Environmental Hazards researchers are developing flexible sensors that track dangers that humans cannot detect with their own sensesTue, 11 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000You Might Actually Want a Layover at These Seven Airports nap pods to real-time flight tracking, these airports have features that will surely please passengersMon, 10 Aug 2015 19:47:57 +0000At "Russia's Burning Man," Strange Structures Transform Villages beautiful, bizarre structures of the Archstoyanie festival are made of natural materials and help bring economic prosperity to small villages Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:22:32 +0000Not Just Dolphins: Where to Swim With Pigs, Penguins and the Gentlest of Sharks these beaches, splash around with some more unusual creaturesMon, 10 Aug 2015 16:24:44 +0000When a Trip to the Zoo Resulted in an Engineering Breakthrough Leftwich, an engineering professor at George Washington University, is building a robotic flipper based on her observations of sea lionsMon, 10 Aug 2015 15:20:00 +0000What Gives Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” Its Power? the 100th anniversary of the poem’s publication, a Smithsonian poet examines its message and how it encapsulates what its author was all aboutMon, 10 Aug 2015 14:30:47 +0000