Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenFri, 19 Sep 2014 16:11:47 +0000Six Things You May Not Have Known About Fiddler on the Roof the acclaimed musical turns 50 years old this week, relive the tradition with these interesting factoidsFri, 19 Sep 2014 16:11:47 +0000Six Artists In Search of Themselves drama, theater, magical realism and a twist of the absurd, these artists give the self-portrait a makeover Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:20:36 +0000Best Places to Celebrate Oktoberfest Other Than Munich drinking beer and eating schnitzel alongside 6 million people doesn't appeal to you, here are places to celebrate while avoiding Munich's crowdsFri, 19 Sep 2014 12:40:00 +0000Secretive Victorian Artists Made These Intricate Patterns Out of Algae new documentary profiles Klaus Kemp, the sole practicioner of a quirky art form that is invisible to the naked eyeThu, 18 Sep 2014 15:22:52 +0000The Pay Phone's Journey From Patent to Urban Relic history of the device that is well on its way to becoming, well, historyThu, 18 Sep 2014 14:53:21 +0000Why is Ai Weiwei Breaking Into Alcatraz?'s most controversial artist selected America's most notorious prison as the home for his new showThu, 18 Sep 2014 13:54:34 +0000The Man Who Reclaimed Photography from Colonialism's Grasp new exhibition at the African Art Museum honors Chief S.O. Alonge, the first Nigerian court photographer during colonial timesWed, 17 Sep 2014 19:17:02 +0000Industrial Espionage and Cutthroat Competition Fueled the Rise of the Humble Harmonica a shrewd salesman revolutionized the instrument industryWed, 17 Sep 2014 19:08:10 +0000The Sahara Is Millions of Years Older Than Thought great desert was born some 7 million years ago, as remnants of a vast sea called Tethys closed upWed, 17 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0000Impressionism Into Modernism: Crafting America's Unique Style of Art the Civil War, Americans became more interested in European art—and creating a kind of art completely their ownWed, 17 Sep 2014 14:44:25 +0000A Blood-Sucking Foe Lurks in Central American Caves bugs, which can spread Chagas disease, turned up positive for human blood meals in caves in Guatemala and Belize Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:02:12 +0000Ken Burns' New Series, Based on Newly Discovered Letters, Reveals a New Side of FDR "The Roosevelts", Burns examines the towering but flawed figures who really understood how character defined leadershipWed, 17 Sep 2014 13:01:01 +0000Get Your Burning Questions Answered, It's #AskaCurator Day than 700 museums, galleries, theatres, and more across the globe are taking to Twitter to answer your queries about, well, anythingWed, 17 Sep 2014 12:13:43 +0000In 100 Years, Maryland's Crab Cakes Might Be Shrimp Cakes temperatures and a more acidic ocean may spell trouble for the Chesapeake Bay's iconic crabs, oysters and fishTue, 16 Sep 2014 20:34:48 +0000The Surprising Origin Story of Wonder Woman The history of the comic-book superhero's creation seven decades ago has been hidden away—until nowTue, 16 Sep 2014 16:26:06 +0000Four Handy Tips for Growing Your Garden on Mars it possible to have a green thumb on the Red Planet? Perhaps, after you’ve mastered a few space gardening tricks Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:15:54 +0000Peek Behind the Scenes to Preview the New West Wing at the American History Museum years of renovations, the museum begins a reopening of some of its galleries next summerTue, 16 Sep 2014 14:33:24 +0000Long Before Emojis, the Picassos of Persian Calligraphy Brought Emotion to Writing world's first exhibition devoted to <em>nasta’liq</em>, a Persian calligraphy, is now on view at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:05:47 +0000What Idea From Science Fiction Would You Most Like To See Become Reality?, writers and an astronaut weigh in with some interesting answersMon, 15 Sep 2014 19:21:22 +0000What Is the Universe? Real Physics Has Some Mind-Bending Answers says the universe could be a hologram, a computer program, a black hole or a bubble—and there are ways to checkMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:25:54 +0000Powerful Solar Flare Paints the Sky With Candy-Colored Auroras back-to-back flares sent clouds of charged particles racing toward Earth, creating auroras that may last through the weekendFri, 12 Sep 2014 20:14:05 +0000Researchers Trick E. Coli Into Making Propane researchers have taken an important first step toward renewable propane, powered by the sunFri, 12 Sep 2014 19:03:16 +0000Maine's Most Interesting Lighthouses, poetry and alien encounters: The lighthouses dotting Maine's coast pack a double punch of beauty and historyFri, 12 Sep 2014 14:48:24 +0000IBM's Watson Will Match Cancer Patients With Trials at Mayo Clinic pairing patients with trials in seconds, the supercomputer will help speed the pace of medical innovationThu, 11 Sep 2014 19:56:27 +0000Frank Gehry’s Biomuseo in Panama, Finally Open for Business eye-popping structure devoted to the nation’s vibrant ecosystems makes its grand debutThu, 11 Sep 2014 18:12:13 +0000Meet the Mighty Spinosaurus, the First Dinosaur Adapted for Swimming mysterious mustachioed man helped paleontologists piece together the life story of the long-lost, semi-aquatic “Egyptian spine lizard”Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:08:18 +0000The Fight for Catalonian Independence Took the Form of a Giant "V" in the Streets of Barcelona of thousands of protestors formed a giant red and yellow V, symbolizing the "Way Forward" and marking the region's national holidayThu, 11 Sep 2014 17:30:55 +0000Adorable Portraits Put Nocturnal Animals in the Spotlight new photo book showcases animals we humans rarely see—while a new study says we may have more in common with night-dwellers than thoughtThu, 11 Sep 2014 17:24:09 +0000The 5 Biggest Challenges to the Success of the Apple Watch though wearables are on the rise, Apple's newest product has its obstacles, from limited battery life to a hefty price tagThu, 11 Sep 2014 16:50:48 +0000Sorry Hipsters, That Organic Kale Is a Genetically Modified Food those juicy red grapefruits are mutants created by radiation exposureWed, 10 Sep 2014 14:00:00 +0000Capturing First Impressions of a City in Transition Greiner's photographs are on view at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, GAWed, 10 Sep 2014 12:37:07 +0000Vote for the Winner of the 2014 People's Design Award at these breakthroughs in innovative design and select your favoriteWed, 10 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000Google Street View Brings Egypt's Pyramids To A Computer Near You ancient citadels to the Great Sphinx, you can now explore Egypt's wonders in the digital worldWed, 10 Sep 2014 09:00:00 +0000What Does "Deep Time" Mean to You? art exhibition at the National Academy of Sciences offers perspective on our geological past and future Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:51:08 +0000The Most Extensive Report Ever on American Birds Says There’s Cause for Concern from 23 groups just released the fifth State of the Birds report, which contains good and bad newsTue, 09 Sep 2014 14:40:48 +0000Google Doodle Honors the Genius of Leo Tolstoy what would be his 186th birthday, see the author's famous works digitally brought to lifeTue, 09 Sep 2014 04:01:09 +0000Promiscuous Whales Make Good Use of Their Pelvises don’t lie: Whale pelvic bones are not vestigial but instead evolved to help the marine mammals maneuver better during sexMon, 08 Sep 2014 19:43:23 +0000Egypt’s Mammal Extinctions Tracked Through 6,000 Years of Art goods and historical texts show how a drying climate and an expanding human population took their toll on the region’s wildlifeMon, 08 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +0000Software Creates One Picture That Says It All at UC Berkeley have created software that averages image searches into one artistic resultMon, 08 Sep 2014 18:25:23 +0000The Legend of What Actually Lived in the "No Man's Land" Between World War I's Trenches of the horrors of trench warfare, a ghoulish tale of scavengers and scofflaws took hold 100 years agoMon, 08 Sep 2014 14:42:23 +0000Garry Winogrand’s Photographs Capture ‘America’s Busy, Teeming, Intricate Whirl’ After World War II exhibition takes a look at the mix of optimism and unease that permeated the post-war nation’s populaceMon, 08 Sep 2014 14:41:24 +0000Seven Unexpected Ways We Can Get Energy From Water’s not all about giant dams—H2O is a surprisingly common and versatile tool for meeting the world’s energy needsFri, 05 Sep 2014 16:21:55 +0000Smithsonian Curators Remember Joan Rivers curators from the Institution discuss the legendary comic who died yesterdayFri, 05 Sep 2014 16:19:53 +0000Google’s Delivery Drones Will Airlift Supplies Practically Anywhere Wing, a development platform, completes test deliveries over AustraliaFri, 05 Sep 2014 14:23:29 +0000What the Scottish Independence Referendum Could Mean for Orkney over Orkney, home to the First Stonehenge, has been debated for more than 5,000 yearsFri, 05 Sep 2014 13:11:14 +0000How the Voyage of the Kon-Tiki Misled the World About Navigating the Pacific geographer Doug Herman explains the traditional science of traversing the ocean seasThu, 04 Sep 2014 20:21:12 +0000The Innovative Spirit: Changing Our World For the Better special look at the innovative spirit at the Smithsonian Institution and beyondThu, 04 Sep 2014 19:53:20 +0000Five Coffee Mysteries the Bean’s Genes May Crack newly sequenced coffee genome might reveal the origins of caffeine and pave the way for better-tasting, healthier brewsThu, 04 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Before Dr. Mutter, Surgery Was a Dangerous and Horrifically Painful Ordeal talented doctor changed the way the medical profession operatedThu, 04 Sep 2014 14:09:04 +0000Explore 50 Wilderness Areas Across America celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, explore 50 different wilderness areas around the countryWed, 03 Sep 2014 20:53:12 +0000College Students Studied These Mail-Order Sea Creatures in the Late 1800s glass models of marine invertebrates, made by artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, are on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural HistoryWed, 03 Sep 2014 19:54:44 +0000Deep-Sea Mushroom Creatures Found Off Australia fungi nor fish, these oddball organisms collected in 1986 may represent an early branch on the tree of lifeWed, 03 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000See Jewish Life Before the Holocaust Through a Newly Released Digital Archive Vishniac’s extensive work, now open to the public, is ready for some crowd-sourced historical detective workTue, 02 Sep 2014 15:40:25 +0000Sit Anywhere on a Chair You Can Wear Swiss startup has created a trim exoskeleton that lets factory workers perch for quick breaksFri, 29 Aug 2014 16:50:28 +0000Warren Harding’s Love Letters Finally Give Us Something to Remember Him For away for 50 years, the secret correspondence reveals a steamy relationship between the future president and his mistressFri, 29 Aug 2014 14:15:02 +0000Tracking the 2014 Ebola Outbreak Through Its Genes detective work also revealed 395 mutations unique to the virus in West AfricaThu, 28 Aug 2014 18:57:54 +000010 Historic Canal Towns to Visit That Aren't Venice might be the most famous town to feature picturesque waterways, but beautiful canals can be found all over the globeThu, 28 Aug 2014 18:49:24 +0000What's In a Shoe? Japanese Artist Chiharu Shiota Investigates artist takes on the soul in the sole of your shoes in an exhibition at the Sackler Gallery of ArtThu, 28 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000Photos from La Tomatina, the World's Biggest Food Fight the last Wednesday of August each year, a small Spanish town erupts into a food fight featuring tomato-throwing Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:49:52 +0000Yawning Spreads Like a Plague in Wolves of contagious yawning in chimps, dogs and now wolves suggests that the behavior is linked to a mammalian sense of empathyWed, 27 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Huge Wine Cellar Unearthed at a Biblical-Era Palace in Israel from jars at a Canaanite palace suggest the ruler preferred his red with hints of mint, honey and juniperWed, 27 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Best and Worst Places to Build More Roads works today are “basically chaos”—but a new global road map could be key to protecting agriculture and natureWed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +00007 Ways Technology is Changing How Art is Made is redefining art in strange, new ways. Works are created by people moving through laser beams or from data gathered on air pollution Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:17:24 +0000The Historic Return of the American Bison National Zoo exhibition featuring the animal, long tied to Smithsonian history, opens SaturdayWed, 27 Aug 2014 15:18:47 +0000Designers Remake Our Oldest Tool Using Our Newest Tool than a million years old, the hand axe is over due for an updateWed, 27 Aug 2014 13:53:17 +0000Rethinking Rockwell in the Time of Ferguson illustrator adapted Rockwell’s The Runaway based on images of contemporary policeTue, 26 Aug 2014 21:02:51 +0000Navdy Projects Apps and Text Messages Onto the Windshield of Almost Any Car California startup is launching a system that puts maps, texts and calls right at eye levelTue, 26 Aug 2014 19:54:38 +0000The World's Most Colorful Beaches green sand to glass, here are some of the most eye-popping beaches around the worldTue, 26 Aug 2014 15:29:55 +0000Why Earthquakes Make Napa Wine Taste So Good soil that makes Napa Valley grapes so special also makes the region vulnerable to earthquakesMon, 25 Aug 2014 21:43:18 +0000How Does Bao Bao Celebrate Her Birthday? With Cake, Bamboo and Hundreds of Fans National Zoo hosted a traditional Chinese ceremony for the giant panda’s first birthdayMon, 25 Aug 2014 19:11:17 +0000The Kennewick Man Finally Freed to Share His Secrets’s the most important human skeleton ever found in North America—and here, for the first time, is his storyMon, 25 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000Blondie Guitarist Chris Stein Shares His Secret Photographs of the 1970s and 1980s back to the era of punk and new wave music with these snapshotsMon, 25 Aug 2014 15:57:06 +0000Benjamin Franklin Worked Here into the London house where the inventor, scientist and founding father lived and worked Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:29:34 +0000Zero-G Fire Pulses Like a Jellyfish on the Space Station of fire burning in low gravity could help scientists create cleaner, more efficient engine fuelsFri, 22 Aug 2014 19:42:28 +0000Thomas Edison's House of Wizardry visit to the invention factory where Edison would earn the nickname “Wizard of Menlo Park” Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:13:39 +0000Commemorate the War of 1812 With These Bicentennial Events new insight into the events of 1814 by attending these reenactments, concerts, walking tours and mealsFri, 22 Aug 2014 15:57:39 +0000This Ant Species May Support a Controversial Theory on Evolution research suggests that species don't have to be geographically separated in order to evolveThu, 21 Aug 2014 20:32:42 +0000Good-bye, Dry Cleaning. Hello, Self-Cleaning Cashmere in Hong Kong have developed a nano-coating that cleans fabric when exposed to lightThu, 21 Aug 2014 19:27:12 +0000100 Years After Her Death, Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon, Still Resonates famed bird now finds itself at the center of a flap over de-extinctionThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:02 +0000What Lies Beneath Stonehenge? new Smithsonian Channel show reveals groundbreaking research that may explain what really went on thereThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Why Does the Nile Flow North and More Questions From Our Readers Your questions answered by our expertsThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Famed Illustrator Maira Kalman Takes on the Cooper Hewitt’s Collections her latest book, the noted artist juxtaposes treasured personal objects with items from the Smithsonian design museumThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Illuminating the Treaties That Have Governed U.S.-Indian Relationships documents were both a cause and a salve for the fraught relations between the United States and Indian NationsThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Getting Ready for Rosetta to Unlock a Comet’s Secrets lander will hopefully reveal new truths about what the icy objects actually areThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000What New Wave Brought to Rock ‘n’ Roll will always be a new music craze out to getcha, getcha, getchaThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Can the World Really Set Aside Half of the Planet for Wildlife? eminent evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has an audacious vision for saving Earth from a cataclysmic extinction eventThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000How Just One Bird Can Urge an Entire Flock to Change Directions equations that describe these movements are equivalent to those that govern wavesThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Forecasters Will Soon Be Able to Predict Heat Waves Weeks in Advance the public imagination, heat waves remain a B-list natural disaster, but in reality, they are deadly Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000California’s Record Drought Is Making Earth's Surface Rise land shows that the U.S. West is now missing some 62 trillion gallons of waterThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Navy Tests Its Ships in This Indoor Ocean technology can precisely recreate eight open-water conditionsThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000What Are the Biggest Waves in Recorded History? do waves even get this big?Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Amid the Heated Debates, Iraqi Immigrants Struggle to Make a Living in Arizona Familiar fare—qeema, biryani, dolma—offers comfort to the thousands of refugees starting life over in PhoenixThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Invention of the “Snapshot” Changed the Way We Viewed the World century before drones cruised the skies, American camera hounds made photography a personal artThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Your Guide to the Three Weeks of 1814 That We Today Call the War of 1812 the burning of Washington to the siege of Baltimore, what happened in those late summer days?Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:50:31 +0000The Blockbuster World War I Film that Brought Home the Traumatic Impact of War blockbuster silent film <em>The Big Parade</em> is among the first to explore the psychological trauma of war Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:33:02 +0000Celebrate Bao Bao's Birthday With a Party and This Recap of Her First Year off her recent win in the Smithsonian Summer Showdown, D.C.'s favorite panda celebrates her first birthday on August 23Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:01:26 +0000Friendly Neighborhood Spiders Get Bigger in Cities study of orb-weaving spiders in Australia shows a correlation between urbanization and fatter arachnidsWed, 20 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Thousands of Microbe Species Live in This Buried Antarctic Lake through half a mile of ice let scientists uncover the first solid evidence of life in a subglacial lake Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:47:35 +0000These Sculptures of Giant Tomatoes Are Ripe For the Picking physical traits do humans find desirable? Artist Jessica Rath looks in her grocery store's produce section for answers Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:33:02 +0000A Proud Day at American History Museum as LGBT Artifacts Enter the Collections creators of "Will & Grace" and others donated objects related to gay historyTue, 19 Aug 2014 21:03:14 +0000Pioneering Tennis Player Renée Richards Recalls the Glory Days of Wooden Rackets winning the New York State men's title in 1964, Richard Raskind became Renée Richards and a civil rights iconTue, 19 Aug 2014 19:37:20 +0000Your Next Smartphone Could Charge Six Times Faster California startup is implementing faster, smarter charging for next year’s mobile devicesTue, 19 Aug 2014 15:08:34 +0000Surprise! Science Shows That Elephant Poaching Is Unsustainable the first time, scientists have made a comprehensive tally of illegal killing rates across AfricaMon, 18 Aug 2014 19:00:00 +0000Shama, the Red Panda, Has Died, a red panda at the National Zoo, died on SaturdayMon, 18 Aug 2014 18:58:42 +0000How Dinner at a Food Court Has Become Something Exciting, not Excruciating new trend across America’s urban centers has reinvigorated the nation’s taste budsMon, 18 Aug 2014 15:44:56 +0000Earth Is Making the Moon All Warm and Soft on the Inside new model boosts the notion that a layer of rock near the moon’s core is squishy and perhaps partially meltedMon, 18 Aug 2014 13:21:18 +0000A Carpet of 750,000 Flowers Blooms in Belgium celebrate the 50th anniversary of Turkish workers' migrating to Belgium, a colorful flower carpet has bloomed in BrusselsFri, 15 Aug 2014 19:42:06 +0000Eight Diseases To Watch Out For At the Beach sharks: These potentially deadly pathogens and parasites can lurk in sand and sea Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:28:48 +0000One Year After Discovery, Crowdsourcing the Olinguito A year ago, researchers discovered a rare new species. That was just the beginningFri, 15 Aug 2014 15:13:30 +0000Which General Was Better? Ulysses S. Grant or Robert E. Lee? historic rivalry between the South's polished general and the North's rough and rugged soldier is the subject of a new show at the Portrait GalleryFri, 15 Aug 2014 12:21:28 +0000To Redesign a Design Museum Start with the Typeface Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum is renovating and rebranding with a tailor-made typefaceThu, 14 Aug 2014 17:15:55 +0000The Real Cougars of Malibu Have Lives Full of Murder, Bad Sex and Poison a simple bridge over the freeway could help save the charismatic big catsThu, 14 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000Save the Sharks By Swimming With Them is helping promote shark conservation around the world—while also boosting local economies.Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:17:44 +0000New Desert-Dwelling Pterosaur Unearthed in Brazil massive bone bed is already yielding insights into the flying reptile's lifestyleWed, 13 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Bizarre Blue Shark Nursery Found in the North Atlantic than emerging in protected coves, baby blue sharks spend their first years in a big patch of open oceanWed, 13 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Lingering Stress Hints at the Next Giant Earthquake in Chile section of the South American tectonic plate holds the potential for a massive quake in the near futureWed, 13 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0000A Two-Headed Shark and Other X-Rayed Beauties at the Smithsonian Raredon's x-rays of fish specimens are critical records for scientists studying various species. And, as works of art, they are breathtakingWed, 13 Aug 2014 14:14:12 +0000Hear How Robin Williams Woke Up the Space Shuttle Discovery Crew in 1988 actor and comedian provided a special message for astronauts during the first flight after the Challenger disasterTue, 12 Aug 2014 22:01:13 +0000The Smithsonian Wants You! (To Help Transcribe Its Collections) massive digitization and transcription project calls for volunteers at the Smithsonian Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:51:45 +0000The National Portrait Gallery Memorializes Robin Williams National Portrait Gallery installed a photograph of Robin Williams today following his unexpected deathTue, 12 Aug 2014 18:41:37 +0000This Riveting Art From the Front Lines of World War I Has Gone Largely Unseen for Decades WWI, the War Department sent American artists to Europe. The Smithsonian recently digitized the captivating artworkTue, 12 Aug 2014 17:58:18 +0000Multitask Like Never Before With These Robotic Fingers hands make light work, right? Well, MIT researchers have created a wrist-worn robot with a couple extra digits Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:51:24 +0000Why Do Secretaries of State Make Such Terrible Presidential Candidates? the Civil War, the cabinet position was considered a stepping stone to the Chief Executive; now, not so muchTue, 12 Aug 2014 16:06:36 +0000Paris Brings the Beach to the Banks of the Seine the summer months, the French capital usually empties out, but the city is hoping to reverse the trend with these urban oasesTue, 12 Aug 2014 15:43:22 +0000Sharks Were Once Called Sea Dogs, And Other Little-Known Facts illustrations of sharks show just how much we've learned about the fish since our first sightings of themTue, 12 Aug 2014 14:03:43 +0000Announcing the Winners of the 2014 Smithsonian In Motion Video Contest the best of our submissionsMon, 11 Aug 2014 21:34:45 +0000Cigarette Butts Could Help Power Future Devices Korean researchers have found a simple way to turn toxic trash into high-performance supercapacitorsMon, 11 Aug 2014 19:51:26 +0000Can Eco-Conscious Travelers Do Anything To Fly Green? carbon offsets won't stop global warming, but if you're traveling, it's your best individual option for reducing your carbon footprintMon, 11 Aug 2014 17:51:53 +0000Inspiring Photos of the Biggest, Brightest Supermoon of 2014 your eyes on these snapshots from around the worldMon, 11 Aug 2014 17:23:13 +0000These Ear Buds Will Play Music and Track Your Heart Rate get all the attention, but souped-up earpieces can do a better job of tracking your body metrics when you work outMon, 11 Aug 2014 16:52:59 +0000The State of Sharks, 40 Years After <em>Jaws</em> could be at a tipping point for conserving the infamous predators, if we can keep up shark-friendly practices Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:33:06 +0000Why Are Scientists Trying To Make Fake Shark Skin? marine animal skin could make swimmers faster, keep bathrooms clean and cloak underwater robotsMon, 11 Aug 2014 12:58:32 +0000Google Thinks These 18 Teenagers Will Change the World global finalists of this year’s Google Science Fair take on cyberbullying countermeasures, tar sands cleanup and wearable techFri, 08 Aug 2014 19:24:16 +0000Indoor Mapping Lets the Blind Navigate Airports prototype system of an iPhone app and location beacons launched at San Francisco International AirportFri, 08 Aug 2014 15:00:21 +0000The Ten Biggest Dinosaur Mysteries We Have Yet to Solve one was the first, the biggest, the fuzziest? These puzzles continue to perplex paleontologistsFri, 08 Aug 2014 14:49:02 +0000What Happens When a Hurricane Meets a Volcano? Iselle crosses the Big Island of Hawaii, it will offer a rare glimpse at a clash of the titansThu, 07 Aug 2014 21:51:50 +0000These Smart Bricks Mean the Time Has Finally Arrived: Adults Have Legos of Their Own construction company aims to build more efficiently with modular connecting bricksThu, 07 Aug 2014 18:25:53 +0000Ancient Clam Shells Show That What Drives El Niño Is Still Unclear’s path around the Sun may play a role, but other factors are still unknownThu, 07 Aug 2014 18:01:57 +0000Eels Are Victims of Noise Pollution endangered European eels get distracted by man-made noise, making them more likely to get eaten by a predator Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:03:56 +0000From Panting to Pooping, 8 Weird Ways Animals Keep Cool you (and horses) are busy sweating buckets, some animals have evolved bizarre ways to keep coolThu, 07 Aug 2014 13:46:32 +0000No Network? This Device Will Get Texts Through No Matter What GoTenna smartphone accessory uses short-wave radio signals to send messages, no cell tower necessaryWed, 06 Aug 2014 16:57:38 +0000At 90, Ella Jenkins, the First Lady of Children’s Music Has a New Album her birthday with her latest, a compilation of children's songs from around the worldWed, 06 Aug 2014 15:35:02 +0000The Algae Problem in Lake Erie Isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon Great Lake is sick, and Toledo’s toxic algae is just a symptomTue, 05 Aug 2014 21:11:10 +0000A Collection of Rare Color Photographs Depicts MLK Leading the Chicago Freedom Movement Smithsonian has acquired some of the only known images of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the momentous protestTue, 05 Aug 2014 19:44:37 +0000Fish Oil Could (One Day) Come From Plants field trial of genetically modified oilseed plants that can make fish oil hopes to help fish farming become more sustainable Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:17:52 +0000Where is Your Closest Farmers’ Market?’ markets are becoming more and more ubiquitous. Use this map to find the one nearest your homeTue, 05 Aug 2014 14:48:07 +0000Your Guide to Shopping at the Farmers' Market and Keeping Your Purchases Fresh at Home summer is prime time for shopping at the farmers market, yet, making those finds last can be a challenge Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:39:54 +0000What a City Bike Needs: Handlebars That Let You Know When to Turn are transforming bikes with new tech to make it safer and easier to navigate city streetsFri, 01 Aug 2014 21:05:55 +0000For WWI Anniversary, the Tower of London Has Become Surrounded by a Sea of Poppies,246 red ceramic flowers encircle the landmark structure in remembrance of fallen soldiersFri, 01 Aug 2014 20:12:56 +0000How Solar-Powered Recycled Smartphones Could Save the Rainforest Silicon Valley non-profit is ready to give the forests of Africa and the Amazon ears to listen for loggers—and the ability to phone the authoritiesFri, 01 Aug 2014 16:32:01 +0000A Device That Counts Calories for You researchers are developing a system that calculates the exact calories in food using microwavesFri, 01 Aug 2014 14:43:48 +0000Social Networking Prairie Dog Style dog kisses might help spread the plague, and stopping the most promiscuous rodents could curb that disease’s reach Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:07:11 +0000The Winding History of the Maze the idea of getting lost in crooked pathways? Check out the National Building Museum's summer installationThu, 31 Jul 2014 21:31:29 +0000Mission Not Impossible: Photographing 45,000 Bumblebees in 40 Days Natural History Museum's entomology department is making its bumblebee collection go viralThu, 31 Jul 2014 20:34:39 +0000Here's the Trailer for the Final "Night at the Museum" Installment time, "Night at the Museum" came to Smithsonian. Now Larry and company are headed to London.Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:50:58 +0000Removing Just a Few Trees Can Lower Tropical Animal Biodiversity logging can halve the number of species of mammals and amphibians in a forestThu, 31 Jul 2014 16:01:09 +0000Scientists Decode African Penguin Calls are trying to figure out how "jackass" penguins—nicknamed for their braying vocalizations—communicateWed, 30 Jul 2014 18:01:47 +0000In Search of the Great American Beer considered unfit for brewing, wild American hops are making their solo debut on the beer market. Will it change the way we think of American beer?Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:48:45 +0000This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock A Phone and VivaLnk release an electronic sticker that replaces your passcodeWed, 30 Jul 2014 13:35:49 +0000What's Up, Doc? Check Out the Work of Famed Animator Chuck Jones part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Jones' work will travel to 13 locations through 2019Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:39:22 +0000Beautiful Drone Video Captures Rarely Visited Area of Arizona's Vermilion Cliffs Tristan Greszko takes us on an aerial journey through the isolated White Pocket of Vermilion Cliffs National MonumentTue, 29 Jul 2014 17:57:02 +0000There Once was a Jazz Musician Who Came Here from Saturn and Illustrator Chris Raschka wants his new children's book to teach kids about the icons of jazz.Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:53:08 +0000This Hiker Is Trying to Make It from Mexico to Canada in Just 59 Days and runners are trying to cover the country's longest, most iconic trails, faster than anyone ever has beforeTue, 29 Jul 2014 14:47:19 +0000How Will Japan Celebrate Summer Without Unagi freshwater eel is now endangered, but who is to blame and what are the best substitutes?Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:52:36 +0000Online Archive Creates Awesome GIFS From Historical Photos partnership with Imgur, the Digital Public Library of America is reimagining classic photos as modern .gifsMon, 28 Jul 2014 18:11:24 +0000The Posters That Sold World War I to the American Public vehemently isolationist nation needed enticement to join the European war effort. These advertisements were part of the campaign to do just thatMon, 28 Jul 2014 17:56:41 +0000The U.S. Confiscated Half a Billion Dollars in Private Property During WWI's home front was the site of interment, deportation, and vast property seizureMon, 28 Jul 2014 17:46:53 +0000Why the Dinosaurs Could Have Had a Chance of Surviving the Asteroid Strike new study suggests it wasn't just the asteroid that killed the dinos, but that other factors weakened their ability to survive itMon, 28 Jul 2014 17:41:16 +0000How Do You Build the World's Tallest Water Slide? conceptualization to the first plunge, building the world's tallest water slide takes more trial-and-error than you might believeMon, 28 Jul 2014 15:09:01 +0000Airbus Demos A Near-Silent, Zero-Emission Plane E-Fan 2.0 is the first step on the road to all-electric and hybrid flightFri, 25 Jul 2014 19:39:14 +0000Surfers, Sunsets, and Dancing Girls: How Air Travel Came To Hawaii“Hawaii by Air” opens today at the National Air and Space Museum, tracing the history of air travel to America’s “most exotic state.”Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:05:53 +0000How to Plan the Most Beautiful Stroll Through a City team of researchers has used crowdsourcing to develop an algorithm that can map out the most eye-pleasing walksFri, 25 Jul 2014 16:03:37 +0000Old Time Portraits of Parasites Marcus DeSieno uses antiquated techniques to take pictures of parasites with a mix of citizen science and monster movie panacheFri, 25 Jul 2014 15:37:21 +0000The Legacy of Hip-Hop Producer J Dilla Will Be Recognized Among the Collections at the Smithsonian late producer's mother announced she is donating his synthesizer and beat machine.Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:00:11 +0000Next-Generation Electric Cars May Never Need A Battery Swap Department of Energy researchers pinpoint the reasons why rechargeable batteries lose their ability to hold a charge over timeFri, 25 Jul 2014 13:58:29 +0000The Star and Director of the New James Brown Movie on What it Took to Capture the Larger-Than-Life Musician Boseman and Tate Taylor told us about the making of "Get On Up," in movie theaters next month.Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:11:49 +0000A Fleet of Taxis Did Not Really Save Paris From the Germans During World War I myth of the Battle of the Marne has persisted, but what exactly happened in the first major conflict of the war?Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:46:36 +0000What Does Your Favorite Drink Look Like Under A Microscope? out these colorful images of crystallized alcoholic beveragesThu, 24 Jul 2014 13:11:29 +0000Better Traffic-Light Timing Will Get You There Faster algorithms from MIT researchers keep gridlock at bay by predicting traffic before it startsWed, 23 Jul 2014 15:46:37 +0000