Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:31:41 +0000What “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Tells Us About Contagion, Fear and Epidemics 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) 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 Festival 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 World 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 Deceased 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 City 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 With 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 Explains 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 Death 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 America 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 Grow 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 Shots 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 Smithsonian 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 Naturalists 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 Celebration 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 Witches 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?’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 Parenting 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 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 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 Migrations 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 Cemeteries 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 It 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 Raids“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 Puzzle 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 You 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 Past 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 Names 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 Collection 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 Rover 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 Humps 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 Debut 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 Art 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 Creatures 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 Change'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 Sample 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 uncovered millennia-old treasures beneath Arabian sand, got rich from oil and died relatively unknownMon, 20 Oct 2014 14:37:56 +0000A World Of His Own: The Art of James Castle profoundly deaf, the self-taught artist's body of work depicts his unique relationship to the world around himFri, 17 Oct 2014 15:58:32 +0000Richard Estes' Incredibly Realistic Paintings Require a Double Take stage sets, there seem to be a million stories embedded in the works of Richard Estes, icon of photorealismFri, 17 Oct 2014 14:52:44 +0000What the Heck is a Robobird? flock will mess with this robot – which is precisely the pointThu, 16 Oct 2014 21:43:34 +0000The 2014 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award Winners 10 innovators in science, history, society and the arts are a testament to the imagination and hard work that define the nation's spiritThu, 16 Oct 2014 21:00:00 +0000The History of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, 50 Years After Its Construction in 1964, the span still stands as Americas’ largest suspension bridgeThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Can Fingerpainting Save the World? Brooklyn artist Zaria Forman has Arctic landscapes at her fingertipsThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Why Is Colonel Pronounced With an R? And More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Is This the Future of Robotic Legs? Herr’s bionic limbs have already revolutionized life for amputees (including himself). Now he’s envisioning new capabilities for everyone elseThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000The Amazing Results When You Give a Prison Inmate a Liberal Arts Education reform activist Max Kenner champions the transformative power of a college degree for inmates nationwideThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000When Dazzling Art Transforms the Cityscape Echelman’s sky-high sculptures, created from miles of fiber, cast a magical spell over urban spacesThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Coming to Terms With One of America’s Greatest Natural Disasters filmmaker Bill Morrison plunges us into the Great Flood of 1927Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Meet the Two Scientists Who Implanted a False Memory Into a Mouse a neuroscience breakthrough, the duo pioneered a real-life version of <i>Inception</i>Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Could This Be the Answer to the Tech World’s Diversity Problem? Bryant hopes to crack the code with her organization that teaches young girls of color how to programThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Rosanne Cash on Discovering New Artistic Terrain singer-songwriter looked to her Southern ancestors to come up with a different kind of concept albumThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000How One Physicist’s Pursuit of the Cosmos Took Off in Antarctica Halzen’s amazing experiment heralds the beginning of a new era in astronomyThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000How Palmer Luckey Created Oculus Rift young visionary dreamed up a homemade headset that may transform everything from gaming to medical treatment to engineering—and beyondThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000James Marsh Enters Stephen Hawking’s Universe director on his new film, <i>The Theory of Everything</i>Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Prehistoric Rock Art to Visit Around the World just discovered some of the world's oldest art in a cave in Indonesia. Want to see more prehistoric masterpieces? Here are eight other optionsThu, 16 Oct 2014 18:16:03 +0000Tornadoes Are Now Ganging Up in the United States are not increasing in numbers but they are clustering more often, a bizarre pattern that has meteorologists stumpedThu, 16 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000A Mysterious Force is Acting on Saturn’s “Death Star” Moon, cratered Mimas is wobbling way more than it should be, hinting that it might contain either an oddly shaped core or a subsurface oceanThu, 16 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000Rebuilding a Frank Lloyd Wright Classic With 3-D Printed Blocks 70-year-old chapel on the campus of a Florida university is being restored thanks to new, innovative technologyThu, 16 Oct 2014 16:22:24 +0000How Do You Clean Up an Ebola Patient’s Home? biohazard sites can be a tough job, but the hardest microbe to wash away may not be what you thinkThu, 16 Oct 2014 15:35:40 +0000A History of Life In 10 Fossils their new book <em>A History of Life in 100 Fossils</em>, Paul Taylor and Aaron O'Dea share the story of 10 incredible fossilsWed, 15 Oct 2014 17:34:20 +0000The Best Places in America to See Fossils 15 is National Fossil Day—here are some of the best places in America to take a trip back in geological timeWed, 15 Oct 2014 15:12:42 +0000When It Comes To the Baby Boomers, It Is Still All About "Me" have got nothing over the Me Generation, says cultural historian Amy Henderson after touring two new shows on Boomers and the '60sWed, 15 Oct 2014 14:45:02 +0000These Extreme Desert Nomads Set Records for Migrating Birds banded stilts use mysterious cues to know when to head toward ephemeral lakes in the country’s otherwise dry interior Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:01:00 +0000Who Needs a Driver? These Navy Boats Are Programmed to Swarm Like Bees algorithms based on the swarming behavior of ants and bees, the U.S. Navy is turning to driverless boats to protect its shipsTue, 14 Oct 2014 18:08:29 +0000The Igorrote Tribe Traveled the World for Show And Made These Two Men Rich Hunt and Richard Schneidewind were locked in a fierce competition, but by the end, the tribespeople were left poor, hungry and yearning for homeTue, 14 Oct 2014 16:46:48 +000010 Architectural Schemes That Could Help Us Adapt To Rising Seas a floating house to a mobile city shaped like a giant lilypad, designers offer up some wild solutions for a wetter futureTue, 14 Oct 2014 16:44:41 +0000From Pandemics to Pandas, Get the Scoop on Hot Topics Discussed at the Smithsonian's Anthropocene Event the National Museum of Natural History, leading minds met to discuss the impact of climate change on, well, everythingFri, 10 Oct 2014 21:32:09 +0000This Stealthy Robot Could Boost Security at Our Ports researchers have developed a craft to spot pockets of contraband inside ships' hulls Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:34:53 +0000To Live in the Anthropocene, People Need Grounded Hope Smithsonian symposium about human impacts on Earth looked past warnings of global doom to discuss the necessary balance of achievable solutionsFri, 10 Oct 2014 19:14:34 +0000San Gabriel Mountains Designated A National Monument Obama grants federal protection to half of the California mountain rangeFri, 10 Oct 2014 14:27:58 +0000Need Some Alone Time? Check Out America's Coolest Ghost Towns mines, abandoned buildings, and the occasional curse: Ghost towns cover the United States, and they make for a fun detourThu, 09 Oct 2014 19:55:03 +0000The Potential Dark Side of Nobel-Winning LEDs: Pest Problems white lighting is clean and efficient but also a lot more attractive to flying invertebratesThu, 09 Oct 2014 15:30:00 +0000Which of These Three Artworks Should Go on View at the National Portrait Gallery? for your favorite!!Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +000010 Weird Things Humans Have Sent Into the Stratosphere to high-altitude balloons, bacon and LEGO figures have reached heights nearing 100,000 feetThu, 09 Oct 2014 00:29:12 +0000Rock (Art) of Ages: Indonesian Cave Paintings Are 40,000 Years Old paintings of animals and hand stencils in Sulawesi, Indonesia, seem to be as old as similar cave art in EuropeWed, 08 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000Building a Better Earplug a series of acoustic filters, DUBS lower the intensity of sounds without muddying themWed, 08 Oct 2014 16:03:04 +0000See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlas maps reveal the scope of humanity’s influence on Earth—and the innovations aiming to create a more sustainable futureWed, 08 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000The Moral Dilemma We Face in the Age of Humans are proficient problem solvers—but so far that trait has come at a cost. Can our species remain resilient without destroying the world?Tue, 07 Oct 2014 21:08:27 +0000Mario Batali on Why Farmers Should Be the True Stars of the Restaurant World his new cookbook, Mario Batali looks to farmers from across the country for inspirationTue, 07 Oct 2014 20:25:33 +0000To Limit Pollution, The Chinese Are Faced With Giving Up an Ancient Tradition—Fireworks the Chinese, who invented both gun powder and fireworks, foregoing old traditions may clean up the air—just a bitTue, 07 Oct 2014 19:19:31 +0000The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe the famous author killed from a beating? From carbon monoxide poisoning? From alcohol withdrawal? Here are the top nine theoriesTue, 07 Oct 2014 12:21:33 +0000New Mexico's Skies Burst With Color During World's Largest Hot Air Balloon Festival 43rd Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta sends hundreds of hot air balloons soaring into the skyMon, 06 Oct 2014 19:13:55 +0000Need a Quick Diagnosis? A Prescription for What Ails You? The Doctor Will Video Chat With You Now of the hottest trends in health care is telemedicine networks of doctors who diagnose ailments over the phoneMon, 06 Oct 2014 18:46:57 +0000To Survive Climate Change, We Should Be More Like the Eskimos Studies Center director Bill Fitzhugh says that studying northern cultures can help people adapt to climate changeMon, 06 Oct 2014 15:33:27 +0000To Find Meteorites, Listen to the Legends of Australian Aborigines traditions may have preserved records of impacts over thousands of years and could lead to fresh scientific discoveriesFri, 03 Oct 2014 19:37:45 +0000A Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Camera for Detecting Cancer mantis shrimp's eyes, which can see differences in polarized light, are informing researchers building a tiny, easy-to-use camera that can spot cancerFri, 03 Oct 2014 19:25:13 +0000Making Super-Telescopes Requires Some Creative Engineering Giant Magellan Telescope, under construction in Chile, could help scientists answer big questions about the universeThu, 02 Oct 2014 20:17:32 +0000Breaking Down the Science of the Stolen Base does it take to swipe second? Math and physics lend their adviceThu, 02 Oct 2014 20:09:55 +0000Five Surprises That Emerged From Monarch Butterfly Genomes 101 butterfly genomes has revealed a few of the monarch's secrets, including some keys to its epic annual migrationThu, 02 Oct 2014 19:56:48 +0000The Smithsonian Institution Announces an Official Climate Change Statement bold assessment acknowledges that the global climate is warming because of human activitiesThu, 02 Oct 2014 19:40:34 +0000Scientists Prove That Telepathic Communication Is Within Reach international research team develops a way to say “hello” with your mindThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:36:20 +0000America's Best Fall Color Drives to be dazzled by Mother Nature’s fall foliage display? Just hop in the car.Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:10:04 +0000Peering into the Secret Diaries of American Artists new Archives of American Art exhibition looks at how artists documented their lives before social mediaWed, 01 Oct 2014 18:15:39 +0000On the Hunt for the World's Most Spectacular Sky Show Randall Hyman journeys north to Tromsø, Norway, in search of the northern lightsWed, 01 Oct 2014 18:05:46 +0000Crabby Tenants Defend Corals From Marauding Predators diversity of coral guard-crabs is needed to fend off attacks by hungry snails and giant spiky sea starsWed, 01 Oct 2014 16:45:10 +0000From the Biggest to the Longest, Five Amazing Caves To Visit measurements revealed the world's largest cave, which is unfortunately off-limits. But what are some other impressive underworlds open for visitors?Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:33:41 +0000The World Is What It Is Today Because of These Six Innovations a new book, Steven Johnson describes the many technologies that glass, refrigeration and other fundamental inventions have made possibleTue, 30 Sep 2014 19:16:08 +0000A New Way for Stewardship of Mother Earth: Indigeneity geographer Doug Herman proposes a return to sustainable solutions, based on the path laid by Indigenous peoples for millenniaTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:24 +0000A Poem Dedicated to Earth in the Age of Humans Portrait Gallery historian David Ward writes a new ode for the AnthropoceneTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:17 +0000Latinos Are Suffering the First Effects of Climate Change, Their Voices Need to Be Heard director of the Smithsonian Latino Center weighs in on the disproportionate burden that climate change brings to Latino populationsTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:09 +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 futureTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:06 +0000How Climate Change May Have Shaped Human Evolution is building that past climate change may have forged some of the defining traits of humanityTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:26:16 +0000Helsinki Has a Plan to Get People to Stop Owning Cars system being developed in Finland would allow people to subscribe to all kinds of mobility options and pay for everything on their phonesTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:25:25 +0000This Clear Plastic Material Harvests Solar Energy Without You Even Knowing It's There Researchers are developing transparent solar collectors that let sunlight in, while turning ultraviolet and near-infrared light into electricityTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:24:01 +0000What Will We Leave in the Fossil Record? Erik Hagen considers the remnants of modern human life that may be found in rock strata millions of years from nowTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:23:04 +0000Make Cities Explode in Size With These Interactive Maps Los Angeles to Lagos, see how megacities have been taking over the planet during the past 100 yearsTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:22:18 +0000Six Weird Ways Humans Are Altering the Planet deep holes to flying sheep, some signs of human activity might really perplex geologists in the far futureTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:21:31 +0000Have Humans Really Created a New Geologic Age? are living in the Anthropocene. But no one can agree when it started or how human activity will be preservedTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:19:50 +0000Travel Through Deep Time With This Interactive Earth key moments in Earth’s transformative history as continents drift and climate fluctuates over 4.6 billion yearsTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:19:02 +0000Research Into How Squid Camouflage Leads to An Ultra-Sharp Display for Televisions and Smartphones at Rice University have created pixels 40 times smaller than those found in today's LCD displaysMon, 29 Sep 2014 15:14:52 +0000How the Artist Behind the Giant Landscape Portrait on the Mall Used a Super-Precise GPS Satellite System as a Paintbrush create the National Portrait Gallery's "facescape," artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada got some high-tech helpFri, 26 Sep 2014 18:58:04 +0000Lonesome George, the Last Tortoise of His Kind, Is on Posthumous Display in NYC to extinction by overhunting, the world's last Pinta Island tortoise is now a taxidermy display at New York's American Museum of Natural HistoryFri, 26 Sep 2014 15:01:48 +0000Five Wild Ways to Get a Drink in the Desert moisture farmers of Tatooine could take a few tips from these projects for harvesting water out of thin airThu, 25 Sep 2014 15:22:23 +0000Can't Make It to the Moon? Head to Arizona Instead 1967, the United States Geological Survey turned an old volcano into a lunar training ground for astronautsThu, 25 Sep 2014 14:30:12 +0000Celebrating Pittsburgh, the City Behind Pro Football, Big Macs and the Polio Vaccine Pennsylvanian city had more lives than a cat and thrives as a hub of innovationWed, 24 Sep 2014 21:05:43 +0000The Evolution of the Nurse Stereotype via Postcards: From Drunk to Saint to Sexpot to Modern Medical Professional postcard exhibit at the National Library of Medicine shows how the cultural perception of nurses has changed over the decadesWed, 24 Sep 2014 16:10:56 +0000Are Tablets the Way Out of Child Illiteracy? them technology that they may have never seen before, and students' brains will work wonders Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:30:49 +0000The People’s Design Award Promises a Very Cyborg Future year's nominees focus on wearable technologyWed, 24 Sep 2014 15:15:34 +0000A Private Tour of the CIA's Incredible Museum the agency's headquarters is a museum filled with relics from half a century of cloak-and-dagger exploitsTue, 23 Sep 2014 20:33:23 +0000Why Does Rain Smell and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000This Artist Finds Strange Beauty in Google's Apocalyptic Glitches Valla makes art out of Google Earth's surrealist irregularitiesTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Even in 1784 America, It Was Impossible to Make a Map Without Infuriating Someone Buell’s map was the first in the country submitted for a copyrightTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Why We Must Explore the Sea Ballard, the famed explorer who discovered the wreck of the Titanic, ponders what else is on the ocean floor Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Inside the Brain’s Amazing Ability to Re-Map Your Body only have to go so far before the brain takes over and reconnects the nervous systemTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Did Marco Polo "Discover" America? attributed to the 13th-century traveler sketch what looks like the coast of AlaskaTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000What Can Humans Do to Save the Pacific Northwest's Iconic Salmon? fish is facing an upstream struggle to survive. Can human ingenuity find a solution?Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Debate Over Net Neutrality Has Its Roots in the Fight Over Radio Freedom's epic battle has been fought before, when radio took to the air a century agoTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000A Remote Cold War Radar System Has New Use in a Warming World stations designed to ring an alarm against nuclear attack may have new responsibilities due to climate changeTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Real Story of the "Football" That Follows the President Everywhere a peek at the mysterious black briefcase that has accompanied every U.S. president since John F. KennedyTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Why Was Robert Webster, a Slave, Wearing What Looks Like a Confederate Uniform? remarkable man risked his life to undermine the Confederacy yet remained close to his former owner after the Civil WarTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Inside the Intense Rivalry Between Eliot Ness and J. Edgar Hoover released files shed fresh light on the difficult relationship shared by the “Untouchable” Prohibition Bureau agent and the powerful FBI directorTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Want to See the New Massive Portrait on the National Mall? Go Up project, made of soil and sand, will cover five acres between the Lincoln Memorial and World War II MemorialTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Oscar-Winning Writer of <i>12 Years A Slave</i>, John Ridley, Talks About His New Jimi Hendrix Movie writer and director of <i>Jimi: All Is by My Side</i> speaks about making living history from legendTue, 23 Sep 2014 15:56:17 +0000Caterpillars Beware: Venom Won’t Protect You From Clueless Baby Birds birds will dumbly peck at anything that crawls their way—even if it winds up teaching them a painful lessonTue, 23 Sep 2014 15:00:00 +0000Step Inside the World's Most Dangerous Garden (If You Dare) Poison Garden at England's Alnwick Garden is beautiful—and filled with plants that can kill youMon, 22 Sep 2014 19:15:22 +0000Revisiting the Timeless Tracks of the Spanish Civil War Folkways is re-releasing its catalog of Spanish Civil War songsMon, 22 Sep 2014 18:20:59 +0000<em>Paris Match</em> Opens its Archives and Shares a Trove of Images of Artists in Their Studios traveling exhibition, curated by Picasso's grandson, reveals an intimate look at the places where artists craft their worksMon, 22 Sep 2014 17:20:13 +0000Ten Unusual National Animals That Rival the Unicorn doesn’t have the market cornered on exotic national symbols—check out the mouflon, the takin and the xoloitzcuintliMon, 22 Sep 2014 16:43:07 +0000Building the World's First Carbon-Neutral City City, near Abu Dhabi, boasts green buildings, a fleet of electric cars and massive solar arrays. But will the experiment work?Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:05:53 +0000This Smart Lightbulb Adjusts To You with motion and ambient light sensors, Stack's Alba bulb learns and follows your patternsMon, 22 Sep 2014 13:35:08 +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 partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, we look at the innovative spirit within the Smithsonian 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 +0000