Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenThu, 18 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Europe Is a Great Place to Be a Large Meat-Eater a rare success story for wildlife, bears, lynx, wolverine and wolves are increasing in numbers across the continent Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Most Beautiful Drone Travel Videos of 2014 was the year of the aerial drone travel video—here are some of the best of the bestThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:24:17 +0000The Colorado River Delta Turned Green After a Historic Water Pulse experimental flow briefly restored the ancient waterway and may have created new habitat for birdsThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:53:52 +0000London Mayor Boris Johnson on Winston Churchill's Cheekiest Quotes's mayor talks about his new Churchill biography, 50 years after the British Bulldog's deathWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000What Does “Happy New Year” Even Really Mean? engage in a strange debate about whether time really passesWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Illustrious History of Misquoting Winston Churchill exactly what Churchill said isn’t easy—or cheap Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why the Leatherback Turtle Has a Skylight in its Head do animals with poor vision see in dark locales?Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000How Did Right-Handedness Evolve? And More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Is String Theory About to Unravel? that the universe is made of strings has been elusive for 30 years, but the theory's mathematical insights continue to have an alluring pullWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Radical Paradox of Martin Luther King’s Devotion to Nonviolence Taylor Branch makes a timely argument about civil right leader’s true legacyWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000There Are 120 Years of Lakota History on This Calendar visual recording of life in the nation sheds light on a vanished cultureWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000How to Create a Virtual Organism OpenWorm, scientists are hoping to allow anyone with a computer to unlock the secrets of animal behaviorWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000How Australia Put Evolution on Darwin’s Mind famous naturalist’s revolutionary theory first took shape not in the Galápagos but in the primeval Blue MountainsWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Did Civil War Soldiers Have PTSD? hundred and fifty years later, historians are discovering some of the earliest known cases of post-traumatic stress disorderWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000When Texas Was at the Bottom of the Sea hike to the “top of Texas,” the world’s most famous fossil reef, leads to a new sense of the sublimeWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Want to Excite Your Inner Dinosaur Fan? Pack Your Bags for Alberta’s badlands are the place to see fantastic dinosaur fossils (and kitsch)—and eye-opening new evidence about the eve of their fallWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Unpublished Photos by Gordon Parks Bring a Nuanced View of 1950s Black America exhibit in Boston highlights unpublished photos from the acclaimed <i>Life</i> magazine photographerWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Celebrate Hanukkah the All-American Way With this Menorah unique menorah at the American History Museum is a tribute to liberty and a poignant reminder of what we celebrate Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:29:39 +0000For Every Object, There Is a Story to Tell Smithsonian curator is asked to select just one artifactWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:59:31 +0000NASA Can See Your Holiday Lights From Space can use holiday lights during Christmas and Rammadan as a proxy for overall energy use in urban areasWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:42:15 +0000The Best Winter Beers to Try This Holiday Season spoke with hops and malts expert William Bostwick about the right quaffs to drink while the weather is coldWed, 17 Dec 2014 14:57:39 +0000The Top 12 Ocean Stories That Made Waves in 2014 seas served up some compelling headlines this year, from celebrity fashion to solving the mystery of the melting starfishWed, 17 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Some of the Most Beautiful Things in Nature Come in the Tiniest of Packages winners of the 2014 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition capture a rat brain, the mouthparts of a vampire moth and other small wondersTue, 16 Dec 2014 20:12:27 +0000Fuel from Seawater? What's the Catch? at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory recently flew a model plane using a liquid hydrocarbon fuel they sourced from the oceanTue, 16 Dec 2014 17:22:08 +0000What We Can Learn by Digging Up the Secrets of Earth's Deep Carbon computers and subsurface life are just some of the topics being investigated by scientists in the Deep Carbon Observatory networkTue, 16 Dec 2014 15:09:04 +0000How Gone With the Wind Took the Nation by Storm By Catering to its Southern Sensibilities casting to its premiere, how Southerners viewed the film made all the differenceMon, 15 Dec 2014 20:29:34 +0000Fifty Years Ago This Month, John Coltrane Recorded One of the Greatest Jazz Tracks of All Time Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone was one of three instruments that John Coltrane played to reinvent himself—and Jazz musicMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:30:37 +0000Ancient Earth Warmed Dramatically After a One-Two Carbon Punch period of intense warming 55 million years ago is an even better case study for modern climate change than previously suspectedMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:00:00 +0000The Dangers of Winter Darkness: Weak Bones, Depression and Heart Trouble periods without sunshine can play a role in a surprising variety of physical and mental disordersMon, 15 Dec 2014 15:18:59 +0000Six Historic Trains That Embody the Holiday Spirit have always been a part of holiday celebrations—so why not hop aboard this season? Here are six seasonally appropriate rides to considerMon, 15 Dec 2014 13:07:42 +0000Artificial Skin Could Help Prosthesis Wearers Feel, For Real new polymer with a lattice of embedded sensors is sensitive to heat, humidity and pressureFri, 12 Dec 2014 20:06:05 +0000Swiss Researchers Create Eco-Friendly Plastic From Biofuel Waste new method for making biodegradable plastic could mean more free farmland for foodFri, 12 Dec 2014 19:24:49 +0000A Sea of Fog Completely Filled the Grand Canyon as total cloud inversion, the weather phenomenon is quite rare—and spectacularFri, 12 Dec 2014 18:08:41 +0000The Smithsonian Design Museum Tells the Story of User-Centered Design Through 120 Beautiful Products thermostat, a wheelchair, a prosthetic arm and razors are all a part of "Beautiful Users," now on display in New York CityFri, 12 Dec 2014 14:51:46 +0000Nearly Two Million Years of Innovation, As Told Through Tools Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, will exhibit 175 objects that range from Paleolithic tools to space-age satellites Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:34:47 +0000The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Makes Its Grand Re-Opening in New York City old and the new crash into each other beautifully in the former Carnegie mansionFri, 12 Dec 2014 13:29:41 +0000What’s Your Surgeon’s Jam? Probably Classical or Soft Rock doctors make the case for playing music during an operationThu, 11 Dec 2014 23:30:00 +0000Bees and Wasps in Britain Have Been Disappearing For More Than a Century in agricultural practices since the 19th century may be a major culprit in the pollinators’ declineThu, 11 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Engineering Will Be Vital in a Changing Climate Secretary G. Wayne Clough offers personal insights on the realities of climate change and the best ways for society to adaptThu, 11 Dec 2014 17:00:02 +0000After 12/13/14, What Are the Next Fun Dates for Math Lovers? integers are a bit boring, anyhow. Here are some more exciting sequences to celebrate over the next 89 yearsThu, 11 Dec 2014 15:09:08 +0000The Evolving Face of Santa, As Seen in the Smithsonian's Vast Collections look into Smithsonian's vast archives reveals that Father Christmas tends to get a makeover with every generation that embraces him Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:19:43 +0000Five Animal Products Scientists Can Now Grow In a Lab early experiments, scientists are growing meat in vitro and bioengineering yeast for dairyWed, 10 Dec 2014 21:27:08 +0000The Ocean Contains Over Five Trillion Pieces of Plastic Weighing More than 250,000 Tons frightening figures represent the most robust estimate of marine plastic pollution calculated to date Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000When America Invested in Infrastructure, These Beautiful Landmarks Were the Result eight of the Works Progress Administration’s most impressive structures.Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:15:39 +0000Show Us the Holiday Decorations in Your Neighborhood does the holiday season look like in your community? Upload a photo of the best light displays, Christmas trees, menorahs and other festive scenesTue, 09 Dec 2014 20:48:20 +0000The Creepy, Kitschy and Geeky Patches of US Spy Satellite Launches may be method to the madness behind the outlandish designs of the National Reconnaissance Office mission patchesTue, 09 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000Turning Shipping Containers Into Urban Farms a clever recycling experiment, the startup Local Roots Farms is growing organic, hydroponic produce in America's food desertsTue, 09 Dec 2014 16:56:19 +0000How Do Kids Learn Where There Are No Teachers? It May Take a Village...Computer non-profit called Projects for All has a plan for educating children without schools: Turn them loose on outdoor computer kiosks in their communityTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:28:05 +0000Inside the World of Istanbul's Male Belly Dancers nation’s shifting views toward homosexuality have opened the market for a centuries-old traditionTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:05:19 +0000Remembering the "Father of Video Games," Innovator Ralph Baer lab, where the inventor of the video game and the electronic game Simon, goes on view at the American History Museum next summerMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:36:09 +0000Fashion Photographer Rankin Has A New Book of Models in Wild Makeup British photographer reveals some unusual new portraits, with a hodgepodge of influencesMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:07:36 +0000Why the Composer of Candy Crush Soda Saga is the New King of Video Game Music may have never heard of Johan Holmstrom, but millions listen to his music every dayMon, 08 Dec 2014 18:29:46 +0000This Commuter Bus Runs On Poop U.K.-based biogas plant has developed a 40-seater than runs on converted sewage and food wasteMon, 08 Dec 2014 14:32:31 +0000Medical Mistletoe: Can the Holiday Plant Really Fight Cancer? some countries, cancer patients take mistletoe injections to ease symptoms, but the exact effects of the extracts are still up for debateMon, 08 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000These Photos Capture a Decade of Change at Earth's Poles courting penguins to moody icebergs, photojournalist Camille Seaman shares her personal journey through polar habitatsFri, 05 Dec 2014 17:58:24 +0000A Football Stadium Covered in This Solar Cloth Could Power a Small Town Carroll, founder of the Solar Cloth Company, has integrated super-thin photovoltaics into flexible fabricFri, 05 Dec 2014 16:30:10 +0000Game Changers: Innovation For Good you see these creative solutions to society's most pressing problems, the future looks pretty darn goodThu, 04 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Hidden Underbelly of West Antarctica Is Melting currents are flowing under ice shelves, causing coastal losses that may let land-based glaciers slide into the seaThu, 04 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Does Very Hot Water Sometimes Feel Cold? weird sensation known as paradoxical cold has scientists locked in a heated debateThu, 04 Dec 2014 18:05:33 +0000Generating Power One Step At a Time Pittsburgh-based startup SolePower is developing an insole that collects kinetic energy as you walk to power your mobile phoneThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:54:10 +0000Can This Berry Solve Both Obesity and World Hunger? a playful café in Chicago, chef Homaro Cantu is experimenting with miracle fruit, a West African berry that makes everything a little sweeterThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:52:32 +0000The Photographer Who Ansel Adams Called the Anti-Christ Mortensen’s grotesque, retouched photos of celebrities were a far cry from the realism favored by the photography eliteThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:21:15 +0000Christmas Markets Might Be the Best Reason to Spend the Holidays in Europe mulled wine to intricate ornaments, Europe's Christmas markets are a mix of food, goods and holiday cheerThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:11:02 +0000Rescuing Jorge Prelorán’s Films From Storage And Time Smithsonian’s Film Archives is reintroducing the world to the influential work of the Argentine-American filmmakerWed, 03 Dec 2014 22:48:36 +0000Zigzags on a Shell From Java Are the Oldest Human Engravings early human <em>Homo erectus</em> also made the oldest known shell tools half a million years agoWed, 03 Dec 2014 19:41:37 +0000What Can the Dinosaurs' Final Years Tell Us About the Biodiversity Crisis Today? ecosystems led to the demise of the dinosaurs. Today, plant and animal species are disappearing at exponential rates.Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:29:00 +0000These are the Forgotten Places in Your Neighborhood, Painted Kim Cadmus Owens celebrates the places we ignoreWed, 03 Dec 2014 16:28:06 +0000Geckos Have a Surprisingly Strong Death Grip toes remain firmly stuck in place even after the animal dies, implying that the lizards do not actively control their clinginessWed, 03 Dec 2014 00:01:00 +0000Fred Savage and “The Wonder Years” Cast Reflect on Why Their Show Still Matters cast and crew of “The Wonder Years” reunited at the American History Museum today to donate costumes and other artifactsTue, 02 Dec 2014 20:31:12 +0000Up-Close and Personal With Chicago's Most Infamous Criminals"Gangsters & Grifters," a book by the Chicago Tribune, recalls a time when photographers had unprecedented access to the world of crime Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:21:20 +0000This Plant-Based Gel Stops Bleeding in Seconds salve that seals severe wounds is making its way to veterinary clinics. Military and trauma testing may soon followTue, 02 Dec 2014 16:31:40 +0000The Racist History of Peter Pan's Indian Tribe in the early 20th century, though, critics saw Tiger Lily and her fellow "Picaninnies" as caricaturesTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:33:26 +0000The Deadly Dilemma Facing Romania's Brown Bears the Carpathian Mountains, frustrated farmers and high-paying sport hunters are helping to set the highest bear hunting quotas yet allowedTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000The Scientist Behind "Jurassic World", Jack Horner, Breaks Down the Movie's Thrilling Trailer spoke with the paleontologist, who was an adviser on the <em>Jurassic Park</em> movies, about the science behind the franchiseTue, 02 Dec 2014 13:59:47 +0000Haunting Drone Footage of Chernobyl Town"Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl" shows a drone's-eye view of the city nearly three decades after nuclear disasterMon, 01 Dec 2014 21:16:38 +0000How Do You Make a Great Teacher? student teachers harder, stick with them once they’re in the classroom, and integrate them into their schools' communitiesMon, 01 Dec 2014 21:02:33 +0000How Does the Hirshhorn's 60-Foot "Needle Tower" Stay Upright In A Stiff Wind? the 1960s, when artist Kenneth Snelson mingled architectural innovation with abstraction, the result was heavenlyMon, 01 Dec 2014 20:12:29 +0000Vote for the <em>Star Wars</em> Exhibition Hashtag traveling exhibition needs a hashtag. What will it be?Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:37:54 +0000Njideka Akunyili Crosby's Intimate Work Straddles Mediums And Oceans young Nigerian-American artist wins one of the Smithsonian's most prestigious awards.Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:17:33 +0000Designing a Smaller, Lighter Airplane Tail engineers from Caltech, Boeing and NASA, Israel Wygnanski is ushering in a new era of fuel-efficient airplane designMon, 01 Dec 2014 16:59:37 +0000Five Practical Uses for "Spooky" Quantum Mechanics years after Bell's Theorem, tools that harness the weird properties of quantum mechanics are at work all around you Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:48:41 +0000The Best Gifts of 2014 for Science Geeks roundup of unique science gifts, from space dog lockets to mathematical bottle openersWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:40 +0000What to Give to the Traveler in Your Life clothespin reading lights to a clear-bottom kayak, gifts for every traveler (and price point)Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:30 +0000Eight Tech Gifts for Early Adopters a personal drone and a 3D printer to sleep and sport performance trackers, these gadgets will please the technophiles in your lifeWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:26 +0000What to Give to Your Favorite Foodie This Holiday Season sauces, spices and tools will delight the amateur chef in your lifeWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:09 +0000Best Gifts of 2014 for Nature Lovers editors, gardeners and scientists offer ideas to give the gifts that keep wildlife thrivingWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:01 +0000Shopping on Black Friday Makes You Feel Like a Well-Loved Warrior powerful cocktail of social bonding and competitive adventure will compel more than 95 million people to hit the stores on one dayWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:06:22 +0000The Architecture of the Hunger Games' Horns of Plenty inspired the architectural object at the center of the Hunger Games arena?Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:01:17 +0000The 17th-Century English Who Settled in the Southern U.S. Had Very Little to be Thankful For servants, these immigrants suffered through malnutrition and horrible conditions upon arriving in AmericaTue, 25 Nov 2014 21:22:37 +0000What Do America’s Top Chefs Cook for Thanksgiving? quick survey of some of the unique dishes that restaurant chefs prepare for their own family dinnerTue, 25 Nov 2014 20:54:24 +0000Stuck at the Airport? Why Not Take In an Art Exhibit missed connection or delayed arrival doesn't have to ruin your time at the airport, especially if your airport has an art showTue, 25 Nov 2014 20:33:49 +0000An Electric Fence Wards Off Sharks Africa has begun testing a humane way to make its beaches saferTue, 25 Nov 2014 16:43:28 +0000Why Are You a Picky Eater? Blame Genes, Brains and Breast Milk complicated science behind picky eating is giving experts plenty of food for thoughtTue, 25 Nov 2014 16:27:11 +0000The Death And Rebirth of the American Mall are dying—but a dead mall gives a community the chance to rebuild something that might have been doomed to begin withTue, 25 Nov 2014 14:41:19 +0000How Will We Make Music in 200 Years? group of innovators were asked to imagine what music will be like in 2214. If they're right, it could be pretty bizarreTue, 25 Nov 2014 14:33:37 +0000Why is Turquoise Becoming Rarer and More Valuable Than Diamonds? depleting mines, turquoise, the most sacred stone to the Navajo, has become increasingly rare. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:25:28 +0000The Physics of Whisky’s Aesthetically Pleasing Residue photographer teamed up with scientists to figure out the fluid dynamics behind patterns left in whisky glasses Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:29:41 +0000Chinese Chickens May Have Been Domesticated 10,000 Years Ago found in ancient farming sites are lending insight into the origins of our favorite fowlMon, 24 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000The Science of How to Fly Stress-Free Over the Holidays getting to the airport to avoiding lost luggage, a little research can help you have a stress-free plane tripMon, 24 Nov 2014 18:31:06 +0000Humans Are Becoming City-Dwelling "Metro Sapiens" achieve sustainability, the human species needs to embrace its urban side, argues public health researcher Jason VargoMon, 24 Nov 2014 17:59:54 +0000Decoding the Lost Diary of David Livingstone technology allowed researchers to reveal that the good doctor was not all that the public presumed Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:15:03 +0000John Smith Coined the Term New England on This 1616 Map Jamestown, Smith pushed the English to settle the northeast, identifying Plymouth as a suitable harbor four years before the Pilgrims landed thereMon, 24 Nov 2014 15:41:30 +0000With An Eye To Mars, NASA is Testing its Astronaut Twins and Mark Kelly, the only twins to have traveled in space, are embarking on a mission to help NASA prepare for MarsFri, 21 Nov 2014 19:27:08 +0000Before Instagram, Memorializing Asia’s Most Traveled Roads Moroccan postcards to Japanese scrolls, the Sackler Gallery explores five centuries of travel around the Asian continentFri, 21 Nov 2014 19:03:00 +0000Prague's Famous John Lennon Wall: Is It Over, or Reborn? students painted over the famous landmark to make space for the next generation of artists—and people are already festooning the wall with new graffitiFri, 21 Nov 2014 17:39:08 +0000Here's What It Takes To Win the Smithsonian's Boochever Portrait Competition Dorothy Moss gives a hint at what the jurors might be thinking in this high-stakes competitionFri, 21 Nov 2014 15:40:45 +0000Are Megacities Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Climate Change? the people who call them home, cities have the potential for good and bad when it comes to adapting to a warming worldFri, 21 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000No, “Bath Salts” Won’t Turn You Into a Cannibal now we have a better idea what the latest generation of the drugs is really doing to your brain Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:34:09 +0000The Roosevelt Family Built a New York Coffee Chain 50 Years Before Starbucks Roosevelt’s children brought fresh-roasted beans and European coffeehouse culture to ManhattanThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Controversial Afterlife of King Tut frenzy of conflicting scientific analyses have made the famous pharaoh more mysterious than everThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000These Intense Photos of Lion-Tailed Macaques Will Turn You Into a Conservationist few thousand macaques still exist in the wild—but for how much longer?Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why the SR-71 Blackbird is the Epitome of Cold War Spycraft sleek and shadowy plane still commands awe 50 years after its first test flightThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Horrific Sand Creek Massacre Will Be Forgotten No More opening of a national historic site in Colorado helps restore to public memory one of the worst atrocities ever perpetrated on Native AmericansThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Mystery of Why This Dangerous Sand Dune Swallowed a Boy a boy suddenly disappeared into a sand dune, a scientist embarked on a quest to find out where he wentThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Story Behind Thomas Hart Benton’s Incredible Masterwork famed artist drew on his extensive travels to paint “America Today”Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000It Could Have Been Reginald the Red-Nosed Reindeer the very shiny life of a 75-year-old marketing gimmickThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Origin of the Number Zero in the jungle, an intrepid scholar locates a symbol of power and mysteryThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Do Humans Have Thumbs?’s a never-ending stream of theories about Homo sapiens’ most important digit Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000A New Canal Through Central America Could Have Devastating Consequences ramifications of the proposed route have environmentalists worried, and for good reasonThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000What’s the Difference Between Streets and Avenues and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000When Pedestrians Ruled the Streets driverless car may take a while to catch on—just as the automobile did a century agoThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000When Lee Harvey Oswald Shot the President, His Mother Tried to Take Center Stage Oswald had a series of bizarre reactions to her son’s transgression, forever making her a famous mother to historyThu, 20 Nov 2014 14:34:24 +0000The World's Longest Beard Is One Of The Smithsonian's Strangest Artifacts in storage at the National Museum of Natural History, the world's longest beard measures over 17 feet in lengthWed, 19 Nov 2014 19:35:29 +0000Before Serial, There Were These Groundbreaking Examples of Serialized Non-Fiction’t wait for the next episode of the podcast series? Take a look at these popular predecessorsWed, 19 Nov 2014 16:00:12 +0000Sixty Years Ago, the Regency TR-1 Transistor Radio Was the New "It" Gift For the Holiday Season a burst of post World War II innovation, the transistor radio with music for your pocket fueled a teenage social revolution Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:37:33 +0000How the Office of the Vice Presidency Evolved from Nothing to Something President John Adams once said "In this I am nothing, But I may be everything." A new book tells how the office has moved from irrelevance to powerTue, 18 Nov 2014 20:28:17 +0000The Whiskey Wars That Left Brooklyn in Ruins to pay their taxes, distillers in New York City faced an army willing to go to the extreme to enforce the lawTue, 18 Nov 2014 14:33:31 +0000Where to See the Oldest Artifacts in the World a royal soccer ball to a very old book, see humanity's history of innovation in ten amazing everyday objectsMon, 17 Nov 2014 21:18:33 +0000Meet the Tiny Killer Causing Millions of Sea Stars to Waste Away deadly sea star wasting disease, which turns live animals into slimy goop, is caused by a previously unknown virus Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000Vietnam War Vets Reconnect With Their 1960s Pen Pals For a Museum Donation after they sat in Mrs. Davis’ fourth grade class, former students donated Vietnam War materials to the American History MuseumMon, 17 Nov 2014 17:04:07 +0000Meet the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time new, special issue of <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine attempts the impossible: to list out the most significant people in United States historyMon, 17 Nov 2014 15:55:43 +0000Drop This Capsule Into a Stream and It Will Screen For Pollution have developed a sensor (no batteries required) that creates a barcode indicating the amount of pollutants and their whereabouts in waterMon, 17 Nov 2014 15:26:23 +0000Experience Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' on This Beautiful Illuminated Bike Path mark the 125th anniversary of the artists' death, a group of designers have lit a solar-powered path through historic Van Gogh sitesFri, 14 Nov 2014 22:02:37 +0000How a Misdrawn Map Put 1,400 Chimps and a Rare Plant in Peril and farmers are moving into a protected forest in Congo thanks in part to an administrative blooperFri, 14 Nov 2014 19:12:21 +0000Why Colors You See in an Art Museum Can’t Be Replicated Today look into the history of the pigments used in spectacular artFri, 14 Nov 2014 18:29:38 +0000A Bike Path Near Amsterdam Is Now Generating Solar Power cyclists ride above, solar panels embedded in the pathway pump energy into the power gridFri, 14 Nov 2014 17:56:41 +0000A Third of Natural World Heritage Sites Are in Danger the Florida Everglades to Africa's first national park, many crucial protected areas are in serious troubleFri, 14 Nov 2014 15:27:13 +0000Why Some Mammals Kill Babies of Their Own Kind mammals that commit infanticide developed the behavior in response to their species' mating styleThu, 13 Nov 2014 19:06:10 +0000The Everyday Cannibals and Murderers of Los Angeles needs film noir when you’ve got these insects in the City of Angels?Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:52:04 +0000Smithsonian Announces BIG Plans for Campus Redesign by the innovative vision of Bjarke Ingels, the Smithsonian unveils a 20-year plan for redesigning its south campusThu, 13 Nov 2014 15:31:41 +0000The Long History of Disease and the Fear of the “Other” quarantines and travel bans are far older than the current Ebola scaresThu, 13 Nov 2014 15:19:18 +0000Holy Smokes! Tobacco May Fuel Planes in the Future seeds from a new type of tobacco plant grown in South Africa release an oil that can be made into biofuelWed, 12 Nov 2014 18:50:11 +0000What the Heck Are Wallabies Doing in Ireland? spotted in Australia, the marsupial species is thriving on a remote island off the Irish coastWed, 12 Nov 2014 17:27:06 +0000Designing for Seniors and Soldiers, Toward a "Silver" Architecture green is good, but could architects be doing more for two segments of our population?Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:31:53 +0000Tracking Frackers From the Sky scientists eyeing Pennsylvania's natural gas drillers in aerial images may help determine if there is a link between fracking and certain illnessesMon, 10 Nov 2014 22:20:16 +0000New Understanding of Toxin-Loving Organisms May Help Tackle Pollution breakthrough in the understanding of how bacteria break down toxins using vitamin B12 could lead to improved cleanup methodsMon, 10 Nov 2014 22:09:19 +0000Ice Age Babies Surrounded by Weapon Parts Found in Alaska at an ancient hunting camp in Alaska, the infant remains are offering clues to the burial rites of early AmericansMon, 10 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000Ocean Dead Zones Are Getting Worse Globally Due to Climate Change waters and other factors will cause nearly all areas of low oxygen to grow by the end of the centuryMon, 10 Nov 2014 16:21:52 +0000The Real Johnny Appleseed Brought Apples—and Booze—to the American Frontier apples John Chapman brought to the frontier were very different than today's apples—and they weren't meant to be eatenMon, 10 Nov 2014 14:53:44 +0000Amazing, Rare Photographs of the Berlin Wall Coming Down Alexandra Avakian traveled to Berlin based on rumor, and she ended up becoming a witness to historyFri, 07 Nov 2014 22:01:08 +0000Would Astronauts Survive an Interstellar Trip Through a Wormhole?, it depends on your definition of "wormhole" … Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:31:30 +0000The Story of the Most Successful Tunnel Escape in the History of the Berlin Wall abandoned bakery, some shovels and a few buckets were all it took for a few university students to defy the symbolic barrier of the Cold WarFri, 07 Nov 2014 13:42:58 +0000Why "Interstellar" Belongs in the Pantheon of the Best "Realistic" Science Fiction Films film follows a well-trodden path, says Smithsonian space historian Cathleen Lewis, who gives it a thumbs up Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:32:17 +0000A Las Vegas Bathroom and 9 Other Unexpected Places to See the Berlin Wall five years ago, the Berlin Wall came crumbling down. Today, segments can be found in over 140 memorials worldwideThu, 06 Nov 2014 19:01:47 +0000On Summer Nights, Some Bats Like to Jam free-tailed bats “jam” each others’ echolocation calls to discombobulate competitors Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000A Sensor In Guns Tells Dispatch When Police Officers Need Backup monitoring the position and status of firearms, commanders can see exactly what's happening in the fieldThu, 06 Nov 2014 18:12:52 +0000Bill Nye on the Risks of Not Debating With Creationists Nye the Science Guy has a book out on evolution. Here’s what he has to sayThu, 06 Nov 2014 14:40:18 +0000The Threatened Birds in These Artworks Might One Day Go the Way of the Dodo Smithsonian American Art Museum's exhibition explores mankind's relationship to birds and the natural worldThu, 06 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Parents, Give Your Teens Driving Lessons Without Even Being in the Car six-month training program gives parents of new drivers a training tool—and a little extra peace of mindWed, 05 Nov 2014 19:55:49 +0000A Label You Rub To See If Food Has Expired and Other Finalists for the Dyson Award's also a pen that lets you know when you should reapply your sunscreen and a device called Luke StairwalkerWed, 05 Nov 2014 17:00:28 +0000Big Moon Jelly Blooms Tied to New Dock Construction floating pier installed off Japan led to a four-fold increase in baby jellies, offering a solid link between structures and bloomsWed, 05 Nov 2014 16:26:09 +0000Small Islands May Make Tsunami Danger Worse offshore islands usually protect coasts, simulations suggest they may amplify monster waves reaching the mainlandWed, 05 Nov 2014 00:01:00 +0000Here’s What You Missed at the Smithsonian Innovation Festival and museum staff alike inspired the crowd to see the world through the prism of innovation Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:00:58 +0000"I’ve Lived the Life of 500 People": The Photography of Art Wolfe<i>Earth Is My Witness</i> chronicles Wolfe's 40-year career as a photographerTue, 04 Nov 2014 18:01:52 +0000The Forgotten History of Mace, Designed by a 29-Year-Old and Reinvented as a Police Weapon riots shook America, mace became a tool of crowd control instead of private protectionTue, 04 Nov 2014 17:51:38 +0000The True Story of the Little Ballerina Who Influenced Degas' <em>Little Dancer</em> artist's famous sculpture is both on view and the subject of a new theatrical performanceTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:46:31 +0000Past Transit Tragedies Point to a Way Forward for Virgin Galactic a fatal Apollo fire to the sinking of the <em>Titanic</em>, history has a few lessons following last week’s spaceflight disastersTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:03:08 +0000This Fifth Grader Found a 14,000-Year-Old Clovis Point, Likely Unearthed From Hurricane Sandy Cordle was boogie boarding in New Jersey when he came upon an ancient hunting toolTue, 04 Nov 2014 15:10:16 +0000This Bird’s Songs Share Mathematical Hallmarks With Human Music hermit thrush prefers to sing in harmonic series, a fundamental component of human musicMon, 03 Nov 2014 20:35:28 +0000Architects and Designers Make Money for Norway, that is. Two firms have been selected to design Norway’s new currency.Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:34:48 +0000Turn Your Birth Control On and Off With a Remote Gates is backing MicroCHIPS, a Massachusetts-based startup developing an implantable chip that releases birth control hormones on demandMon, 03 Nov 2014 17:53:21 +0000Whigs Swigged Cider and Other Voter Indicators of the Past most of American history, what someone wore indicated their political affiliations as loudly as a Prius or a Hummer might todayMon, 03 Nov 2014 15:56:05 +0000An Awe-Inspiring Altar Remembers One Latino Artist's Guiding Spirit the American History Museum, an installation reimagines the life story of a Latina artist and writerFri, 31 Oct 2014 19:19:40 +0000How Halloween Has Taken Over England British have long celebrated Guy Fawkes Day on November 5, but now the October 31 holiday is a lot more appealing.Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:40:09 +0000Authors Who Couldn’t Quit the Characters That Made Them Famous is a list of famous writers, including J.K. Rowling, who couldn’t resist reconnecting with their creations.Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:25:53 +0000How Witches' Brews Helped Bring Modern Drugs to Market nausea, headaches or heart trouble? You can thank medieval witches’ potions for helping to cure what ails youFri, 31 Oct 2014 15:06:46 +0000No Costume? Grab A Sheet And Rock a Toga designer Mariah Hale explains how to wrap the perfect last-minute togaFri, 31 Oct 2014 14:57:14 +0000The Best Places Around the World to See Bats (by the Millions) tourism might sound creepy, but it may be the best way to help bat conservation around the worldFri, 31 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000What “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Tells Us About Contagion, Fear and 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 +0000