Articles | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenFri, 22 Sep 2017 21:07:09 +0000Over 130 Factories Get New Lives as Tourist Destinations in Taiwanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/step-inside-taiwans-tourism-factories-180964778/From glassblowing to ribbon weaving, baking to soap making, the island offers innovative tourism attractions for every type of visitorFri, 22 Sep 2017 21:07:09 +0000Turning Irregular Heartbeats Into Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-irregular-heartbeats-music-180964991/A set of piano pieces could help doctors better understand heart rhythm disordersFri, 22 Sep 2017 17:12:21 +0000Modern Humans and Neanderthals May Be More Similar Than We Imaginedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/did-neanderthal-children-grow-lot-modern-human-children-180964993/A remarkably preserved 49,000-year-old skeleton shows that Neanderthal kids may have grown slowly, like usFri, 22 Sep 2017 17:03:41 +0000The True Story Behind Billie Jean King's Victorious “Battle of the Sexes”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/true-story-behind-billie-jean-king-battle-sexes-180964985/Smithsonian sports curator Eric Jentsch offers a look at her legacy beyond the legendary matchFri, 22 Sep 2017 15:31:54 +0000This Train Hauls Fish Up a Mountain for a Livinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/1003687_2_3451005_eps01-europa2_chef_yt/The path of the North Rail Express from Norway to Sweden is a challenging one: starting at sea level, the train will have to climb 25 miles upFri, 22 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000How U.S. and German Art Experts Are Teaming Up to Solve Nazi-Era Mysterieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-us-and-german-art-experts-are-teaming-solve-nazi-era-mysteries-180964955/Specialists in WWII art loss and restitution will discuss provenance research in BerlinFri, 22 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000In This Quiet Space for Contemplation, a Fountain Rains Down Calming Waters http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/quiet-space-contemplation-fountain-rains-down-calming-waters-180964981/One year after the Nation’s first black president rang in the opening of the African American History Museum, visitors reflect on its impactThu, 21 Sep 2017 19:11:11 +0000Ancient DNA Helps Scientists Shed Light on How Ancient Africans Moved and Mixedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-complete-first-major-study-ancient-human-dna-africa-180964973/New techniques help explain why there is little genetic overlap between modern and ancient Malawi people—and promise much moreThu, 21 Sep 2017 17:54:30 +0000The Color-Changing Marvel of Tree Frogs Looking for Lovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/color-changing-marvel-tree-frogs-looking-love-180964976/A new study sheds light on the wild world of "dynamically dichromatic" amphibiansThu, 21 Sep 2017 16:53:15 +0000Eight New Uses For Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/eight-new-uses-for-virtual-reality-180964904/Fasten your headsets. VR technology is coming at us from all directionsThu, 21 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000The ABA Was Short-Lived, but Its Impact on Basketball Is Eternalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/aba-short-lived-impact-on-court-eternal-180964775/The spectacular play you see today owes a mighty debt to the revolutionary, slam-dunking basketball leagueThu, 21 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000Stereographs Were the Original Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sterographs-original-virtual-reality-180964771/The shocking power of immersing oneself in another world was all the buzz once before—about 150 years agoThu, 21 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000When Did East Asian Countries Adopt the Western Calendar and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-did-east-asian-countries-adopt-western-calendar-ask-smithsonian-180964764/You asked, we answeredThu, 21 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000Some of the Best Parts of Autonomous Vehicles Are Already Herehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/some-best-parts-autonomous-vehicles-are-already-here-180964966/Consumers with high hopes of driverless cars improving safety might be looking past the boring near-term advances that could make a real difference Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000How Comics Captured America’s Opinions About the Vietnam Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-comics-captured-americas-opinions-about-vietnam-war-180964964/More than any other medium, comics closely followed the narrative arc of the conflict, from support to growing ambivalenceThu, 21 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why This 1969 Royal Family Documentary Was Pulled Off Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-this-1969-royal-family-documentary-was-p/In total, the Queen Mother was a widow for 50 years of her life. During that time, she became known for two things: extravagance and an unpaid tabThu, 21 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Brazilian Capoeira Evolved From a Martial Art to an International Dance Crazehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/capoeira-occult-martial-art-international-dance-180964924/The athletic movements may have inspired modern break dancingThu, 21 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000How Mexico City’s Unique Geology Makes Deadly Earthquakes Even Worsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-mexico-citys-unique-geology-makes-earthquakes-even-worse-180964972/The entire country—but especially the capital—has all the ingredients for seismic catastropheWed, 20 Sep 2017 18:41:59 +0000Can the World’s Megacities Survive the Digital Age?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-worlds-megacities-survive-digital-age-180964967/Like companies, megacities must adaptWed, 20 Sep 2017 18:17:07 +0000Victoria and Abdul: The Friendship that Scandalized Englandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/victoria-and-abdul-friendship-scandalized-england-180964959/Near the end of her reign, Queen Victoria developed a friendship with an Indian servant, elevating him to trusted advisor and infuriating her courtWed, 20 Sep 2017 15:05:04 +0000New Book of Photographs Recalls the Trauma of American Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-book-photographs-recalls-trauma-american-history-180964777/Looking back at a lynching that shocked America and galvanized the civil rights movementWed, 20 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Salvation of Mosulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/salvation-mosul-180964772/An Iraqi archaeologist braved ISIS snipers and booby-trapped ruins to rescue cultural treasures in the city and nearby legendary Nineveh and NimrudWed, 20 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000Dave Eggers’ Animals Might Be “Ungrateful,” But They Go to a Good Causehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/eggers-ungrateful-animals-180964770/The author discusses a return to art and his forthcoming book <em>Ungrateful Mammals</em>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Scientists Engineered Cassini’s Final Demisehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-scientists-engineered-cassinis-final-demise-180964953/ After a rich scientific life, Cassini went out in a blaze, becoming one with the planet it had revolved around for so longWed, 20 Sep 2017 14:49:18 +0000A Honey Badger Barrels Through a Sharp Thorn Tree for Lunchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-honey-badger-barrels-through-a-sharp-thorn/A rock rat is hiding from his predator, a honey badger, in the midst of a Namibian sweet thorn tree. But he doesn't count on his opponent's determinationWed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000How This Washington, D.C. Museum Redefined What Museums Could Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-anacostia-community-museum-redefined-what-museums-could-be-180964941/Fifty years after its founding, the Smithsonian's beloved Anacostia Community Museum continues to tell stories heard nowhere elseWed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Star-Studded Photos Reveal the Beauty of Armenia's Ancient Landscapeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenia-night-local-lens-landscape-ancient-suren-manvelyan-180964781/The photographer behind 'Your beautiful eyes' documents his country's storied landscape beneath canopies of starsWed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Scientists Invent a Pen That Can Detect Cancer in Seconds http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-invent-pen-can-detect-cancer-seconds-180964947/This handheld mass spectrometer could make surgeries to remove cancerous tissue quicker and more accurateTue, 19 Sep 2017 18:26:46 +0000Photographer Reconstructs 1,400-Mile Route Along the Underground Railroadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/underground-railroad-photographs-180964899/'Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad' traces a plausible path a freedom seeker could have taken NorthTue, 19 Sep 2017 18:08:03 +0000Four Weird Ways Dogs Have Earned Their Keephttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/four-weird-ways-dogs-have-earned-their-keep-180964948/From pulling milk carts to herding reindeer, dogs have had some odd jobsTue, 19 Sep 2017 17:49:25 +0000The Making of the Modern American Recipehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/making-modern-american-recipe-180964940/Scientific methods, rising literacy and an increasingly mobile society were key ingredients for a culinary revolutionTue, 19 Sep 2017 16:06:39 +0000How Alexander Calder Became America's Most Beloved Sculptorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/alexander-calder-became-americas-most-beloved-sculptor-180964773/In an exclusive excerpt from his new book, Calder: The Conquest of Time, Jed Perl reveals a hidden side of the artistTue, 19 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World's Biggest Pumpkin?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/america-losing-ground-contest-grow-worlds-biggest-pumpkin-180964769/Our most symbolic squash is now taking over the worldTue, 19 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000What’s Actually New About Today’s Newfangled Birth Control Apps?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-actually-new-about-todays-newfangled-birth-control-apps-180964933/These futuristic-sounding apps are on the rise, but it’s key to separate the data from the hypeTue, 19 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000Freer|Sackler: Reopenedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/freersackler-reopened-180964919/The Smithsonian reopens the Freer and Sackler Galleries to the public in OctoberTue, 19 Sep 2017 13:57:07 +0000The World Has Millions of Colors. Why Do We Only Name a Few?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-different-languages-name-different-colors-180964945/Cognitive scientists suggest that we name the colors of things we want to talk about Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000Children Used to Learn About Death and Damnation With Their ABCshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/children-used-learn-about-death-and-damnation-their-abcs-180964938/In 19th-century New England, the books that taught kids how to read had a Puritanical morbidity to themTue, 19 Sep 2017 12:08:24 +0000A Young Princess Elizabeth's First Radio Broadcasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-young-princess-elizabeths-first-radio-bro/In 1940, Princess Elizabeth was tasked with an important job by prime minister Winston Churchill: to give a morale-boosting radio speech to her subjectsTue, 19 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Here’s What It Takes to Turn a Museum into a Movie Screenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-what-it-takes-turn-museum-movie-screen-180964931/On October 14, the façade of the newly renovated Freer Gallery makes its cinematic debutTue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Seven Must-See Museums in Norwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/must-see-museums-norway-180964470/Each institution celebrates a different aspect of this Scandinavian country’s historyMon, 18 Sep 2017 19:42:07 +0000There Never Was a Real Tulip Feverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/there-never-was-real-tulip-fever-180964915/A new movie sets its doomed entrepreneurs amidst 17th-century “tulipmania”—but historians of the phenomenon have their own bubble to burstMon, 18 Sep 2017 15:50:29 +0000Will Fake Mars Missions Actually Help Us Get to Mars?http://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/mars-fakers-180964343/Can we learn anything by pretending?Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:44:12 +0000The Intrepid Teachers Bringing Internet Access To Women In Rural Indiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/intrepid-teachers-bringing-internet-access-to-women-in-rural-india-180964894/The gender disparity among internet users in the country's small villages is staggering. A program called Internet Saathi aims to helpMon, 18 Sep 2017 15:19:48 +0000These New Solar Cells Are Modeled After a Fly's Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-new-solar-cells-are-modeled-after-flys-eye-180964911/Stanford University researchers may have found a way for perovskites to compete with silicon in the solar panel market Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:45:46 +0000When the Idea of Home Was Key to American Identityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-idea-home-was-key-american-identity-180964892/From log cabins to Gilded Age mansions, how you lived determined where you belongedMon, 18 Sep 2017 12:00:28 +0000How This Prankster Crashed Prince William's 21st Birthdayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-this-prankster-crashed-prince-williams/The Prince of Wales' 21st birthday party was held in the royal venue of Windsor Castle. Despite the security measures, an uninvited man was able to get inMon, 18 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Former Soviet Art Duo Crafts Worlds of Whimsy and Delight http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-former-soviet-art-duo-crafts-worlds-whimsy-delight-180964914/Miniature models, the wellspring of the celebrated large installations of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, are at the HirshhornMon, 18 Sep 2017 11:42:41 +0000How an Environmental Activist Became a Pioneer for Climate Justice in Indiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/indian-activists-path-climate-justice-180964866/Reducing India’s emissions will take more than science—it will take a new paradigm of de-colonialism, says Sunita NarainFri, 15 Sep 2017 16:19:11 +0000This Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skullshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hallstatt-bones-house-hand-painted-skulls-180964736/Step inside Europe's largest intact collection of painted remainsFri, 15 Sep 2017 13:55:00 +0000Turn-of-the-Century Kid's Books Taught Wealthy, White Boys the Virtues of Playing Footballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/these-childrens-books-told-young-boys-college-football-was-how-men-became-men-180964898/A founder of the NCAA, Walter Camp thought that sport was the cure for the social anxiety facing parents in America's upper classFri, 15 Sep 2017 13:44:58 +0000Fans of Minecraft Are Sure to Dig this Nationwide Museum Festhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/minecraft-fans-dig-museum-fest-180964888/The indie hit is the perfect game for a day devoted to unearthing knowledgeFri, 15 Sep 2017 13:37:27 +0000The Devastating Fire That Left Windsor Castle in Shambleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-devastating-fire-that-left-windsor-castl/Windsor Castle, the scene of a disastrous fire in 1992, was badly in need of restoration. One problem: The bill was likely to be in the millionsFri, 15 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000No Panda Cub From the Zoo's Mei Xiang This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/no-panda-cub-from-zoo-mei-xiang-this-year-180964581/After a summer of close monitoring, zoo officials announced the 19-year-old animal wouldn't be giving birthThu, 14 Sep 2017 21:03:03 +000012 Must-See Fall Exhibits Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/12-must-see-fall-exhibits-180964834/Art, science and magic draws us to museums this fallThu, 14 Sep 2017 16:04:15 +0000The National Parks Face a Looming Existential Crisishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/national-parks-existential-crisis-180964880/Political uncertainty and a changing climate converge to forge the park system's biggest challenge yetThu, 14 Sep 2017 15:20:00 +0000At an Army Base in Kansas, There's a Secret Collection of Incredible Findshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/army-base-kansas-secret-collection-priceless-artifacts-180964882/Are these priceless artifacts or worthless trinkets? No one knows for sure, but a local art gallery is pitching in to find outThu, 14 Sep 2017 15:06:45 +0000What Does the Gender Reveal Fad Say About Modern Pregnancy?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-does-gender-reveal-fad-say-about-modern-pregnancy-180964891/A new ritual speaks to anxieties surrounding the medicalization of childbearingThu, 14 Sep 2017 14:34:14 +0000Your Childhood Experiences Can Permanently Change Your DNAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-childhood-environment-can-permanently-change-DNA-180964869/An investigation into more than 500 children shows that upbringing can have dramatic effects on human health Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Agriculture Came to Be a Political Weapon—And What That Means for Farmershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-agriculture-came-be-political-weaponand-what-means-farmers-180964849/In his new book, Ted Genoways follows a family farm and the ways they’re impacted by geopoliticsThu, 14 Sep 2017 12:00:40 +0000Did Nazis Hide Loot Beneath This Giant Polish Castle?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/did-nazis-hide-loot-beneath-this-giant-polis/Ksiaz Castle in southern Poland sits atop a remarkable complex of underground tunnels built by the Nazis in 1944Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000These Massive Land Art Constructions Are Actually Ancient Fishing Weirshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/discover-taiwans-ancient-fishing-methods-tourist-destinations-180964694/Stone tidal traps were built off the coast of Taiwan as early as the Qing DynastyWed, 13 Sep 2017 20:24:41 +0000Armenia Might Be One of the Oldest and Youngest Beer-Making Countries in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenia-might-be-one-oldest-and-youngest-beermaking-countries-world-180964860/ Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:03:22 +0000See the Sounds of the Amazon in This Mesmerizing Videohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/see-sounds-amazon-mesmerizing-video-180964877/Artist Andy Thomas helps people experience nature in a new wayWed, 13 Sep 2017 16:52:16 +0000Why the Artist Ragnar Kjartansson Asked his Mother to Spit On Himhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-artist-ragnar-kjartansson-asked-his-mother-spit-him-180964861/The Icelandic performance piece <em>Me and My Mother</em> is latest Hirshhorn acquisitionWed, 13 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Juggling Genius of Paul Cinquevallihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/juggling-genius-paul-cinquevalli-180964874/Remembering a showman who gave his life to his craftWed, 13 Sep 2017 15:01:14 +0000This Device Uses Radio Waves To Track How You're Sleepinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/device-uses-radio-waves-track-how-youre-sleeping-180964713/Scientists think it could help them better understand progression of chronic diseases like Parkinson'sWed, 13 Sep 2017 14:42:49 +0000What's Really in That Tuna Roll? DNA Testing Can Help You Find Outhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-really-in-that-tuna-roll-dna-sequencing-180964850/This rapidly evolving tech aims to empower consumers and shine a light on the food industryWed, 13 Sep 2017 14:23:37 +0000The Misguided Focus on 1619 as the Beginning of Slavery in the U.S. Damages Our Understanding of American Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/misguided-focus-1619-beginning-slavery-us-damages-our-understanding-american-history-180964873/The year the first enslaved Africans were brought to Jamestown is drilled into students’ memories, but overemphasizing this date distorts historyWed, 13 Sep 2017 13:37:19 +0000The Ultimate Summer Camp Activity: Digging for Dinosaurshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ultimate-summer-camp-activity-digging-dinosaurs-180964862/Meet the intrepid teenagers and teenagers-at-heart who swelter in the heat hunting for fossilsWed, 13 Sep 2017 12:00:20 +0000The Daring Stunt That Put Bungee Jumping on the Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-daring-stunt-that-put-bungee-jumping-on/In 1987, two adventurers from New Zealand made a daring--and illegal--televised bungee jump off the Eiffel Tower in Paris.Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Acclaimed Musicians Sting and J. Ralph Spread Social Justice Through Songhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/acclaimed-musicians-sting-j-ralph-spread-social-justice-through-song-180964853/The Smithsonian honors two composers whose work and philanthropy are inextricably linkedWed, 13 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0000Oysters Can Get Herpes, And It's Killing Them http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/deadly-herpes-virus-threatening-oysters-around-world-180964851/ A deadly virus threatens to decimate oyster populations around the worldTue, 12 Sep 2017 19:14:52 +0000A Smart Recycling Bin Could Sort Your Waste for You http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smart-recycling-bin-could-sort-your-waste-you-180964848/It's sometimes difficult to know where to put different types of plastic, but computer vision could remove any confusionTue, 12 Sep 2017 14:34:54 +0000The Transformation of the American Shopping Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/transformation-american-shopping-mall-180964837/Headlines claim malls are dying, and some are. But many others are having second lives as churches, schools, hospitals, even farmsTue, 12 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000Five Architects on the One Building They Wish Had Been Preservedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remembering-americas-lost-buildings-180964780/From an elegant solution to urban density to a magnificent financial hubTue, 12 Sep 2017 12:10:30 +0000Here's How You Can Fly One of Peter Jackson's WWI Planeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/heres-how-you-can-fly-one-of-peter-jackson/Director Peter Jackson has a fantastic collection of 70 WWI planes. But host Phil Keoghan isn't just interested in seeing them--he wants to fly oneTue, 12 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000We Legitimize the 'So-Called' Confederacy With Our Vocabulary, and That's a Problemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/we-legitimize-so-called-confederacy-vocabulary-thats-problem-180964830/Tearing down monuments is only the beginning to understanding the false narrative of Jim CrowTue, 12 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0000With Smart Planning, Coffee and Bees Can Survive Climate Change http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tropical-bees-and-coffee-will-survive-climate-change-smart-planning-180964836/In a new study, a Smithsonian scientist says coffee-growers have optionsMon, 11 Sep 2017 19:50:43 +0000New Startup WildKale Lets Farmers Sell Directly to Customers Through an Apphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-startup-wildkale-lets-farmers-sell-directly-customers-through-app-180964843/Yes, it's like "Uber for farmer's markets." Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:57:30 +0000The Jane Austen £10 Note Extends the "Ladylike" History of British Moneyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/jane-austen-10-note-extends-ladylike-history-british-money-180964842/The beloved novelist is the latest icon in the Bank of England's long—and fraught—tradition of gendering financeMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:37:40 +0000When Disaster Strikes, the Zoo Must Go Onhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-do-you-feed-zoo-during-disaster-180964838/Zoo nutritionists have the Herculean task of feeding thousands of charges, come hurricane, tornado or terrorist attackMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:30:00 +0000Baby Tiger Travels by Southwest Jet, in Search of a Better Life in San Diegohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/baby-tiger-travels-southwest-jet-search-better-life-san-diego-180964839/Incompatible with his birthmother, a National Zoo cub seeks friendship in San DiegoMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:17:47 +0000Did Edvard Munch Find a Supernatural Power in Color?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/did-edvard-munch-find-supernatural-power-in-color-180964832/A new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art places Munch’s palette in contextMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:16:51 +0000This Replica of a Tlingit Killer Whale Hat Is Spurring Dialogue About Digitization http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/replica-tlingit-killer-whale-hat-spurring-dialogue-about-digitization-180964483/Collaboration between museums and indigenous groups provides educational opportunities, archival documentation—and ethical dilemmasMon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Honey Badger Endures Bee Stings for His Favorite Treathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-honey-badger-endures-bee-stings-for-his/Grit the honey badger is on a mission to taste honey for the first time. To do so, he must break into a hive and withstand the fury of a bee hordeMon, 11 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +000012 of the Best Food Festivals Happening This Fallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/12-best-food-festivals-happening-fall-180964800/Where to eat, drink and play across the U.S. this autumnFri, 08 Sep 2017 18:43:20 +0000From Egyptian Cats to Crime Scenes, Here's a Preview of the Smithsonian's Upcoming Showshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/from-egyptian-cats-to-crime-scenes-smithsonian-upcoming-shows-180964748/Gallery-goers in D.C. and NYC are in for a mental workout with shows that deliver on everything from the experimental to the traditionalFri, 08 Sep 2017 16:42:51 +0000The Professor With a Genius For Global Healthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/professor-genius-global-health-180964824/Rebecca Richards-Kortum and her students at Rice University are designing low-cost devices that can help mothers and babies in a big wayFri, 08 Sep 2017 16:33:31 +0000The World is Running Out of Sandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/world-facing-global-sand-crisis-180964815/ The little-known exploitation of this seemingly infinite resource could wreak political and environmental havocFri, 08 Sep 2017 15:15:59 +0000The Deadly 1991 Hamlet Fire Exposed the High Cost of “Cheap”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/deadly-1991-hamlet-fire-exposed-high-cost-cheap-180964816/A new book argues that more than emergency unpreparedness and locked doors led to the deaths of 25 workers in the chicken factory blazeFri, 08 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000How NYC Women Stayed Safe from the Son of Sam Killerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-nyc-women-stayed-safe-from-the-son-of-sa/In 1977, one reporter took to the streets to ask them about the steps they’d taken to protect themselvesFri, 08 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Are Craft Breweries the Next Coffeehouses?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/are-craft-breweries-next-coffeehouses-180964739/Taprooms springing up across the country are cultivating communities and helping to revitalize entire neighborhoodsThu, 07 Sep 2017 20:18:27 +0000The World's Parasites Are Going Extinct. Here’s Why That’s a Bad Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/parasites-are-going-extinct-heres-why-thats-a-bad-thing-180964808/Up to one-third of parasite species could vanish over the next few decades, disrupting ecosystems and even human healthThu, 07 Sep 2017 20:12:37 +0000The Titan Who Founded L'Oréal Prospered Under the Nazishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/titan-who-founded-loreal-built-his-brand-shoulders-nazis-180964805/How the head of the world’s top cosmetic firm fell in with the Nazi-sympathizers of German-occupied France and emerged from the war as successful as everThu, 07 Sep 2017 19:11:21 +0000An Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Funeral Fit for a Kinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/exclusive-behind-scenes-look-funeral-fit-king-180964799/For the first time in more than 70 years, Thailand is saying farewell to its monarchThu, 07 Sep 2017 17:28:36 +0000How Bullwinkle Taught Kids Sophisticated Political Satirehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-bullwinkle-taught-kids-sophisticated-political-satire-180964803/Culture critic Beth Daniels argues the cartoon moose even allowed viewers to reckon with nuclear warThu, 07 Sep 2017 17:27:43 +0000The Wild West of Knott's Berry Farm Is More Fantasy Than Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/wild-west-knotts-berry-farm-is-more-fantasy-than-reality-180964798/A critic of government welfare, the theme park's Walter Knott built the first “Old West” town as a shrine to rugged individualismThu, 07 Sep 2017 16:15:41 +0000A Few Bad Scientists Are Threatening to Topple Taxonomyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-big-ugly-problem-heart-of-taxonomy-180964629/Naming species forms the foundation of biology—but these rogue researchers are exposing the flaws in the systemThu, 07 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Kids With Cerebral Palsy Walk Upright http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-robotic-exoskeleton-helps-kids-cerebral-palsy-walk-upright-180964750/Children with cerebral palsy often walk in a crouched position, which is difficult to maintain over long distances. A robot suit can help. Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:31:37 +0000The Moon Landing Was the Television Event of the Decadehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-moon-landing-was-the-television-event-of_1/On June 16, 1969, Americans filled highways, streets and homes to witness the launch of a rocket from the Kennedy Space Center: the legendary Apollo 11Thu, 07 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000These Design Champs Are Having Their Moment in the Sunhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-design-champs-are-having-their-moment-sun-180964654/Three Cooper-Hewitt award winners share secrets and stories with design critic Owen EdwardsThu, 07 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Unlikely Medical History of Chocolate Syruphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/unlikely-medical-history-chocolate-syrup-180964779/How the sundae staple went from treatment to just treat Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:42:32 +0000You Can Help Scientists Study Great White Sharks Off the Coast of Cape Codhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/you-can-help-scientists-study-great-white-sharks-coast-cape-cod-180964695/The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is offering boating expeditions open to the public now through OctoberWed, 06 Sep 2017 15:41:55 +0000How Forest Forensics Could Prevent the Theft of Ancient Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-forest-forensics-could-prevent-the-theft-ancient-trees-180964731/To track down timber thieves, researchers are turning to new tech and tried-and-true criminal justice techniquesWed, 06 Sep 2017 15:32:58 +0000The View From Pyongyang: An Exclusive Look at the World's Most Secretive Nationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/view-pyongyang-look-worlds-most-secretive-nation-180964749/One photographer journeyed into North Korea to catch a unique glimpse of a country under a dictatorshipWed, 06 Sep 2017 14:20:07 +0000The Moment Lincoln Realized the Military Power of Railroadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-moment-lincoln-realized-the-military-pow/Following victory for the South in the battle of Bull Run, President Lincoln reached an inescapable conclusionWed, 06 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000How We Can Support the World's Rich Musical Diversityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-we-can-support-worlds-rich-musical-diversity-180964724/Some music thrives, while other musical traditions are on the verge of disappearingWed, 06 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Youngest of the Little Rock Nine Speaks About Holding Onto Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/youngest-little-rock-nine-speaks-about-holding-onto-history-180964732/Carlotta Walls LeNier, whose school dress is in Smithsonian, says much was accomplished and now we need to hold onto itTue, 05 Sep 2017 19:41:25 +0000Solar Power and Honey Bees Make a Sweet Combo in Minnesotahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/solar-power-and-honey-bees-180964743/The Pollinator Friendly Solar Act has solar companies and commercial beekeepers working togetherTue, 05 Sep 2017 19:40:25 +0000The Hide and Seek World Championship Will Take Over an Italian Ghost Townhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/inside-worlds-only-hide-and-go-seek-championship-180964595/The annual event takes place in Consonno, an abandoned village once considered Italy's Las VegasTue, 05 Sep 2017 18:38:58 +0000How Coastal Cities Are Evolving to Deal With Extreme Rainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-cities-are-learning-deal-extreme-rains-180964730/Facing the specter of more and worse rainstorms, these vulnerable areas are turning to innovative urban design Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:41:03 +0000Nine Tasks Robots Can Do That May Surprise Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nine-tasks-robots-can-do-that-may-surprise-you-180964729/Machines can cook your dinner, fill your prescriptions, make your shoes and much, much moreTue, 05 Sep 2017 14:55:38 +0000Stress Is Killing These Teeny Lemurs, and The Story Is In Their Hairhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stress-is-killing-these-teeny-lemurs-180964728/Sampling the fur of Madagascar’s gray mouse lemurs reveal a bevy of environmental pressuresTue, 05 Sep 2017 14:30:05 +0000Why the Works of Visionary Artist Jacob Lawrence Still Resonate a Century After His Birthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-works-visionary-artist-jacob-lawrence-still-resonate-century-after-his-birth-180964706/His vibrant and bold paintings tell stories of liberation, resistance and resilience Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000How JFK's Clever TV Strategies Helped Him Win the Electionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-jfks-clever-tv-strategies-helped-him-wi/Seventy million people tuned in to watch America's first televised presidential debate in 1960. They were met with a well-prepared, well-dressed JFKMon, 04 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Forty Years Later, the Voyager Spacecraft Remain Beacons of Human Imaginationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/forty-years-later-voyager-spacecraft-remain-beacons-human-imagination-180964722/Remembering the mission that opened Earth’s eyes to the vastness and wonder of spaceFri, 01 Sep 2017 18:45:56 +0000A Whale’s Baleen Bristles Reveal the Story of Its Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/history-toothless-whales-180964717/Like tree rings, these layered plates hold chemical clues to how the animals adapt to a changing worldFri, 01 Sep 2017 17:41:37 +0000Ruth Odom Bonner, Who Rang the Freedom Bell With President Obama, Passes Away at 100http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ruth-odom-bonner-who-rang-freedom-bell-president-obama-passes-away-100-180964714/Looking back on the redoubtable woman who helped inaugurate the African American History MuseumFri, 01 Sep 2017 14:55:00 +0000Striking Union Workers Turned the First Labor Day into a Networking Event http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/striking-union-workers-turned-first-labor-day-networking-event-180964705/The end-of-summer holiday was designed to spur overworked Americans to meet up, picnic and call for fairer labor lawsFri, 01 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000Eleanor Roosevelt's Surprising Connection to a Dire Townhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/eleanor-roosevelts-surprising-connection-to/When first lady Eleanor Roosevelt first visited the mining town of Scotts Run, she was stunned by the poverty she encounteredFri, 01 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000'Rumble' Aims to Upset the Rock 'n' Roll Canonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rumble-aims-upset-rock-and-roll-canon-180964681/A documentary based on a Smithsonian exhibition is wowing festival audiencesFri, 01 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +000019 Fall Festivals in Canada to Get You Excited for Sweater Weatherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/19-fall-festivals-canada-get-you-excited-sweater-weather-180964709/Enjoy autumn with our neighbors to the NorthThu, 31 Aug 2017 21:19:05 +0000See the Most Northerly Active Sand Dunes in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/see-most-northerly-sand-dunes-world-180964704/The Athabasca Sand Dunes are a geological oddity in northern CanadaThu, 31 Aug 2017 21:12:49 +0000A Brief History of Book Burning, From the Printing Press to Internet Archiveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-book-burning-printing-press-internet-archives-180964697/As long as there have been books, people have burned them—but over the years, the motivation has changedThu, 31 Aug 2017 17:05:33 +0000The Secret Lives of Cannibal Stars Revealed, Thanks to 15th Century Korean Astronomershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/secrets-cannibal-stars-revealed-thanks-korean-astronomers-180964696/For the first time ever, astrophysicists observe the entire life cycle of a binary star systemThu, 31 Aug 2017 16:24:53 +0000Once You See These Brand New "Screaming Armadillo" Pups, You'll Be Screaming Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/once-you-see-these-brand-new-screaming-armadillo-pups-you-be-screaming-too-180964687/No armor is impervious to this cuteness now at the National ZooThu, 31 Aug 2017 15:36:32 +0000Flexible Batteries May Soon Be Printed Right On Your Clotheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/flexible-batteries-may-soon-be-printed-right-your-clothes-180964683/Graphene supercapacitors, printed directly on textiles, could power medical devices, wearable computers, even phone-charging shirtsThu, 31 Aug 2017 15:14:57 +0000The Mystique of the American Diner, From Jack Kerouac to “Twin Peaks”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/mystique-american-diner-jack-kerouac-twin-peaks-180964680/Freedom, fear and friendliness mingle in these emblematic eateriesThu, 31 Aug 2017 14:13:04 +0000This Minor Parking Violation Revealed the Son of Sam Killerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-minor-parking-violation-revealed-the-so/The tip that led to the arrest of the Son of Sam killer came in unusual circumstances: a Brooklyn woman saw him near his car, which was parked illegallyThu, 31 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Prying Apart the Mighty Bite of a Malaysian Trap-Jaw Anthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/prying-apart-mighty-bite-malaysian-trap-jaw-ant-180964655/Its mandibles strike in a fraction of a blink of an eye, but how does it do it?Wed, 30 Aug 2017 22:05:00 +0000Descend into the World’s Iciest Gateway to Hellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eisriesenwelt-austria-worlds-iciest-gateway-hell-180964675/Austria's Eisriesenwelt, the world's largest ice cave, mixes science with folkloreWed, 30 Aug 2017 21:31:12 +0000Desegregation Came Early at the Texas Prison Rodeo http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/desegregation-came-early-texas-prison-rodeo-180964672/Before Brown vs. Board of Education, the “convict cowboys” of the Texas prison system showed off their bucking bronco skillsWed, 30 Aug 2017 16:17:02 +0000Costa Rica Let a Juice Company Dump Their Orange Peels in the Forest—and It Helpedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/costa-rica-let-juice-company-dump-their-orange-peels-forestand-it-helped-180964666/How a controversial experiment actually bore fruitWed, 30 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000The True Story of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond—And Why the British Won’t Give It Backhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-koh-i-noor-diamondand-why-british-wont-give-it-back-180964660/A star of London’s Crown Jewels, the Indian gem has a bloody history of colonial conquestWed, 30 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Man Is the Father of Modern American Suburbiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-man-is-the-father-of-modern-american-su/By 1951, two thirds of Americans lived in urban areas. Enter William Levitt, who would utilize construction techniques he learned to build affordable homesWed, 30 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Milk and Sugar Pods That Dissolve in Coffee Could Replace Single-Serve Containershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/milk-and-sugar-pods-dissolve-coffee-could-replace-single-serve-containers-180964663/Why use plastic when you can use sugar?Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:47:17 +0000The First Presidential Pardon Pitted Alexander Hamilton Against George Washingtonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-presidential-pardon-pitted-hamilton-against-george-washington-180964659/How to handle the Whiskey Rebellion was the first major crisis faced by the new governmentTue, 29 Aug 2017 18:26:53 +0000How Killing Moose Can Save Caribou http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-killing-moose-can-save-caribou-180964656/Conservation often requires difficult decisionsTue, 29 Aug 2017 17:40:08 +0000How Robots Could Help the Elderly Age in Their Homeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-robots-could-help-elderly-age-in-their-homes-180964650/But these helpful machines won't be the humanoid butlers of science fictionTue, 29 Aug 2017 14:10:19 +000011 Cool, Funny or Just Plain Strange Patents for Back to Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/11-cool-funny-or-just-plain-strange-patents-back-school-180964642/From alarm clocks that pummel you in the head to ingenious devices to save your crayon nubs, a peek into the patent archives for back to school seasonTue, 29 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Man Betrayed Nazis by Stealing Looted Jewish Valuableshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-man-betrayed-nazis-by-stealing-looted-jewish/In April 1944, the Nazis began to systematically terrorize the Jews living in Hungary. Shortly afterwards, they forced them to hand over their valuablesTue, 29 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Universe Needs You: To Help in the Hunt for Planet 9http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/using-internet-democratize-hunt-distant-worlds-180964639/How one citizen science endeavor is using the Internet to democratize the search for distant worldsMon, 28 Aug 2017 13:46:59 +0000This Cleveland DJ Popularized Rock 'n' Rollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/this-cleveland-dj-popularized-rock-n-roll/Dancing – and dancing shows – became a teenage craze in the 1950s, spurred by figures like Cleveland DJ, Alan FreedMon, 28 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Moonwalk Did Not Destroy Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit, Now Time Won't Eitherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-moonwalk-did-not-destroy-neil-armstrong-spacesuit-now-time-wont-either-180964598/Conservators are bringing new innovations to save the 80-pound suit that allowed the first astronaut on the moon to take that giant leapMon, 28 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000These Five "Witness Trees" Were Present At Key Moments In America's Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/these-five-witness-trees-were-present-at-key-moments-in-americas-history-180963925/These still-standing trees are a living testament to our country's tragic pastFri, 25 Aug 2017 18:54:47 +0000Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta Offers Advice to a New Generation of Activistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/civil-rights-icon-dolores-huerta-offers-advise-new-generation-activists-180964630/A new documentary charts the 87-year-old leader's advocacy across the decadesFri, 25 Aug 2017 18:24:37 +0000Will Supervolcanoes Help Power Our Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-supervolcanoes-help-power-our-future-180964635/Vast new deposits of lithium could change the global politics of battery production—if we can get at themFri, 25 Aug 2017 15:10:36 +0000How 9/11 Altered Laura Bush's Role as First Ladyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-911-altered-laura-bushs-role-as-first-_1/Six days after 9/11, first lady Laura Bush spoke at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at the memorial for the victims of Flight 93Fri, 25 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000This 19th Century Lady Doctor Helped Usher Indian Women Into Medicinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/19th-century-lady-doctor-ushered-indian-women-medicine-180964613/Ananabai Joshee dedicated her career to treating women and helped blaze a path for international doctors training in the U.S.Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:12:09 +0000How Many Ways Can Snake Venom Kill You and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ways-snake-venom-kill-you-180964405/You asked, we answeredThu, 24 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000Jean-Michel Basquiat's Artwork Is Appreciated Now More Than Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/jean-michel-basquiat-artwork-180964403/Decades later, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s complex works are increasingly prescient—and valuableThu, 24 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000Why African-American Soldiers Saw World War II as a Two-Front Battlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-african-american-soldiers-saw-world-war-ii-two-front-battle-180964616/Drawing the connection between fascism abroad and hate at home, pre-Civil Rights activists declared the necessity of “double victory”Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:38:32 +0000Scott Kelly's Journey Home After His Year in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scott-kelly-journey-home-year-in-space-180964408/America’s longest-orbiting astronaut describes his rocky return to Earth in this adaptation from his book 'Endurance'Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000What Led Benjamin Franklin to Live Estranged From His Wife for Nearly Two Decades?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/benjamin-franklin-estranged-wife-nearly-two-decades-180964400/A stunning new theory suggests that a debate over the failed treatment of their son's smallpox was the culpritThu, 24 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000How the New York Stock Exchange Gave Abbie Hoffman His Start in Guerrilla Theaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-new-york-stock-exchange-gave-abbie-hoffman-his-start-guerrilla-theater-180964612/Fifty years ago, the anarchist protester sent traders sprawling for dollar bills—and became a media sensationThu, 24 Aug 2017 13:15:26 +0000Why Hillary Clinton Delivered Her Risky 1995 Beijing Speechhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-hillary-clinton-delivered-her-risky-1995/In 1995, Hillary Clinton was scheduled to deliver a speech at the United Nation's Fourth World Conference on Women in BeijingThu, 24 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000At the Smithsonian's First Asian-American Lit Fest, Writers Share Falooda, Politics and Poetry http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonians-first-asian-american-lit-fest-writers-share-falooda-politics-and-poetry-180964569/More than 80 award-winning and aspirational writers shared work across multiple genresThu, 24 Aug 2017 11:49:09 +0000One Scientist May Have Finally Figured Out the Mystery of Why a Civil War Submarine Sank http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/one-scientist-takes-on-mystery-why-civil-war-submarine-sank-180964587/A Navy engineer used creative modeling and her knowledge of underwater explosions to tackle the century-old Hunley conundrumWed, 23 Aug 2017 18:21:54 +0000Bei Bei the Panda Cub Celebrates his Second Birthday in Stylehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bei-bei-panda-cub-celebrates-his-second-birthday-style-180964604/The notorious sleepyhead manages to rouse himself for fansWed, 23 Aug 2017 16:56:11 +0000Whoa: Polygamous Wolf Spiders Have a Natural Form of Birth Control http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wolf-spiders-have-natural-form-birth-control-180964602/Females have figured out how to get rid of unwanted sperm, allowing them to reap the benefits of multiple matesWed, 23 Aug 2017 16:33:55 +0000Esperanza Spalding’s Pop Culture Loveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/esperanza-spalding-pop-culture-loves-180964396/She may not own a television, but the Grammy-award winning musician definitely has her favorite books and filmsWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:38:57 +0000Walk in the Footsteps of Alexander Hamilton on This Tiny Caribbean Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/alexander-hamilton-nevis-caribbean-island-180964047/The island of Nevis was no paradise for young HamiltonWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:08:43 +0000Why 'Happy Days' — and the Fonz — Never Truly 'Jumped the Shark'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/happy-days-fonz-jumped-the-shark-180964399/The Fonz was the epitome of ’50s chill on TV’s family-friendly “Happy Days.” And then he went over the topWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:00:29 +0000After the Civil War, African-American Veterans Created a Home of Their Own: Unionvillehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/civil-war-african-american-veterans-town-own-unionville-180964398/One-hundred-fifty years later, the Maryland town remains a bastion of resilience and a front line in the battle over Confederate monumentsWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000Will Statues of a Doctor Who Experimented on Enslaved People Come Down Next?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/will-statues-doctor-who-experimented-enslaved-people-come-down-next-180964600/The discussion over the memorialization of James Marion Sims offers the opportunity to remember his victimsWed, 23 Aug 2017 13:20:56 +0000Here's What Happens When the Queen Throws a Giant Banquethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/heres-what-happens-when-the-queen-throws-a/As Britain emerged victorious from the Falklands War, it turned its attention to repairing relations with one of its most important allies: the U.S.Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Dive With WWII Wrecks in the Solomon Islandshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/wwii-history-solomon-islands-180964330/75 years after the Battle of Guadalcanal, walk in the footsteps of historyTue, 22 Aug 2017 21:33:02 +0000A Dentist Weighs in On What Really Doomed the Franklin Expeditionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dentist-weighs-in-what-really-doomed-the-franklin-expedition-180964594/Addison’s disease may have blackened the explorers' gums and hastened their demise, proposes a history-obsessed dentistry professorTue, 22 Aug 2017 18:54:32 +0000Without Chick Parsons, General MacArthur May Never Have Made His Famed Return to the Philippineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/without-chick-parsons-General-MacArthur-Never-Made-Return-Philippines-180964406/The full story of the American ex-pat's daring feats has not been told—until now Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:29:18 +0000The Homefront During the Vietnam War, As Told By One Captivating Photohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/homefront-during-vietnam-told-by-one-photo-180964407/In an indelible picture taken 50 years ago, one family faces a loss in VietnamTue, 22 Aug 2017 16:48:46 +0000Flappers Took the Country by Storm, But Did They Ever Truly Go Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/flappers-took-country-storm-ever-go-away-180964412/Women of the Roaring Twenties had a lot in common with today's millennialsTue, 22 Aug 2017 16:39:07 +0000What Will Happen to Stone Mountain, America’s Largest Confederate Memorial?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-will-happen-stone-mountain-americas-largest-confederate-memorial-180964588/The Georgia landmark is a testament to the enduring legacy of white supremacyTue, 22 Aug 2017 15:39:19 +0000Go Behind the Glass of Churchill’s Underground War Roomshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/behind-glass-churchills-underground-war-rooms-180964586/Exploring the secrets of the storied bunker—from its well-worn maps to a leader under extreme duressTue, 22 Aug 2017 14:51:32 +0000Apps Can Help You Get Pregnant. But Should You Use Them as a Contraceptive?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/apps-can-help-you-get-pregnant-but-should-you-use-them-as-contraceptive-180964557/An increasing number of women are relying on apps to track their menstrual cycles. Now, there's even an app approved as birth control.Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:02:22 +0000Warning: Here's a King Cobra Swallowing Another Snake Wholehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/warning-heres-a-king-cobra-swallowing-anot/Raja the King Cobra is about to eat. He’s sunk his teeth into an ambushed rat snake, shot a dose of neurotoxin into it, and is now about to swallow itTue, 22 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Fused History of Two of Washington, D.C.'s Beloved Museumshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fused-history-two-dc-beloved-museums-180964573/A new exhibition sheds light on the enduring legacy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait GalleryTue, 22 Aug 2017 11:08:07 +0000Watch Two King Cobras Romance Each Otherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/watch-two-king-cobras-romance-each-other/King cobra mating techniques aren’t subtle. To indicate his interest, the male will engage in frequent headbutting with the femaleMon, 21 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000There's More to Classic Tiki Than Just Kitsch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/theres-more-to-classic-tiki-than-just-kitsch-180964473/Bartender Martin Cate reveals eight fun facts about the past, present and future of tiki cultureMon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Smithsonian's African American History Museum Releases Statement on Charlottesville and Confederate Memorialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/director-smithsonians-african-american-history-museum-releases-statement-charlottesville--180964576/The events, says director Lonnie Bunch, are part of a 'long legacy of violence intended to intimidate and marginalize African Americans and Jews'Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:56:52 +0000Meet the Artists Displaying at This Year’s Santa Fe Indian Market, the Largest Juried Native Art Show in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/meet-artists-displaying-years-santa-fe-indian-market-largest-juried-native-art-show-world-180964571/The annual show brings together some of the country’s best traditional and contemporary artistsFri, 18 Aug 2017 20:01:34 +0000Visit the Real-Life Winterfell Castle for a 'Game of Thrones' Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-real-life-winterfell-castle-game-thrones-festival-180964543/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:06:58 +0000Eclipse 2017: In Pursuit of Totalityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eclipse-2017-pursuit-totality-180964563/You’ve made plans, packed bags, obtained glasses. Here's what to read to fully appreciate this event in all its gloryFri, 18 Aug 2017 17:30:48 +0000Fifty Years Later, Remembering Sci-Fi Pioneer Hugo Gernsbackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fifty-years-later-remembering-sci-fi-pioneer-hugo-gernsback-180964554/Looking Back on a Man Who Was Always Looking ForwardFri, 18 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000Flying to the North Pole in an Airship Was Easy. Returning Wouldn’t Be So Easyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/flying-north-pole-airship-was-easy-returning-wouldnt-be-so-easy-180964560/It would take an international icon to toss aside a bitter rivalry to help a crew in needFri, 18 Aug 2017 14:02:17 +0000What Humpback Whales Can Teach Us About Compassionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-humpback-whales-teach-us-compassion-180964545/Are these orca-fighting, seal-saving good Samaritans really just in it for themselves?Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Queen Victoria Was an Early Adopter of Photographyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/why-queen-victoria-was-an-early-adopter-of-p/In the 1840s, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert set up elaborate white winter interiors and decorated trees to celebrate Christmas at Windsor CastleFri, 18 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Newly Uncovered Documents Address the Mystery of One Slave’s Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/newly-uncovered-documents-address-mystery-one-slaves-life-180964218/New details surrounding the identity of the enslaved man who once lived in the storied Ipswich house at the American History MuseumFri, 18 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Pernicious Myth of the ‘Loyal Slave’ Lives on in Confederate Memorialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/pernicious-myth-loyal-slave-lives-confederate-memorials-180964546/Statues don’t need to venerate military leaders of the Civil War to promulgate false narrativesThu, 17 Aug 2017 17:12:24 +0000This New Mexico Petroglyph Might Reveal an Ancient Solar Eclipsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-new-mexico-petroglyph-represent-ancient-eclipse-180964542/In 1097, a Pueblo artist may have etched a rare celestial event into the rock for all of posterityThu, 17 Aug 2017 16:37:31 +0000How Artists and the LGBTQ Community Made Wearing Trash Cool http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/thrift-shopping-cool-180964536/Before hipsters descended on your local thrift store, repurposing discarded goods was a subversive art formThu, 17 Aug 2017 16:18:46 +0000How Insect Poop Could Solve All Our Problemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-insect-poop-could-solve-problems-180964527/Bugs use their feces for weapons, navigation and gardening. Can we tap into this poop party?Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Surprisingly Important Role China Played in WWIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/surprisingly-important-role-china-played-world-war-i-180964532/In turn, the peace talks that ended the war had an enormous impact on China's futureThu, 17 Aug 2017 11:00:00 +0000Seen the Hope Diamond? Check Out These Treasures from the Baseball Diamondhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/seen-hope-diamond-check-out-these-treasures-baseball-diamond-180964530/Smithsonian acquires priceless emblems of America's national pastimeThu, 17 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000This Is Why Taking Fish Medicine Is Truly a Bad Ideahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/here-are-reasons-you-shouldnt-take-fish-antibiotics-180964523/Those who misuse aquatic antibiotics are playing a dangerous game with their health, doctors and veterinarians say Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:12:45 +0000A Lab Accident Leads to Bioactive "Tissue Paper" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lab-accident-leads-bioactive-tissue-paper-180964511/A spill of bioactive ink made from ovarian cells led to the creation of paper made from organs and tissues, with various potential medical usesWed, 16 Aug 2017 17:20:00 +0000This Lake Is One of Montana’s Best Kept Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/lake-montanas-best-kept-secret-180964461/Every summer, writer Boris Fishman returns to Flathead Lake, a pristine spot in northwestern Montana, for rest and reflectionWed, 16 Aug 2017 16:25:17 +0000From Lightbulbs to Mutual Funds: Tim Harford on Inventions That Changed the Modern Economy http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lightbulbs-mutual-funds-tim-harford-inventions-changed-modern-economy-180964080/Paper, the gramophone, double-entry bookkeeping, and barbed wire all make the listWed, 16 Aug 2017 14:05:00 +0000The Wealthy Activist Who Helped Turn “Bleeding Kansas” Freehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/wealthy-activist-who-helped-turn-bleeding-kansas-free-180964494/Newly minted abolitionist Amos Adams Lawrence funneled much of his fortune into a battle he thought America couldn’t afford to loseWed, 16 Aug 2017 13:41:47 +0000Blink Once For Yes: You Can ‘Talk’ to This New Computer Interface With Your Eyeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/blink-once-yes-you-can-talk-new-computer-interface-your-eyes-180964482/A tiny sensor mounted to eyeglasses can track eye blinks, allowing communication from locked-in patientsTue, 15 Aug 2017 18:25:22 +0000Does Climate Change Cause Extreme Weather Events?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-climate-change-cause-extreme-weather-events-180964506/It's a challenge to attribute any one storm or heat wave to climate change, but scientists are getting closer Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:51:39 +0000A Brief, 500-Year History of Guamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/brief-500-year-history-guam-180964508/The Chamorro people of this Pacific island have long been buffeted by the crosswinds of foreign nationsTue, 15 Aug 2017 17:38:23 +0000Dine 21 Stories Underground in This 345-Million-Year-Old Cavernhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/grand-canyon-cavern-underground-restaurant-arizona-180964507/Cavern Grotto, a new restaurant in Arizona, opens inside the largest dry cavern system in the countryTue, 15 Aug 2017 15:46:11 +0000Scientists Make Food From Bacteria, Water, Electricity, and a Whole Lot of Patiencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/making-food-electricity-180964474/You may have heard that Finnish scientists had made food from electricity, but the truth is more complicatedTue, 15 Aug 2017 15:09:00 +0000Watch as This Life-Size Elephant Ice Sculpture Melts in NYChttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/watch-life-size-elephant-ice-sculpture-melts-nyc-180964491/The melting mammal was part of Amarula and WildlifeDIRECT’s “Don’t Let Them Disappear” campaignTue, 15 Aug 2017 14:41:28 +0000The Big Unsexy Problem With Tiger Selfieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-big-unsexy-problem-with-tiger-selfies-180964489/Why drugging and caging the cats for Tinder photos is even more messed up than it soundsTue, 15 Aug 2017 13:12:00 +0000The "Quaker Comet" Was the Greatest Abolitionist You've Never Heard Ofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/quaker-comet-greatest-abolitionist-never-heard-180964401/Overlooked by historians, Benjamin Lay was one of the nation's first radicals to argue for an end to slaveryTue, 15 Aug 2017 12:00:37 +0000Why Eleanor Roosevelt Visited Active War Zones During WWIIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-eleanor-roosevelt-visited-active-war-zon/Eleanor Roosevelt's war time travels to support U.S. soldiers were considerable: in the Pacific theater, she would meet with 400,000 troopsTue, 15 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000What Folklore Tells Us About Eclipseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-folklore-tells-us-about-eclipses-180964488/Across multiple cultures, says a Smithsonian folklorist, a darkening of daytime skies provokes a foreboding of evil Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Seven Must-See Museums in Austria http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/seven-must-see-museums-austria-180957381/Art, music and open-air delightsMon, 14 Aug 2017 19:16:35 +0000The Fuzzy History of the Georgia Peach http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fuzzy-history-georgia-peach-180964490/Once a feral resource for planters, the stone fruit got a marketing makeover in the late 19th century—and a boost from the segregated labor marketMon, 14 Aug 2017 15:29:44 +0000A Brief History of Traveling With Catshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/traveling-cats-brief-history-180963433/Fierce felines of history sailed the world, survived Europe's crusade against them and made it all the way to MemedomMon, 14 Aug 2017 14:34:05 +0000What Does an Eclipse Sound Like?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-does-eclipse-sound-180964203/A new app will allow blind and visually impaired users to experience the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:20:00 +0000The Devastating 1926 Hurricane that Halted the Growth of Miamihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-devastating-1926-hurricane-that-halted-t/In 1926, the Miami economy was soaring, fueled by wealthy northerners attracted to the tropical climate and beachesMon, 14 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Surprising Origins of Kotex Padshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/surprising-origins-kotex-pads-180964466/Before the first disposable sanitary napkin hit the mass market, periods were thought of in a much different wayFri, 11 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Newly Excavated Underground Tunnel Reveals How 83 German Officers Escaped a World War II Prison Camphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/newly-excavated-underground-tunnel-reveals-german-officers-escaped-ww2-prison-camp-180964471/The POWs burrowed to freedom from a Welsh encampment in 1945Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:38:42 +0000Scientists Are Using This Collection of Wood Samples to Combat Illegal Logging http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scientists-are-using-collection-wood-samples-combat-illegal-logging-180964305/Archie F. Wilson loved wood enough to amass the country’s premiere private collection. Now scientists are using it as a weapon against illegal loggingFri, 11 Aug 2017 13:02:22 +0000Bomb Threats Didn't Stop Lady Bird's Fight for Civil Rightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/bomb-threats-didnt-stop-lady-birds-fight-f/Lady Bird Johnson was a committed supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, in word and deed, touring the country to speak against racismFri, 11 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Underwater Robot Labs Monitor Toxins http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/underwater-robot-labs-monitor-toxins-180964387/The labs have been deployed in Lake Erie, where blooms of toxic algae have made water undrinkable in past years. Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:21:06 +0000How This Tiny Town Drew World-Class Artists Into the Forests of Finlandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/inside-finlands-quirky-artist-haven-180964460/Fiskars, Finland — an hour west of Helsinki — was a knife-making village on the decline. Now it's one of the world's most successful artist havens.Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:48:47 +0000The Deadly Grizzly Bear Attacks That Changed the National Park Service Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/deadly-grizzly-bear-attacks-changed-national-park-service-forever-180964462/Visitors to Glacier National Park had long conditioned the predators to seek food from humans, making the maulings somewhat inevitableThu, 10 Aug 2017 15:00:50 +0000How a Tree and Its Moth Shaped the Mojave Deserthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-tree-and-its-moth-shaped-mojave-desert-180964452/The partnership between the Joshua tree and the yucca moth may be key to understanding how plants and insects co-evolveThu, 10 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Benjamin Franklin Mocked Eclipse Astrology to Elevate Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/benjamin-franklin-mocked-eclipse-astrology-elevate-science-180964453/The founding father used his almanacs to promote a scientific understanding of celestial events—often with withering humor Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000Charles Lindbergh and the Rise of 1940s Nazi Sympathizershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/charles-lindbergh-and-the-rise-of-1940s-nazi_1/Charles Lindbergh may have been known as a legendary pilot, but he had another, more sinister position in American History: as a Nazi sympathizerThu, 10 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Scholar Follows a Trail of Dead Mice and Discovers a Lesson in Why Museum Collections Matterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/trail-dead-mice-scholar-discovers-lesson-why-museum-collections-matter-180964365/A former Smithsonian curator authors a new book, <i>Inside the Lost Museum</i> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Whale Mail Is the New Snail Mail at the World's First Underwater Post Officehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-first-underwater-post-office-180964385/All you need to reach the Vanuatu Post is a deep breath and a waterproof postcard Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:31:06 +0000News Brief: Underwear of the Future Could Help Prevent Back Painhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovations/news-brief-underwear-future-could-help-prevent-back-pain-180964447/The wearable device reduces strain on the back during lifting or leaning, which can help stop the pain before it startsWed, 09 Aug 2017 18:55:00 +0000Use This App to Get the Most From the Coming Eclipsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/use-app-get-most-coming-eclipse-180964446/With livestreams, simulations and safety guides, this Solar Eclipse app will be the key tool for the upcoming astronomical extravaganzaWed, 09 Aug 2017 16:41:45 +0000Camel Spiders Are Fast, Furious and Horrifically Fascinatinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/camel-spiders-are-fast-furious-and-horrifically-fascinating-180964439/Yet another mystery about these arachnids: Why are they so intent on mass-murdering ants?Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:09:17 +0000Did Scientists Just Unveil the Biggest Dinosaur of All Time?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/did-scientists-just-unveil-biggest-dinosaur-all-time-180964443/The jury's still out—but if you can get over the size contest, far more fascinating patterns about these giants emerge Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:18:19 +0000Hollywood Loved Sammy Davis Jr Until He Dated a White Movie Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/hollywood-loved-sammy-davis-jr-until-he-dated-white-movie-star-180964395/A decade before the Supreme Court ruled in favor of interracial marriage, the Rat Packer risked losing his career—and his lifeWed, 09 Aug 2017 14:09:36 +0000Conservationists Hatch a Kiwi Cutie-Pie http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-conservationists-hatch-cutie-pie-kiwi-180964421/For an endangered species, every kiwi countsWed, 09 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Your Body Reacts to Stresshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happens-your-body-when-youre-stressed-180964357/ A little tension can keep you on your toes. Too much can break down the systemWed, 09 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Betty Ford's Surprising Progressivism Inspired Millionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-betty-fords-surprising-progressivism-in/Despite being thrust into the role of first lady with no warning, Betty Ford will be remembered as one of the most independent first ladies we've ever hadWed, 09 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000A New Memorial Will Soon Honor the Heroism of Native American Veteranshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-memorial-will-soon-honor-heroism-native-american-veterans-180964391/For design ideas and funding, the National Museum of the American Indian turns to its communityWed, 09 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Sci-Fi Technology that Could Power Microbotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sci-fi-technology-could-power-microbots-180964358/Using no moving parts, ion thrusters could propel tiny robots for long periodsTue, 08 Aug 2017 13:24:26 +0000This Mysterious Stone Structure Is Older Than Stonehengehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-mysterious-stone-structure-is-older-tha/Until recently, Britain's Stonehenge was thought to be the world's oldest set of stone monumentsTue, 08 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Speech That Brought India to the Brink of Independencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/speech-brought-india-brink-independence-180964366/Although the 1942 'Quit India' movement was hardly peaceful, Gandhi's 'Do or Die' address inspired a nation to unify against its British colonizersTue, 08 Aug 2017 10:00:30 +0000This Robotic Harness Could Help People Relearn to Walk After Injuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/robotic-harness-help-paralyzed-walk-180964323/Swiss researchers have developed an algorithm-backed "smart" harness to help stroke and spinal cord injury victims practice walking in a more natural way.Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:03:00 +0000How Fly Guts Are Helping Researchers Catalog the Rainforest http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-fly-guts-help-researchers-catalog-rainforest-180964347/These tiny, buzzing lab assistants provide scientists with a treasure trove of conservation dataMon, 07 Aug 2017 16:35:12 +0000How the Narwhal Got Its Tuskhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-narwhal-got-its-tusk-180964331/ According to Inuit storytelling tradition, the narwhal was once an evil stepmother, who wove her hair into a tuskMon, 07 Aug 2017 14:53:47 +0000Is This Where Humanity Decided to Settle Down?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/is-this-where-humanity-decided-to-settle-down/Plant analysis of ancient wild cereals from Göbekli Tepe reveal a remarkable similarity to modern strainsMon, 07 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Salt Is This Power Plant's Most Valuable Assethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/salt-power-plant-most-valuable-180964307/Compressed air energy storage can help keep the grid running and pave the way for renewablesFri, 04 Aug 2017 13:10:00 +0000Japan's Surrender in WWII Ushered in a New World Orderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/new-label/japans-surrender-in-world-war-ii-ushered-in/On September 2, 1945, Japan delivered its unconditional surrender in WWII. Twelve million American troops went home as civiliansFri, 04 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Eclipse Chasershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/brief-history-eclipse-chasers-180964063/They also go by umbraphiles, coronaphiles, eclipsoholics and ecliptomaniacsThu, 03 Aug 2017 20:30:00 +0000A Blueprint for Genetically Engineering a Super Coralhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/blueprint-engineering-super-coral-180964309/Why some researchers are proposing a drastic measure to save a threatened ecosystemThu, 03 Aug 2017 15:06:15 +0000Christylez Bacon on Finding His Voice through Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/christylez-bacon-finding-his-voice-through-music-180964219/ The Grammy-nominated artist takes inspiration from weaving together seemingly disparate musical forms Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Big Data (and You) Could Help Find 1,500 Undiscovered Mineralshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/using-big-data-find-new-minerals-180964264/Researchers are using new tools to predict where to find new minerals as well as to locate new sources of valuable resources like copperThu, 03 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Crucial Role the British Railway Played During WWIIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-crucial-role-the-british-railway-played-during/As the Luftwaffe began to target London with increasing regularity, the railway network became the saving grace of the nationThu, 03 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000How One Brave Spider Floated Thousands of Miles to Colonize a New Continenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-one-spider-floated-thousands-miles-colonize-new-continent-180964299/Improbably, new genetic analysis shows that trapdoor spiders may have ridden ocean currents from Africa to AustraliaWed, 02 Aug 2017 19:02:18 +0000To Understand the Elusive Musk Ox, Researchers Must Become Its Worst Fearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/understand-elusive-muskox-researchers-must-become-creatures-worst-fear-180964287/How posing as a grizzly helps one biologist grasp the threats facing this ancient beastWed, 02 Aug 2017 14:28:08 +0000Smithsonian Scientists Are Using Algae to Revitalize America’s Waterwayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-scientists-are-using-algae-revitalize-americas-waterways-180964293/Walter Adey’s algal turf scrubber filters pollutants to clean waterWed, 02 Aug 2017 13:34:12 +0000Did a Nazi Submarine Attack a Chemical Plant in North Carolina?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-nazi-submarine-attack-chemical-plant-north-carolina-180964292/Multiple eyewitnesses say that one night in 1943, their calm, quiet beach briefly became a war zoneWed, 02 Aug 2017 13:24:17 +0000A Brief History of 10 Essential Presidential Pardonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-10-essential-presidential-pardons-arent-watergate-related-180964286/The power bestowed upon the chief executive to excuse past misdeeds has involved a number of famous AmericansWed, 02 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Colorized Historical Footage Is Painstakingly Madehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/how-colorized-historical-footage-is-painstak/Composite Films conducted 5,800 hours of research and poured over 27 miles of film to create our series America in ColorWed, 02 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Food Historian Reckons With the Black Roots of Southern Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/food-historian-reckons-black-roots-southern-food-180964285/In his new book, Michael Twitty shares the contributions that enslaved African-Americans and their descendants have made to southern cuisineTue, 01 Aug 2017 19:01:34 +0000Big Brother Knows What You Look Like, and That's OK?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/big-brother-knows-what-you-look-and-s-ok-180964279/Some uses for rapidly-improving facial-recognition technology are more benign than scaryTue, 01 Aug 2017 16:10:00 +0000Could We See Glow-in-the-Dark Aliens From Earth?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/if-aliens-glowed-could-we-see-them-earth-180964261/Extraterrestrial life might make its own light to protect itself from harmful radiationTue, 01 Aug 2017 15:37:16 +0000Each Summer, These Armenian Villages Are Taken Over by Hundreds of White Storkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenian-white-storks-nest-neighbors-180964164/Villagers participate in a “Nest Neighbors” program to monitor the health of their new house guestsMon, 31 Jul 2017 20:12:33 +0000Switzerland Just Opened the World’s Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/switzerland-just-opened-worlds-longest-pedestrian-suspension-bridge-180964275/You won't — but you definitely will — want to look downMon, 31 Jul 2017 19:24:45 +0000How One Bad Science Headline Can Echo Across the Internethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-bad-science-headlines-echo-across-internet-180964259/Recent articles claiming birth control causes “transgender" fish show how science communication can mislead—even when it relies on factsMon, 31 Jul 2017 18:09:01 +0000How Baltimore Quietly Became the East Coast's Next Cool Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-baltimore-quietly-became-coolest-city-east-coast-180964241/One native Marylander travels to the city he first knew as a kid to meet the doers and dreamers driving Baltimore's next actMon, 31 Jul 2017 17:50:59 +0000Why Funny, Falling, Soccer-Playing Robots Matterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-funny-falling-soccer-playing-robots-matter-180964260/The 2017 RoboCup brings small changes and big competition to a broad technical challengeMon, 31 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Fascinating, Regal History Behind Britain's Swans http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fascinating-history-british-thrones-swans-180964249/The aristocratic bird's has a legacy as a luxury status symbol that dates back centuriesMon, 31 Jul 2017 15:47:53 +0000Take an Exclusive Sneak Peek Inside the Renovated Freer Gallery, Reopening in Octoberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-exclusive-sneak-peek-inside-renovated-freer-gallery-reopening-october-180964222/Charles Lang Freer gifted this meditative haven for art lovers to the nation and was James McNeill Whistler's friend and patronMon, 31 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Are Humans to Blame for the Disappearance of Earth’s Fantastic Beasts? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happened-worlds-most-enormous-animals-180964255/100,000 years ago, giant sloths, wombats and cave hyenas roamed the world. What drove them all extinct?Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Best Places to See the Southern Lights http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-see-southern-lights-180964246/The aurora australis is the southern cousin to the northern lightsSat, 29 Jul 2017 21:19:29 +0000Holy Guacamole: How the Hass Avocado Conquered the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/holy-guacamole-how-hass-avocado-conquered-world-180964250/Why one California postman's delicious mistake now graces toast and tacos from California to New ZealandFri, 28 Jul 2017 17:17:48 +0000Why North Korea Needs an Enemy Like America to Survivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-north-korea-needs-enemy-america-survive-180964168/The nation’s complicated history hinges on three words that explain the totalitarian regime's behavior Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:17:48 +0000Does the Narwhal's Majestic Tusk Have a Point? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/does-narwhals-majestic-tusk-have-point-180964245/A Connecticut dentist, turned curator of a new exhibition, has long worked to solve the secrets of the whale's characteristic hornFri, 28 Jul 2017 16:09:17 +0000Guess What? Space is Full of Boozehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/space-has-been-totally-wasted-180964248/We’ll toast to thatFri, 28 Jul 2017 14:42:26 +0000The Secret Ingredient in Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Is Seventh-Day Adventismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/secret-ingredient-kelloggs-corn-flakes-seventh-day-adventism-180964247/America’s favorite processed breakfast was once the pinnacle of healthfulness—and spiritual purityFri, 28 Jul 2017 13:46:46 +0000A Train Company Crashed Two Trains. You Will Believe What Happened Nexthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/train-company-crashed-two-trains-you-will-believe-what-happened-next-180964237/When a Texas railway agent came up with a new marketing scheme, he had no idea how explosive it would beFri, 28 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Breathtaking Landscape Is Canada's Newest Protected Areahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/breathtaking-landscape-canadas-newest-protected-area-1-180964240/The park includes a spectacular beach described in sagas that chronicle Viking explorations of the Canadian coastThu, 27 Jul 2017 20:41:59 +0000Unraveling the Mystery of the "Armenian Stonehenge"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/unraveling-mystery-armenian-stonehenge-180964207/ Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:26:11 +0000Slugs Inspire Super-Strong Glue to Seal Woundshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/slugs-inspire-super-strong-glue-seal-wounds-180964226/One day this mollusc-inspired invention might just save your life Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:01:00 +0000Eclipse Hunters Looking for a Clear View Should Thank the Weather Service That Came Out of the Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/american-eclipse-180963421/New book chronicles how a nascent weather service rose from the ashes of the Civil WarThu, 27 Jul 2017 17:04:22 +0000Ten Things We've Learned about Sharks Since Last Shark Week http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-things-weve-learned-about-sharks-last-year-180964221/In light of Shark Week 2017, here are some revelations about the fearsome fish we’ve made in the past yearThu, 27 Jul 2017 15:32:40 +0000The Long, Painful History of Police Brutality in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-painful-history-police-brutality-in-the-us-180964098/A 1963 protest placard in the Smithsonian collections could almost be mistaken for any of the Black Lives Matter marches of todayThu, 27 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000¡Salud! to the Mexican-American Wine Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/salud-mexican-american-wine-revolution-180964217/Ceja Vineyards breathes new life into Napa Valley’s wine industryWed, 26 Jul 2017 19:42:33 +0000Dive Into Five of the World's Deepest Freshwater Swimming Holeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/dive-five-worlds-deepest-freshwater-swimming-holes-180964142/Take the plunge into some interesting geologyWed, 26 Jul 2017 19:32:02 +0000Understanding Detroit’s 1967 Upheaval 50 Years Laterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/understanding-detroits-1967-upheaval-50-years-later-180964212/For five days in July, the Motor City was under siege from looters and soldiers alikeWed, 26 Jul 2017 17:39:53 +0000New Artificial Spider Silk: Stronger Than Steel and 98 Percent Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-artificial-spider-silk-stronger-steel-and-98-percent-water-180964176/Researchers at Cambridge University have developed a process for making strong, stretchy threads in an environmentally friendly wayWed, 26 Jul 2017 16:09:19 +0000The Lady Anatomist Who Brought Dead Bodies to Lighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lady-anatomist-who-brought-dead-bodies-light-180964165/Anna Morandi was the brains and the skilled hand of an unusual husband-wife partnershipWed, 26 Jul 2017 13:15:00 +0000The Complicated Growth of 4-Hhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/complicated-growth-4-h-180964191/4-H boasts a far more complicated backstory than those blue ribbons would have you believeWed, 26 Jul 2017 13:06:43 +0000What Kind of Footage Do Historical Colorists Like Best?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/what-kind-of-footage-do-historical-colorists/According to the historians and art directors from Composite Films who worked meticulously on America in Color, these were some of their favorite subjectsWed, 26 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Behind the Scenes: Skinning Condors in the Name of Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/behind-the-scenes-skinning-condors-name-science-180964187/One intrepid reporter documents the careful science, artistry and gross factor of a very strange partyTue, 25 Jul 2017 18:25:41 +0000Meet the Supervillain Worm That Gets By With a Little Help From Its Friendshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-supervillain-worm-gets-little-help-its-friends-180964192/This deadly nematode and its sidekicks reveal the power of bacterial symbiosisTue, 25 Jul 2017 16:29:52 +0000How to Spot a Hidden Whalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/spot-an-unseen-whale-180964189/Just as a hunter leaves a trail in the snow, a whale forms prints on the water’s surfaceTue, 25 Jul 2017 14:45:38 +0000Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windowshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-hospitals-started-displaying-newborn-babies-through-windows-180964186/How peering at babies through glass became a feel-good staple of American maternity wardsTue, 25 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Upside of Rotting Carcasseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/upside-rotting-carcasses-180964183/Large animals dying en masse are crucial to the the Serengeti—and they aren’t the only onesTue, 25 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Rise and Fall of Searshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rise-and-fall-sears-180964181/How the retail store that taught America how to shop navigated more than a century of economic and cultural changeTue, 25 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000The First Presidential Wife to Be Called the First Ladyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-first-presidential-wife-to-be-called-the/Dolley Madison, the First Lady of president James Madison was a Jackie Kennedy of her timeTue, 25 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000