Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenTue, 24 May 2016 18:31:56 +0000The Mesmerizing Results When a Museum Lets an Artist Draw All Over Its Walls Meyers took on the monumental task of creating a 400-foot-long artwork at the Hirshhorn Tue, 24 May 2016 18:31:56 +0000A Search Engine That Matches Your Drawings to Photographs Isn't Too Far Off scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new program that could let you Google your doodlesTue, 24 May 2016 17:21:28 +0000Discover America's Bloody History at Five Famous Dueling Grounds defended their delicate honor at these bloody sites across the U.S. Tue, 24 May 2016 16:44:52 +0000The Three Ways to Test if Something Is Truly Solid Gold a stolen Kentucky Derby trophy from 1924 is uncovered, a series of tests are used to determine its authenticityTue, 24 May 2016 16:39:41 +0000You Can Now Spend the Night in the Eiffel Tower the first to spend the night in the night at this Parisian landmarkTue, 24 May 2016 16:00:33 +0000How Big Were Oysters in the Chesapeake Before Colonization? new multidisciplinary study reveals that yes, oysters were larger and more plentiful before European contactTue, 24 May 2016 15:21:06 +0000The Forgotten Dust Bowl Novel That Rivaled "The Grapes of Wrath" Babb wrote about a family devastated by the Dust Bowl, but she lost her shot at stardom when John Steinbeck beat her to the punchMon, 23 May 2016 17:23:12 +0000A Photographic Tour of the Wonders That World's Fairs Leave Behind Doskow goes to old World's Fair sites and photographs the remnants of once glorious visionsMon, 23 May 2016 17:16:09 +0000This Guy Got Himself Stung 1,000 Times For Science—Here’s What He Learned new book reveals what it’s like to be stung by nearly 100 species of insect, and some of the secrets of things that stingMon, 23 May 2016 14:47:00 +0000Scorpions Choose Their Mates by Dancing With Them a female scorpion chooses a mate, she must test the strength of her potential suitor. The only way to be certain it's the right match is to danceMon, 23 May 2016 14:22:05 +0000Australia Used to be a Haven for Giant Penguins single species, the little penguin, is left on Aussie shores todayMon, 23 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000To Really Appreciate Louis Armstrong's Trumpet, You Gotta Play it. Just Ask Wynton Marsalis’s not always the white-glove treatment; some artifacts live on through performanceMon, 23 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000What the Oregeon Trail Looks Like Today From Above of America's greatest highways is barely visible from the ground. It's only from the air that you can pick out the remains of the Oregon TrailFri, 20 May 2016 20:09:31 +0000A Band of Biking Farmers in Florida Reinvents Sharecropping Farming transforms lawns into farms to create a new local food systemFri, 20 May 2016 15:12:46 +0000Two New Discoveries Add to a Horned Dino Revolution years ago, there were about 23 horned dinosaurs. Today, the count has more than tripledFri, 20 May 2016 15:06:33 +0000The Best National Parks for Wildlife Spotting your national park visits around prime viewing hoursFri, 20 May 2016 14:58:37 +0000Old Cosmetics Made New Again Through the Art of Digitization Complexion Wafers? A whole new world of yesteryear cosmetics just got a refreshFri, 20 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000Mars Weather Forecast Calls for Massive Dust Storms -- Here's Why dust storms on Mars, lasting for months, may be linked to the motion of the Red Planet around the solar system.Thu, 19 May 2016 18:36:37 +0000These Kits Beautifully Explain How City Sewers and Zoning Laws Work York's Center for Urban Pedagogy uses art and design to help people better understand complex laws and systemsThu, 19 May 2016 17:32:51 +0000The Unlikely, Charming Designer Who Is Changing the Face of Gardening weeds, critters and Celtic symbols, Mary Reynolds is transforming what it means to gardenThu, 19 May 2016 17:27:20 +0000Take a Closer Look at Mary Reynolds’s Innovative Celtic Gardens award-winning landscape designer bases her ideas on the four seasons, but with a regional twistThu, 19 May 2016 17:26:43 +0000What's the Waggle Dance? And Why Do Honeybees Do It? search high and wide for the best flowers. And when they find them, they go back to the hive and "tell" the other bees how to get thereThu, 19 May 2016 14:39:51 +0000The Story Behind a Forgotten Symbol of the American Revolution: The Liberty Tree Boston landmarks like the Old North Church still stand, the Liberty Tree, gone for nearly 250 years, has been lost to historyThu, 19 May 2016 14:22:08 +0000In This Heartfelt Video, American Muslims Connect With World War II Internees and activist Frank Chi sheds light on a sobering historical comparisonThu, 19 May 2016 14:11:22 +0000Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble Celebrates Our Differences Through Song"Sing Me Home" is a multicultural feast for the earsThu, 19 May 2016 13:15:00 +0000Podcast: All About Rare Earth Elements, the 'Vitamins' Of Modern Society this episode of Generation Anthropocene, learn about rare earth elements (which aren't really that rare) and why they're so prized.Thu, 19 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000Magnificent Leaf Homes Woven by Australian Green Ants ants build their grand nests out of leaves, which they pull and join together with silk. Amazingly, this silk is produced by their newborn larvaeWed, 18 May 2016 20:17:42 +0000How Much Does it Really Cost (the Planet) to Make a Penny? that copper and zinc for a coin most people throw away--what's the sustainable solution?Wed, 18 May 2016 17:38:12 +0000A Tweet Is Just a Ritz Cracker, But an IMAX Film Is a Steak Dinner’s what astronaut Terry Virts says about the new IMAX film he helped to makeWed, 18 May 2016 17:10:33 +0000Underwater Photographer Heather Perry Dives Deep and Looks Up it crazy to think that people are at their most natural in the water?Wed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Most Treacherous Battle of World War I Took Place in the Italian Mountains amid the carnage of the war, the battle in the Dolomites was like nothing the world had ever seen—or has seen sinceWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000What's the Best Way to Help the Amazon's Indigenous People? a pioneering computer model save the rainforest's residents from our best intentions?Wed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000How an Obscure Photographer Saved Yosemite beauty of the national park became clear long before Ansel AdamsWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Did Neanderthals Die Out Because of the Paleo Diet? new theory links their fate to a meat-heavy regimenWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Kill All the Mosquitoes?! gene-editing technology gives scientists the ability to wipe out the carriers of malaria and the Zika virus. But should they use it?Wed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Secret Tunnel Found in Mexico May Finally Solve the Mysteries of Teotihuacán chance discovery beneath a nearly 2,000-year-old pyramid leads to the heart of a lost civilizationWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Fight Against Elephant Poachers Is Going Commando central Africa, a former Israeli military trainer and his team are deploying battle-tested tactics to stop the runaway slaughter of elephantsWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Inside Story of Christo's Floating Piers renowned artist dazzles the world again, this time using a lake in northern Italy as his canvasWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000This Powerful Stokely Carmichael Portrait Never Made It to the Cover of Time Magazine artwork, by famed artist Jacob Lawrence, captured the turning point in the Civil Rights MovementWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Why Do Humans Have Canine Teeth and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Five of the Best Beaches for Beachcombing in the U.S. the hunt for seashells and other buried treasure? Here’s where to lookWed, 18 May 2016 13:24:11 +0000The Unhurried World of Pre-War Vienna Stefan Zweig, who inspired Wes Anderson's <i>The Grand Budapest Hotel</i>, recalls Austria at the dawn of the 20th centuryWed, 18 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000Being Super Busy May* Be Good for Your Brain*Does busyness boost cognition, or do people with better cognition tend to keep busy? Tue, 17 May 2016 20:00:00 +0000A Look at the Creative Process and What Makes an Artist Tick new exhibition delivers a better understanding of where artists find their inspirationTue, 17 May 2016 18:40:10 +0000Try Your Hand at Organic Farming in Southwest Romania hosting travelers, local farmers hope to reverse the impact of big industryTue, 17 May 2016 16:25:28 +0000If Grit Breeds Success, How Can I Get Grittier? of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth talks about her new book and the importance of the personal qualityTue, 17 May 2016 15:34:25 +0000Radiation Remains a Problem for Any Mission to Mars have yet to find ways to protect astronauts from cosmic rays and solar radiationTue, 17 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Eek! Each of These Insect Portraits Is Made From More Than 8,000 Images a mastery of macro, Levon Biss captures every hair and dimple on insects’ vibrant bodiesMon, 16 May 2016 18:41:12 +0000Celebrate National Salad Month with Rare and Historic Books that Include Your Favorite Leafy Greens Smithsonian librarian journeys through history and time on a quest to explore salads throughout antiquityMon, 16 May 2016 18:08:15 +0000Lithuania Is Now Hosting 'War and Peace' Filming Location Tours out the filming highlights in Eastern and Central EuropeMon, 16 May 2016 15:07:48 +0000Come Inside the New African American History Museum (Photos) a peek behind the scenes to see how curators, architects and designers are prepping for the museum's historic opening Mon, 16 May 2016 14:38:05 +0000The Bizarre Tale of the Tunnels, Trysts and Taxa of a Smithsonian Entomologist new book details the sensational exploits of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr., a scientist who had two wives and liked to dig tunnelsFri, 13 May 2016 19:01:18 +0000Underwater Finds Reveal Humans’ Long Presence in North America tools and mastodon remains help show that the Americas were peopled more than 14,000 years agoFri, 13 May 2016 18:00:00 +0000History in a Glass: (Re)discovering Armenian Wine more than six thousand-year-old history of viniculture, Armenian wines are gaining popularity Fri, 13 May 2016 16:50:20 +0000The Search Is On for the Site of the Worst Indian Massacre in U.S. History least 250 Shoshone were killed by the Army in the 1863 incident, but their remains have yet to be foundFri, 13 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Ten Things to Love in What Is Now the Nation’s Largest Modern Art Museum is finally open after three years of renovations, and it’s magnificentFri, 13 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Hollywood Bombshell Who Invented an Indispensable War Technology 1942, Hedy Lamarr received a patent for frequency hopping, but was told to devote her efforts elsewhereThu, 12 May 2016 18:50:49 +0000When the Arctic Gets Warmer, It Also Affects a Tropical Ecosystem Thousands of Miles Away spring arrives earlier in far northern Russia, red knots get smaller—and have trouble in their African winter homesThu, 12 May 2016 18:00:00 +0000Suburbia Gets No Respect, But It Could Become a Very Different Place starters, driverless cars would mean a lot less pavementThu, 12 May 2016 16:22:59 +0000Do You Recognize Anyone in These Historical Photos? The Smithsonian Wants to Know American History Museum calls on the public to select images and identify subjects in photos pulled from the museum’s archivesThu, 12 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000Five Lost Languages Rediscovered in Massachusetts linguist Ives Goddard finds that the Native Americans of central Massachusetts spoke five languages instead of one Wed, 11 May 2016 18:48:43 +0000From Farm to Bottle: Sip Brews Among the Hop Bines at This Vancouver-Area Beer Farm Brewing Company brings beer and farming to the Sunshine CoastWed, 11 May 2016 17:55:51 +0000Meet the Diverse and Bizarre “Stars” of the Deep Sea human activities encroach on remote oceans, scientists work to map the denizens of the deepWed, 11 May 2016 17:00:00 +0000Ancient Spacedust Reveals Surprising Twist in Evolution of Earth’s Early Atmosphere fossil meteorites are providing new insights about how our ancient atmosphere evolved into its current stateWed, 11 May 2016 17:00:00 +0000The Black Sea Is Dying, and War Might Push it Over the Edge by six countries, all with their own agendas, the massive body of water is at risk of becoming another casualty of regional strifeWed, 11 May 2016 15:19:14 +0000The World’s Carnivorous Bats Are Emerging From the Dark evolved multiple times among these mysterious species, yet all of the winged carnivores share similar physiological fixesTue, 10 May 2016 23:01:00 +0000Why You Should Know This Prolific Princess of Paleontology Anning was a 19th-century working-class woman from Dorset with no formal education. She became one of the most celebrated fossil collectors in historyTue, 10 May 2016 17:10:26 +0000The Appalling and Beguiling History of Budapest's Margaret Island Hungarian-born writer recalls a princess' defiance of her father, Nazi atrocities, and the island's role as sanctuaryTue, 10 May 2016 14:37:02 +0000The Science Behind Nature's Patterns new book explores the physical and chemical reasons behind incredible visual structures in the living and non-living worldTue, 10 May 2016 14:27:39 +0000This Photographer Shoots Sharks to Save Them he’s not creating movie posters, Michael Muller swims among the oceanic predators, capturing stunning imagesTue, 10 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000How Tuberculosis Shaped Victorian Fashion deadly disease—and later efforts to control it—influenced trends for decadesTue, 10 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Will We Ever Know Why Nazi Leader Rudolf Hess Flew to Scotland in the Middle of World War II? remarkable tale of insanity, espionage, and conspiracies remains unanswered after 75 yearsTue, 10 May 2016 12:47:17 +0000Traveling to the Danube? Here's What You Should Read, Watch and Download before you goTue, 10 May 2016 10:30:00 +0000Cute Baby Animals You Have to See This Spring out what's new at the zooMon, 09 May 2016 13:11:29 +0000Is Europe Returning to Pre Cold War Divisions? Robert D. Kaplan notes the beginnings of a complex map, caused by Russian revisionism, the refugee crisis and a structural economic crisis in the EUMon, 09 May 2016 13:06:43 +0000Weirdo Ancient Marine Reptile Had a Vacuum-Shaped Head probably slurped up plant material from the seafloorMon, 09 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Smartphone Study Uncovers Why So Much of the World is Short on Sleep, gender and nationality impact how much we sleep, and social pressures rob many of needed restFri, 06 May 2016 18:00:00 +0000These Photos Taken From Space Look Astonishingly Like Art Masterpieces reveals how art imitates realityFri, 06 May 2016 13:26:40 +000010 Things Science Says About Being a Mom in 2016 one, a nurturing mother can help her child's brain growFri, 06 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000How Was the Grand Canyon Formed? people once believed that landscapes like the Grand Canyon were shaped by volcanoes and earthquakes. But one American geologist had a different ideaFri, 06 May 2016 12:30:00 +0000Enjoy Face Time with Seven of Earth's 3 to 5 Million Mite Species Smithsonian collection of some one million species of mites is receiving its up close and personalThu, 05 May 2016 18:44:33 +0000Your Skin’s Microbial Inhabitants Might Stick Around, Even If You Wash tiny ecosystem is surprisingly stable from months to years, study revealsThu, 05 May 2016 17:56:00 +0000Need a New Hobby? We Recommend Playing Musical Vegetables carrot flutes to to zucchini clarinets, vegetables have musical potentialThu, 05 May 2016 14:08:51 +0000These Black and White Images Reveal a Vienna Most Travelers Don’t See Carl Yurttas captures the city's many moodsThu, 05 May 2016 13:26:14 +0000These Eerie Portraits Capture Endangered and Extinct Animals in a Film That Is Also Vanishing Defibaugh uses Polaroid 55 film to give animal specimens an afterlifeThu, 05 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Crushing Pressures Start to Reveal the Truth About Earth's Core makes up the bulk of our planet's core. But now, researchers are getting closer to figuring out what else swirls at the center of the EarthThu, 05 May 2016 12:16:51 +0000Shonda Rhimes and the Cast of 'Scandal' Dish on the Show's Behind-the-Scenes Secrets stars of the Washington, D.C.-inspired show reveal the method behind the magic Wed, 04 May 2016 16:56:52 +0000Was King Tut's Tomb Built for a Woman? archeologist notes that King Tut's chamber was designed and decorated differently from other Egyptian pharaohsWed, 04 May 2016 15:41:59 +0000Can You Really Tell the Difference Between Bourbon and Rye? University puts professional tasters to the testWed, 04 May 2016 14:17:08 +0000How the Redesign of U.S. Money Shows the Power of Protest Smithsonian curator notes how a heavy dose of social activism prompted the U.S. Treasury to honor historic social and political movementsWed, 04 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Fecal Pellet’s Worth A Thousand Words can learn a surprising amount about an animal just by analyzing its poopWed, 04 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Bug Wears Its Victims' Carcasses as Camouflage assassin bug is one of the most cunning predators in the micro world, gluing the exoskeletons of its prey to its back as camouflageTue, 03 May 2016 20:06:46 +0000That Revolutionary May Day in 1976 When California Wines Bested France's Finest years ago, a Copernican moment took place in viniculture when the world realized the sun didn’t always revolve around French winesTue, 03 May 2016 19:21:23 +0000Describing Someone as “Birdbrained” Is Misguided, Unless You’re Talking About Emus new book about birds explores how birds thinkTue, 03 May 2016 18:21:31 +0000How to Build a Mosquito Trap From an Old Tire researchers hope to curb the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases by luring the pests into homemade trapsTue, 03 May 2016 16:58:17 +0000Which of These Summertime Athletes Should Be Displayed on the Walls of the National Portrait Gallery? now for your pick!Tue, 03 May 2016 16:27:13 +0000Did Scientists Stumble on a Battery that Lasts Forever? studying nanowires have found a battery material that can be recharged for years, even decadesMon, 02 May 2016 19:07:06 +0000Iris Van Herpen Is Revolutionizing the Look and Tech of Fashion Dutch designer redefines what it means to be fashion forwardMon, 02 May 2016 18:17:10 +0000Famous for His Rocking Chair, Sam Maloof Made Furniture That Had Soul centennial appreciation for this master of mid-century modernism is underway with a California exhibition and an upcoming seminarMon, 02 May 2016 16:00:00 +0000How to Unroll a Dead Sea Scroll Without Destroying It 1952, a remarkable copper scroll was uncovered by archaeologists near the Dead Sea. It would take four years for scientists to agree on a way to open itMon, 02 May 2016 14:47:11 +0000Meet the “Mad Scientists” Behind ‘Captain America: Civil War’ their latest film, directors Joe and Anthony Russo explore the morality of the Star-Spangled Avenger Mon, 02 May 2016 13:30:00 +0000How Climate Change Could Make Office Work Even Unhealthier"Sick building syndrome" and other indoor concerns could be exacerbated by climate changeMon, 02 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000Exclusive: Read Harper Lee’s Profile of “In Cold Blood” Detective Al Dewey That Hasn’t Been Seen in More Than 50 Years here for the first time, the article was published five years before Truman Capote’s best-selling bookFri, 29 Apr 2016 16:15:48 +0000Neuroscientist David Eagleman on What Is Possible in the Cosmos author tackles where the human brain and astronomy intersectFri, 29 Apr 2016 15:57:41 +0000Infants Learn to Pay Attention (or Not) From Watching Mom and Dad who focus on play may help babies develop critical skills that predict future successThu, 28 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000Nine Unique Gifts to Buy in Vienna specialty fruit preserves to Habsburg figurines, Austria's capital has it allThu, 28 Apr 2016 15:33:17 +0000Japan Is Getting “Invisible” Trains That Blend into the Landscape the scenery just got even betterThu, 28 Apr 2016 14:15:00 +0000Grab Your Pitchfork and Take an "American Gothic"-Themed Road Trip drive through eastern Iowa is the best way to appreciate one of the country’s most famous imagesThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:42:39 +0000A Brief History of the Nickel honor of the coin’s 150th anniversary, read up on how the nickel came to be mintedThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:09:34 +0000The Scientific Daredevils Who Made Yale's Peabody Museum a National Treasure an award-winning science writer dug into the backstory of this New Haven institute, he found a world of scientific derring-doThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why Babe Ruth Was the Ultimate Symbol of the Roaring '20s Ruth captured the times, lived large and demonstrated an insatiable appetite for pleasure and achievementWed, 27 Apr 2016 20:14:53 +0000How Machines Are Getting Better at Making Conversation assistants are developing personalities, with some help from poets and writersWed, 27 Apr 2016 17:19:01 +0000Break Free in Freddie Mercury's Montreux the Swiss town where Queen's frontman recorded some of his greatest hits Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:05:57 +0000The Original Country Music music star Trace Adkins stops by the Smithsonian to examine some authentic sheet music from the Civil War.Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:01:28 +0000When it Comes to Greenhouse Gases, CO2 Isn’t the Only Game in Town dioxide rightly gets the attention in the climate change debate. But here are four more gases that can wreck our atmosphere.Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:19:04 +0000How Computer Scientists Are Using Twitter to Predict Gentrification researchers have created a way to predict a neighborhood's fortunes in coming years by analyzing social media dataWed, 27 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Early Microscopes Revealed a New World of Tiny Living Things cloth merchant turned a device for checking his wares into an instrument fit for scienceWed, 27 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000NASA Responds to an S.O.S. of Historic Proportions technology could save our (historic) structures from earthquakesTue, 26 Apr 2016 19:00:00 +0000How to Yodel Like a Local Swiss tradition is much more than a simple yodel-ay-ee-ooooTue, 26 Apr 2016 17:35:24 +0000The Future Is Here Festival Considers Extraterrestrial Life and the Essence of Humanity the festival's final day, speakers turn to the cosmos and our place within itTue, 26 Apr 2016 16:28:14 +0000Replica of 'Psycho' House Opened on Museum Rooftop Metropolitan Museum of Art features a replica of Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' houseTue, 26 Apr 2016 13:31:26 +0000The Priceless Impact Harriet Tubman Will Have as the Face of the $20 Bill Nancy Bercaw from the African American History Museum discusses the freedom fighter's ongoing legacyMon, 25 Apr 2016 19:51:23 +0000Hosting an Event? Don't Toss Leftover Food, Donate It an Uber-like app, Transfernation is reducing food waste while feeding those in needMon, 25 Apr 2016 18:18:19 +0000How to Make Science Fiction Become Fact, in Three Steps at <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine's "Future is Here" festival said be patient, persistent, but never, ever pessimisticMon, 25 Apr 2016 16:23:47 +0000Nikola Tesla's Struggle to Remain Relevant offbeat Belgrade museum reveals the many mysteries of the prolific, late-19th-century inventorMon, 25 Apr 2016 16:07:38 +0000North American Mammoths May Have Been a Single Species mammoths and other varieties may have been intermingling, DNA analyses showMon, 25 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000When Shirley Chisholm Ran for President, Few Would Say: "I'm With Her" congresswoman tried to win the White House by consolidating the black vote and the women's vote, but she ran into trouble Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:07:10 +0000Shining Light on Brazil’s Secret Coral Reef massive, previously unstudied reef is unlike any other known on Earth Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:00:00 +0000Is Bratislava's Communist-Era Architecture Worth Preserving? residents of Slovakia's capital, Cold War structures recall a painful past Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:48:28 +0000If You Want to See Thousands of Fireflies Light Up at Once, Head to the Great Smoky Mountains firefly mating ritual turns into a synchronized light showFri, 22 Apr 2016 17:04:10 +0000A Member of the Little Rock Nine Discusses Her Struggle to Attend Central High 15, Minnijean Brown faced down the Arkansas National Guard, Now Her Story and Personal Items are Archived at the SmithsonianFri, 22 Apr 2016 16:04:52 +0000Celebrating 500 Years of German’s Beer Purity Law's treasured—and controversial—rule has a fascinating past and an uncertain futureFri, 22 Apr 2016 15:23:19 +0000When Electricity and Music Collide, the Tesla Coils Sing band ArcAttack delivers a high-voltage performance with a side of science educationFri, 22 Apr 2016 13:30:08 +0000Why Didn't the First Earth Day's Predictions Come True? It's Complicated a century ago, scientists and activists predicted utter doom for the planet. That hasn't happened yet, but it's nothing to cheer aboutFri, 22 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Is There Such a Thing as a “Bad” Shakespeare Play? hundred years after the Bard’s death, the quality of his works is still a fluid scaleFri, 22 Apr 2016 11:00:00 +0000This Is the Closest Thing to a Dragon You'll Ever See lizards use specialized sideflaps to launch themselves into the air while evading predatorsThu, 21 Apr 2016 21:09:53 +0000Four Hundred Years Later, Scholars Still Debate Whether Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” Is Anti-Semitic what makes the Bard’s play so problematicThu, 21 Apr 2016 20:07:51 +0000Beyond Raspberry Berets: What Prince Left Behind portraits to guitars, The Artist’s legacy lives on at the SmithsonianThu, 21 Apr 2016 19:42:03 +0000Discover the Real Ramen at a Shrine to Slurpy Noodles iconic dish has surprising regional rootsThu, 21 Apr 2016 18:39:44 +0000You Can’t Sleep While Traveling Because Your Brain Acts Like a Dolphin’s the first night in a new place, half your brain stays awake to watch out for dangerThu, 21 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000For Chris Carter, the Truth is Still Out Therehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com <i>X-Files</i> creator wants to believeThu, 21 Apr 2016 15:10:21 +0000What Does a Dying Forest Sound Like? temperatures rise, scientists scramble to pinpoint trees in danger of droughtThu, 21 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Fight Against Ginseng Poaching in the Great Smoky Mountains profitable black market for the native shrub pits the National Park Service against poor residents of AppalachiaThu, 21 Apr 2016 14:37:46 +0000Stephen Hawking on Why Black Holes Are Worthy of Your Consideration new Harvard-Smithsonian initiative will delve into the places in the universe where spacetime sags around massive objectsThu, 21 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Mad Dash to Figure Out the Fate of Peatlands the planet’s peat swamps come under threat, the destiny of their stored carbon remains a mysteryWed, 20 Apr 2016 16:31:22 +0000These Tiny Satellites Can Be Launched Into Space for as Little as $1,000 at Arizona State University may be paving the way for consumer satellite flightWed, 20 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000Your Questions for Astronaut Tom Jones, Answered a sampling of what we can learn from those who have been to spaceWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Future of Cars Is Already Here before the "Jetsons," people dreamed of flying cars. Now breakthroughs in technology are helping all kinds of vehicles get off the groundWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Deadly Cunning of the Black Widow's Color Scheme did the spider evolve to have that crimson hourglass on its back?Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000An Oral History of "Star Trek" trail-blazing sci-fi series debuted 50 years ago and has taken countless fans where none had gone beforeWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000How a Psychedelic Concert Poster Rocked the World'mon baby light my flierWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Fashion Photographer Klaus Mitteldorf Captures the Chaos of Modern Identity images evoke a world of endless distractionWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Who Really Wrote "Citizen Kane"? new books offer divergent theories on the authorship of the much-heralded filmWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Can Proteins From Living Cells Solve Problems That Vex Supercomputers? nature knows bestWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The NASA Robot That Failed to Do Its Job cautionary tale about the android who just wasn't suited for the task at handWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Why Benedict Arnold Turned Traitor Against the American Revolution story behind the most famous betrayal in U.S. history shows the complicated politics of the nation's earliest daysWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Inside the Grand Plan to Send Humans to Mars's innovative deputy administrator Dava Newman explains just how close we are to sending astronauts far, far awayWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Starship Enterprise Is Coming in for a New Landing at the Smithsonian artifact in the Air and Space Museum collections boldly returns to public viewWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000For Those Clutching Pearls Over Buzzfeed: A History of Newspapers Reveals That It's Always Been This Way user-generated content to political screeds, the future of news happens to look a lot like the pastWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000How to Plug In Your Brain neuroscientists are right, you’ll soon be able to sharpen your focus and boost your memory by recharging your brain—with electricityWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Here's Where You Can Hike a Glacier (Before They're Gone) on for five of the world's most stunning icecap experiencesWed, 20 Apr 2016 14:54:21 +0000Calling All Those in the Market for Skateboard Jewelry, Czech Marionettes or Other Quirky Crafts annual Smithsonian Craft Show features 120 of the best craft artisans from around the countryWed, 20 Apr 2016 14:21:24 +0000Tech Visionary Nicholas Negroponte Talks About the Future of Education act of writing a computer program, says the founder of MIT's Media Lab, allows a child to learn about learningWed, 20 Apr 2016 14:14:21 +0000Avalanches on Comets May Help Make the Icy Bodies Visible rocks may have lit up Comet Hartley 2, allowing its discovery in 1986Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:00:00 +0000Before Reefer Madness, High Times and 4/20, There Was the Marijuana Revenue Stamp designed in the 1930s to restrict access to the drug, these stamps draw a curious crowd to the Postal MuseumWed, 20 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Can Physicists Ever Prove the Multiverse Is Real? are arguing about whether they can trust this untested—and potentially untestable—ideaTue, 19 Apr 2016 17:59:19 +0000For Baboons, a Tough Childhood Can Lead to a Short Life that grow up under tough conditions don’t live as long as those that have it easyTue, 19 Apr 2016 16:45:20 +0000These Stunning Satellite Images Turn Earth Into Art images illustrate the brutal beauty geologic processes carve into our planetTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:45:03 +0000Andy Weir, Author of "The Martian," Shares Details About His Next Novel science fiction writer also talks about the future of space travelTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:13:42 +0000The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016 honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, our top picks this year are all towns close to America’s natural splendorsMon, 18 Apr 2016 15:46:25 +0000Anthony Fauci Is Waging War Against Zika, and Preparing for Other Epidemics to Come director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases talks about developing a Zika vaccineMon, 18 Apr 2016 14:07:03 +0000A Steady Diet of Seabird Chicks Makes Island Mice Huge no predators or competition, rodents can eat baby birds aliveMon, 18 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Fuzzy Pigs, Squash Swords And More of the World's Amazing, Vanishing Heirloom Breeds odd fruits, veggies and animals show the vanishing diversity of our foodMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:34:42 +0000Mystery of the Varna Gold: What Caused These Ancient Societies to Disappear? found in prehistoric graves in Bulgaria is the first evidence of social hierarchy, but no one knows what caused the civilization's declineMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:05:26 +0000Ever Tried an Apricot Dumpling? You Need To rich soils of Austria's Wachau Walley yield some of the tastiest apricots and apricot products in the worldMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000How the Danube Became a Multinational Power Source 1,770 miles from Germany's Black Forest to the coast of Romania, the river takes its character from the people and places it passesMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Timeless Art of the Viennese Waltz reminder of past glory, the dance is birthright in ViennaMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000For a Culinary Scene Steeped in Tradition, Head to Austria's Wachau Valley new generation of chefs and vintners is seasoning this sleepy, vineyard-dotted valley with fresh ideasMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly: The Danube the Danube from the Black Forest of Germany to the green teardrop-shaped island of St. Margaret in BudapestMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Humble Beginnings of Goulash hearty soup-stew known around the world began as the everything-goes-in meal of Hungarian herdsmenMon, 18 Apr 2016 11:59:00 +0000Rewilding the African Scimitar-Horned Oryx a historic first, an animal that went extinct in the African wild is reintroduced, giving hope for many endangered speciesFri, 15 Apr 2016 19:15:57 +000012 Secrets of the New York Subway runs deep in the legendary transit systemFri, 15 Apr 2016 16:11:15 +0000NASA’s “Rocket Girls” Are No Longer Forgotten History to a new book, these female pioneers who helped the U.S. win the space race are finally getting their dueFri, 15 Apr 2016 14:59:17 +0000How a Giant Lazy River of Grass Became the Everglades Florida Everglades are home to a patchwork of ecosystems in a constant state of change—so much so, they look different from one year to the nextFri, 15 Apr 2016 13:35:59 +0000Paleontologists Unveil Dinosaur Stomping Ground in Utah can view ghostly footprints that record prehistoric steps in pale blue stoneFri, 15 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Coral Bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef May Get a Lot Worse in the Future change could alter temperature patterns in a way that stops corals from preparing for bleaching eventsThu, 14 Apr 2016 18:00:00 +0000Taking a Cue from Textile-Making to Engineer Human Tissue in search of a faster, cheaper way to engineer human tissue found success in traditional textile production methods. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:46:26 +0000Harken Back to the Glory Days When 'Time' Magazine Was King new show honors the once powerful cover shot and the artists who made celebs shine brightWed, 13 Apr 2016 16:39:02 +000010 Bizarre, Vision-Enhancing Technologies From the Last 1,000 Years Oculus Rift, there were lorgnettes, TV glasses and eyborgs Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:19:12 +0000How the “Daisy” Ad Changed Everything About Political Advertising the famous television spot ran in 1964, advertising agencies have sold presidential candidates as if they were cars or soapWed, 13 Apr 2016 12:11:36 +0000It’s Springtime and Jazz Is In Bloom year's Jazz Appreciation Month celebrates the singularly talented alto saxophonist Benny CarterTue, 12 Apr 2016 20:31:00 +0000In Switzerland, an Exploding Snowman Helps Predict Spring Groundhog Day—but with fireTue, 12 Apr 2016 17:20:52 +0000What Can the Collapse of the Whig Party Tell Us About Today’s Politics? the Republican party on the verge of catastrophe? Probably not, if history is any indicatorTue, 12 Apr 2016 15:08:51 +0000How the Fastest Animal on Earth Attacks Its Prey hunting, the Peregrine falcon will fly to great heights, then dive bomb its preyTue, 12 Apr 2016 13:05:05 +0000Teddy Roosevelt's Epic (But Strangely Altruistic) Hunt for a White Rhino a new book, a Smithsonian naturalist tells the gritty, controversial tale of how one of America’s presidents felled a threatened speciesTue, 12 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Who's Laughing Now? Listeners Can Tell if Laughers are Friends or Not laugh differently with friends, and the reasons may lie deep in our social evolutionMon, 11 Apr 2016 19:07:08 +0000Lemur Extinctions Are Harmful to Madagascar's Plant Life, Too and trees that once relied on a particular species of lemur to spread their seeds may also be headed for extinction.Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:00:00 +0000This Haunting Exhibit Unearths the Stories of Syria’s Slain victims of the Middle East crisis have their stories told in a moving art installation in Washington, D.C.Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:23:33 +0000Vintage Photos Recall the Early Days of Hip-Hop, Before It Became a Billion-Dollar Industry than 400 images from the 1980s to the early 2000s detail the "standout moments" of the rise of Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Jay Z and many more artistsMon, 11 Apr 2016 16:11:55 +0000You May Soon Be Able to Scan a Piece of Fruit to Check Its Nutritional Value's one of the ideas Target is testing as it explores how much of a competitive edge it gets from being transparent about foodMon, 11 Apr 2016 15:06:52 +0000A Science Lecture Accidentally Sparked a Global Craze for Yogurt than a century ago, a biologist’s remarks set people searching for yogurt as a cure for old ageMon, 11 Apr 2016 12:11:23 +0000This Expandable Structure Could Become the Future of Living in Space Nevada real estate magnate has poured $290 million into a wild dream of being a landlord in outer space. His first tenant: NASAMon, 11 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000To Truly Experience Robert Irwin, You Simply Must View His Artworks in Person visionary, part magician, Irwin makes art that breaks all the rulesFri, 08 Apr 2016 19:30:18 +0000Here's What Bat Echolocation Sounds Like, Slowed Down use a perceptual system called echolocation that allows them to produce high pitch sounds that bounce off nearby objects and living thingsFri, 08 Apr 2016 18:23:13 +0000These Rarely Seen Images Show Jazz Greats Pouring Out Their Hearts Wolff's gritty portraits, the hallmark of Blue Note Records, became a visual catalog of jazz in actionFri, 08 Apr 2016 16:18:42 +0000Eat Dinner Cooked by a Bear furry chef serves international cuisine in San Diego—when he isn't hibernatingFri, 08 Apr 2016 13:22:49 +0000These Birds Can Sing Using Only Their Feathers feathers meet air in just the right way, birds can create distinctive soundsFri, 08 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Tiny Spiders Are the Fastest Known on Earth trap-jaw spiders can snap their mouths shut with incredible force—in less than a millisecondThu, 07 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000Coastal Cities Need to Radically Rethink How They Deal With Rising Waters"Transitional architecture" is both a futuristic solution to sea-level rise and a hearkening back to older ways of livingThu, 07 Apr 2016 14:40:53 +0000When the British Wanted to Camouflage Their Warships, They Made Them Dazzle order to stop the carnage wrought by German U-Boats, the Allied powers went way outside the boxThu, 07 Apr 2016 14:31:41 +0000A Changing Mecca Is the Focus of the First U.S. Exhibition to Feature a Saudi Artist works of Ahmed Mater at the Sackler examine the stark collision of the sacred and profaneThu, 07 Apr 2016 14:19:34 +0000Cemeteries of the Future you want to be buried in a coral reef, a skyscraper or on an artificial island?Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Tastes of Memory: How to Bake an Authentic Armenian Lavash Armenian culture, memory and identity in the kitchenThu, 07 Apr 2016 12:30:00 +0000Designing Glasses That Fit Individuals With Down Syndrome Maria Dellapina started Specs4Us when her daughter struggled to find a pair of glasses that wouldn't slip Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:36:58 +0000Remembering Dr. Joe Medicine Crow He showed us we are capable of great things when we look within ourselves, says scholar Nina Sanders Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:33:51 +0000The Story Behind Those Jaw-Dropping Photos of the Collections at the Natural History Museum images capture only a fraction of the millions of creatures and objects that are stored away from the public eyeWed, 06 Apr 2016 16:53:38 +0000Smithsonian Jazz Expert Gives Liner Notes to the New Miles Davis Biopic American History Museum's James Zimmerman dives into Miles Davis' sound and styleWed, 06 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Show of Over 6,000 Orchids Celebrates a Victorian-Era Obsession to "Orchidelirium" at The New York Botanical GardenWed, 06 Apr 2016 11:30:00 +0000What to Read, Watch and Download Before Your Trip to India before you goTue, 05 Apr 2016 19:49:14 +0000Rare Find: The $30,000 Sword George Custer Used in Battle's how one of Custer's rare swords found itself in the hands of a lucky collectorTue, 05 Apr 2016 19:42:58 +0000Is This the Quietest Square Inch in the U.S.? acoustic ecologist reveals his findingsTue, 05 Apr 2016 16:18:54 +0000Can Headphones That Shock Your Brain Help You Run Faster and Jump Higher?'re called Halo Sport, and they send electrical charges into the brain that their inventors say can boost athletic performanceTue, 05 Apr 2016 13:05:54 +000011 Artists Capture What It Is Like to Live in a Megacity"Megacities Asia," a new exhibition at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, features 19 installations inspired by cities with populations of 10 million or moreMon, 04 Apr 2016 19:12:03 +0000Stunning Timelapse of a Dragonfly Growing Wings the transformation unfold before your eyesMon, 04 Apr 2016 18:06:55 +0000Inside America’s Auschwitz new museum offers a rebuke — and an antidote — to our sanitized history of slaveryMon, 04 Apr 2016 15:58:10 +0000Switzerland's Most Beautiful Alpine Gardens best place to see Switzerland's stunning flora is high up in the mountainsMon, 04 Apr 2016 15:06:08 +0000Human Sacrifices May Lie Behind the Rise of Ancient Social Status practices may have helped the elite keep the lower classes in line, a new study hintsMon, 04 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Meet the Woman Fighting for the Survival of India's Traditional Crafts Culture Jaitly aims to protect India's cultural heritage from the threat of globalized marketplacesMon, 04 Apr 2016 14:25:13 +0000These Light-Up Fishing Nets Could Save Sea Turtles research shows attaching LED lights to fishing nets can keep turtles from becoming accidentally entangledMon, 04 Apr 2016 14:21:43 +0000Butterflies Zigzag Wildly for a Reason butterfly's slow wing beat enables it to make rapid and unpredictable changes of direction. Here's why that's such a useful traitFri, 01 Apr 2016 19:19:16 +0000Scientists Are Using Electronic Eggs to Study Vultures sensor-packed egg, developed by a team at Microduino, could lead to clues about the birds' livelihoodFri, 01 Apr 2016 18:02:32 +0000A Cheese-Lover’s Guide to the Midwest's heartland is a cheesy paradiseFri, 01 Apr 2016 17:35:52 +0000The Incredible History of Sunken Ships in San Francisco 1850, hundreds of migrant ships arrived in San Francisco, fueled by gold rush. But many of these ships weren't needed after that and were simply sunkThu, 31 Mar 2016 17:43:25 +0000A Firsthand Account of What It Takes to Pilot a Voyaging Canoe Across the Ocean than just a desire to learn, a seat aboard the historic vessel Hōkūle`a requires skill, dedication and well, . . .obsessionThu, 31 Mar 2016 15:26:47 +0000The Best Places in the U.S. to See Spring's Migrating Birds out your binoculars—birds are making their annual trek northThu, 31 Mar 2016 14:30:00 +0000Andrew Jackson, America’s Original Anti-Establishment Candidate seventh president raged against many of the same machines that are now engulfing this year’s electionThu, 31 Mar 2016 14:29:26 +0000The Lazarus Phenomenon, Explained: Why Sometimes, the Deceased Are Not Dead, Yet does CPR have to do with the curious case of clinically dead patients coming “back to life”?Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:15:30 +0000Marathoner Sets Out to Run All of America's National Parks Ray's goal: 59 national parks before she turns 40 in four yearsThu, 31 Mar 2016 12:15:00 +0000Stop Making Fun of Tyrannosaurs’ Tiny Arms stubby limbs may seem out of place, but they may have been key to the <i>T. rex’s</i> terrifying biteThu, 31 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000Where to See the Best Cherry Blossoms Around the World blossoms in Japan and Washington, D.C are breathtaking, but you can see beautiful flowers in places like Stockholm, tooWed, 30 Mar 2016 20:45:22 +0000“Hobbits” Disappeared Much Earlier Than Previously Thought the tiny hominins ever coexisted with modern humans, the arrangement apparently didn't last longWed, 30 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000Six of the Wildest Skyscrapers Imaginable winners of the annual skyscraper design competition think way beyond the "tall rectangle with windows" modelWed, 30 Mar 2016 16:31:11 +0000Pluto May Have a Wandering Heart enormous impact basin may be slowly traveling across the dwarf planet’s surfaceWed, 30 Mar 2016 16:23:47 +0000Save a Horse, Ride a Cow Through the Swiss Alps farm in Switzerland offers a slow moo-tion ride through the alpine countryside Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:00:00 +0000Antennae Yield New Clues Into Ant Communication more than a century of study, scientists still have much more to learn about the complex world of ant communicationTue, 29 Mar 2016 23:01:00 +0000“Driving While Black” Has Been Around As Long As Cars Have Existed Ric Burns talks about his forthcoming film about the “Green Book” and other travel guides for African-AmericansTue, 29 Mar 2016 18:10:30 +0000When Newspapers Reported on Gun Deaths as "Melancholy Accidents" historian explains how a curious phrase used by the American press caught his eye and became the inspiration for his new bookTue, 29 Mar 2016 15:06:35 +0000Jazz Legend David Baker’s Soaring Legacy's maestro, a founding director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, has died at the age of 84Mon, 28 Mar 2016 20:49:33 +0000How Cherry Trees Blossomed into a Tourist Attraction fragile and transient blossom may herald the first stirrings of spring, but their significance has evolved since the 9th centuryMon, 28 Mar 2016 19:34:55 +0000The Right Body Language Can Boost Odds of Online Dating Success partners size you up in seconds, and the way you sit or stand mattersMon, 28 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000See Dozens of Dazzling New Light Installations in Baltimore This Week City Baltimore is a massive, site-specific festival, launched in hopes of becoming an annual spectacleMon, 28 Mar 2016 16:13:08 +0000Why Rockfalls Happen on Beautiful Days in Yosemite drive rocks to expand and contract—until one lovely day when slabs may suddenly fallMon, 28 Mar 2016 15:00:00 +0000