Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenSat, 13 Feb 2016 18:44:25 +0000A Ban on Salamanders Is Just Part of the Fight Against This Deadly Fungus are deploying a variety of weapons as new clues emerge about the fungal diseases killing off amphibiansSat, 13 Feb 2016 18:44:25 +0000What's America's Most Romantic City? new list finds true love in Alexandria, VirginiaFri, 12 Feb 2016 21:16:05 +0000How 43 Giant, Crumbling Presidential Heads Ended Up in a Virginia Field an ambitious monument went bust, big dreams—and big heads—remainFri, 12 Feb 2016 20:58:45 +0000Ray Charles Returns to the White House blind king of soul once sat down with Richard Nixon, now his music will be performed by a host of musicians for Barack ObamaFri, 12 Feb 2016 16:42:54 +0000Podcast: Farming Shaped the Rise and Fall of Empires in Cambodia the country's troubled history with the Khmer Rouge lies a complex agricultural legacy that reaches back centuriesFri, 12 Feb 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Whale Shark Cooperates With a Diver Saving Him diver stumbles across a whale shark trapped in a commercial fishing line. Sensing the diver wants to help, the goliath lies still while the rope is cutFri, 12 Feb 2016 04:52:40 +0000After a Century of Searching, We Finally Detected Gravitational Waves merging black holes sent out a signal 1.3 billion years ago that now confirms a key prediction of Einstein's relativityThu, 11 Feb 2016 18:39:11 +0000The First Children Who Led Sad Lives children of presidents met cruel fates in the first 150 years of our country's historyThu, 11 Feb 2016 16:43:24 +0000Step Into a Noisy, Chaotic Nigerian Marketplace at The African Art Museum African artist Emeka Ogboh's installation will be the first time the museum has featured a work of sound art Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:41:53 +0000Dig Into the Nuclear Era's Homegrown Fallout Shelters 1955, the head of Civil Defense urged everyone to build an underground shelter "right now"Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:29:32 +0000Melt-Proof Chocolate, 3D Printed Gummies and Other Fascinating Candy Patents in time for Valentine's Day, a quick look at some of the world's most fascinating confectionery innovationsWed, 10 Feb 2016 17:01:47 +0000Five Tech Innovations That Can Keep Your Car From Burning So Much Gas, gas is cheap, but car makers are still facing ambitious goals to make vehicles way more fuel efficientWed, 10 Feb 2016 14:00:00 +0000Comb Through This Framed Collection of Presidential Hair Smithsonian keeps a most unusual artifact of hair clipped straight from the heads of presidentsTue, 09 Feb 2016 19:59:11 +0000Hundreds of Galaxies Were Found Hiding Behind Our Milky Way objects may help explain why our galaxy and its neighbors are hurtling towards a seemingly blank zone called the Great AttractorTue, 09 Feb 2016 17:23:57 +0000A Pop-Up Museum Documents the Stories of Philadelphia's Black Women DuBois is looking to build community and pride in underserved neighborhoods, starting with her ownTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:51:20 +0000Who Are the Real Hollywood Figures Behind 'Hail, Caesar!'? Mannix, the film’s big studio fixer, was an MGM producer with a mean streakTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:45:00 +0000Looking for Life Beyond Earth? Watch Out for Steam Bath Planets show that water and CO2 can be a surprisingly deadly combo on some unfortunate worldsTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:00:00 +0000Mind (and Body) Bending Photos Pay Homage to Yoga's Classical Lineage Michael O'Neill spent a decade documenting the practice that saved his lifeTue, 09 Feb 2016 15:51:32 +0000Sleepy Suspects Are Way More Likely to Falsely Confess to a Crime a study, almost 70 percent of sleep-deprived people admitted to something they didn't doTue, 09 Feb 2016 15:10:27 +0000Bite Back Against Invasive Species at Your Next Meal seaweed to lionfish, invasive species are appearing on menus throughout the U.S.Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:20:00 +0000Looking for a Winter Getaway? Visit the Sunniest Place on Earth literal oasis in the desert, Yuma, Arizona, the “winter vegetable capital of the world,” offers a warm welcomeTue, 09 Feb 2016 13:30:00 +0000New Software Can Actually Edit Actors' Facial Expressions can seamlessly blend several takes to create nuanced blends of emotions, potentially cutting down on the number of takes necessary in filmingMon, 08 Feb 2016 19:16:28 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Kiss? to philematology, or the science for the study of kissing, romance has little to do with itMon, 08 Feb 2016 19:07:40 +0000Meet the Dogs Sniffing Out Whale Poop for Science by drug-detection programs, these canines scour the sea for samples that aid in conservation researchMon, 08 Feb 2016 15:00:00 +0000One Man's Epic Rail Journey to the Darjeeling Himalaya grandson retraces adventurer Francis K.I. Baird's mysterious trek to a remote village near the India-Tibet borderFri, 05 Feb 2016 20:54:38 +0000One in Four U.S. Deer Is Infected With Malaria suspect the undetected blood parasite has been present in the animals ever since they arrived across the Bering Land Bridge Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:02:01 +0000Can This New Football Helmet Prevent Head Injuries? team behind the Zero1, a new four-layer helmet design, hopes soFri, 05 Feb 2016 17:00:05 +0000The Forgotten History of Women’s Football women’s football leagues formed during the 20th century—one from the 1930s even became a national sensation—but they’re barely remembered todayFri, 05 Feb 2016 16:37:34 +0000Otherworldly Photos From Inside One of the World's Largest River Caves with cave pearls and home to elusive giant spiders, this cave is one of Laos' hidden treasuresFri, 05 Feb 2016 15:21:43 +0000Why Polar Bears Like to Wrestle in the Winter bears enjoy a good wrestle. It's an activity which reinforces social ties and may help get them in shape for the hunting season aheadThu, 04 Feb 2016 18:14:33 +0000How Can Viruses Like Zika Cause Birth Defects? the link between Zika and microcephaly is uncertain, similar diseases show how the virus might be affecting infantsThu, 04 Feb 2016 17:45:47 +0000360-Degree Cameras and Other Cool New Tech for Super Bowl 50 year's game, held at San Francisco's Levi's Stadium, should be the most high-tech Super Bowl everThu, 04 Feb 2016 17:28:10 +0000Curators Discover New Details in the Etchings on a 6th-Century Chinese Sculpture headless figure, cloaked in a robe covered with complex illustrations, is now better understood thanks to 3D technologyThu, 04 Feb 2016 16:29:51 +0000Nine Unique Gifts You Should Buy in Delhi Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:27:04 +0000Why Tomato Juice Tastes Better at 37,000 Feet are four times more likely to order tomato juice on a flight than on the ground. Lufthansa wanted to find out why, so they conducted a taste test Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:27:00 +0000These Birds Spend Winter Practicing Their Love Songs for the Ladies migratory species may spend their time in Africa getting ready to woo mates in the springWed, 03 Feb 2016 17:57:48 +0000How Can Schools Use Virtual Reality? expansion of Google's VR education program could make classrooms more engaging, and also more justWed, 03 Feb 2016 16:51:15 +0000Podcast: Why Sky Burials Are Vanishing in Mongolia this episode of Generation Anthropocene, urbanization and environmental decline put a sacred ritual for the dead at riskWed, 03 Feb 2016 14:00:00 +0000The World's Megacities Are Making Dengue Deadlier are more common now thanks to bigger cities and more places for mosquitoes to liveTue, 02 Feb 2016 18:15:45 +0000Opening Day for the New African American History Museum Is Announced years in the making, the museum says it will open its doors September 24, 2016Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:01:56 +0000Five Ways to Fight Wildlife Crime in the Digital Age GPS-tagged eggs to smartphone apps, these emerging technologies could help give endangered species a chance at survivalTue, 02 Feb 2016 14:00:00 +0000Science and Tradition Are Resurrecting the Lost Art of Wave Piloting Marshall Islanders’ unique heritage help them navigate a rising ocean? Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000The National Museum of African American History and Culture: Breaking Ground begins towards the historic opening of the new national museum on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:43:39 +0000The Remarkable Cave Temples of Southern India's intricate monuments, many of which are carved into cliffs, date back to the sixth centuryMon, 01 Feb 2016 21:55:44 +0000Russia Gave Us a Discount on Alaska ridiculed Secretary of State William Seward for purchasing Alaska from Russia in 1867. But he turned out to be quite the shrewd businessman.Mon, 01 Feb 2016 21:02:58 +0000Your Cosmetics May Be Killing a Popular Aphrodisiac: Oysters from beauty products and other sources affected oysters’ ability to reproduce in laboratory experimentsMon, 01 Feb 2016 20:00:00 +0000Does Having a C-Section Alter Baby's First Microbiome? study of cesarean babies swabbed with birth canal fluids suggests that some newborns may be missing out on helpful microbesMon, 01 Feb 2016 16:00:00 +0000Mysterious Martian "Cauliflower" May Be the Latest Hint of Alien Life silica formations spotted by a NASA rover look a lot like structures formed by microbes around geysers on EarthMon, 01 Feb 2016 15:00:00 +0000Could the Funeral of the Future Help Heal the Environment? traditional ten-acre cemetery holds enough embalming fluid to fill a small swimming pool. But there may be a greener wayMon, 01 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000Astronauts and Arugula: Using Space-Station Technology to Grow Food Harvest, an indoor vertical farm in Lakewood, Colorado, provides a glimpse into the future of global large-scale food productionFri, 29 Jan 2016 19:19:02 +0000Get Stuck on New York's Pop Culture With These Historic Stamps new exhibition at the National Postal Museum spotlights Gotham’s cultural impact Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:58:50 +0000The Beautiful Life Hacks in Hong Kong's Back Alleys a new book, photographer Michael Wolf captures the ways inhabitants of the ultra-dense city carve personal space out of grim alleywaysFri, 29 Jan 2016 15:18:42 +0000The Prehistoric Buzz Shark Has a Modern-Day Hero in Artist Ray Troll an Alaska-based artist helped solve a mystery that baffled paleontologists for over a centuryFri, 29 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Open Range Meets Open Mic at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering year, the world's best cowboy poets gather in Elko, NevadaFri, 29 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000The World's Most Scenic Train Rides train rides offer passengers views of some of the world's most stunning landscapesThu, 28 Jan 2016 19:16:35 +0000Babylonians Were Using Geometry Centuries Earlier Than Thought astronomers were tracking planets using math believed to have first appeared in 14th-century EuropeThu, 28 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000This Woman Was Picasso, Hemingway and Fitzgerald's Muse wealth and candid charisma of Sara Murphy meant she inspired and was admired by many an artist in 1920s ParisThu, 28 Jan 2016 18:51:14 +0000New York City Is Paying Public Housing Residents to Paint Murals tenants will create public art that captures social issues at five housing projects, one in each boroughThu, 28 Jan 2016 15:50:20 +0000Here's How You Squeeze the Biggest Dinosaur Into a New York City Museum team of specialists had to get creative to mount a towering Titanosaur inside the American Museum of Natural HistoryThu, 28 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +000012 Secrets of New York's Central Park some little-known facts about this NYC landmarkWed, 27 Jan 2016 19:14:44 +0000How Zildjian Cymbals Made It From the Ottoman Empire to Now 1622, Avedis Zildjian, an Armenian metalworker in Turkey, melted a top-secret combination of metals to create the perfect cymbal, still in use todayWed, 27 Jan 2016 18:02:19 +0000Google's New AI Can Beat Human Champions at the Game of Go appears to have won the long race to develop a Go-winning artificial intelligence, considered a major step towards more human-like AIsWed, 27 Jan 2016 18:00:00 +0000Can the Civil War Still Inspire Today's Poets? epic verse about the American past falls victim to modernism, a poet who is also a historian calls for a revivalWed, 27 Jan 2016 16:54:36 +0000There's a Secret World Under the Snow, and It's in Trouble do animals survive under the snow? We're only beginning to understand—just as climate change may rewrite everythingWed, 27 Jan 2016 15:49:12 +0000The Challenger Disaster Put an End to NASA’s Plan to Send Civilians Into Space the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle tragedy, a look back at an ambitious plan to put the rest of us into orbitWed, 27 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Explore the "Magic Towns" of Mexico and legend collide in Mexico’s Pueblos MágicosTue, 26 Jan 2016 19:13:08 +0000Brain Scans Could Identify Kids at Risk of Depression who's at risk before the disease strikes could make preventative treatments possibleTue, 26 Jan 2016 17:48:46 +0000As the Arctic Erodes, Archaeologists Are Racing to Protect Ancient Treasures locked in frozen Alaskan dirt, Iñupiat artifacts are being lost to the sea, sometimes faster than scientists can find themTue, 26 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0000When America’s Titans of Industry and Innovation Went Road-Tripping Together Edison, Henry Ford and their friends traveled the country in Model Ts, creating the Great American road trip in the processTue, 26 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Journey to the Center of Earth deep into the mysteries of our home planet, from the surface all the way down to the coreMon, 25 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Decades-Long Quest to Drill Into Earth's Mantle May Soon Hit Pay Dirt have had to contend with bad luck, budget cuts and the race to the moon in their efforts to drill deep into our planetMon, 25 Jan 2016 16:59:00 +0000The U.S. Could Switch to Mostly Renewable Energy, No Batteries Needed electricity sharing across states would dampen the effects of variable weather on wind and solar powerMon, 25 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Can Elephants Jump? question is why would an animal weighing up to 16,000 pounds need to jump?Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:10:02 +0000Photographer Matt Henry's Obsession With the 1960s Led to These Amazing Images by the movies of the era, he brings together elaborate sets and casts to make his scenesMon, 25 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Slaves of the White House Finally Get to Have Their Stories Told ignored by historians, the enslaved people of the White House are coming into focus through a new book by Jesse J. HollandMon, 25 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Zoo Keepers Hunkered Down with the Animals and Bei Bei Got to Play in the Snow (Photos) few animals got to play outside yesterday, while keepers watched over conditions and took extra precautionsSat, 23 Jan 2016 11:57:59 +0000Why You Should Visit Europe's Two New Capitals of Culture, Poland and San Sebastian, Spain just joined the EU list—and for good reasonFri, 22 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000The Airport Animal Lounge You've Never Heard Of large airports like Frankfurt's, there is one building you'll probably never see inside, until now. Take a peek at the Animal LoungeFri, 22 Jan 2016 15:12:04 +0000Where Are All the Aliens? Taking Shelter From the Universe's Radiation life-forms across the cosmos may have faced thousands to millions of times the cosmic ray dose that we do todayFri, 22 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Meet India's Dinosaur Princess Sultana Babi is doing everything in her power to protect and promote India's most significant fossil parkThu, 21 Jan 2016 17:21:54 +0000The Fall and Rise of a Modern Maharaja to a palace but stripped of his livelihood in the 1970s, Gaj Singh II created a new life dedicated to preserving royal RajasthanThu, 21 Jan 2016 15:44:41 +0000Local Lens: Life on the Streets of Old Delhi photographer Arjun Chhabra captures raw moments in the city's alleyways and courtyardsThu, 21 Jan 2016 15:42:29 +0000Looking for Delicious, Authentic Cooking in India? Head to a Truck Stop as dhabas, these roadside eateries serving classic meals offer a glimpse into India's culture and customsThu, 21 Jan 2016 15:41:01 +0000People Are Still Trying to Build a Space Elevator key players have distanced themselves from the concept, a new film examines the continuing draw behind the sci-fi stapleThu, 21 Jan 2016 15:38:25 +0000A Detachable Airplane Cabin and Other Strange Aviation Ideas recently unveiled concept for a removable, parachute-equipped airplane cabin is only the latest in a long line of far-out designsThu, 21 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000These Unusual American Ants Never Get Old<em>P. dentata</em> ants are among the very few species to show no signs of deterioration as they ageThu, 21 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Bumpy Road to Luxury Travel in India throughout India that were originally intended for elephants, horses and camels didn't provide a smooth ride for the maharajas' Rolls-RoyceWed, 20 Jan 2016 19:23:55 +0000An Ancient, Brutal Massacre May Be the Earliest Evidence of War nomadic hunter-gatherers engaged in deliberate mass killings 10,000 years agoWed, 20 Jan 2016 18:35:30 +0000Humble Magnesium Could Be Powering Earth's Magnetic Field common element could have been driving the planet's dynamo for billions of yearsWed, 20 Jan 2016 18:07:11 +0000Walk the World's Most Meditative Labyrinths meets harmony on these time-worn pathsWed, 20 Jan 2016 17:00:58 +0000When Concorde First Flew 40 Years Ago, It Was a Supersonic Sight to Behold aircraft was a technological masterpiece, but at one ton of fuel per passenger, it had a devastating ecological footprintWed, 20 Jan 2016 16:04:37 +0000Operation Desert Storm Was Not Won By Smart Weaponry Alone the "science fiction"-like technology deployed, 90 percent of ammunitions used in Desert Storm were actually “dumb weapons"Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:07:15 +0000How to Modernize the Wood Stove and Help Save the Planet humble wood stove is getting a high-tech makeover, and may be going greenTue, 19 Jan 2016 18:26:00 +0000How Wearable Tech Is Creeping Into the Beauty Industry the release of L’Oréal's new UV-monitoring patch, beauty wearables are hitting the big timeTue, 19 Jan 2016 17:28:54 +0000Is Ai Weiwei the Andy Warhol of Our Time? new exhibition in Melbourne delves into the connections between the artists who define their generationsTue, 19 Jan 2016 15:54:55 +0000When Will We Reach the End of the Periodic Table? with new elements in hand, scientists are struggling to predict the future of the iconic chemical roadmapTue, 19 Jan 2016 15:51:10 +0000Powerball’s Puerto Rican Roots first modern lottery in the United States raised funds to fight tuberculosisTue, 19 Jan 2016 15:11:59 +0000Dozens of Insects and Spiders May Live in Every Room of Your House survey of 50 North Carolina homes turned up just five rooms that were completely free of arthropodsTue, 19 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000The Extravagant Plot to Make Grace Kelly a Princess 1955, Rainier III, the wealthy Prince of Monaco, knew he had to find a bride to extend his family's legacyFri, 15 Jan 2016 21:49:29 +0000A Rare and Important Sculpture of Martin Luther King Comes to the Smithsonian Alston’s work is accepted into the African American History Museum’s collections as the nation pauses to honor the great civil rights leaderFri, 15 Jan 2016 20:38:44 +0000Raoul Wallenberg's Biographer Uncovers Important Clues To What Happened in His Final Days writer Ingrid Carlberg investigates the tragedy that befell the heroic humanitarianFri, 15 Jan 2016 19:55:31 +0000Social Contact Helps Beneficial Gut Bacteria Spread study of chimp poop suggests that social animals share a collective microbiome that might help regulate healthFri, 15 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000The Dakota Badlands Used to Host Sabertoothed Pseudo-Cat Battles region was once home to a plethora of catlike creatures called nimravids, and fossils show they were an especially fractious breedFri, 15 Jan 2016 17:48:50 +0000Immerse Yourself in the World's Most Breathtaking Baths ice-encrusted hot tubs to baths made of beer, don't miss these six spectacular soaksFri, 15 Jan 2016 16:18:18 +0000This Powerful Metal Glue Sets at Room Temperature uses nanorod technology to fuse items together without heat, potentially replacing solderingFri, 15 Jan 2016 15:15:01 +0000Humans Were in the Arctic 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought cut marks on a Siberian mammoth represent the first known evidence of human hunters this far northThu, 14 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000Astronomers Have Found the Brightest Supernova Yet powerful blast is so weird that it could be a whole new kind of star explosionThu, 14 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000Sylvester Stallone Joins an Oscars Elite Team: Actors Nominated Twice for the Same Role actor and writer who gave us Rocky Balboa (again and again and again) is the sixth member of this exclusive clubThu, 14 Jan 2016 14:00:46 +0000Life and Rocks May Have Co-Evolved on Earth Carnegie geologist makes the case that minerals have evolved over time and may have helped spark lifeWed, 13 Jan 2016 20:17:46 +0000For the World’s Wetlands, It May Be Sink or Swim. Here’s Why It Matters of the world’s most long-studied marshes has revealed a wealth of information, but it continues to perplex and intrigue the scientists who analyze itWed, 13 Jan 2016 20:04:01 +0000What Makes Tucson Deserving of the Title of the United States' First Capital of Gastronomy Arizona city joins Unesco's growing list of "Creative Cities"Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:13:02 +0000Portraits of Canada’s Ice Fishing Huts a look at some of Canada's coziest ice fishing hutsWed, 13 Jan 2016 16:46:00 +0000Could Pop-Up Social Spaces at Polls Increase Voter Turnout? the Vote, one of the finalists in the Knight Cities Challenge, wants people to hang out at their polling placesWed, 13 Jan 2016 16:30:04 +0000What It Means to Live Life Working in the U.S. on a Visa piece of paper affixed to a passport is the subject of a new Smithsonian online exhibitWed, 13 Jan 2016 16:02:33 +0000The Ozone Hole Was Super Scary, So What Happened To It? the ozone hole was discovered, it became a worldwide sensation. Thirty years later, what's become of it?Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:46:34 +0000The Burning Truth Behind an E-Waste Dump in Africa the toxic smoke rising from an iconic dump in Ghana will take more than curbing Western wasteWed, 13 Jan 2016 15:32:39 +0000The True History of Suffragette Wilding Davison was a tireless and ingenious activist for the cause of women's suffrage in BritainWed, 13 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000These Creative Wind Turbines Will Have You Rethinking What You Know About Wind Power turbines don't have to all look the same. Here are some that are helping cities go green—and look like art in the processTue, 12 Jan 2016 15:00:25 +0000What Landing a Rover on Mars Teaches You About Leadership and Teamwork his new book, NASA engineer Adam Steltzner shares his insights on how to inspire people to make the impossible possibleMon, 11 Jan 2016 16:37:24 +0000It's Been 50 Years Since Batman Went "Bam!" and "Pow" original Catwoman, Julie Newmar recalls fitting into that distinctive costume—now at the Smithsonian Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:32:08 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Is Wind? arriving on a gentle breeze or a stiff gale, air moves like water responding to high and low pressures around the EarthMon, 11 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Living Bacteria Are Riding Earth's Air Currents high-flying microbes can travel across the globe, spreading disease or even changing climatesMon, 11 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Air Pollution Goes Back Way Further Than You Think of years ago, humans were adding lead fumes and other pollutants to the airMon, 11 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000Dr. Gustav Zander's Victorian-Era Exercise Machines Made the Bowflex Look Like Child's Play Smithsonian librarian highlights the precursor to today's gym enthusiastsFri, 08 Jan 2016 17:56:23 +0000Six Cool Gadgets From This Year's CES Consumer Electronics Show has long been the launchpad for some of our most beloved electronics productsFri, 08 Jan 2016 16:50:20 +0000How Contacting the Dead Became a Family Game the Civil War, one man decided there was money to be made in contacting the dead. So he invented a popular, occult board game that lives on todayFri, 08 Jan 2016 15:20:44 +0000Go Behind the Scenes at America's Most Lucrative Elvis Presley Tribute Contest all shook up with the winners of this year's Tribute to the KingFri, 08 Jan 2016 15:07:29 +0000Stephen Hawking Thinks We Can Solve a Major Black Hole Mystery With Hair toupees needed, though. The "hairs" in question are minute changes in spacetime at the fringes of black holesFri, 08 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Visit These Ten Sites Celebrating Major Anniversaries in 2016 Winnie the Pooh's 90th birthday to the National Park Service's centennial, you won't want to miss out on these once-in-a-lifetime eventsThu, 07 Jan 2016 19:07:41 +0000The Atomic Age Ushered In the Anthropocene, Scientists Say have concluded that the Age of Humans officially began at the start of the nuclear age.Thu, 07 Jan 2016 19:00:20 +0000The Iceman's Stomach Bugs Offer Clues to Ancient Human Migration analysis of the mummy's pathogens may reveal when and how Ötzi's people came to the Italian AlpsThu, 07 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000The Earliest Memoir by a Black Inmate Reveals the Long Legacy of Mass Incarceration story of "Rob Reed" is finally published, 150 years after his releaseThu, 07 Jan 2016 17:08:20 +0000Does This Sculpture Depict a Coral Reef Collapsing or Recovering? Courtney Mattison's spiral-shaped piece explores the uncertain future for coral reefsThu, 07 Jan 2016 16:22:24 +0000These Photographs Show the Bleak New Home for the White Stork: A Landfill wildlife photographer Jasper Doest followed the path of the white stork's migration route, forever altered by human activityThu, 07 Jan 2016 15:03:37 +0000How Frida Kahlo's Love Letter Shaped Romance for Punk Poet Patti Smith with a kiss, the 1940 note reflects the "earthly human love" between Kahlo and fellow artist Diego RiveraThu, 07 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000Foot Fluids Work in Surprising Ways to Help Insects Stick to Walls though to boost bug stickiness, the fluid may instead help insects mold to contours and make quick exitsThu, 07 Jan 2016 14:17:05 +0000Does Icy Pluto Have a Hidden Ocean? New Horizons Offers New Clues from the NASA probe are helping to build a solid case for a liquid ocean inside the tiny, distant worldThu, 07 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Leopard Sharks Navigate With Their Noses being kidnapped and dropped off at sea, the sharks picked up on olfactory cues to find their way back homeWed, 06 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000How the Phonograph Changed Music Forever like streaming music services today are reshaping our relationship with music, Edison's invention redefined the entire industryWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:55:08 +0000This Mobster Museum Was Once One of New York City's Most Notorious Speakeasies shell casings from Bonnie and Clyde's final shoot out and John Dillinger's death mask in the Museum of the American Gangster's unusual collectionWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:22:56 +0000Why Robert Redford Loves America's National Parks famed actor and director celebrates the great outdoors of the United States in a new dcoumentaryWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:17:57 +0000A Portrait of an American Hero and a Generation That Is Slowly Fading Away Dan Winters shows us the modern-day life of an unheralded World War II veteranWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:01:57 +0000Seven of the Most Innovative Gyms in the World way beyond free weights and stationary bikes at these clever workout facilitiesWed, 06 Jan 2016 17:43:26 +0000A Journey to the Oldest Cave Paintings in the World discovery in a remote part of Indonesia has scholars rethinking the origins of art—and of humanityWed, 06 Jan 2016 17:35:20 +0000How Canoes Are Saving Lives and Restoring Spirit maritime communities are rediscovering their heritage by learning how to craft and paddle together aboard the ancient dugout vessels of their pastWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:34:24 +0000Does Altitude Affect Animals the Same Way it Affects Humans and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:32:15 +0000The Early History of Autism in America surprising new historical analysis suggests that a pioneering doctor was examining people with autism before the Civil WarWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:27:18 +0000How "The Sound of Silence" Became a Surprise Hit Simon and Garfunkel song catapulted the duo to stardomWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000There Are Still Thousands of Tons of Unexploded Bombs in Germany, Left Over From World War II than 70 years after being dropped in Europe, the ordnance is still inflicting harm and mayhemWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000Could Renewable Energy Be Stored in Balloons in the Ocean? compressed air energy storage is promising, but the fate of this tech remains unknownWed, 06 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000The History of the United States’ First Refugee Crisis the Haitian revolution, whites and free blacks were viewed with suspicion by American slaveholders, including Thomas JeffersonTue, 05 Jan 2016 18:16:30 +0000New Exhibition Featuring Picasso, O'Keeffe, Hopper and Many Others Brings Modernism Into Focus artistic risk and adventure of 20th-century modernism is explored at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumTue, 05 Jan 2016 16:37:29 +000014 Fun Facts About Parrots They taste with the roofs of their mouthsTue, 05 Jan 2016 16:25:23 +0000Richard Dreyfuss on Being Bernie Madoff versatile actor opens up about playing the banker in a new television miniseries and his close encounters with sharks and space aliensTue, 05 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000How Are Horoscopes Still a Thing?, there’s no science behind an astrologer’s prediction for 2016, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be accurateTue, 05 Jan 2016 15:45:14 +0000Biomedical Science Studies Are Shockingly Hard to Reproduce access to research details and a culture that emphasizes breakthroughs are undermining the credibility of scienceMon, 04 Jan 2016 19:21:21 +0000Twelve New Museums to Visit in 2016 you're a fossil hunter, a history buff or a basketball fan, you won't want to miss these 12 must-see museums in the new yearThu, 31 Dec 2015 20:56:45 +0000This Man Risked His Life to Champion His Invention 1916, 32 men were trapped in a mine near Lake Erie. Garrett Morgan saw an opportunity to prove that his fireproof hood worked and went in to rescue themThu, 31 Dec 2015 14:47:25 +0000Seven Must-See Museums in Austria, music and open-air delightsThu, 31 Dec 2015 14:32:32 +0000Eight Innovators to Watch in 2016 thinkers are making fascinating developments in medicine, economics, art, music and moreWed, 30 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Our Top Ten Videos of 2015 Hitler's home videos to the suffocating upbringing of an American princess, here are the most-watched videos on this yearTue, 29 Dec 2015 20:43:53 +0000This Color-Changing Mutant Has Three Hearts cuttlefish has the largest brain-to-body ratio of all invertebrates, which explains why its camouflage is so intricate and masterfulTue, 29 Dec 2015 19:15:32 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Sneeze? you sneeze because of a cold, or after sex or a good meal or in sunlight, the good old Achoo is the body's way of ridding itself of irritantsTue, 29 Dec 2015 18:19:25 +0000How Native American Artist Fritz Scholder Forever Changed the Art World exhibit in Denver looks at why we should all be grateful that Scholder broke his wordTue, 29 Dec 2015 14:44:06 +0000An Underwater Museum in Egypt Could Bring Thousands of Sunken Relics Into View proposed site might revive tourism in Alexandria and also further research into the ancient ruinsTue, 29 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000An Egyptian Arms Race Threatened by the powerful Hyksos army, the Egyptians have to make a choice: live under the control of the occupiers or risk everything to be freeMon, 28 Dec 2015 18:51:56 +0000Cool Science Stories You May Have Missed in 2015 spookiness, a Maya city buried in ash and more in this year’s surprising scienceMon, 28 Dec 2015 18:22:48 +0000Tiny Fossils Reveal the Rise of Mammals on Madagascar finds are helping paleontologists piece together what happened after dinosaurs vanished from the islandMon, 28 Dec 2015 17:00:00 +0000This New App Wants to Help You With Your Homework GotIt!, high school students take a photo of a tricky math or science problem and get live tutoring by text from the highest bidderMon, 28 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000All the World's a Frozen Sculpture at China's Ice and Snow Festival flock to one of the country's coldest regions to see the stunning displaysThu, 24 Dec 2015 15:04:07 +0000The Enduring Mystique of the Venetian Lagoon islands barely emerging from the water, you find yourself in an ageless worldWed, 23 Dec 2015 19:04:52 +0000Giant Christmas Displays Are Taking Over Malls Throughout Asia malls know how to get into the holiday spiritWed, 23 Dec 2015 16:32:34 +0000Have Bad Handwriting? The U.S. Postal Service Has Your Back’t worry, your Christmas gifts and cards will make it to their destination, even if your writing looks like chicken scratchWed, 23 Dec 2015 15:55:33 +0000The History of D.C.'s Epic and Unfinished Struggle for Representation and Self-Governance of the federal city was long dictated by Congress until residents took a stand beginning in the 1960sWed, 23 Dec 2015 15:25:21 +0000Making Sugar Twice as Sweet Israeli startup has invented a process to coat inert particles with sugar molecules, tricking the tongue into thinking food is sweeterWed, 23 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Our Top Ten Stories of 2015 treasures buried in glaciers to the racial history of a vanished city in Oregon, here are the most-read stories on this yearWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:58:32 +0000Dogs Mimic Each Other’s Expressions, Too behavioral findings hint that dogs, like humans, might be capable of their own form of empathyWed, 23 Dec 2015 00:01:00 +0000From Teeth to Toilets, This Dazzling Exhibit of Gold Artifacts Has the Midas Touch exhibit at New York City's Museum of American Finance tracks the allure of gold through the centuriesTue, 22 Dec 2015 20:07:53 +0000Are We on the Cusp of a Global Volcanic Winter? a supervolcano like the one at Yellowstone were to erupt, the world would be engulfed in a global volcanic winter. Estimated cost: $3 trillionTue, 22 Dec 2015 17:39:32 +0000It's Like Uber, But for Farmers' Markets startup called Farmigo is trying to create a better food system for both eaters and farmersTue, 22 Dec 2015 15:28:51 +0000Introducing the Band-Aids of the Future engineers are developing a "smart" bandage that can monitor and deliver drugs to a woundMon, 21 Dec 2015 15:32:43 +0000How Deadly Explosives Inspired the Nobel Peace Prize Nobel's invention of dynamite was a terrifying addition to mankind's arsenal of destruction. Ironically, it also spawned the Nobel Peace PrizeMon, 21 Dec 2015 15:18:49 +0000Top Nine Ocean Stories That Had Us Talking in 2015 fossil whales to adorable octopuses, here are some of the marine headliners that caught our attention this yearMon, 21 Dec 2015 14:21:26 +0000Unbelievable Footage of Exploding Plants, touch me nots and squirting cucumbers all have one thing in common: They disperse their seeds by exploding. Here's some incredible footage of eachFri, 18 Dec 2015 17:32:24 +0000This Robot Will Make You Dinner Robotics is developing a robotic kitchen that can prepare a meal from start to finish—cleanup includedFri, 18 Dec 2015 16:48:13 +0000Afghanistan’s Artisans Are Experiencing a New Age of Recognition and Prosperity for a lost city, Turquoise Mountain, an organization that is reviving an ancient craft industry, is bringing artists to the SmithsonianFri, 18 Dec 2015 15:36:27 +0000This Metal Is 99.9 Percent Air new metal "microlattice" is strong yet incredibly light, lending itself to a wide variety of aerospace, automotive and medical usesFri, 18 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Behold: The World's Largest (Three-Ton) Gingerbread Village the glory of GingerBread LaneFri, 18 Dec 2015 13:47:24 +0000Charles Darwin's Famous Finches Could Be Extinct in Half a Century finches on the Galapagos Islands are suffering from a parasitic fly introduced to the islands by humansThu, 17 Dec 2015 22:01:59 +0000A Smartwatch for the Visually Impaired by University of Washington students, Dot translates texts, tweets and e-books to BrailleThu, 17 Dec 2015 19:54:59 +0000Photos and Videos of the National Zoo's Panda Cub Making a Visit to the Vet check-up reveals that Bei Bei is now a hefty, thriving 18 poundsThu, 17 Dec 2015 19:27:27 +0000We Are Missing At Least 145 Carbon-Bearing Minerals, and You Can Help Find Them Carbon Mineral Challenge is asking rock enthusiasts around the world to hunt for the undiscovered forms of this common elementThu, 17 Dec 2015 18:09:06 +0000Did John Deere's Best Invention Spark a Revolution or an Environmental Disaster? Deere created his now-famous steel plow, he created America's breadbasket and set the stage for many of modern farming's environmental problemsThu, 17 Dec 2015 17:36:29 +0000The Best History Books of 2015 the boldface names are these chronicles from the past year that are well worth your timeThu, 17 Dec 2015 16:51:55 +0000How the Smithsonian Hopes to Turn Infants, Toddlers and Young Children Into Museumgoers National Museum of American History opens its new "Wonderplace," a space for the youngest members of the familyThu, 17 Dec 2015 16:30:29 +0000These Are the "Star Wars" Exhibitions You Are Looking For your light saber and celebrate the art of the movie series at museums around the worldThu, 17 Dec 2015 15:36:14 +0000Astounding Facts About Crocodile Eyes's eyes are an engineering marvel: They can see all around, can track different targets, are retractable in battle, and can even see at nightWed, 16 Dec 2015 21:45:22 +0000Humans Caused a Major Shift in Earth's Ecosystems 6,000 Years Ago upended a pattern held for 300 million years, and that may mean we are causing a new phase in global evolutionWed, 16 Dec 2015 20:46:02 +0000Some Forests Have Outsized Impacts on Local Water comprehensive new report emphasizes the importance of upland forests for providing clean water, mitigating storms and reducing erosion Wed, 16 Dec 2015 20:15:13 +0000Teen Inventors Create Live Closed-Captioning Glasses for the Deaf Daniil Frants and his buddies hope to help the hard-of-hearing engage in naturally flowing conversationsWed, 16 Dec 2015 19:19:47 +0000Airplane Contrails May Be Creating Accidental Geoengineering haze from plane exhaust alters how sunlight reaches the Earth and may be unintentionally affecting our climateWed, 16 Dec 2015 18:54:12 +0000Cuba’s Fascinating Babalú-Ayé Procession Honors African and Catholic Traditions December 17, Cubans perform a ritual pilgrimage for a powerful deity that can bring good health or can take it awayWed, 16 Dec 2015 16:39:59 +0000Illegal in Iceland: Quirky Bans From the Land of Fire and Ice historical bans on Basques to modern-day naming restrictions, Iceland's laws leave a lasting impressionWed, 16 Dec 2015 15:03:42 +0000