Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenFri, 28 Aug 2015 18:34:41 +0000How Hurricane Katrina Redrew the Gulf Coast storms here are nothing new, human influence helped Katrina make Louisiana’s ecological problems worseFri, 28 Aug 2015 18:34:41 +0000Laser Technology is Making Tattoo Removal Easier Than Ever to recent advances, the tattoo removal business has quadrupled in the last decadeFri, 28 Aug 2015 18:02:25 +0000The Fascinating Afterlife of Peru's Mummies atop bejeweled thrones and sacred mountaintops, the Inca dead continued to wield incredible power over the livingFri, 28 Aug 2015 16:48:10 +0000Could a New Nanomaterial Reduce Greenhouse Gases? researchers have developed a way to split carbon dioxide into oxygen and carbon monoxide using a nano-meshFri, 28 Aug 2015 14:47:21 +0000A "Frozen" Summer Adventure Awaits You in Norway the cold really does bother you, anyway, then visit the fjords in warmer monthsFri, 28 Aug 2015 14:34:03 +0000It's a Boy! The Panda Cub Was Fathered by the National Zoo's Tian Tian (Video) scientists say that their newly developed genetic test determined the sex of the pandaFri, 28 Aug 2015 13:55:01 +0000Scientists Replicated 100 Psychology Studies, and Fewer Than Half Got the Same Results massive project shows that reproducibility problems plague even top scientific journals Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Can’t We Turn Our Eyes Away From the Grotesque and Macabre? Gardner’s photographs of Civil War corpses were among the first to play to the uncomfortable attraction humans have for shocking imagesThu, 27 Aug 2015 17:32:48 +0000Life May Have Spread Through the Galaxy Like a Plague alien life is distributed in a pattern that mirrors epidemics, it could be strong support for the theory of panspermiaThu, 27 Aug 2015 14:30:19 +0000Knut the Polar Bear’s Mysterious Death Finally Solved famed Berlin Zoo bear suffered from an autoimmune disease that until now has only been known to occur in humansThu, 27 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000How an Indigenous Group Is Battling Construction of the Nicaragua Canal Rama community's efforts offer a glimmer of hope for opponents of the canal project planned by a Chinese billionaireThu, 27 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Guinness Book of World Records: A Promotional Stunt That Became an International Phenomenon book that makes us ooh and ahh, and squirm in our seats turns 60 todayThu, 27 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000Updated: One of the National Zoo's Panda Cubs Has Died Zoo announced on August 26 that the smaller of its newborn twin panda cubs has diedWed, 26 Aug 2015 19:25:51 +0000Death By Fungus, and Other Fun Facts About Fungal Friends and Foes Generation Anthropocene episode highlights oft overlooked organisms that may help us better understand human impactsWed, 26 Aug 2015 18:40:28 +0000A Blood Test and App May Help Identify Patients at Risk of Suicide blood biomarkers and a questionnaire, researchers at Indiana University claim they can pinpoint patients who will have suicidal thoughts within a yearWed, 26 Aug 2015 17:50:50 +0000When Do Pandas Get Their Eye Patches? panda bear's defining features are not present at birth. Caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo explain when a panda's eye patches start to appearWed, 26 Aug 2015 17:41:03 +0000Meet Mr. Wizard, Television's Original Science Guy the 1950s and 1960s, Don Herbert broadcast some of the most mesmerizing, and kooky, science experiments from his garageWed, 26 Aug 2015 14:30:14 +0000Thirty Years Ago, an Artificial Heart Helped Save a Grocery Store Manager Smithsonian, home to the Jarvik 7 and a host of modern chest-pumping technologies, has a lot of (artificial) heartWed, 26 Aug 2015 14:00:53 +0000The Abandoned Theme Park That Finally Got a Storybook Ending Maryland amusement park was once an East Coast version of Disneyland and was left for dead until one woman rescued itWed, 26 Aug 2015 13:20:16 +0000Panda Update: Giant Panda Mom Mei Xiang Won't Exchange Care of Cubs cub is receiving infant formula and fluids from Zoo veterinariansTue, 25 Aug 2015 18:25:27 +0000Look Into This Smart Mirror and You Get a One-Minute Medical Checkup Wize Mirror can spot early warning signs of heart disease and diabetesTue, 25 Aug 2015 17:27:58 +0000Ireland's Incredible Landscapes: From the Aran Islands to the Burren's high winds and strong weather deposit shipwrecks along the shores of the Aran Islands and carve amazing designs into the limestone of the BurrenTue, 25 Aug 2015 15:08:25 +0000Visit the Homes of America's Greatest Inventors these walls, our nation's most brilliant tinkerers once ate, slept and imaginedTue, 25 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000Six Children's Books That Use Psychological Techniques to Help Kids sleep-inducing "The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep" has become a mega bestseller. But it's not the only story to lean on psychologyTue, 25 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Woman Invented Monopoly to Combat Greed, arguably the most-famous board game, was invented by Charles Darrow. But many attribute the original idea to Lizzie MagieMon, 24 Aug 2015 17:14:38 +0000Winemakers Are Building Houses for Bats to Make Vineyards Greener the right species can help get rid of vine-munching insects and allow farmers to cut back on pesticidesMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:10:39 +0000The Broken Promise of the Levees That Failed New Orleans piece of concrete serves as a reminder of how Hurricane Katrina shattered a city's faithMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Taking the Temperature of the First Warmblooded Fish can the opah tell us about the deep blue seaMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000A Mouthguard That Could Measure Concussions football, rugby, and other contact sports could benefit from itMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Get Tripped Up by These Tricked-Out Photographs new photography collaboration aims for an unbearable lightnessMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000This Rare, White Bear May Be the Key to Saving a Canadian Rainforest white Kermode bear of British Columbia is galvanizing First Nations people fighting to protect their homelandMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000What Happens to Spiders That Get Sucked Into a Vacuum? asked, we answeredMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000How the Pledge of Allegiance Went From PR Gimmick to Patriotic Vow Bellamy had no idea how famous, and controversial, his quick ditty would becomeMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Escape From Boko Haram northern Nigeria, a fearless American educator has created a refuge for young women desperate to evade the terrorist groupMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Never Truly Ate the South naturalist cuts through the myths surrounding the invasive plantMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000The 21st Century Life List: 25 Great New Places to See for the scientist, the history buff, the artist and the thrill-seekerMon, 24 Aug 2015 14:39:05 +0000Coming Soon: Helmets Made From Carrots Scottish company has created a biodegradable material from carrot pulp that could be used in protective sports gearMon, 24 Aug 2015 14:24:10 +0000These Maps Show the Severe Impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans does the city stand now, compared to where it was ten years ago when the storm hitMon, 24 Aug 2015 13:08:41 +0000A Second Panda Cub is Born at the Zoo (New Pictures) giving birth to one cub, the Zoo's 17-year-old female panda, hours later, delivers a second cubSun, 23 Aug 2015 11:33:01 +0000Want a Satisfying Sex Life? Try Being a Better Parent suggest that splitting childcare duties often produces happier, more sexually satisfied couplesSun, 23 Aug 2015 04:00:00 +0000BREAKING: A Panda Cub is Born at the National Zoo (Video) 17-year-old female giant panda Mei Xiang gives birthSat, 22 Aug 2015 20:09:57 +0000England Is Going to Test Roads That Actually Charge Electric Cars of the future may have special lanes that recharge the batteries of electric cars as they goThu, 20 Aug 2015 18:20:44 +0000Modern Humans Have Become Superpredators other predators target juveniles, but our species tends to kill more full-grown adultsThu, 20 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do Flamingos Stand on One Leg? may be doing their one-legged tree pose to stay warm or just because it's comfortableThu, 20 Aug 2015 17:42:15 +0000The Strange Saga of George Washington’s Bedpan the most mundane of objects associated with the Founding Father have a storyThu, 20 Aug 2015 14:27:58 +0000The Future of 3D-Printed Pills that the FDA has approved Spritam, an anti-seizure drug and the first 3D-printed pill, what's next?Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:43:55 +0000Visit the Ruined Castles of Poland but dilapidated structures from many centuries ago dot the country’s landscapeThu, 20 Aug 2015 13:21:55 +0000Physicists Built a Wormhole for Magnets metal sphere lets one magnetic field pass through another undetected, which could lead to improvements in medical imagingThu, 20 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Panda Cub (Or Is It Bamboo?) Detected in Mei Xiang's Ultrasound pandas is complicated and frustrating. The Zoo's female Giant Panda has delivered two healthy cubs in the past ten yearsWed, 19 Aug 2015 21:06:59 +0000Get a Hole-In-One at the Most Eye-Catching Mini-Golf Courses Across the Country beautifully designed mini-golf courses are worth a second lookWed, 19 Aug 2015 15:56:54 +0000Law and Order: Social Media Unit San Francisco Police Department may have an "Instagram officer," but other forces are trolling social media for criminal activity tooWed, 19 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Gliding Spiders Found Falling From Tropical Trees spiders that live in the rainforest strike a Superman pose to take control of their free-fallsTue, 18 Aug 2015 23:01:00 +0000Mesmerizing: Pufferfish Twirling in Bubble Lassos the Socorro Islands, the change of seasons is marked by a swirling vortex of bubbles, which catches the local pufferfish by surpriseTue, 18 Aug 2015 18:25:31 +0000How a Farming Project in Brazil Turned Into a Social and Ecological Tragedy week's Generation Anthropocene podcast looks at Rondônia, a textbook tale of how not to set up sustainable land useTue, 18 Aug 2015 18:00:53 +0000Lice That Can Resist Drugs Have Infested Half the States in the U.S. pests that can survive common drugstore treatments have been found in at least 25 states so farTue, 18 Aug 2015 17:30:00 +0000This New Mapping Tool Shows City Planners Where to Plant Trees at Portland State University have created an app that looks at tree density in respect to neighborhood, population and pollutionTue, 18 Aug 2015 15:02:24 +0000Five of the World's Most Fascinating Topiary Gardens gardens in surprising shapes decorate homes, churches and cemeteries around the world. We’ve rounded up five of the most extraordinaryMon, 17 Aug 2015 15:26:08 +0000Why Jon Batiste Is the Perfect Choice to Be the “Late Night” Bandleader tall, lanky jazz musician will bring his unique talents to television this fallMon, 17 Aug 2015 14:37:46 +0000A Next Gen Museum Show Takes Aim at Inspiring Next Gen Ingenuity are betting high-tech playtime will turn today’s kids into tomorrow’s engineering visionariesMon, 17 Aug 2015 14:25:48 +0000Five Paralyzed Men Move Their Legs Again in a UCLA Study electrodes on the skin stimulated their spines, the study participants made "step-like" motionsMon, 17 Aug 2015 13:45:03 +0000This Sweet-Smelling Herb Can Ward Away Mosquitoes used by some Native American peoples, sweetgrass contains chemicals known to repel pesky bugsMon, 17 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Could This 'Drinkable Book' Provide Clean Water to the Developing World? untreated water over a page from the book and silver nanoparticles embedded in it will kill nearly 100 percent of disease-causing bacteriaSun, 16 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Are Robot Umpires Coming to Baseball? that a computer has covered home plate at a minor league game, what's next?Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:16:59 +0000How, and Why, Do Astronomers Take Pictures of Exoplanets? latest snapshot of a Jupiter-like world hints at the potential for seeing more diverse planets in direct imagesFri, 14 Aug 2015 15:16:07 +0000Google Street View Cars Are Mapping City Air Pollution, Aclima and the EPA team up to add sensors to cars, first in Denver and then in the Bay Area, that monitor air quality throughout the dayThu, 13 Aug 2015 18:55:43 +0000A Genetically Modified Yeast Turns Sugar Into Painkillers scientists have engineered a strain of yeast that can produce opiates on its ownThu, 13 Aug 2015 18:30:31 +0000In Bolivia's High-Altitude Capital, Indigenous Traditions Thrive Once Again sacred mountains, in a city where spells are cast and potions brewed, the otherworldly is everydayThu, 13 Aug 2015 18:09:58 +0000Visit These Floating Peruvian Islands Constructed From Plants Uro people who live on Lake Titicaca have been building their own villages by hand for centuriesThu, 13 Aug 2015 17:15:50 +0000Why Tens of Thousands of Toxic Mines Litter the U.S. West spill in Colorado's Animas River highlights the problem of wastewater building up in abandoned minesThu, 13 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000Where Albinism Means Being Targeted for Murder or Dismemberment in the world, people with albinism are at high risk for blindness and skin cancer. In Tanzania, the threats are much more severeThu, 13 Aug 2015 15:57:19 +0000See Spectacular Photos From This Year's Perseid Meteor Shower annual event sent sparks flying over dark skies as Earth plowed through debris from a cometThu, 13 Aug 2015 15:22:48 +0000Is There a ‘Gay Aesthetic’ to Pop Music? Elton John to Mika, the “glam piano” genre may be as integral to the Gay American experience as hip-hop and the blues are to the African American oneThu, 13 Aug 2015 15:04:29 +0000Chinese Cave Graffiti Records Centuries of Drought chemical clues in a stalagmite inside the cave confirm the chronicles on the wallsThu, 13 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Tropical Octopus Definitely Mates Beak-to-Beak Pacific striped octopus couples engage in a host of behaviors unheard of among other octopuses Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000A Parade of Bright Flowers in a City With a Dark Past carried 500 dazzling flower designs through the streets of Medellín, ColombiaWed, 12 Aug 2015 15:44:19 +0000Wasting Food? It'll Cost You a neighborhood in Seoul, the Korea Environment Corp. is doling out fines to people dumping more than their allotted food scrapsTue, 11 Aug 2015 16:44:29 +0000The Story of Mexican Coke Is a Lot More Complex Than Hipsters Would Like to Admit nasty trade war and questionable scientific assumptions make it difficult to discern what is, and what isn't, the real thingTue, 11 Aug 2015 15:47:14 +0000What Happened When a Disaster Preparedness Expert Was Caught in an Earthquake this Generation Anthropocene podcast, geologist Anne Sanquini gives her first-hand account of April's disaster in NepalTue, 11 Aug 2015 15:18:20 +0000Thin Sensors on Our Skin or in Our Clothes May Warn Us of Environmental Hazards researchers are developing flexible sensors that track dangers that humans cannot detect with their own sensesTue, 11 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000You Might Actually Want a Layover at These Seven Airports nap pods to real-time flight tracking, these airports have features that will surely please passengersMon, 10 Aug 2015 19:47:57 +0000At "Russia's Burning Man," Strange Structures Transform Villages beautiful, bizarre structures of the Archstoyanie festival are made of natural materials and help bring economic prosperity to small villages Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:22:32 +0000Not Just Dolphins: Where to Swim With Pigs, Penguins and the Gentlest of Sharks these beaches, splash around with some more unusual creaturesMon, 10 Aug 2015 16:24:44 +0000When a Trip to the Zoo Resulted in an Engineering Breakthrough Leftwich, an engineering professor at George Washington University, is building a robotic flipper based on her observations of sea lionsMon, 10 Aug 2015 15:20:00 +0000What Gives Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” Its Power? the 100th anniversary of the poem’s publication, a Smithsonian poet examines its message and how it encapsulates what its author was all aboutMon, 10 Aug 2015 14:30:47 +0000The Lonely, Lifesaving Job of Lighthouse Keepers, Revealed at the National Lighthouse Museum new museum in Staten Island tells the stories of men and women who ran lighthouses throughout America’s history and shows off some unique antiquesFri, 07 Aug 2015 17:48:01 +0000What “Ricki and the Flash” Gets Wrong About the Life of a Musician new Meryl Streep vehicle is the latest in a long history of movies about bar singersFri, 07 Aug 2015 14:41:34 +0000Sleep With the Condors at This Peruvian Hotel Hanging Off a Cliff cliffside Skylodge hotel dangles 1,300 feet above the groundFri, 07 Aug 2015 14:30:03 +0000This Mock "City" Is a Testing Ground For Driverless Cars University of Michigan's Mcity is a 32-acre challenge course for connected and automated vehiclesFri, 07 Aug 2015 13:20:02 +0000Why the Nepal Earthquake Was Especially Bad for Cultural Sites major quake sparked a resonance in the basin that made taller buildings more likely to toppleThu, 06 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000What’s the Difference Between Poisonous and Venomous Animals? first known venomous frogs, discovered in Brazil, raise some basic questions about toxic biologyThu, 06 Aug 2015 17:43:29 +0000IBM's Tone Analyzer Could Save You From Sending That Awkward Email new service, part of IBM's Watson artificial intelligence system, scans emails for emotions like cheerfulness or negativityThu, 06 Aug 2015 14:46:59 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Get Prune Fingers? researchers say that, like tire treads, our fingers and toes could get better traction in wet conditionsThu, 06 Aug 2015 14:33:50 +0000Whatever Happened to the Wild Camels of the American West? seen as the Army's answer to how to settle the frontier, the camels eventually became a literal beast of burden, with no home on the rangeThu, 06 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000A Hotter Climate May Boost Conflict, From Shootings to Wars this episode of Generation Anthropocene, scientists explore the link between rising temperatures and aggressionThu, 06 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Parasitic Wasps Turn Spiders Into Zombie Weavers injected with a potent neurotoxin are forced to create shiny new web cradles for wasp larvae Wed, 05 Aug 2015 22:00:00 +0000This Is the Only Color Photo of the First Atomic Explosion more than 405,000 American casualties and Japan rejecting unconditional surrender, the United States begins testing the atomic bomb in New Mexico Wed, 05 Aug 2015 21:34:05 +0000How Physics Drove the Design of the Atomic Bombs Dropped on Japan gun-like design of the Little Boy bomb was effectively the last of its kindWed, 05 Aug 2015 17:15:17 +0000The Murderous Story of America’s First Hijacking Pletch’s cold-blooded killing of Carl Bivens was just one chapter in the strange life of the mechanic, farmhand and erstwhile carnieWed, 05 Aug 2015 12:50:11 +0000How Time, Space and Authority Figures Influence Your Moral Judgment study of how people respond to outrageous acts suggests that our sense of crime and punishment is surprisingly flexibleTue, 04 Aug 2015 23:01:00 +0000Swedish Designers Are Turning Fruits and Veggies Into a Nonperishable Powder dried and powdered produce, called FoPo, could become a staple in disaster reliefTue, 04 Aug 2015 20:27:28 +0000The 390-Year-Old Tree That Survived the Bombing of Hiroshima living in Washington, D.C., this bonsai tree outlasted the atomic blastTue, 04 Aug 2015 18:45:50 +0000Curly Hair Science Is Revealing How Different Locks React to Heat mechanical engineer tackles the understudied problem of how to style curls without frying hairTue, 04 Aug 2015 16:42:54 +0000Why Jack the Ripper's Identity May Soon Be Proven the length of time that has passed since he first terrorized London, enthusiasm and interest in Jack the Ripper has never been strongerTue, 04 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Visit the World's Most Amazing Old-Growth Forests are some of the best places to hug centuries-old treesTue, 04 Aug 2015 13:37:06 +0000How Lego Redefined Play a company of only 10 employees, Lego is now one of the most recognized brands on the planetMon, 03 Aug 2015 17:38:53 +0000How a Five-Letter Word Built a 104-Year-Old Company—printed on signs, deskplates, business cards and notepads—was the seed from which the rest of IBM’s culture would growMon, 03 Aug 2015 17:09:23 +0000The Sound and Fury of Philadelphia's Wanamaker Organ blown away listening to the largest operating pipe organ in the worldMon, 03 Aug 2015 14:52:00 +0000What Is a Personal Food Computer? farm the size of a desktop could change the way we grow food in citiesMon, 03 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Young Picky Eaters May Be More Anxious and Depressed eating in kids is common but not always harmless—it may be a sign of longer-lasting psychological problemsMon, 03 Aug 2015 04:00:00 +0000What Should You Look for When Buying Olive Oil? From Greece or Spain? What really matters when getting your EVOOFri, 31 Jul 2015 14:28:41 +0000Why Do Hundreds of Macaws Gather at These Peruvian Clay Banks? colored parrots of the western Amazon basin display a behavior not seen anywhere elseFri, 31 Jul 2015 13:00:30 +0000Could a Wind Turbine Be Coming to a Bridge Near You? find, in a simulation, that two wind turbines mounted under a bridge in the Canary Islands could power hundreds of homesFri, 31 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Earth’s Magnetic Field Is at Least Four Billion Years Old grains of Australian zircon hold evidence that our magnetic shielding was active very soon after the planet formedThu, 30 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000When Congress Looked James Smithson's Gift Horse in the Mouth years ago, the U.S. government debated what to do with the bequest from across the pondThu, 30 Jul 2015 14:17:09 +0000How Flowers Changed the World, From Ecosystems to Art Galleries new book by entomologist Stephen Buchmann explores the beautiful and sometimes bizarre history of flowering plantsThu, 30 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000This "Lucky" Fish Could Save Lives fish-shaped iron ingot is reducing the number of cases of iron deficiency anemia in Cambodia and beyondThu, 30 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Tour the World’s First Nuclear Power Plant historic site in a remote desert is now a museum where visitors can see the instruments that made nuclear historyWed, 29 Jul 2015 16:48:17 +0000Scientists Find a Natural Way to Clean Up Oil Spills, With a Plant-Based Molecule at the City College of New York are testing a spray made of phytol, a molecule in chlorophyll, on oil in lab wave poolsWed, 29 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Great Wine in Great Britain? The Unlikely Vino Culture Emerging in England the south of England, a new class of vintners is giving French bubbly a run for its moneyWed, 29 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000Hamsters Are Optimists When They Live in Comfy Cages hamsters that enjoy habitats full of toys and fluffy bedding make more upbeat decisions than those in stark enclosuresTue, 28 Jul 2015 23:01:00 +0000Legos Go Sustainable, and Everything (Really) is Awesome reduce its carbon footprint, the toy company is searching for a sustainable material for its bricks by 2030 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:20:16 +0000A New Report Identifies 30 Technologies That Will Save Lives in the Next 15 Years panel of 60 health experts creates a short list of easy-to-use devices and treatments that could dramatically improve global healthTue, 28 Jul 2015 16:27:44 +0000Top Five Myths About Human Kidneys limiting alcohol consumption to detoxing, many misconceptions circulate about how to keep your kidneys healthyTue, 28 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000New Jamestown Discovery Reveals the Identities of Four Prominent Settlers findings by Smithsonian scientists dig up the dynamics of daily life in the first permanent British settlement in the coloniesTue, 28 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000How Elephants and Songbirds Are Helping Humans Communicate this Generation Anthropocene podcast, social animals show scientists how to trace our evolution and improve interactionsTue, 28 Jul 2015 15:20:38 +0000Visit D.C.'s Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Historic Homes and Gardens, nature and culture combine at these fascinating estates and gardens in our nation's capitalTue, 28 Jul 2015 13:32:29 +0000What Gives Bugs Bunny His Lasting Power? years after his first “What’s Up, Doc?,” the leporine character still leaves his markMon, 27 Jul 2015 17:34:49 +0000The Best Little Museum You Never Visited in Paris Museum of Arts and Crafts is a trove of cunning inventionsMon, 27 Jul 2015 16:48:53 +0000What’s the Deal With Google’s Sidewalk Labs? tech giant's first move in urban planning is installing Wi-Fi hubs throughout New York City. Next, it could take on inefficiencies in public transitMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:35:02 +0000Living Cells Armed With Tiny Lasers May Help Fight Disease biological light sources may one day help researchers see deeper into the body's microscopic workingsMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:15:46 +0000The Entertaining Saga of the Worst Crook in Colonial America Burroughs was a thief, a counterfeiter and a convicted criminal. A rare piece of his fake currency is in the collectionsMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:41:32 +0000Running Shoes Date Back to the 1860s, and Other Revelations From the Brooklyn Museum's Sneaker Show show on sneaker culture at the Brooklyn Museum hypes its modern Nikes, but perhaps most fascinating are the historic kicks that started it allMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Captivating Photos of the Survivors of the Nepal Earthquake Sara Hylton visited the central Asian nation once the 7.9 tremor shook the earthMon, 27 Jul 2015 12:35:55 +0000Being Neurotic Makes It Harder for You to Remember Things scans suggest that certain personality types are wired to have better memoriesFri, 24 Jul 2015 19:23:20 +0000The Scandalous Story Behind the Provocative 19th-Century Sculpture "Greek Slave" Hiram Powers earned fame and fortune for his beguiling sculpture, but how he crafted it might have proved even more shockingFri, 24 Jul 2015 15:53:51 +0000Take a Spin on the Most Beautiful, Hand-Crafted Carousels in the Nation historic merry-go-rounds are survivors of a bygone era, when thrills came in a much tamer formFri, 24 Jul 2015 14:50:26 +00001,500-Year-Old Text Has Been Digitally Resurrected From a Hebrew Scroll software helped reveal the words on a burned scroll found inside a holy ark near the Dead SeaFri, 24 Jul 2015 13:03:38 +0000America's Road Trip: Route 66's Most Fascinating Museums a drive on Route 66 and encounter the wonders of the roadFri, 24 Jul 2015 12:14:10 +0000Off the Coast of Italy, Two Divers Are Building Underwater Greenhouses biospheres could provide an alternate means of farming in regions with unstable growing conditionsThu, 23 Jul 2015 19:19:16 +0000The Mad Challenge of Translating "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" the linguistic tricks used to make Lewis Carroll's puns, parodies and nonsense accessible in hundreds of tonguesThu, 23 Jul 2015 18:00:41 +0000Can Sound Explain a 350-Year-Old Clock Mystery? experiments suggest that a strange synchronization of pendulum clocks observed in the 1600s can be chalked up to acoustic energyThu, 23 Jul 2015 17:21:20 +0000When Rock Bands Flocked to Howard Finster’s Remote, Bizarre Artist Compound today you can visit the site where groups such as R.E.M. found a true artistic geniusThu, 23 Jul 2015 15:15:03 +0000An Astronomer's Paradise, Chile May Be the Best Place on Earth to Enjoy a Starry Sky's northern coast offers an ideal star-gazing environment with its lack of precipitation, clear skies and low-to-zero light pollutionThu, 23 Jul 2015 00:04:26 +0000What Endures From the Ancient Civilizations That Once Ruled the Central Andes? journey here is to roam through almost six thousand years of civilization, to one of the places where the human enterprise beganThu, 23 Jul 2015 00:04:01 +0000Why Is This Wild, Pea-Sized Tomato So Important? to northern Peru and southern Ecuador, this tiny and rapidly vanishing tomato boasts outsized influence on world gastronomyThu, 23 Jul 2015 00:03:38 +0000Boa Constrictors Kill By Stopping Blood Circulation popular belief that boas and other constricting snakes deal death by suffocation seems to be a flawed assumption Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:00:00 +0000What It's Like to Live in This Smart, Energy-Efficient Home of the Future months in, a family of four adjusts to life in the Honda Smart Home, a testing ground for new technologies at University of California, DavisWed, 22 Jul 2015 17:40:17 +0000Over a Quarter-Million Vietnam War Veterans Still Have PTSD years after the war's end, twice as many vets with combat-related PTSD are getting worse as those who are improvingWed, 22 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Will We Feed 9 Billion People on Earth of the Future? week's Generation Anthropocene reveals how seeds on ice and poisonous tubers may offer hope for food securityWed, 22 Jul 2015 14:36:56 +0000Inspiring Invention the MacGyver Way to the Smithsonian's new Spark!Lab are challenged to solve problems with ingenuity and a pile of off-the-shelf itemsWed, 22 Jul 2015 10:00:00 +0000Teenage Inventor Alexis Lewis Thinks That Kids Have the Solutions to the World's Problems a patent to her name and more likely on the way, the 15-year-old has made it her mission to inspire young innovatorsTue, 21 Jul 2015 17:59:04 +0000A DNA Search for the First Americans Links Amazon Groups to Indigenous Australians new genetic analysis takes aim at the theory that just one founding group settled the AmericasTue, 21 Jul 2015 17:22:11 +0000Recession, Not Fracking, Drove a Drop in U.S. Carbon Emissions switch from coal to natural gas played only a small role in the recent carbon dioxide declineTue, 21 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Provoking Presidential Portraits Oliphant's searing sketches cross party lines. But the portraits are all in good clean fun...or are they?Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:38:20 +0000Linking Multiple Minds Could Help Damaged Brains Heal and rats hooked up as "brainets" may lead to innovative treatments for Parkinson's, paralysis and moreMon, 20 Jul 2015 13:54:02 +0000Smithsonian Takes a Giant Step with Its First Kickstarter Campaign to Fund the Conservation of Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit the 46th anniversary of the historic moonwalk, the spacesuit that made it possible is headed to the conservation lab Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:21:02 +0000Photos of Muslims Celebrating Eid al-Fitr Across the Globe mark the end of Ramadan with food, festivities, gifts and prayers Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:42:19 +0000These Pictures Give a Rare Glimpse Into the Heart of the Pluto Flyby the full 9.5 years of the mission to date, the images by Michael Soluri capture the people behind the epic close encounterFri, 17 Jul 2015 18:13:35 +0000These Maps Help Explain the Numerous, Complicated Factors Behind Income Inequality, housing costs and even internet access are all a part of the difficult public policy matterFri, 17 Jul 2015 14:45:13 +0000You Can Still Stay a Night at These Grand Hotels From the Gilded Age that survive today are a testament to Old World luxuryFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:07:45 +0000Human Sex Chromosomes Are Sloppy DNA Swappers genetic bundles that code for males and females can get a little messy when they trade pieces during cell divisionFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Seven Ways to Revamp Deserted Spaces Under New York City's Highways and Elevated Trains Design Trust for Public Space reimagines neglected areas under the city's infrastructureFri, 17 Jul 2015 11:07:25 +0000The Farmworker’s Champion Dolores Huerta Receives Her Due, Even as the Struggle for Justice Continues must continue the struggle against present-day agricultural production and labor practices, says the director of the Smithsonian’s Latino Center Thu, 16 Jul 2015 18:35:44 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Makes Us a Righty or a Lefty? are interested in studying why some of us are non-right-handers because it might offer insight into how the brain developsThu, 16 Jul 2015 18:00:22 +0000Mosquitoes Can Carry, and Deliver, a Double Dose of Malaria that are already carrying one strain are more likely to pick up a second infection and harbor higher numbers of parasitesThu, 16 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Get Lost in the World's Largest Maze existence while wandering through the bamboo stalks of Italy's Masone LabyrinthThu, 16 Jul 2015 14:24:10 +0000You Can Now 3D Print With Liquefied Wood chemist at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden is making sustainable 3d printing a realityThu, 16 Jul 2015 10:36:07 +0000Behold, the First Closeup Pictures From the Pluto Flyby Are Here fresh-faced moons to ice mountains, these are the visual surprises that hit the ground the day after the Pluto flybyWed, 15 Jul 2015 20:37:32 +0000The Evolution of Money, From Feathers to Credit Cards collectors, and trinket lovers welcome back the National Numismatic Collections to its splendid new gallery at the American History MuseumWed, 15 Jul 2015 18:51:47 +0000Where Will the New Horizons Probe Go After Pluto? historic flyby may be over, but the spacecraft should still go on to study even smaller bodies on its path through the Kuiper beltWed, 15 Jul 2015 15:00:33 +0000The History of Creepy Dolls a trip to the uncanny valley and hope you make it back unscathedWed, 15 Jul 2015 13:46:34 +0000The New Horizons Probe Has Made Its Closest Approach to Pluto scientists have received the confirmation signal that the pre-programmed event went as planned and the craft is healthyWed, 15 Jul 2015 02:35:36 +0000One Man's Obsession With Antique Toys Resulted in a Museum Portland, Oregon, attraction is more than just the stuff of Kidd's playTue, 14 Jul 2015 18:51:37 +0000How Singer Won the Sewing Machine War Singer Sewing Machine changed the way America manufactured textiles, but the invention itself was less important than the company’s innovative businessTue, 14 Jul 2015 17:54:33 +0000The EPA Has a New Tool For Mapping Where Pollution and Poverty Intersect better target its efforts, the agency is identifying problem areas, where people are facing undue environmental risksTue, 14 Jul 2015 16:47:51 +0000How Can We Keep Track of Earth's Invisible Water? week's episode of Generation Anthropocene goes on a deep dive into some of the planet's more mysterious water sourcesTue, 14 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Wildfires Are Happening More Often and in More Places fire season length has increased by nearly a fifth in the last 35 years, and the area impacted has doubledTue, 14 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Are Universities Grooming the Next Great Innovators? and entrepreneurship courses at Stanford and other institutions are fundamentally changing higher educationTue, 14 Jul 2015 14:44:56 +0000An Attempt to Keep the Dying Gottschee Culture Very Much Alive by a trip to Slovenia with her grandmother, one New Yorker took it upon herself to chronicle the story of a lost piece of European historyTue, 14 Jul 2015 13:15:52 +0000These Glasses Could Help the Blind See by Oxford scientists, SmartSpecs capture real time images and enhance the contrast for legally blind usersMon, 13 Jul 2015 13:37:50 +0000Which of These Baseball Players Should the Portrait Gallery Put on Display? for these all-stars in an entirely different kind of competitionMon, 13 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000This New Nanogenerator Could Make Cars Much More Efficient placed on a car's tires can harness the energy generated when rubber meets road Fri, 10 Jul 2015 20:15:50 +0000The Scopes Trial Redefined Science Journalism and Shaped It to What It Is Today years ago a Tennessee man stood trial for teaching evolution, a Smithsonian archives collection offers a glimpse into the rich backstoryFri, 10 Jul 2015 15:01:33 +0000What Killed the Dinosaurs in Utah's Giant Jurassic Death Pit? are gathering evidence that may help crack the 148-million-year-old mystery, including signs of poisoned predatorsFri, 10 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000These Scientists Hope to Have Half the World's Plant Families on Ice By the End of Summer up with botanical gardens, researchers at the Natural History Museum are digging deep into garden plant genomicsThu, 09 Jul 2015 19:37:27 +0000A New Photo Exhibition Depicts Just How Dramatic Mother Earth Can Be, the land of fire and ice, brings vivid focus to the raw power of a geophysically active EarthThu, 09 Jul 2015 18:22:31 +0000Bumblebees Are Getting Squeezed by Climate Change North America and Europe, the insects are just not keeping up with shifting temperatures Thu, 09 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Stories Behind Disneyland's Hidden Wonders the amusement park celebrates its 60th anniversary, here's the truth behind some of its more unusual featuresThu, 09 Jul 2015 15:02:46 +0000Pluto Probe Finds Surprises Ahead of Its Close Encounter dark poles to weird "whales", New Horizons is giving us a taste of the historic science we can expect from its visit to PlutoWed, 08 Jul 2015 21:25:20 +0000There Are New World Heritage Sites, Here Are the Ones You Should Travel to Now year, 24 sites from across the globe have been added to the heralded Unesco listWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:44:18 +0000Sixth-Century Misery Tied to Not One, But Two, Volcanic Eruptions ancient event is just one among hundreds of times volcanoes have affected climate over the past 2,500 yearsWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000These Two Scientists Turned Data From the Sun Into a Work of Art collecting real-time data from the sun, two astrophysicists got to tinkering with video game components and the outcome is breathtakingWed, 08 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000A Look Into the Innovative Mind of One of the World's Most Inventive Architects new show at the Cooper Hewitt reveals the process behind designer Thomas Heatherwick's projectsWed, 08 Jul 2015 10:00:00 +0000Tracing the History of American Invention, From the Telegraph to the Apple I than 70 artifacts, from an artificial heart to an Etch A Sketch, grace the entryway to the American History Museum's new innovation wing Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:40:49 +0000What it Took to Create the World’s First Gay Art Museum Leslie’s passionate half-century of homoerotic art collecting offers a mirror for the history of gay history itselfTue, 07 Jul 2015 15:58:18 +0000How Geography Shaped Societies, From Neanderthals to iPhones weeks' episode of Generation Anthropocene discusses efforts to quantify social development and the cultural retention of the NavajoTue, 07 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000This Is How You Live Paint an Event Jeremy Sutton painted on his iPad while musicians performed and visitors played virtual reality games at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumTue, 07 Jul 2015 14:54:04 +0000Twenty of the West's Leading Water Managers Raft Colorado's Yampa River a historic drought, a group of decision makers take to the water to discuss the future of riversMon, 06 Jul 2015 19:42:19 +0000How Bacteria Make This Underground, Awe-Inspiring Cave Shine Gold underground tubes at Lava Beds National Monument include sparkling gold ceilings that even NASA wants to studyMon, 06 Jul 2015 18:59:09 +0000How Curators Wrestled With the Complex Story of American Business broad and sometimes difficult history of business in the U.S., its rogues, heros, successes and failures, is the dynamic story in a new exhibitionMon, 06 Jul 2015 18:14:51 +0000The Top Five Conversations About Earth in the Age of Humans Generation Anthropocene podcast brings you stories from the front lines of Earth science, history and philosophyMon, 06 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Colonel Sanders Made Kentucky Fried Chicken an American Success Story weathervane from the Smithsonian collections is emblematic of Harland Sanders’s decades-long pursuit to make his chicken finger-lickin' goodMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:41:55 +0000Turning New York City's Subway Into a Symphony James Murphy wants to replace the beeps of the system's turnstiles with beautiful musicMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:06:28 +0000How a Hot Dog Eating Contest Became One of the Fourth of July's Greatest Traditions the American dream is shaped like a hot dogFri, 03 Jul 2015 13:01:21 +0000Can You Crack a Medical Mystery? startup called CrowdMed asks volunteer detectives to study cases of patients with symptoms that baffle doctorsFri, 03 Jul 2015 12:08:50 +0000Why Milo's Sunrises Are a Symphony of Color in The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster says one boon to his magical writing is that he was born with synesthesia and hears colorsFri, 03 Jul 2015 12:04:36 +0000The Back to the Future Movies Are Obsessed With Television, Rightfully So McFlys' constant attention to the TV was a perfect reflection of life in post-war AmericaThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:36:07 +0000Why Seahorses Have Square Tails show that the animals' prism-like tails are mechanically superior to cylindrical onesThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Shootings and Mass Murders Seem to Be Contagious spanning decades shows how high-profile events can cause outbreaks of similar killings that mirror the spread of diseaseThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Can Science Help People Unlearn Their Unconscious Biases? events, sleep training and even meditation may offer ways for people to erase biases they probably didn't know they heldThu, 02 Jul 2015 17:10:36 +0000Bringing Thomas Jefferson's Battered Tombstone Back to Life founding father's fragile grave marker has survived for centuries, enduring souveniring, a fire and errant repairs Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:21:42 +0000The Great Moon Hoax Was Simply a Sign of Its Time discoveries and faraway voyages inspired fantastic tales—and a new Smithsonian exhibitionThu, 02 Jul 2015 14:33:53 +0000NASA's New Memorial Honors Lives Lost on the Challenger and Columbia Missions permanent exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida displays remnants of the shuttles and items from fallen astronautsThu, 02 Jul 2015 12:46:00 +0000On His First Day on the Job, Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton Discusses the Past and the Future new Smithsonian leader says he wants to emphasize the arts and humanities at a time when they are being deemphasized nationally Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:48:07 +0000These Photos From Cuba Place You in the Boxing Ring and wedding photographer Rebecca Barger captures vibrant images of local streets, architecture and athletes in HavanaWed, 01 Jul 2015 18:24:55 +0000How a Transparent Fish May Help Decode the Brain outspoken Harvard neuroscientist is tackling the wondrous challenge of understanding the workings of the brainWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:03:29 +0000A Deep Dive Into the Skeleton of the Oldest-Known Modern Bird fossil found in China may offer new clues about avian evolutionWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What It's Like to Travel the Inca Road Today rocky rollicking journey to Machu Picchu along one of the greatest engineering feats in the AmericasWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What's Changed, and What Hasn't, in the Town That Inspired "To Kill a Mockingbird" back in time to visit Harper Lee's hometown, the setting of her 1960 masterpiece and the controversial sequel hitting bookstores soonWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000There Were Listicles That Went Viral Long Before There Was an Internet scholars are zeroing in on stories that were trending way back in the 19th centuryWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Mad King and Magna Carta did a peace treaty signed — and broken — 800 years ago become one of the world's most influential documents?Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000A Photographic Requiem for America's Civil War Battlefields far-flung battlefields to picture the nation's defining tragedy in a modern lightWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What Did Insects Evolve From and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000One Photographer's Personal Endeavor to Track Down Survivors of the Armenian Genocide, 100 Years Later children, they escaped ruthless state-sponsored violence. Now, these Armenian women and men visit the aching memory of what they left behindWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Latest Sign That the Robot Uprising Is Nigh? Camel Racing centuries-old pastime in the United Arab Emirates gets a rebootWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Before Moby-Dick, There Was "Two Years Before the Mast" salty memoir by Richard Henry Dana Jr. was one of America's first literary classicsWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Fall and Rise and Fall of Pompeii famous archaeological treasure is falling into scandalous decline, even as its sister city Herculaneum is rising from the ashesWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Hyperloop Will Be Only the Latest Innovation That's Pretty Much a Series of Tubes idea of using pneumatics to send objects has been around for ages. But people?Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Photos From the Heart of the Ferguson Protests events sparked by the killing of young Michael Brown gave rise to a new civil rights movement that's still growingWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Tiny Robots Can Clear Clogged Arteries at Drexel University are developing micro-swimmers that loosen arterial plaque and release drugs into the bloodstream to prevent future buildupWed, 01 Jul 2015 15:38:44 +0000Captivating Long-Exposure Photos of New Zealand’s Glowworm Caves new shots show the otherworldly magic created by a carnivorous fungus gnatWed, 01 Jul 2015 15:37:21 +000014 Fun Facts About Marine Bristle Worms honor of the first ever International Polychaete Day, learn about the bristly worms that are everywhere in the oceanWed, 01 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000To Stop Mosquito Bites, Silence Your Skin's Bacteria scientists tricked mosquitoes into skipping a blood meal by modifying the way bacteria talk to each otherTue, 30 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Library Mark Twain Built author helped create a library in the last town he called home—and it's full of great summer reading suggestions Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:16:59 +0000What Makes the Orange Juice Can Worthy of Display in a Museum new exhibition explains why the everyday objects of today and the recent past are so important to understanding who we areTue, 30 Jun 2015 13:15:00 +0000