Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenMon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Short, Frantic, Rags-to-Riches Life of Jack London London State Historic Park, home to the rough and tumble troublemaker with a prolific penTue, 22 Nov 2016 21:19:48 +0000The Electoral College Has Been Divisive Since Day One has always had the potential for chaos—one that hasn’t been tapped...yetMon, 21 Nov 2016 16:51:56 +0000Sexism Sucks for Everybody, Science Confirms to masculine norms can be toxic for men, not to mention everybody elseMon, 21 Nov 2016 20:25:56 +0000What Can a Puff Adder Snake Bite Do to a Rhino? puff adder's bite can do serious damage, even to an animal with skin as thick as a rhino's. The photographic evidence we have is not prettyMon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Wise Monkey Knows How Little He Knows scientists find that macaque monkeys, like humans, know the limits of their own memoryFri, 13 Jan 2017 21:24:19 +0000When Is Sex Worth Going the Distance? When You’re a Salamander, Apparently amphibians may be less equipped to handle modern threats than their sexual counterpartsFri, 13 Jan 2017 17:12:39 +0000These Itsy-Bitsy Herbivores Could Stage a Huge Coral Reef Rescue parrotfish and sea urchins can take over the job of their larger cousins to keep a reef free of algaeFri, 13 Jan 2017 16:20:17 +0000In the Darkest Days of World War II, Winston Churchill’s Visit to the White House Brought Hope to Washington has overstaying one’s welcome been so importantFri, 13 Jan 2017 16:11:15 +0000Meet the Michelin-Starred Chef Pushing the Limits of Vegetarian Cuisine in China chef Tony Lu discusses China’s changing tastes and his own innovative approach to 'Vegetarian Fusion'Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:06:28 +0000America's Long-Overdue Opioid Revolution Is Finally Here to advances in neuroscience, researchers are beginning to disentangle powerful pain relief from addiction, overdose and deathFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:57:06 +0000How Mobile Technology Can Help Universities Combat Depression sensors on smartphones and smartwatches can shed light on patients' symptoms, even identifying ones they didn't notice or share with counselorsFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:24:26 +0000A Brief History of Food as Art subject to statement, food has played a role in art for millenniaFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:20:05 +0000You've Been Slurping Ramen All Wrong Japan, ramen is a culinary touchstone that goes way beyond foodFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:10:46 +0000The Little-Remembered Ally Who Helped America Win the Revolution de Galvez’s involvement may not have been altruistic, but his contributions made a difference nonethelessFri, 13 Jan 2017 13:19:15 +0000Here's What Makes Komodo Dragons So Powerful only is the Komodo dragon the largest lizard in the world, its powerful claws, tail, and bite make it one of the deadliestFri, 13 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000To Fight Deadly Dengue Fever in Humans, Create Dengue-Resistant Mosquitoes manipulating the immune systems of mosquitoes can halt the spread of dengue virusThu, 12 Jan 2017 21:39:38 +0000Smithsonian Artifacts and Music Legends Share the Stage in Tonight's Star-Studded Television Program African-American performing artists commemorate the opening of the National Museum of African American HistoryThu, 12 Jan 2017 16:44:52 +0000"Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait For Liberty?" January 1917, women took turns picketing the White House with a voice empowered by American democracy Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:08:52 +0000How a Fire Opened Buckingham Palace Up to the Public fierce backlash about the repair cost of a fire-damaged Windsor Castle led to a startling royal decision: Buckingham Palace would be opened to the publicThu, 12 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Could Flickering Lights Help Treat Alzheimer’s? flashy MIT study changes perspective on the diseaseWed, 11 Jan 2017 19:46:30 +0000These Blind Mice Just Got a Vision Boost Thanks to a New Transplant Technique. Could Blind Humans Be Next? an entire piece of retinal tissue into the eyes of blind mice appears to work better than just transplanting cellsWed, 11 Jan 2017 19:06:50 +0000Stories of Sports Champions in the African American History Museum Prove the Goal Posts Were Set Higher sports exhibition delves into the lost, forgotten or denied history of the heroes on the field Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:42:42 +0000Your Guide to All Things Anthropocene an era of manmade change Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:24:38 +0000The Speech and Bible From George Washington's First Inauguration Made History Many Times Over first president created the tradition of giving an inaugural address and swearing the oath of office on a BibleWed, 11 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Was This Hidden Tunnel Used by the Knights Templar?'s unclear if the Knights Templar created the secret tunnel in Acre, Israel, as an escape route or a way to secretly export valuable itemsWed, 11 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Tear Your Meniscus? This “Living Bandage” May Help researchers are using a newly patented technique involving stem cells to repair the common knee injuryTue, 10 Jan 2017 16:09:51 +0000Murder, Marriage and the Pony Express: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Buffalo Bill adventures were sensationalized in print and the Wild West show, but reality was more complicated—and compellingTue, 10 Jan 2017 15:19:53 +0000The Student and the Spy: How One Man’s Life Was Changed by the Cambridge Five unlikely friendship with Guy Burgess, the infamous British double-agent, brought unexpected joy to Stanley Weiss Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Incredible: This Underwater Spider Has an Actual Scuba Tank scuba spider is the only arachnid to live exclusively underwater, despite lacking gills. Its secret is a makeshift oxygen supplyTue, 10 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Seven Wild Gadgets Unveiled at CES 2017 a levitating speaker to vibrating jeans that help you navigate city streets, these innovations offer an interesting glimpse of the futureMon, 09 Jan 2017 21:00:47 +0000The Day the Nimbus Weather Satellite Exploded writer's grandfather recalls a seminal moment in the Space RaceMon, 09 Jan 2017 19:18:49 +0000Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone! So What's Next? on patent documents, here are eight innovations that could become part of the iPhone of the futureMon, 09 Jan 2017 16:37:53 +0000Escape Artist Harry Houdini Was an Ingenious Inventor, He Just Didn't Want Anybody to Know than just a magician, Houdini was also an actor, aviator, amateur historian and businessman Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:15:27 +0000Introducing the Global Effort to Map the Night Sky astronomers around the world are piecing together a patchwork quilt of celestial activityMon, 09 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Get Lost in the Landscape that Inspired William Faulkner’s Greatest Novels new book of photography brings the late author's Mississippi homestead to lifeMon, 09 Jan 2017 13:35:00 +0000Why Queen Elizabeth II Decided to Televise Her Coronation BBC's request to air Queen Elizabeth II's coronation on TV was quickly dismissed by a royal court anxious to maintain decorumMon, 09 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000For Hummingbirds, the World Moves as Fast as They Do research shows how the hummingbird brain allows them to hover and fly preciselyFri, 06 Jan 2017 15:51:43 +0000Michael Jackson, Donald Trump and Other Famous Americans Who Escaped Brushes With Death roads not taken for these 13 lucky souls saved their livesFri, 06 Jan 2017 14:30:44 +0000Video: Why Should Humans Care About Preserving the Diversity of Life on Earth? animation explains that humans don't just impact the interconnected web of life—we depend on itFri, 06 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000How the Knights Templar Came to Be a group of pilgrims were murdered in 1119, nine crusaders formed a pact to protect any others like them from harmFri, 06 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Footprints Found at Ancient Hot Springs Could Represent Earliest Settlement of Tibetan Plateau age measurements of the footprints help pinpoint when humans first settled the highest region on EarthThu, 05 Jan 2017 19:00:00 +0000Do Ocean Preserves Actually Work? The U.S. now leads the world in protected marine areas. But are they a scientifically sound strategy? Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:56 +0000The Everyday Struggle of a Child Whose Parents Are Incarcerated more American men and women in prison than ever before in our history, millions of children are struggling with the effects of a fractured family lifeThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Far-Reaching Effects of American Incarceration photo essays explore the history and modern-day consequences of the world's highest incarceration rateThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000After 39 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment, Ricky Jackson Is Finally Free up for a murder he didn't commit, he served the longest sentence of any U.S. inmate found to be innocentThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Injustice of Japanese-American Internment Camps Resonates Strongly to This Day WWII, 120,000 Japanese-Americans were forced into camps, a government action that still haunts victims and their descendantsThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Visit These Ten Sites Celebrating Major Anniversaries in 2017 Jane Austen’s 200th anniversary to the founding of Denali National Park, there are plenty of events to fill your calendarThu, 05 Jan 2017 16:54:22 +0000Why Were Electric Cars Once Advertised as "Ladies' Cars"? questions answered by our expertsThu, 05 Jan 2017 16:15:07 +0000The Master of Disguise of the Ocean Reveals Its Secrets marine creature’s unusual defense is becoming perfectly clear Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:12:45 +0000A Portrait of Obama in the Final Days of His Presidency for <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine, this painting shows a leader at a crossroadsThu, 05 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Feel the Music—Literally—With Some Help From New Synesthesia Research one artist created a show inspired by the neurological experience of synesthesia Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:09:02 +0000Lyft and Uber Want To Give Old Folks a Ride adults miss doctor's appointments and risk social isolation because they lack transportation. Ride-hailing services are taking notice.Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Couple Who Saved China's Ancient Architectural Treasures Before They Were Lost Forever the nation teetered on the brink of war in the 1930s, two Western-educated thinkers struck out for the hinterlands to save their country's richesWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:32:43 +0000A New Documentary Conceived by David Byrne Explores the Wonder of the Color Guard dazzling offshoot of the marching band gets its moment in the spotlightWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:31:26 +0000This 3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Upended What We Thought We Knew About the Roots of Western Civilization recent discovery of the grave of an ancient soldier is challenging accepted wisdom among archaeologistsWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:31:05 +0000Sparkling Ice Castles Take Form Across the Midwest Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:11:16 +0000March to the Joyous, Raucous Beat of the Sonic Boom of the South football seasons come and go, but the joyous thunder of Jackson State's iconic marching band rolls onWed, 04 Jan 2017 16:20:38 +0000This Woodpecker Will Drill Into Your Skull And Eat Your Brains—If You’re a Baby Dove those needle noses were only made for eating insects? Think againWed, 04 Jan 2017 15:12:12 +0000A Hurricane Destroyed This Louisiana Resort Town, Never to Be Inhabited Again destruction of Isle Derniere resonates as history’s warning for our era of rising seasWed, 04 Jan 2017 13:30:57 +0000There's a New Tool in the Fight Against Elephant Poaching American biologist wields an innovative weapon against the illegal trade in African ivoryTue, 03 Jan 2017 17:22:02 +0000How Disney Came to Define What Constitutes the American Experience entertainment company has been in the business of Americana since its inceptionTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:21:01 +0000Why Do We Play "Hail to the Chief" for the President? Scottish rebel features prominently in the anthemTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Is the "Jass" Record That Introduced Millions of Americans to a New Kind of Music record that introduced millions of Americans to a new kind of musicTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000When Robots Take All of Our Jobs, Remember the Luddites a 19th-century rebellion against automation can teach us about the coming war in the job marketTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Meet the Researchers Who Scour the World's Most Dangerous Corners in Search of Biological Riches, malaria and pirates are just some of the challenges these scientist-explorers face in their quest to map the world’s diversityTue, 03 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000English Is the Language of Science. That Isn't Always a Good Thing a bias toward English-language science can result in preventable crises, duplicated efforts and lost knowledgeMon, 02 Jan 2017 17:09:16 +000010 of the World's Best Snorkeling Destinations into the new year in these water wonderlandsFri, 30 Dec 2016 20:52:58 +0000The Top History Books of 2016 are some of the best titles to hit shelves this past yearFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:34:32 +0000Why 2016 Is Only the Most Recent Worst Year Ever year has been miserable for many, but it has plenty of competition from its predecessors in the 20th centuryFri, 30 Dec 2016 17:26:15 +0000Turning Ocean Garbage Into Gold the common plastic water bottle to the shoes of tsunami victims, one recycling organization tries to find a home for all ocean refuseFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:30:09 +0000Hear This, 2017: Scientists Are Creating New Ears With 3D-Printing and Human Stem Cells decades after the "earmouse," researchers have mastered a powerful technique for growing ears from fat-derived stem cellsFri, 30 Dec 2016 14:44:10 +0000The Tradition of Presidential Portraiture, Explained transition of office holders includes the official commissioning of the portrait of the outgoing First Lady and PresidentFri, 30 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Why Holograms Will Probably Never Be as Cool as They Were in "Star Wars" those that do exist must be preserved and archivedFri, 30 Dec 2016 13:57:21 +0000A Photographer Captures Emptiness and Longing in Longfellow's Nova Scotia Mark Marchesi spent four years tracing images from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem, "Evangeline"Fri, 30 Dec 2016 13:45:00 +0000The Bug That Had the World Seeing Red a Mesoamerican insect once created the globe's most coveted colorThu, 29 Dec 2016 20:03:17 +0000The Popularity of Putin and What It Means for America the 25 years since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia has changed dramatically--and it’s more important than ever to understand those changesThu, 29 Dec 2016 19:46:50 +0000Why Are Endangered Sea Turtles Showing Up Cold and Seemingly Lifeless on Northeastern Shores? the past three decades, scientists have confronted a worsening epidemic of stranded Kemp's ridley sea turtlesThu, 29 Dec 2016 17:50:53 +0000A Project to "Rewild" Europe, Brings a Safari-Style Camp to Portugal Europe as it was five thousand years agoThu, 29 Dec 2016 16:21:01 +0000These Locally Grown Design Ideas Were Created by the People for the People Cooper Hewitt exhibition spotlights the innovative and sustainable designs generated by those in search of solutionsThu, 29 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Incredibly Cute Polar Bear Cubs See the World for First Time a long winter in their den, a polar bear mother and her cubs emerge at the first signs of spring.Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Meet One of the Few Female Safari Guides in Kenya outnumbered by their male counterparts in the field, women have begun to take the reins in ecotourismThu, 29 Dec 2016 12:42:00 +0000This Year in Ancient Amber: Prehistoric Feathers, Mushrooms, Lizards and More’s no <i>Jurassic Park,</i> but this treasure trove of new creatures will still transport you to an ancient worldWed, 28 Dec 2016 20:13:32 +0000How Ancient Volcanoes Created Armenia’s Pink City the capital city of Yerevan, volcanic rock flows pinkWed, 28 Dec 2016 19:59:57 +0000The Best Way to Protect the World’s Forests? Keep People in Them of kicking indigenous groups out, let them continue to manage these lands effectively, argues a new reportWed, 28 Dec 2016 16:59:13 +0000A Brief History of America's Most Outrageous Dentist Parker and his dental circus live on in a Philadelphia museumWed, 28 Dec 2016 15:30:04 +0000Did Ellis Island Officials Really Change the Names of Immigrants? the 125th anniversary of the famous portal to the U.S., history shows inspectors were not the ones changing people's namesWed, 28 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Native Americans Saw Buffalo as More Than Just Food relationship between some Native American tribes and the American buffalo was a sacred oneWed, 28 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Murder of Rasputin, 100 Years Later does the killing of the so-called Mad Monk fit into the larger picture of the Russian Revolution?Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:56:15 +0000The New Art Scene Transforming Santa Fe city's image as a mecca of Southwestern-themed art and folksy spiritualism has begun to evolve, thanks to artists and entrepreneursTue, 27 Dec 2016 16:19:39 +0000Natalie Portman's "Jackie" Reminds Us Why JFK's Assassination Became Our National Tragedy Smithsonian scholar revisits those critical decisions Jacqueline Kennedy made following the death of her husband Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:24:22 +0000Eight Innovators to Watch in 2017 original thinkers who are breaking ground in medicine, art, drone design, fighting climate change and moreTue, 27 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Without This Camera, the Emerald City Would Have Been the Color of Mud dramatic Dorothy in Oz moment was brought to you in living color by the DF-24 Beam SplitterTue, 27 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Risky Way a Polar Bear Attack Victim Confronts Her Fear Erin Greene, walking up to a polar bear requires even more courage than most of us can imagineTue, 27 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000A San Francisco Startup Puts Everything You Need for a Two-Acre Farm in a Shipping Container DeCarli, cofounder of Farm From a Box, wants to deploy farm kits to governments, NGOs, schools and individualsMon, 26 Dec 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Fertile Polar Bear's Hard Journey From Mating to Motherhood mating takes place, a female polar bear will prepare for her impending pregnancy by eating voraciously. In all, she will pack on more than 400 poundsMon, 26 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Top 9 Baffling, Humbling, Mind-Blowing Science Stories of 2016 gravity's song to the evolutionary secrets of dogs, this year unlocked a treasure trove of scientific discoveryFri, 23 Dec 2016 21:49:23 +0000The Invasive Squirrel That Wasn't thought that the Arctic ground squirrel was an invasive species on this remote Alaskan island. A pair of scientists beg to differ.Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:50:30 +0000For Your Contributions to Science, I Humbly Bequeath You This Pet Moose history of motivating scientific endeavor through cash prizes, islands and exotic petsFri, 23 Dec 2016 16:58:37 +0000When the Serendipitously Named Lovings Fell in Love, Their World Fell Apart new film captures the quiet essence of the couples’ powerful story, says Smithsonian scholar Christopher WilsonFri, 23 Dec 2016 15:57:26 +0000Dyslexia May Be the Brain Struggling to Adapt learning disorder may be less a problem with language processing, and more a problem with the brain rewiring itselfFri, 23 Dec 2016 15:47:21 +0000Why the Japanese Eat Cake For Christmas tradition beginning in war and ending in cakeFri, 23 Dec 2016 15:45:47 +0000Why the U.S. Army Guarded the 23 Remaining American Buffalo 1882, General Philip Sheridan's expedition to the protected buffalo haven in Yellowstone National Park revealed a gruesome realityFri, 23 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000This German Town Is Embedded with Millions of Tiny Diamonds estimate that Nördlingen and the surrounding area contain approximately 72,000 tons of the gemstoneFri, 23 Dec 2016 12:35:00 +0000Scientists Find That Water Might Exist in a Whole New State water comes in just liquid, ice and gas? Think againThu, 22 Dec 2016 19:18:37 +0000Can Science Produce a Longer Lasting Christmas Tree? Christmas lights make the needles hold on longer, and other discoveries from the world’s only Christmas tree research centerThu, 22 Dec 2016 19:03:19 +0000Time-Lapse Photos Reveal the Beauty of Metal Crystals Growing Emanuele Fornasier spends hours capturing the intricacy of chemical reactionsThu, 22 Dec 2016 15:57:23 +0000Sure, Earth Could Get Hit by a Deadly Asteroid—But There’s an Upside Devastating outer space impacts. Pro: Global unity!Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:15:21 +0000The Millennial’s Doctor Releases a Handbook on Bodies and <em>Atlantic</em> editor James Hamblin provides the answers we'd hear "If Our Bodies Could Talk"Thu, 22 Dec 2016 13:32:25 +0000Polar Bear Mom and Cub Accidentally Separated by a Car car horn outside Churchill, Manitoba, causes a curious polar bear mom and her cub to scurry in opposite directionsThu, 22 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000For the First Time, All 5,000 Objects Found Inside King Tut's Tomb Will Be Displayed Together a sneak peek at the collection of the new Grand Egyptian Museum, opening in early 2018Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:27:04 +0000Ten Exhibitions to See in Washington, D.C. Over the Holidays innovative art shows, some which close early in the new year, are a must-seeWed, 21 Dec 2016 21:25:30 +0000How the Crusades Helped Create Your Gingerbread Latte have been shaping cuisine for thousands of years, especially around the Christmas seasonWed, 21 Dec 2016 20:03:11 +0000This Camera Can See Around Corners a superfast, supersensitive camera could shake up automotive and exploration industries, as well as photography as we know itWed, 21 Dec 2016 19:33:16 +0000Your Breath Does More Than Repulse—It Can Also Tell Doctors Whether You Have Cancer artificial “nose” could be the next tool for diagnosing illnesses from cancer to Crohn's diseaseWed, 21 Dec 2016 18:01:27 +0000Violence Among Teens Can Spread Like a Disease, Study Finds of thousands of American teens add evidence to the theory that violence spreads in communities like a contagionWed, 21 Dec 2016 17:19:10 +0000How the Nolinor 737 Prevents Gravel From Crashing Its Engines "vortex dissipator" sounds like something from a sci-fi movie. It's a sophisticated gravel protection device that protects the engineWed, 21 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Great Pumpkin Heralds the D.C. Arrival of Yayoi Kusama Hirshhorn's 65-year retrospective boasts six mirror rooms by this hugely popular artistWed, 21 Dec 2016 12:57:26 +0000The Patents Behind Christmas Sugar Confections popularity of candy canes and ribbon candy has a lot to do with 20th-century machines that sped up productionTue, 20 Dec 2016 20:25:17 +0000After the Tragic Lindbergh Kidnapping, Artist Isamu Noguchi Designed the First Baby Monitor six-decade career of the artist and commercial designer is on view at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumTue, 20 Dec 2016 17:01:22 +0000Want to See Installation Artist Doug Aitken's Latest Work? Grab Your Scuba Gear Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:38:12 +0000The Nazis Fought the Original War on Christmas they rose to power, party leaders sought to redefine the holiday to suit their own political needsTue, 20 Dec 2016 14:48:49 +0000Our Top Ten Stories of 2016 slavery to tuberculosis, it’s been a tumultuous year of exploring our past and looking to the futureTue, 20 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000A Beloved Alpha Polar Bear Near the End of His Life Pete, as he's known by locals in nearby Churchill, Manitoba, is an elderly polar bear who's been visiting the town for decadesTue, 20 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Suspect, the Prosecutor, and the Unlikely Bond They Forged evidence shows that Homer Cummings, who would later be FDR's attorney general, rescued an innocent man accused of murderTue, 20 Dec 2016 11:00:00 +0000Once a Year, Scientific Journals Try to Be Funny. Not Everyone Gets the Joke editions add a much-needed dose of humor to boring journal-ese. But is entertaining readers worth the risk of misleading them?Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:46:24 +0000The Coldest, Driest, Most Remote Place on Earth Is the Best Place to Build a Radio Telescope remote Antarctic field station is an ice-covered arid desert, perfect for peering deep into spaceMon, 19 Dec 2016 19:20:13 +0000When the Standardization of Time Arrived in America used to be that each town kept its own time, and chaos reignedMon, 19 Dec 2016 17:45:05 +0000Wandering Through Georgia, the Eden of the Caucasus is beauty and drama at every turn in the country's rugged landscapes, at its feast-laden tables, in its complex historyMon, 19 Dec 2016 16:48:34 +0000For Generations of Chicagoans, Marshall Field’s Meant Business, and Christmas midwestern mainstay transformed commerce into a communal holiday spectacleMon, 19 Dec 2016 16:24:26 +0000An Angry Hippo Charges a Trespassing Lion lion ventures into an area of the river that's part of a hippo bull's territory. The enraged hippo wastes no time in asserting his dominanceMon, 19 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Wondering What a Bonfire Does to Your Lungs? We Answer Your Burning Questions large piles of stuff aflame can have significant environmental and human health impactsFri, 16 Dec 2016 18:23:46 +0000The Genocide the U.S. Can't Remember, But Bangladesh Can't Forget were killed in what was then known as East Pakistan, but Cold War geopolitics left defenseless Muslims vulnerableFri, 16 Dec 2016 17:34:43 +0000How the Cell Phone Is Forever Changing Human Communication ongoing study by Smithsonian anthropologists investigates the dramatic shifts wrought by the smart phoneFri, 16 Dec 2016 17:11:51 +0000Top Eight Ocean Stories That Made Waves in 2016 wasn't all bad: Stubborn environmental problems were livened up thanks to new solutions, “gee whiz” discoveries and mysterious orbsFri, 16 Dec 2016 15:51:27 +0000This Language-Teaching Device Constantly Whispers Lessons In Your Ear conceptual gadget called Mersiv immerses language-learners in their tongue of choiceFri, 16 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Only Live News Report from the Attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, an NBC radio affiliate in Honolulu made an urgent phone call to New York. In it, he begins to describe the attack on Pearl HarborFri, 16 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Take to the Skies in One of These Restored Vintage WWII Airplanes your wings and experience a slice of aviation history from the cockpit of a historic aircraftThu, 15 Dec 2016 19:58:23 +0000After Nearly 500 Years in Business, the Company that Cast the Liberty Bell Is Ceasing All Operations’s Whitechapel Bell Foundry will fall silent soon, but will forever be tied to an icon of American historyThu, 15 Dec 2016 18:14:39 +0000Meet the Colorful New Weapon Scientists Are Using to Save Toads From a Devastating Fungus are supplementing the amphibians’ natural microbiomes with a fluorescent fungus-fighter they've dubbed "Purple Rain"Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:25:44 +0000The WWII Massacres at Drobitsky Yar Were the Result of Years of Scapegoating Jews obscured the truth in Ukraine for decades, but 75 years later the details of the genocide have emergedThu, 15 Dec 2016 14:45:00 +0000The Hidden Connections Between Darwin and the Physicist Who Championed Entropy magnificently bearded men both introduced a dose of randomness and irreversibility into the universeThu, 15 Dec 2016 14:02:02 +0000Rise of the (Cow Milking) Robots largest robotic dairy farm in the United States will be up and running in Michigan next yearThu, 15 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000How the British Cleverly Diverted Nazi Missiles Double Cross was the British response to the threat of Nazi V2 rockets. It involved relaying bogus information about British targetsThu, 15 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Seven Places Reinventing the Christmas Tree rocket gardens to tumbleweeds, here are some of the most imaginative holiday trees in the United StatesWed, 14 Dec 2016 21:15:57 +0000John Glenn and the Sexism of the Early Space Program mail sent to the astronaut reveals the rigidity of gender roles in the 1960sWed, 14 Dec 2016 17:50:11 +0000 For Viruses, the Best Way to Infect Baby Is Through Mama viruses might take it easier on women—to get to their childrenWed, 14 Dec 2016 17:11:07 +0000In "The Glass Universe," Dava Sobel Brings the Women 'Computers' of Harvard Observatory to Light are at the center of a new book that delights not in isolated genius, but in collaboration and cooperationWed, 14 Dec 2016 16:01:27 +0000How Chemicals Left Behind on Your Phone Could Identify You spectrometry is finding a new role in forensic scienceWed, 14 Dec 2016 15:04:09 +0000In the Aftermath of Oakland’s Tragedy, How Museums Can Better Serve Local Arts and DIY Venues Smithsonian curator weighs in on new best practices for outreach Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Intergalactic Battle of Ancient Rome of years before audiences fell in love with Star Wars, one writer dreamt of battles in spaceWed, 14 Dec 2016 13:30:00 +0000How a Ship's Crew Eats in the Middle of Combat for the HDMS Peter Willemoes are tightly orchestrated affairs. The crew is divided into three teams, and each team has six minutes to eatWed, 14 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000The 10 Best Travel Books to Give This Season your giftee’s wanderlust with these travel-themed booksTue, 13 Dec 2016 20:45:53 +0000How Journalists Covered the Rise of Mussolini and Hitler on the rise of fascism in Europe was not the American media's finest hourTue, 13 Dec 2016 20:32:22 +0000What's Really Keeping Monkeys From Speaking Their Minds? Their Minds it comes to language, primates have all the right vocal equipment. They just lack the brainsTue, 13 Dec 2016 19:11:28 +0000The Oldest Structure on the National Mall Is on the Move don't worry, it's only going about 30 feet awayTue, 13 Dec 2016 18:25:28 +0000Trying Not to Get Sick? Science Says You're Probably Doing It Wrong and flu viruses transfer in very different ways than we thinkTue, 13 Dec 2016 15:37:11 +0000This Digital Prosthesis Could Help Amputees Control Computers are developing a new device that tracks gestures in an amputated limb and translates them to computer commands, like scroll and clickTue, 13 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Painter Who Earned His Stripes Davis, the leading member of the Washington Color School, is celebrated a half century after his striped paintings caught onTue, 13 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Nazi Engineer Who Created the First Ballistic Missile Von Braun became interested in space flight from an early age. This lead him to develop of one of the Nazi's most devastating weaponsTue, 13 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000For a Larger-Than-Life Space Icon, John Glenn Was Remarkably Down-to-Earth and colleagues recall his abiding love for Smithsonian’s work, the history of spaceflight and peanut butter buckeyesMon, 12 Dec 2016 17:17:59 +0000This Device Could Revolutionize How Malaria Is Detected Around the World Magneto-Optical Detector (MOD) combines magnets and laser light to determine, in less than a minute, if a drop of blood contains malaria parasitesMon, 12 Dec 2016 16:36:38 +0000The First Moments of Hitler's Final Solution Hitler solidified his plan to exterminate Jews – and why it matters 75 years laterMon, 12 Dec 2016 16:08:43 +0000This Devoted Mother Is Also a Cockroach giant burrowing cockroaches look after their young for up to six months. In an eight-year lifespan, they can produce around 150 youngMon, 12 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000What Does It Take to Win a Nobel Prize? Four Winners, in Their Own Words answers: Messiness, ignorance and puzzlesFri, 09 Dec 2016 20:59:10 +0000Saving Face: How One Pioneering Surgeon Is Pushing the Limits of Facial Transplants reconstructed faces have tongues that taste and eyelids that blink. But will they withstand the test of time?Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:49:26 +0000Humans Have Bogged Down the Earth with 30 Trillion Metric Tons of Stuff, Study Finds authors say this is more proof that we are living in an Age of Humans—but not all scientists agreeFri, 09 Dec 2016 15:06:25 +0000Slideshow: American Icon John Glenn in Photoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com remarkable life of an astronaut-turned-senator, in his own words and picturesFri, 09 Dec 2016 15:00:30 +0000“Call Me Ishmael” Is the Only Melville Tradition in This Innovative Presentation of “Moby Dick”, kinesthetic, cinematic, aural and psychological, Arena Stage’s new show about the 19th-century novel is a 21st-century experienceFri, 09 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Hippo Climbs Down a Steep Cliff...With Difficulty 15-foot male hippo carefully negotiates his enormous body down a sheer cliff. It's the shortest and most direct route to the waterFri, 09 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Read the Letter Written by John Glenn to Honor Jeff Bezos for Blue Origin weeks before he died, the legendary astronaut wrote a letter in recognition of the 2016 American Ingenuity AwardsFri, 09 Dec 2016 03:07:48 +0000A Smithsonian Curator Remembers Astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn American hero died at the age of 95Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:39:12 +0000How Trump Tower Takes the Skyscraper Debate to New Heights future of urban development takes on a new twist when the president lives among the cloudsThu, 08 Dec 2016 20:17:28 +0000Will the Next Big Cancer Drug Come From the Ocean? California startup “bioprospects” for sponges, algae and other organisms whose chemistry may be useful to the world of medicineThu, 08 Dec 2016 17:28:28 +0000The Natural History Museum's National Fossil Hall Is Getting a Full Facelift director Kirk Johnson gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the new dinosaur hall, home to the T-RexThu, 08 Dec 2016 17:15:52 +0000The Sole American Killed in the 1814 Burning of D.C. Was Related to George Washington Lewis was the grandnephew of the first President of the United StatesThu, 08 Dec 2016 14:15:00 +0000Half of All North American Shorebirds Use This Rest Stop is the nation's largest inland marsh, an area of over 60 square miles. It's also the favored resting spot of many species of migrating birdsThu, 08 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000New York City's Holiday Vintage Subway Trains Are Back back in time, undergroundWed, 07 Dec 2016 23:22:54 +0000Thanks to Fossil Fuels, Carbon Dating Is in Jeopardy. One Scientist May Have an Easy Fix only there were such an easy fix for climate change Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:30:00 +0000Evoking a Ship's Rippling Sail, This New Sculpture Aims to Make Global Connections African Art Museum at its first award ceremony recognizes two international artists who have overcome personal hardships to excel Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:58:46 +0000High-Resolution Satellite Images Capture Stunning View of Earth's Changing Waters unprecedented mapping project shows the elusive patterns of Earth's surface water over 30 yearsWed, 07 Dec 2016 19:55:13 +0000How Cheetahs “Spot” Each Other meetups: In a novel study, researchers show that roaming cheetahs likely use their noses to seek each other out after weeks apart Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:00:00 +0000From the Telegram to Twitter, How Presidents Make Contact With Foreign Leaders faster communication cause more problems than it solves?Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:00:08 +0000The Best Books About Innovation of 2016 you have a lover of big ideas on your holiday shopping list, consider these thought-provoking titles published this yearWed, 07 Dec 2016 16:39:49 +0000Spectacular Footage of a Butterfly Leaving Its Cocoon transition from caterpillar to butterfly is a process that consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adultWed, 07 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000At Pearl Harbor, This Aircraft Risked It All to Find the Japanese Fleet Sikorsky JRS-1 flew right through the middle of it on December 7, 1941Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:51:55 +0000Finding Lessons for Today’s Protests in the History of Political Activism whirlwind of action, both organized and organic, supported by legal defense teams brought historic changeTue, 06 Dec 2016 20:36:20 +0000What Skateboarding Tells Us About Innovation Mullen, the godfather of skateboarding, says the sport is all about overcoming disbelief and seeking new connectionsTue, 06 Dec 2016 20:29:11 +0000The Town That Polar Bears Built to know the four-legged residents of Churchill, CanadaTue, 06 Dec 2016 19:22:05 +0000A New Oral History Project Seeks the Stories of World War II Before It’s Too Late member of the greatest generation has a tale to tell, no matter what they did during the warTue, 06 Dec 2016 18:39:22 +0000Go Big or Go Generic: How Sexual Selection Is Like Advertising it comes to attracting mates, it pays to either go all out—or not try at allTue, 06 Dec 2016 15:16:58 +0000Step Inside a Virtual Building of the Future are embracing virtual reality and the complex designs they can create thereTue, 06 Dec 2016 14:40:57 +0000The Remedy for the Spread of Fake News? History Teachers literacy, and the healthy skepticism that comes with it, provides the framework for being able to discern truth from fictionTue, 06 Dec 2016 13:45:21 +0000Keep an Eye on These Portraits Because They Move visual artist Bill Viola is subject of the first all-video exhibition in one of D.C.'s oldest buildings. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:07:28 +0000Do We Finally Know How the Holy Grail Disappeared? did an onyx cup thought to be the Holy Grail disappear from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 909 AD?Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Drilling Deep: How Ancient Chinese Surgeons Opened Skulls and Minds new review finds evidence that the Chinese performed trepanation more than 3,500 years agoMon, 05 Dec 2016 20:56:53 +0000Increase and Diffuse Knowledge for the Holidays With These Smithsonian Curated Books recommended by Smithsonian Institution scholarsMon, 05 Dec 2016 20:08:37 +0000A California Startup Is Using Ashes to Protect Forests Place Forests is accepting reservations from those who wish to have their remains scattered in a redwood forest in northern CaliforniaMon, 05 Dec 2016 18:06:20 +0000This Lady Scientist Defined the Greenhouse Effect But Didn’t Get the Credit, Because Sexism Foote’s career highlights the subtle forms of discrimination that have kept women on the sidelines of science Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:13:20 +0000The Children of Pearl Harbor personnel weren't the only people attacked on December 7, 1941Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:42:04 +0000How to Experience a Mission to Mars (If You Still Want to Come Back) Camp for adults? It's definitely a thingMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:31:16 +0000How a Ship-Sinking Clam Conquered the Ocean The wood-boring shipworm has bedeviled humans for centuries. What's its secret?Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:19:32 +0000Chief Justice, Not President, Was William Howard Taft’s Dream Job 27th president arguably left a more lasting mark on the nation as leader of the Supreme CourtMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:34:27 +0000Dorothy's Ruby Slippers Were Originally Silver red is how we remember them, but Dorothy's famous shoes had another look at the startMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Does the Linguistic Theory at the Center of the Film ‘Arrival’ Have Any Merit? asked a Smithsonian linguist and an anthropologist to debate the matterFri, 02 Dec 2016 21:32:58 +0000Don’t Miss These 11 New Museum Exhibitions This Winter'll find everything from beloved childhood characters to animatronic dinosaurs on display this seasonFri, 02 Dec 2016 19:53:10 +0000Decades-Old Chemicals May Be Threatening Polar Bear Fertility, As If They Didn’t Have Enough to Worry About new study sheds light on how today's pollutants could become tomorrow's threats to wildlife and humansFri, 02 Dec 2016 17:42:44 +0000The Best Books About Science of 2016 a journey to the edge of human knowledge and beyond with one of these mind-boggling page-turners Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:42:57 +0000The Best "Art Meets Science" Books of 2016 sumptuous books from the past year that meet at the intersection of science and art Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:40:09 +0000How the Story of "Moana" and Maui Holds Up Against Cultural Truths Smithsonian scholar and student of Pacific Island sea voyaging both loves and hates the new Disney filmFri, 02 Dec 2016 13:42:12 +0000What Really Killed Off the Woolly Mammoth? caused woolly mammoths to die-off so quickly? New evidence suggests an unfavorable climate may have drove them to extinctionFri, 02 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Best Books About Food of 2016 for the perfect gift for the food lover in your life? Any of these suggestions will hit the spotThu, 01 Dec 2016 17:07:03 +0000The Earliest Baleen Whales Literally Sucked offense to toothy whale ancestorsThu, 01 Dec 2016 15:09:45 +0000NASA's Unusual Giant Air Cargo Transport Plane Super Guppy is a one-of-a-kind mega transport plane that's been involved in moving aerospace hardware crucial to nearly ever major NASA endeavorThu, 01 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why This Robotic Medical Device Belongs in a Museum Bargar and Howard "Hap" Paul revolutionized joint replacement surgery by developing a robot to do the jobWed, 30 Nov 2016 21:11:51 +0000Five Colossal Stone Portraits Around the World out of rock, these massive monuments go beyond Mount RushmoreWed, 30 Nov 2016 19:35:58 +0000How Countless Hours of Live Jazz Were Saved from Obscurity Savory Collection breathes fresh life into jazz Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Rare Insider's View of Native American Life in Mid-20th-Century Oklahoma Poolaw's photography is unearthed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Dogs May Possess a Type of Memory Once Considered 'Uniquely Human' research suggests that man’s best friend remembers more than we thoughtTue, 29 Nov 2016 13:02:45 +0000Proposed New Marine Reserve System Offers Rosy Outlook for Both the Lobster and the Lobster Fisherman the help of a supercomputer, Smithsonian scientists figure out how to help the lobster fishery off the coast of HondurasMon, 28 Nov 2016 19:47:41 +0000What You Need to Know First to Understand the Russian Revolution this first in a series of columns chronicling what led to that 1917 cataclysmMon, 28 Nov 2016 18:56:14 +0000The Typos on This Dead Sea Scroll Don't Mean It's Fake the Dead Sea copper scroll was unveiled, doubts were quickly raised about its authenticity. For one thing, it was riddled with spelling errorsMon, 28 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Isolated Australian Region Is Home to Over 100 Wineries Australian wine region with epic surfing beaches, a welcoming vibe and standout Cabernets and ChardonnaysFri, 25 Nov 2016 19:16:48 +0000A New Technique Brings Color to Electron Microscope Images of Cells at the University of California, San Diego, have found a way to attach artificial color to biological structuresFri, 25 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Why Queen Elizabeth II's Marriage Was Met With Suspicion marriage of Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Philip is now widely regarded as a symbol of enduring unionFri, 25 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Watch This Mother Tick Lay 1,500 Eggs birthing process for a female tick is very involved. Once she's matured, she can take up to 20 days to lay her eggsThu, 24 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000How Accurate Is the Movie “Allied”? best spies won’t leave behind an evidence trail, but then how will audiences know what’s true and what’s fiction?Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:33:49 +0000Sailing Sweden's Icy Seas in Search of One of the World's Best Oysters Nordic oyster safari serves up fresh bivalves that are hard to find outside of SwedenWed, 23 Nov 2016 16:52:10 +0000Could Wood Scraps Fuel Planes? Airlines powered a cross-country commercial flight using a new biofuel derived from wood wasteWed, 23 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Polar Bear Mom Protects Her Cubs From a Hungry Male they embark on their long summer migration, a polar bear mother and her cubs need frequent breaks, putting the cubs at riskWed, 23 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why Porsche Is Revisiting the Hybrid Car It Also Invented Porsche isn't naturally associate with hybrid cars, it actually invented them in 1900Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:59:38 +0000Sonny Assu Uses Graffiti to Reassert Native Culture 41-year-old artist mashes decades-old depictions of indigenous peoples with modern-day styleTue, 22 Nov 2016 20:08:35 +0000Where Did Harriet Tubman Escape to and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredTue, 22 Nov 2016 19:53:50 +0000You Could Soon Roam With Dinosaurs at a Realistic (Animatronic) Jurassic Park the awe of dinosaurs in this planned outdoor exhibitionTue, 22 Nov 2016 19:05:24 +0000The First Patented Animal Is Still Leading the Way on Cancer Research was a genetically engineered animal designed to help scientists learn more about tumorsTue, 22 Nov 2016 18:57:59 +0000A Photographic Chronicle of America's Working Poor<i>Smithsonian</i> journeyed from Maine to California to update a landmark study of American lifeTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:30:01 +0000How (Almost) Everyone Failed to Prepare for Pearl Harbor high-stakes gamble and false assumptions that detonated Pearl Harbor 75 years agoTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:10:00 +0000Getting to the Bottom of How Apes Think apes show an ability to discern what others are thinking that we once only attributed to humansTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:01:54 +0000How Conservationists Use GPS to Track the Wildest Horses in the World horses' wildness makes them unique. It also makes them uniquely difficult for researchers to monitor and trackTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:01:02 +0000The Christmas Tale Spoken Record That Launched the Audiobook by Dylan Thomas, the album would go on to sell 400,000 copiesTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Surprising New Theory of How Dinosaurs Got So Huge species with adorned skulls increased in body size faster than those withoutTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000Untangling the History of Christmas Lights bright idea was ahead of its timeTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000American Culture’s Unlikely Debt to a British Scientist fortuitous influx of cash launched the Smithsonian Institution and its earliest art collectionTue, 22 Nov 2016 16:28:24 +0000The Remarkable Comeback of Przewalski's Horse nearly extinct, the population of these wild horses has rebounded on the dusty steppes of MongoliaTue, 22 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Mystery Solved: A Michigan Woman Says She Mailed Civil War Letters to the Post Office curator Nancy Pope learns how and why these letters showed up in the mail 153 years laterTue, 22 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000How Artificial Muscles Could Transform the Lives of Some Military Veterans pig muscle, scientists are developing an organic material that may help heal volumetric muscle lossTue, 22 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000A Smithsonian Scholar Revisits the Neglected History of the Chesapeake Bay's Native Tribes Indian Nations of the ChesapeakeMon, 21 Nov 2016 21:41:45 +0000The Plymouth Hero You Should Really Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving Edward Winslow, we probably wouldn’t even be celebrating the holidayMon, 21 Nov 2016 17:58:47 +0000Could This Cooler Help Combat Global Hunger? Evaptainer keeps perishable food fresh for up to two weeks–no electricity requiredMon, 21 Nov 2016 15:43:04 +0000New Book Clarifies Butter’s Spread and Chronicles Its Wars With Margarine story of milk agitated into greatness Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:36:32 +0000Why Should Humans Care if We're Entering the Sixth Mass Extinction? this episode of Generation Anthropocene, learn what a new era of extinction means for diverse species—including our ownMon, 21 Nov 2016 13:30:00 +0000Stunning Slo-Mo Footage of Hummingbirds Hovering in Air hovering technique of a hummingbird is one of the most mesmerizing sights to witnessMon, 21 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000How the Heart Hardens, Biologically age and injury, the soft tissues of the heart can turn to bone. Can this deadly process be reversed?Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:21:20 +0000The Foxfire Diamond Bedazzles as Smithsonian's Newest Rock Star largest gem-quality diamond ever found in North America glows bright blue in the darkFri, 18 Nov 2016 19:02:46 +0000This Photo Book Is a Reminder That the Civil Rights Movement Extended Far Beyond the Deep South historian Mark Speltz's new book is full of images that aren't typically part of the 1960s narrativeFri, 18 Nov 2016 16:08:40 +0000This Whale Sculpture Was Modeled After a Beached Orca artist Ken Hall built <em>Legacy</em> based on 3D scans of the skeleton of Hope, an orca that died on the coast of Washington in 2002Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Expensive Material Behind the Huayra's Incredible Speed much of the Pagani Huayra's speed comes down to innovative design, one material used in its Formula 1-inspired monocoque is crucialFri, 18 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000