Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenFri, 21 Apr 2017 18:08:37 +0000The Remarkable Return of Sea Otters to Glacier Bay do apex predators recover from human oppression. These otters are an exceptionFri, 21 Apr 2017 18:08:37 +0000Is #Hashtagging Your Environment on Instagram Enough to Save It? data might help pinpoint key ecosystems—or make conservation a popularity contestFri, 21 Apr 2017 13:30:00 +0000How Filmmakers Distill Science for the Big Screen new film <i>Amazon Adventure</i> turns decades of research into 45 minutes of visual majestyFri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Jazz, Flappers, European Émigrés, Booze and Cigarettes Transformed Design new Cooper-Hewitt exhibition explores the Jazz Age as a catalyst in popular styleFri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Reliving the Ebony Fashion Fair Off the Runway, One Couture Dress at a Time exhibition on the traveling fashion show memorializes the cultural phenomenon that shook up an industryFri, 21 Apr 2017 12:20:37 +0000The Ocean Is Running Out of Fish. Here's the Alarming Math on reporting, the ocean has long appeared to offer an infinite bounty of fish. But research paints a grim picture, with annual catch on a declineFri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Where to See Five of the Planet's Most Mysterious Geoglyphs California to Kazakhstan, these aerial-view anomalies offer a glimpse into the pastThu, 20 Apr 2017 19:57:28 +0000Australia's Salt Ponds Look Like Beautiful, Abstract Art From Above Taking to the sky to show how industry shapes the earthThu, 20 Apr 2017 18:11:45 +0000A New Sensor That Looks and Acts Like Fruit Could Reduce In-Transit Produce Waste scientists have developed a temperature sensor that provides important data while packed with fruit in transport and storageThu, 20 Apr 2017 18:03:19 +0000How New York City Is Rediscovering Its Maritime Spirit city's waterfront fell into dangerous decline, but now its on the rebound with a new wave of money and creativityThu, 20 Apr 2017 17:38:23 +0000Europe's Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets tools divulge new information about the mysterious and violent fates met by these corpsesThu, 20 Apr 2017 16:53:42 +0000What's the Difference Between Horns and Antlers and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 20 Apr 2017 16:33:19 +0000Why Is France in Its Fifth Republic? explainer on the many evolutions of the country's governmentThu, 20 Apr 2017 15:19:14 +0000Augmented Reality Could Change Health Care—Or Be a Faddish Dud and engineers at the University of Maryland team up to build a tool that projects images and vital information right above a patientThu, 20 Apr 2017 14:10:18 +0000The Naturalist Who Inspired Ernest Hemingway and Many Others to Love the Wilderness W.H. Hudson wrote one of the 20th century’s greatest memoirs after a fever rekindled visions of his childhood.Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:02:42 +0000Spend the Night Howling with Wolves in Québec's Parc Mahikan up close to these elusive mammals at this wildlife observation center along the Ouasiemsca RiverThu, 20 Apr 2017 12:20:00 +0000Exploring the Ancient Region Where Jesus Rose to Prominence Sea of Galilee contains the lowest freshwater lake in the world, and it's the area where a young Jesus of Nazareth first gained popularityThu, 20 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Exoplanet Discovery Arrives in Time for New Telescope Technology call LHS 1140b one of the "best targets" for hunting liquid water with NASA's James Webb Space TelescopeWed, 19 Apr 2017 17:52:48 +0000A ‘Breaking Bad’ Writer and Producer Is Behind a New Anne of Green Gables might not recognize this Anne—and that’s exactly what showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett intendedWed, 19 Apr 2017 17:49:20 +0000You Can Now 3D Print Glass researchers have developed a technique for 3D printing strong, transparent glass products, such as jewelry, lenses and computer partsWed, 19 Apr 2017 17:15:51 +0000George Washington Had Nothing Good to Say About Nepotism first president was exceedingly wary of any semblance of improprietyWed, 19 Apr 2017 17:00:01 +0000The Unsavory History of Sugar, the Insatiable American Craving the nation got hooked on sweetsWed, 19 Apr 2017 16:24:21 +0000This Jigsaw Puzzle Was Given to Ellis Island Immigrants to Test Their Intelligence confusing set of blocks could seal their fateWed, 19 Apr 2017 16:03:46 +0000Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo Did Indeed Eat People, Teeth Reveal clues confirm some rumors about the ravenous cats of Tsavo, while also raising new questionsWed, 19 Apr 2017 15:39:36 +0000The Trial of the Century That Wasn't case against Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, would have been a legal showdown of the agesWed, 19 Apr 2017 15:12:19 +0000How to Resurrect a Lost Language together the language of the Miami tribe, linguists Daryl Baldwin and David Costa are creating a new generation of speakersWed, 19 Apr 2017 14:48:59 +0000A Paean to PBS’ “Mercy Street”: The One Show That Got the Civil War Right short-lived show offered the best screen portrayal of the war the country has ever seenWed, 19 Apr 2017 14:14:24 +0000Medieval Medical Books Could Hold the Recipe for New Antibiotics team of medievalists and scientists look back to history—including a 1,000-year-old eyesalve recipe—for cluesWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Ceramicist Who Punched His Pots by avant-garde poets, writers and Pablo Picasso, Peter Voulkos experimented with the increasingly unconventionalWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Photos Offer a Glimpse Into the Racial Politics of the 1950s South he became a sports photographer, John G. Zimmerman captured a past that feels all too presentWed, 19 Apr 2017 12:00:45 +0000How to Understand the Three Wise Men, Frankincense & Myrrh story of the nativity is actually a blend of both the gospels of Luke and Matthew. They reveal the significance of the gifts carried by the three kingsWed, 19 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Would the Legendary Babe Ruth Still Be a Star if He Played Today? Award-winning sportswriter Jane Leavy says the Bambino would be as big a personality as he was in his own timeTue, 18 Apr 2017 19:03:29 +0000Learn the Secret History of Your State With These Addictive Podcasts this indispensable guide to find out which podcast will be next on your listen listTue, 18 Apr 2017 17:47:15 +0000Why Mount Fuji Endures As a Powerful Force in Japan even crowds and the threat of an eruption can dampen the eternally mysterious volcanoTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000How the Mustang, the Symbol of the Frontier, Became a Nuisance mainstay of Western culture, the free-roaming stallions are now a force to be reckoned withTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000Why I Take Fake Pills Surprising new research shows that placebos still work even when you know they’re not realTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000Can a Camera, a QR Code and Some Bubbles Test For E. Coli In Our Food? researchers are pursuing a newer, faster test for foodborne pathogensTue, 18 Apr 2017 14:45:01 +0000Tree Nut Allergies May Be Massively Overdiagnosed don’t go for the jar of almond butter just yetTue, 18 Apr 2017 14:20:54 +0000This Luxury Hotel in London Was Once a Secret Spy Base Ermin’s Hotel has sat at the middle of British secret intelligence since the 1930sTue, 18 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Secret Massacre of Millions of Seahorses of seahorses meet their doom each year as by-catch in a fisherman’s net. Less-charming fish may share the same fateTue, 18 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Glowing Soil Can Help Find Land Mines genetically engineered bacteria and lasers, Israeli scientists have devised a unique way to detect buried explosivesTue, 18 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Sneak Peek: The Lost Tapes: LA Riots April 29, 1992, Los Angeles erupted into chaos after four white LAPD officers were acquitted for beating African-American motorist Rodney KingTue, 18 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Mysterious Albanian Island Is Reopening to Tourists This Summer former military base during the Cold War, this island is covered with abandoned bunkers and tunnelsTue, 18 Apr 2017 10:00:00 +0000Meet Stinky ‘Bucky,’ the Bulbophyllum Orchid that Shutdown a Smithsonian Greenhouse expert Tom Mirenda says history records the stench of this plant as reminiscent of a thousand dead elephants rotting in the sunMon, 17 Apr 2017 20:27:24 +0000New Electronic Labels Could Alert You When Your Milk Spoils 2D printed electronics made of the nanomaterial graphene could be used in newspapers, self-updating price tags and moreMon, 17 Apr 2017 15:26:59 +0000The Debate Over Executive Orders Began With Teddy Roosevelt's Mad Passion for Conservation used nearly 10 times as many executive orders as his predecessor. The repercussions are still felt todayMon, 17 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +0000The First Step to Shipping a Chopper? Remove the Blades a high-tech helicopter like the Sikorsky S-92 needs to be transported on a cargo plane, it's crucial that every rotor blade is dismantledMon, 17 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Reports on the Death of the Circus Have Been Greatly Exaggerated the arts, business, history and culture of the circus, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival brings 400 performers to the National Mall this summerFri, 14 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The U.S. Is Too Ornery for Totalitarianism, According to Margaret Atwood author of <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i> discusses the continued impact of the bleak 1985 novel, now being adapted into a series on HuluFri, 14 Apr 2017 12:27:04 +0000Threading an Oil Pipe 3,000 Feet Beneath the Ocean Floor brief is simple: Plunge a 22-inch-diameter casing pipe through a wider 36-inch conductor pipe 3,000 feet underneath the bottom of the oceanFri, 14 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Seduced By a Rare Parrot can conservationists learn from New Zealand’s official “spokesbird,” a YouTube celebrity who tries to mate with people’s heads?Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:58:24 +0000In a Czar-less Russia, Winning Was Easy. Governing Was Harder. without a sovereign, Russia’s provisional government sought to maintain peace at home while waging a world warThu, 13 Apr 2017 16:28:02 +0000Scientists Can Tell What Fish Live Where Based On DNA in the Water new study of the Hudson River estuary tracked spring migration of ocean fish by collecting water samplesThu, 13 Apr 2017 15:31:46 +0000Gut Check: Mandrills Sniff Poop to Avoid Peers With Parasites have documented one of the first instances of social avoidance in a non-human animalThu, 13 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000These 20th-Century Technologists Sure Knew How to Throw a Party mark the centennial of the American Patent System in 1936, a group of innovators gathered to throw a deliciously creative celebrationThu, 13 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Alaskan Fishing Boat Does Not Answer to Storms the Northern Leader first set sail three years ago, it's never postponed a fishing trip due to bad weatherThu, 13 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Is the Wedding Dress Capital of the World Suzhou, China, step inside one of the world's largest silk factories and see where wedding dresses come fromWed, 12 Apr 2017 19:57:10 +0000What’s the Environmental Footprint of a T-Shirt? life cycle analyses are teaching us more about the environmental costs of the things we wearWed, 12 Apr 2017 18:32:54 +0000The Swashbuckling History of Women Pirates women roamed the high seas in search of fortune, freedom, and sometimes revengeWed, 12 Apr 2017 17:29:33 +0000Before There Were Dinosaurs, There Was This Weird Crocodile-Looking Thing new analysis of an ancient enigma offers clues as to how dino evolution unfoldedWed, 12 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000How Ants Became the World’s Best Fungus Farmers climate change may have spurred a revolution in ant agriculture, Smithsonian researchers findWed, 12 Apr 2017 16:06:16 +0000The Women Who Fried Donuts and Dodged Bombs on the Front Lines of WWI if they had to use shell casings as rolling pins, the donuts still got madeWed, 12 Apr 2017 14:43:06 +0000Why Are We So Obsessed With Dead Bodies?<i>Body Worlds</i> taps into a long, fraught history of humans displaying the deceased for "science"Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:29:36 +0000A Smithsonian Historian Wanders the “Bardo,” Exploring the Spiritual World of the 19th Century Saunders’ new novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo” recalls the melancholy that hung over a nation at war Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 Laid Bare the Divide Between the North and the South 1927 disaster exposed a country divided by stereotypes and united by modernityTue, 11 Apr 2017 18:38:30 +0000Melding Mind and Machine: How Close Are We? separate what's science from what's currently still fiction when it comes to brain-computer interfacingTue, 11 Apr 2017 15:25:15 +0000How Director James Gray Discovered the Insanity Behind the Search for “The Lost City of Z” story of Victorian-age madness and exploration in the South American jungle is coming to a theater near youTue, 11 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Environmental Price of Dams some conservationists are demolishing dams in the name of rivers and fish Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:20:20 +0000Is This New Material a Game Changer for Thermoelectricity? at the University of Utah have developed an inexpensive, non-toxic material that converts heat to electricityMon, 10 Apr 2017 15:12:41 +0000Why Teddy Roosevelt Tried to Bully His Way Onto the WWI Battlefield ran high when President Wilson quashed the return of the former president’s Rough RidersMon, 10 Apr 2017 14:28:39 +0000Why Is the Pentagon a Pentagon? battled to ensure the building kept its unique shapeMon, 10 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000From Jellyfish to Crocodiles: Where to See Unusual Migrations and wildebeests aren't the only species you can find migrating en masseFri, 07 Apr 2017 20:56:59 +0000The Mystery of Roanoke Endures Yet Another Cruel Twist artifact found 20 years ago turns out to not be what archaeologists thoughtFri, 07 Apr 2017 19:01:28 +0000Monkeys May Recognize False Beliefs—Knocking Over Yet Another Pillar of Human Cognition may be aware of the minds of others—yet another remarkable finding about the cognitive abilities of non-human animalsFri, 07 Apr 2017 18:58:27 +0000An Artificial Lung That Fits In a Backpack at the University of Pittsburgh are developing a device that works like the sophisticated organFri, 07 Apr 2017 18:16:38 +0000This Feminist Psychologist-Turned-Rock-Star Led a Full Life of Resistance Weisstein fought against the idea of women as objects in both the fields of psychology and rock 'n rollFri, 07 Apr 2017 15:29:38 +0000This App Puts a Science Lab in Your Pocket turns smartphones and tablets into scientific toolsFri, 07 Apr 2017 13:27:27 +0000Two Litters of Adorable Cheetah Cubs Born in One Week's cheetah conservation program welcomes the springtime births after careful planning Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000World War I Letters From Generals to Doughboys Voice the Sorrow of Fighting a War exhibition at the National Postal Museum displays a rare letter from General John Pershing Thu, 06 Apr 2017 20:25:33 +0000This Rare Display of a Japanese Triptych is Only Usurped by the Great Mysteries Surrounding It’t miss this singular showing of Kitagawa Utamaro's three works reunited at the Sackler GalleryThu, 06 Apr 2017 19:55:25 +0000The Man Who Brought the Swastika to Germany, and How the Nazis Stole It after decades, the symbol can’t shake free from its evil associationsThu, 06 Apr 2017 17:04:48 +0000Poaching Isn't the Cheetah's Only Problem isolate the rare cats with roads and fences—which can be as devastating as hunting them outrightThu, 06 Apr 2017 14:02:48 +0000These Powerful Posters Persuaded Americans It Was Time to Join the Fight Smithsonian offers a rare opportunity to see an original iconic Uncle Sam "I Want You" poster, among others, of the World War I era Wed, 05 Apr 2017 18:17:02 +0000Liberals and Conservatives Read Totally Different Books About Science good news: Everyone likes dinosaursWed, 05 Apr 2017 17:48:39 +0000Is Fungus the Material of the Future? in the Netherlands have found a way to make slippers and other household objects using fungiWed, 05 Apr 2017 13:35:47 +0000A Giant Floating Naval Hospital's Amazing Humanitarian Work times of peace, the USNS Comfort provides medical services for people in need, all over the worldWed, 05 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Science Behind Your Cheap Wine advances in bottling, fermenting and taste-testing are democratizing a once-opaque liquidTue, 04 Apr 2017 15:48:57 +0000Stanford Researchers Map the Feelings Associated With Different Parts of London university's Literary Lab combed British novels from the 18th and 19th centuries to determine if areas elicited happiness or fearTue, 04 Apr 2017 15:09:00 +0000Why It Matters Whether Students Learn About World War I in American History or World History Class of the most important lessons of the Great War get lost between the two approachesTue, 04 Apr 2017 15:00:33 +0000How World War I Influenced the Evolution of Modern Medicine technology and roles during World War I are highlighted in a new display at the National Museum of American History Tue, 04 Apr 2017 13:29:55 +0000Women On the Frontlines of WWI Came to Operate Telephones “Hello Girls” risked their lives to run military communications—and were denied recognition when they returned homeTue, 04 Apr 2017 12:29:27 +0000How 1950s Las Vegas Sold Atomic Bomb Tests as Tourism 1950 and 1960, the population of Las Vegas grew by 161%--partly due to the burgeoning casino industryTue, 04 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Bittersweet Story of Vanilla, less than 1 percent of vanilla flavoring comes from the vanilla flower. Is that a good thing?Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:56:47 +0000How Woodrow Wilson’s War Speech to Congress Changed Him – and the Nation 70 days in 1917, President Wilson converted from peace advocate to war presidentMon, 03 Apr 2017 17:24:07 +0000This One-Year Alternative to College Promises to Land Students a Well-Paying Job, Debt-Free Braun is launching MissionU, a program that cuts to the chase and disrupts the higher education industryMon, 03 Apr 2017 16:54:04 +0000World War I Letters Show Theodore Roosevelt's Unbearable Grief After the Death of his Son rich trove of letters in the new book “My Fellow Soldiers” tells the stories of generals, doughboys, doctors and nurses, and those on the home frontMon, 03 Apr 2017 16:33:38 +0000How a KGB Spy Defected and Became a U.S. Citizen Barsky wanted to stay in the country, so he let the Soviets think he was deadMon, 03 Apr 2017 12:14:39 +0000Intense Footage of Fake Towns Used for 1950s Nuclear Tests test the impact of an atomic blast on populated areas, technicians built entire fake towns, with houses, shops, and even mannequin familiesMon, 03 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000In This Alaskan Town, Every Resident Lives in the Same Building in Whittier means one thing: a self-contained city in Begich TowersFri, 31 Mar 2017 19:51:18 +0000Take a Walk on the Bright Side at the First Smithsonian Earth Optimism Summit an antidote to doom and gloom, a conference on Earth Day weekend, takes a look all the good that is being done Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:11:11 +0000Why Small Animals Are Huge for Conservation The tiniest of creatures keep the fabric of our world together, but are often overlookedFri, 31 Mar 2017 16:27:38 +0000When the Nazis Tried to Bring Animals Back From Extinction ideology of genetic purity extended to aspirations about reviving a pristine landscape with ancient animals and forestsFri, 31 Mar 2017 15:04:58 +0000Fractal Patterns in Nature and Art Are Aesthetically Pleasing and Stress-Reducing researcher takes this finding into account when developing retinal implants that restore visionFri, 31 Mar 2017 14:55:31 +0000How Understanding Animals Can Help Us Make the Most of Artificial Intelligence former animal trainer explains how we might usefully think about the limitations of artificial intelligence systemsFri, 31 Mar 2017 14:35:20 +0000Feuding Iguanas and Giant Rodents Rule This Cuban Island the Jardines de la Reina, an archipelago in the southern part of Cuba, two species have managed to co-exist in not-quite-harmonyFri, 31 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Where Do the Largest Airplanes Go to Die? this 1,500-acre aircraft boneyard in the Sonoran DesertThu, 30 Mar 2017 19:20:24 +0000Let Us Now Praise the Invention of the Microscope scientists wielded this revolutionary tool to study the invisible world of microbes, and even their own semen Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:09:06 +0000The Myth of Professional Beggars Spawned Today's Enduring Stereotypes England and the United States, the fear of beggars gave rise to a number of justifications for why they shouldn't be helpedThu, 30 Mar 2017 17:16:52 +0000The Finnish Baby Box Is Becoming Popular Around the World does a cardboard bassinet actually reduce infant mortality?Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:50:42 +0000Unlike Dolphins, Sea Otters That Use Tools Are Not Closely Related in otters is a very old behavior Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:59:01 +0000A Microwave Helmet May Help Diagnose Traumatic Brain Injury find that a stroke-detection technology could be useful in screening for intracranial bleedingThu, 30 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Never Mind Her Stellar Jazz Career, Young Ella Fitzgerald Just Wanted to Dance preeminent vocalist is remembered throughout April on the centennial of her birthThu, 30 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Lionfish Are a Plague. Can Training Sharks to Eat Them Work?, which are native to the Indo-Pacific but were accidentally introduced to the Caribbean, are decimating native fish speciesThu, 30 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000What Really Made Primate Brains So Big? new study suggests that fruit, not social relationships, could be the main driver of larger brainsWed, 29 Mar 2017 20:21:27 +0000Where to Hike to (and Through) the World's Largest Organisms of the largest organisms will surprise youWed, 29 Mar 2017 20:07:41 +0000There Are Two Versions of the Story of How the U.S. Purchased Alaska From Russia tale of "Seward's Folly" must also be seen through the eyes of Alaska's native populationsWed, 29 Mar 2017 18:54:57 +0000This Device Collects Water From the Clouds does exactly as its name implies—drawing water down from the skyWed, 29 Mar 2017 17:07:11 +0000This Little-Known Math Genius Helped America Reach the Stars hidden figure during her lifetime, it’s time for Mary Golda Ross to be remembered as an aerospace pioneer Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:21:54 +0000The $15,000 Robotic Cleaning That Removes a Ship's Sludge remote-controlled robot that cleans the hull of a ship as big as Tonsberg costs $15,000 for its servicesWed, 29 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +000012 Cafés Every History Buff Needs to Visit best historic coffee shops around the world, from Paris to Buenos AiresWed, 29 Mar 2017 10:00:00 +0000MIT Mathematician Develops an Algorithm to Help Treat Diabetes key to managing the disease, which afflicts 29 million people in the U.S., might be in big dataTue, 28 Mar 2017 19:53:37 +0000This Mesmerizing World of Miniatures Will Soon Take Over 50,000-Square-Feet of Time Square magical new attraction spans an entire city blockTue, 28 Mar 2017 19:29:21 +0000See the World’s Largest Collection of Fluorescent Rocks get glowing in this mine's Rainbow TunnelTue, 28 Mar 2017 16:10:43 +0000When I Say "You" But Really Mean "Me" some cases, the use of the second-person pronoun could help us put distance between ourselves and negative emotionsTue, 28 Mar 2017 14:11:19 +0000Meet Eight Species That Are Bending the Rules of Reproduction up your mating life with relationship tips from rock lizards, sharks and water fleasTue, 28 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Complex Maneuvering of WWI's Biggest Naval Battle May 31, 1916, a small skirmish between British and German warships would pave the way for the biggest naval confrontation of WWITue, 28 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Will Artificial Intelligence Help the Aging? key, researchers say, is finding the right roles for machinesMon, 27 Mar 2017 18:48:54 +0000Fascinating: How Transparent Glass Frogs Mate, the female collects water from a leaf in order to hydrate the eggs inside her. then releases them for the male to fertilizeMon, 27 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000What Really Turned the Sahara Desert From a Green Oasis Into a Wasteland?,000 years ago, this iconic desert was unrecognizable. A new hypothesis suggests that humans may have tipped the balanceFri, 24 Mar 2017 16:19:52 +0000How the Bloodiest Mutiny in British Naval History Helped Create American Political Asylum over the revolt spurred the U.S. to deliver on a promise of the RevolutionFri, 24 Mar 2017 15:04:28 +0000What Will It Take to End International Killer Whale Capture? West may have rejected whale captivity, but the painful relationship between humans and orcas is far from overFri, 24 Mar 2017 14:07:14 +0000Elephants Can Afford to Be Picky About This Kind of Fruit single marula tree can provide up to 1.5 tons of fruit each season--as much as 90,000 fruitsFri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000FDR Had a Famous Ghostwriter: Orson Welles legendary actor stumped and even wrote speeches for the 32nd presidentThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:56:00 +0000Now You Can Measure Male Fertility With a Smartphone App new device helps men monitor their sperm count from the comfort of their own homeThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:44:31 +0000Is Elizabeth Warren the Real Jacksonian on Capitol Hill? has progressive values, but her populism is just like Andrew Jackson’sThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:00:00 +0000By the Numbers: The United States of Refugees Trump’s order temporarily barring all refugees and many immigrants has ignited debate about U.S. policies toward outsidersThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:56:18 +0000A Modern Odyssey: Two Iraqi Refugees Tell Their Harrowing Story violence in Iraq, two close friends embarked on an epic journey across Europe—and ended up worlds apartThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:44:51 +0000This Echolocating Dormouse Could Reveal the Origins of One of Nature’s Coolest Superpowers, moths and even humans use clicks and echoes to "see" the world around themThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:14:20 +0000The True Story of Pocahontas Camilla Townsend separates fact from fiction, as a new documentary premieres about the American Indian princessThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:09:26 +0000The Dark History of Japan's Rabbit Island Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:28:12 +0000Fighting the Nazis With Fake News new documentary rediscovers a World War II campaign that was stranger than nonfictionThu, 23 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Simpson Family Made Its Television Debut 30 Years Ago they arrived on the Tracey Ullman show, their look was a little more raggedThu, 23 Mar 2017 14:33:34 +0000Could the Tiny Zebrafish Teach Us to Cure Blindness? learning how zebrafish regenerate their retinas, researchers could figure out how to help humans do the sameThu, 23 Mar 2017 13:33:32 +0000How Chuck Berry’s Cadillac and His Guitar, Maybellene, Came to the Smithsonian Kevin Strait from the African American History Museum details the day he met the great musicianThu, 23 Mar 2017 13:30:15 +0000Why 10 Daily Tons of Ant Poop Keep This Rainforest Thriving soil in the rainforests of Barro Colorado is packed with nutrients, but where does it come from?Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000What Is Dark Matter and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredWed, 22 Mar 2017 17:57:30 +0000A New Generation of Interplanetary Rovers Is Crawling Toward the Stars four-legged, wheel-less robots will explore asteroids and the frigid outer worlds of our Solar SystemWed, 22 Mar 2017 17:12:43 +0000How the Liberty Bell Won the Great War As it entered World War I, the United States was politically torn and financially challenged. An American icon came to the rescueWed, 22 Mar 2017 16:14:36 +0000America’s Big Circus Spectacular Has a Long and Cherished History “Greatest Show on Earth” enthralled small-town crowds and had a long-lasting influence on national cultureWed, 22 Mar 2017 13:16:11 +0000This Ace Aviatrix Learned to Fly Even Though Orville Wright Refused to Teach Her flint and derring-do, the early 20th century pilot Ruth Law ruled American skiesWed, 22 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Dung Beetles Can Teach Us About Sexual Difference When it comes to sex appeal, it's not all in your genes (it's also in your proteins!)Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:56:11 +0000Telling the Forgotten Stories of the Everyday Americans of the Revolutionary War where the Battle of Yorktown was waged, a new museum fuses innovative technology with storytelling techniques to connect with visitorsWed, 22 Mar 2017 12:33:18 +0000What Did WWI Soldiers Leave Behind in Their Secret Bunkers? French-German border is littered with as many as 500 underground sites used during World War I. Researcher Jeff Gusky explores themWed, 22 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Did Sabercats Use Those Outlandish Fangs?’ve barely scratched the surface of how this charismatic cat utilized its dental cutleryTue, 21 Mar 2017 18:04:06 +0000The Inside Story of Richard Nixon’s Ugly, 30-Year Feud with Earl Warren dislike for each other set the tone for Supreme Court politics for decades to comeTue, 21 Mar 2017 17:29:36 +0000Darwin Would Have Loved the Cliffs of Newfoundland, Where 500-Million-Years-Old Fossils Reside back in time half a billion years to a world of mysterious sea creatures that would have thrilled DarwinTue, 21 Mar 2017 16:19:51 +0000The Biggest Tree Canopy on the Planet Stretches Across Nearly Five Acres remote India, a visit to Thimmamma Marrimanu offers a spectacular lesson in the vital coexistence of living thingsTue, 21 Mar 2017 15:46:54 +0000Hawaii's Must-See Lava Flows Are Home to New, Startling Ecosystems stunning volcanoes are creating new islands of evolutionTue, 21 Mar 2017 15:40:00 +0000A New Photo Book Showcases the Absurd Extravagance of the World’s Wealthiest Citizens recession or not, there are few limits on the ways the mega-rich will flaunt their fortunesTue, 21 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Big Can a Land Animal Get? Kong's biggest enemy isn’t humans—it’s the laws of physicsTue, 21 Mar 2017 12:34:07 +0000What Do Native American Carvings in French WWI Quarries Mean? is there a Native American canoe carved in an abandoned quarry inhabited by U.S. soldiers during WWI?Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000From “T. Rex” to “Pantydraco": How Dinosaurs Get Their Names best monikers are “a way to link science and imagination.” Others are just obviousMon, 20 Mar 2017 19:28:03 +0000Coral Reefs Now Face Deep Water Dead Zones, As If Climate Change Were Not Enough Smithsonian scientist says there may be a greater prevalence of undocumented oxygen-starved deep coastal watersMon, 20 Mar 2017 19:22:26 +0000Ballerina Misty Copeland on Working With Prince, Her Must-See Dances, and Why She Wants to Bring "Ballet Across America" of a performance in Washington, D.C., the prima ballerina talks about ballerina bodies and misconceptions about the art formMon, 20 Mar 2017 17:34:33 +0000Emily Dickinson Was Fiercer Than You Think new biopic shows the poet as more than a mysterious recluseMon, 20 Mar 2017 15:23:43 +0000Unmasking the Mad Bomber James A. Brussel used psychiatry to think like a criminal, he pioneered the science of profilingMon, 20 Mar 2017 15:21:42 +0000Smithsonian Researchers Are Bringing the Oryx Back to the Wild the species back to north-central Africa shows early signs of successMon, 20 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000Where Should You Live? This App Will Tell You your budget and a number of your preferences and Teleport will match you with some fitting citiesMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:51:12 +0000A Photographer Captures Papier-Mâché and Politics on Parade in Haiti's Jacmel Magers photographs high art and cutting cultural critiques during the annual Kanaval celebrationMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:45:42 +0000Artist June Schwarcz Electroplated and Sandblasted Her Way Into Art Museums and Galleries Renwick hosts a 60-year career retrospective for the innovative California enamelistMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:24:41 +0000The History of “Stolen” Supreme Court Seats the new administration seeks to fill a vacancy on the Court, a look back at the forgotten mid-19th century battles over the judiciaryMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:21:50 +0000What It Was Like to Be on the Ground at Iwo Jima Hunter host Paul Shull is tracing the history of the iconic American gun known as the StingerMon, 20 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Find Your 2,000-Year-Old Doppelgänger the Musée de la Civilisation a photo, and it will match you with an ancient statueFri, 17 Mar 2017 20:06:27 +0000Dian Fossey’s Gorilla Skulls Are Scientific Treasures and a Symbol of Her Fight a new Smithsonian exhibition, the skulls of “Limbo” and “Green Lady” have a story to tellFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:51:00 +0000How Do New Planets Get Their Names?, Planet McPlanetface: Asteroids, moons and other celestial bodies go through a strict set of international naming guidelinesFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:40:16 +0000Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr and the American Way of Treason U.S. had good reason to be cautious about drawing a line between disloyalty and conduct deserving of prosecutionFri, 17 Mar 2017 14:06:23 +0000What It Took to Travel the World Solo as a 19th-Century Woman North was not your typical Victorian noblewoman content to simply enjoy the comforts of British high societyFri, 17 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Climate Helped Shape Your Nose research shows how the width of our nasal passages is literally shaped by the air we breatheThu, 16 Mar 2017 19:43:14 +0000These Bold Illustrations Celebrate the Incredible Contributions of Women in Science designer's touch brings the achievements and faces of female pioneers to a wider audienceThu, 16 Mar 2017 19:11:58 +0000The Origins of Chicago's Green River, Shamrock Shakes and Other Surprising Trivia About St. Patrick's Day colonial patriots to mass-marketed milkshakes, the Irish religious holiday has morphed into a worldwide celebrationThu, 16 Mar 2017 16:27:47 +0000How Researchers Are Beginning to Gently Probe the Science Behind ASMR a mysterious Internet phenomenon, "tingleheads" are starting to get real scientific attentionThu, 16 Mar 2017 16:21:05 +0000Hot Food, Fast: The Home Microwave Oven Turns 50 serendipitous discovery helped engineers harness radar to create the now ubiquitous timesaving applianceThu, 16 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Designs Showcase the Provocative World of Native Fashion contemporary designs by prominent or up-and-coming Native American designers are edgy and pulsing with relevance Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Americans Flocked to Catch a Glimpse of Hitler's Car carnivals and state fairs across the country, curious onlookers were drawn to the Fuhrer's chariotThu, 16 Mar 2017 12:09:35 +0000How the Desert Oryx Stops Its Brain From Frying does the desert-dwelling oryx survive a body temperature that would kill other mammals? The answer lies in a panting mechanismThu, 16 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Case for Going to Venus a probe to Earth’s lifeless twin could help us understand how life rises—and falls—on faraway planetsWed, 15 Mar 2017 17:40:53 +0000Could This Be the Most Efficient Solar Panel Ever? advantage of temperatures upwards of 1,000 Celsius, these hot solar cells could produce twice as much energy as the industry standardWed, 15 Mar 2017 15:39:38 +0000From Trash To Treads: Turning Tomato Peels and Eggshells Into Tires at Ohio State University are replacing the petroleum-based filler in tires with food wasteWed, 15 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Storied, International Folk History of Beauty and The Beast about a bride and her animal groom have circulated orally for centuries in Africa, Europe, India and Central AsiaWed, 15 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Buddha's Hair Inspired Burma's Most Sacred Site Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred site in Burma. Its origins can be traced back to the first millenniumWed, 15 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000See Inside Graceland's $137-million Expansion complex fit for a kingTue, 14 Mar 2017 19:06:15 +0000This Virginia Winery Once Housed One of WWII's Most Important Spy Stations are so 2012—this place has actual secretsTue, 14 Mar 2017 18:46:36 +0000The Attempted Assassination of Andrew Jackson madman, a conspiracy and a lot of angry politiciansTue, 14 Mar 2017 18:35:41 +0000One Writer Used Statistics to Reveal the Secrets of What Makes Great Writing his new book, data journalist Ben Blatt takes a by-the-numbers look at literary classics and finds some fascinating patternsTue, 14 Mar 2017 15:40:30 +0000This Orphanage Did More Than Find Homes for Children of the Holocaust. It Helped Them Reclaim Their Humanity by the United Nations, Kloster Indersdorf took a revolutionary approach in caring for its chargesTue, 14 Mar 2017 14:46:24 +0000The Patents and Trademarks Behind Lucky Charms Cereal's a lot of food science that goes into those marshmallow cloversTue, 14 Mar 2017 14:41:10 +0000The Beast's Enchanted Rose Lasted a Decade. How Long Can a Real One Last? Smithsonian expert says the film's was undoubtedly a hybrid tea roseTue, 14 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Marianne North's Obsession with the Carnivorous Pitcher Plant Marianne North's obsession with local Borneo vegetation led her to one of the most unusual and rare plants in the worldTue, 14 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Scotland’s Newest Nature Trails Are Underwater Scottish Wildlife Trust is putting snorkelers up close with the country’s marine wildlifeMon, 13 Mar 2017 19:38:50 +0000The Grisly History of Brooklyn's Revolutionary War Martyrs Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, a crypt in Fort Greene Park, may become part of the national park systemMon, 13 Mar 2017 19:18:50 +0000Why Do Male Birds Take on Larger Predators? Maybe Just to Impress the Ladies mobbing behavior may be less about survival, and more about sexual selectionMon, 13 Mar 2017 17:46:00 +0000The Abdication of Nicholas II Left Russia Without a Czar for the First Time in 300 Years in Saint Petersburg 100 years ago brought the end to the Romanov dynastyMon, 13 Mar 2017 15:59:06 +0000How Daily Images of the Entire Earth Will Change the Way We Look At It more satellites than any other company, Planet Labs gives environmental researchers daily dataMon, 13 Mar 2017 14:46:44 +0000How Humans Invented Numbers—And How Numbers Reshaped Our World Caleb Everett explores the subject in his new book, <em>Numbers and the Making Of Us</em>Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:08:08 +0000Neuroscientists Unlock the Secrets of Memory Champions your ability to remember lists, from facts to faces, is a matter of retraining your brainMon, 13 Mar 2017 13:26:20 +0000What Lions Look for in the Perfect Prey lions hunting buffalo in the Manyeleti, calculation is always at play: An adult male buffalo may be harder to bring downMon, 13 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Shimmy Through the World's Most Spectacular Slot Canyons to explore the best of these narrow, water-worn passagewaysFri, 10 Mar 2017 20:54:04 +0000The Trashy Beginnings of “Don’t Mess With Texas” true story of the defining phrase of the Lone Star stateFri, 10 Mar 2017 17:55:35 +0000Why Is Itching So Contagious? figure out how compulsive scratching spreads in mice, and maybe humansFri, 10 Mar 2017 15:33:06 +0000Photographs of America’s Eastern Treasures Finally Have Their Moment in the Limelight neglected period of American photographic history goes on display at the National Gallery of ArtFri, 10 Mar 2017 15:27:28 +0000Could This Chatbot Prevent Some Deportations? helps immigrants and visitors to the United States obtain and keep visasFri, 10 Mar 2017 15:19:38 +0000Allied Troops Used These Massive Pipe Bombs at Omaha Beach War II veteran John Raaen Jr. was there the day Allied troops stormed Omaha Beach at NormandyFri, 10 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Myth That Washington Was a Swamp Will Never Go Away makes for a catchy slogan used by politicians of all persuasions, but there's little truth to itThu, 09 Mar 2017 17:48:13 +0000Scientists Delve Into Neanderthal Dental Plaque to Understand How They Lived and Ate plaque that coated Neanderthal teeth is shedding new light on how our ancestors ate, self-medicated and interacted with humansThu, 09 Mar 2017 16:22:23 +0000Adorable Ground Squirrels Playing in Sweltering Heat squirrels in the Kalahari have devised a remarkable method to guarantee portable shade: they use their tails as umbrellasThu, 09 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000In Its Layers, This Stunning Pink Coralline Algae Holds Secrets of Climates Past and unsung for centuries, these underwater species of coralline algae are providing scientists with an unparalleled new archive of informationWed, 08 Mar 2017 21:25:38 +0000America's First Writers Museum Is Slated to Open in May new home for celebrating American literary titans, titles and traditions takes root in ChicagoWed, 08 Mar 2017 20:29:26 +0000What Happens When an Archaeologist Challenges Mainstream Scientific Thinking? story of Jacques Cinq-Mars and the Bluefish Caves shows how toxic atmosphere can poison scientific progressWed, 08 Mar 2017 19:48:52 +0000Can Social Media Give Sharks a Better Reputation? nonprofit called Ocearch is naming tagged sharks and giving them Twitter and Instagram accounts to ease fears and aid in conservationWed, 08 Mar 2017 17:59:14 +0000Where to Hunt for the World’s Smallest Monuments't overlook these tiny statues in cities around the worldWed, 08 Mar 2017 16:51:16 +0000The Toxic Truth Behind Mardi Gras Beads Every year, 25 million pounds of plastic beads made by Chinese factory workers get dumped on the streets of New OrleansWed, 08 Mar 2017 16:10:12 +0000The Polish Patriot Who Helped Americans Beat the British Kosciuszko engineered the colonial defenses in some of the Revolution's most critical battlesWed, 08 Mar 2017 15:07:53 +0000A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Radioactive Oatmeal Go Down MIT and Quaker Oats paired up to conduct experiments on unsuspecting young boysWed, 08 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000Two Smithsonian Scientists Retrace the Mysterious Circumstances of an 1866 Death and Change History the 19th-century naturalist Robert Kennicott die of his own hand?Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:40:32 +0000In Smart Cities of the Future, Posters and Street Signs Can Talk of Washington engineers show how "smart" posters can send a message via FM radio waves to smartphone or car radioWed, 08 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Pearl Harbor Veteran Tells His Harrowing Story of Survival Ganitch, a U.S. sailor stationed at Pearl Harbor, was gearing up for a football game on December 7, 1941, when hundreds of fighter pilots appearedWed, 08 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Democrats Are For Mars, Republicans Are For The Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com presidents' dream of "American footprints on distant worlds" means different things to different peopleTue, 07 Mar 2017 22:06:50 +0000To Understand Exotic Exoplanets, We Should Start in our Own Backyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com is the perfect laboratory for understanding what makes a planet habitable Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:40:33 +0000This Medieval Knight’s Manor Houses Over 350 Mechanical Musical Instruments tiny music boxes to the bus-sized Orchestrion, Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet in Germany's Rhineland is the perfect musical detourTue, 07 Mar 2017 21:21:08 +0000Charging Ahead: The Future of Batteries research is at a tipping point, and it’s never been more importantTue, 07 Mar 2017 19:11:05 +0000Puerto Ricans Got U.S. Citizenship 100 Years Ago—But Their Identity Remains Fraught a century later, those who live in the U.S. territory have little autonomyTue, 07 Mar 2017 18:30:00 +0000A New Exhibition Explores the Science and Math in Children's Book Illustrations 29 artworks on display capture the wonder in nature, engineering and discoveriesTue, 07 Mar 2017 15:33:26 +0000Installing Massive Machinery on the Seafloor Is Incredibly Dicey a massive compressor 984 feet down onto the seafloor isn't easy, even for a ship the size of North Sea GiantTue, 07 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Track, For the First Time, One of the Rarest Songbirds on Its Yearlong Migration journey of the Kirtland’s warbler is discovered thanks to a combination of the latest tiny technology and centuries-old solar location methodsMon, 06 Mar 2017 21:02:22 +0000How Many Volunteers Does It Take to Transcribe Phyllis Diller's 53,000 Jokes? around in this massive joke file is like a crash course in brash humorMon, 06 Mar 2017 17:41:23 +0000How a Soap Opera Virus Felled Hundreds of Students in Portugal “Strawberries With Sugar” outbreak is just one example of mass hysteria, which goes back centuriesMon, 06 Mar 2017 16:10:15 +0000Incredible: A Cheetah Sprints to Catch a Springbok cheetah mother caring for her cubs stumbles across an opportunity too good to pass up: a herd of springbok, grazing casually nearbyMon, 06 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +000012 Mesmerizing Places to Watch Flowers Bloom there's no better way exalt the end of winter than with millions of tulips, poppies and rosesFri, 03 Mar 2017 21:17:06 +0000The Supposedly Pristine, Untouched Amazon Rainforest Was Actually Shaped By Humans thousands of years, native people played a strong role in molding the ecology of this vast wildernessFri, 03 Mar 2017 20:28:18 +0000How Albert Einstein Used His Fame to Denounce American Racism world-renowned physicist was never one to just stick to the scienceFri, 03 Mar 2017 15:08:24 +0000The Romance and Promise of 20th-Century Radio Is Captured in This Mural the Cooper Hewitt, a rare opportunity to view "The World of Radio" with its masterful vignettes celebrating the Modern ageFri, 03 Mar 2017 15:06:35 +0000Watch a Male Seahorse Give Birth to Hundreds of Babies seahorses are the ones who carry children and give birth. And when they do, they can produce up to 2,000 babies at one timeFri, 03 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000For More Than 150 Years, Texas Has Had the Power to Secede…From Itself quirk of a 19th-century Congressional resolution could allow Texas to split up into five statesThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:57:23 +0000The Political Cartoon That Explains the Battle Over Reconstruction a deep dive into this drawing by famed illustrator Thomas NastThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:36:45 +0000Finding Music Behind Prison Bars the Louisiana State Penitentiary and at a maximum-security prison in Malawi, the benefits of music are far-reachingThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:12:45 +0000The 17th-Century Lady Astronomer Who Took Measure of the Stars Maria Cunitz might not be such an anomaly, were other women given the same educational opportunities Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:50:23 +0000Human Pollution May Be Fertilizing The Oceans. That’s Not a Good Thing iron emissions from coal and steel may be fuelling ocean life, and trapping carbon in the processThu, 02 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Plane Landing in Arctic Conditions Ends in Tragedy should have been a routine landing for First Air Flight 6560 at Canada's Resolute Bay Airport, despite the harsh Arctic conditions.Thu, 02 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Reprintable Paper Becomes a Reality paper with an inexpensive thin film can allow users to print and erase a physical page as many as 80 timesWed, 01 Mar 2017 19:52:56 +0000The Incredible Legacy of Susan La Flesche, the First Native American to Earn a Medical Degree few rights as a woman and as an Indian, the pioneering doctor provided valuable health care and resources to her Omaha communityWed, 01 Mar 2017 16:27:13 +0000When Humans Begin Colonizing Other Planets, Who Should Be in Charge? biggest threat humans pose to other worlds is what we don’t know—or what we think we know, but don’tWed, 01 Mar 2017 16:00:42 +0000How a Chinese Empress Built the Largest Palace in the World to consolidate her grip on the Chinese throne, Empress Wu Zetian embarked on an audacious project: expanding the imperial palaceWed, 01 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000What's Really Changed—and What Hasn’t—About Getting Humans to the Moon’s Orion will combine vintage tech with massive advances in computing power and electronics we've made since 1972Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:12:00 +0000Follow the Polka Dots to Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Rooms That Are Breaking Museum Records"Polka dots are a way to infinity," says Japan's most successful artist, now at the HirshhornTue, 28 Feb 2017 21:37:26 +0000Step Inside This Underground Cathedral, Carved Into the Walls of an Abandoned Salt Mine old mine has transformed into a subterranean worship space, 650 feet undergroundTue, 28 Feb 2017 21:07:14 +0000Fighting Illegal Fishing With Big Data Fishing Watch is using satellite data to monitor suspicious ship activity on the high seasTue, 28 Feb 2017 18:51:16 +0000The Fake British Radio Show That Helped Defeat the Nazis spreading fake news and sensational rumors, intelligence officials leveraged “psychological judo” against the Nazis in World War IITue, 28 Feb 2017 18:17:02 +0000Follow the Path of the Freedom Riders in This Interactive Map civil rights activists showed true courage in telling the nation about the segregated SouthTue, 28 Feb 2017 17:16:24 +0000Scientists Make Art From Objects Invisible to the Naked Eye microscopes, satellites and other instruments can create stunning images in experts’ handsTue, 28 Feb 2017 17:08:23 +0000Tattooing Was Illegal in New York City Until 1997 New-York Historical Society's newest exhibit delves into the history of the city's once-turbulent ink sceneTue, 28 Feb 2017 16:54:18 +0000Baboons Are Ruthless Reproducers monkeys do whatever it takes to pass on their genes, including killing others’ offspringTue, 28 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Obama's Powerful Tribute to a Defining Civil Rights Moment the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, the first African American president paid tribute to an event in civil rights historyTue, 28 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Prehistoric Pointillism? Long Before Seurat, Ancient Artists Chiseled Mammoths Out of Dots discovered 38,000-year-old cave art predates the French post-Impressionist art formMon, 27 Feb 2017 18:59:22 +0000The Politics of Viewing Polar Bears flock to this coastal Alaskan town to photograph the vulnerable icons—raising hairy ethical questionsMon, 27 Feb 2017 18:37:27 +0000If We Can Get Past the Ickiness, Hagfish Slime May Actually Be Useful to Us gelatinous glop could be the key to everything from bio-inspired kevlar to shark defense for diversMon, 27 Feb 2017 16:15:09 +0000What's Changed in the 30 Years Since the Smithsonian Opened an Exhibition on Japanese Internment new display at the American History Museum marks the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:25:00 +0000How Obama's Historic 2008 DNC Speech Came Together candidate Barack Obama's scheduled speech to the Democratic National Convention fell on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speechMon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Fake Trees Were Used as Spy Posts on the Front Lines of World War I the Western Front, meticulously crafted iron trees were used by both sides to conceal enemy forcesFri, 24 Feb 2017 19:31:02 +0000Bees Can Learn to Play “Soccer.” Score One for Insect Intelligence as they are, bumblebee brains are surprisingly capable of mastering novel, complex tasks Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:44:56 +0000Lights, Camera…Cocktails! Five Historic Bars From Hollywood’s Golden Age the Oscars at one of these Old Holywood watering holesFri, 24 Feb 2017 17:19:53 +0000How Ancient Neanderthal DNA Still Influences Our Genes Today from being silent remnants, Neanderthal genes play a profound role in how modern human genes are expressed Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:06:36 +0000The First Jazz Recording Was Made by a Group of White Guys? century ago, a recording of the startlingly novel "Livery Stable Blues" helped launch a new genreFri, 24 Feb 2017 15:10:32 +0000Why Mind Wandering Can Be So Miserable, According to Happiness Experts still don’t know why our minds seem so determined to exit the present moment, but researchers have a few ideasFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:53:08 +0000The Historic Innovation of Land Mines—And Why We've Struggled to Get Rid of Them number of researchers are developing tools to defuse or detonate land mines without harming civiliansFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Elk Calves Are Undetectable to Yellowstone's Wolves Yellowstone, elk calves are left unprotected by their herd and are the easiest prey for wolves to catch. Luckily, the newborns have no scentFri, 24 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Seven Foods You Have to Try in Chile Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:47:15 +0000The New IMAX Film "Dream Big" Roots for the Underdogs in the Engineering World Greg MacGillivray's latest documentary premieres at the National Air and Space MuseumThu, 23 Feb 2017 17:20:57 +0000Why Is Pennsylvania Ave D.C.'s Main Thoroughfare and More Questions From Our Readers questions answered by our expertsThu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why Did Greenland's Vikings Vanish? discovered evidence is upending our understanding of how early settlers made a life on the island -- and why they suddenly disappearedThu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000A Child From 17th-Century Europe Might Have Rewritten the History of Smallpox deadly scourge goes back for centuries, but how many?Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000Could Garbage Fuel Airplanes? BioEnergy wants to divert trash from landfills and create cheap green energyThu, 23 Feb 2017 15:03:54 +0000Why Abraham Lincoln Was Revered in Mexico a young Congressman and later as the nation’s leader, the first Republican president proved to be a true friend to America’s neighbor to the southThu, 23 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000When Hollywood Glamour Was Sold at the Local Department Store the 1930s, the world’s most fashionable looks came not from Paris, but from La-La LandThu, 23 Feb 2017 14:18:10 +0000A Submarine Dangerously Tests How Deep It Can Go USS Tang was a state-of-the-art Balao class submarine, certified by the Navy to dive up to 400 feetThu, 23 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Fifteen Perfect Spots to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse as it Crosses the U.S. This Summer of the most exciting astronomical event in U.S. history is happening in AugustWed, 22 Feb 2017 21:23:03 +0000E.O. Wilson Urges Tomorrow’s Scientists to Seek Earth’s Undiscovered Riches a Smithsonian talk, the eminent biologist argued for more protected areas and greater efforts to map the diversity of lifeWed, 22 Feb 2017 21:10:12 +0000Scientists Spot Seven Earth-Sized Planets Orbiting a Nearby Star newly discovered solar system presents the best opportunity yet to study potentially habitable worlds, NASA scientists reportWed, 22 Feb 2017 20:14:28 +0000Apollo 11 Command Module Makes Another Journey command module "Columbia" will visit four U.S. museums, leaving DC for the first time in 46 years.Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:09:14 +0000Can a Video Game Capture the Magic of Walden? David Thoreau's famed retreat gets pixelatedWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:40:39 +0000To Save Giraffes, We May Need to Put Our Necks Out populations plummeting, researchers race to understand a beloved but enigmatic animalWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:37:12 +0000The Everlasting, Awe-Inspiring Power of Alaska 150 years, Alaska has been a part of the United States, and it's never ceased to amazeWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:21:50 +0000Vladimir Lenin's Return Journey to Russia Changed the World Forever the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, our writer set out from Zurich to relive this epic travelWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:15:01 +0000In the Footsteps of Three Modern American Prima Ballerinas new exhibition shows that classical ballet and the role of the ballerina are rapidly changingWed, 22 Feb 2017 14:12:35 +0000See the Ancient World Through Virtual Reality archaeological VR company wants to show you what ruins looked like before they were, well, ruinsWed, 22 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000What Maximum Security Meant for Ancient Tomb Raiders Han dynasty tombs were packed with some of the empire's most valuable relics. To guard against theft, colossal stones, each weighing six tonsWed, 22 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000