Articles | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenSat, 13 Feb 2016 18:44:25 +0000A Ban on Salamanders Is Just Part of the Fight Against This Deadly Fungushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ban-salamanders-just-part-fight-against-deadly-fungus-180958143/Scientists are deploying a variety of weapons as new clues emerge about the fungal diseases killing off amphibiansSat, 13 Feb 2016 18:44:25 +0000What's America's Most Romantic City?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/most-romantic-city-alexandria-180958134/A new Amazon.com list finds true love in Alexandria, VirginiaFri, 12 Feb 2016 21:16:05 +0000How 43 Giant, Crumbling Presidential Heads Ended Up in a Virginia Fieldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/what-43-decaying-president-heads-looks-180958129/After an ambitious monument went bust, big dreams—and big heads—remainFri, 12 Feb 2016 20:58:45 +0000Ray Charles Returns to the White Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ray-charles-returns-white-house-180958135/The blind king of soul once sat down with Richard Nixon, now his music will be performed by a host of musicians for Barack ObamaFri, 12 Feb 2016 16:42:54 +0000Podcast: Farming Shaped the Rise and Fall of Empires in Cambodiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-farming-shaped-rise-and-fall-empires-cambodia-180958116/Beneath the country's troubled history with the Khmer Rouge lies a complex agricultural legacy that reaches back centuriesFri, 12 Feb 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Whale Shark Cooperates With a Diver Saving Himhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-whale-shark-cooperates-with-a-diver-saving/A diver stumbles across a whale shark trapped in a commercial fishing line. Sensing the diver wants to help, the goliath lies still while the rope is cutFri, 12 Feb 2016 04:52:40 +0000After a Century of Searching, We Finally Detected Gravitational Waveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gravitational-waves-have-been-directly-detected-first-time-180958123/Two merging black holes sent out a signal 1.3 billion years ago that now confirms a key prediction of Einstein's relativityThu, 11 Feb 2016 18:39:11 +0000The First Children Who Led Sad Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-children-who-led-sad-lives-180958099/Several children of presidents met cruel fates in the first 150 years of our country's historyThu, 11 Feb 2016 16:43:24 +0000Step Into a Noisy, Chaotic Nigerian Marketplace at The African Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sounds-lagos-nigeria-come-washington-dc-new-exhibit-african-art-museum-180958026/West African artist Emeka Ogboh's installation will be the first time the museum has featured a work of sound art Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:41:53 +0000Dig Into the Nuclear Era's Homegrown Fallout Sheltershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dig-into-nuclear-era-homegrown-fallout-shelters-180958063/In 1955, the head of Civil Defense urged everyone to build an underground shelter "right now"Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:29:32 +0000Melt-Proof Chocolate, 3D Printed Gummies and Other Fascinating Candy Patents http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/melt-proof-chocolate-3d-printed-gummies-other-fascinating-candy-patents-180958083/Just in time for Valentine's Day, a quick look at some of the world's most fascinating confectionery innovationsWed, 10 Feb 2016 17:01:47 +0000Five Tech Innovations That Can Keep Your Car From Burning So Much Gashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/5-tech-innovations-can-keep-your-car-burning-so-much-gas-180958071/Yes, gas is cheap, but car makers are still facing ambitious goals to make vehicles way more fuel efficientWed, 10 Feb 2016 14:00:00 +0000Comb Through This Framed Collection of Presidential Hairhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/comb-through-framed-collection-presidential-hair-180958064/The Smithsonian keeps a most unusual artifact of hair clipped straight from the heads of presidentsTue, 09 Feb 2016 19:59:11 +0000Hundreds of Galaxies Were Found Hiding Behind Our Milky Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hundreds-galaxies-were-found-hiding-behind-our-milky-way-180958078/The objects may help explain why our galaxy and its neighbors are hurtling towards a seemingly blank zone called the Great AttractorTue, 09 Feb 2016 17:23:57 +0000A Pop-Up Museum Documents the Stories of Philadelphia's Black Womenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/pop-up-museum-documents-stories-philadelphias-black-women-180957996/Vashti DuBois is looking to build community and pride in underserved neighborhoods, starting with her ownTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:51:20 +0000Who Are the Real Hollywood Figures Behind 'Hail, Caesar!'?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/who-are-real-hollywood-figures-behind-hail-caesar-180958074/Eddie Mannix, the film’s big studio fixer, was an MGM producer with a mean streakTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:45:00 +0000Looking for Life Beyond Earth? Watch Out for Steam Bath Planetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/looking-life-beyond-earth-watch-out-steam-bath-planets-180958075/Simulations show that water and CO2 can be a surprisingly deadly combo on some unfortunate worldsTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:00:00 +0000Mind (and Body) Bending Photos Pay Homage to Yoga's Classical Lineagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photos-yoga-origins-lineage-india-michael-oneill-book-taschen-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958067/Photographer Michael O'Neill spent a decade documenting the practice that saved his lifeTue, 09 Feb 2016 15:51:32 +0000Sleepy Suspects Are Way More Likely to Falsely Confess to a Crimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sleepy-suspects-are-way-more-likely-falsely-confess-crime-180958073/In a study, almost 70 percent of sleep-deprived people admitted to something they didn't doTue, 09 Feb 2016 15:10:27 +0000Bite Back Against Invasive Species at Your Next Mealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/indulge-invasive-species-restaurants-across-country-180957899/From seaweed to lionfish, invasive species are appearing on menus throughout the U.S.Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:20:00 +0000Looking for a Winter Getaway? Visit the Sunniest Place on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/looking-winter-getaway-its-always-sunny-yuma-arizona-180957984/A literal oasis in the desert, Yuma, Arizona, the “winter vegetable capital of the world,” offers a warm welcomeTue, 09 Feb 2016 13:30:00 +0000New Software Can Actually Edit Actors' Facial Expressions http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-software-can-actually-edit-actors-facial-expressions-180958066/FaceDirector can seamlessly blend several takes to create nuanced blends of emotions, potentially cutting down on the number of takes necessary in filmingMon, 08 Feb 2016 19:16:28 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Kiss?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-do-we-kiss-180958059/According to philematology, or the science for the study of kissing, romance has little to do with itMon, 08 Feb 2016 19:07:40 +0000Meet the Dogs Sniffing Out Whale Poop for Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-dogs-sniffing-out-whale-poop-science-180958050/Inspired by drug-detection programs, these canines scour the sea for samples that aid in conservation researchMon, 08 Feb 2016 15:00:00 +0000One Man's Epic Rail Journey to the Darjeeling Himalayahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/darjeeling-himalayan-railway-francis-baird-adventurer-trek-lachen-north-sikkim-india-tibet-180958045/A grandson retraces adventurer Francis K.I. Baird's mysterious trek to a remote village near the India-Tibet borderFri, 05 Feb 2016 20:54:38 +0000One in Four U.S. Deer Is Infected With Malariahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/one-in-four-deer-infected-malaria-180958046/Scientists suspect the undetected blood parasite has been present in the animals ever since they arrived across the Bering Land Bridge Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:02:01 +0000Can This New Football Helmet Prevent Head Injuries?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-this-new-football-helmet-prevent-head-injuries-180958031/The team behind the Zero1, a new four-layer helmet design, hopes soFri, 05 Feb 2016 17:00:05 +0000The Forgotten History of Women’s Footballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-history-womens-football-180958042/Several women’s football leagues formed during the 20th century—one from the 1930s even became a national sensation—but they’re barely remembered todayFri, 05 Feb 2016 16:37:34 +0000Otherworldly Photos From Inside One of the World's Largest River Caveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Explore-Laos-Tham-Khoun-Xe-Cave-With-Adventure-Photographer-Ryan-Deboodt-180957957/Studded with cave pearls and home to elusive giant spiders, this cave is one of Laos' hidden treasuresFri, 05 Feb 2016 15:21:43 +0000Why Polar Bears Like to Wrestle in the Winterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-polar-bears-like-to-wrestle-in-the-winter/Polar bears enjoy a good wrestle. It's an activity which reinforces social ties and may help get them in shape for the hunting season aheadThu, 04 Feb 2016 18:14:33 +0000How Can Viruses Like Zika Cause Birth Defects?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-can-viruses-like-zika-cause-birth-defects-180958038/While the link between Zika and microcephaly is uncertain, similar diseases show how the virus might be affecting infantsThu, 04 Feb 2016 17:45:47 +0000360-Degree Cameras and Other Cool New Tech for Super Bowl 50 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/360-degree-cameras-and-other-cool-new-tech-super-bowl-50-180958039/This year's game, held at San Francisco's Levi's Stadium, should be the most high-tech Super Bowl everThu, 04 Feb 2016 17:28:10 +0000Curators Discover New Details in the Etchings on a 6th-Century Chinese Sculpture http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/curators-discover-new-details-etchings-six-century-chinese-sculpture-180958023/A headless figure, cloaked in a robe covered with complex illustrations, is now better understood thanks to 3D technologyThu, 04 Feb 2016 16:29:51 +0000Nine Unique Gifts You Should Buy in Delhihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/delhi-india-9-things-luxury-items-gift-guide-180957973/ Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:27:04 +0000Why Tomato Juice Tastes Better at 37,000 Feethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-tomato-juice-tastes-better-at-37000-feet/e are four times more likely to order tomato juice on a flight than on the ground. Lufthansa wanted to find out why, so they conducted a taste test Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:27:00 +0000These Birds Spend Winter Practicing Their Love Songs for the Ladieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-birds-spend-winter-practicing-their-love-songs-ladies-180958032/Some migratory species may spend their time in Africa getting ready to woo mates in the springWed, 03 Feb 2016 17:57:48 +0000How Can Schools Use Virtual Reality?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-can-schools-use-virtual-reality-180957974/The expansion of Google's VR education program could make classrooms more engaging, and also more justWed, 03 Feb 2016 16:51:15 +0000Podcast: Why Sky Burials Are Vanishing in Mongoliahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-why-sky-burials-are-vanishing-mongolia-180958022/In this episode of Generation Anthropocene, urbanization and environmental decline put a sacred ritual for the dead at riskWed, 03 Feb 2016 14:00:00 +0000The World's Megacities Are Making Dengue Deadlierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/worlds-megacities-are-making-dengue-deadlier-180958009/Outbreaks are more common now thanks to bigger cities and more places for mosquitoes to liveTue, 02 Feb 2016 18:15:45 +0000Opening Day for the New African American History Museum Is Announcedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/opening-day-new-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-announced-180958014/Thirteen years in the making, the museum says it will open its doors September 24, 2016Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:01:56 +0000Five Ways to Fight Wildlife Crime in the Digital Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-ways-fight-wildlife-crime-digital-age-180957959/From GPS-tagged eggs to smartphone apps, these emerging technologies could help give endangered species a chance at survivalTue, 02 Feb 2016 14:00:00 +0000Science and Tradition Are Resurrecting the Lost Art of Wave Pilotinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/science-and-tradition-are-resurrecting-lost-art-wave-piloting-180958005/Can Marshall Islanders’ unique heritage help them navigate a rising ocean? Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000The National Museum of African American History and Culture: Breaking Groundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-museum-of-african-american-history-culture-breaking-ground-180957740/Countdown begins towards the historic opening of the new national museum on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:43:39 +0000The Remarkable Cave Temples of Southern India http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/remarkable-cave-temples-architecture-nagara-dravidian-southern-india-deccan-chalukya-180957971/Deccan's intricate monuments, many of which are carved into cliffs, date back to the sixth centuryMon, 01 Feb 2016 21:55:44 +0000Russia Gave Us a Discount on Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/russia-gave-us-a-discount-on-alaska/Many ridiculed Secretary of State William Seward for purchasing Alaska from Russia in 1867. But he turned out to be quite the shrewd businessman.Mon, 01 Feb 2016 21:02:58 +0000Your Cosmetics May Be Killing a Popular Aphrodisiac: Oystershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-cosmetics-may-be-killing-popular-aphrodisiac-oysters-180958006/Microplastics from beauty products and other sources affected oysters’ ability to reproduce in laboratory experimentsMon, 01 Feb 2016 20:00:00 +0000Does Having a C-Section Alter Baby's First Microbiome?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-having-c-section-alter-babys-first-microbiome-180958002/A study of cesarean babies swabbed with birth canal fluids suggests that some newborns may be missing out on helpful microbesMon, 01 Feb 2016 16:00:00 +0000Mysterious Martian "Cauliflower" May Be the Latest Hint of Alien Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mysterious-martian-cauliflower-may-be-latest-hint-alien-life-180957981/Unusual silica formations spotted by a NASA rover look a lot like structures formed by microbes around geysers on EarthMon, 01 Feb 2016 15:00:00 +0000Could the Funeral of the Future Help Heal the Environment?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/could-funeral-future-help-heal-environment-180957953/A traditional ten-acre cemetery holds enough embalming fluid to fill a small swimming pool. But there may be a greener wayMon, 01 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000Astronauts and Arugula: Using Space-Station Technology to Grow Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/astronauts-and-arugula-using-space-station-technology-grow-food-180957985/Infinite Harvest, an indoor vertical farm in Lakewood, Colorado, provides a glimpse into the future of global large-scale food productionFri, 29 Jan 2016 19:19:02 +0000Get Stuck on New York's Pop Culture With These Historic Stampshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/get-stuck-new-york-pop-culture-historic-stamps-180957892/A new exhibition at the National Postal Museum spotlights Gotham’s cultural impact Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:58:50 +0000The Beautiful Life Hacks in Hong Kong's Back Alleyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/beautiful-life-hacks-hong-kongs-back-alleys-180957963/In a new book, photographer Michael Wolf captures the ways inhabitants of the ultra-dense city carve personal space out of grim alleywaysFri, 29 Jan 2016 15:18:42 +0000The Prehistoric Buzz Shark Has a Modern-Day Hero in Artist Ray Trollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/prehistoric-buzz-shark-has-modern-day-hero-artist-ray-troll-180957923/How an Alaska-based artist helped solve a mystery that baffled paleontologists for over a centuryFri, 29 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Open Range Meets Open Mic at the National Cowboy Poetry Gatheringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/learn-about-life-ranch-through-cowboy-poetry-180957947/Every year, the world's best cowboy poets gather in Elko, NevadaFri, 29 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000The World's Most Scenic Train Rideshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-most-scenic-train-rides-180957938/These train rides offer passengers views of some of the world's most stunning landscapesThu, 28 Jan 2016 19:16:35 +0000Babylonians Were Using Geometry Centuries Earlier Than Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-babylonians-were-using-geometry-centuries-earlier-thought-180957965/Ancient astronomers were tracking planets using math believed to have first appeared in 14th-century EuropeThu, 28 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000This Woman Was Picasso, Hemingway and Fitzgerald's Musehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/woman-muse-picasso-hemingway-fitzgerald-1920s/The wealth and candid charisma of Sara Murphy meant she inspired and was admired by many an artist in 1920s ParisThu, 28 Jan 2016 18:51:14 +0000New York City Is Paying Public Housing Residents to Paint Muralshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-york-city-paying-public-housing-residents-paint-murals-180957913/Young tenants will create public art that captures social issues at five housing projects, one in each boroughThu, 28 Jan 2016 15:50:20 +0000Here's How You Squeeze the Biggest Dinosaur Into a New York City Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/heres-how-you-squeeze-biggest-dinosaur-new-york-city-museum-180957955/A team of specialists had to get creative to mount a towering Titanosaur inside the American Museum of Natural HistoryThu, 28 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +000012 Secrets of New York's Central Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/12-secrets-new-yorks-central-park-180957937/Learn some little-known facts about this NYC landmarkWed, 27 Jan 2016 19:14:44 +0000How Zildjian Cymbals Made It From the Ottoman Empire to Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/how-zildjian-cymbals-made-it-from-the-ottoma/In 1622, Avedis Zildjian, an Armenian metalworker in Turkey, melted a top-secret combination of metals to create the perfect cymbal, still in use todayWed, 27 Jan 2016 18:02:19 +0000Google's New AI Can Beat Human Champions at the Game of Go http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/googles-new-ai-can-beat-human-champions-game-go-180957948/Google appears to have won the long race to develop a Go-winning artificial intelligence, considered a major step towards more human-like AIsWed, 27 Jan 2016 18:00:00 +0000Can the Civil War Still Inspire Today's Poets? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/can-civil-war-still-inspire-todays-poets-180957945/As epic verse about the American past falls victim to modernism, a poet who is also a historian calls for a revivalWed, 27 Jan 2016 16:54:36 +0000There's a Secret World Under the Snow, and It's in Troublehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/secret-world-under-snow-trouble-180957946/How do animals survive under the snow? We're only beginning to understand—just as climate change may rewrite everythingWed, 27 Jan 2016 15:49:12 +0000The Challenger Disaster Put an End to NASA’s Plan to Send Civilians Into Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/challenger-disaster-put-end-nasas-plans-send-civilians-space-180957922/On the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle tragedy, a look back at an ambitious plan to put the rest of us into orbitWed, 27 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Explore the "Magic Towns" of Mexicohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/meet-some-mexicos-newest-magic-towns-180957870/History and legend collide in Mexico’s Pueblos MágicosTue, 26 Jan 2016 19:13:08 +0000Brain Scans Could Identify Kids at Risk of Depression http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brain-scans-could-identify-kids-risk-depression-180957934/Knowing who's at risk before the disease strikes could make preventative treatments possibleTue, 26 Jan 2016 17:48:46 +0000As the Arctic Erodes, Archaeologists Are Racing to Protect Ancient Treasureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/arctic-erodes-archaeologists-are-racing-protect-ancient-treasures-180957933/Once locked in frozen Alaskan dirt, Iñupiat artifacts are being lost to the sea, sometimes faster than scientists can find themTue, 26 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0000When America’s Titans of Industry and Innovation Went Road-Tripping Togetherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-americas-titans-industry-and-innovation-went-road-tripping-together-180957924/Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and their friends traveled the country in Model Ts, creating the Great American road trip in the processTue, 26 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Journey to the Center of Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/journey-center-earth-180957912/Drill deep into the mysteries of our home planet, from the surface all the way down to the coreMon, 25 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Decades-Long Quest to Drill Into Earth's Mantle May Soon Hit Pay Dirthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/decades-long-quest-drill-earths-mantle-may-soon-hit-pay-dirt-180957908/Geologists have had to contend with bad luck, budget cuts and the race to the moon in their efforts to drill deep into our planetMon, 25 Jan 2016 16:59:00 +0000The U.S. Could Switch to Mostly Renewable Energy, No Batteries Neededhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/us-could-switch-mostly-renewable-energy-no-batteries-needed-180957925/Better electricity sharing across states would dampen the effects of variable weather on wind and solar powerMon, 25 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Can Elephants Jump?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-can-elephants-jump-180957921/The question is why would an animal weighing up to 16,000 pounds need to jump?Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:10:02 +0000Photographer Matt Henry's Obsession With the 1960s Led to These Amazing Imageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photographer-matt-henry-obsession-1960s-led-these-amazing-images-180957905/Inspired by the movies of the era, he brings together elaborate sets and casts to make his scenesMon, 25 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Slaves of the White House Finally Get to Have Their Stories Toldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/The-Slaves-of-the-White-House-Finally-Get-to-Have-Their-Stories-Told-180957917/Long ignored by historians, the enslaved people of the White House are coming into focus through a new book by Jesse J. HollandMon, 25 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Zoo Keepers Hunkered Down with the Animals and Bei Bei Got to Play in the Snow (Photos)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-zoo-keepers-hunkered-down-bei-bei-snow-180957920/A few animals got to play outside yesterday, while keepers watched over conditions and took extra precautionsSat, 23 Jan 2016 11:57:59 +0000Why You Should Visit Europe's Two New Capitals of Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/what-you-need-to-know-about-2016s-european-capitals-of-culture-180957822/Wroclaw, Poland and San Sebastian, Spain just joined the EU list—and for good reasonFri, 22 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000The Airport Animal Lounge You've Never Heard Ofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/the-airport-animal-lounge-youve-never-heard-of/In large airports like Frankfurt's, there is one building you'll probably never see inside, until now. Take a peek at the Animal LoungeFri, 22 Jan 2016 15:12:04 +0000Where Are All the Aliens? Taking Shelter From the Universe's Radiationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/where-are-all-aliens-taking-shelter-universes-radiation-180957901/Earlier life-forms across the cosmos may have faced thousands to millions of times the cosmic ray dose that we do todayFri, 22 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Meet India's Dinosaur Princesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/balasinor-dinosaur-fossil-park-raiyoli-gujarat-india-princess-aaliya-sultana-babi-180957798/Aaliya Sultana Babi is doing everything in her power to protect and promote India's most significant fossil parkThu, 21 Jan 2016 17:21:54 +0000The Fall and Rise of a Modern Maharajahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/royal-palaces-maharaja-culture-india-180957796/Born to a palace but stripped of his livelihood in the 1970s, Gaj Singh II created a new life dedicated to preserving royal RajasthanThu, 21 Jan 2016 15:44:41 +0000Local Lens: Life on the Streets of Old Delhihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/old-delhi-india-arjun-chhabra-instagram-photographer-visual-journals-local-lens-180957876/Instagram photographer Arjun Chhabra captures raw moments in the city's alleyways and courtyardsThu, 21 Jan 2016 15:42:29 +0000Looking for Delicious, Authentic Cooking in India? Head to a Truck Stophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/roadside-highway-dining-india-dhaba-cuisine-tradition-180957795/Known as dhabas, these roadside eateries serving classic meals offer a glimpse into India's culture and customsThu, 21 Jan 2016 15:41:01 +0000People Are Still Trying to Build a Space Elevatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/people-are-still-trying-build-space-elevator-180957877/Though key players have distanced themselves from the concept, a new film examines the continuing draw behind the sci-fi stapleThu, 21 Jan 2016 15:38:25 +0000A Detachable Airplane Cabin and Other Strange Aviation Ideashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/detachable-airplane-cabin-and-other-strange-aviation-ideas-180957878/A recently unveiled concept for a removable, parachute-equipped airplane cabin is only the latest in a long line of far-out designsThu, 21 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000These Unusual American Ants Never Get Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-unusual-american-ants-never-get-old-180957887/<em>P. dentata</em> ants are among the very few species to show no signs of deterioration as they ageThu, 21 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Bumpy Road to Luxury Travel in Indiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-bumpy-road-to-luxury-travel/Roads throughout India that were originally intended for elephants, horses and camels didn't provide a smooth ride for the maharajas' Rolls-RoyceWed, 20 Jan 2016 19:23:55 +0000An Ancient, Brutal Massacre May Be the Earliest Evidence of Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-brutal-massacre-may-be-earliest-evidence-war-180957884/Even nomadic hunter-gatherers engaged in deliberate mass killings 10,000 years agoWed, 20 Jan 2016 18:35:30 +0000Humble Magnesium Could Be Powering Earth's Magnetic Fieldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humble-magnesium-could-be-powering-earths-magnetic-field-180957883/The common element could have been driving the planet's dynamo for billions of yearsWed, 20 Jan 2016 18:07:11 +0000Walk the World's Most Meditative Labyrinthshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/walk-worlds-meditative-labyrinths-180957823/History meets harmony on these time-worn pathsWed, 20 Jan 2016 17:00:58 +0000When Concorde First Flew 40 Years Ago, It Was a Supersonic Sight to Beholdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-concorde-first-flew-40-years-ago-it-was-supersonic-sight-behold-180957875/The aircraft was a technological masterpiece, but at one ton of fuel per passenger, it had a devastating ecological footprintWed, 20 Jan 2016 16:04:37 +0000Operation Desert Storm Was Not Won By Smart Weaponry Alonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/operation-desert-storm-was-not-won-smart-weaponry-alone-180957879/Despite the "science fiction"-like technology deployed, 90 percent of ammunitions used in Desert Storm were actually “dumb weapons"Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:07:15 +0000How to Modernize the Wood Stove and Help Save the Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-modernize-wood-stove-and-help-save-planet-180957866/The humble wood stove is getting a high-tech makeover, and may be going greenTue, 19 Jan 2016 18:26:00 +0000How Wearable Tech Is Creeping Into the Beauty Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-wearable-tech-creeping-into-beauty-industry-180957857/With the release of L’Oréal's new UV-monitoring patch, beauty wearables are hitting the big timeTue, 19 Jan 2016 17:28:54 +0000Is Ai Weiwei the Andy Warhol of Our Time?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ai-weiwei-andy-warhol-our-time-180957806/A new exhibition in Melbourne delves into the connections between the artists who define their generationsTue, 19 Jan 2016 15:54:55 +0000When Will We Reach the End of the Periodic Table?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-will-we-reach-end-periodic-table-180957851/Even with new elements in hand, scientists are struggling to predict the future of the iconic chemical roadmapTue, 19 Jan 2016 15:51:10 +0000Powerball’s Puerto Rican Rootshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/powerballs-puerto-rican-roots-180957844/The first modern lottery in the United States raised funds to fight tuberculosisTue, 19 Jan 2016 15:11:59 +0000Dozens of Insects and Spiders May Live in Every Room of Your Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dozens-insects-and-spiders-may-live-every-room-your-house-180957853/A survey of 50 North Carolina homes turned up just five rooms that were completely free of arthropodsTue, 19 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000The Extravagant Plot to Make Grace Kelly a Princesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/grace-kelly-million-dollar-american-princess/In 1955, Rainier III, the wealthy Prince of Monaco, knew he had to find a bride to extend his family's legacyFri, 15 Jan 2016 21:49:29 +0000A Rare and Important Sculpture of Martin Luther King Comes to the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rare-and-important-sculpture-martin-luther-king-comes-smithsonian-180957848/Charles Alston’s work is accepted into the African American History Museum’s collections as the nation pauses to honor the great civil rights leaderFri, 15 Jan 2016 20:38:44 +0000Raoul Wallenberg's Biographer Uncovers Important Clues To What Happened in His Final Days http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/raoul-wallenbergs-biographer-uncovers-important-clues-his-final-days-180957837/Swedish writer Ingrid Carlberg investigates the tragedy that befell the heroic humanitarianFri, 15 Jan 2016 19:55:31 +0000Social Contact Helps Beneficial Gut Bacteria Spreadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/social-contact-helps-beneficial-gut-bacteria-spread-180957845/A study of chimp poop suggests that social animals share a collective microbiome that might help regulate healthFri, 15 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000The Dakota Badlands Used to Host Sabertoothed Pseudo-Cat Battleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dakota-badlands-used-host-wild-sabertoothed-pseudo-cat-battles-180957841/The region was once home to a plethora of catlike creatures called nimravids, and fossils show they were an especially fractious breedFri, 15 Jan 2016 17:48:50 +0000Immerse Yourself in the World's Most Breathtaking Bathshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/put-these-hot-tubs-your-bucket-list-180957814/From ice-encrusted hot tubs to baths made of beer, don't miss these six spectacular soaksFri, 15 Jan 2016 16:18:18 +0000This Powerful Metal Glue Sets at Room Temperaturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/powerful-metal-glue-sets-room-temperature-180957836/MesoGlue uses nanorod technology to fuse items together without heat, potentially replacing solderingFri, 15 Jan 2016 15:15:01 +0000Humans Were in the Arctic 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-were-arctic-10000-years-earlier-thought-180957819/Distinctive cut marks on a Siberian mammoth represent the first known evidence of human hunters this far northThu, 14 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000Astronomers Have Found the Brightest Supernova Yethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/astronomers-found-brightest-supernova-yet-180957820/The powerful blast is so weird that it could be a whole new kind of star explosionThu, 14 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000Sylvester Stallone Joins an Oscars Elite Team: Actors Nominated Twice for the Same Rolehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/sylvester-stallone-joins-oscars-elite-team-actors-nominated-twice-same-role-180957816/The actor and writer who gave us Rocky Balboa (again and again and again) is the sixth member of this exclusive clubThu, 14 Jan 2016 14:00:46 +0000Life and Rocks May Have Co-Evolved on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/life-and-rocks-may-have-co-evolved-on-earth-180957807/A Carnegie geologist makes the case that minerals have evolved over time and may have helped spark lifeWed, 13 Jan 2016 20:17:46 +0000For the World’s Wetlands, It May Be Sink or Swim. Here’s Why It Mattershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/worlds-wetlands-it-may-be-sink-or-swim-heres-why-it-matters-180957808/One of the world’s most long-studied marshes has revealed a wealth of information, but it continues to perplex and intrigue the scientists who analyze itWed, 13 Jan 2016 20:04:01 +0000What Makes Tucson Deserving of the Title of the United States' First Capital of Gastronomy http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/introducing-americas-first-capital-gastronomy-180957793/The Arizona city joins Unesco's growing list of "Creative Cities"Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:13:02 +0000Portraits of Canada’s Ice Fishing Hutshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/portraits-canadas-ice-fishing-huts-180957794/Take a look at some of Canada's coziest ice fishing hutsWed, 13 Jan 2016 16:46:00 +0000Could Pop-Up Social Spaces at Polls Increase Voter Turnout?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-pop-up-social-spaces-polls-increase-voter-turnout-180957799/Placemaking the Vote, one of the finalists in the Knight Cities Challenge, wants people to hang out at their polling placesWed, 13 Jan 2016 16:30:04 +0000What It Means to Live Life Working in the U.S. on a Visahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-it-means-live-life-working-us-visa-180957802/A piece of paper affixed to a passport is the subject of a new Smithsonian online exhibitWed, 13 Jan 2016 16:02:33 +0000The Ozone Hole Was Super Scary, So What Happened To It?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ozone-hole-was-super-scary-what-happened-it-180957775/When the ozone hole was discovered, it became a worldwide sensation. Thirty years later, what's become of it?Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:46:34 +0000The Burning Truth Behind an E-Waste Dump in Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/burning-truth-behind-e-waste-dump-africa-180957597/Ending the toxic smoke rising from an iconic dump in Ghana will take more than curbing Western wasteWed, 13 Jan 2016 15:32:39 +0000The True History of Suffragette http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-history-suffragette-180957728/Emily Wilding Davison was a tireless and ingenious activist for the cause of women's suffrage in BritainWed, 13 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000These Creative Wind Turbines Will Have You Rethinking What You Know About Wind Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-creative-wind-turbines-will-have-you-rethinking-what-you-know-about-wind-power-180957767/Wind turbines don't have to all look the same. Here are some that are helping cities go green—and look like art in the processTue, 12 Jan 2016 15:00:25 +0000What Landing a Rover on Mars Teaches You About Leadership and Teamworkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-landing-rover-mars-teaches-you-about-leadership-teamwork-180957751/In his new book, NASA engineer Adam Steltzner shares his insights on how to inspire people to make the impossible possibleMon, 11 Jan 2016 16:37:24 +0000It's Been 50 Years Since Batman Went "Bam!" and "Pow"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/biff-bam-pow-tvs-batman-turns-50-month-180957766/The original Catwoman, Julie Newmar recalls fitting into that distinctive costume—now at the Smithsonian Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:32:08 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Is Wind?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-what-is-wind-180957763/Whether arriving on a gentle breeze or a stiff gale, air moves like water responding to high and low pressures around the EarthMon, 11 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Living Bacteria Are Riding Earth's Air Currentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/living-bacteria-are-riding-earths-air-currents-180957734/The high-flying microbes can travel across the globe, spreading disease or even changing climatesMon, 11 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Air Pollution Goes Back Way Further Than You Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/air-pollution-goes-back-way-further-you-think-180957716/Thousands of years ago, humans were adding lead fumes and other pollutants to the airMon, 11 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000Dr. Gustav Zander's Victorian-Era Exercise Machines Made the Bowflex Look Like Child's Playhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/gustav-zander-victorian-era-exercise-machines-bowflex-180957758/A Smithsonian librarian highlights the precursor to today's gym enthusiastsFri, 08 Jan 2016 17:56:23 +0000Six Cool Gadgets From This Year's CES http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/six-cool-gadgets-years-ces-180957754/The Consumer Electronics Show has long been the launchpad for some of our most beloved electronics productsFri, 08 Jan 2016 16:50:20 +0000How Contacting the Dead Became a Family Gamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-contacting-the-dead-became-a-family-game/After the Civil War, one man decided there was money to be made in contacting the dead. So he invented a popular, occult board game that lives on todayFri, 08 Jan 2016 15:20:44 +0000Go Behind the Scenes at America's Most Lucrative Elvis Presley Tribute Contesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/right-way-experience-elvis-tribute-artist-contest-180957755/Get all shook up with the winners of this year's Tribute to the KingFri, 08 Jan 2016 15:07:29 +0000Stephen Hawking Thinks We Can Solve a Major Black Hole Mystery With Hairhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stephen-hawking-thinks-we-can-solve-major-black-hole-mystery-hair-180957753/No toupees needed, though. The "hairs" in question are minute changes in spacetime at the fringes of black holesFri, 08 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Visit These Ten Sites Celebrating Major Anniversaries in 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ten-important-anniversaries-for-2016-180957711/From Winnie the Pooh's 90th birthday to the National Park Service's centennial, you won't want to miss out on these once-in-a-lifetime eventsThu, 07 Jan 2016 19:07:41 +0000The Atomic Age Ushered In the Anthropocene, Scientists Sayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-anthropocene-officially-thing-180957742/Geoscientists have concluded that the Age of Humans officially began at the start of the nuclear age.Thu, 07 Jan 2016 19:00:20 +0000The Iceman's Stomach Bugs Offer Clues to Ancient Human Migrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/iceman-stomach-bugs-clues-ancient-human-migration-180957738/DNA analysis of the mummy's pathogens may reveal when and how Ötzi's people came to the Italian AlpsThu, 07 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000The Earliest Memoir by a Black Inmate Reveals the Long Legacy of Mass Incarcerationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/earliest-memoir-black-inmate-reveals-legacy-mass-incarceration-180957683/The story of "Rob Reed" is finally published, 150 years after his releaseThu, 07 Jan 2016 17:08:20 +0000Does This Sculpture Depict a Coral Reef Collapsing or Recovering?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/spiral-shaped-coral-reef-sculpture-is-collapsing-or-recovering-180957676/Artist Courtney Mattison's spiral-shaped piece explores the uncertain future for coral reefsThu, 07 Jan 2016 16:22:24 +0000These Photographs Show the Bleak New Home for the White Stork: A Landfillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-elegant-white-storks-new-nest-is-carved-in-garbage-180957675/Dutch wildlife photographer Jasper Doest followed the path of the white stork's migration route, forever altered by human activityThu, 07 Jan 2016 15:03:37 +0000How Frida Kahlo's Love Letter Shaped Romance for Punk Poet Patti Smithhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-frida-kahlos-love-letter-shaped-romance-punk-poet-laureate-patti-smith-180957682/Sealed with a kiss, the 1940 note reflects the "earthly human love" between Kahlo and fellow artist Diego RiveraThu, 07 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000Foot Fluids Work in Surprising Ways to Help Insects Stick to Wallshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/foot-fluids-work-surprising-ways-help-insects-stick-walls-180957674/Long though to boost bug stickiness, the fluid may instead help insects mold to contours and make quick exitsThu, 07 Jan 2016 14:17:05 +0000Does Icy Pluto Have a Hidden Ocean? New Horizons Offers New Clueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-icy-pluto-have-hidden-ocean-new-horizons-offers-new-clues-180957737/Data from the NASA probe are helping to build a solid case for a liquid ocean inside the tiny, distant worldThu, 07 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Leopard Sharks Navigate With Their Noseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/leopard-sharks-navigate-their-noses-180957729/After being kidnapped and dropped off at sea, the sharks picked up on olfactory cues to find their way back homeWed, 06 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000How the Phonograph Changed Music Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/phonograph-changed-music-forever-180957677/Much like streaming music services today are reshaping our relationship with music, Edison's invention redefined the entire industryWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:55:08 +0000This Mobster Museum Was Once One of New York City's Most Notorious Speakeasieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mobster-museum-speakeasy-180957704/See shell casings from Bonnie and Clyde's final shoot out and John Dillinger's death mask in the Museum of the American Gangster's unusual collectionWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:22:56 +0000Why Robert Redford Loves America's National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/robert-redford-national-parks-180957681/The famed actor and director celebrates the great outdoors of the United States in a new dcoumentaryWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:17:57 +0000A Portrait of an American Hero and a Generation That Is Slowly Fading Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/portrait-american-hero-greatest-generation-180957678/Photographer Dan Winters shows us the modern-day life of an unheralded World War II veteranWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:01:57 +0000Seven of the Most Innovative Gyms in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-most-innovative-gyms-world-180957722/Go way beyond free weights and stationary bikes at these clever workout facilitiesWed, 06 Jan 2016 17:43:26 +0000A Journey to the Oldest Cave Paintings in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/journey-oldest-cave-paintings-world-180957685/The discovery in a remote part of Indonesia has scholars rethinking the origins of art—and of humanityWed, 06 Jan 2016 17:35:20 +0000How Canoes Are Saving Lives and Restoring Spirithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-canoes-are-saving-lives-and-restoring-spirit-180957712/Native maritime communities are rediscovering their heritage by learning how to craft and paddle together aboard the ancient dugout vessels of their pastWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:34:24 +0000Does Altitude Affect Animals the Same Way it Affects Humans and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/altitude-affect-animals-same-way-affects-humans-180957673/You asked, we answeredWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:32:15 +0000The Early History of Autism in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/early-history-autism-america-180957684/A surprising new historical analysis suggests that a pioneering doctor was examining people with autism before the Civil WarWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:27:18 +0000How "The Sound of Silence" Became a Surprise Hithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/sound-silence-surprise-hit-180957672/The Simon and Garfunkel song catapulted the duo to stardomWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000There Are Still Thousands of Tons of Unexploded Bombs in Germany, Left Over From World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/seventy-years-world-war-two-thousands-tons-unexploded-bombs-germany-180957680/More than 70 years after being dropped in Europe, the ordnance is still inflicting harm and mayhemWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000Could Renewable Energy Be Stored in Balloons in the Ocean?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-renewable-energy-be-stored-balloons-ocean-180957603/Underwater compressed air energy storage is promising, but the fate of this tech remains unknownWed, 06 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000The History of the United States’ First Refugee Crisishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-united-states-first-refugee-crisis-180957717/Fleeing the Haitian revolution, whites and free blacks were viewed with suspicion by American slaveholders, including Thomas JeffersonTue, 05 Jan 2016 18:16:30 +0000New Exhibition Featuring Picasso, O'Keeffe, Hopper and Many Others Brings Modernism Into Focushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-featuring-picasso-okeeffe-hopper-others-modernism-focus-180957643/The artistic risk and adventure of 20th-century modernism is explored at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumTue, 05 Jan 2016 16:37:29 +000014 Fun Facts About Parrotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/14-fun-facts-about-parrots-180957714/#7: They taste with the roofs of their mouthsTue, 05 Jan 2016 16:25:23 +0000Richard Dreyfuss on Being Bernie Madoffhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/richard-dreyfuss-bernie-madoff-180957679/The versatile actor opens up about playing the banker in a new television miniseries and his close encounters with sharks and space aliensTue, 05 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000How Are Horoscopes Still a Thing?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-are-horoscopes-still-thing-180957701/No, there’s no science behind an astrologer’s prediction for 2016, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be accurateTue, 05 Jan 2016 15:45:14 +0000Biomedical Science Studies Are Shockingly Hard to Reproducehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/biomedical-science-studies-are-shockingly-hard-reproduce-180957708/Limited access to research details and a culture that emphasizes breakthroughs are undermining the credibility of scienceMon, 04 Jan 2016 19:21:21 +0000Twelve New Museums to Visit in 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/twelve-new-museums-2016-180957646/Whether you're a fossil hunter, a history buff or a basketball fan, you won't want to miss these 12 must-see museums in the new yearThu, 31 Dec 2015 20:56:45 +0000This Man Risked His Life to Champion His Inventionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-man-risked-his-life-to-champion-his-invention/In 1916, 32 men were trapped in a mine near Lake Erie. Garrett Morgan saw an opportunity to prove that his fireproof hood worked and went in to rescue themThu, 31 Dec 2015 14:47:25 +0000Seven Must-See Museums in Austria http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/seven-must-see-museums-austria-180957381/Art, music and open-air delightsThu, 31 Dec 2015 14:32:32 +0000Eight Innovators to Watch in 2016 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/eight-innovators-watch-2016-180957648/These thinkers are making fascinating developments in medicine, economics, art, music and moreWed, 30 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Our Top Ten Videos of 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/our-top-ten-videos-2015-180957659/From Hitler's home videos to the suffocating upbringing of an American princess, here are the most-watched videos on Smithsonian.com this yearTue, 29 Dec 2015 20:43:53 +0000This Color-Changing Mutant Has Three Heartshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-color-changing-mutant-has-three-hearts/The cuttlefish has the largest brain-to-body ratio of all invertebrates, which explains why its camouflage is so intricate and masterfulTue, 29 Dec 2015 19:15:32 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Sneeze?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-do-we-sneeze-180957634/Whether you sneeze because of a cold, or after sex or a good meal or in sunlight, the good old Achoo is the body's way of ridding itself of irritantsTue, 29 Dec 2015 18:19:25 +0000How Native American Artist Fritz Scholder Forever Changed the Art Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/fritz-scholder-native-american-artist-art-world-180957655/An exhibit in Denver looks at why we should all be grateful that Scholder broke his wordTue, 29 Dec 2015 14:44:06 +0000An Underwater Museum in Egypt Could Bring Thousands of Sunken Relics Into Viewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/underwater-museum-egypt-could-bring-thousands-sunken-relics-into-view-180957645/The proposed site might revive tourism in Alexandria and also further research into the ancient ruinsTue, 29 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000An Egyptian Arms Racehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/an-egyptian-arms-race/ Threatened by the powerful Hyksos army, the Egyptians have to make a choice: live under the control of the occupiers or risk everything to be freeMon, 28 Dec 2015 18:51:56 +0000Cool Science Stories You May Have Missed in 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/cool-science-stories-you-may-have-missed-2015-180957647/Quantum spookiness, a Maya city buried in ash and more in this year’s surprising scienceMon, 28 Dec 2015 18:22:48 +0000Tiny Fossils Reveal the Rise of Mammals on Madagascarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tiny-fossils-reveal-rise-mammals-madagascar-180957644/Recent finds are helping paleontologists piece together what happened after dinosaurs vanished from the islandMon, 28 Dec 2015 17:00:00 +0000This New App Wants to Help You With Your Homeworkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-new-app-wants-help-you-with-your-homework-180957593/With GotIt!, high school students take a photo of a tricky math or science problem and get live tutoring by text from the highest bidderMon, 28 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000All the World's a Frozen Sculpture at China's Ice and Snow Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ice-and-snow-world-lights-china-180957635/Thousands flock to one of the country's coldest regions to see the stunning displaysThu, 24 Dec 2015 15:04:07 +0000The Enduring Mystique of the Venetian Lagoonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mystique-venice-lagoon-180956871/Among islands barely emerging from the water, you find yourself in an ageless worldWed, 23 Dec 2015 19:04:52 +0000Giant Christmas Displays Are Taking Over Malls Throughout Asiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/giant-christmas-displays-are-taking-over-malls-throughout-asia-180957604/These malls know how to get into the holiday spiritWed, 23 Dec 2015 16:32:34 +0000Have Bad Handwriting? The U.S. Postal Service Has Your Backhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/have-bad-handwriting-us-postal-service-has-your-back-180957629/Don’t worry, your Christmas gifts and cards will make it to their destination, even if your writing looks like chicken scratchWed, 23 Dec 2015 15:55:33 +0000The History of D.C.'s Epic and Unfinished Struggle for Representation and Self-Governancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-washington-dc-defined-its-epic-struggle-for-representation-180957613/Control of the federal city was long dictated by Congress until residents took a stand beginning in the 1960sWed, 23 Dec 2015 15:25:21 +0000Making Sugar Twice as Sweet http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/making-sugar-twice-sweet-180957608/An Israeli startup has invented a process to coat inert particles with sugar molecules, tricking the tongue into thinking food is sweeterWed, 23 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Our Top Ten Stories of 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/our-top-10-stories-2015-180957623/From treasures buried in glaciers to the racial history of a vanished city in Oregon, here are the most-read stories on Smithsonian.com this yearWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:58:32 +0000Dogs Mimic Each Other’s Expressions, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dogs-mimic-each-others-expressions-too-180957618/The behavioral findings hint that dogs, like humans, might be capable of their own form of empathyWed, 23 Dec 2015 00:01:00 +0000From Teeth to Toilets, This Dazzling Exhibit of Gold Artifacts Has the Midas Touch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/all-gold-exhibition-180957489/An exhibit at New York City's Museum of American Finance tracks the allure of gold through the centuriesTue, 22 Dec 2015 20:07:53 +0000Are We on the Cusp of a Global Volcanic Winter?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/are-we-on-the-cusp-of-a-global-volcanic-winter/If a supervolcano like the one at Yellowstone were to erupt, the world would be engulfed in a global volcanic winter. Estimated cost: $3 trillionTue, 22 Dec 2015 17:39:32 +0000It's Like Uber, But for Farmers' Marketshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/taking-farmers-market-online-180957606/A startup called Farmigo is trying to create a better food system for both eaters and farmersTue, 22 Dec 2015 15:28:51 +0000Introducing the Band-Aids of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/introducing-band-aids-future-180957569/MIT engineers are developing a "smart" bandage that can monitor and deliver drugs to a woundMon, 21 Dec 2015 15:32:43 +0000How Deadly Explosives Inspired the Nobel Peace Prizehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-deadly-explosives-made-the-nobel-peace-prize/Alfred Nobel's invention of dynamite was a terrifying addition to mankind's arsenal of destruction. Ironically, it also spawned the Nobel Peace PrizeMon, 21 Dec 2015 15:18:49 +0000Top Nine Ocean Stories That Had Us Talking in 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-nine-ocean-stories-had-us-talking-2015-180957590/From fossil whales to adorable octopuses, here are some of the marine headliners that caught our attention this yearMon, 21 Dec 2015 14:21:26 +0000Unbelievable Footage of Exploding Plantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/unbelievable-footage-of-exploding-plants/Violets, touch me nots and squirting cucumbers all have one thing in common: They disperse their seeds by exploding. Here's some incredible footage of eachFri, 18 Dec 2015 17:32:24 +0000This Robot Will Make You Dinnerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/robot-make-me-dinner-180957535/Moley Robotics is developing a robotic kitchen that can prepare a meal from start to finish—cleanup includedFri, 18 Dec 2015 16:48:13 +0000Afghanistan’s Artisans Are Experiencing a New Age of Recognition and Prosperity http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/afghanistans-artisans-are-experiencing-new-age-recognition-and-prosperity-180957492/Named for a lost city, Turquoise Mountain, an organization that is reviving an ancient craft industry, is bringing artists to the SmithsonianFri, 18 Dec 2015 15:36:27 +0000This Metal Is 99.9 Percent Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/metal-999-percent-air-180957574/A new metal "microlattice" is strong yet incredibly light, lending itself to a wide variety of aerospace, automotive and medical usesFri, 18 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Behold: The World's Largest (Three-Ton) Gingerbread Villagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/this-is-the-worlds-largest-gingerbread-village-180957560/Experience the glory of GingerBread LaneFri, 18 Dec 2015 13:47:24 +0000Charles Darwin's Famous Finches Could Be Extinct in Half a Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/charles-darwins-famous-finches-could-be-extinct-half-century-180957578/The finches on the Galapagos Islands are suffering from a parasitic fly introduced to the islands by humansThu, 17 Dec 2015 22:01:59 +0000A Smartwatch for the Visually Impairedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smartwatch-visually-impaired-180957581/Developed by University of Washington students, Dot translates texts, tweets and e-books to BrailleThu, 17 Dec 2015 19:54:59 +0000Photos and Videos of the National Zoo's Panda Cub Making a Visit to the Vethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/photos-videos-national-zoo-panda-cub-180957579/A check-up reveals that Bei Bei is now a hefty, thriving 18 poundsThu, 17 Dec 2015 19:27:27 +0000We Are Missing At Least 145 Carbon-Bearing Minerals, and You Can Help Find Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/we-are-missing-145-carbon-bearing-mineral-you-can-help-find-them-180957575/The Carbon Mineral Challenge is asking rock enthusiasts around the world to hunt for the undiscovered forms of this common elementThu, 17 Dec 2015 18:09:06 +0000Did John Deere's Best Invention Spark a Revolution or an Environmental Disaster? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/did-john-deeres-best-invention-spark-revolution-or-environmental-disaster-180957080/When Deere created his now-famous steel plow, he created America's breadbasket and set the stage for many of modern farming's environmental problemsThu, 17 Dec 2015 17:36:29 +0000The Best History Books of 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/best-history-books-2015-180957554/Beyond the boldface names are these chronicles from the past year that are well worth your timeThu, 17 Dec 2015 16:51:55 +0000How the Smithsonian Hopes to Turn Infants, Toddlers and Young Children Into Museumgoershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-opens-wonderplace-youngest-museum-visitors-180957555/The National Museum of American History opens its new "Wonderplace," a space for the youngest members of the familyThu, 17 Dec 2015 16:30:29 +0000These Are the "Star Wars" Exhibitions You Are Looking Forhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/star-wars-exhibitions-180957538/Grab your light saber and celebrate the art of the movie series at museums around the worldThu, 17 Dec 2015 15:36:14 +0000Astounding Facts About Crocodile Eyeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/astounding-facts-about-crocodile-eyes/Crocodile's eyes are an engineering marvel: They can see all around, can track different targets, are retractable in battle, and can even see at nightWed, 16 Dec 2015 21:45:22 +0000Humans Caused a Major Shift in Earth's Ecosystems 6,000 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-caused-major-shift-earths-ecosystems-6000-years-ago-180957566/We upended a pattern held for 300 million years, and that may mean we are causing a new phase in global evolutionWed, 16 Dec 2015 20:46:02 +0000Some Forests Have Outsized Impacts on Local Water http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/some-forests-have-outsized-impacts-local-water-180957562/A comprehensive new report emphasizes the importance of upland forests for providing clean water, mitigating storms and reducing erosion Wed, 16 Dec 2015 20:15:13 +0000Teen Inventors Create Live Closed-Captioning Glasses for the Deaf http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/teen-inventors-create-live-closed-captioning-glasses-deaf-180957155/Seventeen-year-old Daniil Frants and his buddies hope to help the hard-of-hearing engage in naturally flowing conversationsWed, 16 Dec 2015 19:19:47 +0000Airplane Contrails May Be Creating Accidental Geoengineeringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/airplane-contrails-may-be-creating-accidental-geoengineering-180957561/Dissipating haze from plane exhaust alters how sunlight reaches the Earth and may be unintentionally affecting our climateWed, 16 Dec 2015 18:54:12 +0000Cuba’s Fascinating Babalú-Ayé Procession Honors African and Catholic Traditionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cubas-fascinating-december-holiday-honors-african-and-catholic-traditions-180957553/On December 17, Cubans perform a ritual pilgrimage for a powerful deity that can bring good health or can take it awayWed, 16 Dec 2015 16:39:59 +0000Illegal in Iceland: Quirky Bans From the Land of Fire and Icehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/illegal-in-iceland-180957521/From historical bans on Basques to modern-day naming restrictions, Iceland's laws leave a lasting impressionWed, 16 Dec 2015 15:03:42 +0000