Articles | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenMon, 29 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000How a Downed U.S. Plane Almost Caused a Nuclear Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-a-downed-us-plane-almost-caused-a-nucl/When the Cubans accidentally shoot down a U.S. U-2 aircraft, the threat of nuclear war becomes a serious possibility Mon, 29 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000World War I Cemeteries & Memorials Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/WWI-cemeteries-around-world-180963437/ Fri, 26 May 2017 19:28:12 +0000New Photos Reveal What's Left Behind When a Rocket Travels to Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photos-reveal-left-behind-rocket-travels-space-180963242/Michael Soluri captures these strangely evocative traces of America’s heroic extraterrestrial journeysFri, 26 May 2017 15:20:13 +0000When a Jet-Powered Car Raced in the Indianapolis 500http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/jet-powered-car-raced-indy-500-180963240/The racecar tore up the track and dazzled fans at the legendary competition—and then vanished Fri, 26 May 2017 15:00:58 +0000Just a Few Self-Driving Cars Could Fix Phantom Traffic Jamshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/few-self-driving-cars-could-fix-phantom-traffic-jams-180963472/A new study suggests they can help get rid of stop-and-go traffic on highways. Fri, 26 May 2017 14:05:00 +0000Stephen Talty's Guide to Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/stephen-talty-guide-culture-180963298/The detective novelist offers his picks for movies, tv shows and Twitter accounts to followFri, 26 May 2017 13:42:53 +0000The Hidden Dangers of Road Salthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/road-salt-can-disrupt-ecosystems-and-endanger-humans-180963393/It clears our roads, but also spells danger for fish, moose—and sometimes humansFri, 26 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Real Culprit of an Ancient Egyptian Plague Was... Bread?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-real-culprit-of-an-ancient-egyptian-plag/According to the Bible, the 10th plague to befall Ancient Egypt killed the first born child of every familyFri, 26 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Tweaking the Tiny Electrical Charges Inside Cells Can Fight Infectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/using-bodys-own-electricity-fight-infection-180963460/It works in tadpoles. Could it work in humans?Fri, 26 May 2017 09:01:00 +0000Where to Go if You Want to See Manhattanhenge in 2017http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-go-if-you-want-see-manhattanhenge-2017-180963471/It's the most anticipated sunset of the yearThu, 25 May 2017 21:31:00 +0000How Does Earth's Geomagnetic Field Work?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-earth-geomagnetic-field-work-180963302/You asked, we answeredThu, 25 May 2017 15:00:45 +0000The Future of Zero-Gravity Living Is Herehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/future-zero-gravity-living-is-here-180963243/Entrepreneurs predict there will be thousands of us living and working in space. Our correspondent takes off to see what that feels likeThu, 25 May 2017 14:59:30 +0000Children of the ‘80s Never Fear: Video Games Did Not Ruin Your Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/children-80s-never-fear-video-games-did-not-ruin-your-life-180963452/Inside the ridiculous media panic that scared parents sillyThu, 25 May 2017 14:13:30 +0000The Next Generation of Military Prosthetics Is Breaking New Groundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/next-generation-military-prosthetics-breaking-new-ground-180963448/At the Smithsonian’s Military Invention Day, visitors experienced how military innovation is helping society Thu, 25 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000Top Hats, James Bond and a Shipwreck: Seven Fun Facts About John F. Kennedyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/top-hats-james-bond-and-shipwreck-seven-fun-facts-about-john-f-kennedy-180963447/To celebrate the 100th anniversary of JFK’s birth, a look at his extraordinary lifeThu, 25 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Catalan Folk Singer Refused to Bow to Oppression http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/catalan-folk-singer-refused-bow-oppression-180963436/The director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage recognizes the lifetime work of the singer activist RaimonThu, 25 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Key to Protecting Life on Earth May Be Barcoding Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-dna-barcoding-opens-new-doors-conservation-180963431/An easier way to read DNA is helping scientists tease apart species and ecosystems in nuanced waysThu, 25 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Flying Gas Station Can Carry 200,000 Lbs. of Fuelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-flying-gas-station-can-carry-200000-lb/The KC-135 Stratotanker plays a crucial role in keeping U.S. fighter jets up in the air. That's because this 136-foot long aircraft is a flying gas tankThu, 25 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000More Than 250,000 Bibliophiles Are About to Descend on "The Town of Books"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hay-festival-literature-what-expect-180963445/The Hay Festival of Literature kicks of its 30th anniversary festival in WalesWed, 24 May 2017 19:36:27 +0000Why Your Next Favorite Fictional Protagonist Might Be on the Autism Spectrumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/next-favorite-fictional-protagonist-autism-spectrum-180963418/Fiction can reframe misunderstood mental conditions like autismWed, 24 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000Bjarke Ingels Makes the Impossible Concretehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bjarke-ingels-makes-impossible-concrete-180963301/The star architect is mapping out a new daring plan for the SmithsonianWed, 24 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Mastiffs Became the World’s Top Dogshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mastiffs-worlds-top-dogs-180963300/The large, furry dogs of Tibet took an evolutionary shortcut millenia ago Wed, 24 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000Can Human Mortality Really Be Hacked?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/human-mortality-hacked-life-extension-180963241/Backed by the digital fortunes of Silicon Valley, biotech companies are brazenly setting out to “cure” agingWed, 24 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000Which of Your Favorite Superheroes Is Destroying the Earth?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/which-your-favorite-superheroes-destroying-earth-180963420/Measuring the carbon footprints of your favorite comic book heroes, from Batman to Jessica JonesWed, 24 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000U-2 Dragon Lady Gives a Helping Hand to U.S. Troopshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/u-2-dragon-lady-gives-a-helping-hand-to-us/When a U.S. convoy in Afghanistan has vehicle problems and is forced to stop for repairs, a U-2 aircraft spots a Taliban ambush coming their wayWed, 24 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge as Bill Murray Reads You Poetry This Junehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/walk-across-brooklyn-bridge-bill-murray-reads-you-poetry-june-180963425/ Tue, 23 May 2017 20:07:15 +0000Watch How One Harlem Storefront Changes Over Nearly Four Decades http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/watch-how-one-harlem-storefront-changes-over-nearly-four-decades-180963394/The Smithsonian American Art Museum's new exhibition goes "Down These Mean Streets" Tue, 23 May 2017 17:51:35 +0000Prosthetic Limb 'Sees' What Its User Wants to Grabhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hand-sees-helps-amputees-180963382/Adding computer vision and deep learning to a prosthetic makes it far more effectiveTue, 23 May 2017 17:48:48 +0000Malta’s Hypogeum, One of the World’s Best Preserved Prehistoric Sites, Reopens to the Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/maltas-hypogeum-one-worlds-best-preserved-prehistoric-sites-reopens-public-180963397/The complex of excavated cave chambers includes a temple, cemetery and funeral hallTue, 23 May 2017 17:20:51 +0000What the Unisphere Tells Us About America at the Dawn of the Space Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unisphere-america-dawn-space-age-180963244/A towering tribute to the future past—and one man’s egoTue, 23 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000A Visit to Seoul Brings Our Writer Face-to-Face With the Future of Robotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/visit-seoul-writer-future-robots-180963238/In the world’s most futuristic city, a tech-obsessed novelist confronts the invasion of mesmerizing machinesTue, 23 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000Joe Pyne Was America's First Shock Jockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/joe-pyne-first-shock-jock-180963237/Newly discovered tapes resurrect the angry ghost of Joe Pyne, the original outrageous talk show hostTue, 23 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000One Girl's Mishap Led to the Creation of the Antibiotic Bacitracinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/one-girl-mishap-creation-antibiotic-bacitracin-180963236/Margaret Treacy was the namesake for a breakthrough medicationTue, 23 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Namesake of Howard University Spent Years Kicking Native Americans Off of Their Landhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/namesake-howard-university-spent-years-kicking-native-americans-out-180963409/Oliver Otis Howard was a revered Civil War general—but his career had a dark postscriptTue, 23 May 2017 14:10:16 +0000An App to Make You a Better Public Speakerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/app-make-you-better-public-speaker-180963384/Orai, created by two college students, uses AI to help people become more fluent, confident speakers through consistent practice and feedback. Tue, 23 May 2017 14:06:19 +0000The Taste Map of the Tongue You Learned in School Is All Wronghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/neat-and-tidy-map-tastes-tongue-you-learned-school-all-wrong-180963407/Modern biology shows that taste receptors aren't nearly as simple as that cordoned-off model would lead you to believeTue, 23 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000Sacrificing Fake Caterpillars in the Name of Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sacrificing-green-clay-caterpillars-name-science-180963408/Ersatz insects are helping ecologists figure out why bugs are more likely to become meals near the equatorTue, 23 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Trees Uncover What Plunged Egypt's Climate Into Chaoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/these-trees-uncover-what-plunged-egypts-cli/Examining tree rings inside the world's oldest trees reveal a seismic event that took place around 3,500 years agoTue, 23 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Explore an Ancient Cave City in Armeniahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-ancient-cave-city-armenia-180962981/Residents lived in Old Khndzoresk up until the 1950sMon, 22 May 2017 22:57:57 +0000Why Langston Hughes Still Reigns as a Poet for the Unchampionedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-langston-hughes-still-reigns-poet-unchampioned-180963405/Fifty years after his death, Hughes’ extraordinary lyricism resonates with power to peopleMon, 22 May 2017 18:49:58 +0000Why These Humans Are Museum Treasures, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-these-humans-museum-treasures-too-180963392/A portrait photographer captured 24 staffers from the National Museum of Natural History posing with their favorite artifacts from the collectionsMon, 22 May 2017 16:32:52 +0000The True Story of Brainwashing and How It Shaped Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-brainwashing-and-how-it-shaped-america-180963400/Fears of Communism during the Cold War spurred psychological research, pop culture hits, and unethical experiments in the CIAMon, 22 May 2017 16:24:06 +0000In Some Ways, Your Sense of Smell Is Actually Better Than a Dog’shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/you-actually-smell-better-dog-180963391/Human noses are especially attuned to picking up odors in bananas, urine and human bloodMon, 22 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000Why a Modern Cosmetics Company Is Mining Armenia's Ancient Manuscriptshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenian-folk-remedies-turned-modern-cosmetics-180963388/Armenia's folk remedies and botanical traditions are getting a new lookMon, 22 May 2017 14:28:11 +0000How a Single Paragraph Paved the Way for a Jewish State http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/single-paragraph-paved-way-jewish-state-180963390/The Balfour Declaration changed the course of history with just one sentenceMon, 22 May 2017 14:17:52 +0000How Thousand-Year-Old Trees Became the New Ivoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-thousand-year-old-trees-became-new-ivory-180963365/Ancient trees are disappearing from protected national forests around the world. A look inside $100 billion market for stolen woodMon, 22 May 2017 13:56:09 +0000Footage of a Tense Aerial Battle During the Falklands Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/footage-of-a-tense-aerial-battle-during-the-_1/It's 10 weeks into the Falklands War, and two British Harriers find themselves protecting a damaged ship, the HMS HermesMon, 22 May 2017 12:00:00 +000025 Marie Antoinette-Inspired Destinationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/25-marie-antoinette-inspired-destinations-180963356/Destinations in Vienna, Paris and beyond for travelers interested in tracing the footsteps of the infamous French queenFri, 19 May 2017 18:23:37 +0000How a Tiny Worm is Irritating the Most Majestic of Giraffes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-tiny-worm-is-irritating-most-majestic-giraffes-180963260/They sound horrifying and look worse. A Smithsonian researcher is investigating the cause of these grotesque skin lesions Fri, 19 May 2017 18:12:01 +0000The Librarian of Congress Weighs In on Why Card Catalogs Matterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/librarian-congress-weighs-why-card-catalogs-matter-180963371/The tech is gone, but it’s not forgotten. Carla Hayden explains whyFri, 19 May 2017 15:02:32 +0000What Does It Mean to Be a Species? Genetics Is Changing the Answerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-it-mean-be-species-genetics-changing-answer-180963380/As DNA techniques let us see animals in finer and finer gradients, the old definition is falling apartFri, 19 May 2017 13:47:40 +0000This Marine Compares Flying the Harrier to Riding a Dragonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-marine-compares-flying-the-harrier-to-r_1/Harrier's unique takeoff style and agility owes a lot to its 47-foot frame and mere 15,000 pounds in weight--almost half the size of modern fighter jetsFri, 19 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000How World War I Changed Weather Forecasting for Goodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-world-war-i-changed-weather-good-180963360/ Prior to the Great War, weather forecasters had never considered using mathematical modelingThu, 18 May 2017 16:03:44 +0000The 1927 Bombing That Remains America’s Deadliest School Massacrehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1927-bombing-remains-americas-deadliest-school-massacre-180963355/Ninety years ago, a school in Bath, Michigan was rigged with explosives in a brutal act that stunned the town Thu, 18 May 2017 14:52:49 +0000What Richmond Has Gotten Right About Interpreting Its Confederate Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-richmond-has-gotten-right-about-interpreting-its-confederate-history-180963354/And why it hasn't faced the same controversy as New Orleans or CharlottesvilleThu, 18 May 2017 14:31:09 +0000How America Can Help Save a Non-American Species: The Mighty Giraffehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/How-America-Protect-Non-American-Species-Giraffe-180963347/Giraffes aren't native to the U.S. But listing them as an endangered species could offer them much-needed protectionThu, 18 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Spring Brings a Wave of Baby Animals to the Zoohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/spring-brings-wave-baby-animals-zoo-180963342/Seven different endangered species born so far at the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology InstituteWed, 17 May 2017 20:35:56 +0000How Coffee, Chocolate and Tea Overturned a 1,500-Year-Old Medical Mindsethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-coffee-chocolate-and-tea-overturned-1500-year-old-medical-mindset-180963339/The humoral system dominated medicine since the Ancient Greeks—but it was no match for these New World beveragesWed, 17 May 2017 17:22:12 +0000How the Military Helmet Evolved From a Hazard to a Bullet Shieldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-military-helmet-evolved-hazard-bullet-shield-180963319/With the development of Kevlar and advanced industrial design, soldiers are now better protected from traumatic brain injury Tue, 16 May 2017 17:53:18 +0000The True Story Behind Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Her Mixed-Up Fileshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fifty-years-ago-two-kids-slept-over-met-museum-and-literary-classic-was-born-180963325/Fifty years ago, author E.L. Konigsburg wrote her children's literature classic that highlighted the wonder of museumsTue, 16 May 2017 17:39:13 +0000From Whispering Galleries to Echo Chambers, These Five Architectural Structures Have Extraordinary Acousticshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-weirdest-echoes-where-hear-them-180963307/Hearing things? Listen closely and you'll begin to understand whyTue, 16 May 2017 17:26:30 +0000To Save Desert Tortoises, Make Conservation a Real-Life Video Gamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/save-tortoises-researchers-are-making-conservation-real-life-video-game-180963289/Traditional techniques weren't working for the raven-ravaged reptile. So researchers got creative Tue, 16 May 2017 14:30:00 +0000Why Black Lung Disease Is Deadlier Than Ever Beforehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/black-lung-disease-deadlier-than-ever-before-180963303/As President Trump prepares to send miners back to work, a near-obsolete illness is once again ravaging coal countryTue, 16 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Distraction May Make Us Less Able to Appreciate Beautyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/distraction-makes-us-less-able-appreciate-beauty-180963315/Truly experiencing the beauty of an object could require conscious thought, vindicating the ideas of Immanuel KantMon, 15 May 2017 18:58:23 +0000This Invention Makes a Gardener Out of Anyonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/invention-makes-gardener-out-anyone-180963299/Seedsheets founder and CEO Cameron MacKugler designs the garden. You just have to water it.Mon, 15 May 2017 15:20:38 +0000JFK's Presidency Was Custom Made for the Golden Age of Photojournalism http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/jfks-presidency-was-custom-made-golden-age-photojournalism-180963281/A new exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum concentrates on the White House's most photogenic couple Mon, 15 May 2017 15:18:10 +0000Five Can’t-Miss Summer Light Festivals http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-cant-miss-summer-light-festivals-180963306/From Sydney to Providence, the world will be set aglow with millions of lights this seasonMon, 15 May 2017 14:59:59 +0000How WWI Sparked the Gay Rights Movementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-origins-modern-gay-rights-movement-wwi-180963283/ Soldiers came home from the Great War with a demand—full equality under the lawMon, 15 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000This App Could Bring Sex Ed To All Studentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/app-bring-sex-ed-all-students-180963275/Real Talk helps middle schoolers access reliable sex ed information using storytelling, regardless of whether they have internet at homeMon, 15 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Stunning, Less-Visited Castles in Europe Are Straight Out of a Fairy Talehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/these-hidden-castles-europe-are-straight-out-fairy-tale-180963278/Europe's hidden fortresses are postcard-perfectFri, 12 May 2017 20:35:40 +0000A Rare Public Display of a 17th-Century Mayan Manuscript http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/17th-century-mayan-manuscript-displayed-rare-public-display-180963272/With the book newly digitized, scholars are reinterpreting a story of native resistance from within its pagesFri, 12 May 2017 18:18:49 +0000Five Ways Ultrasound Is Changing Medicine, Martian Exploration and Even Your Phonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-futuristic-ultrasound-changing-medicine-180963277/If you thought ultrasound was only for prenatal care, think againFri, 12 May 2017 17:20:45 +0000Medieval Mothers Had to Marry and Murder to Get Their Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/medieval-mothers-had-marry-and-murder-get-their-way-180963282/The stories are below aren’t pulled from “Game of Thrones.” PromiseFri, 12 May 2017 15:33:52 +0000On Restaurant Day in Helsinki, Unofficial Pop-up Eateries Take Over Everything from Home Kitchens to Tattoo Shopshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/restaurant-day-helsinki-unofficial-pop-eateries-take-over-everything-home-kitchens-tattoo-shops-180963276/ Fri, 12 May 2017 14:21:14 +0000A Federal Immigration Building With a Dark Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/federal-immigration-building-180963265/In post-war San Francisco, discrimination against Chinese immigrants resulted in tragedyFri, 12 May 2017 13:43:20 +0000Fossils From Ancient Hot Springs Suggest Life May Have Evolved on Landhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/evidence-early-life-ancient-hot-springs-suggest-life-may-have-evolved-land-180963268/These 3.5-billion-year-old rocks could vindicate Darwin's claim that life evolved in "some warm little pond," and not in the oceanThu, 11 May 2017 20:08:33 +0000People Don’t Trust Scientific Research When Companies Are Involvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/people-dont-trust-scientific-research-when-companies-are-involved-180963251/But sometimes, they shouldThu, 11 May 2017 19:32:21 +0000Soon, You Could Be Able to Tell if Your Aquarium Fish Was Caught With Cyanidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-we-ever-have-cyanide-free-aquarium-fish-180963255/A new handheld detector aims to root out this widespread, destructive practice Thu, 11 May 2017 16:20:57 +0000Has the FBI Ever Been Divorced From Politics?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/has-fbi-ever-been-divorced-politics-180963257/From its earliest days, Congress feared it would act as a “secret federal police”Thu, 11 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000What Does Thoreau's Walden Pond Look Like Today?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/thoreau-walden-pond-today-photographs-180963117/Photographer S.B. Walker captures the pond's eternal glowThu, 11 May 2017 14:37:47 +0000Appalled by the Illegal Trade in Elephant Ivory, a Biologist Decided to Make His Ownhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/faking-elephant-ivory-180963226/Faking the stuff of elephant tusks could benefit wildlife conservation and engineering—yet many technical hurdles remain Wed, 10 May 2017 18:15:20 +0000Bespoke Produce? A New Farming Venture Tweaks Veggies To Suit Consumers' Needshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bespoke-produce-new-farming-venture-tweaks-veggies-suit-consumers-needs-180963247/Bowery, a new indoor farming company, offers "customized" greens and herbsWed, 10 May 2017 16:05:06 +0000For Black Photographers, the Camera Records Stories of Joy and Strugglehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/black-photographers-camera-joy-struggle-180963180/The African American History Museum showcases for the first time signature photographs from its new collectionsWed, 10 May 2017 15:46:17 +0000Patents (Only) a Mother Could Love http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/patents-mother-could-love-180963155/For Mother's Day, we've pulled some of history's wackiest patented ideas for mothers and childrenWed, 10 May 2017 15:02:36 +0000These Haunting Photographs Call Attention to Plastic Trash Swirling in the Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-haunting-photographs-call-attention-plastic-trash-swirling-ocean-180963219/Award-winning photographer Mandy Barker explores the beauty and tragedy of marine plankton and plastic wasteWed, 10 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000From Budweiser to Heineken, Alcohol Brands Are Rampant in Hollywood Filmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/budweiser-heineken-alcohol-brands-are-now-rampant-hollywood-films-180963207/Over the past two decades, even G-rated films have amped up the booze labels Tue, 09 May 2017 18:02:10 +0000 The World Told Through the Eyes of the Ginkgo Treehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/world-told-through-eyes-ginkgo-tree-180963209/By deciding this ancient plant was worthy of their attention, humans ended up dramatically shaping its evolution Tue, 09 May 2017 16:13:47 +0000How White House Chiefs of Staff Help Governhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/head-behind-chief-executive-how-white-house-chiefs-staff-help-govern-180963099/According to Chris Whipple’s new book, an empowered chief of staff can make a successful presidencyTue, 09 May 2017 14:47:13 +0000Is Artificial Intelligence the Key to Personalized Education?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-intelligence-key-personalized-education-180963172/AI expert Joseph Qualls thinks it will change the way kids learn. But it also raises some big issues. Tue, 09 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Cats Had Clout Long Before the Internethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cats-clout-long-before-internet-180963169/For artists, cats prove to be more than elegant studio companions, but inspirations as well, says a new exhibitionTue, 09 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Ancient Engineering That Kept One of the Driest Cities Wethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/ancient-engineering-that-kept-one-of-the-dri/The ancient Nabataeans' water storage and irrigation system was a marvel of engineeringTue, 09 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Introducing 'Zuul,' an Ankylosaur That Could Really Make Your Ankles Sorehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ankylosaur-could-really-make-your-ankles-sore-180963204/A finely preserved fossil sheds new light on the curious tail of armored dinosMon, 08 May 2017 23:00:00 +0000How Smart Were Early Humans? “Neuroarchaeology” Offers Some Answers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-smart-early-humans-brain-imaging-answers-180963176/ Brain Imaging Gives Insight Into Early Human MindsMon, 08 May 2017 18:56:57 +0000This Device Translates Text To Braille in Real Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/device-translates-text-braille-real-time-180963171/Team Tactile hopes to create an inexpensive and portable device that can raise text right off the pageMon, 08 May 2017 17:55:38 +0000The Woman Who Stood Between America and an Epidemic of Birth Defectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/woman-who-stood-between-america-and-epidemic-birth-defects-180963165/How the United States escaped a national tragedy in the 1960sMon, 08 May 2017 14:51:50 +0000The Faux “Sioux” Sharpshooter Who Became Annie Oakley’s Rivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/faux-sioux-sharpshooter-who-became-annie-oakleys-rival-180963164/By reinventing herself as Indian, Lillian Smith became a wild west sensation—and escaped an unhappy pastMon, 08 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Did a Flood Wipe Out the Mysterious Ancient City of Petra?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/did-a-flood-wipe-out-the-mysterious-ancient/Why did the ancient Nabataeans desert the city of Petra? The answer lies in traces of white sand found in its rubble, suggesting a massive floodMon, 08 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Racism Harms Children's Health, Survey Findshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/racism-harms-childrens-health-180963167/Racism may not be a disease, exactly. But a growing body of research finds that it has lasting physical and mental effects on its victims Fri, 05 May 2017 19:15:24 +0000Why the Colonies’ Most Galvanizing Patriot Never Became a Founding Fatherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/transformative-patriot-who-didnt-become-founding-father-180963166/James Otis, Jr. used his words to whip anti-British sentiment into a frenzy—so why isn’t he better remembered now?Fri, 05 May 2017 19:00:00 +0000A Vast and Now Vanished Amazon Sea Is Discoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-vast-and-vanished-sea-is-discovered-180963044/About 18 million years ago, the Caribbean Sea seasonally flooded inland forests, where enormous crocodiles and turtles roamedFri, 05 May 2017 18:32:07 +0000The Animals That Helped Win World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/animals-that-helped-win-world-war-I-180963042/Newly digitized photos tell the story of animals that fought as soldiers during the Great War Fri, 05 May 2017 18:16:00 +0000A New Color Printing Technique Borrows From Bird Feathershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-color-printing-technique-borrows-from-bird-feathers-180963154/Structural coloration, like that in peacock plumage, holds promise for images that don't fade awayFri, 05 May 2017 18:05:16 +0000How African-Americans Disappeared From the Kentucky Derbyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-african-americans-disappeared-kentucky-derby-180963159/Black jockeys won more than half of the first 25 runnings of the Kentucky Derby. Then they started losing their jobsFri, 05 May 2017 15:41:45 +0000How Electrified Steel Could Suck Toxic Metals From the Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/electrified-steel-suck-toxic-metals-from-ocean-180963156/After a century of strip mining and deforestation, New Caldonia researchers are working to de-contaminate marine watersFri, 05 May 2017 14:39:11 +0000Will This Artificial Womb One Day Improve the Care of Preemies?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-this-artificial-womb-one-day-improve-care-preemies-180963136/A new treatment, tested on lambs, involves letting fetuses mature in fluid-filled sacsFri, 05 May 2017 13:42:30 +0000A Culinary Renaissance in the Israeli Countrysidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/culinary-renaissance-israeli-countryside-180963116/Beyond Tel Aviv, towns are adopting enticing new approaches to cuisine that celebrate the history of the region and and the diversity of its peopleFri, 05 May 2017 13:20:00 +0000Can Saving Animals Prevent the Next Deadly Pandemic? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-saving-animals-to-prevent-next-deadly-pandemic-180963151/A global disease monitoring network is banking on the idea that healthier wildlife means healthier humans Fri, 05 May 2017 13:18:05 +0000Arctic Cruise Line Baptizes Its Passengers in Icehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/arctic-cruise-line-baptizes-its-passengers-i/MS Fram has just crossed the Arctic Circle, so far north that the sun practically never sets. To celebrate, the crew stage a frosty mock baptismFri, 05 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Could a Doodle Replace Your Password?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-doodle-replace-your-password-180963139/Drawing your own unlock pattern on a touchscreen is faster and easier to remember than a password, and much harder to crackThu, 04 May 2017 15:29:40 +0000What Really Felled the Hindenburg?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/80th-anniversary-hindenburg-disaster-mysteries-remain-180963107/On the 80th anniversary of the conflagration, mysteries still remainThu, 04 May 2017 15:10:19 +0000What Was the Protest Group Students for a Democratic Society? Five Questions Answeredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-was-protest-group-students-democratic-society-five-questions-answered-180963138/Todd Gitlin, former president of Students for a Democratic Society, shares his perspective on protest in the 60s and nowThu, 04 May 2017 15:03:53 +0000Is Champagne Still Champagne Without Bubbles?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/champagne-still-champagne-without-bubbles-180963114/In a storied part of France, a group of artisan producers is making this beloved wine the old fashioned way—sans fizzThu, 04 May 2017 12:45:00 +0000Elusive Arctic Animals Reveal Themselves to an Expeditionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/elusive-arctic-animals-reveal-themselves-to/A group of Arctic tourists with an experienced expedition leader run into two unique arctic animals: the hardy muskoxen and a herd of reindeerThu, 04 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Scientists And Indigenous Groups Can Team Up to Protect Forests and Climatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-can-team-up-with-indigenous-groups-protect-forests-climate-180963089/A collaboration between Smithsonian researchers and the Emberá people of Panama aims to rewrite a fraught narrativeWed, 03 May 2017 18:43:56 +0000Footage of the Alarming Moments Before the Everest Avalanchehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/footage-of-the-alarming-moments-before-the-e/An earthquake in Nepal fills hikers on Everest with fear. Once the tremors subside, however, a new threat begins to loom on the horizon: an avalancheWed, 03 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2017http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/20-best-small-towns-visit-2017-180962925/From remote hideaways to coastal harbors, discover the towns that topped our list this yearTue, 02 May 2017 17:00:35 +0000Lifting an Unwieldy 75-Ton Hovercraft Out of the Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/lifting-an-unwieldy-75-ton-hovercraft-out-of/When you're crane-lifting a giant hovercraft into a ship's hold, plenty can go wrongTue, 02 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Digital Archive of Slave Voyages Details the Largest Forced Migration in Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/digital-archive-slave-voyages-details-largest-forced-migration-history-180963093/An online database explores the nearly 36,000 slave voyages that occurred between 1514 and 1866Mon, 01 May 2017 16:54:58 +0000How and When Did Saturn Get Those Magnificent Rings?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-saturn-got-those-magnificent-rings-180963088/The planet's rings are coy when it comes to revealing their age, but astronomers are getting closer Mon, 01 May 2017 14:49:38 +0000On Evil May Day, Londoners Rioted Over Foreigners Stealing Their Jobshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/evil-may-day-1517-london-riots-over-foreigners-180963090/It’s been 500 years since London’s artisans turned a festival into a rampageMon, 01 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000Some Very Compelling Evidence the Tower of Babel Was Realhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/some-very-compelling-evidence-the-tower-of-b/Biblical scholars have debated whether the Tower of Babel existed. A remarkable stone tablet never before shown on film appears to settle that questionMon, 01 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000From This Desk, 100 Years Ago, U.S. Operations in World War I Were Conceived http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/desk-one-hundred-years-ago-us-operations-world-war-i-were-conceived-180963057/Germany's defeat could be traced to pins in a map now on display at the Smithsonian's American History MuseumSun, 30 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Hike in the Footsteps of Teddy Roosevelthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hike-footsteps-teddy-roosevelt-180963004/Energetic Teddy was a hiking fanatic—follow his trail on these tripsFri, 28 Apr 2017 21:28:28 +0000Does Creativity Breed Inequality in Cities?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/does-creativity-breed-inequality-in-cities-180963086/Richard Florida thinks so. In his new book, the urban theorist says sometimes the most innovative cities also have the worst social and economic disparityFri, 28 Apr 2017 18:32:07 +0000Explore China's Ancient Water Townshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-chinas-ancient-water-towns-180962834/The Venice of the East sits just 30 minutes by train from ShanghaiFri, 28 Apr 2017 18:25:38 +0000There's No Snoozing in Class With This Chemistry Apphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/theres-no-snoozing-class-chemistry-app-180963080/Chem101 allows professors to push out exercises for students to do on their devices, increasing classroom engagementFri, 28 Apr 2017 17:19:56 +0000How Woodrow Wilson’s Propaganda Machine Changed American Journalismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-woodrow-wilsons-propaganda-machine-changed-american-journalism-180963082/The media are still feeling the impact of an executive order signed in 1917 that created 'the nation's first ministry of information'Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:46:42 +0000George Washington's Congress Got Off to an Embarrassing Start http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/congress-embarrassing-start-and-how-madison-kicked-it-gear-180963079/The new federal government was plagued with absences and excuses—until James Madison helped kick things into gearFri, 28 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000Students’ Brains Sync Up When They’re in an Engaging Class, Neuroscience Showshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-sitting-through-same-class-gets-your-brains-same-wavelength-180963075/What does it really mean to get our brains on the same wavelength? Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:00:53 +0000How Humble Moss Healed the Wounds of Thousands in World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-humble-moss-helped-heal-wounds-thousands-WWI-180963081/The same extraordinary properties that make this plant an “ecosystem engineer” also helped save human livesFri, 28 Apr 2017 14:58:50 +0000The World's Punniest Humans Are Heading to Texashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/pun-off-world-championship-austin-texas-180962890/The 40th Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships comes to Austin in MayFri, 28 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +0000Using a New Roadmap to Democratize Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/using-new-roadmap-democratize-climate-change-180963047/A new tool aims to bypass governments and put the power of climate action in the people’s handsFri, 28 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Women Warriors of the Russian Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-warriors-russian-revolution-180963067/Soldier Maria Bochkareva proposed all-female battalions, in part to shame men into continuing the fightFri, 28 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Sticky Clue That Links the Tower of Babel to the Biblehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-sticky-clue-that-links-the-tower-of-babe/Evidence is piling up that the Tower of Babel really existed. It's a conclusion that's partially borne out by an astounding discoveryFri, 28 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Immigrant Activist Who Loved America’s Ideals, If Not Its Actionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/immigrant-activist-who-loved-americas-ideals-if-not-its-actions-180963069/By the 1850s, Ernestine Rose was a well-known public figure, far more famous than her allies Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. AnthonyThu, 27 Apr 2017 17:01:54 +0000A Grand Unified Theory of Poopinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-you-elephant-same-time-pooping-180963064/Why you and an elephant spend the same amount of time on the johnThu, 27 Apr 2017 15:44:35 +0000Threatened Species? Science to the (Genetic) Rescue!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/threatened-species-science-genetic-rescue-180963040/This still-controversial conservation technique will never be a species' panacea. But it might provide a crucial stop-gapThu, 27 Apr 2017 14:02:23 +0000 How a Border Wall Could Wreak Ecological Havochttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-how-human-activities-kill-dolphins-sonar-and-fragment-habitats-border-walls-180963060/Also in this episode of <i>Generation Anthropocene</i>: The case of U.S. Navy ships, beached whales and deadly sonar pings Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000A New Poem is Commissioned to Honor the Soldiers Who Fight America’s Warshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-poem-commissioned-honor-soldiers-who-fight-americas-wars-180963041/Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa writes “After the Burn Pits” for the National Portrait Gallery Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Six Artists Record the Vestiges of War in the Faces of Combatants http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/face-contemporary-soldier-basis-new-show-national-portrait-gallery-180963006/A look at a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, "The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now"Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000In an Emergency, You'll Want This Hi-Tech First Aid Kithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/in-emergency-youll-want-this-hi-tech-first-aid-kit-180963062/Ram Fish, founder and CEO of 19Labs, talks about developing his clinic-in-a-boxThu, 27 Apr 2017 12:33:55 +0000This Couple Filmed the Everest Avalanche Coming at Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-couple-filmed-the-everest-avalanche-com/A young couple hiking in a Himalayan valley are caught in the middle of an earthquake that sets off a giant avalancheThu, 27 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Moscow Subway Car Brings an Art Museum to Commutershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/moscow-subway-car-art-museum-180963043/Experience some of Russia’s most notable pieces of art while traveling by trainWed, 26 Apr 2017 23:33:30 +0000Remarkable New Evidence for Human Activity in North America 130,000 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-evidence-human-activity-north-america-130000-years-ago-180963046/Researchers say prehistoric mastodon bones bear human-made markingsWed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:16 +0000The Prussian Nobleman Who Helped Save the American Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/baron-von-steuben-180963048/When American troops faltered, Baron von Steuben helped whip them into shape Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:30:00 +0000Keeping Vaccines Safe in Tiny "Cages"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/keeping-vaccines-safe-tiny-cages-180963045/By encasing vaccines in silica, researchers could eliminate the need to refrigerate them during transportationWed, 26 Apr 2017 15:20:46 +0000Bones of the Hawaiian Petrel Open Up a Window Into the Birds' Changing Diethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bones-hawaiian-petrel-open-up-window-birds-changing-diet-180963022/Industrial fishing may play a role in the shiftWed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Fears That Fueled an Ancient Border Wallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fears-fueled-ancient-border-wall-180963025/ When Hadrian built a mighty wall in his most remote territory, he got more than he bargained forWed, 26 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Jesus's Miracles Seemed Apocalyptic to the Gospel Writershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-jesuss-miracles-seemed-apocalyptic-to-t/Jesus gained renown as a preacher of a particularly apocalyptic form of Judaism. This was further strengthened by his ability to perform miraclesWed, 26 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Photos Capture India's Ancient, Vanishing Stepwellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/review-vanishing-stepwells-india-180962637/These intricate architectural marvels are in danger of disappearingTue, 25 Apr 2017 21:48:33 +0000The Coal Mining Massacre America Forgothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-matewan-massacre-was-epicenter-20th-century-mine-wars-180963026/The mountains of southern West Virginia are riddled with coal—and bulletsTue, 25 Apr 2017 16:59:16 +0000Multiple Concussions May Have Sped Hemingway's Demise, a Psychiatrist Argues http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/multiple-concussions-may-have-sped-hemingways-demise-psychiatrist-argues-180963021/The troubled author may have suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, the disease that plagues modern football playersTue, 25 Apr 2017 16:26:48 +0000Making Robots That Can Work With Their Handshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/making-robots-can-work-their-hands-180963024/For robots to be most useful when working alongside humans, they'll have to literally lend us a hand when our own two are not enoughTue, 25 Apr 2017 15:05:13 +0000In the Early 20th Century, the Department of Tropical Research Was Full of Glamorous Adventurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/early-20th-century-department-tropical-research-was-full-glamorous-adventure-180963020/A new exhibition features 60 works by artists the New York Zoological Society department hired to help communicate field biologyTue, 25 Apr 2017 14:11:52 +0000How Scientists Use Teeny Bits of Leftover DNA to Solve Wildlife Mysteries http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-teeny-bits-leftover-dna-help-scientists-track-elusive-species-180963011/Environmental DNA helps biologists track rare, elusive species. It could usher in a revolution for conservation biologyTue, 25 Apr 2017 14:03:39 +0000Why We Need To Start Listening To Insectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-we-need-start-listening-insects-180963014/You may not think of the buzz and whine of insects as musical, but the distinctive pitch of mosquito wingbeats could tell us how to fight malariaTue, 25 Apr 2017 13:34:00 +0000After Nearly a Century in Storage, These World War I Artworks Still Deliver the Vivid Shock of War http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/after-a-century-storage-these-world-war-one-artworks-still-deliver-shock-war-180962962/Pulled from the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Claggett Wilson's watercolors are in a traveling showTue, 25 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Dismantling a Huge Howitzer for a Precarious Movehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/dismantling-a-huge-howitzer-for-a-precarious_1/This 200-ton howitzer artillery gun is too heavy to transport in one piece. The answer is to split it in twoTue, 25 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000How an Alcohol-Hating English Preacher Founded Global Tourismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-alcohol-hating-english-preacher-founded-global-tourism-180963016/Thomas Cook's tours set the stage for today's tourism industryMon, 24 Apr 2017 18:46:31 +0000Bye Bye Cassini, the Tenacious Space Probe That Revealed Saturn’s Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-cassini-revealed-saturns-secrets-180963007/For two decades, the sophisticated probe has brought us insights into space weather and water on distant worldsMon, 24 Apr 2017 17:59:33 +0000When Artists Became Soldiers and Soldiers Became Artistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-artists-became-soldiers-and-soldiers-became-artists-180962903/A rare opportunity to see works by the American Expeditionary Force's World War I illustration corps, and newly found underground soldier carvings Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:58:29 +0000When Actors Mixed Politics and Comedy in Ancient Romehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-actors-mixed-politics-and-comedy-ancient-rome-180963005/Laughter was one way to challenge authority, but it could also mean risking your lifeMon, 24 Apr 2017 16:51:53 +0000Where Duck Decoys Became High Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/wooden-duck-decoys-are-link-past-180962887/See more than 1,200 of these bobbing bits of history at the upcoming world championshipMon, 24 Apr 2017 12:25:00 +0000Did Judas Actually Betray Jesus to Force a Rebellion?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/did-judas-actually-betray-jesus-to-force-a-r/There are numerous theories, from money to the intriguing idea that Judas may have actually been an overzealous believer anxious to provoke a confrontationMon, 24 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Remarkable Return of Sea Otters to Glacier Bayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/extraordinary-return-sea-otters-glacier-bay-180962999/Rarely 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/is-hashtagging-your-environment-enough-save-it-180962982/Location-based 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 Screenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-filmmakers-distill-science-for-big-screen-180962991/The 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 Designhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-jazz-flappers-european-emigres-booze-and-cigarettes-transformed-design-180962977/A 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 Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/reliving-ebony-fashion-fair-runway-one-couture-dress-time-180962987/An 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 Mathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-ocean-is-running-out-of-fish-heres-the/Based 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 Geoglyphshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-planets-most-mysterious-geoglyphs-180962917/From 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 Abovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/australia-salt-ponds-look-beautiful-abstract-act-above-180962781/ 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 Wastehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-sensor-that-looks-acts-like-fruit-could-reduce-in-transit-produce-waste-180962986/Swiss 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 Spirithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/new-york-rediscovering-maritime-spirit-180962769/The 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 Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/europe-bog-bodies-reveal-secrets-180962770/High-tech 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 Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/difference-horns-antlers-questions-readers-180962778/You asked, we answeredThu, 20 Apr 2017 16:33:19 +0000Why Is France in Its Fifth Republic? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-france-its-fifth-republic-180962983/An 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 Dudhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/augmented-reality-could-change-health-care-or-be-faddish-dud-180962945/Doctors 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 Wildernesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/naturalist-ernest-hemingway-others-love-wilderness-180962775/ 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 Mahikanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/spend-night-wolves-canada-180962863/Get 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 Prominencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/exploring-the-ancient-region-where-jesus-ros/The 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 Technologyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/exoplanet-discovery-arrives-time-new-telescope-technology-180962965/Astronomers 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 Gableshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/breaking-bad-writer-and-producer-behind-new-anne-green-gables-180962966/You 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 Glasshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-can-now-3d-print-glass-180962951/German 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 Nepotismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/george-washington-had-nothing-good-say-about-nepotism-180962959/The first president was exceedingly wary of any semblance of improprietyWed, 19 Apr 2017 17:00:01 +0000The Unsavory History of Sugar, the Insatiable American Cravinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unsavory-history-sugar-american-craving-180962766/How the nation got hooked on sweetsWed, 19 Apr 2017 16:24:21 +0000This Jigsaw Puzzle Was Given to Ellis Island Immigrants to Test Their Intelligencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/puzzle-given-ellis-island-immigrants-test-intelligence-180962779/A confusing set of blocks could seal their fateWed, 19 Apr 2017 16:03:46 +0000Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo Did Indeed Eat People, Teeth Revealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/man-eating-lions-tsavo-did-indeed-eat-people-tooth-inspections-reveal-180962961/Dental 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'thttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/trial-century-jefferson-davis-treason-180962776/The 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 Languagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-resurrect-lost-language-180962937/Piecing 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 Righthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/paean-pbs-mercy-street-one-show-got-civil-war-right-180962957/The 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 Antibioticshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/medieval-medical-books-could-hold-recipe-new-antibiotics-180962947/A 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 Potshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ceramicist-who-punched-his-pots-180962930/Influenced 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/these-photos-offer-glimpse-1950s--south-180962929/Before 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 & Myrrhhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-to-understand-the-three-wise-men-franki/The 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/would-babe-ruth-still-be-a-star-if-he-played-today-180962935/ 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 Podcastshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/indispensable-guide-best-podcasts-learning-about-your-states-history-180962931/Use 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 Japanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mount-fuji-endures-powerful-force-japan-180962782/Not 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 Nuisancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mustang-symbol-frontier-became-nuisance-180962771/A 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 Pillshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-i-take-fake-pills-180962765/ 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-camera-qr-code-and-some-bubbles-test-for-e-coli-in-our-food-180962933/MIT researchers are pursuing a newer, faster test for foodborne pathogensTue, 18 Apr 2017 14:45:01 +0000Tree Nut Allergies May Be Massively Overdiagnosed http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tree-nut-allergies-may-be-massively-overdiagnosed-180962927/But 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 Basehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/st-ermins-hotel-london-spy-base-180962675/St. 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 Seahorseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/secret-massacre-millions-seahorses-180962926/Millions 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 Mineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-glowing-soil-can-help-find-land-mines-180962918/Using 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 Riotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/sneak-peek-the-lost-tapes-la-riots/On 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 Summerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mysterious-albanian-island-reopening-tourists-summer-180962932/A 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 Greenhousehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-stinky-bucky-bulbophyllum-orchid-shutdown-smithsonian-greenhouse-180962924/Orchid 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 Spoilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/moving-newspaper-photos-like-harry-potter-could-soon-be-reality-180962911/New 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 Conservationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-theodore-roosevelts-executive-orders-reshaped-countryand-presidency-180962908/Teddy 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 Bladeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/the-first-step-to-shipping-a-chopper-remove/When 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reports-death-circus-have-been-greatly-exaggerated-180962835/Celebrating 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 Atwoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/margaret-atwood-talks-enduring-tale-and-relevance-today-180962902/The 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 Floorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/threading-an-oil-pipe-3000-feet-beneath-the/The 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 Parrothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seduced-rare-parrot-180962855/What 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.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/czar-less-russia-winning-was-easy-governing-was-harder-180962897/Now 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 Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-can-tell-what-fish-live-where-based-on-dna-in-water-180962894/A 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 Parasiteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gut-check-mandrills-use-smell-poop-avoid-peers-parasites-180962893/Researchers 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 Partyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-technologists-sure-knew-how-to-throw-a-party-180962747/To 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 Stormshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-alaskan-fishing-boat-does-not-answer-to/Since 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 Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/suzhou-china-wedding-dress-capital-180962674/In 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/whats-environmental-footprint-t-shirt-180962885/In-depth 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 Pirateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/swashbuckling-history-women-pirates-180962874/When 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 Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/there-were-dinosaurs-there-was-weird-crocodile-looking-thing-180962865/A 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ants-became-worlds-best-fungus-farmers-180962871/Ancient 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 WWIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/donut-girls-wwi-helped-fill-soldiers-bellies-and-get-women-vote-180962864/Even 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-are-we-so-obsessed-dead-bodies-180962869/<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 Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-historian-wanders-bardo-exploring-spiritual-world-19th-century-180962795/George 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 Southhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/devastating-mississippi-river-flood-uprooted-americas-faith-progress-180962856/The 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/melding-mind-and-machine-how-close-are-we-180962857/Researchers 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”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-director-james-gray-discovered-insanity-behind-the-search-lost-city-z-180962762/A 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 Damshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/price-of-dams-180962844/Why 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-material-game-changer-thermoelectricity-180962841/Researchers 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 Battlefieldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-teddy-roosevelt-tried-bully-way-onto-wwi-battlefield-180962840/Tensions 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-pentagon-pentagon-180962719/Planners battled to ensure the building kept its unique shapeMon, 10 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000From Jellyfish to Crocodiles: Where to See Unusual Migrationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-worlds-most-unusual-migrations-180962530/Butterflies 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 Twisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mystery-roanoke-endures-yet-another-cruel-twist-180962837/An 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 Cognitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/monkeys-may-recognize-false-beliefs-knocking-over-another-pillar-human-cognition-180962833/Apes 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 Backpackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-lung-fits-backpack-180962826/Researchers 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 Resistancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/feminist-psychologist-turned-rock-star-led-multifaceted-life-resistance-180962814/Naomi 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 Pockethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/app-puts-science-lab-your-pocket-180962796/Lab4U turns smartphones and tablets into scientific toolsFri, 07 Apr 2017 13:27:27 +0000Two Litters of Adorable Cheetah Cubs Born in One Weekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-litters-adorable-cheetah-cubs-born-one-week-180962821/Smithsonian'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 Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/world-war-1-letters-generals-doughboys-carry-sorrow-180962798/An 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rare-display-japanese-triptych-only-usurped-great-mysteries-surrounding-it-180962815/Don’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 Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/man-who-brought-swastika-germany-and-how-nazis-stole-it-180962812/Even 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 Problemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/poaching-isnt-rare-cheetahs-only-problem-180962808/Humans 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 Fighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-powerful-posters-persuaded-americans-it-was-time-to-join-the-fight-180962797/The 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 Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/liberals-and-conservatives-read-totally-different-books-about-science-180962802/The good news: Everyone likes dinosaursWed, 05 Apr 2017 17:48:39 +0000Is Fungus the Material of the Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fungus-material-future-180962791/Scientists 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 Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/a-giant-floating-naval-hospitals-amazing-hu/During 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 Winehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-behind-your-cheap-wine-180962783/How 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 Londonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/stanford-researchers-map-feelings-associated-with-different-parts-london-180962753/The 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 Classhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-should-world-war-i-be-taught-american-schools-180962761/Some 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 Medicinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-world-war-i-impacted-modern-medicine-180962623/Medical 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 Telephoneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-frontlines-wwi-came-operate-telephones-180962687/The “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 Tourismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-1950s-las-vegas-sold-atomic-bomb-tests-a_1/Between 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 Vanillahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bittersweet-story-vanilla-180962757/Today, 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 Nationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-woodrow-wilsons-war-speech-congress-changed-him-and-nation-180962755/In 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-Freehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-one-year-alternative-college-promises-land-students-well-paying-job-debt-free-180962742/Adam 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/letters-unbearable-grief-theodore-roosevelt-death-son-180962743/A 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. Citizenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-kgb-spy-defected-and-became-us-citizen-180962752/Jack 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 Testshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/intense-footage-of-fake-towns-used-for-1950s_1/To 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 Buildinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-town-where-every-resident-lives-same-building-180959081/Winter 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 Summithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonians-earth-optimism-summit-takes-walk-bright-side-conservation-180962731/As 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 Conservationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/small-animals-are-huge-conservation-180962740/ 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 Extinctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-nazis-tried-bring-animals-back-extinction-180962739/Their 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-Reducinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fractal-patterns-nature-and-art-are-aesthetically-pleasing-and-stress-reducing-180962738/One 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 Intelligencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-understanding-animals-can-help-us-make-most-artificial-intelligence-180962737/A 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 Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/feuding-iguanas-and-giant-rodents-rule-this/In 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 +0000