Articles | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenFri, 09 Dec 2016 20:59:10 +0000The Electoral College Has Been Divisive Since Day Onehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/electoral-college-has-been-divisive-day-one-180961171/It has always had the potential for chaos—one that hasn’t been tapped...yetMon, 21 Nov 2016 16:51:56 +0000How Colombia's Failed Peace Treaty Could Wreak Havoc on Its Diversity-Rich Ecosystemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-colombias-failed-peace-treaty-could-wreak-havoc-diverse-ecosystems-180960983/A potential influx of legal and illegal mining leaves the country's megadiverse landscapes—and the communities who depend on them—in jeopardyFri, 04 Nov 2016 16:05:47 +0000Sexism Sucks for Everybody, Science Confirmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sexism-sucks-everybody-science-confirms-180961178/Adhering to masculine norms can be toxic for men, not to mention everybody elseMon, 21 Nov 2016 20:25:56 +0000The Ruby Slippers Are Funded in the Museum's First Kickstarter Campaign http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ruby-slippers-take-center-stage-kickstarter-campaign-180960760/The Smithsonian asks visitors to help bring back the sparkle and #KeepThemRubyMon, 17 Oct 2016 04:05:00 +0000What Does It Take to Win a Nobel Prize? Four Winners, in Their Own Wordshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-it-take-win-nobel-prize-four-winners-their-own-words-180961381/Some answers: Messiness, ignorance and puzzles.Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:59:10 +0000Saving Face: How One Pioneering Surgeon Is Pushing the Limits of Facial Transplantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-one-pioneering-surgeon-pushing-limits-face-transplants-180961351/His reconstructed faces have tongues that taste and eyelids that blink. But will they withstand the test of time?Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:49:26 +0000Humans Have Bogged Down the Earth with 30 Trillion Metric Tons of Stuff, Study Finds http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-have-bogged-down-earth-30-trillion-metric-tons-stuff-new-report-finds-180961365/The authors say this is more proof that we are living in an Age of Humans—but not all scientists agreeFri, 09 Dec 2016 15:06:25 +0000Slideshow: American Icon John Glenn in Photoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/multimedia/john-glenn-1921-2016-180961367/The remarkable life of an astronaut-turned-senator, in his own words and picturesFri, 09 Dec 2016 15:00:30 +0000“Call Me Ishmael” Is the Only Melville Tradition in This Innovative Presentation of “Moby Dick” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/call-me-ishmael-only-melville-tradition-in-innovative-presentation-moby-dick-180961361/Visceral, kinesthetic, cinematic, aural and psychological, Arena Stage’s new show about the 19th-century novel is a 21st-century experienceFri, 09 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Hippo Climbs Down a Steep Cliff...With Difficultyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/hippo-climbs-down-a-steep-cliffwith-diffi/A 15-foot male hippo carefully negotiates his enormous body down a sheer cliff. It's the shortest and most direct route to the waterFri, 09 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Read the Letter Written by John Glenn to Honor Jeff Bezos for Blue Originhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/read-letter-written-sen-john-glenn-honor-jeff-bezos-blue-origin-180961366/Two weeks before he died, the legendary astronaut wrote a letter in recognition of the 2016 American Ingenuity AwardsFri, 09 Dec 2016 03:07:48 +0000A Smithsonian Curator Remembers Astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glennhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/remembering-astronaut-and-us-senator-john-glenn-180961364/The American hero died at the age of 95Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:39:12 +0000How Trump Tower Takes the Skyscraper Debate to New Heightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/trump-tower-skyscraper-and-future-urban-development-180961358/The future of urban development takes on a new twist when the president lives among the cloudsThu, 08 Dec 2016 20:17:28 +0000Will the Next Big Cancer Drug Come From the Ocean?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-next-big-cancer-drug-come-ocean-180961354/A California startup “bioprospects” for sponges, algae and other organisms whose chemistry may be useful to the world of medicineThu, 08 Dec 2016 17:28:28 +0000The Natural History Museum's National Fossil Hall Is Getting a Full Facelifthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/natural-history-museums-national-fossil-hall-getting-full-facelift-180961349/Museum director Kirk Johnson gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the new dinosaur hall, home to the T-RexThu, 08 Dec 2016 17:15:52 +0000The Sole American Killed in the 1814 Burning of D.C. Was Related to George Washingtonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sole-american-killed-1814-burning-dc-was-related-george-washington-180961344/John Lewis was the grandnephew of the first President of the United StatesThu, 08 Dec 2016 14:15:00 +0000Half of All North American Shorebirds Use This Rest Stophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/half-of-all-north-american-shorebirds-use-th/Bottoms is the nation's largest inland marsh, an area of over 60 square miles. It's also the favored resting spot of many species of migrating birdsThu, 08 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000New York City's Holiday Vintage Subway Trains Are Backhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/new-york-citys-holiday-vintage-trains-are-back-180961287/Go back in time, undergroundWed, 07 Dec 2016 23:22:54 +0000Thanks to Fossil Fuels, Carbon Dating Is in Jeopardy. One Scientist May Have an Easy Fixhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/carbon-dating-crucial-scientific-technique-jeopardy-thanks-our-pollution-heres-easy-way-fix-it-180961345/If only there were such an easy fix for climate change Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:30:00 +0000Evoking a Ship's Rippling Sail, This New Sculpture Aims to Make Global Connectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/evoking-ship-rippling-sail-new-sculpture-global-connections-180961091/The African Art Museum at its first award ceremony recognizes two international artists who have overcome personal hardships to excel Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:58:46 +0000High-Resolution Satellite Images Capture Stunning View of Earth's Changing Watershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/high-resolution-satellites-capture-earths-changing-surface-water-180961340/An unprecedented mapping project shows the elusive patterns of Earth's surface water over 30 yearsWed, 07 Dec 2016 19:55:13 +0000How Cheetahs “Spot” Each Other http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-cheetahs-spot-each-other-180961334/Cheetah meetups: In a novel study, researchers show that roaming cheetahs likely use their noses to seek each other out after weeks apart Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:00:00 +0000From the Telegram to Twitter, How Presidents Make Contact With Foreign Leadershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-us-presidents-made-contact-foreign-leaders-180961338/Does faster communication cause more problems than it solves?Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:00:08 +0000The Best Books About Innovation of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/best-books-about-innovation-2016-180961330/If you have a lover of big ideas on your holiday shopping list, consider these thought-provoking titles published this yearWed, 07 Dec 2016 16:39:49 +0000Spectacular Footage of a Butterfly Leaving Its Cocoonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/spectacular-footage-of-a-butterfly-leaving-i/The transition from caterpillar to butterfly is a process that consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adultWed, 07 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000At Pearl Harbor, This Aircraft Risked It All to Find the Japanese Fleethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pearl-harbor-day-aircraft-risked-it-all-to-find-japanese-180961331/The Sikorsky JRS-1 flew right through the middle of it on December 7, 1941Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:51:55 +0000Finding Lessons for Today’s Protests in the History of Political Activismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/finding-lessons-todays-protests-history-political-activism-180961309/A whirlwind of action, both organized and organic, supported by legal defense teams brought historic changeTue, 06 Dec 2016 20:36:20 +0000What Skateboarding Tells Us About Innovationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-skateboarding-tells-us-about-innovation-180961266/Rodney Mullen, the godfather of skateboarding, says the sport is all about overcoming disbelief and seeking new connectionsTue, 06 Dec 2016 20:29:11 +0000The Town That Polar Bears Builthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/the-town-that-polar-bears-built-180961250/Get to know the four-legged residents of Churchill, CanadaTue, 06 Dec 2016 19:22:05 +0000A New Oral History Project Seeks the Stories of World War II Before It’s Too Latehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-oral-history-project-seeks-stories-world-war-ii-its-too-late-180961326/Every member of the greatest generation has a tale to tell, no matter what they did during the warTue, 06 Dec 2016 18:39:22 +0000Go Big or Go Generic: How Sexual Selection Is Like Advertisinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/either-go-big-or-go-generic-how-sexual-selection-advertising-180961311/When it comes to attracting mates, it pays to either go all out—or not try at allTue, 06 Dec 2016 15:16:58 +0000Step Inside a Virtual Building of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/step-inside-virtual-building-future-180961312/Architects are embracing virtual reality and the complex designs they can create thereTue, 06 Dec 2016 14:40:57 +0000The Remedy for the Spread of Fake News? History Teachershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remedy-spread-fake-news-history-teachers-180961310/Historical literacy, and the healthy skepticism that comes with it, provides the framework for being able to discern truth from fictionTue, 06 Dec 2016 13:45:21 +0000Keep an Eye on These Portraits Because They Move http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/keep-eye-these-portraits-move-180961302/Noted visual artist Bill Viola is subject of the first all-video exhibition in one of D.C.'s oldest buildings. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:07:28 +0000Do We Finally Know How the Holy Grail Disappeared?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/do-we-finally-know-how-the-holy-grail-disapp/How did an onyx cup thought to be the Holy Grail disappear from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 909 AD?Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Drilling Deep: How Ancient Chinese Surgeons Opened Skulls and Mindshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ancient-chinese-surgeons-opened-skulls-and-minds-180961286/A new review finds evidence that the Chinese performed trepanation more than 3,500 years agoMon, 05 Dec 2016 20:56:53 +0000Increase and Diffuse Knowledge for the Holidays With These Smithsonian Curated Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/increase-and-diffuse-knowledge-holidays-these-smithsonian-curated-books-180961282/Books recommended by Smithsonian Institution scholarsMon, 05 Dec 2016 20:08:37 +0000A California Startup Is Using Ashes to Protect Forestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/california-startup-using-ashes-protect-forests-180961289/Better Place Forests is accepting reservations from those who wish to have their remains scattered in a redwood forest in northern CaliforniaMon, 05 Dec 2016 18:06:20 +0000This Lady Scientist Defined the Greenhouse Effect But Didn’t Get the Credit, Because Sexismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lady-scientist-helped-revolutionize-climate-science-didnt-get-credit-180961291/Eunice Foote’s career highlights the subtle forms of discrimination that have kept women on the sidelines of science Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:13:20 +0000The Children of Pearl Harborhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/children-pearl-harbor-180961290/Military personnel weren't the only people attacked on December 7, 1941Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:42:04 +0000How to Experience a Mission to Mars (If You Still Want to Come Back)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/space-camp-mars-180961236/Space Camp for adults? It's definitely a thingMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:31:16 +0000How a Ship-Sinking Clam Conquered the Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tunneling-clam-bedeviled-humans-sank-ships-conquered-oceans-180961288/ The wood-boring shipworm has bedeviled humans for centuries. What's its secret?Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:19:32 +0000Chief Justice, Not President, Was William Howard Taft’s Dream Jobhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/chief-justice-not-president-was-william-howard-tafts-dream-job-180961279/The 27th president arguably left a more lasting mark on the nation as leader of the Supreme CourtMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:34:27 +0000Dorothy's Ruby Slippers Were Originally Silverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/the-ruby-slippers/Bright red is how we remember them, but Dorothy's famous shoes had another look at the startMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Does the Linguistic Theory at the Center of the Film ‘Arrival’ Have Any Merit? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-century-old-linguistic-hypothesis-center-film-arrival-have-any-merit-180961284/We asked a Smithsonian linguist and an anthropologist to debate the matterFri, 02 Dec 2016 21:32:58 +0000Don’t Miss These 11 New Museum Exhibitions This Winterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/must-see-new-winter-museum-exhibits-180961216/You'll find everything from beloved childhood characters to animatronic dinosaurs on display this seasonFri, 02 Dec 2016 19:53:10 +0000Decades-Old Chemicals May Be Threatening Polar Bear Fertility, As If They Didn’t Have Enough to Worry Abouthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/polar-bears-may-be-suffering-lingering-impacts-pollutants-banned-nearly-40-years-ago-180961276/A new study sheds light on how today's pollutants could become tomorrow's threats to wildlife and humansFri, 02 Dec 2016 17:42:44 +0000The Best Books About Science of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-books-about-science-2016-180961274/Take a journey to the edge of human knowledge and beyond with one of these mind-boggling page-turners Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:42:57 +0000The Best "Art Meets Science" Books of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/best-art-meets-science-books-2016-180961237/Eight sumptuous books from the past year that meet at the intersection of science and art Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:40:09 +0000How the Story of "Moana" and Maui Holds Up Against Cultural Truthshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-story-moana-and-maui-holds-against-cultural-truths-180961258/A Smithsonian scholar and student of Pacific Island sea voyaging both loves and hates the new Disney filmFri, 02 Dec 2016 13:42:12 +0000What Really Killed Off the Woolly Mammoth?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-really-killed-off-the-woolly-mammoth/What caused woolly mammoths to die-off so quickly? New evidence suggests an unfavorable climate may have drove them to extinctionFri, 02 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Best Books About Food of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/best-books-about-food-2016-180961263/Looking for the perfect gift for the food lover in your life? Any of these suggestions will hit the spotThu, 01 Dec 2016 17:07:03 +0000The Earliest Baleen Whales Literally Suckedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earliest-baleen-whales-had-teeth-and-they-sucked-180961252/No offense to toothy whale ancestorsThu, 01 Dec 2016 15:09:45 +0000NASA's Unusual Giant Air Cargo Transport Planehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/nasas-unusual-giant-air-cargo-transport-plane/The Super Guppy is a one-of-a-kind mega transport plane that's been involved in moving aerospace hardware crucial to nearly ever major NASA endeavorThu, 01 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why This Robotic Medical Device Belongs in a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-this-robotic-medical-device-belongs-in-a-museum-180961220/William Bargar and Howard "Hap" Paul revolutionized joint replacement surgery by developing a robot to do the jobWed, 30 Nov 2016 21:11:51 +0000Five Colossal Stone Portraits Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/six-massive-carved-monuments-you-need-see-believe-180960795/Carved out of rock, these massive monuments go beyond Mount RushmoreWed, 30 Nov 2016 19:35:58 +0000How Countless Hours of Live Jazz Were Saved from Obscurityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-countless-hours-live-jazz-was-saved-obscurity-180961213/The Savory Collection breathes fresh life into jazz Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Rare Insider's View of Native American Life in Mid-20th-Century Oklahomahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rare-insiders-view-native-life-mid-20th-century-oklahoma-180961222/Horace Poolaw's photography is unearthed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Dogs May Possess a Type of Memory Once Considered 'Uniquely Human'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dogs-remember-more-than-we-think-180961219/New research suggests that man’s best friend remembers more than we thoughtTue, 29 Nov 2016 13:02:45 +0000Proposed New Marine Reserve System Offers Rosy Outlook for Both the Lobster and the Lobster Fishermanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/proposed-new-marine-reserve-system-offers-rosy-outlook-lobster-fisher-180961169/With the help of a supercomputer, Smithsonian scientists figure out how to help the lobster fishery off the coast of HondurasMon, 28 Nov 2016 19:47:41 +0000What You Need to Know First to Understand the Russian Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-you-need-know-understand-russian-revolution-180961214/Read this first in a series of columns chronicling what led to that 1917 cataclysmMon, 28 Nov 2016 18:56:14 +0000The Typos on This Dead Sea Scroll Don't Mean It's Fakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/typos-on-dead-sea-scroll-dont-mean-its-fake/When the Dead Sea copper scroll was unveiled, doubts were quickly raised about its authenticity. For one thing, it was riddled with spelling errorsMon, 28 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Isolated Australian Region Is Home to Over 100 Winerieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/isolated-australian-region-home-over-100-wineries-180961184/An Australian wine region with epic surfing beaches, a welcoming vibe and standout Cabernets and ChardonnaysFri, 25 Nov 2016 19:16:48 +0000A New Technique Brings Color to Electron Microscope Images of Cellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-technique-brings-color-electron-microscope-images-cells-180961188/Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have found a way to attach artificial color to biological structuresFri, 25 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Why Queen Elizabeth II's Marriage Was Met With Suspicionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-queen-elizabeth-iis-marriage-was-questioned/The marriage of Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Philip is now widely regarded as a symbol of enduring unionFri, 25 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Watch This Mother Tick Lay 1,500 Eggshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/watch-this-mother-tick-lay-1500-eggs/The birthing process for a female tick is very involved. Once she's matured, she can take up to 20 days to lay her eggsThu, 24 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000How Accurate Is the Movie “Allied”?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-accurate-movie-allied-180961206/The best spies won’t leave behind an evidence trail, but then how will audiences know what’s true and what’s fiction?Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:33:49 +0000Sailing Sweden's Icy Seas in Search of One of the World's Best Oystershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/swedish-oyster-safari-180960732/A Nordic oyster safari serves up fresh bivalves that are hard to find outside of SwedenWed, 23 Nov 2016 16:52:10 +0000Could Wood Scraps Fuel Planes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-wood-scraps-fuel-planes-180961181/Alaska Airlines powered a cross-country commercial flight using a new biofuel derived from wood wasteWed, 23 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Polar Bear Mom Protects Her Cubs From a Hungry Malehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/polar-bear-mom-protects-her-cubs-from-hungry-male/As they embark on their long summer migration, a polar bear mother and her cubs need frequent breaks, putting the cubs at riskWed, 23 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Short, Frantic, Rags-to-Riches Life of Jack Londonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/short-heroic-rags-riches-life-jack-london-180961200/London, who died a century ago, was a rough and tumble troublemaker with a prolific penTue, 22 Nov 2016 21:19:48 +0000Why Porsche Is Revisiting the Hybrid Car It Also Inventedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-porsche-is-revisiting-the-hybrid-car/Though Porsche isn't naturally associate with hybrid cars, it actually invented them in 1900Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:59:38 +0000Sonny Assu Uses Graffiti to Reassert Native Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/sonny-assu-graffiti-native-culture-180961143/The 41-year-old artist mashes decades-old depictions of indigenous peoples with modern-day styleTue, 22 Nov 2016 20:08:35 +0000Where Did Harriet Tubman Escape to and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/harriet-tubman-escape-ask-smithsonian-180961148/You asked, we answeredTue, 22 Nov 2016 19:53:50 +0000You Could Soon Roam With Dinosaurs at a Realistic (Animatronic) Jurassic Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/you-could-soon-roam-dinosaurs-realistic-jurassic-park-180961182/Experience the awe of dinosaurs in this planned outdoor exhibitionTue, 22 Nov 2016 19:05:24 +0000The First Patented Animal Is Still Leading the Way on Cancer Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/first-patented-animal-still-leading-way-cancer-research-180961149/Oncomouse was a genetically engineered animal designed to help scientists learn more about tumorsTue, 22 Nov 2016 18:57:59 +0000A Photographic Chronicle of America's Working Poorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/photographic-chronicle-america-working-poor-180961147/<i>Smithsonian</i> journeyed from Maine to California to update a landmark study of American lifeTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:30:01 +0000How (Almost) Everyone Failed to Prepare for Pearl Harborhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-almost-everyone-failed-prepare-pearl-harbor-1-180961144/The high-stakes gamble and false assumptions that detonated Pearl Harbor 75 years agoTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:10:00 +0000Getting to the Bottom of How Apes Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/getting-bottom-how-apes-think-180961151/Great apes show an ability to discern what others are thinking that we once only attributed to humansTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:01:54 +0000How Conservationists Use GPS to Track the Wildest Horses in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-conservationists-use-gps-track-wildest-horses-world-180961191/These horses' wildness makes them unique. It also makes them uniquely difficult for researchers to monitor and trackTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:01:02 +0000The Christmas Tale Spoken Record That Launched the Audiobookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/christmas-tale-first-audiobook-180961152/Narrated by Dylan Thomas, the album would go on to sell 400,000 copiesTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Surprising New Theory of How Dinosaurs Got So Hugehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-dinosaurs-got-so-huge-180961150/Those species with adorned skulls increased in body size faster than those withoutTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000Untangling the History of Christmas Lightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/untangling-history-christmas-lights-180961140/This bright idea was ahead of its timeTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000American Culture’s Unlikely Debt to a British Scientisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/american-cultures-unlikely-debt-british-scientist-180961189/A fortuitous influx of cash launched the Smithsonian Institution and its earliest art collectionTue, 22 Nov 2016 16:28:24 +0000The Remarkable Comeback of Przewalski's Horsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/remarkable-comeback-przewalski-horse-180961142/Once nearly extinct, the population of these wild horses has rebounded on the dusty steppes of MongoliaTue, 22 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Mystery Solved: A Michigan Woman Says She Mailed Civil War Letters to the Post Officehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mystery-solved-michigan-woman-says-she-mailed-civil-war-letters-post-office-180961185/Smithsonian curator Nancy Pope learns how and why these letters showed up in the mail 153 years laterTue, 22 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000How Artificial Muscles Could Transform the Lives of Some Military Veteranshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-artificial-muscles-could-transform-lives-some-military-veterans-180961173/From pig muscle, scientists are developing an organic material that may help heal volumetric muscle lossTue, 22 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000A Smithsonian Scholar Revisits the Neglected History of the Chesapeake Bay's Native Tribeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/following-footsteps-capt-john-smith-smithsonian-scholar-finds-neglected-history-180960984/Revisiting Indian Nations of the ChesapeakeMon, 21 Nov 2016 21:41:45 +0000The Plymouth Hero You Should Really Be Thankful for This Thanksgivinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-edward-winslow-plymouth-hero-thanksgiving-180961174/Without Edward Winslow, we probably wouldn’t even be celebrating the holidayMon, 21 Nov 2016 17:58:47 +0000Could This Cooler Help Combat Global Hunger?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-cooler-help-combat-global-hunger-180961170/The Evaptainer keeps perishable food fresh for up to two weeks–no electricity requiredMon, 21 Nov 2016 15:43:04 +0000New Book Clarifies Butter’s Spread and Chronicles Its Wars With Margarinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-book-clarifies-butters-spread-and-chronicles-its-wars-margarine-180961165/The story of milk agitated into greatness Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:36:32 +0000Why Should Humans Care if We're Entering the Sixth Mass Extinction?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-should-humans-care-if-were-sixth-mass-extinction-180961168/In this episode of Generation Anthropocene, learn what a new era of extinction means for diverse species—including our ownMon, 21 Nov 2016 13:30:00 +0000Stunning Slo-Mo Footage of Hummingbirds Hovering in Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/stunning-slo-mo-footage-of-hummingbirds-hovering/The hovering technique of a hummingbird is one of the most mesmerizing sights to witnessMon, 21 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000How the Heart Hardens, Biologicallyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-heart-hardens-biologically-180961163/With age and injury, the soft tissues of the heart can turn to bone. Can this deadly process be reversed?Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:21:20 +0000The Foxfire Diamond Bedazzles as Smithsonian's Newest Rock Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/foxfire-diamond-bedazzles-smithsonians-newest-rock-star-180961064/The largest gem-quality diamond ever found in North America glows bright blue in the darkFri, 18 Nov 2016 19:02:46 +0000This Photo Book Is a Reminder That the Civil Rights Movement Extended Far Beyond the Deep Southhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/book-entry-point-civil-rights-movement-beyond-south-180961045/Public historian Mark Speltz's new book is full of images that aren't typically part of the 1960s narrativeFri, 18 Nov 2016 16:08:40 +0000This Whale Sculpture Was Modeled After a Beached Orcahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/whale-sculpture-was-modeled-after-beached-orca-180961155/Canadian artist Ken Hall built <em>Legacy</em> based on 3D scans of the skeleton of Hope, an orca that died on the coast of Washington in 2002Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Expensive Material Behind the Huayra's Incredible Speedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/the-expensive-material-behind-the-huayras-i/While much of the Pagani Huayra's speed comes down to innovative design, one material used in its Formula 1-inspired monocoque is crucialFri, 18 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000There’s a “Sidedoor” Entrance to the Smithsonian and It’s Through a New Podcasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/theres-sidedoor-entrance-smithsonian-and-its-through-new-podcast-180961132/Sidedoor will air eight episodes in its first season; new episodes will debut every two weeksThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:44:22 +0000The 2016 Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Awardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/2016-smithsonian-american-ingenuity-awards-180961117/This year's recipients range from a popular actor and comedian to a tech-savvy archaeologistThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:05:40 +0000Director David Lynch Wants Schools to Teach Transcendental Meditation to Reduce Stresshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/peacemaker-david-lynch-winner-smithsonian-ingenuity-awards-education-180961126/The acclaimed filmmaker has become the champion of the practice that's now been adopted by thousands of kidsThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Without These Whistleblowers, We May Never Have Known the Full Extent of the Flint Water Crisishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/whistleblowers-marc-edwards-and-leeanne-walters-winner-smithsonians-social-progress-ingenuity-award-180961125/A concerned mother and a renowned scientist spearheaded the investigation that exposed the dangers lurking in the water supply of the Michigan cityThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Meet the Team of Scientists Who Discovered Gravitational Waveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/wave-catchers-ligo-team-winner-smithsonian-ingenuity-awards-2016-physical-sciences-180961124/This year, the geniuses behind LIGO announced that they had finally found what Albert Einstein had predicted a century agoThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Christopher Gray's Scholly App Is Bringing Millions of Dollars to College Students in Needhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/financial-aide-christopher-gray-winner-smithsonian-ingenuity-awards-2016-youth-180961123/The entrepreneur's new digital platform has helped applicants land $50 million in scholarshipsThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000With "Master of None," Aziz Ansari Has Created a True American Originalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/modern-romantic-aziz-ansari-winner-smithsonian-ingenuity-awards-2016-performing-arts-180961122/The star of the breakout television series brings the voice of his generation to the massesThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Need a New Organ? Surgeon Anthony Atala Sees a Future Where You Can Simply Print It Outhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/miracle-maker-anthony-atala-winner-smithsonian-ingenuity-awards-2016-life-sciences-180961121/When you can order a new body part online, you’ll have this doctor to thankThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Space Archaeologist Sarah Parcak Uses Satellites to Uncover Ancient Egyptian Ruinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/space-archaeologist-sarah-parcak-winner-smithsonians-history-ingenuity-award-180961120/The Indiana Jones of low Earth orbit harnesses 21st-century technology to uncover long-buried treasuresThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Is Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin the Future of Space Exploration?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rocketeer-jeff-bezos-winner-smithsonians-technology-ingenuity-award-180961119/No one had ever launched, landed and relaunched a rocket into space until the company's historic achievementThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000How OK Go Has Revolutionized the Music Videohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ingenuity-ok-go-visual-arts-anti-gravity-180961102/To pull off one of their most daring videos, they needed a borrowed Russian transport jet, spreadsheets and calculus, and a lot of motion-sickness medicineThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Why Do Insects Hate the Smell of Peppermint?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-do-insects-hate-the-smell-of-peppermint/The stick bug primarily depends on its camouflage to avoid predators. But when enemies get too close, this insect deploys peppermint as a last resortThu, 17 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Folded Paper Fans Out Into a Full-Size Bike Helmethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-folded-paper-fans-out-into-full-size-bike-helmet-180961118/The EcoHelmet, this year's James Dyson Award winner, could be used by bike shares across the worldThu, 17 Nov 2016 05:05:00 +0000If Necessity Is the Mother of Invention, Then Play Is Its Fatherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/if-necessity-mother-invention-then-play-its-father-180961107/In a new book, Steven Johnson argues that many inventions, considered mindless amusements in their time, wind up leading to serious innovations laterWed, 16 Nov 2016 18:15:09 +0000How the Pull of an Icy “Heart” Sent Pluto’s Poles Wanderinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/plutos-icy-heart-poles-wandered-180961111/Using New Horizons data, scientists determine that the erstwhile planet has a more dynamic past than we thought Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:00:00 +0000Why Winemakers are Turning to the Ancient Sport of Falconry to Tackle Pestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/falcon-edge-why-wineries-are-turning-tried-and-true-way-rid-vineyards-pests-180961106/Napa Valley vintners are finding this tried-and-true deterrent more effective than modern technologyWed, 16 Nov 2016 14:41:52 +0000The Strange Case of George Washington’s Disappearing Sashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-case-george-washingtons-disappearing-sash-180961105/How an early (and controversial) symbol of the American republic was lost to the annals of historyWed, 16 Nov 2016 13:15:46 +0000Behold: The World's Largest Radio Telescopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/behold-the-worlds-largest-radio-telescope/The Atacama Large Millimeter Array, located in the Atacama Desert, is the product of a 20-year global effort by Europe, North America, and East AsiaWed, 16 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000In “Defending Freedom,” the Vanguards Who Refused to Be Suppressed Are Reunitedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/defending-freedom-unites-vanguards-who-refused-be-suppressed-180961021/At the African American History Museum, this exhibition graphically conveys the trials and triumphs in the battle for Civil RightsTue, 15 Nov 2016 20:41:27 +0000Why Theoretical Physicist Sylvester James Gates Sees No Conflict Between Science and Religionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-theoretical-physicist-sylvester-james-gates-sees-no-conflict-between-science-and-religion-180961090/“I got used to the idea that questions had answers.”Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:07:28 +0000How Pokémon Go Can Save Lives in a Hurricanehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-pokemon-go-can-save-lives-hurricane-180961093/Players could mobilize by donating blood, filling sandbags and evacuating threatened areas Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:27:43 +0000Why Was King Tut's Tomb Prepared in Such a Rush?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-was-king-tuts-tomb-prepared-in-such-a-r/When archeologists discovered mold formations in King Tut's tomb, they worried the sweat and breath of tourists were the causeTue, 15 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Preserve and Protect: How Paleontologists Care for Their Long-Dead, High-Maintenance Starshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/preserve-and-protect-how-paleontologists-care-their-long-dead-charges-180961071/Fossil collections are where the science of paleontology truly lives. Valuable dino bones must be treated accordinglyMon, 14 Nov 2016 17:06:09 +0000The Secret History of Buying and Selling Hairhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/secret-history-buying-and-selling-hair-180961080/Globalization hit the hair trade centuries ago, and the business is still thrivingMon, 14 Nov 2016 15:42:07 +0000NASA’s New, Super-Efficient Airplane Wing Comes With a Twisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nasas-new-super-efficient-airplane-wing-comes-twist-180961069/The agency and several universities have designed a flexible wing that could reduce the cost of building and fueling airplanesMon, 14 Nov 2016 14:34:49 +0000Reptiles Can't Fly. But This One Glides Like a Prohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/reptiles-cant-fly-but-this-one-glides-like/Draco, a type of lizard that lives in trees in Southeast Asia, has evolved flaps of skin on its flanksMon, 14 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Chemical Weapons Dumped in the Ocean After World War II Could Threaten Waters Worldwidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/decaying-weapons-world-war-II-threaten-waters-worldwide-180961046/How worried should we be? Chemists are racing the clock to find outFri, 11 Nov 2016 15:43:18 +0000Could These College Inventors Tackle the Global Pesticide Problem?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-these-college-inventors-tackle-global-pesticide-problem-180961060/Developed by a team of University of Virgnia students, AgroSpheres break down pesticide residues on crops hours after they are appliedFri, 11 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000ALMA Reveals Planets Born Earlier Than We Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/alma-reveals-planets-born-earlier-than-we-th_1/In 2014, astronomer David Wilmer aimed the ALMA Array at a young star 450 light years awayFri, 11 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Nervous Flyer's Guide to Every Ding, Buzz and Whir You Hear on an Airplanehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/airplane-sounds-decoded-180961044/Don’t panic—those beeps and creaks are perfectly fineThu, 10 Nov 2016 22:30:16 +0000What Tickling Giggly Rats Can Tell Us About the Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ticklish-rats-get-giggles-when-theyre-good-mood-180961061/Their laughter manifests in a surprising region of the cerebral cortexThu, 10 Nov 2016 19:33:36 +0000Now We’ll Finally Get to See the American Revolution Through the Eyes of King Georgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/now-well-finally-get-see-american-revolution-through-eyes-king-george-180961057/A treasure trove of nearly 350,000 documents, about to be released to the public, reveals new insights about how George III lost the coloniesThu, 10 Nov 2016 16:16:29 +0000Why Artificial Intelligence Won’t Replace CEOshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-artificial-intelligence-wont-replace-ceos-180961055/An MBA’s instinct is increasingly vital in the age of information overloadThu, 10 Nov 2016 15:33:36 +0000A Heroic Mission to Disarm Nazi Snipers Goes Very Wronghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-heroic-mission-to-disarm-nazi-snipers-goes/Two British commandos impulsively storm a Nazi-occupied warehouse on the Norwegian island of VaagsoThu, 10 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000A New Wireless Brain Implant Helps Paralyzed Monkeys Walk. Humans Could Be Next.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wireless-brain-computer-network-helps-paralyzed-monkeys-walk-humans-could-be-next-180961049/One small step for monkeys, one potential leap for humans Wed, 09 Nov 2016 22:01:24 +0000Fossilized Dinos Are Bones Turned to Stone—But Sometimes, Part of the Original Dino Surviveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fossilized-dinos-are-bones-turned-stone-sometimes-part-original-dino-survives-180961042/Every fossilized skeleton is a unique snowflake. We now know that some contain biological bits of tooth and clawWed, 09 Nov 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Mission To Invent a Bottle That Takes the Salt Out of Saltwaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mission-invent-bottle-takes-salt-out-saltwater-180961035/Scientists are exploring the potential of creating plastic containers that, with a little sun power, could desalinate seawaterWed, 09 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Surprising Reason Birds First Grew Feathers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-surprising-reason-birds-first-grew-feath/When birds first grew feathers 150 million years ago, their function was not necessarily to help with flightWed, 09 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Miniature Living Redwood Forest Springs Up In Brooklynhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/miniature-living-redwood-forest-springs-brooklyn-180961031/Artist Spencer Finch explores landscape by building a tiny, scale replica of a California groveTue, 08 Nov 2016 15:58:46 +0000Four Times the Results of a Presidential Election Were Contestedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rigged-vote-four-us-presidential-elections-contested-results-180961033/"Rigged" may not be the way to describe them, but there were definitely some shenanigans happeningTue, 08 Nov 2016 15:53:19 +0000Deep in the Heart of Iceland, There's a New Way to Tap the Earth’s Energy http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/deep-heart-iceland-theres-new-way-tap-earths-energy-180961030/The Iceland Deep Drilling Project has extended a borehole thousands of meters deep to produce geothermal power at a scale never before seenTue, 08 Nov 2016 15:09:16 +0000Watch a Bombardier Beetle Mace a Praying Mantishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/watch-a-bombardier-beetle-mace-a-praying-mantis/Praying mantises are adept at ambushing their prey with their specialized legs and swift reflexesTue, 08 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Did You Know That the Designs On Some White House China Are Patented?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/did-you-know-designs-some-white-house-china-are-patented-180961024/Two, possibly three, of the 19 china services that have been made for 17 U.S. presidents are covered by design patentsMon, 07 Nov 2016 21:33:40 +0000Most Ivory for Sale Comes From Recently Killed Elephants—Suggesting Poaching Is Taking Its Tollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/most-ivory-sale-today-comes-recently-killed-elephants-180961032/Carbon dating finds that almost all trafficked ivory comes from animals killed less than three years before their tusks hit the marketMon, 07 Nov 2016 21:24:23 +0000A Photojournalist Captures Dramatic Portraits of Dancers in the Streets of Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/street-photography-instagram-ballet-dancing-cuba-gabriel-davalos-cultural-travel-180960611/For Gabriel Davalos, photography is about storytellingMon, 07 Nov 2016 19:59:50 +0000Lime Marinade, Cohiba Cigar Cases and Other Unique Gifts You Can Buy in Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nine-things-luxury-unique-gift-guide-cuba-cultural-travel-180961004/ Mon, 07 Nov 2016 19:59:36 +0000Extinction or Evolution? The Answer Isn't Always Clearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/extinction-evolution-its-complicated-180961023/The same factors that kill off some species cause others to evolve at lightning speedMon, 07 Nov 2016 18:59:06 +0000The Incredible Reptiles That Flew 200 Million Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-incredible-reptiles-that-flew-200-millio/A 200-million-year-old fossil reveals the amazing body structure of a reptilian creature known as the dimorphodonMon, 07 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Everyone Poops. Some Animals Eat It. Why?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/everyone-poops-some-animals-eat-it-why-180961020/Consuming feces can benefit not only the health and microbiomes of some animals, but also their environmentsFri, 04 Nov 2016 17:52:33 +0000What's Next for Solar Energy? How About Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/whats-next-solar-energy-how-about-space-180961008/Scientists are closer than ever to making the far-out concept of a space-based solar collection system a realityFri, 04 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Puerto Rico's #1 Crop Isn't Sugar, But It's Still Sweethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/puerto-ricos-1-crop-isnt-sugar-but-its/Puerto Rico's agricultural economy was once dominated by sugar plantations. Today, the same fields hold everything from corn to bananasFri, 04 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000 Smoking a Pack a Day for a Year Leaves 150 Mutations in Every Lung Cellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/smoking-pack-day-year-leaves-150-mutations-every-lung-cell-180961014/Researchers quantify just how bad smoking is for you, molecularlyThu, 03 Nov 2016 21:08:44 +0000If Only Ernie Had Seen It. Here's Why "Mr. Cub" Is Part of Last Night's Winhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/if-only-ernie-had-seen-it-heres-why-mr-cub-part-last-nights-win-180961005/From Smithsonian Books, a treasure of baseball history for those who can’t wait for spring trainingThu, 03 Nov 2016 16:01:51 +0000The Story Behind Che's Iconic Photohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/iconic-photography-che-guevara-alberto-korda-cultural-travel-180960615/Fashion photographer Alberto Korda took Che Guevara's pictures hundreds of times in the 1960s. One stuckThu, 03 Nov 2016 15:00:00 +0000This Spike-Crested Lizard Drinks From Sand With Its Skin http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/spiky-lizard-drinks-sand-its-skin-180961002/The thirsty, thorny devils of Australia's deserts can’t quench their thirst with tongues aloneThu, 03 Nov 2016 13:18:17 +0000Why Anaerobic Digestion Is Becoming the Next Big Renewable Energy Sourcehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-anaerobic-digestion-becoming-next-big-renewable-energy-source-180960992/A food-to-electricity plant in England is just one in a string of local efforts to make waste less wastefulThu, 03 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Swag and Swagger Behind American Presidential Campaigns http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/swagand-swaggerbehind-american-presidential-campaigns-180960991/From a coloring book to a painted axe, election ephemera remind us of the hard-fought elections of long agoThu, 03 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Step Inside Cuba's Oldest Printmaking Studiohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/cuban-lithography-printmaking-tradition-cultural-travel-180960612/At the Taller Experimental de Gráfica in Havana, process is everythingThu, 03 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Pagani Huayra Is Faster Than a Jumbo Jet at Takeoffhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/the-pagani-huayra-is-faster-than-a-jumbo-jet_1/The optimum effects of the Pagani-designed dual aerodynamic system are embodied by the Huayra. In just 25.8 seconds, it crosses the 185 MPH markThu, 03 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000A New Report Says We're Hunting the World's Mammals to Death. What Can Be Done?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-can-we-do-about-report-says-we-are-hunting-worlds-mammals-death-180961000/Solutions are multifaceted and region-specific, but conservation researchers have some ideasWed, 02 Nov 2016 20:25:01 +0000What Have We Learned From Probing Pluto So Far?http://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/pluto-so-far-180960990/New Horizons has finally sent down all its data from the fly-by. Here's what we knowWed, 02 Nov 2016 19:01:40 +0000Griffon Vultures Depend on the Sun to Fly. Why?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/griffon-vultures-depend-on-the-sun-to-fly-why_1/The Griffon vulture is one of the largest vulture species. Because of its giant stature, it uses an immense amount of energy to take offWed, 02 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Why Public Health Researchers Are Looking to Urban Trees http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-public-health-researchers-are-looking-urban-trees-180960985/A global study finds they can help cool cities and reduce air pollution—for less money than high-tech answersTue, 01 Nov 2016 20:49:26 +0000Facebook Might Help You Live Longer, According to Facebook Researchershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/facebook-use-might-help-you-live-longer-according-facebook-researchers-180960979/It depends on whether online social ties strengthen real-world social ties, which are known to be good for your healthTue, 01 Nov 2016 17:53:03 +0000Move Over Solar: There’s New Energy Right At Our Feethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/move-over-solar-theres-new-energy-right-our-feet-180960978/Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are turning wood pulp, a common waste material, into a flooring that generates electricityTue, 01 Nov 2016 15:41:58 +0000Robot Shellfish May Tell Us About Climate Change's Impact on Marine Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/robot-shellfish-may-tell-us-about-climate-changes-impact-on-marine-species-180960977/Climate scientists at Northeastern University have developed "robomussels" with sensors to track temperatures in mussel bedsTue, 01 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Searching for Cuba's Pre-Columbian Rootshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/taino-indigenous-culture-pre-columbian-roots-archaeology-cuban-identity-cultural-travel-180960975/A newfound quest for identity has led some Cubans to reclaim their Taíno Indian heritageTue, 01 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Story of How McDonald’s First Got Its Starthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/story-how-mcdonalds-first-got-its-start-180960931/From the orange orchards of California, two brothers sought a fortune selling burgersTue, 01 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the Rumbahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/rumba-brief-history-slavery-cuba-music-dance-cultural-travel-180960934/Born out of slavery in 19th-century Cuba, the lively music and dance form takes many shapesTue, 01 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000This Puerto Rican Telescope Was Built in a Massive Sinkholehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-puerto-rican-telescope-was-built-in-a-m/In 1958, the Pentagon wanted to build a 1,000-foot-long telescope for its ballistic missile programTue, 01 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Where to See the World’s Biggest Spidershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-worlds-biggest-spiders-180960938/Don’t freak out—our arachnid friends help more than hurtMon, 31 Oct 2016 19:20:12 +0000Explore Haunting Relics of Death With New Photography Bookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/new-photography-book-collects-relics-death-brings-cold-comfort-living-180960955/Placenta-wiping fetuses are only the tip of the frightbergMon, 31 Oct 2016 18:25:43 +0000Underwater Pumpkin Carving Among the Wrecks in New York's Finger Lakeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/underwater-pumpkin-finger-lakes-180960848/Just in time for Halloween, scuba divers test their Jack-o-lantern-making skillsMon, 31 Oct 2016 16:14:44 +0000Hollywood Has Nothing on These Real Life Halloween Horror Showshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/real-life-demogorgon-and-7-other-real-life-halloween-beasts-180960942/Face-unfurling, chest-exploding, zombie-making fiends: They're all around us Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:27:30 +0000Meet the 11-Year-Old Who Invented a Healthy Lollipophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/meet-11-year-old-who-invented-healthy-lollipop-180960951/Made with plant-derived sugar alternatives, Alina Morse's Zollipops help reduce the risk of cavitiesMon, 31 Oct 2016 14:19:26 +0000The Long, Unfortunate History of Racial Parody in America http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-unfortunate-history-racial-parody-america-180960947/Art historian Gwendolyn Dubois Shaw discusses the painful performative origins Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:01:59 +0000The Exorcist's Rule Bookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/the-exorcists-rule-book/A serious manifestation of evil is never a pretty thing, but Catholic priests face down demons with precisionMon, 31 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Halloween Owes Its Tricks and Treats to the Ancient Celtic New Year's Evehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/halloween-owes-its-tricks-and-treats-celtic-new-years-eve-180960944/During Samhain, the deceased came to Earth in search of food and comfort, while evil spirits, faeries and gods came in search of mischiefFri, 28 Oct 2016 20:32:04 +0000In One of the World's Oldest Winemaking Regions, a New Generation Revives an Ancient Traditionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenia-wine-travel-tourism-viticulture-vineyards-180959986/An Armenian wine expert highlights the best places to experience the rebirth of a wine culture stifled under Soviet ruleFri, 28 Oct 2016 20:18:46 +0000Norman Lear Talks Art, Activism and the 2016 Electionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/norman-lear-talks-art-activism-and-2016-election-180960946/For the famed showrunner, TV has always been a chance to make the political personalFri, 28 Oct 2016 20:18:07 +0000When the Mob Owned Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mob-havana-cuba-culture-music-book-tj-english-cultural-travel-180960610/Best-selling author T.J. English discusses the Mob's profound influence on Cuban culture and politics in the 1950sFri, 28 Oct 2016 19:00:00 +0000The Black Panthers Were Founded 50 Years Ago, and Their Influence Hasn’t Wanedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/black-panthers-were-founded-50-years-ago-and-their-influence-hasnt-waned-180960940/Group founder Bobby Seale reflects on the Panthers’ iconic Ten-Point ProgramFri, 28 Oct 2016 17:52:54 +0000What's Behind America's Obsession With Presidential Masks? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/whats-behind-americas-obsession-presidential-masks-180960937/From nose-picking Nixon to Trump-kissing-Clinton, Americans have long imitated their political candidatesFri, 28 Oct 2016 14:21:37 +0000Science Explains Why Chocolate Should be Savored, Not Scarfedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-delicious-things-know-about-chocolate-180960894/And other molecular secrets to digest while you're digestingFri, 28 Oct 2016 13:47:15 +0000Killers Don't Always Look the Parthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/killers-dont-always-look-the-part/The tragic true story of an innocent man suspected of murder is a classic motif of the Hollywood thriller and is used as a subplot in ScreamFri, 28 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000A Bizarre “Swimming with Tuna” Attraction Puts Australia’s Controversial Aquaculture in the Spotlighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bizarre-swimming-with-tuna-puts-australia-aquaculture-in-spotlight-180960933/Is this an opportunity for conservation education, or another example of the government bending to Big Tuna?Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:51:25 +0000A Taste of the Wild Side: Finding Local Flavor in Armenia’s Edible Highlandshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/taste-wild-side-out-yerevan-and-armenias-local-dishes-180960889/ Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:32:58 +0000The Surprising History of Cuba's Patron Sainthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/surprising-history-cuba-patron-saint-cachita-virgin-mary-our-lady-charity-cultural-travel-180960606/Nicknamed "Cachita," the 15-inch-tall wooden figurine of the Virgin Mary unites Cubans across class and race linesThu, 27 Oct 2016 17:34:47 +0000These Sea Creatures Have a Secret Superpower: Invisibility Cloaks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tiny-sea-creatures-invisibility-cloak-possibly-spheres-180960926/Scientists have found that some crustaceans have just the trick for hiding from predatorsThu, 27 Oct 2016 16:31:31 +0000What a Mark Rothko Painting Has in Common With a Ming Dynasty Dishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-mark-rothko-painting-common-ming-dynasty-dish-180960912/This one vibrant color, rich in symbolism, unites two works across five centuriesThu, 27 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Last Living Carver of Mount Rushmore Reflects on the Monument at 75http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/last-living-carver-mount-rushmore-reflects-monument-75-180960875/The 95-year-old looks back at the colossal effort that went into making the American masterpieceThu, 27 Oct 2016 12:15:10 +0000The Great Flying Saucer Mystery of 1966http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/great-flying-saucer-mystery-of-1966/When policemen spotted a "flying saucer" in 1966, an official investigation declared it was an optical illusion created by swamp gasThu, 27 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000These Photographs From Space Show What Humans Have Done to the Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-photographs-space-show-what-humans-have-done-earth-180960924/In new book, vivid satellite images of the planet evoke what astronauts call "the overview effect" Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:02:36 +0000Why a Woman Is Playing the Same Guitar Chord Over and Over Again at the Hirshhornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/icelands-top-performance-artist-rings-chords-us-180960901/The absurdly comedic work of Iceland's top performance artist Ragnar KjartanssonWed, 26 Oct 2016 18:59:49 +0000Memories of a Runaway Cuban Slavehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/biography-runaway-slave-cuba-book-excerpt-cultural-travel-180960607/A former sugar plantation slave recalls fleeing to a cave in the woods and the new dangers that awaited him thereWed, 26 Oct 2016 18:06:54 +0000Humans May Have Hunted Cave Lions to Extinction—For Throw Rugshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-may-have-hunted-cave-lions-extinction-throw-rugs-180960915/Dear cave lions: We're so, so sorry.Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:00:00 +0000How Virtual Reality Can Help Us Feel the Pain of Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-virtual-reality-can-help-us-feel-pain-climate-change-180960918/It's hard to comprehend the concept of oceans getting more acidic. Unless you become the coral.Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:02:57 +0000There's Much More to Cuba Than Cigars and Vintage Carshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/deep-cuba-cigars-vintage-cars-yoani-sanchez-cultural-travel-180960614/The country’s most celebrated blogger discovers her homeland anew while working as a tour guideWed, 26 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000This $1.4 Million "Bird" Makes an African-American Art Collection Soar to New Heightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/this-million-bird-makes-african-american-art-collection-soar-to-new-heights-180960914/With his first major contemporary acquisition, the Detroit Institute of Arts' new director is reinvigorating the museumWed, 26 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000Rick Bayless Preaches the Gospel of Modern Mexican Cuisine http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rick-bayless-preaches-gospel-modern-mexican-cuisine-180960911/The trail-blazing Chicago chef and cookbook author wins the second annual Julia Child Award and makes a donation to the SmithsonianWed, 26 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000Inside the Mind of a Killerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/inside-the-mind-of-a-killer/Hollywood horror found its inspiration from the real-life criminal investigations of the FBI's Behavioral Science UnitWed, 26 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000How White Lies Snowball Into Full-On Deceptionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-white-lies-snowball-full-out-deception-180960909/Using brain scans, researchers find evidence that bad feelings associated with lying lessen over timeTue, 25 Oct 2016 19:25:35 +0000How a Genetically Engineered Virus Could Help the Brain Fight Alcohol Cravingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/genetically-engineered-virus-could-reduce-alcohol-cravings-180960910/Heavy drinking can change the brain to make cravings worse. Can gene therapy change it back? Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:54:47 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s the Longest You Can Hold Your Breath? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-whats-longest-you-can-hold-your-breath-180960905/A dive into the science shows it is possible to override the system Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:50:59 +0000The Bee That Breaks Your Heart http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bee-that-breaks-your-heart-180960900/Insects are hard-pressed to get protection as endangered species. Can one fuzzy anomaly beat the odds?Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:16:39 +0000Renaissance Europe Was Horrified by Reports of a Sea Monster That Looked Like a Monk Wearing Fish Scales http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reports-sea-monster-looked-like-monk-wearing-fish-scales-horrified-renaissance-europe-180960885/Something fishy this way comesTue, 25 Oct 2016 14:33:50 +0000The Answer to India's Energy Crisis Could Be Blowing in the Windhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/answer-indias-energy-crisis-could-be-blowing-wind-180960891/The 2016 Young Scientist Challenge winner modeled her energy harvester after a treeTue, 25 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000Prehistoric Kickboxing Killer Turkeyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/prehistoric-kickboxing-killer-turkeys/Unlike Jurassic Park's lizard-like creatures, real raptors had feathers and looked a lot more like their closest relatives -- birdsTue, 25 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Venture Inside Cuba's Secret Societieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/cuba-secret-societies-subculture-ritual-tradition-cultural-travel-180960895/From Masons to Santería priests, photographer Nicola Lo Calzo offers a glimpse into the island's many subculturesMon, 24 Oct 2016 19:47:27 +0000Are Pumpkin Beers, Thank God, Finally on the Way Out?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/are-pumpkin-beers-thank-god-finally-way-out-180960892/Some breweries are slowing production, as the trend may be fizzlingMon, 24 Oct 2016 17:09:19 +0000How the 2016 MacArthur Genius Award Recipient Lauren Redniss Is Rethinking Biographyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-2016-macarthur-genius-award-recipient-lauren-redniss-rethinking-biography-180960879/The visual biographer of Marie and Pierre Curie turns to her next subject, weather, lightning and climate changeMon, 24 Oct 2016 15:59:49 +0000Secrets of the Tower of Londonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/secrets-tower-london-180960830/Before it was a popular tourist attraction, the Tower of London was, well, just about everything elseMon, 24 Oct 2016 14:40:13 +0000Seeking the Humanity of Al Caponehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/seeking-humanity-al-capone-180960880/Through interviews with his descendants, one biographer sees the family man behind the infamous gangsterMon, 24 Oct 2016 13:19:49 +0000Yes, Spiders Eat Spidershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/yes-spiders-eat-spiders/Portia spiders, known for their remarkable intelligence, have some of the most astonishing hunting skills in the arthropod communityMon, 24 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Celebrate Dino Month With Three New Dinosaur Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrate-dino-month-three-new-dinosaur-books-180960557/From PhDs to 4th graders, something for everyoneFri, 21 Oct 2016 20:42:19 +0000Using Math to Build the Ultimate Taffy Machinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/using-math-build-ultimate-taffy-machine-180960849/A mathematician dives into taffy-pulling patents to achieve optimum confection creationFri, 21 Oct 2016 16:37:59 +0000This Startup Is Harvesting Wild Algae to Make Your Next Pair of Sneakershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/startup-harvesting-wild-algae-make-your-next-pair-sneakers-180960872/Co-founder Rob Falken found a way to turn algae into a foam that can be used in sneaker soles and on surfboardsFri, 21 Oct 2016 13:43:34 +0000Why Churchill Approved a Risky Mission on a Nazi Strongholdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/churchill-approved-risky-mission-nazi-stronghold/Churchill knew he needed a very public military success to boost morale back homeFri, 21 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Wacky, Wonderful, Wild Hops Could Transform the Watered-Down Beer Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-and-history-hops-180960846/The diversity of hops reflects a diversity of tastes and traditions that are part of an extraordinary evolution in beerThu, 20 Oct 2016 19:05:09 +0000When Was the First Map Produced and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nov16-ask-smithsonian-180960780/You asked, we answeredThu, 20 Oct 2016 18:04:00 +0000I Was a Card-Carrying Member of the "First Moon Flights" Clubhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/i-was-card-carrying-member-first-moon-flights-club-180960817/My card is now a historical museum artifact, but I’ll never give up my dream to fly to the MoonThu, 20 Oct 2016 17:10:40 +0000Madagascar's Mangroves: The Ultimate Giving Trees http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-giving-trees-madagascar-180960865/Locals already use the trees for food, fuel and building materials. Now they're burning them to make lime clayThu, 20 Oct 2016 16:40:07 +0000The Tragic Fate of the Afghan Interpreters the U.S. Left Behindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tragic-fate-afghan-interpreters-left-behind-180960785/These men risked their lives for the U.S. military. Now many would like to come to America but are stranded — and in dangerThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:07:38 +0000Ulysses S. Grant Launched an Illegal War Against the Plains Indians, Then Lied About Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ulysses-grant-launched-illegal-war-plains-indians-180960787/The president promised peace with Indians — and covertly hatched the plot that provoked one of the bloodiest conflicts in the WestThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Newly Discovered Letters Bring New Insight Into the Life of a Civil War Soldierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/newly-discovered-letters-bring-insight-life-civil-war-soldier-180960784/A mysterious package holds long-lost correspondence from a young Union infantrymanThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Face an Active Shooter in Virtual Reality, and You May Be Better Prepared to Survive a Real-Life Encounterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/face-active-shooter-virtual-reality-you-may-be-better-prepared-to-survive-real-life-encounter-180960827/A new VR program called SurviVR aims to train employees how to deal with an active shooter situation in the workplaceThu, 20 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000Six Places on Earth That Scientists Say Look Like Other Planetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/otherworldly-places-on-earth-180960693/The eerie resemblance these locales have to Mars and beyond has attracted researchers for yearsThu, 20 Oct 2016 12:30:00 +0000Wild Inside the National Zoo: The Future of Maned Wolveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/future-of-maned-wolves-national-zoo/After three years of being paired, maned wolves Echo and Zayda produce two new pups at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology InstituteThu, 20 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Wild Monkeys Unintentionally Make Stone Age Tools, But Don't See the Pointhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wild-monkeys-unintentionally-make-stone-age-tools-180960837/Scientists observe a “unique” human behavior in wild animals Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:23:52 +0000Looking at Nature Through Infrared Film Will Have You Seeing Redhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/looking-nature-through-infrared-film-seeing-red-180960777/See the world on a whole different spectrumWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:44:11 +0000How Scorpion Venom Is Helping Doctors Treat Cancerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-scorpion-venom-is-helping-doctors-treat-cancer-180960815/When injected into the body, Tumor Paint lights up cancers. The drug could lead to a new class of therapeuticsWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:18:11 +0000This Champion Pumpkin Weighs More Than a U-Haulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/world-champion-pumpkin-weighs-1910-pounds-could-make-600-pies-180960829/At the annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Weigh-In, a pumpkin weighing 1,910 pounds took the crownWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:11:05 +0000Can Resource Scarcity Really Explain a History of Human Violence?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-resource-scarcity-explain-a-history-of-human-violence-180960832/Data from thousands of California burial sites suggests that a lack of resources causes violence. But that conclusion may be too simplisticWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:48:27 +0000Did John Adams Out Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/john-adams-out-thomas-jefferson-sally-hemings-180960789/A scholar makes the intriguing case that Adams gossiped about the relationship years before the news erupted in publicWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:46:29 +0000These Women Reporters Went Undercover to Get the Most Important Scoops of Their Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-reporters-undercover-most-important-scoops-day-180960775/Writing under pseudonyms, the so-called girl stunt reporters of the late 19th century played a major role in exposing the nation's illsWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:16:59 +0000When Curious George Made a Daring Escape From the Nazishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/curious-george-daring-escape-nazis-180960779/The authors of the children's book series fled wartime France with the manuscript tied to their bikesWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Fur Real: Scientists Have Obsessed Over Cats for Centurieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/its-not-just-you-scientists-worship-cats-too-180960816/Ten of the best feline-focused studies shed light on our relationship with these vampire-hunting, sexy-bodied killersTue, 18 Oct 2016 19:19:07 +0000How Bats Ping On the Wing—And Look Cute Doing Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bats-echolocation-signals-3D-180960791/Researchers reveal how bats turn echolocation signals into a 3-D image of moving preyTue, 18 Oct 2016 17:31:34 +0000What to Make of Marina Abramović, the Godmother of Performance Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-make-marina-abramovic-godmother-performance-art-180960821/Is her body of work art, magic, theater or masochism?Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:22:54 +0000Homage to Havanahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/homage-havana-cuba-cultural-travel-180960812/A Smithsonian director ponders the allure of Cuba's capital cityTue, 18 Oct 2016 16:08:25 +0000The FBI’s Fake Russian Agent Reveals His Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fbi-fake-russian-agent-reveals-secrets-180960788/In an exclusive interview, a retired FBI agent who posed as a KGB officer finally spills the beans about his greatest sting operationsTue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Pearl Harbor Disappearance May Finally Have Been Solvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/pearl-harbor-disappearance-may-finally-have-been-solved-cornelia-fort-180960786/Flight instructor Cornelia Fort faced a close call on that infamous day, but her plane was thought to have been lost to historyTue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Making the Case for the Next American Sainthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/next-american-saint-sister-blandina-regale-immigrants-womens-history-180960782/Sister Blandina Segale showed true grit while caring for orphans and outlaws in New MexicoTue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Beneath a Mountain in Switzerland Lies the World’s Longest Shortcuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/beneath-mountain-switzerland-worlds-longest-shortcut-gothard-base-tunnel-travel-180960776/The massive structure, running 35.4 miles through the Alps, begins full operations this DecemberTue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Big Data Just Got Bigger as IBM's Watson Meets the Encyclopedia of Life http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ibms-watson-meets-encyclopedia-life-under-new-grant-180960772/An NSF grant marries one of the world's largest online biological archives with IBM's cognitive computing and Georgia Tech's moduling and simulationTue, 18 Oct 2016 14:15:07 +0000The New Nightspots Transforming Havana's Social Scenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/havana-cuba-nightlife-going-out-social-scene-cultural-travel-180960609/Chic is rapidly replacing gritty in many of Havana's newly imagined gathering spotsMon, 17 Oct 2016 23:03:01 +0000The Bizarre Tale of the Middle East’s First Space Programhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/bizarre-tale-middle-easts-first-space-program-180960808/In Lebanon, reminders of what could have been still standMon, 17 Oct 2016 18:45:19 +0000With This Smartphone Microscope, You Can Play Soccer and Pac-Man With Microbeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/with-this-smartphone-microscope-you-can-play-soccer-and-pac-man-with-microbes-180960793/Stanford engineer Ingmar Riedel-Kruse built a 3D-printed microscope that allows students to not only observe but also interact with tiny creaturesMon, 17 Oct 2016 13:55:24 +0000Meet an Environmental Activist and an Artist Who Share a Passion for “Trashion”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/one-mans-trash-suit-another-womans-work-art-180960792/One man's trash suit is another woman's work of artFri, 14 Oct 2016 17:38:02 +0000Ajiaco, Cuba in a Cauldronhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ajiaco-cuba-food-history-atlas-of-eating-cultural-travel-180960688/With origins in the island’s oldest culture, <i>ajiaco</i> is a stew that adapts to the timesFri, 14 Oct 2016 17:27:03 +0000At the New “Slavery and Freedom” Show, a Mother Finds an Empowering Message for Her Young Daughtershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mother-visits-new-slavery-and-freedom-exhibition-and-finds-empowering-message-her-young-daughters-180960751/A child's shackles, a whip, and an auction block deliver a visceral experience of slaveryFri, 14 Oct 2016 14:27:40 +0000Photos: Giant Chinese Lantern Sculptures Light Up Spokanehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/giant-chinese-lantern-sculptures-spokane-washington-180960735/This month brings a world of colorful light to WashingtonFri, 14 Oct 2016 13:15:00 +0000Is Bob Dylan a Poet? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bob-dylan-poet-180960762/As the enigmatic singer, songwriter and troubadour takes the Nobel Prize in literature, one scholar ponders what his work is all aboutThu, 13 Oct 2016 20:13:20 +0000Predicting Chaos: New Sensors Sniff Out Volcanic Eruptions Before They Happenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-sensors-sniff-out-volcanic-eruptions-they-happen-180960768/How volcanologists brave lung-singeing fumes to monitor eruptions with cutting-edge sensorsThu, 13 Oct 2016 19:12:52 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s the Point of Earwax?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-whats-point-earwax-180960749/Earwax has a job to do; but many are not hearing the messageThu, 13 Oct 2016 18:38:50 +0000Doing Laundry Can Be Deadly for Clams, Mollusks and Other Marine Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pick-your-wardrobe-carefully-lives-clams-and-mussels-may-depend-it-180960761/Pick your wardrobe carefully—the lives of sea animals may depend on itThu, 13 Oct 2016 17:02:09 +0000How Artists, Mad Scientists and Speculative Fiction Writers Made Spaceflight Possiblehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-artists-mad-scientists-and-speculative-fiction-writers-made-spaceflight-possible-180960561/A new book chronicles spaceflight’s centuries-long journey from dream to realityThu, 13 Oct 2016 15:21:57 +0000Can We Capture Energy From a Hurricane?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-we-capture-energy-hurricane-180960750/Loaded with power, massive storms may be another conduit for renewable energyWed, 12 Oct 2016 15:13:55 +0000In a Groundbreaking Exhibit at Mount Vernon, Slaves Speak and History Listenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/groundbreaking-exhibit-mount-vernon-slaves-speak-and-history-listens-180960747/Life at the home of George Washington is told anewWed, 12 Oct 2016 12:30:00 +0000