Articles | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenFri, 26 Aug 2016 20:00:38 +0000Big Boom: The Best Places to See Meteorite Impact Cratershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/big-boom-best-places-see-meteorite-impact-craters-180955460/Ancient impacts changed landscapes and perhaps even the course of evolution—here's where to see the coolest craters this summerMon, 18 Jul 2016 12:47:36 +0000How to Get Timed-Entry Passes for National Museum of African American History and Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-offer-timed-entry-passes-180960211/It's finally time to plan your trip to NMAAHCFri, 26 Aug 2016 20:00:38 +0000Garbage Can Teach Us a Lot About Food Wastehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/garbage-can-teach-us-lot-about-food-waste-180960254/A novel and slightly gross study aims to fill in gaps in our understanding of Americans' food wasteFri, 26 Aug 2016 19:26:15 +0000IBM’s Watson Takes On Yet Another Job, as a Weather Forecasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ibms-watson-takes-yet-another-job-weather-forecaster-180960264/The integration of the supercomputer and weather stations around the world could have a huge impact on global industryFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:46:15 +0000Keeping the Blues Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/keeping-blues-alive-180960128/Is blues music a thing of the past? A festival in Memphis featuring musicians of all ages and nationalities shouts an upbeat answerFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:24:54 +0000Incredible: Five Lions Take Down a Giraffehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-five-lions-take-down-a-giraffe/Free from their mother's care, five young lions must fend for, and feed, themselves. Their first challenge: a giant giraffe who refuses to be caughtFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:12:08 +0000Norway Wants to Give Finland a Mountainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/norway-finland-mountain-180960235/If the country succeeds, it will be the world's best 100th-birthday gift Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Massive Yellowstone Fish Die-Off: A Glimpse Into Our Climate Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/yellowstone-fish-die-off-glimpse-climate-future-180960259/This unprecedented kill reveals why we need to keep rivers resilientThu, 25 Aug 2016 20:35:16 +0000Getting Up Close and Personal With America’s First Offshore Wind Farmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/getting-up-close-personal-with-americas-first-offshore-wind-farm-180960251/The newly-erected turbines off of Block Island may signal the future of American wind powerThu, 25 Aug 2016 19:17:23 +0000This Is What 3,000 Photos of Teddy Bears Look Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/what-3000-photos-teddy-bears-look-180960181/An exhibition at The New Museum takes collection obsession to an over-the-top (but adorable) extremeThu, 25 Aug 2016 17:32:09 +0000Here’s an Ingeniously Simple Method for Making Bakailaoa Pil-pilean, the Traditional Basque Mealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-ingeniously-simple-method-making-bakailaoa-pil-pilean-traditional-basque-meal-180960245/Digesting the lessons that the Basque chefs taught at this summer’s Folklife Festival Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:20:13 +0000How One Millionaire's Promise Led to a National Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/john-rockefeller-grand-teton-national-park/When millionaire John D. Rockefeller Jr. first visited Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1926, he vowed to preserve the awe-inspiring landThu, 25 Aug 2016 14:59:44 +0000From Our Photo Contest: Soak Up the Beauty of America's National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/national-parks-service-centennial-100th-anniversary-nps100-photography-nature-180959721/2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service. Enjoy these standout images submitted by our photo communityThu, 25 Aug 2016 10:30:00 +0000Ancient Maya Bloodletting Tools or Common Kitchen Knives? How Archaeologists Tell the Differencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-maya-bloodletting-tools-or-kitchen-knives-how-archaeologists-tell-difference-1-180960232/New techniques for identifying the tools of sacrifice sharpen our understanding of the ritualWed, 24 Aug 2016 20:25:19 +0000Why the Universe Needs More Black and Latino Astronomershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-can-we-give-black-and-latino-astronomers-foundation-reach-stars-180960213/Astronomy has one of the worst diversity rates of any scientific field. This Harvard program is trying to change that Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:32:44 +0000Has the Incredible Accuracy of Art Reproduction Ruined the Way We Experience Masterpieces?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/are-replicas-changing-way-we-experience-art-180960224/Precise digital replicas allow more people to own and view great works of art, minus their soulTue, 23 Aug 2016 17:38:59 +0000The “Great Green Wall” Didn’t Stop Desertification, but it Evolved Into Something That Mighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/great-green-wall-stop-desertification-not-so-much-180960171/The multibillion-dollar effort to plant a 4,000-mile-long wall of trees hit some snags along the way, but there's still hopeTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:51:48 +0000Food Tasting Too Healthy? Just Add Scenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-your-food-taste-too-healthy-just-add-scent-180960223/How scientists use smell to trick tastebuds—and brainsTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:11:02 +0000Now, Let the "Olympics" of Sports Startups Beginhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/now-let-olympics-sports-startups-begin-180960220/Eight companies from around the world specializing in athletics will compete in Rio de Janeiro for a 100,000 Euro prizeTue, 23 Aug 2016 14:28:30 +0000These Five Museums Put the “Culture” in “Agriculture”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-five-museums-put-culture-agriculture-180960214/It's a lot more than just "tractor art"Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:57:42 +0000Karl Marx, My Puppy ‘Max,’ Instagram and Mehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/karl-marx-my-puppy-max-instagram-and-me-180960205/A historian tries hard to understand modern society and buys a #cutepuppyMon, 22 Aug 2016 16:25:23 +0000Jazz Has Never Looked Cooler Than It Does in This New Exhibitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/jazz-has-never-looked-cooler-than-it-does-new-exhibition-180960191/ These evocative images by photographer Herman Leonard call to mind a bygone eraMon, 22 Aug 2016 15:43:07 +0000How the National Parks Are Playing the Game of “What If” to Prepare for Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/national-parks-are-preparing-climate-change-using-tool-military-used-plan-nuclear-war-180960209/Federal agencies are starting to embrace scenario planning, a tool developed by the military to plan for thermonuclear warMon, 22 Aug 2016 14:33:38 +0000These Mesmerizing Paper Sculptures Explore Nature’s Mirrored Structureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-mesmerizing-paper-sculptures-explore-natures-mirrored-structures-180960194/Artist Matt Shlian folds, cuts and glues paper to create faceted and curved works of artMon, 22 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000These Simple Fixes Could Save Thousands of Birds a Year From Fishing Boatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-simple-fixes-could-save-thousands-birds-year-fishing-boats-180959982/Changes as basic as adding a colorful streamer to commercial longline fishing boats could save thousands of seabirds a yearMon, 22 Aug 2016 13:20:00 +0000This Helmet Shows What's Going On Inside a Person's Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-helmet-shows-whats-going-deep-inside-persons-brain-180960195/Researchers say it could help detect Alzheimer's and even explain why some people have exceptional talentsMon, 22 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Acclaimed Chef Christian Puglisi’s New "Farm of Ideas" Might Be the Next Big Foodie Destinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/chef-christian-puglisis-ambitious-new-project-farm-ideas-180960175/The Danish restaurateur is creating a place for food producers, chefs and foodies from around the world to gather and learnMon, 22 Aug 2016 12:30:00 +0000A Beary Happy First Birthday to Bei Bei. Unbearably Cute Celebrations Are in Storehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-beary-happy-first-birthday-bei-bei-unbearably-cute-celebrations-180960199/America's sweetheart celebrates his birthday this weekend at the National ZooFri, 19 Aug 2016 20:24:51 +0000The Man Who Ran a Carnival Attraction That Saved Thousands of Premature Babies Wasn't a Doctor at Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/man-who-pretended-be-doctor-ran-worlds-fair-attraction-saved-lives-thousands-premature-babies-180960200/Martin Couney carried a secret with him, but the results are unimpeachableFri, 19 Aug 2016 18:28:45 +0000This 400-mile Trail Between the U.S. and Canada Was Planned by a Moosehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/400-mile-trail-between-us-and-canada-was-planned-moose-180960187/The new trail will stretch from the Adirondacks in New York to Algonquin Provincial Park in OntarioFri, 19 Aug 2016 16:53:49 +0000Which National Park Draws 25 Million Visitors a Year?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/which-national-park-draws-25-million-visitors/The National Mall attracts an unbelievable amount of visitors each year. Here's what they come to see.Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:29:35 +0000Why We Have to Play Catch-up Collecting the Portraits of Female Athleteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-have-play-catch-collecting-portraits-female-athletes-180960179/As the “Summer of Women” unfolds in Rio, the Portrait Gallery is setting its sights on the futureFri, 19 Aug 2016 14:31:03 +0000Tiny "Neural Dust" Sensors Could One Day Control Prostheses or Treat Disease http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tiny-neural-dust-sensors-could-one-day-control-prostheses-or-treat-disease-180960190/These devices could last inside the human body indefinitely, monitoring and controlling nerve and muscle impulsesFri, 19 Aug 2016 14:20:50 +0000Scientists Know They Should Really Study Important Bugs but OMG a Baby Cheetahhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-know-should-study-bugs-but-omg-a-baby-cheetah-180960186/In conservation science, the cutest animals still get all the attentionThu, 18 Aug 2016 20:08:17 +0000Birds Sing to Their Eggs, and This Song Might Help Their Babies Survive Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/birds-talk-their-eggsand-song-might-help-their-babies-deal-climate-change-180960168/Embryonic learning—things birds pick up from their parents while still in the egg—may play a bigger role than imagined.Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:00:00 +0000This Man Claims He Has the World’s Largest Collection of Toy Dinosaurs, and He Loves Them Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/man-claims-worlds-largest-collection-dinosaurs-180960130/Randy Knol's stunning array chronicles our evolving knowledge about the prehistoric beastsThu, 18 Aug 2016 15:43:24 +0000The Rise of the Modern Sportswomanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rise-modern-sportswoman-180960174/Women have long fought against the assumption that they are weaker than men, and the battle isn’t over yetThu, 18 Aug 2016 15:18:39 +0000100 Years Later, the First International Treaty to Protect Birds Has Grown Wingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrating-100-years-protecting-birds-180960169/The U.S. and Canada celebrate the centennial of an agreement recognizing that birds see no bordersThu, 18 Aug 2016 14:03:51 +0000This Rio Restaurant Is Using Surplus Food From the Olympic Village to Feed the Homelesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-rio-restaurant-using-surplus-food-from-olympic-village-feed-homeless-180960163/At Refettorio Gastromotiva, top chefs from around the world are cooking five-star cuisine for the poorThu, 18 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Seven Items You May Want to Add to Your Back-to-School Shopping Listhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-items-may-want-add-back-to-school-shopping-list-180960162/From smart lunch boxes to apps for making digital flash cards, these technologies can help students of all ages this coming school yearWed, 17 Aug 2016 16:20:23 +0000Is This a Portrait of One of the World’s Most Influential Philosophers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/portrait-one-worlds-most-influential-philosophers-180960164/One Dutch art dealer is convinced that he owns the only portrait that Baruch Spinoza sat forWed, 17 Aug 2016 15:41:52 +0000Step Inside 12 of England's Most Beautiful Gardenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/12-most-beautiful-gardens-visit-england-180959722/ Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:15:00 +0000Robotics Can Get Girls Into STEM, but Some Still Need Convincinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/robotics-good-girls-some-still-need-convincing-180960131/The lack of women leaders in STEM creates “a catch-22 death spiral.” Robotics teams try to change thatTue, 16 Aug 2016 18:42:05 +0000The History of the American West Gets a Much-Needed Rewritehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-american-west-gets-much-needed-rewrite-180960149/Artists, historians and filmmakers alike have been guilty of creating a mythologized version of the U.S. expansion to the westTue, 16 Aug 2016 16:58:14 +0000Give it Up, Sneaky Males: These Lady Fish Have You Outwittedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/give-it-sneaky-male-fish-lady-fish-have-you-outwitted-180960148/Female ocellated wrasses have developed a surprising trick to control who fathers their offspringTue, 16 Aug 2016 15:02:53 +0000 Smithsonian Researchers Uncover Extinct, Ancient River Dolphin Fossil Hiding in Their Own Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-species-ancient-river-dolphin-discovered-exctinct-millions-years-ago-180960146/Sometimes, paleontologists don’t have to go into the field to discover a tantalizing new speciesTue, 16 Aug 2016 14:45:31 +0000Move Over, Community Gardens: Edible Forests Are Sprouting Up Across Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/move-over-community-gardens-edible-forests-are-sprouting-across-america-180960024/These new urban forests let you pick your own produce. But will the concept take root?Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Unusual Origins of Pink Lemonade http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unusual-origins-pink-lemonade-180960145/It’s a pretty scary story. It does involve clowns, after allTue, 16 Aug 2016 13:15:09 +0000A Secret Refuge for Elk Thought to Be Extincthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-secret-refuge-for-elk-thought-to-be-extinct/As many as 500,000 tule elk once roamed the coast of California, but they were hunted to extinction in the mid-1860s. Or so we thought... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:47:53 +0000Sports History Forgot About Tidye Pickett and Louise Stokes, Two Black Olympians Who Never Got Their Shothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sports-history-forgot-about-tidye-pickett-and-louise-stokes-two-black-olympians-who-never-got-their-shot-glory-180960138/Thanks to the one-two punch of racism and sexism, these two women were shut out of the hero’s treatment given to other athletesMon, 15 Aug 2016 19:43:30 +0000Long After Einstein, Cosmic Lensing Reaches Its Full Potentialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/cosmic-lensing-explained-180960136/How Hubble is taking advantage of Einstein’s theories to study the most distant galaxiesMon, 15 Aug 2016 19:34:04 +0000 Could This San Francisco Startup Transform Garbage Collecting?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-san-francisco-startup-transform-garbage-collecting-180960115/Compology uses sensors and software to plot truck routes to empty only dumpsters that are fullMon, 15 Aug 2016 16:19:56 +0000This Scientist Seeks Out the Secret History of Other Worldshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientist-seeks-out-secret-history-other-worlds-180960074/Maria Zuber has spent her career enabling discoveries beyond Earth. She says the best is yet to comeMon, 15 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0000John Muir's Transformative Climb Up Mt. Rainierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/john-muirs-transformative-climb-up-mt-rainier/In 1880, John Muir boldly hiked to the icy summit of one of Washington State's most recognizable landmarksMon, 15 Aug 2016 14:43:13 +0000Rare Afghan Deer Endures Two Major Wars, Is Ultimate Survivorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-afghani-deer-survives-two-major-wars-ultimate-survivor-180960107/Researchers feared the endangered ungulate had gone locally extinct. The Bactrian deer proved them wrong Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:08:38 +0000Synchronized Swimming Has a History That Dates Back to Ancient Romehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/synchronized-swimming-has-history-dates-back-ancient-rome-180960108/Before it reached the Olympics, the sport was a spectacle of the circus and vaudevilleFri, 12 Aug 2016 15:56:57 +0000These Letters Written by Famous Artists Reveal the Lost Intimacy of Putting Pen to Paperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-letters-written-famous-artists-reveal-lost-intimacy-putting-pen-to-paper-180960047/Many of the letters included in a new book provide snapshots of especially poignant moments in the lives of American artistsFri, 12 Aug 2016 14:30:01 +0000New Moon-Formation Theory Also Raises Questions About Early Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-moon-formation-theory-also-raises-questions-about-early-earth-180960077/A new model of the impact that created the moon might upend theories about earth, tooFri, 12 Aug 2016 13:30:00 +0000These Microbe-Coated Seeds Could Help Us Thrive in a Dark, Dry Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-microbe-coated-seeds-could-help-us-thrive-dark-dry-future-180960096/A Massachusetts-based startup is prepping for your basic apocalyptic scenarioFri, 12 Aug 2016 13:26:37 +0000The Solar Storm That Nearly Set the Cold War Ablazehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/solar-storm-nearly-set-cold-war-ablaze-180960106/How radio interference from a 1967 solar storm spooked the U.S. military—and launched space weather forecastingFri, 12 Aug 2016 12:39:30 +0000Why Honey Bees Are Crucial Employees at this Airporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/honey-bees-are-crucial-employees-at-this-airport/A colony of 300,000 honey bees lives just south of Frankfurt Airport. By testing the quality of their honey, scientists can determine pollution levelsFri, 12 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Six Places to Spot the World's Most Breathtaking Sand Duneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/six-worlds-most-breathtaking-sand-dunes-180958261/From snow-white sand to dunes taller than the Empire State Building, the Sahara has nothing on these majestic desertsThu, 11 Aug 2016 20:05:02 +0000These Ridiculously Long-Lived Sharks Are Older Than the United States, and Still Living It Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ridiculously-ancient-greenland-sharks-are-older-united-states-180960101/The lifespans of these marine methuselahs may double those of oldest living tortoises, a creative dating method finds Thu, 11 Aug 2016 18:00:03 +0000Google Thinks These 20 Teenagers Could Change Our World for the Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/google-thinks-these-20-teenagers-could-change-our-world-for-better-180960097/These kids from around the globe have created innovative new technologies, from malaria-testing apps to water-saving agriculture systemsThu, 11 Aug 2016 17:33:56 +0000Growing Hops in Abandoned Lots? Pittsburgh Will Drink to Thathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/growing-hops-abandoned-lots-pittsburgh-will-drink-180960094/The city's craft breweries may soon be able to make truly local beerThu, 11 Aug 2016 16:10:22 +0000Soil Has a Microbiome, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/soil-has-microbiome-too-180960088/The unique mix of microbes in soil has a profound effect on which plants thrive and which ones dieThu, 11 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Media Learned Nothing After Misreporting the Reagan Assassination Attempthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/media-learned-nothing-after-misreporting-reagan-assassination-attempt-180960091/As the shooter John Hinckley returns to life outside of imprisonment, it’s worth looking back at every thing the media got wrong that day Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:23:40 +0000The Real Way Komodo Dragons Kill Preyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-real-way-komodo-dragons-kill-prey/Komodo dragons aren't physically built to chase after their preyThu, 11 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Babe Ruth Hit a Home Run With Celebrity Product Endorsementshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-babe-ruth-hit-home-run-celebrity-product-endorsements-180960038/The Great Bambino was one of the first athletes to be famous enough to require a publicity agent to handle his affairsWed, 10 Aug 2016 18:18:39 +0000Could This Painless Brain Stimulation Help Treat Depression and Alzheimer's? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-painless-brain-stimulation-help-treat-depression-alzheimers-and-schizophrenia-180960083/UNC researchers have shown that transcranial alternating current stimulation can help improve memoryWed, 10 Aug 2016 17:37:58 +0000Go Deep: 5 Places on Earth to See Seriously Old Rockshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/go-deep-5-places-earth-see-seriously-old-rocks-180960010/See geology "in action"—or at least as action-packed as rocks can be—at these five spotsWed, 10 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +000010 New Ways to Use Droneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-new-ways-use-drones-180960061/From fighting wildfires to coaching people on their tennis game, the aerial devices are becoming a tool of choiceWed, 10 Aug 2016 13:33:14 +0000The Perseid Meteor Shower Looks Even More Beautiful When You Know Where It Comes Fromhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/perseid-meteor-shower-looks-even-more-beautiful-if-you-know-where-it-comes-180960082/Each streak across the sky is a fragment of the original material of our solar systemWed, 10 Aug 2016 13:30:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Can Animals Predict Earthquakes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-can-animals-predict-earthquakes-180960079/Humans cling to the idea that the beasts of the field could help to make earthquakes predictable, but prognosticators they are not Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000How This Giant 65,000-Ton Vessel Carries Larger Shipshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/how-giant-65000-ton-vessel-carries-large-ships/Hawk is a 732-foot-long, 180-foot-wide transport vessel able to haul some of the world's heaviest cargo across the globeWed, 10 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Six National Parks That Are Best Explored by Boathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/national-park-water-based-wonders-180959896/From wildlife to forgotten forts, the water is the place to be at many of America's national parksWed, 10 Aug 2016 10:00:00 +0000Seven Gorgeous Waterfalls to Chase in Taiwanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/guide-to-taiwans-waterfalls-180959779/Rainbows, records and golden water make these majestic falls a can't-missTue, 09 Aug 2016 17:41:35 +0000What You Don’t Know About Olympian Tommie Smith’s Silent Gesturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-you-dont-know-about-olympian-tommie-smiths-silent-gesture-180960056/The simple act of civil disobedience, thrusting a black-gloved fist in the air, produced shock waves across the nationTue, 09 Aug 2016 16:08:54 +00003D Print Your Own Breakfasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/3d-print-your-own-breakfast-180960048/A team of researchers at Columbia University has developed a 3D food printer capable of printing and cooking multiple ingredients at one timeTue, 09 Aug 2016 15:50:37 +0000What Happened in the Seconds, Hours, Weeks After the Dino-Killing Asteroid Hit Earth?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happened-seconds-hours-weeks-after-dino-killing-asteroid-hit-earth-180960032/The Cretaceous forecast: Tsunamis, a deadly heat pulse, and massive cooling.Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000Opening the Space Race to the Entire Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/opening-space-race-entire-world-180960045/A new era of collaboration and affordable technology has scientists across the globe sending spacecraft into outer spaceTue, 09 Aug 2016 13:34:52 +0000Why Is This Lizard Doing Push-Ups?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-is-this-lizard-doing-push-ups/Draco lizards have an interesting technique of performing upper body workouts to get the attention of their potential matesTue, 09 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Today’s Smooth-Running Horses May Owe Their Genetics to the Vikingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/todays-smooth-running-horses-may-owe-their-genetics-vikings-180960055/Scientists have determined the likely origin for the "gaitkeeper" gene, which controls gaitedness in horsesMon, 08 Aug 2016 18:23:45 +0000How Chuck Taylor Taught America How to Play Basketballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-chuck-taylor-taught-america-how-play-basketball-180960050/A shoe-in for the first ever basketball game in the Olympics, Converse All Stars have a long history both in and out of sportMon, 08 Aug 2016 17:41:08 +0000Charlie Chaplin's Gold Rushhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/charlie-chaplin-klondike-gold-rush-silent-film-comedy-alaska-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959456/Two decades after the Klondike Gold Rush, Chaplin recast the hardships of prospectors as comedyMon, 08 Aug 2016 17:39:21 +0000How Climate Change Will Transform the National Parks’ Iconic Animals and Plants http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-climate-change-transforming-national-parks-iconic-animals-and-plants-180960046/Dramatic changes may force park managers to choose which species will live, and which will dieMon, 08 Aug 2016 16:06:36 +0000Seismic Slowdowns Could Warn of Impending Earthquakes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seismic-slowdowns-could-warn-impending-earthquakes-180960049/An "earthquake machine" in the lab is helping scientists understand what goes on just before a quakeMon, 08 Aug 2016 15:01:00 +0000Mercury-Laden Sea Lion Carcasses Threaten California's Coastal Condorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mercury-laden-sea-lion-carcasses-are-trouble-californias-coastal-condors-180960043/The new findings put a wrench in conservation of one of the world's rarest birdsMon, 08 Aug 2016 14:01:00 +0000The Insanely Ambitious and Corrupt Plot to Grow L.A.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/insane-ambitious-corrupt-plot-to-grow-los-angeles/In 1898, the mayor of Los Angeles, Fred Eaton, came up with an audacious plan to drive up the value of local real estateMon, 08 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Humans Have Promoted the Reef Shark to Apex Predator http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/are-we-overvaluing-reef-sharks-180960041/How these diverse predators ended up getting all the creditFri, 05 Aug 2016 19:36:04 +0000The Double Eagle Investigationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-double-eagle-investigation/Years after all double eagles were supposedly destroyed, the Secret Service traces the reappearance of two of the rare coins back to a deal with a jewelerFri, 05 Aug 2016 17:31:48 +0000A Radioactive Cold War Military Base Will Soon Emerge From Greenland’s Melting Ice http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/radioactive-cold-war-military-base-will-soon-emerge-greenlands-melting-ice-180960036/They thought the frozen earth would keep it safely hidden. They were wrongFri, 05 Aug 2016 15:35:46 +0000This Sculpture Is Controlled by Live Honeybeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/sculpture-controlled-live-honeybees-180960006/Artist Wolfgang Buttress collaborated with a multidisciplinary team to create a giant, metallic hiveFri, 05 Aug 2016 15:18:31 +0000Visit the Original Lorax Tree in Dr. Seuss's San Diegohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-seussical-san-diego-180959997/Check out these Seuss-related sites in Theodore Geisel's adopted hometownFri, 05 Aug 2016 12:05:00 +0000Death Valley: One of the Most Extreme Places on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/death-valley-one-of-the-most-extreme-places/In 1913, temperatures in Death Valley reached a world-record high of 134 degrees FahrenheitFri, 05 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Indochinese Leopard Is Down to Just a Few Lives http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/threats-are-converging-indochinese-leopard-and-nobody-knows-180960030/These threatened cats now occupy just 8 percent of their historic range in Cambodia, new population estimate findsThu, 04 Aug 2016 20:09:13 +0000Defying Critics, Paleontologist Paul Olsen Looks for Hidden Answers Behind Mass Extinctionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/paleontologist-paul-olsen-searches-truth-behind-mass-extinctions-180959976/From a childhood spent discovering fossils to tangling over questions of ancient life and death, this scientist constantly pushes the boundaries.Thu, 04 Aug 2016 18:03:25 +0000Japan's Most Mouthwatering Dishes Are Made of Plastichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/meet-makers-plastic-food-180959989/Discover <i>sampuru</i>, the art of mind-blowingly realistic fake foodThu, 04 Aug 2016 17:01:52 +0000The Ocean's Great Garbage Patches Might Have Exit Doorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/great-garbage-patches-might-have-exit-doors-180960023/Garbage isn't destined to swirl in the ocean forever; new models show it eventually washes up on shore.Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:08:03 +0000In the Canary Islands, Tiny El Hierro Strives for Energy Independencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/in-canary-islands-tiny-el-hierro-strives-for-energy-independence-180959582/A photojournalist goes behind the scenes at a hybrid power station that could help the island reach its goal to be powered entirely by renewablesThu, 04 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000What It’s Like to Light the Olympic Cauldronhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/athlete-rafer-johnson-talks-about-what-its-light-olympic-cauldron-180959944/Today, retired Olympian Rafer Johnson carries a powerful legacy that honors the pride and spirit of the gamesThu, 04 Aug 2016 12:36:53 +0000What Is a Rattlesnake's Rattle Actually Made Of?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-is-a-rattlesnakes-rattle-actually-made-of/Each time rattlesnakes shed their skin, a scale remains behind which, in time, becomes the infamous rattleThu, 04 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Rare Wolf or Common Coyote? It Shouldn't Matter, But It Doeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-wolf-or-common-coyote-it-shouldnt-matter-it-does-180959994/The concept of species is flawed, but it still has a huge bearing on conservation policyWed, 03 Aug 2016 17:47:10 +0000Richer Homes Are Also Richer in Biodiversityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/richer-homes-are-also-richer-biodiversity-180960001/Scientists find that wealthier neighborhoods sport a greater diversity of bugsWed, 03 Aug 2016 16:44:23 +0000The Ancient History of Cheating in the Olympicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-history-cheating-olympics-180960003/Punishment for cheating and bribery in the Olympics of Ancient Greece could include fines, public flogging and statewide bans from competitionWed, 03 Aug 2016 15:27:29 +0000Technology for the Poor Should Help, Not Hurt: An Interview With MIT's Cauam Cardoso http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/technology-poor-should-help-not-hurt-interview-mits-cauam-cardoso-180959999/The PhD candidate is working on ways to systematically evaluate new technologies for the developing worldWed, 03 Aug 2016 15:13:00 +0000How to Visit the Florida Keys Like a NASA Aquanauthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-visit-florida-keys-nasa-aquanaut-180960002/To prepare for space, astronauts spend some time under the seaWed, 03 Aug 2016 15:10:11 +0000The Amazing Rise of Parliament's First Female Memberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/amazing-rise-of-parliaments-first-female-member/When Nancy Astor's husband gave up his seat in British parliament, she decided to run in his placeWed, 03 Aug 2016 14:36:25 +0000What Does a Beer Historian Do? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-does-beer-historian-do-180960000/The American History museum’s latest job opening made headlines. But what does the job actually entail?Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:47:03 +0000Solving a Mystery of Mammoth Proportionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/solving-mystery-mammoth-proportions-180959992/Dwindling freshwater sealed the demise of the St. Paul woolly mammoths, and could still pose a threat todayTue, 02 Aug 2016 18:09:05 +0000A Neuroscientist Tells You What’s Wrong With Your Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/neuroscientist-wants-tell-you-whats-wrong-your-brain-1-180959985/Dean Burnett’s new book, Idiot Brain, explains why your mind evolved to thwart you Tue, 02 Aug 2016 14:48:08 +0000Why the Universe Is Becoming More Habitablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-universe-becoming-more-habitable-180959972/The universe is far more welcoming to life today than it was when microbes on Earth arose—and will only grow more soMon, 01 Aug 2016 19:50:46 +0000When Frogs Pull the Curtain: The Benefits of Mating in Secrethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-frogs-pull-curtain-benefits-mating-secret-180959969/Smithsonian's new curator of frogs explains why some frogs seek privacy when they mateMon, 01 Aug 2016 16:35:50 +0000Is Sustainable Trash-Burning a Load of Rubbish?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/burning-trash-solution-our-garbage-woes-or-are-advocates-just-blowing-smoke-180959924/Some experts say it lets us get away with producing more and more garbage. Mon, 01 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0000Five Ways National Parks Are Embracing Technologyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-ways-national-parks-are-embracing-technology-180959970/Cell phones and other screens don't have to detract from the park experienceMon, 01 Aug 2016 15:42:28 +0000Director Guillermo del Toro Shares the Monsters in His Closet With the Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/guillermo-del-toro-shares-monsters-in-his-closet-with-public-180959957/The filmmaker talks about artifacts from his collection that are featured in the LACMA's new exhibition, <i>At Home with Monsters</i> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 15:26:23 +0000How the Abduction of Patty Hearst Made Her an Icon of the 1970s Counterculturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-abduction-patty-hearst-made-her-icon-1970s-counterculture-180959971/A new book places a much-needed modern-day lens on the kidnapping that captivated the nationMon, 01 Aug 2016 15:08:49 +0000On a Deep Dive in a Custom-Built Submarine, a New Species of Scorpionfish Is Discoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/deep-dive-submarine-new-species-scorpionfish-Is-discovered-180959934/A Smithsonian scientist dives deep to a coral reef and finds much to discoverMon, 01 Aug 2016 14:03:04 +0000Back to Basics: Saving Water the Old-Fashioned Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/saving-water-old-fashioned-way-180959917/Across the world, communities are reviving old ways of saving or storing water—with promising resultsMon, 01 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000How the American Civil War Built Egypt’s Vaunted Cotton Industry and Changed the Country Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-american-civil-war-built-egypts-vaunted-cotton-industry-and-changed-country-forever-180959967/The battle between the U.S. and the Confederacy affected global trade in astonishing waysMon, 01 Aug 2016 12:27:16 +0000These Sleek, Sexy Cars Were All Inspired By Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-sleek-sexy-cars-were-all-inspired-fish-180959966/You’ve heard about the Stingray, but what about the Bionic Boxfish? Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:11:24 +0000Learn to Be a Viking (Without the Pillaging) in Ribe, Denmarkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/learn-be-viking-ribe-denmark-180959707/Travel back in time in this Viking villageFri, 29 Jul 2016 18:10:04 +0000Bulldogs Are Dangerously Unhealthy, But There May Not Be Enough Diversity in Their Genes to Save Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bulldogs-are-dangerously-unhealthy-there-may-not-be-enough-diversity-their-genes-save-them-180959963/How we loved this dog into a genetic bindFri, 29 Jul 2016 16:26:02 +0000To Uncover Earth’s Origins, Scientists Must Look Beyond Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/uncover-earths-origins-scientists-must-look-beyond-it-180959948/Missions to study the other planetary bodies in our solar system could help solve the mystery of how our own came to be.Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:32:57 +0000Fighting Fake Pharmaceuticals with Tiny, Edible Bar Codes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fighting-fake-pharmaceuticals-tiny-edible-bar-codes-180959947/Researchers have created bar codes so small they can be embedded in medications, creating a tool to combat the global problem of drug fraudFri, 29 Jul 2016 12:54:27 +0000Being a Deep Space Astronaut Could Be Bad for Your Hearthttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/space-radiation-may-lead-heart-disease-180959950/Apollo astronauts have died from cardiovascular problems at a much higher rate than other astronauts. Why?Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:13:36 +0000Must the Molecules of Life Always be Left-Handed or Right-Handed?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/space/must-all-molecules-life-be-left-handed-or-right-handed-180959956/They are on Earth, but life on other planets could play by different rulesThu, 28 Jul 2016 19:56:36 +0000Dive into a Pool of Sprinkles at the Museum of Ice Cream in New Yorkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/museum-ice-cream-opens-nyc-180959870/Grab your spoons—this delicious popup will melt in a monthThu, 28 Jul 2016 18:35:17 +0000Podcast: The Weird, Wild, Endangered Solenodonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-weird-wild-endangered-solenodon-180959940/The solenodon survived the impact that killed the dinosaurs, but after all that, we might be its downfall.Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0000How to Regulate the Incredible Promise and Profound Power of Gene Drive Technologyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-regulate-incredible-promise-and-profound-power-gene-drive-technology-180959941/An evolutionary ecologist argues that cutting-edge genetic research that could lead to species extinction should be handled with careThu, 28 Jul 2016 14:44:00 +0000From Playboy to Polar Bears: A Fashion Photographer’s Journey to Document Climate Science in Northernmost Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/barrow-alaska-northernmost-climate-change-photojournalism-featured-photographer-180959655/Florencia Mazza Ramsay traveled to Barrow, the northernmost town in the United States, to document life and research on the front lines of climate changeThu, 28 Jul 2016 13:46:56 +0000How Do Smithsonian Curators Decide What to Collect at the Political Conventions?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-do-curators-decide-what-collect-political-conventions-180959937/For Smithsonian’s Lisa Kathleen Graddy and Jon Grinspan, it’s trying to guess what people of the future will want to know about 2016Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:55:34 +0000Watch: Hammerhead vs. Stingrayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/hammerhead-vs-stingray/A hammerhead shark locates a stingray hiding beneath the ocean floor. Unnerved, the stingray makes a dash for freedom—but is it too late?Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:54:45 +0000The Future of Librarieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-libraries-180959925/Besides lending books, the local institutions are training young journalists, renting garden plots and moreWed, 27 Jul 2016 17:41:17 +0000Sarah Winnemucca Devoted Her Life to Protecting Native Americans in the Face of an Expanding United Stateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sarah-winnemucca-devoted-life-protecting-lives-native-americans-face-expanding-united-states-180959930/The 19th-century visionary often found herself stuck between two culturesWed, 27 Jul 2016 17:22:34 +0000Photographing the Glory of Abandoned NASA Launch Padshttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/multimedia/nasas-glorious-ruins-180959888/A new book captures key sites in space race historyWed, 27 Jul 2016 14:55:14 +0000The Only Time a Major Party Embraced a Third-Party Candidate for Presidenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/one-and-only-time-major-party-embraced-third-party-candidate-180959923/Horace Greeley was the choice of the splinter grip named the Liberal Republican Party and that of the DemocratsTue, 26 Jul 2016 19:22:40 +0000Meet the Man Who Dropped a Boulder on a Chrysler http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-man-who-dropped-boulder-chrysler-180959846/Ex-pat rebel sculptor Jimmie Durham's funny work is celebrated in the capital of the country he leftTue, 26 Jul 2016 19:16:56 +0000Is Donald Harvey the Most Prolific Serial Killer in America?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/donald-harvey-most-prolific-serial-killer-america/Donald Harvey, a mild-mannered hospital worker, called himself the "Angel of Death"Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:27:49 +0000All the Extremely Absurd Ways People Are Fighting Zika at the Rio Olympicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/most-extreme-ways-people-are-fighting-zika-2016-rio-olympics-180959912/Donning facial masks, wearing Zika-proof uniforms and freezing sperm: Does any of this stuff actually work?Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:11:05 +0000Meet SwagBot, the Robot Cowboy That Can Herd and Monitor Cattle On Its Ownhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/meet-swagbot-robot-cowboy-can-herd-and-monitor-cattle-its-own-180959913/University of Sydney engineers have developed a four-wheeled robot to keep tabs on massive farms in Australia's outbackTue, 26 Jul 2016 16:49:51 +0000Forced Closer to Humans, Crocodiles Face Their Greatest Existential Threathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/forced-closer-humans-crocodiles-face-their-greatest-existential-threat-180959908/These armored reptiles have long been considered indestructible, but new threats are shifting the equationTue, 26 Jul 2016 13:45:40 +0000The Secret Meaning of Food in Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/food-tour-metropolitan-museum-art-180959894/Discover 17th-century drinking games and coded political messages in this unique food tour of the Metropolitan Museum's art collectionTue, 26 Jul 2016 13:40:20 +0000This Dutch Startup Is Making Bricks From Industrial Wastehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-dutch-startup-making-bricks-from-industrial-waste-180959893/StoneCycling turns ceramic tiles and toilets, discarded glass and insulation into new, eco-friendly building materialsTue, 26 Jul 2016 13:33:25 +0000How Miraculous Microbes Help Us Evolve Better, Faster, Strongerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-miraculous-microbes-help-us-evolve-better-faster-stronger-180959909/Invisible yet crucial, our microbial partners add a gene-swapping plot twist to evolutionary theory Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Can the Art of Divination Help People Cope With Climate Anxiety?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/turning-art-divination-help-people-process-their-climate-anxiety-180959898/A Brooklyn-based artist strives to create emotional connections with the looming threat of climate change.Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:10:39 +0000The Tiny World of Glacier Microbes Has an Outsized Impact on Global Climatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tiny-world-glacier-microbes-has-outsized-impact-global-climate-180959817/Microbes living on glaciers collectively cover an area the size of New Hampshire—and they could have a big influence on global climateMon, 25 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0000The History of Women Presidents in Filmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-women-presidents-film-180959899/Why the science-fiction genre was the first to imagine a female commander-in-chiefMon, 25 Jul 2016 15:24:43 +0000What Is Eskimo Ice Cream? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eskimo-ice-cream-atlas-of-eating-native-cuisine-food-eats-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959431/Answer: Not your typical summer dessertMon, 25 Jul 2016 11:20:44 +0000Does 'The Last Supper' Really Have a Hidden Meaning?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/da-vinci-last-supper-hidden-meaning/Could the painting actually contain a message from Leonardo?Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:02:43 +0000The Only Place on the Appalachian Trail Where You Can See Wild Ponieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/more-than-100-ponies-roam-free-this-park-virginia-180959786/More than 100 ponies roam free on the slopes of Virginia's highest peakFri, 22 Jul 2016 18:44:16 +0000Metaphorically Speaking, Your Nervous System is a Dictatorship http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nervous-system-democracy-or-dictatorship-180959887/ Except when it's an oligarchy. Or a democracy. Or all three.Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:22:05 +0000Are We Close to Having a Blood Test That Detects Cancer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/are-we-close-having-blood-test-detects-cancer-180959867/New research into "liquid biopsies" is promising, but there's still not proof they can find cancer in a healthy personFri, 22 Jul 2016 16:50:57 +0000Star Trek ’s Simon Pegg on Making an Alien Franchise Less Alienatinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/simon-pegg-giving-her-all-shes-got-180959845/The actor/co-writer behind the new film envisions Star Trek as “the ultimate expression of humanity’s potential.”Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:27:10 +0000How You Wound Up Playing <em>The Oregon Trail</em> in Computer Classhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-you-wound-playing-em-oregon-trailem-computer-class-180959851/From the 1970s to 1990s, the government-owned Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium dominated the educational software market with more than 300 gamesFri, 22 Jul 2016 15:12:57 +0000Podcast: Our Food, Our Selveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/podcast-our-food-our-selves-180959879/Food is a focal point for understanding broader environmental problems. In this podcast, we learn how food buyers are influenced in surprising ways.Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Egyptian Pharaoh With the Biggest Egohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-egyptian-pharaoh-with-the-biggest-ego/Though little is known about Khufu, the pharaoh who oversaw the Great Pyramid's construction, vicious rumors about him persist todayFri, 22 Jul 2016 13:36:27 +0000How to Avoid the Pitfalls in the Politics of Graphic Messaginghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-avoid-pitfalls-politics-graphic-messaging-180959860/The director of the National Portrait Gallery offers a few pointers on how to acquire visual intelligenceThu, 21 Jul 2016 18:31:47 +0000Forget Bees: This Bird Has the Sweetest Deal With Honey-Seeking Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-birds-are-honey-chasers-best-friend-180959871/The effectiveness of the honeyguide call sheds light on why this golden relationship has stuck around so longThu, 21 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000The Essence of Alaska Lies Somewhere Between Myth and Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/alaska-meaning-myth-reality-north-to-the-future-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959469/An Alaska native grapples with the meaning of his home stateThu, 21 Jul 2016 16:41:36 +0000Instead of Painkillers, Some Doctors Are Prescribing Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/instead-painkillers-some-doctors-are-prescribing-virtual-reality-180959866/Virtual reality therapy may be medicine's newest frontier, as VR devices become better and cheaperThu, 21 Jul 2016 15:25:13 +0000Chew on This: Powerful Jaws Fueled a Jurassic Herbivore Boom http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/powerful-jaws-fueled-jurassic-herbivore-boom-180959868/Teeth, not flowers, might be the key to the duckbills’ successThu, 21 Jul 2016 14:47:25 +0000How Did a Grizzly Bear Get on California's Flag?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-did-a-grizzly-bear-get-on-californias-flag/As more and more settlers began to pour into California throughout the 1840s, a chain of events led to the Bear Flag RevoltThu, 21 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Enduring Climate Legacy of Mauna Loahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/enduring-climate-legacy-mauna-loa-180959859/Sixty years after a trailblazing climate scientist scaled its heights, the Hawaii-based observatory remains essentialWed, 20 Jul 2016 20:22:37 +0000Check Out the Lunar Dust That Still Lingers On Neil Armstrong’s Gloves http://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/neil-armstrongs-gloves-and-helmet-go-back-display-180959862/The historic artifacts come out of the cold, but only for a year.Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:54:46 +0000Meet the Brilliant Apollo Mastermind You’ve Never Heard Of http://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/quiet-force-behind-apollo-180957788/A quiet presence, research engineer Bob Gilruth helped NASA send the first manned spaceflight to the moonWed, 20 Jul 2016 16:52:37 +0000How America's Public Parks Were Bornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-americas-public-parks-were-born/Learn how Central Park, the first of its kind, was given a completely visionary design that's since influenced cities around the countryWed, 20 Jul 2016 15:20:48 +0000How Parasites Became So Popularhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/untangling-origins-parasites-180959842/A new study finds that parasitism evolved independently 223 times. But that number is actually surprisingly lowWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:19:00 +0000Were Ants the World's First Farmers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/were-ants-worlds-first-farmers-180959840/A new study shows that a group of ants have been conducting a subsistence type of farming since shortly after the dinosaurs died outWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:10:41 +0000Should We Hate Poetry?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/should-we-hate-poetry-180959832/It was precisely because poetry wasn’t hated that Plato feared it, writes the Smithsonian’s senior historian David Ward, who loves poetryWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000What the Candidates (and Journalists) Can Learn From the 1948 Democratic Conventionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-candidates-and-journalists-can-learn-1948-democratic-convention-180959831/The first time television was beamed into millions of homes meant that presidential politics would have to changeTue, 19 Jul 2016 16:34:05 +0000Please Touch the Art: This Artist Creates Tactile Portraits for the Blindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/artist-making-tactile-art-blind-using-screws-180959716/Andrew Myers uses screws to make 3-D masterpieces for curious fingersTue, 19 Jul 2016 12:10:00 +0000The Incredible Things a Hammerhead's Nose Can Dohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-things-a-hammerheads-nose-can-do/A hammerhead shark is capable of detecting a single drop of fish oil in a body of water equivalent to an Olympic-size swimming poolTue, 19 Jul 2016 03:46:11 +0000There’s No Wrong Way to Make a Tadpole (or Froglet)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/theres-no-wrong-way-make-tadpole-180959824/Marsupial frogs, “vomit frogs” and foam-spewers reveal the glorious range of frog baby-making techniquesMon, 18 Jul 2016 17:23:06 +0000Why Chemicals in the U.S. Are Still “Innocent Until Proven Guilty”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-chemicals-us-are-still-innocent-until-proven-guilty-180959818/A new chemical bill makes major strides, but doesn’t fix the root problemMon, 18 Jul 2016 16:02:00 +0000Meet Eight Young Energy Innovators With Ingenious Ideas http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/meet-eight-young-energy-innovators-with-ingenious-ideas-180959761/From community "solar gardens" to energy pellets made from coffee grounds to a phone-charging device that you plug into soilMon, 18 Jul 2016 15:42:15 +0000When the GOP Picked a Nominee for Vice President, Only to Be Rejectedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-gop-picked-nominee-vice-president-only-be-rejected-180959790/Their unrequited choice seemed utterly uninterested in the roleMon, 18 Jul 2016 14:28:41 +0000Move Over, Madagascar: This Island Has the World’s Greatest Concentration of Unique Mammalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/philippines-island-unique-mammals-180959823/The majority of them are found nowhere else on Earth, making Luzon is a biological treasure troveFri, 15 Jul 2016 19:42:01 +0000Mapping Rio's Favelas http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mapping-rios-favelas-180959816/Ahead of the Olympics, Google and a Brazilian nonprofit have been recruiting locals to pinpoint businesses and other landmarks in the city's shantytownsFri, 15 Jul 2016 16:09:02 +0000Dinosaurs Literally Reshaped The Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dinosaurs-literally-reshaped-planet-180959814/Dinos didn't just leave behind footprints and fossil bones—they also changed the landscapes in which they livedFri, 15 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Best Night Markets for Midnight Snacking in Taipeihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-must-visit-night-markets-taipei-city-180959342/Go light on dinner, these magnificent markets add rich flavor to Taipei's nightlifeFri, 15 Jul 2016 14:32:43 +0000Americans Think National Parks Are Worth Way More Than We Spend On Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/americans-think-national-parks-are-worth-way-more-we-spend-them-180959802/An independent survey finds that although NPS's annual budget is around $3 billion, Americans are willing to pay much moreFri, 15 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Taste-Testing the History of the Hamburgerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/taste-testing-history-hamburger-180959789/One intrepid reporter cooked three different versions of the burger to uncover just when, exactly, the sandwich was inventedFri, 15 Jul 2016 12:10:20 +0000How the Key to the Bastille Ended Up in George Washington’s Possession http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-key-bastille-ended-george-washingtons-possession-180959811/A gift from an old friend is one of Mount Vernon’s most fascinating objectsThu, 14 Jul 2016 18:06:26 +0000Defying Stereotypes, Ducklings Are as Clever as They Are Cutehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/defying-stereotypes-ducklings-are-clever-they-are-cute-180959806/Newborn ducks understand abstract concepts such as sameness and difference with no training whatsoeverThu, 14 Jul 2016 18:03:27 +0000Few Artifacts of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Still Exist. These Iron Blocks Help Tell That Gut-Wrenching Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/few-artifacts-transatlantic-slave-trade-exist-iron-blocks-tell-gut-wrenching-story-180959803/A profound symbol of the horrific conditions aboard a slave ship is the ballast used as a counterweight for human cargoThu, 14 Jul 2016 15:56:48 +0000When Did Today’s Whales Get So Big?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-did-todays-whales-get-so-big-180959801/More recently than you might think, say scientists who scoured the fossil recordThu, 14 Jul 2016 14:57:39 +0000Gotta Catch ‘Em All on the National Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/gotta-catch-em-all-national-mall-180959794/Sergeant Nadia Tyler, a security guard at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, is collecting Pokémon creatures dailyWed, 13 Jul 2016 19:35:08 +0000Arm Day at the Gym Apparently Not a Thing for Newly Found, Tiny-Armed Dino http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/arm-day-gym-apparently-not-thing-newly-discovered-tiny-armed-dino-180959797/Turns out <i>T. rex</i> doesn’t have a copyright on those adorably awkward, itty-bitty armsWed, 13 Jul 2016 18:01:14 +0000Can You Put A Price Tag On Nature? Actually, Yeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-you-put-price-tag-nature-actually-yes-180959678/Here's what happens when you try to account for the monetary value of natureWed, 13 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000The Fight for the "Right to Repair"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fight-right-repair-180959764/Manufacturers have made it increasingly difficult for individuals or independent repair people to fix electronics. A growing movement is fighting backWed, 13 Jul 2016 17:40:07 +0000New Schemes Pay You to Save Species—But Will They Work?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-schemes-aim-pay-save-species-will-they-work-180959759/Programs being set up in the American West are taking a radical new approach: paying landowners to preserve animal habitat.Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0000Here's What Happens When Neuroscientists and Designers Team Up to Explain Scientific Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/heres-what-happens-when-neuroscientists-designers-team-up-explain-scientific-research-180959781/A new interdisciplinary project results in a moving sculpture, an animated piece, a song that evolves and moreWed, 13 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Can There Be Real Estate on the Moon?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/want-buy-mountain-moon-180959692/A Harvard-Smithsonian astrophysicist thinks a legal crisis is waiting for us on the surface of the moon.Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why We Pretend to Clean Up Oil Spillshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/oil-spill-cleanup-illusion-180959783/Six years after Deepwater Horizon spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we still have no idea what we're doingTue, 12 Jul 2016 20:02:51 +0000How Fetus Dissections in the Victorian Era Helped Shape Today’s Abortion Warshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-fetus-dissections-victorian-era-helped-shape-todays-abortion-wars-180959782/Besides teaching us about disease and human development, they molded modern attitudes of the fetus as distinct entity from the motherTue, 12 Jul 2016 19:04:56 +0000What Gives "Seinfeld" Its Staying Power? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-seinfeld-show-about-nothing-changed-everything-180959780/In a new book, pop culture writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong analyzes how the show about nothing changed everythingTue, 12 Jul 2016 18:33:52 +0000Six Monumental New Outdoor Art Installations to See This Summerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/six-monumental-pieces-land-art-to-see-this-summer-180959548/Skip the museum and head to one of these large-scale installations insteadTue, 12 Jul 2016 16:38:16 +0000Women Ruled the Floor When the GOP First Came to Clevelandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-ruled-floor-when-gop-first-came-cleveland-180959760/The 1924 Convention was the first to feature female delegates, and they made their presence knownTue, 12 Jul 2016 13:22:16 +0000Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on His Love of History, Youth Sports and Which Books Everyone Should Readhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/kareem-abdul-jabbar-his-love-history-youth-sports-which-books-everyone-should-read-and-more-180959753/The basketball legend has always had a writer's touchMon, 11 Jul 2016 17:15:54 +0000These Paleo Pets Made Fossil Hunting Less Lonelyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/paleo-pets-make-fossil-hunting-less-lonely-180959749/In the solitary hunt for bones, furry companions provide company, act as field assistants and sometimes even make the ultimate sacrificeMon, 11 Jul 2016 15:34:23 +0000The Brain-Freezing Science of the Slurpeehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brain-freezing-science-slurpee-180959750/More than 60 years ago, a broken soda fountain led to this cool inventionMon, 11 Jul 2016 14:32:49 +0000For a Truly Authentic Alaskan Experience, Hop Aboard America's Last Flag-Stop Trainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/time-travel-hurricane-train-alaska-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959437/Reaching off-the-grid homesteads and cabins, the Hurricane Turn train stops for anyone who flags it downFri, 08 Jul 2016 21:28:19 +0000Eskimo Yo-Yos, Muskox Knitting Yarn and Other Unique Gifts to Buy in Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nine-things-luxury-gift-guide-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959430/ Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:18:12 +0000Tide Shifts Against the Concept of a Keystone Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shrinking-keystone-180959748/Starfish challenge a key ecological concept, ushering in a slightly-more democratic era for tide pools everywhereFri, 08 Jul 2016 18:29:15 +0000The Colonial Settlement That Vanished Into Thin Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-colonial-settlement-that-vanished/An entire colony of English settlers disappeared from Roanoke Island, just outside North Carolina's Outer BanksFri, 08 Jul 2016 15:32:49 +0000Podcast: Does Anybody Even Care About the Arctic Anymore?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-does-anybody-care-about-arctic-anymore-180959741/This week's episode of Warm Regards asks why our coldest region has gotten the cold shoulderFri, 08 Jul 2016 15:10:46 +0000Where and How to (Safely) Bear Watch in Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-and-how-to-see-bears-alaska-guide-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959451/Attacks à la <i>Revenant</i> are a statistical blip. An Alaska expert outlines the dos and don'ts of sharing wilderness with the state's 133,000 bearsFri, 08 Jul 2016 13:48:46 +0000 The World Is Finally Ready to Understand Romaine Brookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-time-acknowledge-romaine-brooks-early-20th-century-artist-180959725/An early 20th-century artist, Brooks was long marginalized, her work overlooked, in part because of her fluid sexual and gender identityFri, 08 Jul 2016 13:32:33 +0000Study Says Earth's Plate Tectonics May Be Just a Phasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/study-says-earths-plate-tectonics-may-be-just-phase-180959705/New models suggest that earth's plates could grind to a halt in about five billion years.Fri, 08 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Six of History's Smartest, Weirdest and Most Interesting Inventions for Beating the Heathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/six-historys-smartest-weirdest-most-interesting-inventions-beating-heat-180959608/From a bicycle mister to ice energy, here are a few innovative ways for cooling downFri, 08 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Sorry, Tiger Dudes: Your Ladies Are Faking Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sorry-tiger-dudes-your-ladies-are-faking-it-2-180959731/India’s tigresses may be feigning interest in sex as the result of shrinking habitat and overlapping territoriesFri, 08 Jul 2016 12:42:51 +0000Photographer Captures the Enduring Grandeur of the Steinway Piano Factoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photographer-captures-enduring-grandeur-steinway-factory-180959632/Christopher Payne's new book strikes a chordFri, 08 Jul 2016 11:45:00 +0000The Heiress to a Gun Empire Built a Mansion Forever Haunted by the Blood Money That Built Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/heiress-gun-empire-built-mansion-forever-haunted-blood-money-built-it-180959712/Sarah Winchester inherited a fortune and used it to construct a mysterious mansion in northern CaliforniaThu, 07 Jul 2016 19:08:08 +0000<em>Wired</em> Founder Kevin Kelly On the Technologies That Will Dominate Our Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/wired-founder-kevin-kelly-on-technologies-that-will-dominate-our-future-180959708/The optimistic futurist says we'll share more, own less and spend far more time on our devicesThu, 07 Jul 2016 18:10:46 +0000Awkward Robots Show How Tails Propelled First Land Walkers to New Heightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/awkward-robots-show-how-tails-propelled-first-land-walkers-new-heights-180959717/A 3D-printed bot designed to move like amphibious fish suggests that the first land animals needed tails to climb slippery slopesThu, 07 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000The Most Diverse Neighborhood in the U.S. May Surprise Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mountain-view-alaska-diversity-immigration-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959441/Abundant housing and job opportunities have brought people from all over the world to Mountain View, AlaskaThu, 07 Jul 2016 17:31:27 +0000Tracing Alaska's Russian Heritagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/alaska-russian-heritage-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959449/From onion domes to tsarist-era Russian dialects, evidence of the Russian colonialism remainsThu, 07 Jul 2016 17:31:24 +0000Guide to Awesome: 14 Reasons to Visit Alaska Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/alaska-guide-top-destinations-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959442/From the tallest North American peak to the world’s largest bears, Alaska is home to unparalleled experiencesThu, 07 Jul 2016 17:30:30 +0000Which Great American Should Be Immortalized With the Next Big Broadway Musical?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/which-figure-american-history-should-be-subject-next-big-broadway-musical-180959714/<em>Hamilton</em> has caught the nation's attention. A panel of Smithsonian writers and curators suggest who's next.Thu, 07 Jul 2016 16:43:01 +0000The Forgotten Jewish Pirates of Jamaicahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/forgotten-jewish-pirates-jamaica-180959252/Today, some tour operators and cultural historians are calling attention to the country's little-known Jewish heritageThu, 07 Jul 2016 15:46:27 +0000If Telescopes Are Time Machines, the JWST Will Take Us the Furthest Back Yethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/if-telescopes-are-time-machines-jwst-will-take-us-furthest-back-yet-180959710/The James Webb Space Telescope promises to peer back into the making of the first galaxiesThu, 07 Jul 2016 14:40:49 +0000Ways to Avoid Losing Oxygen in a Submarinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/ways-to-avoid-losing-oxygen-in-a-submarine/In 1940, German U-boat commander Otto Kretschmer's submarine was under siege for hours and his crew grew tremendously stressedThu, 07 Jul 2016 13:07:39 +0000Lady Bird Johnson Wielded Power With a Delicate Touchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lady-bird-johnson-wielded-power-delicate-touch-180959696/The First Lady was a trailblazer who flew under the radar as a quiet champion of Civil Rights and protecting the environmentWed, 06 Jul 2016 15:27:37 +0000It's Easy to Forget That Just Fifty Years Ago, Equality for Women Was a Strange Concepthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/easy-to-forget-just-fifty-years-ago-equality-women-strange-concept-180959683/The 50th anniversary of the National Organization for Women is at hand and it’s still personal—and politicalWed, 06 Jul 2016 15:14:36 +0000How a Young Jupiter Acted as Both Protector and Destroyerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-young-jupiter-acted-both-protector-and-destroyer-180959695/Like a boisterous older sibling, the gas giant both beat up and protected young EarthWed, 06 Jul 2016 14:46:37 +0000Why Brown Bears Are Misunderstoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-brown-bears-are-misunderstood/Historically feared by humans, brown bears were once aggressively hunted in the contiguous U.S.Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:49:50 +0000Explore Frida Kahlo's Mexico Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/frida-kahlo-mexico-city-180959634/Here are four places with connections to the late Mexican artist to visit on her birthday, July 6, and beyond Wed, 06 Jul 2016 11:15:00 +0000The FarmBot Genesis Brings Precision Agriculture to Your Own Backyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/farmbot-genesis-brings-precision-agriculture-your-own-backyard-180959603/Developed by a team from California, this machine plants seeds, pulls weeds and waters plants individuallyTue, 05 Jul 2016 15:19:46 +0000Child Refugees Pose Unique Challenge for Mental Health Practitionershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/child-refugees-pose-unique-challenge-mental-health-practitioners-180959676/As the crisis deepens, mental health experts move from questions of short-term survival to ones of longer-term rehabilitationTue, 05 Jul 2016 14:31:27 +0000The Sleepy Japanese Town Built Inside an Active Volcanohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/japanese-town-aogashima-active-volcano-180959153/It’s been about 230 years since the last eruption killed half the population. But locals won't let the volcano dictate their futureTue, 05 Jul 2016 13:56:37 +0000It's Official: We Are Now in Orbit Around Jupiterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/its-official-we-are-now-orbit-around-jupiter-180959684/After a nerve-wracking entry, NASA spacecraft Juno successfully entered the gas giant's orbitTue, 05 Jul 2016 13:48:16 +0000One Step Closer to Turning Plastics Into Fuel http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/one-step-closer-to-turning-plastics-fuel-180959568/Researchers in California and China have discovered a new method for breaking polyethylene into liquid fuel and solid waxTue, 05 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Harvard Professor Who Shot a Financial Titan and Fomented Anti-German Sentiment in a Pre-WWI Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/harvard-professor-bombed-congress-shot-financial-titan-spurred-anti-german-sentiment-180959679/Readers on July 4, 1915 learned the story of a would-be assassin who said he was trying to keep the U.S. out of the European conflictSat, 02 Jul 2016 12:08:21 +0000There’s a Lot More to This Basque Boat Than Meets the Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/theres-lot-more-basque-boat-meets-eye-180959675/The lost story of the Basque heritage is just waiting to be discovered and could be revealed just by watching craftsmen rebuild an ancient whalerFri, 01 Jul 2016 18:40:02 +0000"Armenian Public Radio" Brings Nirvana Attitude to the Folklife Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/armenian-public-radio-brings-nirvana-attitude-festival-180959650/An Armenian-American trio performs traditional folk songs with a modern American sensibilityFri, 01 Jul 2016 16:00:53 +0000Visit Canada's Jaw-Dropping National Parks for Freehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-canadas-national-parks-for-free-in-2017-180958000/In honor of Canada's sesquicentennial anniversary, explore its spectacular parks gratisFri, 01 Jul 2016 14:16:12 +0000How Do Your Checked Bags Actually Get on the Plane?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/how-do-your-checked-bags-get-on-the-plane/Your bags usually make the same journey you do. But before they've even boarded, they're in for a six-mile automated trip through the bowels of the airportFri, 01 Jul 2016 13:29:54 +0000How Real-time Translation Apps and Online Tools Are Helping Refugees in Turkey Forge New Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/refugees-and-technology-exile-180959606/Refugees and the technology of exileFri, 01 Jul 2016 13:15:00 +0000Plastic is Forever: The Art of Mass Consumptionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/consequences-mass-consumption-180959661/For International Bag Free Day, an intimate look at American mass consumption through the eyes of photographer Chris JordanFri, 01 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Where’s the Debate on Francis Scott Key’s Slave-Holding Legacy?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wheres-debate-francis-scott-keys-slave-holding-legacy-180959550/During his lifetime, abolitionists ridiculed Key’s words, sneering that America was more like the “Land of the Free and Home of the Oppressed”Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000What Ultra High Speed Penguin Footage Reveals About Pliosaurushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/ultra-high-speed-penguin-footage-pliosaurus/How did the pliosaurus, a 45-foot-long underwater prehistoric predator, keep up with its prey? A biomechanics expert finds answers by observing the penguinThu, 30 Jun 2016 19:43:14 +0000The Origin of the Coney Island Hot Dog Is a Uniquely American Story http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/origins-coney-island-hot-dog-uniquely-american-story-180959659/They also have very little to do with the New York City amusement parkThu, 30 Jun 2016 18:25:21 +0000Do Insects Have Consciousness?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/do-insects-have-consciousness-180959484/A new theory has scientists buzzingThu, 30 Jun 2016 17:40:43 +0000What's the Difference Between Invasive and Nonnative Species? Plus, More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/difference-invasive-nonnative-species-questions-readers-180959500/You asked, we answeredThu, 30 Jun 2016 17:31:45 +0000A Maze of Palatial Icebergs Has Floated Into a Washington, D.C. Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/visit-maze-palatial-icebergs-new-installation-180959596/The new exhibition touches on design, landscape architecture, the life of icebergs and climate changeThu, 30 Jun 2016 16:14:53 +0000The Pioneers of Video Game Technology Are About to Become the Stuff of Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pioneers-video-game-technology-become-stuff-history-180959649/The American History Museum's Lemelson Center will record 20 oral histories from early video game innovatorsThu, 30 Jun 2016 15:54:52 +0000How Roundup Ready Soybeans Rocked the Food Economyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-roundup-ready-soybeans-rocked-food-economy-180959397/This 1980s-era “gene gun” fired the shot heard around the worldThu, 30 Jun 2016 14:58:47 +0000Video: The Past, Present and Future of Agriculturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/video-past-present-and-future-agriculture-180959618/Globalization and new technologies have given us more control and more power over our food than ever before. What's next?Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Proud Sea Lion Mom Shows Off Her New Pup in These Adorable Pictures From the Zoohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/proud-sea-lion-mom-shows-her-new-pup-adorable-pictures-zoo-180959651/Calli, the 11-year-old sea lion gave birth on June 26; mother and pup are bonding and doing wellThu, 30 Jun 2016 12:21:54 +0000Discover Taipei's Local Hangouts from the Front Seat of an In-service Taxihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/exploring-taipei-by-taxi-180959403/Ride along through this Taiwanese city's back alleys and far-flung neighborhoodsThu, 30 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0000Plan a Back-40 Getaway at One of These Four Exceptional Farm Stayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-farm-stays-180959605/Plan an overnight adventure on a working farmThu, 30 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000Fraises Des Bois, the Best Strawberry You’ve Never Hadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-fruit-fraises-des-bois-best-strawberry-youve-never-had-180959604/Supermarket strawberries are big, perfectly red, perfectly heart-shaped, and perfectly flavorless—at least compared with what they could beWed, 29 Jun 2016 19:30:41 +0000Catch the Spiffy New Look for the Hall that Houses The Spirit of St. Louis, Bell X-1 and Other Famous Flyershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/boeing-milestones-flight-hall-reopens-national-air-and-space-museum-180959602/Just in time for its 40th birthday, the museum revamps its main exhibition hall and Star Trek "Enterprise" debuts Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:35:00 +0000Ten Great Moments in Aerospace Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/aerospace-history-tour-180959119/Learn all about them in one trip to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space MuseumWed, 29 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0000Unfortunately, Reducing Deforestation Isn’t Enough To Protect Amazon Biodiversityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/unfortunately-reducing-deforestation-isnt-enough-protect-amazon-biodiversity-180959610/Logging, wildfires and other human disturbances lead to species die-offs Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:59:50 +0000Why Twitter's "Poet Laureate" Has No Plans to Unmask His Real Identityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/twitter-poet-laureate-no-plans-unmask-real-identity-180959486/He tweets under the guise of @Brian_Bilston and uses the platform to reinvent the age-old form of writingWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:20:09 +0000Why Betty and Veronica Are the Real Stars of Riverdalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/betty-veronica-real-stars-riverdale-180959498/In a reboot of the classic Archie comics, the two female leads take chargeWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:12:13 +0000These Abandoned Buildings Are the Last Remnants of Liberia's Founding Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/liberia-created-former-slaves-fading-into-history-180959503/The world created by former slaves in Liberia was a cruel paradox for more than 150 yearsWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:10:00 +0000What Is Bertsolaritza and Who Are the Basque Poets Who Know It?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-bertsolaritza-and-who-are-basque-poets-who-know-it-180959591/At the Folklife Festival, be sure to catch the singing, improvisational poetry slam that’s keeping a language aliveWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:06:51 +0000The Residents of This Louisiana Island Are America's First "Climate Refugees"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/residents-louisiana-island-americas-first-climate-refugees-180959585/As the sea levels rise, these photos provide a big picture view of a place losing the battle against climate changeWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000For More Than 100 Years, the U.S. Forced Navajo Students Into Western Schools. The Damage Is Still Felt Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/decades-us-government-forcibly-placed-native-students-western-schools-effects-felt-today-180959502/Photographer Daniella Zalcman explores how native populations had a new nation foisted upon themWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000American Exiles: Leaving Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/american-exiles-leaving-home-180959492/A series of three photo essays explores how America has treated its own people in times of crisisWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000Shooting Penguins in the Falkland Islands to Save Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shooting-penguins-falkland-islands-save-them-180959491/Photographer Neil Ever Osborne hopes that his work helps save the speciesWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000Studying the Climate of the Past Is Essential for Preparing for Today's Rapidly Changing Climatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/studying-climate-past-essential-preparing-todays-rapidly-changing-climate-180959595/A Smithsonian scientist explains why in the new Age of Humans, we must turn from crisis management to planet managementWed, 29 Jun 2016 14:37:50 +0000Sharks and Humans: A Love-Hate Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sharks-and-humans-love-hate-story-180959600/A short history of our relationship with the ocean’s most intimidating fish Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:23:51 +0000Why People Abandon High-Tech Prostheticshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-people-abandon-high-tech-prosthetics-180959598/That Luke Skywalker prosthetic arm may strike the average user as less than sensationalWed, 29 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000